Book Reviews
10:02 am
Thu January 12, 2012

'The fat years': China's brave new world

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:26 am

Toward the end of Aldous Huxley's 1932 classic Brave New World, the character John the Savage tries to explain why he's rejecting the artificial utopia that the world has become. Pretty much everyone on the planet is drugged, complacent and happy — but for John, that's the problem. "I don't want comfort," he says. "I want real danger, I want freedom ... I'm claiming the right to be unhappy."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Slaying dragons and other pop song suffering

Queen For a Day!
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This week we learned that it’s good to be the king. But it’s a long road from being a lord or lady to becoming a duke, princess or king. Along the way there are dragons to slay and pop songs to suffer through.

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Diversions
5:40 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

A little YouTube fun for book lovers

Plastic bag ban
5:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Major grocery stores support statewide ban on plastic bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.

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Northwest News Network

Washington government
4:39 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Washington revenue forecaster resigns; takes private sector job

Economic Forecaster Arun Raha, left, offers up his customary deadpan as he announces his resignation to take a job in the private sector.
Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – His job was to predict Washington revenues through the worst economic storm since the Great Depression. Now Washington’s chief economic forecaster is resigning to take a job in the private sector.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

All deck chairs filled: Titanic 100th anniversary cruise is booked

The Titanic, which sank 100 years ago in April.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 3:58 pm

In case you were hoping to get a spot on the MS Balmoral when it sails from Southampton, England, on April 8 for its "Titanic Memorial Cruise" on the 100th anniversary of that earlier ship's fateful voyage, you're too late.

It's fully booked.

But, if you're interested in sailing from New York on April 10 aboard the Amazara Journey and meeting up with the Balmoral on April 15 at 41°43'57"N, 49°56'49"W in the Atlantic Ocean — where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 — there are still some spots.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

It's burn ban time again

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has declared a Stage One burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Burning is prohibited in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves, unless the stove is the home's only adequate source of heat.

A high pressure system is bringing cold temperatures and mild winds to the region. The system keeps air pollution from dissipating, and air quality is expected to deteriorate through Friday.

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Money Matters
2:07 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Are you 'scam smart'?

Phishing scam designed to trick you into surrendering your account info.
Chris Harrison KPLU

It pays to be a bit paranoid these days. The digital age makes it easy for scammers to reach out and touch your wallet.

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has released its list of the top scams seen in 2011. It includes "phishing", bogus lotteries and secret shopper schemes.

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Washington State Legislature
1:27 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

AP: Gay marriage within reach in Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to approve gay marriage, with votes continuing to realign in the state Senate.

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