Politics

With Referendum 88, Washington voters this election will decide whether to keep affirmative action

OLYMPIA — In 1998, Washington voters decisively banned affirmative-action programs intended to help women and minorities gain access to public colleges, contracting and employment. That year's Initiative 200 campaign was a grassroots effort, heavily outspent by backers of affirmative action. It came in an election year when Democrats in Washington picked up two U.S. House...

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Education

With Referendum 88, Washington voters this election will decide whether to keep affirmative action

OLYMPIA — In 1998, Washington voters decisively banned affirmative-action programs intended to help women and minorities gain access to public colleges, contracting and employment. That year's Initiative 200 campaign was a grassroots effort, heavily outspent by backers of affirmative action. It came in an election year when Democrats in Washington picked up two U.S. House...

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Health

Duwamish River reopened Sunday after sewage spill

The Duwamish River was reopened to fishing and other activities Sunday morning, after test results showed no unsafe levels of contamination from a sewage spill Thursday. Seattle Public Utilities received a report Thursday afternoon of suspected sewage in a ditch near Boeing Field and found a piece of plywood lodged in a sewer line, according...

Environment

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating bats in Pacific Northwest

BEND, Ore. — A university study says a Pacific Northwest bat that that migrates south for the winter faces a serious threat from wind turbines. The Bend Bulletin reports a study by Oregon State University-Cascades concludes that the hoary bat faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined by 2% per year. A study...

Science

Sigmund Jaehn,1st German in space as 1970s cosmonaut, dies

BERLIN (AP) — Sigmund Jaehn, who became the first German in space at the height of the Cold War during the 1970s and was promoted as a hero by communist authorities in East Germany, has died. He was 82. The German Aerospace Center said Sunday on its website that Jaehn died Saturday. The center did...