I Wonder Why ... ?
7:51 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Why so divided? Exploring the comments in 'Wonder' series

Discussions about Utilikilts and the 'Seattle freeze' were particularly revealing.

In the Northwest, we share some unique attributes. But, like people everywhere, we disagree passionately when it comes to those things that tie us together. That came clear to us after sorting through the comments prompted by KPLU’s "I Wonder Why…?" series.

For instance, in combing through two of our most popular stories, no one could agree on just how friendly we are in the Northwest or whether men in skirts … er Utilikilts is a good idea.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Arena, NBA team still a long way away for Seattle - despite the hype

Lunging toward Seattle? Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins dives to save the ball in a game on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

There has been a lot of buzz this week following the news that the city of Seattle has been in discussions with a potential investor for a new arena.

With property purchased just south of the already existing baseball and football stadiums by this investor, and the Sacremento Kings basketball team seemingly on the brink of leaving town, many people have become excited at the possibility that Seattle could see a new team, and perhaps a professional hockey team sooner than later.

Art Thiel doesn't see that happening any time soon.

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Contagion
4:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

192 sickened so far after cheerleading tournament in Everett

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state Health Department spokesman says there have been 192 reports of illness among people who attended a state cheerleading tournament last weekend in Everett.

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Tech news
2:34 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Protesters at Apple stores demand 'ethical' products

Sarah Ryan, left, and Shelby Knox, with Change.org arrive at the Apple store at Grand Central to deliver petitions asking Apple to change its manufacturing practices.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 2:00 pm

In an effort to protest the working conditions in the Chinese factories that make Apple products, demonstrators delivered a petition to six different Apple stores in four different countries.

The petition, which asks the country to make "ethical" products, included about 250,000 signatures. Organizers said they were delivering them to Apple stores in Bangalore, London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Sydney and New York City.

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Pets
2:05 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Auburn 'Camper Cats' are now available for adoption

Cats being rescued from a camper in Auburn. 1/26/12

Remember the 74 cats (and one dog) found living in a cramped, filthy camper near the Auburn Regional Medical Center a couple of weeks ago?

The first batch of rescued felines is going up for adoption today at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent.

The plight of the kitties tugged at the heartstrings of many of us. Fortunately, says Regional Animal Services interim director Glynis Frederikson, this story will have a happy ending.

“People have been calling and visiting almost every day, wondering when the Camper Cats would be available for adoption, so we know that these will find wonderful homes.”

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Legalizing marijuana
1:40 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Marijuana legalization to be decided by Washington voters

Backers of the measure said it would allow the state to regulate marijuana use, raise money through taxes on marijuana and would squeeze the powerful drug cartels controlling the black market.
Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers said Thursday that an initiative to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana will be decided by voters.

If passed, Initiative 502 would make Washington the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and would place it at odds with federal law, which bans marijuana use of all kinds.

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Economy
1:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The mortgage deal: A reality check (in addition to $26 billion)

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement places tape over a window of a foreclosed home during a march in the impoverished community of East New York in Brooklyn in December.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:19 pm

The $26 billion deal Thursday reached by the federal government, most states and the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners for abusive foreclosure practices was hailed as a landmark agreement. But it's unlikely to end the mortgage mess that has depressed property values and left millions of homeowners owing more than their homes are worth, analysts say.

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Politics
11:34 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Both Sides Of Gay Marriage Debate React To Wash. House Vote

Photo by Chantal Andrea.

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:23 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage supporters are thrilled. Opponents are gearing up for a ballot fight. That's the dynamic after the Washington House voted Wednesday to send a same-sex marriage bill to the governor.

Up in the marble nosebleeds, proponents of gay marriage watched the debate quietly. But when the vote was tallied the celebration went on for more than a minute.

Susan Fairo cheered with her partner of 17 years. "I'm relieved, I'm delighted," she said. "It felt like a historic moment. So, we're a step farther."

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Politics
11:33 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-sex marriage decision personal for lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor. Photo by Asuza Uchikura

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:44 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

Democrat Jamie Pedersen, who is openly gay, spoke of how same-sex marriage would affect his own family.

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Home loans
11:15 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Washington's share of mortgage settlement: $648 million

Washington's share of a $25 billion national settlement with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders will be about $648 million.

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