Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's News in Federal Way - Feb. 15, 2009

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Sorry for the lack of posts. Was out of town for a few days, but took a lot of time leading up to and coming back from to get caught up on other stuff. (Briefly in Phoenix - did not see ANY graffiti. In a few spots, saw painted over spots, but even that was pretty rare.) I see the Federal Way Mirror recently went through a format and design change. Looks really sharp and I like the new (is it called tabloid?) style.

So here's recent stuff that's come across the wire...

Federal Way Public Academy - Sophomore Slideshow (YouTube, 1:06)

Federal Way Art Commission's Writer's Retreat April 24-25

City of Federal Way -- Notice of Vacancy: Independent Salary Commission (PDF)

City of Federal Way -- Adopts National Electric Code

Weyerhaeuser Posts Record $1.21b Loss as Building Slows

Traffic Q&A: Dash Point Road signals have reasons, engineer says

Federal Way’s alternative high school is struggling to attract and keep students, prompting district administrators to recommend revamping programs there.

Federal Way Schools Toss Peanut Snacks

Federal Way is looking for a federal lobbyist to cash in on funding for local projects.

City sets date (May 15-17) for Korean festival

Cities on track for open space, quality of life enhancements

Spreading joy one cup at a time

A Federal Way lawmaker's push to tax pornographic materials to help counter a $6 billion state budget shortfall would likely draw constitutional challenges from the highly litigious adult-entertainment industry.

Volt of Federal Way among "Better Workplace" Awards: 21 companies with 'a better way'

A former Federal Way Municipal Court supervisor filed a $500,000 claim against the city this week, saying she was fired because she raised concerns in November that Judge Michael Morgan might harm himself or others.

Even in Bellingham, FW is known as "a blight on any landscape." *sigh*

Also, Microsoft is inept and/or unwilling to address content theft that is helping to facilitate against bloggers and public corporations. Federal Way Graffiti and many other local sites are being illegally "scraped" and posted on http://timblair.spaces.msn.com/ and Microsoft claims it can't see the site and when sent screen grabs, refuses to respond. Currently stolen content on that homepage: West Seattle Herald News, Highline Times, Federal Way News, Ballard News-Tribune, Sammamash Reporter, Redmond Reporter, Mercer Island Reporter, Kirkland Reporter, Issaquah Reporter, Renton Reporter, Kent Reporter, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Covington Reporter, Auburn Reporter, Islands' Weekly, Islands' Sounder, South Whidbey Record, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald, Kingston Community News, Central Kitsap Reporter, Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber. Contact at Microsoft is J.K. Weston, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, USA. Email address is jkweston@microsoft.com.

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