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Environment
4:30 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Getting rid of that old TV or computer requires due dilligence

Sure you can make art out of it, but the millions of tons of American electronic waste produced every year is an environmental and health hazard around the world.
Charlie Beldon Flickr

If you didn’t score that 40-inch LCD flat screen for Christmas this year, you might be scanning sales to get one in time for the Superbowl. Whether you’re upgrading or replacing TVs, getting rid of the old clunker can seem like a big project because you can’t just throw it out.

So how do you get rid of electronic waste?

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Science
5:22 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Ignorance has its place in democracy, researchers say

The least informed among us, tend to side with the quieter majority rather than follow the vocal minority. And in that sense, decisions are more democratic. Researchers at Princeton figured this out by studying schools of fish.
Olivier Roux Flickr

Some say ignorance is bliss.  Others say ignorance is a drain on society.  But as contrary as it might sound, researchers have found there may actually be a place for the uninformed in group decision-making.

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seattle arts
2:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Seattle seeking affordable space for artists

An art installation at INScape in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It’s been a long running problem – how to keep and create affordable spaces for artists to live, work and perform in.

That’s the focus of Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event beginning Tuesday at Town Hall. The City of Seattle is asking a wide range of people to roll up their sleeves to look for ways to preserve Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.

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Environment
4:30 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Salmon are returning and you can get a close-up at Piper's Creek

A raccoon takes advantage of the access to salmon at Piper's Creek in Seattle.
Catherine Anstett

Salmon spawning is at its peak this time of year and it’s possible to go to local creeks and culverts to watch the salmon, up close and personal. 

Now through early December is prime time to get a good look at chum salmon as they return for spawning around the Puget Sound. And, Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park is one of the best places in town to see these big fish swimming in a natural environment. They can be so close you might catch a little splash. 

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Veterans Day
2:17 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Northwest veterans on the hunt for jobs

Owen McCurty.

In five years, more than a million members of the armed forces are expected to leave the military and return to civilian life.  Many will be looking for jobs in what’s likely to remain a difficult job market.

Owen McCurty knows firsthand what it’s like to look for a job after a military career.

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War in Afghanistan
4:50 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

More protesters heading to Westlake Park

Protesters associated with ANSWER Seattle plan to join Occupy Seattle protesters in Seattle's downtown Westlake Park.
ANSWER

Seattle’s Westlake Center continues to be a very busy place this week as the site of several protests scheduled for tomorrow.  Although the rallies are being held by separate groups, their messages are related. 

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Elections 2012
10:19 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Obama will be in Seattle … but don’t expect to see him

Unlike his previous visit to Seattle, President Obama will be here on Sunday stumping for his own reelection ... at $38,000 a plate.
Dennis Hamilton Flickr

President Barack Obama is coming to Seattle, but unless you’ve already forked over $38,000 or so, you’ll miss him.

However, you might be able to catch a free glimpse of Air Force One on Sunday morning as it makes its way to Boeing Field. Obama is expected to spend mere hours in and around Seattle, and while you may not see the President himself, you might feel the impact.  

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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Environmentally friendly
5:21 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

King County wants you to camp out in a cargo shipping container

One of the designs submitted for the King County Parks’ Little Footprint Big Forest project.

Imagine you’ve spent the day hiking trails in the woods and roasting s’mores. Now imagine you’ve left your tent at home, only to take shelter in a cargo shipping container. That’s the challenge King County Parks hoped would inspire designers to blend the outdoor experience with eco-friendly containers. 

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Medical care
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

New emergency response system will streamline response

When moments count.
Michael Gil Flikr

In some counties in Washington, access to emergency care is among the best in the nation. But in other parts of the state there are fewer paramedics and specialists to respond to heart attacks and strokes.

A new emergency response system will reduce the time it takes for patients to get the treatment they need. 

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Elections 2011
10:00 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Levy would continue funding programs for veterans

King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson and others made a pitch for the Veterans and Human Services Levy on Wednesday.
Monica Spain KPLU

Ballots go out in the mail this week for the King County Primary Election. Among the measures is Proposition One which asks voters to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy. 

Sheila Sebron is an U.S. Air Force veteran who does peer-to-peer outreach, helping others cope with life after military service.  She joined King county council members and other veterans who want to get the word out about saving programs they say are critical as more soldiers return home.

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Law
1:00 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

State strengthens human trafficking law

Washington's a top destination for traffickers dealing in forced labor and sex crimes.  New legislation goes into effect today that will strengthen the state’s current human trafficking law.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Rising sea, stronger storms hammering West Coast shorelines

Where the shoreline might end up at Washaway Beach.
Washington Department of Ecology

With summer in full swing, area beaches see a lot of action. But the shores of the western coast of the United States may be hit with large-scale erosion in coming years, wiping out coastlines that provide protection from the surf, as well as pleasure.

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Teen activism
11:46 am
Fri July 15, 2011

NW teens advocate in D.C. for end to youth violence

Chino Celedon-Perez, a high school senior from Tacoma, is in D.C. with other youths from the Puget Sound region pushing for passage of the Youth Promise Act.
John Yeager World Vision

Teens from Seattle and Tacoma are meeting with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to advocate for an end to youth violence.

They are pushing for the passage of the Youth Promise Act, now stalled in congress. The act would provide communities with federal funding to develop local programs to keep kids off the street and busy, especially after school between the hours of three and six.

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