MLK Holiday
1:43 am
Sun January 16, 2011

MLK Day in the Northwest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963 at the civil rights march on Washington, D.C. where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
By U.S. Information Agency Wikimedia Commons

Many of us are happy to have a day off, whenever and wherever we can get it. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is no exception. But besides sleeping in and catching up on chores, there is an opportunity to spend part of the day celebrating the life and values of King, honored for his nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

Many of the celebrations take place over three days. And many of them are opportunities to participate in service activities such as EarthCorps' event to remove invasive plants. 

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Seahawks
3:16 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Real-life Seahawks have landed at Woodland Park Zoo

Sea eagles can have a wing span of up to 7.5 feet and weigh 11 to 20 pounds.
San Diego Shooter Flickr

Have you ever seen an actual Seahawk? No, we're not talking about Matt Hasselbeck or Marshawn Lynch here, but the natural, feathered namesake of Seattle's NFL team.


The bird's proper name is the Steller's sea eagle and two of them now are now in residence at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The pair, which arrived last month from the Los Angeles Zoo, have just emerged from a standard 30-day quarantine and can be seen in the zoo's Northern Trail section.

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Chief Sealth grads get free year at South Seattle Community College

Melinda Inez Foster says the 13th Year Promise Scholarship guarantees she'll achieve her goal of going to college.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seniors who graduate from Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle have a new price for their first year of college – free.  The president of South Seattle Community College says it’ll give one-year tuition scholarships to any student who gets a diploma and fills out a couple of forms. 

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Ferry Funding Crisis
2:20 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Governor's Puget Sound ferry authority proposal a no-go in legislature

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are rejecting Governor Gregoire's proposal to fix the state ferry system's chronic deficit by making it into an independent taxing district. 

At a House Transportation Committee hearing yesterday, lawmakers nixed the idea, saying they don't think it has the votes to pass.  And as John Stang of the Kitsap Sun reports, the Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee says she won't even give the proposal a hearing

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Science
1:59 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Menu labels having no effect? Evidence from Taco Time

Being a pioneer in adding calorie and nutrition labels to menus at fast-food restaurants has made King County a good place for researchers to visit.

A team based at Duke-National University of Singapore has been watching consumers at Taco Time restaurants, both in King County and in other counties, and found that adding all that info to the menus appeared to have no impact on people's choices. They published their results today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Weather
7:58 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Mudslides, some flooding around Puget Sound as rain continues

Mud oozes over the West Valley Highway near Sumner on Thursday. The highway is still closed today, as worries continue over the stability of hillsides.
Lauren Padgett Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch.com

Rain continues to fall Friday, and forecasters say over the next few days some areas may get 9 inches or more. Combined with past days' heavy rain and warmer temperatures melting mountain snow, some areas King, Pierce and Snohomish counties report minor flooding and road-blocking mudslides.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of western Washington. The statement lists areas of main flooding concern, including:

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Politics
7:29 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Moxie Media case may bring crackdown on PAC's

State lawmakers are considering tighter restrictions on political action committees, or PAC's. The proposal stems from the case of a Seattle-based Democratic political firm now being sued by the Attorney General for campaign finance violations. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:14 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Can Seahawks maximize advantages for another playoff win?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, carries the ball as Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa tries to make the tackle during a regular season game in Chicago, Oct. 17, 2010. Seattle won 23-20. Can Lynch and the 'Hawks win there again?
AP

It will be freezing cold. The field will be lousy. But the Seahawks are bringing a lot of emotional momentum into Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Bears in Chicago. 

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Public Health
1:41 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

State budget cuts fall on nurses, moms and infants

More than one-third of pregnant women get pre-natal and maternity care through a program facing cutbacks.
Photo by derekb/Flickr

If those cuts don't sound harsh enough, you can add "low-income" and "people of color" to the headline. 

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