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Domestic Partnership
10:09 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Gay rights group to publish names of R-71 petition signers

In 2009 Ref. 71 asked voters to approve or reject granting registered domestic partners additional state rights previously given only to married couples. It was approved with 53 percent of the vote.
Elaine Thompson AP

Washington voters who signed an anti-domestic partnership petition in 2009 can expect their names to appear online within a month. That's the word Tuesday from a Massachusetts-based gay rights group called "Know Thy Neighbor."

Referendum 71 was a failed effort by opponents of gay marriage to repeal Washington's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Now, following a protracted legal battle, a federal judge has ordered the petitions be made public.

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Global Health
10:07 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Bill Gates says innovation will beat malaria

Bill and Melinda Gates answering questions from moderator Richard Besser, at the 2011 Malaria Forum in Seattle.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Technology can triumph over one of the oldest plagues of humanity. That was the underlying theme of Bill Gates’ pep talk to malaria researchers gathered this week in Seattle:

"A key reason I think we will succeed is that we have the ability to innovate. This is really behind most of the improvements in the human condition. Innovation is one of  the most powerful forces in the world. 

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Clipped recipes
4:31 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Only the good recipes get dirty

One of Stein's favorites - you can tell because it's dirty.
Dick Stein KPLU

I clipped the steamed minced pork with salted duck eggs recipe pictured above from a Honolulu newspaper decades ago. After a few years and much use I transcribed and pasted it, apparently with oyster sauce, to the inside of that cookbook.  

I'll post a more legible version further down so keep reading.

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Seattle city workers
4:30 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond!

Artist Stokley Towles.

"... tell yourself lies. I’m in a candy factory. I’m surrounded by candy."

Oh, the things they've seen: By stringing together narratives of different workers, one artist has created a show illustrating what it’s like working in the sewers.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Bristol Bay votes to block Pebble Mine operation

Site of the proposed Pebble Mine.
National Park Conservation Assn.

DILINGHAM, Alaska – Environmentalist groups are celebrating a victory in a remote corner of southeast Alaska. Residents near Bristol Bay have voted to try to block one of North America's largest open pit mining operations.

It's proposed for a spot next to one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries.

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Global Health
3:07 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success

Children in the RTS,S malaria vaccine trial wait with their parents at a hospital in Tanzania on June 28, 2011.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Leaders at the Seattle non-profit group PATH – and their sponsors at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation– say they’re excited about the latest results from a malaria vaccine trial in Africa. The interim results don't guarantee it will be a success, but it’s the best any malaria vaccine has ever done.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:08 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Felon with rifle arrested at park with Occupy Seattle protesters

The seized rifle photographed at the Seattle Police Evidence Unit.
Seattle Police Department

Police say a man with a rifle and 16 rounds of ammunition was arrested Monday night by officers assigned to the Occupy Seattle demonstration at Westlake Park.

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Global Health
10:50 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Queen of England bestows honor on PATH’s gizmo guy

Michael Free, at right, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
PATH

The Queen of England has bestowed an exalted honor on PATH’s top gizmo guy.

Michael Free, chief of technology for PATH, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his team’s many inventions and innovative approaches aimed at helping solve health problems in the developing world. It’s not quite as prestigious as a Knighthood but better than a sharp poke in the helmet.

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Education
10:11 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Prosecutors to file charges in Seattle Schools financial scandal

It's been eight months since the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal was first uncovered, and after a full criminal investigation, King County prosecutors plan to bring charges of felony theft against Silas Potter, Jr., the man at the center of the scandal.

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Obituary
9:28 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Widow of US Sen. Magnuson dies at 87

SEATTLE — Jermaine Magnuson, the widow of U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson, has died at her Seattle home at the age of 87.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue October 18, 2011

On a Euro-debt-crisis vacation, one sees many U.S.-like divisions

A Euro coin
Daniel Hartmann flickr.com

"One theory is the world must reach the brink to find the leadership needed for resolution ..."

Greece is the epicenter of the European debt crisis so, naturally, financial commentator Greg Heberlein went there on vacation! Unfortunately what he found there and elsewhere outside the U.S. were divisive politics, blame all around and the potential for economic doom.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Environmental groups file to block wolf hunt

A gray wolf.
Courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game

BOISE - Environmental groups filed a motion Monday to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.

Idaho based Friends of the Clearwater and two other groups filed an injunction in the 9th circuit court to immediately stop wolf hunts. The groups fear many wolves will be killed while they appeal a decision that upholds hunting.

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Agriculture
4:10 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind

Apples going in want of pickers in Washington state.
Andrea Parrish Flickr

Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don’t get picked at all.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

You're being watched ... to make viaduct closure go more smoothly

The hub of the all-seeing eyes monitoring traffic around the Alaskan Viaduct during the impending nine-day closure.
West Seattle Blog

For anyone who thought they were anonymous driving the city streets of Seattle, the truth is you’re being watched.

And while this might normally be upsetting, the all-seeing cameras positioned over freeways, bridges and intersections may soon be a lifeline during the impending nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Vancouver and Victoria continues past weekend

Canada joined more than 80 countries around the world this weekend, demonstrating as part of the global wave of protests inspired by the month-long Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

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