Viewing Seattle through environmental historian’s lens

Seattle has a “pioneering spirit,” says Christof Mauch, one of the world’s distinguished scholars of environmental history. He will speak at a free public lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the University of Washington.

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Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths: Study

CHICAGO (AP) — When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks. With nearly 4 million annual births nationwide, the results suggest that a $1 increase in cigarette taxes would be expected to lead to 750 fewer...


Chilean mom restricted access to baby for smoking marijuana

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth. Sindy Melany Ortiz said that during labor she told hospital officials that she had smoked pot to alleviate pain in one of her arms that had...


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