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Standardized Testing
9:09 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Orca K-8 Teachers Join MAP Test Boycott

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Teachers at Orca K-8 school in Seattle say they will boycott the same standardized test that Garfield High School teachers came out against last week.

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Report: Flood Prediction
9:06 am
Tue January 15, 2013

What Climate Change Means For Seattle And The Northwest

A new report suggests that by 2050, waters along sections of Elliott Bay levels could rise as much as 44 inches from current levels during storms.
Credit Port of Seattle

City officials predict that by 2050 parts of Seattle will be under water at high tide as global sea levels rise. At a press conference held Monday on the edge of Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle, the City Council announced a new plan to take action on climate change.

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Legislative Power Shift
8:55 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Democrats Officially Lose Control Of Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 4:30 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –A new governing coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats is now in control of the Washington state senate. The power shift happened Monday as the legislature convened for a 105-day budget writing session.

The day began as the first day of session always does with plenty of formalities – including an a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

But that harmony wouldn’t last. Soon Democrats lost a vote to lead the Senate as the majority party. That paved the way for the new philosophical majority to introduce its own governing rules.

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Budget Cuts Fallout
7:10 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Cut

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. It turns out that the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release.

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Military
3:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012

U.S. military suicides rose in 2012. Here, the Army's "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force" report, right, is seen last January. The reports was a follow-up to its "Health Promotion/Risk Reduction/Suicide Prevention" report.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 3:47 am

The number of suicide deaths in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year — more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were first reported by the AP; NPR has confirmed them.

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Standardized Testing
12:19 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Seattle Superintendent And Testing Company Defend Standardized Test

Garfield High School
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Seattle Public Schools officials and the company that produces the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test are defending the school district's use of the standardized test after Garfield High School teachers refused to give it to their students this quarter.

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Decoding Contemporary Art
12:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Yoko Ott Loves Contemporary Art And So Should You

Freelance visual-arts curator Yoko Ott (left) hugs Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of the Frye Art Museum, after giving her a present on Danzker's birthday.
Alan Berner The Seattle Times

Contemporary art is a lot like baseball: you can't really enjoy it until you understand a few rules.   Nobody, not even the hippest art insider, is born appreciating abstract expressionism or conceptual performance. In fact, no two people will give you the same definition of contemporary art.  It can be anything, from abstract painting to live performance.

With her stylish clothing and regal bearing,  art educator and curator Yoko Ott looks like she was born in one of the world's great art capitals.  But appearances are deceiving.  "It doesn't get further away from the contemporary art scene than a little island in the middle of the Pacific," she laughs.

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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

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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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