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Crime
3:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled Canada Charged With Harassment

Michael Sean Stanley has been arrested for a disturbance in West Seattle, he is also suspected of a sexual assault.
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

UPDATE 10/23/13, 6:20 p.m. PT: According to Dan Donohue, spokesman for the King County prosecutor office, the assault claim against Michael Sean Stanley remains under investigation and has not yet been referred to prosecutors.

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A man described by Canadian police as a sexually violent predator pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday morning to the misdemeanor charge of harassment after being arrested on Tuesday in West Seattle. 

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Education Reform
8:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders

Flickr Photo/Rocky Lubbers

Correction 10/24/2013: This story has been changed to correct the number of schools that can be approved in the first round of applications.

More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.

Included among them: A school for gifted early elementary students in Spokane Valley; a Tacoma branch of the national charter chain Green Dot; and a Seattle elementary for kids who have experienced extreme trauma.

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Elections 2013
7:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods?

Litehouse Foods, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, produces more than 400 salad dressings and dips found in grocery stores and delis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:19 am

In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.

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Cold War Legacy
6:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Boeing Engineer Reveals Secrets Behind Cold War Missile Program

Retired engineer Dan Witmer stands by a defunct Minuteman missile silo where he used to work in the 1960s. The silo is located just off East Marginal Way, across the street from the Museum of Flight.
Credit KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

There’s a mysterious object standing in a parking lot just eight miles south of downtown Seattle. From the surface, it looks like a grayish-green dome on a pile of rubble. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a forgotten link to Seattle’s Cold War past. 

Retired Boeing engineer Dan Witmer is one of the few remaining people in Seattle who knows what that dome is covering up: a defunct Minuteman missile silo.

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Elections 2013
12:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Top Donors Fighting GMO Labeling Revealed: Pepsi, Coke, Nestlé

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has gotten his wish: A list of donors to a political action committee created to fight Initiative 522, which, if passed, would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified products.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association established its PAC on Thursday, the day after Ferguson filed suit against the association for failing to release its donor list. 

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Pensions
11:55 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Mayors Argue To Cut Fossil Fuel Stock, But Skeptic Urges Softer Approach

A historic gas pump in Issaquah, Wash. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants his city to divest from fossil energy companies.
John Ryan

Investment advisors from across the country met on Friday in Seattle in hopes of cutting fossil fuels from the stock portfolios they manage.

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Elections 2013
10:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry

ericksonkee Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state so far to defeat Initiative 522.

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News
8:13 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington Proposes Medical Marijuana Registry, Tax Exemption

Mjpresson Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:48 pm

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state if they don’t want to pay pot taxes.

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Monroe Prison Program
4:05 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Respite From Solitary: Troubled Inmates Come Together For Yoga, Conversation

Inmate Joshua Burgoyne, 31, watches Sgt. Mike Acree explain how negative self talk can be turned around. The program for offenders in long term isolation is an attempt to help lower infractions while in prison and when they're released.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

For prison’s toughest inmates, the hardest yoga position is simply closing their eyes.

That’s because these men, housed at Monroe Correctional Complex north of Seattle, have been in solitary confinement, unable to communicate with each other. Until recently, they spent 23 hours a day alone in a cell, without books, without TV, without anyone to talk to. 

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Seattle Mayor's Race Poll
4:04 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Two New Polls Tell Differing Stories About Seattle Mayor’s Race

Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray debating at a Ballard Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Two new polls in the Seattle mayor’s race show State Senator Ed Murray leading incumbent mayor Mike McGinn.

But the polls,which came out Monday, differ on the extent of Murray’s lead.

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Sports
8:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Farewell, Dawgfather: UW Football Legend Dies at 80

Don James, the University of Washington football coach from 1975 to 1992, died on Sunday.
Credit AP Photo/Wally Fong

They called him the Dawgfather.

Don James, the beloved, longtime University of Washington football coach died on Sunday. He was 80. The university said James died at home of complications with pancreatic cancer.

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GMO Primer (In Brief)
7:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

10 Questions About GMOs You've Been Too Embarrassed To Ask

Protesters hold a sign in front of the White House advocating for GMO labeling, October 19, 2011.
Flickr Photo/Alex Baden-Meyer

This election, the labeling of GMOs, or genetically modified foods, is one of the most hotly contested initiatives on the ballot. Big industries, led by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have poured millions of dollars into fighting against a labeling requirement. Proponents have mounted vigorous and emotional debates in favor.

So what’s the root of the debate?

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Elections 2013
7:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Washington's Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington. He says labeling GMO foods would possibly curtail an option that would keep his farm competitive globally in the future.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:27 am

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And if you ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer.

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Public Safety
1:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Violent Sex Offender Flees Canada, But Seattle Police Can't Arrest Him

Michael Sean Stanley, described by police as a violent sex offender, has been tracked to downtown Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Update: Michael Sean Stanley has registered as a sex offender in Washington state. 

A man described by Seattle police as a “sexually violent predator” has been located in downtown Seattle but will not be arrested.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:05 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

State Agencies To Issue Medical Marijuana Roadmap

Now that Washington state’s regulations for recreational marijuana have been finalized, policymakers are turning their attention to medical marijuana.

The current system for patients to obtain marijuana with medical authorizations is largely unregulated.  Federal authorities say that needs to change. 

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