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• Remember when backers of Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center promised to build a million-dollar playground to appease the angry masses who protested placing Chihuly's for-profit vanity project on public land? Now that the glass museum has been open and raking in the dough for eight months, you might be wondering: Where is that playground? Well, it turns out that the intended playground location was instead used to sell commemorative trinkets for the Seattle Center's 50th anniversary celebration (sorry, kids!). Sources in city hall now say there's no location and no hard deadline for building the playground.

• According to sources, in an attempt to undermine the teacher boycott of the controversial Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) exams, administrators at Garfield High School began removing students this week from the classes of teachers who've refused to proctor MAP exams and giving the exams themselves. Acknowledging the actions, superintendent Jose Banda said in a statement that he wants to measure "student progress in a consistent manner across all schools."

• In the wake of polls showing strong public support for tighter gun laws, state house Republicans have introduced the Firearms Freedom Act, a bill that would nullify federal gun laws, make enforcement of said laws by federal agents a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and establish Washington as a "stand your ground" state. Because house Republicans are fucking nuts.

• No one has filed to run against the Seattle City Council members up for reelection this year: Sally Bagshaw, Richard Conlin, Nick Licata, and Mike O'Brien. Is it unusual to have a slate of four council incumbents and absolutely no challengers? Yes, yes it is, confirms the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. While the deadline to file for office isn't until May 10, most candidates file in January or early February.

• On February 1, Initiative 522 became certified for the general election. If passed, the measure would require most foods "if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale," the state explains.

• Who thinks we shouldn't slap on labels identifying food with genetically modified DNA? The food-processing lobby. "This initiative, although well-meaning, hurts the small- and medium-sized food processors in our state," said Northwest Food Processors Association president Dave Zepponi. The food processor lobby insists that if you want non-GMO food, you can avoid it "by buying organic." recommended

 

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Uh, this article is by Dow Constantine?
Posted by Anon2223568 on February 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
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"establish Washington as a "stand your ground" state."

Washington is already a Stand Your Ground state: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?… In fact, Washington is a mutual defense state - you are even allowed to defend other people in your presence - and the threat needs to be "great personal injury", not death. Also, I read the law you're talking about, and it doesn't make any mention of the Washington Justifiable Homicide Law one way or the other.

You are even allowed to prevent felonies against you, such as felony level theft, although that is NOT mutual, and no they do not have to be "forcible". Because Washington is a justifiable homicide state, rather than a self-defense state, neither "duty to retreat" nor "excessive force" are even applicable.

Washington's a Western state, live with it. Most of WA is not Seattle. Even many of the liberals in other parts of the state are labor union types who own guns, fly the American flag, drive pickup trucks and join the military.
Posted by Jeremy Janson http://hailingfromgeorgia.blogspot.com on February 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM · Report this
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#1, it's another Stranger goof
Posted by Unbrainwashed on February 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM · Report this
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You know who else doesn't believe we should label GMO food? People with an actual understanding of how GMO crops are produced. There is no scientific evidence suggesting that genetically modified crops are unsafe to eat.

See the recent slate article "Leading Environmental Activist’s Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs" for some reporting on this issue with actual facts.
Posted by GeneticsPhD on February 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this

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