Topic: Susan G. Komen
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June 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Still closed: Both directions of the Highway 520 floating bridge and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue are closed until 5 a.m. Monday for construction work.
What’s cooking: In Fremont today, it’s barbecue. The Fremont BBQ Extravaganza, touted as Seattle’s largest BBQ competition, runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the corner of Dayton Ave. and 36th Street. The competition is sanctioned by the Northwest BBQ Association. Twelve teams will be cooking up their best meat to win $2000 in prize money and a BBQ Smoker. Pete’s Fremont FirePit and Roxy’s Diner will be serving up some smoked favorites. Judging will be in The Backdoor where the beers from five local breweries will be available. For a $20 ticket, each of five breweries will present four-ounce tastings of two of their best beers. Proceeds for the Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade.
Breast cancer: Approximately 9,000 walkers and runners got serious today about breast cancer, participating in the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure starting at the Seattle Center and winding through downtown on Second Avenue to Spring Street. Former Gov. Christine Gregoire was walking with family and former Cabinet members in memory of Eva Santos, the state human-services director under Gregoire. Santos died of breast cancer in December at age 56.
More cancer awareness: A geneticist at the University of Washington is the star in a movie about breast cancer. Well, maybe that should be Helen Hunt will be the star portraying Dr. Mary-Claire King in “Decoding Annie Parker.” You could even say that Samantha Morton, portraying Annie Parker, is the star. But King’s work in decoding the gene that leads to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer has to be considered stellar. Two screenings of the movie this week.
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June 4, 2012 at 6:12 AM
Weather: Sunday was a keeper! Except for having to do yard work, of course. Did anyone go hiking? Fishing? Today’s weather will be great. Well, not so much. Looking out the window, it’s raining and the high will be just 56 degrees. Not much warmer Tuesday, and drizzly. Ditto for Wednesday and Thursday. Sunday was nice though. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Romney is here today: Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney makes a private fundraising visit to Medina this afternoon.
Cafe killer and the blueberry plant: Now here’s a head-scratcher. … Between the time he shot Gloria Leonidas of Bellevue on First Hill in Seattle and later shot himself, a span of about four hours, Cafe Racer mass killer Ian Stawicki purchased a blueberry plant and some seeds from a nursery in West Seattle, according to a post by our community news partner the West Seattle Blog. It’s just another strange, never to be answered question in a terrible tragedy.
Biker shot at fundraiser??? This is not the sort of fundraiser we’re used to attending. It appears a member of one motorcycle club, the Bandidos, was shot by a member of another motorcycle club, the Ghostriders, at the Bikers Fighting Cancer fundraiser in the Spanaway area over the weekend. No one’s dead, but come on, folks. The News Tribune in Tacoma has the story.
Do we have to tell you that gas prices are up, again? It’s only a penny over last week, according to AAA of Washington, but the cost of a gallon ain’t going down either. The numbers: In the state: $4.26, Bellingham $4.46, Bremerton $4.27, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.33, Tacoma $4.30, Olympia $4.32, Vancouver $4.29, Yakima $4.23, Tri-Cities $4.15, Spokane $3.97.
Never underestimate the power of social media: When the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure decided earlier this year to stop funding breast-cancer screening at Planned Parenthood clinics — it later reversed that decision — it created a firestorm that raced around the country, and Facebook and Twitter were red hot with people who had something to say about it. That was true in the Seattle area, too.Participation in the Komen event in Seattle yesterday was down 40 percent, and donations were down $500,000.
Liquor prices still in the news. Does it surprise you that stories about the privatization of liquor sales in our state have topped the most-read lists for days and days now?
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June 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM
About 8,500 people walked and ran in Sunday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 40 percent fewer than last year. The Seattle event raised $1.1 million for breast-cancer research and health services, half a million dollars less than in 2011.
Officials blame the controversy over Komen’s decision earlier this year to cut off funding for breast-cancer screening at Planned Parenthood clinics. The organization quickly reversed that decision, but many supporters still defected.
Robbie Ames, of Seattle, who walked the 5K route, said she wouldn’t have come if the organization had carried through with its plans to sever ties with Planned Parenthood. “I thought it was ridiculous,” she said.
Pink-clad participants filled the streets around Seattle Center, where the race began and ended. Closing ceremonies included a survivors’ parade, accompanied by marching bands.
June 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM
Weather: We might catch a break from the rain today and see a bit of sunshine this afternoon, with highs in the low 60s. But don’t expect any potentially good weather to stick around, as more rain is expected throughout the region on Monday. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The 520 bridge between Montlake Boulevard and I-405 is closed until 5 a.m. Monday for construction. Also, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is this morning, so expect detours and delays around downtown. Streets are blocked until about 11 a.m. around Seattle Center, and along Second Avenue from Denny Way to Spring Street. The map and cams.
Seattle homicides: After a week of terrible violence in Seattle, we look today at all of the year’s homicide victims. So far this year, the city has has had 21 homicides – more than all of last year — with all but but two of those people killed by guns.
Paul Allen’s mother dies: Paul Allen’s mother Faye Allen, a former Seattle schoolteacher who had a lifetime love of learning and a commitment to public libraries and public education, died Saturday at 90.
Washington men’s crew sweeps to national title: The undefeated Huskies set a course record in winning the varsity eight title in New Jersey on Saturday It is UW’s fourth national title in six years.
Seattle native dies in bike accident in Boston: Authorities have identified a 28-year-old Boston College graduate student who was killed in an accident with a bus while riding her bicycle. She was a Seattle native who was enrolled in the counseling psychology master’s degree program.
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