Seattle Pillow Fight 2011
3:43 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Feathers and fluff beneath the Space Needle on Saturday

Get out your angst, frustration, or joyful inner child. Seattle is ready to stage its third Pillow Fight.

The 2008 event at the Pike Place Market was the first-ever held in Seattle, a worldwide event with 'fights' now staged in 115 cities, called International Pillow Fight Day. 

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Jazz News
2:02 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April 2011 is the 10th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), presented by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.  

The annual celebration pays tribute to jazz both as an historic and living art form, and encourages educators, jazz societies, musicians and the general public throughout the country to take part.

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Northwest Economy
2:01 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Booming demand from China for Northwest logs & lumber

A logging truck passes the Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill on Friday Oct. 21, 2005, in Cosmopolis, in Grays Harbor County.
Jim Bryant AP

There’s good news and bad news for logging and saw-milling jobs in the Northwest. The bad news is new figures out show construction spending dropped in February to the lowest level in more than a decade. The good news is that timber demand from China is soaring.

Russia has traditionally been China’s main wood supplier. An export tax by the Russians combined with the expanding Chinese economy has created an opening for exporters on the West Coast.

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Spring Rains
11:38 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Snoqualmie Falls shows off its majesty as flood waters crest

The Snoqualmie River is cresting at the falls this morning. These two videos were shot by Carol Wells yesterday on an Android-platform smart phone. 

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Japanese Culture
8:00 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival strives for balance of celebration and solace

The organizers of Seattle's Cherry Blossom Festival say this year's festival will inform attendees about recent events in Japan while still celebrating spring.
Gray Davis KPLU

The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival starts today. This year, the annual event isn’t just a celebration of spring. Organizers say it’s also an opportunity to work through feelings about the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month.

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News Roundup
7:41 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

State transportation workers blow snow from US Hwy. 2 at the town of Scenic, near Stevens Pass, on Thursday. Avalanches closed the road early Thursday, and another hit yesterday afternoon. The pass remains closed today.
WSDOT

It's Friday, April 1st. Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Work to Clear Avalanches on Highway 2 Continues
  • Flood Update: Snohomish River To Crest This Morning
  • WTO Ruling on Boeing: May Not Mean Much
  • UW's Thomas Opts for NBA Draft

 

Stevens Pass Still Closed

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John T. Williams Shooting
6:08 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Wood carver's killing subject of federal review

Tribal members gather at the Chief Seattle Club in Pioneer Square last September to call for accountability in the police shooting death of native carver John T. Williams.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

"We have nothing to hide" – those were the words of Seattle's chief of police yesterday.  The department is under fire. 

The questions stem from a federal review of the fatal shooting of a first nation's wood carver last August, as well as what many people perceive as a prior pattern of  abusive violence against minority groups.

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JBLM Soldier
6:06 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Lone survivor of massive bomb in Afghanistan dies in car crash

Cpl. Roger Scherf Jr. was the sole survivor of a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He died in March in a car accident.
U.S. Army

He was the sole survivor of a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan that killed seven of his comrades and their interpreter. Now, Corporal Roger Scherf, Jr. has also died, the victim of a car accident on an icy highway.

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Law and Justice
3:03 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Feds launch civil rights investigation of Seattle Police

A protester named Redweezil holds up a photo of John T. Williams, a Native woodcarver killed by Seattle Police officer Ian Birk in August 2010. The killing sparked protests and was among the events prompting the ACLU to call for a federal investigation.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update 2:55 p.m.

The federal Department of Justice is launching a full-scale investigation into possible discrimination and excessive use of force in the Seattle Police Department. The probe will review the department’s policies, practices and behavior.

The investigation will look for what’s called a “pattern or practice” of civil rights violations in how the Seattle police use force, especially against minorities.

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Domestic Partnership
2:26 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Washington to recognize same-sex marriages from other states

Same-sex marriages performed in other states will be recognized as domestic partnerships in Washington State under a bill now awaiting Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature. 

House Bill 1649 passed the state senate Wednesday 28-19. It was already approved by the House of Representatives.

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