Animals
12:21 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

NPR picks: Best animal video clips of 2011

In one video, a "criminal" penguin takes stones from its neighbour's nest ... as can be seen in this screen grab.
KPLU

Barbara J King (of NPR's 13.7 science blog) shares some of the best animal video clips of the year.

"I've made my choices in a time-honored category: 'clips that increase our scientific understanding of animal behavior and are fun to watch, besides,' " she explains.

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National Public Radio

Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Preview: UW faces Heisman winner, tough team in Alamo Bowl

University of Washington Alumni Association

The Washington Huskies will spend the holiday preparing for their second bowl game in two years. They face the Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

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Holiday spirit
9:44 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Aberdeen rallies around laid off diner workers with 'Grinch fund'

America's Diner on Google maps ( ... the reason for the little red dot).

ABERDEEN, Wash. — A regular customer at a shuttered Aberdeen diner that left 12 workers out of work has successfully led a fundraiser that collected nearly $17,000 to help them out.

Glenn Ludwig launched the "Grinch fund" after learning that the 12 workers at his favorite diner — America's Diner — were left jobless and without a paycheck since before Thanksgiving.

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Other News
9:23 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Cops: Drunk tried driving hurt deer to NY hospital

GREECE, N.Y. — Police say a drunken New York man struck a deer with his vehicle, then tried driving the injured animal to a nearby hospital — for humans.

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Holiday Traditions
8:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Pastorela shows life between two cultures in Yakima

"The cast of the bilingual Yakima pastorela goes over the final scene with director Dylan Levers
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

There’s a Mexican Christmas tradition called a “pastorela.” And it’s getting a new twist in Yakima.

A pastorela is a play about the shepherds’ search for the baby Jesus. This weekend members of the community will perform a pastorela that draws on the real-life experiences of Latinos in the Northwest.

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Transportation
4:30 am
Thu December 22, 2011

SR 520 Tolls – kicking in one week from today

Get ready! It might hurt, but there's no choice about tolls on the 520 bridge starting on December 29th.
Courtesy Zach Lewis theseattlesalmon.com

Get ready for tolling charges on the 520 bridge.

The state department of transportation will be flipping a virtual switch one week from today.

That means now is a really good time to set up a Good to Go account online – or face more expensive travel.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The infamous 'Christmas Carol Bloodbath' of ... 2011

Can Lady Gaga defeat Bing Crosby?

This week we pit musical legends against upstarts and imitators, in a duel to the death. You be the judge and jury.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Oregon's Wealthiest To Get A Tax Cut In January

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 2:59 pm

SALEM, Ore. – President Obama and House Republicans continue to spar over whether to extend a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut. But one group of Oregonians will definitely see their taxes go down in January. They’re the wealthiest taxpayers.

When Oregon voters approved Measure 66 nearly two years ago, income taxes immediately rose for the highest tier of earners in the state. But the jump was temporary.

Starting this January 1st, the rate will drop back, though not all the way to pre-Measure 66 levels.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce computers hacked, allegedly by China

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Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 1:35 pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was infiltrated by computer hackers last year, and the Wall Street Journal reports the organization blames saboteurs in China. The attacks occurred in May 2010; the hacking was so "sophisticated" that the infiltrators accessed all of the Chamber's data, including information about the group's three million members. It's not clear how much information was actually stolen.

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