Education
12:11 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

College students: Heavy drinking has its upsides

College students tend to believe that the negative consequences of heavy drinking are outweighed by the what they consider to be the positive ones.
Alejandro Gordo Flickr

“It’s as though they think that the good effects of drinking keep getting better …”

A new study with implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses around the country finds that many students believe the benefits of boozing it up outweigh the downsides.

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Welfare benefits
10:38 am
Thu July 14, 2011

State pays a premium for use of debit card service

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington spends nearly four times what Michigan does to provide food and cash benefits via debit card. That’s just one of the findings in a recent survey of what states are paying large financial institutions to provide welfare benefits electronically.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
10:26 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Hanford’s B Reactor put up for National Park Status

The National Park Service Wednesday gave its support to turning part of the Hanford nuclear site into a new national park.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says Hanford's historic B Reactor deserves park status in order to tell the story of the race to build the atomic bomb. 

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Cobain memorial
9:42 am
Thu July 14, 2011

'Kurt Cobain Bridge' in Aberdeen?

Messages written to Kurt Cobain under the Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen shown from 2004. The city is considering renaming the bridge for the Nirvana front man.
Associated Press

ABERDEEN, Wash. — Residents of Kurt Cobain’s Washington state hometown will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to rename a bridge after the late Nirvana front man. Public comment on renaming the Aberdeen bridge is expected at the July 27 city council meeting.

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Record Bin Roulette
8:30 am
Thu July 14, 2011

The dog days of summer are upon us

Life's a Beach
Klearchos Kapoutsis Flickr

Believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid," summer was also considered to cause "fevers, hysterics and frenzies." But, there are  some redeeming values, including beer and bikinis.

Actually neither of us drink beer or wear bikinis, but that was the first thing to come to our mind(s).

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:13 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Vancouver has lost the top rank as Canada's most expensive city.
Evan Leeson Flickr
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Regulating pot
6:06 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Medical marijuana measure passed to Seattle City Council

A committee has passed on a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale and distribution of medical marijuana.
Flickr

The city of Seattle is getting closer to regulating medical pot dispensaries.

The Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee of the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a measure that would require the marijuana shops to comply with city building codes, zoning ordinances and fair employment laws.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Seattle takes another step toward green with new electric cars

The Seattle motor pool's new Nissan Leafs
Mayor McGinn's photostream flickr.com

The city of Seattle is greening up its fleet of vehicles with the addition of five Nissan Leafs. The city plans to have a total of 35 Leafs by the end of 2012.

Seattle is one of 18 cities taking part in The EV Project, the nation's largest electric vehicle demonstration.

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Cancer research
11:36 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub

Cancer researchers will be growing specialized immune cells in this former biotech factory on Boren Ave. in Seattle
Jake Ellison KPLU

You may associate downtown Seattle with its shopping, hotels and offices, but the city's core also has a growing medical research community. From global-health focused non-profits to the University of Washington, it seems scientists all want to be near downtown.

The latest addition is a combination cancer research lab and bio-factory. Seattle Children’s Research Institute plans to open the new lab and "factory" in the Denny Triangle next month.

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Metro Transit
11:09 am
Wed July 13, 2011

College students weigh in against Metro bus cuts

Could cuts to Metro bus routes result in more college dropouts? Student leaders at the University of Washington say it’s something they’re deeply concerned about.

Students testifying last night at a hearings in King County over a proposed $20 car tab fee argued in favor of the charge. The money would  help keep Metro busses running at current levels. Without the fee, Metro service is expected to be cut by 17 percent.

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