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February 20, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Prevent Washington’s foster kids from running away

My Thursday column on sex trafficking and the foster care system opened with a line about the number of wards running away from homes they’ve been placed in by the state.

Below are three charts that show the extent of the problem between January 2010 and March 2013. These graphs from Columbia Legal Services are from the last report compiled by the state Department of Social and Health Services for a now-defunct working group called Missing from Care.

1. How many kids under the care of the state run away each month? DSHS reported a low of 116 runaways in January 2010 and a high of 172 in April 2012.

Source: DSHS Children's Administration

Source: DSHS Children’s Administration

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June 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM

UW’s innovative plan for future of the Burke-Gilman trail

The University of Washington wants to stretch the feds’ traditionally narrow definition of transportation infrastructure to include the bike and pedestrian super-highway of the Burke-Gilman trail. The UW’s application for a $12 million federal TIGER grant, submitted last month, would create separate pedestrian, running and bike lanes on the the 1.7-mile stretch of trail through the…

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