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Preserving Historic Buildings
7:18 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Old Buildings May Be On Chopping Block In South Lake Union

Mid-century low-rise office building slated for redevelopment
Deborah Wang?KUOW

Correction: An earlier version of the story stated that buildings cannot be nominated for landmark status if they are too small. The story has been corrected to say that while small buildings can be nominated, they do not automatically trigger a landmark review.

South Lake Union in Seattle was once home to timber mills, commercial laundries, warehouses, even a factory making Ford Model Ts. It’s now being targeted for major new development, with the city’s mayor proposing raising building heights dramatically in the low-rise district. But historic preservationists say the plan does not adequately address the area's unique history and they worry it will result in the obliteration of many of the old buildings that provide the city’s connection with the past.  

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Steps Toward Regulation
7:17 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Washington Agency Seeks Marijuana Experts

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is forging ahead in its new role creating access to legalized marijuana. Next, the board will issue a request for consultants to gauge pot consumption in Washington state. 

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Fire Investigation
6:51 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dreamliner Electrical System Focus Of FAA Review

787 Dreamliner in flight.

Federal regulators are pledging a full-scale review of the design and build of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In a news conference, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will get to the root cause of a set of problems, including last week’s fire on a Dreamliner at Boston's Logan Airport.

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Seattle Housing Project
12:33 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

From Profanity Hill To Yesler Terrace

Demolition of house in 1940.
Credit Courtesy MOHAI

Rumor has it that somewhere in a forgotten corner of a basement somewhere in Seattle there's a decaying 3-D model of a brand new Yesler Terrace. It was dreamed up in the late 1960s but, like the R H Thomson Expressway or the parking lot that was planned for where the Pike Place Market still stands, it never made it out of the world of imagination and onto the grid of the real world.

In 2013, after six years of planning, it appears another vision of a brand new development will take root where Yesler Terrace now stands. It's not the first transformation this patch of ground has seen though. This is the story of two places that occupy that ground -- one in the present and one in the past.

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Dreamliner Investigation
11:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

FAA To Review Boeing's 787 After Two Safety Incidents

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration said this morning that the Boeing 787 will undergo a comprehensive design, manufacture and assembly review.  The announcement  follows two separate incidents with  the so-called Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines. The first was a fire in a battery pack of an auxiliary power unit and the second was a fuel leak.  

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Coffee
6:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Losing Bidders Want A Shot At Tully's

In this June 28, 2011 file photo, actor Patrick Dempsey attends a movie premiere in Times Square in New York. Late Thursday night Jan. 3, 2013, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully's Coffee.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini

The Seattle-based Tully’s Coffee company was sold at a bankruptcy auction Jan. 3. But a number of bidders and stakeholders are contesting that sale. Now US Bankruptcy Judge Karen Overstreet will review the deal.

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Recycling
5:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Construction Debris: Where Seattle's Old Buildings Go To Die

Dickie Allen supervises a truckload of concrete debris arriving at Contractors Concrete Recycling in Seattle
John Ryan

Close to half of the garbage generated in America doesn’t come from individual homes or businesses. It comes from construction sites.

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Standardized Testing
2:38 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Teachers At Seattle School Refuse To Give Standardized Test

Fill in the bubbles.
COCOEN daily photos Flickr

Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle say they have voted overwhelmingly to refuse to administer a district-wide standardized test. A statement from Garfield teachers called the test a waste of time and money.

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Cold Weather Advisory
1:50 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory And Resource Guide

Winter storms present specific challenges, such as safe driving and clear roadways.
Credit Flickr illustration/Jason Walley

National Weather Service has issued a cold weather statement for the Puget Sound region. KUOW has compiled a guide of tips to prepare for inclement weather and resources that can help you stay safe during emergency weather situations.

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Health Care Preview
8:04 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Governor-Elect Inslee Committed To Health Care Changes

Governor-elect Jay Inslee on the campaign trail last year.
Credit Candidate's Facebook page

Democrat Jay Inslee made his first public appearance since he won the election. The Governor-Elect spoke Wednesday at a health care policy conference in SeaTac. He reiterated his commitment to change health care in Washington state through the Affordable Care Act.

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Mayor Seeks Reelection
6:53 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

McGinn Launches Bid For Second Term

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announces his re-election campaign.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Wednesday that he will seek a second term. At his press conference McGinn was flanked by leaders of nonprofits that advocate for immigrants and minorities. They said McGinn has been there for them in his first term as a champion of human services and public safety.

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Shell Under Scrutiny
9:05 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Interior Dept., Coast Guard To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, aground in the Gulf of Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard

The Obama administration launched a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday. The probe, to be completed within 60 days, will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and in Puget Sound.

The announcement from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comes a week after Shell’s Kulluk oil rig ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska.

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Gun Violence Prevention
8:30 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seattle To Hold First Gun Buyback In 20 Years

Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz announced the gun buyback at a news conference with former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine behind him.
Ann Dornfeld

Seattle and King County officials today announced the city’s first gun buyback program in 20 years. The goal is to reduce gun violence, both intentional and accidental.

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Cougar Coaches Cleared
8:17 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Pac-12 Review Clears WSU Football Program Of Abuse Allegations

Wikipedia

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 3:38 pm

An investigation by the Pac-12 athletic conference released Tuesday finds no evidence that Washington State University football coaches physically or mentally abused players. WSU's president requested the outside probe. He did so after an athlete who quit and the parent of another former player alleged the coaching staff was "out of control."

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Homeless Program Expands
5:23 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

More Seattle Churches To Offer “Safe Parking” For Homeless

Sheri Collins and her dog, Token, live in their retrofitted car in North Seattle. This is their third winter living on the street.
Credit Liz Jones

On Sunday nights, you can find Graham Pruss under the Ballard Bridge, serving up a hot meal. A recent menu included ham and potato soup, locally baked bread and apple cobbler. He calls this weekly dinner a bridge to connect with people who live in their cars. They’re often referred to as car campers or mobile homeless, but Pruss prefers the term, vehicle residents.

Pruss is one of many homeless advocates who’s pushed Seattle to provide more services to this group of people. In response, last year the city launched the “safe parking” program, which opens up church lots where people can park and connect to housing services. The pilot program is modestly increasing this year, in a step toward what advocates hope will be a citywide expansion. 

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