Washington State Lawmakers Older, Richer than Constituents

Posted by Steve Herman on February 17, 2014

SEATTLE — A Seattle Times analysis has found Washington state’s 147-member Legislature is wealthier, older and less diverse than the people it represents.

“The typical state legislator nationally is like a mid-50s white guy,” said Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University.

Although Washington is supposed to have a part-time “citizen Legislature,” the Times analysis of financial-disclosure reports found …

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Verdict in Florida Again Raises Self-Defense Issue

Posted by FM News 101 KXL on February 16, 2014
Michael Dunn, gestures on the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Dunn is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenient story in 2012.(The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, could face 60 years in prison following his conviction Saturday on multiple counts of attempted murder …

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Washington Governor Suspends Death Penalty

Posted by FM News 101 KXL on February 11, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”

The Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members of victims, prosecutors and law …

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Iconic Child Star Shirley Temple Dies at 85

Posted by FM News 101 KXL on February 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.

“We salute …

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Super Bowl Advertisers Play it Safe

Posted by Steve Herman on February 3, 2014

Advertisers played it safe in Super Bowl ads this year.

There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.

In their place, much more sedate ads. RadioShack poked fun at its image by starring 80s icons like Teen Wolf in its ad, for instance, while Coca-Cola showcased people of different diversities in its spot.

With …

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