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Traffic Woes
8:00 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Woman chasing ducks on I-5 causes crash

How accidents start: A woman helping ducks like these caused several accidents on I-5.
Alexandra Cohen Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says a woman who stopped her car along Interstate 5 and tried to corral a family of ducks and ducklings caused a multi-vehicle accident that disrupted southbound traffic for nearly three hours.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Enviros seek to block drilling near St. Helens

Environmentalists are seeking to stop exploratory drilling on forest lands near Mount St. Helens, as a Canadian company prepares next month to drill more holes to probe for copper, gold and other minerals.

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Environment
9:38 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags

Bellingham says no to plastic bags
John Flickr

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic bags in an effort to cut down on litter and pollution.

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Law
1:23 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Mistrial after juror wants to punch lawyer in nose

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in a Kitsap County drug case after a juror was overheard expressing a desire to punch prominent Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne in the nose.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Browne, whose high-profile clients have included "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore, repeatedly sparred with Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman during the trial. Browne reportedly ignored the judge's order that he keep his objections to a single word and was twice fined $500.

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Environment
9:31 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Newborn calf spotted among returning orcas

In this July 6 photo provided by the Center for Whale Research, K-44, right, a newborn male orca whale, is shown swimming with his mother, K-27, near Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.
Associated Press

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.

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Japanese Internment
5:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Photo collection from Japanese internment camp donated

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

The largest private collection of photographs taken during World War II at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is being donated to Washington State University.

The more than 2,000 black and white photo negatives were taken by George Hirahara and his son Frank between 1943 and 1945 at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. (More photos inside.)

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Elections 2011
2:24 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Heading to the ballot: 3 state initiatives turn in signatures

Three groups seeking to get initiatives on this year's ballot appear to have plenty of signatures to qualify.

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Seattle Terror plot
2:30 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

New indictment charges two in Seattle terror plot

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center pictured on June 23, 2011, in Seattle. Two men have been indicted in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.

A federal grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against two men charged in a plot to attack a military recruiting center in Seattle.

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Education
9:51 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Deconstruction jobs – not just for literary theorists

Washington workers getting training to deconstruct buildings.
ReUse Flickr

A job training program in south Seattle is giving 130 people a ticket out of poverty with skills in the growing field of deconstruction or the carefully dismantling homes and buildings to preserve reusable materials.

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UW firebombing
6:57 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fugitive linked to UW ecoterrorist firebomb arrested

A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

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Environment
12:34 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Big, crafty raccoon eating rare chickens, ducks, peacocks

This undated photo provided by Leo Pauly shows a raccoon that park officials are certain is responsible for killing about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Courtesy of Leo Pauly

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla park officials are certain the predator that has killed about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary is a big raccoon.

A motion detector camera showed the raccoon stealing bait from a trap.

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Missing Climber
1:47 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Climber's body found on Mount Baker

Searchers have found the body of a missing Colorado climber on Mount Baker. Bellingham and Skagit mountain rescue teams spotted the body Sunday in a hole that develops in the snow just west of the ridge.

The Whatcom County sheriff's office says 34-year-old Sheryl Costello, of Golden, Colo., had reached the summit of the 10,781-foot mountain on Saturday with her boyfriend. They were on their way down when he lost sight of her near Heliotrope Ridge.

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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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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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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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