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Obituary
12:16 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Paul Schell, Innkeeper And Former Seattle Mayor, Dies At 76

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell in 1999.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Paul Schell, a Seattle mayor and champion of urban neighborhoods, died in Seattle on Sunday. He was 76.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Murray confirmed that Schell died at Swedish Hospital.

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Community Supervision
6:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sex Offender's Arrest Highlights The Difficulty Of Community Supervision

Community Corrections Officer Iris Peterson at her desk.
Credit Patricia Murphy

A Level 3 sex offender charged with kidnapping is back in court this week. Prosecutors say Jesse Brisbin snatched a six-year-old girl from a park in Beacon Hill and assaulted her.

Brisbin has pleaded not guilty.

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Lessons From Oso
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Independent Commission To Probe Oso Landslide

Grocery owner Kevin Ashe of Darrington
John Ryan KUOW

An independent commission will delve into the deadliest landslide in Washington history. The commission will seek statewide lessons from the Oso landslide, land use in the Oso area before the slide, and the emergency response in the days and weeks afterward.

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Dangerous Conditions
5:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Marijuana Activists Cheer Federal Crackdown On Hash Oil Manufacturer

Two men who produced marijuana candy appeared in federal court Friday for a detention hearing . They’re accused of endangering others while manufacturing marijuana extracts.

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Wiring Funds
8:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Seattle Somalis Worry Arrests Could Hinder How They Send Home Money

Somali Americans rally at the Minnesota State Capitol to protest the closure of money service businesses Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Jim Mone

A Somali immigrant living in Kent was arrested Wednesday on charges of fundraising for the Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab. Her arrest could cast more suspicion on the system Somalis use to send money home.

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FEMA
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Feds Offer Wildfire Assistance, But So Far No Payments To Homeowners

Firefighters cut a line in the trees in order to contain the Carlton Complex fire.
Inciweb/National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 11:55 am

Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.

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Airline Rivalry
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

An Alaska Airlines 737 plane.
Alaska Airlines

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:25 pm

The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.

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EarthFix Report
9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oil Train Derailed In Interbay Rail Yard

KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early Thursday, but BNSF Railway says none of the oil spilled.

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Old Growth
9:11 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies

The Elliott State Forest contains old-growth forest that conservation groups say shouldn't be sold to private owners.
Oregon Department of Forestry

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:16 pm

The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon. Annual management costs are about $3 million dollars more than what it brings in by selling timber for logging companies to cut.

One option being considered to make money off the Elliott is to sell all 93,000 acres of the forest -- including old-growth tracts -- on the south Oregon coast to private timber companies. The proceeds of such a sale would go into the state's Common School Fund, which supports public education.

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Behavior Counseling
8:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Behavior Changes From Patients And Doctors Recommended For HIV Prevention

Gay City Health Project in Seattle.
Credit Wikimedia

In the campaign to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections, counselors like Chief Odood are on the frontlines.

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Radiation
8:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation

Fukushima seawater radiation plume dispersal model by Rossi et. al.
Deep-Sea Research journal

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:47 pm

It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.

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Courts
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

Eldon Samuel III

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention.

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Food
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

File photo of supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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Race
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History

Historians say this Corvallis home was once occupied by Hannah and Eliza Gorman, an African-American mother and daughter who came west on the Oregon Trail in 1844.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:12 pm

We all have an image of the Oregon Trail: the covered wagon, mom with her bonnet, and dad handling the mules with a couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white.

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Immigration
3:17 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

An Immigrant Leaves America To Chase His Dreams In Mexico

Before entering Mexico, leaving the U.S. for good, Jorge Lerma takes this photo. Lerma, 32, was an undocumented immigrant for nearly half his life before deciding to return home for better opportunities.
Credit Courtesy Jorge Lerma

As Jorge Lerma approached the Mexican border from the U.S. side, he felt like he was hooked to a bungee cord, ready to leap into the unknown.

Jorge had lived in the U.S. for 16 years, attended high school and college in California, but his status here as an undocumented immigrant thwarted his dreams to be an engineer. So he decided to move back to Mexico.

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