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  • Legal Marijuana Goes on Sale in Washington

    07/08/2014 11:00:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 8 2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham stores that started selling the drug as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the doors opened at the shop in this liberal college town of about 80,000 north of Seattle. The first three customers in line were...
  • Police Chief in Uniform Told to Leave Gun Outside Ikea

    07/08/2014 3:40:09 AM PDT · by Abathar · 82 replies
    NBSWashington.com ^ | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 | Chris Gordon
    In 35 years in law enforcement, said the Takoma Park Police chief, he's never had this happen. He's never had a store tell him that he would have to leave his service weapon in the car or leave the store -- especially when he was in his police uniform. But that's what happened July 4 in the Ikea in College Park, where Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg had stopped in with his daughter. Goldberg was in uniform because he had worked that morning at the city's July 4 parade, and would be back on duty that night for fireworks....
  • Boeing fears regulatory wave amid battle over fish, water pollution

    07/07/2014 3:48:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Aerospace giant Boeing finds itself in a fishy fight against Native Americans and environmentalists over pollution in the waterways -- a disagreement that could affect where Washington state's largest employer builds the next generation of planes. At the heart of the fight, which could impact thousands of jobs, is a peculiar question: How much locally caught fish do Washingtonians eat, and what are the health risks? Green groups, alone with Washington state tribes, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to push for increased fish consumption rates -- currently set at six-and-a-half grams a day. If the number is set higher,...
  • 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...
  • Seattle pushing back on the $15 minimum wage

    07/06/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/05/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    When Seattle passed their new city council ordinance mandating a staged increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, many local businesses – as well as observers across the nation – were left shaking their heads. The rules seemed to be unevenly applied, with some businesses having to comply but not others, as well has having a complete disregard for whether or not the job providing entities would be able to remain competitive and survive under the new rules. As Reuters reports, a coalition of business owners are now moving to exercise the power of public support to...
  • Boeing Fuselages In Montana River After Train Derails

    07/06/2014 10:28:10 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 04 July 2014
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. [Photo in Comments]
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Reagan Was Right on Sulfur Dioxide Emissions from Mount St. Helens

    The Huffington Post has a pop-up feature entitled "Politicians' Science Gaffes" included on a related article about how "GOP Lawmaker Says Climate Change Is 'The Greatest Deception In The History Of Mankind'." Of course, the feature only includes Republican politicians (10 in total) who have said purportedly dumb things about science. And, according to the Huffington Post, the first listed science gaffe by a politician is the following statement by Ronald Reagan:
  • Seattle Muslim Targets and Murders Homosexuals

    07/03/2014 11:57:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 3 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Ali Muhammad Brown was charged with executing two gay men in Seattle. Brown was previously prosecuted federally following an FBI probe into an Islamic group suspected of supporting jihadists overseas. This devout Muslim is also a registered sex offender for crimes against a 6-year-old girl, the same age as Aisha when Muhammad married her. He was previously prosecuted as part of a federal investigation into a sleeper cell thought by investigators to be linked to a terrorism funding organization. “One prominent member of the group is thought to have been killed waging jihad in Somalia after fleeing prosecution in the...
  • Wash. school district complies with Michelle O’s lunch rules and bans birthday cupcakes

    07/01/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 7/1/14 | Victor Skinner
    LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Michelle Obama’s national school lunch overhaul is getting a little ridiculous. The First Lady worked with federal bureaucrats to strictly limit what types of foods can be served in school cafeterias across the country in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The federal regulations on meat, vegetables, salt, and other aspects of the school lunch has been met with staunch indignation from students who have either trashed their mandatory fruit and vegetables or opted not to eat lunch at all. Now, the Edmonds School District in Washington state and others are cracking down on birthday cupcakes and...
  • Microsoft Says Disrupts Cybercrime Rings With Roots in Kuwait, Algeria

    07/01/2014 12:49:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Reuters ^ | 6/30 | Jim Finkle
    Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began on Monday under an order issued by a federal court in Nevada, targeted traffic involving malicious software known as Bladabindi and Jenxcus, which Microsoft said work in similar ways and were written and distributed by developers in Kuwait and Algeria. It is the first high-profile case involving malware written by developers outside of Eastern Europe, according to Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel...
  • 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...
  • WA National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

    06/25/2014 4:21:11 PM PDT · by llevrok · 16 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 6/24/2014 | ADAM ASHTON
    After 38 years in the Washington National Guard, 1st Sgt. Brett Jensen received something new for a change. The citizen soldier belongs to an aviation battalion that’s receiving brand-new helicopters for the first time in five decades. It means the local unit will be able to retire aircraft dating to the Vietnam War era. “It’s kind of nice being able to see new aircraft in the fleet,” said Jensen, 56, a Tacoma resident who has deployed twice to the Middle East and participated in domestic missions ranging from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 to the more recent disaster...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Feds could tap JBLM to house minors detained at U.S.-Mexico border

    06/24/2014 7:29:40 AM PDT · by llevrok · 21 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 6/24/2014 | ADAM ASHTON
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord is among the military installations that could be tapped temporarily to house some of the thousands of young Central American immigrants who have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional sources said Monday. Negotiations are still under way to place the minors in vacant housing at the South Sound base, said Kati Rutherford, spokeswoman for Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office also has been in touch with the Defense Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the proposal, a spokeswoman said. “This is an urgent humanitarian situation, and though this is...
  • 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,...
  • Why So Stingy, Seattle? Government Could Do Much More Than Raise The Minimum Wage!

    06/23/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 23, 2014 | George Leef
    Seattle recently raised the minimum hourly wage that employers in the city must pay to $15. That puts Seattle out in front in America’s Living Wage Derby – hooray! Mayor Ed Murray boasts that the high minimum wage makes his city “the model for the nation.” Not only that, but the big increase, over Washington state’s minimum wage of $9.32 per hour will, he says, enable the city to “regain economic strength.” Great objectives, Mr. Mayor, but I don’t know why you’re being so stingy. You have at best taken a baby step towards fairness for workers and economic vitality....
  • 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...
  • Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl ring revealed

    06/21/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    SB Nation ^ | June 20, 2014 | Ryan Van Bibber
    t's not like a player would ever forget winning the Super Bowl, but it's nice to have a giant diamond ring there to remind you. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen revealed his team's ring. Unlike a lot of Super Bowl rings, it's kind of cool, or at least not overdone and as tacky as some of them are.
  • Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

    06/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 20, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage. Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird. The final decision was “pushed back until after the election, because when people understand the impact on jobs, people get...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • Seattle Times: We won't use Redskins name in our newspaper

    06/19/2014 8:41:15 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 114 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | June 19, 2014 10:47 am ET | Josh Katzowitz
    The Redskins got a flurry of bad news Wednesday when the U.S. Patent Office canceled the team's trademark registration, because the team name is “disparaging to Native Americans." Basically, it means that the team could lose its federally trademarked protections and could hasten the franchise to change the name, depending on how much pressure the rest of the league puts on Washington for a potential loss of revenue. While Miami University, now the RedHawks but formerly known as the Redskins, tried to offer some advice on Wednesday, the sports editor of the Seattle Times, Don Shelton, is taking a more...
  • Businesses launch legal challenge to Seattle's $15 minimum wage

    06/18/2014 4:54:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 18, 2014 | By Dan Springer
    Many Seattle workers are about to see their income go way up, after the City Council unanimously passed a $15 minimum wage earlier this month. But faster than you can get a happy meal at McDonald's, the ordinance is facing a legal challenge. “I guarantee not everyone will survive,” warned David Jones, who owns a Subway franchise in Seattle. “This discriminatory law will affect some franchisees and they will go out of business.” The International Franchise Association, representing those concerns, has sued over the wage hike, specifically objecting to the fact the ordinance treats franchises as big businesses and requires...
  • Redskins defy trademark ruling, say they'll defend name

    06/18/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 69 replies
    Washington Examinerr ^ | 6-18-2014 | Sean Higgins
    In a defiant statement issued Wednesday, the Washington Redskins said the team would appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to revoke the trademark to the team's name and logo on the grounds that they are offensive to Native Americans. The professional football team added that in the meantime, the ruling would have "no effect at all" on its trademark rights while the case is on appeal. The press release even put that in boldface and underlined it. "We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned...
  • Seattle Police: Monitor finds ‘byzantine, arcane’ disciplinary system

    06/17/2014 6:53:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    seattlepi.com ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    Mr Hague said the "circumstances were right" following an improvement in bilateral relations in recent months. Full diplomatic relations with Iran were suspended after attacks on the British embassy in Iran in 2011. The election of a new Iranian president and a deal on Iran's nuclear programme has led to renewed contacts this year. The move comes as Iraqi forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Sunni Islamist militants across the country and amid reports that Iran is providing military assistance to its historic rival. The US is deploying up to 275 military personnel to protect staff at its huge...
  • 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...
  • Tour of Boeing's CST-100 Spaceliner to LEO

    06/13/2014 2:00:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-13-2014 | by Ken Kremer
    On Monday, June 9, Boeing revealed the design of their CST-100 astronaut spaceliner aimed at restoring Americas ability to launch our astronauts to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017. The full scale CST-100 mockup was unveiled at an invitation only ceremony for Boeing executives and media held inside a newly renovated shuttle era facility at the Kennedy Space Center where the capsule would start being manufactured later this year. The CST-100 is a privately built manrated capsule being developed with funding from NASA under the auspices of the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) in a...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Lawsuit challenges Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

    06/12/2014 1:15:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 8:20 PM EDT | Gene Johnson
    A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises. […] In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the International Franchise Association, a Washington, D.C.-based business group, said the ordinance “unfairly and irrationally discriminates against interstate commerce generally, and small businesses that operate under the franchise business model specifically.” …
  • Student Government Passes First Anti-BDS Resolution

    06/11/2014 3:37:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/6/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The anti-Israel movement has made academia its breeding ground, and new initiatives to boycott Israeli academics and research are frequently introduced to student and professorial bodies. But the BDS movement was dealt a crippling blow on Wednesday, after one college turned the tables - introducing the first anti-BDS resolution at an American university. The student government at Western Washington University (Associated Students WWU) voted unanimously Wednesday that it will not consider boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) based on national origin, according to Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs. The 7-0 vote represents the first time ever that a North American university’s student...
  • The Agony of the Liberal Gun Lover

    06/10/2014 3:07:40 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | 06/10/2014 | BRYAN SCHATZ
    Sara Robinson of Seattle, Washington, is chatty, affable, and obviously liberal. For years the former writer for Alternet has been a member of a tight-knit community of activists who write and organize around progressive causes. Or at least she was a member, until her “tribe,” as she calls it, effectively banished her in the wake of the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. “I was forced out,” she says. Robinson, a registered Democrat since the Reagan era, is also a life-long gun owner. And almost as soon as news of the massacre broke, her relationship with her left-leaning circle began...
  • Attorney: Donald Sterling says no to Clippers deal, suit is on

    06/09/2014 7:15:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    AP ^ | June 9, 2014
    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday. "We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said co-owner Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.
  • 11 Washington School Administrators To Carry Guns

    06/09/2014 8:38:01 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 09 June 2014
    When school resumes in the fall in the Toppenish School District [near Yakima, WA], some administrators will be armed for an added level of security.
  • 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...
  • Report claims FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography in 2010

    06/08/2014 11:48:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/8/14 | foxnews/ap
    The FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography at least 17 months before he killed himself and his children, according to a published report based on FBI documents. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the bureau was investigating Powell for possession of child pornography as well as for the death of his wife, Susan, who disappeared in 2009 and has never been found. Anne Bremner, an attorney for Susan Powell's parents, said the family was never told the FBI was investigating Josh Powell for child pornography.
  • 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...
  • GOD, GUTS, and GUNS: “Selfless” Student Who Stopped The Seattle Pacific University Shooting

    06/07/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 6/6/2014 | Bob Owens
    It didn’t take long after yesterday’s shotgun attack by a non-student at Seattle Pacific University for word to get out that the brave actions of students ended the attack before far more people could be injured or killed. The friends of the first man to go after the armed suspect quickly identified the bashful hero to the world via Twitter.
  • Student who helped stop Seattle shooter is flooded with wedding gifts

    06/07/2014 8:48:39 AM PDT · by justlurking · 16 replies
    Yahoo News/The Sideshow ^ | 2014-06-06 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Jon Meis became an instant icon of courage on Thursday when he and fellow students helped subdue a gunman who was on a rampage inside Seattle Pacific University. It turns out that the 22-year-old is also planning to get married. His newfound fans discovered the student’s wedding registry and have been buying up presents for Meis and his future wife."There are a number of heroes in this. The people around (the gunman) stepped up," Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said Thursday. "But for the great response by the people of Seattle Pacific, this incident might have been much more tragic."Meis,...
  • Ignore NRA fantasy world: Good guy with pepper spray stops bad guy with gun

    06/06/2014 5:43:55 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 61 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 06-06-2014 | Yael T. Abouhalkah
    The gun lovers who preach that arming American citizens to stop even more violence always ignore the fact that Wayne LaPierre was wrong. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, infamously said after a gunman in 2012 killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn. Yet looked what happened Thursday. According to police, a student building monitor named Jon Meis used pepper spray to subdue a shooter who had already killed one student and wounded a couple others at Seattle...
  • Planned Parenthood affiliate has lost more than a quarter of its customers since 2012

    06/06/2014 9:25:26 AM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 EST | Ben Johnson
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Planned Parenthood affiliate has lost more than a quarter of its customers since 2012 by Ben Johnson Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 EST Tags: oregon, planned parenthood, planned parenthood columbia willamette, washington state VANCOUVER, WA, June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate has revealed that it has had to dramatically downsize – including closing one-third of its offices in its two-state territory – because it had lost a quarter of its business in two years. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette announced yesterday that it is closing three of its offices...
  • Seattle Mayor Politicizes Seattle Pacific University Shooting: 'Epidemic of Gun Violence'

    06/06/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/5/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Today should have been a day of celebration at the end of the school year here at Seattle Pacific University; instead it's a day of tragedy and of loss. Once again, the epidemic of gun violence has come to Seattle – the epidemic of gun violence that is haunting this nation.
  • Seattle Pacific University shooting: 1 dead, multiple victims

    06/05/2014 5:14:17 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 135 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | 6/5/14 | KIRO 7 STAFF
    Quick Facts: - At least six people shot at Seattle Pacific University. - At least one suspect in custody. Police initially said two. - School is about 10 min. from downtown Seattle with about 4,000 students. - This is the first Seattle school shooting since April 2007. At least six people were shot Thursday afternoon at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle and police have at least one person in custody. The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, 3rd Avenue West and West Nickerson Street. The campus was on lockdown and traffic around the school was blocked. It...
  • 7 shot at Seattle Pacific University; 1 in custody; suspect sought

    06/05/2014 3:56:04 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 39 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/5/14 | Jennifer sullivan
    Seattle police are investigating a shooting at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University Campus. Officials say there appears to be seven victims; no fatalities.
  • Big money rolls into gun control campaign; who is ‘anonymous donor?

    06/05/2014 8:03:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 6/3/2014 | Dave Workman
    Yesterday’s latest “kickoff” of the Initiative 594 campaign in Seattle reportedly brought in a $1 million pledge from Nick and Leslie Hanauer – prime bank-rollers of the gun control effort so far – along with what the Seattle P-I.com reported was “a six-figure pledge from an anonymous donor,” and that is troubling to gun rights activists. When an issue threatens to erode what they consider are not only firearms rights but privacy rights, “six-figure” pledges to that campaign should not be anonymous. It’s an age-old principle held dear by the press: The public has a right to know.
  • Three Planned Parenthood offices to close in Oregon and Washington

    06/04/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:26 EST | Ben Johnson
    CLACKAMAS, OR, June 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate has announced that, in order to remain financially viable, it is closing three offices in the Pacific Northwest and laying off employees at its remaining locations. Stacy Cross, CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, which covers Oregon and part of Washington State, said in a press release that the action is "necessary in order to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that continues to keep our doors open to patients in our region for the long-term.”
  • Seattle: $15 Minimum Wage Means War on Small Business

    06/04/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media Tattler ^ | June 2, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Hippie infestation. Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the nation’s highest by far. The increase was formally proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and his spokesman said he intends to sign the ordinance on Tuesday. Apparently unaware that it doesn’t have the weather advantages that other places pricing themselves out of existence do (Los Angeles, anyone?), Seattle seems to be ready to set a record for how many businesses it can ruin. The earnest idiots who whip up this minimum wage frenzy always use big corporations...
  • Vancouver City Council opposes oil train terminal

    06/04/2014 5:26:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 3, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>The Vancouver City Council has voted to oppose what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal.</p> <p>The vote came well after midnight on Tuesday in council chambers packed with hundreds of people, many of them opposed to the project.</p>
  • Spokane Co. Sheriff memo: No sex on duty

    06/03/2014 8:39:18 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    KREM ^ | 6-3-14 | HAYLEY GUENTHNER
    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sent out a memorandum to his deputies stating that sex on duty was not tolerated. Spokane County deputy Scott Kenoyer got his job back in May after he admitted to having sex while on duty. The sheriff first fired him, but an arbitrator found that the consequence was too severe. Sheriff Knezovich said Kenoyer’s case and others like it forced him to send out a memo making it clear that having sex on duty would not be tolerated. Other sheriffs in counties surrounding Spokane said they never needed to send out a letter like the...
  • SeaTac workers “not happy” with $15 min. wage

    06/03/2014 5:15:34 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies
    http://shiftwa.org ^ | may 28, 2014
    Last January, SeaTac implemented a $15 per hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers. The consequences to the drastic hike in wages are just beginning to be realized—and it’s not pretty. A writer for NW Asian Weekly recently blogged about her experience attending an event at a SeaTac hotel. She asked employees if they were “happy with the $15 wage.” The ensuingconversations, “It sounds good, but it’s not good,” the woman said. “Why?” I asked. “I lost my 401k, health insurance, paid holiday, and vacation,” she responded. “No more free food,” she added. “The hotel used to feed her. Now, she...
  • Seattle to enact $15 minimum wage

    06/02/2014 5:18:57 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 106 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 2, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, equaling the highest minimum wage in the nation. The law will phase in the higher wages over a three- to seven-year window, depending on the size of a company. Corporations that employ more than 500 workers will have to pay $15 an hour by 2017 if their employees don’t receive company-paid health care. Smaller businesses can wait until 2019 to reach the higher rate. All workers will receive the highest wage by 2021. “The people who work for a living have basically seen no...