Transportation
11:46 am
Mon May 30, 2011

RapidRide buses coming to Eastside this fall

The first in-service RapidRide run, departing the Federal Way Transit Center in October 2011. Bellevue and Redmond are slated to get the next phase of RapidRide bus service starting in October. King County Council votes on the exact routes Tuesday (5-31.)
Photo by Atomic Taco Flickr

Shiny burgundy buses equipped with automated pay stations, three doors each, low-riding chassis and accelerated time tables started serving south King County last fall. They're called RapidRide and they're funded by the Transit Now ballot measure that voters approved in 2006. 

A second route is slated to start serving Bellevue and Redmond in October. The King County Council votes on exactly where they'll go on Tuesday afternoon

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2010 Census
4:00 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Idaho more youthful, Oregon grayer than national median age

U.S. Census Bureau

The American West is home to more young people than any other region of the country according to new data from the U.S. Census. Still there are differences in the age demographics within our region.

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Artscape
7:00 am
Sun May 29, 2011

The art of disaster

HItler Teapot by Charles Krafft
Charles Krafft

When you think of porcelain, your grandmother’s fancy dishes might come to mind. The ones that are taken out of the cabinet only for Thanksgiving and other special holidays. Or maybe you own a beautiful china vase.

There are a lot of delicate dishes and trinkets in the home of Seattle artist Charles Krafft. But his pieces go beyond pastels and pretty flowers.

Krafft has made a career out of messing with our expectations of ceramic art. Pouring tea from one of his teapots or eating from one of Krafft’s plates might make you lose your appetite.

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Memorial Day
6:00 am
Sat May 28, 2011

Marking Memorial Day

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment this week placed flags at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 27, 2011 7:00 pm

Like many of you, we hope, The Two-Way is planning to take some time off over this holiday weekend.

We may put up a post or two, and will certainly jump back in if there's major news. But the general plan is to resume blogging Tuesday morning.

The reason Americans are have a long weekend, of course, is that Monday is Memorial Day. And that's much more than just the unofficial start of summer.

From this year's presidential proclamation:

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The Record
6:45 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron, poet and musician, has died

Gil Scott-Heron in Harlem in 2010.
Anthony Barboza Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 27, 2011 9:38 pm

Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

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LAW
2:45 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative

A worker tallies liquor heading to distribution trucks from the Washington State Liquor warehouse in Seattle. The 250,000-square-foot warehouse is the nexus from which all the state's liquor is shipped in, processed, and shipped out.
Elaine Thompson AP

This week, the state legislature took the first step toward privatizing liquor distribution. The new legislation allows private companies to submit bids to be the sole distributor of liquor in the state. In Olympia, Bryan Buckalew reports not all advocates of privatizing liquor are happy with the development.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
1:29 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop

Not ready for prime time: Western Washington farmers are experiencing one of the latest seasons for crops in recent memory. Strawberries may ripen at least two weeks later than normal.
minkcy chiu Picasa

A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.

One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of Barbie's Berries in Ferndale, told The Bellingham Herald the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries.

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Festivals
11:36 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course)

Cody Olesen hula hoops during the Northwest Folklife Festival. The festival began on Friday and runs through the Memorial Day weekend ending on Monday.
File photo AP

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.

About 1,000 music, dance and other events are scheduled over four days, starting Friday, at indoor and outdoor sites. The festival also includes food and craft booths.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:01 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Mariners' streak gives fans 'hope for the future'

Felix Hernandez pitches the Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday, May 22. The Mariners swept the three-game series, and their strong starting pitchers were a big reason why.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are firing on all cylinders these days, with great starting pitching, clutch hitting and good fielding. They enter this weekend's big series with the Yankees on a hot streak. But how long can it last?

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Northwest History
8:34 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese

The Seattle Riot. Harpers Magazine, March 6, 1886. Image from the UW Digital Collection.
Courtesy of Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.

Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.

In 1885 and 1886, thousands of Chinese immigrants were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.

The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project. Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a Facebook page.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer.
msmvps.com

 

Clouds and showers through Memorial Day, except mostly sunny Sunday. Highs near 60. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Key Investor Wants Balmer Ousted from Microsoft
  • Federal Way Theatens to Sue Sound Transit to Get Light Rail
  • Seattle Wants to Name Problem Cops; Will Appeal Arbitrator's Ruling
  • Woman Seriously Hurt in Everett Car-Train Collision

 

Balmer Should Go, Says Key Microsoft Investor

A key investor says it's time for Microsoft's board to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO.

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Tough Times
7:19 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Grays Harbor Paper closing Hoquiam mill

Hoquiam's skyline, in better days. Grays Harbor Paper is closing its mill there, eliminating 240 'green' jobs in a county with unemployment already at nearly 15%.
Photo by MïK Flickr

Grays Harbor Paper has shut down its mill in Hoquiam, putting a dour end to what had been a success story for 18 years. 

240 workers are losing their jobs. Many were shocked by the announcement, according to King-5 news.

“I thought this place was going to be in for the long haul,” said Tony Harris, who had worked for Grays Harbor Paper for two years.

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State Budget Crisis
2:53 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts

The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers' union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions.

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Senate Confirmation Hearing
11:48 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Ambassador nominee Gary Locke: China must lean on N. Korea

US Ambassador to China nominee and former Washington Governor Gary Locke arrives on Capitol Hill this (Thurs.) morning to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination.
Evan Vucci AP

Commerce Secretary – and former Washington governor - Gary Locke is a step closer to becoming the next U.S. ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee completed his confirmation hearing in just
an hour and a half this morning. 

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GROOVENOTES
11:06 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Plenty of celebration on the 85th birthday of Miles Davis

Life Magazine

Miles Davis would have been 85 years old today, and the birth of the legendary trumpeter is being celebrated in several ways and places around the country today.

LIFE.com just posted never-before-seen photos of Miles from 1958.

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