Seattle

sick leave vote
5:40 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Seattle council says paid sick leave is right direction

Sick workers at Seattle businesses with at least four employees will now get some paid leave.
Davide Taviani Flickr

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 this afternoon to approve the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, making the vote official after council members announced last week that they finally had the votes to pass it.

The lone dissenter in the vote was Council President Richard Conlin.

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Obituary
1:01 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

City mourns popular barista, questions bike path's safety

For 22 years, Brian Fairbrother served coffee and pastries at Vivace Espresso. He worked his way into becoming general manager of all three locations, eventually becoming a co-owner of the Capitol Hill business.
Christopher Nicely Abel Alameda

The morning routine has irrevocably changed for thousands of Seattle coffee drinkers. A popular barista at Espresso Vivaci, Brian Fairbrother, died yesterday from head injuries sustained in a bicycle accident last month. He was 50.  

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Business
2:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The changing face of Rotary

Erin Simkins, 29, Is thinking about joining the Fremont Club. Rotary clubs, including Fremont's, are making an effort to recruit women.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Mention Rotarians and most people's thought bubble consists of this: A group of older white guys in suits meeting for breakfast. But that's changing. In fact, there's a Rotary club in Seattle that's working hard to buck that stereotype.

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Festivals and Events
3:23 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Enjoy one of Seattle's hottest summertime celebration

The South Lake Union block party will feature lots of great food and drinks to try from various local restaurants. There will also be a grilling competition to enjoy.

The weather forecast for Friday is sunny and a high of 76 degrees! It’s the perfect day to come out to South Lake Union for the 7th Annual Block Party at Denny Way & Westlake Avenue, beginning at noon.

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Festivals and events
4:20 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

A thing to do tonight (or Thursday): Dancing 'til dusk

Couples waltzing to KGB at Ball Blanc at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Dancing til Dusk illustration

For a fifth year in downtown parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s popular dancing in the park returns. It’s worth staying downtown for, or making downtown an after-work destination, so join the fun!

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Aurora motels entering time of change, the last for most

Seattle's "Bridge Motel" just north of the Aurora bridge is one of the 1960's motels slated for demolition.
Erin Hennessey

Back in the early 1960's, a string of motels along Seattle's Aurora Avenue North sprang up to accommodate tourists pouring into town to visit the Seattle World's Fair. Real Estate Appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that a lot of this property is being redeveloped.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

State, Seattle hit recycling milestones

Washington residents recycle more than 100 million pounds of electronics.
Bert van Dijk Flickr

Washington officials say residents have recycled more than 100 million pounds since the state's electronics recycling program began in January 2009.

In Seattle, residents have hit an all-time high in recycling of all products, according to the City of Seattle’s annual recycling report to be released Wednesday.

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Lions Club Parade
11:49 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Lions Parade of Nations march Seattle's 5th Avenue

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations took over downtown Seattle on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention is in Seattle through the July 8, and the club’s major Parade of Nations took over 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle on Tuesday.

"The first thing that struck me were the big smiles on all the participants faces. They looked so happy to be a part of this big event and so proud of their particular groups," reported KPLU's Erin Hennessey.

The parade was scheduled to run from the Seattle Center to the Washington State Convention Center. The closure of 5th Avenue and the rerouting of Metro bus routes through the city was expected to last until 2 p.m. or so. (Video and photo gallery inside)

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Other News
8:57 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Man stung by scorpion on flight out of Seattle

Man stung by scorpion on flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.
Fabrice Kelmbacher Flickr

'Oh, my God. That's a scorpion.'

An Oregon man got a surprise — and some pain — when he was stung by a scorpion during a commercial flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Commuting
3:04 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Reminder: Traffic nightmares in Seattle this weekend

With several major events in Seattle this weekend, traffic is going to be tough. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises you just don't drive downtown.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Starting tonight, it will be a busy next few days for sports enthusiasts – with Sounders’ soccer matches, Mariners’ baseball games, and the huge Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on Saturday, reports the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Law
1:19 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

US Attorney press release on arrests in Seattle terror plot

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Western District of Washington

June 23, 2011

TWO MEN CHARGED IN PLOT TO ATTACK SEATTLE MILITARY PROCESSING CENTER
Defendants Sought Firearms and Grenades to Attack Complex where Enlistees Report

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Business
6:35 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Seattle to battle over sick leave

If a proposal is accepted by the Seattle City Council, the city will become only the fourth in the country to require employers provide paid sick leave.
Allan Foster Flickr

In what is likely to be a contentious summer debate, the Seattle City Council will receive a proposal this week to mandate all Seattle workers be allowed between five and nine paid sick days a year.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Multiple offers but picky buyers

House for sale in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.
Erin Hennessey

The good news is that some sellers in the current real estate market are getting multiple offers on their property but buyers are being much more choosy when it comes to deciding on a new home.

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Life in the Northwest
1:44 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Seattle on list of top cities for recent college grads

Experience Music Project and the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. 1/11/2008
Andrew E. Larsen flickr.com

If you've just graduated from college are wondering where to go next, The Daily Beast says Seattle is a good choice. The news blog has issued its second annual list of 25 best cities for recent college graduates and Seattle is ranked at number 21. 

Rea Estate
11:49 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Home-price index continues to drop, but Seattle prices rise

A sign promotes a newly-sold home in Seattle. Home prices continue to fall across most of America's largest cities. Only Seattle and Washington, D.C. bucked the trend.
Elaine Thompson AP

Home prices in major markets around the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 2006 in March. But not in Seattle.

After falling almost two percent in February, Seattle home prices were up a modest 0.1 percent in March, but still down 7.5 percent compared to March 2010.

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