NEWS ROUNDUP
8:13 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Vancouver has lost the top rank as Canada's most expensive city.
Evan Leeson Flickr
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Regulating pot
6:06 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Medical marijuana measure passed to Seattle City Council

A committee has passed on a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale and distribution of medical marijuana.
Flickr

The city of Seattle is getting closer to regulating medical pot dispensaries.

The Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee of the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a measure that would require the marijuana shops to comply with city building codes, zoning ordinances and fair employment laws.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Seattle takes another step toward green with new electric cars

The Seattle motor pool's new Nissan Leafs
Mayor McGinn's photostream flickr.com

The city of Seattle is greening up its fleet of vehicles with the addition of five Nissan Leafs. The city plans to have a total of 35 Leafs by the end of 2012.

Seattle is one of 18 cities taking part in The EV Project, the nation's largest electric vehicle demonstration.

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Cancer research
11:36 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub

Cancer researchers will be growing specialized immune cells in this former biotech factory on Boren Ave. in Seattle
Jake Ellison KPLU

You may associate downtown Seattle with its shopping, hotels and offices, but the city's core also has a growing medical research community. From global-health focused non-profits to the University of Washington, it seems scientists all want to be near downtown.

The latest addition is a combination cancer research lab and bio-factory. Seattle Children’s Research Institute plans to open the new lab and "factory" in the Denny Triangle next month.

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Metro Transit
11:09 am
Wed July 13, 2011

College students weigh in against Metro bus cuts

Could cuts to Metro bus routes result in more college dropouts? Student leaders at the University of Washington say it’s something they’re deeply concerned about.

Students testifying last night at a hearings in King County over a proposed $20 car tab fee argued in favor of the charge. The money would  help keep Metro busses running at current levels. Without the fee, Metro service is expected to be cut by 17 percent.

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Humanosphere
9:05 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Microwaving malaria among winners of Gates grants

Gates Foundation announces latest round of grants.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded its latest set of grants supporting innovative scientific research aimed at solving problems in global health.

The grants, awarded through the Gates Foundation’s $100 million Grand Challenges Exploration program, for this go-round appear to favor novel methods aimed at combating malaria.

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Traffic Woes
8:00 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Woman chasing ducks on I-5 causes crash

How accidents start: A woman helping ducks like these caused several accidents on I-5.
Alexandra Cohen Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says a woman who stopped her car along Interstate 5 and tried to corral a family of ducks and ducklings caused a multi-vehicle accident that disrupted southbound traffic for nearly three hours.

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Food for Thought
7:40 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Home alone! (Time for fried chicken!)

Dick Stein alone in the kitchen. The horror!
Tad Doviak

With my wife Calamity Cheryl off riding the range with her saddle bum pals I'm free to run wild in the kitchen.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:38 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Medal of Honor
5:44 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Northwest soldier given nation's highest military honor

President Barack Obama applauds after putting the Medal of Honor around the neck of Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday.
The White House

President Barack Obama hung the Medal of Honor around the neck of Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, from the Joint Base Lewis McChord, in a ceremony at the White House today.  Petry is assigned to an Army Rangers regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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Business
5:02 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Another production slowdown for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

Yet another delay in 787 Dreamliner production.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

For the fifth time, Boeing has stopped deliveries of airplane sections for its 787 Dreamliner from suppliers to the assembly line, once again slowing production.

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Business
4:43 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Lynnwood bank gets millions from Fed to help small businesses

U & I Financial Corp, a small community bank in Lynnwood, is one of the first in the nation to get access to special funds from the Small Business Lending Fund – a federal program created to get cash flowing into the hands of small business owners.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

LED lights save Seattle $300,000

A new LED street light being installed in Belltown last August.
Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light says the first phase of its LED street light program has already saved the city $300,000. The utility installed 6,000 of the energy efficient lights in the past year between the Ship Canal and North 65th Street.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Enviros seek to block drilling near St. Helens

Environmentalists are seeking to stop exploratory drilling on forest lands near Mount St. Helens, as a Canadian company prepares next month to drill more holes to probe for copper, gold and other minerals.

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Humanosphere
2:18 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Did CIA's fake vaccination program undermine global health?

Associated Press

One of the chronic problems the international community has with almost every disease-fighting campaign has been the need to overcome mistrust — mistrust of government, of foreign health workers or outsider do-gooders in general.

This is, for a variety of reasons, especially true of vaccines.

So many worry that such global health efforts will suffer from the revelation, reported first in The Guardian and later by the New York Times and others, that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up a fake vaccination program in Pakistan in order to collect DNA samples.

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