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Mental Health
8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Assaults Are "Constant Disruption" At State Mental Hospitals

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
John Ryan KUOW

Violence is a “constant disruption” at the state’s two main psychiatric hospitals, according to a new report jointly commissioned by The Department of Social and Health Services and the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union that represents much of the front-line staff at the hospitals. 

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Elections 2013
12:57 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin On Defensive

Seattle City Council candidates Richard Conlin and Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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Elections 2013
8:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

McGinn, Murray Revive Tunnel Feud In TV Debate

Screen shot of Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray in their first televised debate of the Seattle mayor's race

In their first televised debate on KING5 TV, Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray engaged in a sharp but mostly civil exchange over housing, transportation, and police reform, among other things. 

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Flotsam And Jetsam
5:15 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Bath Toys, Nikes Wash Ashore; Oceanographer Worries Radiation Will Too

Retired oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer poses with rubber duckies spilled from a cargo container in 1992.
flotsametrics.com photo

In 1990, a cargo container dropped 80,000 Nike sneakers overboard. The shoes washed ashore for the next decade.

Two years later, in 1992, another container in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean accidentally released 29,000 bathtub toys. They continue to float to land.

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GMO Labeling
3:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Report: GMO Foods Don't Appear Harmful But Need Monitoring

With a vote on whether Washington should require labeling of genetically modified foods fast approaching, Washington lawmakers turned to the Washington State Academy of Sciences to learn more about GMOs and their possible impact.

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NIH Closure
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Cancer Patient's Hope For Treatment Thwarted By Shutdown

Flickr Photo/Nicki Dugan

Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Public Safety
6:17 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Water Main Break Shoots Up 20-Foot Geyser Near University Village

A water main break from a 16-inch pipe caused a 20-foot geyser near the University Village mall.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A large water pipe next to the University Village mall, just east of the University of Washington, erupted Tuesday afternoon, shooting a 20-foot geyser into the air and shutting down traffic at the start of rush hour.

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Open Enrollment
5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Early Numbers For Wash. Health Exchange Look Strong

Washington state’s health exchange is one week old. To date, more than 9,400 people have enrolled for health coverage. More than half of them will be newly eligible for Medicaid when the program expands in January. In addition, 10,000 more people have filled out applications but have yet to hit the purchase button.

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Marijuana Rules
2:41 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Will Seattle's New Marijuana Rules Delay Access To Pot?

Brent Miller displays marijuana plants at one of the grow rooms of his medical marijuana grow operation in Seattle. Gov. Inslee said he wants a clearer distinction between medical and recreational pot.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee's interview with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

CEO of Northwest Patient Resource Center founder and CEO John Davis' interview with KUOW's David Hyde.

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata's interview with KUOW's David Hyde.

The Seattle City Council attempted to clarify on Monday how pot could be distributed within the city, but how consumers will be able to buy marijuana remains hazy.

Gov. Jay Inslee told The Record’s Ross Reynolds that many people are still buying marijuana through medical channels – even though they don’t need it. He called the current medical marijuana system the “Wild West.”

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Strange Nature
11:49 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Salty Tanzania Lake Turns Birds Into Stone-Like Statues

Calcified Flamingo, Lake Natron, 2012
Courtesy of Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NY/Nick Brandt 2013

Correction 10/9/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Lake Natron was 402 miles wide. The lake is 402 square miles.

A lake in Tanzania has come into the spotlight recently thanks to a series of eerie photographs released by photographer Nick Brandt. In his book, “Across the Ravaged Land,” Brandt shows the world what happens to some wildlife when it’s submerged Lake Natron, and it’s not pretty.

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Food Safety
10:59 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Contaminated Foster Farms Chicken Infects 278 People

The salmonella bacteria that infected 278 people has been traced back to Foster Farms plants in California.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

The US Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday that 278 people have been infected with salmonella following an outbreak likely originating from three Foster Farms plants in California.

Most of those people are from California, according to a statement, although the outbreak has reached 18 states. Fifteen are from Washington state.

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Partial Government Shutdown
10:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

State Workers Who Help Jobless Laid Off During Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is having consequences beyond Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Marina Noordegraaf

The mood was somber at Employment Security Department offices across the state on Tuesday, as hundreds of workers found themselves in the position of those they usually help: Out of work.

Although employees of the state, 900 workers have been furloughed or lost hours because their pay comes from federal government sources. They will remain without pay until the impasse in Washington, D.C., ends.

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School Culture
8:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Garfield Students Suspended After Mass Hazing Incident

Eleven Garfield High School students have been suspended after a hazing incident in late September.
Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf

Eleven students have been suspended from Garfield High School while the district investigates their roles in a September 27 hazing incident.

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Public Safety Debate
5:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Olympia Wages Food Fight, Bans Group From Feeding Homeless

Olympia resident Ben Charles, of Crazy Faith Outreach, has been serving food to the homeless in an Olympia parking lot for nearly three years. Now the city has banned the group, citing public safety concerns.

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Fishing Ban
10:15 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Octopuses' Gardens: State Designates 7 No-Hunt Spots

KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

When a 19-year-old man lured a giant Pacific octopus from its lair off Alki Beach in West Seattle last year – legally, it turned out – a small group of activists were aghast that the charismatic cephalopod wasn’t protected.

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