Washington

Score one for Googie

While three charming old Capitol Hill buildings are sentenced to be razed by Sound Transit, two modern buildings get approval from the Seattle landmarks board: a sleek International-style office building and a quirky Ballard diner.

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From gathering place to loan store

In Sunday's Everett Herald, columnist Julie Muhlstein pays tribute to the recently razed 25th Street Market, a quasi-Third Place and community landmark. Muhlstein's vivid portrait throws into relief the 25th Street Market's apparent, excretable replacement: a future Moneytree Store. Hmmm. Nothing quite says "community values" better than a new payday lender.

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A sure sign of a recession

As we enter the new year, people are speculating whether or not we're headed into a recession. Some economic indicators suggest that could be the case: Fed Ex shipments down, jobless rate up, house market in an extended slump, holiday sales lackluster. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a story looking at the chances of recession in 2008 in Seattle. It's hard to gauge, at least if you look at the traditional indicators, which is why Mossback uses his own surefire method of prognostication.

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Old Testament punishment for timber thieves, please

The Northwest is no stranger to timber theft, but a case that raised a lot of eyebrows was the recent plea-bargain of a Camano Island man who pled guilty to a federal theft charge for cutting down 27 old-growth cedars in an isolated part of Wenatchee National Forest. The trees were between 400 and 700 years old. Unfortunately, the logger faces a sentence that's much shorter than the damage he's done.

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The Times within the Times

Today The Seattle Times added the New York Times News Service to its wire resources. This enables the local Times to publish almost anything The New York Times publishes, usually the same day. Previously, The Seattle Times had rights to the NYTNS only for the Sunday edition, because that was the one day the Seattle Post-Intelligencer didn't publish, and the P-I had exclusive rights. It goes without saying that the NYTNS is the most prestigious news service money can buy. It's not as comprehensive or fast as The Associated Press, which is the baseline wire report any paper must have, but it's the first choice if you can afford a second service.

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Five weeks: The sprint to the presidential nominations

Between now and Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, and before Washingtonians caucus, the presidential nominees will be determined. The national campaign then will last a withering nine months, during which the parties will pray nothing scandalous arises. Here's what to watch for in coming weeks as folks in other states decide who will enter that uncharted territory.

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Allow me to go 'Andy Rooney' on the Department of Licensing

Washington state is well known for its Rube Goldbergian tax system. We have no income tax, but do have a regressive sales tax, a punishing B&O tax, high property taxes, and countless charges and fees that make us taxpayers feel as if we're being nibbled to death by ducks. The appeal of Tim Eyman's "$30 tabs" mantra was its simplicity: Can't we just make one thing easy? Apparently not.

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Rick redux – and now redemption

I've always thought that the loathing for Rick Neuheisel was out of proportion to his misdeeds. Yes, the former Husky football coach broke rules and definitely lied about his interest in a job elsewhere. He earned the nickname Slick Rick even before he came to Washington.

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

Toxic sludge in Oso threatens emergency crews

Sewage, propane, and household solvents are among the toxins officials worry about during cleanup efforts.

REUTERS

Natural gas plant on Columbia River explodes, injuring 5

Witnesses describe huge blast, 30-50 foot plume of flames, and black smoke. Storage tank gouged by shrapnel has a leak, and a two-mile zone is at the risk of further explosion.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Today is the last day of the rainiest March ever

Rainfall records across Western Washington were broken this month, including at SeaTac, where there hasn't been this much rain since the late 19th century.

KPLU-FM

"Everybody needs dessert."

Sultan chocolatier Kathryne Paz shares her sweets with as many as possible, including those struggling in her community.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Mudslide missing jumps from 18 to 108

Drastic rise in officials' estimates of number missing in devastating Oso slide.

KPLU-FM

At least 18 missing, 3 dead in mudslide

The governor has declared a disaster area as rescuers try to stay safe in dangeous conditions.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Animal shelter to auction note and cash left by Barefoot Bandit

While on the run, Colton Harris Moore left cash and a note for a Pacific County animal shelter, which the shelter is auctioning to raise funds.

KING5.COM

More jobs in Wash. now than before the recession

The state jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, with 3,800 new jobs added between December and January. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Landslides, avalanche reported as a result of rain

The 5-foot avalanche on Stevens Pass spilled fresh powder across all four lanes. WSDOT expects the pass to be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam

Though officials Friday admitted it was a serious problem, they said it was not an immediate threat.

Q13FOX.COM
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