Transportation
9:37 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Fallen tree blocks highway at Lake Forest Park 

LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. — The state Transportation Department says crews hope to reopen Highway 522 at Lake Forest Park late Thursday morning.

Workers are removing a large tree that fell across the highway about 3 a.m. and also brought down power lines.

Seattle City Light said more than 4,500 customers in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline lost power.

Highway 522 is a major Seattle commuter route around the north end of Lake Washington. Traffic was detoured to Ballinger Way and NE 145th Street.

Education
9:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Can college students resist the lure of Facebook, Twitter during class?

Are any of these students texting?
Lisa Klumpp iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:04 pm

Dear college students across the U.S.,

Like millions of my colleagues who teach at universities and colleges, I'm working hard this week to put an updated zing into the syllabus for each of my fall classes. Describing the course content and readings for Biological Anthropology and Primate Behavior is the fun, mind-engaging part.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Singing the praises of the 1 percent

We could shock you with startling statistics about how the richest 1 percent own about 50 percent of the wealth, and how it’s been getting worse for the rest of us for a few decades now. But that’s depressing! And we’d much rather watch cartoons.

Like this 1933 Merrie Melodies gem “We’re in the Money”:

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Mariners
9:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

27 up, 27 down: Mariners' Felix Hernandez throws perfect game

Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:15 pm

This is the face of perfection:

The Seattle Mariner's Felix Hernandez is now a part of baseball lore, joining 22 others when he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, this afternoon.

That means Hernandez retired 27 batters in a row, throwing 113 pitches, 77 of them strikes. No one got on base.

What's incredible is that this is the third perfect game this season. USA Today reports:

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fire department
4:51 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Black firefighters march in downtown Seattle

Members of Seattle's fire department marched in downtown Seattle to honor fallen colleagues.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

More than 150 black firefighters marched through downtown Seattle on Wednesday to honor their colleagues who died in service.

The march was organized by Seattle's chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. After the march, they held a memorial for fallen service members at Seattle’s First United Methodist church.

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The Salt
3:08 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:27 am

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Weird questions you have to answer to become a U.S. citizen

Photograph of Federal Judge Michael Igoe administering Oath of Allegiance, 10/13/1939
National Archives

Have you ever been a “habitual drunkard?” What about a Communist? And exactly where were you between the dates of March 23, 1933 and May 8, 1945?

If you want to become a citizen of the United States, get ready to answer these questions---and about a hundred more---on the U.S. citizenship application form, the N-400.

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Global Health Innovation
5:01 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates)

Civil engineers from California (the Safe Sludge UC Berkeley Team) are one of the more than 35 design teams taking part in the "Reinventing the Toilet" fair at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News.

When you flush the toilet every day, you probably aren’t thinking much about where your waste goes. But Seattle’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting that question on the international agenda.

They’re donating more than three and a half million dollars in grants and prize money to help developing countries take advantage of new waste treatment technologies. A “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” fair kicked off yesterday.

KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to check it out. (Click "Play" above to hear the elements of her story.)

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Cooking gifts for newlyweds

The little man on the wedding cake celebrates to excess..
Guzer.com

Seattle Times food writer and my Food for Thought co-conspirator  Nancy Leson is just back from the windy city where she attended a big fat wedding.   She points out that these days there's a bit of a problem in giving cooking-related wedding gifts.  Here's why.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
4:37 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Horses escape Taylor Bridge Fire

Horses escaping the Taylor Bridge Fire
Brian Myrick The Daily Record

As the Taylor Bridge Fire continues to be battled from the air, people are looking for a safe place to put their horses, cows, llamas and other livestock. The fairgrounds in Ellensburg are holding 150 large animals and counting.

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Other News
2:10 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Memorial of flowers growing in memory of Kathi Goertzen

Erin Hennessey

Bouquets of flowers, cards and special messages written on large, white sheets of  paper are growing outside the KOMO television studios in Seattle in memory of longtime anchorwoman Kathi Goertzen. She died yesterday after a lengthy battle with a recurrent brain tumor. She documented her illness and treatments in appearances on KOMO and launched a foundation dedicated to brain tumor research.

Health
12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Reach for the fries? Apple slices recalled for possible Listeria contamination

This apple-topped salad is one of several products being recalled for potential contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes
Ready Pac, Inc.

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:29 am

If you've been applauding yourself recently for choosing the apple slices over the french fries for your kid's fast food meal, or an apple-laden prepackaged salad for your own dinner, you might want to hit the pause button.

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Sports
9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

How NW teens taught blind kids to play tennis

All the supplies need to create your own tennis ball for the blind.
Joan Robinett-Wilson

Take a large foam tennis ball, stuff a rattle in it and play a repetitive chirp to orient a person who can't see and you have the elements of a game of tennis for the blind and visually impaired. 

That's what 15 tennis players from Snohomish High School did during one week this summer for a handful of sightless kids ready to try something new.

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Business
8:47 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail

Bicyclists hope that a new bike trail like the Burke-Gilman Trail (pictured) will be created along the old rail line from Renton to Woodinville
kingcountyparks

The dream of a bike trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville has moved one step closer to a reality. The Port of Seattle commission today voted to approve a $15 million sale of former rail land to King County.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

'F-Bomb' added to dictionary

March 23, 2010: Vice President Biden famously drops an f-bomb.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 8:45 am

We expect that most folks won't need to look up the definition. But just in case, "f-bomb" now has its own entry in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

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