Climate Change
6:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Governor Inslee Urges Scientists To Lead Conversation On Climate Change

Huge areas of the Port of Seattle could be inundated when higher tides combine with more extreme storm surges, accdording to the Draft National Assessment on Climate Change.
Bjørn Giesenbauer photo Flickr

Many of the region’s top researchers have gathered this week for the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference at the University of Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the keynote address and called on scientists to get more engaged in public policy.

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Global Health
11:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gates Foundation To Spend $50 Million On Ebola Response

Health workers in protective gear leave after carrying the body of a woman that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.
AP Photo

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, in addition to the $10 million the foundation has already committed.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Counting A Million Raptors Over Veracruz

Credit Courtesy of Hawk Mountain

A “river of raptors” flows through Veracruz State in eastern Mexico during the month of September. In Living on the Wind, Scott Weidensaul describes his experience counting the birds: “Nothing in a lifetime of birdwatching had prepared me for this spectacle,” he says. “As our sense of numbed disbelief gave way to comprehension, we realized we had witnessed – by far - the heaviest hawk migration ever recorded, anywhere in the world.”

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Food for Thought
5:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Remembering School Lunches Past, And How To Commit Mrs. Stein's Chicken A La King

George Eastman House Flickr

Seems like school and military food have always been fair game for those mystery meat jokes and general put-downs. While I admit that I never got any four-star chow in either environment, what I did get wasn't so bad and sometimes pretty good. 

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Fracking
5:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UW Study Raises Questions About Possible Health Hazards Of 'Fracking'

UW and Yale researchers investigated whether people living near fracking operations, like this one in Pennsylvania, reported more health problems.
WCN 24/7

Residents of a rural Pennsylvania county who live near natural gas wells reported more health problems than their neighbors who live farther away. That and other findings by a University of Washington researcher raise questions about the health effects of the practice known as fracking.

Researchers went door to door in tiny Washington County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, where gas is extracted by underground hydraulic fracturing. They didn’t tell residents they were there investigating fracking, calling it simply a general environmental health survey. They asked randomly selected households representing almost 500 people about a number of different of symptoms.

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Homelessness
9:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Seattle City Council Mulls Pilot Programs To Fight Family Homelessness

When you’re a homeless person, finding shelter isn’t easy. But when you’re a homeless family, especially a family with a dad, the options are even more limited.

For Seattle’s homeless families with a male head of household, there are few choices for temporary shelter. There are hotel vouchers and encampments, but otherwise families are split. Women and children go off to one shelter, men end up elsewhere.

This year the Seattle City Council helped fund a new type of homeless shelter, called a congregate model, where families can stay together. As the council prepares for the 2015 budget, council members are reviewing a handful of pilot programs to fight family homelessness.  

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Law
4:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Weighs New Trial For Lakewood Cop Killer's Accomplice

FILE - Darcus Allen, left, who is accused of driving Maurice Clemmons away from the coffee shop where Clemmons is suspected of killing four Lakewood, Wash., police officers, appears in Pierce County Superior Court, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood, Washington police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and on Tuesday, the justices heard arguments.

Darcus Allen, also known as Dorcus Allen, was convicted and sentenced to 420 years in prison as an accomplice to Maurice Clemmons, the Arkansas-parolee who murdered the four officers in a coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons was later shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. Prosecutors went after Allen who drove the getaway truck.

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Business & Labor
4:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Sequim, Shelton Reject Initiatives That Would Limit The Power Of Public Employee Unions

Battles over labor law are usually the stuff of Congress or state legislatures. But a conservative group says people who want to reduce the power of public employee unions should take matters into their own hands and change laws, city by city.

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Erosion
4:02 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved An Initial 68 Feet From River's Edge

FILE - This April, 2014 file photo provided by Olympic National Park shows the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a log cabin on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington.
AP Photo/Olympic National Park Service, File

A historic chalet has been moved 68 feet away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.

Officials with Olympic National Park said Tuesday that contractors are expected to complete the relocation of the Enchanted Valley chalet over the next few days.

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Of An Era Past
12:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Photos: How Washington Lived During The Great Depression

July 1936: Children of migratory fruit workers. Yakima, Washington.
(Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration)

As America struggled in the throes of the Great Depression, a team of photographers was dispatched across the country to capture moments of their lives.

The project was an attempt to win political favor for government programs, including Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Resettlement Administration in 1935. The initiative aimed to aid the poorest one-third of displaced farmers through resettlement and low-interest loans.

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