Global Health
10:36 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Three Cups' author Mortenson mismanaged group

HELENA, Mont. — An investigative report has concluded that "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson mismanaged the charity he co-founded to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Montana Attorney General's office report released Thursday found Mortenson spent Central Asia Institute money on personal items, family vacations and charter flights.

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Powell tragedy
8:59 am
Thu April 5, 2012

New information surfaces in Susan Powell case

New information has been found in the investigation of Susan Powell, the mom who disappeared from her home in Utah two years ago.

Her father-in-law called in sick to work right after her disappearance.

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Odd news
8:22 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Dog eats tickets to Masters tournament; tickets recovered

Arnold Palmer will be there, too.
The Associated Press

Russ Berkman's dream came true when he won a lottery for four passes to Wednesday's practice round at the Masters golf tournament. But the Seattle-area resident's stomach turned when he found his dog, Sierra, had eaten them.

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Public policy
8:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle law to protect breastfeeding moves on to final vote

Does public breastfeeding bother you?
The Associated Press

About a dozen women testified in favor yesterday of the Seattle City Council proposed rule to add protection for breastfeeding mothers.

A committee considering the new law voted 3-0 to pass it onto the full council, which will vote on the bill on Monday. The committee is expecting unanimous support of the bill.

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7:18 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle schools to make up 3 snow days

SEATTLE — The Seattle School Board has told the district that classroom instruction is important — and it needs to make up all three days lost to a snowstorm in January.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Hot hits from the Bible

Pop stars and Nuns. They don’t usually go together, with some notable exceptions.

But in 1973, Sister Janet Mead, a Roman Catholic nun from Australia had an international smash hit on her hands with her single “The Lord’s Prayer."

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3:46 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Grisly photo adds fuel to wolf hunt debate

The anti-trapping group Footloose Montana reposted this photo of Idaho trapper Josh Bransford. The image has since spread to other environmental websites, inciting a furor. Credit: Footloose Montana Facebook page via

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 3:20 pm

A photo of a trapped wolf in Idaho has splashed new fuel on the flames of the debate over wolves. Environmental groups say the image demonstrates what they see as the cruelty of wolf trapping in Idaho. But state and federal authorities say there was nothing illegal about the picture.

An anti-trapping group in Montana found the photo on a forum called In the background, you can see a wolf with one of its hind feet caught in a trap. The snow around the wolf has turned pink from blood. In the foreground a trapper smiles at the camera.

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3:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

DHHS' Nils Daulaire brings his fight to Seattle – Global is local!

“Our only chance to keep Americans safe is if the systems for preventing, detecting and containing disease … also stretch across the globe,” Nils Daulaire.
Lisa Stiffler Humanosphere

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Many Americans just don’t get it – Global health is a domestic issue.

That was the main message last night at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall from Dr. Nils Daulaire, director of the Office of Global Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At the “Diseases without Borders” forum Daulaire said that the question he’s most frequently asked is this: “Why does (Health and Human Services), a domestic institution, even have an Office of Global Affairs?”

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School shooting
1:08 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Boy in Bremerton school shooting: 'I'm sorry'

A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot and seriously wounded a classmate in a Bremerton elementary school has written a letter apologizing to the little girl.

The letter written on ruled schoolbook paper says: "I'm sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school.... I wish everyone was okay."

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Washington State Legislature
11:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

GOP staffer wants $1.75 million because of Sen. Pam Roach

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, was banned from the Republican caucus two years ago after an investigation determined that she had mistreated staff.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Senate Republican senior attorney is seeking to settle with the state for $1.75 million, arguing Senate Republicans have created a hostile work environment by allowing Sen. Pam Roach back into the caucus in exchange for a vital vote on their budget plan last month.

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winter Weather
11:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Washington snowpack 137 percent of average

Plenty of snow in the mountains means it should be a good year for the water supply in Washington.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the mountain snowpack as of April 1 — when it typically peaks — is 137 percent of average.

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10:50 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Confirmation: Pressing the chest saves lives

American Red Cross "hands-only" CPR training, using an inflatable mannequin.
The Associated Press

Focus on your hands. 

That underlying message is getting reinforcement from new research on how to save someone who has a sudden heart attack. Victims who get CPR that emphasizes chest compressions have a survival rate that's nearly double those who get older types of CPR, according to a study from King County.

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10:20 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Climate change could cost Wash. $10 billion a year; state crafting response

A visualization of Washington's future water supply, based on assumptions about population growth and climate change.
courtesy Wa Dept of Ecology

Climate change is happening, and not preparing for it could cost the state $10 billion a year by 2020.

That’s according to the Department of Ecology, which has just released a response strategy to changing climate conditions.

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9:58 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Ferris wheel to spin on Seattle waterfront

Construction began Tuesday on a Ferris wheel that will sit on the end of a pier on the Seattle waterfront.

It will stand 175 high and have 42 gondolas, which will have heating and air conditioning. The wheel will extend 40 feet from the end of Pier 57, so riders on that side will be suspended over Elliott Bay.

Developer Hal Griffith told KING-TV the Ferris wheel should be spinning this June.

What's in a name?
9:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Lake Smokiam? Name change proposal stirs Soap Lake residents

Should the name of this place be Lake Smokiam?
Erik Shin Flickr

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — A proposal to change the name of Soap Lake to Lake Smokiam is drawing opposition from many residents of the city of Soap Lake.

Comments to the state Committee on Geographic Names say it would take away their identity and cause confusion.

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