NEWS ROUNDUP
7:37 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

City of Seattle protects Hat 'n' Boots in Georgetown.
Alan Cordova Flickr

We've been here before: 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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The Digital Future
5:30 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Cyber attacks are escalating

Mark Anderson (L) with Richard Marshall, the Department of Homeland Security's Director of Global Cyber Security Management, at the Future in Review conference in Laguna Beach, CA. 5/24/11
© 2011 Strategic News Service LLC

Remember when we used to call the Internet the "information superhighway"? Today, that highway is starting to resemble the route Mad Max traveled in The Road Warrior. You can't go out on it without inviting an attack. Hardly a week goes by without seeing news reports about another corporation being sabotaged by hackers ... Sony, Intel, Google, and Lockheed are some of the more high profile victims.

For consumers, the biggest cyber threat is identity theft and stolen credit card numbers. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. This month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson looks at the huge increase in Advanced Persistent Threats: efforts by nation-states to steal information and technology.

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Data Centers
2:06 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

High-tech ‘crops’ growing fast in Quincy, but will the bounty last?

Tim Snead, Quincy’s city administrator, stands in front of some of the new data centers that are being built on the edge of town.
Anna King Northwest News Network

QUINCY, Wash. – Located just north of the Gorge in the eastern part of the state, the town of Quincy used to be a stop for trains to get more water. But in the last five years it’s quickly becoming a regional center for the online world. That’s because email messages, family photos and tax info are being stored in huge data centers here.

It’s a new kind of crop for this rural farming community, but some are asking if the bounty will last?

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Fourth of July
1:20 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Warning: Dogs will find fireworks on state ferries

The Washington State Patrol is making its annual push to warn people about the dangers of home fireworks.
Rishabh Mathur Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says dogs that sniff for explosives at state ferry terminals will find fireworks.

The patrol says ferry riders should store fireworks where they are accessible for troopers to examine. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the owners could be prosecuted.

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Elections 2012
9:53 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Inslee starts campaign for governor, says he'll create jobs

Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee says he is running for governor to build a new job-creating economy in the state.

Inslee officially launched his campaign Monday morning at a biotech firm in downtown Seattle. He says he understands the array of jobs in the state because he's done everything from driving bulldozers, to practicing law to teaching community college classes.

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Seattle Police
8:44 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Seattle police to continue horse patrols

Police patrols on horseback will continue in Seattle.
Chris Blakeley Flickr

Donations have saved the police department's mounted patrol from budget cuts.

The city wanted to eliminate it last year, but the non-profit Seattle Police Foundation stepped in and promised to finance it until 2014 with support from the Seattle Hotel Association.

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Military service
8:07 am
Mon June 27, 2011

More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help

Post-traumatic stress diagnoses and prescriptions for common antidepressants are on the rise at Madigan Army Medical Center.
United States Marine Corps

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they're making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:36 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

The rules for Washington's crab harvest have been changed to the benefit of recreational fishermen.
Flickr
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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun June 26, 2011

Five reasons why Memphis should get props for the blues

A blues joint on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.
Bo Nash Flickr

Memphis, Tenn., is known as the birthplace of rock 'n roll. But KPLU's Nick Morrison says it should also be known for the blues.

Nick gives five examples of how Memphis and its neighbor, West Memphis, Ark., rank right up there with the Mississippi Delta and Chicago when it comes to launching the careers of influential blues artists.

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Discover Pass
3:57 pm
Sat June 25, 2011

Fees boost price of Washington state park pass beyond $30

Washington State Parks

The true cost of the new annual pass for Washington state parks will be $30 plus fees, when purchased online or at a licensed dealer.

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Seattle terror plot
3:41 pm
Sat June 25, 2011

War crimes case may have influenced Seattle terror suspects

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center in Seattle. Two men have been arrested in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.
Associated Press

The Seattle terror plot federal authorities say they foiled this week may have been fueled – in part – by alleged war crimes committed by Washington-based soldiers. Court documents indicate one of the terrorism suspects referred to alleged "atrocities" by soldiers charged in the so-called "kill team" case.

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Events and Festivals
3:21 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Five fun activites for the weekend

Bellevue's Strawberry Festival is one good idea for the weekend.
Mike Murry Flickr

It's the first weekend of summer and the state is buzzing with events and festivals from Vancouver, B.C., to Port Orchard. Follow the link for five fun events happening this weekend.

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Food and Entertainment
3:10 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Best bet in Tacoma this weekend: Taste still pleases palates

There are 4 outdoor entertainment stages featuring all genres of music with local and national entertainment located all over the Taste grounds.
dboling40 flickr

After 25 successful years, Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma still remains Tacoma’s best and most affordable family festival!

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Commuting
3:04 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Reminder: Traffic nightmares in Seattle this weekend

With several major events in Seattle this weekend, traffic is going to be tough. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises you just don't drive downtown.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Starting tonight, it will be a busy next few days for sports enthusiasts – with Sounders’ soccer matches, Mariners’ baseball games, and the huge Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on Saturday, reports the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Economy
2:18 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

City looking for ways to help Seattle's economically distressed

Nearly 30% of Seattle residents – and a quarter of King County residents – live on the verge of falling off a financial cliff, according to a recent study.
Flickr

If you’re unemployed or have a job but are living pay check to pay check, Seattle’s City Council wants you to think of them the next time you’re in a financial jam. 

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