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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Elon Musk challenges Jeff Bezos over rocket patent

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is challenging a patent application filed by Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, for "landing spent launch vehicles on floating sites at sea." 

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL

Weyerhauser moving to Pioneer Square

"Weyerhaeuser plans to sell its large headquarters campus in Federal Way, the company said in a Tuesday news release announcing Weyerhaeuser's move to Seattle's Pioneer Square."

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (SEATTLE)

Ferguson, community policing & discrimination: The view from White Center

The former owner of Cafe Rozella writes about his community and its complicated relationship with Seattle law enforcement.

How Westlake Mall security pepper-sprayed the wrong person

A man was harassing demonstrators, using racist language. Someone alerted security to the behavior of the white, shirtless man, and the security guard proceeded to pepper-spray an African-American passerby who was standing up to the shirtless man.

THE STRANGER

Amazon targets Disney in new dispute

As the two corporations clash over DVD prices, Amazon is employing a now tried-and-true tactic to pressure Disney to reduce its prices by halting preorders of almost all Disney DVDs. 

USA TODAY

Russia ag ban may strike Washington exporters

State agricultural groups are readying for a potential dip in exports if Russia moves forward with plans to sanction U.S. crops.  It’s unclear what commodities Vladimir Putin’s government will ban but the list of possibilities includes potatoes, apples and other Washington staples.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

State fines CenturyLink $31K over billing errors

CenturyLink reached a settlement today with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, agreeing to shell out $31,000 in fines over billing errors and improper taxes.

GEEKWIRE

Ballmer on Clippers: “This was the best path for me”

Steve Ballmer made his first public comments on purchasing the L.A. Clippers and confirmed he does not plan to move the team to Seattle. 

KING-TV

Drones can save trees?

A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that can aid in forest conservation. 

KUOW-FM

Business in America may not be as "dynamic" as we'd like to think

Recent reports by Brookings, the University of Maryland, U.S. Census Bureau researchers, and other institutions suggest that, in spite of the "startup buzz," older firms are the ones surviving in today's U.S. economy.

THE ATLANTIC
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