Media in Motion
3:35 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

P-I globe’s future unclear as staff moves, but MOHAI wants it

What will happen to the P-I globe? Museum of History and Industry is interested in taking stewardship of it.
druid labs Flickr

The staff of the SeattlePI.com is moving out of the waterfront building with the iconic spinning globe on its top. It's unclear what will happen to the globe, but at least one Seattle organization is interested in taking control of it.

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Washington state legislature
1:15 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

319 new state laws kicking in today

Hundreds of new laws become effective in Washington state today - more than 300 in all.

The new laws cover everything from medical marijuana, human trafficking and DUIs to the counting of overseas ballots and foreclosure fairness.

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Law
1:00 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

State strengthens human trafficking law

Washington's a top destination for traffickers dealing in forced labor and sex crimes.  New legislation goes into effect today that will strengthen the state’s current human trafficking law.

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Animal health care
12:05 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

WSU’s story of Gamera, the wheeled-tortoise, goes viral

Gamera moves across pavement outside the Washington State University veterinary teaching hospital on Thursday.
Associated Press

Phone calls and email from around the world have been streaming in since the story broke yesterday of the African tortoise whose injured leg was replaced with a caster wheel, said Washington State University spokesman Charlie Powell.

“The minute I knew of it, I knew the story would be international and had the potential to go viral,” he said. “And, I think you can say it has.”

(Updated with photos inside)

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Trade Ichiro or Felix? Yes – Time for drastic action

Ichiro Suzuki has had trouble at the plate and in the outfield this season. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel believes he has a few more good years in him, and that the Mariners should trade him if he asks to go.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

They Mariners have now lost 12 straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention for another season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says desperate times call for desperate measures. That includes thinking seriously about trading Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez.

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Fourth-quarter report
5:30 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Microsoft strong on revenue, weaker with consumers

Microsoft’s Office division continued to drive revenue growth for the company.
Associated Press

Microsoft reported good news for its investors, announcing record revenues for its final quarter earnings and the 2011 fiscal year. But one analyst said slumping sales in Windows shows the company has some weakness when it comes to consumers.

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Law
4:35 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Alleged "kill team" leader back in court

Pvt. Jeremy Morlock's testimony has become crucial to the prosecution's case.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The credibility of the prosecution's star witness is the key issue at the moment in a war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. A second pre-trial hearing got underway Thursday for the alleged ringleader of a group of Washington-based soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians.

This second hearing is a chance for the defense to call witnesses who were not previously available. Chief among them: Army Private Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska.

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Animal health care
4:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update with video: Tortoise's artificial limb from Ace Hardware

Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, shows off his new front "leg" at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., on July 15.
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. — The artificial limb put on an African tortoise at Washington State University didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman.

(Video inside)

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K-12 Education
3:36 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update: Seattle schools sending a message with furlough

An administrator helps a student at Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle. The district has decided to furlough nearly all school staff for a day, resulting in closed schools just before students return to class in the fall.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools will shut down for a day just before school starts this fall. It will also close early on a later date during the school year.

Lesley Rogers, chief communications officer for Seattle Public Schools, says asking most of its staff to be gone on the same day sends a message to the state.

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employment
2:57 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016

The Canadian job market might be the brightest spot on the Northwest's economic horizon.
Bruce Irschick Flickr

With Washington’s unemployment hovering at 9.2 percent and the economy sputtering along, new figures released yesterday in British Columbia makes one wonder if going north might not be the next big emigration story.

A new provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020.

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