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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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King County Budget
11:23 am
Tue December 7, 2010

King County deputies vote on cutting pay

As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.  Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.  But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase. 

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News Roundup
5:48 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Pearl Harbor Suvivors Association President Art Herriford, left, is seen talking to his wife Shirley at the group's convention in Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The group met in Waikiki a day before the Pearl Harbor anniversary.
AP (Audrey McEvoy)

Local vets remember Pearl Harbor attack; guilty verdicts for some accused of helping Maurice Clemmons avoid police; vandalism punctures more than car tires in Bremerton; and questions remain over how a dog was electrocuted on a Seattle sidewalk. 

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State Budget Crisis
4:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Gregoire to call special session on budget

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a special session of the legislature to address the ballooning budget crisis. The Democrat made the announcement Monday afternoon following a meeting with legislative leaders from both parties. 

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Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.
AP

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:

 

Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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Sports
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Former Mariner GM Gillick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Pat Gillick, former Seattle Mariners general manager, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during World Series championship years. He was also GM at Baltimore.
AP

Former Seattle Mariner general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Gillick won three World Series titles during his 27 years as general manager of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Eyes turn to Olympia on eve of budget talks, Bellevue takes a hit, Pierce County plans protections against nature's hits,  and the Huskies fight their way to a Holiday. 

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State Budget Crisis
5:08 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Protests to greet state lawmakers as budget cuts loom

Washington lawmakers return to Olympia this week, but not for a special session. They're getting organized for the regular session in January. That will bring out advocates who plan to stage protests over looming budget cuts.

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NW Food Banks
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Northwest food banks helping more families than ever

A food bank operated by Northwest Harvest in Seattle. As more strapped Americans rely on charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other charities are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Across the Northwest food banks are seeing more customers than ever. Now, Washington’s Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to increase their produce donations to aid the state’s hungry.

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Other News
12:08 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Give wisely this holiday season

A total of $1,432,453,344 in contributions was raised in Washington and elsewhere by the 107 paid fundraisers included in the report.
queen of subtle Flickr

It's that time of year when many of us give generously to charitable organizations.  But how do we know where the money is really going?  In some cases, more money goes into the pockets of professional fundraisers than to the charity itself.  

You can find out how your dollars are being spent at the Washington Secretary of State's office.  Just type in the organization's name, click the search button and you can see what percentage of dollars goes to charitable services...and how much goes to pay for fundraising.

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Northwest Film Scene
9:02 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Seattle making a big showing at Sundance

Amy Seimetz as Francine in "The Off Hours" by Seattle writer/producer Megan Griffiths. The film is one of four shot in Seattle that will screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Jason Ganwich /

It's a strong year for independent films – and for indie movies from the Pacific Northwest.  Four feature films that were shot in the Seattle area have been selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January. 

"The Details" is a dark comedy  shot in Kirkland with a cast including star actors Laura Linney, Elizabeth Banks and Tobey McGuire.  It's in the line-up for the high-profile "Premieres" series. 

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