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HUMANOSPHERE
9:08 am
Mon May 9, 2011

"Geek heretic": Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic.

And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant.

A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009.

If you’re not familiar with what they do at Microsoft Research, think artificial intelligence, computer vision, terabyte juggling, high-octane mathematics and the craziest things you can try to do with bits, bytes or any kind of information technology.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:18 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Sen. Patty Murray, right, and others depart after a test ride and media briefing for a Sound Transit Link light rail train October 2008, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP
  • No Light Rail to South King County Until at Least 2034
  • New 520 Opening Bridge May be Delayed
  • Kent Man Severely Injured in Apartment Explosion
  • Washington Gas Prices Up Again

 

Making headlines around the Northwest, Monday, May 9:

 

Sound Transit Lacks Cash for Light Rail to S. King County

There's no money to extend a voter-approved plan to extend light rail to Federal Way by the original deadline of 2023.

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Skateboarding
2:11 am
Sat May 7, 2011

Pro skateboarding comes to KeyArena this weekend

The Street League Pro Tour course at Key Arena
Erik Neumann For KPLU

This weekend some of the world’s best skateboarders are competing at Key Arena for nearly half a million dollars in the Street League Skateboarding Pro Tour. 

Competitors at the event will be judged on the style, difficulty and originality of their tricks and stunts.  The organizer is Rob Dyrdek, a former pro-skateboarder, who says he’ll also be giving $75,000 and materials from this weekend’s competition to Roxhill Park in West Seattle. 

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Transportation Choices
6:19 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Commissioners must slash bus service in Pierce County

In Snohomish County, transit officials have eliminated Sunday bus service. So far, Pierce Transit isn't planning to do so, but they are poised to cut schedules by more than a third because there isn't enough sales tax revenue to support existing service.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp

Update: On Monday, May 9, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners approved a 20% permanent service reduction scheduled to start June 12. But the board rejected the proposed plan for the final 15% reduction scheduled for October, and instead directed staff to develop a modified plan that focuses on maximizing ridership.

The next time you're stuck in traffic, frustrated by the length of your commute time, take a moment to consider how long your trip would be if you couldn't drive to your workplace, your doctors office, or your church. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:32 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Overhead bins are reflected onto the top of the concierge table at the entrance of the life-size display of the interior 747-8 Intercontinental in Renton.
John Froschauer AP Photo

Weather: A cloudy, showery weekend ahead with highs around 57.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Backlog Will Hold Up Boeing 747-8 Line for a Month
  • Seattle Children's Pledges to Fix Flaw Found by Feds
  • Two Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Top WA Honor
  • Amazon.com is Hiring

 

Work Backlog to Choke Off Boeing 747-8 Production Until June 7

As if the chronic delays on the 787 Dreamliner weren’t enough to deal with, Boeing executives and workers now have another puzzle to solve: Boeing’s second-most important commercial aircraft. The 747-8  is behind schedule.

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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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