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6:25 am
Fri March 22, 2013

President Obama Set To Create National Monument In Washington’s San Juan Islands

More than 70,000 people visit Washington's San Juan Islands every year.
Ashley Ahearn

President Obama is set to announce the creation of several new national monuments on Monday. One of them will be in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

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Interactive Artwork
5:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

New Seattle Art Museum Installation Mirrors The City

Artist Rendering, Seattle Art Museum's Mirror installation
Credit Courtesy/Doug Aitken Workshop

When Seattle Art Museum opened its expanded downtown building in 2007, some people thought the main entrance on First Avenue was a little undistinguished.

One of those people was the late arts patron Bagley Wright. His wife, Virginia, says he thought the museum entrance needed to be marked in a dramatic way. "Because it looked like the entrance to an office building," she recalls.

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Modern Burlesque
5:22 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Seattle's Waxie Moon: Burlesque Performer For A New Century

Marc Kenison as Waxie Moon.
POC Photo/Paul O'Connell

When you hear the word burlesque, what comes to mind?

Some of us envision down and dirty night clubs populated by weary strippers clad in not much more than feather boas and G-strings. For most of the past century, burlesque has been synonymous with women doing a little bump and grind for mostly male audience members. Remember the musical "Gypsy?"

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Safety And Privacy
5:43 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Colorado Murder Resonates With Local Public Officials

Credit KUOW Photo / Sara Lerner

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot dead after answering the doorbell at his home Tuesday night. So far no one has been arrested  in the death of Tom Clements.

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Low-Skilled Workers
5:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Immigration Reform In The Restaurant Kitchen

Haitian immigrant Jean Emy Pierre, center, head chef at Colors, a restaurant co-owned by a multinational immigrant staff, with his kitchen staff as they prepare for dinner customers in New York.
Credit AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Next time you go out for a nice dinner, give a listen near the restaurant’s kitchen. Amid the bustle, there’s a decent chance you’ll hear chefs, cooks or dishwashers speaking Spanish.

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Climate Change
8:12 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Study Shows Increase In Stormy Weather In Western Washington

A stormy scene on the Dungeness Spit in Washington state. Climate researchers say rainfall data suggests it's getting stormier on the Olympic Peninsula.
Flickr/masmediaspace

The Northwest is famous for its steady gray drizzle. But for violent storms and downpours? Not so much. That might be changing. Newly published research finds evidence that rain is coming in more intense bursts in one Northwest location.

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Starbucks Campaign Cash
7:29 am
Wed March 20, 2013

UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions

Starbucks shareholder Bruce Herbert lobbies for a proposal that would prohibit Starbucks from contributing to political campaigns.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.

Starbucks holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Wednesday in Seattle. On the agenda: a proposal from a group of investors that’s meant to limit the company’s involvement in elections.

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Pot Usage Rates
7:22 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Joint Size Matters When Gauging Marijuana Usage

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 4:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Predicting marijuana usage rates in Washington might come down to a test Cheech and Chong would appreciate: the size of the joint. So says one of the state’s new pot legalization consultants.

There’s a classic Cheech and Chong scene where they smoke a massive joint while driving down the road. Cheech says “Looks like a quarter pounder, man.”

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Fruits Of Undocumented Labor
5:15 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Northwest Town Rides Ups And Downs Of "Broken" Immigration System

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:57 am

BREWSTER, Wash. - There's one word that politicians almost always use when they talk about the U.S. immigration system. That word is “broken.” But what does that really mean? Residents of the small town of Brewster, Wash., know. For decades, immigrants have come from Mexico, often illegally, to work the surrounding apple and cherry orchards. Bewster, it turns out, is a microcosm of how the immigration debate is playing out.

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Education Reform
7:33 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Many Wash. 12th Graders May Not Graduate Due To New Math Standards

With high school graduation ceremonies just three months away, nearly 15,000 Washington high school seniors have yet to pass the newest addition to the state's graduation requirements.

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Evangelicals Support Reform
7:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What Would Jesus Do About Immigration Reform?

At a rally in Walla Walla calling for immigration reform in 2010.
Flickr Photo/DickMorgan

When it comes to immigration, people from all over the political spectrum seem to agree on one thing: the system is broken. Now, support for immigration reform is growing among an unexpected group.  Religious conservatives in Washington state, as well as all around the country, are coming out in support of immigration reform.

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Path To Citizenship
6:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What Have We Learned From Past Immigration Reform?

Kindergarten teacher Sandra Aguila works on math skills with a Vietnamese student.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle schoolteacher Sandra Aguila became a US citizen through the last major immigration reform bill, which President Ronald Reagan signed in 1986. Aguila had arrived in the US one year earlier at age 25. She spoke almost no English. “I could only say ‘good morning,’” she laughs.

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Military Mental Health
5:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Army Investigation Clears Madigan Commander

Madigan Army Medical Center Commander Col. Dallas Homas.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA

An investigation into improper leadership involvement in diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center has cleared Hospital Commander Col. Dallas Homas of any wrongdoing.

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Seattle Police Reform
4:35 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

UPDATE: Police Commission Appointment Revives Questions About Harriet Walden

Rev. Harriett Walden told Seattle City Council members she's qualified to serve on the Community Police Commission.
The Seattle Channel

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 18, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

A March 6 special hearing by the Seattle City Council was intended to launch the city’s new Community Police Commission. But the meeting became mired in the background of one of its appointees.

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Apartments And Density
1:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Microhousing: Small Spaces Raise Big Questions

Micro-housing under construction on Capitol Hill.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Dane Corrida works as a hotel manager for a luxury cruise line based in Seattle. He owns a house on Capitol Hill, but since he spends most of his time working on the boats, he rents it out. If he has a couple of weeks off here and there, he can usually charm a friend or two into letting him couch surf.

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