August 31, 2016

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Role of seti and the massive cover-up propaganda

New Indian Express

This week let us analyze the role SETI – Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence plays in the UFO cover up program. According to folklore scholar Thomas Bullard UFOs are rumored to be second in popularity only to sex on the Internet. In the beginning when I was looking for information about UFOs and ETs, like many in this country I admired the work of SETI Astronomers Frank Drake, Carl Sagan, Jill Tarter and Seth Shostak believing these people were truth seeking heroes as portrayed in the movie Contact.

But after spending more than 10 years of my life studying the full history of the UFO phenomenon I come to realize that this so called SETI research is nothing but a classic diversionary tactic designed by NASA and other agencies to divert curious young people from real UFO related information…

 


Becoming four times more productive at work

Next Big Future

Will Henshall is CEO/founder of www.focusatwill.com, a Los Angeles based tech platform that helps professionals be four times more productive at work. He has had a 30 year career as a start up entrepreneur, tech inventor and notably successful musician.

In 1987 he founded the British pop soul band Londonbeat, who had two Billboard #1 hits, “I’ve Been Thinking About You” (91) and “Come Back” (95). After touring extensively he wanted to spend more time at home, and one day while sitting in his London recording studio he started figuring out how to collaborate remotely with other musicians and sound designers around the globe…

 


Inside the Hollywood past of Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s campaign chief

Daniel Miller

“The Indian Runner” was a Sean Penn-directed drama about the troubled relationship of two brothers, one a small-town sheriff, the other a Vietnam vet turned criminal.

Released in 1991, the film, which cost an estimated $7 million to produce, was a flop, grossing $191,125 in the U.S. and Canada…

 

Vulcan Productions


Orphaned Orangutan’s Story Shows Why We Need Responsible Palm Oil Policies

Huffington Post

An orphaned Indonesian orangutan is on the upswing thanks to one rescue group.

Chocolate, who was kidnapped by wildlife traders after a palm oil plantation moved into his habitat, was taken in by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) back in 2012 and released back into the wild a few months ago…

 

Great Elephant Census


Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines

Daily Maverick

To protect elephants in the wild, you need to know how many there are and where to find them. That was the goal set by a team led by Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders two years ago.

With $7-million grant from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his sister, Jody, plus support from 90 scientists, they surveyed 93% of all savanna elephants over a period of two years – the largest African wildlife survey ever undertaken. It required 81 aircraft and 286 crew flying 494,000km across 18 countries…

 

Smart City Challenge


No Losers Here: $40M Smart City Rivals Sound Off

Panel Picker

Although Columbus Ohio was the sole winner of the U.S. DOT’s $40-million Smart City Challenge, the competition drew investment to other cities and created a repository of innovative transportation solutions. According to the DOT, “the challenge was built on the premise that the winning city would work with other government officials to help spread smart transportation technology throughout the U.S.” This panel will include a representative from Columbus Ohio as well as several other finalist cities to explore how this vision has been accomplished over the past nine months and what has been learned from Columbus’ implementation of its winning proposal…

 


President to visit Pittsburgh for ‘Frontiers’ conference in October

Trib Live

President Obama will visit Pittsburgh in October to attend the White House Frontiers Conference co-hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to focus on progress in five “frontiers” of innovation, the White House announced Tuesday.

The Oct. 13 conference will focus on: personal frontiers in health care innovation and precision medicine; local frontiers in building smart, inclusive communities; national frontiers in harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence and robotics; international frontiers accelerating development of clean energy and advanced climate information, tools, services, and collaborations; and frontiers in space, including a journey to Mars…

 


President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

Trib Live

President Barack Obama will visit Pittsburgh in October for a conference that will explore science, technology and innovation, jointly hosted by Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and the White House.

The White House Frontiers Conference, on Oct. 13, will look at the future of healthcare, energy, data and space, topics that will also appear in the November issue of WIRED, a magazine focused on trendy technology and it’s impact. President Obama will guest edit that issue, which will also follow the theme of “Frontiers,” according to an article on the publication’s website…

August 30, 2016

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A signal from E.T.? Science world buzzing over space radio blip

ABC7

An unexplained blip picked up by a Russian telescope last year has the science world buzzing, as some think it could be a signal from a distant civilization sent nearly a century ago.

“The phone has been ringing all morning,” said Dr. Seth Shostak, Ph.D., of the SETI Institute. “It’s just a blob of melted plastic on my desk now, yes.”…

 


New Jersey Schools and Districts Gain Access to Digital Curricula

The Journal

The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) has selected Apex Learning, a Seattle-based digital curriculum provider known for making standards-based content for all K–12 students, for its member districts and teachers. ESCNJ is the state’s largest educational services commission, providing shared services in all 21 counties.

New Jersey schools and districts now have access to the entire range of Apex Learning’s curricula, from enrollments in virtual courses with instruction by New Jersey-certified online teachers to digital curricula for classroom programs…

 

Vulcan Aerospace


A patch of New Mexico desert where space dreams begin for Musk, Branson

CNBC

In the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, is a structure which rises from the scrubby floor of the Southwest desert like something from Tatooine, Luke’s home planet in “Star Wars.” It’s a hangar for spacecraft, complete with an astronaut lounge.

This is Spaceport America, New Mexico, Earth, ZIP code 87654-3210…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Science


Scientists aim to sync various brain maps to create ‘Google Maps’ for brain

Genetic Literacy Project

Brain maps seem to come out in rapid succession these days. They take various forms: a map for word concepts, a map of individual cells’ activity, a map based on the organ’s physical contours.

But these maps often come along with a problem: They may not sync up with the other maps. Now[,] a group of scientists ha[s] managed to sync up two of the most commonly used types of brain maps — for gene expression and brain structure…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


What Robots Can Learn from Babies

Technology Review

Children quickly learn to predict what will happen if they turn a cup filled with juice upside down. Robots, on the other hand, don’t have a clue.

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Ai2) in Seattle have developed a computer program that shows how machines determine how the objects captured by a camera will most likely behave. This could help make robots and other machines less prone to error, and might help self-driving cars navigate unfamiliar scenes more safely…

 

Smart City Challenge


U.S. Traffic Deaths Make the Biggest Leap in 50 Years

Fortune

Over the years, the U.S. government has relied on laws and safety outreach programs to help reduce the number of traffic deaths. And it’s been successful. Ten years ago, 25% more people died in traffic accidents than in 2015. Now, with traffic deaths rising by the largest percentage in 50 years, the government is turning to tech and data scientists.

The number of people who died on U.S. roads last year spiked 7.2% to 35,092 from 2014, the biggest increase in five decades, according to final data released Monday by U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The previous single-year increase of this size was in 1966, when fatalities rose 8.1% from the year before…

 

EMP Museum


Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

Rough Guides

The Pacific Northwest, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, is known for its picturesque national parks, stunning coastline and awe-inspiring mountain scenery.

But what about its urban areas? The region’s two largest cities are both celebrated for their farm-to-table produce and liberal, easy going attitude. They also offer some great attractions, from museums and galleries to markets and gardens…

 

Seattle Seahawks


Why Your Team Sucks 2016: Seattle Seahawks

Deadspin

10-6, featuring a 31-24 divisional round loss at Carolina that marks the end of this team’s ability to make Super Bowls. Enjoy those two years of glory, Seattle. That was as good as it’s gonna get. After this there’s nothing but a long, slow regression back into terminal mediocrity. Frankly, you never even should have had the chance to spot the Panthers a 31-0 lead in January because Blair missed that goddamn kick. YOU SHITBAGS. God, I hate this team. They’re touched by Satan…

August 29, 2016

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That day Paul Allen started a company at the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square

Boston Globe

It may be the most fortuitous purchase of a magazine in technology history. But the place that sold it might be vanishing.

In December 1974, a 21-year-old programmer at Honeywell named Paul Allen trudged through the snow to Harvard Square’s Out of Town News in search of the latest issue of Popular Electronics, a favorite of computer hobbyists and hackers of the time…

 

Vulcan Aerospace


The new space race

Winnipeg Free Press

Later this year, tech entrepreneur turned space pioneer Elon Musk is planning the blast-off of a new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that would be twice as powerful as any other in use and one of the biggest since the Apollo era’s mighty Saturn V. The stage for the rocket’s debut: the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took off for the moon in 1969.

SpaceX’s use of 39A is the ultimate symbol the government’s monopoly on space travel is over. To Musk, it also is proof of an additional triumph over his fellow billionaire and rival Jeffrey P. Bezos, who had fought to secure the launch pad for himself…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Science


As brain maps proliferate, scientists aim to sync them up

Stat News

Brain maps seem to come out in rapid succession these days. They take various forms: a map for word concepts, a map of individual cells’ activity, a map based on the organ’s physical contours.

What they share in common is the aspiration to take the lumpy mass of the brain and categorize it, somehow, into useable areas — not unlike the textbook brain images with their colored denotations of “occipital lobe” and “frontal cortex.”…

 

Smart City Challenge


ENERGY UPDATE: CARBON SMARTS

Columbus CEO

Columbus’ victory in the US Department of Transportation and Vulcan Inc.’s Smart City Challenge isn’t just thrilling because of anticipation for better transportation. For Vulcan, it’s decarbonization from the source that ignites excitement.

Spencer Reeder, Vulcan climate & energy senior program officer, says Vulcan was looking for cities not just committed to electric vehicle use but also smarter generation of electricity. American Electric Power “is part of that story as well,” Reeder says…

 


Ohioans head to the future

Columbus Dispatch

Anyone who has driven long stretches has probably dreamed of a day in the future when automated cars would take away the tedium and stress. Likewise, what parent wouldn’t love to forgo the experience of sending off their teen with the car keys — alone — for the first time?

That day in the future is nearer than many might think. The Toledo Blade reports that automated cars and trucks will be tested on the Ohio Turnpike within a year, an effort to position the state as a leader in technology…

 

Pivot Art + Culture


8 local artists in running for $25,000 Neddy Awards

Seattle Times

Autumn is the season when Seattle’s arts institutions, from museums to theaters, launch their major programs. But late summer is awards time.

This week, Cornish College of the Arts announced its eight Neddy Artists Award finalists, which awards two grants for Puget Sound artists of $25,000 each…

 

EMP Museum


STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT EMP – SEPTEMBER 8

Seattle Pi

On September 8, 2016, EMP Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a full day of family-friendly activities that includes EMP’s new exhibit, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, themed games, crafts, photo ops, and more. Any fan who says “Beam Me Up” at the ticketing counter will receive $5 off the price of admission, and the first 50 people through the door will receive a limited edition Star Trek 50th Anniversary Captain’s Log. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume and pay tribute to their favorite characters from the beyond (and within) the final frontier…

 

Portland Trail Blazers


TRAIL BLAZERS PERSONALITIES HIGHLIGHT THE OREGONIAN’S ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL’ LIST

NBA.com

Oregonian columnist and local sports talk radio host John Canzano unveiled his Top 25 Most Influential People in Oregon Sports on Friday, and to no surprise, several Trail Blazer personalities highlight the list.

Up one spot from last year, head coach Terry Stotts comes in at the number 11 spot, just behind point guard Damian Lillard in tenth. After building a team that blew away expectations a season ago, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey register in the number eigh position. Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen holds steady in the number three spot…

 


Why Evan Turner Might Not Be So Bad In Portland After All

Blazers Edge

I’ve been struggling for weeks to come up with the perfect metaphor to describe what it’s like seeing your basketball team sign Evan Turner. I’ve grappled with a few ideas; none of them have been quite right. The two most reasonable facsimiles I’ve come up with so far, I guess, are seeing your boyfriend/girlfriend leave you and seeing your car stolen.

I can explain. Both, on the surface, seem like pretty terrible events. Having an important person walk out of your life can be devastating, and losing your vehicle means taking a tremendous hit in either your lifestyle (having to survive with no car) or your wallet (buying a new one isn’t cheap). In either case, things are gonna be pretty lousy for a while as you deal with the repercussions and go through the stages of grief, thinking about how life used to be…

 


Portland Trail Blazers: 25 Best Players To Play For The Trail Blazers

Hoops Habit

The arrival of the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA as an expansion team in 1970 marked the end of a 15-year quest by sports promoter Harry Glickman to get a team in Oregon’s largest city.

Glickman had proposed two NBA expansion teams—one each for Portland and Los Angeles—as early as 1955 and the dream came to fruition on Feb. 6, 1970, with the granting of the franchise that would become known as the Trail Blazers…

August 26, 2016

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Oregon sports history

Portland Tribune

Stanford junior Tiger Woods comes from 5-down to beat Steve Scott and win the U.S. Amateur at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

It was a record third title for the 20-year-old, who fired a 7-under-par 65 in the afternoon round, then won on the 38th hole over Scott, from the University of Florida. Scott bogeyed the second playoff hole, missing the green on a par-3 and failing on a 5-foot par putt before a crowd of 14,722…

 


City-Changing Train Ride Makes More Cross-Country Trips

Next City

Rachel Reilly Carroll was in Albuquerque when it clicked. She was at the Sundowner, today an affordable housing complex, formerly a motel where Bill Gates and Paul Allen stayed while developing Microsoft. A row of kids’ painted self-portraits hung on the wall. In that moment, she clearly saw a simple summation of the main frustration she’d been hearing from affordable housing residents and struggling renters from Pittsburgh to Kansas City. As their neighborhoods receive new investment, as new transit lines price them out of their homes, as new residents clamor in, long-term residents aren’t being seen, she thought…

 


Microsoft, Walmart and Verizon’s Latest Tech Buys Can Teach Us Something Extremely Important

Inc.

With an estimated $260 billion in tech deals announced this year alone, there’s a ton of M&A activity in the industry at the moment. Some of these mergers are a sign of the success of the company that is being bought, while, for others, it may signal the end of the road. While not every startup sets out to get acquired, it’s virtually unanimous that all want to achieve success.

From tech companies that rode the success of the Dotcom Bubble, to newer cloud companies, each have generally experienced peaks and troughs that serve as a great learning opportunity for entrepreneurs. Here are a few things startups can take away from this year’s major tech deals…

 


Dog named Buhari: See 8 other animals named after famous people

Naij

Mr Chinakwe of Ogun state has been released from prison for reportedly naming his dog ‘Buhari’ after his neighbor. The police have said what he did is likely to cause a breach of peace. Nigerians on social media are divided on the matter, with many saying that it is wrong to punish him for naming his dog Buhari.

Femi Fani-Kayode the former aviation minister published an article criticizing the prosecution of Chinakwe. On a funny note, here are other animals named after very famous people…

 

Vulcan Aerospace


A sudden light

Economist

Shortly after sunset there had been juddering green stabs of lightning to the south, but by a quarter to one in the morning there is nothing in the warm, wet July air over Cape Canaveral but a thin patchwork of moonlit cloud. And then, precisely at the time it was meant to happen, there is a sudden light on the horizon, some 18km away. A light that rises.

A 550-tonne machine taller than a 20-storey building is throwing itself into the sky. Its initially unhurried ascent burnishes the clouds bronze. As the rocket climbs above them, its pace quickening, the roar of its engines speaks to its power as the sharp line of its exhaust illustrates its precision…

 

Zika Virus


Chembio lands $13.2M Zika contract

Innovateli

Medford-based Chembio Diagnostics has won a $13.2 million federal contract to further develop its rapid test for the Zika virus, the company announced Thursday.

Almost $6 million of the money – from the Department of Health and Human Services – will go toward its Zika test and a companion field monitor, the company said. Another $7.3 million will be used for development of a combination test for Zika, chikungunya and dengue…

 

Smart City Challenge


Proposals for connected transportation ideas due in late September

Press Release Point

If attendance at the Aug. 10 Smart City Buckeyes Update is any indication, Ohio State researchers are very interested in seeing how they can help develop some of the pilot projects that will revolutionize transportation in Columbus The U.S. Bank Conference Theatre was nearly filled to its capacity of 293.

The group heard a nearly hour-long presentation by Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research; Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development; and Joanna Pinkerton, co-director of the Honda/OSU Partnership…

 

EMP Museum


Annual guitar festival begins Sunday in Bigfork

Daily Inter Lake

It’s been a summer of music, theater, art and all things warm, happy and creative. Even as we look forward to fall, there’s one last week of inspired performances to help us savor the final moments of the summer season.

The annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival is back, from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3…

August 25, 2016

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The Coming Death of One of Seattle’s Few Black-Loved Supermarkets

The Stranger

Gentrification is never a simple matter. The result, true, is that it simply removes poor people from a neighborhood and replaces them with those in the middle and upper classes. But the process itself is often motivated by good intentions or progressive ideas.

The future plans of the Promenade 23 shopping center offers an excellent example of just this kind of thing. When Paul Allen bought the shopping center this spring for $30.9 million, not a few people predicted that a good number of the businesses there, some are small and owned by black Americans, were going to go…

 


Seattle Pilots barely remembered, except through Brewers, ‘Ball Four’

ESPN

The Seattle Pilots had an official theme song that included the lyrics: “You brought the majors to the evergreen Northwest; now, go, go you Pilots, you’re going to be the best!”

Sadly, those lyrics should have been: “Now go, go you Pilots, you’re going to be the Milwaukee Brewers (not that you’re ever going to be very good there, either).”…

 


World’s Most Expensive House: Can You Guess How Much It Costs?

Daily News 24/7

Calling all gazillionaires: Want the esteemed honor of owning the world’s most expensive house? Well, it’s for sale and can be yours for, oh, a mere $1.1 billion.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Located in southern France in a tony town called Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat — aka the “billionaire’s playground” — this absurdly posh property is called Villa Les Cdres, or “The Cedars” in plain old English…

 


Why the discovery of planet Proxima b is worth crying about

KUOW

The discovery of a planet that could hold life just a few light-years away is enough to make Alan Boyle teary.

“When we look back millennia from now, we’re not going to be so focused on who won such and such an election or who made the most money,” the GeekWire aerospace editor told KUOW’s Kim Malcolm. “People are going to remember big steps that were taken on the frontier, and this could be one of them.”…

 


Seattle Pilots barely remembered, except through Brewers, ‘Ball Four’

ESPN

The Seattle Pilots had an official theme song that included the lyrics: “You brought the majors to the evergreen Northwest; now, go, go you Pilots, you’re going to be the best!”

Sadly, those lyrics should have been: “Now go, go you Pilots, you’re going to be the Milwaukee Brewers (not that you’re ever going to be very good there, either).”…

 

Great Elephant Census


Why Some Countries Don’t Want to Do More to Protect Elephants

National Geographic

That African elephants are in deep trouble has been widely publicized in recent years. They’re being poached at an unsustainable rate, and their numbers have dropped from 600,000 a decade ago to some 400,000 today.

That’s why next month’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is critical. CITES is the treaty signed by 182 countries that regulates wildlife trade across borders. In 1990 CITES banned the international trade in elephant ivory in an attempt to stem poaching, but the slaughter continues unabated…

 

Smart City Challenge


Columbus to Forge Ahead as a Smart City

Mass Transit Mag

To the surprise of those outside Columbus, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) announced the Ohio capital as the Smart City Challenge winner and presented city officials with $40 million in late June. The competition that asked local governments to envision how their city could fuse transportation systems and technology in new, meaningful ways drew in 78 applications from all over the country — with Columbus being the only finalist city without a dedicated rail service already in existence. In addition to the $40 million from the US DOT and $10 million from Vulcan Inc., Columbus officials secured an additional $90 million committed through public-private partnerships if they won the grant. The win comes at a pivotal time for the Midwest city as the latest growth projections show the automobile-dependent Columbus region will add one million people by the year 2050…

 

Seattle Seahawks


Seattle Seahawks Announce Fan Activities For Preseason Game vs Dallas Cowboys

Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks announced today activities for the third preseason game on Thursday, August 25 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. All gates and American Family Insurance Touchdown City, located in the CenturyLink Field Event Center, open at 4 p.m. and kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to bring school supplies or cash donations to help “Stuff the Bus” in partnership with Communities In Schools of Seattle. A school bus will be parked at the north end of Occidental Avenue South for fans to drop-off supplies. Fans can also drop-off school supplies or make a cash donation through August 25 at one of the team’s four retail locations at CenturyLink Field, downtown Seattle, Renton Landing or Alderwood Mall…

 

Portland Trail Blazers


Portland columnist suspicious Paul Allen will move Trail Blazers to Seattle

Seattle Pi

Paul Allen might try to sneak the Trail Blazers out of Portland and bring the NBA back to Seattle.

That at least was the theory floated by columnist John Canzano in his column Sunday for The Oregonian. Allen is from Seattle and owns the Seahawks, the city’s NFL franchise…

August 24, 2016

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World’s Most Expensive House: Can You Guess How Much It Costs?

Realtor

Calling all gazillionaires: Want the esteemed honor of owning the world’s most expensive house? Well, it’s for sale and can be yours for, oh, a mere $1.1 billion.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Located in southern France in a tony town called Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat—aka the “billionaire’s playground”—this absurdly posh property is called Villa Les Cèdres, or “The Cedars” in plain old English…

 


Land of the giants: The Nature Conservancy leads restoration of old-growth stands in Washington state

Daily Astorian

All along Ellsworth Creek, soldiers were slaying giants. The year was 1918, and the enlisted men were part of the U.S. Army’s Spruce Production Division. Their quarry — the thousand-year-old behemoth trees that once towered in our coastal forests.

Cedar and Douglas fir were all knocked down; their enormous timbers would form the backbones and bows of allied ships…

 


Trump effort to stoke fear over Boeing laughed off by experts

QC Online

For over a year, Donald Trump has had a message for voters whose livelihood depends on the aircraft industry, specifically aviation giant Boeing — elect me, or your jobs are moving to China.

Aircraft industry analysts say that claim is unfounded — “side-splittingly hilarious,” in the words of Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group, which studies a wide range of aviation-related industries…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


Robots could become CRIMINALS: Police may not be able to stop AI breaking the law, warn experts

Daily Mail

Robots are becoming an inevitable part of our future.

But questions remain over whether the increased use of artificial intelligence will be a good thing for humanity.

Now academics are becoming concerned that autonomous machines will break the law – and we will be powerless to stop them…

 

Vulcan Aerospace


The billionaire space barons and the next giant leap

Albuquerque Journal

Later this year, tech entrepreneur turned space pioneer Elon Musk is planning the blastoff of a new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that would be twice as powerful as any other in use and one of the biggest since the Apollo era’s mighty Saturn V. The stage for the rocket’s debut: the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took off for the moon in 1969.

SpaceX’s use of 39A is the ultimate symbol that the government’s monopoly on space travel is over. To Musk, it also is proof of an additional triumph – over his fellow billionaire and rival Jeffrey P. Bezos, who had fought to secure the launch pad for himself…

 

Pivot Art + Culture


Cash Money For Art: It’s Awards Season in Seattle

The Stranger

1. Finalists for the Betty Bowen Award ($15,000, show at Seattle Art Museum) are out: Dawn Cerny, Mark Mitchell, Sadie Wechsler (for the second year in a row), Wendy Red Star, and Evan Baden. No painters this year. Three of the artists work in photomedia, Cerny is a multimedia artist, and Mitchell works in textiles (see above).

2. The Neddy Awards (two awards of $25,000), administered by Cornish, is having an expanded 20th-anniversary exhibition at Paul Allen’s Pivot Art + Culture space. Nominees this year are Nathan DiPietro, Robert Hardgrave, Paul Komada, and Kimberly Trowbridge in painting; and in open medium, Dawn Cerny, Mandy Greer, C. Davida Ingram, and Clyde Petersen…

 

Seattle Art Fair


Seattle’s Out of Sight Satellite in a Wider Orbit for 2016

Hamptons Art Hub

The gift of time is a wonderful thing. For Vital 5 Productions, the team of curators behind Out of Sight—the largest and most ambitious satellite exhibit happening during the Seattle Art Fair this year—it was a godsend.

“Last year we were given keys to the space only six weeks in advance,” exhibition producer and curator Sierra Stinson said in a recent interview, “so we knew we had to hustle.”

Dealing with last year’s short notice, Out of Sight founder and curator Greg Lundgren and Stinson immediately reached out to a roster of local Seattle artists who rose to the challenge…

 

EMP Museum


Nintendo Brings Games and Fun to PAX West in Seattle

Develop Online

As PAX West rapidly approaches, Nintendo has a lineup featuring RPGs, indie games and lots of fun. The video game show, which runs Sept. 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, gives fans a chance to check out a variety of new and upcoming content on Nintendo platforms for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo will have two booths, one featuring activities with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon , as well as playable games like Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 and another booth dedicated to our talented Nindie partners showcasing awesome first playable experiences such as Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios) and World to the West (Rain Games)…

 


Bleachbear – Asian American teens are back with Cowboy Movie Star

International Examiner

In 2012, two sisters named Tigerlily and Bird Cooley, with their cousin, Emiko Gantt, formed a band. At ages 12 and 14, they went up on stage at the University District Fair and have been soaring ever since.

As the EMP Museum put it, “Bleachbear is the perfect juxtaposition of fragile and badass.” These Seattle-raised girls have managed to capture a unique, indie-rock sound in their music, and are coming back this summer with a new release titled, Cowboy Movie Star. With Bird on the drums, Emiko playing the bass, and Tigerlily with the guitar, they worked with producer Kurt Block to impress their audience yet again. The band’s lead singer, co-producer, and songwriter, Tigerlily Cooley, took some time with the International Examiner to answer some of their listeners’ most burning questions…

 


Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas Marries Longtime Love Kayla Wallace

Essence

Love is in the air once again as wedding season continues to roll on in full swing.

Over the weekend, NBA star Isaiah Thomas married his longtime girlfriend Kayla Wallace at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle…

August 23, 2016

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Billion dollar home goes on sale

RT

A sprawling estate in the south of France has become the most expensive property in the world. Known as Les Cedres, the home is located near Nice in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and has been offered for one billion euro ($1.1 billion).

The 10 bedroom property, built in 1830, comes with a huge swimming pool and one of the most impressive gardens in the world, containing 15,000 plants and nearly 20 greenhouses with rare tropical flora. The house features stables for up to 30 horses as well as a ballroom…

 


Jamal Crawford’s long and winding road

Undefeated

The most decorated role player in NBA history pulls off the main roadway and into Liberty Park, near the court where crowds first came to see him work his game and dream his dream. Jamal Crawford unfolds his 6-foot-5 frame from the driver’s seat, casually trudges toward the back of his luxury sedan and pops the trunk.

“Here you go,” he says, plucking one of four basketballs from a pile and flicking it to Jayen Jamal (J.J.), his 6-year-old son…

 

Vulcan Aerospace


The billionaire space barons

The Columbian

Later this year, tech entrepreneur turned space pioneer Elon Musk is planning the blastoff of a new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that would be twice as powerful as any other in use and one of the biggest since the Apollo era’s mighty Saturn V. The stage for the rocket’s debut: the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took off for the moon in 1969.

SpaceX’s use of 39A is the ultimate symbol that the government’s monopoly on space travel is over. To Musk, it also is proof of an additional triumph — over his fellow billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos, who had fought to secure the launch pad for himself…

 


COULD SHE BE HILLARY’S SECRETARY OF SPACE?

Ozy

When Andy Weir, author of The Martian, was seeking inspiration for his sequel, he found it at a tiny startup that had proven it could launch spacecraft into the cosmos using microwaves to “beam” power to them from Earth. The radical system had been devised at Escape Dynamics, the company that successfully tested the technology last year and was cofounded by 38-year-old French-American entrepreneur Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux.

The same month the company announced its startling results, NASA added “beamed rocketry” to its road map for future technology development. “We’re one giant step forward but only in the early innings of what we’ll see in terms of beamed energy propulsion,” Garriott de Cayeux says from her office…

 

EMP Museum


Nintendo brings games and fun to PAX West in Seattle

Nintendo

As PAX West rapidly approaches, Nintendo has a lineup featuring RPGs, indie games and lots of fun. The video game show, which runs Sept. 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, gives fans a chance to check out a variety of new and upcoming content on Nintendo platforms for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo will have two booths, one featuring activities with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, as well as playable games like Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 and another booth dedicated to our talented Nindie partners showcasing awesome first playable experiences such as Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios) and World to the West (Rain Games)…

 


SEVERED TO DEBUT ON Wii U AND NINTENDO 3DS AT PAX WEST

Gamasutra

Drinkbox Studios is excited to show off their new game Severed on both the WiiU system and 3DS hand-held system at this year’s PAX West in Seattle. Severed will be available to play on both platforms at Nintendo’s Nindies@Night event at the EMP Museum on Thursday September 1st, 8pm-12am, and will also be found on the PAX show floor in the Nintendo Indie Lounge from September 2 – September 5 at the Washington State Convention Center, in room 612.

Severed puts players in the role of Sasha, a one-armed warrior, who has embarked on a danger-ridden quest to find her family. Players will hack, slash, and swipe their way through both nightmarish monsters and uniquely challenging puzzles…

 


Toppenish educator named Regional Teacher of the Year

Yakima Herald

Jose Corona grew up in a migrant family in the Lower Valley, where at various times he worked in fields and orchards starting in second grade.

He helped his family cutting asparagus, picking apples and pears.

“Growing up and working in the fields, it was a way of living,” said Corona, 44. “But it was something I did not want to be a part of anymore.”…

 

Seattle Seahawks


WARREN MOON ON THE GOLDEN ERA OF SEAHAWK FOOTBALL

Woodinville Weekly

Seattle fans watch eras come and go. The Sonics of the 1990s had Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, before team unity fell apart and potential was lost.

The Mariners also had their time in the sun with Griffey, Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez all playing together. But one-by-one, those guys wanted out and the clubhouse mood grew sour. The M’s never reached the World Series, and soon faded into oblivion…

 


NFL Roster Cuts 2016: Projecting Seahawks cuts this week

SB Nation

Being non-polemic for an opening sentence or two, out of 90 Seahawks present in camp, there are 40 who are destined with near certainty for the final roster. They’ll be there for the season opener on September 11 and we can all pretty much agree on them already.

Richard Sherman, Steven Hauschka, Germain Ifedi, Doug Baldwin and many others aren’t going to lose their camp competitions so badly that they fail to make the final roster. “Always Compete” doesn’t mean “Ignore Track Record.” Ah, but for the other 50 Hawks in the current Hawkpile, competition gets very real this week. After Thursday’s game, the Seattle brass will trim the roster for the first time, freeing 15 guys to hunt for jobs elsewhere…

August 22, 2016

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Vulcan Aerospace


The billionaire space barons and the next giant leap

Stars and Stripes

Later this year, tech entrepreneur turned space pioneer Elon Musk is planning the blastoff of a new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that would be twice as powerful as any other in use and one of the biggest since the Apollo era’s mighty Saturn V. The stage for the rocket’s debut: the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took off for the moon in 1969.

SpaceX’s use of 39A is the ultimate symbol that the government’s monopoly on space travel is over. To Musk, it also is proof of an additional triumph — over his fellow billionaire and rival Jeffrey P. Bezos, who had fought to secure the launch pad for himself…

 


Race of the corporate titans to bring space to the masses

Straits Times

As a child, 63-year-old Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, knew the names of the Mercury 7 astronauts as if they were the star players of his favourite baseball team.

“Like countless other boys, I planned to become an astronaut when I grew up,” he wrote in his memoir. “For sheer adventure, you couldn’t beat outer space.”…

 

Great Elephant Census


France bans all ivory and rhinohorn trade

EU Reporter

The France ban goes far beyond the current EU wildlife trade regulations, and comes just weeks ahead of the next meeting of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director Joanna Swabe issued the following statement: “We warmly salute the French Government for taking decisive action to halt the cruel trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. The demand for these wildlife products has led to a poaching epidemic that has not only decimated elephant and rhino populations across Africa and Asia, but also helps to fund organized crime and terrorism. We strongly applaud Minister Royal’s commitment to stamping out poaching and wildlife trafficking and urge other EU member states to follow suit.”…

 

Smart City Challenge


Australia to spend millions making its cities smarter

Read Write

Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal government, which won the federal election last month, has revealed a Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, with the intention of bringing local councils and tech firms to the table.

The $50 million program calls for local councils to implement smart city technology to improve cities and suburbs. Federal funds will back part of the project; private and local funding will pay for the rest…

 


Trucking in Central Ohio Expected to Benefit From Federal Smart City Program

Transport Topics

Much of the focus of the federal Smart City grant money recently awarded to Columbus has been on alternative transportation development for humans. But the logistics business, which involves moving goods rather than people, also stands to reap benefits. Smartphone apps to help direct truck traffic, data sharing and the testing of remote-controlled “truck platoons” in urban areas are among the developments that central Ohio businesses can look to tap into, according to presenters at an event sponsored by the Columbus Chamber’s Columbus Region Logistics Council at the law offices of Porter Wright in Downtown…

 


Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks

Read Write

The Department of Transportation declared Columbus, Ohio the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge earlier this year. Now, city leaders plan to spend some of the $50 million reward on an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas.

Columbus Region Logistics Council backed the project, which will test the autonomous trucks at Ohio State University before bringing them onto public roads, before moving to Alum Creek Drive…

 


How Pittsburgh Birthed the Age of the Self-Driving Car

Wired

IN THE NEXT few weeks, some Pittsburghers will get a bunch of surprises when they call an Uber. First, the car will be a Volvo XC90—a luxury SUV a good deal fancier than the seemingly standard-issue Prius. Second, the ride will be free. And third, it’ll be driven by a robot.

Yes, Uber is launching a pilot fleet of autonomous Volvos in Steel City. The $300 million project, funded by the two companies, is the most aggressive implementation of autonomous driving ever (even when you take into account the fact that a person will still be sitting in the driver’s seat, ready to take over if the computer fails)…

 

Flying Heritage Collection


BREMERTON FLY-IN TOURS IMPRESS

AOPA

The tours were open to the first 100 attendees to register for them and both included lunch, camaraderie, and a chance to swap hangar stories with fellow pilots. This second of four AOPA Fly-Ins during 2016, also features seminars, exhibits, great food, and will continue Aug. 20 with good weather expected.

The Boeing factory tour is normally open only to commercial customers purchasing the $300 million aircraft, and this ticket was so popular that seats were all claimed in 11 minutes. General aviation pilot and Boeing’s chief pilot Steve Taylor organized the factory excursion, and added color to the experience explaining some of the unique design attributes of the airliners…

 

EMP Museum


‘Building Star Trek’ Documentary Shows Efforts to Save Original Enterprise Model

EMP Museum

A new Smithsonian Channel special gives Trekkies an unprecedented view of the efforts to save the USS Enterprise from certain death. The documentary shows museum officials fighting against decades of damages to fix the 11-foot (3.4 meters) “Star Trek” ship model, used in filming the original series, before putting the ship on display.

In between exclusive clips at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the documentary — called “Building Star Trek” — also shows the construction of a new “Star Trek” exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, featuring props used in the original series…

 

Portland Trail Blazers


Al-Farouq Aminu At Power Forward Can Fuel Trail Blazers’ Improvement In 2016-17

Blazers Edge

By now, we’re all well aware of the reality that the Trail Blazers are locked into their current roster for the long haul. There will be no more fantasizing about DeMarcus Cousins, or Hassan Whiteside, or whatever other star player you fancy, swooping into Rip City and changing the complexion of the team overnight. The $350 million that Paul Allen and Neil Olshey invested in the Blazers’ roster this summer was no joke – that U-Haul van full of cash represents a tangible commitment. For now, and probably for the next few years, the Blazers roster you see is what you get…

August 19, 2016

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Paul G. Allen


Among titans

Daily Astorian

All along Ellsworth Creek, soldiers were slaying giants. The year was 1918, and the enlisted men were part of the U.S. Army’s Spruce Production Division. Their quarry — the thousand-year-old behemoth trees that once towered in our coastal forests. Cedar and Douglas fir were all knocked down; their enormous timbers would form the backbones and bows of allied ships. But the most prized carcass of all was that of the great Sitka spruce. Beasts that spent eons rooted in rock and earth, in a strange twist of fate, were split, shaped and formed into lightweight frames for World War I fighter planes.

An account from just after the war describes the urgency of the massive timber-felling effort in the Pacific Northwest:…

 


Capitol Hill Block Party ready to welcome Paul Allen-backed Upstream to Seattle music festival scene

Capitol Hill Seattle

As Capitol Hill Block Party owner Jason Lajeunesse decompresses from the 20th edition of the annual E Pike music festival, it’s hard not to turn an eye to 2017. The CHBP crew have already started the process of booking bands for the 21st installment of the event, but planning this time around is coming with a little more urgency and trepidation than in years past.

Last week, Paul Allen announced Upstream, a large South by Southwest-style music and ideas festival that will takeover a massive footprint in Pioneer Square from May 11th-13th…

 


A Huge New Music Festival Is Coming to the Northwest

Willamette Week

Anyone still pining for the “old MusicfestNW,” rejoice—next year, the Pacific Northwest is getting a new large-scale, multi-venue music festival a la South by Southwest. The bad news? It’s in Seattle.

But hey, close enough!

The Upstream Music Fest and Summit—set to hit Seattle’s Pioneer Square next May 11-13—is the brainchild of Blazers and Seahawks owner Paul Allen. It’ll take place over three days and involve 200 acts playing over 25 venues around CenturyLink Field, with art, film and tech components to go along with the music…

 

Great Elephant Census


France bans ivory and rhino horn trade

Humane Society International

The French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has signed a decree banning the trade in ivory and rhino horn in France and all overseas French territories. This follows an earlier French governmental move to suspend re-exports of elephant ivory. Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director Joanna Swabe issued the following statement

”We warmly salute the French Government for taking decisive action to halt the cruel trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. The demand for these wildlife products has led to a poaching epidemic that has not only decimated elephant and rhino populations across Africa and Asia, but also helps to fund organised crime and terrorism. We strongly applaud Minister Royal’s commitment to stamping out poaching and wildlife trafficking and urge other EU Member States to follow suit.”…

 


All Ivory And Rhino Horn Trade Now Banned In France

Blue and Green Tomorrow

This follows an earlier French governmental move to suspend re-exports of elephant ivory. The France ban goes far beyond the current EU wildlife trade regulations, and comes just weeks ahead of the next meeting of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director Joanna Swabe issued the following statement:

“We warmly salute the French Government for taking decisive action to halt the cruel trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. The demand for these wildlife products has led to a poaching epidemic that has not only decimated elephant and rhino populations across Africa and Asia, but also helps to fund organised crime and terrorism. We strongly applaud Minister Royal’s commitment to stamping out poaching and wildlife trafficking and urge other EU Member States to follow suit.”…

 

Smart City Challenge


Startup Aims to Help Cities Separate Smart Hype from Solid Smart City Solutions

Government Technology

In the rush many municipalities feel to become a “smart city” — one that collects immediate data on everything from traffic patterns to home water use, analyzes it, and uses that information to improve performance and outcomes — cities have struggled to separate what’s helpful from the hype.

And it’s no wonder. Pay a visit to any of today’s smart city conventions and you may become overwhelmed simply by paying a visit to the expo floor — a circus of urban solutions like solar panels, sensors, parking meters, cables, thermostats, gauges and gaskets…

 

Seattle Art Fair


At Seattle Art Fair, the Interaction Between Technology and Modern Life

Asharq Al-Awsat

Physicists, picking up where Einstein left off, say the titanic impact of two black holes colliding can make a sound detectable through gravitational waves that wash across space and time. Dawn Kasper, in trying to create her version of that sound as a project for the Seattle Art Fair, said she thought it might be a little like the fading echoes of a great Seattle rock show, in the resonant hum of a crashing cymbal.

“Good night, Seattle!” she shouted on a recent morning as she worked…

August 18, 2016

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Paul G. Allen


With Series B Funding Done, Here’s What Lies Ahead for Zenoti

Entrepreneur

When funding is scarce, a new round of funds led by marquee industry investors comes as a breath of fresh air. Software maker Zenoti raised $15 million in Series B round led by Norwest Venture Partners along with existing backer Accel India.

With Zenoti’s all-in-one solution, spa and salon managers are more easily able to manage all aspects of their business from managing their appointment book, billing through a POS, CRM, employee schedules and payroll, inventory, running marketing promotions, enabling online booking and online sales and more…

 


One degree of separation – four successful business people who skipped college

Independent

Yesterday’s Leaving Certificate results were received with mixed emotions. While thousands of students were busily totting up points and assessing their chances of getting into their preferred university, others were considering foregoing the traditional higher education route to forge their own path instead.

While some contend that a degree is an entry-level requirement for professional employment, others are of the ‘no degree, no problem’ school of thinking. Here we meet four Irish success stories who decided to enrol in the university of life instead…

 


Paul Allen’s New-Music Summit and Festival Draws Skeptics and Reserved Praise

Seattle Weekly

You’d be hard-pressed to meet a Seattleite without some kind of opinion on Paul Allen. The Microsoft-co-founding billionaire has had more influence on this city than just about anyone else over the past two decades. And his latest endeavor has the city’s musicians in a crisis of conscience. The idea: the Upstream Music Festival and Summit, which will take place next May 11–13 in a variety of venues in Pioneer Square and SODO.

Upstream will be a mix of industry panels and musical performances aiming to bring musicians together with some of the city’s other artistic industries—tech, film, and video games—while shining a light on the area’s emerging musical talent. The festival is dedicated to booking 75 percent local acts, and paying all of them…

 


Drones to start delivering blood and medicine in the US

Impact Lab

A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will bring its drone delivery program to rural and remote communities in Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, including some Native American reservations. Zipline will announce its expansion at a White House workshop on unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) Tuesday morning.

Zipline launched in 2014, with support from venture capital firms such as Sequoia Partners and Google Ventures, as well as funding from Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder. The company began delivering medicine and blood in Rwanda last month under a government partnership, and expects to be operational in half of the country by the end of this month. The hope is that Zipline’s fleet of drones will help deliver life-saving materials to remote areas of the US, as it has in Rwanda…

 

Ebola Program


Perdue ‘blown away’ at Phoenix Air

Daily Tribune

As U.S. Senator David Perdue exited the State Department’s Containerized Bio Containment System or CBCS, — one of two flying hospitals headquartered at Phoenix Air at the Cartersville-Bartow County airport — used to ferry as many as eight seriously ill or injured Americans home from overseas, he said quietly, to no one in particular, “I’m blown away.”

The visit was part of an 11-day, 15-stop tour of Georgia, which according to a Perdue press release was “to provide an update on his (Perdue’s) work to advance Georgia’s priorities in the U.S. Senate and break through the gridlock in Washington.”…

 

Smart City Challenge


Trucking in central Ohio also to benefit in Smart Cities program

Dispatch

Much of the focus of the federal Smart City grant money recently awarded to Columbus has been on alternative transportation development for humans. But the logistics business, which involves moving goods rather than people, also stands to reap benefits.

Smartphone apps to help direct truck traffic, data sharing and the testing of remote-controlled “truck platoons” in urban areas are among the developments that central Ohio businesses can look to tap into, according to presenters at an event sponsored by the Columbus Chamber’s Columbus Region Logistics Council at the law offices of Porter Wright in Downtown…

 


The 3 main positive impacts of autonomous mobility

Fleet Europe

The upcoming self-driving era could be the biggest mobility advancement since the invention of the cars says a report by the Boston Consulting Group in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

Cities will be changed by the autonomous technology. How people will travel, but also live and work will be different. This autonomous future is not far away at all. Most car makers promised to offer self-driving cars by 2021. It’s just 5 years away!…

 


Four ways technology will change how we commute in the future

The Guardian

Columbus, Ohio, is a mid-size city known primarily as the home of Ohio State University, not as a hub of cutting edge technology for public transportation. But that is exactly what this city of 790,000 people plans to be.

By 2019, residents of Columbus could see autonomous shuttles cruising the Easton commercial district, motion-sensitive LED streetlights that also provide free Wi-Fi internet to the residential neighborhood of Linden, and 175 smart traffic signals that aim to ease traffic jams and speed first-responders’ paths through the city. Residents will also be able to use one app to plan and pay for trips that require multiple types of public transportation…

 

Seattle Seahawks


Michael Bennett starting book club for Seahawks players

Sportsnaut

The first book the players will read and discuss is “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.

“Outliers” is a book that explores what it takes to be successful from the perspective of what successful people have going on around them. It’s an outstanding choice that should stir up some conversation…

 


Bird Watching: 40th Anniversary of the Seahawks

Seattle Magazine

For 40 years, we’ve watched the Seahawks lose (2-12 in their first season) and win a lot, making it to postseason play in 10 of the past 13 seasons.

They may never become the Green Bay Packers, but as they enter their 41st season (with three Super Bowl appearances, including the big win in 2014), they’ve cemented their place in the Seattle psyche and made the “12th man” phenomenon a legitimate thing…

 


Seahawks Partner with Baird to Benefit Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Seahawks.com

The Seattle Seahawks and Baird announced today a partnership that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington called Baird Touchdownsfor Wishes.

For each touchdown scored by the Seattle Seahawks during the 2016 season, Baird will donate $412 to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. The amount of $412 is in honor of Seahawks fans, the 12s…

 


Seahawks Announce Fan Information for Thursday’s Preseason Game

Seahawks.com

The Seattle Seahawks announced today activities for the first preseason game on Thursday, August 18 versus Minnesota Vikings. All gates and American Family Insurance Touchdown City, located in the CenturyLink Field Event Center, open at 4 p.m. and kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Volunteers from American Red Cross will collect cash donations at all stadium gates and along Occidental Avenue through halftime. All gameday donations will be allocated to help people affected by the Louisiana floods. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. Fans can donate online at www.redcross.org/seahawks-pub or text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 (standard text messaging rates apply)…

 


Dolphins’ naming-rights deal has NFL bending its own rules, again

Yahoo Sports

The NFL is at it again.

Last year, it pressured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to pull out of a fantasy football convention he was part of, which ultimately led to the event being canceled. The NFL was unhappy because the event was being held at a convention center in Las Vegas, and the convention center is connected to a casino.

At the time, a league spokesman told Fox Sports, “Players and NFL personnel may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held or sponsored by casinos.”…