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Seattle Mayor's Race
9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pocket Guide To The Seattle Mayor's Race

Architect and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck at the "Super South Seattle Mayor's Forum"
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE: 5/21/13, 3:50 p.m. PT

The list of candidates running for Seattle mayor is now finalized, and despite the withdrawal of one high-profile contender, the field has gotten even more crowded.

In an eleventh hour surprise, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, the leading fundraiser in the race, announced he was dropping out.

At the same time, two relatively unknown candidates entered the field, bringing the total number of mayoral hopefuls to nine.

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Mercer Messiness
5:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Officials Announce More Details About Mercer West Project

Aerial view of the Mercer Corridor project
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Get ready for more traffic congestion around Seattle’s South Lake Union area. The city’s transportation department announced new details Tuesday about its effort to re-make Mercer Street.

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Above Average Temperatures
8:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year

Zane Brown InciWeb

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:05 pm

Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.

Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.

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Replacing Old Jets
8:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track

Corey Parrish US Air Force

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:06 pm

Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.

The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. By all accounts, Air Force mechanics keep the 50-year-old tanker fleet in good condition.

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Seattle Police Reform
7:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle Police Loosen Rules For New Recruits

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, with former state rep. Kip Tokuda, announces new police hiring policies
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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Human Voice
12:01 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Composer Eric Banks Takes Audiences On Intellectual Adventures

Eric Banks, composer and founder/director of The Esoterics.
Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times

If your concept of choral music is somewhere between the TV show “Glee” and the Kings College Choir, the music Eric Banks loves may come as a revelation.

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Monitoring DUI Offenders
10:52 am
Fri May 3, 2013

DUI: The Challenge Of Repeat Offenders

Todd Ossorio was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike in Kent on December 23, 1992. His brother, David Ossorio, speaks about his death during victims' impact panels around King County.
Credit Photo courtesy of David Ossorio

After 20 years in the business, Lenny Padayao has seen it many times: Alcoholics gaming the system to avoid addressing their disease. “The alcoholic, they’ll do everything they’re required to do by cheating,” he says. “You have to keen in on these guys, because if you don’t you’ll never catch them.” 

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Diplomacy
4:32 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

State Department to North Korea: Free Kenneth Bae

A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

The State Department is asking that North Korea free Kenneth Bae, a man from Lynnwood, Wash. who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor Wednesday. North Korea had accused Bae of plotting to overthrow its government.

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DUI Law Compliance
10:50 am
Thu May 2, 2013

DUI Monitoring And Enforcement: An Imperfect System

Drivers convicted of an alcohol related DUI are required to install a breathalyzer device in their vehicle. Since January they're also required to install cameras so that the test taker can be verified.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Washington state lawmakers are poised to impose tougher laws against drivers caught driving drunk. They were moved to action following two fatal crashes involving drivers with previous DUIs.

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Connecting Violence To Health
7:46 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Seattle To Launch Gun Violence Study

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 32,000 people die from gun violence each year. The Seattle study will look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society / Flickr

The City of Seattle is about to embark on a new study that hasn’t been done in other American cities—to look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.

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First Cycling Death in 2013
7:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cyclist Killed In Seattle On First Day of Bike To Work Month

A "ghost bike" memorial to remember unidentified cyclists and pedestrians killed in collisions.
Flickr Photo/Salim Virji

For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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Immigrant Rights And Labor Supporters
7:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Thousands March Through Seattle In May Day Rally

Immigrant supports waves American flag at May Day march.
Liz Jones KUOW

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people marched about 2 1/2 miles from the Central District toward Seattle's downtown Jackson Federal Building on Wednesday after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.

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Protest And Police
1:15 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Demonstrators Have Their Say On May Day

A woman shouted obscenities behind Seattle Police Capt. Chris Fowler as he briefed media in Westlake Park..
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

KUOW reporter Amy Radil began her day at Westlake Park.

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Addressing Bee Die-Offs
9:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:10 pm

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

"I was doing great until about five weeks ago," he says. "Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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Breaking Bread With Lobbyists
8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Influence Game: Wining And Dining Washington Lawmakers After Hours

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:39 pm

In the first three months of this year, lobbyists in Washington state spent more than $200,000 on entertainment. Much of that money was spent to wine and dine state lawmakers during the just-concluded 105-day session. But what are lobbyists and their clients getting in exchange for picking up the tab?

After the legislative day ends up at the Capitol, it’s pretty common for some of the players to decamp. They go to one of a handful of usually higher-end Olympia establishments. This is where – over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine – the work continues.

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