quality medical care
11:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Medical ratings: Western Washington good, but not the best

Where you live definitely affects the quality of your health care. That’s clear in a new report comparing communities across the country. Western Washington is divided into three zones and they all score above average – but not in the top 10 percent.

The best score goes to the Everett/Snohomish/Skagit area.

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NW drug abuse
11:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young

A user smoking heroin
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"Nationally, Seattle is fairly high in heroin use."

Last week Washington state saw a spike in heroin-probable deaths. Seven people in King County overdosed on the drug with in just four days.

The spike stands out against a general decline in deaths due more to a decrease in the purity of the drug than a drop in usage, said one researcher. In fact, use among the young has risen by 74 percent.

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Guest post from Crosscut
11:12 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Judge: Same-sex law did not 'redefine' marriage; referendum can't use the word

Same-sex marriage foes can now hit the streets with their referendum.
The Associated Press

By John Stang for Crosscut

Without a high school grammar teacher as a support staffer, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee refereed contentious arguments and ruled Tuesday on the language for a proposed ballot on Washington's fledgling same-sex marriage law.

He tossed out the word favored by same-sex marriage foes: "Redefined."

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The Impact of War
9:12 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Lewis-McChord officer charged with threatening wife, girlfriend, boss

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Lieutenant Colonel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend, his estranged wife and his Army boss. The allegations come just days after another Lewis-McChord soldier was accused of a murderous attack on Afghan civilians.

Lt. Col Robert Underwood is charged with three counts of felony harassment. According to court documents, he recently told his daughter he was “going to do something crazy and it would be on the news.”

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Shooting
8:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

3-year-old boy in Wash. kills self with gun in car

Police say a 3-year-old fatally shot himself with a gun, for which his father had a concealed weapons permit, while his family stopped for gas in Tacoma.

It was western Washington's third recent shooting by a child.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed March 14, 2012

They don't eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland

A morning after restorative: Leftover corned beef omelette. Click the next pic for this week's Garlic Cam shot.
Nancy Leson

Sure, the traditional St. Patrick's  Day dinner all over the world is corned beef and cabbage.  But not in Ireland.  So what do the Irish in Ireland eat on March 17th?

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Renewable Energy
1:48 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass

Slash such as the branches and stumps shown here in Wishkah, Washington could be used for sustainable biofuels. A new study from the Commissioner of Public Lands says market use of such biomass could double without any impacts to forest sustainability.
Photo by Hugo90 Flickr

Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington – and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.

That’s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has just released the results of a study on forest biomass.

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Humanosphere
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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Diversions
11:51 am
Tue March 13, 2012

NPR diversions: Why praise for an Olive Garden turned Marilyn Hagerty into a star

Her fame has taken Marilyn Hagerty to New York City to be on the TV networks. And her newspaper has created a blog just for following her travels.
Grand Forks Herald

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 11:10 am

The sudden national fame for 85-year-old North Dakota newspaper columnist Marilyn Hagerty because she wrote last week that the new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks is "impressive ... welcoming ... [and] is the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating" in the city reinforces two things for this blogger:

1. Almost everyone loves a story about someone who seems to be just so darn nice and who's still going strong at an age when many of us will just be glad to still be around.

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