MILITARY AND DEFENSE
1:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Army fancies unfinished nuclear plant for training

Soldiers practice decontamination protocol after a training scenario inside the nuclear reactor building at Satsop. Courtesy Satsop Business Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The quest to find new uses for an uncompleted nuclear power plant in western Washington has a new twist. The U.S. Army has taken a liking to training soldiers in the tunnels, plazas and towers of the old Satsop complex.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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HUMANOSPHERE
11:17 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Guest post: Why are all these white folks deciding what Africa needs?

Nigerian Kunle Oguneye, a former tech worker and current children's author decries the lack of diversity in the global health and development community.

This is a guest Humanosphere post from Kunle Oguneye, president of the Seattle chapter of The African Network, a Nigerian and former tech worker who now writes children’s books (which should, I hope, explain the photo).

Oguneye wrote me to suggest that Humanosphere tends to suffer from the same bias, or lack of diversity and perspective, that afflicts much of the local global health and development community.

Here’s what he says:

Law
10:00 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot

Brian Pfister, owner of Green Health, which operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in western Washington, displays a shirt that reads "Washington, a higher state of mind," last month, outside the Capitol in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:56 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Some of the students who staged a sit-in protest in the office of interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise on Wednesday. The students are demanding the ouster from the U.W. of food supply company Sodexo, alleging worker-rights abuses.
KING5 TV

Thursday weather: Sun is back! Highs upper 50s.

In the headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sit-In Protest Over Campus Vendor
  • Gregoire Signs Legislation to Pave Way for Federal Health Care Overhaul
  • Popular Seattle High School Principal Fired
  • Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Expires Today

 

A University of Washington sit-in to protest the food services company that supplies the concessions at UW athletic facilities has led to the arrests of about 25 students.

Protest organizer Morgan Currier says the students were cited Wednesday evening for trespassing and released.

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Higher Education
7:49 am
Thu May 12, 2011

University of Washington could train Teach for America recruits

A Teach For America corps member with her students in New York.
Jean-Christian Bourcart

The University of Washington plans to launch a program to train and certify Teach for America recruits. People who go through the program would start teaching after just five weeks of intensive instruction.

Teach for America expects to bring at least 35 of its recruits to Seattle and Federal Way this fall.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Bugs!

Are You Food?
HUSO Flickr

Bugs are so cute and lovable except when they’re crawling on you. Or in your food. Or the bathtub. Come to think of it the only time bugs are okay is in song, and this week’s Record Bin Roulette celebrates some of our most beloved chitinous arthropods in melody.

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Other News
7:16 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Name that snake!

The Woodland Park Zoo's new reticulated python
Ryan Hawk Woodland Park Zoo

An 8 year old male reticulated python (Python reticulatus) is settling into its new home at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The new 100 pound snake needs a name, and you can submit your suggestion via the Zoo's facebook page through May 13 at noon. Zookeepers will select their five favorite names and fans will then vote May 17 on facebook for their top pick.

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