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1:31 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Geena Davis, in Seattle, calls for the 'next women's movement'

Geena Davis (far right) with Chris Grumm (left) and Andrea Taylor at a Seattle Town Hall event last night.
Meryl Schenker www.merylschenker.com

"We’re due for a resurgence of the women’s movement."

Actor and women’s advocate Geena Davis, who played Thelma in the 1991 hit ‘neo-feminist’ movie Thelma & Louise, spent a lot of time at a Global Washington event in Seattle fielding questions and criticizing the way women are portrayed — and perceived — in Hollywood and throughout the media.

But her concerns are much more global.

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Tech news
1:18 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Taiwan company, execs guilty of fixing LCD prices

SAN FRANCISCO — A Taiwan company and two of its top executives have been found guilty of working with competitors to inflate prices of liquid screen display screens used in computer monitors and televisions.

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Recreation, transportation
11:45 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Burke-Gilman Trail reopens with a celebration

A section of the Burke-Gilman Trail, which runs from Shilshole Bay in Seattle to Bothell.
King County Parks

After being closed for the past eight months, the Burke-Gilman Trail reopens Tuesday. 

The trail was closed for renovations. 

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Humanosphere
11:22 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Seattle's PATH gets sexy to save lives in Kenya

Screen shot from the trailer for "Shuga: Love, Sex, Money."

The Seattle-based global health organization has recently launched a steamy six-part television series in Nairobi, Kenya, called Shuga: Love, Sex, Money aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, the AIDS virus.

“This is pretty racy for Kenya,” said Rikka Trangsgrud, PATH’s long-time country programs director for Kenya. “There are some fairly explicit scenes and themes … We are really pushing the envelope here but the idea is to prompt important discussions.”

Read more and watch the trailer on Humanosphere.

Boeing
6:59 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Boeing employment in Washington highest since 1999

Boeing's payroll in Washington has risen to more than 82,000 workers.

That's up nearly 9,000 jobs since the end of 2010, and the highest Boeing employment in the state since 1999.

The News Tribune reports the company has more than regained the jobs Boeing cut after the 9-11 attacks. Companywide, Boeing employed nearly 172,000 workers at the end of February.

Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Should you buy Facebook stock?

Facebook user Nate Bolt swears this is what he sees whenever he logs in.
Nate Bolt flickr.com

Facebook filed for its initial public stock offering in February, and the IPO could take place at any time in the next several weeks.

Should you buy the stock? We ducked that question a month ago on Money Matters but now, financial commentator Greg Heberlein is willing to offer some advice. 

As with many financial issues, the answer is dependent on your personal circumstances.

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War in Afghanistan
5:55 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.

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Fishing
4:52 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Boat sank so fast off Wash. coast no time for distress call

The brother of one of four commercial fishermen lost at sea wonders whether their 70-foot trawler hit a rogue wave and sank.

The Lady Cecelia disappeared off the Washington coast Saturday morning. The Coast Guard found only some debris, an oil sheen, crab pots and an empty life raft.

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Space exploration
4:11 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Cassini spacecraft glimpses new views of moon Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 26,019 miles (41,873 kilometers) away.
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. — The pockmarked surface of Saturn's second-largest moon has come into sharper focus in new images released by NASA.

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Boeing
3:48 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Boeing, Airbus both claim WTO victory

NORMANDY, France – Both U.S. and European officials are claiming victory after a global trade court ruled in a long-standing dispute over claims of illegal government subsidies to Boeing and European rival Airbus. 

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last Winter Storm
3:20 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Late winter storm slams into Washington, Oregon

Here is the latest infrared satellite photo - simply impressive, said KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass. You can see the swirling clouds around the low center, which is now crossing northern Vancouver Island.
Cliff Mass

Spring arrives next week, but this week still looks like winter in Washington.

The National Weather Service says a front moving through the state Monday is bringing strong winds and rain to Western Washington, heavy snow to the Cascades and snow in much of north central and northeast Washington.

High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington on Monday.

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Face of the health care fight
1:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Port Angeles mystery man becomes lead plaintiff against Obama's health law

Kaj Ahlburg
Peninsula Daily News

A central character in what could be the most important U.S. Supreme Court case of this generation happens to live in Port Angeles, Wash. – and he’s not talking to reporters.

Kaj Ahlburg, commonly referred to as “a retired investment banker,” is the lead plaintiff suing the Obama Administration over the 2010 health care law called the Affordable Care Act. While he has been mum about his case in the High Court, he's had plenty to say in his home community.

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Humanosphere
1:25 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Changemakers: Becky Bartlein, health advocate, hot on the trail of bad drugs

Quick BIO: Becky Bartlein, 28, research coordinator for the University of Washington’s Global Medicines Program; master of public health from the UW’s Department of Global Health

It’s been a battle to get drug manufacturers to make medicines needed by people in developing countries, drugs to treat diseases expunged from wealthy nations. But what happens when the drugs finally reach these populations – do they work? Are they being used safely? Are there nasty side effects?

Becky Bartlein is trying to answer these questions as part of the newly formed Global Medicines Program at the University of Washington.

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Cancer
12:24 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Research: Circumcision might protect against prostate cancer

Researchers studying men in Seattle have found more evidence that sexual behaviors and cancer may be linked. In this case, they’re looking at prostate cancer.

The connection is through viruses and circumcision's role in possibly limiting some infections.

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War in Afghanistan
11:31 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Afghan shooter was from Washington Stryker brigade, AP source

The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.

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