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Military Justice
5:59 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Sixth western Wash.-based soldier charged in Afghan murder case

Jeremy Morlock, right, poses with Staff Sgt. David Bram with weapons that they have allegedly taken from dead Afghans.
Rolling Stone

The Army has charged a sixth soldier based in western Washington in the murder of three Afghan civilians last year. The accused soldiers have become known as the "Kill Team" for allegedly killing unarmed Afghans for sport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Staff Sgt. David Bram of Vacaville, Calif., already faced a series of lesser charges in the case. The new charges include solicitation to commit premeditated murder, engaging in murder scenario conversations with subordinates and planting evidence near the body of an Afghan civilian.

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Aerospace Industry
1:53 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State to get $3 million for aerospace training

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks Tuesday at the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton. Gregoire announced $3 million in funding to help workers develop the skills needed by aerospace employers such as Boeing.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.

She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing's Renton factory.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray drops a ceremonial bottle of "champagne" from a zip line to be smashed against a tunnel boring machine several stories below at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

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Cyber security
2:12 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

WCO in Seattle: Protecting computer data in "the cloud"

A dog can sniff out security threats that are tangible, but how can governments protect sensitive data shared on remote computer servers? That was a key question at the World Customs Organization meeting this week in Seattle.
CBP Photography Flickr

The famous "battle in Seattle" more than a decade ago put the letters "W-T-O" into the collective consciousness. Now most people have at least a vague idea about the role the World Trade Organization plays in regulating international commerce. 

But what about the letters W-C-O?

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Food
10:50 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Cheeseheads unite! Festival returns to Pike Place for 7th year

A smattering of the huge variety of cheeses you can sample at the Seattle Cheese Festival this weekend (May 14 and 15).
Jeff Maurone flickr

"A corpse is meat gone bad. Well, and what's cheese? Corpse of milk."

~ James Joyce

If, after digesting that quote, you still have a thing for cheese, by all means, read on.

The Seattle Cheese Festival is this weekend. Cheese makers from all over the world will be coming to Pike Place Market for this festival featuring delicious yellow and white tidbits of tastiness.

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Arts Education
9:15 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City

Scott Brown directs the award-winning Roosevelt High School jazz band in Seattle. His group is again in the finals at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It's another banner year for Seattle-area high school jazz bands. 

Ensembles from Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High Schools are once again at Lincoln center in New York, NY - competing in what many critics regard as the nation's top bout for young jazz artists, the Essentially Ellington competition.

The Seattle Times is covering the event and has this note in today's print copy of the  paper:

"On Friday, the competition runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Roosevelt appearing last. There are two segments on Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., with Mountlake Terrace playing last, and 10 a.m. to noon. The three top bands will be announced on the live stream at 1 p. m. (All times PST.)"

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Wildlife reintroduction
2:45 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Pygmy rabbits face possible last stand in the state

Fish and wildlife agents work to construct a temporary enclosure for pygmy rabbits on Sagebrush Flats Wildlife Area north of Ephrata.
Anna King N3

In north central Washington, scientists are trying once again to reintroduce a tiny endangered rabbit species into a big, predator-ridden landscape. Next week, scientists plan to release about 100 young pygmy rabbits, each one the size of a tennis ball.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
1:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Army fancies unfinished nuclear plant for training

Soldiers practice decontamination protocol after a training scenario inside the nuclear reactor building at Satsop. Courtesy Satsop Business Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The quest to find new uses for an uncompleted nuclear power plant in western Washington has a new twist. The U.S. Army has taken a liking to training soldiers in the tunnels, plazas and towers of the old Satsop complex.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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Other News
7:16 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Name that snake!

The Woodland Park Zoo's new reticulated python
Ryan Hawk Woodland Park Zoo

An 8 year old male reticulated python (Python reticulatus) is settling into its new home at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The new 100 pound snake needs a name, and you can submit your suggestion via the Zoo's facebook page through May 13 at noon. Zookeepers will select their five favorite names and fans will then vote May 17 on facebook for their top pick.

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Other News
5:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

President Obama's Chief Technology Officer in Seattle

University of Washington Computer Science Professor Ed Lasowska (l) interviewing his friend, Aneesh Chopra, the United States' Chief Technology Officer. Chopra keynoted the annual Technology Alliance State of Technology luncheon this week in Seattle.
Photo by Annie Laurie Malarkey Courtesy of the Technology Alliance

There are 25 assistant advisors in the White House who report directly to President Obama.  One of them is the President's Chief Technology Officer. Anish Chopra has been in Seattle this week, meeting with all kinds of players - in everything from energy and education to global health. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:02 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Former Seattle P-I journalist Dorothy Parvaz, missing since April 29, reportedly has been deported from Syria to Iran.
Al Jazeera

Wednesday weather: Rain is back; highs upper 50s.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • Former P-I Journalist Deported to Iran
  • 16 new charges in 'Barefoot Bandit' case 
  • Two Children's Hospital Nurses Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
  • Family Files Suit in Death of Teen at Ft. Lewis

 

Al-Jazeera and Former Seattle Journalist Deported to Iran

A journalist and formal editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been deported to Iran after being detained in Syria, the Al Jazeera news service is reporting.

Dorothy Parvaz has been missing since she arrived in Damascus on April 29. Parvaz was working as a journalist for the Al Jazeera English network.

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Recreation on a Budget
2:44 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Fans of freebies flock to Freeattle

This free birding watching event at Discovery Park was one of the no-cost events listed in Freeattle.
Leslie Seaton Fresh-Picked Seattle

Leslie Seaton is a writer who loves to eat, drink, and tell people what to do. That’s part of the reason why she started her food events site called Fresh-Picked Seattle which then led to Freeattle.

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Life in the Northwest
2:38 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Washington's most popular baby names

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular baby names in Washington for 2010. Sophia is number one for girls and Jacob tops the list for boys.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:50 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, left, pulls Milton Bradley away from umpire Mike Muchlinski after Bradley was called out on strikes against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday at Safeco Field. Bradley was ejejected.
Elaine Thompson AP

Partly Sunny and 63 today.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Microsoft Agrees to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion
  • Fatal Crash on I-5 at Arlington
  • Mariners Cut Temperamental Outfielder Milton Bradley

 

Microsoft Will Buy Skype in its Biggest Deal Ever

Microsoft has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history.

Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market.

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