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  • Donor Says Girl Scouts Can’t Use $100K Gift for Transgender Girls

    06/30/2015 1:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Seattle Met ^ | June 29, 2015 | Matthew Halverson
    So the organization gave the money back. And now they want your help. A $50,000 donation is cause for celebration at the Queen Anne offices of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. “We have these little clapper thingies, and the clappers go mad when we get that kind of gift,” says the council’s CEO, Megan Ferland. So when Ferland came back to the office earlier this spring and announced that she’d just landed a $100,000 donation, the place went mad. Not only did it represent nearly a quarter of the council’s annual fundraising goal, it would pay to send 500...
  • Democracy Makes a Comeback

    06/21/2015 12:56:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    HeÂ’s back. And heÂ’s not running for president. (Not yet?) Just when big government boosters in the Evergreen State thought it was safe to raise taxes, Tim Eyman and the group Voters Want More Choices have returned to the streets with Initiative 1366. I-1366 is identical to Initiative 1325, a measure Mr. Eyman failed to get onto the 2014 ballot. That flop came after the ballot initiative guruÂ’s biggest benefactor had passed away. And not long after the Washington Supreme Court had struck down as unconstitutional his previous initiative requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a vote of...
  • I’m a florist, but I refused to do flowers for my gay friend’s wedding

    05/12/2015 1:05:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-12-2015 | Barronelle Stutzman
    I’ve been a florist in Richmond, Wash., for more than 30 years. In that time, I’ve developed close relationships with many of my clients. One of my favorites was Rob Ingersoll. Ingersoll came in often and we’d talk. Like me, he had an artistic eye. I’d try to create really special arrangements for him. I knew he was gay, but it didn’t matter — I enjoyed his company and his creativity. Then he asked me to create the floral arrangements for his wedding. I love Rob, and I’d always been happy to design for his special days. But there’s something...
  • Young married couple...baby killed...chunk of CONCRETE falls off bridge...crushes...pickup truck

    04/14/2015 2:01:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 14, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Full title: Young married couple and their baby son killed after a chunk of CONCRETE falls off Washington state bridge and crushes their pickup truck...A mother, father and their eight-month old baby boy were killed on Monday when a concrete barrier fell onto their truck as they were driving under an overpass in Washington State. The tragic accident claimed the lives of Josh and Vanessa Ellis and baby Hudson, who were crushed when the 50-foot-long concrete slab slammed down on top of them, according to Bonney Lake Police. The barrier weighed 'tons' according to investigators and the damage to the...
  • Washington State Wants to Build a Bridge Out of Old Aircraft Carriers

    04/13/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    n the not-too-distant future, drivers in Washington state could cross the Sinclair Inlet on a bridge made of two or three decommissioned aircraft carriers. ... No aircraft carrier is available for the project—not yet, at least. Currently, the backers of the project have their eyes on the USS Independence, which was commissioned in the 1960s and could go to the salvage yard later this year, and the USS Kitty Hawk, a carrier that sailed in the Vietnam War after its 1958 commission.
  • Accused [Bellevue] Washington State Killer, Arsonist Arrested In California

    04/07/2015 10:45:54 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 12 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 07 April 2015 | MEG WAGNER
    U.S. Marshals picked up Song Wang in Siskiyou County, CA, close to the Oregon border...Police said Wang, 30, stabbed 37-year-old Kittaporn Saosawatsri to death inside her Seattle-area apartment on March 31...He then set fire to the sixth-floor unit...in downtown Bellevue to cover up the crime and fled the scene...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington State’s Employee Rights Political Action Committee (erpac.org), announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the “Employee Rights Act,” (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employee’s ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Stopped in Legislature

    03/04/2015 8:30:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 3 replies
    nraila.org ^ | Mar. 3, 2015
    Last week, thanks to members’ calls, two egregious anti-gun bills, House Bill 1131 and House Bill 1857, died at cut-off. As previously reported, HB 1131, sponsored by Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-37), would have criminalized the sale or transfer of legally purchased ivory and ivory products, including firearms, knives and other collectible items. HB 1131 was introduced with the supposed intent of curbing poaching and helping to end the illegal ivory trade. Unfortunately, this bill would not have accomplished either of those purported objectives. Also previously reported, HB 1857, sponsored by Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-27), would have allowed a family member,...
  • Dead Whale Is A Stinky Discovery At Seattle Ferry Terminal

    01/23/2015 2:40:08 AM PST · by zeestephen · 18 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 22 January 2015
    A 30-foot gray whale has turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, where its stench is wafting into the noses of thousands of daily commuters...officials believe the whale may have been there for about a week. [Photo in Comments].
  • Opponents of new gun law rally in Olympia, trade guns in House gallery

    01/15/2015 8:19:50 PM PST · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 1/15/2015 | Joel Connelly
    OLYMPIA — Gun rights supporters rallied on steps of the Washington Capitol on Thursday, admitting they were caught off guard by Initiative 594 while vowing to change and repeal the voter-passed initiative on gun background checks. One legislator, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, urged outright disobedience of the law, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on-line. “We will not comply: We will ask our sheriffs and prosecutors not to comply as well,” said Shea. Shea was a visitor last year to the compound of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay...
  • Honey Bee, a Blind Cat From Fiji, Enjoys Hiking Near Seattle [w/pix, video]

    01/12/2015 4:37:42 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    Catster ^ | Jan 12th 2015 | Phillip Mlynar
    Honey Bee is a cat, born in Fiji, who just so happens to be blind. Nevertheless, her lack of functioning eyesight hasn't stopped this inquisitive feline from hitting the hiking trails in her new forever home in Seattle -- an appropriate story to tell in January, which is National Walk Your Pet Month.Now rolling with the motto "Bravery, adventure, cuteness," she has also become a YouTube sensation after a video of one of her jaunts escalated to viral heights. The story of Honey Bee begins in Fiji, where she was living in the care of the Animals Fiji organization.
  • SECOND FLOCK INFECTED - Avian Flu Spreads in Benton County

    01/07/2015 11:45:53 AM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kristi Pihl
    (They have slightly changed the title in the online edition to: "Avian flu found in second Benton County backyard flock") Veterinarians covered in white protective gear herded hundreds of chickens, ducks and other birds into blue trash-can sized barrels Tuesday in rural Richland. The vets picked up most of the birds and carefully placed them into the carbon dioxide-filled cans to kill them. State and federal employees had to use nets to capture some of the poultry and waterfowl, which had been exposed to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. It’s deadly to birds, but humans can’t catch it....
  • Bird Flu Virus Found in Benton County

    01/03/2015 5:59:26 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 21 replies
    KAPP TV ^ | January 2nd, 2015 | Dan Thesman.
    Bird flu has been discovered in domestic birds in Benton County. The flu was found in a flock of about 150 birds, including domestic waterfowl with access to the outdoors. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in Washington State or the United States. The Washington State Department of Agriculture says there is no immediate public health concern as the avian flu does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. However, as always, both wild and domestic poultry should be propertly cooked.
  • Washington State Supreme Court Reverses Sentences In Lakewood Cop Killings

    12/25/2014 1:16:19 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 24 December 2014 | Gene Johnson
    The Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed gun convictions and exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop in 2009.
  • Abortion clinics offer “Grief and Burial support”

    12/22/2014 8:17:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Saynsumthn's Blog ^ | December 22, 2014 | Saynsumthn
    Washington State abortion clinic chain advertises that they offer women bereavement resources and services and grief counseling. What exactly would a woman grieve after having an abortion? Perhaps a baby? Cedar River abortions clinics have locations in Seattle, Renton, and Tacoma Washington. According to their website, Cedar River Clinics, is operated by the Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC), which was founded in Yakima in 1979. The Renton and Tacoma centers were added when their physician-owners and the name Cedar River Clinics was adopted. The Renton center was purchased in 1991 when abortionist Baird Bardarson retired. In 2014, FWHC acquired Aurora...
  • Marijuana Dispensaries Are Celebrating Black Friday, Too

    11/28/2014 2:08:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate's Moneybox Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Laura Bradley, intern
    For shoppers of age in Colorado and Washington state, the most novel deal this Black Friday isn’t a gadget like the iPhone 6. If what they’re looking for is relaxation, they’re in luck: For their first Black Friday ever, recreational marijuana dispensaries in those states are offering some great deals on weed. “This is one of the first times in the nation that we’re going to be able to do such crazy discounts and specials on marijuana products, and have people 21 years or older be able to come in and join the festivities,” says John Satterfield, a distribution worker...
  • Washington's First Pot Auction Brings In $600,000

    11/16/2014 6:53:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 16 November 2014
    Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers Saturday...Buyers were provided with a detailed list of strains and lot sizes that provided a complete potency profile, labeling requirements and the date the batch was tested by Confidence Analytics, a state-certified laboratory.
  • Gun rights rally in Olympia will ‘violate I-594 in every way possible’

    11/13/2014 9:26:23 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    blog.seattlepi.com ^ | 11/12/2014 | Joel Connelly
    A gun rights group called “Resolute for Arms and Liberty,” organized by two Central Washington men, plans to openly violate “in every way possible” the state’s newly enacted Initiative 594 at a Dec. 13 demonstration on the State Capitol steps. The group’s Facebook page, decorated with a drawing of two crossed assault rifles, voices its opposition in “early Armageddon” prose. I-594 requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on lines, as is now the case with guns bought from federally licensed firearms dealers. “Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyranny or will...
  • Mother of Sandy Hook victim joins I-594 push for new gun law

    10/28/2014 7:59:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 10/27/2014 | Joseph O'Sullivan
    The mother of a 6-year-old child killed in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shootings comes to Seattle to speak to volunteers working for I-594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks.
  • Teacher tried to stop shooting at Washington state high school, while weapon is recovered

    10/25/2014 6:15:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    Fox News AP ^ | Oct. 25, 2014
    A newly-hired social studies teacher intercepted a gunman as he tried to reload during a deadly shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday, a union official says, describing her actions as amazing. Marysville Education Association president Randy Davis told The Associated Press Saturday that first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
  • Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Washington pot shop; worker says it sounded like gun

    10/08/2014 3:59:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | AP
    <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Bottles of legal marijuana-infused soda delivered to a Washington state pot shop started exploding on the store shelf.</p> <p>The manager of Top Shelf Cannabis, Zach Henifin, told KOMO (http://is.gd/CvX0bS ) that "it sounded like a shotgun going off."</p>
  • Police: Postal worker 'laughs hysterically' trying to run over person

    10/03/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 37 replies
    KOMO News (Seattle) ^ | October 3, 2014 | KOMO News Staff
    BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A postal service worker has been arrested for trying to run over someone who was documenting the worker's offensive behavior toward another person, Bellevue police said. It all began just after 11 a.m. out front of Phantom Lake Elementary School. The victim was waiting in his car to pick up his child when he overheard a loud argument on the street between a postal worker and another driver over a parking issue, said Seth Tyler with Bellevue Police. "The victim overheard the postal worker allegedly yelling obscenities very loudly at the citizen and thought that was...
  • Costco execs turn tables on state Senate Democrats

    09/14/2014 11:17:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jim Brunner
    After being stiff-armed by Democrats on a liquor-tax dispute, Costco execs have shifted their loyalties to Republicans in this year’s state Senate races.When it comes to politics, Costco Wholesale has a well-deserved reputation as a Democratic-leaning corporation. Company co-founders Jim Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman have hosted President Obama at fundraisers in their lakefront mansions. Costco executives have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes over the past decade. But in the key battle for control of the state Senate this year, top Costco brass — miffed at Democrats over a liquor-fee dispute — have essentially switched...
  • Kent Black Action Commission plans No Ferguson in Kent rally, march on Sept. 16 (Washington State)

    09/11/2014 3:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Kent Reporter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Steve Hunter, Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
    The Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) plans a No Ferguson in Kent rally and march on Tuesday evening, Sept. 16 from the Maleng Regional Justice Center to City Hall. The ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown have caused the KBAC to take pause and reflect on the likelihood of a similar incident taking place in Kent, according to a KBAC press release. "Although we all agree that community relations in Kent are a long way from being a Ferguson, we feel that we should take this opportunity to start the process of having the...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • The Great Giant Flea Hunt

    07/29/2014 12:59:20 PM PDT · by firebrand · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | CAROL KAESUK YOON
    Gig Harbor, Washington. -- In the Pacific Northwest, we live among behemoths — snowcapped volcanoes, towering trees, great splashing salmon and lattes as big as a child’s head. Yet one of the region’s undeniably superlative titans has slipped beneath everyone’s radar.
  • Mount Rainier Could Be On The Brink Of A Monstrous Eruption

    07/24/2014 8:04:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    China Topix ^ | Jul 18, 2014 10:31 PM EDT | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    Mount Rainier, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the U.S. and in the world, is widely expected to erupt again. The only unknown facing scientists is when the massive stratovolcano, 4,392 meters tall and located 87 kilometers southeast of Seattle in Washington state, will finally explode. Scientists from the United States and Norway recently mapped the electric and magnetic signatures of magma flows beneath Mount Rainier (pronounced “ray-near”). They’ve also discovered a mammoth magma reservoir below the mountain that will fuel any eruption with massive magma flows. The research found out that magma or fluid molten rock is trapped...
  • 3 Things You Need To Know Before Tuesday’s Marijuana Sale [Washington State]

    07/06/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06 July 2014
    The nation’s second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington state Tuesday. Few Stores. Little Pot. No Edibles.
  • 16 Photos: Seattle Waterfront Classic Boasts Wooden Yachts, Speedboats

    06/16/2014 9:41:16 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 15 June 2014
    More than 50 classic wooden vessels, many of them built prior to World War II, are on display at the Bell Street Pier Classic Rendezvous, part of the Seattle Waterfront Classic Weekend.
  • 11 Washington School Administrators To Carry Guns

    06/09/2014 8:38:01 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 09 June 2014
    When school resumes in the fall in the Toppenish School District [near Yakima, WA], some administrators will be armed for an added level of security.
  • Teacher Tapes Students' Mouths Shut During "Quiet Game" The teacher has been fired

    06/06/2014 5:43:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Friday, Jun 6, 2014 | Sheldon Dutes
    A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say. Sheldon Dutes reports A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say. The teacher was working at the Winfield Scott Elementary School in Elizabeth and placed decorative tape over the mouths of five students during a "quiet game" after lunch, according to parents and officials. One of...
  • June is to be proclaimed Pride Month in Kirkland (Washington State)

    05/31/2014 12:01:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Kirkland Views ^ | May 30, 2014 | Rob Butcher, editor and scribbler
    The City of Kirkland will join the State of Washington and King County in proclaiming June 2014 as "Pride Month." Please refrain from posting any critical comments about this subject as the comments may be deemed as hate crimes against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. The following is from the City's Council Packet for June 3: This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonehill Riots which is regarded as the catalyst for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement for civil rights in the United States. In June 1969, a group of gay customers...
  • Washington Governor Imposes Cap-And-Trade Through Executive Order

    04/30/2014 3:30:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | april 29, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is not waiting for the state legislature to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, but instead has issued an executive order to implement a cap-and-trade program, eliminate coal power and fund green energy projects. “This is the right time to act, the right place to act and we are the right people to act,” Inslee said. “We will engage the right people, consider the right options, ask the right questions and come to the right answers — answers that work for Washington.” Inlsee argues that more action is needed if the state is to meet climate goals passed by...
  • White is not right: Campus admins ask for help weeding out white people

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

    03/11/2014 11:56:38 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 3/11/2014 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHI
    SEATTLE (AP) — The average age of people signing up for health insurance through the state of Washington exchange has dropped a little since the state began ramping up its marketing to those under 35, according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal government. The statistics say people age 18 to 34 now represent 23 percent of sign-ups for private insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. A similar report concerning sign-ups through December found 21 percent of enrollees in that age group. A new ad campaign and in-person outreach at rock concerts and at ice hockey and roller derby matches might deserve...
  • Girl, 13, writes letter asking for Longview nativity scene

    12/11/2012 10:04:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    KATU News ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Joe English
    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Breyanna Lea Siebert noticed something was missing when she looked at the Christmas decorations in Longview this year.  The nativity scene was gone from R A Long Square.  “Don’t get me wrong. I love snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and all kinds of Christmassy things,” said Siebert.A nativity scene, Siebert’s favorite Christmas decoration, had been a part of the park decorations as long as she could remember. So the 13-year-old wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper to let everyone know how she felt about this year’s omission.  “It would be nice if everybody...
  • 49ers' bragging billboard is up... in Fife

    12/23/2013 9:45:09 AM PST · by llevrok · 27 replies
    KING TV (Seattle) ^ | 12/23/2013
    A group of 49ers fans who raised money for a billboard in Seattle to brag about their team's five Super Bowl trophies got their sign - but it's nowhere near CenturyLink Field. The digital billboard is just north of Fife, about 27 miles from downtown Seattle. Niners fans raised money through the fundraising site gofundme.com. They raised more than the $7,000 needed to pay for the billboard so the rest will go to charity. A Seahawks fan wants to do the same thing in San Francisco, but to promote Seattle Children's hospital and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. On Sunday, a...
  • Couple Wins $50M in Biggest “Wrongful Birth” Suit, Doc Didn’t Suggest Aborting Disabled Baby

    12/13/2013 6:28:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A couple in Washington state have won what is being called the biggest so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuit ever, when their doctor didn’t suggest aborting their disabled unborn child. A jury in Washington state awarded a couple $50 million after genetic tests didn’t give the couple the information they wanted to know about whether their baby had a rare genetic disorder. Had the baby had the disorder, the couple planned to take his or her life in an abortion. “Brock and Rhea Wuth of Burien, Wash., sued Valley Medical Center and the North Carolina company LabCorp after a genetic test meant...
  • Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder In Pierce County [Rural Tacoma, WA]

    11/19/2013 1:31:28 PM PST · by zeestephen · 16 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 19 November 2013
    Detectives believe the suspect broke through the front gate with his car, crashed into another car, then broke some windows to get into the home of an elderly couple in their 60s. "I thought we were dead." "We are so lucky we had a gun," the wife said.
  • Labeling of genetically engineered food trailing in initial returns

    11/05/2013 9:02:04 PM PST · by djwright · 62 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/5/2013 | Sandi Doughton
    UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: With 20 counties reporting– including King, Pierce, Spokane and Thurston — the initiative that would label genetically engineered food was trailing 47 percent to 53 percent. More results are coming.
  • Genetic Literacy Project Infographic: Is labeling GMOs really about our “Right to Know”?

    11/01/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 194 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jon Entine
    If one believes the backers of Washington State Initiative 522, Tuesday’s vote is simple commonsense: It’s about the “right to know” what’s in our food... “To be clear the Just Label campaign is not an anti-GMO effort,” says Gary Hirshberg, founder of organic food maker Stonyfield Organic, and head of Just Label It... But in less guarded moments, Hirshberg makes it clear that the labeling movement has nothing at all to do with science, information and discourse—it is exclusively an anti-GMO effort...
  • Health enrollment campaign will spread the word to every neighborhood in King County (0bamacare)

    09/18/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT · by Stoat · 19 replies
    Health enrollment campaign will spread the word to every neighborhood in King County Wednesday, September 18, 2013 An ambitious effort hits high gear this week, aiming to enroll 180,000 King County residents in a new health insurance program.On Friday, September 20, more than 100 volunteers and staff members from Public Health – Seattle & King County will spread out across the county to share information about low-cost health insurance options made possible by the Affordable Care Act and available through Washington Healthplanfinder.This on-the-ground outreach launches a six-month enrollment campaign, a central part of King County Executive Dow Constantine's initiative for...
  • Charge: Man with gun demands victim apologize to black people (Seattle)

    08/15/2013 11:55:41 AM PDT · by Stoat · 60 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle) ^ | August 15, 2013 | Michael Harthorne
    A 35-year-old homeless black man is being held on $500,000 bail after he pointed a gun at a white man's face and demanded he apologize for all the things white people did to black people, according to charges filed with King County Superior Court. Chikwanha Eastling Nyashanu has been charged with assault and malicious harassment for the Aug. 11 incident near the basketball courts at Green Lake Community Center. According to probable cause documents, Nyashanu walked up to the victim around 9:15 p.m., pointed a gun at his face and demanded the apology. The victim later told officers he...
  • Graffiti for Trayvon Martin case suspected in Seattle arson

    08/13/2013 7:03:56 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    KIRO TV.com (Seattle) ^ | August 12, 2013
      A Seattle restaurant was burned by an arsonist – and that suspect was a hooded man who left graffiti believed to reference to the Trayvon Martin case. The fire was started about 2:15 a.m. at the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle's Central District. The first arriving engine company found flames coming from the back of the Med Mix restaurant near a storage area, and light smoke was found inside the restaurant. On the building the arsonist used red spray paint to write, "4 Pratt and Trayv." The owner believes that message refers to Trayvon Martin,...
  • Police fear man’s ear was swallowed following urination brawl (Seattle, of course)

    08/09/2013 1:29:25 PM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies
    Q13 Fox (Seattle) ^ | August 9, 2013 | David Rose
    SEATTLE — Officers believe a man may have swallowed another man’s ear following a fight late Thursday night. Seattle police received calls of an assault around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of 10th Avenue East. Once they arrived, a bleeding, 23-year-old victim told police a man walked into his yard and began to urinate. The victim told the 21-year-old suspect and his girlfriend to get out of the yard and the suspect — allegedly upset he was told to leave — assaulted his own girlfriend. The victim grew alarmed at the fight and stepped in and tried to stop...
  • City officials urge ban on 'potentially offensive' language (Seattle: "citizens","brown bag")

    08/01/2013 8:55:24 PM PDT · by Stoat · 80 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle) ^ | August 1, 2013 | Luke Duecy
    SEATTLE - An internal memo at Seattle City Hall is causing quite a stir. It suggests government workers no longer use the terms "citizen," or "brown bag."  According to the Office for Civil Rights, the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used. "Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'" Bronstein wrote. The Office of Civil Rights says Seattle serves all residents, whether they're United States citizens or not. And while city leaders publicize "brown bag" lunch meetings as a way to designate...
  • Farewell to freshman - Washington State to remove 40,000 pieces of legislation of 'gender biased lan

    07/11/2013 8:09:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2013 | James Nye
    Farewell to freshman - Washington State to remove 40,000 pieces of legislation of 'gender biased language'...but manhole survives This week new laws will come into effect in Washington State to form the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite all state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary. The politically correct crusade will see terms such as 'fisherman', 'freshman' and even 'journeyman plumber' replaced with 'fisher', 'first-year-student' and 'journey-level plumber'. Signalling an end to hundreds of years of accepted language, the move will now see the state's copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases re-written at tax-payers expense.
  • Naked woman missing in W. Wash. forest

    06/11/2013 10:34:51 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 117 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 10 June 2013
    A naked woman who went on a "spiritual quest" wearing only a fanny pack is now missing and a search and rescue effort is under way to find her.
  • Sarah Palin tells graduates: ‘Get off your butt to make a buck’

    06/04/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2013 | Meredith Jessup
    Speaking over the weekend to the senior class of Republic High School in Washington, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin brought with her a message of inspiration… and a small monetary gift for each of the tiny town’s 26 graduates. The Spokesman-Review reported: Grads found the gift taped under their chairs onstage: a dollar bill. The currency taught a life lesson, Palin said. “You gotta get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said, to cheers from the crowd of 700 or so who had nabbed tickets to the event. The surprise came later, as Palin revealed the motivation for...