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2:14 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lawsuit over fatal Olympic National Park goat attack dismissed

Mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
shiladsen Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a widow's lawsuit against the federal government over her husband's death in a mountain goat attack at Olympic National Park two years ago.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed most of Susan Chadd's claims over the summer and the rest last week. On Tuesday he declined to reconsider.

Robert Boardman was trying to protect Chadd and a friend when the 370-pound billy goat gored him, severing arteries in his thigh. The goat is believed to have been one that harassed park visitors for years.

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Referendum 74
12:26 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Checking the facts behind both sides of same-sex marriage ads

Simply Boaz Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making?

Gay rights advocates say Referendum 74 is about marriage equality. But the first TV ad from the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign disputes that notion.

Announcer: “Referendum 74 is not about equality. Gays and lesbians already have the same legal rights as married couples.”

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If it's legal
10:36 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Will legal marijuana make police less effective?

As an officer, you might get a call to go to the local 7-11 because of a public disturbance. You get there and find the perpetrators have marijuana on them. You can book them and take them to jail.
Connor Tarter Flickr

Washington voters are weighing whether to become the first state to legalize marijuana. All this week in our series "If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life," KPLU reporters have been imagining what the future could look like if it passes.Today, we look at how legal pot could change policing.

In Washington state, between 9,000 and 10,000 people are arrested each year for possession of marijuana. If voters approve Initiative 502, it will suddenly be legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, enough to fill about a quarter of a small plastic sandwich bag. 

How would legalization affect who goes to jail and how our communities are policed?

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If Its Legal...?
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Will 'cannabis lounges' pop up if marijuana is legalized?

Bubble gum-flavored marijuana snow cones? Just one of the many options available at the Medical Cannabis Cup
Ashley Gross KPLU

Washington voters are weighing whether to become the first state to legalize marijuana. All this week in our series "If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life," KPLU reporters have been imagining what the future could look like if it passes. Today, we check out the night-life scene, which could include a new version of BYOB – Bring Your Own Brownie. 

Say we fast-forward into the future. The legalization measure has just gone into effect. Where will people use marijuana? Will the guy you pass walking his dog be smoking a joint? Will you see people at a bar sharing their pot brownies?

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Law
9:04 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Robbery in the ‘Jungle’ results in bite wounds

A man and his friend were robbed in the wooded area along the west side of Beacon Hill. One of the victims sustained “gruesome” bite wounds during the assault and robbery.

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If Its Legal...?
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

How will marijuana products be sold, and will they be safe?

In the modern marijuana market, there are many more products for sale than just the plant used for smoking.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall legalizing marijuana, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us, even people who never smoke pot. Today we look at the industry for making, selling and regulating marijuana products that will spring up … if it’s legal.

The closest thing to a legal marijuana store right now is a so-called medical marijuana dispensary. They’re all over Seattle. Tacoma has a few as well. And you can go see what kind of products they have.

You just ring the doorbell outside a forest green storefront and you’ll be greeted warmly. At least, that’s what happened to me one recent morning, at the Center for Palliative Care in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. It’s called “the CPC” for short.

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If It's Legal ...
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous?

Sgt. Robert Thompson of the Puyallup Police Dept. makes a traffic stop, looking for impaired drivers.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall legalizing marijuana, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “If It’s Legal: Five Ways Legal Pot Could Affect Your Life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us, even people who never smoke pot. We begin with a basic question: would legal marijuana lead to more danger on the roads?

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Diversions
10:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Unconventional Debate Setting Pits Prisoners Versus College Students

Travis Ramsey makes a point during a debate as other inmates listen. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:15 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oone of the most active Northwest chapters of Toastmasters International is in a place where its members can’t actually go out in public. It's based at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem and the inmates who participate get the chance to practice their communications skills with a university debate team.

It’s going to be like any other debate. But at the end of the evening, half of the participants will go home. The other half will go back to their cells. The ones going home are students at Linfield College in nearby McMinnville, Oregon.

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Voting patterns
5:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Racial bias a factor in Washington Supreme Court election, research finds

Gov. Chris Gregoire poses for a photo with Steven Gonzalez in 2011 when Gregoire appointed him to the Washington State Supreme Court.
The Associated Press

Racial bias did play a role in the primary election battle between Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez and his challenger Bruce Danielson.

That’s the conclusion of research conducted by Matt Barreto, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

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News
7:28 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Families Of Slain Lakewood Officers Settle With DOC For $12.5M

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting. Photo by Marques Hunter via Wikipedia

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 4:00 pm

The Washington Department of Corrections will pay $12.5 million to the families of three of the four Lakewood police officers killed by parolee Maurice Clemmons. The settlement announced Friday comes nearly three years after the Thanksgiving weekend shooting at a coffee shop.

The money will go the families of Sgt Mark Renninger and Officers Gregory Richards and Tina Griswold. They each left behind a spouse and children. The family of Officer Ronald Owens was not a party to the settlement.

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Law
2:11 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Don’t bust medical cannabis sellers near schools, say officials

Medical cannabis dispensaries aren't explicitly blocked from operating near schools in Washington state, but they aren't explicitly permitted, either.
City of West Hollywood Flickr

Medical cannabis advocates and some local officials say the federal government should leave marijuana businesses alone, even if they sell near Seattle schools. The advocates decried a recent wave of enforcement, framing it as an assault on patients and law-abiding businesses.

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Law
9:13 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Bellevue chief apologizes to Seattle police

Bellevue police have apologized to a Seattle police officer for three off-duty Bellevue cops who harassed an officer who asked them not to litter outside CenturyLink Field before Sunday's Seahawks game.

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Police
12:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Will deal with Dept. of Justice really change police culture?

How do you make sure there is genuine change within the Seattle Police Department? That’s what some Seattle City Council members are asking as the city gets set to implement a police reform plan mandated by an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

For the complete story, click the listen button above.

Catch a Killer
12:02 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Why you might see a billboard of murder victims in Seattle

Billboard on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and S. Grahm St.
Evan Hoover KPLU

The Seattle Police Department is launching a new advertising campaign on buses and billboards in hopes of generating tips about unsolved killings.

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Law
6:05 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon politicians mostly mum on marijuana legalization measure

A marijuana plant growing in North Cascades National Park Complex. Photo by David Snyder/National Park Service

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 5:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon and Washington are contemplating a dramatic shift in drug policy this November. But the initiatives to legalize marijuana are getting little attention from state lawmakers on the campaign trail.

Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow adults to buy marijuana at state-licensed stores. Oregon's Measure 80 would do that too, and allow people to grow their own pot.

Few elected officials in Oregon have taken a public position on the initiative. Democratic Representative Peter Buckley is one of them. He co-chairs the legislature’s budget-writing committee.

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