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Bikes As Transit
8:45 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Five Lessons For Seattle Bike Share Plan

Bike Sharing Kiosks in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Flickr/taestell

The plan to create a bike sharing program in Seattle is clicking into a higher gear. Puget Sound Bike Share hopes to launch in 2014 in parts of the University District, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown and Queen Anne. Organizers updated Seattle officials Tuesday on their progress and said they hope to hire a vendor by the spring.

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Ballet Preservation
4:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Art Of Preserving Balanchine Ballets

Francia Russell rehearsing "Agon" at NYCB, with Balanchine and Stravinsky.
courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet

If you ask American ballet dancers to name the person with the biggest impact on their artform, chances are they'll answer: George Balanchine.

"George Balanchine changed the way we look at dance," enthuses Seattle arts writer Sandi Kurtz. "In the same way Picasso changed the way we look at visual art, the same way Mozart changed what we heard in the concert hall."

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Gun Sale Regulations
9:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Universal Gun Checks Proposal Gains Support In Washington Legislature

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 5:53 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The idea of requiring background checks for all gun sales in Washington appears to be gaining traction. Nearly half of the Washington state Senate Monday signed onto a universal background check proposal.

Co-signers to the legislation include Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Democrat. Just last month he seemed cool to a similar universal background check proposal from the Washington House.

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Freedom Of Information
7:06 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Army Keeps A Lid On Madigan PTSD Investigation

Army Secretary John McHugh talks with reporters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Patricia Murphy

The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldiers' diagnoses for post-traumatic stress disorder. The denial comes one week after the Secretary of the Army visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Tacoma, to announce the completion of an Army-wide review on the same subject.

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Mental Health Services
6:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Navigating A Fragmented System

Trez Buckland and her son Jon. Jon was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 17. He had been hearing voices since third grade.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Recent shooting tragedies around the country have raised questions about our mental health system. One of those questions is: Where do you go when someone in your family has mental illness? This is a story of one Seattle family’s journey for help and the lessons learned along the way.

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Historic Site Designation
11:10 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Wing Luke Museum Receives Federal Recognition

The Washington congressional delegation and outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar attended a ceremony to designate the Wing Luke Museum as a historic site Sunday.

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Marijuana Addiction
7:07 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pot Legalization Increases Adult Addicts’ Concern For Teens

Marijuana Anonymous has chapters for teens as well.

One of the most urgent questions surrounding Washington’s legalization of marijuana is the affect it will have on teenagers. Researchers say teens often see marijuana as “natural” and “safer than alcohol.”  Many adults who consider themselves addicts supported legalization, but not because they think marijuana is risk-free.

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Nuclear Waste Program
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Bipartisan Group Plans Overhaul For Radioactive Waste Disposal

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 5:07 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - A bipartisan group of senior senators is drafting a bill to overhaul the U.S. nuclear-waste program. The group, which includes Oregon’s Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, is aiming to find a permanent home for the nation’s radioactive waste.

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How We Get Around
6:53 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Sound Transit: Ridership Has Reached Record Levels

Sounder Commuter Train at Everett Station
Flickr/Sillygwailo

Sound Transit announced last Friday that its latest ridership numbers for 2012 shows an all-time high. The numbers surpass the agency’s goal for 2012.

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Unmanned Aircraft Cancelled
1:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Seattle Grounds Police Drones Program

Seattle Police Officer James with a drone.
Credit KUOW photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn put an end to a controversial  program where unmanned miniature helicopters equipped with cameras would be used to fight crime. Critics had privacy concerns about police surveillance. The timing of Mayor McGinn's decision could become an issue in his re-election bid.

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Seattle On Foot
1:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Hidden Legacy Of Seattle Stairways

Cathy and Jake Jaramillo at the Blaine Street stairs.
KUOW photo/Jeannie Yandel

When I meet Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, they tell me they consider Seattle a world-class city when it comes to public stairways. According to Jake, Seattle’s 650 stairways put the city in the top three for US cities with stairways, with Pittsburgh in first place and San Francisco in second. And since they moved here in 2001, they've been climbing Seattle’s stairs to meet people and uncover some of the city’s hidden nooks and crannies.

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The Way Home
8:20 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Study: Salmon Could Use Earth’s Magnetic Field To Go Home

According to new research, sockeye salmon from the Fraser River take different routes home, depending on shifts in the earth's magnetic field.
Tom Quinn, University of Washington

Salmon travel thousands of miles out to the open ocean to feed and mature. Then after a few years they head home, back to the exact river where they hatched to spawn the next generation.

Scientists don’t fully understand how the fish find their way back, but a new study found that salmon could be determining their routes home by shifts in the earth's magnetic field.

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Pot Tax Proposal
7:11 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Medical Marijuana Tax Proposed To Address Black Market Concerns

Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:07 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three powerful Democrats in the Washington state House are proposing a new 25 percent tax on medical marijuana. The measure introduced Thursday is designed to avoid an underground market for medicinal pot once recreational marijuana is legally sold in stores.

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Resort Foreclosure
7:08 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Western Idaho Resort Muddles Through Extended Limbo

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:41 pm

DONNELLY, Idaho - The real estate crash triggered some big bankruptcies in the Northwest, but few are as spectacular and convoluted as the foreclosure of the unfinished Tamarack Resort in western Idaho. What was supposed to be the Northwest's newest destination resort remains in extended legal limbo, but plucky homeowners are keeping it alive until a new buyer arrives.

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Obituary
11:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Northwest Artist Alden Mason Dies

Alden Mason's 'Bird'
Credit Courtesy University of Washington

Alden Mason was a Pacific Northwest native and a lifelong resident, but his artistic influence reaches far beyond this corner of the country. Mason was born in Everett, Wash., in 1919, and he grew up enamored with the outdoor world around him. 

He planned to study entomology when he enrolled in the University of Washington.  By chance, he told an interviewer, he wandered over to the art building, where a nude model was posing for painting students.  Mason was only half-joking when he says that encounter changed his career path.

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