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College Sports
2:30 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Seattle University to join WAC

Seattle University
Gary Davis KPLU

Seattle University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The WAC announced the move Tuesday following a board of directors meeting in Park City, Utah.

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Science
4:30 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The great bee count

Bees love sunflowers.
bbcactii flickr

For a number of years, honey bee populations have been shrinking. It's called colony collapse disorder. To help understand this bee die-off, citizen scientists are being asked to keep an eye on their gardens this summer as part of The Great Sunflower Project.

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aggressive ticketing
9:58 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning

Busted - It's a primary traffic offense to be caught on a cellphone in Washington, and law enforcement officers are cracking down.
Associated Press

Maybe you didn't get the word that the law changed last June: Using your cellphone while driving -- unless you have a hands-free connection -- is a primary offense in Washington.

That means officers can pull you over and write you a $124 ticket, even if you're otherwise obeying the traffic laws. It used to be only a secondary offense, meaning police had to see you speeding, or making an illegal turn, for example, before ticketing you.

The Seattle Times has figured out that Seattle Police have issued about six times as many cellphone tickets since the law changed, compared to the previous year, and the Washington State Patrol has issued about five times more tickets. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

KING5 reports that a glitch in Seattle's parking meters over the last week have left some meters that normally take credit cards for payments sporadically unable to connect, preventing drivers from paying.
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30 percent chance of showers this morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Fast-attack sub commander relieved of duty
  • Odd news roundup: Biting flies, yearbook fail
  • Groups push for minority districts in Washington
  • Seattle parking meters balk at credit cards

Navy cans officer over classified information

The Navy says the commanding officer of a fast attack submarine homeported in Washington state has been relieved of duty after an investigation into the mishandling of classified information.

According to a Navy announcement, Cmdr. Michael Varney was reassigned Monday for violating a general order, making a false official statement and for wrongful interference in an adverse administrative proceeding.

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Rare flower
3:30 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

UW's corpse flower about to bloom

Corpse in the process of blooming.
University of Washington U of W

Its scientific name is Amorphophallus Titanum, but its most commonly known as a corpse flower.  And it could bloom any day now in the University of Washington's botany green house.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:52 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle plans to add as many as 25 more officers to foot and bike patrols in crowded parts of Seattle over the summer.
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Chance of rain or drizzle this morning, possibly increasing to showers this afternoon. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Regents at WSU hike tuition 16 percent
  • Aurora Bridge earthquake work has to be redone
  • Amazon staffers among the most stressed
  • Bellevue City Council probe narrowed to one
  • Seattle reassigns police to promote nightlife safety

WSU Regents hike tuition 16 percent

The Regents of Washington State University have approved a sixteen percent increase in in-state undergraduate tuition on the same day that Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law legislation giving Washington state’s four-year universities authority to set their own tuition.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:30 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

A black bear was shot and killed Monday morning by Lynnwood police after it ran through yards in a residential neighborhood.
KIRO TV.com

Partly sunny today. High near 70. Southwest wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Police shoot and kill bear in Lynnwood neighborhood
  • State is investigating Seattle district's sale of MLK school
  • Chief Seattle's 145-year-old gravesite gets a new look
  • Concert review: U2 lifts off on a perfect day at Quest Field

A bear fleeing capture was killed this morning in Lynnwood

Police have killed a bear they were tracking overnight in a Lynnwood neighborhood, the Associated Press reports. KIRO-TV captured video of the bear fleeing and being killed. Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said the bear was dangerous because it was too close to homes and a nearby school.

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Business
4:12 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Foreign visitors to Washington, Seattle jump more than 30 percent

New air routes from Seattle to Iceland and Asia have helped increase the percentage of visitors from overseas to Washington state and Seattle by more than 30 percent.
Shawn McClung Flickr

New air services connecting Seattle to Iceland and Asia have helped Washington state lead the nation in attracting visitors from overseas, according to the U.S. Commerce Department and Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tying with Nevada for the highest percentage growth in foreign visitors from 2009 to 2010, Washington state visits increased by 32 percent compared with an 11-percent growth nationally.

Among top U.S. cities, Seattle and Los Angeles led with a 33-percent increase in attracting foreign visitors. Other cities with double-digit increases were Las Vegas with 31 percent; Atlanta, 25 percent, and San Diego, 24 percent.

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Emergency Preparedness
12:05 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Towers planned on Washington coast as tsunami safe havens

Twenty-nine towers, parking structures and elevated berms may be built on the Washington coast as emergency sites where people could ride out a tsunami.

The "vertical elevation" sites would be able to withstand a 30-foot wave and would be available to residents and tourists with a 30-minute warning.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:55 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

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Sunny today. High 65. Warm & sunny weekend ahead. Highs in 70s to 80. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Everett's Cascade H.S. Heightens Security After Threats
  • Lawyers: Juror's Actions Cost Clemmons' Getaway Driver a Fair Trial
  • Missing Snowshoer Rescued in North Cascades
  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sodexo Protest

 

Threats May Keep Everett High School Students Home

Parents of students at Everett's Cascade High School have permission to keep their kids home today. The school has been targeted by vandals, who used the memorial-day weekend to smash a concrete replica of the school's mascot and spray-paint violent warnings. 

One threat warned that five students would be shot today (Fri.)

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LABOR LAW
11:49 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Three SC Boeing employees file to take part in NLRB suit

A Boeing employee works on an aft fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner inside the North Charleston, S.C., facility. Three S.C. Boeing employees have filed to be part of Boeing's suit against the NLRB.
Mic Smith AP

Three employees at Boeing Co.'s North Charleston, South Carolina plant want roles in a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

Meredith Going Sr., Dennis Murray and Cynthia Ramaker say in a motion filed Wednesday that they are sure to lose their jobs if the federal agency is successful in its suit against Boeing and the plant shuts down.

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News Roundup
6:29 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Daisies cover a patch of grassy shoreline on the west side of Seattle's Green Lake Park this spring. The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.
Gary Davis KPLU

Showers Thursday. High near 58. Warm and sunny this weekend.  Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Search Continues for Snowshoer Near Stevens Pass
  • Seattle Attorney Accused of 'Keying' Misparked Cars
  • Two Found Dead in Tacoma House
  • Western Washington Temps Could Hit 80 This Weekend

 

Minnesota Snowshoer Missing in North Cascades

The Chelan County sheriff's office says the search is continuing Thursday for a 21-year-old man overdue on a snowshoe hike near Stevens Pass in Washington's North Cascades.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:10 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry, who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor July 12. Petry is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo courtesy of Army Times

Showers likely through Thursday. Highs near 60. Latest forecast here:

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Lewis-McChord Soldier Will Receive Medal of Honor
  • Green Beret With Port Angeles Ties is Killed in Afghanistan
  • Early Parole Likely for Man Who Killed Girl in 1982
  • Tacoma Police Search for Driver Who Hit Officer

 

Western Washington-Based Army Sgt. to Recieve Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to an Army sergeant based in Washington state for courage on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

The White House says Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will receive the nation's highest military decoration in a ceremony July 12.

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Rea Estate
11:49 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Home-price index continues to drop, but Seattle prices rise

A sign promotes a newly-sold home in Seattle. Home prices continue to fall across most of America's largest cities. Only Seattle and Washington, D.C. bucked the trend.
Elaine Thompson AP

Home prices in major markets around the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 2006 in March. But not in Seattle.

After falling almost two percent in February, Seattle home prices were up a modest 0.1 percent in March, but still down 7.5 percent compared to March 2010.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:48 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A mother and son died in a house fire at the 900 block of South Puget Sound Avenue in Tacoma just before midnight Monday.
KING-TV

Showers likely through Thursday. Highs around 60. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Police Seek Driver After  Stolen Car Hits Girl, 9
  • Three Killed in Two Fatal Crashes on I-90 Over Weekend
  • Tacoma House Fire Kills Two

 

Nine-year-old Hit by Stolen Car in Seattle

Seattle Police are seeking information about a hit-and-run driver whose stolen car jumped a curb and hit a 9-year-old girl.

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