Breaking
3:43 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Kalebu guilty of murder, rape

A man accused in the sexual assault and stabbing of a lesbian couple in their Seattle home has been found guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary.

A King County County Superior Court jury convicted Isaiah Kalebu on Friday, two days after jurors began deliberations.

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Weather
3:10 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Average July 4th: sunnier and warmer than you might think

This Fourth of July, like almost all Fourths in Seattle, will have sunny skies and warm temps.
Brianna Flickr

The weather for the 4th of July this year is looking pretty good, with scattered clouds in the forecast and highs in the low seventies.  

That’s actually pretty typical, says Carl Carniglia with the national weather service in Seattle.  He looked back at local statistics from the late 1800s to the present and found the historical data contradicts the cliché of rainy weather for Independence day.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a hiker's photo confirms a sighting of a grizzly bear in North Cascades.
Joe Sebille Courtesy of Conservation Northwest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a hiker's photo confirms a sighting of a grizzly bear in Washington state's North Cascades for the first time in perhaps half a century.

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Rate Hikes
2:40 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Seattle water rates could increase 25 percent by 2014

Fountain at Seattle's Volunteer Park. 7/16/2006
Justin Baeder flickr.com

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is proposing a 25 percent hike in drinking water rates spread over the next three years. SPU says the typical monthly household bill is currently $31.70. The proposal would increase that monthly bill by $2.41 in 2012, $2.68 in 2013 and $2.91 in 2014.

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Humanosphere
2:31 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mayor McGinn jumps into Twitter fight over child prostitution

There’s a Twitter war going on right now that has prompted Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn to write to Jim Larkin, the CEO of Village Voice which also owns the Seattle Weekly, regarding child sex trafficking. McGinn has also asked the Seattle Police Department to look into these allegations.

The Twitter battle is basically an assault on the Seattle Weekly based on claims that the periodical, as part of the Village Voice Media chain, publishes ads that put minors at risk of prostitution. Here’s the Weekly’s rebuttal to those claims.

The story now is that actor Ashton Kutcher has taken up the Twitter assault on the Weekly and other publications carrying these ads.

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Fourth of July
1:21 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

What fireworks can you use? In some cities: None

Time for fireworks, bans and warnings and fun!
Piero Sierra Flickr

Here comes that day that cats and dogs really hate, but most American humans love!

Yes, it’s time for burning, smoking and exploding devices used for celebrating the Fourth of July. It is also time for the many reminders and warnings about what fireworks you can use, how dangerous they are and where you can or can’t use them (should you really feel like you have to).

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Environment
8:40 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments

A new plan for saving the northern spotted owl was released this week.
Associated Press

A new plan released yesterday for saving the northern spotted owl is taking aim – maybe literally – at a rival bird.

Federal agency leaders said Thursday the spotted owl is losing out to a bigger, more aggressive invader from the eastern United States, the barred owl.

However, one biologist whose research led to the listing of the spotted owl believes shooting and other measures to control the barred owl are too little too late.  Because, he lamented, the spotted owl's population has shrunk over the last 15 years in spite of conservation efforts. (Interactive map inside)

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:35 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Olympia Brewery in Tumwater pictured in betters days. Plans for using the old brewery site are shaping up.
Minnaert Wikipedia
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SOLD OUT
12:00 am
Fri July 1, 2011

SOLD OUT: The 2011 KPLU Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise!

Entering their 17th year of performing, Pearl Django continues to be one of America’s most respected and busiest Hot Club style groups.
Courtesty of Pearl Django

UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out for this event

Join us Sunday, August 14 for our 19th Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise, a relaxing, two-and-a-half hour cruise on Elliott Bay aboard the Royal Argosy.  Enjoy a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch, spectacular views, and great music from "that mighty engine of rhythm," Gypsy jazz masters, Pearl Django

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Seattle Storm star sidelined; chance for back-to-back titles slim

Storm star Lauren Jackson attempts to drive past a Minnesota Lynx player in a game last month. She's now out for up to three months to recover from hip surgery. Art Thiel says it's a real blow to the playoff chances for the 2010 WNBA champions.
Elaine Thompson AP

"Your star player will be out for the rest of the season, and maybe the playoffs. Now ... SMILE!"

That was pretty much the scenario for members of the Seattle Storm this week when the 2010 WNBA champions were honored by President Obama at the White House.

As they were taking photos in the White House Rose Garden, most of the team learned that three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson – "the heart and soul of the Storm," according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel – was to have hip surgery. She's expected to be out up to three months.

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