News Clips— Decisive/Divisive



Alaska Airlines wins twice: The carrier not only reported a third-quarter profit, it also benefited from a federal airline bailout. Airline officials say they'll keep the government handout to avoid seeming unpatriotic.

Officials in the state's Department of Social and Health Services hope to halt bad publicity by asking people suing the agency not to talk to the media. If this works, DSHS plans to ask Washington parents to stop abusing their kids.

Good news for The Seattle Times, sort of: Its now-folded teen magazine, mirror, won several 2000 publication awards. In hopes of a similar bonanza for the grown-up paper, the Times may cease publication.

KOMO-TV has cut 10 newsroom positions due to a slump in advertising. In a related story, the station plans to change its slogan from "More Local News" to "Want local news? Read the newspapers."

Mayoral hopeful Greg Nickels keeps boasting about his work to create an important public structure: Safeco Field. Opponent Mark Sidran responds that, without his contributions to criminal law, we wouldn't have needed that second King County jail.

Seattle City Light won't get a refund from energy companies despite the exorbitant prices paid for electricity this winter. Note to ratepayers: Guess who picks up the tab?

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