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Law
10:35 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Update: Attorneys turn up the heat on Backpage, child sex trade

Image of entry screen on Backpage.com.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and 45 other attorneys general today called for information about how Backpage.com presumably attempts to remove advertising for sex trafficking, especially ads that could involve minors.

Meanwhile, Snohomish County has received a $450,000 federal grant to combat child sex trafficking.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next?

With school scheduled to start tomorrow, Tacoma teachers are still without a contract.

The teachers and the district bargained late into the night last night but couldn’t reach an agreement before their three-year contract expired at midnight.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Washington students testing better in math, science

“I think our quality of teaching is better," said Randy Dorn, Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Bill S Flickr

Washington’s students have made some gains on math and science tests. More kids passed state exams in those subjects last year than the year before, according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.

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Blues
10:34 am
Tue August 30, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, an original Delta bluesman, has died

Legendary blues artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards is shown during a performance at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York in 2005. Edwards died Monday.
Associated Press

Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the few living links to the mythic bluesman Robert Johnson, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, reports The New York Times. Edwards was 96.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

UW study finds toxins emanating from dryer vents

Researchers have found plenty of pollutants in dryer exhausts.
Kerry Lannert KPLU

The sweet smell from your dryer vent could contain toxic pollution.

A new study from the University of Washington found hazardous chemicals in the air after clothes were laundered with scented detergents and dryer sheets. At least two of the chemicals are considered carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Dating in Seattle
10:52 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Seattle ranked second most promiscuous city

A couple share a kiss in front of Pike Place Market. Seattle was named the second most promiscuous city by OkCupid.
lucaswestcoat Flickr

Dating and social networking site OkCupid ranked Seattle among the most promiscuous cities in the country.  Seattle placed second, directly behind Portland.

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Food
9:36 am
Wed August 17, 2011

New policy could mean more outdoor cafes in Seattle

Seattle outdoor cafe with more to come.
Steven List Flickr

If it's not raining, it's nice to sit outside, sipping a drink or tucking into a meal. Outdoor cafes are great for this and now it looks like more of them are coming our way.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week has adopted an interim policy allowing Seattle restaurants to establish sidewalk cafes in more locations.

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Elections
7:01 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Voters green light Seattle's waterfront tunnel

SR 99 bored tunnel south portal design concept based on Seattle Tunnel Partner's design-build proposal for the tunnel.
WSDOT

The results are in for the primary election and the majority of Seattle voters have given the go-ahead to a tunnel that would replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the city's waterfront. Nearly 60% of the voters said yes – bringing over a decade of debate to a close.

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Campaign Finance
11:03 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz calls for a boycott on campaign contributions

Kin Cheung AP

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants some change in Washington D.C. and the best way to get it, he says, is by boycotting donations to political campaigns. In an open letter sent to Starbucks on Monday, he urged other company heads to withholding campaign contribution until President Obama and Congress solve the nation’s financial woes.  

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Police
8:47 am
Tue August 16, 2011

2 Renton officers demoted for cartoon posted on YouTube

Two Renton officers have been demoted for posting a cartoon to YouTube that makes fun of the staff and policies of a new jail in South King County.

Deputy Police Chief, Charles Marsalisi and police sergeant Bill Judd, were each knocked down a rank after their involvement in the video came to light.

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Medical Marijuana
8:53 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Washington cities, counties putting lid on medical marijuana

The city of Kent has put a stop to medical marijuana dispensaries in the area, at least for now. And, the Everett Herald reports, three cities in Snohomish County are moving to delay licensing of collective gardens for growing marijuana for medical purposes.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Acclaimed UW nursing school struggles with budget cuts

The assessment of a paid outside consultant reveals how the University of Washington's acclaimed School of Nursing has struggled in hard economic times.
Lyndsey Struthers Flickr

The University of Washington’s highly-ranked school of nursing is plagued with low-morale, internal strife and a lack of trust between faculty and the department head, according to a new report.

The report by the Seattle consulting firm MacDonald Boyd and Associates attributed the deep divisions largely to choices made over budget cuts.  The state has slashed funding for University of Washington by more than 50-percent in the past 3 years. (Follow the link to the consultant's report)

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Breaking
1:04 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Two arrested in Seattle terror plot

The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night.

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Business
7:44 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Gregoire says Spain sold her on deep-bore tunnel

Photos of the demolition of the First Avenue S. on-ramp to SR 99 in Seattle on Feb 18-19, 2011. The demolition is part of construction to replace the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

If you question whether the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle should be replaced with a deep-bore tunnel, a trip to Madrid, Spain, could clear up some uncertainties. That’s all Governor Chris Gregoire said it took to confirm her decision.

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Two clouded leopards born at Point Defiance Zoo

Two clouded leopard cubs were born yesterday at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Update with new photo and video)

Chai Li, a female clouded leopard at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, gave birth to a litter of two cubs Tuesday. Staff had been on a round-the-clock pregnancy watch of the 23-month-old clouded leopard for the past 24 hours.

This is Chai Li’s first litter. She and the cubs’ father, 23-month-old Nah Fun, were born at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand and put together as a future breeding pair when they were five days old.

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