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Syria Crisis
3:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Kerry: There Must Be Accountability For The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington today about the situation in Syria.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a rare and pointed speech in which he sent a clear message to the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad that the use of chemical weapons defied "any code of morality."

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State Politics
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP

Susan Hutchison, State Republican Party Chairwoman.
Credit Flickr Photo/jseattle

Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago. Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.

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"Alvin" In Astoria
9:48 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Storied Research Subs Visit Northwest Coast

Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Upgraded minisub Alvin was loaded onto R/V Atlantis at the WHOI dock on May 13, 2013.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:02 am

A storied research sub that explored and filmed the wreck of the Titanic is making an appearance in the Northwest. The deep-diving submarine "Alvin" is in Astoria this week while its support ship changes crews.

It's actually one of two well-known submersibles passing through the port town.

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Fruit Variety
9:48 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Tired Of Your Old Apple? A New Variety Is On The Horizon

Washington State University. The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest is already beginning on some farms.

But growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.

Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only last year's crop was larger.

Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits.

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Chemical Weapons Inspection
8:07 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Syria Crisis: UN Inspectors' Convoy 'Hit By Sniper Fire'

AP Photo/STR

Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.

One car was shot at "multiple times", forcing the convoy to turn back.

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Rural Medicine
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rural Residency Shortage Means Doctors-In-Training Move Away

Vaughn Bullfinch. Medical resident Vaughn Bullfinch considers himself lucky to have residency spot in a rural Northwest hospital in an area where he hopes to settle down.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:14 pm

For decades, rural parts of the Northwest have found it difficult to lure doctors to small towns. Community leaders in Yakima, Wash. went so far as to found a small medical school to train doctors to practice in these underserved areas.

The Pacific Northwest University opened in 2006. But there is a problem. Small towns throughout the region just don’t have enough residency programs. And that means many of these doctors-in-training may move away.

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Music
3:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Seattle Band To Release Pop Song Inspired By Hanford Tank Waste

Tangerine. The Seattle band Tangerine will release “Hanford Riviera” on Swoon Records aon August 31. From left to right, Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:00 pm

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows and even a book of poetry. Now, a Northwest band call Tangerine is about to release a new song that tackles the leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the federal site.

“I guess it’s a slightly unusual topic for a pop song," admits Marika Justad. "Especially one that has a romantic angle. Justad sings and plays guitar and piano for Tangerine, an alternative pop band from Seattle.

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Union Showdown
12:39 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Contract Talks Stall Between Seattle Teachers And District

Flickr Photo/tncountryfan

UPDATE: 8/24/13, 9:41 a.m. PT

In a letter to the community Friday evening, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda outlined key elements of the district's latest contract offer, including a four percent pay increase over two years, hiring extra support staff including school psychologists, nurses, speech pathologists, and occupational and physical therapists, and improvements to the special education delivery model.

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High-Tech Turnover
11:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Announces Retirement

Retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

One year: That’s how long that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has before he retires as the head of the company. In a news release today, Microsoft announced that the chief executive officer will stay until the company has chosen his successor.

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Staff Sgt Robert Bales
11:38 am
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, foreground, is seen in a courtroom sketch earlier this week, as prosecutor Lt. Col. Jay Morse, right, speaks to the jury. Bales was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.
Peter Millett AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:14 pm

A military jury has sentenced Robert Bales, the U.S. Army staff sergeant who admitted to killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, to life in prison without parole. During the punishment hearings held this week, Bales was confronted by family members of victims and people who survived the attacks of March 11, 2012.

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Community Discussions
9:37 am
Fri August 23, 2013

A Place To Talk About Death And Dying, Cake And Tea Served

Death cafes offer an opportunity to ask, how do you want to live your life? How do you want to die?
Flickr Photo/Piermario

Death is one of those subjects considered taboo in polite company. But recently a group of strangers gave up a sunny afternoon to meet in a Seattle coffee shop to talk about just that.

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Ballmer Retirement
8:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer To Retire Within 12 Months

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to retire from the technology giant within the next 12 months.

Shares in Microsoft, criticised for its slow response to the booming market for mobile devices, leapt 9% on the news.

Ballmer, who last month unveiled a restructuring to address the criticism, said in a statement: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time.

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Early Learning
10:46 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seattle City Council To Consider Universal Preschool Proposal

Preschool students at the UW West Campus Children's Center.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

The city of Seattle would create a plan to let all children attend preschool for free or on a sliding scale under a resolution proposed by City Councilman Tim Burgess.

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Jail Under Review
11:02 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Federal Scrutiny At Snohomish County Jail

A federal review team is taking a close look at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett this week. The review comes after last month’s death of a jail inmate. It was the eighth such death since 2010.

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Salmon Recovery
10:39 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Can-Am Leaders Launch Salmon Recovery Effort

Salmon leaders from Washington and British Columbia gathered in Seattle for the launch of a new $20 million research and recovery project.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Leaders on salmon research and recovery from the United States and Canada came together in Seattle Wednesday to announce a new project.

It’s called the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, and it’s meant to address a major question: Why aren’t salmon and steelhead in Washington and Canadian waters recovering, despite the millions of dollars that have been spent on research and habitat restoration?

“We have a fairly clear idea of what salmon need and what they’re doing in the freshwater environment. We know considerably less about the marine systems,” said Jacques White, executive director of Long Live The Kings. The Seattle-based nonprofit is coordinating the effort along with the Pacific Salmon Foundation in B.C.

White says the project will focus on answering questions about what’s happening to salmon and steelhead when they leave the freshwater rivers and enter Washington’s Puget Sound and British Columbia’s Georgia Strait.

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