Dating in Seattle
10:52 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Seattle ranked second most promiscuous city

A couple share a kiss in front of Pike Place Market. Seattle was named the second most promiscuous city by OkCupid.
lucaswestcoat Flickr

Dating and social networking site OkCupid ranked Seattle among the most promiscuous cities in the country.  Seattle placed second, directly behind Portland.

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Bald Eagle Collision
9:30 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Pilots recognized for quick response to eagle collision

Air Line Pilots Association President Capt. Lee Moak, Alaska Airlines Capt. Steve Cleary, and Alaska Airlines First Officer Michael Hendrix.
Air Line Pilots Association Flickr

Two Washington pilots are getting recognition for safely handling a jet that collided with an eagle last year. One of the plane's engines exploded when the bird flew into it.

Alaska Airlines Captain Steve Cleary of Federal Way and First Officer Michael Hendrix of Seattle won the Superior Airmanship Award from the Airline Pilots Association.

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Electric Vehicle Tax
9:20 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Oregon governor continues push for electrical vehicle tax

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber addresses the Oregon Transportation Commission.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has not given up on the idea of a mileage tax paid by electric vehicle owners. The tax is meant to offset the lack of gas taxes paid by people who drive electric cars.

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Contaminants Found in Schools
9:14 am
Thu August 25, 2011

EPA tells Bureau of Indian Affairs to clean up tribal schools

The Environmental Protection Agency says hazardous contaminants that most schools have gotten rid of remain in more than 160 government-operated tribal schools. That includes six in the Northwest. A new settlement aims to bring schools in Native American communities up to standards.

EPA inspections of tribal schools between 2005 and 2008 found violations of seven environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Humanosphere
9:14 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Heroic humanitarian narrative - more harm than good?

Stephen Poff Flickr

The heroic narrative is almost irresistible as a storytelling strategy.

But many in the aid and development community think it frequently does more harm than good.

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Education
9:04 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Oregon state workers approve contract

Members of Oregon’s largest public workers' union have approved a new two-year contract. It's the first time state workers have agreed to pay a portion of their health insurance premiums.

Members of SEIU Local 503 voted to ratify the contract 77% to 23%. The agreement means that many state workers will pay around 5% of the cost of their health insurance premiums. Employees will also have to take unpaid furlough days. They'll also get cost of living pay increases.

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Business
8:47 am
Thu August 25, 2011

KPLU commentator, industry analyst advises selling Apple stock

Steve Jobs photographed in 2010.
Associated Press

At the news of Steve Job's departure from Apple's top job, Mark Anderson – KPLU's "The Digital Future" commentator and CEO of Strategic News Service, the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet – told his subscribers to sell sell sell.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Sweating to the oldies, but letting the records do the spinning

Old School Fitness
kevindooley Flickr

Music and working out seem to go together. But instead of working out this week we burn calories with a quick trip down the (short) memory lane of notable exercise music. (Please consult a physician before attempting any of these exercises. If you fracture your fundibula, we can’t be responsible.)

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Environmentally friendly
5:21 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

King County wants you to camp out in a cargo shipping container

One of the designs submitted for the King County Parks’ Little Footprint Big Forest project.

Imagine you’ve spent the day hiking trails in the woods and roasting s’mores. Now imagine you’ve left your tent at home, only to take shelter in a cargo shipping container. That’s the challenge King County Parks hoped would inspire designers to blend the outdoor experience with eco-friendly containers. 

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Education
4:18 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Fight over video camera disrupts Everett school board meeting

Image from the contentious Everett School Board meeting video posted on YouTube.

"No I’m not out of order, you’re not the boss of me here I’m sorry ..."

EVERETT, Wash. — A disagreement at an Everett School Board meeting got so heated, police were called to intervene.

(Video and partial transcription inside.)

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