Science wonders
3:17 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

NASA releases video of giant asteroid heading toward Earth

From Slate, NASA has released a short video (above) of the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid that came within 202,000 miles of Earth this week.

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Election 2011
2:53 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Washington liquor employees brace for the unemployment line

Control Board clerk Lidia Giusti uses a metal bar to straighten rows of liquor on shelves in Oct. 31 at a new state liquor store in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mood in state liquor stores across Washington is subdued. More than nine-hundred state employees face lay-off with the passage of Costco-backed Initiative 1183 .

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Math wonders
2:38 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Numbers fun: 11-11-11... another once-a-century palindrome!

Scott Beale Flickr

From the numbers expert at the University of Portland comes another bit of fun with a palindrome date.

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Other News
11:24 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Would-be first plastic bag ban in Idaho goes down

Voters in a small Idaho town have defeated what would have been the state's first ban on plastic grocery bags. The measure in Hailey, Idaho went down with only 42 percent in favor in Tuesday’s election.

It was a group of local teens that collected the signatures to get the bag ban on the ballot. Lex Shapiro is co-president of the high school environmental club. She says her group’s campaign was out-funded by the plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, which owns a nearby plastic bag plant.

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Seattle schools
10:33 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Ex-Seattle school employee Silas Potter arrested in Florida

Silas Potter in an image taken from a 2010 video.

The King County Sheriff's office says a former Seattle school employee who failed to appear for arraignment in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal has been arrested in Florida.

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Election 2011
10:16 am
Wed November 9, 2011

State control of liquor sales to end in Washington

Washington voters have ended nearly 80 years of state-controlled liquor sales. As of Tuesday night, Initiative 1183 was passing with 60 percent of the vote. The measure privatizes the sale of booze and closes state liquor stores.

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Bering Sea storm
6:22 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Coast Guard aiding disabled Seattle fishing vessel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard has evacuated most of the crew from a 143-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel limping on one engine in the stormy Bering Sea.

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Other News
6:17 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Powerful storm rips off roofs, floods Nome, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A powerful Bering Sea storm hit western Alaska early Wednesday with high winds and surging seas.

The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks has received reports of some roofs blowing off in Nome where water reached the base of buildings.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

What use is a cast iron frying pan full of rocks?

I know people who are this dumb.
Dick Stein KPLU

Hint: It has to do with baking.  But first take a look at picture #2 above.  I've had that picture for years and still have no idea what the thing is or does.  

If you do please share.  And now the answer to the question posed in today's headline.

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Election 2011
10:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Privatizing liquor in Washington will be the new norm

Seattle Times reports that the second try, plus more than $22 million, was the charm for Costco Wholesale in attempting to kick the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell liquor in Washington.

Initiative 1183 was passing with more than 60 percent of the early returns, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties. "We are very pleased and grateful to all of the coalition members across the state," said Joel Benoliel, Costco's chief legal officer.

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