Satsop Nuclear Plant
3:44 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Acoustic lab is right at home in a former nuclear reactor

Satsop Development Park took over the abandoned Satsop nuclear plant near Elma, WA.
Tom Banse N3

Most drivers passing by the twin cooling towers looming over the forest near Elma, Washington probably don’t think to themselves, when can I move in?  But that was exactly the thought audio engineer Ron Sauro had.

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Military
3:21 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit deploying to Afghanistan

The Defense Department is deploying about 700 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan next summer to support combat operations.

The department said Friday the I (First) Corps Headquarters will serve as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters.

In a press release, Joint Base Lewis-McChord public affairs noted a historic aspect to the assignment:

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K-12 Education
2:27 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Bethel closer to ditching junior high schools

What's one way to end the terror of junior high?  Members of a Bethel School District committee think the answer is to create middle schools. 

The group of residents and staff from Pierce County’s third-largest school district voted Wednesday night to support switching the junior high configuration to a middle school model, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

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Holiday Season
12:07 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

How to pick out the perfect christmas tree

Greg Kutz, front, and Rebecca Brown carry a tree they cut down through the snow at a tree farm.
Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

Whether you’re going to a corner lot or snowshoeing into the backcountry – picking the perfect Christmas tree can be daunting. We tracked down a certified Christmas tree expert and have this primer on how to care for evergreen trees.

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Clemency Board
9:46 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Ruling goes against release of convicted juvenile killer

Marina owner Paul Wang was murdered by juveniles Barry Massey and Michael Harris In 1987.
Wang family photo.

The state clemency board will recommend that Gov. Chris Gregoire not commute the sentence of a juvenile killer. Barry Massey was just 13 years old when he participated in a brutal murder. The board's 3-2 vote Thursday night reverses a previous clemency board recommendation that he should be let free.

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News Roundup
5:57 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

The fight is on over proposed ferry-service cuts in Gov. Gregoire's budget plan. At a Bremerton meeting last night, lawmakers said they'll oppose reductions to mid-day service.
AP

King County deputies' pay-cut plan rejected, a car injures pedestrians at the Pike Place Market, the fight over proposed ferry service cuts heats up, and a popular Seattle language school closes.

Exec Says King County Deputies' Pay Plan Won't Fly

Dow Constantine says a union-offered plan to save taxpayers money would actually cost them more. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:52 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Should the Mariners trade Felix in rebuilding year?

Felix Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, despite having the fewest wins There are rumors the Yankees may want to trade for him. Art Thiel says if the Yankees make a serious offer, the Mariners should listen.
AP Images

The Mariners have signed three veteran free agents in the past week.  But the news is not generating much excitement.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick that’s because the Mariners are embarking on a rebuilding year, which could have them entertaining offers for star pitcher Felix Hernandez. 

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Other News
5:43 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Pharmacy Board leaves "Plan B" ruling in place

Pharmacies must dispense medications despite individual objections to any particular drug. The ruling comes from the state's Pharmacy Board. It includes products such as the 'morning after' pill, "Plan B." The pharmacy pictured here is in Missouri.
AP

Washington's Board of Pharmacy has decided to not change a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive "Plan B."

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Labor Relations
5:28 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Fight continues over King County cops' pay

The conflict continues over an upcoming pay raise for sheriff's deputies in King County.  Executive Dow Constantine has rejected a proposal from the Police Officers Guild to cut their pay temporarily.  He says their offer would have cost more than it saved. 

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Smoking
11:06 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Electronic cigarettes considered a new public health threat

Galen Kipe holds an electronic cigarette. For the 34-year-old who has tried quitting a number of times, Kipe has swapped real smokes for an electronic cigarette.
Gerry Broome AP Photo

Just when you thought cigarettes were headed for obscurity, along comes the electronic cigarette.  The King County Board of Health is restricting these "e-cigarettes" in the name of protecting youth -- and keeping a stigma against smoking. 

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State Budget Crisis
8:09 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts

A hue and cry has erupted in response to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal to slash billions more in anticipated state spending. The Democrat Wednesday unveiled her plan to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall.

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News Roundup
6:41 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

The governor "hates" her own budget plan, education leaders don't like it either, and Tacoma prepares for potential closure of landmark museum, and a  tree 'grows' in White Center.

Gregoire "Hates" Her Budget

The governor laid out her plans to cut $4 billion and balance the state budget, then told reporters she "hates" what she's had to do.

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State Budget Crisis
6:16 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Gregoire's budget cuts $4.6 billion, ends funding for state parks and Basic Health

Ten-dollar gate fees at state parks and 100,000 more Washingtonians without health insurance. Those are just two examples of how Governor Christine Gregoire proposes to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall with her budget released Wednesday.

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Record Bin Roulette
1:04 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Cheez-its and other life necessiites

Cheez-its, out in the open, and on this week's Record Bin Roulette.
Junkfoodbetty.com

Who knew there was even a Cheez-it category, but that's where the Record Bin Roulette wheel landed this week. John Maynard and John Kessler explore the depths of obscure vinyl at their fingertips and dig up the songs that were popular when icons of modern life came to be. 

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Seattle Center
4:14 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Mayor calls for Chihuly, KEXP, and a playground at Seattle Center

Rendering of the proposed KEXP building. The radio station would relocate to the Seattle Center under Mayor Mike McGinn's proposal.
Office of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has given his approval for a Dale Chihuly glass-art exhibit to replace the Fun Forest at the Seattle Center, plus a new home for radio station KEXP and a children’s playground.  

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