Diversions
2:04 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Auburn man wins Great American SPAM Championship

The award-winning Mini Maple SPAM Doughnuts
The Blue Ribbon Group

An airplane mechanic from Auburn has won the top prize in the Great American SPAM Championship.

41-year old Jason Munson's Mini Maple SPAM Doughnuts won a blue ribbon last September at the Puyallup Fair. His recipe went on to the national competition, where this week it beat out 800 other entries for the top honors.

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Season of discontent
1:54 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Why most people get divorced in March

'I think as the economy gets better and people get more confident, the number of divorces will increase,' one attorney said.
Sean Gannan Flickr

Divorce is a nasty business and this time of the year business is booming.

“Divorces spike shortly after the holidays. That’s the time when people have finally made the decision get a divorce,” lawyer Mark Ohnstad told the online site Findlaw.

The Website reported it sees a surge in searches for divorce information that starts in January and tops out in March, and divorce searches are growing year over year as well.

Pepper Schwartz – sociology professor at the University of Washington, a sex columnist for magazines and the author of more than a dozen popular books about love and relationships – speculates that the spike in divorces during this month can be attributed to a seasonal enlightenment.

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KPLU station news
12:29 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

KPLU’S West Seattle frequency moving to 92.1 FM

KPLU’s long-time translator serving West Seattle listeners at 88.1 FM is moving its frequency to 92.1 FM, effective March 14, 2012.

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Other News
11:39 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Miss Seattle apologizes for city-bashing tweet

The newly crowned Miss Seattle says she was just having a bad day back in December when she tweeted, "Ugh can't stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people."

Since winning the pageant on Saturday, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn has said she was just complaining about the weather like any Seattle native and didn't mean that people in Seattle are annoying.

She is a former Miss Phoenix who graduated from Arizona State University. Ahn told KIRO-FM she was in a transition period three months ago, missing friends and sunshine.

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Energy Efficiency
10:17 am
Tue March 6, 2012

LED streetlight test puts Seattle arterial in national spotlight

New LED lamps like this one on 15th Avenue NW in Ballard will be tested this week, with hopes of setting energy-saving standards for new lighting on major arterials. Officials say they can save millions of dollars once installed citywide.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photo KPLU News

Later today, road crews will shut down a 15-block stretch of a major arterial in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. For three nights, the city is testing the use of new LED lighting to replace old-fashioned street lamps.

The study is part of a regional effort that could set the standard for more energy efficient streetlights across the country.

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Theater
10:11 am
Tue March 6, 2012

NPR arts: In 'Shatner's World,' stories about acting, loss, life

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 7:32 am

William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Over the past half-century, the Canadian actor has performed on television, in commercials, in movies and on Broadway — and penned several novels.

He recently returned to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years with a new solo show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It. In the 90-minute performance, Shatner talks about his childhood growing up in Montreal and reflects on his many acting roles with an assortment of photos and video clips.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Michigan Man Sues Movie Theater Because Of High Price Of Concessions

Patrons at AMC Burbank 16 theater in Burbank, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian AP

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 8:59 am

Few would argue that the prices at movie theater concessions are a bit high: $11 for a Coke and popcorn, $6 for a box of gummy worms. Few would argue that it seems excessive.

As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, it may seem "like highway robbery, but is it actually unlawful?"

Joshua Thompson, a Michigan man in his 20s, is putting that question to the test by filing a class action lawsuit against his local AMC theater alleging the theater is price gouging.

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Energy
10:05 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Gregoire approves controversial wind facility

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 12:00 am

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has approved the Whistling Ridge Wind Energy Project in Southern Washington. But some people object because the project will be visible from I-84 in the scenic Columbia Gorge.

And it could threaten spotted owls. They've been seen within two miles of the site in the past year.

Nathan Baker is the staff attorney with Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

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Politics
10:04 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Adjourn First 'Annual' Session

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 12:00 am

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are leaving town with a balanced budget. The legislature adjourned its first annual session Monday night with a flurry of activity.

It had much of the pomp of a full length session.

"The 2012 regular session of the 76th legislative assembly is hereby adjourned sine die," declared Republican Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna.

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School shooting
10:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Warrant issued for mom in Wash. school shooting; girl in serious condition

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the Washington state mother of a 9-year-old boy who is accused of bringing a gun that accidentally fired in his elementary school classroom, wounding a classmate.

Bremerton Police Lt. Peter Fisher says the arrest warrants were issued Monday by the Kitsap County District Court for Jamie Lee Passmore and her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer.

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