Civility in Politics
9:01 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change?

Richard Butler lead the Aryan Nations from a 20-acre compound in North Idaho and was considered a major leader in the U.S. Neo-Nazi movement until his death in 2004.
Southern Poverty Law Center

A national conference in Spokane focuses on something a lot of people fear is dying out: civility in American politics. Many see the January shooting in Tuscon as just one sign that the nation's civic discourse has been replaced with mudslinging, threats, and even violence.

Spokane itself was shaken by backpack bomb discovered along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.

But consider this: Incivility can sometimes play a positive role in democracy, at least according to some experts.

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Washington State Legislature
8:15 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Audit on K-12 health benefits runs afoul of unions

Majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature are working to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But they're not likely to implement a change the State Auditor says could save $180 million over the two-year budget cycle, as the idea runs afoul of the powerful teacher's union.

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Real Estate
7:22 am
Fri March 4, 2011

King County home prices down 7% compared to last year

A jogger and dog run past a house posted with a new price in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Foreclosures and uncertainty are clogging up the real estate market, and one local expert says prices won't go up again before next year.

The median price of a home in King County  is down nearly 7% compared to a year ago.  That's one of many tidbits in the mass of numbers released this month by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

Sales data for February show the median sales price in Washington's most populous county down 7 percent compared to last year. The median price of a home in King County has dropped to $320-thousand dollars. That's about $23,000 dollars less than in February of last year. 

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News Roundup
7:19 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Seattle's July 4th fireworks extravaganza, known as the Family 4th, produced by the nonprofit One Reel, will take place again this year, after enough funding was secured. Still, the agency is short of its budget.
Joshua Trujillo AP Photo/Seattlepi.com

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Pierce County Deputy Dies
  • Boeing Rival Expected to Concede Tanker Fight
  • Seattle's Big Fireworks Show Will Return

 

Shock at Pierce County Sheriff's Office

Pierce County's law enforcement officers are "in shock" today after the sudden death of sheriff's deputy. Shandon Wright died at home yesterday evening, a day after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury that happened on the job last year.

Fifty off-duty officers responded to his South Hill home upon hearing the news, according to the News Tribune's Stacia Glenn. The exact cause of Wright's death is being investigated.

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Law & Justice
2:16 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Pierce County deputy dies after being treated for on-duty injuries

A Pierce County sheriff's spokesman says a 29-year-old deputy has died less than 24 hours after undergoing
surgery for an injury he suffered in an on-duty assault last year.

Spokesman Ed Troyer called Shandon Wright's death Thursday night "a duty-related death" and said fellow officers were shocked.

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Humanosphere
4:16 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Gates Foundation has given BBC $20 million to “shape” stories on maternal, child health

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The Puget Sound Business Journal’s Clay Holtzman reports that the Gates Foundation made its largest ever donation to a media organization, the BBC, in December but didn’t publicize the $19.9 million grant.

As Clay reports, there has been a lot of media attention given lately to the Seattle philanthropy’s funding of media — most recently a comprehensive review of the potential conflicts-of-interest inherent in this practice by the Seattle Times. Clay notes:

When the Seattle Times published a lengthy profile of the Gates Foundation’s grants to professional journalists on Feb. 19, the foundation apparently never disclosed that it had already approved its largest award ever to a media organization.

I’ve written plenty about the Gates Foundation’s support for media, about the potential for good as well as the potential problems given that the philanthropy often IS the story when it comes to global health and development.

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Emergency Medicine
1:21 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

If your heart stops, be in Seattle (but help's coming for the rest)

American Red Cross "hands-only" CPR training, using an inflatable mannequin
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

If your heart suddenly stops beating, your chances of getting revived are better in King County than in the rest of Washington.

The Seattle area has one of the highest survival rates from cardiac arrest in the country. Now, a new campaign in Washington aims to boost survival from cardiac arrest by 50-percent in the rest of the state. 

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Religion
10:39 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Porn...at Eastlake Church?

Anti-porn pastor Craig Gross and porn star Ron Jeremy
xxxdebate.com

Eastlake Community Church in Bothell is tackling the spiritual implications of pornography this weekend, starting with Porn and Pastries Friday night, Porn in the Morn Saturday morning, and the big event, the XXX Debate between pastor Craig Gross and porn star Ron Jeremy Saturday night. Gross and Jeremy will also be attending the regular Sunday services.

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Environment
8:47 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Wolverines stage comeback in Northwest, but for how long?

Remote camera photo of a wolverine from Okanogan National Forest. Click on the photo to scroll through other pictures of the
USFS

One of the rarest mammals in North America is staging a comeback here in the Northwest. Wildlife biologists have tracked wolverines on mountainsides where they haven't been seen in many decades. But several new studies also suggest the recovery could be short lived if mountain snowlines retreat due to global warming.

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