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Cancer Bankruptcy
12:21 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Seattle Woman Experiences Financial Devastation Following Cancer Diagnosis

Celeste Smith was living her dream life when this photo was taken five years ago. A month later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did she know how the disease would turn her world upside down.
Celeste Smith

June 2 is National Cancer Survivor Day. But surviving the disease is just one challenge facing cancer patients. A recent study by Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that cancer patients are two-and-a-half times more at risk for filing bankruptcy compared to people without cancer.

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1979 NBA Finals
4:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Remembering The SuperSonics World Championship

Seattle SuperSonics playing the Portland Trail Blazers circa 1978, the year before they won the NBA Championship.
Seattle Municipal Archives.

So far, attempts to bring the SuperSonics back to Seattle have fallen short. Fans might be a little down, but 34 years ago the Sonics really gave us something to cheer about.

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Entertaining Lawmakers
11:02 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Washington Lobbyists Routinely Fail To Properly Report Entertainment

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:50 pm

Lobbyists in Washington state routinely fail to properly report dinners out with lawmakers. And dinners over $50 in value do not always show up – as required – on lawmakers’ personal financial statements. Those are among the findings of a public radio investigation – conducted in cooperation with the Associated Press.

The 'Morton Rule'

When retired Senator Bob Morton was in the Washington legislature, he’d go out to lunch with a lobbyist. But he had a rule.

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Liquor Privatization Update
11:02 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Liquor Privatization In Washington State, One Year Later

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:34 pm

As of June 1, it will be one year since grocers, big box stores and other private retailers started selling liquor in Washington state. The voter approved privatization initiative has sent prices unexpectedly higher. Also, the government is collecting more tax revenue than anticipated.

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Genetically Modified Wheat
8:53 am
Fri May 31, 2013

EU, Japan, South Korea Markets React To Modified Wheat Found In Oregon

Flickr Photo/Jonny Boy

WASHINGTON (AP) — World markets are responding to this week’s discovery of genetically engineered wheat on an Oregon farm. Japan has suspended some imports of US wheat, while the European Union and South Korea will increase inspections of wheat imported from the US.

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Brand Name Pot
8:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

"Big Marijuana" Rolls Out National Brand Name

Vicente Fox and Jamen Shively discuss marijuana legalization.
Amy Radil

Big marijuana has come to town. That was the message at one of the stranger product launches yet seen in Seattle Thursday. The press conference at Seattle’s Columbia Tower began with a quote from Carl Sagan extolling the serenity bestowed by marijuana. With former Mexican president Vicente Fox at his side, marijuana entrepreneur Jamen Shively told a packed room that marijuana prohibition is like the Berlin Wall and he hopes his new company will help it crumble. 

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Joseph's Apple Tree
1:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees

Seattle mohel David Bolnick holds a baby following a bris ceremony.
Credit Courtesy of David Bolnick

There are about 1,000 trees in the Northwest that share something in common. You’d never guess what it is just by looking at them. Some are tiny fruit trees. Others are towering cedars. But, under the soil, they’re connected to the same ancient ritual.

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Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:39 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mental Health Services Still Difficult To Get In King County

One year ago, Ian Stawicki killed four people at Cafe Racer, a popular and eclectic coffee shop and bar in Seattle's University District. Later that day he killed another woman, and then himself. Like other mass shootings without apparent motive, the case galvanized discussion about mental illness and violence.

KUOW's Sara Lerner spoke with Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division about why it's so difficult for many families to get help for loved ones who have mental illnesses.

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Last Public Hearing
10:45 am
Thu May 30, 2013

EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan Draws Skepticism

“I want to say no. I want to be able to go and fish in that river. I know many of our community members do," said Paulina Lopez, a resident of South Park, at the final public hearing on the EPA's proposed cleanup plan for the Duwamish River.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

The final hearing on Wednesday regarding a cleanup plan for one of the Northwest’s most polluted rivers brought out concerns that it doesn’t do enough to protect fish, wildlife and human health.

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Albany Bomb Plot
10:11 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition

Benton County District Attorney

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 3:59 pm

The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother.

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Obituary
10:10 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Washington State Senator Mike Carrell Dies At 69

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 2:07 pm

Washington state Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood has died from complications related to treatment for a pre-leukemia blood disorder. 

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Shooting Anniversary
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Legislative Session Yields New Mental Health Bills, Advocates Say More Needs to Be Done

Flowers and notes in front of Cafe Racer in Seattle. The cafe closed in remembrance of victims of last year's shooting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Seattle’s Café Racer is closed today in remembrance. 

It's been a year since a gunman shot five people inside the eclectic coffee shop and bar. Drew Keriakedes, Joe Albanese , Kimberly Layfield, and Don Largen were killed. The cafe's cook, Leonard Meuse, was the lone survivor.

After the gunman fled the scene, police say he made his way downtown where he  killed  Gloria Leonidas and stole her car before shooting himself in West Seattle. 

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Tree Roots Revealed
8:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots

Tree roots snake through the forest
Buzz Hoffman

When you think of a tree, you probably think of the trunk and all those parts you see above ground. But there’s a whole lot more going on under the soil than meets the eye. Scientists are now digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries.

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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
11:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

North Idaho County A Study In Contrasts On Gay Rights Views

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:35 am

Idaho's conflicting views on gay rights is playing out in the northern part of the state. A committee in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday advanced an anti-discrimination ordinance. Meanwhile the sheriff of the same county is threatening to drop a Boy Scout charter because the group voted to allow gay members.

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Song From A Spruce
7:50 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Carving Music Out Of Northwest Trees

Tonewood logs on their way to Pacific Rim Tonewoods.
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Rim Tonewoods

Before it ever made music, this guitar was a tree. Or more precisely, it was several trees. When you listen to a guitar like this, you may think you’re hearing the strings. But, you’re not. The strings themselves make very little sound. For the most part, you’re hearing the vibration of wood itself. It takes a special kind of wood to give an instrument its unique voice. It’s called tonewood – and the Northwest is home to some of the most prized varieties in the world.

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