The Salt
1:32 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The surprising story of a Super Bowl snack

Presented on a gourmet plate or eaten out of the bag the chips came in, Frito Pie is an American standard.
malloreigh flickr.com

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 6:12 am

This Super Bowl Sunday, millions of Americans will watch the game with bowls of corn-based snacks at their side. Whether you prefer Doritos, Cheetos, or even Funyuns, you owe the pleasure of that crunchy munchy to the humble corn curl that started it all: the Frito.

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a Neighborhood crime
1:20 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Found! 1,260 pound propeller was stolen from Seattle professor’s yard

Professor Thiel and the propeller that has been stolen.
Seattle Parks

Thieves dove up an alley in the University District Tuesday morning and somehow managed to lift a 70-inch, 1,260-pound stainless steel propeller over a retaining wall and fence and make off with it.

Update: Seattle Parks has possession of the propeller that was stolen earlier this week from the University District. After discovering the stolen propeller at the Northwest Corporate Park in Kent, a security guard contacted the Kent Police Department.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests

Restoration projects in Eastern Washington’s Colville National Forest are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago.  

And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding.

At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative, near Yakima.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Here comes the sun ... and the Pierce County burn ban

It's great to see the sun again during this dark time of the year, but it carries a price.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage One Burn Ban for Pierce County, effective at 4:00 this afternoon. Outdoor fires are banned, and no burning is allowed in uncertified wood stoves and fireplaces.

The high pressure system that's bringing us sunshine through the weekend is also trapping more air pollution near the ground.

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Gay rights
10:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Not all domestic partners are ready for gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

Wednesday night the Washington State Senate voted in support of same-sex marriages by a 28 to 21 vote. Gay and lesbian citizens around the state support the idea, but for some, wedding bells don’t sound so appealing.

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Washington State Legislature
9:36 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Legislature acts on capping out-of-pocket medical expenses

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out-of-pocket medical expenses are crushing some Washington families – even though they have health insurance. A key legislative committee voted Thursday to place an overall cap on how much a family would have to pay each year.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Forecast calls for sunshine with subtleties

There will be sunshine.
Flickr

Today’s forecast calls for sunshine, says KPLU’s weather scientist Cliff Mass. And, as scientists are bound to do, he also notes some interesting details not as obvious as the sun in the sky.

“We may have a lot of sunshine but there are a lot of subtleties going on in the next few days that are worth talking about,” Mass said.

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Planned Parenthood dustup
8:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

NEW YORK — After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Will blue laws make for a melancholy Super Bowl Sunday?

Indiana laws bar all carryout alcohol sales on Sundays, leaving Super Bowl revelers in the lurch in their quest for any 11th-hour 12-pack the day of the big game. At Kahn's Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis earlier this week, Bill Cheek was putting labels on cases of beer.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 7:35 am

Fans lucky enough to toast a Giants or a Patriots Super Bowl win in Indianapolis this weekend will need to stock up early on their champagne supplies. Indiana is one of just two states that ban the sale of beer, wine and liquor at stores statewide on Sundays.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Why Don't We Bury Our Power Lines in the Northwest?

Saturday's wind storm knocked over a tree into power lines in Kirland, Wash.
Denise Walker

Did you find yourself in the dark, shivering under blankets, eating cold rations during the recent wind storm? Did it have you wondering why we are so dependent on overhead power poles to keep the lights on?

Could there be a better way?

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