Politics
2:53 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Fingers Point As Job Numbers Fall

Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading Friday. The stock market suffered its worst day of the year after a surprisingly weak jobs report.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:01 am

If unusually warm weather helped encourage job growth earlier this year, May was like a wet, cold rain. A report from the Labor Department on Friday showed that U.S. employers added just 69,000 jobs last month — far fewer than expected.

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The Two-Way
2:23 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Ousted Egyptian Leader Mubarak Sentenced To Life In Prison

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:47 pm

Hosni Mubarak received a life sentence from a court in Cairo today after being charged in connection with the killing of protesters during last year's uprising. The uprising pushed Mubarak to resign last year after nearly 30 years in power.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

Very Young Composer Milo Poniewozik at the New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts, where his piece was performed in front of more than 2,000 kids.
Michael DiVito New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:51 pm

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it's a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra's Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

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Wash. Liquor Privatization
6:04 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Wash. Shoppers React To Liquor In Grocery Stores

Alyssa Royse stocked up on tequila, vodka, gin, scotch and vermouth on the first day of private liquor sales.
Photo by Ashley Gross, KPLU Northwest News Network

The state of Washington has officially bid good riddance to its state run liquor stores. About five times as many stores will now sell hard liquor, and the new law that went into effect Friday means shoppers can head to supermarkets to buy vodka or rum. It’s a welcome change for some people, but not for everyone.

Shoppers gave their reactions outside of a Costco warehouse in Seattle.

Alyssa Royse was loading up bottles.

"I came here just to by liquor. We've got tequila, vodka, gin and of course vermouth."

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Hanford Whistleblower Case
5:33 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Judge Drops Dept. Of Energy From Hanford Whistleblower Case

Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in December 2011.
Image via U.S. Senate U.S. Senate

A high level whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving ahead with a lawsuit against a federal contractor. But Walt Tamosaitis would have to appeal in order to take the federal government to court. At issue is the safety culture at Hanford.

Walt Tamosaitis sued the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor URS after he was removed from his job. He claims it was retaliation for raising safety concerns about the $12 billion waste treatment plant going up in southeast Washington.

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Washington State GOP
5:25 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Josh Romney Gets Applause And Boos At Wash. GOP Convention

The room was largely divided Friday at the state Republican Party convention in Tacoma, between supporters of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for president.

The audience saw a videotaped message from Rick Santorum, urging them to come together behind Romney. That was also the message from Washington’s former chairman for the Newt Gingrich campaign.

Mitt Romney’s son Josh addressed the crowd in person. He said he wanted to make a pitch about what he calls the state party’s “congressional slate”, to assign delegates. . . to his dad.

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Exercise For Cancer Patients
5:17 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Sea Change In Cancer Treatment: Get On The Treadmill

Trainer Laura Rosencrantz (left) developed a personalized training program for cancer patient Trish Carr (right).
Photo credit: Julia Flucht Northwest News Network

When you get cancer, hopping on a treadmill is probably the last thing on your mind. But a growing pile of evidence shows exercise is precisely what doctors should advise you to do.

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines urging patients to get active, even as they endure exhausting chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This is a big change, one that some believe isn’t happening fast enough.

Laura Rosencrantz is a personal trainer for Inpower Fitness in Portland. She’s certified to work with a specialized group, cancer patients.

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Nike Store Passes Okay'ed
4:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Ethics Panel Okays Nike Discounts For Public Officials

Entrance of the Nike Employee Store at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Photo credit: Wonderlane/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Elected officials in Oregon are not violating ethics rules if they shop for discounted shoes and apparel at a store meant for Nike employees. That’s the ruling Friday from Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

Nike runs a store just for employees at its Beaverton headquarters. The shop features popular Nike products at wholesale prices. Last month a lobbyist for Nike wrote the Ethics Commission to ask whether government officials would run afoul of state ethics laws if they accepted passes to visit the store.

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Wash. State GOP Convention
4:48 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Ron Paul Supporters Keep Wash. GOP Convention Lively

Ron Paul supporters said they are not going to unify behind Romney.
U.S. Congress

Both the Washington state Republicans and Democrats are gathering at state conventions today.

The Republican state convention is being kept lively by supporters of Ron Paul for president. They seem to make up about one third of the crowd here.

One of Mitt Romney’s sons, Josh, spoke this morning and asked for support for his father.

He was followed by Matt Dubin for the Ron Paul campaign. Dubin said Ron Paul’s supporters are not going to unify behind Romney.

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Oregon Tuition Increases
4:40 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Board Raises Tuition For Most Students At State Schools

Oregon's Board of Higher Education voted Friday to raise tuition for most students at state supported schools. The increases vary from place to place. And for Portland State University, for example, the adjustment means a 1.4 percent reduction in tuition and fees. But for Southern Oregon University, it's a 9.9 percent increase in tuition.

University system staff pointed out that the state has cut funding for higher education by 16 percent for the coming fiscal year.

Board members like Lynda Ciafetti say they saw few options.

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