The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce computers hacked, allegedly by China

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 1:35 pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was infiltrated by computer hackers last year, and the Wall Street Journal reports the organization blames saboteurs in China. The attacks occurred in May 2010; the hacking was so "sophisticated" that the infiltrators accessed all of the Chamber's data, including information about the group's three million members. It's not clear how much information was actually stolen.

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BoBo, star of MOHAI
2:40 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

The eternal Bobo: Seattle's favorite primate will go back on display

Bobo celebrating his fourth birthday in 1955 at the Woodland Park Zoo.

The beloved Bobo had Seattle gripped in a celebrity frenzy over the details of his life, specifically his sex life with Fifi, in the 1950s and '60s.

And, while some celebrities are honored with wax figures, after his death Bobo was stuffed and set up in the Museum of History and Industry. The question now is will Bobo make the cut and be moved into a prime location in MOHAI's new building next year, or will he be mothballed?

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1:35 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Baby joins orcas in Puget Sound, raising their numbers to 89

New killer whale calf born to Jpod in December 2011.
Candace Emmons NOAA - NMFS Research Permit #781-1824.

A new baby orca was photographed Saturday in a pod that lives in Puget Sound.

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center posted a website photo Wednesday shot by scientist Candice Emmons.

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parking matters
9:18 am
Wed December 21, 2011

City of Spokane gives a gift instead of parking tickets

SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane parking enforcement will give out special tickets this year, but it’s not what you think.

It’s a courtesy parking ticket issued by the city of Spokane in conjunction with Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. The ticket gives extra time instead of a citation, and encourages the owner to move their vehicle.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Everything you need for great Hanukah latkes

Nancy's latkes, recipe courtesy of Seattle's Matzoh Momma Catering.
Nancy Leson Serattle Times

Or should that be "grate"?  My Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson swears she uses a box grater not a food processor to grate the spuds.  Good thing she keeps a sufficient supply of band-aids on hand. Keep reading for the recipe.

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Budget crisis
4:43 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Gregoire signs budget, seeks timeline on more cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a plan to ease the state's $1.4 billion shortfall.

Gregoire signed a new budget Tuesday that uses a variety of cuts, transfers and delayed payments to save $480 million.

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4:36 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Oregon Unveils Draft Of No Child Left Behind Waiver Application

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 3:25 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon school districts would create their own student achievement goals under a draft plan unveiled Tuesday by state education officials. That's one part of a request for a waiver from the federal "No Child Left Behind" education law.

Critics of the Bush-era policy have long said it forces schools to "teach to the test." Under the draft Oregon proposal, it would be school districts — not the federal government — that would answer the question: "What is success?"

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4:34 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Feds fret over publication of virus information, but should they?

As grim as it sounds, there are lots of horrifically deadly bugs out there — like Ebola — that never seem to get very far due to poor transmission and that's something to keep in mind in this debate.

The U.S. government is opposing full publication by scientists of methods used to create a mutant form of bird influenza based on the fear it could be used by terrorists to launch a deadly pandemic.

There are a few reasons why, as reasonable as this may sound, many see the government’s position as unworkable and inappropriate.

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3:46 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Northwest white supremacist sentenced to 32 years for MLK Day bomb

SPOKANE, Wash. – The white supremacist who planted a bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. It's the maximum sentence the federal judge was allowed to hand down under the terms of a plea deal between Kevin Harpham and federal prosecutors.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase

JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Occupy Seattle protesters, shown in front of a Seattle hotel on Nov. 2, did not meet face-to-face – but the protesters would have liked that.
Illustration by Justin Steyer

What happens when the captain of the financial industry is brought to Seattle to celebrate business leadership in the middle of a populist revolt aimed directly at the wealthy and financial companies?

Pepper spray. Arrests. Speeches. And a very nervous Seattle business school, caught in the crossfire, whose gala event of the year could be wrecked. What follows is a close look at the events and decisions leading up to the Nov. 2 clash in downtown Seattle gleaned from emails and documents obtained by KPLU. 

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