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4:03pm

Fri December 3, 2010
Business

Nalley’s saying ‘Goodbye’ to Tacoma after 92 years

Tacoma is losing one of its landmark businesses.  Nalley Foods will close its local plant some time next year. 

Nalley’s has been well known for its brand of potato chips, pickles, and mayonnaise.  The chips were ubiquitous across the Northwest for decades, but that line was sold-off 15 years ago. 

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3:31pm

Fri December 3, 2010
NW Food Banks

Northwest food banks helping more families than ever

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo
A food bank operated by Northwest Harvest in Seattle. As more strapped Americans rely on charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other charities are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors.

Across the Northwest food banks are seeing more customers than ever. Now, Washington’s Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to increase their produce donations to aid the state’s hungry.

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12:08pm

Fri December 3, 2010
Other News

Give wisely this holiday season

queen of subtle / Flickr
A total of $1,432,453,344 in contributions was raised in Washington and elsewhere by the 107 paid fundraisers included in the report.

It's that time of year when many of us give generously to charitable organizations.  But how do we know where the money is really going?  In some cases, more money goes into the pockets of professional fundraisers than to the charity itself.  

You can find out how your dollars are being spent at the Washington Secretary of State's office.  Just type in the organization's name, click the search button and you can see what percentage of dollars goes to charitable services...and how much goes to pay for fundraising.

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10:28am

Fri December 3, 2010
Public Health

MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere

UW / Marc Beaudreau
Firefighters and medics may be at higher risk for carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than the average person, according to results from a UW study.

The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals.  A pioneering study from the University of Washington shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters. 

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9:02am

Fri December 3, 2010
Northwest Film Scene

Seattle making a big showing at Sundance

Jason Ganwich /
Amy Seimetz as Francine in "The Off Hours" by Seattle writer/producer Megan Griffiths. The film is one of four shot in Seattle that will screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

It's a strong year for independent films – and for indie movies from the Pacific Northwest.  Four feature films that were shot in the Seattle area have been selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January. 

"The Details" is a dark comedy  shot in Kirkland with a cast including star actors Laura Linney, Elizabeth Banks and Tobey McGuire.  It's in the line-up for the high-profile "Premieres" series. 

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8:00am

Fri December 3, 2010
Impact of War at Home

Another tragic homecoming for a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier

Courtesy of Mary Jaskolski.
Spc. Dustin Knapp returned from Afghanistan, but died on a Wisconsin road under mysterious circumstances. His is another tragic death of a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier following the return home.

It was national news when a Washington-based soldier just back from Afghanistan died in a shootout with police in Salt Lake City. That was in August. Around the same time another soldier from the same brigade also died violently. But his death didn’t get much notice. It happened on a dark two-lane road in rural Wisconsin.  

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7:53am

Fri December 3, 2010
Disaster Preparedness

It's landslide season

Washington Department of Ecology
The Perkins Lane landslide on Seattle's Magnolia Bluff, 1996

Forecasters have been warning of a wet and snowy La Niña winter in the Northwest.  More than five inches of precipitation fell at SeaTac airport last month.  Wet weather means an increased risk of landslides in the Puget Sound region.  Are you prepared?

The City of Seattle is holding a landslide awareness meeting.

When: Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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6:15am

Fri December 3, 2010
News Roundup

Friday morning's headlines

Woodland Park Zoo via YouTube
Predicting the Apple Cup winner was easy for Chai the Elephant. The Woodland Park Zoo's lead sports authority enjoyed the apples in the UW box, rejecting WSU's. Coug fans take heart: Art Thiel predicts your on the eve of an upset.

Apple Cup weekend for football rivals, tough travel expected for game road-trippers,  and allegations of Army spying on an Olympia anti-war group lead today's news headlines.

 

Apple Cup in White

Snow covers the stands in Pullman today, but the field has been cleared in preparation for tomorrow's renewal of the rivalry between WSU and the UW. If the Huskies win, they'll finish the season at 6 and 6, and earn their first trip to a bowl game since 2002.  

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11:23pm

Thu December 2, 2010
Sports with Art Thiel

One chapter closes, another opens

You’ve read his columns in the Seattle P-I for 30 years – first in print and more recently online.  Now, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has started a new Web site with friend and former P-I colleague Steve Rudman.  It’s called Sportspress Northwest.  Art talked with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick about his new venture, and about one of the big stories that will be featured on the site this weekend (the Apple Cup). 

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3:23pm

Thu December 2, 2010
Labor Relations

Grocery workers voting on contract offer, approval likely

Gary Davis / KPLU

Unionized grocery store workers are voting this week on a tentative agreement with their employers at the region's four big chains.  Ratification of a new three-year contract looks likely.

About twenty five thousand grocery workers in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and North Mason counties are covered in the contract.  Most work for QFC, Fred Meyer, Albertsons and Safeway stores.

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