liquor control
11:31 am
Fri August 19, 2011

State wants to expose you to quality liquor

Washington State Liquor Control Board

A new law giving distillers the opportunity to set up tastings in state-run liquor stores goes into effect Sept. 1 and runs for a year.

The “spirits tasting pilot” was established by the Washington Legislature in response to a request from the Distillery Representative Association of Washington (DRAW).

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Traffic news
10:56 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Lynnwood police concede they need camera revenue

Dan Jordan Flickr

The Lynnwood police chief concedes the department depends on traffic ticket camera revenue and probably would lose seven or eight officers without it.

Chief Steve Jensen previously downplayed the significance of camera ticket revenue and extolled safety benefits.

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Gang violence
9:12 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Wenatchee police brace for gang retaliation

Towns across the Northwest have been struggling with what police say is a resurgence of gang activity. Gang tensions are running especially high this week in Wenatchee, Wash. The town’s small police force is racing to solve an arson-homicide that killed two children.

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Business
9:03 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Boeing gets US, European safety approval for 747-8

Boeing has received safety clearance from the U.S. and Europe for the 747-8 freighter, clearing the way for the plane to be delivered to its first customer next month.

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Education research
5:10 am
Fri August 19, 2011

10 years later, researchers wonder what influenced HS seniors

Researchers are wondering what graduates in 2000 from Tacoma high schools have been up to and what influenced their decisions.
Mark Strozier Flickr

"We found that self-esteem mattered little ... "

Could you have predicted your future in high school? Sociologists at the University of Washington asked Tacoma’s class of 2000 to try.

They got nearly every senior to take a survey about their lives and future goals. Now a decade later, researchers are following up with the former students to find out what has influenced their life paths.

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Blues Time Machine
5:00 am
Fri August 19, 2011

'Blues in the Night' brought change, still solid after 60 years

“Blues in the Night” first was heard in the 1941 movie “Hot Nocturne."

Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, it’s considered to be a landmark in American popular music because it was one of the first times that rural black dialect and an explicitly bluesy melody was used in a popular song.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Mariners finally 'growing their own' talent

Newly signed Mariners Brad Miller, second from left, and Danny Hultzen, second from right, pose for a photo with Miguel Olivo and Adam Kennedy after they threw out the first pitches Wednesday night at Safeco Field.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's about time. That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about all the young players the Mariners have acquired recently.

Art has said for years that the Mariners need to grow their own talent, rather than waste millions of dollars on veteran free agents who are often on the decline. And he says the fresh young faces are giving fans some excitement in an otherwise dismal season.

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Shipping
4:43 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Third oil company considers megaloads despite delays

Pieces of an ExxonMobil refinery destined for Canada's oil sands travel up the Snake River to the Port of Lewiston in Idaho.
Courtesy of Imperial Oil

Another oil company is eying the Inland Northwest as a potential corridor for oversized shipments to the Canadian oil sands. That's despite prolonged legal wrangling that has delayed the other so-called "megaloads."

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Is Microsoft entering new phase in the battle for engineers?

Steve Ballmer has said he wants more engineers in the top seats at Microsoft.
Associated Press

A panel discussion in Seattle this week hosted by Barokas Public Relations and GeekWire sparked a lively debate around the intersection of two questions:  Why are Facebook, Google, HP, Zynga and Salesforce.com building big shops in Seattle? And, Is Microsoft vulnerable to engineer-poaching because of its culture?

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Jesuits bankruptcy
3:07 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Clergy sex abuse settlement includes letters of apology

Victims of clergy sex abuse will get letters of apology, in addition to checks, from a major bankruptcy case resolved this week. In total, the payments amount to $166 million.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:21 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Preview: Young talent a refreshing change for Mariners

Newly signed Mariners Brad Miller, right, and Danny Hultzen, left, walk to the mound to throw out ceremonial first pitches prior Wednesday’s game between the Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners locker room is full of young faces these days. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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Other News
2:07 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Mow your lawn, or else, in Cosmopolis, Wash.

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – The Cosmopolis City Council has passed a new law on lawns. The height limit is 8 inches.

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Strange substance
1:33 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Not extraterrestrials after all: Orange goo in Alaska fungal spores

The only mystery remaining about the orange substance that showed up in this Alaska village is what kind of fungal spore it is, ruling out mysterious eggs and extraterrestrials (never really taken seriously).
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Scientists say an orange-colored goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by preliminary analysis.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

It's about saving greenbacks, not just being green in the NW

Battery powered Nissan Leafs in the Seattle city motorpool
Mayor McGinn's photostream flickr.com

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Northwest drivers are apparently motivated more by their wallets rather than a desire to be green.

A poll commissioned by Seattle based PEMCO Insurance finds 83 percent of drivers here save fuel mainly because they want to save money. Only 14 percent said they saved fuel primarily to cut down on pollution and carbon emissions.

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Groove Notes
12:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

An interview with saxophonist Anton Schwartz

Roy Manzanares antonjazz.com

I had the opportunity this week to speak by phone with tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz.

Anton recently moved to the Seattle area. I had the chance to ask him about what brought him to the Puget Sound, and how he has networked himself into the local jazz scene so far.

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