Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

You're being watched ... to make viaduct closure go more smoothly

The hub of the all-seeing eyes monitoring traffic around the Alaskan Viaduct during the impending nine-day closure.
West Seattle Blog

For anyone who thought they were anonymous driving the city streets of Seattle, the truth is you’re being watched.

And while this might normally be upsetting, the all-seeing cameras positioned over freeways, bridges and intersections may soon be a lifeline during the impending nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Vancouver and Victoria continues past weekend

Canada joined more than 80 countries around the world this weekend, demonstrating as part of the global wave of protests inspired by the month-long Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

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domestic partnership
12:33 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Judge orders release of Ref. 71 petition names

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering the public disclosure of signature petitions that forced a vote on a 2009 domestic partnership law.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said in a ruling Monday that it was unlikely that signers would face threats or harassment.

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Elections 2011
11:28 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Washington liquor privatization initiative: What's the truth (part 2)

Initiative 1183 in Washington has triggered a $20 million war over liquor privatization

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 3:20 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A $20 million war over liquor privatization in Washington is filling the airwaves. Both sides of Initiative 1183 are serving up contradictory claims. One key point of contention: will liquor consumption go up if private retailers take over the sale of hard alcohol? The "No" campaign says it will.

If Initiative 1183 passes, state liquor stores will close and larger grocery stores will be allowed to sell booze. In fact, Washington's Office of Financial Management estimates the number of outlets selling spirits will increase by a factor of four.

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Elections 2011
11:24 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Washington liquor privatization initiative: What's the truth?

Initiative 11-83 in Washington has triggered a $20 million war over liquor privatization

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 4:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington voters are getting bombarded with a twenty million dollar fight over the privatization of hard liquor sales. Initiative 11-83 on the fall ballot would close state liquor stores.

Costco and other large retailers are funding the "yes" side in an effort to pick up that business. Beer, wine and spirits wholesalers are bankrolling the "no" effort. Both sides make wildly contradictory claims.

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Superhero movement
8:54 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Arrest of Phoenix Jones marks growing pains for superhero movement

Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court on Thursday in Seattle. The Associated Press

Superheroes are no longer just in comic books or on movie screens. The patrolling of city streets by "real life super-heroes" has been getting more popular.

That's thanks largely to mainstream attention in movies and the recent HBO documentary "Superheroes."

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Protesting Wall Street
8:49 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Police nab protesters in Seattle park; Occupy movement hits 1 month

(Scenes from around the world, click through to our Flickr page for cutlines.)

Police arrested seven Occupy Seattle demonstrators who refuse to remove their tents Monday from the city's downtown Westlake Park.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says officers started going through the park at dawn telling campers they had to move their tents so city employees could clean the park. Most campers complied. Those who refused were arrested.

Around the world, protests continue.

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Fish versus Gold
4:30 am
Mon October 17, 2011

'Save Bristol Bay Road Show' to highlight risk to jobs in Seattle

Site of the proposed Pebble Mine.
National Park Conservation Assn.

It’s thousands of miles away, but supporters of a campaign to stop a controversial mine proposal in Alaska say it would harm more than just the pristine ecosystem where it’s located.

They’re launching a “Save Bristol Bay Road Show” in Seattle tonight, claiming the city’s fishing industry could lose thousands of jobs if the mine is built. 

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Global Health
4:13 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

Bill Gates vs. the mosquitoes, who's winning?

One of the tools for fighting malaria is the bed net. Has it been successful?
Matt Handy Flickr

Four years ago the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called for the eradication of malaria. Since then it has spent nearly $2 billion in the effort.

While there has been success, many still wonder: What factors are driving malaria away? What's causing the success? There are also many confounding factors at play ranging from climate change to the mysterious disappearance of mosquitoes in east Africa.

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Artscape
7:25 am
Sun October 16, 2011

New book looks at city's musical history 'Before Seattle Rocked'

David “Guitar Shorty” Kearney and band circa 1968. The band is one of dozens profiled in 'Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music" by Kurt Armbruster.
photo by Ed Lee

Long before “grunge,” Seattle was home to big band musicians, immigrant choral groups and a seafood restaurant owner who sang folk songs about clams.

Those are only some of the stories  in Kurt Armbruster's new book, "Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music" (University of Washington Press).

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