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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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

What use is a cast iron frying pan full of rocks?

I know people who are this dumb.
Dick Stein KPLU

Hint: It has to do with baking.  But first take a look at picture #2 above.  I've had that picture for years and still have no idea what the thing is or does.  

If you do please share.  And now the answer to the question posed in today's headline.

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Election 2011
9:36 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Pot initiative passing in Tacoma

Tacoma News Tribune reports that Tacoma voters are easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 – the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma.

After initial ballot counts posted as of 8:15 p.m., 65 percent of voters (16,888) were favoring the measure, compared to 35 percent of those casting “no votes” (9,240 total).

Election 2011
9:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Eyman's anti-tolling initiative too close to call

Early election returns show Tim Eyman's anti-tolling initiative is failing.

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Election 2011
9:13 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Wash. voters approve resolution on budget savings

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters have approved a constitutional amendment that requires the Legislature to set aside cash during boom years.

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Election 2011
9:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Seattle voters rejecting $60 car tab fee

Seattle voters are saying "no" to new taxes to help pay to patch potholes, improve bus service and plan for future transit needs.

Proposition 1 would've levied an extra $60 annual fee for vehicle registrations in the city. It was being defeated 60 percent to 40 percent, according to early returns Tuesday. The measure was a top priority of Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council. It would've raised about $200 million over 10 years.

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Business of the Environment
5:25 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Alaska Air demonstrating aviation biofuels

It’s a big week for aviation biofuels.

A United flight took off Monday from Houston, for the first time burning jet fuel that was made from algae-based oil. And Alaska Air begins its demonstration flights from Seattle tomorrow (Wednesday, 2 p.m.)  – with fuel made from used cooking oil. 

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National Emergency Test
4:14 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Update: First-ever national emergency alert test is over, whew

The White House is preparing the country for the first nationwide test of the country's emergency alert system on Wednesday.

The test occurred at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday. It lasted about 30 seconds. But, of course, you wouldn’t know it if you’re online at the time.

And what does it mean that the test is on 11/9?!

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Teaching methods
12:44 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Zombies: Using pop culture's fascination as a teaching tool

Using our cultural fascination with zombies as a teaching tool is catching on.
Andrew Becraft Flickr

Educators around the country are tapping into the interest in zombies in popular culture as a means to reach students. One such place using the teaching tool is the University of Idaho.

Last week on the UI's Moscow campus there was a public lecture called "Zombies and International Politics." It was delivered by Tufts University professor Dan Drezner, who says zombies work as a metaphor for current global concerns.

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