Gay rights
3:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Prop 8 ruling likely has no immediate effect on Northwest

Tuesday's ruling overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage is not expected to affect similar laws in other states. Oregon and Idaho also have voter-approved amendments against gay marriage.

But Washington lawmakers are poised to send Governor Chris Gregoire a measure allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

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2:37 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

5 reasons not to panic about the bird flu experiments

It’s relatively easy for government officials, politicians or the media to demand risk reduction at the sacrifice of a select few (medical researchers) or some abstract idea. It’s much more difficult to make the case for science.

The scientific community is in serious kerfuffle right now about whether or not to publish the details of certain bird flu virus experiments.

Angry words are flying back and forth between experts – much like the proverbial behavior of chickens with their heads cut off. One commentator for Scientific American has even suggested banning all such research.

It’s all a bit much, and probably not good for science or for our global health. I would like to offer five reasons not to panic.

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Money Matters
12:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Puget Sound pay raises lag behind the rest of the nation

Raises may be lower here, but at least we have Mt. Rainier!
Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor

If you're disappointed with the pay raise (or lack of one) you received last year, you're not alone.

Total private sector compensation in the Puget Sound region rose just 1 percent in 2011, compared to 2.2 percent nationwide.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Kim Wilson delivers a blues smackdown in the KPLU studios

Blues singer and harmonica player, Kim Wilson, thinks it’s very healthy for people to drop their emotional guard every now and then and let themselves get smacked around by a great blues performance. 

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Gay rights
10:27 am
Tue February 7, 2012

California's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, court says

At the top: Proposition 8's supporters (who oppose same-sex marriage). Below: Proposition 8's opponents. Outside the court today in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 3:26 pm

California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.

As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

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Native names
9:41 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Is it time to rename Mount Rainier to its former native name?

Mount Rainier would become Tahoma, Tacobeh, Pooskaus or Tacoma.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

ROY, Wash. – Mount Rainier was once known by its many native names. Now, an alliance of tribal members is moving forward with a proposal to restore an original name to this Northwest landmark. But a long bureaucratic process lies ahead.

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9:33 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs

The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.

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Washington State Legislature
9:30 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Bill would require drug makers to take back drugs

Some Washington lawmakers are pushing a measure that would require drug makers to pay for a statewide program to collect unused prescription drugs and other medicine.

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Animal fun
9:24 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Name that baby sea otter at Seattle Aquarium

What should this little critter be called?
Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium has started its sea otter naming contest.

Jump over to the site linked above and vote on one of these names: Willapa, Shi Shi, Elwha, Sequim, Seiku.

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Book Reviews
8:58 am
Tue February 7, 2012

'Miseducation': A cowgirl coming-out story for teens

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 4:00 am

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