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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:02 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice

Former combat infantryman Bill Surwillo (left) with battle buddy Nick White.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Here's a soldier's tale. Bill Surwillo deploys to Afghanistan. Nearly a quarter of his platoon is killed. He comes home with PTSD. He turns to marijuana and spice – a synthetic version of the drug – to relax. The Army kicks him out and takes away his GI Bill. Is this fair?

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:51 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Some 5,500 gray wolves are being removed from federal protection in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes. Fish and Wildlife Service officials also plan to review the animal's status in the Pacific Northwest and the desert Southwest. [UPDATE below]
Denver Bryan Fotki

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Former U.W. Employee Charged With Embezzling
  • 13 Sent to Redmond Hospital After Hazmat Scare
  • 5,500 Gray Wolves Off Endangered Species List
  • Costco Earnings Up 12 Percent

 

 

Former Hospital Employee Accused of $250,000 Theft

A former University of Washington Medical Center employee accused of embezzling more than $250,000 from the Seattle hospital has been charged with 19 theft counts.

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You don't see that every day
6:54 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Inflatable dolls don't qualify for HOV lanes

An inflatable "passenger"
Washington State Patrol

An alert Washington State Patrol officer noticed something a little odd about the passenger in a car using the HOV lane in Federal Way Wednesday morning. "She" was an inflatable doll wearing a wig.

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Around the Sound
1:20 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

South Park celebrates new bridge on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo 2011: Catch the Culture (Captura la Cultura)
www.allaboutsouthpark.com

The south Seattle community of South Park is celebrating the beginning of construction on its new bridge over the Duwamish with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Instead of a groundbreaking, they'll break what's believed to be the largest piñata ever made in the Northwest...a 20 foot long miniature replica of the new bridge. You can see photos of the piñata under construction at the South Park facebook page.

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City Service Reductions
3:32 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Seattle facing more budget cuts next year

Police, fire and all other departments in Seattle have been asked to find budget cuts for next year. Mayor Mike McGinn has instructed every office to look for trims because of lagging city revenues.

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Missing Journalist
10:54 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Humanosphere: My friend and colleague missing in Syria

Dorthy Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, arrived in Damascus on Friday and has not been heard from since.
Seattlepi.com

Maybe you've heard about it already, but former Seattle PI reporter and columnist Dorothy Parvaz has gone missing in Syria.

Journalists take risks to make sure people’s stories are told, to shine a light on wrongdoing based on the belief that public awareness is the first step toward positive change. Today happens to be World Press Freedom Day, this year hosted by the U.S.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed
10:49 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Bin Laden's Last Stand: A Fiery Raid In Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's compound is seen in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, after the U.S. military raid early Monday that ended with the death of the al-Qaida leader.
Aqeel Ahmed AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:54 am

Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.

The location was a fortified compound in an affluent area north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

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Osama Bin Laden Dead
11:01 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Bin Laden: From millionaire's son to most-wanted

In this 1998 file photo made available in March 2004, Osama bin Laden speaks to journalists in Khost, Afghanistan. On Sunday, U.S. President Obama announced that bin Laden is dead.
Mazhar Ali Khan AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:54 am

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Obama said Sunday. Bin Laden was 54.

A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

Details about bin Laden's death are still emerging. But his life ran a fascinating trajectory: from the pampered son of a Saudi millionaire to the world's most-wanted terrorist.

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Bin Laden killed by U.S.
7:55 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
Dec. 24, 1998 file photo Associated Press

A small team of Americans killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, President Obama said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread. of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," Obama said.

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WILDFIRES
2:21 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Cold, wet winter likely to push back Northwest fire season

Ken Salazar gives an overview of what the 2011 fire season could be like for the West. He spoke at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
Sadie Babits Northwest News Network

The southern part of the U.S. – Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California – will likely have significant wildfires this year. Already fire crews are battling more than a dozen fires just in Texas. But here in the Northwest, the fire outlook is much rosier.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:14 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

This funnel cloud was spotted in the skies over Skagit County late Thursday afternoon.
Jeanne Hathaway KOMO

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Catholic Order Which Runs O'Day H.S. Files Chapter 11
  • Panel Approves New 520 Bridge
  • Funnel Cloud Appears Over Skagit County
  • NFL Draft: Titans take Locker; 'Hawks go for Alabama lineman

 

Christian Brothers Catholic Order Files for Bankruptcy

The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in the United States to do so because of sexual abuse claims.

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HUMANOSPHERE
10:03 am
Thu April 28, 2011

The Gates Foundation's new headquarters - a sneak preview

The Gates family and epidemiologist Dr. William Foege at a preview of the new headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson KPLU

I got a sneak preview of the new Seattle headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Wednesday evening, courtesy of Bill Foege, one of several Bills there.

Foege’s title at the Gates Foundation is “senior fellow.” But that doesn’t really tell you much, except to imply he’s old. It certainly doesn’t tell you how tall he is. He’s a very tall senior fellow.

More importantly than what I think, Foege appears to have been one of the key inspirations for Bill and Melinda Gates’ philanthropic mission. That’s basically what Melinda Gates said yesterday to the philanthropy’s staff after introducing those attending to their new home.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:14 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Peak-season surcharges kick in Sunday on many Washington State Ferry routes. Some fares will increase as much as 25%.
Tucker House Inn

Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Last Blast of Winter Today?
  • Summer Ferry Surcharge Starts This Weekend
  • Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound Under Investigation
  • Starbucks Profits Up 20%;  Microsoft to Release 3Q Numbers Today

 

Really? Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead

It's almost May, but parts of western Washington could still get snow today. But that could be the last of it.

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MEDICINE
6:01 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Free healthcare clinic at Tacoma Dome Saturday

More than 1,000 uninsured people are expected to receive medical care in Tacoma on Saturday.

It's the first large-scale free-clinic event in Washington state, which has about 850,000 uninsured residents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. It's sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics and the Washington Free Clinic Association.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Boeing headquarters in Chicago. The aerospace giant's first quarter profits exceeded analysts' expectations.
The Boeing Company

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing 1st Quarter Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectation
  • Wintery Weather Hangs on in Washington Mountains
  • Lies Hurt, say Tacoma City Officials
  • EPA Divers to Survey Sunken Vessel in Seattle

 

Boeing Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectations

Boeing reports a first-quarter profit of $586 million, enough to beat analyst expectations. The big airplane maker and defense contractor earned 78 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a profit of 70 cents per share. Boeing says it still expects to deliver the new 787 during the third quarter. Revenue in the commercial airplane unit fell 5 percent.

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