digital displays
8:35 am
Wed May 18, 2011

No new billboards in Tacoma during moratorium

The potential for new electronic billboards has brought an overwhelming negative response from Tacoma residents. So, the Tacoma City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on all billboards in the city, while a new policy is worked out.  

That reverses a legal settlement with Clear Channel. The company negotiated an agreement to put up new digital billboards in exchange for removing hundreds of traditional ones. Now, that agreement is on hold and the company is threatening to return to litigation.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:24 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Al Jazeera and former Seattle P-I journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been released from Iranian custody.
Photo by Handout

Sunny and 62 Tuesday; headed for nearly 70 by Friday. Latest forecast here.

 

  • Iranians Release Former Seattle P-I Reporter
  • Missing State Trooper Found Alive in North Cascades
  • State Senate Approves Cigar Lounges
  • Seattle Schools Chief Reverses Decision to Fire Ingraham Principal

 

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Food
4:00 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Wonderfully weighty won tons

I was eager to hear all about the fabulous high-end chow I knew Nancy Leson had been scarfing in New York City's hottest dining spots. Instead we took a detour to Jersey. You got a problem wit dat?

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Mobile phones
9:45 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Using tragedy to teach dangers of texting while driving

The car that a teenager died in is parked outside Roosevelt High School in Seattle, May 17, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

How do you convince someone not to text or talk on the cell phone while  driving?  How about an in-your- face reminder of what can happen if you do?  That's the tactic Seattle Police have been using this week. 

They've been parking a black Honda, with the driver's side smashed in, outside area high schools.  A Tumwater teenager, Heather Lerch, died in the car in February of 2010 while texting and driving.

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Military Justice
5:59 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Sixth western Wash.-based soldier charged in Afghan murder case

Jeremy Morlock, right, poses with Staff Sgt. David Bram with weapons that they have allegedly taken from dead Afghans.
Rolling Stone

The Army has charged a sixth soldier based in western Washington in the murder of three Afghan civilians last year. The accused soldiers have become known as the "Kill Team" for allegedly killing unarmed Afghans for sport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Staff Sgt. David Bram of Vacaville, Calif., already faced a series of lesser charges in the case. The new charges include solicitation to commit premeditated murder, engaging in murder scenario conversations with subordinates and planting evidence near the body of an Afghan civilian.

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Aerospace Industry
1:53 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State to get $3 million for aerospace training

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks Tuesday at the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton. Gregoire announced $3 million in funding to help workers develop the skills needed by aerospace employers such as Boeing.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.

She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing's Renton factory.

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Food
10:05 am
Tue May 17, 2011

First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle

Alaska Airlines Capt. Bob Porter, right, holds up a 45 lb. Copper River Salmon as First Officer Scott Day looks on at left, Tuesday, as they arrived with the first shipment of Copper River Salmon from Alaska at Sea-Tac Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived Tuesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.

The Alaska Airlines pilot carried the first 45-pound fish off the plane and handed it to Frank Ragusa of Ocean Beauty Seafoods who gave it a kiss.

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Washington State Legislature
9:50 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Cigar smokers push for space of their own

Cigar aficionados could light up at their favorite bar under a bill up for a vote in the Washington Senate this week. The measure would allow cigar lounges in some bars and tobacco stores. But opponents of the change say it would overturn the will of Washington voters.

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K-12 Education
7:30 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Hundreds of Washington teachers might not have jobs next year

Students in an Issaquah biology class construct molecular models. They might not have as many teachers next year. The school district sent layoff notices to 51 teachers.
Issaquah School District

Hundreds of teachers throughout Western Washington are unsure if they’ll return to their classrooms next year. Many districts have had to layoff instructors to balance their budgets as support at the state level dwindles. Even districts with the most resources are feeling the pinch.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:25 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Washington State Patrol Trooper Daniel Anderson is missing after an off-duty hike with friends in the North Cascades last Friday. The 46-year-old Marysville man started off Friday snowshoeing with friends but was on his own when he signaled for help.
Washington State Patrol

Mostly sunny after morning fog - high 61

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Patrol Trooper Missing in North Cascades
  • Driver Commits Suicide at Issaquah Traffic Stop
  • State Government Preps for Shutdown as Budget Talks Stall
  • No Word From Iran on Missing Former P-I Reporter

 

Search Continues for Missing Trooper in North Cascades

Weather permitting, a helicopter will take ground searchers into the North Cascades on Tuesday to look for an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper missing on a hike.

KIRO-TV reports searchers have a destination because Daniel Anderson sent his coordinates Sunday with an emergency signal.

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