Shootings
11:10 am
Wed June 27, 2012

7 shot outside Federal Way bar, 1 dies

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Police say they have accounted for everyone involved in a shootout outside a Federal Way bar that left one man dead and six other people wounded.

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Other News
9:37 am
Wed June 27, 2012

More cracks in new pontoons for Seattle bridge

The Washington Transportation Department says more cracks have been found in pontoons under construction in Aberdeen for the new Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington at Seattle.

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Environment
9:28 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Arctic drill ships leave Seattle for Alaska

The Kulluk (above) and Noble Discoverer and support ships are headed first to Dutch Harbor.
The Associated Press

Two vessels fitted with drilling rigs left Seattle Wednesday for Alaska.

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NPR health
9:08 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Feds move to curb abusive debt collection by nonprofit hospitals

Deb Waldin testifies about her experience with a debt collector at a Minnesota hospital during a hearing led by Sen. Al Franken in St. Paul, Minn., in late May.
Minnesota Public Radio/Jeffrey Thompson

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:36 am

Deb Waldin was in agony when she arrived at the emergency room of Fairview Southdale, a nonprofit hospital in suburban Minneapolis. On a scale of 1 to 10, she says her pain was at 12.

She turned out to have kidney stones. But before she got the diagnosis, while she was still lying on a gurney waiting to see a doctor, she was approached by a debt collector from a company called Accretive Health.

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Remembrances
6:59 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York. She was 71.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:59 pm

Nora Ephron brought us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.

There's the infamous "Silkwood shower," from the 1983 movie, with Meryl Streep as a terrified worker at a nuclear power plant, being frantically scrubbed after exposure to radiation.

Then there's the scene in which Meg Ryan drives home a point to Billy Crystal at Katz's Deli, in 1989's When Harry Met Sally. You know — the one that ends with "I'll have what she's having."

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wildfires
5:46 am
Wed June 27, 2012

'Epic' Wildfire Sends Tens Of Thousands Scrambling For Safety In Colorado

Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire glowed on the western side of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday night.
Bryan Oller AP

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:17 pm

"A firestorm of epic proportions" continues to threaten Colorado Springs, Colo., as more than 1,000 firefighters battle flames that by midday had forced more than 26,000 people to flee their homes.

It was local Fire Chief Rich Brown who called the inferno epic Tuesday night. Today, Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said it's an event "that is certainly unprecedented in this city," The Denver Post reports.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Seattle gets drastic on plastic

Always on my desk: The KPLU tote. Big enough to hold a Major Award.
Stein

Seattle's ban on (some) plastic bags starts July 1st. Seattleites will still be able to get paper bags at the checkout at a nickel a shot for the big ones.  Or do what any smart KPLU'er would –

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NPR HealtH
7:04 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Dementia complicates romance in nursing homes

Holding hands is the easy part.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:45 am

Relationships are never easy.

If the partners in love happen to be living in a nursing home, there are even more challenges. And if they're showing signs of dementia, then things get really tricky.

Although no law forbids intimate relationships between people with dementia in nursing homes, staff and family members often discourage residents from expressing their sexuality, says a recent report in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

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College education costs
5:30 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:06 pm

Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.

Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.

Student Loans

President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.

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ALASKAN WAY Viaduct
2:57 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Future loss of parking challenging Pike Place Market

Site of the redevelopment dilemma facing Pike Place Market and the new waterfront once the Viaduct comes down.

The complete removal of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is years away. The tunnel replacing it won’t open till 2015.

But this summer marks a crucial moment for the iconic Pike Place Market as the waterfront is redeveloped.

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Boeing
2:15 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Boeing commercial plane chief Albaugh retiring

Boeing says Jim Albaugh will be replaced by Raymond L. Conner, who is 57. Conner is a former airplane mechanic who has been with the company since 1977.
The Associated Press

CHICAGO — The head of Boeing's commercial airplanes division is retiring.

Jim Albaugh has run the biggest division at Boeing for almost three years. He was brought in at a time when its expensive new plane, the 787, was struggling with delays.

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Business
2:11 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Still mad about Chase's takeover of WaMu? You should be, author says

Kerry Lammert Flickr

J.P. Morgan Chase’s recent multi-billion dollar trading loss has knocked the bank far down the list of world’s most respected companies, according to the financial magazine Barron’s.  

That just adds to the company’s already tarnished reputation in the Northwest because of the way it took over Washington Mutual in a fire sale during the darkest days of the financial crisis in 2008. And that animosity is warranted, one expert says.

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Olympic Sports
10:50 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fourth, fifth place good enough for some local Olympics hopefuls

High jumper Jesse Williams of Eugene qualified for the Summer Olympics despite finishing fourth at the U.S. Team Trials. By Tom Banse.

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:49 am

EUGENE, Ore. – A fourth or fifth place finish tends to bring excruciating disappointment at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Top three qualify for the Summer Olympics, normally. But fourth and fifth place was good enough Monday night for two Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Orbitz shows Mac users pricier hotels: Big deal or no brainer?

Using a Mac may mean you'll see some pricier options when booking online.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:26 pm

There's lots of chatter today about The Wall Street Journal's report that:

"Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see."

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Has Apple hit its peak? Commentator bails on its stock

Chad Anderson (eyeidea) flickr.com

When Steve Jobs went on his third and final medical leave at the beginning of 2011, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson advised his subscribers to get ready to sell their Apple stock.

Recently, Mark took his own advice and sold 75% of his Apple holdings. He explains why on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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