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Landscape art
9:44 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Seattle trees to be painted blue in enviro campaign

Image of a tree at an installation in Vancouver, B.C.
Konstantin Dimopoulos

A King County arts organization says 56 trees in Seattle and Kenmore will be painted blue starting April 2 in a temporary art project meant to make people aware of global deforestation.

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Transportation
8:20 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Transit tunnel reaches milestone in Seattle

Sound Transit says it reached another milestone in construction of a light rail line through Seattle on Wednesday when a tunnel boring machine reached the Capitol Hill station site after a 10-month dig from the direction of Husky Stadium.

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space exloration
12:06 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

NASA considering space station for Mars dry run

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years.

NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars. It would be patterned after Russia's mock flight to Mars that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center. Six men were involved in that study, which ended late last year. They were locked in a steel capsule.

Economic woes
8:24 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Count: Number of homeless in Bellingham drops

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A count by a volunteers showed the number of homeless people in Bellingham is declining.

Housing advocates say their organizations have had success in a difficult economy by targeting services to the most vulnerable. The Bellingham Herald reports that volunteers counted 500 homeless people during the Jan. 26 "point in time" count, compared to 700 last year.

Homelessness as defined for the count includes living on the street or in a vehicle, an emergency shelter or transitional housing.

Budget crisis
8:21 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Federal lab, PNNL, in Richland to lay off 45

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory plans to lay off 45 employees this week.

The cutbacks are in order to adjust to the latest federal budget approved in December.

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Liquor privatization
5:33 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Judge upholds Washington's liquor initiative

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A Cowlitz County judge has upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales in Washington state.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning had ruled on March 2 that Initiative 1183 addresses two different subjects because it includes a provision for public safety funds.

Attorneys for the state asked the judge to reconsider on Monday, arguing that public safety and liquor have a close relationship. Warning heard arguments from both sides and then reversed his earlier decision, granting the state's motion for summary judgment.

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Diversions: Space travel
4:46 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kutcher becomes 500th Virgin Galactic space customer

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is carried to its launch altitude by a mothership, the Scaled Composites White Knight Two, before being launched to fly on into the upper atmosphere, powered by a rocket motor.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Richard Branson says his venture to launch paying tourists into space has netted its 500th customer, and it's none other than Ashton Kutcher.

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War in Afghanistan
4:08 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Wife of Afghan shooting suspect offers condolences

A car drives into the main entrance to the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth, in Leavenworth, Kan., on Monday.
The Associated Press

The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims' families and says she too wants to know what happened.

Karilyn Bales issued a statement through a Seattle lawyer Monday, for the first time offering her comments on a case that has threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.

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Environment
7:01 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Bellingham to buy land to preserve Lake Whatcom

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Bellingham City Council is on the verge of approving the purchase of a 47-acre tract of land along North Shore Road as part of the effort to preserve Lake Whatcom water quality.

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Kony video
4:16 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Co-founder of 'Kony' video group detained after exhibiting bizarre behavior

A box full to the brim with KONY 2012 campaign posters are shown Thursday March 8, 2012 at the Invisible Children Movement offices in San Diego.
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A co-founder of the Invisible Children charity behind the "Kony 2012" video was detained by San Diego police and hospitalized after running through streets in his underwear and acting irrationally.

Police Lt. Andra Brown tells NBC San Diego that Jason Russell was behaving strangely Thursday, screaming, yelling and interfering with traffic while in various states of undress.

Brown says police decided he needed medical attention.

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Journalism
3:39 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Radio's 'This American Life' retracts Apple story

CHICAGO — The public radio program "This American Life" is retracting a story broadcast in January about Apple's operations in China, citing "numerous fabrications."

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War in Afghanistan
12:43 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

General: Wash. base deals with PTSD sufficiently

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — A top military commander speaking at the base of the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the Army is adequately dealing with mental health and other issues related to multiple deployments.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

WSU scientists save bald eagle

SPOKANE, Wash. — Scientists at Washington State University were able to save a bald eagle that was found in Idaho suffering from lead poisoning, and this week they released the majestic predator back into the wild.

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Election 2012
1:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Inslee's House seat may go to voters to finish term

OLYMPIA, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's decision to resign from Congress to focus full time on his gubernatorial race has triggered questions that have state elections officials scrambling to determine if they need to hold a special election on the same day as the regular November election to fill the final month of his term.

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Law
8:55 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Washington Blue alert an Amber alert for cop killers 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is adopting a Blue alert system to enlist the public in looking for cop killers. KIRO-FM reports Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the Blue alert bill Thursday.

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