Life in the Northwest
1:47 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection

The Coliseum and Space Needle under construction. 10/30/61
Seattle Public Library

Where were you in '62?

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection online for all to see.

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Events and Festivals
1:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Vacouver's wine & jazz festival - a top event in the Northwest

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is just one out of numerous bands that will be performing at the festival.
Vancouver Jazz and Wine Festival

The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington and is “…the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest…”  (KATU Channel 2, Portland, OR). 

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festivals and events
12:32 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Fringe dance, comedy and drama hit Victoria, B.C.

A performer from Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles, one of shows appearing in the 25th annual Victoria Fringe Theater Festival.
Intrepid Theater flickr

The Victoria Fringe Theater Festival celebrates its 25th year this month. The Fringe, Vancouver Island's biggest theater festival, kicked off Thursday after two days of lead-up to the event, including a Flash Mob on Tuesday and a Fringe Eve Preview on Wednesday. 

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Budget crisis
12:16 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Oregon economists predict $200 million revenue hit

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon economists say the recent turmoil on Wall Street is having an effect on the state’s finances. But it’s a small one so far. An economic forecast issued Friday shows a projected 200 million dollar drop in revenue.

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Business
11:55 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Washington wheat crops way above average

Wheat on the Palouse.
Nikky Stephen Flickr

Cooler temperatures this year have given Washington’s wheat famers a boost. The cool wet spring combined with good ripening conditions in July and August have increased yields here. At the same time, severe drought has diminished the harvest in the nation’s Plain states. 

As a result, Washington is expected to surpass Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this year, making it second only to Kansas.   

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Hate Crimes
10:18 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Feds to ask potential jurors about racist ties in Spokane case

Prosecutors in a federal hate crime case in Spokane are asking prospective jurors if they have ties to racist and militia groups. The man accused of planting a backpack bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade route in January has been linked to white supremacists.

Kevin Harpham's name shows up in connection with more than 1,000 posts made to a Neo-Nazi web forum. And the Southern Poverty Law Center says he was once a member of the racist group, the National Alliance.

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Education
8:51 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Everett school board scuffle ended in scratches, no arrests planned

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

EVERETT, Wash. — Police say no one's going to be arrested following a scuffle at an Everett School Board meeting this week, but misdemeanor charges are possible.

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K-12 Education
6:30 am
Fri August 26, 2011

In Kent, kindergarten is time to consider college

Kent educators are taking kindergarten classes to college campuses to get kids geared toward higher education.
Charla Bear KPLU

School starts up again in a couple of weeks and a lot of kids have just begun to think about the coming year.  Kindergarteners in Kent, though, are already mulling over higher education.

The school district is trying a unique approach to helping students get to college.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Quarterback controversy already brewing for Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sets to pass in the first half of last Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Some wonder whether he's the best choice for starting QB.
John Froschauer AP Photo

"When you have two quarterbacks, you have none."

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel quoted that old sports adage a few weeks ago, when the Seahawks decided to pass on veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in favor of two relatively inexperienced QBs.

After two preseason games, some experts and fans are questioning whether the Seahawks made the right choice in deciding who would be their new starter.

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Environment
5:09 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Grizzly bear killing in Idaho gets political

Idaho politicians are questioning the federal government's decision to press charges against a man for killing a grizzly bear near his house. Governor Butch Otter sent a letter to the Department of the Interior asking Secretary Ken Salazar to look into the north Idaho case. Senator Mike Crapo is also pushing for answers from the Interior Department.

Thirty-three-year-old Jeremy Hill faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine for killing a grizzly bear. The grizzly is a threatened species.

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