The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Historic Alaska storm weakens; flooding, erosion dangers increase

Part of a house roof lies on the ground in Nome, Alaska after a storm with hurricane force winds and heavy snow struck the state Wednesday.
Tyler Rhodes ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 11:05 am

The powerful storm thrashing Alaska is losing strength as it moves inland from the northwestern part of the state. The National Weather Service warns coastal flooding is now the main concern, although hurricane strength winds are dying down.

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Radiation Exposure
10:08 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Idaho National Lab workers exposed to plutonium

Test Reactor Area west of Idaho Falls is home to the Advanced Test Reactor
Idaho National Lab

The Idaho National Lab is monitoring 16 of its workers who were exposed to Plutonium 239. That isotope is used in nuclear weapons.

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Court Martial
9:43 am
Thu November 10, 2011

War crimes case expected to go to jury

The judge in a high profile war crimes court martial is expected to send the case to the jury today. Closing arguments are now complete in the case against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs. He's accused of orchestrating the deaths of unarmed Afghan civilians.

Army prosecutor Major Robert Snow told the military jury their decision should not be difficult. His precise closing words: "Let your verdict speak the truth that Staff Sgt. Gibbs is a murderer."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Honoring our veterans of military service and music

This week we salute our veterans and the music they made before, during and after their military service.

The first one that comes to mind is this Vietnam War-era classic from Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, a real-life wounded Vietnam Vet. Even as protest was building against the war, it was the biggest single of 1966, spending 5 weeks at Number 1 on the charts.

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Election 2011
6:45 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores

People shopping for alcohol will no longer see this sign on liquor stores. A lot of people have mixed feelings about that.
Charla Bear KPLU

Now that voters have kicked the state out of the liquor store business, some people are looking forward to changes in how they buy booze. Others, though, say the decision is not cause for celebration. 

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Global Health
4:12 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Rwanda is empowering girls, with a little help from Seattle

The students at Gashora Academy, first class of the Rwanda Girls Initiative.
RGI

It has become a mantra in aid and development circles today to say that empowering girls is the single most effective means of fighting poverty, inequity and any number of ills in poor countries.

And in Rwanda, Paul Kagame’s government is clearly walking the talk on girls and women — and a number of Seattle organizations are assisting in the gender revolution happening here.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:57 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Hanford whistleblower launches new lawsuit over safety concerns

Walt Tamosaitis alleges that the U.S. Department of Energy played a role in removing him from the Waste Treatment Plant project after he raised concerns.
Anna King Northwest News Network

KENNEWICK, Wash. – There’s a new lawsuit over safety issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The case announced Wednesday comes from the same whistleblower who has raised serious concerns about the waste treatment factory being built at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

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Election 2011
3:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Even in Seattle, voters say no to taxes

Perhaps it was the struggling economy. Perhaps it was the thought of paying triple figures for vehicle registration. But Seattle voters did something on Tuesday they don't often do: They said no to a tax increase.

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Science wonders
3:17 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

NASA releases video of giant asteroid heading toward Earth

From Slate, NASA has released a short video (above) of the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid that came within 202,000 miles of Earth this week.

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Election 2011
2:53 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Washington liquor employees brace for the unemployment line

Control Board clerk Lidia Giusti uses a metal bar to straighten rows of liquor on shelves in Oct. 31 at a new state liquor store in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mood in state liquor stores across Washington is subdued. More than nine-hundred state employees face lay-off with the passage of Costco-backed Initiative 1183 .

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Math wonders
2:38 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Numbers fun: 11-11-11... another once-a-century palindrome!

Scott Beale Flickr

From the numbers expert at the University of Portland comes another bit of fun with a palindrome date.

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Seattle schools
10:33 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Ex-Seattle school employee Silas Potter arrested in Florida

Silas Potter in an image taken from a 2010 video.

The King County Sheriff's office says a former Seattle school employee who failed to appear for arraignment in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal has been arrested in Florida.

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Election 2011
10:16 am
Wed November 9, 2011

State control of liquor sales to end in Washington

Washington voters have ended nearly 80 years of state-controlled liquor sales. As of Tuesday night, Initiative 1183 was passing with 60 percent of the vote. The measure privatizes the sale of booze and closes state liquor stores.

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Bering Sea storm
6:22 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Coast Guard aiding disabled Seattle fishing vessel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard has evacuated most of the crew from a 143-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel limping on one engine in the stormy Bering Sea.

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Other News
6:17 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Powerful storm rips off roofs, floods Nome, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A powerful Bering Sea storm hit western Alaska early Wednesday with high winds and surging seas.

The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks has received reports of some roofs blowing off in Nome where water reached the base of buildings.

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