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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Seattle Post-Globe calls it quits

Excerpt: Two and a quarter years after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased print publication, one of the Web startups that emerged in its aftermath is closing down: It’s been an eventful two years – sometimes fun, sometimes a mountain of work, but always worthwhile. And now it’s time for the PostGlobe to say goodbye and thank you. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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County Council hopeful Richard Mitchell gaining strength as August 16th approaches

Excerpt: Full Disclosure: I personally support Richard Mitchell’s campaign for county council in my capacity as Second Vice Chair of the King County Democrats. NPI does not endorse or make financial contributions to candidates for elected office. Only a few days remain until King County Elections begins mailing out ballots for the August 16th winnowing election. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Parents, teachers, students go to court to get Tim Eyman’s I-1053 overturned

Excerpt: A coalition representing parents, teachers, students, and lawmakers announced this morning that it has filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court asking that Tim Eyman and BP’s Initiative 1053 be fully stricken from the Revised Code of Washington because it is blatantly unconstitutional. Plaintiffs include the League of Education Voters, Washington Education Association, State […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Homegrown Norweigan terrorist is a right wing eliminationist, authorities say

Excerpt: Although fewer than one hundred hours have transpired since the world learned of the horrific terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya, we’re already starting to get a clearer portrait of the man who Norwegian authorities say was the mastermind behind the cold-blooded spate of killing and destruction. Anders Behring Breivik, thirty-two, appears to be the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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RE: Grassroots missing from this year’s initiatives – What about last year?

Excerpt: Nearly one hundred years ago, progressives succeeded in amending the Constitution of Washington State to provide for three powers of direct democracy: The initiative, the referendum, and the recall. The purpose of establishing these three powers was not to supplant or replace our republican form of government, but rather, to give the people a way […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tragedy in Norway: Explosions, shootings injure or take lives of dozens

Excerpt: Inexplicable, unexpected tragedy has struck again, this time in Norway: Norway suffered dual attacks on Friday when powerful explosions shook the government center here and, shortly after, a gunman stalked youths at an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party. The police arrested a Norwegian in connection with both attacks, which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate needs to move forward on confirming new chief for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Excerpt: There’s good news and bad news for American consumers this week. The good news is that on July 21 the landmark Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes over as the nation’s chief consumer bank regulator – it will supervise mortgages, credit cards, other bank loans, and fees such as those charged for overdraft protection. The […]
Written by:Steve
Categories:Economic Security, Unscheduled Programming
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Borders prepares to liquidate

Excerpt: Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the United States, will soon be going out of business. The company announced today that it had run out of time to reorganize itself and would wind down its operations. Borders said in a news release that it will proceed with a proposal by Hilco and the Gordon […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Views & Reviews
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U.K. police chieftain resigns as his officers arrest Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks

Excerpt: Things just got worse for former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks: Rebekah Brooks has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World and allegations that police officers were bribed to leak sensitive information. The Metropolitan police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested at noon on Sunday, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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News of the World phone hacking scandal finally claims career of Rebekah Brooks

Excerpt: Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who was subsequently promoted to a high-ranking position within News Corporation, has belatedly announced her resignation, bowing to significant pressure from Parliament, the public, and even the company’s shareholders: Brooks announced her decision to News International staff in Wapping just before 10am on Friday, saying her […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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FBI to investigate possible wrongdoing by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation

Excerpt: Good news: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly launching an investigation into possible wrongdoing by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, only hours after Republican Representative Peter King followed several senior Democratic senators in asking the Department of Justice to look into the matter. In response to requests from members of Congress and at least one […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netflix subjects customers to “price change”; opt-out required to avoid paying 60% more

Excerpt: Yesterday, Netflix sent out an email to its millions of customers disclosing that it has decided to raise its prices, effective immediately for new customers and effective in September for existing customers. The announcement, also posted to Netflix’s blog and its Facebook page around the same time, has since drawn tens of thousands of comments, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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News Corporation drops bid for BSkyB, citing overwhelming public opposition

Excerpt: Victory! Rupert Murdoch’s media group News Corporation bowed to pressure from the public and parliament on Wednesday and withdrew its bid to take full control of pay-TV company BSkyB. All three main political parties were poised to call on News Corp to abandon its offer in a vote in the House of Commons later on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Save the Date: NPI’s 2011 FallFest will be September 8th in Seattle

Excerpt: One of the most frequent questions we get asked when we request feedback from longtime readers and loyal supporters living on the west side of Lake Washington is, When are you going to hold a fundraising event in Seattle so I can drop by and show my support for NPI without having to fight rush […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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