D.B. Cooper
4:56 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Niece: No DNA match to purported D.B. Cooper

This FBI photo shows the black J.C. Penney tie Cooper was wearing during the hijacking, which he removed before jumping. it later provided a DNA sample.

A DNA test has failed to connect a deceased central Oregon man to the unsolved 1971 hijacking of a Northwest Orient jet. This according to the man's niece. She came forward this week to finger her uncle as the legendary fugitive D.B. Cooper.

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D.B. Cooper
3:26 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

D.B. Cooper's purported niece: Money was all lost

The woman who claims her uncle was the legendary hijacker D.B. Cooper believes he lost all the money from his heist.

At SeaTac Airport in 1971, a hijacker exchanged a planeload of passengers for 200,000 dollars in ransom and four parachutes. Transplanted Oklahoman Marla Cooper now says the fugitive and a previously unknown accomplice were her uncles.

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Festivals and events
3:15 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

3 events for tonight and the weekend

From a crazy bike race (with a really terrible name) in Seattle, a cool Native Arts Festival in Tacoma to (how could we not mention it since there’s no escaping the roar of the jets overhead) Seafair – there's just too much to do tonight and this weekend.

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Other News
2:23 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Debate over whether taxes cause migration rages on

The debate continues to rage in Oregon over whether raising taxes on the rich prompts people to leave the state. A new study claims the answer is no. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, the new research doesn't put the controversy over last year's Measure 66 tax hike to bed.

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Blues
12:37 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

5 Texas bluesmen who paved the way for Stevie Ray Vaughan

Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan rehearses with his band Double Trouble for a performance on Saturday Night Live in 1986.
Associated Press

When blues guitarist and vocalist Stevie Ray Vaughan released Texas Flood in 1983, he introduced Texas blues to a much broader audience than it had previously known. His impact was great enough that even today, 21 years after his death, if you ask a music lover to name a Texas blues guitarist, he or she will probably reply, "Stevie Ray Vaughan."

But, like many great musicians, Vaughan was not sui generis. He synthesized his unique style by combining a huge number of influences from Albert King and Johnny "Guitar" Watson to Lonnie Mack and Kenny Burrell. That being the case, here's a list of five Texas bluesmen (out of many) who, in addition to creating their own great legacies, paved the way for Vaughan to create a great legacy of his own.

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Groove Notes
12:10 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Film to capture influence, mastery of jazz legend Clark Terry

Clark Terry receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 Grammys.
Rick Diamond WireImage.com

With students such as Quincy Jones and Miles Davis and a playing career that includes Duke Ellington and Count Basie, one would expect jazz great Clark Terry to have some pearls of wisdom and a few great stories to share.

And now that influence and inspiration will be brought to the screen in a documentary called “Keep on Keepin’ On.”

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Earnings report
11:09 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Wealthy shoppers boost Blue Nile, but earnings less than dazzling

Even as the stock market takes stomach turning plunges this week, it’s still good to be a luxury item retailer.

Seattle’s online diamond jeweler, Blue Nile, put out its second quarter earnings report on Thursday. And though the numbers aren’t dazzling, they’re still on the rise.

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Politics
10:53 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Initiative activist Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to tax evasion

Bill Sizemore leaves court in December 2009 after being indicted on felony tax evasion charges.
Chris Lehman

SALEM, Ore. - Conservative Oregon initiative activist Bill Sizemore will serve 30 days in jail. The former Republican nominee for governor pled guilty Thursday to three counts of tax evasion.

Bill Sizemore was best known for his anti-tax initiatives. Now, it's a failure to file his state taxes over the course of three years that's sending him to jail.

He was set to go on trial next week. As part of the plea deal, Sizemore will serve 30 days in the Marion County jail. That's followed by three years of supervised probation, plus 100 hours of community service.

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Environment
10:48 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Catalyst may lead to more ethanol options

The right balance of zinc and zirconium oxides in this catalyst (purple block) converts ethanol to isobutene with low amounts of unwanted byproducts such as acetone and ethylene.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ethanol may soon have more uses than just as a fuel additive. Researchers have accidentally discovered an easier, more environmentally friendly biofuel catalyst.

Researchers hope a new catalyst called isobutene will lead to more ways to use ethanol –- from making rubber to solvents to aviation fuel.

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