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  • Health-exchange problems easing, but nagging, board told

    01/22/2015 10:15:32 PM PST · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Patrick Marshall
    Staff of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, which manages the state’s Wahealthplanfinder health-insurance exchange, told its board today that it had significantly improved the processing of account invoices and payments to insurance carriers. Richard Onizuka, CEO of the exchange told board members that of the accounts processed in December, those with carrier-payment problems were down to 1.7 percent, and those with invoicing problems were 1.5 percent. “We are seeing some improvement,” Onizuka said. “It still means that too many people are being affected.” “It seems enormously high to me,” new board member Mark Stensager said. “And it’s a trend that...
  • FedEx Driver Crashes Truck into Hotel Pool in Walla Walla

    01/17/2015 3:34:49 PM PST · by steve86 · 48 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Jan 16, 2015
    WALLA WALLA, WA - A hotel pool in Walla Walla will be closed for a while after a FedEx truck crash Friday afternoon. Police say the employee was on her last delivery for the day when she crashed through the windows of the building at the Holiday Inn Express on West Pine Street. The truck stopped just before taking a nose dive into the pool. The driver wasn't seriously injured. The Holiday Inn Express is now waiting for a structural engineer to come out and assess the damage. No word when the pool will reopen.
  • Opponents of new gun law rally in Olympia, trade guns in House gallery

    01/15/2015 8:19:50 PM PST · by steve86 · 27 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 1/15/2015 | Joel Connelly
    OLYMPIA — Gun rights supporters rallied on steps of the Washington Capitol on Thursday, admitting they were caught off guard by Initiative 594 while vowing to change and repeal the voter-passed initiative on gun background checks. One legislator, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, urged outright disobedience of the law, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on-line. “We will not comply: We will ask our sheriffs and prosecutors not to comply as well,” said Shea. Shea was a visitor last year to the compound of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay...
  • ‘Feminized’ church, altar girls, hurting Catholicism, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke says

    01/08/2015 4:20:38 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    blog.seattlepi.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Joel Connelly
    A top U.S. cardinal at the Vatican, recently demoted by Pope Francis, has decried what he calls a “feminized” Catholic Church and blames altar girls serving at Mass in part for its inability to recruit more priests. “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural: I think that has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview. “It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of priests, and most priests have their first deep experience with liturgy as altar boys,” Burke...
  • Judge: Arlene’s Flowers owner can be sued in her personal capacity

    01/07/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 78 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 7, 2015 | Sara Schilling
    The owner of a Richland flower shop being sued over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding can face claims in her personal capacity, a Benton County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Barronelle Stutzman and her Arlene’s Flowers are being sued by the state Attorney General’s office and a same-sex couple. Stutzman, a Christian, declined to provide services for the couple’s wedding because of her religious beliefs. Her attorneys argued the claims against her personally should be dropped, describing them as unprecedented and unjust. Attorneys for the state and the couple argued Stutzman can be held personally liable...
  • SECOND FLOCK INFECTED - Avian Flu Spreads in Benton County

    01/07/2015 11:45:53 AM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kristi Pihl
    (They have slightly changed the title in the online edition to: "Avian flu found in second Benton County backyard flock") Veterinarians covered in white protective gear herded hundreds of chickens, ducks and other birds into blue trash-can sized barrels Tuesday in rural Richland. The vets picked up most of the birds and carefully placed them into the carbon dioxide-filled cans to kill them. State and federal employees had to use nets to capture some of the poultry and waterfowl, which had been exposed to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. It’s deadly to birds, but humans can’t catch it....
  • (PDF) Reversing the Medicaid Fee Bump: How Much Could Medicaid Fees Fall in 2015?

    12/27/2014 2:56:13 PM PST · by steve86 · 13 replies
    Urban Institute ^ | December, 2014 | Stephen Zuckerman
    This is a .pdf format document. Full Title: Reversing the Medicaid Fee Bump: How Much Could Medicaid Fees For Primary Care Fall in 2015?
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 68 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Expect another round of Japan tsunami debris; danger isn’t nuclear … it’s invasive

    12/08/2014 9:20:27 PM PST · by steve86 · 32 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Dec. 8, 2014 | Jake Ellison
    The earthquake and tsunami that devastated a large part of Japan almost four years ago is still causing trouble, not only for Japan, of course, but also for the Northwest coastline. The biggest threat isn’t radioactive particles from the Fukushima power plant meltdown, though some has recently shown up on this side of the Pacific, but potential invasive species hitching a ride on debris that’s been out in the ocean these few years. Now with seasonal winds shifting around and pushing what tsunami debris is still in the ocean — 5 million tons of debris washed into the water and...
  • (Seattle Socialist Councilwoman) Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

    11/20/2014 7:01:15 PM PST · by steve86 · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.” “We have to keep up the pressure,” Sawant said. “We’ve seen how big business has been on the offensive against workers rights. We need to defend our victories and fight for $15 an hour for all workers.” Sawant was booked into the South Correctional...
  • OR and WA Differences in Recreational Marijuana

    11/18/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | 11/18/2014 | Morgan Ashley
    KENNEWICK, WA- Measure 91, approving recreational marijuana use in Oregon, has lawmakers developing rules and regulations. Many wonder if Oregon will adopt similar policies as Washington. Both Liquor Control Boards have set rules for both I-502 in Washington and Measure 91 in Oregon that will take effect on July 1st of next year, but there are a few big differences between the states. NBC Right Now spoke with both boards Tuesday to simplify the details. In Washington and Oregon you can have up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in your possession. In Oregon you can have up to 8...
  • Got Milk? Might Not Be Doing You Much Good (Milk & Calcium)

    11/17/2014 4:27:08 PM PST · by steve86 · 130 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Aaron E. Carroll
    Almost no one will dispute that when a baby is born, breast milk is the best nutrition a mother can provide. All mammals nurse their young, and breast milk benefits a newborn infant in ways above and beyond nutrition. ... More and more evidence is surfacing, however, that milk consumption may not only be unhelpful, it might also be detrimental. ... But if you believe the advertising of the dairy industry, and the recommendations of many scientific bodies, they are missing out on some fantastic benefits to milk consumption: that milk is good for bones, contains calcium and vitamin D,...
  • Marijuana Auction Sells Close to 500 Pounds, Attracts Nearly 100 Bidders [WA]

    11/15/2014 8:16:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Raven Richard
    PROSSER, WA- Fireweed Farm made history Saturday after they hosted the first marijuana auction in the state. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were auctioned off Saturday to approved producers, retailers, and processors. Those bidders came from all over to get in on the marijuana action. There is a first time for everything, and many did not know what to expect. “I expected nothing to be quite honest with you and everything at the same time,” said Jack Ron, marijuana grower. Nearly 100 producers, processors, and retailers from Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham, and other areas around the state, bid on marijuana from...
  • Two stuck to MRI machine for 4 hrs

    11/12/2014 3:53:06 PM PST · by steve86 · 77 replies
    Mumbai Mirror ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | Lata Mishra
    The ward boy fractures his arm, while his colleague sustains serious injuries, including a punctured urinary bladder and severe internal bleeding. Two employees of the Tata Memorial Hospital's treatment and research centre in Khargar in Navi Mumbai suffered grievous injuries on Saturday evening when one of them walked into the centre's MRI room holding an oxygen cylinder, activating the machine's monstrous magnetic field. The two employees - one a technician and the other a ward boy - were pulled to the machine like a toy magnet pulls a pin and remained stuck to it for nearly four hours before an...
  • Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

    11/01/2014 10:03:57 PM PDT · by steve86 · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | Various
    Is the Affordable Care Act Working? After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.
  • Nikkei up 725 (buying panic)

    10/30/2014 10:39:35 PM PDT · by steve86 · 39 replies
    Bulb shines brightest right before it goes...poof!
  • Medical helicopters were turned away at Marysville shootings

    10/28/2014 6:08:12 PM PDT · by steve86 · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jennifer Sullivan and Lewis Kamb
    Twenty-five minutes after Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, two air ambulances hovered near the campus, prepared to transport the critically wounded to the region’s highest-rated trauma hospital. After the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, an empty Airlift NW helicopter leaves Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett at 12:30 p.m. But at 1:35 p.m. the crew was called back to transport one of the victims to Harborview. Firefighters, medics and hospital staff move one of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting victims from an ambulance into Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday. Twenty-five minutes after Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School,...
  • Sneaker wave warning on Washington, Oregon coasts

    10/10/2014 9:42:45 PM PDT · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 10, 2014 | John de Leon
    PORTLAND — The National Weather Service says dangerous sneaker waves are possible this weekend on the coast of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Waves as high as 18 feet could unexpectedly reach farther up the beach than expected or knock people off jetties and rocks. The weather service says people at the beach shouldn’t turn their back on the surf. end nothing follows 0 Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, Oregon, sneaker waves
  • Oregon rolls out legal-pot plan far different from Washington’s

    10/05/2014 10:07:06 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/5/14 | Hal Bernton
    PORTLAND — Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station. Unlike in Washington, Price’s medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling. The 28-year-old entrepreneur says he’s now ready for his next step — an expansion into recreational marijuana if Oregon voters pass a measure this fall that would legalize pot sales to anyone 21 years of age...
  • Testing for Ebola

    10/04/2014 1:13:20 PM PDT · by steve86 · 13 replies
    Useful links that FReepers familiarface and ray76 found, and an embedded link from one of those articles. Thanks.
  • Marijuana Burglaries Increase During Pot Harvest Season, Medical Marijuana Growers Worried [WA]

    10/02/2014 8:05:32 PM PDT · by steve86 · 17 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | Oct. 2, 2014 | Fernanda Lopez
    FINLEY, WA - Some medical marijuana growers in our area are not getting much sleep lately. Especially after another marijuana burglary early Thursday morning. The latest marijuana burglary happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday morning in the area of highway 397 and East Finley Road. Benton County Sheriff's Deputies said a medical marijuana grower shot at a suspect as he ran from the property. NBC Right Now found out this may happen more often this time of year because it is prime marijuana harvest season and medical growers are worried. "If you don't have sophisticated cameras, alarm systems, (are)friends with...
  • With huge variability in hospital prices, patients must beware

    10/01/2014 3:47:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 6 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 1, 2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    The American health-care system is befuddling in so many ways, but the variation in hospital prices is among the most confounding. The price for back surgery at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center can cost $46,000 — three times as much as it costs at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you’re looking for knee or hip replacement, at $92,000 you could wind up paying four-times more at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup than the $23,000 price tag at Wenatchee Valley Hospital. Across the state and for services ranging from urinary tract infections to strokes, the prices for care...
  • Parishioners meet with bishop over gay couple

    09/27/2014 12:04:33 PM PDT · by steve86 · 42 replies
    Miami Herald/ AP ^ | 9/21/14 | David Murray
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings met Saturday with about 300 parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, where he also led a Mass. About half the parishioners supported the Rev. Samuel Spiering's decision, while the other half were very angry, the Great Falls Tribune...
  • Harborview [Hospital] as busy as ever, even with more people insured [Seattle]

    09/26/2014 2:18:31 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/25/2014 | Tyrone Beason
    With more people obtaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, places like Harborview Medical Center are providing much less “charity” (uncompensated) care. The Emergency Department there is as busy as ever, though. Nowhere illustrates the complexity of delivering medical care in the era of health-care reform better than Harborview Medical Center’s 47-bed Emergency Department. As King County’s largest safety-net hospital, Harborview’s specific mission is to care for patients who are most in need, giving it a disproportionate share of patients who are poor or homeless and uninsured. Last year alone, Harborview provided $219 million in so-called “charity” care, nearly...
  • Marijuana sales top $12 million; new retailers added … still just one in Seattle

    09/15/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 9/11/2014 | Jake Ellison
    Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for the first time in July (the latest numbers from that state). The Cannabist reports: “In July 2014, customers purchased more than $29.7 million in recreational marijuana — up from $24.7 million in June. Medical marijuana patients spent more than $28.9 million on marijuana in July — comparable to June’s $28.6 million in sales.” In Washington, there are now 55...
  • $7.5 million to boost care at low-income, minority health clinics in Wash.

    09/12/2014 10:13:55 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/12/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    Health clinics in Washington that largely serve low-income and minority residents will receive nearly $7.5 million in federal grants to increase access to primary care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $295 million to community clinics nationwide, according to an announcement made Friday. In Washington, the money will go to 25 community health centers that treat medically underserved communities. The grants will help pay for an estimated 104 full-time health-care providers and benefit roughly 40,000 new patients (see full list of recipients below). The Affordable Care Act and its expansion of health-care coverage has...
  • Storm caused by solar flares will lightly singe Earth by Friday

    09/11/2014 9:26:10 PM PDT · by steve86 · 27 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jake Ellison
    The immediate burst of energy from the big flare yesterday had some effect on high frequency radio waves already (check out the first image in the gallery above), according to NOAA’s Space Weather prediction Center, but the hard-to-take CME particles are likely to go just above the Earth, singing us just a bit. The Associated Press reports: New calculations from satellite data show that the worst of the energetic particles streaming from the sun likely will go north or above Earth this time, , said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center late Wednesday. So while the power...
  • State pot regulators’ caution slows arrival of edibles [WA]

    09/06/2014 9:20:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 20 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/6/2014 | Evan Bush
    Pot-infused edibles are trickling onto shelves at marijuana stores, and more products are coming, despite a shortage of legal pot and new last-minute state regulations. Entrepreneurs have bemoaned the slow pace, but regulators are being cautious about public health. Statewide pot-supply shortages slowed edibles’ arrival, but manufacturers also were stifled, and frustrated, by emergency regulations from the state Liquor Control Board (LCB), which has taken a cautious approach to opening the marketplace. So far, the LCB has given its blessing to products — including chocolate bars, sodas and energy shots — from three new businesses. Nine more kitchens have been...
  • Marijuana Compound a Novel Treatment for Alzheimer's?

    09/05/2014 2:14:47 PM PDT · by steve86 · 90 replies
    Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health ^ | 9/5/2014 | Pam Harrison
    Extremely low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in marijuana, may offer a novel and viable treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD), preliminary research suggests. Investigators at the University of South Florida in Tampa found that THC both decreases the production of amyloid beta (Aβ) and inhibits its aggregation in cell cultures. In addition, it does so at extremely safe doses. These observations have implications for a potentially new therapeutic approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), as researchers suggest. "Our group believes that amyloid aggregation is the initiator of AD, so we wanted to see if THC can...
  • As newly insured seek care, rural doctor shortage worsens

    09/01/2014 9:37:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/1/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    In the shrub steppe of Grand Coulee on the banks of the Columbia River, the town’s two family doctors practice at an unrelenting pace, working on call every other night and every other weekend. In the coastal town of Port Angeles, the doctor shortage is so acute that a clinic is turning away 250 callers a week seeking a physician. George and Lynne Rudesill are two of those people. Since learning earlier this summer that their primary-care doctor in Sequim was retiring, the couple have scrambled to find a replacement. Their calls are being met with waiting lists hundreds of...
  • State to offer more health-insurance choices next year [WA -- small business]

    08/27/2014 10:25:39 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carol M. Ostrom
    Ninety individual health plans sold by 10 insurers will likely make their way into Washington’s exchange marketplace for 2015, if the Washington Health Benefit Exchange board approves them Thursday, as expected. ... The reviewers appeared to have taken a tight approach to premium rates, lowering requested rates from all but one insurer. On a weighted average, the actuarial review squeezed an overall rate increase of 8.6 percent in the insurers’ original proposals down to 1.9 percent. ... Washington’s insurance exchange for small businesses got off to a slow start its first year when no one offered coverage statewide. For 2015,...
  • [MSFT Steve] Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks [WA]

    08/13/2014 12:04:56 PM PDT · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 8/13/2014 | Joseph O'Sullivan
    The WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility continues to pad its war chest. The independent spending group is leading the push to get voters to approve in November I-594, a measure that would require background checks for gun sales. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer (and new LA Clippers owner) and his wife Connie were already big donors to the group, but they kicked in an additional $250,000 between them, according to public records. That brings the group’s total fundraising to about $3.2 million, records show. The group has spent about $2.2 million and still has about $1 million still on hand. Meanwhile,...
  • Jail Time For Swimming Near Boat Docks Proposed In Richland [WA]

    08/11/2014 9:33:47 PM PDT · by steve86 · 23 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | August 11, 2014 | Don Granese
    RICHLAND, WA - Swimming in certain public areas in the City of Richland could soon get you up to a year in jail. It sure is one way to get people's attention when enforcing restricted swimming areas in the city. Swimming is already banned in many areas around public docks used by boats, but this new law would make swimming in one of these areas a gross misdemeanor. That would include possibly serving one year behind bars or thousands of dollars in fines. Parks and Public Facilities director Joe Schiessl tells NBC Right Now there would be a community education...
  • Ballmer bucks swell gun initiative war chest to $3.4M [anti-gun Steve Balmer]

    08/11/2014 9:18:58 PM PDT · by steve86 · 3 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | August 11, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    A fresh cash infusion of $250,00 from ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and wife Connie has swelled the pro-Initiative 594 Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility warchest to $3.4 million. The Ballmers gave $125,000 apiece, swelling their total contributions to $600,000. The pro-594 campaign reports more than $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to its filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The alliance was formed, largely by faith leaders, after the December 2012, massacre of 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. After the Washington Legislature failed to act, supporters collected signatures to put on the ballot a statewide initiative that...
  • http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024172567_potseries3xml.html

    07/27/2014 3:10:52 PM PDT · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | July 26, 2014 | Bob Young
    The pistils, or white strands that mark the blooming of marijuana flowers, have turned amber, the color of money to the pot farmers inside a Sodo warehouse. It’s time for the first harvest of “West Seattle Kush” by AuricAG, one of the pioneering legal pot growers in Washington state. The team of local guys isn’t popping Champagne yet. Drying, curing and crucial lab tests are to come — and probably more of the unanticipated problems that have stressed the AuricAG team in their race to market. They’ve worked Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and close to 130 days straight. Finances...
  • Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

    07/25/2014 9:59:06 PM PDT · by steve86 · 32 replies
    An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the craft he recently purchased at a hobby shop. Police had received reports that the drone had crashed into the landmark of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair, but they saw no evidence of that.
  • Pot growers worry wildfires will slow deliveries to retailers

    07/23/2014 10:56:28 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Colleen Wright
    While record-setting wildfires engulfed Central Washington, budding marijuana businesses in the area suffered from scorched plants unfit for production, pop-up fires on farms and road closures that slowed deliveries to retailers. A 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on the Columbia River Cannabis farm in Douglas County earlier this month and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana plants that were eventually to be used to start growing in the recreational market. Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months. That is, until a 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on its farm July 10 and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana...
  • Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Washington [State]

    07/07/2014 9:35:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 13 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jake Ellison
    This is maybe somewhat misnamed, but does have an interesting collection of slideshows with commentary. Click the link above or Seattle-PI Pot Blog
  • Details fill final day before pot stores open in state

    07/06/2014 10:25:18 PM PDT · by steve86 · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/6/2014 | Evan Bush
    With the state set to license a handful of recreational-marijuana stores Monday, retailers have been hustling to set up shop while growers and processors are racing to package pot so it’s ready to deliver Tuesday, when the first stores are expected to open. Aaron Nelson, the general manager of 2020 Solutions in Bellingham, said his store has already passed inspection by the state Liquor Control Board and hopes to open its doors Tuesday at 8 a.m., the earliest hour allowed under state law. Nelson expects to have enough marijuana for at least 1,000 people Tuesday, but said 2020 Solutions might...
  • Before pot yield of their dreams, constant care for fickle plants

    06/29/2014 12:29:59 AM PDT · by steve86 · 38 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | Bob Young
    Greenshields and Sewell envision their product selling for roughly $3,000 per pound. They believe their pot will be as good as anybody’s. But they want to be in the business long-term and establish a well-regarded brand. They don’t want to be seen as gouging the first customers just because they can. After retailer markup and before sales tax, Sewell hopes consumers can buy an eighth of an ounce of AuricAG weed for $60. Top-shelf eighths sell in medical marijuana dispensaries for roughly $40. But dispensaries don’t pay the stiff state excise taxes that the recreational system will — 25 percent...
  • Hope Solo pleads not guilty; court document describes a brawl

    06/23/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT · by steve86 · 39 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/23/2014 | Christine Clarridge
    Soccer star Hope Solo pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges this afternoon in Kirkland Municipal Court. City prosecutors asked for a bail of $5,000 and no-contact order between Solo and the alleged victims. However, Kirkland Municipal Court Judge Michael J. Lambo allowed Solo to be released on her own recognizance after her attorney, Todd Maybrown, argued that she had no prior arrests and was not a flight risk. The judge also ordered Solo to not consume alcohol as a condition of her release. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 11. Among those seated in court was Jerramy Stevens,...
  • Safety in steel [Nuclear]

    06/22/2014 12:31:43 PM PDT · by steve86 · 12 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 6/22/1014 | Annette Cary
    Full Title: Safety in steel: Hanford workers' health monitored in room made from battleship RICHLAND -- For 25 years, the hull of the battleship USS Indiana has helped protect the health of Hanford workers. Before that, it played a role in saving the life of Hanford's Atomic Man, Harold McCluskey, who took in life-threatening amounts of radioactive material in a Hanford accident. The pre-Atomic Age steel from the battleship's hull now is at work in a low, nondescript building in Richland on the corner of Goethals and Knight streets, with a small sign labeling it the In Vivo Radiobioassay and...
  • Legal retail marijuana will be available in early July

    06/13/2014 10:31:19 PM PDT · by steve86 · 17 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jake Ellison
    Yes, Washington marijuana growers will have product ready for sale in the first week of July in time for the first wave of 20-30 stores receiving state licenses. Exactly which day those first stores will open, how much you’ll be able to buy and how much it will cost the consumer is still mostly an open question, but there will be legal weed on store shelves. But expect it to sell out fast. “There’s just no way it’s not going to sell out,” said Attila Soos, the owner of Verdavanti, one of the largest growers licensed so far. He will...
  • Drivers can earn $60 with roadside blood test, breath check

    06/09/2014 3:48:09 PM PDT · by steve86 · 33 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/8/2014 | Mike Lindblom
    Government-hired survey teams will soon ask hundreds of Washington state motorists to answer questions and provide samples of breath, saliva and blood — all to give safety and police agencies a clearer sense of how many people drive impaired. The roadside surveys are voluntary, and participants will be paid up to $60, under the federally funded project this summer. National officials are collaborating with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which is hurrying to gather data before retail marijuana gains a foothold. That way, officials have a baseline from which to measure any safety effects of legalization, said commission spokeswoman Jonna...
  • Startup pot operation full of stress and hard work

    06/07/2014 10:23:57 PM PDT · by steve86 · 36 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 7, 2014 | Bob Young
    Inside a windowless Sodo warehouse teeming with 1,143 pot plants, one of the state’s pioneering marijuana producers waited anxiously to “snap the lights.” To growers, that means putting the leafy stalks on a 12-hour cycle under the lights. The suddenly shorter “days” signal to the plants that fall is coming — in early June. “That’s when we play Mother Nature,” said Steve Elliott, an owner of one of Washington’s first licensed pot growers, AuricAG. “It puts the plants into hyper-drive.” To propagate the species, the all-female plants then start to flower, secreting resins, sticky with pot’s psychoactive chemicals, to attract...
  • Hospital Charges Surge for Common Ailments, Data Shows

    06/02/2014 7:47:58 PM PDT · by steve86 · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 2, 2014 | JULIE CRESWELL, SHERI FINK and SARAH COHEN
    Charges for some of the most common inpatient procedures surged at hospitals across the country in 2012 from a year earlier, some at more than four times the national rate of inflation, according to data released by Medicare officials on Monday. While it has long been known that hospitals bill Medicare widely varying amounts — sometimes many multiples of what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, an analysis of the data by The New York Times shows how much the price of some procedures rose in just one year’s time. Experts in the health care world differ over...
  • 6 climbers dead on Mount Rainier

    05/31/2014 9:37:38 PM PDT · by steve86 · 84 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | CORAL GARNICK, et. al.
    There is no chance of survival for six missing Mount Rainier climbers, officials say. The two guides and four clients from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday by satellite phone. Six climbers were killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the steep north slope of Mount Rainier, officials said Saturday, in the worst disaster on the mountain in more than three decades. Searchers found tents and clothes, mixed with rock and ice, in a debris field along the Carbon Glacier at 9,500 feet, according to the National Park Service. The group’s climbing route, to Liberty...
  • Seattle surpasses 6-month rainfall record in just 4 months

    05/28/2014 1:00:11 PM PDT · by steve86 · 31 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 27-May-2014 | Paige Cornwell
    Seattle broke its record for rainfall from February through July last Sunday — with more than two months to spare, according to the National Weather Service. As of Sunday, 22.87 inches of rain had fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since Feb. 1, surpassing the record set in 1972 when 22.81 inches of rain fell from Feb. 1 to July 31, weather-service meteorologist Josh Smith said Tuesday. Fifteen inches is the average rainfall from February through July at the airport, which is where Seattle’s official weather data are recorded. “Basically, we are well ahead of normal rainfall for February to July,” Smith...
  • India: The Church does not lose hope, even in light of right wing triumph [BJP Extremist Party]

    05/19/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by steve86 · 83 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 16-May-2014 | Paolo Affatato
    The majority party and its leader Narenda Modi have ridden the wave of religious fanaticism. Minorities are appealing to the legacy of democracy and pluralism India is officially in the hands of the Hindu right wing. The Catholic Church and other religious minorities are concerned but they are grinning and bearing it, grasping onto the old and deep-rooted legacy of democratic values and pluralism that characterizes the Indian nation. Their concerns stem from the contiguity of India’s leaders with groups of Hindu fanatics. This is the landscape that has been emerging in the Indian sub-continent since the official general election...
  • One Reason Health Insurance Premiums Vary So Much

    05/17/2014 3:52:24 PM PDT · by steve86 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/15/2014 | Eduardo Porter
    If you live in Jackson, Miss., Obamacare is giving you a raw deal. A 27-year-old in Jackson pays $336 a month for the second-cheapest silver health plan on Mississippi’s s federally run insurance marketplace. That is more than twice as much as the $154 a 27-year-old in Nashville would pay for the same type of policy, and the $138 for a similar person in Tucson. Across all 34 insurance marketplaces run by the federal government, the average is $287, about 25 percent cheaper. The reason for the higher prices in some markets? Paltry competition, say Leemore Dafny and Christopher Ody...