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Environment
8:40 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments

A new plan for saving the northern spotted owl was released this week.
Associated Press

A new plan released yesterday for saving the northern spotted owl is taking aim – maybe literally – at a rival bird.

Federal agency leaders said Thursday the spotted owl is losing out to a bigger, more aggressive invader from the eastern United States, the barred owl.

However, one biologist whose research led to the listing of the spotted owl believes shooting and other measures to control the barred owl are too little too late.  Because, he lamented, the spotted owl's population has shrunk over the last 15 years in spite of conservation efforts. (Interactive map inside)

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Education
1:27 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

UW to pay Baby Einstein co-founder $175,000, plus data

Baby Einstein co-founder Julie Aigner-Clark, framed by a couple of puppets used in Baby Einstein in 2001, said she was stung by a controversy started by a University of Washington study over whether the videos help babies learn or get in the way.
Associated Press

Ever since a University of Washington study published in a major medical journal in 2007 showed baby videos don't make infants smarter, the creators of the Baby Einstein series have been battling the university in court and in the media.

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Other News
8:57 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Man stung by scorpion on flight out of Seattle

Man stung by scorpion on flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.
Fabrice Kelmbacher Flickr

'Oh, my God. That's a scorpion.'

An Oregon man got a surprise — and some pain — when he was stung by a scorpion during a commercial flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Crime
2:35 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Tacoma Mall shooter in prison incident; one killed in escape attempt 

The Washington Department of Corrections says one inmate was killed Wednesday during an escape attempt at the Clallam Bay Corrections Facility.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says that just after 10 a.m., a corrections officer was taken hostage by a prisoner with a pair of scissors. At the same time, another prisoner drove a forklift through the doors of the work area and into the prison fence.

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Boeing
11:39 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Boeing fined for jet fuel leak in Seattle

The state Department of Ecology says it has fined the Boeing Co. more than $100,000 for a 300-gallon jet fuel spill in to the Duwamish waterway.

According to the department, the spill happened in May, 2010 at Boeing fuel terminal in south Seattle. It says that workers were delivering to a storage tank when they noticed the spill. However, they thought the spill had been contained to Boeing's property.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Whale skeleton being processed for assembly, display in Tacoma

After being buried for six months under over 10 yards of horse manure, the gray whale bones, including the skull are excavated by a team of volunteers from Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology Center.
Highline Community College MaST Center

The skeleton of a gray whale that died last year in Seattle is taking shape in Tacoma.

Highline Community College marine biologist Rus Higley, staff and volunteers are bleaching and assembling the skeleton for display in later this year. (Photo gallery inside)

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Washington State Ferries
1:47 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

New ferry Salish may sail Friday

The state's newest ferry, the Salish, may sail on Friday.
WSDOT

Washington State Ferries hopes to put its newest 64-car vessel, the Salish, into service on Friday.

Spokeswoman Marta Coursey said a problem discovered Monday with a backup generator threatened to delay plans to put the boat to work on the busy Fourth of July weekend, but they’re working on it.

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Crime
10:43 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Kalebu to testify wearing shock sleeve

When a disruptive defendant testifies at his murder trial in Seattle he'll wear an electroshock sleeve that will zap him if he gets out of line.

King County Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden approved use of the device Tuesday at a hearing setting guidelines for testimony Wednesday by Isaiah Kalebu.

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Fourth of July
1:20 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Warning: Dogs will find fireworks on state ferries

The Washington State Patrol is making its annual push to warn people about the dangers of home fireworks.
Rishabh Mathur Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says dogs that sniff for explosives at state ferry terminals will find fireworks.

The patrol says ferry riders should store fireworks where they are accessible for troopers to examine. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the owners could be prosecuted.

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Elections 2012
9:53 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Inslee starts campaign for governor, says he'll create jobs

Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee says he is running for governor to build a new job-creating economy in the state.

Inslee officially launched his campaign Monday morning at a biotech firm in downtown Seattle. He says he understands the array of jobs in the state because he's done everything from driving bulldozers, to practicing law to teaching community college classes.

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Seattle Police
8:44 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Seattle police to continue horse patrols

Police patrols on horseback will continue in Seattle.
Chris Blakeley Flickr

Donations have saved the police department's mounted patrol from budget cuts.

The city wanted to eliminate it last year, but the non-profit Seattle Police Foundation stepped in and promised to finance it until 2014 with support from the Seattle Hotel Association.

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Military service
8:07 am
Mon June 27, 2011

More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help

Post-traumatic stress diagnoses and prescriptions for common antidepressants are on the rise at Madigan Army Medical Center.
United States Marine Corps

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they're making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.

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Seattle Terror plot
10:11 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Detention hearings set for Seattle terror suspects

Sgt. Clint Conant, left, stands with potential U.S. Army recruits outside a federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center. Two men have been arrested in a plot to attack on the military recruiting station there.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Two men allegedly planning to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle have detention hearings set for Wednesday.

The two men – one from Seattle and one from Los Angeles – appeared in federal court yesterday to hear the charges filed against them. Their court-appointed lawyers declined to comment.

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Education
8:36 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Tuition for community colleges going up 12 percent

Tuition at Seattle Central Community College and other Washington community and technical colleges is going up 12 percent.
Flickr

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical colleges voted Thursday to raise tuition by an average of 12 percent next year. That's the maximum the Legislature allowed in the state budget.

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Elections 2012
6:57 am
Fri June 24, 2011

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee to run for Washington governor

Advisers to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee say he will launch his campaign for Washington governor next week.

Inslee's political team said in a statement late Thursday that he would officially announce his candidacy on Monday morning in Seattle, followed by a second event south of Yakima. He will make additional campaign stops in Tacoma, Vancouver and Spokane on Tuesday.

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