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Hoop dreams get a boost from big-name investors

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

These are the times that try Northwest basketball fans’ souls. Four years after Seattle’s NBA team was moved to Oklahoma City, it’s playing for the championship.

Besides rooting for the Miami Heat, what are Sonics fans to do?

Well, they could always root for the guys hoping to bring another NBA team to town – which thousands of fans did last week at a big downtown rally.

The likeliest candidate is the Sacramento Kings, a franchise that is in the same kind of situation the Sonics were in before they moved: a dispute over a new downtown arena. (And yes, there’s no little irony that Seattle would be doing to another city what was done to it.)
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Gratitude’s great, but better yet, hire a vet

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

On this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank past and present military men and women for their service.
That gratitude likely will be appreciated. But what they might appreciate even more is a job.

The economy’s been tough on many Americans, with unemployment stalled at about 9.6 percent. It’s been even worse for many U.S. military veterans transitioning to civilian life. They’re facing a record jobless rate of 11.8 percent.

Those leaving active-duty military service aren’t the only ones experiencing employment challenges. National Guard and reservists coming home from sometimes multiple deployments often find that their jobs no longer exist because their employer has downsized or gone out of business. Others are finding that some employers are reluctant to hire someone who might be called up again.

In times past, being a veteran was something positive to list on a job application. Now some vets aren’t mentioning their military service; they perceive an anti-veteran bias – particularly against service members who have been deployed to war zones, due to widely publicized mental health issues experienced by some. Read more »


Congratulations, SOTAbots

Once again, Tacoma’s School of the Arts shows it’s about science, too.

SOTA’s robotics team went to international competition in 2008, and it’s going again this year. The SOTAbots team is one of six that made it through the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition: Microsoft Seattle Regional at KeyArena Friday and Saturday. Next stop: April in Atlanta.

Other local high schools that competed with soccer-playing robots were Foss, Wilson, Bellarmine, Puyallup, Emerald Ridge, Bonney Lake, Spanaway Lake, Graham Kapowsin and teams from Mount Tahoma and Tacoma Schools Career and Technical Education Programs. A TNT article about the competition appeared Saturday.

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