Festivals and events
5:09 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Seattle's Fremont Troll celebrates 21st birthday

Seattle's Fremont Troll
Christine Majul Flickr

The Fremont Troll turns 21, according to its Facebook page.

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Election 2011
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call

Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to get rid of state-run liquor stores and on how highway tolls can be spent. A survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.

The statewide Washington Poll, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto's poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.

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Other News
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Northwest soldiers out of the war, into the job market

Idaho National Guard soldiers bid farewell to their families in Lewiston, Idaho in 2010. They returned from Iraq in September.
Doug Nadvornick

A wave of returning National Guard soldiers from Oregon and Idaho is coming face to face with the Northwest's lack-luster job market. The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team returned from Iraq in September.

After a month of post-deployment vacation, the troops are starting to return to the civilian workforce.

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Business
3:46 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Even in a recession, Halloween means cash for retailers

Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters as you head out on the roads this evening Despite the down economy, retailers expect Halloween spending will rise this year.

The National Retail Federation's annual Halloween spending survey found that the average person plans to spend about $72 on costumes, candy and decorations. That's a jump of more than $15 over the past two years.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Idaho couple puts wetlands rules to the test in U.S. Supreme Court

Chantell and Mike Sackett say the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho – A fight over less than an acre of land in a remote part of the Northwest could alter the way the government enforces environmental regulations across the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court this winter will hear a case brought against the EPA by Mike and Chantell Sackett of north Idaho.

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Global Health
2:46 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Head of Seattle's PATH heading over to Gates Foundation

Chris Elias, head of Seattle-based PATH, announced today that he is leaving, after a decade, to take over as head of the global development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read more on Humanosphere.

All Hallows' Eve
2:07 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween myth that won't stay dead: Razors and poisons in treats!

In the 1980s, fruit and other unwrapped food disappeared from the Halloween trick or treat landscape because of the urban myth that they could contain razors or poisons.
Loren Javier Flickr

Back in the early '80s, when Blondie's "Call Me," Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" and "Every Breath You Take" by the Police were topping the charts, the urban myth of razor-blade apples and poisoned candy paralyzed parents of would-be trick-or-treaters.

And if you are still worried, at least one hospital in the state will X-ray your candy for you!

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The Impact of War
1:03 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

One Cold War Era Hanford Worker Remembers His Days On the Site

James Bresina, 64, remembers working on the Hanford Nuclear site during the Cold War. Photo by Anna King.

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 5:31 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. — Sunday is the National Day of Remembrance honoring Cold War nuclear workers. In the Tri-Cities, Washington, dozens of the people who worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to help make plutonium for bombs gathered Friday. Correspondent Anna King met James Bresina , and she has this audio postcard about his time on the nuclear site.

When I started out there I was what they call a 'youth opportunity trainee.' I made $1.25 and hour for my wages.

My name is James Bresina, and I worked at Hanford from 1966 to 1995. It was very secretive. Very tense.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween is more funny than scary in St. Louis

At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 10:01 am

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Boeing to build new spacecraft in old shuttle hangar

Boeing released this artist's rendering of its planned CST-100 which can carry a crew of seven.

Boeing ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 10:41 am

There's a new private spacecraft in development to fly astronauts to the International Space Station and its maker, Boeing, has decided to build it in Florida. Boeing is leasing an old shuttle hangar from the Kennedy Space Center to construct the Crew Space Transportation-100 vehicle, or the CST. The facility has to be refurbished and staff hired, and Boeing says if it continues to win government contracts for the vehicle, the CST-100 will make its first test flights by the end of 2015.

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