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Starbucks Campaign Cash
7:29 am
Wed March 20, 2013

UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions

Starbucks shareholder Bruce Herbert lobbies for a proposal that would prohibit Starbucks from contributing to political campaigns.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.

Starbucks holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Wednesday in Seattle. On the agenda: a proposal from a group of investors that’s meant to limit the company’s involvement in elections.

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Apartments And Density
1:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Microhousing: Small Spaces Raise Big Questions

Micro-housing under construction on Capitol Hill.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Dane Corrida works as a hotel manager for a luxury cruise line based in Seattle. He owns a house on Capitol Hill, but since he spends most of his time working on the boats, he rents it out. If he has a couple of weeks off here and there, he can usually charm a friend or two into letting him couch surf.

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Drug Distribution
12:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mechanized Marijuana Dispenser Offers One Regulation Solution

Now that Washington has approved legalized marijuana, the state faces logistical challenges regarding marijuana dispensing, including defining consumer limits and determining business regulations. Weekday spoke with consultant and Medbox CEO Dr. Bruce Bedrick who shared his advice about marijuana dispensing.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

Why does legal marijuana need different controls than alcohol?

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Executive Pay
5:17 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Striking Providence Hospital Workers Criticize Nonprofit CEO’s $6 Million Pay

More than 500 workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia are on strike.

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Relaunching The 787
3:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Boeing Says It Can Install A Better Battery

Boeing presented a graphic to the public to demonstrate proposed improvements to the 787 battery.
Boeing

The Boeing Co. unveiled what executives called a "proposed permanent solution to the 787 battery issue" Thursday  night. The company’s 787 fleet has been grounded for two months because of safety concerns over the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. Two batteries in the fleet’s first 50 planes have had smoke and fire incidents.

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News & Culture
10:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Coal Ports And Movie Direction

Coal transport by train.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. And it turns out Canada doesn’t want a coal port either. Then, film critic Robert Horton asks the question: What does it mean when something is “directed” in a movie? Also, Seattle Times economy columnist Jon Talton explores how the sequester cuts will affect our local economy.   

Paltry Pot Parcels
3:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Scarce Real Estate For New Marijuana Stores

Legalization advocate Greta Carter says marijuana retailers can't find space for rent.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A new state law says you can have a licensed retail store for recreational marijuana, but it can’t be located within 1,000 feet of many facilities: schools, parks, transit centers, arcades, or libraries. In Seattle, that 1,000-foot rule means most of the city is off-limits. Smaller cities may have no eligible sites.

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Breaking Dreamliner Update
2:22 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

FAA Gives Boeing Go Ahead To Test New Battery System

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

Last Updated: March 12, 2013 5:30 p.m. 

In a statement, the FAA said Boeing could go ahead with its plan to test a redesigned battery system for the 787. The FAA also gave the green light to limited flights for two aircraft that will have test versions of the new systems.

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Workforce Housing
6:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Council At Odds Over South Lake Union Affordable Housing

Aerial image from developer Vulcan highlights Seattle's South Lake Union.
Image Courtesy/Vulcan

The city of Seattle is trying to solve a problem: Many of the people who work in Seattle can’t afford to live here.

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787 Crisis
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Boeing's Battery Fix: Containment

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

  The National Transportation Safety Board says it still does not know the root cause of the battery fire that triggered the grounding of the Boeing Co. 787 fleet.

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Technology Policy
7:51 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why The Library Of Congress Has A Lock On Your Phone

A law designed to protect copyrights on music and movies put digital locks on all sorts of things.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:56 am

What it means to own something in the digital age is being re-negotiated.

Few of us own the music we listen to or the movies we watch in exactly the same way we did a decade ago. And today if you buy a smartphone from a cellphone company, what you can legally do with it — how and where you can use it — may be proscribed even if that phone is fully bought and paid for.

I keep a lot of music on my phone. I have the Stones, Janis Joplin and OK Go.

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Sonics Sale Update
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Group Bids To Keep Kings In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lisa Nottingham

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still says his city is keeping their NBA basketball team, the Kings. That's despite a deal already in the works to sell the team to a Seattle group.

Johnson announced that new investors are stepping in with a last-ditch effort to keep the team on Thursday night.

Mark Mastrov is a Sacramento local and the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city's other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena.

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Small Businesses
5:07 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Green Lake Pitch ‘N Putt Golf Course: The 30-Year-Old Family Business That Almost Died

Dione Taitch grew up on this tiny golf course. She climbed the trees and made forts in the bushes. Now, she runs it with her mom.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Friday, March 1, is opening day at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt Golf Course. The course has nine holes. The clubhouse isn’t much bigger than a roadside fruit stand. Admission is less than $10. For the thirtieth year in a row, the Taitch family will be running the place. But last year, the family almost called it quits.

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Auto Sales
10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Why Are Used Cars So Valuable?

"Sale" is spelled out in the open hoods of used cars at a Toyota dealership in Glendale, Calif.
Credit AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Right now is a terrible time to buy a used car. But it’s an excellent time to sell a used car, especially here in Seattle. Sales of new cars plunged between 2008 and 2010, and that’s caused a shortage of used cars. According to Forbes, Seattle is the second worst city in the country to buy a used car. So why here? We'll get some answers from Micheline Maynard. She covers business and the automobile industry for Forbes and other publications.

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Caps A Year Of Mishaps
4:52 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Shell Cancels Arctic Drilling For 2013

The Shell's Kulluk oil rig, with three tugboats and an escort ship, on its way from Kodiak Island to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis

Shell Oil Co. has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts.

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