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Higher Education
5:00 am
Mon November 15, 2010

New university shirts clean up sweatshop image

WSU is one of 3 universities in the state that sells new socially conscious shirts by Alta Gracia
Washington State University Bookstore

Showing school spirit for local Universities could give a big boost to workers in a developing country.  Bookstores at some schools now carry a line of logo shirts that aims to do away with the image of sweatshops.

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Health Insurance
3:16 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Open enrollment season and Medicare changes

Open enrollment time for Medicare puts the spotlight on recent changes and effects on prescription drug benefits.
iStock


We’ve been hearing a lot about the politics of health care lately.  In the meantime, many employers are in open enrollment season, making for a confusing month when it comes to health insurance.  And for seniors on Medicare,  November brings the annual dilemma about prescription drugs.

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Artscape
10:15 pm
Sun November 14, 2010

Following Aristotle: Ballard High's storytellers

Ballard High senior Blair Scott, one of the school's award-winning film and vdeo producers, in the video classroom.
Gary Davis/KPLU

In a time when films like Jackass 3-D and the Saw horror sequels are tops at the box office, some young Seattle filmmakers are winning awards for bucking popular trends.  A Ballard High School program is turning out talented film students whose work is inspired by an ancient model.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:08 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Friends and strangers mourn death of Dave Niehaus

In this May 1, 1999, file photo, longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus sits in his booth at the Kingdome before a baseball game.
AP

“I have never been so sad to lose someone I never met.”  The words of one Mariner fan on Facebook at a memorial page for the team’s radio announcer Dave Niehaus.  His death this week from a heart attack has affected a lot of people in the Pacific Northwest in the same way. 

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Northwest Salmon
8:57 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Task Force: Kill more Columbia River sea lions

This May 2010 photo shows a sea lion tossing a partially eaten salmon in the Columbia River near the Bonneville Dam. Should more sea lions be killed to protect salmon runs? A new study says that's what should happen.
AP

A task force convened by the federal government is recommending that wildlife agents get more aggressive about trapping and killing sea lions in the Columbia River.

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Water Cooler
6:43 am
Fri November 12, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after it's first flight in Seattle, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.
AP Photo/John Froschauer

787 Test Flight Fire "Significant"

The 787 test planes are grounded indefinitely until Boeing can figure out how a fire started during a Tuesday flight.  This morning, company officials said the fire caused "significant" damage to a power panel. 

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K-12 Education
6:05 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

High school credit for Seattle's middle school students

Starting this year, middle school students in Seattle could finally get some credit on their high school transcripts, that is.  Seventh and eighth graders who take high school level courses can now apply them towards graduation.  The policy has pluses and minuses for young kids.

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Higher Education
12:36 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Movie-inspired hacker puzzles Pullman

A masked prankster caught the attention - and consternation - of Washington State University officials.
Wired.com

WSU officials aren't laughing.  Students are. A campuswide A/V prank at the Pullman school last Friday is the talk of the tech sites today, including Wired.com.

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Boeing Milestones
12:10 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Boeing cuts ribbon on new P-8 facility

Boeing has cut the ribbon on a new production facility in south Seattle.  It's where a version of its best-selling 737 aircraft will be transformed into one of the US navy's most advanced surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. 


 

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Water Cooler
7:14 am
Thu November 11, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

Governor Chris Gregoire speaks at a Wedneday news conference in Olympia after the state Liquor Control Board voted to ban alcohol energy drinks.
AP (Ted Warren).

State's Alcohol Energy Drink Ban May Move Feds

Washington is now the third state to ban the potent alcohol and caffeine beverages, including brands such as Four Loko.  The so-called 'energy' cocktails have come under fire after numerous incidents involving young adults treated for alcohol poisoning. 

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Sports
6:31 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Dave Niehaus dies, voice of the Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners play-by-play broadcaster Dave Niehaus at his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, in July 2008. Niehaus died of a heart attack at his Bellevue home on Wednesday.
AP

Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who became the living embodiment of the franchise in his 34 years behind the microphone, has died. Niehaus passed away after suffering a heart attack at his Bellevue home on Wednesday, according to his family. He was 75 years old.

Famous for his colorful and deft storytelling skills, Niehaus brought Mariner games to life with his passion for the game trademark phrases, "My oh My" and "Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, it's  grand salami time!"

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Medical Mistakes
4:57 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

State finds "no deficiencies" at Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has been under scrutiny for its procedures after three high-profile errors.
AP

Following three high-profile cases involving its patients, Seattle Children's Hospital has been given a passing report card of "no deficiencies" by the  state Department of Health, according to the Associated Press.  Inquiries  of nurses and other health care providers involved in the cases are still ongoing.

The Associated Press reports:

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Alcohol Energy Drinks
11:05 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Washington Bans Alcohol Energy Drinks

Washington state is banning alcoholic energy drinks. The state Liquor Control Board adopted the new rule this morning. The ban takes effect next week, on November 18th.

It comes after nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after a party last month. Authorities say they drank the caffeinated malt liquor beverage Four Loko.

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Water Cooler
9:03 am
Wed November 10, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

State Ban on Alcohol Energy Drinks?

Governor Chris Gregoire will hold a news conference after this morning's state Liquor Control Board meeting on alcoholic energy drinks.  The board is considering a ban on the drinks, like Four Loko, which played a role in sending nine Central Washington University students to a hospital last month after a party, as KPLU reported. 

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Winter Weather
3:16 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Seattle Lays Out Snow Removal Plans

A rider waits for a Metro bus on 4th Avenue last week. Metro buses were unable to navigate through the snowstorms of 2008, a situation which played a role in voters rejecting a third term for Mayor Greg Nickels.
Gary Davis/KPLU photo.

 Seattle says it can handle the snow this time around.  In 2008, the city was paralyzed by a series of storms.  Buses didn’t run, sidewalks were caked with ice and streets weren’t passable for more than a week.

Reports after the fact showed the city was unprepared. Snow routes weren’t plowed.  There was a communication breakdown between Seattle Department of Transportation and Metro Transit officials.

The city’s poor response to the snow storm is often credited with the defeat of former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

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