Robin Cedar

Intern
Economic downturn
2:25 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Cost of living jump in Northwest challenging worker paychecks

Even workers with the same job and same wage are finding it harder and harder to get along in Seattle and other parts of Washington.
Chris Devers Flickr

It isn't just the poor and unemployed who are suffering in Seattle and Washington, but people who ten years ago were living comfortably on their wages are now living with a paycheck that doesn't seem to go far enough.

A new study from the University of Washington has found that the cost of living in Seattle and Washington State has risen significantly while worker wages have remained the same.

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All Hallows' Eve
2:07 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween myth that won't stay dead: Razors and poisons in treats!

In the 1980s, fruit and other unwrapped food disappeared from the Halloween trick or treat landscape because of the urban myth that they could contain razors or poisons.
Loren Javier Flickr

Back in the early '80s, when Blondie's "Call Me," Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" and "Every Breath You Take" by the Police were topping the charts, the urban myth of razor-blade apples and poisoned candy paralyzed parents of would-be trick-or-treaters.

And if you are still worried, at least one hospital in the state will X-ray your candy for you!

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Early Humans
11:01 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Jawbone found near Kennewick Man site, raising specter of controversy

Dr. Doug Owlsley, left, of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, arranges the pieces from the model of the Kennewick Man for a presentation for the media at University Towers in Seattle in 2005.
Associated Press

Federal archeologists are investigating a very old jawbone that turned up Monday along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash. The human remains were found a short distance from where Kennewick Man was discovered in 1996 and sparked a decade-long legal conflict.

The battles over Kennewick Man have scientists being extra cautious with the new discovery.

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Sockeye Salmon
2:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service flickr

Alarm over a potentially deadly salmon virus has reached the halls of Congress. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response. Last week, scientists in British Columbia announced they've found the fish-killing virus in wild Pacific Salmon for the first time.

It's the second virus suspected in salmon deaths to be discovered this year.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Vancouver and Victoria continues past weekend

Canada joined more than 80 countries around the world this weekend, demonstrating as part of the global wave of protests inspired by the month-long Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

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Festivals and events
5:00 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

A thing to do in Victoria: Emily Carr at several venues

Emily Carr is one of Canada's most famous artists and her hometown of Victoria is celebrating her this month with various events.
Library and Archives of Canada

Victoria invites its residents and visitors to remember the remarkable Emily Carr in a city-wide collaborative celebration of the artist’s unique life and work through presentations of music, history and art.

This Saturday at 8 p.m., the Victoria Symphony will present the “Emily Carr Project,” a concert performance to explore Emily Carr’s painting, poetry and connection to the people of the First Nations.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:20 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Occupy Seattle: Still at Westlake Park, still wet and still staying

Getting the basics at the Occupy Seattle protests in Westlake Park. Protesters say they have been allowed to put up a single bigger tent for food and some first-aid supplies.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Occupy Seattle protesters continue to weather the rain and exposure, with the aid of one structure for storing and distributing food and some first-aid care.

Monday morning, roughly 50 occupiers of Westlake Park milled about while many still slept or huddled against the rain under plastic tarps and whatever other makeshift barriers they could create to stay warm and dry.

One protestor and organizer said she intended to stay in the park indefinitely or until the "National Guard rolls in with tanks."

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Protesting Wall Street
6:36 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle organizer will 'absolutely' stay in park, defying mayor

Members of Occupy Seattle on Monday afternoon.
Jake Ellison KPLU

For continuous updates throughout Wedensday see this story.

 

One of the early organizers of the "Occupy Seattle" protest and camp still in place in downtown Seattle says he will "absolutely" stay in Westlake Park.

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told “Occupy Seattle” to take down their tents and leave the park during the night when it and other Seattle parks are normally closed to the public.

"I have a moral obligation to stay," said Pete Whipple, one of the organizers who has been staying in the park since Friday. "I don't see how I can leave now."

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Education
2:45 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Seattle low-income students to get high-speed Internet access

Students who qualify for the free lunch program are now eligible for reduced Internet rates through the Great Student Initiative.
Tom Woodward flickr

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to provide high-speed Internet to low-income students for less than $10 a month. The Great Student Initiative is expected to help 16,000 of the 47,000 students in Seattle Public Schools who are on the free lunch program.

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Festivals and events
4:15 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Thing to do in Victoria: Quote The Dude

The Victoria Film Festival launches its Quote-Along Classics Series this Saturday, starting with the cult-favorite The Big Lebowski.

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Fraser River salmon
1:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Sockeye salmon in Canada to be tested for radiation from Japan

Sockeye preparing to spawn.
Chris Pike Flickr

Sockeye salmon returning to Canada this year will be tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for radiation contamination that might be picked up in the North Pacific from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster.

However, Washington state officials have no plans to test salmon specifically for radiation related to the Japanese disaster because earlier environmental testing showed so few signs of radiation that current levels in fish, if any, would be "undetectable," a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.

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Environment
2:33 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

New photos and video of clouded leopard cubs at 2 months

Point Defiance Zoo has released new photos and video of its clouded leopard cubs.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Now a little over two months after their birth, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's two clouded leopard cubs, named Taji and Sumalee, are more active than ever, if the new photos released are anything to go by. (More photos inside.)

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festivals and events
12:32 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Fringe dance, comedy and drama hit Victoria, B.C.

A performer from Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles, one of shows appearing in the 25th annual Victoria Fringe Theater Festival.
Intrepid Theater flickr

The Victoria Fringe Theater Festival celebrates its 25th year this month. The Fringe, Vancouver Island's biggest theater festival, kicked off Thursday after two days of lead-up to the event, including a Flash Mob on Tuesday and a Fringe Eve Preview on Wednesday. 

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