Olympic Sports
9:48 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Seattle Boxer Fights Battle Of The Mind In Face Of Olympics

Queen Underwood, 27, of Seattle steps out of the ring victorious at the Olympic team trials for women's boxing in Spokane. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 4:31 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - You might remember the film "Million Dollar Baby." Hillary Swank plays a female boxer named Maggie. Clint Eastwood plays her crusty – and at first, reluctant — trainer.

Maggie: "I thought you might want to train me."

Frankie: "I don't train girls."

Maggie: "Maybe you should. People who see me fight think I'm tough."

Frankie: "Girlie, tough ain't enough."

This year, women will box for the gold for the first time ever at the Summer Olympics in London. One of the top contenders is a boxer from the Northwest named Queen Underwood.

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Washington State Legislature
9:46 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Washington Democrats may find path to avoid sales tax measure

If Washington's new revenue forecast is positive, the state may avoid the governor's proposal to ask voters to approve a half-penny sales tax hike. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 5:31 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington legislature are suddenly hopeful they can rebalance the state budget without asking voters to approve a tax hike. Their optimism comes even before they see the latest revenue forecast out Thursday.

For majority Democrats the budget stars could be aligning. A new caseload forecast shows demand for state services is down. That means the current $900 million budget hole drops to less than $600 million. Plus, House Republicans have reversed their position and now support ending a tax break for out of state banks.

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Business
9:45 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Amazon buys office tower space in downtown Seattle

A downtown Seattle property owner says Amazon.com has agreed to buy three blocks where it could build three office towers.

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Environment
4:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Pot plantations laying waste to national forests

This marijuana grow site was discovered in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, in North Cascades National Park, in 2008. Many more have been found in the Northwest's national forests, including Oregon's biggest ever last summer, in Wallowa County.
National Parks Service Photo

With its delicate, bright-green leaves, it’s a beautiful plant to look at.

And its medicinal qualities are well-known, but it requires huge amounts of water and light to grow. 

And that’s just the start of the problems caused by marijuana that authorities have been discovering growing in national forests.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Pop songs from real life

Don McLean's American Pie

From “The Star Spangled Banner” to “Walk on the Wild Side”, popular music has re-told real-life events, stuff that actually happened.

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Environment
4:11 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Illegal Sewage Dumper In Kennewick, Wash., Fined $50,000

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 2:49 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – State regulators have fined a port-o-john operator in southeast Washington for illegally dumping raw sewage down a manhole at least five times. Some of the 50-thousand-dollars in fines will go to the city of Kennewick, which had to clean up waste that backed up into streets.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

City by city, plastic bag bans gaining momentum

A plastic bag ban ordinance modeled after the ones already passed in Bellingham and Seattle is on the agenda of two suburban Puget Sound cities this week.

Bainbridge Island’s council is holding a public hearing on the issue tonight (Wednesday, 5:30 pm.) The hearing can be monitored via webcast.

And a committee at the City of Issaquah takes up the issue Thursday evening.

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Guest post from Geekwire
3:24 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Ben Huh on why we need to protect 'our greatest creation' - the Internet

Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh at In NW in Seattle
Geekwire

By John Cook at Geekwire

Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh appeared today at the In NW social media conference in Seattle, offering an impassioned plea on the importance of protecting the Internet. Or, as the Internet entrepreneur dubs it: “The greatest thing that mankind has ever created.”

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Drinking Takes Center Stage As London Prepares For Olympic Spotlight

Prime Minister David Cameron calls binge drinking "one of the scandals of our society." Here, a man drinks a pint of beer through a makeshift "Vuvuzela of Ale" in London, in a file photo from 2010.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 12:21 pm

Britain has a drinking problem. And it's not just a question of alcoholism, but how the country should grapple with what some call an ingrained tradition and others call a $4.24 billion nightmare. That's how much the National Health Service says it pays each year in alcohol-related incidents.

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Budget crisis
2:43 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Legislature edges closer to budget solution for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republicans and Democrats are merging closer on tax policy as they begin to formulate solutions on the state's budget shortfall.

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