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February 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Vaccine exemptions exceed 10% at dozens of Seattle-area schools

Scroll down page for interactive map Whether it’s the measles outbreak at Disneyland or comments by likely presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul, it seems there is vaccination news almost every day. Just last week, an infant in King County was confirmed to have the measles. As you might expect, student vaccination rates are often at…


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April 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Study: Two Wash. cities on opposite ends of U.S. obesity scale

Cyclocross riders in Bellingham burning off those calories. (Photo: MIKE MCQUAIDE / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES) Newly released data bestow a peculiar distinction upon Washington: We’re the only state with cities ranked in the top five and the bottom five in the nation for obesity. Last week, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released…


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March 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Is daylight saving time costing you more than just sleep?


Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

When we set our clocks ahead tonight, will we be setting back the Seattle-Tacoma area by millions of dollars?  Yes, according to a new study.   The Lost-Hour Economic Index, devised by Chmura Economics & Analytics for, indicates that daylight saving time costs our region $4.2 million, or about $1.20 per person.

While “saving” is right there in the name of daylight saving time, a growing body of evidence suggests that setting our clocks ahead actually comes at a heavy cost.  For example, studies have concluded that the loss of sleep and disruption of our internal “body clock” associated with DST causes a spike in automobile accidents and heart attacks.  Other costs include an increase in workplace accidents and “cyberloafing.”


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December 31, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Cigarette city: What are Seattle’s smokiest neighborhoods?

Georgetown is No. 1 (Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons)

Where there’s smoke, there’s … hipsters?

In Seattle, it seems so.  Analysis of consumer spending data reveals that some of the city’s funkiest neighborhoods are also the ones whose residents smoke the most cigarettes. And Georgetown — that crumbling enclave of artists and bohemians just north of Boeing Field — is the smokiest neighborhood of all.  Even though incomes in Georgetown are well below the city average, that doesn’t stop folks there from puffing away more of their paychecks than anybody else in town.  The per capita spending on cigarettes and other tobacco products in Georgetown is the highest in the city — 17 percent above the Seattle average. When Georgetowners run low on cash, the art supplies can wait, but not that pack of American Spirits.


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