Occupy Seattle
5:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Labor rally joins Occupy Seattle, splits to protest Mitt Romney

Labor union members moved their jobs rally to Seattle's Westlake Park to be in the center of momentum created by Occupy Seattle protests.
Charla Bear KPLU

Members of King County’s labor council rallied today to call for job growth in the Seattle park that’s been home to Occupy Seattle protests. Labor leaders say they did not want to co-opt the grassroots movement but saw a rally in Westlake Park as an opportunity for both groups. 

The labor council was originally planning to hold its rally in a park near Pike Place Market. Apparently, that spot was so three weeks ago. With all the recent attention on Westlake, they quickly switched gears.

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Budget crisis
4:31 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

State workers picket over Western State Hospital closures

Western State Hospital nurse Celia Gorski joins a picket to protest the proposed closure of five wards in a cost-cutting move.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Unionized state workers are protesting a cost-cutting proposal to close five wards at one of Washington's mental institutions. More than a dozen employees staged a lunch-time picket Thursday outside Western State Hospital.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Traveling WWI museum comes to Seattle's Museum of Flight

Waddell & Reed's 18-wheel 'Honoring Our History' Traveling World War I Exhibition
Waddell & Reed

It's a museum on wheels! The traveling World War I exhibition, dubbed the "Honoring Our History Tour", rolls into Seattle this weekend on a custom, 18 wheel truck.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:12 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Preview: Aaron Curry biggest draft bust in Seahawks history

A rare sight this season: Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry in action.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

He couldn't live up to the hype. The Seahawks have traded disappointing linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders for almost nothing in return. Just two years ago, the Hawks selected Curry as the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft.

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Phoenix Jones
12:51 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Seattle ‘superhero’ evades charges; next Hollywood action figure?

In this screen grab, Tauntr.com has put up a 'parody' of an action figure featuring Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones.

Prosecutors have filed no charges, as of yet, against the self-proclaimed Seattle superhero who goes by the name Phoenix Jones.

Jones, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor (and whose real face can be seen in the photos above), appeared in a city courtroom Thursday morning wearing a charcoal-colored mask and a superhero uniform under a button-down shirt.

The ‘superhero’s’ costume, exploits and court appearance are fast becoming internationally recognizable. Could this fortune (for good or ill) make Fodor’s character the next Hollywood action figure?

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Education
11:27 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Danny Glover visits high tech school in Federal Way

The Hollywood actor Danny Glover visited with students at a Federal Way Public School that practices STEM education.
Charla Bear KPLU

Students in a Federal Way Public School taught a Hollywood actor a little about STEM education. Danny Glover visited a science, technology, engineering and math school to learn about innovations in public education. 

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Washington Politics
10:12 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Welfare activist wants fiercer advocate as next state DSHS chief

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 4:55 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The head of Washington's largest state agency has announced her resignation. Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus announced Wednesday she will leave at the end of the year to take a job in her home state of Wisconsin. Her departure comes as the agency prepares for another round of budget cuts.

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Canadian Boarder
9:47 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Northern border fence idea raises eyebrows along frontier

A sign marking the unfenced border to Point Roberts. Photo by Tom Banse

BLAINE, Wash. - A planning document describing possible security enhancements along our northern border is raising eyebrows both in Canada and the U.S. Most notably, the study for the Department of Homeland Security raises the idea of fencing short portions of the northern border. Some Canadians are offended by the idea. The U.S. agency is now trying to contain the negative reaction. Correspondent Tom Banse has details from Blaine, Washington.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Tears (and fears) of a clown

Scary or Happy?
Yvesanemone Flickr

COULROPHOBIA. Fear of clowns. More common than you might think. We got a bad case of it after hearing all the nasty stuff people dressed like clowns are doing.

Besides selling hamburgers and squeezing into Volkswagens, clowns have been committing robberies and even murders…

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Election 2011
5:41 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Costco's support tops $11M on liquor initiative

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Costco has given more than $11 million to support an initiative campaign that would privatize Washington's liquor distribution and sales.

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