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  • 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 · 51 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 · 22 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 · 27 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.
  • Former Redskins Star and Tea Party Candidate Clint Didier Advances in Washington Primary

    08/06/2014 6:54:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Former Washington Redskins tight end and Tea Party-backed candidate, Clint Didier, seeking to replace the retiring Congressman Doc Hastings in Washington State’s 4th congressional district, advanced against a crowded field of Republican hopefuls in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings playing in Super Bowl’s XVII and XXII under coach Joe Gibbs, is a farmer residing in Eltopia, WA. Because of Washington State’s somewhat unusual “top-two” primary system, which advances the leading two vote-getters regardless of party status, Dan Newhouse, a GOP establishment-backed candidate and top money fundraiser in the race thus far, will also advance to...
  • Washington state Muslima suspected of funding jihadis called Boston Marathon jihad bombing...

    08/06/2014 7:19:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8-6-2014 | Roberr Spencer
    Once again, as always, we see in stories like this one that investigators are focused narrowly upon the individual accused. What about the community in which Hinda Osman Dhirane lived? She must have friends, associates, contacts at the local mosque — any number of people may hold to the same views as she does, and some may even be involved in active jihad funding activity, as she apparently was. But perhaps to follow up on such matters would be “Islamophobic.” “Police: Washington woman suspected of funding terrorists calls Boston Marathon bombing ‘blessing,’” KIROTV.com, July 30, 2014
  • Official Primary Live Thread (KS, MI, MO, WA, TN)

    08/05/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT · by Dacula · 262 replies
    Should be an interesting night.
  • Sen. Patty Murray provides climate costs talking points

    08/01/2014 4:45:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/1/2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is sending a memo Friday to her Democratic colleagues urging them to start talking about how climate change will hurt the federal budget. The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, details how global warming impacts will affect four key sectors of the federal budget: disaster relief; transportation and infrastructure; national security and agriculture. It comes three days after the Budget Committee held a hearing on the subject, and the White House published an economic analysis saying that delaying carbon emissions cuts will cost the U.S. billions.Warning that it "is not just an environmental issue,"...
  • Washington Tried to Land Massive Tesla Electric Car Factory — Would It Be Worth It?

    08/01/2014 1:35:06 PM PDT · by Robwin · 7 replies
    Newstalk 870 KFLD ^ | July 29, 2014 | John McKay
    The Washington Department of Commerce said it mounted an aggressive effort that included the personal involvement of Inslee. The company would reportedly create 6,000 jobs to build batteries for a projected 500,000 Tesla cars to be built by 2020. Among the reasons given for Tesla’s reluctance to locate here is that we’re not a “right to work state.” Controversial labor issues with Boeing and other companies have scared off some prospective companies. But beyond this grand project are some shady financial issues... This despite Consumer Reports fiascos that occurred in testing some Tesla models – which either caught fire in...
  • Former Redskin Releases Epic Statement Attacking Hillary For Calling Team's Name 'Insensitive'

    08/01/2014 9:39:34 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    Yahoo/Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014 | Colin Campbell
    A former Washington Redskins player is fuming mad because Hillary Clinton had the audacity to call the football team's controversial name "insensitive." Clint Didier, a former tight end for the team for seven years who is now running for Congress as a Republican in Washington State, released a six-paragraph statement Wednesday evening demanding Clinton's apology. In it, Didier also criticized remarks made by Clinton unrelated to the football team and closed with a reference to alfalfa. "I'm just flabbergasted that Hillary Clinton now thinks she's the expert on what's insensitive. But if she has suddenly become the Miss Manners of...
  • Washington detainees begin hunger strike as part of immigration protest

    07/31/2014 1:07:51 AM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 30, 2014 4:48pmEDT | Rory Carroll
    Hundreds of undocumented migrants at a detention centre in Washington state have started a hunger strike, according to supporters, in the run-up to rallies and civil disobedience aimed at forcing through immigration reform. Detainees at the Tacoma facility started refusing food on Wednesday in a planned 75-hour fast, timed to end on Saturday when activists will march on the White House to demand that President Obama break the reform logjam. :snip: Activists from #Not1More, a coalition which uses opposition to deportations to push for wider reform, are hosting small protests in Washington DC in the run-up to Saturday’s march, which...
  • Washington State Pols Weigh Controversial "In God We Trust" Plaque

    07/29/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Publius · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 July 2014
    Should “In God We Trust” adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic — and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy. “’In God We Trust’ is universal,” he told the newspaper. “It doesn’t have ‘In Muhammad We Trust,’ it doesn’t have ‘In Jesus We Trust.’” Council...
  • http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024172567_potseries3xml.html

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

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

    07/25/2014 6:08:30 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    KGW ^ | 07/24/2014 | King 5 News
    Emerald Queen Casino will cancel two Ted Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer. Puyallup Tribe officials said the decision came after learning that Nugent has said racist remarks. The tribal council said they also received threats from community members wanting the casino to cancel his shows. The cancellation comes days after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancelled Nugent’s August 4 shows at its Idaho casino because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
  • Northeastern Nevada ranchers hit with grazing closures ( BLM )

    07/24/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ | Dylan Woolf Harris
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Once again ranchers who run cattle on the Argenta Allotment in Lander County were told Wednesday that due to drought a number of areas would be closed to livestock. Pete and Lynn Tomera were told by the Bureau of Land Management they had a week to remove cattle from nine segments of the allotment ... We have 7 days to ride the entire mountain and have the cattle off. We are right in the middle of haying and are forced to drop everything and begin gathering cattle,” the Tomeras wrote. “We are forced to put the cattle...
  • Pot growers worry wildfires will slow deliveries to retailers

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

    07/22/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 49 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 22 July 2014
    After touching down around 3:15 p.m. at Boeing Field, Obama's first stop will be to a mansion in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood where 250 people will attend a fundraiser. From there, he'll head to former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's Eastside home at Hunt's Point for a fundraiser there.
  • The price tag tops out at $25,000 in Obama’s rush hour Tuesday visit (Seattle)

    07/22/2014 9:35:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | July 22, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    President Obama makes a rush hour foray into Seattle and the Eastside on Tuesday, once more holding no public events and raising money from donors who will pay up to $25,000 to see the 44th president and ask Obama a question. The President’s political ATM machine will operate at two destinations, the Madrona home of Bruce and Anne Blume alongside Lake Washington and the Medina mansion of Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal. One event is for the Democratic National Committee, the other will benefit the Senate Majority PAC. Air Force One is due to land at Boeing Field around 3 p.m.,...
  • Transgender Pizza Employee Said She Quit Over Discrimination

    07/19/2014 1:04:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | David Ham
    Dylan Paul, 24, said she was more than hurt when she complained that a customer mis-gendered her while she was working last Monday. “I was working the salad station near the entrance to the restaurant of Broadway Paggliacci’s. Working there, your function is greeting customers, taking and making salad orders, and bidding customers farewell. It was in the evening on a shift I’d picked up from a coworker when I was saying goodbye to one of our regular customers. He returned the gesture, misgendering me as “man,” which isn’t something too unusual in my life. I corrected him, “It’s ma’am...
  • Washington wildfires destroy about 100 homes

    07/19/2014 6:58:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/14
    Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call "Paterodise."
  • WA state wildfires- Town of Pateros "Mostly gone"

    07/18/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 10 replies
    The Wenatchee World ^ | 7/18/14 | Mike Irwin
    PATEROS — Residents returning here Friday picked through the ash and rubble of homes incinerated the night before by raging wildfire. Baby pictures, gone. Family antiques, gone. Grandma’s recipes, gone. In a half-block line of charred homes — mostly burned down to their foundations — each resident echoed their neighbors: “We lost everything.” More than 30 homes were destroyed here Thursday night by wind-whipped flames racing down a grass-and-sage bluff and into this river town of 650 residents. Nearby, flying embers jumped the Methow River to torch another 40 homes along the Alta Lake Golf Course. An estimated 20 homes...
  • The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?

    07/18/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18 2014 | Charles Hurt
    Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • IN DEPTH COVERAGE: Carlton Complex Fire forces evacuations; 40-50 structures gone (Washington St)

    07/18/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    KHQ News ^ | 7/18/14 | KHQ News
    UPDATE: BREWSTER, Wash. - There are LEVEL 3 evacuations being ordered in the town of Pateros which has a population of 650 people, as the Carlton Complex Fire burns out of control. 40-50 homes and businesses have burned to the ground. The Brewster Three Rivers Hospital has been evacuated as well. Staff and patients were transferred to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak. The retirement center in Brewster was evacuated to Bridgeport. Housing is available for those who have been evacuated in Chelan at the High School. Residents from Harmony House are being moved to Bridgeport, believe they said the school...
  • Tesoro Refinery fire, Anacortes, Washington

    07/16/2014 6:39:38 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    WhiskeyX | 2014-07-16 | WhiskeyX
    At least two large fires that appear to be uncontrolled are visible at the Tesoro Refinery, Anacortes, Washington. No further information is available at this time. The Tesoro website does not say anything about the fires yet.
  • Seattle man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider: officials

    07/16/2014 5:18:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    New york Daily News ^ | July 16, 2014
    The man used a can of spray paint and a lighter as 'a self-made blowtorch to kill a spider in the laundry room' of a rental house Tuesday night, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. The resulting blaze caused $60,000 worth of damage.
  • Heck tries to calm concern as immigrant children likely head to JBLM

    07/16/2014 4:06:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News Local ^ | July 16, 2014
    <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - House Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, spent time Wednesday talking to many local leaders trying to calm their concern as thousands of immigrant children potentially head to the Pacific Northwest, many to JBLM.</p> <p>The federal government is considering a plan to house undocumented kids up to the age of 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But there is a lot of that concern coming from the community just outside the JBLM gates.</p>
  • Wash. state congressional candidate scraps shotgun-blast ad

    07/13/2014 8:24:14 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 12 replies
    KOMO.com ^ | 7/13/14 | AP
    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A Democrat running for Congress in conservative central Washington on Saturday removed an online campaign video that showed him blasting an elephant-shaped piñata with a shotgun. The Tri-City Herald reported that the advertisement for Estakio Beltran generated a lot of criticism after it was posted last week, including from a group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2011. "Mr. Beltran's ad showing him shooting a stuffed elephant - the longtime symbol of the Republican Party - is irresponsible and offensive," said the statement from...
  • Lawmaker seeks answers on plan to shelter immigrants at Washington base

    07/11/2014 7:25:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    union-bulletin.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Adam Ashton
    U.S. Rep. Denny Heck is urging the Department of Health and Human Services to meet with local government officials before moving forward with a proposal to shelter hundreds of young immigrant detainees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It’s not clear if the department will agree to the meeting, according to Heck’s staff. A spokesman for the department was not familiar with the request Thursday afternoon. “Local residents deserve to know what this change will require from the community, if anything, and how the community—including active-duty military personnel stationed on JBLM—can stay informed on the situation,” said Heck, a Democrat from Olympia....
  • First person to buy pot in Spokane says he was fired from job

    07/11/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/10/2014 | Kasia Hall
    Mike Boyer got his 15 minutes of fame when he became the first person in Spokane to buy recreational pot on Tuesday. On Wednesday Boyer posted his resume on Craigslist, saying Kodiak Security had fired him. Kodiak officials told the Spokesman-Review, though, that Boyer still had a job with the company. Boyer said two of his three part-time employers have asked him to take drug tests after seeing news reports of his pot purchase. He said he will fail them. Kym Ramey, a human resources manager for Kodiak, said employees are tested per company policy. "We're a security firm," Ramey...
  • 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...