Superhero movement
9:03 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Seattle superhero loses state job after arrest

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 last month in Seattle.
The Associated Press

 Seattle's masked crime-fighter Phoenix Jones has lost his day job.

The superhero — real name Ben Fodor — was informed by the state Department of Social and Health Services he could no longer work with vulnerable children because of his Oct. 9 arrest for investigation of assault.

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7:55 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Seattle Sounders win, but not by enough to advance in playoffs

Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran (2) and Kyle Beckerman, center, celebrate a play as Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, left, and Fredy Montero, second from right, react. The Seattle Sounders won the game 2-0, but were knocked out of the playoffs.
Ted S. Warren AP Images

They won the game but lost the chance to advance to the next round of the playoffs. That was the situation for the Seattle Sounders and their fans Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 2-0, but it wasn’t enough. Real Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference final with a 3-2 aggregate victory in the two-game series, after winning the first match 3-0.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Taking into account(ing) the 7 billionth baby

Where do Babies Come From?
janwillemsen Flickr

Where do babies come from? We may be unqualified to answer that one, but we can tell you with confidence that there’s a sucker born every minute.

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5:39 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Public asked to weigh in on proposed Metro bus changes

Metro bus lines, including route #14 (shown), would be revised under a plan from transit officials, who are also seeking public input.
King County Metro

If you rely on the bus to get around Seattle, Shoreline or South King County, changes could be coming to your route. Metro is proposing reducing or redirecting more than 60 bus lines. 

The shifts are part of a plan to use revenue from King County’s car tab fee to preserve bus service.

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Seattle museum proposal
5:35 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Should Bruce Lee get his own Seattle museum? Council wonders

Bruce Lee in 'Way of the Dragon.'

The Seattle City Council has unveiled a new proposal to create a museum memorializing martial arts star Bruce Lee.

In June, plans for a museum at Lee’s former residence in Hong Kong were scrapped. Now, The Lee Family Foundation has released a concept for a Seattle-based museum.

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Washington winemakers watching
4:55 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Climate change has California vintners rethinking grapes

At the University of California, Davis test vineyard, researchers grow familiar grapes like chardonnay and pinot noir, and some unfamiliar ones like Nero d'Avola and Negroamaro.
Lauren Sommer for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 1:30 pm

Prime California wine country areas like the Napa Valley could soon be facing rising temperatures, according to climate change studies. So some wineries are thinking of switching to grapes that are better suited to a warmer climate. But when vineyards have staked their reputations on certain wines, adapting to climate change is a tough sell.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:38 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Occupy Seattle targets Chase CEO speech - 5 arrested

Police say they've arrested five Occupy Seattle demonstrators who lay down inside a Chase Bank branch and refused to move.

KOMO TV reports that five protesters with the Occupy Seattle movement were arrested Wednesday afternoon for trespassing after refusing to leave a Chase Bank branch on Capitol Hill.

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Other News
4:33 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Oregon's Treasurers Promises "Hard" Negotiations On Bank Fees

SALEM, Ore. - Earlier this week Bank of America backed down on a five dollar monthly fee for debit card users. That gives consumer groups hope that similar fee relief could come to people who receive benefits by a reloadable cash card.

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Odd news
1:02 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

It's '11022011' !

Professor Aziz Inan created this palindrome image (with his face in the center) in honor of 11022011, a very rare eight-digit palindrome date.
Courtesy of Aziz Inan

From our neighbors to the south (University of Portland) come these facts about today’s date:

  • One: It’s a palindrome
  • Two: It’s an extremely rare one.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:27 am
Wed November 2, 2011

CDC: Time to curb 'shocking' epidemic of narcotics overdoses

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:14 pm

Federal officials say they're making headway in their push to stem abuse of addictive painkillers. Still, they say, U.S. doctors are prescribing enough narcotics to medicate every American around the clock for a month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses may soon overtake car crashes as the nation's leading cause of fatal injury.

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