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  • County Announces L&A Test On Ballot Machines


    your vote countsThe Elections Division of the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will conduct a Logic and Accuracy test on its ballot tabulation machines on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for the 2015 Special Election. A Logic and Accuracy test, or “L&A,” is a collection of… Read More +

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  • Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop Of Hops

    hopsA thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years. A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The Herald-Republic says the Yakima Valley produces about 77… Read More +

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  • Thousands Of Fans See Seahawks Off To Super Bowl

    hawksparadeThousands of chanting Seahawks fans turned out Sunday morning to see the Seahawks off to the Super Bowl. The team's buses rolled past the crowds of blue and green along a mile-long stretch of South 188th Street in SeaTac as the players headed for the airport. Players including star cornerback Richard Sherman high-fived fans outside the Delta hangar or posed for pictures with airline employees.

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James Dean's Estate Sues Twitter Over Unofficial Account

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_aae9c8398f.jpgPhoto via John Kobal Foundation/Hulton Archive/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- James Dean died long before the invention of the Internet and Twitter, but the former Hollywood heartthrob is caught up in a strange, tricky and very modern legal question: Should people be allowed to tweet in the name of dead celebrities? The Twitter handle @JamesDean has more than 8,000 followers and has sent more than 2,200 tweets.

The account is being managed by an unknown owner or owners, and that's not sitting well with James Dean's estate. CMG Worldwide, the company that runs the actor's estate, is suing Twitter, claiming @JamesDean isn't trademarked.

"No, we did not sanction the James Dean official Twitter account. There is no official Twitter site for James Dean because it's been misappropriated by an individual," CMG Worldwide CEO Mark Roesler told ABC News.

But the social media giant refuses to shut down the account.

"They're fighting it because they don't want to open the door to lots of claims of people saying hey this was a dead celebrity that needs protection and you're stealing our brand," said attorney Alison Triessl, who is not affiliated with this case.

Twitter did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

In court documents, an email between Twitter and CMG states "Twitter does not have a username reservation policy."

Legal experts say the case, now in federal court, could be groundbreaking for other late celebrities.

"There's no question that this is going to be a precedent setting case," Triessl said.

CMG Worldwide is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The Rebel Without a Cause actor would have turned 83 Saturday.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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