Politics
6:52 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Gay marriage suddenly back to being a major issue in Wash.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:44 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage is poised to become a major issue of debate in Washington in 2012. Governor Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she will personally introduce same-sex marriage legislation this year. Conservative activists responded by vowing to form a coalition to defend marriage as between one man and one woman.

Outside the Governor's office, gay couples and their supporters gathered in giddy anticipation. An informal lottery was held to decide who could watch the speech in person.

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Humanosphere
5:00 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

BBC looks at 'secretive' and powerful Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates speak at Malaria Forum, with moderator ABC News' Richard Besser
Tom Paulson KPLU

The BBC report is a nice overview of how the Seattle philanthropy, in the last decade-and-a-half, has emerged to dominate the humanitarian arena. But it doesn’t really break much new ground and follows on a number of similar, or harder-hitting reports, such as this much-cited series done last fall by Alliance magazine called Living with the Gates Foundation.

“What we think is global health, how we define this mission, is increasingly decided by a relatively small number of Americans living in Seattle, Washington,” Laurie Garrett, with the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Google slaps its own wrist over Chrome pay-for-blogging flap

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 2:49 pm

Google is "downgrading the search result ranking of the company's own Web browser, Google Chrome, for 60 days," as PC World reports, because some bloggers ending up being paid to mention Chrome during a recent ad campaign.

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Business
9:16 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Delta, Lufthansa to hike prices to cover emissions

NEW YORK — Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

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War in Afghanistan
9:12 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Flags lowered Thursday for Longview soldier

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows 21-year-old Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg of Longview, Wash.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of a Longview soldier who died Dec. 20 while serving in Afghanistan.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kelso Eagles for 21-year-old Mikayla A. Bragg.

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Business
9:05 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Boeing to close Wichita facility by end of 2013

WICHITA, Kan. — The Boeing Co. has told its employees that it plans to close its massive defense plant in Wichita before the end of 2013 in a bid to cut costs in a tight market for defense spending.

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News
8:41 am
Wed January 4, 2012

SeaPort Airlines Drops Flagship Route

Image of SeaPort Airlines aircraft courtesy of SeaPort Airlines

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 4:49 pm

Airline passengers who want to travel between the Northwest's two largest cities will have one fewer option soon. Portland-based SeaPort Airlines says it will drop its namesake route between Portland and Seattle's Boeing Field later this month.

The Seattle-Portland route was the airline's first, starting in June of 2008. The company even named itself after the two cities. SeaPort marketed the flights as a quicker alternative for business travelers, since its small planes allowed passengers to skip TSA security screening.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Sardines and ice cream are the new surf n' turf

The sweetness and mouth-feel of artisanal ice cream paired with the umami of locally sourced (Ballard) sardines packed into individually hand-forged cans.
Dick Stein KPLU

While less adventurous eaters may turn up (or even hold) their noses, local foodistas have made the dairy/dussumeria pairing the hottest trend since Korean taco trucks.  

But not just any sardine and not just any ice cream will do.

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Traffic news
7:19 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Tolls on I-90 – probably just a matter of time

Surrounded by news media, Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond says she thinks automated tolls should be collected on both floating bridges across Lake Washington, not just on SR-520. (Ultimately, the state Legislature decides.)
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Many drivers seem to be avoiding the new tolls on the 520 bridge by taking I-90 instead. That’s not unexpected.

But don’t get used to calling the other bridge across the lake “The Freeway.” Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond says she wants tolls on both floating bridges.

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Mount Rainier killing
5:05 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

National Parks are dangerous places to enforce the law

A reader board with a message in memory of Mount Rainer National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at a roadside motel Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Elbe, Wash.
Associated Press

Mount Rainier will remain closed through Thursday after the fatal shooting of ranger Margaret Anderson on Sunday.

The tragedy underscores a little-known fact about the country's most beautiful landscapes: They're also home to some of the highest rates of assault on law enforcement.

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