Shots - Health Blog
11:50 am
Thu January 5, 2012

A changing picture for cancer deaths in the U.S.

A cluster of malignant breast cancer cells that metastasized to the liver.
National Cancer Institute

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 10:54 am

This year, there will be 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the U.S. And, the American Cancer Society estimates, more than 577,000 people will die from the disease.

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Mount Rainier killing
11:49 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Flags lower Tuesday for Mount Rainier ranger

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings fly at half-staff Tuesday in memory of the ranger shot to death on New Year's Day at Mount Rainier National Park.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:18 am
Thu January 5, 2012

NPR explorations: Do robots have ethics?

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 7:06 am

Most scientists think a lot about ethics. We adhere to, and constantly work to improve, guidelines for codes of good conduct in our dealings with people and other animals.

And now, according to a new book edited by philosophers Patrick Lin and Keith Abney, and computer scientist George A. Bekey, more of us had better think about the ethics of dealing with robots, too. Robots play increasingly significant roles in medicine, recreation, and the military, among other realms.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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

Time is on our turntable

Time is Nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once. And the sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up. It’s deep thoughts like this that keep us up at night and make us sleepy during the day.

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City Government
4:00 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle updates street tree rules

Under a proposed ordinance, homeowners in Seattle will have to follow new guidelines when planting trees in parking strips.
Photo by wanderflechten

The city of Seattle is revamping its rules regarding street trees. The rules clarify what homeowners can and cannot do to trees planted in parking strips and other city right-of-ways.

The ordinance under consideration is the first update of the city’s street tree rules since 1961.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Gay marriage suddenly back to being a major issue in Wash.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:44 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage is poised to become a major issue of debate in Washington in 2012. Governor Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she will personally introduce same-sex marriage legislation this year. Conservative activists responded by vowing to form a coalition to defend marriage as between one man and one woman.

Outside the Governor's office, gay couples and their supporters gathered in giddy anticipation. An informal lottery was held to decide who could watch the speech in person.

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Humanosphere
5:00 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

BBC looks at 'secretive' and powerful Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates speak at Malaria Forum, with moderator ABC News' Richard Besser
Tom Paulson KPLU

The BBC report is a nice overview of how the Seattle philanthropy, in the last decade-and-a-half, has emerged to dominate the humanitarian arena. But it doesn’t really break much new ground and follows on a number of similar, or harder-hitting reports, such as this much-cited series done last fall by Alliance magazine called Living with the Gates Foundation.

“What we think is global health, how we define this mission, is increasingly decided by a relatively small number of Americans living in Seattle, Washington,” Laurie Garrett, with the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Google slaps its own wrist over Chrome pay-for-blogging flap

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 2:49 pm

Google is "downgrading the search result ranking of the company's own Web browser, Google Chrome, for 60 days," as PC World reports, because some bloggers ending up being paid to mention Chrome during a recent ad campaign.

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Business
9:16 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Delta, Lufthansa to hike prices to cover emissions

NEW YORK — Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

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