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Retirement
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials

Washington state Senator John Braun
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:55 pm

A Washington state senator says if 401(k)s are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.

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Science Meets Sasquatch
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Sasquatch Reality Show Filmed In Northwest Premieres This Week

The search for Sasquatch is on on '10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty.'
Spike TV

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:06 pm

A new cable reality show features rugged Northwesterners tromping through the region’s beautiful landscapes. They’re searching for a Northwest icon -- Sasquatch.

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Interim Chief
9:15 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mayor Murray: Seattle Police Shakeup Avoids 'Collision Course'

Retired Seattle Police Assistant Chief Harry Bailey will take the helm.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, sworn in on Monday, wasted no time hiring a new interim police chief: Former Assistant Chief Harry Bailey.

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Opera
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Rigoletto: The ‘Gateway Drug’ Of Opera?

A photo from the 2004 production of Rigoletto at Seattle Opera. The same production opens on Saturday, although with different principals.
Seattle Opera Photo/Rozarii Lynch

If your eyes roll back in your head when you hear the word "opera," maybe you should talk to Sue Elliott. She's the education director at Seattle Opera, and her passion for her subject is obvious. And contagious. Just get her talking about Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera "Rigoletto."

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Crime & Courts
10:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Investigated For Tampering, Rape Suspect’s Wife Hired As Magistrate

Seattle Municipal Court, where Jennifer Grant, the wife of an accused rapist, works as a magistrate. Grant had been investigated for tampering with her husband's investigation.
Credit City of Seattle Photo

A recently released report commissioned by the Seattle City Attorney’s office has found that one of its supervising prosecutors may have violated criminal law and professional rules for attorneys.

Three months after resigning, that prosecutor, Jennifer Grant, got a temporary job with Seattle Municipal Court as a magistrate.

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Online Threats
9:21 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Internet Harassment Of Women: When Haters Do More Than Just Hate

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:16 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Finally today, we want to take a look at the world of Internet media. Now we often hear that the Internet is the brave new world where things like race and gender don't matter. Everybody can be who they want to be and have equal access and equal say. But we also know that there is an ugly side to the Internet, and that's something you may have experienced yourself, particularly if you are a girl or a woman.

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Park And Pay
7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Washington Wants More Disabled Drivers To Pay For Parking

Flickr Photo/Richard Cassan

A state work group is arguing that more people with disabilities should feed the parking meter. Currently, anyone with a disabilities placard can park for free.

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Chickasaw
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

A portrait of Emily Johnson Dickerson by artist Mike Larsen.
Courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:47 pm

Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.

"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. The Chickasaw Nation has about 55,000 members and is based in the southern part of central Oklahoma.

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Guns
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Despite Calls To Arm Teachers, Most Schools Opt For Other Measures

A new controlled entry system in the Coeur d'Alene schools requires visitors to speak to the front office over video before coming in.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:07 am

Parents and students across the Northwest are seeing many new security measures as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

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Coal Terminal
7:39 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

Goldman Sachs has parted ways with a proposal to export 48 million tons of Wyoming Coals through a terminal near Bellingham, Wash.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.

New York-based Goldman Sachs has sold its stock back to the companies proposing to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If built it would transfer 48 million tons of Wyoming coal each year from trains to ocean-going vessels bound for Asia.

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Labor
4:39 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Airport Workers To Port: 'It's Like Living Paycheck To Paycheck'

Mohammad Kadhim, a baggage handler at Sea-Tac Airport, appeals to Port of Seattle Commissioners for higher wages.
Liz Jones KUOW

Port of Seattle Commissioners said Tuesday they will consider higher wages for some airport workers, despite last week's court ruling that the Port is exempt from a new ordinance in SeaTac. That law would require a $15 hourly minimum wage for airport-related workers.

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EarthFix Reports
1:07 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Washington Officials Say Shellfish Is Safe For China To Import

Credit Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Washington state officials said Tuesday they found lower contamination levels when they tested geoduck clams than those alleged by China when it said geoduck imported from Puget Sound had high levels of arsenic.

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Fossil Replication
10:20 am
Tue January 7, 2014

How A 3-D Printer Is Helping Preserve A Saber-Tooth Salmon

A saber-toothed salmon, as depicted by artist Ray Troll. The mural is part of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
University of Oregon

For years, museum conservators and paleontologists have yearned for a way to duplicate fragile fossils without damaging them. Now scientists with the University of Oregon say they have found a way to do just that, with the help of a relatively inexpensive 3-D printer.

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Books And Guns
10:02 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Why Seattle Public Library Surrendered Its Gun Ban

Seattle Public Library lifted its gun ban in November after a patron complained that the library rule was breaking the law.
Credit Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained.  

Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.

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Sochi Olympics
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cross Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics

U.S. Ski Team teammates and siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen.
Robert Whitney

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:06 pm

Athletes headed to next month's Winter Olympics in Russia can be expected to leverage any advantage that nature or nurture provides: Experience, a bigger body, or a higher tolerance for pain.

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