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  • Alaska wing message freaks passengers [photo attached]

    08/08/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 18 replies ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | unknown
    A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and saw what looked like a damaged area on the wing with a handwritten note saying, "We know about this." A photo was posted on social media sites about the note a passenger spotted on July 28th. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines says the plane was safe and there was nothing to worry about. There was an approved trim repair to the corner flap on the right wing. A maintenance technician wrote a note on the wing to let the flight crew know that it wasn't a problem - they were...
  • Washington state's primary election results [excluding pres., which was earlier this year]

    08/08/2012 9:37:53 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | Staff
    Washington state's primary election results as reported by the state elections office. US Senator: Maria Cantwell (D) 56% Michael Baumgartner (R) 30% Congressional District 1 - U.S. Representative: John Koster (R) 44% Suzan DelBene (D) 23% Congressional District 2 - U.S. Representative: Rick Larsen (D) 59.5% Dan Matthews (R) 27% Congressional District 3 - U.S. Representative: Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) 55% Jon T. Haugen (D) 39% Congressional District 4 - U.S. Representative: Doc Hastings (R) 57% Mary Baechler (D) 28% Congressional District 5 - U.S. Representative: Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 54% Rich Cowan (D) 35% Congressional District 6 - U.S....
  • Police use taser on deaf woman

    08/06/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 59 replies
    KIRO ^ | 8/5/12 | Chris Halsne
    KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help. Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges. After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest. Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment. Deaf since...
  • Judge won't see Wyoming mauling site due to bear risk

    08/03/2012 8:09:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | August 03, 2012
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The judge in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a grizzly bear has decided not to view the mauling site near Yellowstone National Park in person on the advice of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has deemed the area too risky because of recent bear activity. ... A 430-pound grizzly killed Erwin F. Evert, of Park Ridge, Ill., six miles east of Yellowstone in June, 2010. The male grizzly had just reawakened after being trapped, tranquilized and studied by members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is tasked with researching...
  • Mount Rainier's Camp Muir might get overhaul (all other problems solved dept.)

    08/03/2012 8:23:51 AM PDT · by llevrok · 6 replies
    The structure that sticks out most as climbers approach the architectural smorgasbord of Camp Muir, the backcountry campground on the southeastern flank of Mount Rainier, is a black box that looks a bit like an oversized semi-truck container. “There are no two ways about it,” said George Dunn of International Mountain Guides. “It’s just ugly.” Dunn, 58, who has climbed Rainier more than 500 times, said his first impression of the shelter’s interior was that it looked like “a cross between a hospital room and a barracks.” Even in the 1970s he and other climbers appreciated that Mount Rainier National...
  • Northwest FBI Raids Target Occupy's 'Black Bloc'

    08/01/2012 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31, 2012 | John Sexton
    The FBI has performed multiple raids of homes belonging to suspected anarchists in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia and Seattle, Washington. Five grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the searches. Photos from a raid carried out in Portland show law enforcement seizing computers and boxes from a home. The raids appear to be part of an investigation into activities by the Occupy movement's "black bloc."
  • 787 suffers "engine issue" on Charleston runway

    07/29/2012 7:07:57 PM PDT · by WeatherGuy · 17 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Staff
    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an engine malfunction in a 787 that may have caused a grass fire at Charleston International Airport, shutting down the runway for more than an hour Saturday afternoon. A Boeing statement emailed late Saturday confirmed that "a 787 experienced an engine issue today while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston. As the NTSB investigates, Boeing and GE are working closely with the agency and are committed to resolving the issue appropriately."
  • Rebel clowns say fake shooting aimed at Seattle cops was 'in jest'

    07/28/2012 11:06:18 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 20 replies ^ | July 27, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    A protester dressed as a clown who was filmed pretending to shoot Seattle police with an umbrella was doing so "in jest," according to another member of CIRCA, the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. "Furst Lewtenant Gonzo," who is not the man in a YouTube video posted last week, said the group took part in the "Bring the Fight to the Banks" rally on July 20 to act as a "buffer" between police and activists. In video captured of the demonstration, a member of CIRCA, who goes by the name "General Malaise," levels an umbrella at police officers and pretends...
  • Dead heat in race for Washington governor (and Obama loses ground there, too)

    07/25/2012 5:32:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 19, 2012 | Robert Mak
    Top of the ticket: A KING 5 poll conducted in May showed President Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney in Washington state by 14 points. But our July numbers show that lead is down slightly, with Obama leading 46 percent to 37 percent.
  • Washington gubernatorial candidates chastise Boy Scouts

    07/23/2012 5:26:21 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 23 2012 | Robert Hulshof -Schmidt
    The leading candidates in Washington's tight gubernatorial race both issued statements opposing the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to retain a policy prohibiting gay Scouts and leaders. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both chastised the organization for the announcement that their secret committee unanimously refused to change the discriminatory policy.
  • (WA State) Legislator pulled gun during road incident

    07/22/2012 1:37:37 PM PDT · by narses · 11 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | July 22, 2012 | Jim Camden
    A Spokane Valley legislator pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident. He was cited for two violations of state firearms law. Republican Matt Shea, a state representative seeking a third term this fall, had a handgun in his pickup truck and had let his concealed weapons permit expire, a violation of state law, when he was contacted by Spokane police investigating reports of erratic driving and one driver threatening another with a handgun. Shea eventually was charged with a single firearm count – having a loaded...
  • U.S. Citizens Detained for Smuggling…Chocolate Eggs

    07/21/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 21, 2012 | Michael Minkoff
    Justice prevails: two Seattle men were detained for a few hours by U.S. Customs when they tried to smuggle …chocolate… into the United States. That’s right. These menaces to society were trying to bring [gasp] Kinder Eggs into our fair country. Everyone knows those particular treats have little choking hazards inside them: choking hazards disguised as toys! How diabolical. And the worst part is, these confectionary terrorists were going to give these chocolates to… their… kids. It’s a good thing Nanny Guvment is there to save us from ourselves. Otherwise, who knows what terrible things we would do. We might...
  • WA State to unveil voter registration on Facebook

    07/18/2012 9:18:38 AM PDT · by Eva · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | July 18,2012 | Rachel La Corte
    Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook. The secretary of state’s office said Tuesday it will have an application on its Facebook page that allows residents to register to vote and then “like” the application and recommend it to their friends. It’s expected to launch as early as next week.
  • Gun offered as first prize in raffle benefiting wounded deputies

    07/16/2012 6:16:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | NA
    SPOKANE-- The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a raffle for two Spokane County deputies shot in the line of duty. The raffle for Deputies Northway and Spink began Thursday. The first prize is a Smith and Wesson M&P .40 caliber handgun. The second prize is a week-long vacation to Majahua Palms, Mexico. Third prize is a guided half-day Pheasant Hunting Trip in La Crosse, Washington. Several other prizes are also available. All the proceeds will go to the wounded deputies’ families. Tickets can be purchased starting Monday at the sheriff’s office front desk at the public safety building. It’s...
  • Central Whidbey sports club offers women gun class(WA)

    07/15/2012 6:25:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 13 July, 2012 | NA
    The Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association will run a women’s firearm safety class in its education series. Topics cover the skills needed to handle a loaded firearm and how to make it safe. Instructors are retired law enforcement officers and have taught this many times before. The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 14 and lasts about four hours. There is no cost, no pre-registration is required and ample parking at the clubhouse. Ranges will be open for instruction afterward. Participants may bring their own firearm or use guns provided by club members for this training session. It is also...
  • Tacoma homeowner shoots man during attempted break-in(WA)

    07/15/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | NA
    Tacoma resident shot a man who attempted to break into his home early Saturday morning, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News partner The Tacoma News Tribune reported. The incident happened at a home in the 600 block of North Pine Street when a couple inside the home was awakened at about 2:10 a.m. by the sound of someone entering through their front door. According to police, the husband shouted at the intruder that he was at the wrong house. Police said the husband got his handgun as the intruder kept trying to break the door knob. The husband warned the intruder again,...
  • (Your Government Dollars At Work) Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

    07/11/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies ^ | July 11, 2012 | Sean McLachlan
    Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about their belief in Bigfoot and the narrator gives handy tips about where to go looking for the mysterious creature. Is this all just a bit...
  • Police search for robbers in Port Angeles attempted home invasion(WA)

    07/11/2012 10:37:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 9 July, 2012 | LIZA JAVIER
    Police are searching for three men in an attempted home invasion robbery in Port Angeles Sunday morning. Investigators say the suspects could be responsible for another robbery just east of Port Angeles on Saturday. The Sunday morning robbery happened in the 300 block of South Barr Road in Port Angeles. A homeowner told police a man knocked on his back door, asking for gas. When the homeowner told the suspect through the closed door he didn't have any, the man asked to use the phone. The homeowner retrieved a phone, along with his handgun, and went to open the door....
  • 1985 Washington Cold-Case Homicide of Elderly Couple Solved

    07/10/2012 1:48:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Christina Ng | July 10, 2012
    Washington state officials have apparently solved the 1985 cold-case homicide of an elderly couple with an arrest that fulfills a grieving son's promise to his parents. Wilhelmina "Minnie" Maurin and Edward "Ed" Maurin's dead bodies were found Christmas Eve 1985. They had been shot to death and dragged into a wooded area. "At their funeral, I laid my hand on their casket and I said, 'I will find out who did this,'" the couple's son, Dennis Hadaller, said at a news conference Monday. A team of investigators from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office in Chehalis, Wash., was dispatched to Alaska...
  • (Muslim)Mayor of Granite Falls WA arrested at Sea-Tac Airport

    07/10/2012 7:24:19 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 13 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 7/10/12 | KOMO
    SEATAC, Wash. -- The mayor of Granite Falls, Wash. was arrested late Monday after allegedly shouting threats at a family member at Sea-Tac Airport. Mayor Haroon Saleem was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of domestic violence harassment, Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor confirmed.
  • Obama campaign wins partial victory in "O" lawsuit

    07/09/2012 1:52:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 09, 2012 | unattributed
    President Obama's re-election campaign has won at least a partial victory against a website it said was selling counterfeit merchandise with the campaign's signature "O" logo. A judge in Washington on Monday agreed to bar Washington-based from selling the T-shirts and buttons bearing the "O" logo. But the judge reserved judgment on whether the website should also be barred from selling...
  • Taking a bar stool to a gun fight | Firearms Lawyer(WA)

    07/08/2012 5:57:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 6 July, 2012 | MARK KNAPP
    The hero that emerged from the most recent Seattle gun story is Lawrence, the brave fellow who threw a bar stool at Ian Stawicki to stop a bloody massacre at Cafe Racer. Lawrence was sitting in the Seattle coffee bar, a gathering place for artists and other alternative types, when Ian Stawicki walked through the door just before 11 a.m. May 30. It is unfortunate that most alternative lifestyle types in Seattle choose to be unarmed. It would have only taken one or two armed musicians to stop much of the carnage. Lawrence had a brother murdered in the attack...
  • Dollar bills rain down on Seattle streets ($5,000)

    07/04/2012 9:27:39 PM PDT · by Drango · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 4, 2012 | Emily Heffter
    Activists threw $5,000 in bills off a downtown Seattle building Wednesday in a "money-drop" protest of money's influence in politics. Occupy Seattle activists tossed $5,000 off a downtown Seattle building Wednesday to protest money in politics. Dollar bills came swirling down just after 5 p.m. at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, to the delight of tourists. The money was stamped "money as speech silences us all," a statement of protest against court rulings that consider political donations from businesses a form of free speech. According to the group's website, the money will go back into general circulation and get their...
  • Oops! Rifle shot ignites fireworks for Kitsap shows (WA)

    07/04/2012 2:09:58 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 07/02/2012 | Kim Murphy
    One of the shots hit a junk car in his yard and must've ricocheted and struck the (container) that contained $80,000 worth of fireworks. . . . He knew the container was there, he knew the container contained fireworks, he accepts responsibility. But we don't think the insurance will cover it, because it happened on business property and shooting a gun at 1 in the morning has nothing whatever to do with his business of auto wrecking . . . .
  • You could be holding more than groceries in that reusable shopping bag

    07/01/2012 9:06:12 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 47 replies ^ | June 30, 2012 | Kim Shepard
    As Seattle's ban on plastic grocery bags goes into effect on Sunday July 1, some shoppers may not realize that they need to wash their reusable grocery bags or risk contamination with harmful bacteria. "I'm very careful about what I put in the bag, but I'm not good about washing the bag," says one Seattle shopper. That could be a problem for that Seattle shopper, as she and more than half a million others transition to using only reusable bags for their regular trips to the grocery store. A 2010 outbreak of norovirus in a group of young soccer players...
  • Franklin court ruling won't stop cigarette tax from starting Sunday (WA)

    06/30/2012 1:52:33 PM PDT · by Drango · 12 replies
    Efforts to postpone state cigarette taxes for roll-your-own cigarettes have failed. Smokers cannot legally buy roll-your-own cigarettes unless the carton has a state tax stamp, starting Sunday. The Washington State Supreme Court issued a stay on the Franklin County Superior Court preliminary injunction Friday. And Dana Henne of Pasco, a roll-your-own cigarette consumer; Gary Alexander of Sammamish, owner of 1/2 Price Smokes stores in Tacoma and Kennewick; and RYO Machine LLC, an Ohio-based manufacturer with about 2,000 of the machines nationwide, did not post the $200,000 bond or security required for the preliminary injunction to go into effect. If tax...
  • An Open Letter To Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur

    06/30/2012 1:10:36 PM PDT · by rockrr · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 30, 2012 | R. Clayton Strang
    Dear Mr. Chairman: On Thursday June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the monstrous legislation known as “Obamacare.” As I am sure you are aware, the Washington State Attorney General and a Republican candidate for Washington State Governor, Rob McKenna, has said that he opposes a repeal of any portion of the Affordable Care Act and is ready to implement it if elected Governor of Washington. This statement by a Republican candidate is both shocking and offensive. I had the honor and privilege of representing my congressional district as delegate to the 2012 WSRP Convention. As...
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Man rips away abortion images, assaults pro-life witness

    06/27/2012 10:05:30 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 27, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    BREMERTON, Washington, June 27, 2012 ( -A camera captured a dramatic scene last month when an infuriated man stormed up cursing to a pro-life protester holding images of an aborted child by the roadside, tore the signs out of his hands and threw them away before assaulting him in an apparent attempt to destroy video evidence. The conflict began when Kenrick Bradley approached Anti-Choice Project co-founder Andrew St.Hilaire during a protest in front of Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, on May 2, 2012. Bradley complained that the images were traumatizing to his girlfriend, who had apparently miscarried. “My girl lost...
  • Washington State Issues Proposed Brake Pad Regulations

    06/26/2012 3:31:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    AfterMarket News ^ | June 26, 2012
    The Washington State Department of Ecology formally proposed regulations relating to the composition of brake pads, also known as the Better Brakes Law. The Better Brakes Law phases out the use of certain substances including copper, asbestos and several heavy metals from automotive brake pads, both aftermarket and original equipment. The first requirement to reduce asbestos and several heavy metals goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Copper would be required to be reduced to 5 percent by 2021. The law was passed due to concern that use of certain substances in brake friction material could cause harm to human...
  • School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned

    06/26/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tanya Rivero
    Severely sunburned at school, Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. It was scorching pain that could have been avoided. Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. The sisters aren't just fair-skinned. Zoe has a form of albinism that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. "Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn," Zoe said. Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining. Even so, doctors...
  • 4-year sentence for Briana Waters in UW ecoterror case

    06/22/2012 4:34:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    KOMO News ^ | June 22, 2012 | KOMO Staff/AP
    TACOMA, Wash. - The last defendant in a 2001 ecoterror arson at the University of Washington was sentenced Friday in federal court to four years in prison, as recommended by the prosecution. With credit for time served, 36-year-old Briana Waters of Oakland, Calif., will return for 11 months. The first half of the remaining sentence will be served in prison and then a halfway house. Waters will report to federal prison after Labor Day, a special request granted so she can be with her daughter the summer.
  • TERROR in SEATTLE: Gang of violent LEPRECHAUNS on the loose

    06/22/2012 10:39:31 AM PDT · by null and void · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 22nd June 2012 12:11 GMT | Joe Fay
    Delays to Windows 8 feared as bearded rampage continues Seattle is expected to go into lockdown this weekend, as fears grow that a gang of rogue leprechauns is on the loose and attacking locals. reports that police were called to reports of a street fight [1] last Saturday. When they arrived they saw a number of people run from the scene, before finding a man "covered in blood and holding his head and screaming in pain". When asked what had happened to him, the distressed victim said "It was a bunch of leprechauns." The diminutive Irish expatriates had allegedly become...
  • School Uses Planned Parenthood Curriculum to Teach Kids Oral Sex

    06/20/2012 3:46:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 98 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/20/12 | Rita Diller
    Parents could tell something was wrong with the children when they came home from school. They were quiet and withdrawn, embarrassed, and didn’t want to talk about what had happened. When Curtis and Jean Pannkuk began questioning their young daughter, they discovered that her elementary school principal had instructed her that day in how to perform oral and anal sex. The traumatizing instruction was delivered as a part of state approved sex education that was orchestrated, developed, pushed, and policed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, SIECUS, and a host of other agencies. Though parents in the small town of...
  • Suspected burglar shot in the face by Tacoma homeowner(WA)

    06/20/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Q13 FOX News Online ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Web Reporter
    A Tacoma homeowner shot a man who had broken into his house in the face on Tuesday, police said. The incident occurred near South 14th Street and Madison Street. The homeowner was on the phone with 911 as the suspect was breaking into the home about 6 p.m. When he entered, the homeowner shot the suspected burglar in the face with a gun loaded with bird shot. The injured man was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. His injuries are life-threatening.
  • Snohomish County [illegal alien] child rapist sentenced to 35 years

    06/20/2012 6:41:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Q13 Fox News ^ | June 19, 2012 | Dana Rebik
    EVERETT— Enrique Sanchez-Leon, who pleaded guilty May to eight counts of child rape, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of a minor, was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Sanchez-Leon, 39, an illegal immigrant, was arrested in January for expoiting a "multitude of children," ranging from ages 3 to 16 in his Snohomish County apartment. . . According to court documents, Sanchez-Leon would lure his victims with candy and chocolate milk. Over time he groomed their parents, who trusted him and his ex-girlfriend as baby-sitters. . . The eight counts Sanchez-Leon pleaded guilty to include...
  • Suspect kills self after two deputies shot (WA)

    06/19/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | June 19, 2012 | Staff
    As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies today, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot himself in Deer Park at U.S. Highway 395 and Crawford Road. The deputies, described as seasoned law enforcement veterans, are in stable condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where one has had surgery for his wounds. “My deputies are OK,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said this evening. Police do not believe any other shooters remain at large tonight, and there is no danger to the public, Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens added in...
  • ESL student graduates as valedictorian

    06/19/2012 7:49:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    King 5 News ^ | 06/14/12 | Elisa Hahn
    TACOMA, Wash. -- Among the jittery seniors waiting to walk out at Tacoma's Lincoln high school's graduation, is a 19 year old who is small in stature but big in achievement. Duc Nguyen moved to the U.S. with his family from Vietnam 4 years ago and didn't speak a word of English. He remembers kids making fun of him and thinking he'd never make it. But tonight he graduates with a 3.97 GPA and as class valedictorian. He insists his gift isn't intellect. He says he's a slow learner. But he makes up for it by working hard. His parents...
  • Gay-marriage backers seek to turn tide in votes in 4 states

    06/18/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage dominates the list of “social-issue” ballot measures going to voters this year, with amendments for and against same-sex unions up in four “blue” states: • In Minnesota, voters will be asked to amend their state constitution to say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Amendments like this have already passed in 31 states, including North Carolina in May. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was put on the ballot by lawmakers in 2011, a few months after Republicans took over the state Legislature for the first time in 38 years. • In Maine, gay-marriage...
  • Armed intervention in Yakima saves man’s life(WA)

    06/16/2012 10:55:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Dave Workman
    As gun prohibitionists and gun rights activists prepare for Monday’s Town Hall Seattle meeting about urban violence, a story out of Yakima involving a legally-armed citizen who intervened in a shooting just might have some bearing on the upcoming discussion. According to the Yakima Herald-Republic and Seattle Times, a man identified as Andrew Schilperoort did a remarkably courageous thing Thursday afternoon when he interrupted a shooting in the parking lot of a supermarket. Two men were arguing over a cell phone when one pulled a gun and shot the other, just as Schilperoort arrived. The argument and its outcome have...
  • BLM hosts interactive social and economic public workshops for sage-grouse planning effort

    06/14/2012 4:26:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    fox reno ^ | June 14, 2012
    RENO -- As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding interactive social and economic public workshops. ... Interested partners will be guided on how to contribute social and economic information in the development of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to amend Land Use Plans throughout the Greater Sage-grouse’s range in Nevada and Northeast California. They will also provide an opportunity for individuals to provide information regarding the use of public lands resources, how public lands influence their quality of life and how the BLM and U.S....

    06/14/2012 2:15:38 PM PDT · by massmike · 27 replies ^ | 06/14/2012 | Billy Hallowell
    A disturbing story is making its way out of a small community in Washington State, where residents are outraged over a school lesson that was delivered to fifth-grade children. During a sex education class led by the Onalaska Elementary School principal, graphic descriptions of oral and anal sex were purportedly delivered. According to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, the 11-year-old students were being given a lesson on HIV-AIDS. However, the lesson took a bizarre turn when a student reportedly asked about other forms of sexual activity. At that point, the principal then delved into subjects many would deem too advanced for...
  • What 8th-Graders Were Expected to Know in 1910

    06/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 83 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | July 2004 | Staff
    The following 8th-grade exit exam materials for Washington state in 1910....
  • Newman Lake homeowner cleared after fatal shooting(WA)

    06/13/2012 4:22:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Meghann M. Cuniff
    A Newman Lake homeowner did nothing wrong when he shot his girlfriend’s ex to death after the irate man showed up at his house with loaded guns last month, according to prosecutors. Spokane County prosecutors said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against Doug Snarski, 55, for the homicide of Sean Parsons on May 13. Parsons, 43, was armed with a shotgun, handgun and an ammunition-stocked belt when he entered Snarski’s home early that morning and said he planned to kill everyone. Snarski called 911 and left the phone on as the confrontation with Parsons ensued. Dispatchers heard...
  • Onalaska parents say sex ed is too racy for 5th graders

    06/12/2012 9:54:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 37 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | June 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM | DREW MIKKELSEN
    ONALASKA, Wash. - You can tell Onalaska is old fashioned just by looking. "We're in the country, we're small town, we like it that way,” said parent Kadra Gilliland. But something at the elementary school last week has folks in this quiet town making noise. "What gives this woman the right to come down here and go above our authority, is the way I look at it,” said parent Curt Pannkuk. "I was one pissed off cowboy," said parent James Gilliland. These parents are upset about a sex education class for the fifth graders last week. "She learned oral sex...
  • Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets

    06/07/2012 4:47:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP - ^ | 08 June 2012
    Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California condor, eagles, swans and more. A petition by 100 environmental groups to the EPA in March, asking for the agency to regulate the components of ammunition used in hunting under the Toxic Substances Control Act, was refused amid strong opposition...
  • Suspect in Seattle fatal hit and run of bicyclist is illegal alien

    06/10/2012 7:37:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    KIRO - Seattle ^ | June 8, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested a retainer on the man arrested in the July 2011 fatal hit and run of a bicyclist in Seattle. Erlin Garcia Reyes, 28, of Normandy Park, was arrested for felony hit and run on Wednesday. ICE officials have confirmed to 97.3 KIRO-FM that Garcia-Reyes is in the country illegally. Police believe Reyes was the driver of an SUV that fatally struck and killed 44-year-old Michael Wang on July 28, 2011. The SUV hit Wang as the driver made a left turn on Dexter Ave. North in South Lake Union. The suspect fled the scene....
  • Washington machine gun dispute delayed(WA)

    06/06/2012 12:00:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 5 June, 2012 | Josh Farley
    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — County prosecutors’ criminal case against the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club’s executive officer inched closer to going before a jury ... and then was delayed until October. At a Monday hearing before Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie, prosecutors were successful in curbing Marcus Carter from being able to mention the county’s lawsuit with the gun club, and from making certain arguments using the Second Amendment and other rhetoric that might steer a jury away from following Washington law. Carter, for his part, pushed back against the case itself, and while his attempts to dismiss...
  • D.C. Council votes to limit reach of federal effort aimed at illegal immigration

    06/05/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2012 | Mihir Zaveri
    Federal officials on Tuesday launched a controversial program in the District that targets illegal immigration, but not without a fight from some city officials who argue the effort undermines trust between police and local immigrant communities. The program, known as Secure Communities, requires that arrestee fingerprints collected by local governments be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement so the federal government can identify illegal immigrants and potentially move to detain or deport them. All other localities in the metropolitan area have been participating. But the D.C. Council on Tuesday quickly voted to limit the program’s reach, saying it could...
  • Forest Service hit for Border Patrol call [called in interpreter]

    06/05/2012 9:23:47 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, June 4, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal department ruled last week that the Forest Service violated a Spanish-speaking woman’s civil rights by calling the Border Patrol to help translate during a routine stop, saying it was “humiliating” to Hispanics and an illicit backdoor way to capture more illegal immigrants. The ruling by the Agriculture Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights could change policies nationwide as law enforcement agencies grapple with how far they can go in trying to help the Border Patrol while not running afoul of racial profiling standards. Assistant Secretary Joe Leonard Jr. said calling the Border Patrol automatically “escalates” encounters between Hispanics...
  • Teenage boys arrested on murder charges after mother reports finding man's body in home

    06/02/2012 2:16:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 34 replies
    Q13 Fox / various ^ | June 1, 2012 | David Quinlan
    A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old believed to be his brother were arrested on first-degree murder charges Friday after their mother told police she found her sons standing over a young man's body in their Tacoma house when she came home. The relationship, if any, between the unidentified victim and the teenage boys was not immediately disclosed. Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum did not say how the man died, except to say there were "signs of trauma to the body."   According to Fulghum, the boys' mother drove to a police substation and told police she arrived home at 847 E....