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Elections 2013
3:09 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Survives Hand Recount

Employees with King County Elections conducting a hand recount of ballots from SeaTac Proposition 1
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/09/13  5:30 PM PT:

Supporters of SeaTac's $15 an hour minimum wage are celebrating tonight after the initiative survived a hand recount of ballots cast in the race.

County elections officials spent a full day scrutinizing more than 6,000 ballots by hand, closely watched by observers from both sides of the issue.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Live Tweet: Discussing Impacts Of Bellingham Coal Terminal

On December 6, 2013 at Town Hall in Seattle, reporter Ashley Ahearn moderated a discussion with Jay Julius, Lummi councilmember; and tribal law experts Mason Morisett and Knoll Lowney about an ongoing battle over a coal terminal, proposed to be built at Cherry Point, a sacred site for the Lummi.

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Marijuana
10:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Eastside Suburb Fights Pot Grow, Says Too Close To School

The site of a proposed marijuana growing and processing facility in Redmond Ridge.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

The King County Council will revisit a proposal Monday on a controversial zoning plan for growing marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Latest Snowden Revelations
7:41 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Orc And Dagger: U.S., U.K. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online

Gamers play at an IT fair in Germany. The NSA and a British counterpart have deployed agents into several virtual worlds, according to reports, including the online game World of Warcraft.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:14 am

U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells — they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Agriculture
7:40 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Snow partially covers the groud at Pepper Bridge vineyard nearr Walla Walla, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 2:50 pm

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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End Of Life
7:39 am
Mon December 9, 2013

The Business Of Dying: Searching For Place To Die

"Without regular blood tranfusions, Norma Chaty would die within days. “My existence right now is certainly not living. But I’m alive,” she said.
Kate McMahon Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:24 pm

Imagine shopping around for a new home, but instead of looking for a new place to live, you are looking for a place to die. That’s the situation 82-year-old Norma Chaty found herself in.

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Legislature
7:39 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus On Governor's Climate Change Panel

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 5:09 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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Veterans Affairs
3:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the States — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:21 am

Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.

None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."

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Marijuana
2:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

People Of Pot One Year Later: Considering Doritos, ‘Dabbing’ And Black Market

Last year on Dec. 6, pot smokers gathered spontaneously at Seattle Center to celebrate the passage of Initiative 502.

The year since Washington became one of the first states to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, entrepreneurs, regulators, police, drug counselors and everyone in between has tried to understand the implications of the new law. 

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Obituary
7:15 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's 'Greatest Son,' Dies At 95

Nelson Mandela and former US President Bill Clinton.
AP Photo

Jamala Henderson interviews Robert Taylor, former dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, reflects on his anti-apartheid work as a teen in South Africa. "It was a criminal offense to bear an image of his in public and all of his writings were banned. They could not be quoted. And so Mandela was … when he was spoken about, it was in very hushed tones."

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon has died, according to South Africa President Jacob Zuma. He was 95.

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Flip Flop
7:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Message, Says He’d Talk With Boeing

Boeing

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:10 am

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

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Cracking The Code
11:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Live Event: Discussion About Gender And Tech

KUOW's Jamala Henderson attended a conference about encouraging young women to pursue careers in tech on Wednesday. Below are a collection of tweets -- many of them from Jamala -- that emerged from the conference. 

Labor
8:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X In Washington

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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Arts
8:31 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dayna Hanson's 'The Clay Duke' Tackles Gun Violence

"The Clay Duke," a combination theater and dance production, runs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5-8 at On The Boards' Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater.
On The Boards

Gun violence is something you hear about in the news every day. So it was only a matter of time before it was featured in a contemporary performance. Choreographer, writer and composer Dayna Hanson tackles the subject in her new performance, "The Clay Duke," premiering at Seattle's On The Boards this weekend (Dec. 5-8).

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Science
7:42 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Power Team: Fred Hutch, Sloan-Kettering Launch Cancer Research Start-Up

Dr. Phil Greenberg, head of the immunology program at Fred Hutchinson, is a co-founder of Juno Therapeutics, a commercial venture.
Credit Fred Hutch Photo/Bo Jungmayer

Imagine if rivals Boeing and Airbus teamed up on a new plane, or Microsoft and Apple built a computer.

That’s a bit like what Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are attempting. Together, the two have launched a start-up, the goal being to develop a new cancer treatment that targets immune cells in the body and turns them into cancer-fighting soldiers.

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