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April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Washington News Council to close next month

After 15 years of holding the state’s news media accountable for accuracy, fairness and ethics, the Washington News Council will close May 31. Founded in 1998 by John Hamer, it is the only news council left in the United States that reviews citizen complaints against media organizations and holds public hearings to review and vote…

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April 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Group launches campaign to fend off $15 minimum wage

A former  SeaTac City Council member, who said his strong opposition to the $15 minimum wage there cost him his seat in last November’s election, is part of a grassroots organization of small-business owners and activists campaigning against a similar wage for Seattle. Rick Forschler and other members of Sustainable Wages Seattle held a news…

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April 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

ACLU sues ICE for placing hunger strikers in solitary confinement

The ACLU of Washington and Columbia Legal Services are seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement officials from retaliating against detainees who participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma last month by putting them in solitary confinement. A hearing on the motion for a temporary restraining order is…

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March 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Fleeing robbery suspect hit by passing car

A suspect fleeing from an attempted robbery Saturday evening was struck by a passing vehicle, but got away anyway, according to Seattle police. A man said he was walking home around 9 p.m. near 57th Avenue South and South Bangor Street when three other men came up behind him and tried to rob him, police said….

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March 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

World Vision reverses decision to employ married gays

Only days after a prominent Christian charity announced that it would change its policy and hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, World Vision today reversed itself, calling the decision a mistake. “In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to…

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March 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

How to help disaster victims or report those missing

Officials responding to the massive mudslide near Oso, east of Arlington, are providing more specific directions for those with information about people missing or those seeking ways to help. They are urging people who believe a friend or family member is missing to call the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management at 425-388-5088.  Officials are trying…

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March 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

O’Reilly Auto Parts agrees to extend health benefits to same-sex spouses

O’Reilly Auto Parts has agree to extend health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and elsewhere, days after the state attorney general filed a petition to force the national chain to answer questions as part of an ongoing investigation. The new policy is effective April 1. The state launched an investigation into whether the…

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March 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

State investigates claim that O’Reilly Auto Parts refuses same-sex health benefits

The state attorney general is investigating whether O’Reilly Auto Parts is refusing to provide the same health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington state that it provides to opposite-sex spouses, in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act. The agency filed a petition in King County Superior Court on Monday to enforce “a…

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March 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith seeks answers in Tacoma detainees’ hunger strike

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith said he’s pushing for answers from officials at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma over concerns raised by detainees who have been on a hunger strike there for a week. The strike — over food options, pay and other conditions at the facility — has drawn broad attention from immigrant-rights and social-justice…

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March 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Detained immigrants must have bond hearings, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government cannot keep certain immigrants locked up at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma without granting them a bond hearing. The Department of Homeland Security routinely detains immigrants it apprehends for months, sometimes years –in one case a decade — after those people have resolved their criminal cases…

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