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Marysville Shooting
3:52 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Too Soon? Nick Hanauer Sarcastically Posts ‘We Need More School Shootings!!!’

Nick Hanauer posted this link to a Seattle Times story about the Marysville high school shooting within hours of the incident. Hanauer, whose post was sarcastic, supports a separate initiative that would expand background checks.
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Within hours of the school shooting in Marysville that left two students dead – including the shooter – Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer posted a link to a story about the shooting with this caption: “We need more school shootings!!! Vote yes on Initiative 591.”

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Retail Blues
3:57 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

JCPenney No Longer Holds Up To The ‘Theater Of Retail’

This Connecticut store is one of the 33 that JCPenney closed earlier this year. The Bellevue, Wash., location is also about to close.
Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Staff at JCPenney in Bellevue are preparing for the store’s closure. In November the store ends its 59-year run in Bellevue Square.

JCPenney, a flagship of the middle class, has been struggling for years. The Texas-based retailer closed 33 under-performing stores across the country earlier this year. Then in September it added Bellevue to the list.

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Puppy Mills
3:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

A puppy waits at an adoption event in Miami last year. The city is now considering a ban on the sale of puppies in retail pet stores. Cities and towns in several states have passed similar bans, aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale puppy breeders.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:47 am

Just about everyone loves puppies. But around the country, there's heated disagreement about where, and from whom, people can get one.

While the large national pet store chains don't sell dogs, other chains and shops do. But in several states, including Florida, cities are passing laws that ban puppy sales in pet stores.

At the Petland store in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, customers come in all day long to look at and play with the puppies. At this store, in fact, doggie accessories and puppies are all that owner Vicki Siegel sells.

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Business
2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How Youth Unemployment Could Drag Down Our Future Economy

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Allison, policy and research manager for the Millennial advocacy group Young Invincibles, about youth employment in the United States.

Labor
11:56 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Seattle Hasn't Investigated Sick Pay Complaints, Report Says

When workers complained about an employer not abiding by the sick pay law, the city sent out a letter -- but did not follow up, an audit has found.
Credit Flickr Photo/ghindo

Rollout of Seattle's $15 minimum wage is still half a year away, and Seattle's auditor says the city is already learning lessons about how to enforce workplace laws.

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Technology
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is A Dedicated Tablet Reader Passe?

Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the latest tech news, including tablets, smartwatches and a new app on the market for ordering coffee. 

Women
1:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

A publicity still from the movie Working Girl, which prominently featured the beloved power suit.
20th Century Fox

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:22 am

Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Crawford made famous, a straight skirt and, often, a floppy silk bow tie that Little Lord Fauntleroy would have been at home in. The 1980s power suit was designed to ignore a woman's shape so it didn't hinder her mobility as she worked her way up the corporate ladder.

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Retirement
7:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Washington State's Exotic Investment Opens In Tahiti

The Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns a resort on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:35 pm

A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando and it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees.

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Business
6:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Workers drill for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D., an area experiencing an oil boom.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 9:52 am

The dustiest portion of my home library includes the 1980s books — about how Japan's economy would dominate the world.

And then there are the 1990s books — about how the Y2K computer glitch would end the modern era.

Go up one more shelf for the late 2000s books — about oil "peaking." The authors claimed global oil production was reaching a peak and would soon decline, causing economic chaos.

The titles include Peak Oil and the Second Great Depression, Peak Oil Survival and When Oil Peaked.

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Economy
6:26 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Job Growth Stalls In Washington And Oregon During September

The unemployment rate in Washington rose one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 3:19 pm

Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments.

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Seasonal Labor
11:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Amazon To Hire 80,000 Holiday Workers

Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 4:44 am

An increase in customer demand is spurring Amazon.com to create 80,000 seasonal positions at its network of distribution centers across the U.S.

That's a 14 percent increase over the number of temporary workers it hired last year at this time.

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Gender Bias
11:05 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Can Changing How You Sound Help You Find Your Voice?

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:05 am

Just having a feminine voice means you're probably not as capable at your job.

At least, studies suggest, that's what many people in the United States think. There's a gender bias in how Americans perceive feminine voices: as insecure, less competent and less trustworthy.

This can be a problem — especially for women jockeying for power in male-dominated fields, like law.

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Economic Forecast
10:26 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Boom And Gloom With Economist Jon Talton

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times, about factors that could slow down the current Seattle economic boom.

Women In Business
3:24 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Forget Karma -- Use These Salary Negotiation Strategies Instead

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Laschever, co-author of  the book, "Women Don't Ask," about some strategies for women to become more comfortable in salary negotiations. 

At a conference on Thursday for women in tech, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella advised women who aren't comfortable asking for a raise to have "faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. That's good karma. It will come back." Nadella has since apologized for his comments, and added that, upon reflection, he realized that the best advice is, "If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

Week In Review
1:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Be Patient While We Review This Week's News (It's Good Karma)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself on the receiving end of negative backlash due to his remarks on women asking for raises.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

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