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1:40 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Can organic farming feed Africa?

“This is not an argument that organic can or cannot feed the world,” said John Reganold, regents professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University in Pullman. “No one system can feed the world.”
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent

When you consider that one in seven people worldwide will go to bed tonight hungry, it does seem fair to ask: Can organic deliver the goods for the developing world?

New research says yes – but not everywhere and not for everything.

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Health news
12:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington state

Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Preview: U.S. Women take on China; Storm gets ready for 2012

Guard Sue Bird, left, of the US Olympic women's basketball team dribbles around teammate Kara Lawson during practice in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Photo

The U.S. Women’s National Basketball team will play a special exhibition game on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle against the Chinese Women’s National basketball team. Current Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird and former Storm player Swin Cash will play for the U.S. team.

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Record Bin Roulette
10:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Songs for Mommie Dearest

In a foul and farcical fillip of fate, the woman who created Mother’s Day became its biggest critic. Anna Jarvis worked hard to make Mother’s Day a holiday. She started the effort in 1908, and by 1914 convinced President Woodrow Wilson to declare it an official national holiday. But nine years later, commercialization of the day had become so rampant, that she became a major opponent of the very holiday she helped create. She was actually arrested while protesting against it.

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Space flight
9:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations

Artist’s rendition of the Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station.
Courtesy of SpaceX

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Southern California rocket developer Space Exploration Technologies and Nevada's Bigelow Aerospace are teaming to offer passenger launches to private space stations.

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Death penalty
9:48 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Washington Supreme Court overturns Stenson death sentence 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed the conviction and death sentence of Darold Stenson and called for a new trial in his double murder case.

On an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the high court ruled that Stenson's rights were violated because the state "wrongfully suppressed" from the defense photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Stenson was sentenced to death in 1994 for the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at Stenson's Clallam County exotic bird farm.

Viral video
8:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Seattle cancer patient's video capturing hearts by the thousands

Screen grab from the video made by patients at Seattle Children's Hospital.

A cancer patient's video of fellow patients, parents and staff at Seattle Children's Hospital is on a cyber-world tour, capturing more than 600,000 views -- and hearts, one presumes -- on YouTube.

The video produced by Chris Rumble, a 22-year-old Children’s cancer patient who lives in Kent, shows patients and others dancing, holding signs saying "hope" and "fighter" and singing to the music of Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger."

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Gangs
5:05 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

ACLU opposes King County anti-gang proposal

A proposal to fight gangs in King County is coming under fire from civil liberties groups. Among other things, a proposed county ordinance would make it illegal to coerce someone into joining a gang.

King County Council members says they want to make the county unfriendly to gangs, but there isn't agreement on how to do that.

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Same-sex marriage
4:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Same-sex marriage foes look for boost from Obama stance

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash – Northwest gay rights supporters are cheering President Obama’s comments that he thinks same sex couples should be able to marry. But organizers of a petition drive to repeal Washington’s new marriage equality law hope to capitalize on the President’s new stance.

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Space Needle
2:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video)

Gregory Schneider answers questions while walking the ring atop the Seattle Space Needle. Schneider won the Needle's trip into space.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Gregory Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., has won a trip to space in celebration of the Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary.

He beat out five finalists in Seattle this week for some final competitions. (Video of the event after the jump.)

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Pre-term babies
2:31 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Doctors: No elective deliveries, extra week in womb pays off

In the last weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s brain is getting dramatically bigger, and the child is adding a protective layer of fat.
The Associated Press

More babies in Washington are entering the world at full-term. An effort to end the practice of mothers scheduling an early delivery has led to a 65% drop since 2010.

Even doctors have been “really surprised” to see compelling research that babies born just two weeks early are more likely to have medical problems, all the way up through age five, says Dr. Tom Benedetti, an obstetrics professor at the University of Washington.

Until a couple years ago, if a baby was born at 37 weeks, it was still considered full-term. 

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Humanosphere
1:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Prof. says Africa can feed itself, and the world, through science

Calestous Juma, center, jokes with one of his leading critics, Phil Bereano, at left
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

The Harvard University professor of international development is author of “The New Harvest,” a book (free online) in which he makes his case for how agricultural reforms offer the most promise for positively transforming African economies.

Juma, though entertaining, doesn’t mince words — “Africa is already doing organic farming … and it isn’t working very well.” He describes himself as a bit of ‘techno-optimist,’ a believer like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the fundamental power of science and technology to transform agriculture in poor countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa.

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Welfare Fraud
1:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Plea deal likely for monied Seattle welfare couple

Lawyers for a Seattle couple who drew welfare benefits while living in a million-dollar waterfront home say they will plead guilty next Wednesday in federal court.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Give peas a chance!

The snow peas I'm planting this weekend. The vines make as good eating as the pods. Click for this week's GarlicCam.
Stein

I'm planting mine – the ones  pictured above – this very weekend. Actually they're Chinese-style Snow Peas.  My wife, the L&T Cheryl DeGroot refuses to eat the little round ones. 

Which is too bad because besides being delicious and versatile peas are really good for you.

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What do you think?
4:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook

Graph showing a 300 percent increase in tuition since 1990.
FinAid.org

The dark clouds looming over higher education in the nation and Washington may have a silver lining, but so far it’s been hard to find and the recent spate of news has been pretty bad for college students.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on building in a silver lining, but first the details.

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