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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Pagoda at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park was significantly damaged by a fire early Friday morning. The structure is a replica of a 17th century Japanese Lodge.
KOMO-TV video capture

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Fire Damages Pt. Defiance Pagoda Structure
  • Guilty Verdict in Slaying of Kent Mother, Model
  • Police: 4 Hurt in Port Angeles Car Ramming
  • Light Rail Construction Uncovers Seattle History

 

Iconic Pt. Defiance Pagoda Damaged by Fire

A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the landmark pagoda building at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Friday morning.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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Natural Disasters
6:25 am
Fri April 15, 2011

'Twilight' tribe seeks help to move out of tsunami zone

All of La Push’s lower village is in the tsunami inundation zone.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

After last month's Japanese tsunami, some coastal Northwest Indian tribes are expressing new urgency about the same danger they face. Two Washington tribes actually have plans to move parts of their villages to higher ground.

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Endangered Species
2:50 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Environmentalists fear wolf rider would open pandora's box

A provision of the compromise budget deal in Congress would take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.
Gary Kramer USFWS

Environmental groups say a provision in the compromise budget deal in Congress sets a dangerous precedent for endangered species. Congress expects to vote on the bill today. It includes an amendment to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:19 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

An air traffic controller has been suspended after falling asleep on the job at Boeing Field (officially King County Airport).
Photo by Erick Ayne

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing Field Air Traffic Controller Suspended
  • Seattle Cop Charged With Kicking Teen Suspect
  • State Adds Jobs But Unemployment Rate Up Slightly
  • Everett Man Accused of Bosnia War Crimes

 

Sleeping Boeing Field Air Traffic Controller Suspended

[Late breaking news: Official overseeing US air traffic controllers resigns after controllers sleeping on the job.]

Federal officials are boosting overnight staff at more than two dozen airport towers across the country after new instances of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job - including at Boeing Field in Seattle this week.

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Transportation
1:23 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

The Salish begins sea trials

State Senate Transportation committee chair Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, christens the MV Salish at Todd Shipyards on Jan. 4, 2011.
WSDOT

You may see a new Washington State Ferry on Puget Sound waters this week. The Salish is being put through its sea trials. The vessel, built by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, is expected to begin service this summer on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route. The run has gone without full two-boat service since 2007.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:03 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Charges Dropped Against Men Charged in Ballard Fight With Cop
  • Washington Senate Budget Cuts Teacher Pay by 3 Percent
  • Snohomish County Teacher Named to National Teacher Hall of Fame

 

King County Prosecutors Drop Charges in December Melee Involving Seattle Officer

Charges have been dropped against three men accused of fighting an off-duty Seattle police officer who allegedly was caught on video stomping on the head of one of the men outside a Ballard bar.

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle City Light finds another shocking light pole

Bird perching on an apparently non-electrified Seattle streetlight 5/9/09
sea turtle flickr.com

Seattle City Light has found another electrified streetlight pole. It was a new pole, which had been installed in January. A dog detected the voltage when it sniffed the pole and its owner called it in. City Light says the streetlight had been improperly installed and had frayed wires.

As a precaution, the utility is inspecting about 60 streetlight poles that were damaged and replaced in the past year. Many of those poles weren’t in place when City Light did comprehensive voltage testing last December and January.

Aerospace History
3:40 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing

Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar signs her autograph for 6-year-old Taylor Colville, who came to hear about the shuttle announcement with her father, Eric. Like many in attendance, they are trying to look on the bright side of Seattle's lost bid.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It's a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration. 

Seattle's Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will not be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.  And it won't get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.

The shuttles are going to:

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AEROSPACE HISTORY
10:40 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in February of this year. Seattle's Museum of Flight's hopes to display one of the retiring shuttles were spoiled in favor of New York, Washington, D.C. and suburban Los Angeles.
NASA photo

NASA says Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles.

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State Budget
9:03 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget

thetruthaboutcars.com

An Olympia budget problem:

  • Washington's roads need repair and improvements.
  • Gas tax revenues are way down because people are driving less and driving more fuel-efficient cars.
  • State voters have made it clear they don't want higher taxes.

What's a lawmaker to do?

Democratic budget writers in the Legislature hoping to plug a $5 billion deficit are proposing to raise a slew of fees on everything from getting a drivers license to riding a ferry. 

They say they're just trying to bring fees -- many of which haven't been raised in years -- in line with current costs. But skeptical Republicans are cool to the proposal.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:55 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners' Luis Rodriguez, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning runs in against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning Monday night’s game at Safeco Field. Seattle. The Mariners won 8-7.
Elaine Thompson AP

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

  • Will Seattle Get a Space Shuttle? Decision to be Announced This Morning
  • 520 Bridge Tolls Delayed Again
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Advances
  • Mariners Erase 7-Run Deficit to Win Before Record-Low Crowd

 

[UPDATE: Seattle was not one of the cities chosen to land a space shuttle. Read the full story here.]

Space Shuttle's Last Stop: Seattle? Announcement Due This A.M.

Officials at Seattle's Museum of Flight have their fingers crossed, waiting for today's 10:00 a.m. announcement of where retiring space shuttles will be displayed. The museum near Boeing Field is one of 21 museum and science centers around the country hoping to land one of the spaceships. A new building called the Space Gallery is being prepared for the display.

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Aerospace History
6:04 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision

An artist's rendering of the new gallery plan at Seattle's Museum of Flight, a gallery intended to permanently lure a NASA Space Shuttle. The agency will announce the winners of the competition to host the retiring spacecraft Tuesday at 10am PST.
Graphic courtesy of Museum of Flight.

The odds are about one in seven.  That's the skinny on Seattle's bid to become a host site for one of NASA's retiring space shuttles. 

Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper's latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight's chances were diminished slightly last week:

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Humanosphere
3:49 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Why young people are flocking to global health and poverty – a series preview

Michael Thompson Flickr

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking to young people, mostly around Seattle, who are involved in global poverty issues. And I’m blown away by the number of initiatives being pursued by people in their 20′s and early 30's.

  • A fellow heading to Mongolia to work on microfinance
  • A young Bengali couple who have started an organization to fund smaller projects that often get ignored
  • A woman who plans to work at the International Criminal Court on women’s issues

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:05 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Washington is $3.88.
AP

Some of the top news stories around the Northwest for April 11th:

  • How High Will Gas Prices Go?
  • Tacoma Police to Focus on Cold Cases
  • Hundreds of Washington Convictions in Doubt
  • Mariners in Free Fall

 

 AAA: Gas in Washington averages $3.88 gallon

If you're looking for cheap(er) gas in Washington state, you'll have to cross over the Cascades.

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