Beach Closures
11:26 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches

Meydenbauer Beach Park
Kurt Clark Flickr

As temperatures hike into the high 80s this week, many will be flocking to beaches to cool down. But some swimming areas in Bellevue will be temporarily shutting down this week, specifically Bellevue’s Newcastle, Meydenbauer and Clyde beach parks.

The culprit for the closures is milfoil, an invasive weed that the state Department of Ecology views as the most problematic plant in Washington. The city of Bellevue and homeowners will be applying herbicide to shoreline areas adjacent to the three beach parks to control invasive milfoil blooms.

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Rideshare Services
8:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Seattle City Council OKs Mayor-Brokered Deal To Lift Caps On Rideshare Services

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AP Photo

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will no longer operate in a state of legal limbo in Seattle. The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a bill, allowing the app-based companies to operate without a driver cap.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray brought forth the controversial regulation plan last month after meeting with taxi, for-hire and rideshare companies. But some council members say the regulation overlooks an important insurance gap. And taxi companies says there’s not enough room in the market for all these players. 

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Legal Rights
2:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide

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AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration

Should the constitutional right to bear arms include the right to carry a knife in public? That was the question addressed in a recent Washington state court decision.

The case highlights a growing movement advocating the right to carry knives.

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Women's World Cup
2:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final To Be Held In Vancouver, B.C.

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrates with teammates after winning the gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London.
Andrew Medichini AP Photo

Organizers of the next FIFA Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.

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Fighting Wildfires
11:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

How Do Wildland Firefighters Cope With Triple-Digit Heat?

A portable, temporary air monitor was placed on the roof of the high school in Entiat, Washington and has been collecting samples since Thursday. Note the ground-hugging wildfire smoke in background.
Courtesy of Chelan County Emergency Management

Crews battling wildfires in eastern Washington and southeastern Oregon are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures of a heat wave.

Firefighters are gaining ground this weekend despite the wilting heat. Four of the five largest fires are nearly 100 percent contained.

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Federal Reserve Building
9:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Seattle Homeless Advocates Feel Vacant Downtown Building Is Rightfully Theirs

"I think it’s very reasonable that the federal government agencies involved want to make sure that six months down the road things don’t just fall apart,' said Alison Eisinger of the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness. "Well, so do we."
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Look past the clunky antiques that once made the now-empty building at Second and Spring a working bank — brass teller windows, secured loading docks, a two-story vault with heavy metal doors to match — and it's not difficult to dream about what the vacant property could become.

A group of advocates for the homeless did just that. The Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness drew up a nearly $18 million plan to transform what was once the Federal Reserve Bank branch as a comprehensive service center for the homeless, putting a range of services from mail to primary health care under one roof.

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Artscape
7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Here's A Taste Of A New Album That Salutes Seattle’s Forgotten Funk And Soul Scene

Cover art for the 1987 LP "Our Night Out" by Romel Westwood, one of the musicians featured on "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987"
Light in the Attic Records

Back in the day — we’re talking the 1960s, '70s and ‘80s — local Seattle bands played funk and soul music in the city’s dance clubs.

The music was the soundtrack of a black-owned radio station operating out of the Central Area called KYAC.

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Youth & Education
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

UW Study Examines New Ways To Involve Immigrant Parents In School Activities

Photo courtesy of the Kent School District

Students do better in school when their parents volunteer and have a relationship with teachers and staff, decades of research have shown.

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Jazz Northwest
2:14 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Jazz Northwest: July 13, 2014

Jazz Northwest: July 13th

This week, Jazz Northwest samples some of the rich variety of jazz coming up this month.  Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny was a protege of the late Art Farmer and plays a horn that belonged to his mentor.  Sarah Gazarek was featured with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band not so many years ago and is back in town with a featured spot at Jazz Alley,  Jim Cutler's Jazz Orchestra plays Sunday nights at Tula's and has a new CD.

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Gay Rights
9:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Seattle Joins 60 Other Cities, Holds Gay Blood Drive To Protest FDA Ban

“I think the policies are out of date and need to be changed,” said Holly Mitchell, who donated in place of her roommate Collin Webb. “Collin asked me to be his ally and donate for him, and I was happy to do so."
Malcolm Griffes KPLU

When Michael Wells was growing up in Normal, Illinois, his dad would frequently come home from work wearing a pin that had a little blood drop.

“I was always fascinated by it, because my dad never wore any kind of jewelry or anything,” Wells said.

When Wells asked about the pin, his father told him it signaled he'd given blood.

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