10:53 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Mysterious microfinance firm re-emerges

Indian woman Jahan Bano, right, a microfinance beneficiary makes lime stone along with her daughter at her factory in Mumbai, India, March 2011. Long heralded as a way to lift the downtrodden out of poverty, microfinance has come under a cloud.
Associated Press

A year ago the Seattle microfinance firm Unitus closed its doors, laid off most of its staff and didn’t really tell anybody (including some major donors) why it did so.

Unitus, which had claimed its primary mission was to help poor people, also happened to have made a lot of money — having invested in an Indian company, SKS Microfinance, which had pursued this anti-poverty financing scheme as a for-profit venture.

Now, Unitus has been resurrected as Unitus Labs.

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Tax for Homeless
9:22 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Kitsap considering tax to benefit homeless

Tim Hamilton Flickr

Advocates for the homeless in Kitsap County say there’s not enough money to provide services – so they’re talking about the possibility of a new tax. 

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8:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

As Idaho plans wolf hunt without quotas, new pack confirmed in Cascades

DNA tests confirm that a wolf captured on film by Conservation Northwest volunteers is part of a new wolf pack in the Teanaway area east of Seattle.
Conservation Northwest

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is developing a proposal that could make this year's wolf hunting season even more controversial. It would allow wolf hunting in most parts of Idaho without a cap on the total number of wolves being killed. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, that news from Idaho comes on the same day Washington announces some new wolf numbers of its own.

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8:45 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Report: Former Wash. DOC chief admits to affair with staffer

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s former prisons chief has admitted to an extramarital affair with a subordinate. And Seattle TV stations are airing video they say shows Eldon Vail leaving a motel with that staffer. Vail resigned suddenly last Friday.

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7:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

In this image provided by the Conservation Northwest, a gray wolf is shown in a photo taken from a remote camera on May 7, 2011. State wildlife officials have documented Washington's fourth wolf pack, the Teanaway Pack of Kittitas County.
Associated Press
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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Neolithic cave art shows inventor of sandwich

The 18th century's John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich gets the credit, but as we now know the sandwich was probably invented no more than five or ten minutes after the appearance of bread.

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Traffic Woes
2:23 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Seattle traffic will not be better this weekend

Between closure of State Route 520 and I-5 ramps to and from Mercer Street, expect anther bad weekend for traffic.

You can expect region-wide congestion this weekend, the state Department of Transportation says, because State Route 520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

And, the city of Seattle will close the Interstate 5 ramps to and from Mercer Street.

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Missing Climber
1:47 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Climber's body found on Mount Baker

Searchers have found the body of a missing Colorado climber on Mount Baker. Bellingham and Skagit mountain rescue teams spotted the body Sunday in a hole that develops in the snow just west of the ridge.

The Whatcom County sheriff's office says 34-year-old Sheryl Costello, of Golden, Colo., had reached the summit of the 10,781-foot mountain on Saturday with her boyfriend. They were on their way down when he lost sight of her near Heliotrope Ridge.

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Lions Club Parade
11:49 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Lions Parade of Nations march Seattle's 5th Avenue

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations took over downtown Seattle on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention is in Seattle through the July 8, and the club’s major Parade of Nations took over 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle on Tuesday.

"The first thing that struck me were the big smiles on all the participants faces. They looked so happy to be a part of this big event and so proud of their particular groups," reported KPLU's Erin Hennessey.

The parade was scheduled to run from the Seattle Center to the Washington State Convention Center. The closure of 5th Avenue and the rerouting of Metro bus routes through the city was expected to last until 2 p.m. or so. (Video and photo gallery inside)

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