Law

Immigration
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Weird questions you have to answer to become a U.S. citizen

Photograph of Federal Judge Michael Igoe administering Oath of Allegiance, 10/13/1939
National Archives

Have you ever been a “habitual drunkard?” What about a Communist? And exactly where were you between the dates of March 23, 1933 and May 8, 1945?

If you want to become a citizen of the United States, get ready to answer these questions---and about a hundred more---on the U.S. citizenship application form, the N-400.

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Washington ferries
9:03 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Smoke evacuates Seattle water taxi

Smoke from the engine room forced the Seattle water taxi to return to its dock at West Seattle.

Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says it had a large response before 8 a.m. Friday because of the reported boat fire.

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Legalizing marijuana
3:05 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

2 naturopaths charged for clearing pot use in Washington

State regulators have filed complaints against two naturopathic physicians accused of rubber-stamping medical marijuana authorizations at last year's Hempfest event in Seattle.

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News
7:19 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Judge overturns governor's reprieve of death row inmate Haugen

Gary Haugen. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:47 pm

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon judge says death row inmate Gary Haugen has the right to reject a reprieve from Governor John Kitzhaber. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Alexander's ruling Friday paves the way for a possible new execution date for the two-time murderer.

Gary Haugen dropped his appeals and said in court he wants to die. But last fall, just days before the scheduled execution, Governor John Kitzhaber issued a moratorium on executions.

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Primary election
6:13 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

King county voters will decide whether to replace juvenile detention facility

If voters approve King Co. Prop. 1, the Youth Services Center, at 12th and E. Alder, would be replaced.
Paula Wissel KPLU

King County Proposition 1 would replace what’s called the Youth Services Center at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street with a brand new facility.  The current buildings sit on 9 acres of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood near Seattle University. The proposal includes selling off 3 corners of the property to developers.

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Primary election
1:22 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Could Hispanic name be a factor in outcome of state Supreme Court race?

As candidates go, Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez seems to have everything going for him. But his supporters worry his name may hurt him.

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parking
5:04 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Seattle to watchdog tow-trucks, cap fees, hire tow-truck tsar

A single tow-truck charge of nearly $800 made headlines last winter. Now, Seattle leaders are proposing rules that would keep most impound charges under $200.

The city also will create a new inspector's position, to serve as tsar of tow-trucks.

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2012 olympics
9:28 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Name That (Former) Olympic Sport

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:21 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a former Olympic sport. Given an anagram, you name the sport. For example, "flog" becomes "golf."

Last week's challenge: Name a sport in two words — nine letters in the first word, six letters in the last — in which all six vowels (A, E, I, O, U and Y) are used once each. What is it?

Answer: Greyhound racing

Winner: Jim Citron of Hanover, N.H.

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medical marijuana
6:53 am
Fri July 27, 2012

L.A. Council Bans Pot Shops After Regulation Struggle

Pedestrians walk past a medical marijuana dispensary in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday. The City Council voted that day to ban marijuana shops outright.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 8:44 am

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to shut down all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. That's no easy task. There are more than 800 of them — more than the number of Starbucks coffee shops in Los Angeles. But after years of struggling to regulate pot shops, city officials have decided to prohibit them altogether.

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Health Care Reform
6:59 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Justice Scalia Disputes Accuracy Of 'Leak'

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke with NPR on Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 4:02 pm

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, influential conservative and pugilistic dissenter, is challenging everything from a recent leak about Supreme Court deliberations, to conventional wisdom about the court and its history.

In a new book co-authored with Bryan Garner, Scalia spells out his judicial philosophy, and on Tuesday, the always voluble, charming and combative justice sat for a wide-ranging interview — about the book, his relationships on the court, and the recent leak alleging anger among the justices over the recent health care decision.

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Death penalty
5:44 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Death Row Inmate Asks Judge to Overturn Governor's Reprieve

Gary Haugen. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 4:08 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Late last year Governor John Kitzhaber issued a moratorium that put on hold the execution of twice convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Now the death row inmate is asking a judge to overrule that reprieve. Haugen appeared in a Marion County courtroom Tuesday.

Kitzhaber said the purpose of his moratorium is to give Oregon time to debate the future of capital punishment. Attorneys for the state argued in court the reprieve is an unconditional benefit granted by the governor, that can’t be refused by an inmate.

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Police misconduct
4:29 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Audit says oversight of King County sheriff's deputies is lax

King County council members expressed frustration at the lack of progress in making the Sheriff’s office more accountable.
Kyle Fox KPLU

The King County Sheriff’s Department does a poor job of investigating police misconduct complaints. That’s the conclusion of an outside audit of the department. This comes five years after the county pledged to implement improvements in the troubled law enforcement agency.

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colorado shooting
8:15 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Gun sales are up sharply in Colorado since theater shootings

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 10:04 am

Sales of guns have risen strongly in Colorado since the early Friday shootings at a movie theater near Denver that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.

The Denver Post reports that:

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Colorado shooting
7:29 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

After Aurora: Politicians shy away from new gun control efforts

Mourners create a memorial at the fountain of the Aurora Municipal Center after a prayer vigil Sunday for the 12 victims of Friday's mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 8:45 pm

In the days since the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., there's been little discussion of the laws that allowed the gunman to acquire his arsenal.

Authorities say suspect James Holmes, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more, was armed with a modified assault rifle, two pistols, a shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told CNN this weekend that the guns are not the problem.

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colorado shooting
5:19 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Chilling tales of chaos as Colorado reels

Mourners also held a candelight vigil in Devner, Colo., Friday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 6:48 pm

In Colorado, authorities are investigating why a gunman opened fire in a movie theater on Friday. Suspect James Holmes is in custody, and police say they have talked with the 24-year-old, but won't say yet what they've learned.

Meanwhile, vigils are planned this weekend to remember the 12 people who died and to support the dozens injured. In all, there were 70 casualties — police say nearly all of them suffered gunshot wounds.

'It Was Like A Dream'

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