NEWS ROUNDUP
7:57 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Woodland Park Zoo is hoping to make Chai, the zoo’s 32-year-old Asian elephant, pregnant.
Woodland Park Zoo
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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Sounders FC, Vancouver renew soccer rivalry

Seattle Sounders FC fans cheer during a MLS match against the Portland Timbers, May 14, 2011 in Seattle. Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity but will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Ted S. Warren AP

Think of them as the nice cousins who live up North. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says of the Vancouver Whitecaps. They’re coming to Qwest Field in Seattle Saturday night to play the Sounders FC in the first Major League Soccer match-up between the two teams.

While the match will renew a longstanding regional soccer rivalry, Art says it’s hardly the same as the fierce rivalry Seattle has with its neighbors to the South – the Portland Timbers.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County

Dead crabs and live sea stars are among the creatures pulled up with derelict fishing gear collected by the Northwest Straits Initiative in Puget Sound, here on a boat at Alden Bank, off the coast of Ferndale.The coalition has mapped 934 remaining nets.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

They’re known as ghost nets – old tangles of synthetic lines snagged on underwater rocks or reefs and left behind by fishermen as long as seventy years ago.   

A coalition out of Mount Vernon has removed thousands of them over the past decade.  There’s still work to be done, but they’re running out of funding. 

Since 2002, The Northwest Straights Initiative has removed nearly four thousand derelict fishing nets from shallow waters of Puget Sound. 

“Because they just don’t degrade. They can get torn apart by wave action, but they won’t degrade," says Northwest Straits Initiative Director, Ginny Broadhurst.

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Barefoot Bandit
3:32 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Suspect in 'Barefoot Bandit' case pleads not guilty

'Barefoot Bandit' case: The 20-year-old suspect accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Seattle.
Associated Press

Colton Harris-Moore, who gained a popular following as the "Barefoot Bandit," has pleaded not guilty to all charges in federal court in Seattle.

The 20-year-old is accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree in stolen cars, boats and planes — some of the crimes allegedly committed while he was barefoot. He entered his plea Thursday.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Critics of Washington plan want number of wolves capped

Cattlemen and hunting groups contend a proposed plan for managing and restoring gray wolves in Washington state allows for too many wolves.

A 17-member citizen advisory group has been meeting for nearly five years about how best to recover wolves in their historic territory while reducing and managing wolf-livestock conflicts.

Jack Field of the Washington Cattlemen Association says the number of wolves overall should be capped.

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Corpse Flower
1:37 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

After peak bloom today, UW's corpse flower to fade fast

At 12:30 a.m. last night, the UW Biology Dept.'s corpse flower was nearly fully open and nearly at its peak smell. Waves of nausea reported by those around it.
University of Washington Biology Dept.

The University of Washington Biology Department says the corpse flower that reached the peak of its smelly bloom early Thursday will die in a few days.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:45 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC to host Vancouver

Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity as with the Portland Timbers, but it will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Associated Press

Another Major League Soccer regional rivalry match takes place Saturday at Qwest Field in Seattle, when the Sounders FC host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Environment
9:55 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County

Fishing for ghost nets in the Puget Sound too often yields injured or dead wildlife.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

(Updated at 11:49 a.m. with new photos)

This morning I’ll be up early, heading to Sandy Point Marina, near Bellingham, for a short field trip with the non-profit Northwest Straits.  They’re a non-partisan group that’s been removing derelict fishing gear from the waters of the region for the past decade. 

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Business
8:58 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Court says Microsoft must pay $290 million

The high court on Thursday refused to throw out the judgment against Microsoft.
Associated Press

The Supreme Court says Microsoft Corp. must pay a $290 million patent infringement judgment awarded to a small Toronto software company in a patent lawsuit.

The high court on Thursday refused to throw out the judgment against the world's largest software maker.

Toronto-based i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind a tool used in Microsoft Word. The technology in question gave Word 2003 and Word 2007 users an improved way to edit XML, which is computer code that tells the program how to interpret and display a document's contents.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:18 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Goose and goslings on I-90 created a sensation.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

UW graduates will be happy, drivers should avoid the area

Some 40,000 people are expected Husky Stadium Saturday for the annual day of graduation at the University of Washington. Seattle Department of Transportation is expecting heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the stadium between noon and 6 p.m. as well as congestion on I-5 and SR-520.

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