Washington State Legislature
4:43 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Penn State scandal spurring changes in Washington

Joe Paterno was fired for a scandal state lawmakers hope to avoid here.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The sex abuse scandal at Penn State University is spurring changes in Washington state.

Washington senators voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a plan that requires officials at higher education institutions to report suspected child abuse to authorities or to state's social services agency.

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Crime
12:20 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Prosecutors target Amanda Knox again; family not worried

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October in Seattle.
Associated Press

Amanda Knox and her family say they're not worried about a decision by Italian prosecutors to appeal her acquittal on charges of killing her roommate in 2007.

Earlier today, Italian prosecutors appealed to Italy's highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of Seattleite Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.

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Humanosphere
11:31 am
Tue February 14, 2012

USAID story renews fears over mixing aid with foreign policy

Is it foreign aid or covert aid?
johanoomen Flickr

Remember when the CIA did that fake vaccination scheme in Pakistan, the one that many predicted (correctly) would undermine confidence in American health assistance and other aid programs?

Well, there’s another ongoing saga that illustrates the cost of mixing up foreign aid with foreign policy, especially when we use covert means to achieve foreign policy goals.

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Boeing planes
10:24 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Boeing closes $22.4 billion deal with Lion Air

An artist rendering depicts a Boeing 737 MAX 9. Lion Air of Indonesia has agreed to become the first commercial customer for the plane.
Boeing

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 9:09 am

When your products sell for more than $80 million, selling one of them is a big deal. Selling hundreds of them in one deal means they're probably feeling pretty good over at Boeing right now. The aircraft company has finalized a deal to sell 230 jets to Lion Air of Indonesia, with a total list price of $22.4 billion — a record for Chicago-based Boeing.

The deal, which was first announced in November during President Obama's multi-country tour of Asia, includes 201 737 MAX jets and 29 of Boeing's extended range 737-900ERs.

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Valentine's Day
9:42 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Tacoma zoo's tiger looking for a little love; Seattle octopuses find it

Ready for Valentine's Day during today's Octopus Blind Date at the Seattle Aquarium.
Seattle Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo is welcoming a visitor tomorrow for a special post-Valentine's Day tryst with Jaya – a Sumatran tiger named Malosi.

“We’re very excited about Malosi’s arrival and the pair’s potential to produce cubs,” said general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. “The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and we are working hard to protect and boost the population of this extraordinary species.”

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Washington's Poet
7:39 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Flenniken named Washington's Poet Laureate

Kathleen Flenniken reads from her newest collection of poems "Plume" in this image taken from a video exploring the influences behind the collection.

Kathleen Flenniken has been named Washington State’s Poet Laureate. (Click the listen button to hear her read a poem from her most recent collection).

“This is a dream job — speaking in support of the arts and humanities, and of poetry in particular, getting the chance to organize poetry events around the state, visit schools, reach kids and teachers and remote communities,” said Flenniken.

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Killer Whales
7:18 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass

Necropsy team including personnel from Portland State University, Seaside Aquarium, Cascadia Research, Seattle Seal Sitters and WDFW.
Dyanna Lambourn WDFW

The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Wash., this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death.

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Election 2012
7:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Rick Santorum faces off with Occupy movement in Tacoma

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to the media on Monday at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 5:33 am

As has happened to many of the Republican presidential candidates before him, Rick Santorum was "mic checked" at a campaign rally in Washington, yesterday.

As the Bellingham Herald reports it, Santorum was speaking at a venue right next to the Occupy Tacoma encampment and was met with chants almost as soon as he started talking.

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Election 2012
6:57 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Santorum speaks out on same-sex marriage in Washington

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaking at a news conference at the Washington Capitol. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 5:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On a campaign swing through Washington, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said opponents of same-sex marriage should - in his words - "continue the fight."

"Fight for what they believe is the best, optimal situation for children to be raised in society and the optimal situation that government should support in terms of men and women coming together in marriage," Santorum said.

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Song Of The Day
6:54 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Dirty Three: For Valentine's Day, a wordless love song

It's a pleasure to spend the holiday rolling around in the sumptuous beauty of Dirty Three's "The Pier."
Annabel Mehran

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 4:03 am

As any pessimistic Valentine's Day veteran can attest, the holiday is strewn with land mines: pressure to find someone, pressure to buy the right gifts, pressure to formalize casual relationships, pressure to even remember the damn thing is happening. Music doesn't help matters: Do you send a love song when you're not yet officially in love? What if you accidentally send a love song that everyone else knows was written about a faithful bloodhound? What if the songs you pick say too much, or too little?

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