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Join the conversation at #SEAsaves
6:05 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Join the discussion on the "Can Seattle Save the World?" forum

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, but you can join in the conversation right now using the Twitter hashtag #SEAsaves.

KPLU's Charla Bear will also be live blogging below (and at Humanosphere), starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets available at the door
12:00 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Can Seattle Save The World? Preview tonight's Town Hall event!

UPDATE: Advance ticket sales have ended. However, additional tickets are available at the door tonight for $10 - cash only, starting at 6pm.

For those who would like to use Twitter to follow and participate, or even suggest questions now, see #SEAsaves and chime in. My colleague Charla Bear has graciously agreed to live-blog the event on Humanosphere and KPLU.

Here are a few thoughts in advance of tonight's event...

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The Tacoma Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responds to a spill from the Hyundai Oakland Tuesday morning.
KING-TV video capture

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

  • Hazmat Team Responds to Spill at Tacoma Waterfront
  • FAA Fires Controller Who Fell Asleep at Boeing Field
  • Tacoma Boy Charged in Pt. Defiance Arson
  • Seattle OKs Taller Buildings for South Downtown

 

Hazardous Chemical Spills in Port of Tacoma

A Tacoma Fire Department hazmat crew is cleaning up a chemical spill that was discovered as workers were unloading a cargo container from a ship at the Port of Tacoma, according to KCPQ-TV.

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World War II history
9:32 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Want to fly in a B-17 bomber?

The Liberty Foundation

You might hear an unusual rumbling overhead today in Seattle. An original World War II bomber will be in the sky. The Boeing B-17 is part of a traveling history exhibit that lets you actually fly in the plane. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:26 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Computer-generated image of Sound Transit's proposed Link light rail route across the I-90 bridge.
Sound Transit

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Microsoft Raises Could "Get Us Out of the Recession"
  • Opponents Lose Bid to Block I-90 Light Rail Plan
  • Wash. Legislature Passes Marijuana Dispensary Bill
  • U.W. Researcher in Serious Condition After Fall on Mt. Olympus

 

Economists say unprecedented raises announced by Microsoft yesterday could be just what's needed to help lift the Puget Sound region out of a economic slump.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:09 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Traction tires were advised this morning over Stevens Pass, where a fresh layer of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Still snowing in Washington mountains
  • U.W. Tacoma Names New Chancellor
  • Children's Hospital Nurse That Gave Lethal Dose Commits Suicide
  • No Security Changes for Governor After Cop Killer Attends Bill Signing

 

April Snow Falls in Washington Cascades and Foothills

It still looks like winter in the mountains - and some foothills - in Washington.

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IMPAIRED DRIVING EMPHASIS
5:21 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

New billboards unveiled as part of Target Zero campaign

Target Zero's new billboard advertising to not drive while intoxicated.

The State Patrol and Clear Channel Outdoor launched a new campaign today to warn people who might be considering getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The campaign features six billboards in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. The billboards relay the mission of the State Patrol's Target Zero Teams, which are comprised of 21 troopers that focus on impaired drivers. The troopers are joined by police officers and sheriff's deputies when time and funding allows.

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TOURISM
11:21 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Washington State Tourism launches social media campaign

What do you like about Washington? The state’s tourism office wants to know. Today, it’s launching a campaign called Share Your Washington.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:19 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Zina Linnik
Family photo

Making headlines around the Northwest:
 

  • Lawsuit Alleges Tacoma Officer's Sleep Delayed Amber Alert for Murdered Girl
  • Lab Tests Show 80% of Seattle-area Raw Chickens Have Dangerous Germs
  • State to Hold Earthquake Drill This Morning
  • Malaria Drugs Stolen From Gates Foundation-backed Group

 

Lawsuit: Tacoma Officer Fell Asleep, Delaying Amber Alert for Zina Linnik

A lawsuit against Tacoma police over the abduction and killing of a 12-year-old girl says an Amber alert was delayed because an officer fell asleep.

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EARTH DAY
3:54 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Lighten up and celebrate Earth Day at the Future of Flight

The Future of Flight aviation center gets ready to celebrate Earth Day.
Future of Flight

What does an airplane such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner have in common with Wikispeed’s SGT01 (its parts are interchangeable), Western Washington University’s Viking 45 (no it’s not a household appliance), Northwest Wind Power’s energy ball (it has turbine blades) have in common?  

They are lightweight, fuel efficient, made of advanced composite materials, innovative and a way to learn more about how new technology will help us lighten up and celebrate Earth Day, every day. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
5:59 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One freight train car derailed but remained upright on tracks adjacent to Airport Way near Boeing Field Tuesday morning. Burlington Northern said the track should be reopened by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
KIRO-TV video capture

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

  • Senate advances its proposed Washington state budget
  • Sideswiped BNSF freight car derails in Seattle
  • Region Records Coldest 1st Half of April on Record
  • Real Estate Website Zillow Files for IPO

 

State Senate Approves Budget Plan With Deep Education Cuts

Washington state senators have advanced their version of a proposed two-year budget, setting up negotiations with the House and the governor's office.

Monday's 34-13 vote pushes forward a plan that slashes $4.8 billion from state spending in an attempt to close a projected deficit of more than $5 billion.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Today is the last day to file federal income tax returns. The deadline was extended three days because the District of Columbia celebrated Emancipation Day on April 15.
MoneyBlogNewz Flickr

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Late tax day postmarks at 3 Western Washington locations
  • Fire-damaged pagoda repair estimate: $500,000
  • Gas Prices Continue to Climb: Over $4.00 in Bellingham
  • ACLU to Senators: Ignore Governor's Threat to Veto Pot Bill

 

It's Tax Day. Need a Late Postmark?

As the IRS income tax deadline falls at midnight, the Postal Service says it will have three locations in Western Washington where last-minute filers can drop off their returns until 11:59 p.m.  - in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett - and get Monday's postmark.

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Easter
3:47 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Think first before giving real animals as Easter pets

Instead of using real animals in an Easter basket, try going for a stuffed animal rabbit or duckling. Easter is April 24th this year.
Matt McGee flickr

An Easter basket full of goodies is a time-honored tradition for many people, but Regional Animal Services of King County is asking residents to think first before putting a bunny, chick, or duckling in that basket. The agency's Ken Nakatsu advises:

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Other News
3:17 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Suspicious fire damages historic Point Defiance Pagoda

Fire crew fight a fire at the pagoda in Point Defiance Park early morning, April 15, 2011.
Janet Jensen The News Tribune/ AP

An early morning fire has damaged the iconic, nearly 100-year-old Pagoda structure inside Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, but Metro Parks officials believe the brick building can be repaired. It will just take awhile; though exactly how long will not be known until inspectors can get into the building to assess the damage. The building is insured.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum told The News Tribune the fire is "suspicious in origin."

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