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Russian Superyacht
9:12 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Remember Superyacht Serene? Gates Family Is Vacationing Aboard

Bill Gates and his family are reportedly above the superyacht Serene, which was recently docked in Puget Sound.
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European news media are reporting that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has chartered a luxury yacht owned by Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler.

The yacht, named Serene, is the third-largest superyacht in the world. The cost of chartering the boat runs around $2.1 million a week, according to Yacht Charter Fleet. That's roughly $212 a minute.

Gates and his family are vacationing in Sardinia. They are reportedly using the yacht's helicopter to go ashore for tennis.

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Code Switch
8:15 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant'

People walk by a Barneys New York retail store in New York City.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 10:22 am

The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.

WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."

The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as The Two-Way reported this week.

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Publishing Showdown
2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In

Authors Maria Semple and Robert Dugoni have differing views over the Amazon/Hatchette feud.
Flickr Photo/Neon Tommy (CC-BY-NC-ND) and Mark Coggins (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house. 

Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers.

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Fundraising
2:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why 'Run, Walk, Bike' For A Cure Brings In The Big Bucks

Ross Reynolds talks to Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, about the trend of fundraising events that ask participants to "run, walk or bike" for a cure.

Tech News
2:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette

Credit Flickr Photo/Guillermo Esteves (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

Men In America
1:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change.
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 8:45 am

There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.

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Sharing Economy
12:30 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems

Demonstrators in San Francisco have been protesting outside apartment buildings that have units rented through online brokers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:08 am

Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.

In the city's North Beach neighborhood, for example, protesters recently gathered around a three-unit apartment with flats an online broker rents to vacationers. This used to be the rent-controlled home of elderly tenants until out-of-town investors bought the building and evicted the residents.

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Safety Products
8:57 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

The antenna trailing off the diver's foot is there to ward off sharks by creating an electromagnetic field that sharks are sensitive to. Unlike fish snagged with the diver's spear gun, sharks warded off by the Shark Shield remain unharmed.
Courtesy of Shark Shield

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 8:54 am

Interest in sharks peaks every summer, when more people hit the beach and start looking for that tell-tale fin. This year, between Sharknado 2: The Second One and Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" — which kicks off Sunday — sharks have been making a particularly large splash on TV screens across the country.

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Courts
8:54 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court

Prior to a Washington Supreme Court hearing, Sea-Tac Airport workers and others rally at a union-organized event in favor of the City of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Voters in SeaTac, Washington, narrowly approved a $15 per hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand, and if so, whether it should apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Currently it does not.

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Marijuana
3:29 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Pot Business Sues City Of Fife Over Ban

Ross Reynolds talks with James Dusek, owner of Downtown Cannabis Company in Pacific, Wash. He and two other marijuana business have sued the City of Fife over its ban on marijuana businesses, worrying that the ban could spread to other areas. The case has been taken up by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

Grassless Moonscapes
7:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Northwest Cattle Ranchers Struggling With Wildfires

File photo of cattle receiving fresh water and feed after being stressed by fire.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 4:13 pm

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

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Ship By Ship
11:18 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Why Washington Ferries Are Such A Headache To Replace

Crews prepare to paint the rudder on the M/V Samish in May of this year.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington’s ferry fleet is among the largest and oldest in the country. Last week we learned just how vulnerable it is when, at the height of tourist season, one of the ferries broke down.

Buying a new ferry isn’t like buying a new car, however. The next ferry due to hit the docks is the Samish, under construction at the Vigor shipyard on Harbor Island. It should be in service early next year.

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Technology
9:03 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Superfast Internet Service Heads To Seattle Neighborhoods

Herman Lanier has spent a lot of money turning his Beacon Hill basement into a commercial kitchen so he can crank out nut brittles on a larger scale. He's very interested in faster Internet service, but will be watching the cost closely.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

If your heart stops, a defibrillator can help restart your heart. But how do you revitalize an economically stagnant neighborhood? Seattle Mayor Ed Murray believes he can do it with faster Internet service.

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Marijuana
7:41 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Mary, How Do You Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Pot

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:29 am

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky -- and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

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Economic News
2:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Puget Sound's Economy: Taking Hits But Still Standing Strong

T-Mobile is for sale and courting a variety of possible buyers.
Credit Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks to Jon Talton, economic columnist for the Seattle Times and writer for the blog Rogue Columnist, about the Puget Sound's economic climate.

T-Mobile is for sale two companies, Spring and the French company, Illiad, are interested in buying it.

Also, what is the biggest danger to the Northwest's economy?

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