Consumer Choices
5:50 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try

Plastic bags such as these can choke fish and whales when they get into the waste stream. In many communities around Washington, they are banned or no longer allowed in recycling bins.
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

When you go to the grocery store, it’s easy to forget to bring a reusable bag with you.

But the consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That’s the message from Environment Washington – a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:43 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: A lesson on an 'organic movement'

A large gathering of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street Movement attend a rally in Union Square in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 1:59 pm

When you ask a lot of the Occupiers questions about their ideal government, they tell you then want an "organic" government or a "true democracy." Something a lot like what they created at Zuccotti Park, they say.

That's probably why there's been so much press coverage about the confusion of the movement's message. But, walking around and talking to many of the protesters today, it's obvious that it's a movement that has brought together a lot of people with very different ideologies.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle protesters clear bridge after tying up traffic

Occupy Seattle protesters on the University Bridge during the march and rally on Thursday.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Traffic was snarled in Seattle's University District as hundreds of Occupy Seattle demonstrators from Seattle Central Community College met union and other protesters at the University Bridge as part of a national day of action demanding jobs.

Reporting from the bridge, KPLU's Vanessa Romo said protesters were in the middle of the bridge but were not directly impeding traffic since it appeared vehicles had been rerouted. Some protesters climbed up on part of the bridge, but all protesters had cleared out and the bridge was reopened by 6:20.

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Health
2:18 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

No West Nile virus cases this year

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes.
Charles Lam flickr.com

The West Nile virus season is over, and the state Department of Health reports there were no human cases of the disease in Washington this year, nor were any birds or horses found to be infected.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:54 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Preview: UW will try to stop losing slide, likely with backup QB

UW backup quarterback Nick Montana completes a 53-yard pass against Oregon on Nov. 5, 2011, in Seattle. Oregon beat Washington 34-17. The pass was Montana's only play in the game. But he could get his first career start this Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

After a promising start, the Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games. And now it looks like they've lost their starting quarterback to a sprained knee. Keith Price was injured in last weekend's loss to USC.

It's not official yet, but it looks like freshman backup quarterback Nick Montana will get his first career start on Saturday against Oregon State.

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Business
9:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Are you happy? Apparently, most Seattleites are darn happy

The sun is rising on a beautiful day in Seattle, apparently more than in other cities!
Ryan Healy Flickr

The Occupy movement is in full force in Seattle with protesters taking to the streets showing their discontent with the way things are. And yet, when asked in a recent survey, are you happy? Most Seattleites said … yes, pretty much.

In fact, when it comes to happiness, Seattle is above average!

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
9:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Brotherly bond clouded by schizophrenia

Dell May, at age 7, holds his new-born brother Ben
Zoe Cooley

Some of the longest relationships are the life-long ties between siblings. But that connection can get complicated when one sibling suffers from a mental illness.

Many support programs don’t focus much on the sibling relationships. Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson recorded the story of two brothers: one in Moscow, Idaho, the other in Anchorage, Alaska. One has schizophrenia. The other grew up in the shadow of it.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Don't worry, be happy (by whatever means!)

There are many paths to happiness. Spirituality, relationships, community, a warm puppy. Writing a hit song also helps, if you believe that happiness can be bought.

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Energy
9:36 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Controversial coastal wind farm development cancelled

Wind turbines spin above Grayland Beach State Park. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:52 pm

A group of four public utilities has cancelled a wind farm development that would have been one of the first and the biggest on the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The Radar Ridge Wind Project would've had as many as 32 turbine towers on state forestland near the southwest Washington coast. The partners in the project quietly scuttled the wind farm last week before a single foundation was dug.

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