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Category: Live chats
May 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Chat rewind: Experts talk about marijuana legalization

Times reporter Bob Young and a trio of marijuana experts held a live chat on Friday. State Liquor Control Board Deputy Director Rick Garza, ACLU of Washington drug-policy director Alison Holcomb, and dispensary owner John Davis all answered questions on marijuana legalization. Read their comments below. [do action=”scribblelive” chatid=”110649″ width=”630″ height=”500″/]  


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February 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Chat with aerospace analyst, Boeing reporter Dominic Gates at noon Friday

Dominic Gates Richard Aboulafia Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates and well-known industry analyst Richard Aboulafia of The Teal Group will hold an online chat with readers Friday at noon to explore the 787 grounding, Boeing’s upcoming airplane programs and other subjects affecting the region’s largest business employer. Gates has covered Boeing for The Seattle Times for a…


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January 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Chat at noon today on immigration reform

Ira Mehlman President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s controversial immigration system.  We invited three experts from Washington state with very different perspectives on the issue to join us in an online conversation with readers. The moderator will be veteran reporter Lornet Turnbull, who joined The Seattle Times in 2004…


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January 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Live chat at noon about gun laws with state senator and pro-gun activist

What can Seattle and Washington state do to reduce gun violence? Phil Watson, Second Amendment Foundation State Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle That question is on the minds of many public officials, with King County and Seattle launching a gun buyback program and state lawmakers preparing to discuss new legislation this session. On Wednesday at noon, Seattle Times…


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December 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Chat replay: Q&A with reporter Mike Berens about zoo elephants

Join a live chat with reporter Mike Berens today at noon about his recent report on zoo elephants, “Glamour Beasts.” Berens wrote about how zoos’ efforts to preserve and propagate elephants have largely failed, and about the punishment that zoos faced from the national zoo association if they retired their aged elephants to a nonprofit…


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September 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Rewind: Live-blogging impact of bus changes

Metro bus riders wait at a bus stop at Northwest Market Street at Ballard Avenue Northwest in Ballard early Monday morning. A Metro employee in a green vest hands out information about the route changes. (MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES)  Monday was the big test for King County Metro’s big bus-service…



May 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Recommendations made for Volunteer Park Greenhouse

A consultant hired by the Seattle Parks and Recreation to explore the future of the Volunteer Park Conservatory has recommended the department partner with a non-profit organization to operate the greenhouse in the future. It was one of several recommendations by EMD Consulting Group, which was asked to determine if there are realistic ways to reduce…


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December 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Live chat about the Great Recession's toll at noon Tuesday

For most of us, Washington’s economy has never been this bad. Since the mortgage bubble popped, we’ve lost more jobs faster, and recovered more slowly, than at any time since the Second World War. That includes iconic slumps such as the Boeing Bust, the early-’80s double-dip and the dot-com crash barely a decade ago.

As these charts and graphs show, the recession has fallen hardest on people in the lower-middle and working classes — folks who were just getting by or maybe starting to make some headway when the bottom fell out. Statistics can’t capture the pervasive sense of economic dislocation the slump has engendered. But they can at least help us understand what’s happening and to whom. — Drew DeSilver / The Seattle Times

Below is a chat about the Great Recession and its effects on the Northwest with Seattle Times business reporters Drew DeSilver, Sanjay Bhatt and local economist Dick Conway in a live chat at noon Tuesday. We talked about who has been affected by the downturn, where the jobs are and aren’t, and what the outlook is going into 2012.


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