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Seattle needs a new police chief, and Carmen Best says she’s ready

In the early 1990s, Carmen Best was working as an accountant for a local insurance company when she saw a recruitment ad for the Seattle Police Department. “I just wanted to do something different, try something out," she told Bill Radke. "Had no preconceived ideas about staying for a long time, or not staying, just thought I would give it a shot and see what happens.”

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The Yakama Nation has filed a federal lawsuit against 30 private companies and government entities for cleanup costs associated with the release of hazardous waste at the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 30, asks for a reimbursement of $283,471 in cleanup response costs incurred by the Washington-based tribe as of Sept. 30, 2016. Defendants include Calbag Metals Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Port of Portland and the city of Portland.

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Marilyn Balcerak said she can predict that the birthdays of her son and stepdaughter will be hard. What’s harder to predict are the random events that will take her back to the day when her son James — who had autism and struggled with depression — killed his stepsister Brianna and then himself in 2015. One of those events was the shooting at the high school in Florida last week.

Balcerak said she’s distraught for the victims – and for the young man who killed them.

In recent years, Washington state has led the nation in locking up kids for running away, skipping school and other non-criminal behavior. Now state lawmakers are considering whether to ban juvenile detention for "status offenses".

Rep. Joan McBride worries about what she's helping her children put in their bodies whenever she takes them to get a hamburger and fries.

And it's not the fatty meat or processed carbs that has her so concerned.

"Potentially those little pieces of paper wrapping up the hamburger had chemicals that potentially migrate into our bodies," said McBride, a lawmaker whose Washington House district includes the city of Kirkland.

Courtesy of Red Hen Press

Several years ago, Seattle poet Tina Schumann was inspired to compile an anthology of memoir, essays and poems by children of immigrants in the United States. Her mother emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador in 1942.

Schumann has said she really didn’t know exactly what she was doing, and was somewhat overwhelmed by the large number of contributions she received, but she persevered. The result is a work that reflects the many contradictions entailed in being and becoming an American.

Welcome KUOW's 2018 RadioActive advanced youth producers

Feb 16, 2018
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KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our advanced journalism workshop. Ten graduates of our introduction to journalism workshop will spend the spring at KUOW.

During that time, they will gain advanced audio production and journalism skills as well as experience in community engagement. Our editorial team will do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories and podcasts on topics of their choice. Our community engagement team will connect with our audience through social media and events.

Josefina Mora, left, speaks about her mother's deportation case at news conference in January, 2018 outside the Seattle Immigration Court. Her mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando, buries her head on her shoulder as both women fight back tears.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigrant advocates are urging Washington state to offer reparations to people whose information was shared with federal immigration officials.

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We'll look back at this week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Also, the College Republicans rally at the University of Washington raised questions over free speech on campus. Another question: Can a health club ban a white supremacist from training at their gym?

Is Washington state on the brink of abolishing the death penalty?

And could Hamilton possibly be as good as the hype?

Marijuana plants are shown in the flowering room at Grow Ambrosia in Seattle
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Guy Nelson talks to KUOW reporter David Hyde about who still pays the price for marijuana crimes in Washington state after legalization.  

Shuri readies for a fight in new Marvel film Black Panther.
Courtesy Disney

"Black Panther," the latest cinematic rendition of the Marvel superhero universe, opens nationwide tomorrow.

To call it highly anticipated is an understatement – this opening will blow all previous Marvel film openings out of the water.

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