last Winter Storm
3:20 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Late winter storm slams into Washington, Oregon

Here is the latest infrared satellite photo - simply impressive, said KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass. You can see the swirling clouds around the low center, which is now crossing northern Vancouver Island.
Cliff Mass

Spring arrives next week, but this week still looks like winter in Washington.

The National Weather Service says a front moving through the state Monday is bringing strong winds and rain to Western Washington, heavy snow to the Cascades and snow in much of north central and northeast Washington.

High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington on Monday.

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Face of the health care fight
1:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Port Angeles mystery man becomes lead plaintiff against Obama's health law

Kaj Ahlburg
Peninsula Daily News

A central character in what could be the most important U.S. Supreme Court case of this generation happens to live in Port Angeles, Wash. – and he’s not talking to reporters.

Kaj Ahlburg, commonly referred to as “a retired investment banker,” is the lead plaintiff suing the Obama Administration over the 2010 health care law called the Affordable Care Act. While he has been mum about his case in the High Court, he's had plenty to say in his home community.

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Humanosphere
1:25 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Changemakers: Becky Bartlein, health advocate, hot on the trail of bad drugs

Quick BIO: Becky Bartlein, 28, research coordinator for the University of Washington’s Global Medicines Program; master of public health from the UW’s Department of Global Health

It’s been a battle to get drug manufacturers to make medicines needed by people in developing countries, drugs to treat diseases expunged from wealthy nations. But what happens when the drugs finally reach these populations – do they work? Are they being used safely? Are there nasty side effects?

Becky Bartlein is trying to answer these questions as part of the newly formed Global Medicines Program at the University of Washington.

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Cancer
12:24 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Research: Circumcision might protect against prostate cancer

Researchers studying men in Seattle have found more evidence that sexual behaviors and cancer may be linked. In this case, they’re looking at prostate cancer.

The connection is through viruses and circumcision's role in possibly limiting some infections.

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Arts & Life
12:01 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Washington Man Directs New Japan Disaster Documentary

A documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan is showing in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C..

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:00 am

An Everett, Washington, man is excited for this weekend’s premiere of his documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. The first-hand account is showing in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., almost precisely one year after the disaster.

Thirty-one-year-old Chris Noland’s film is called “Surviving Japan.” In some places, the movie is almost a video diary of Noland’s experiences during and after the earthquake.

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War in Afghanistan
11:31 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Afghan shooter was from Washington Stryker brigade, AP source

The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.

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Opinion-Kony
9:21 am
Mon March 12, 2012

The Nation: What does the Kony video say about us?

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony (L) and his deputy Vincent Otti sit inside a tent Nov. 12, 2006 at Ri-Kwamba in Southern Sudan during a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland. Kony is one of the world's most-wanted war crimes suspects.
Stuart Price AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 6:54 am

Ari Melber is a writer for The Nation.

If you are looking for the precise moment when the viral campaign against Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony turned to farce, it was probably at 6:21 pm on Friday March 9.

"Have you heard of this guy Joseph Kony?," asked the rapper-turned-reality-star Vanilla Ice, in a tweet from Dallas. "America needs to send in the hero's that killed Bin Laden and take this killer out."

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X-Country Walkers
9:19 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Two unlikely advocates meet

Andrew Forsthoefel

Two interesting young men from opposite sides of the country ran into each other in southern Louisiana last week.

Both men coincidently crossed paths in Franklin, La. as they trekked across the country east-to-west and west-to-east.

23-year-old Andrew Forsthoefel of Chadds Ford, Pa. and 36-year-old George Throop of Vancouver, Wa shared stories of their journeys over bananas and water in a true vagabond nature.

Forsthoefel began his journey on Oct. 14, 2011 for one reason in particular—to celebrate the stories that each individual has to offer.

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Artscape
5:55 am
Mon March 12, 2012

A wedding and chaos behind the scenes? A musical at Village Theatre

"It Shoulda Been You" tells the story of a Catholic groom and a Jewish bride. Pictured here is the "bride" and her family: Leslie Law (Judy Steinberg), Mara Solar (Rebecca Steinberg), John Dewar (Murray Steinberg), Kat Ramsburg (Jenny Steinberg)
Photo by Erinn Hale Courtesy of Village Theatre

"It Shoulda Been You," the new musical at Issaquah’s Village Theater, is for anyone who has been part of a wedding. There's joy as well as bickering; second-guessing and sometimes, suffering.

The bride’s Jewish. The groom’s Catholic. The parents don’t like each other and wish their children were marrying someone else. And an ex-boyfriend also shows up.

The musical is the first collaboration by composer Barbara Anselmi and lyricist and librettist Brian Hargrove.

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War in Afghanistan
10:33 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Shock, concern are reactions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over Afghanistan killings

Private First Class Jeremy Lozano is getting ready for his first deployment to Afghanistan. He anticipates the massacre of innocent civilians will make an already tough deployment tougher. “That’s now more problems that we have to worry about.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The U-S soldier who allegedly massacred at least 16 Afghan civilians is reported to be from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Soldiers assigned to the base express shock at the violence and concern about retaliation.

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