Washington State Ferries
4:56 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Sinking ship? Saving Seattle's historic Kalakala ferry

Not Dead Yet: On July 3, 1935, the Kalakala started daily ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton, Wash. Today, it sits unused in a nearby Tacoma dock.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:55 pm

There's an old joke: The two happiest days in a man's life are the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it.

That's certainly been true for the owners of the Kalakala, a historic art deco ferry that currently resides in the Puget Sound. Launched in 1935, the vessel's trials and tribulations have become the stuff of legend in Seattle.

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Budget crisis
4:54 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gregoire snubs AG's McKenna, seeks ruling on tax voting

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is bypassing the attorney general's office and seeking court guidance on the constitutionality of a law limiting tax increases.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

NW states released more toxics in 2010

Industrial facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho released more toxic material in 2010 than the year before, according to the federal toxics inventory out today.

The three Northwest states had seen declines in toxic releases before 2010. But that year, the releases started to climb. Washington released 27 percent more than in 2009.

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Humanosphere
4:41 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Humanitarian insider reveals unsavory truths

It's not enough to just get your hands dirty when trying to help the poor, says one insider.
Julien Harneis Flickr

An anonymous humanitarian expert with years in the field writes about the things more “ordinary people” should understand about humanitarian aid:

"There’s always some woman at the Christmas party who, once she discovers what I do for a living, wants to talk my ear off about some awful idea she has about how to help poor children in El Salvador or Cambodia."

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Researchers: Male spiders 'eavesdrop' to steal dance moves

A wolf spider watches an opponent dance.
University of Cincinnati

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:51 pm

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It's All Politics
3:56 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Five Days Before New Hampshire Primary, Confident Romney Ventures South

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop with college students Thursday in Concord, N.H.
Jim Cole Associated Press

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:53 pm

Most of the Republican presidential candidates are focused on New Hampshire, which holds its primary next Tuesday.

But while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney began his day campaigning in New Hampshire, by the afternoon he was in South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21.

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Budget crisis
3:53 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gregoire proposes state-run business tax system

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the state to handle local business tax collections, saying a streamlined system would save small businesses time and money.

Gregoire's proposal on Thursday would take the duties away from local jurisdictions, similar to how the state currently collects and distributes sales tax money.

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Presidential Race
2:42 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Spotlight shines on late riser Rick Santorum

Then-Sen. Rick Santorum is interviewed after a debate with his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey, in 2006. Santorum later lost the Senate seat to Casey.
Alex Wong Getty Images for Meet the Press

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 7:29 am

Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.

He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.

Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. And from the beginning, Santorum has stood for unwavering social conservatism, especially on the issue of abortion.

"Give the baby a chance to live," said Santorum while delivering a speech on the Senate floor in 1997.

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Andrea Seabrook covers Capitol Hill as NPR's Congressional Correspondent.

Elections 2012
2:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle's Dan Savage back in the news for 'Santorum' hijinks

Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York in June 2011.
Charles Sykes Associated Press

(Warning some of the links in this page, as well as performing the talked about Google search, could result in the display of a NSFW website page.)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s showing in the Iowa caucus this week has put Seattle’s notorious sex blogger, political commentator and Stranger editorial director back in the news for political hijinks.

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