Shots - Health Blog
11:26 am
Mon November 7, 2011

What not To buy online: Lollipops laced with chickenpox

Chickenpox virus not included.

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 9:18 am

Shopping online can be a real time-saver, and you can get some great deals. But skip lollipops that come with the virus that causes chickenpox.

This caution comes after a woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.

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11:13 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Two Washington industrial plants stand out for dirty air citations

The Verallia glass manufacturing plant in Seattle. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:51 am

SEATTLE - When it comes to air pollution citations and fines, two companies stand out from the rest in the Northwest. That's according to an investigation by public radio and the non-profit Investigate West. Both penalized companies say they've made major progress in cleaning up their acts.

Over the past five years, a pair of Northwest companies racked up more citations than any other for air pollution and recordkeeping violations. It's around 100 each.

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11:11 am
Mon November 7, 2011

JPMorgan Chase now warning state welfare clients of 85-cent fee

JPMorgan Chase ATMs now 'remind' welfare clients of an 85-cent ATM fee. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 4:50 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Six months ago, JPMorgan Chase said it wasn't "technically feasible" to alert Washington welfare clients to an 85-cent ATM fee. But as of last month the bank has now programmed its cash machines to warn of the fee at the time of the transaction.

In May of this year, we reported that JPMorgan Chase was collecting more than $100,000 a month in ATM fees from Washington cash assistance clients. But the 85-cent charge to withdraw cash didn't show up on the ATM screen or the client's receipt.

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Winter fun
9:38 am
Mon November 7, 2011

News for skiers: 7-day access to Hurricane Ridge ski area

Glimpse of some of the action at Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area.
Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Skiers and snowboarders will have 7-day-a-week access to the Hurricane Ridge area as Olympic National Park keeps the road plowed in the second year of a pilot program to promote more visitors.

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Humanosphere in Rwanda
9:28 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections

Gorillas in the mist. Mass genocide. The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and maybe coffee. Tom Paulson is in Rwanda to explore these issues and more.
extremeboh Flickr

Seattle is connected to Rwanda in a number of ways, beginning with the country’s role as a major producer of high quality coffee beans for Starbucks and Costco. A number of local humanitarian organizations, as well as social enterprise business ventures, are active there.

KPLU and Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson is headed to Rwanda along with a dozen or so other journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. For the next two weeks, he’ll be reporting on the trip and also posting stories on a number of Seattle projects at work there that have helped make Rwanda — despite its horrific recent past history — into what many see as an African success story.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Older adults are now 47 times richer than those under 35

In Los Angeles: A man dressed as John Lennon at the "Move Your Money" protest on Saturday. He and others protested bank fees and pushed for "good jobs."
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 6:10 am

There's been a huge increase in the wealth gap between older Americans and those just entering adulthood, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center.

According to Pew's study:

In 2009, "households headed by adults ages 65 and older ... had 47 times as much net wealth as the typical household headed by someone" under 35 years of age. Pew says that "back in 1984, this had been a less lopsided 10-to-1 ratio."

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5:41 am
Mon November 7, 2011

EPA's 'high priority violators' scattered across the Northwest

Saint-Gobain's Duwamish-area plant, operating under its Verallia label, has racked up more than $962,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act in the last five years. By Robert McCLure, InvestigateWest.

The list of facilities that have ended up on the wrong side of Clean Air Act enforcement efforts in the Pacific Northwest is a long one. Dozens of firms are classified as "high priority violators," often because the potential for affecting public health is high. Following are snapshots of a few of the Northwest facilities regulated under the Clean Air Act. A full listing of enforcement actions is available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Compliance History Online database.

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5:34 am
Mon November 7, 2011

'World Leader' On Environment Most Fined Air Polluter In Northwest

Verallia glass and bottle plant in Seattle is the most-fined toxic air pollution emitter in the Northwest, government records show. By Robert McClure, InvestigateWest.

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 5:33 am

SEATTLE - Saint-Gobain Containers bills itself as a "world leader" in protecting the environment. Its hulking south Seattle plant recycles used glass into new bottles – part of a noble effort to conserve resources, the company says.

"We are committed to a sustainable future for not only our business – but the planet," the company says.

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8:18 am
Sun November 6, 2011

At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars

Sarah Larsen (as Charlotte) and Andrew Stenson (as Werther) in Jules Massenet's "Werther." The Seattle Opera Young Artists production is currently playing throughout the Northwest.
Photo by Alan Abastro

It used to be that aspiring opera singers would live with their voice teachers and practice every day. That was in the 1800s.

Nowadays, the typical track is college followed by graduate school and then professional training at a major opera company.  That’s where Seattle Opera and its Young Artists Program come in.

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11:48 am
Sat November 5, 2011

For Gary Locke, envoy to China, the personal and political mix

Locke makes offerings at the family grave in Jilong, his ancestral village in southern China's Guangdong province. Such a gesture will also serve to quiet Internet critics who accuse him of forgetting his ancestors.
Louisa Lim NPR

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 12:00 pm

The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, went home Friday. He didn't return to Seattle, his old stomping ground, but to his ancestral village in southern China. It was his third trip back, though his first since being appointed ambassador.

At first, Chinese Internet users had criticized him as a "fake foreign devil who can't speak Chinese." But now the tide has turned.

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