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Concrete Entrepreneurship
7:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Websites Help You Rent Out Your Driveway

parkatmyhouse.com

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 4:40 pm

First there was Craigslist. Then other more specialized websites arrived to make it easier to rent out your spare bedroom, vacation home, or even your car. A new category to catch on in the Northwest allows drivers to reserve a parking spot in someone else's driveway.

The concept is pretty simple says Alex Stephany, London-based CEO of the website parkatmyhouse.com.

"The idea is just if you have a parking space or driveway that is not being used some of the time, you can let someone else use it and you can make some money in the process."

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Banking
7:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On State Pot Legalization

Architect of the Capitol

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:01 pm

The conflict between federal law and pot legalization in Washington and Colorado will be on the agenda in Congress this week.

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Sports Arena Fight
6:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Seattle Arena Lawsuit Dismissed; Chris Hansen Fined $50,000

Seattle investor Chris Hansen, pictured here in 2012.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The city of Seattle has no basketball team yet, but the fight over a proposed arena continues.

The state Court of Appeals upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union over the proposed site for a new basketball arena in SODO.

The longshoremen argued that an environmental review should have happened before the city made an agreement with arena investor Chris Hansen.

The appeals court ruled that the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Seattle, King County and Hansen did not constitute final approval for the project. In essence, the court wrote that there was no action as of yet to challenge.  

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Medical Mistakes
6:26 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Hospitals, Nurses Clash Over How To Keep Patients From Falling

Cancer survivor and fall victim Gene White of Des Moines, Wash.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Gene White of Des Moines, Wash., has had a litany of health problems in recent years: testicular cancer; cancer in his nervous system; pneumonia; the fungus Aspergillus infecting his lungs. The retired airline pilot says he got great care at Swedish Medical Center and the other Seattle hospitals that helped him survive those life-threatening diseases.

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Pot Legalization
9:28 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Pot Taxes Paid In Cash? Washington Says OK

Leah Gaines US Navy

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:48 pm

Marijuana-based businesses in Washington will be able to pay their taxes in cash. That’s the word from the state’s Department of Revenue.

The agency is gearing up for more cash filers in its field offices.

Most banks are unwilling to open accounts for marijuana businesses because of the federal prohibition on pot. That means Washington’s new, legal recreational marijuana market could be a largely cash-based enterprise.

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Railroad History
9:28 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Former Northwest Railroad Town Struggles To Keep Last 25 People

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 6:05 pm

Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns. There are more than 700 cities under 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they’re trying to figure out what comes next.

It's nearly 2:15 in Avery, Idaho. The mail has arrived. And the post office is about to become the busiest place in town.

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Public Sculpture
8:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Fremont Troll: From Counterculture Jab To Cultural Icon

Fremont Troll co-creator Steve Badanes.
Credit KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Seattle is a city full of icons. Visitors stop to gawk at the Space Needle. They marvel as Pike Place Market fishmongers blithely toss a fresh salmon to one another as the crowd cheers them on. And they trek to a dead end street in the Fremont neighborhood to pay homage to a homely gray cement sculpture.

This is the Fremont Troll, and he's been a hulking presence under Highway 99 for the past 23 years. Co-creator Steve Badanes, a University of Washington architecture professor, and two of his students submitted the idea for the troll in 1990. The Fremont Arts Council was holding a contest to create an artwork for this street end. A panel of judges would pick three finalists, then the public would vote at a booth at that year's Fremont Solstice Festival.

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Bilingual Theater
12:01 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Rose Cano Crosses Language Barriers To Bring Theatre To The People

Rose Cano
Seattle Times Photo/Erika Schultz

Rose Cano is a social worker in the broadest sense. By day, Cano translates for Spanish-speaking people with health care needs. But Cano's true social platform is theater. She envisions a society where live drama is accessible and in demand by everyone. And she devotes her time outside the office to making that happen.

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Signatures Restored
6:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Headed to November Ballot

An initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City of SeaTac will appear on the November ballot. A ruling Friday from a state appeals court cleared the path for the measure to move forward.

SeaTac’s Prop 1 initiative aims to set a minimum wage at $15 an hour for many workers at and around the airport, like baggage handlers and hotel staff.

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Teaching Radio
5:52 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Group Wants To Start Low-Power Radio Station In Ballard

Correction 9/9/2013: A previous version of this story said this year would be the first time that the Federal Communications Commission would issue low-power licenses in urban areas. The FCC started issuing these licenses under a program that launched in 2000. Also, the original version of this story said the community meeting would be held on Friday, 9/6. That is also inaccurate, the meeting will be held Monday 9/9/13. We regret the errors. 

A group in Ballard is meeting Friday to discuss plans for a low-power FM radio station — a small-scale station that broadcasts in a radius of about three miles.

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Bridge Construction Delay
2:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Rain Delays Skagit River Replacement Bridge Construction

Computer simulation of completed replacement Skagit River bridge (foreground) adjacent to temporary bridge. The replacement will slide into the temporary site once work is completed.
Courtesy of WSDOT

UPDATE: 9/9/2013, 1:30 p.m. PT

The Washington state Department of Transportatation says the new replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River should be ready to drive on Sunday morning.

WSDOT officials say the weather’s drying out enough to pour concrete on the replacement span that’s being constructed adjacent to the temporary bridge. Recent heavy rains have delayed the pouring operation. After the concrete cures, they’ll slide the new bridge into place.

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Washington State Lobbyists
9:29 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

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Entrepreneurship
9:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Wooden Kayak Company Is A Profile of Perseverance

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 1:29 pm

One of the biggest festivals in the nation celebrating wooden boats is happening in Port Townsend, Washington this weekend.

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High Court Review
8:16 am
Fri September 6, 2013

High Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling On Disclosure Of Murder Defendant's Competency Evaluation

The case before the high court involved Seattle doctor Louis Chen. Chen is accused of murdering his partner and their young son two years ago in their apartment on First Hill.

Attorneys for Chen had argued that their client’s mental competency review be kept secret under a state statute that limits who can see the information.

The high court disagreed.

Michelle Hubbard, a media law attorney at Allied Law Group, says in its ruling the court wrote that the constitutional presumption of openness trumps state law. “What this does is make clear that the same rules apply to court proceedings as to court records. Courts are open. Court records are open," Hubbard said. 

The high court, Hubbard said, was clear about why it’s important that the public have access to this type of information. Defendants who are deemed not competent could be committed for an indeterminate amount of time Hubbard said.

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled Chen competent to stand trial. He’s been charged with two counts of aggravated first degree murder. Prosecutors said they will not seek the death penalty.

The trial is expected to start this spring. If he’s found guilty, Chen faces life in prison without parole.

Personal Data
9:35 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Reports: Spy Agencies Getting Past Tech Company Encryption

Flickr Photo/Chris Hardie

Reports from the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica cast light on how spy agencies are obtaining private data. The news organizations say the US National Security Agency is using covert partnerships with technology companies to weaken encryption software.

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