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ENVIRONMENT
11:20 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Don't want yellow pages? Seattle puts teeth in opt-out system

The City of Seattle has launched a website that allows residents to opt-out of receiving yellow-page phonebooks.
Publicola.com

Starting today (Thursday) a new online registry will allow Seattleites to choose whether or not they receive yellow pages phone books. But an industry group says it’s redundant, because there’s already such a website in place nationwide.

The City of Seattle site is www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks.

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ART
12:27 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Three-block arts center opening this weekend in downtown Everett

Glass artist Merrilee Moore at working at one of the Hot Shop "glory holes" at Everett's Schack Art Center, which holds its grand opening this weekend.
Schack Art Center

A big chunk of downtown Everett has been transformed into a spanking new arts district that should bring new life to this former lumber mill town.

The Daily Herald reports the new Schack Art Center anchors a three block arts district in the city. It's a multipurpose facility with a sleek, urban feel that will have a kiln and flame working studio, professional and student exhibit spaces and multipurpose classroom.

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Law and Justice
11:42 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Starbucks need not "out" job applicants with pot busts

re-ality Flickr

Starbucks Corporation isn't required to disclose the names of potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing it of illegally requiring job applicants to reveal past marijuana convictions.

That's what a California appeals court ruled this week. The Seattle-based coffee giant was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of violating a mid-1970s California law that bars employers from asking job seekers about minor marijuana convictions that are more than two years old.

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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AEROSPACE
1:30 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., says federal complaint

Work continued Tuesday at Boeing's new 787 aircraft assembly site in North Charleston, S.C. The plant is slated to open this summer, but federal regulators today filed a complaint alleging that the plant is being built to retaliate against the union.
Bruce Smith AP

Federal regulators have put the brakes on construction of a second Boeing 787 assembly line in South Carolina. 

The National Labor Relations Board today filed a complaint accusing the Boeing Company of putting one of its assembly lines for the new 787 in South Carolina to retaliate against union workers who went on strike in 2008.

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ARSON
2:32 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Tacoma pagoda fire ruled arson; authorities respond to another suspicious fire at Pt. Defiance

As authorities investigate the arson at Tacoma's landmark pagoda building, police say another fire was set Monday night at a Point Defiance Park restroom.

A security guard locking up the restrooms found a trash can on fire about 9:35 p.m. Monday night. The guard pulled the can outside and called the Tacoma Fire Department, Fulghum said. Firefighters doused the blaze.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT
9:39 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Former Seattle Police Chief Kerlikowske reportedly in line for Chicago top cop job

White House drug czar and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske meets Afghan and American officials at a dinner held at the U.S Ambassadors residence in Afghanistan in February.
U.S. Embassy, Afghanistan

Former Seattle Police Chief and current White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is reportedly in the running for Chicago’s police superintendent.

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Travel Industry
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

First cruise ship of the season arrives in Seattle

The Holland America cruise ship "Amsterdam" in Seattle's Elliot Bay.
Photo courtest Holland America

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning's arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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AEROSPACE HISTORY
10:40 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in February of this year. Seattle's Museum of Flight's hopes to display one of the retiring shuttles were spoiled in favor of New York, Washington, D.C. and suburban Los Angeles.
NASA photo

NASA says Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles.

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Wildlife
10:13 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Olympic National Park seeks marmot counters

Olympic National Park is seeking people to count marmots similar to these in the Rocky Mts. (Perhaps these two are more than just friends?)
Elaine Picasa

If you're game for an Olympic National Park hike of five to 20 miles and eager to go count housecat-sized rodents, the park wants you for its "citizen science" marmot monitoring program.

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Environment
10:01 am
Sun February 27, 2011

Freight train derails near Tacoma; at least 50 gallons of lye spilled

Crews work to pull away collided trains and get four overturned cars off the beach at Chambers Bay, near Tacoma, where two freight trains sideswiped, toppling several cars of sodium hydroxide (lye) Saturday evening.
Dan gigharbor.patch.com

Updated 12:15 p.m. Sunday, February 27: Authorities report the leak has since been repaired, according to a statement from West Pierce Fire & Rescue Sunday as reported by Q13 FOX TV. Authorities confirmed that about 50 gallons of sodium hydroxide spilled. Amtrak passenger service between Seattle and Portland has been suspended because of the accident.

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RETAIL ECONOMY
11:55 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Nordstrom acquires upscale online retailer HauteLook.com

Shoppers carry bags past the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store. The company announced on Thursday that it's buying the high-end "flash sale" website HauteLook.
Elaine Thompson AP

Nordstrom has jumped deeper into the luxury online retailing world by acquiring the "flash sale" website HauteLook for $270 million. The Seattle-based chain made the announcement on the heels of a report citing regular-price sales of "historically high levels."

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STATE LAW
1:14 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Some Washington cities looking to nip pot dispensaries in the bud

Dale Rogers displays different types of marijuana available at the Compassion in Action Patient Network, an organization that distributes medical marijuana to qualifying patients in June 2007 in Seattle. Rogers has been diagnosed with AIDS about 20 years.
Andrei Pungovschi AP

You can't walk into a store and legally buy marijuana in Washington for medical or any other purposes. Yet. But some cities in the state - anticipating that you soon might be able to - have placed a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and another is considering one. And the shops aren't even lawful. Yet.

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PUBLIC LANDS
1:33 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Bill would charge fee to access state recreation sites

Day use of one of Washington's 119 state parks, such as Moran State Park on Orcas Island would cost $10 or $30 annually under a proposed bill.
HeatherL Flickr

First the state Senate, now the House. Either way, it’ll cost you ten bucks to visit a Washington State Park for the day if the legislature passes measures now being considered in Olympia.

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