Artscape
8:30 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Seattle's Pinata Man creates happiness one whack at a time

The Ninja pinata under construction by pinata maker Alex Lopez. Its destination: a birthday party for a 17-year-old girl.

In Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, Alex Lopez has carved out a reputation as the go-to-guy for making unique piñatas.

Case in point: a 26-foot-long, 7-feet-tall, 6-feet-wide pinata in the shape of a bridge. It dumped 450 pounds of candy.

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Boeing
6:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

FAA approves 787 Dreamliner

The first assembled 787 Dreamliner was displayed at the facility in Everett on Friday when the FAA's officials handed Boeing a Type Certificate allowing the plane to be delivered.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

It’s years behind schedule and over budget but Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is now approved to carry passengers.

Federal Aviation Administration officials gave their official seal of approval amid swelling music, a flag parade, and a fly over by Airplane Number 2.

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Other News
5:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

UI murder suspect and student killed had a sexual relationship

According to Moscow Police, University of Idaho graduate student Katy Benoit and the suspect in her murder, former UI assistant professor Ernesto Bustamante, began a sexual relationship during the fall 2010 semester.

The relationship ended in May of this year, and Benoit filed a sexual harassment complaint with the UI on June 12, alleging that threats of violence occurred on three separate occasions where Bustamante held a gun to her head. Bustamante denied the allegations.

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Breaking: Orcas and boaters
5:20 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Killer whale thought struck by boat might just be pregnant

The Seattle Times reports that a whale reported to have been struck by a boat on the west side of San Juan Island might simply be pregnant.

Law
5:12 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

UI officials met with Benoit on the day she was murdered

On the day she was killed, University of Idaho graduate student Katy Benoit met with university officials about the complaint she had filed against former assistant professor Ernesto Bustamante, and university officials cautioned her to remain vigilant and seek out help if she had any safety concerns.

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State prisons
5:01 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Wash. prisons ask Facebook to disable inmate accounts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington prison officials are following California's lead. This month they asked social media giant Facebook to agree to disable active inmate accounts.

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Economy
3:38 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters?

Washington voters are pretty pessimistic about the economic future of the nation, state and (less so) their households.
Aftab Uzzaman Flickr

The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken “nose dive” to an all-time low.

Voters surveyed in The Elway Poll – an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion – were less likely to think things were “getting better” than at any time since the survey began in 1991.

The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a “malaise” or “a new normal” of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy like the one Japan suffered for more than a decade.

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Events and Festivals
3:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

4 events for the weekend

The amazing French sailor/acrobat couple will be performing high-wire acts on their 40 ft. sailboat!
Courtesy of Three Sheets Northwest

The weather has been up and down in the past week but not to worry! This weekend should be full of sunshine and warmth for these festivities ... or we certainly hope so.

From simple county fairs to a garlic festival and acrobats, you won't want to miss out.

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Life in the Northwest
1:47 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection

The Coliseum and Space Needle under construction. 10/30/61
Seattle Public Library

Where were you in '62?

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection online for all to see.

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Events and Festivals
1:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Vacouver's wine & jazz festival - a top event in the Northwest

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is just one out of numerous bands that will be performing at the festival.
Vancouver Jazz and Wine Festival

The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington and is “…the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest…”  (KATU Channel 2, Portland, OR). 

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