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Category: Reports
April 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Report: Seattle ranks No. 2 for cyclist and pedestrian safety

Considering the amount of behind-the-wheel texting and mobile phone calling we see every day in this city, the following may come as a surprise: Among large U.S. cities, Seattle has the second-lowest fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a new report. The 2014 Benchmarking Report, released this week by the…


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November 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Some local hospitals not quickly screening all newborns

Swedish/First Hill in Seattle (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

Swedish Medical Center on First Hill (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

Unless you’re a parent or medical professional, you may not know that all newborn babies in Washington and across the country have their blood screened to detect rare diseases.

The timing of blood screenings is critically important because newborns afflicted with certain rare disorders can fall sick within just a few days of leaving the hospital.  Early detection through these screenings saves 12,000 babies each year in the United States from death or irreversible harm.

Unfortunately, nine hospitals in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties did not screen all newborn babies for dangerous genetic disorders within an acceptable window of time, according to a new investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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November 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Is Seattle getting less walkable?

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For Seattle, just being a walkable city isn’t good enough.  We want to be No. 1, the most walkable city in the nation. At least that’s the goal plainly stated in the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan.

But we may be falling farther behind on that lofty goal than we thought.

Seattle’s walkability score actually declined this past year, according to the 2014 rankings of America’s most walkable cities, released on Wednesday by Walk Score.

The Seattle-based company, which scores thousands of cities and neighborhoods based on how convenient they are for someone on foot, releases new scores each year and ranks America’s top cities for pedestrians.  Last year, Seattle placed sixth with a score of 73.7 out of a possible 100.   We’re still in the top 10 this year, but we dropped down to eighth with a score of just 70.8.  Miami and Washington, D.C., leapfrogged over Seattle in the rankings.


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October 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Study: Seattle is top Twitter trendsetter in the U.S.

FYI-trendsDoes it seem like Seattle hasn’t spawned any pop-culture trends since the grunge era?

A new study says otherwise–at least in the realm of social media.

According to researchers at Indiana University, Seattle is the source of more trending topics on Twitter than any other U.S. city.

Take, for example, #ICanAdmit. This ”hashtag” is used when tweeting something confessional. First popularized in Seattle, it went on to trend globally.

Or how about #YouWillNotBeTakenSeriouslyIf? Used when calling out foolishness in others, it too is a Seattle gift to the Twittersphere.


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October 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Bellevue named one of the best places to live in the U.S.

Bellevue placed twelfth on a list of the “Top 100 Best Places To Live,” a ranking of small to mid-sized U.S. cities compiled by the website The rankings, released on Wednesday, were developed for by the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute. Researchers studied 1,200 U.S. cities with populations…


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