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  • Seattle's Vanishing Black Community

    05/27/2016 9:17:44 PM PDT · by steve86 · 65 replies
    Pacific Northwest Magazine / Seattle Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | Tyrone Beason
    PASTOR PATRINELL WRIGHT was just a 20-year-old country girl from Carthage, Texas, who didn’t know what she was getting into when she migrated to Seattle in 1964. She grew up one of seven children in the Walnut Grove community, to be exact, a nearby farming enclave designated for blacks. That’s how it was in Southern towns back then. If you were black, you knew where you belonged, and it sure wasn’t around white people, unless you happened to be working for them. Seattle had its own form of segregation, with blacks clustered mainly in the city’s Central District because of...
  • Gun goes off during fight over loud stereo at Kennewick apartment

    04/25/2016 4:57:14 PM PDT · by steve86 · 34 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 4/25/2016
    A Kennewick man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly struck a neighbor with the neighbor’s own gun, causing it to fire, following a scuffle over loud music. The 25-year-old neighbor approached Codie Supak, 35, early that morning about the latter’s stereo, which was playing so loudly that it woke other residents in the apartment complex at 2604 W. Bruneau Place, a release said. That’s when Supak became confrontational and started assaulting the neighbor, causing a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol the neighbor had tucked in his gym shorts to fall to the ground. Supak picked up the gun and pointed it...
  • Yakima Police arrest man in connection to Moneytree double homicide

    03/27/2016 8:16:16 PM PDT · by steve86 · 6 replies
    KNDU RIGHTNOW ^ | Mar 26, 2016 | Raven Richard
    UPDATE SATURDAY 8:19 PM- YAKIMA, WA- Yakima Police say they have arrested 26-year-old Manuel Verduzco in connection to the deaths of 27-year-old Karina Morales-Rodriguez and 30-year-old Marta Martinez. Both women were Moneytree employees at the location near Walnut and First Street where the shooting occurred this morning. Yakima police say the two women were confronted by a suspect while they were opening the business Saturday morning. Verduzco was identified as a possible suspect through an investigation. More information came to light later in the day that led to Verduzco's arrest Saturday afternoon. He is booked into the Yakima County Jail...
  • Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s

    02/08/2016 8:50:26 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Bob Young
    Just after Uncle Ike's Pot Shop opened in Seattle's Central District, it boasted in an ad, "Our weed cures Ebola." Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren't allowed to make any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: "If you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron." That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle Ike's the state's top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthly sales. It's also changing the personality of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, once a predominantly African-American corner, with neon signs, a wall-mural ad, food truck, sign-waving mannequin and...
  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Teen walks a mile in Muslim friends’ shoes by wearing a hijab

    01/18/2016 4:40:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 39 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 17, 2016 | Claudia Rowe
    She was walking home from school, with traffic rushing all around, when Zion Lourdes Perez tore off her hijab. Feeling like a target at 15 was nothing she'd imagined when she decided, on a lark, to wear the head scarf worn by Muslim women. Perez, raised Catholic, is a co-founder and president of the Muslim Student Association at Franklin High, and while many students tried on the covering for an hour or two during "modesty week," Perez wanted a deeper understanding of what it meant to broadcast religion on one's sleeve - or head, as it were. The experience last...
  • Tom Douglas going straight to $15/hour, adding 20% service charge at 3 restaurants [Seattle]

    01/12/2016 5:10:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 52 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 12, 2016 | Bethany Jean Clement
    Say goodbye to tipping at Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen and The Carlile Room. The entirety of the 20 percent service charge "will be redistributed to our team through wages, commissions and benefits," Douglas said in a news release. Among the goals of the change, he said, is to "provide greater compensation equity for front of house and back of house." (The company said it based the 20 percent figure on average customer tips over the past three years.) And while Douglas's take on Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage has not necessarily been positive in the past, he promised, "We...
  • Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]

    01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bob Young
    Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist. Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes. “It’s almost impossible for that to happen,” said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity. After sifting through public...
  • Marijuana Retail Prices Are Plummeting, But Local Shops Say That's Good News [WA]

    01/06/2016 8:12:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 16 replies
    NBCRIGHTNOW ^ | Jan 06, 2016 4:59 PM PST | Caitlin Wilson
    UNION GAP, WA.- The price of marijuana continues to drop in retail shops across the state, so we checked in with two of the local shops in Union Gap to see how they're adapting to the changing times. Even though prices have dropped to an all time low across the state over the past year, local owners say their products are still flying off the shelves. When Station 420, opened their doors in 2014 they were selling a gram for around $40.00. "It was tough, the supply was short, we didn't have very many options and it was expensive," owner...
  • Marijuana Retailers Cope with Falling Pot Prices [WA]

    01/04/2016 5:22:17 PM PST · by steve86 · 42 replies
    NBCRightNow ^ | Jan 04, 2016 | Jonathan Halvorson
    <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - As the price of marijuana continues to drop, Washington pot businesses are struggling to keep up with the changes.</p> <p>The Daily News reports ( ) that since legal marijuana entered the market in July 2014, prices have dropped from $25 to $30 per gram to about $10 a gram now.</p>
  • Roku Player and Sling TV

    01/02/2016 11:54:42 PM PST · by steve86 · 43 replies
    We have a new TV with integrated Roku Player and Amazon Prime and Sling TV trial and I can't find a single thing to watch. I don't watch films -- no attention span for those. Not interested in any of the new music and I already have the old. Possibly with the Sling TV extra $5 add-on international news package I could find something of interest like when the Dubai skyscraper was burning. I will subscribe if WW3 starts in earnest. But paying $25 for the Sling Packages in normal times is not worth it to me. The Amazon Prime...
  • European Muslim Invasion -- Background (my title)

    10/21/2015 8:31:27 PM PDT · by steve86 · 19 replies ^ | Arturo Pérez-Reverte (translated)
    In the year 376 AD, an enormous mass of men, women and children appeared on the Danube frontier of the Roman Empire. They were refugee Goths who sought asylum, pressed by the advancing hordes of Attila. For several reasons - among others, that Rome was no longer what it had been - they were allowed to enter the territory of the Empire and were not exterminated, enslaved or conquered, as according to the custom of the time had happened to previous waves of immigrant peoples. In the following months those refugees discovered that the Roman Empire was not Paradise, that...
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • Further Restrictions for Kennewick Irrigation District Customers

    07/08/2015 1:20:22 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    KNDU 25 ^ | Jul 08, 2015
    KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Irrigation District says effective immediately, customers are required to limit watering to 20 minutes, per zone, for two days per week and according to their watering schedule. They say with the Yakima River at historically low levels this along with consistently high temperatures has resulted in further reductions to the water being delivered to the Kennewick Irrigation District by federal officials. During a normal irrigation season, K.I.D. would be diverting 300 cfs. Today the diversion is projected to be 150 cfs. The District will be contacting Water Masters directly regarding agricultural and large parcel lots over...
  • Home folk tell Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Don’t mess with Obamacare [WA]

    03/26/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | March 26, 2015 | Joel Connelly
    She was asking for horror stories about health care, but Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers, R-Wash., instead found her Facebook page filled with testimonials to the Affordable Care Act. A member of the House Republican leadership, McMorris Rodgers wanted a replenishment of anecdotes like stories of questionable accuracy she told when giving the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. “This week marks the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law,” wrote McMorris Rodgers. “Whether it’s turning your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer had reduced your work hours, I want...
  • Tri-City Florist declines Settlement Offer [Arlene's Flowers]

    02/20/2015 2:12:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 72 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Feb. 20, 2015
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Tri-Cities florist has declined state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's offer to settle a discrimination case involving flowers for a gay wedding. Barronelle Stutzman on Friday sent a letter to Ferguson rejecting his offer to settle the case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell flowers to people planning gay weddings. Stutzman says in a press release that she continues to believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. The 70-year-old Stutzman has earlier said she plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a Washington state anti-discrimination law by...
  • It’s a bad snow year in the NW; possibly record-setting bad

    02/09/2015 11:43:45 PM PST · by steve86 · 20 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 8, 2015 | Erik Lacitis
    SNOQUALMIE PASS — For sure, Warren Miller, who for decades annually produced a ski movie eagerly anticipated by his fans, would have passed on filming here this winter. Snow levels are near a record-level disaster: possibly the lowest since the state began keeping annual counts 66 years ago. Consider these numbers: The record for lowest annual snowfall at Snoqualmie is 191 inches, in the 1976-77 season. Hyak, a resort at the pass, ended up filing for bankruptcy. Its attorney said in a Feb. 5, 1977, Seattle Times story, “The Hyak ski area has been open one day this year, and...
  • 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 · 29 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 ^ | 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...