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Washington courts
3:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Judges: Diversity needed in Washington court system

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:48 pm

The need for a diverse judiciary was the focus of a panel discussion at Washington State University in Pullman Saturday. On hand were judges and justices from around the state, including Judge Cameron Mitchell of the Benton-Franklin Superior Court, who said minority groups don’t always feel like they’re part of the judicial system.

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NPR Diversions
7:33 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Hairy, scary, biting spiders - and they travel in packs

A spider suspected to be a new species of tarantula is displayed
AP

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:37 am

Here's a nightmare come true: a group of Indian villagers were gathered for a festival last month when they were attacked by a swarm of large, biting spiders. They're hairy, have fangs, and apparently latch on when they sink their teeth into their prey.

Calling Peter Parker.

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NPR tech news
10:02 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

'Today,' 'Tomorrow,' and Nine Other Words You Can't Search For In China

A Chinese protester, calling for an end to the violence against pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square, blocks a line of tanks on June 5, 1989.
Jeff Widner AP

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:20 pm

A weird coincidence has led the Chinese government to block certain Internet searches for "Shanghai Composite Index," the country's big stock exchange.

Twenty-three years ago today — June 4, 1989 — the Chinese government began its violent crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. The Shanghai Stock Exchange fell by 64.89 points on Monday — a number that evokes 6/4/89, the date of the crackdown.

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News
5:01 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Fines for fatal mining accident less than predicted

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 4:38 pm

The federal government is fining a north Idaho mining company $360,000 for unsafe practices that killed a miner last year. That’s about a third of the penalties that were expected.

Last year federal inspectors said the Hecla Mining Company engaged in “aggravated conduct” when it allowed miners to extract silver ore from a mass of unstable rock. It happened about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho.

The practices led to a tunnel collapse that killed 53-year-old Larry Marek, according to a investigation.

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NW farming
3:38 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Dreary June forecast has Northwest cherry farmers a bit worried

Cool weather and rain could delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 4:48 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest cherry harvest is set to begin next week, but farmers are a bit glum. That’s because the National Weather Service says this month’s temperatures will be near or below average across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Cool weather and rain can delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. That means that markets have less time to sell the perishable fruit. Plus, farmers may have a harder time recruiting enough labor in a shortened season.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Oregon Ethics Panel Okays Nike Discounts For Public Officials

Entrance of the Nike Employee Store at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.. Photo by Wonderlane/ Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 4:27 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Elected officials in Oregon are not violating ethics rules if they shop for discounted shoes and apparel at a store meant for Nike employees. That’s the ruling Friday from Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

Nike runs a store just for employees at its Beaverton headquarters. The shop features popular Nike products at wholesale prices. Last month a lobbyist for Nike wrote the Ethics Commission to ask whether government officials would run afoul of state ethics laws if they accepted passes to visit the store.

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Diversions
1:40 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Eugene track meet offers preview of Olympic competition

Nick Symmonds (with chin up on left) chalked up the fastest 800 meters by an American so far this season. By Tom Banse.

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 7:11 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - Elite Northwest runners and throwers tested themselves against Olympic-caliber competition this weekend in Eugene. Some athletes found the experience sobering, while others drew encouragement with about two months to go before the Summer Olympics.

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Politics
1:38 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Oregon's Schools Chief To Step Down

Courtesy Oregon Department of Education.

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:15 pm

Oregon's elected state schools superintendent is stepping down. Superintendent of Pubic Instruction Susan Castillo announced Monday that she'll leave her office by the end of this month to take a job in the private sector.

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Crisis In The Housing Market
7:15 am
Mon June 4, 2012

A Waiting Game For Homeowners Trying To Sell Short

Cathy Yamauchi has been waiting since Thanksgiving to hear from her mortgage lender regarding a short sale of her home in Ramsey, Minn. She is planning to move to a townhome, but is mostly living out of boxes while waiting on the short sale.
Jennifer Simonson MPR

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 8:10 am

Banks are often accused of dragging their feet when a homeowner wants to sell for less than the balance on the mortgage. A lot of those "short sales" might be better dubbed "really long and drawn out" sales. New federal guidelines, though, could now push lenders to approve short sales faster.

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The Salt
6:18 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead

The lawn of Nashville yoga instructor James Alvarez is being taken over by buckwheat.
Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 7:14 pm

When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to housing hit the skids, including the lawn and garden industry. But one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening.

In fact, food gardening sales nationwide have spiked 20 percent since then, and they've stayed there. While many households started growing food to be more budget-conscious, some are deciding vegetables and fruits can be beautiful, too.

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NPR tech news
12:41 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

'Flame' Virus Fuels Political Heat Over Cyber Threats

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 10:51 am

New information about computer viruses shows how countries may be lining up to fight a cyberwar. The New York Times reported that former President George W. Bush and President Obama both authorized computer attacks against Iran, culminating in the Stuxnet virus, which targeted Iranian nuclear facilities.

Meanwhile, a United Nations agency raised alarms about another virus, dubbed "Flame," which may also have been designed for use against Iran.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Romney's Financial Disclosure Documents Detail Stock Sales

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 3:26 pm

Today at about 4 p.m., Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney filed his public financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission. The report outlines the former Massachusetts governor's assets and liabilities.

We'll embed a copy of the report at the bottom of this post and we'll add more details to this post as we work through them.

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Seattle shooting
7:42 am
Fri June 1, 2012

'Hero' Of Seattle Shootings: 'I Just Threw The Frigging Stool' At Gunman

Left to right: Karen Eides, Tim Torres and David Gordon embrace as they kneel in front of a makeshift memorial outside the cafe in Seattle where a gunman killed four people.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 4:57 am

Lawrence Adams doesn't want to be called a hero, but many in Seattle are saying that's just what he is.

As The Seattle Times reports this morning, police believe Adams saved the lives of at least three people on Wednesday when he picked up a stool at a cafe and threw it at a gunman who killed four people there. Adams' action distracted the gunman, identified as Ian Stawicki, and allowed Adams and some others to escape.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

'We Could See This Coming,' Brother Says Of Man ID'd In Seattle Killings

This frame grab from a security camera, released by the Seattle Police Department, shows a man identified by his brother as Ian Stawicki after Wednesday's shooting at Cafe Racer.
Seattle Police Department AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 7:30 am

The man who reportedly shot and killed five people Wednesday in Seattle, before taking his own life, changed about five years ago into a mentally ill individual who was "really angry toward everything," his brother tells The Seattle Times.

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The Two-Way
11:29 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Canadian Police Issue Warrant In Severed-Foot Case

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:32 pm

Note: As you may have guessed from the headline, there is disturbing content in this post.

It's that kind of news day: First Mark reported the latest in Florida's face-eating attack. And now there's a significant development in a crime story that has gripped Canada.

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