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Life in the Northwest
1:34 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Historic schooner mast travels along I-5 Thursday

The pilot schooner Zodiac when it was owned by the Johnson family in the 1920s
Vessel Zodiac Corporation

Commuters on I-5 may see something a little different on Thursday: a truck carrying a 114-foot, tall ship's mast. It's for the Bellingham-based historic schooner Zodiac.


The Zodiac lost its old mast and boom last September in an incident near Lummi Island.

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State Budget
11:04 am
Wed February 2, 2011

State cuts benefits to welfare families


In a single day, Washington cut more than 5,000 families from the state's welfare-to-work program. That's because a strict, five-year limit on benefits kicked in. It's a cost-cutting measure ordered by the Governor.

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Technology
8:55 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Google accuses Microsoft of snooping on its searches

Google charges Micosoft of spying on its searches.
Joerg Sarbach AP

Here's how bitter it's become in the battle between Google and Microsoft's Bing search engine.

At a conference in San Francisco, a Google executive stood on stage and accused Microsoft of using the latest version of its Internet Explorer browser to spy. Google ran a sting operation to prove his point, as summarized by Todd Bishop at TechFlash:

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News Roundup
6:36 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Students at the University of Washington's Red Square in front of Suzzallo Library . Will the state's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program weather enrollment hikes and demand? The state legislature is looking at potential fixes.
AP

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Monroe Prison Employees Faced Previous Assault
  • State Tuition Program Heading Toward Trouble?
  • Pierce County Takes Stand Against All-Mail Vote

 

Report: Evidence Prison Guard May Have Fought Back

Investigations into the death of Officer Jayme Biendl at the Monroe Correctional Center chapel Saturday night reveal evidence of a physical struggle. The Herald of Everett reports a physical examination of the prime suspect showed signs he'd been involved in violence.

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Road Conditions
2:54 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Seattle drivers face more potholes

Seattle has three times more potholes this winter than last. The mayor says potholes like this one on Feb. 1, 2011 near Denny Ave and Aurora Ave N may take more than three days to fix.
Charla Bear

Drivers in Seattle may have noticed they’re hitting more potholes this year than usual. City officials say they’re aware of 1,800 holes in the road this winter compared to 570 last winter. Mayor Mike McGinn says Mother Nature has made it tough to fix them:

“The rain, snow, freezing weather has led us to have a dramatically larger number of potholes and an aging infrastructure, frankly, this winter season than in prior years.  We are not currently meeting the 72-hour standard we’ve set for ourselves because of the number of pothole requests.”

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E-GOVERNMENT
12:03 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

City of Seattle launches customizable web portal

Chief Sealth compass at 4th and Pine
City of Seattle website

Need to report a pothole in your neighborhood? Or pay a parking ticket? The City of Seattle has launched a new one-stop website that it hopes will improve customer service and foster public participation.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
10:10 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Battle over Seattle tunnel heats up

Dozens of Port of Seattle and construction workers filled a city council meeting to support the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep bored tunnel
Charla Bear
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News Roundup
6:57 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:

  • Another Prosecution in Afghan War Crimes
  • Local Reaction to Health Bill Ruling
  • Seattle Schools Audit: Rules Not Followed

 

Army To Prosecute Fifth Stryker Soldier

The Army will prosecute Spc. Michael Wagnon, the fifth Stryker Brigade soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord accused of war crimes against Afghan civilians. The News Tribune's Adam Ashton reports Wagnon is accused of a variety of crimes, including murder, conspiracy and drug use:

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Humanosphere
3:12 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Bill Gates: Push polio into oblivion

A Nigerian child receives drops of polio vaccine at the Ore-Ofe nursery school in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2003.
AP

In case you missed it, Bill Gates thinks we should eradicate polio.

Not just him. You and me, too.

Bill and Melinda Gates have given a lot of money — about $1.3 billion — in support of the global campaign to eradicate polio. But, as Gates has been saying a lot the past week, it’s going to take a truly global effort to succeed:

“If eradication fails because of a lack of generosity on the part of donor countries it would be tragic. We are so close, but we have to finish the last leg of the journey,” says Gates in his annual letter released today.

Gates has been on the global media circuit for the past week or so stumping for polio eradication. He wants the public everywhere to push their governments to provide more funds for this big global project.

Gates made the case early last week when he announced his $50 million donation (matched by an Abu Dhabi crown prince) to boost the vaccination campaign in Pakistan and Afghanistan, two of the four countries (the others being India and Nigeria) where polio is still endemic.

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Crime
2:40 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Gregoire orders investigation into murder of prison guard

Washington's governor has ordered an independent investigation into the killing of a prison guard at the Monroe Correctional Center on Saturday night.  Veteran officer Jayme Biendl was strangled at her post in the prison chapel. Her body was discovered after she failed to turn in her keys at the close of her shift.

An inmate who was missing during a routine count earlier Saturday evening, Byron Scherf, is considered the 'prime suspect' of Monroe Police, according to Seattlepi.com's Chris Grygiel:

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Public Space
11:11 am
Mon January 31, 2011

What should happen to Seattle's community centers?

Dancers face off in a competition at Southwest Community Center. Seattle officials say the centers aren't sustainable and want public input on changes.
Seattle Parks and Recreation

If you care about youth sports, neighborhood gatherings or activities for seniors, you might rely on community centers. In Seattle, some big changes to the facilities could be on the way. Officials say they’re too expensive as the city struggles with shrinking revenue. So they're asking anyone who's interested in community centers to help decide their fate.

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Crime
7:37 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Monroe prison guard murdered over weekend

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl
Wash. DOC

His “worst nightmare.” That's how Washington’s Secretary of Corrections is describing the murder this weekend of a female correctional officer. Prison officials say 34-year-old Jayme Biendl was strangled to death.

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News Roundup
6:59 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:

  • Prison guard death first in 30 years
  • Details on Anti-War Protester Spying 
  • Suicide Prevention Fence for Olympia I-5 Bridge

 

Monroe Guard's Death

Shock and sadness over the murder of a Monroe Reformatory guard dominate western Washington headlines.  Jayme Biendl was killed late Saturday night while on duty in the prison chapel. An inmate - three-strikes  lifer Byron Scherf - is the lone suspect. 

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Egypt Protests
4:11 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Rally Saturday in Seattle to support demonstrations in Egypt

An Egyptian Army soldier riding in an armored vehicle is surrounded by anti-government protesters near Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Fri., Jan. 28, 2011. Seattle is one of a few US cities with weekend rallies supporting the protests.
Ben Curtis AP

A rally in support of the anti-government protests in Egypt will begin at noon Saturday in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park.  

One of the organizers is Alaa Badr, an Egyptian American who has been in the United States for 17 years. He works for Microsoft and lives in Issaquah with his wife and three children. Lately, he says, they've been staying up till one in the morning watching Al Jazeera.

"But then we get up again at 5 a.m., just to see what's happened, because of the time difference," he says.  

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Humanosphere
2:05 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Bill Gates gives, and gets, more money for polio eradication

A child receiving polio vaccine.
UNICEF

Bill and Melinda Gates are big believers in vaccines and in the benefit of eradicating, rather than simply controlling, those human diseases that have the potential for being completely wiped out.

Today, Gates and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a combined new donation of $166 million in support of the global polio eradication campaign.

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