seattle center
3:08 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Gates family, employees celebrate opening of new campus

The Gates Foundation's new headquarters in Seattle is meant to look "bold."
Tom Paulson KPLU-Humanosphere

More than a thousand workers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have moved into their new campus across the street from Seattle Center. Celebrations are planned tonight (Thursday) and this weekend. Foundation leaders say they want to be more visible to the public.

(A public open-house is this Saturday, from 10am-4pm. Advance registration is required, here.)

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LABOR LAW
11:49 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Three SC Boeing employees file to take part in NLRB suit

A Boeing employee works on an aft fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner inside the North Charleston, S.C., facility. Three S.C. Boeing employees have filed to be part of Boeing's suit against the NLRB.
Mic Smith AP

Three employees at Boeing Co.'s North Charleston, South Carolina plant want roles in a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

Meredith Going Sr., Dennis Murray and Cynthia Ramaker say in a motion filed Wednesday that they are sure to lose their jobs if the federal agency is successful in its suit against Boeing and the plant shuts down.

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Health
11:36 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Rare Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak

A couple of E. Coli bacteria captured in an image from the Helmholtz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases in Berlin earlier this week.
Manfred Rohde Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 3, 2011 6:06 am

Update 3:58 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director for the division of foodborne, bacterial and mycotic diseases, tells NPR's Richard Harris the bacterium seen in the European outbreak isn't brand new. Tauze identified it as E. coli O104:H4. "This organism that's been isolated from the sick people in Germany has been seen before," he says.

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"GOOD TO GO" TOLLING SYSTEM
11:06 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Tacoma Narrows Bridge drivers slammed with tickets

Washington State Department of Transportation

[UPDATE 2:25 p.m:from the WSDOT: No additional toll infractions to users of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be issued until glitches in the tolling system operated by a Texas-based company are resolved, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said today.
 
WSDOT Deputy Secretary David Dye said the department is implementing an internal financial audit of Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. (ETCC) of Texas, the company that took over toll operations on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in February.
 
Also today, Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond to reconvene a Tolling Expert Review Panel to conduct a mid-course assessment of the performance of ETCC. The panel originally was convened in 2009 by the Joint Transportation Committee and made recommendations on customer service center operations and tolling-violation enforcement.]

[Oringinal story] Some 18,000 drivers have been sent notices that they failed to pay their toll on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the past few weeks. Now, a Gig Harbor legislator is asking for an emergency audit of the state Department of Transportation and its management of tolls on the span.

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SCIENCE FICTION
9:43 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Director James Cameron helping launch "Avatar" exhibit in Seattle

A figure of Jake Sully's avatar character from the movie "Avatar," is shown on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

If you’re a fan of the movie “Avatar” you might really like the exhibition opening Saturday at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

“Avatar” director James Cameron – a pal of EMP/SFM co-founder Paul Allen – will be on hand for a Friday event which will feature some of the film’s actors and Richie Baneham, who won the Academy Award for best visual effects.

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News Roundup
6:29 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Daisies cover a patch of grassy shoreline on the west side of Seattle's Green Lake Park this spring. The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.
Gary Davis KPLU

Showers Thursday. High near 58. Warm and sunny this weekend.  Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Search Continues for Snowshoer Near Stevens Pass
  • Seattle Attorney Accused of 'Keying' Misparked Cars
  • Two Found Dead in Tacoma House
  • Western Washington Temps Could Hit 80 This Weekend

 

Minnesota Snowshoer Missing in North Cascades

The Chelan County sheriff's office says the search is continuing Thursday for a 21-year-old man overdue on a snowshoe hike near Stevens Pass in Washington's North Cascades.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 2, 2011

The Scarlet Letter

Whole lotta trystin' goin' on
Monceau Flickr

It’s springtime and thoughts are turning to…infidelity!

With countless celebrity role models, cheating is more popular than ever--up to 60% of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

Men can’t help it. Most men think monogamy is something you make tables out of.

Here’s what other people are saying…

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crime
4:30 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Juvenile justice for parents

Thomas Hawk Flickr

It’s late Saturday night and you get a phone call. Your teenage son has been arrested. You show up for court on Monday morning unsure what to do or say.  Now there’s help for parents in this predicament. It's called Juvenile Justice 101.

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Mergers and Acquisitions
6:57 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Soon to be official: Walgreens' acquisition of Drugstore.com

Investors in Bellevue-based drugstore.com gather Thursday for their annual shareholder meeting. It's likely the last time they'll meet there. 

The online-retailer is being acquired by its biggest brick and mortar competitor: Illinois-based Walgreens. 

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FESTIVALS
2:57 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Fourth annual Bellevue Jazz Festival is underway

It may not be a time-honored tradition just yet, but the Bellevue Jazz Festival is starting to become a regular habit for jazz fans across the region.

The Festival enters its fourth year featuring more than 35 jazz shows in downtown Bellevue, including free shows in clubs and restaurants. Ticketed concerts in the Meydenbauer Theatre include the Charles Lloyd Quartet with Zakir Hussain, Regina Carter, Chris Potter Underground, Tierney Sutton, and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plus the Bellevue Jazz Festival Rising Stars.

You'll find a complete schedule and ticket information at BellevueJazz.com

The Bellevue Jazz Festival is sponsored by KPLU.

Beer
2:02 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Small craft breweries hopping in Poulsbo

Mark Hood, left, and Brad Ginn of Sound Brewing in Poulsbo.
seattebeernews.com

At the beginning of the year Poulsbo had no breweries. Now it has four.

The breweries produce small batches in kegs. None are bottling yet, but they hope to grow.

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Life in the Northwest
1:44 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Seattle on list of top cities for recent college grads

Experience Music Project and the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. 1/11/2008
Andrew E. Larsen flickr.com

If you've just graduated from college are wondering where to go next, The Daily Beast says Seattle is a good choice. The news blog has issued its second annual list of 25 best cities for recent college graduates and Seattle is ranked at number 21. 

High Tech Bigfoot
11:30 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Sasquatch sightings keep up with the times

A Spokane-area woman identified only as Samantha captured a video of what she claims is Bigfoot on her iPhone.
Image via YouTube samantha13950

The Northwest's favorite mythical creature has entered the era of the smart phone. A Spokane-area woman claims to have used her iPhone to catch Bigfoot on video.

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High Fuel Prices
10:45 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Snohomish County airports note decline in aviation

General aviation airports in Snohomish County, like Harvey Field, have seen a decline in the number of private aircraft flights due to a lingering recession and high fuel prices.
Courtesy of Harvey Field

In the past decade the number of takeoffs and landings at Paine Field has dropped by nearly half.

The Snohomish County airport at Everett serves Boeing and aircraft maintenance businesses. But, most of the decline is among small private aircraft.

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Environment
9:30 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Turbines to shut down for good at doomed Elwha dams

The 108-foot tall Elwha Dam was built without fish ladders.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Nearly 100 years of hydropower production comes to a close today (Wednesday) on the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The turbines at the two dams on the river are going off line for good in preparation for the biggest dam removal in North American history.

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