Animal cruelty
3:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

39 sick horses seized from Pierce County property

"Animal control and Vets work on a horse - From a flea bag hotel to the Hilton," said Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
Ed Troyer Pierce Co. Sheriff's Department

GRAHAM, Wash. – Dozens of horses were seized Wednesday from a Pierce County property where authorities said they were living in squalid conditions.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department took 39 sick or starving horses from the property in Graham. Among the horses recovered were a dozen Arabians and some stallions.

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11:19 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Boeing responds to fear that some retirees could lose medical coverage

Boeing’s proposal to SPEEA has language that suggests the company could drop coverage for people who have already retired.
The Associated Press

Some Boeing retirees fear they could be in danger of losing their medical coverage under a new contract the company has proposed to its engineers' union, SPEEA.

Update 9-26 – Boeing sent out the following response this morning by email: "Boeing has no plans to eliminate retiree medical benefits for current retirees. If we’d had the opportunity to discuss our proposal with the union, we could have clarified that we did not intend to change the status quo with respect to retiree medical benefits. Regrettably, SPEEA has chosen to sensationalize the issue and cause unnecessary concern."

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Education and history
10:08 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes

Donor Steven Martin and UI curator Priscilla Wegars hold antique opium pipes. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:23 pm

MOSCOW, Idaho - The "world's most comprehensive collection" of opium smoking paraphernalia has a new home; it's at the University of Idaho. A writer and collector, originally from San Diego, donated the exquisite antiques.

It's taking weeks to carefully unpack and catalogue all the opium smoking implements and accessories. Collector Steven Martin estimates he donated at least 1,000 pieces... ceramic opium pipe bowls, ornamented heating lamps, traveling kits, scrapers, old photographs and mug shots.

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NPR diversions
7:24 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Would you skydive from 22 miles Up? Felix Baumgartner would/will

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15 from his special capsule above New Mexico.
Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos AP

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:52 am

On Oct. 8, Felix Baumgartner is going to strap himself into a specially pressurized capsule, ascend 120,000 feet into the air above New Mexico using a helium balloon, open the door - and jump out.

Don't worry, he's been practicing.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Asian Tofu cookbook a Nguyen/Nguyen deal

Dried tofu sheets for tofu chicharrones.

This week's Food for Thought is part two of our chat with Andrea Nguyen, author of the terrific new cookbook Asian Tofu, hence the dreadful pun above. Nancy and I usually get a fair number of comments to our Food for Thoughts post. But last week's Part One brought this response.  So it's time to walk on the wild side.

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NPR food
12:41 am
Wed September 26, 2012

How food and clothing size labels affect what we eat and what we wear

There's no industry standard size for food and drink portions, so it's hard to compare a Big Gulp with a McDonald's medium soda.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:35 pm

When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you're ordering a small, regular or large sandwich.

That makes sense.With widening waistlines across the land, many of us want to make a health-conscious choice. But are we really getting a small portion when we order a small sandwich?

Well, that depends.

University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna has studied how labels impact how much we eat. In one experiment, she gave people cookies that were labeled either medium or large, and then measured how much they ate.

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wolf reintroduction
7:16 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

State kills 2 wolves in northeast Washington

Officials say two wolves have been killed by a state hunter flying in a helicopter in northeast Washington.

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Summer storm
7:13 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama orders federal money for July storm in NE Washington

President Barack Obama has ordered federal aid to help state and local efforts recover from a severe storm in July that pounded parts of northeast Washington state.

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Washington Tax Codes
6:28 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Court weighs constitutionality of Wash. tax rule 

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court is considering whether to strike down a rule that makes it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.

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Washington Wildfires
5:25 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Firefighters gain upper hand on Northwest fires

Successful burnout operations reduced the ground fuels, but maintained larger trees in near Sisters, Ore.. Photo by Tom Iraci via InciWeb

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 4:19 pm

Firefighters are making progress on several massive blazes around the Northwest. In Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters is around 70 percent contained. Crews in central Washington are getting the upper hand on the 53,000-acre Wenatchee Complex, where another blaze flared up yesterday. And in Idaho fire bosses report minimal activity at the Mustang Complex along the Idaho-Montana border.

Wenatchee graphic designer Dennis Weddle made t-shirts commemorating the 2012 fires for some local firefighters. To his surprise, members of the public also wanted them.

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4:31 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Seattle tweets about MNF Seahawks vs. Packers

Green Bay Packers fan Mike LePak holds a sign in front of Lambeau Field on Lombardi Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis., in protest of a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Monday night in Seattle.
The Associated Press

The twitterverse exploded last night with different reactions to the controversial call on Monday Night Football. The final play of the game, the controversial touchdown by Golden Tate,  gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Packers.  

Here is a mixed collection of tweets from people around the Seattle area regarding last night's win.

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4:17 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Wild Olympics bill stalls in Congress

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Wild Olympics bill remains stalled in Congress, and with lawmakers out through the election, some opponents are celebrating.

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2012 elections
4:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama talked of the world's need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:35 pm

One presidential candidate talked about slavery, the other of freedom.

And the speeches President Obama and Mitt Romney gave at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday were as different as the men themselves.

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Bring Back The Real NFL Refs! Debacle At End Of Game Adds To Outrage

Confusion: One official (to the left) signals touchdown for Seattle. The other signals that a touchback — possession — for Green Bay.
Stephen Brashear AP

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Football fans are furious. Bettors are out an estimated $150 million. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin — the Republican who's famous for battling with organized labor — is on the side of the referees union. And the NFL is in something of a "prevent defense," saying that nothing can be done to change the outcome.

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Washington Wildfires
11:26 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Surrounded by wildfires, Northwest schools try to keep smoke out

Smoke is so heavy in central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside.Photo by Jeff Penman via InciWeb

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:30 am

Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.

The town of Cashmere is at the geographic center of Washington –- and about 8 miles from one of the state’s largest wildfires. Cashmere schools closed last week due to hazardous air, both inside and outside classrooms.

Now, school is back in session. With a few modifications.

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