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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:25 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Run your boat drunk this weekend and you might end up with a ticket.
Liam Flickr
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Transportation
6:05 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle

In a newly released survey, commuters say they take public transit more than any other means of transportation to work in downtown Seattle.
King County Metro

More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That’s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone. 

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Rock 'n' Roll marathon
3:14 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Wearing blue, one team runs in memory of war dead

Lisa Hallett, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan is one of the founders of Wear Blue: Run To Remember.
Chantal Anderson Northwest News Network

Lisa Hallett was cradling her 2-week-old daughter at a military family support meeting when a commander called her out of the room.

"There’s just this panic. And we walk across this big field. We're in one building, we're going to this other building and I'm like tell me John's okay, tell me John's okay."

But he wasn’t.

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Other News
12:57 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Qwest Field is now CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink regional president Brian Stading, left, and executive vice president and COO Karen Puckett display the new jersey replacing the Qwest logo.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The new logo for the Seahawks stadium in Seattle being unveiled Thursday says CenturyLink Field, but some fans say they'll call it the Clink.

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Humanosphere
12:21 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Seattle's PATH embroiled in HPV vaccine controversy in India

“Collapsed trial fuels unfounded vaccine fears,” a news headline said of an HPV vaccine program in India run by Seattle's PATH.
Meena Kadri Flickr

In 2009, Seattle-based PATH, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched a project aimed at combating cervical cancer in India by introducing the HPV vaccine.

The vaccine program didn’t work out as planned.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date

Toll charges for the 520 bridge might begin in August, but they might not.
WSDOT

People who drive over the State Route 520 floating bridge will likely have a few more months before tolls kick in. The latest estimate of when charges would begin is now August, but the Washington State Department of Transportation won't commit to a date.

The new system has faced a string of delays. It was originally scheduled to be up and running in April. Then it was pushed back to June. Then late July. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will take over Alaskan Way all day Saturday.
Rachel James Flickr

A 50 percent chance of showers (pretty much 100 percent in downtown Seattle this morning). Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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Other News
6:00 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Submarine exploring sunken ship near Port Townsend

The submarine owned by OceanGate of Everett will be used to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921.
OceanGate

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A private submarine is diving this week near Port Townsend to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921 in Puget Sound.

The 90-year-old wreck of the SS Governor rests in 240 feet of water. A 15-foot submarine from OceanGate of Everett will be used to take photos to develop three-dimensional images of the hulk. A spokesperson said the company did complete the dive but that it would be several days before they would be able to complete processing the sonar, video and photos.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:09 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle, said laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded. He is backing an initiative to legalize the drug.
Flickr
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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
1:36 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

DOE writes employees about criticism of Hanford safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy is defending its safety culture at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The agency sent its workers a letter in response to harsh criticism this month in a report by a federal nuclear watchdog.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One of the long-beaked common dolphins have been spotted swimming and approaching boats along Boston Harbor. This species is typically found off the coast of Baja, California.
ROBIN W. BAIRD www.cascadiaresearch.org
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Other News
7:03 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Erratic driver flees, killed in log truck crash

An erratic driver who sped away from Spokane County, Wash., deputies even after a tire was flattened by a spike strip finally collided with a loaded log truck and was killed.

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Protest
2:28 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Hundreds march in Seattle 'Slutwalk'

Marchers in Seattle participated on Sunday in 'Slutwalk,' part of a series of protests taking place around the world this spring and summer in which scantily-clad women, and some men, take to the streets.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Hundreds of women in skimpy outfits – plunging necklines and the shortest of shorts – disregarded the overcast 60 degree weather on Sunday and marched down the streets of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The march was part of a series of "SlutWalks" taking place this spring and summer in which scantily-clad women, and some men, take to the streets. They say they're protesting a culture in which the victim of a sexual assault is blamed, rather than the perpetrator.

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Other News
1:42 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Seattle council wants you on the ‘happiness team’

Let's all get happy!
sea turtle Flickr

The Seattle City Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, reports Sustainable Seattle, an organization that develops regional indicators of well-being and sustainability.

“Measuring the subjective happiness or well-being levels of Seattle residents is an important tool that can help our council make effective policy decisions and can engage our community in conversations about what we really want from life and from our economy,” City Council President Richard Conlin said in a press release.

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Sports
12:55 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Qwest Field to become CenturyLink Field

Sam Lee Flickr

Qwest is becoming CenturyLink, and that means Seattle stadium where the Seahawks and Sounders play will become CenturyLink Field.

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