Elections 2012
9:36 am
Mon October 3, 2011

State Sen. Baumgartner announces for Cantwell seat

Sen. Baumgartner meets with the Advocates from the American Diabetes Association in April 2011.
WashingtonSRC Flickr

SPOKANE, Wash. — Republican State Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane is announcing he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Read more
K-12 Education
7:30 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Seattle hopes celebrities and competition get students to school

The school year just started last month and chances are a lot of kids have already missed a day or two of class. Educators say that’s a huge problem since attendance is one of the biggest indicators of whether students will graduate.

Now, some new efforts are underway to get kids to school ... one involves famous people. 

Read more
Business
8:11 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

Minimum wage in Washington will rise to $9.04 in January

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Despite a slow economic recovery, inflation is up. That means Washington’s minimum wage will increase to more than $9 an hour starting in January.

That was the announcement Friday from the state. The wage hike is based on a voter approved initiative that links the minimum wage to inflation.

Read more
Artscape
8:10 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Go ahead and scream: New horror film exhibit at Seattle's EMP

Among the horror film props on display at "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" at Seattle's EMP Museum is the infamous mask from "Friday the 13th."
From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. Photo by Brady Harvey

What is it about horror films that makes our skin crawl?

EMP Museum's new  "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" exhibit dissects the horror flick, ripping apart the hair-raising soundtrack and giving us an up-close view of various movie props: from the gory to the just plain eerie.

Read more
BC Place
8:00 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Bigger seats, 'marshmallow' roof replaced at Vancouver stadium

The newly renovated BC Place, the former Olympic stadium in Vancouver B.C. had it's 'marshmallow' roof replaced with a retractable roof.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

Seen around the world as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the iconic “marshmallow,” air supported roof is gone, in favor of a $240 million fabric supported retractable covering.

The renovations have been so extensive, including bigger seats for bigger bottoms, that the new BC Place is being marketed as virtually a brand new stadium.

Read more
Festivals and events
5:34 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

3 things to do over the weekend

From locally crafted brews to deep rumbling sub-woofers, Tacoma and Seattle have a lot to offer this weekend in terms of events and festivals. Check out these three local events that could make your weekend fun and exciting.

Read more
Data Mining
5:04 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Could young voters be the next surprise for Republicans?

Young voters have a voice and a vote – but how they will use them is the question.
Joseph Gilbert Flickr

Recent polls suggest that younger Washington state voters are trending more politically conservative than their elders.

Read more
Drug control
12:20 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

To fight meth, new system will track your purchases of cold-meds

The fight against meth takes many forms, one of which is a new tracking system that will limit how much cold medicine you can buy.
Eric Chan Flickr

If you’re a fan of the television series "Breaking Bad" then you know, in the words of Walter White,  that making methamphetamines "is just basic chemistry."

And some of the key chemical ingredients of meth are found in over the counter cold, flu and allergy medications which contain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. That’s why the Washington State Board of Pharmacy is implementing a new electronic reporting system that will monitor purchases of these medications in real time.

Read more
Union unrest
10:07 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over tactics

Longshoremen tactics in Longview have resulted in confrontations with police and now a major fine from a judge.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

Read more

Pages