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Special Education
7:07 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Special Ed In Seattle Public Schools "Atrocious," "Heartbreaking," Say Parents

Ryder on his first day of third grade.
Bridget Ambrose

Two-and-a-half years ago, KUOW brought you the story of Bridget Ambrose and her son Ryder. Ryder was in kindergarten at the time. He’s on the autism spectrum. At Ryder’s preschool, he’d gotten special education services like speech therapy and the social skills training that many kids with autism need to teach them how to interact with other kids.

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Media
12:19 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Seattle Times' Political Ads Cause Controversy

A distribution box for The Seattle Times.
Flickr photo/Mr. T in D.C.

The Seattle Times Company began running its own political ads on Wednesday in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and same-sex marriage.

Industry observers are questioning this new move.

Alan Fisco, an executive with The Seattle Times, says print newspapers miss out on the millions of dollars in campaign spending that go to broadcast television.

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Boy Scouts
5:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Boy Scouts’ List Of Alleged Child Abusers Opened To Public

Boy Scout badges.
Flickr photo/rocket ship

A court-ordered release of the Boy Scout’s so-called “perversion files” lists 25 men in Washington state.  The complete files identify more than 1,200 Scout volunteers who were accused of child abuse and banned from the organization. These once-secret documents give the pubic an unprecedented look inside the scouting organization.

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Government
5:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Heated Words Over Seattle Police Monitor Selection

Seattle Police officers at a memorial for an officer killed in 2006.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

The war of words stemming from the effort to reform the Seattle Police Department is heating up.  At issue is the selection of an independent monitor who would oversee the reforms.

The Justice Department and the city are supposed to jointly select the monitor, but city officials can't agree on whom that monitor should be.

Mayor McGinn opposes the selection of a Los Angeles police consultant named Merrick Bobb, who has been described as being one of the country’s preeminent police reform experts. McGinn said he had questions about whether Bobb would be fair.

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Military
4:58 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Wash. Senator Patty Murray Wants Timeline For DoD Mental Health Diagnosis Reviews

US Senator Patty Murray.

Washington Senator Patty Murray has asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide a timeline for a review of how the military diagnoses PTSD and other behavioral health issues.

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History
4:49 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Souvenirs Of Seattle’s World’s Fair

Six-year-old Paula Jones was the 9-millionth visitor to the Seattle World's Fair. She was given free admission to all of the rides, as long as she wore this sign around her neck.
Courtesy/Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch

Ten million people attended the Seattle World’s Fair over the course of its six month run. Jean Roth was one of them and she was there on opening day: April 21, 1962.

That day was also Roth’s 18th birthday and she and some friends thought it would be great to be the first through the turnstiles.

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Food Labelling
9:53 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Researchers: King County Menu Labeling Reduces Overeating

There are no signs on the menu encouraging super-sized portions at this McDonald's.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s been more than two years since King County required chain restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus.  The goal was to help customers make healthy choices. 

Seattle researchers wanted to see if the regulation has changed the way restaurants market their meals.  One change the study found is it seems restaurants are no longer promoting supersized portions or overeating. 

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Referendum 74
9:08 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Campaigns For And Against Gay Marriage Bank On Opposite Strategies

Kyle Bain volunteers at a phone bank to urge voter support for Referendum 74.
Liz Jones/KUOW

Washington is one of four states that will vote on same-sex marriage in just a few weeks. History is on the line, as one of these states could be the first to approve gay marriage by a vote of the people. The campaigns on both sides are intensifying efforts to connect with voters but there’s a stark contrast in their strategies.

Here, gay marriage opponents have set up their campaign headquarters in a quiet strip mall just off I-5 in Lynnwood. Their office is tucked in next to a hair salon, a dry cleaners and a chain pizza restaurant.

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Elections 2012
8:52 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative

Seattle School Board, 2012
Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School Board said a unanimous "no" to charter schools last night. The board members approved a resolution against Initiative 1240, which would bring up to 40 charter schools to Washington over five years.

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
(AP Photo/April L. Brown)

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot. Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the Yes on 1240 campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the Public Disclosure Commission website.

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Election 2012
5:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Republican John Koster Focuses On Economy To Woo Moderates

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office
(KUOW photo/Deborah Wang)

If Republican congressional candidate John Koster has a signature campaign issue, it’s the country’s ballooning national debt.

The website for his 1st Congressional District campaign features a national debt clock ticking away. The total now stands at more than $16 trillion.

“I think one of the greatest things that we could do for our constituents and our future generations is not hamstring them with huge debt and huge deficits that they will have to pay off,” he said.

In his two decades in politics, Koster has been a staunch advocate of limited government.

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Music
4:59 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Seattle Symphony And Opera Musicians Authorize Strike

Members of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization (SSOPO) voted October 15 to authorize a strike.  In a statement on its website, SSOPO representatives say the latest contract offers from both organizations call for 15 percent reductions in pay and benefits for the 2012-2013 season.  That's on top of concessions the musicians have already made.  The union says its membership can't take further cuts.  

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Military
4:51 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Media Reports: Female Soldier From JBLM Killed In ‘Insider’ Attack

Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was killed Oct. 13, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
(Photo/7th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

The US Department of Defense issued a news release Monday afternoon about the death of Army Specialist Brittany Gordon. Gordon was assigned to the 572nd Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The DoD says 24-year-old Gordon died from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device. Now multiple news reports say Gordon’s death may be the latest in a series of so-called insider attacks in Afghanistan.

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Election 2012
9:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Seattle Schools Chief Opposes Charter Initiative

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda says he’ll vote “no” on Initiative 1240, which would legalize charter schools in Washington state.

I-1240 would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington state over five years. Proponents of I-1240 say it would give parents and students more school choice.

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Referendum 74
8:26 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Mailers Raise Some Eyebrows

Same-sex marriage supporters target mailers to seniors about Referendum 74.
(Photo/Liz Jones)

Some senior citizens in Washington recently got a flyer in the mail from same-sex marriage supporters. It says approval of Referendum 74 will preserve domestic partnerships for seniors. Gay marriage opponents call the ad a misleading scare tactic.

The campaign backing same-sex marriage paid for the mailer. It’s targeting seniors because Referendum 74 touches on domestic partnerships between straight couples who are are 62 or older and living together.

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