Marijuana: Taking it outdoors
In an about-face, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is proposing to allow outdoor growing of marijuana, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The board appears to have heard concerns about the absurd waste of energy from indoor grow lights. But the board is still clearly worried about security: The proposal requires any al fresco growing to be donw in a greenhouse, or in some way "fully enclosed by a physical barrier." Business Journal Writer Valerie Bauman notes the new language also allows growers to provide limited samples to retailers. Who says work can't be fun?
UW Alumni game players fined
After appearing in a University of Washington alumni game that drew 19 one-time Husky standouts, four former players are facing NBA fines of $15,000 each. The league is handing out the punishments to Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten Jr. UW coach Lorenzo Romar, a former NBA player himself, indicated at a pre-game press conference that he believed the league would be OK with the players' participation. Wrong! Apparently, the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement forbids players from taking part in public offseason games prior to July 1 or after Sept. 15 without league approval. The profits from the UW alum game will support the men's basketball sports fund, The Seattle Times reported.
As a UW Daily story at the time reported, the reunion game clearly moved the popular Romar. Not so the NBA, which chose has to enforce its rules and David Stern's tradition: putting a damper on this first-ever alumni game for Husky hoops.
Oregon innovates on tuition
Oregon's Legislature has approved a new plan that could ease the crushing burden of student loans: Instead of paying tuition, students would commit a small share of their future income to repaying the state for the cost of their higher education. In a story this afternoon, The New York Times says the idea zoomed from inception to unanimous approval by the state Legislature in less than a year. The idea emerged in a Portland State University class last fall. The class drew much of its inspiration from tuition research by Seattle's John Burbank and his (editorial opinion) pretty much awesome Economic Opportunity Institute. The plan still requires a lot of development — including what portion of income would have to be repaid in order to make the state whole — before being launched, even as a pilot project. Is Olympia watching?
Boeing ahead by a nose cone
Boeing outproduced rival aviation manufacturer Airbus in the first half of 2013, delivering 306 planes. The Europe-based Airbus delivered only 295. Steve Wilhelm of Puget Sound Business Journal reports that these numbers "suggest that Boeing could stay ahead of Airbus for the year." He attributed Boeing's lead to its deliveries of 17 787s during the first half of the year; the company expects to deliver 60 for the whole year, which means an even bigger lead in the coming months. Airbus remains ahead of Boeing in narrow-bodied models, delivering 233 model A320s compared to Boeing's 218 model 737s.
North Korea dangling Lynnwood man
North Korea has released a video with imprisoned Lynnwood man Kenneth Bae expressing hope that the U.S. will intervene to secure his release from a work camp. KING 5 this morning broadcast a CNN report on the prison video, which was handed over by a pro-North Korean group in Japan. Bae, who led tour groups there, has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for supposed anti-government activities. As the CNN report notes, the video, set up to make prison conditions look decent, is clearly aimed at using Bae as a bargaining chip. For what, we're not sure. "July 4 is my father's 70th birthday," says Bae in the video. "My hope is that North Korea will forgive and the U.S. will try harder to get me out speedily."
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