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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happening now: Washington State Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on constitutionality of charter schools initiative

Excerpt: This afternoon, the Washington State Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in League of Women Voters, et al. v. State of Washington, a lawsuit brought by a coalition of organizations that contend that Initiative 1240 (which authorized the creation of charter schools in Washington) is unconstitutional. If you’re interested in watching or listening live, tune […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Live Coverage
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Eighty-seventh school shooting since Sandy Hook leaves two dead at Marysville Pilchuck

Excerpt: Today, some of the worst fears of parents, teachers, and students in Snohomish County’s second largest city were realized when a student, said to be a freshman and a member of the Tualip Tribe, opened fire in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School, killing and wounding several people before apparently taking his own life. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canadian authorities lock down the heart of Ottawa after shootings on Parliament Hill

Excerpt: Authorities in Canada have locked down Parliament Hill, the heart of the country’s national capital, Ottawa, after a yet-to-be-publicly-identified assailant fatally shot a soldier guarding Canada’s War Memorial, then entered Centre Block and began firing at people there before being killed by security. Fittingly, the man who took the gunman down was said to be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, World Commmunity
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Without Metro & Sound Transit, the Eastside’s traffic problems would be much worse

Excerpt: The Seattle Times is running a story in tomorrow’s print edition about the 48th LD state Senate race, which pits well-liked State Representative Cyrus Habib against Republican Michelle Darnell, an attorney. Habib, who captured over 63% of the vote in the August Top Two election, is considered to be a shoo-in, but that’s not stopping […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Republican Andy Hill a no-show at NARAL’s 45th District candidate forum in Redmond

Excerpt: Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington held a candidate forum in Redmond to give candidates running for the Washington State Legislature in the 45th District an opportunity to share their views on women’s health and reproductive rights. The six candidates seeking to represent the district in the 2015-2016 Legislature were all invited to participate, but unfortunately, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Vice President Biden visits Renton Technical College with Senators Murray, Cantwell

Excerpt: Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Renton Technical College today late in the morning. He spoke on the state of the middle class and the need for skilled workers in the coming years. He plugged community colleges as the most flexible educational institutions in the united states. Biden said that we are no longer talking […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
Categories:Events, Live Coverage
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Ridership on Sound Transit’s Central Link light rail line keeps climbing, defying naysayers

Excerpt: Back in mid-July, we at NPI joined with Sound Transit and many pro-transit activists to celebrate the five year anniversary of Central Link, which opened to the public on a sunny Saturday morning to thousands of eager riders. More than sixty months later, Link is doing spectacularly well. Ridership just keeps going up, pleasantly exceeding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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