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March 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM

A lifetime philanthropic award for Naveen Jain from Bellevue LifeSpring?

Naveen Jain, co-founder and chief executive officer of Intelius Inc., speaks during an Executives Club of Chicago luncheon in Chicago  in 2010. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg)

Naveen Jain, co-founder and chief executive officer of Intelius Inc., speaks during an Executives Club of Chicago luncheon in Chicago in 2010. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg)

Bellevue LifeSpring, which will hold its annual luncheon on Thursday at Meydenbauer Center, is a nonprofit that works to feed, clothe and educate children and their families. The people it serves sound a lot like the investors who lost their life savings in InfoSpace, a Bellevue company founded by Naveen Jain.

At the Thursday lunch, LifeSpring will give its Lifetime Philanthropy Award to Naveen and his wife Anu Jain. Anu Jain serves on LifeSpring’s board of directors. The award goes to people “working toward the betterment of the community,” according to Trish Carpenter, president and chairwoman of LifeSpring’s board.

The shareholders of InfoSpace may choke over that description of Naveen Jain. He is the founder and former chief executive officer of that Bellevue company, which has since been renamed Blucora.

Jain became a billionaire after he took InfoSpace public and the stock price skyrocketed. The only problem was that the company’s revenues were an illusion — a product of accounting tricks and dubious deals woven together by Jain’s masterful storytelling. He claimed in 2000 that InfoSpace would become the world’s first trillion-dollar company.

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March 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Interactive map: Where the uninsured are and life expectancy in King County

The Seattle Times’ Sunday editorial discussed how the Affordable Care Act has the potential to reduce health disparities across Washington state and King County. Below are two interactive maps that use the latest data available to show obvious differences between the northern and southern parts of the county. The map on the left side shows the…

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March 24, 2014 at 6:23 AM

How a higher minimum wage would affect nonprofit supported-living providers

In a Sunday guest column, Sylvia Fuerstenberg wrote about how a higher minimum wage would affect a nonprofit like hers, which provides care for people and families with developmental disabilities. Fuerstenberg is the executive director of The Arc of King County. Her nonprofit receives funding from the state to provide a specific number…

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January 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

What I sent to a San Francisco Chronicle writer after the Seahawks-49ers NFC game

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

Leading up to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and the 49ers, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff sent me a 49ers T-shirt. He and I had both argued over which team was better and which city was superior.

After the red tee showed up, I asked readers in a blog post what I should send back to Kilduff.

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January 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

A 49ers gift from a San Francisco Chronicle writer. What should I send back?

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

See the photo to the right? It’s a little memento that arrived in the mail Tuesday morning from San Francisco editorial writer Marshall Kilduff.

Kilduff and I squared off in our respective blogs leading up to the past two 49ers-Seahawks games. We argued over which was the better city the week before the Dec. 8 game, which the 49ers won. (Me: “Which is the better city?”; Kilduff: “Seattle talks smack, we talk back”).

Last week, we defended our teams leading up to the battle for the NFC title, and the Seahawks won. (Me: “Top 10 reasons Seahawks should win the NFC championship”; Kilduff: “Give hate a chance”).

What should I send to Kilduff? Do I take a cue from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman? And what should I do with this 49ers t-shirt?

Tell me your ideas in this form.

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January 22, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Seahawks: The 12th Man around and on top of the world

Seahawks fans sent images of themselves from around the world in 12th Man gear in response to my Monday blog post about a Tacoma native living in Paris.

The most impressive entry came from Gordon Prinster of West Seattle, who shared a video of himself planting a 12th Man flag at 22,837 feet on Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on Jan. 4. Aconcagua is the tallest peak in the Americas.

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January 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Seahawks, Super Bowl and The 12th Man around the world

Tacoma native and Paris resident Krystal Romano raised the 12th Man flag in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Krystal Romano)

Tacoma native and Paris resident Krystal Romano raised the 12th Man flag in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Krystal Romano)

PARIS, France – Allez Seahawks.

“It’s our turn,” Tacoma native Krystal Romano said early Monday morning, Paris time, when the Seahawks won the NFC championship game in Seattle. “We haven’t won a Super Bowl yet. This team, this puzzle full of misfits and last picks – we made it work.”

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January 15, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Top 10 reasons Seahawks should win the NFC championship

Seattle and San Francisco’s football teams play Sunday for the NFC championship title. Clearly, the Seahawks should win. Here are my reasons below.

And check out San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff’s reasons in an Opinion Shop blog post on why the 49ers should win.

Thank you to the Hawks fans who helped me come up with this top 10 list.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Top 10 most-read opinion in 2013: Dating, kids and Dick’s Drive-In

We are nearing the end of 2013. Here is what was most popular with online readers in the past 12 months: Seattle’s dating scene, not having kids and wages at Dick’s Drive-In.

In case you missed them, here is another chance to check out the most-read editorials, staff columns, guest columns (aka op-eds) and Opinion Northwest blog posts of the year. These rankings are based on online click-throughs, aka page views.

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