Students join parents, alumni and others to protest outside Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien after what they describe as the forced resignations of two gay teachers. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Students join parents, alumni and others to protest outside Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien after what they describe as the forced resignations of two gay teachers. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Danny Westneat

Sorry treatment of gay teachers suggests Rush Limbaugh was, sadly, right

The right-wing radio host said America is just not ready for a gay, married president — provoking outrage. But who are we kidding: Here in the Seattle area, the Catholic Church just ended the employment of two popular teachers for the same thing, writes columnist Danny Westneat.

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Health

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will oversee Purdue Pharma’s marketing efforts to ensure the OxyContin maker is not overstating the benefits of its opioid painkillers or downplays the danger of addiction. Purdue Pharma announced the appointment Friday as part of its federal bankruptcy proceedings. Vilsack...

Science

An elephant’s story does not end when it dies

After Victoria, a 55-year-old matriarch well-known to scientists, drew her last breaths in June 2013. Her death brought out distinctive behaviors in the other animals, not quite grief but possibly something emotional, concluded the researchers, one of whom found an unexpected joy in her passing.