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Seattle Air Disaster
8:03 am
Fri February 15, 2013

70 Years Ago: Remembering The Crash Of Boeing’s Superfortress

Firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to the crash of a B-29 prototype at the Frye Meat Packing Plant on February 18, 1943. A total of 32 died on the plane and in the fire.
Courtesy MOHAI/Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

The Boeing Dreamliner was been grounded since Jan. 16 as authorities try to sort out problems with the plane’s high tech batteries and electrical system. Meanwhile, it was 70 years ago this coming week that an earlier Boeing plane caught fire over Seattle during a test flight, causing one of the worst air disasters in the city’s history.

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Tsunami Prepardness
7:59 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Structural Engineers Developing Tsunami Design Code For Coastal Buildings

Ecola Architects, PC

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:32 pm

SEATTLE - Building codes cover fire prevention, energy efficiency, and seismic safety among other things. Now a group of civil engineers from around the West is developing additions to the code to cover the threat of a tsunami.

Kent Yu of Degenkolb Engineers in Portland is one of the members of an American Society of Civil Engineers subcommittee drafting standards for "tsunami loads and effects."

"I think it is going to help make our communities more resilient."

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Marriage And Citizenship
7:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gay Couples See New Hope For Immigration Benefits

Ken Thompson and Otts Bolisay at their home in Seattle.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman.  This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Next month, the US Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to this federal law. It’s a case Seattle resident Otts Bolisay is anxious to watch unfold.

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Building Community
11:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Patients And Caregivers Find Support At Greenwood Alzheimer's Cafe

Wolfgang and Inge Hesse find support and friendship at the Alzheimer's Cafe.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s estimated that there are more than five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow as the population ages. One of the major problems associated with the disease is isolation, both for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. A Seattle program provides them a place to socialize and find support.

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Military Families
9:55 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Military Marriage Endures Despite Multiple Deployments

The Silsby family of Lacey welcomes home dad Chris Silsby from his latest deployment with 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
Credit Photo courtesy Stephanie Silsby

Love is a popular theme today and for retailers, it's a cash cow of hearts and roses. But relationships that endure take work. For the Silsby family of Lacey the secret is weathering change.

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Arctic Drilling In Doubt
5:06 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Shell's Arctic Vessels: To Asia For Major Repairs, Anacortes Area For Tests

The semi-submersible Mighty Servant 3 carrying an oil rig in 2006. Shell plans to use similar ships to haul two Alaskan oil rigs to Asia.
Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE: Shell plans to use three tugs to tow the damaged Kulluk oil rig to Dutch Harbor in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, where it will await a longer trip to an unnamed Asian drydock. Shell and the US Coast Guard have disbanded the joint command formed after the Seattle-bound rig broke free from its sole tugboat, then ran aground. Officials said the Kulluk's outer hull was damaged but not breached. They did not specify the degree of damage, saying only, "The outer hull did receive damage as expected with a vessel being aground during adverse weather." 

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Clean Energy Development
8:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Wash. Gov. Inslee Sets Sights On ‘Defeating’ Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee (right) joined Capitol Land Trust executive director Eric Erler at the conservation group's annual breakfast in Olympia.
Ashley Ahearn

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to defeat climate change. Rather than taxing carbon or pursuing a cap-and-trade system to restrict the emission of greenhouse gases, the Democratic state executive wants more clean energy research and development.

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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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