Business
4:10 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Rent your car to a stranger?

Portlander Eric Loebel hopes to rent out his Volvo S80 through a car sharing service.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Your car may be your most-prized personal possession, but the vast majority of the time it's parked not doing anything. Now, several startup companies propose to help you capitalize on your car's downtime by renting it to perfect strangers.

Following the example set by California last year, the Oregon Legislature is set to tweak its insurance rules to smooth the road for person-to-person car rentals. One company already has hundreds of registered users across the Pacific Northwest, even though the service has not officially launched in that region. And, another company plans to include Washington state this summer.

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Education
1:23 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

State universities will set tuition

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a measure giving the state's six four-year colleges and universities ability to set tuition.

At the bill signing ceremony at a Seattle high school Monday, The Boeing Co. and Microsoft Corp. also announced that they would each pledge $25 million over the next five years to a new scholarship program and endowment which Gregoire also signed into law Monday.

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Law
12:24 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Opening statements begin in Kalebu murder trial today

The young man accused of one of Seattle's most heinous murders in recent years sat strapped in a heavy green smock, his hands and legs shackled to the restraint chair used to bring him to court. He looked up and told the judge, "Get the (expletive) out of here."

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:30 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

A black bear was shot and killed Monday morning by Lynnwood police after it ran through yards in a residential neighborhood.
KIRO TV.com

Partly sunny today. High near 70. Southwest wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Police shoot and kill bear in Lynnwood neighborhood
  • State is investigating Seattle district's sale of MLK school
  • Chief Seattle's 145-year-old gravesite gets a new look
  • Concert review: U2 lifts off on a perfect day at Quest Field

A bear fleeing capture was killed this morning in Lynnwood

Police have killed a bear they were tracking overnight in a Lynnwood neighborhood, the Associated Press reports. KIRO-TV captured video of the bear fleeing and being killed. Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said the bear was dangerous because it was too close to homes and a nearby school.

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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun June 5, 2011

Play tackles fears of young Native Americans after woodcarver killed

Young Native American actors portray prisoners in the Red Eagle Soaring production, A Right To Justice. The play aims to help youth work out their feelings about police since Ian Birk, a former Seattle officer, shot woodcarver John T. Williams.
Charla Bear KPLU

It’s been more than nine months since a Seattle police officer killed First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams, and tensions are still running high among Native Americans. They say the shooting brings up the long history of brutality Native people have faced.

The anxiety has also affected children, who’ve had a tough time putting Williams’ death in perspective.

This coming weekend, a local theater group will debut a performance to help young Native Americans move forward, starting with a look at the past.

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Business
4:12 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Foreign visitors to Washington, Seattle jump more than 30 percent

New air routes from Seattle to Iceland and Asia have helped increase the percentage of visitors from overseas to Washington state and Seattle by more than 30 percent.
Shawn McClung Flickr

New air services connecting Seattle to Iceland and Asia have helped Washington state lead the nation in attracting visitors from overseas, according to the U.S. Commerce Department and Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tying with Nevada for the highest percentage growth in foreign visitors from 2009 to 2010, Washington state visits increased by 32 percent compared with an 11-percent growth nationally.

Among top U.S. cities, Seattle and Los Angeles led with a 33-percent increase in attracting foreign visitors. Other cities with double-digit increases were Las Vegas with 31 percent; Atlanta, 25 percent, and San Diego, 24 percent.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Rainwater gardens preventing toxic runoff into Puget Sound

Anne Butler, Community Education Programs Coordinator with People for Puget Sound, shows off a "Rain Wise" garden in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.She says the native plants and troughs that replaced a lawn here filter runoff naturally.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

The forecast is for sunny skies this weekend and some of the warmest temps we've seen all year. 

But when it rains a lot – as it has been lately – the runoff from city streets and houses pours toxins straight into Puget Sound. 

How homeowners can address that kind of water pollution is the subject of a series of neighborhood tours put on throughout the region this summer.  The first one is this weekend in Seattle.

 

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Breast Cancer Awarness
12:26 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Washington high school referees sue to use charity pink whistles

westseattleblog.com

A high school football referee association is suing Washington state youth athletic governing bodies over the use of pink whistles for a cancer charity.

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Emergency Preparedness
12:05 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Towers planned on Washington coast as tsunami safe havens

Twenty-nine towers, parking structures and elevated berms may be built on the Washington coast as emergency sites where people could ride out a tsunami.

The "vertical elevation" sites would be able to withstand a 30-foot wave and would be available to residents and tourists with a 30-minute warning.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Bainbridge Island tries peer pressure to save energy

The inspiration for the energy use street painting came from Brighton, UK, where it looked like this.
Courtesy The Tidy Street Project.

Starting this weekend, residents of two neighborhoods on Bainbridge Island will get an in-your-face reminder of how much energy they’re using. Bainbridge is one of three Northwest cities to receive a federal grant to do aggressive energy efficiency outreach.

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