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Education
4:08 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Enrollment up at Washington's universities despite economy

About a thousand more international students are hanging out on the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall. But university officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.

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Same-sex marriage
10:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage

Image of Bill & Melinda Gates at Davos 2010 pulled from humanosphere.org
Humanosphere

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.

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tsunami preparation
2:16 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Quileutes celebrate move out of tsunami zone

Legislation signed by President Obama in February gives the tribe 785 acres in the Olympic National Park so the tribe can move.
Carolyn Coles Flickr

LAPUSH, Wash. – The Quileute Tribe will hold a potlatch with drumming, dancing and a salmon bake Thursday in LaPush to celebrate the tribe's move to higher ground.

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2012 elections
12:42 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

McKenna, Inslee tied in new poll as ballots reach voters

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's race for governor is tied.

A survey conducted last week while ballots were going out to voters showed that Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both had the support of 46 percent of voters. Inslee was faring better among women while McKenna was getting the support of 19 percent of people who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

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2012 elections
12:32 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Bloomberg offers $250,000 match for same-sex marriage

The grant challenge New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (above) was announced Monday by Washington United for Marriage.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering to match up to $250,000 of donations made by the end of the week to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

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2012 elections
12:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

US attorneys monitor election complaints in Washington

The Justice Department's top officials in Washington state have appointed prosecutors to monitor complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

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Consumer Safety
12:16 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to fire risk

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling some of its spray-on products after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the lotion.

Energizer Holdings is pulling nearly two dozen formulations of UltraMist off store shelves due to the risk that the lotion can ignite when exposed to open flame.

The recall includes products like UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids.

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Metro Transit
11:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Update: Metro apologizes for diaper incident; mom looks to sue

Vermin Inc Flickr

Metro Transit in Seattle has apologized but says it won't discipline the driver who asked a woman with a baby to get off a bus because of a stinky diaper.

Metro told KOMO the driver did not violate policy when she acted for the comfort of other passengers.

An apology is not enough for the mother, Nichole Hakimian, who threatens to sue.

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2012 Elections
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latest poll: Charter schools, same-sex marriage lead; governor race in virtual tie

The KCTS Washington Poll results were released today. More than 3.85 million ballots began to be sent to voters Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Voters in Washington are likely to approve two ballot measures that have failed in the past. A new poll shows both charter schools and same-sex marriage are leading by healthy margins.

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll also shows a statistical tie in the Governor’s race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.  

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Metro Transit
9:52 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dirty diaper gets mom, baby kicked off Seattle bus

Vermin Inc Flickr

A woman is complaining to Metro Transit that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.

The woman, Nichole Hakimian, tells KOMO she was taking her son to a clinic Tuesday because of his diarrhea. She says the driver asked her to get off because the smell was too much for everyone else on the bus.

The woman says she found a place to change the diaper and caught another bus to the clinic.

2012 Elections
1:34 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Seattle Times running ads in favor of McKenna and gay marriage

The Seattle Times Company is now actively working to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and gay marriage, part of a push to demonstrate the effectiveness of newspaper political advertising.

Washington state's largest newspaper began with a full-page ad Wednesday calling McKenna "a choice that will make us all proud." The newspaper's editorial board has endorsed McKenna.

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NBA Arena
3:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Legislation signed on new Seattle arena deal

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn have signed legislation on the funding plan for construction of an arena that could be used to lure the NBA back to Seattle.

The executives signed the deal on Tuesday after a negotiated memorandum of understanding between the city, county and investor Chris Hansen was approved by the city and county councils a day earlier.

Other news
2:14 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lawsuit over fatal Olympic National Park goat attack dismissed

Mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
shiladsen Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a widow's lawsuit against the federal government over her husband's death in a mountain goat attack at Olympic National Park two years ago.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed most of Susan Chadd's claims over the summer and the rest last week. On Tuesday he declined to reconsider.

Robert Boardman was trying to protect Chadd and a friend when the 370-pound billy goat gored him, severing arteries in his thigh. The goat is believed to have been one that harassed park visitors for years.

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Public Transit
11:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger

The Sounder commuter train idle at the Everett Station.
sillygwailo Flickr

It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.

The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.

The Seattle Times reports taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip. 

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Seattle Arena
10:52 am
Mon October 15, 2012

New Seattle basketball arena plan in play

Today is expected to be a significant day in the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to bring back an NBA team and host an NHL team.

The Seattle and King County councils are expected to give final approval to the plan to build the $490 million arena with $200 million in public help.

But the Longshore Union called a news conference to announce a lawsuit opposing developer Chris Hansen's preferred location in the area south of downtown Seattle, near the Mariners and Seahawks stadiums.

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