employment dispute
11:02 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Muslim man fired for wearing a beard sues former employer

A Seattle-area Muslim is suing his former employer because he says he was fired from his job as a security guard for refusing to shave his beard, which he wears for religious reasons.

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International trade
9:56 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Northwest highways await Mexican trucks

While Northwest farmers will benefit from the lifting of a tariff, the agreement between the United States and Mexico allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads has some worried.
cobalt123 Flikr

The next time you head down the interstate, that truck in the lane next to you could be from Mexico. That's because of a recent cross-border trucking accord between the United States and Mexico.

Opponents say putting Mexican trucks on U.S. roads is risky. But there's little evidence to show that Mexican trucks are actually a hazard on the highway.

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Food and Diet
8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor

New research shows processed foods that are less healthy are cheaper for people to buy. Thus, 'People who ate more costly foods, and had a more costly diet, had more healthy diets.'
Associated Press

Eating a nutritious diet appears to mean spending a bit more on your groceries. That means poor people face an extra challenge trying to eat well, according to a new study of about 1,100 King County residents.

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Record Bin Roulette
6:00 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Can't do much about the weather but quote others about it

Lego Zeus
Dunechaser Flickr

This we talk about the weather, but as usual, don't do anything about it ... except offer some favorite sayings for your amusement, starting with the classic, definitive bad opening line of all time:

It was a dark and stormy night.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Law
5:08 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Expert casts doubt on latest suspected D.B. Cooper

An expert on the infamous airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper is dubious about the latest suspect to emerge in the 40-year-old case. An Oklahoma woman went public this week with the claim her late uncle was the mysterious hijacker.

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Larry Johnson has been a journalist for more than 30 years and worked 11 of those years with Tom Paulson as the national/foreign editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. Johnson’s award-winning writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has traveled in more than 35 countries, covering Iraq for the PI in 1999, 2002 and 2003. A collection of his work, “Looking for Trouble, Dispatches from the Middle East, Asia and Central and South America,” was published in 2008.

Business
2:35 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Farmer: Without illegal immigrants, strawberry farms fail

Per Ola Wiberg Flikr

A crackdown on illegal immigrants would put local strawberry farmers out of business.

That’s what one leading farmer in Skagit County told the Bellingham Herald

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D.B. Cooper
2:05 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

ABC News: New D.B. Cooper clues come from 'niece'

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 6:08 am

ABC News has a report out this morning that claims to name the source of the new information in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking. ABC says unnamed and unspecified sources have confirmed that a woman named Marla Cooper provided the FBI with a guitar strap for fingerprint testing.

NPR is trying to independently confirm ABC's claim. The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Humanosphere
1:50 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Gates Foundation still struggling with 'transparency'

While the Gates Foundation is probably more transparent than many, if not most, private foundations, it is still struggling with a public relations problem identified a year ago:  Many felt then that the Seattle philanthropy was difficult to work with and fairly uncommunicative.

In its new annual report released today, Gates CEO Jeff Raikes said, "Many grantees said we are inconsistent and unclear about our decision-making process and our programmatic strategies. They also said we should be more welcoming of their feedback."

Food for Thought
11:30 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Follow-up: Stein sautees the sturgeon

I cut a hunk of sturgeon into 1-inch thick slices, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then pan-fried them in just enough olive oil and butter to keep them from sticking.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was tempted by a recipe I found on the web for Poor Man's Lobster which called for boiling sturgeon in lime soda.  Intrigued but dubious, I chose a less bizarre preparation. 

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