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Holiday Bowl
10:48 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Huskies humble Nebraska, get first bowl win since '01

Washington's Nate Fellner, right, celebrates his interception against Nebraska with teammate Cort Dennison during the first half of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
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Coach Steve Sarkisian told ESPN it "a big win for the Husky Nation" after his Washington team beat daunting odds to defeat the 18th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in Thursday's Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The UW dominated on defense and offense for a 19-7 victory.

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Other News
10:02 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Seattle plans higher parking rates for busiest times

Brian Teutsch Flickr

Seattle drivers who've been accustomed to paying the same curbside parking rates at all times of day could soon be faced with variable parking prices based on market factors, with rates higher at busier times. The Seattle Times reports city officials hope variable fees will mean quicker turnover of scarce parking spaces and reduce congestion caused by people who circle blocks looking for an opening. Market-based  parking rates are already in place in several U. S. cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D. C.

"It helps reduce the traffic congestion, of people finding a spot", said Mary Catherine Snyder, a parking strategist for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The Seattle Department of Transportation will publish data from its study on parking trends in mid-January, then take several weeks to to reprogram meters to reflect new neighborhood-level rates. Parking meter rates in Seattle will increase this spring to as high as $4.  Included in the City Council's budget is a proposal to require paid parking to a later hour, from the current 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

By 2012, the city would be able to customize rates block by block and alter parking rates by time of day.

Winter Weather
8:47 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Snowy Wednesday morning for some commuters

This Everett area photo is from a WSDOT camera, taken shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
WSDOT

Snow greeted some Puget Sound communities this morning, making for a slippery commute.  Buses in Snohomish County skidded on freeway ramps, according to The Seattle Times.

At least two Community Transit buses were stuck along Interstate 5 entrance ramps south of Everett about 7 a.m. Wednesday as snow slickened road surfaces, according to the State Patrol.

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Metro Transit
5:25 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

King County Executive puts brakes on non-commercial Metro bus advertising

King County Executive Dow Constantine says the escalation of global interest in a bus placard critical of Israel introduces significant security concerns and makes Metro buses vulnerable to disruption. 

Because of this, he’s approved an interim policy that calls for a halt to the acceptance of any new non-commercial advertising on King County buses.

Metro expects to complete work on a permanent transit ad policy by the end of January.

News Roundup
6:00 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

University of Washington students are shown here on campus earlier this year. A new group seeks to harness the political power of UW alumni, in time for the state legislature's January buget-cutting session.
AP

The UW boosts its political voice in Olympia; ferry rate increases get the AG's go-ahead; and Thurston County puts the brakes on wood energy projects.

UW Seeks to Raise Political Voice Ahead of Session

The University of Washington is hoping to flex more political muscle with state lawmakers. The school's alumni group is hiring top lobbyists from both parties to advocate for higher education when the legislative session begins next month. 

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Law & Justice
2:10 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Jury recommends judge order death sentences in 2008 Oregon bank bombing

A taped over window is seen at West Coast Bank Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in Woodburn, Ore. A father and son have been convicted in the deaths of two police officers who were killed when the bomb exploded.
AP

A jury is recommending that a judge sentence a man and his son to death after they were convicted of planting a bomb that killed two Oregon police officers.

The jury's decisions in the case of 59-year-old Bruce Turnidge and 34-year-old Joshua Turnidge were read in a Salem courtroom Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the pair built and planted the bomb outside a Woodburn bank in 2008. The device exploded as state police bomb technician William Hakim tried to dismantle it, killing him and Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant.

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News Roundup
7:41 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Maj. Margaret Witt of Spokane is in Washington D.C. today, where she witnessed President Obama's signing of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. The policy barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Local Air Force nurse attends signing of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal; a bus ad controversy heats up in Seattle;  speculation grows about who'll get the state's newest Congressional district; and the Pacific claims another Grayland home.

There for the Signing

She's been asking for her job back, and soon Maj. Margaret Witt will get her wish. The Air Force flight nurse, a  lesbian, is anxious to rejoin the Air Force Reserves soon, now that President Obama has signed the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. 

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Politics
9:59 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Washington gets a tenth seat in Congress

The new US Census data is out, and Washington is among eight states to add a seat in Congress. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the 2010 data this morning. 

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News Roundup
6:50 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

This shot of the eclipse was taken by Chad Coleman, a reporter on the Eastside for PNWLocalNews.
Twitpic/Reporter_Photo

The state Attorney General weighs in on transportation fees, as some Puget Sound communities prepare to fight proposed ferry service cuts; and sky watchers get a view of last night's total lunar eclipse.

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Watching the Sky
2:30 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Lunar eclipse tonight

This is a photo of a total lunar eclipse in 2007, as viewed from the nation of Macedonia. North and Central America will be in the best position to view tonight's total eclipse.
AP

Western Washington can look forward to an added gift of the Winter Solstice: a total eclipse of the moon. The heavenly event begins at 10:32 pm tonight, with the moon in full eclipse from 11:41 pm to 12:53 am, according to NASA.

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News Roundup
7:08 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Retired Army Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, of Langley, Wash., is a decorated Vietnam vet who challenged the military's policy on gays in 1991, is shown here in Philadelphia in May 2005. Cammermeyer celebrated the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Saturday.
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Washington Ready to Add a Congressional Seat, while two western Washington Congressmen prepare for leading defense roles, and gay and lesbian service members mark the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 

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Military
3:21 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit deploying to Afghanistan

The Defense Department is deploying about 700 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan next summer to support combat operations.

The department said Friday the I (First) Corps Headquarters will serve as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters.

In a press release, Joint Base Lewis-McChord public affairs noted a historic aspect to the assignment:

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News Roundup
5:57 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

The fight is on over proposed ferry-service cuts in Gov. Gregoire's budget plan. At a Bremerton meeting last night, lawmakers said they'll oppose reductions to mid-day service.
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King County deputies' pay-cut plan rejected, a car injures pedestrians at the Pike Place Market, the fight over proposed ferry service cuts heats up, and a popular Seattle language school closes.

Exec Says King County Deputies' Pay Plan Won't Fly

Dow Constantine says a union-offered plan to save taxpayers money would actually cost them more. 

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Other News
5:43 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Pharmacy Board leaves "Plan B" ruling in place

Pharmacies must dispense medications despite individual objections to any particular drug. The ruling comes from the state's Pharmacy Board. It includes products such as the 'morning after' pill, "Plan B." The pharmacy pictured here is in Missouri.
AP

Washington's Board of Pharmacy has decided to not change a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive "Plan B."

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News Roundup
6:41 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

The governor "hates" her own budget plan, education leaders don't like it either, and Tacoma prepares for potential closure of landmark museum, and a  tree 'grows' in White Center.

Gregoire "Hates" Her Budget

The governor laid out her plans to cut $4 billion and balance the state budget, then told reporters she "hates" what she's had to do.

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