How CenturyLink Field preps for winter

Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks and Sounders.
   Some of what’s done to “the CLink”  is no different from what homeowners do, said Jacob Davis, CenturyLink Field’s facilities manager.
   “We...

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Keep your ghoul friends safe tomorrow

Is Halloween as ghoulish as it used to be?
   That's what I wondered last Halloween as I drove through Eastside neighborhoods. Trick-or-treaters seemed few and far between. But Bellevue Square was a different story.
   I stopped there to buy a shirt and saw hordes of kids and adults in costume...

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‘Chains required’ might not mean ‘chains on’

When Washington's winter driving laws take effect Nov. 1, motorists might be confused by what "chains required" means.
   Vehicles with 4-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) don't need to chain up, as long as all wheels are in gear and have approved traction tires.
   But those drivers also...

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Wayward bear cub caught inside Rite Aid

Perhaps she was lost, looking for the nearest Black Bear Diner?
   A small bear cub wandered into the Rite Aid drugstore in Ashland last Sunday and was safely captured in an overturned shopping cart.
   The 13-pound cub had ambled into a nearby motel room earlier before finding her way to Tolman...

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Airbags could fail in popular cars

Nearly 8 million vehicles on the road may have faulty airbags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week.
   Drivers in high-humidity regions like Florida are at higher risk, because moisture worsens the problem. The airbags in question, made by Takata Corp.  of Japan, were...

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Rain coming, so check gutters and drainpipes

It rained so hard yesterday that water pooled into a giant puddle near my front porch. Greater Seattle’s wet season is well underway.
   Although right now I see a sunny gap between storms, KING-5’s Jeff Renner warns that high winds will pound the Oregon and Washington coasts this afternoon, bringing...

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United squeezed out in Delta-Alaska battle

(Updated Oct. 21) The airline turf battle over Seattle between Alaska and Delta has further squeezed once-dominant United Air Lines to the sidelines.
   On Tuesday, United said its Seattle flight-attendant base – 264 people – will close in January. Employees can transfer to San Francisco or accept a...

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'The Pick' set Ducks on new winning path

Twenty years ago, a crucial interception in a tight football game reversed the fortunes of the Oregon Ducks, triggering their transformation into a national powerhouse.
   With 1:02 left in the 1994 game and the UW Huskies driving for a game-winning touchdown at Autzen Stadium, Oregon cornerback...

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We fear online fraud, but don’t shred as much

Northwest residents worry about identity theft and online fraud, but not enough to keep them from paying their bills electronically.
   The latest PEMCO Poll reveals that although 87% of Washington and Oregon people are at least somewhat fearful their identity could be stolen, 47% say it’s safer to...

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Cosmic Crisp apple rights won by 24 growers

Last April we told you about a new apple variety, later named Cosmic Crisp, bred specifically by WSU researchers for Washington’s soil and climate.
   The apple, a hybrid between Honeycrisp and Enterprise, earned rave reviews for its taste and texture.
   On Tuesday, 24 growers won a lottery to get...

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