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Aerospace Industry
1:53 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State to get $3 million for aerospace training

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks Tuesday at the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton. Gregoire announced $3 million in funding to help workers develop the skills needed by aerospace employers such as Boeing.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.

She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing's Renton factory.

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Food
10:05 am
Tue May 17, 2011

First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle

Alaska Airlines Capt. Bob Porter, right, holds up a 45 lb. Copper River Salmon as First Officer Scott Day looks on at left, Tuesday, as they arrived with the first shipment of Copper River Salmon from Alaska at Sea-Tac Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived Tuesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.

The Alaska Airlines pilot carried the first 45-pound fish off the plane and handed it to Frank Ragusa of Ocean Beauty Seafoods who gave it a kiss.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:25 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Washington State Patrol Trooper Daniel Anderson is missing after an off-duty hike with friends in the North Cascades last Friday. The 46-year-old Marysville man started off Friday snowshoeing with friends but was on his own when he signaled for help.
Washington State Patrol

Mostly sunny after morning fog - high 61

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Patrol Trooper Missing in North Cascades
  • Driver Commits Suicide at Issaquah Traffic Stop
  • State Government Preps for Shutdown as Budget Talks Stall
  • No Word From Iran on Missing Former P-I Reporter

 

Search Continues for Missing Trooper in North Cascades

Weather permitting, a helicopter will take ground searchers into the North Cascades on Tuesday to look for an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper missing on a hike.

KIRO-TV reports searchers have a destination because Daniel Anderson sent his coordinates Sunday with an emergency signal.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray drops a ceremonial bottle of "champagne" from a zip line to be smashed against a tunnel boring machine several stories below at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:49 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

3,000 Washington National Guard members could be called up

Soldiers from the Washington National Guard 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 81st BCT, during training Feb. 2009 in Iraq.
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 The Defense Department has notified the Washington National Guard that 3,000 members could be called up for overseas missions.

The "notice of sourcing" announced Monday is not a mobilization order or alert. However, it could affect the 81st Brigade Combat Team and the 506 Military Police Company.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:13 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Seattle's Columbia Center and Smith Tower are visible through raindrops on a window. The central Puget Sound area received as much rain in just over 15 hours over the weekend as it typically averages in the entire month of May.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

Showers today; high 56 - dry for the rest of the week

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Rain Records Broken - When Will it Stop?
  • Alaska Air CEO: We'll Remain Independent
  • Gregoire Signing Transportation Budget Today

 

Seattle Sets Two Rain Records in 15 Hours

Steady, moderate rain that has been falling across the Puget Sound region has set not one, but two daily rainfall records in just over 15 hours.

KOMO reports Sea-Tac airport received 0.97 inches from when the rain began at just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening through 1 a.m. Sunday.That broke the daily rainfall record for May 14, which was 0.53" set in 2001.

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Arts Education
5:30 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Roosevelt, Mountlake Terrace make top 3 at Essentially Ellington

Taylor Griffin performs with the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band at the 16th Annual Essentially Ellington competition in New York this weekend. Terrace finished third overall. Seattle's Roosevelt High School placed second.
Paul deBarros Twitpic

Two Western Washington high school bands finished in the top three at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Saturday.

KING 5 TV reports Seattle's Roosevelt High School took second place and Mountlake Terrace High School took third.

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Food
10:50 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Cheeseheads unite! Festival returns to Pike Place for 7th year

A smattering of the huge variety of cheeses you can sample at the Seattle Cheese Festival this weekend (May 14 and 15).
Jeff Maurone flickr

"A corpse is meat gone bad. Well, and what's cheese? Corpse of milk."

~ James Joyce

If, after digesting that quote, you still have a thing for cheese, by all means, read on.

The Seattle Cheese Festival is this weekend. Cheese makers from all over the world will be coming to Pike Place Market for this festival featuring delicious yellow and white tidbits of tastiness.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:34 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A fire investigator peers out of a charred top-floor apartment where a fire broke out earlier yesterday (Thurs.) near Seattle’s Green Lake. Firefighters quickly doused the 11th floor fire, in the same building as a fatal fire in 2010, adjacent to I-5.
Elaine Thompson AP

Sunshine and 65 today; rain likely this weekend

In the headlines this morning:

  • Protests Over Principal Firings in Puyallup and Seattle
  • Two Tacoma Elementary Schools to Close
  • 2012 Washington Presidential Primary Cancelled
  • Firefighters Douse 2-Alarm Green Lake Blaze

 

Angry parents, teachers protest principal firings in Seattle, Puyallup

It's been quite a week for high schools in the region. 

Seattle's school board faced a big rally of angry parents and teachers late yesterday afternoon (Thurs) after interim schools superintendant Susan Enfield ousted the popular principal of Ingraham High, Martin Floe. According to the Seattle Times, Enfield cited 'stagnant' test scores and said Ingraham was the second-lowest performing high school in the Seattle district.

Meantime, in Puyallup, students, parents and teachers at Rogers High School are still reeling from the news that Principal Scott Brittain has resigned and will step down at the end of next month.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:56 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Some of the students who staged a sit-in protest in the office of interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise on Wednesday. The students are demanding the ouster from the U.W. of food supply company Sodexo, alleging worker-rights abuses.
KING5 TV

Thursday weather: Sun is back! Highs upper 50s.

In the headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sit-In Protest Over Campus Vendor
  • Gregoire Signs Legislation to Pave Way for Federal Health Care Overhaul
  • Popular Seattle High School Principal Fired
  • Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Expires Today

 

A University of Washington sit-in to protest the food services company that supplies the concessions at UW athletic facilities has led to the arrests of about 25 students.

Protest organizer Morgan Currier says the students were cited Wednesday evening for trespassing and released.

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Science
2:10 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mt. St. Helens observatory reopens Saturday with $1.6M upgrade

The Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St. Helens opens for the season Saturday with $1.6 million worth of new displays.
woodleywonderworks Flickr

The Johnston Ridge Observatory opens Saturday at Mount St. Helens with some new displays to tell visitors the story of the volcano's big 1980 eruption.

The Daily News of Longview reports $1.6 million worth of improvements and enhancements have been made. When the Forest Service and Mount St. Helens Institute discussed them Tuesday, the center of attention was a touch-screen kiosk.

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High Tech Military Hardware
9:59 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Unusual radar vessel enters Puget Sound

No, it's not a gigantic floating golf trophy. It's the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-Band radar, designed to sit in the ocean and detect and track incoming ballistic missiles.
The Boeing Company

An unusual vessel headed for a Seattle shipyard could attract a lot of attention this week as it moves through Puget Sound.

It's a mobile radar station mounted on a floating oil-drilling platform.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:02 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Former Seattle P-I journalist Dorothy Parvaz, missing since April 29, reportedly has been deported from Syria to Iran.
Al Jazeera

Wednesday weather: Rain is back; highs upper 50s.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • Former P-I Journalist Deported to Iran
  • 16 new charges in 'Barefoot Bandit' case 
  • Two Children's Hospital Nurses Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
  • Family Files Suit in Death of Teen at Ft. Lewis

 

Al-Jazeera and Former Seattle Journalist Deported to Iran

A journalist and formal editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been deported to Iran after being detained in Syria, the Al Jazeera news service is reporting.

Dorothy Parvaz has been missing since she arrived in Damascus on April 29. Parvaz was working as a journalist for the Al Jazeera English network.

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