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9:31 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Health summit starts Wednesday; private meetings begin today

This week, several “invitation-only” meetings will be held in Seattle featuring hundreds of leading experts in global health from around the world.

They all revolve around the Pacific Health Summit, which starts Wednesday. For an audio summary and Q & A about the summit, listen to the above podcast.

One of those confabs orbiting the summit is the Global Health Research Congress, which starts today.

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Protest
2:40 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Protesting sexual assault: Seattle SlutWalk rally on Sunday

Two SlutWalk protesters carry their homemade signs in a march in Riverside, California.
SlutWalk.com

Earlier this year, a Toronto police officer suggested women could avoid sexual assault by "not dressing like sluts." That comment incited an international movement called SlutWalk, where activists dress in skimpy outfits to protest the treatment of sexual assault victims. This Sunday, June 19, Seattle will hold its own SlutWalk.

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Other News
11:42 am
Fri June 17, 2011

E. coli sickens four after visits to Everett farm

An animal farm run by Everett's parks department is thought to be the source of E. coli infections that have sickened four people.
Alex Flickr

Two children are among four people sickened by E. coli infections after recent visits to the city of Everett animal farm.

Dr. Gary Goldbaum of the Snohomish Health District says one child was hospitalized for several days but has since been discharged. All four people reported vomiting and diarrhea.

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Body Art
11:07 am
Fri June 17, 2011

New microdermal piercing technique facing scrutiny

Deanna Wardin Flickr

Installing a piece of jewelry with microdermal anchors just under the skin involves some pain and a little blood and an increasing level of scrutiny from state officials.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:41 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A power company lineman removes a young deer carcass that was dropped onto a power line possibly by an eagle in East Missoula, Mont. The incident caused a power outage.
Associated Press
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Parenting
5:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Navigating tweendom: A dad's tale

Writer Tim Haywood navigating fatherhood with a smile.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Being a father of tweens and teens isn't easy. Just ask writer Tim Haywood. With Father's Day coming up, Tim reflects on his efforts to take the high road, even when it gets bumpy.

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Budget Cuts
4:25 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Options for Seattle community centers include closures

Dancers face off in a competition at Southwest Community Center. Seattle officials say the centers aren't sustainable and some could close.
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Some neighborhoods could lose their central gathering spots for kids and seniors. The city is considering closing several community centers or reducing hours to cut costs. 

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Other News
9:33 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Women say GPS dumped them into Mercer Slough

Driver says her GPS landed her in the Mercer Slough.
Victor Szalvay Flicker

Three women in a rental car blame GPS directions for landing them in the water early Wednesday in Bellevue. KIRO-TV reports the women say GPS told them to make a U-turn. They ended up going down a boat ramp into Mercer Slough.

The women are visiting Bellevue from out of town. Firefighters gave them a ride back to their hotel.

NEWS ROUNDUP
7:33 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Point Defiance Zoo says the birth of these cubs brings the total number of clouded leopard cubs born this year in the United States to eight.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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Other News
12:46 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Update: Ron Sims leaving HUD, won't run for Wash. governor

Ron Sims
Joe Szilagyi Flickr

Former King County Executive Ron Sims has told his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that he is leaving his D.C. post to return to Seattle. That move, announced one day after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will not seek a third term, had some wondering if Sims is eyeing the governor’s mansion.

However, Sims told the Seattle Times that he will not run for the office and in fact hopes to volunteer to help Rep. Jay Inslee should he announce a bid for the governorship.

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Other News
10:40 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Ron Sims' announcement he is leaving HUD

Dear HUD Colleagues,

Today is one of the more difficult days of my time with you.  I want to let you know that at the end of July I am retiring from public service and heading back home to my family in Seattle.

As rewarding as my two years at HUD have been professionally, they have been equally challenging to my family. Living more than 2,000 miles from those I love most is a burden I no longer wish to endure. While there is joy and relief in my decision to go home, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to all of you.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:48 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The Vancouver Canucks took a beating in Boston last night and will have to play Game 7.
Associated Press
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Other News
1:20 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Killer pack of dogs decimated

DEER PARK, Wash. — A pack of dogs blamed for killing about 100 pets and farm animals in northeastern Washington state has been eliminated.

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said three of the dogs in the pack have been killed.

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Humanosphere
12:45 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Press release: Donors push historic milestone in global health

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization – Major public and private donors achieved a milestone in global health today by committing funding to immunize more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children against life-threatening diseases by 2015 and prevent more than four million premature deaths.

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Humanosphere
12:01 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Gates' vaccine efforts criticized for favoring drug industry

Bill Gates at World Health Assembly.
United Nations

Vaccines are “miracles,” Bill Gates likes to say, because of their power to prevent death and disease so simply and at such a low cost.

Today, governments and international donors (the Gates Foundation chief among them) agreed to boost funding for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization initiative by $4.3 billion.

In this time of economic recession, GAVI’s success at fund-raising is extraordinary. However, the question must be asked: Does GAVI strike the hardest bargain with drug companies, getting the needed vaccines at the lowest cost?

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