Humanosphere
4:34 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Feds fret over publication of virus information, but should they?

As grim as it sounds, there are lots of horrifically deadly bugs out there — like Ebola — that never seem to get very far due to poor transmission and that's something to keep in mind in this debate.
Flikr

The U.S. government is opposing full publication by scientists of methods used to create a mutant form of bird influenza based on the fear it could be used by terrorists to launch a deadly pandemic.

There are a few reasons why, as reasonable as this may sound, many see the government’s position as unworkable and inappropriate.

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Law
3:46 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Northwest white supremacist sentenced to 32 years for MLK Day bomb

SPOKANE, Wash. – The white supremacist who planted a bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. It's the maximum sentence the federal judge was allowed to hand down under the terms of a plea deal between Kevin Harpham and federal prosecutors.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase

JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Occupy Seattle protesters, shown in front of a Seattle hotel on Nov. 2, did not meet face-to-face – but the protesters would have liked that.
Illustration by Justin Steyer

What happens when the captain of the financial industry is brought to Seattle to celebrate business leadership in the middle of a populist revolt aimed directly at the wealthy and financial companies?

Pepper spray. Arrests. Speeches. And a very nervous Seattle business school, caught in the crossfire, whose gala event of the year could be wrecked. What follows is a close look at the events and decisions leading up to the Nov. 2 clash in downtown Seattle gleaned from emails and documents obtained by KPLU. 

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Law
12:41 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Final suspect in ecosabotage attack at UW pleads guilty

TACOMA, Wash. – The final suspect in a 2001 Earth Liberation Front arson attack in Seattle plead guilty Tuesday. Justin Solondz, 32, reached a plea deal with the government. A federal judge in Tacoma has approved a deal that could give Solondz a 7-year prison term.

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Warships
12:11 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

3 aircraft carriers could be sharing Bremerton

Carrying some 5,000 sailors, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz docks for a port call in Hong Kong water in 2010.
Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. — Three aircraft carriers could end up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at the same time in the next couple of months.

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Law
12:02 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Lawsuit announced in Snohomish County falling-ice fatality

EVERETT, Wash. — A Tacoma law firm called a news conference Tuesday to announce a lawsuit in the death of Grace Tam, a Marysville girl killed by falling ice in July 2010 at the Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls.

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The Salt
9:47 am
Tue December 20, 2011

From NPR: With Hanukkah microbrews, a taste of Jewish history

An early predecessor to the Hanukkah brews of today, Russian Jew Max Lapides stands with his sons in front of the Bauernschmidt Brewery Saloon in Baltimore, circa 1900.
Gift of Rose Sacks. Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1988.227.1

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 9:32 am

During the holidays, many beer manufacturers roll out seasonal brews. But there's a relative newcomer for the festival of lights: Hanukkah beer.

Lompoc Brewing, in Portland, Ore., is one small, craft brewery that has added it to its winter lineup.

"We had a Jewish gentleman here ... and he wanted to make a Hanukkah brew," says David Fleming, the head brewer. "So we thought it was a great idea. We already had six Christmas beers going anyhow, so why couldn't we have a seventh one for Hanukkah?"

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Logging Industry
9:24 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Oregon's timber counties still seeking help

Oregon's timber dependent counties are still hoping for a federal rescue. But they're creating contingency plans in case Congress doesn't come through with a replacement for historic timber revenue.

Officials from eight counties met with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Monday to discuss their options. Some counties say they could become insolvent in the next year without additional funding.

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Idaho mining accident registers as 2.2 earthquake

Federal mine safety officials have shut down the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho while they investigate an accident that injured seven miners
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The rockburst that injured seven miners in north Idaho last week registered as a 2.2 seismic event according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That contradicts earlier reports about what could have caused the collapse. The mine remains closed while federal officials investigate the incident.

It's a matter of cause and effect. Did an earthquake trigger the rockburst at the Lucky Friday Mine ... or was the shaking caused by the collapse a mile underground?

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K-12 Employee Health Care
9:12 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Battle looms over control of teachers' health care

Washington schools superintendent Randy Dorn is expected Tuesday to endorse a state takeover of K-12 employee health care. But the union that represents Washington teachers is prepared to defend its decades-long role as a provider of health insurance.

The teachers’ union calls it a taxpayer “rip off” and government “boondoggle.” Fiery language to describe a plan to put the state of Washington in the driver’s seat when it comes to K-12 employee health benefits.

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