National Labor Rights Week
2:34 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Mexican Consulate hosting free labor rights workshops

The Mexican government will be helping workers in and around Seattle know their rights and learn ways to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers.
Chris de Rham Flickr

Latino workers struggling with issues of fair wages, harassment and safety in the workplace are getting help this week from an unlikely source. The Mexican government is sponsoring workshops in Seattle and other cities to help those workers understand their rights.

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Humanosphere
2:30 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Gates Foundation identifies plant vaccination as new initiative

Do you have a solution for making plants more resistant to disease? The Gates Foundation wants to hear from you.
Eric Hershman Flickr

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has done a lot to boost the science and delivery of vaccines for human health and to assist in the fight against disease.

Now, the Seattle philanthropy would like to start vaccinating crop plants to help poor farmers and hopes solutions will emerge through its next round of Grand Challenges Explorations.

Elections 2012
1:15 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Gay marriage supporters court Latino community

SALEM, Ore. - Gay marriage supporters in Oregon are trying to win over support from the Latino community. They’re targeting Spanish speakers in a new radio ad campaign.

The ads mark the first concentrated effort to build support for gay marriage among the Hispanic community in Oregon.

Jeana Frazzini is executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. She says the effort comes as the organization considers whether to take a same-sex marriage initiative to the ballot next year.

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Fraser River salmon
1:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Sockeye salmon in Canada to be tested for radiation from Japan

Sockeye preparing to spawn.
Chris Pike Flickr

Sockeye salmon returning to Canada this year will be tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for radiation contamination that might be picked up in the North Pacific from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster.

However, Washington state officials have no plans to test salmon specifically for radiation related to the Japanese disaster because earlier environmental testing showed so few signs of radiation that current levels in fish, if any, would be "undetectable," a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.

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Other News
12:33 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Notorious Hoquiam bin Loggin T-shirts sell out

View of the T-shirt design from the Hoquiam Logger's Playday's Facebook page.

HOQUIAM, Wash. — The owner of the company that's printing the "Osama Bin Loggin" T-shirt for the Loggers Playday festival in Hoquiam says people either love it or hate it.

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Budget crisis
12:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Floyd tells WSU 'We're not out of this fiscal crisis yet'

Washington State University President Elson Floyd says the university will get out of the current fiscal crisis, but it is not there yet.

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Wild animal care
11:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Update with photos: 9 orphaned owls returned to wild

The released barn owls photographed at the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.
Melissa Randazzo Courtesy of the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center

SEQUIM, Wash. — Nine orphaned barn owl owlets that were raised with the help of a couple of surrogate mother barn owls have flown the nest at the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.

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Blues
10:34 am
Tue August 30, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, an original Delta bluesman, has died

Legendary blues artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards is shown during a performance at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York in 2005. Edwards died Monday.
Associated Press

Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the few living links to the mythic bluesman Robert Johnson, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, reports The New York Times. Edwards was 96.

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bees and explosions
9:49 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. man lights gas-soaked beehive, causes explosion

LYNDEN, Wash. — The Lynden, Wash., fire chief says a local man dumped gasoline on a beehive in a tree in retaliation for a bee sting, then ignited the hive, causing an explosion heard throughout his suburban neighborhood.

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Other News
9:28 am
Tue August 30, 2011

UI asks court opinion on release of Bustamante records

The University of Idaho is asking the state district court if the personal records of murder suspect Ernesto Bustmante, a former UI faculty member, can be released.

Bustamante was the suspect in the murder last week of UI graduate student Katy Benoit. His body was found in a local hotel room the day after the murder, and police believe he committed suicide.

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