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.
Andrew Bossi Flickr

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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Environment
11:29 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Eagle to be removed from critical habitat list in Washington

A bald eagle photographed near Bainbridge Island in 2008.
Karen Morris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Forest Practices Board plans to remove the bald eagle and peregrine falcon from the state critical habitat list to be consistent with federal and state endangered species laws.

The board will listen to testimony on the changes at hearing Jan. 3 in Olympia and Jan. 5 in Ellensburg.

Education
10:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Achievement gap among Seattle black students

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.

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Puget Sound history
10:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Famed Washington ferry Kalakala reportedly sold for $1

The Kalakala was towed back to Washington in 1998 with the idea it would be restored, but no one has yet come up with the money.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — The owner of the historic Washington ferry Kalakala says on his website the vessel has been sold for $1 to an anonymous buyer who promises to restore the vessel to its art deco glory.

No other details about the plans were posted on the Kalakala Website.

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Seattle media
9:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

David Horsey, Seattle and national political cartoonist, heading to LA Times

Courtesy of David Horsey

David Horsey, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is joining the Los Angeles Times political team in January.

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Artscape
8:16 am
Sun December 18, 2011

At the Seattle Art Museum, listening to old records is the show

Installation shot of Theaster Gates: The Listening Room at Seattle Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Seattle Art Museum.
Photo by Robert Wade

The newest show at the Seattle Art Museum features thousands of records, a DJ booth made out of an old church pew and a hands-on record player.

The installation is called "The Listening Room" and it's the latest work by Theaster Gates.

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