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  • Civilian Militia Remains at Bundy Ranch After Standoff Ends

    04/20/2014 12:15:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Liz Fields
    A group of armed militia and protesters, some sporting nametags reading "domestic terrorist," remain camped out on a cattle ranch in Nevada, where they have been purportedly defending the property since a tense showdown ended with the federal government last week. A 20-year struggle between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over decades of alleged illegal cattle grazing on public land ended last Sunday, with the government backing down from a controversial week-long cattle round-up. The BLM defused the standoff, citing safety concerns for its employees and the protesters, some of whom were on horseback and others...
  • Individual insurance plans up by 17 percent [WA]

    04/19/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT · by steve86 · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Carol M. Ostrom
    [I know the title reads like premiums went up by 17% -- and they probably did for some people. See comment below] Nearly 325,000 people have enrolled in individual insurance plans in Washington, marking the first time in four years that group has grown significantly, according to figures released Wednesday by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The numbers, reported by health insurers as of March 31, represent an increase of almost 17 percent from the total before the launch of the state’s online insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The figures include 146,000 enrolled through the Washington...
  • Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

    04/19/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Kristen Moulton
    It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen...
  • "smoking gun" on commie John Conyers--PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

    07/07/2007 5:14:17 AM PDT · by exposing_the_left · 41 replies · 2,342+ views
    World Can't Wait | 7/7/07 | Exposing the Left
    Please help me get this information out to the American people. I've been sending it to various conservative media for months and NOT ONE has done anything with it! Confirm for yourselves, copy & paste, then forward to as many media sources as possible. This bum Conyers, who heads the powerful House Judiciary Committee and is out "investigating" the White House, needs to be EXPOSED before the American people as the treasonous RAT that he is! And any politician, Left or Right, who does NOT immediately call for Conyers' impeachment should also be held accountable. This group that Conyers has...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • Progress, Challenges As Medicaid Rolls Swell in Wash.

    04/18/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler, The Seattle Times
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. But with enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that’s already stretched thin in places. Some of the new enrollees haven’t seen a doctor in years and need help navigating the health-care morass. Medicaid patients already struggle to get care in parts of the state...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in state [WA]

    04/17/2014 11:04:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/16/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. By the end of March, more than 285,000 adults who are newly eligible to participate in Medicaid had signed up for coverage. That’s twice the number officials had hoped to reach by then, and a target they hadn’t expected to hit for three more years.
  • Nancy Pelosi Works To Enlist Republicans In Amnesty Push

    04/17/2014 7:23:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Apr 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is working to to enlist 30 specific House Republicans on a mission to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. In a memorandum from the chief cosponsors of the Democratic House comprehensive immigration bill to “interested parties” published on Pelosi’s House website and pushed to press by her communications team, Pelosi specifically targets 30 Republicans she says aren’t working hard enough for amnesty. “It’s Time for [Insert name of GOP House member here] to Walk the Walk on Immigration Reform,” the memo, from Democrat Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Judy Chu (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Joe Garcia (D-FL)...
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    04/16/2014 2:31:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2014 9:24pm EDT | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States. :snip: Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • White is not right: Campus admins ask for help weeding out white people

    04/15/2014 1:54:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 15, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and...
  • Journalists’ guide to Islam called cave-in to political correctness

    04/12/2014 8:39:14 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A "how-to" guide published by a prominent journalism school to help reporters covering Islam-related issues is under fire from critics who say it sacrifices the First Amendment to political correctness. "Islam for Journalists,” an online guide from Washington State University, says coverage of the Muslim world can be fair, yet inoffensive without compromising journalistic principles. Yet it pointedly condemns publication of images of Muhammed, an act which is forbidden by the Koran, and seems to equate it with violence carried out in the name of Islam.
  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 5:53:29 PM PDT · by narses · 86 replies
    Tears flowed on both sides of a Spokane courtroom Thursday as a jury acquitted Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the March 2013 death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. Gerlach’s wife, Sharon, wept and embraced her family as the verdict, not guilty on both a first-degree and second-degree manslaughter charge, was read in open court. Ann Kaluza-Graham, grandmother of the man shot dead trying to steal Gerlach’s SUV, burst into tears as she said her grandson never got a chance to answer theft charges or prove himself a changed person. “This was a tragedy,” Gerlach said in a brief statement after the verdict...
  • VIDEO:IMMIGRATION: Murray Joins Jorge Ramos to Discuss Treatment of Pregnant ICE Detainees

    04/10/2014 4:34:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Apr 10 2014 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    (Washington, D.C.) – This week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined “America with Jorge Ramos” to discuss a new report on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detaining pregnant women.Watch the full segment.
  • News Releases Senators Murray and Cantwell’s Statement on President Visit to SR530 Slide Area

    04/08/2014 6:58:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    Senator Patty Murray ^ | Apr 08 2014 | Senator Patty Murray
    “We appreciate the President’s decision to come to Snohomish County, and we look forward to joining him on April 22nd as he meets with community members,” Murray and Cantwell said. “We are confident that President Obama will see what we have seen: The tremendous resolve and determination of the people of Oso, Darrington and Arlington in the face of tragedy. “The President’s visit is another important step in demonstrating the federal government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the families, first responders, volunteers and businesses, as they recover from this disaster. We appreciate the decision to make major disaster resources available and...
  • Feds move in on Nevada rancher's herd over illegal grazing

    04/08/2014 4:07:26 PM PDT · by sergeantdave · 55 replies
    FOX news ^ | April 7, 2014 | FOX news
    For 20 years, a tough-as-leather Nevada rancher and the federal government have been locked in a bitter range war over cattle grazing rights. This weekend the confrontation got worse, when the feds hired contract cowboys to start seizing Cliven Bundy's cattle, which have been grazing on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The government officials brought a show of force that included dozens of armed agents in SUVs and helicopters. Bundy, 67, who has been a rancher all his life, accuses BLM of stampeding over on his rights. “This is a lot bigger deal than just my...
  • A FOURTH student comes forward with allegations Math teacher, 24, had sex with him [Short title]

    04/08/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 4, 2014 | Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    A fourth high school student has come forward claiming 24-year-old former math teacher Meredith Powell sexually abused him during her time at Washington's Lincoln High School. Powell was arrested in February and then confessed to performing sex acts with multiple students, one as young as 15 years old, inside her locked classroom, as well as sending them sexualized pictures of herself. She previously faced two counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Statement from Gov. Inslee on announcement of President Obama’s visit to SR 530 slide April 22

    04/08/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies
    The White House told me this morning that President Obama will visit the SR 530 slide site April 22. This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington. The White House said the president will meet with families, first responders and recovery workers. “From the earliest days following the slide, the president has closely monitored events in the area and shown his concerns for the victims and their families. He and his team have been important partners in the response...
  • Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?

    04/06/2014 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | April 6, 2014 | by Andrew Walden
    Homeless Tent Cities have proven a disaster in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and other mainland cities where they have been tried. Homelessness Industry organizers set up their tents in an area--and the meth-addled denizens generate a crime wave targeting local businesses and residents as they seek out anything they can steal to buy drugs. Exasperated local officials pay the organizers off in order to get them to move into a different jurisdiction where the cycle of crime and shakedown begins again. In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown...
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • Lightning blasts hole in roof of Green Lake church

    03/29/2014 7:14:32 PM PDT · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 3/29/2014 | KOMO staff
    A bolt of lightning blasted a hole through the roof of a church as a fierce squall blew through a Green Lake neighborhood Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, Bethany Community Church in the 1100 block of North 80th Street, at about 4:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a building had been struck by lightning. Crews at the scene found a 2-foot-by-4-foot hole in the church's roof, directly above the altar. The force of the strike blew the tiles off the roof at the impact site and knocked out electrical power to the church. A...
  • Risk of [Seattle] slide "unforeseen"? Warnings go back decades.

    03/29/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 | Ken Armstrong, Mike Carter and Mike Baker
    Since the 1950s, geological reports on the hill that buckled during the weekend in Snohomish County have included pessimistic analyses and the occasional dire prediction. But no language seems more prescient than what appears in a 1999 report filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, warning of “the potential for a large catastrophic failure.”
  • Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    03/27/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | March 26, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between. ... The success of this plan spells disaster for not only the Klamath Basin family farmers, but for all family farmers, as it will be a precedent. Without locally grown produce and animal feed, we will be even more dependent on imported food at a much higher price....
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Study: Seattle Worker Needs Minimum Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental

    03/26/2014 2:29:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies
    KPLU ^ | 3/24/14 | Ashley Gross
    Even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour may not be enough to allow low-wage workers to afford rent in Seattle, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The group says a full-time worker in the Seattle-Bellevue metro area needs to earn $21.60 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. That’s the so-called housing wage that the group calculates. In Washington state, the housing wage is $18.65 per hour. The group estimated that the worker spends no more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. For the price of...
  • Number of people listed as missing in Washington state landslide rises to 176

    03/24/2014 8:48:21 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 20 replies
    reuters/yahoo ^ | 3/24/14 | reuters
    ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The number of people listed as missing from a devastating Washington state landslide that has killed at least 14 people rose on Monday to 176 from 108, Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said. "The 176 I believe very strongly is not going to be a number that we're going to see in fatalities, I think it's going to drop dramatically," Pennington said, adding that there appear to be duplicates in some of those people reported missing.
  • Microsoft Blocking Wine Users From Downloads Site (More poor business parctices by gates)

    02/17/2005 7:32:53 AM PST · by N3WBI3 · 185 replies · 2,709+ views
    wine-devel Mailing list ^ | 2005-02-17 | Ivan Leo
    As some of you may know, Microsoft is planning to totally restrict access to the Microsoft download center to all non-genuine windows users. So you would expect some check for pirated copies of windows to be involved. If you visit the download center with IE you get an activex control, but if you try with Firefox, you'll have to download a little program, that returns a code you have to copy into the download page, to get access to the download you selected. By quickly looking at the program, I noticed it looks for a registry key, this key is......
  • Before and After: Photos Show Mudslide's Destruction [60 Miles N.E. From Seattle]

    03/24/2014 1:44:07 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | 24 March 2014 | Jon Sweeney
    A mudslide in Washington state turned a square mile of Snohomish County into complete devastation and claimed the lives of at least eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. The slide, which occurred around 11 a.m. PT Saturday, turned land that spanned neighborhoods into "quicksand." [18 more "missing"]
  • WA:Investigation continues into Pasco homicide

    03/24/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    keprtv.com ^ | 19 March, 2014 | Frances Watson
    PASCO, Wash. -- We don't yet know if a Pasco homeowner will face criminal charges for killing a man last week. Stephan Aceves was shot multiple times while trying to get into a home on Savary Drive. Now prosecutors say they have not decided whether this is considered justified. The prosecutor and a representative from Pasco PD held a news conference Tuesday but made no announcement on whether there would be charges. The shooting on Savary Drive appears to be a case of mistaken identity. In this case, it was the house that led to confusion. The family of Stephan...
  • Authorities: 108 People Unaccounted For In Deadly Mudslide

    03/24/2014 1:00:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | March 24, 2014 11:58 AM | Unattributed - AP
    ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure likely would decline dramatically. Still, the size of the list raised concerns the death toll would rise far above the eight people who have been confirmed dead after the 1-square-mile slide Saturday swept through part of a former fishing village about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Several people also were critically injured. About 30 homes were destroyed, and the debris blocked a 1-mile stretch of...
  • Elusive numbers make it hard to grade state’s health coverage [WA]

    03/23/2014 6:38:58 PM PDT · by steve86 · 16 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/22/2014 | Carol M. Ostrom
    When we move past the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance for 2014, will we know how many uninsured Washington residents have been helped by the Affordable Care Act, with all its angst, infrastructure and expense? It’s a key question in judging the federal law’s performance. But to the dismay of the law’s supporters, as well as its critics, that number is proving to be as slippery as a moss-covered sidewalk in springtime Seattle. “Isn’t the goal of the entire act supposed to be about covering people who were not covered before?” asked State Sen. Bruce Dammeier,...
  • Officials: About 18 missing in Washington mudslide

    03/23/2014 12:22:03 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankenship & Chris Grygiel
    ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — About 18 people are still unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in rural northwest Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding, authorities said Sunday. Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing that "we suspect that people are out there, but it's far too dangerous to get responders out there on that mudflow." Searchers in helicopters will be flying over the area of the square-mile mudslide Sunday to find people who may have been able to get out on their own, as well...
  • 3 killed in mudslide; rescue crews continue search [WA State]

    03/23/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT · by tallyhoe · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 23, 2014 | Marcus Yam
    A mudslide Saturday along Highway 530, near Oso in Snohomish County, sent a huge chunk of this hill into the Stillaguamish River.
  • Cries for help still heard in fatal mudslide near Oso

    03/23/2014 7:33:42 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 3-22-14 | CHRIS GRYGIEL & DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    Rescue crews searched into the night for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least three people, after hearing voices from the debris field pleading for help. The slide of mud, trees and rocks happened about 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Several people - including an infant - were critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed. Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing late Saturday that searchers weren't giving up on finding more people. "We have people who are yelling for our help, and we are going to take...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant challenged face-to-face about minimum wage

    03/23/2014 4:12:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 3/21/14 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE — The leading proponent of a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle was challenged face-to-face today. Kshama Sawant engaged with small businesses owners worried about their survival. The impromptu meeting came after a City Council briefing on the implications of raising the minimum wage 63 percent, from $9.32 an hour to $15. “Despite all the rhetoric I'd like to understand the facts of what these other cities do and how they define the various terms that they use in the minimum wage ordinances,” said Council President Tim Burgess at the briefing. “My argument here is there's just not...
  • People cry for help from underneath rubble after 3 die in Washington landslide

    03/23/2014 2:52:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Joe Sutton, Janet DiGiacomo
    (CNN) -- A devastating landslide in Washington state killed three people Saturday and sent rescuers desperately digging for people crying for help underneath debris, authorities in Washington state said. The landslide cut off a small town and a river and prompted an evacuation notice for fear of a potentially "catastrophic flood event," authorities said. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said, in addition to those dead, seven adults and a 6-month-old boy were rescued and sent to local hospitals. Harborview Medical Center in Seattle reported that five patients had been airlifted there and were in its care. Three of those --...
  • Washington Mudslide Kills Three After Demolishing Homes [50 Miles Northeast Of Seattle)

    03/22/2014 6:02:20 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 22 March 2014 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    Three people were killed and eight were injured in a mile-long mudslide near Seattle that completely demolished at least six houses Saturday morning and caused flooding.
  • The ‘colossal failure’ that helped Doc Hastings’ (R) district (WA)

    03/21/2014 5:29:17 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | March 20, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    No Northwest congressman churned out more boilerplate press releases denouncing President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus program, enacted in 2009, than U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. It turns out, however, that Hastings’ district in Central Washington, where GOP politicians rail against government spending, received more benefit per citizen than any other place in America. The stimulus program carried $308 billion in discretionary spending. A Brookings Institution panel reported Thursday that the stimulus spent $3,750 per constituent in the Fourth Congressional District, for a total of $2.678 billion dollars. In solidly pro-Obama Seattle, the stimulus spent just over $1 billion, or...
  • Transgender Defense: 'Donna' Says 'Doug' Is the Spokane Serial Killer

    03/20/2014 7:43:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 3-19-14
    A transgender woman accused of being a serial killer is blaming the 1990 murders of three prostitutes in Washington State on Douglas Perry, the person she identified as before her transition. Donna Perry, 62, told police in 2012 in an affidavit filed in Spokane Superior Court that she had gender reassignment surgery in Thailand, and when a person transitions from male to female, "there's a great downturn in violence." She also told police that she intentionally had the operation, which she underwent in 2000, "as a permanent way to control violence." Perry is being held on $1 million bond in...
  • Mike Huckabee’s Maurice Clemmons problem

    03/19/2014 3:42:47 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12-18-2013 | Jonathan Martin
    If former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is going to run for president in 2016, his campaign is going to have to run through the Forza coffee shop in Parkland, Wash. That’s where one of Huckabee’s many parolees, Maurice Clemmons, assassinated four Lakewood police officers in 2009, depriving nine children of a parent and setting a national perception that Huckabee abused his powers of clemency. Huckabee told The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin (the other Jonathan Martin) that he views a 2016 presidential bid as “a real opportunity for me.” The Washington Post quickly called Huckabee “a long shot” because he...
  • Baristas hope packing pistols will discourage robberies ( WA )

    03/19/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    Coffee stand hit three times. Krystal Cogswell wears a holstered pistol on her hip while pulling espresso at Jitterz Java in Northwest Spokane. “I figure if they can see it, maybe it will be a deterrent, apparently being a girl isn’t enough,” the 24-year-old said. Robbers have struck Jitterz Java twice in February. On Sunday, a man who appeared to be armed ran off after a barista grabbed her gun and called police. The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a...
  • Ex-con, Ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards seeks comeback at age 86

    03/19/2014 1:55:46 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Irrepressible and a new father at age 86, having served time for extortion, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is seeking a comeback by running for an open seat in Congress. Edwards has not lost a step. “I did not vote for Obama: Where I was there were no voting machines,” said the conservative Democrat, who was in federal prison at the time. Edwards was accompanied by his 35-year-old third wife, Tina, and infant child. “There’s a guy in Florida 101 years old running, and by the time I am his age I’ll be in my seventh term,” said Edwards, who...
  • Council places limits on number of rideshare drivers

    03/18/2014 9:20:42 AM PDT · by relictele · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 17 Mar 2014 | Alexa Vaughn
    Seattle Monday became the first city in the country to limit drivers for Lyft, uberX and Sidecar, in what will eventually be an overhaul of all of the city’s ride-service rules. The regulations, approved unanimously by the City Council, will limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at the same time, collectively capping them at 450.
  • KOMO TV Seattle Helo Crashes / 2 Dead

    03/18/2014 8:31:24 AM PDT · by llevrok · 31 replies
    http://www.komonews.com/live
    KOMO TV Seattle news helo crashes feet from studios. Ywo confirmed dead. One critical Live link http://www.komonews.com/live
  • Seattle News Helicopter Crashes at Space Needle, 2 Dead, 1 Injured

    03/18/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 46 replies
    KOMO TV ^ | 3/18/14 | KOMO Staff
    Two people were killed and one was critically injured when a news helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle. Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene. Two cars were struck in the crash. One man could be seen running from from one of the cars with his sleeve on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene.
  • National Guard Reservist Arrested In Alleged LA Subway Attack Plot

    03/17/2014 11:58:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    A National Guard reservist has been arrested at the Canadian border in Washington for allegedly trying to aid al-Qaida in a plot to attack a Southland subway. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was charged Monday with attempting to provide material to support a foregoing terrorist organization, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. He made his first appearance in a federal courtroom in Seattle Monday afternoon.
  • Female Teacher Who Raped 6th Grade Boy Won’t Face Jail Time (VIDEO) (GUILTY)

    03/17/2014 8:01:56 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 64 replies
    The Libertarian Times ^ | 17 Mar 2014 | Austin Petersen
    Should Medical Reasons Exempt People From Prison? Former Tacoma teacher Keshia Shaw who pleaded guilty to child rape won’t serve prison time thanks to a Pierce County judge who sentenced her to sex offender treatment instead. Shaw will go free thanks to a medical condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, causing her to have facial hair, as well as multiple sclerosis. Follow TLR on Google+ “I’m worried that prolonged stay here will turn my conditions into a 200-pound 3-year-old,” Shaw said in court. RELATED (PODCAST): Is it OK for teachers to rape their students if she’s hot and they’re young...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant: We're moving forward with $15 per hour

    03/16/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 3/13/14 | (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant: We're moving forward with $15 per hour
    SEATTLE — Kshama Sawant said she needs to see progress on a $15 per hour minimum wage soon, or she and her supporters will move ahead without the help of her fellow city council members and the mayor. She said if there is not significant progress soon she will start collecting signatures to put a minimum wage measure on the ballot. Sawant said signatures are due June 10. The socialist council member is holding a rally this coming Saturday where she will lay out her latest plan of action moving forward.