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Big Science Cash Prize
6:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Retired UW Professor Wins International Cash Prize For Ecology Work

UW Biology Professor Emeritus Robert T. Paine poses with the starfish that were the subject of his International Cosmos Prize-winning research.
Credit Courtesy of the University of Washington

Ecologists worldwide credit the work of a University of Washington biology professor for advancing the way we understand the importance of so-called “apex species” in nature. Now Professor Emeritus Robert T. Paine’s work is being recognized with Japan’s International Cosmos Prize this year.

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Detained In North Korea
4:51 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kenneth Bae's Family: "Don't Forget This American"

Kenneth Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, holds the most recent letter from her son. North Korea has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. That’s longer than any other American recently held there. Bae’s family members say their frustration and worries grow as each day passes.

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Media
11:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What Should Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Do With The Washington Post?

Flickr Photo/Adam Glanzman

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to buy the Washington Post for $250 million yesterday. The news came as a shock to most of the media. But former journalist-turned-Silicon-Valley-CEO Alan Mutter says it may be the best move for an ailing industry. Ross Reynolds asks Alan why.

Megaload Hurdles
10:17 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Nez Perce Leaders Arrested In Protest Over Oil Sands 'Megaload'

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:17 am

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

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Hospital Mergers
10:14 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Controversy Over Washington State's Role In Hospital Mergers

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 7:42 am

The state of Washington is just beginning the process of writing new rules to govern hospital mergers. But already there’s controversy over what role the state should play when religious health care providers propose to take over hospitals.

The pace of hospital mergers has picked up in recent years amid a climate of healthcare consolidation. Many of them involved Catholic-based providers. The ACLU of Washington and other organizations are concerned this trend could limit access to end-of-life and reproductive services.

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Major League Baseball
8:39 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Disappointment As A Former Mariner Is Punished

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks during a news conference before the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Monday.
AP Photo/Charles Cherney

Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. 
Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is suspended for the rest of this season and the next. He can play while he appeals.

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Contract Negotiations
8:16 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Seattle Teachers’ Union, District Still Far Apart In Contract Talks

Seattle School District headquarters.
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Tension is building during contract talks between Seattle School District and its teachers’ union.

The two sides need to agree on a new, three-year contract before school begins in less than a month.

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Changing Media Landscape
5:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jeff Bezos Brings Entrepreneurial Mindset To Washington Post Purchase

Jeff Bezos is illuminated by a display screen at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and that has a lot of people wondering what's next for the legacy media company.

Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has written a book about the mega-entrepreneur. It's called, "The Everything Store,” due out in October. He said the sale was a surprise for many, but in keeping with the way Bezos thinks.

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Linked To Breast Cancer
5:22 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Seattle Study Finds Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Cancer Risk

Millions of Americans take medications to control their blood pressure, and there are many kinds that will do the job. But one kind is found to increase the likelihood of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that women who’ve been taking calcium-channel blockers for more than a decade have an increased risk for breast cancer.

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Education Funding
3:23 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Twice As Many Wash. Kids Get Free Full-Day Kindergarten

Students at work in a full-day kindergarten class in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Twice as many Washington kids will get free, full-day kindergarten this fall.

The new state budget pays for all-day kindergarten in 269 more schools across the state, including eight schools in Seattle.

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Literary History
9:42 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Former Steinbeck Boat Waits In Port Townsend Dry-Dock Limbo

Anne Shaffer Coastal Watershed Institute

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:39 pm


The Port of Port Townsend, Wash., is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate. 


The 76-foot boat's original name was the Western Flyer. In 1940, John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts (who later inspired the character Doc in "Cannery Row") chartered the wood vessel for a cruise around Baja California.

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Contract Negotiations
5:03 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle Teachers Balk At District's Proposal To Increase Class Sizes

Flickr Photo/sidewalk flying (CC BY-NC-ND)

Class size appears to be the main sticking point between Seattle School District and its teachers’ union as they bargain a new, three-year contract before school is scheduled to start next month.

Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp says the district’s latest proposal, made last week, would increase class sizes in Seattle by two students per class in grades four through twelve.

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Juror Discrimination
2:41 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Supreme Court Blasts Racism In Jury Selection

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
WSDOT Photo

The Supreme Court of Washington blasted a common trial court practice Thursday that results in black defendants being sent to prison by all-white juries.

The court says racial discrimination in jury selection is rampant.

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Weekend Traffic
8:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

I-90 Bridge Closures For Seafair Start Friday

The Patriots Jet Team will perform this weekend for Seafair. Due to federal budget cuts, the Navy’s Blue Angels will not make an appearance this year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Daniel Gies

Seafair will feature an air show over Lake Washington this weekend. FAA rules require the Interstate 90 floating bridge to close during the Patriots Jet Team practices and shows.

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Medical Mistakes
6:09 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients

Sponges and tools about to be used in a hernia surgery at University of Washington Medical Center.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

About 30 times a year, a hospital in Washington state leaves a sponge or surgical instrument inside one of its patients. The accident known as a “retained foreign object” is one of the state’s most commonly reported medical mistakes.

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