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Monthly Archives: October 2012

John Koster: “The rape thing” is not a valid reason for a woman to terminate a pregnancy

Excerpt: Another week, another insensitive and offensive comment about rape from a self-righteous male Republican who doesn’t believe in the right to privacy. Following in the footsteps of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, our own local archconservative candidate for U.S. House – John Koster – has candidly stated his own extreme (and ignorant) views on reproductive […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Amtrak partially restores some service in Northeast; but no trains to or from New York

Excerpt: Amtrak announced earlier today that it has begun to partially restore some service in the mid-Atlantic states, but it won’t be possible to travel to or from New York City by rail for at least several days due to badly flooded tunnels. Here’s the advisory Amtrak released not long ago: Amtrak will provide modified Northeast Regional service […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Walt Disney Company to acquire Lucasfilm, plans to make a new Star Wars trilogy

Excerpt: The Walt Disney Company, which is already the world’s largest media conglomerate (it owns ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar, and a host of other properties) is about to get even bigger. Deadline Hollywood Daily has the surprising news: Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd., and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama to travel to New Jersey tomorrow, inspect damage with Chris Christie

Excerpt: President Barack Obama will travel to New Jersey tomorrow to inspect damage caused by Superstorm Sandy with Republican Governor Chris Christie. The President will spend his time “talking with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanking first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities”, White House Press Secretary Jay […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The morning after Sandy: Rescue, recovery efforts underway in New York, New Jersey

Excerpt: Last night, Hurricane Sandy – which is now being called Superstorm Sandy – made landfall in New Jersey, near Atlantic City. The worst hours have now passed, but as news broadcasts show, Sandy’s arrival was every bit as destructive as meteorologists and local officials had warned it could be. Schools, airports, the New York Stock […]
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Hurricane Sandy barrels towards East Coast, bringing commerce and travel to a halt

Excerpt: One of the most destructive storms ever to threaten the United States is hours away from slamming into the Atlantic seaboard, meteorologists are warning. Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed dozens of people in the Carribbean, is projected to make landfall sometime tomorrow evening between the Chesapeake and the mouth of the Hudson River. The […]
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Tsunami warning issued for Pacific Northwest as East Coast prepares for “Frankenstorm”

Excerpt: It’s turning out to be a busy weekend for scientists at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The National Weather Service has spent the last few days tracking Hurricane Sandy, which is now projected to make landfall somewhere along the mid-Atlantic, perhaps off the coast of Virginia or Delaware. Hurricane […]
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Remembering Paul, Sheila, Marcia, Tom, Mary, and Will: The Wellstone legacy lives on

Excerpt: Ten years ago today, we lost one of the most principled and courageous progressive leaders who ever served our country in Congress: Paul Wellstone of Minnesota. Senator Wellstone, his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia, and three campaign aides were killed when the plane they had chartered to fly to Eveleth for a funeral crashed shortly after […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific NW Portal 5.3 (Depoe Bay) released

Excerpt: Seven years to the day after Pacific NW Portal 3.5 (“Gearhart”, also known as “Marine Green”) was released, we’re proud to announce that we have completed work on a new version of Pacific NW Portal: Version 5.3, codenamed Depoe Bay. Depoe Bay is a maintenance release – the third in the Newport series. In other […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the final presidential debate of 2012 from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good afternoon, everyone. Tonight is debate night once again. In a few hours, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will sit down with Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation for a debate centered on foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. If the last debate is any indication, the discussion should be lively. We’ll be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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George McGovern: 1922-2012

Excerpt: It is with heavy hearts this morning that we say farewell to one of the most principled and committed progressive leaders of the twentieth century. George McGovern, who served the United States in the U.S. Senate for many years and nobly challenged scoundrel Richard Nixon for the presidency in 1972, has died at the age […]
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Poll Watch: 2012 Washington Poll finds Obama, Inslee, and marriage equality ahead

Excerpt: Moments ago, KCTS9, in cooperation with the Center for Survey Research at the University of Washington, released the results of this year’s Washington Poll. The Washington Poll is a widely respected electoral survey directed by Dr. Matt Barreto, who serves as an associate professor at the UW in Seattle. It is conducted annually, and because […]
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Liveblogging the final gubernatorial debate of 2012 between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna

Excerpt: Tonight really is debate night. We have one more debate of importance to get through before we’re off liveblogging duty: an hourlong discussion between the candidates for governor, presented by KING5 and Frank Blethen’s Seattle Times. As with the presidential debate, we’ll be following this one in real time, with updates simulcast on Twitter. Let’s […]
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Liveblogging the second presidential debate of 2012 from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, everyone. Tonight, as we all know, is presidential debate night. In less than an hour, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will take the stage at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for a town hall or town meeting style debate. The discussion will be moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley ; questions will primarily […]
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