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6:30 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Wash. County Holds Lottery For First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Yuen Lui

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 5:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The competition among counties to issue the first same-sex marriage license in Washington is heating up. Monday, one county auditor held a lottery to select the first ten couples who will receive their license just after midnight on Thursday.

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman -- who is also Secretary of State-elect -- heard Seattle’s King County intended to issue the first license.

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Law
7:52 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Marijuana Use Becomes Legal This Week But Many Questions Remain

Martha Koester supported I-502 and hopes to use marijuana for her insomnia.
Amy Radil

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has been a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana. But when he was elected in 2009, he said he never would have imagined that his goal would be achieved so quickly. This week Initiative 502 takes effect, or at least the part of it that allows people to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

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Education
7:46 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Nate Silver Meets Recess: Crunching Data In Schools

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 7:17 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - The kind of finely tuned data crunching that fueled the 2012 election is spreading to another venue: the classroom. You might have heard that campaign analysts can predict who you're likely vote for based on the magazines you read and the car you drive. Now, researchers are finding ways to predict who's likely to drop out of high school based on, say, a third grade attendance record. Schools are hoping a computer program will help them reach kids before it's too late.

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Law
7:10 am
Fri November 30, 2012

In Wake Of Tragedies, Wash. Lawmakers Will Examine Guns And Kids

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:22 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A rash of accidental shootings involving kids and unsecured guns has some Washington lawmakers considering a change in the law. A legislative panel will meet Friday to discuss ways to prevent children from getting their hands on firearms.

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Social
6:59 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Failed Compound Illustrates Disarray In White Supremacy Movement

Copyright 2012 Matt McKnight

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 8:04 am

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - There’s a new effort to build a white supremacist compound in the Northwest.

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Energy
6:52 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear "Crushed Like A Beer Can"

The Arctic Challenger's containment dome, crumpled after a field test in Puget Sound
BSEE (via KUOW FOIA request)

UPDATE on Congressional interest in this story here.

Shell Oil has been building and testing equipment designed for the Arctic Ocean here in Puget Sound. In September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.

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Law
3:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Long Sought Eco-Sabotage Suspect Surrenders

FBI

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 3:21 pm


A decade on the lam has ended for a suspect in a string of eco-sabotage attacks across the American West.  Alleged Earth Liberation Front fugitive Rebecca J. Rubin turned herself in at the Canadian border Thursday morning. 


Later in the day, she showed little emotion during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Outside the federal courthouse, defense attorney Richard Troberman explained why Rubin surrendered.  "She really wants to move her life forward without these impediments. It was just time," said Troberman.

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Marijuana and Marketing
1:29 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Seattle Web Entrepreneur's Efforts To Re-Brand Marijuana

Leafly.com has several features, including a color-coded chart that links different marijuana strains to specific diseases and symptoms.
Credit courtesy/Leafly.com

Marijuana has been historically cast as a dangerous drug for outcasts and societal dropouts. But with the passage of I-502, marijuana is going mainstream. A Seattle web entrepreneur is building tools for the masses to bring marijuana – and its users – into the 21st century.

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Agriculture
10:53 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Grain Terminal Labor Dispute Could Disrupt NW Farmers

Courtesy Columbia Grain

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:13 pm

 


A possible strike or lock out at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports. 

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Law
6:59 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Washington Leads Nation As Net Importer Of Out-Of-State Parolees

US Marshals Service

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 7:51 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 2009. Maurice Clemmons, an Arkansas felon living in Washington, walks into a coffee shop and guns down four Lakewood police officers. Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer described the scene as "more of an execution.”

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Health
6:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New Science Center Interactive Exhibit Focuses On Wellness

Students brace themselves for a germy mist at the Pacific Science Center's Wellbody Academy exhibit. The permanent exhibit opens December 1.
Ruby de Luna

Most science exhibits focus on animals, robots or body parts. But a new exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center focuses on wellness. The goal is to help kids understand how the choices they make affect their overall health.


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Marijuana
6:57 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Washington State Patrol Expects No Big Changes From Legalized Marijuana

Washington State Patrol trooper Josh Griffith stands in a heavy snow fall as he talks with drivers on Interstate 90 on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, near North Bend, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Officials with the Washington state Patrol say about 8 percent of the drivers they pull over turn out to be impaired by drugs. A lab test verifying marijuana in the blood is a factor in showing driver impairment, they say, but there’s never been a legal limit the way there is for alcohol. That changes with the new law allowing marijuana possession, which takes effect Thursday, Dec. 6. It contains a new limit on marijuana components in a driver’s bloodstream.

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Environment
9:20 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Acidifying Water Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Taylor Shellfish crews haul out oysters from Samish Bay that had been picked the night before. The Northwest's shellfish industry is one of the first to feel the impacts of ocean acidification.
Katie Campbell

Rescuing shellfish from the rising acidity in Puget Sound will require a wide-ranging response: everything from curbing greenhouse gases and controlling water pollution to growing more seaweed and putting restaurant-discarded oyster shells into shallow bays. Those are among the recommendations in a long-awaited report on ocean acidification that was delivered today to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire by a blue-ribbon panel.

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Marriage
7:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

What To Call The New Bride And Groom

The Department of Health is facing an unusual quandary now that the terms “bride and groom” no longer apply to everyone who’s getting married.
Flickr/Nule y Nelson

Marriage certificates in Washington state will look a little different next month. Terms like bride and groom will be out. The Department of Health wants to use something more gender-neutral, now that same–sex marriage is legal. The agency is taking suggestions at a public hearing on Wednesday.

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Sheriff's Office
6:59 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Urquhart Sworn In Today As New King County Sheriff

King County Sheriff John Urquhart
KUOW/Deborah Wang

There’s a new sheriff in town, at least in King County: John Urquhart will officially take over as King County Sheriff today.

Urquhart was the long-time spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, and he was well known for his colorful press releases, with titles like: “Two Men Arrested After Dragging Cow With Car.”

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