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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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Travel Industry
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

First cruise ship of the season arrives in Seattle

The Holland America cruise ship "Amsterdam" in Seattle's Elliot Bay.
Photo courtest Holland America

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning's arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

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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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