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healthcare controversy
2:13 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NW Planned Parenthood loses Komen grants, vows to keep program

Susan G. Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker from her "Straight Talk" video.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest lamented the loss of grants from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Last year those grants amounted to of more than $75,000.

“Like so many of you, we are saddened by the Komen Foundation caving to anti-choice extremeists and letting politics interfere with health care. Local Komen affiliates provided close to $75,000 for life-saving breast cancer screenings at PPGNW health centers in WA and ID last year,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.

However, the regional Planned Parenthood group also said its breast health program would continue, “and it will be stronger than ever thanks to supporters coming forward to stand with our patients.”

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Boeing planes
1:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Glitches canceled two ANA Boeing 787 flights

All Nippon Airways had to cancel two of its first long-haul Boeing 787 flights on a new route between Tokyo and Frankfurt because of software glitches.

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Gay rights
11:44 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay marriage vote: Cake makers prep, Starbucks threatened, Hell promised and joy

Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, applauds with Rep. Jaimie Pedersen, second right, and Michael Shiosaka, partner of Rep. Ed Murray, left, after a Washington state Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday evening.
The Associated Press

A survey of this morning’s reactions to the Washington state Senate vote last night to approve same-sex marriage netted the full range of threats, promises and celebrations … but also this from one Twitter user chasingray:

“That sound you hear is florists & bakers cheering like mad thruout Seattle. The #gaymarriage bill just passed the Senate.“

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Gay rights
9:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay couples celebrate Washington marriage vote; GOP struggles with vote

Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock have been together nearly 25 years and watched the gay marriage vote from the Senate gallery.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The battle to allow gay marriage in Washington has cleared a major hurdle. The Washington state Senate voted Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage. The vote was 28 to 21. Four Republicans voting with the majority.

Gay marriage supporters packed the senate galleries hours before debate got underway. Among them Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock, together nearly 25 years. Bullock said their children from previous marriages are now grown and married.

“We have grandchildren now and it’s time for our wedding. We want the grandkids there,” Bullock said.

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Other News
7:17 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Super Bowl of seven-layer dip

Seattle writer Tim Haywood with some of his tasty old friends.
Tim Haywood and daughters

As many of you know, Sunday marks America's premier "unofficial" holiday, a national fest of gluttony and television watching. Another Kardashian wedding special? Excellent guess, but, no, it's the Super Bowl!

Commonly known as Super Bowl Sunday, others may dub it "National I really have to pee but I can't leave the room because the commercials are better than the game" Day or "Forget the Doritos! I'm eating the seven-layer dip with a spoon" Day.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Sound effects in pop music explored

The 1812 Overture calls for cannon

The Beatles were famous for using sound effects they found in the Abbey Road library, and many other artists used sound to great effect. (haha)  Babby Darin’s “Splish Splash” had a gurgling bath in the track, and The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” was Grammy-nominated for use of thunder sound effects.

Maybe the first use of sound effects in music was in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which calls for live cannons.

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Gay Rights
8:41 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Washington Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

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Tourism and poverty
3:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center

During the tour of the Gates Foundation's new visitor center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you’ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside – your time has come.

The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.

Read more at KPLU's Humanosphere.

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Internet controversy
2:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight

Internet users at libraries across the nation face many temptations ... and those walking behind them could see the results.
The Associated Press

“Mommy, what’s that?” Normally an innocent question from a child … unless you’re at a Seattle Public Library!

Libraries around the country are frequently troubled by the conflict of your First Amendment right to view “protected speech” and others who just have to watch pornography in a public library setting.

The most recent publicly exposed incident in Seattle occurred at the Lake City branch of the Seattle library system. Julie Howe said in a public email that her 10-year-old daughter was disturbed after looking over the shoulder of a man last month as he watched pornography at the branch.

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Humanosphere
1:18 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Jimmy Carter - serpent slayer and global health pioneer - hits Seattle

President Jimmy Carter speaks at World Affairs Council 60th Anniversary event in Seattle on Tuesday.
Tom Paulson KPLU

Former President Jimmy Carter is in Seattle, having spoken last night at the World Affairs Council’s 60th anniversary celebration and speaking today at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about Guinea worm.

Guinea worm is a human parasite that eats its way through the human body and emerges a year later, incapacitating people with the pain of completing its life cycle. It’s horrible.

Jimmy Carter and his team at the Carter Center are close now to completely ridding the world of this horrific disease. It’s a great story, and perhaps of much broader significance to global health than many might realize.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Layoffs at Microsoft

Several news outlets, including the Seattle Times and ZDNet, are reporting layoff notices are going out at Microsoft today.

Ad Age is reporting 200 layoffs in marketing, including Chief Creative Officer Gayle Troberman.

Environment
11:41 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ribbon seal far from Arctic home in good shape

In this photo provided by NOAA, a ribbon seal is seen Friday, Jan. 20 on a dock in Marysville, Wash. The ribbon seal is commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia, but has recently been spotted in the Seattle area.
The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. — An Arctic ribbon seal rarely seen in Puget Sound has had its southerly sojourn interrupted for a medical checkup that shows the male is in good health.

Marine mammal experts from NOAA fisheries in Seattle threw a net over the white-striped seal on an Everett dock Tuesday and held him for a 20-minute examination.

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Global Health
9:28 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Jimmy Carter helps Seattle celebrate World Affairs Council

Former President Jimmy Carter at The University of Washington in 2006.
The Associated Press

There’s a lot of talk in recent years about Seattle being a global city. That vision goes back a long ways. Seattle’s World Affairs Council is celebrating its 60th birthday this week. 

Former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter helped mark the milestone, in front of a sold-out Paramount Theater last night. 

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Food
4:30 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Kitchen appliances: Do they make 'em like they used to?

Save those owner's manuals.
Old Appliance Club

My heart says "No" but my head says "They make 'em better." Probably... I think.  

Although it's true that my kitchen stove, new just four years ago, began emitting un-ignited gas in a near-death fashion, I still think that today's appliances must be more reliable than those of decades past. Aren't they? 

My Food for Thought pard, Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson isn't so sure.

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Washington State Legislature
3:48 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Should public records requests be curbed in Washington state?

Some requests for large numbers of records are meant to harass government departments, officials complain.
striatic Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers are exploring a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents.

A Senate panel heard arguments Tuesday on a plan that would permit agencies to get a court order if they can prove that a records request creates a "significant burden."

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