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EarthFix Reports
12:25 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Tree Sitters Face Off With Professors Over Logging Plan

Josh Eng, right, prepares to climb up a fir tree with fellow protesters (from left) Brian Garcia, Shannon Wilson and Kate Armstrong. The group is protesting a plan to log the site that was devised by professors.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Amelia Templeton

Last year, the US Bureau of Land Management sold the rights to log a small grove of Douglas firs in Oregon, to a private company called Roseburg Forest Products.

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Postscripts
10:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Marathoner Bill Iffrig Remembers When The Bomb Went Off

Bill Iffrig reflected on the Boston Marathon bombing more than eight months ago.
Credit Vimeo/Courtesy William Anthony Photography/wmanthony.com

Bill Iffrig was 15 feet from finishing the Boston Marathon in April when the first bomb went off.

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Health
10:45 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Common Knee Surgery May Help No More Than A Fake Operation

Knee pain is common, but surgery isn't necessarily the answer, researchers say.
Inna Jacquemin iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:09 am

Go to the doctor with knee pain, and they might say you've got a meniscus tear and need surgery to fix it. But surgery for this common problem might not be any better at relieving pain than having no surgery at all, according to researchers who went to the trouble of performing fake surgery to find out.

The gold standard for medical research is a randomized controlled trial, but it's hard to sign people up if they might undergo pretend surgery.

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Environment
9:23 am
Thu December 26, 2013

For Recyclers, Holiday Gift Wrap Is A Mine Field Of 'Contaminants'

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Waste

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:13 am

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

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'Criminal Mischief'
9:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

New Laws In Washington: Rioting Gets Name Change, Seahawks Fandom Licensed

November 1999 photo of WTO protests in Seattle.
Isabel Esterman Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:36 pm

After January 1, rioting will still be a crime in Washington. But it will get a new name. And Seahawks fans will have a new way to show their loyalty to the team.

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Sobriety Tests
9:21 am
Thu December 26, 2013

New Year Brings Sobriety Testing For Repeat Drunk Drivers

Officer Durbin of the Portland Police Department tests volunteer Jennifer Van Vleet for blood alcohol level in this 2009 file photo.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:59 pm

Repeat drunk drivers in Washington who get arrested in the New Year may find themselves ordered to blow into a breathalyzer twice a day.

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Postscripts
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Happily Ever After: Couple Reflects On Life After DOMA

Otts Bolisay and Ken Thompson, outside the Redmond courthouse on their wedding day, Nov. 1.
Photo courtesy of Otts Bolisay

Otts Bolisay, who had spent more than half his life in the US on various immigration visas, was approaching the end of the line.

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EarthFix Reports
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

4 Weeks In, Locals Feel Pain Of China’s Shellfish Ban

Lydia Sigo, a geoduck diver and member of the Suquamish Tribe, is out of work right now because of China's ban on shellfish imports. She says her mortgage is due. "I can't keep going on like this very long."
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 6:00 am

SEATTLE -- Ninety percent of the geoduck harvested in Washington are sold to China and Hong Kong. It's an indicator of how much the Northwest shellfish industry relies on exports to China.

The crushing economic impacts of China's move are hitting locals in Puget Sound hard for the holidays.

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Marijuana
10:13 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Which Plants Will Kick Off Legal Pot Sales? State Regulators Don't Want To Know

Credit Credit Katherine Hitt / Flickr

State officials promise that Washington’s new legal marijuana market will be airtight, and that plants will be tracked “from seed to sale.”

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Labor
9:02 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Union members rallied last week in Everett to call on its membership to vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

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Faaaaat Albert!
8:07 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art

An original production cel from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The show was among a burst of 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive African-American characters.
Courtesy of Pamela Thomas/Museum of UnCut Funk!

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 10:34 am

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Brrrrrring
8:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won;t see much of in Idaho anymore ... a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:58 pm

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

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Prisons
8:01 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Recruiting Prison Health Care Workers Could Get Harder Under Affordable Care Act

Eric Larsen is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for the Washington Department of Corrections.
Eric Hernandez Washington Dept. of Corrections

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 9:21 am

It’s no easy task to find doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to take a job in a prison. The stigma alone is a major barrier. Not to mention concerns about personal safety.

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47 Ronin
5:36 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick

Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie '47 Ronin.'
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:18 pm

The makers of the new action flick 47 Ronin didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role.

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Shelter
3:19 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Homeless In Seattle: 'Seeing A Family Walk In Here, It’s A Heartbreaker'

Ken Kahaloha, a resident at the South Jackson Street camp is also its kitchen manager. The Jackson Street camp was one of three to replace Nickelsville, which was closed in September.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

As snow dusted Seattle on Friday morning, demand for warm items shot up at a homeless camp in Seattle’s central area.

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