Sports
5:58 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Report: Seattle considering entering bid for 2024 Olympics

The Seattle Sports Commission has begun informally exploring the possibility of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Sportspress Northwest reported.

“It’s not a bid; it’s just an opportunity for us to consider whether we want to be considered,” Ralph Morton, executive director of the commission told Sportspress Northwest. 

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Transportation alternatives
5:50 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

AAA's roadside service goes electric

Seattle/Bellevue is getting one of AAA's new Electric Vehicle Charging trucks.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photo KPLU News

Driving an all-electric vehicle just got a bit more mainstream.

The AAA Auto Club of Washington has launched a new emergency roadside service for electric cars. It now has a truck with a generator on board that can rescue drivers in the greater Seattle area if they’ve run out of charge.

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food and farm
5:14 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Turkish company loses bid to trademark 'Idaho'

Idaho Potato Commission

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:58 pm

It looks like Idaho is the victor in an international trademark dispute over its most famous product. Officials in Turkey blocked a move that would have allowed a Turkish company to stamp “IDAHO” on produce, including potatoes.

For the keepers of the Idaho brand name, it's a crisis averted.

According to records on the Turkish Patent Institute's website, the agency has rejected an application to trademark the word “IDAHO”. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter also received a letter from the Turkish ambassador saying as much.

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Business
4:10 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Schultz defends Starbucks' support of same-sex marriage

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said backing same-sex marriage was not an economic decision.
University of Denver Flickr

The CEO of Starbucks defended his support of same-sex marriage at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle. Starbucks came out in favor last year of Washington’s referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Opponents of that measure vowed to make Starbucks pay, and the National Organization for Marriage launched a boycott of Starbucks.

At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar suggested that the boycott had indeed bled the company of value.

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humanosphere
1:51 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

'Gaming can change the world': Research shows benefits of games

LasseSH Flickr

Game designer Jane McGonigal thinks gaming can save the world, or at least help make it a better place.

“I know you’d rather hear that these games are turning kids into brain-dead zombies,” McGonical told a packed room at the University of Washington today, for the School of Social Work’s annual breakfast.

But the evidence suggests otherwise and that gaming is better than harmless. It could be a powerful force for good. Gaming is building a library in Ghana, for starters. More on that in a bit. 

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It's All Politics
1:22 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

Frank Capley (left) and Joe Alfano protest the San Francisco county clerk's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 14.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:09 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative Republican who recently said he now supports same-sex marriage because he has a gay son, evidently has plenty of company.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests that many Americans have changed their minds — going from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage — because they personally know someone who is gay.

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home sweet home
12:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Seattle among 'best cities for young entrepreneurs'

Doug Mahugh

Seattle has been named one of the best places for young entrepreneurs to set up shop.

Readers of the website Under30CEO.com ranked Seattle as the tenth best large-city home for a new company.

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Other News
12:07 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Amazon CEO recovers Apollo engines from Atlantic

Two mammoth rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the Atlantic.

An expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled up the engines and is headed back to Cape Canaveral, Fla., after three weeks at sea.

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Business and labor
10:14 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Starbucks seeks to double loyalty card membership

Gary Davis KPLU

Starbucks is planning a big push behind its loyalty program, with plans to double membership by the end of the year.

Starting in May, the world's biggest coffee company says members will be able to earn points when they buy bags of Starbucks coffee at supermarkets. Customers would have to go online and enter a code on the bag to get their point.

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health
10:01 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Whole milk or skim? Study links fattier milk to slimmer kids

Parents are currently advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk at age 2.
David M. Goehring/Via Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:23 am

The job of parenting toddlers ain't easy. Consider the 2-year-old to-do list: Get tantrums under control. Potty train. Transition from whole milk to low-fat milk.

Speaking from experience, only one of these things was easy.

As my daughter turned 2 in January, we made the simple switch to reduced-fat milk. Done. Don't need to overthink this one, right?

After all, I'm following the evidence-based advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wash. town rides ups, downs of 'broken' immigration system

Minerva Alvarado owns Tienda el Campesino, which sells clothes for special occasions.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

There's one word that politicians almost always use when they talk about the U.S. immigration system: “broken.” But what does that really mean?

Residents of the small town of Brewster, Wash., know. For decades, immigrants have come from Mexico, often illegally, to work the surrounding apple and cherry orchards.

Most people in Brewster's immigrant community either have heard about or remember December 1997. That was when “la migra” came. A Border Patrol plane flew overhead, vans and buses pulled up near a fruit packing facility outside of town. Lucia Dalabera remembers.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Be a recipe renegade!

Some notes I've made on one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite authors -- Molly Stevens' All About Braising.
Stein

Run wild!  Sure, if you've never made something before, it's a good idea to follow the instructions. But if the instructions look weird or include ingredients you really don't like, that's another story.

Recipes come from all-too-fallible humans. Take it from me that some of them can haul you right over the Foodscal Cliff. I speak from bitter experience.

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Other News
9:32 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

Christopher Astacio reads with his daughter Cristina, 2, recently diagnosed with a mild form of autism, in her bedroom on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in New York.
Bebeto Matthews Associated Press

A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.

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Environment
7:53 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Want to explore state parks? There’s an app for that

Washington’s state park system boasts everything from coastal campgrounds to wooded hiking trails and historical buildings. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, you might find help in the palm of your hand.

Just in time for Washington State Parks' centennial, the state has unveiled a new smartphone app that serves as an on-the-go interactive guide.

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

House Across From Westboro Baptist Is Painted With Gay Pride Rainbow Colors

Planting Peace is painting the house across from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka with the colors of the gay pride rainbow.
Courtesy of Carol Hartsell Huffington Post

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:41 pm

Aaron Jackson took inspiration from a 9-year-old kid who stood up to Westboro Baptist Church protesters.

As Mark wrote last year, Josef Miles stood in front of protesters carrying signs that read "God Hates [Gays]" with his own sign that read "God Hates No One."

Today, Jackson is following through on a project that started about six months ago when he decided to buy a house across the street from the infamous church in Topeka, Kan.

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