K-12 Employee Health Care
9:12 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Battle looms over control of teachers' health care

Washington schools superintendent Randy Dorn is expected Tuesday to endorse a state takeover of K-12 employee health care. But the union that represents Washington teachers is prepared to defend its decades-long role as a provider of health insurance.

The teachers’ union calls it a taxpayer “rip off” and government “boondoggle.” Fiery language to describe a plan to put the state of Washington in the driver’s seat when it comes to K-12 employee health benefits.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue December 20, 2011

'Tis the season for charitable giving

Don't forget to wrap up something special for your favorite charitable organizations this year.
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Greg Heberlein and Dave Meyer usually talk about ways to save and invest money. But on this week's Money Matters, they concentrate on how to give it away!

Charitable giving is more important than ever this year. Thanks to the ailing economy, federal, state and local governments have less money to help the needy. More and more people are turning to nonprofit organizations for help.

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Seattle legends
2:27 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Jimi Hendrix to get a guitar-shaped park in Seattle

Jimi Hendrix is shown in an undated photo.
Associated Press

One of Seattle’s best known and beloved sons, Jimi Hendrix, is about to get a new park. It’s scheduled to coincide with what would have been the guitar hero’s 70th birthday.

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Business
2:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile

T-Mobile will not be bought by AT&T.
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AT&T ends its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom amid antitrust concerns, The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

More than 30 percent of Americans arrested by age 23, study says

The arrest of an Occupy DC protester earlier this month in Washington — one type of arrest that would show up in the researchers' numbers.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 6:00 am

There's been a sharp increase in recent decades in the number of young Americans who report they've been arrested at least once, researchers report in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

While in the mid-1960s about 22 percent of Americans reported having been arrested by the time they turned 23, researchers estimate that the "prevalence rate" for arrests by that age now lies "between 30.2 percent and 41.4 percent."

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Shots - Health Blog
12:13 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Second Neti-Pot Death From Amoeba Prompts Tap-Water Warning

Keep that tap water — and amoebas — out of your neti pot.
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Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 10:32 am

Washing noses with neti pots or squeeze bottles has become increasingly popular as a home remedy for colds, allergies and sinus trouble. But it's not such a great remedy if it kills you.

Now that two people have died from infection with brain-eating amoebas after using neti pots, doctors are warning: do not put tap water up your nose.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Report: So Far, 2011 Safest Year On Record For Air Travel

An airplane takes off.
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Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 11:03 am

2011 is shaping up to be the safest on record for airline travel, according to analysis of United Nations data by a trade group.

The International Air Transport Association reports that January to November of 2011 are the safest months on record since the U.N. started keeping data in 1945. The 11-month period has also seen a 22 percent improvement in safety from last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Diversions
12:07 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Pastorela Shows Life Between Two Cultures In Yakima

The cast of the bilingual Yakima pastorela goes over the final scene with director Dylan Levers. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 7:42 pm

YAKIMA, Wash. - There's a Mexican Christmas tradition called a "pastorela." And it's getting a new twist in Yakima. A pastorela is a play about the shepherds' search for the baby Jesus. This weekend members of the community will perform a pastorela that draws on the real-life experiences of Latinos in the Northwest.

You start to get a feel for how the Yakima pastorela is a little different when the angel Gabriel appears to a group of shepherds to announce the birth of the baby Jesus.

"Say it in English," says the children's chorus.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Effort To Establish Non-Tribal Casino Begins Again In Oregon

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 3:33 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Two Oregon businessmen are trying once again to get voters to approve the state's first non-tribal casino. It will be the fourth attempt, and once again the casino petition effort is drawing heat from a familiar foe.

The casino would be at a former greyhound racetrack in a suburban area just east of Portland. The two Lake Oswego businessmen behind the effort, Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer, did not return several phone calls asking for comment.

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Humanosphere
11:58 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Why are so many young Americans (more than 1 in 3) being arrested?

Around the world, governments that arrest large portions of their citizens point their finger at the United State's rate of incarceration. Now, it looks like we're becoming a leader in arresting young people as well.
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The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That detail gives our country a bad reputation around the globe.

Now, it seems our reputation for incarceration won't be helped by this new fact: "By age 23, up to 41 percent of American adolescents and young adults have been arrested at least once for something other than a minor traffic violation," according to a report by ABC News.

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