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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
8:43 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57

A modern-style 200-foot Ferris wheel, reminiscent of Britain's London Eye (shown here), is coming to Seattle Center in April for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.
AP

A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle. 

The Seattle Center has announced  it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.  It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair. 

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Technology and Democracy
7:19 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Local debate on secret information and Wikileaks

A protester in Australia makes a statement about the Wikileaks release of secret government documents. It's sparked international debate, and is the focus of a Seattle forum tonight.
AP

Was it justified when Amazon.com and the big credit card companies pulled the plug on Wikileaks?  Did it hurt the free flow of information, or advance important dialogue about world affairs? A discussion in Seattle this evening will dive into those questions. 

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Arts & Culture
7:10 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Festival preserves legacy of Washington native Bing Crosby

Tacoma-born Bing Crosby was raised in Spokane. Crosby was the state's most famous export for decades. He's pictured here in a 1958 recording session.
AP

There are certain songs and films that are so ubiquitous they just scream the holidays are here. Some feature a legendary Washington native, Bing Crosby. The Christmases he used to know were in Spokane. This weekend the city hosts the Bing Crosby Film Festival, featuring “White Christmas” and “Road to Morocco.” But an equally strong draw is the promise of long-lost footage showing other dimensions of the Hollywood star.

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News Roundup
6:33 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

An Amtrak Cascades train pulls into Seattle in this AP file photo. A federal diversion of transportation funds aimed at high-speed rail projects are giving a big boost to Washington State.
AP

Rains expected to cause flooding, high-speed rail in Washington gets a windfall, lawmakers convene for a day. 

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State Budget Crisis
5:17 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Special Session tomorrow to cut state budget

Washington's lawmakers will meet in special session on Saturday to start chopping away at a billion-dollar budget shortfall. The governor and legislative leaders emerged from a closed door meeting yesterday with a budget deal. 

The plan is for a one-day special session. Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor Chris Gregoire have agreed to an immediate round of fresh cuts. The goal is to reduce the current $1.1 billion budget shortfall by about half. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
4:15 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Seattle Tunnel Partners promises a wider roadway, one year sooner

An early concept of the proposed SR 99 bored tunnel, to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Courtesy WSDOT

State transportation officials have announced the likely winner in the competition to build a tunnel to replace Seattle's aging Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The proposal comes from a consortium known as Seattle Tunnel Partners.  It has a slightly higher price, but offers other benefits. 

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King County Budget
12:52 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Extra room in the jail: a surprise with costly implications

King County Jail in downtown Seattle.
Flickr?ManuelW

King County says it now has a glut of jail space and must consider cutting the rate it charges to cities to house offenders.  That comes after years of dire warnings about jail over-crowding.  Cities in south King County are building a new jail (which opens next year) for $56 million in Des Moines. 

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Military
12:42 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

The USS Nimitz is coming to Everett

USS Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing 11
United States Navy

When the Everett-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln leaves the city in fiscal year 2012, it'll be replaced by another carrier, the USS Nimitz.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has been urging the Navy to assign another carrier to Naval Station Everett and made the announcement today after receiving the news from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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News Roundup
6:17 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

Downtown Tacoma's historic Elks Lodge, seen here in its vintage fineness. Renovation plans for the building include retail shops, apartments and, perhaps, a park.
Courtest elksonbroadway.com

 Get ready for changes in health insurance for kids next week, a Tacoma historic preservation project takes shape, Bremerton welcomes the USS Nimitz, and a hospital lockdown in Mt. Vernon following a man's death.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
12:44 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Big day ahead for Seattle tunnel

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct, Plans for a replacement tunnel continue to draw concerns over potential cost-overruns.
AP

Thursday is a big day for the proposed deep-bore tunnel beneath downtown Seattle.  An underground highway is supposed to replace the elevated freeway along the waterfront. 

At 1 pm, Governor Chris Gregoire will unseal the dollar amounts attached to two bids submitted earlier this fall.  Then, Washington Department of Transportation staff will add up a total score, based on price and engineering details, and announce an apparent winner of the final construction contract. 

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Power Outages
1:33 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

The lights are on again at Northgate Mall

Lyn McCracken, Seattle City Light

A fallen tree knocked out power to Northgate Mall and 3,000 homes and business at noon today.    Power was restored to the mall and all but a handful of homes by 1 p.m.  You can track outages at City Light's system status website.

Seattle Police
12:20 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Seattle police shoot man at bus stop, 5th shooting of year

Police cruiser at scene of shooting December 7, 2010 near Pioneer Square
KING-TV

A man was shot by Seattle police near a bus stop at Third Avenue and Yesler Way around 10 p.m. Tuesday.  Police say the man, estimated to be in his late 30s, was about to grab a handgun out of his waistband when he was shot.  He's in serious condition in the intensive-care unit and is expected to survive, according to Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson.

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State Government
8:15 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Auditor zings State Parks in whistleblower investigation

Washington State Parks mismanaged contracts resulting in a “gross waste of public funds.” That’s the conclusion of an investigation prompted by a whistleblower into a project at a state marine park on Puget Sound.

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News Roundup
5:46 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Improvements to Highway 520 through Redmond could cut commute times by 15 minutes or more, according to state transportation leaders. The new roads opened officially Wednesday morning.
WSDOT

The state will investigate Seattle police actions; a faster 520 for commuters; and bridge toll plan under fire.

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Life in the Northwest
1:07 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Run your own wilderness resort

Canoeing at Stehekin
National Park Service

Looking for an opportunity to get away from it all?  The National Park Service is taking bids on the contract to manage a 21-room lodge, restaurant and general store in Stehekin.  When they say it's remote, they aren't kidding; located at the end of Lake Chelan, the area is reachable only by boat, floatplane or on foot.  There's no TV, no cell phone service and just one pay phone.  

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