Tuesday 4 Aug, 2015 How many waterfront parks are enough? Uneven GOP performances in Trump-less forum. Jon Stewart, winding down. Cost of Seattle construction projects going up at 3:44pm by Amelia Havanec By next year, the cost of big construction projects in the Seattle region will increase by as much as 6 percent, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. A quarterly index by general contractor Mortenson also says that the construction costs are expected to rise faster here than in the five other major markets the company works in — Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Tired of seeing all those huge construction cranes? The Journal’s Marc Stiles writes, “Don’t expect the construction boom to slow until at least into 2016.” First 3D-printed prescription pill at 3:14pm by Amelia Havanec For the first time, U.S. officials are signing off on a 3D-printed drug as safe for consumption, CNN Money reports. The pill is made to be taken orally to treat epileptic seizures. 3D-printing methods work by building layers of the product, in this case a digestible pill, made with “ZipDose,” a proprietary 3D printing technology, which produces a formula so that the pill can dissolve quickly in the mouth. 3D printing the drug will allow hospitals using the 3D system to customize the prescription to what the patient needs and deliver it at a lower cost. The drug can deliver up to 1,000 milligrams of medication, known as Spritam (levetiracetam). It will be available next year for adults and children with a prescription. For another election: Viaduct as park at 1:53pm by Joe Copeland An initiative to have Seattle save the Alaskan Way Viaduct as a park likely will go on the city ballot sometime next year, The Seattle Times reports. Initiative 123 gathered just 1,000 more signatures than what was needed. Although none of the city and state plans envision keeping the Viaduct, supporters insist that redeveloping the structure as “a new mile-long garden bridge” would not sacrifice anything important about current waterfront plans. Blame sexism for freezing office temps at 12:19pm by Amelia Havanec Every summer, men and women alike stroll into the office in flip-flops and shorts, but it’s the women who feel the thermostat’s wrath as it maintains office air at 70 degrees, the New York Times reports. While men prefer the current office temp standards, research backs a woman’s preference for temperatures up to five degrees warmer. How did we get to this point? Back in the 1960s, “thermal comfort models” advised office temperatures to conform to a man’s ability to produce more body heat. But now that women make up half of America’s work force, shouldn’t the 9-5 snow globe originally built for men be adjusted a bit? The authors of the study believe that if we collectively raise office temps just a few degrees, less energy gets wasted that contributes to global warming. Fire along Lake Chelan Spreads at 12:16pm by Harrison Lee Komo News reports that the Wolverine Creek fire along Lake Chelan has been growing rapidly since beginning on June 29. On Monday the fire grew around 1,200 acres and the blaze is currently spread across 25, 634 acres. The hazardous air quality has lead the fire danger to be labeled as “extreme” in Spokane and sections of Lincoln and Stevens counties. Seattle's new Emergency Alert System at 12:15pm by Harrison Lee Following Seattle’s newfound interest in the earthquakes that will one day devastate the region, the city announced a new disaster alert system called AlertSeattle this morning, which will offer users real-time alerts concerning “earthquakes, explosions, flooding, and other disasters.” The system will also recommend actions the users should take to protect themselves. There are also options to receive alerts about weather, power outages, and traffic incidents. Visit AlertSeattle to sign up. ‘Exit, stage left’ at 6:42am by Mark Matassa Credit: ABC News This is the last week of Jon Stewart’s awesome 16-year run as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, and The New Yorker’s David Remnick offers a loving appreciation. “On any given night, a quick montage of absurdist video clips culled from cable or network news followed by Stewart’s vaudeville reactions can be 10 times as deflating to the self-regard of the powerful as any solemn editorial — and twice as illuminating as the purportedly non-fake news that provides his fuel,” Remnick writes. Stewart has announced that his last guests will include Amy Schumer, who appeared Monday, Denis Leary tonight and Louis C.K. on Wednesday. Sake-splash celebration for Mitsubishi’s new Seattle site at 6:10am by Mark Matassa Credit: Seattle Times The governor, the mayor and other business leaders joined the Japanese company’s party-like announcement Monday that it is doubling the size of its Seattle operation, to 150 engineers testing a new Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were among the guests at the Museum of Flight ceremony, which ended with a traditional smashing of sake kegs. Uneven GOP performances in Trump-less forum at 5:49am by Mark Matassa Donald Trump / Credit: Wikimedia In a sort of tune-up for Thursday’s first Republican presidential debate, 14 candidates participated Monday in a C-SPAN candidates forum, answering questions in a rat-a-tat format that squeezed them all into a two-hour program. Donald Trump did not attend, saying he didn’t think it was worth his time, according to a New York Times report, but the others awkwardly “debated” him anyway. The Times called it an “uneven performance.” There’s still a question about which of the candidates will get to participate in the Fox-televised debate on Thursday, which is limited to 10 aspirants. The rules say the top 10 candidates, based on the five latest polls as of 5 p.m. ET today, will make the cut. That means Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and several others are in for sure, but the final couple of spots are up for grabs, with the possibility that Rick Perry will not make the cut. Says the Times: It could come down to rounding of the poll numbers. How many waterfront parks are enough? at 5:02am by Mark Matassa Credit: Park My Viaduct In addition to the one already planned as part of the viaduct-replacement tunnel project, a second park plan has gathered enough signatures to appear on the Seattle ballot next year, reports The Seattle Times. Imitative 123, “Park My Viaduct,” would save and reinforce a mile-long stretch of the viaduct and create a six-acre pedestrian park to preserve the views familiar to drivers of the route. If the City Council rejects the plan on Aug. 17, as expected, it will go to voters next August.