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  • Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state

    09/29/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | By Andrea Shalal and Alwyn Scott
    Boeing on Monday said it would move most of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region. The changes are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area. The transition could take three years to complete. Boeing would shift as many affected workers as possible to the company's...
  • A timely warning to WA state Freepers

    09/28/2014 9:11:52 PM PDT · by Robwin · 5 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/28/2014 | Anonymous
    There is SO much emphasis on I-594, but there is NO discussion on I-591. WHY? 594 is an obvious attempt to violate the 2nd amendment by infringing on our rights to obtain or even transfer firearms. The bill is totally ludicrous. But I-591 is a Trojan horse. IT does prevent the confiscation of guns without due process, but the second part opens us to onslaught by Mike Bloomberg & Co. The second part of 591 no background checks can be required of recipients “UNLESS A UNIFORM NATIONAL STANDARD IS REQUIRED.” It does not specify which entity would be the responsible...
  • Washington state receives DOD grant to prepare military contractors for downsizing

    09/26/2014 3:47:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 9/26/2014 | Adam Ashton
    The state has received a $4.3 million grant to help small and medium-size military contractors prepare for anticipated cuts in Defense Department spending. Washington received the two-year grant from the Pentagon’s Office of Economic Adjustment, which is set up to help military communities cope with sudden changes in Defense Department trends. It will be used to help the Commerce Department’s military affairs office to develop programs to track workers with experience in Defense Department programs, study opportunities for growth in the defense industry, create a pilot program for small businesses to diversify their work if they’re dependent on military spending...
  • 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...
  • Seattle official: Planned Parenthood abortion facility will help ‘ensure children are born healthy'

    09/26/2014 5:26:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/25/14 | Ben Johnson
    A government official in Seattle is praising a new public-private partnership that will see the county outsource its family planning services to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility – saying the arrangement will help unborn babies. King County, Washington – which includes Seattle – has arranged for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) to assume the family planning operations at the Public Health Center at Greenbridge, which is currently run by the county Public Health Department. “I want to thank Mayor [Ed] Murray and our partners at Planned Parenthood for helping us ensure that children are born healthy and able...
  • NRA outgunned? Gun control backers put millions behind background check measure

    09/25/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-25-2014 | Dan Springer
    When it comes to campaign spending on the right to bear arms, the National Rifle Association is almost never outgunned. But in Washington state, where voters soon will decide on one of the most restrictive background check laws in the country, the NRA is up against some of the deepest pockets in the world. And the NRA is getting outspent more than 7-1. “This is a terrible ballot initiative that was dreamed up by people who don’t even live in Washington,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said, “and it’s being financed by Michael Bloomberg of New York and his billionaire pals.”
  • 'Dream Act' Makes Undocumented Students Eligible For Already-Strained Aid Program

    09/25/2014 3:45:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    KPLU-PBS News - Seattle ^ | September 25, 2014 | By KYLE STOKES
    Fall classes began at many of Washington's public universities Wednesday, beginning the first term undocumented immigrant students can receive state-backed financial aid under a new state law. But while more than 2,000 students applied to receive state need grants under provisions of the newly-enacted Washington "Dream Act," state higher education officials say it's possible as many as 700 of these undocumented students won't receive an aid award at all — even if they're eligible. It's not just undocumented students who will miss out. Though state expenditures on the program have ballooned as tuition costs get higher, there isn't enough funding...
  • 2016 Presidential Straw Poll (September 2014)

    09/25/2014 1:12:28 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 33 replies
    Washington State Republican Party ^ | 22 September 2014 | WSRP
    Here are the straw poll results as of Monday morning September 22: Ben Carson 610 Mitt Romney 346 Rand Paul 242 Ted Cruz 147 Paul Ryan 122 Scott Walker 89 Condoleezza Rice 77 Chris Christie 70 Marco Rubio 70 Rick Perry 69 Mike Huckabee 62 Jeb Bush 60 Sarah Palin 60 Bobby Jindal 50 Allen West 21 Rick Santorum 16 Trey Gowdy 13 Nikki Haley 13 Others (scattered and write-in) 22
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Washington state pot law author proposes testing sewage to gauge use

    09/24/2014 5:53:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9/24/2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - The main author of a Washington state law that legalized recreational marijuana said on Wednesday that testing sewage for the active ingredient in pot could give municipalities a broader and more reliable picture of drug use than traditional surveys. Alison Holcomb, who is also an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said wastewater analysis for psychoactive THC could provide policymakers crucial data at a time of sweeping shifts in marijuana policy in U.S. states and cities.
  • Seattle Passes Laws to Keep Residents From Wasting Food

    09/24/2014 4:39:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/24/14
    The City of Seattle just passed a new trash ordinance that would fine residents and businesses for throwing away too much food.
  • Dumb WA woman uses SMART car as getaway after robbery, is arrested

    09/21/2014 3:53:38 PM PDT · by nwrep · 21 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 21, 2014 | nwrep
    Marie A. Berry, 35, was arrested on Wednesday in Vancouver. She was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of theft in the second degree. Court documents said Berry had robbed seven businesses, including one bank and one credit union, since April. The suspect description was similar in all seven robberies. Berry used a stolen SMART car as a getaway car when she robbed a Vancouver Columbia Bank branch in June, investigators said. Surveillance video showed Berry casing other banks and credit unions within 30 minutes of the Columbia Bank robbery, the probable cause document said.
  • Many in Seattle are taking a stand against rise of micro-apartments

    09/21/2014 11:06:22 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 80 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 28AUG2014 | Daniel Beekman
    An uprising by residents in several Seattle neighborhoods has prompted a City Council proposal, backed by the mayor, that attempts to strike a balance between developers of micro-apartments, opponents, and the needs of a fast-growing city that is home to many one-person households.
  • VOTE NO I-594! Or 30CalGal Will Become A Felon.

    09/20/2014 8:21:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    30calgal.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | 30calgal
    You want to take your over 18 year old child hunting or shooting. Hand him (“Transfer”) a gun to use and you are both felons. You want to take your best buddy to go shooting and teach safe gun handling. Hand him (“Transfer”) your gun and you both are felons. You are in your home and want to show off your new firearm to a friend. Hand him (“Transfer”) your firearm and you are both felons. In all of these cases both parties would need to go to a dealer and get a background check and pay a tax just...
  • Convicted Eco-Terrorist Leads “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol” in Montana

    09/20/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ron Catlett
    Rod Coronado, a convicted eco-terrorist, is the leader of the controversial “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol,” a new environmental group that plans to shadow legal Montana wolf hunters during the state’s fall and winter wolf season and document the hunts with a video camera. Coronado, a resident of Michigan, is a radical environmentalist who “sank whaling ships nearly 30 years ago in Iceland and later went to prison after torching a Michigan State University lab in 1992 for conducting research for the fur industry” according to The Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY. He also serves as a spokesman for the radical, militant...
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Palin Announces Endorsement of Former Washington Redskin Clint Didier for U.S. Congress

    09/14/2014 9:16:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier, who is seeking to replace the retiring Congressman Doc Hastings in Washington State’s 4th congressional district, received a powerful endorsement on Thursday. Didier, a principled constitutional conservative with enthusiastic support from the pro-freedom Tea Party movement, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, who said “Clint sees the dangers facing our next generation,” and will “fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government.” Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings playing for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl’s XVII and XXII under coach Joe Gibbs, became a farmer after retiring from his NFL career...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • $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...
  • One-Percenters' Gun Control Would Mean 'Handgun Registration' for Washington State

    09/12/2014 6:11:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to "universal handgun registration" if passed. Page 2 of the 18-page initiative opens the door to such registration by "extending the requirement for a background check to apply to all gun sales and transfers within the state." This means record keeping, and record keeping means the formation of a database to compile the location of all known guns and the names of all known gun owners.
  • 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...
  • I-594 campaign for universal background checks releases its first TV ad

    09/06/2014 9:32:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    inlander.com ^ | 9/5/2014 | Deanna Pan
    The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility launched its TV advertising campaign yesterday to promote Initiative 594, a statewide ballot measure to broaden background checks on all gun purchases. The ad, titled "Prevent," features former Bellingham Chief of Police Don Pierce. Citing FBI data, in the ad, Pierce credits current background check laws with stopping more than 40,000 people — "felons, domestic abusers, you name it" — from purchasing guns in Washington state.
  • 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...
  • Olympia man developing gay bunny video game

    09/04/2014 10:44:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 44 replies
    KOMO-TV (Seattle) ^ | September 4, 2014 | Andy Hobbs
    (edit)  The goal of "Twitterpated" is to encourage conversations about same-sex relationships in a disarming way, said Oksendahl, adding that he chose bunnies for the game because "they are known for being very active as far as their reproductive strategy." The game contains no sex, and instead, the bunnies rub their noses and hearts when paired together, he said. "I came up with some game mechanics that I thought would be kid friendly, but at the same time expose kids to the idea that there's more than one way to be," he said. "I grew up as a youth with...
  • 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...
  • Goodbye, Columbus: Seattle commission wants name stricken from holiday

    09/01/2014 10:00:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    http://blog.seattlepi.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    <p>The Seattle Human Rights Commission is doubling down on its effort to purge Columbus Day from its list of city celebrations, and have it replaced in the Emerald City with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”</p> <p>“WHEREAS, the Commission recognizes that the celebration of Christopher Columbus and his alleged 1492 discovery of the lands that would later become known as the Americas works to celebrate an era of colonization and dispossession of indigenous peoples’ homelands, as well as the decimation of entire groups of indigenous peoples from North and South America.”</p>
  • Clinic’s secular nature intact (Catholics cave!)

    08/30/2014 5:10:50 PM PDT · by narses · 29 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 8/30/2014 | Addy Hatch
    Religious directives that some worried could restrict medical care at a new health clinic preparing to open on the Washington State University Spokane campus are being jettisoned. The announcement Friday by Providence Health & Services comes two days after the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about the clinic’s bylaws and asked WSU regents to address the matter at their Sept. 11 meeting. The Spokane Teaching Health Center is a consortium of Providence, WSU Spokane and the Empire Health Foundation. It’s expected to open on the WSU Spokane campus in 2016, and regents will consider selling $15 million in revenue...
  • Bloomberg group donates $1M to gun initiative

    08/30/2014 10:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    koin.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | unknown
    Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen also recently donated to Initiative 594 campaign
  • Breaking: Gottlieb challenges Gates to debate gun control measure

    08/28/2014 9:31:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Dave Workman
    Two days after the Seattle Times announced that Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $1 million to the Initiative 594 campaign, Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, who opposes the measure, has today publicly challenged the billionaire Microsoft founder to a public debate. Gottlieb issued his challenge Wednesday morning, demanding that Gates “Put his mouth where his money is!” “It’s one thing to be for background checks,” said Gottlieb, who is chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and a leading spokesman for Initiative 591. “But, I-594 is poorly written bad law, and all...
  • 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,...
  • Bill Gates, wife, donate $1M to gun initiative

    08/27/2014 6:55:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    bigstory.ap.com ^ | 8/25/2014 | unknown
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million.
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • ‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’ launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’...
  • Federal judge rules against Yakima in voting rights case

    08/22/2014 5:04:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | August 23, 2014 | Mike Faulk
    YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the ACLU in its voting rights lawsuit against the city of Yakima through a summary judgment, bringing an abrupt end to two years of litigation and likely resulting in a potentially dramatic change to Yakima city politics.In a ruling Friday afternoon, the judge said the American Civil Liberties Union met the preconditions necessary to vacate the trial and move directly to the remediation phase, where both the ACLU and the city will present proposals for changing the way City Council members are elected. The ACLU has already proposed all-district...
  • The Jihadi Serial Killer no One's Talking About

    08/22/2014 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of "vengeance" on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not. The usual suspects who decry hate crimes and gun violence haven't uttered a peep. Why? Like O.J.'s glove: If the narrative don't fit, you must acquit. The admitted killer will be cast as just another "lone wolf" whose familiar grievances and bloodthirsty Islamic invocations mean nothing. I say: Enough with the whitewashing. Meet...
  • COPS: Self-styled jihadist admits to killing 4, calls it ‘vengeance’ for U.S. actions in Mideast

    08/21/2014 6:01:14 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 62 replies
    SEATTLE — A man accused of shooting to death two men in Seattle on June 1 and a man in New Jersey later that month was charged Wednesday with gunning down a 30-year-old in the Skyway area in April — all, he allegedly told police, as “vengeance” for U.S. actions in the Mideast. Ali Muhammad Brown, 40, is quoted in charging documents as saying that he they were “just kills” and that he was “just doing my small part” as a self-styled jihadist. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated first-degree murder by the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the slaying...
  • [domestic jihadi] Seattle man says he killed 4 in Wash., N.J. to gain revenge against U.S.

    08/21/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/21/2014 | James Queally
    A Seattle man who confessed to killing four people in Washington and New Jersey this year said each shooting was part of a mission of vengeance against the U.S. government for its actions in the Middle East, according to court documents released Wednesday. Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. According to a criminal complaint filed in King...
  • Accused killer says Livingston teen's murder was 'vengeance' against U.S.

    08/21/2014 7:38:34 AM PDT · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 24 replies
    NJ.com, NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Dan Ivers/NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
    The man accused of gunning down a Livingston [NJ]teenager in his car earlier this summer told investigators the murder was an act of retribution for U.S. military action against Muslims in the Middle East. . . .[Ali Muhammad]Brown, 29, also confessed to killing the other men, all of whom, like Tevlin, were shot multiple times in isolated areas late at night. He described the murder as a “just kill” – carried out against an adult male who was not in the company of any women, children or elderly persons, court papers said. . . .
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

    08/14/2014 8:18:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ap ^ | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    SEATTLE (AP) — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. ... "All members of the public may not understand the implications of tweeting out a picture of SWAT team activity," said Nancy Korb, who oversees the Alexandria, Virginia, organization's Center for Social Media. "It's a real safety issue, not only for officers but anyone in the vicinity," Korb said. Korb said she is not aware of any social media post that has led to the injury of a police officer, but...
  • [MSFT Steve] Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks [WA]

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

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

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

    08/11/2014 12:18:42 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 32 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 11 August 2014
    Photo Gallery of outstanding arrest warrants - one Black, one Sikh, one Muslim, 18 Hispanics.
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • Navy shipbuilding crisis has far-reaching consequences

    08/10/2014 10:30:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | August 7, 2014 | Steve Wilson
    The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding crisis is demonstrating far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy and foreign policy goals. Take, for example, Ingalls’ recently closed composite-construction yard in Gulfport. First, the Coast Guard passed on composite deckhouses for its new class of fast-response cutters, going to a different design. When the Navy decided to transition from a composite deckhouse like on the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers to a steel one constructed at Bath Iron Works, that proved the knockout blow. The yard closed in July, putting 400 shipbuilders out of work, according to local TV station WLOX. The decision was announced last...
  • Seattle's Foss Maritime tug tows famed USS Constellation aircraft carrier to scrapyard (w/tracking)

    08/09/2014 1:09:45 AM PDT · by Drago · 6 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | 8/8/2014 | Steve Wilhelm
    The famed aircraft carrier USS Constellation set forth on its last voyage Friday, but this time towed by the ocean-going tugboat Corbin Foss. The 1,008-foot Constellation’s 16,000-mile journey from Bremerton will take the carrier around the southern tip of South America to Brownsville, Texas, where it is set to be scrapped.
  • Ambassador of Israel to US says Seattle's Kshama Sawant will have to retract statements

    08/08/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 17 replies
    MyNorthwest ^ | 8/7/14 | Stephanie Klein
    Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant drafted a letter this week calling for an immediate end to all U.S. government military aid for Israel.
  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.