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Business & Labor Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999. She now covers the business and labor beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.



Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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12:04am

Mon December 27, 2010
Philanthropy

Next year's resolution? Make a personal giving plan

queen of subtle/via Flickr

As 2010 comes to an end, many people are looking at a pile of requests for year-end donations.  We know it's wise to set a budget for personal giving to worthy causes – but how much is the right amount? 

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4:32pm

Thu December 23, 2010
Boeing

Dreamliner test flights resuming

AP

Most of the Boeing Company is taking a break  for the holidays.  But, not crews involved in test flight activities for the 787 Dreamliner.  The new jet is resuming test flights after a six-week grounding because of an electrical fire.

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9:02pm

Tue December 21, 2010
Managing Growth

Lakewood releases Lewis-McChord growth coordination plans

NorthwestMilitary.com

When 17-thousand troops returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan this past fall, Joint Base Lewis McChord became the 3rd largest employer in the state. 

That's according to the City of Lakewood, which has released a plan to accommodate the rapid population growth in the communities around the base. 

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6:10am

Tue December 21, 2010
Commercial Airplanes

Boeing Increasing Output of Popular 777 Jets

Courtesy of Boeing

Boeing is still struggling to iron out kinks in the production of its new 787 Dreamliner.  The company is expected to announce the latest delay for that program this week. 

Meantime, it says demand is so great for its tried and true 777 that it will be increasing output of that jet.

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6:21am

Mon December 20, 2010
Business

Schedule set for vote on Seattle skyscraper signs

Courtesy City of Seattle

A controversial proposal that would allow major employers in Seattle to put signs at the tops of their skyscrapers will be decided in March.  City Council President Richard Conlin says he delayed the vote to give the city time to respond to a number of concerns.

Russell Investments requested the change, to help them re-brand their tower, which is the former home of Washington Mutual Bank.  The company moved to their new 2nd Avenue address from Tacoma this fall.

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7:18am

Sat December 18, 2010
Holiday Season

Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs

Three books by Pacific Northwest authors have come to my attention this season that would please airplane aficionados of many persuasions. 

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5:28pm

Thu December 16, 2010
Labor Relations

Fight continues over King County cops' pay

The conflict continues over an upcoming pay raise for sheriff's deputies in King County.  Executive Dow Constantine has rejected a proposal from the Police Officers Guild to cut their pay temporarily.  He says their offer would have cost more than it saved. 

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5:15am

Mon December 13, 2010
Seattle World's Fair Anniversary

Fun Forest future undecided

Flickr/Life As Art

The decision about what will replace the Fun Forest at Seattle Center is still up in the air. This fall, a review panel recommended converting it into an exhibition space celebrating local glass artist Dale Chihuly.

That proposal promises millions in much-needed revenue. But the backers of several other ideas haven’t given up hope.

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8:43am

Fri December 10, 2010
Seattle World's Fair Anniversary

Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57

AP

A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle. 

The Seattle Center has announced  it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.  It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair. 

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4:15pm

Thu December 9, 2010
Alaskan Way Viaduct

Seattle Tunnel Partners promises a wider roadway, one year sooner

Courtesy WSDOT

State transportation officials have announced the likely winner in the competition to build a tunnel to replace Seattle's aging Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The proposal comes from a consortium known as Seattle Tunnel Partners.  It has a slightly higher price, but offers other benefits. 

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