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Greens Disappointed
7:16 am
Fri March 15, 2013

US Blames Shell For Mishaps, Remains Committed To Arctic Drilling

The Kulluk drill rig arriving in Dutch Harbor, in western Alaska, on Mar. 5. From there, it will be loaded on a heavy-lift ship and hauled to a dry dock in Asia.
KUCB Photo/Stephanie Joyce

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had some tough words for Shell Oil Thursday as he announced the results of an investigation into Shell's Alaskan accidents in 2012. But he did not announce the tough consequences that environmentalists were hoping for in the wake of Shell’s year of Arctic mishaps.

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CPR Training
12:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

If You Want To Survive A Heart Attack, Live In Seattle

Tim Benningfield and Lanise Taunton Rigby work to revive a CPR training mannequin under the watchful eyes of Seattle EMTs.
Medic One Foundation Photo/Oliver McIntosh

Seattle has long been known as the best place to have a heart attack – if you want to live. Nationally, survival rates for heart attack hover between a chest clutching 2 percent and 25 percent.

In King County, your likelihood of surviving the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance, known as ventricular fibrillation, is as high as 56 percent.

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Guitar Making During Wartime
11:37 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Rosie The Riveter Had A Sister, Laura The Luthier

Courtesy of John Thomas

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 1:40 pm


PORTLAND - During World War II, a popular song called "Rosie the Riveter" turned female assembly workers into icons. Women filled in at places like the Boeing airplane factory in Seattle and the Kaiser shipyards in Portland while the men went off to war.


But one famous guitar company allegedly tried to hide the fact that it was using female replacements to keep making its musical instruments. Now, seven decades later, a Portland guitarist is helping to tell that story.

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Pope Conclave Update
11:14 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis'

Pope Francis as he waved to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:11 am

The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.

As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.

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Path To Police Reform
9:02 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Seattle Police Reform Plan

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A federal judge gave the green light yesterday to a wide-ranging reform plan for the Seattle Police Department. The plan is meant to address a 2011 finding by the US Justice Department that Seattle police had engaged in an unconstitutional pattern and practice of excessive use of force.

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Criminal Background Checks
7:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:41 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.

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Paltry Pot Parcels
3:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Scarce Real Estate For New Marijuana Stores

Legalization advocate Greta Carter says marijuana retailers can't find space for rent.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A new state law says you can have a licensed retail store for recreational marijuana, but it can’t be located within 1,000 feet of many facilities: schools, parks, transit centers, arcades, or libraries. In Seattle, that 1,000-foot rule means most of the city is off-limits. Smaller cities may have no eligible sites.

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Breaking Dreamliner Update
2:22 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

FAA Gives Boeing Go Ahead To Test New Battery System

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

Last Updated: March 12, 2013 5:30 p.m. 

In a statement, the FAA said Boeing could go ahead with its plan to test a redesigned battery system for the 787. The FAA also gave the green light to limited flights for two aircraft that will have test versions of the new systems.

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Seattle Police Reform
1:12 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Lawsuit Complicates Seattle Police Reform Plan

Two Seattle police unions have filed a lawsuit against a federal plan to reform the police department.

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Coal Export Terminals
9:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Coal Dust’s Environmental Impacts In Pacific Northwest

A coal train travels along Puget Sound.
Katie Campbell

There are five proposed coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon. They would be built to transfer coal off of trains from Wyoming and Montana mines and on to ships bound for Asia. Some coal dust will escape along the journey from mines to terminals. In the second part of our series, Ashley Ahearn looks at the environmental impacts of coal dust.

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Efforts Fall Short
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Vote Delayed On Gun Background Check Measure In Washington House

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 7:15 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Efforts to muster the 50 votes needed to pass a universal background check measure for gun sales were falling short Monday afternoon in the Washington House of Representatives. A planned vote after 3:00 pm was delayed while backers of the measure continued to work behind the scenes to secure the necessary support. Meanwhile majority Democrats moved on from the topic of reducing gun violence to consider non-related health care measures.

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Workforce Housing
6:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Council At Odds Over South Lake Union Affordable Housing

Aerial image from developer Vulcan highlights Seattle's South Lake Union.
Image Courtesy/Vulcan

The city of Seattle is trying to solve a problem: Many of the people who work in Seattle can’t afford to live here.

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Soldier Mental Health
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Army Report Finds Trouble With Behavioral Health System

The Army has more than doubled its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers in the past five years, however, a newly released report that examines how the Army evaluates soldiers for mental health issues finds that the system is riddled with problems. 

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Mayor's Race 2013
11:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ron Sims Will Not Join Seattle's Mayoral Race

King County Executive Ron Sims speaks at a news conference where he announced that President Barack Obama would nominate him to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Former King County Executive Ron Sims announced today on KUOW that he will not run for Seattle mayor as many people have speculated.

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Coal Dust Impacts
7:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health In Pacific Northwest

The Westshore Terminal near Vancouver, B.C. handles about 30 million tons of coal per year, loading it onto ships for export. Westshore spent $7 million upgrading pumps, rain guns and misting devices around the site used to dampen and control coal dust.
Katie Campbell

With five coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon, Northwest residents are grappling for the first time with issues that are old hat in coal states like West Virginia and Kentucky. One of those issues: coal dust. How much of it will escape along the journey from mines in Wyoming and Montana to proposed export terminals on the West Coast? And what might that dust mean for public health?

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