K-12 Education
8:41 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget

Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district's school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.

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Business
8:38 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Seattle tech moguls likely to shape Skype-Facebook deal in Idaho

Media moguls gather in Sun Valley, Idaho this week at a summit known for producing major business deals.
Steve Platzer visitsunvalley.com

Some of the biggest names in media and technology converge on Sun Valley, Idaho this week.

They're attending an annual retreat known to produce major industry-shaping business deals – one of those deals likely to be shaped involves Microsoft, Facebook and Skype.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:29 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The brewery in Tacoma, shown here in better days, burned last night.
J Brew Flickr
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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu July 7, 2011

There's a moon in the sky - but have we been there? Really?

Wish you were here.
e-strategyblog.com Flickr

One small step for man ... and one giant leap of believability. As many as 25% of us Earthlings think the moon landings were a big fake, staged by Stanley Kubrick on a Hollywood sound stage.

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UW firebombing
6:57 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fugitive linked to UW ecoterrorist firebomb arrested

A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

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national security
5:16 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

NW National Lab still recovering from major cyber attack

Pacific Northwest National Lab is just recovering from a sophisticated cyber attack.
PNNL Flickr

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state gets about 4 million cyber attacks a day. But workers there are just now getting back online after a sophisticated attack shut down most Internet services last Friday.

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Education
2:17 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year

Some high school students are expected to ditch the state’s popular Running Start program this fall.

The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90’s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.  

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Environment
12:34 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Big, crafty raccoon eating rare chickens, ducks, peacocks

This undated photo provided by Leo Pauly shows a raccoon that park officials are certain is responsible for killing about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Courtesy of Leo Pauly

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla park officials are certain the predator that has killed about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary is a big raccoon.

A motion detector camera showed the raccoon stealing bait from a trap.

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Humanosphere
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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