The Two-Way
11:20 am
Thu January 19, 2012

After Digging Out Snow, Washington Is Hit With Ice Storm

Amelia McHugh, 9, right, and her father, Noel McHugh, left, cross-country ski, in front of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Wednesday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:40 am

Washington, which over the past few days has gotten an unusual amount of snow, is getting another round of unexpected weather. Here's the Seattle PI's lede this morning:

"First snow, now ice."

And the ice, which coated the roads, trees, and power lines is continuing the havoc that the snow brought.

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Winter Storm
9:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Fast melt could pose environmental challenges

Brian Scollard takes a break from shoveling outside his house in Bothell. He likes the de-icer Seattle has been using, but isn't sure if it's good for the environment.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and ice is a big danger.

But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer and sprinkle rock salt on the roads when it snows.

It’s not without environmental risks, but officials say they’re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.

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protesting wall street
8:58 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Occupy Spokane to host panel for 'Occupy the Courts' day

SPOKANE, Wash. – Occupy Wall Street has officially endorsed "Move to Amend the Constitution" as a primary mission.

Spokane groups will mobilize tomorrow as part of a nationwide effort called Occupy the Courts. It’s a move to urge lawmakers to rethink the Citizens United decision, passed two years ago tomorrow. Concluding that “corporations are people," the Citizens United decision overruled precedents that blocked corporate spending on political campaigns. Now, corporations can support or oppose candidates and contribute freely.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Singing about 'the slammer'

Johnny Cash outside Folsom Prison
WBUR Flickr

The Hoosegow, the Big House, The Clink, Up The River, The Pen. We’ve never been ourselves, but we did time listening to scores of songs about "the slammer."

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Museum of Flight
5:07 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

NASA to turn over keys to Seattle's shuttle trainer Thursday

Retired astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, left, and Museum of Flight board chairman Kevin Callaghan unveil in Seattle a rendering of a full-fuselage shuttle trainer that the museum will receive.
The Associated Press

NASA plans to officially turn over the keys to a full-size Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle's Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

The ownership transfer ceremony will be held in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

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The Two-Way
4:48 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Goldman Sachs Post $1 Billion 4th Quarter Profit

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 2:22 pm

The up and down markets from last year, took its toll even on Goldman Sachs, which is thought of as the rock star of investment banks.

Goldman posted a billion dollar profit during the last quarter of 2011. And while that may seem like a lot, it's 58 percent down. The AP reports that the profit follows a third quarter in which Goldman lost money for only the third time since it went public in 1999.

The AP adds:

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

So, what did we learn after a day without Wikipedia?

Wikipedia's blackout.

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 4:21 pm

At midnight, the English-speaking world will have gone 24-hours without Wikipedia. In some ways, the outage, which was planned in protest of an Internet piracy bill, presented an opportunity to gauge what Wikipedia means to the world. So NPR, The Washington Post and The Guardian launched a 24-hour project in which researchers, reporters and the public tried to answer questions usually answered by the so-called "online encyclopedia."

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4:29 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Alternatives To Snow Chains Come Onto Market

AutoSock serves the same purpose, but looks markedly different than conventional tire chains. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:59 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The only way some drivers in snowy parts of Northwest could get around Wednesday was by putting on tire chains. If you've done that yourself, you know it can be inconvenient. It's hard on the pavement too. Alternatives to snow chains are now on the market.

One of those alternatives is called AutoSock.

"They call it like a shower cap that goes over your tires," says AutoSock representative Mike Groesch. He explains that Norwegians invented the elastic road-gripping fabric covers.

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4:27 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credit For Cattle Killed By Wolves

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:29 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon ranchers could receive a tax credit every time a wolf kills one of their cattle. That's part of a measure that got a hearing Wednesday in Salem in advance of the February legislative session.

According to Oregon wildlife officials, wolves have killed at least 20 livestock over the past two years. Now, one eastern Oregon Republican state representative wants to give ranchers who experience such a loss a dollar-for-dollar credit on their state income taxes.

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4:25 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Flight cancellations tapering off at Sea-Tac and PDX

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:26 pm

The worst appears to be over in terms of flight disruptions from Wednesday's winter storm in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier today , air carriers including Alaska Airlines and SkyWest "proactively" cancelled dozens of flights in and out of Seattle and Portland.

SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says there are relatively few marooned passengers wandering the terminals.

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