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Referendum 74
8:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Checking The Facts Behind The Ads On Both Sides Of Wash. Same-Sex Marriage

Ballots go out in Washington and Oregon at the end of the week of October 15. Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same–sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making? Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a closer look.

History
10:12 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

1962: Remembering The Deadly Columbus Day Storm

Columbus Day Storm damage, 1962.
Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives.

A lot of strange things happened in October 1962.

In Hollywood, Bobby "Boris" Pickett topped the charts with “Monster Mash.” In New York, James Brown recorded his incredible "Live at the Apollo" album. And in Cuba, offensive missile sites were being built, marking the start of the Cuban missile crisis.

Meanwhile, closer to home, the Pacific Northwest was about to face one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history.

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Seattle Police
8:54 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Wanted: Citizens To Oversee Seattle Police Reforms

Seattle police at Occupy Seattle, October 2011.
Flickr/Bellevue Fine Art Repro

Applications are now available to serve on Seattle’s new, court-ordered Community Police Commission. This citizen oversight board is part of the city’s agreement with the Department of Justice about police reforms.

This is not exactly a new idea. Seattle’s created civilian panels in the past to monitor police and propose changes. But City Council Member Nick Licata says this new one has a key difference.

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Marijuana
5:44 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Report: Arrests For Marijuana Disproportionally Affect Blacks, Latinos And Native Americans

Marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A new study by Marijuana Arrest Research Project says more than 240,000 people in Washington have been arrested for marijuana possession over the past 25 years, and that those arrested are disproportionally Black, Latino and Native American.

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Seattle Public Schools
4:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Insurance May Only Pay School District Fraction Of Misspent $3.1M

Silas Potter
Credit Hillsborough County Jail

Seattle Public Schools’ attorney says the district will likely only get a $280,000 insurance settlement after the $3.1 million financial scandal involving former district official Silas Potter.

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Economy
5:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kent Mayor Proposes Layoffs, New Taxes In City Budget

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke.
(Photo/City of Kent)

The Mayor of Kent, Washington is proposing another round of layoffs and new taxes to bridge a $2 million budget shortfall. Mayor Suzette Cooke presented her 2013-2014 budget to the City Council Tuesday. In her opening speech, Mayor Cooke called her budget “as ugly as the economic times we face.”

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Sports Arena
8:32 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Sodo Arena Plan Advances To The Full King County Council

Seattle's two sports arenas in Sodo. Is there room for one more?
(Flickr photo/SDOT)

The full King County Council is expected to vote on the latest Sodo arena plan next week, following some adjustments made by the council’s budget committee Tuesday.

Committee chairman Joe McDermott said the adjustments included that language that requires
improving pedestrian access to the new Sodo arena. “It could be anywhere from sidewalks to an overpass or underpass somewhere.  I want to underscore that those kinds of pedestrian improvement also assist in freight mobility,” he said.

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History
6:02 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

1962: Cordless Phone And Other Tech Innovations Unveiled At Seattle World’s Fair

This was the cordless phone that was unveiled at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Harriet Baskas, courtesy of Seattle Museum of Communications

The 1962 Seattle World's Fair introduced technological innovations that seemed out of reach at the time, but would eventually become a part of every day life.  Some of the ground breaking gadgets unveiled included a pager, a cordless phone and something called a computer.

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News
5:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Washington Governor Extends Burn Ban, Declares State of Emergency

Ongoing Washington wildfires and dry conditions have resulted in a statewide burn ban.
(Flickr photo/Washington Department of Natural Resources))

Dryer than normal conditions prompted Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to declare a state of emergency and extend a ban on outdoor fires. Outdoor burning is banned in all counties until October 15. The state is experiencing a rare stretch of dry weather.

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History
4:32 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Founding The University Of Washington, One Student At A Time

The original University of Washington, built in 1861 by Daniel Bagley and Arthur Denny, near what's now the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Wikipedia/public domain

The University of Washington is a respected institution of higher learning, serving more than 92,000 students on campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. But it didn’t quite start out this way; in its first 25 years, the school went broke and even shut down for a brief time. It barely had enough students and faculty to fill a large room.

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Budget
4:27 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. Schools Chief Asks For 39 Percent Budget Increase

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn speaks in Olympia, Wash., to the House Education Appropriations Committee in 2009.
(AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has asked for an additional $4.1 billion for basic education in his biennial budget proposal, a 39 percent increase compared to the current budget. Dorn says that’s what it’ll take for the state Legislature to fulfill its constitutional duty to fully fund K-12 education.

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Metro Bus Service
9:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Free Downtown Bus Shuttle Draws Few Riders

Lots of empty seats on the first day of Metro's free downtown shuttle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

People who ride the bus around Seattle are adjusting to major service changes this week. One huge shift is the end of the ride-free zone downtown.

In its place, the city’s paying for a free shuttle to help low-income people get around.  It runs in a loop downtown Seattle to seven stops near services for homeless and low-income people.

Derek Mitchell got on after his appointment at the WorkSource employment office. “It’s convenient," he says. "It’s very comfortable — a little lightweight jazz in the background. I love it.”

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Politics
6:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Proposed Tacoma City Budget Includes Big Layoffs

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax
City of Tacoma website

Tacoma officials are proposing slashing 217 city jobs over the next two years in order to bridge a looming budget gap of $63 million.

The police and fire departments would both lose 27 officers and two support staff. Other layoffs would result from the restructuring of several city departments.

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Boeing
3:28 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Boeing Engineers Reject Contract Offer, Return To Bargaining Table

Boeing 747.
Flickr Photo/Pylon757

Negotiators for the Boeing Company and its engineering and technical union are back at the negotiating table today. That’s after union members soundly rejected the company’s latest contract offer.

More than 21,000 members of SPEEA, the Society For Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, voted by mail on the company’s contract proposal. When the votes were counted last night, 96 percent of engineers and 97 percent of technical workers had voted ‘no.’

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Theater
10:49 am
Tue October 2, 2012

New Play At Seattle Repertory Theatre Honors Pullman Porters

A Pullman porter helps passenger onto train.
Wikipedia photo/unknown

For most of the 20th century, luxury travel meant train travel. And if you were lucky enough to afford it, you spent the night in a private Pullman sleeping car.

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