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  • Israeli government urged to consider legalizing pot

    Legalizing marijuana would generate more than $450 million annually for Israel’s economy, according to a new study. A co-author of the report, released by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, said the evidence demands Israel’s government take a serious look at legalizing and taxing cannabis. The study shows the black market for pot in Israel is worth about $707 million per year. Marijuana, if taxed like cigarettes, would add $268 million into the government’s income and would also save law […]

  • Costco aims to open 36 new stores within a year

    Costco plans to bring gigantic packages of toilet paper and toothpaste to more people around the world with the opening of as many as 36 new stores by October 2014. Half of those stores will be outside the U.S., KPLU radio reported. Issaquah-based Costco has already opened four warehouses since the beginning of September and plans to open 11 more by the end of 2013, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Costco CFO Richard Galanti said the company has worked to […]

  • PSE giving away free refrigerators…seriously

    SEATTLE — It’s a deal that may sound a little too good to be true. Puget Sound Energy is offering to replace old, inefficient refrigerators with new ones that could save customers more than $200 a year in energy costs. Customers with a refrigerator manufactured before 1992 that’s in working condition can trade it in for an energy-efficient model by Frigidaire, while supplies last. PSE will even remove and recycle the old fridge when the new one is delivered. Replacement […]

  • Detective’s personal life could become issue in murder case

    SEATTLE — A Pierce County sheriff’s detective’s personal life could become an issue in a high-profile murder case, The News Tribune reported. The detective, Sgt. Denny Wood, helped investigate the murder of Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily, a 16-year-old Special Olympian who went missing in August 2010 and was later found raped and strangled. Woods is accused of pursuing a personal relationship with the widow of a victim in an unrelated unsolved homicide case. Details of the relationship have not been made […]

  • Support group set up specifically for young breast cancer patients

    SEATTLE — They all suffer the same feeling — the stab of a life-threatening diagnosis, losing their hair during chemotherapy and living with the fear of cancer coming back. But in Snohomish County, women diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30s and 40s didn’t have a place to turn for support until now. A breast cancer support group created specifically for younger women was launched at Providence Regional Cancer Partnership in June, the Everett Herald reported. At the group’s meetings […]

  • ‘Nasal Ranger’ weeds out pot odor complaints

    SEATTLE — As Washington and Colorado navigate the uncharted waters of legalized pot, one city finally has an answer to people asking, “What’s that smell?” Now, Denver is embracing a new tool to sniff out odor complaints near marijuana grows — the Nasal Ranger. The portable device augments the human sense of smell to determine if an odor is strong enough to warrant a fine. High Times compares the tool’s appearance to a megaphone or radar gun. A mask is […]

  • Home buyers willing to fork over more near top-rated schools

    Home buyers are willing to fork over premium prices to live in a top-ranked school district, according to a new study from Redfin. Buyers are spending an average of $50 more per square foot for homes near top-notch schools. The price difference even applies to homes in the same neighborhoods. “Homes just a short distance apart with nearly identical attributes are selling for drastically different prices,” the report says. “We’ve looked across the country at homes that have sold in […]

  • Puget Sound could become no-sewage discharge zone

    SEATTLE — Boaters would be prohibited from releasing sewage — treated or untreated — into Puget Sound, under a new proposal by the Washington Department of Ecology, the Kitsap Sun reported. Current rules allow sewage to be discharged in most areas of the Sound after being treated in an approved “marine sanitation device.” That practice would end for recreational and commercial vessels if the proposal is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the federal Clean Water Act, states […]

  • JBLM officer dies in Fort Bragg parachute accident

    SEATTLE — A senior Army officer who served at Joint Base-Lewis McChord died Monday in a parachute accident at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the News Tribune reported. Col. Darron Wright was serving at the time with Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Wright led JBLM Stryker soldiers in Iraq and returned to the base to launch a new division headquarters. He wrote about about his 2009-2010 tour in Iraq in his memoir, “Iraq Full Circle.” Soldiers who knew Wright paid tribute […]

  • Kitsap County approves mental health tax

    SEATTLE — Kitsap County commissioners on Monday approved a 0.1 percent sales tax dedicated for local mental health services, the Kitsap Sun reported. The money will be used toward new programs approved by a citizen advisory committee, including initiatives addressing local health needs, chemical dependency and mental health disorders. The tax — equivalent to a penny on a $10 purchase — will be collected after Jan. 1. Normal sales tax exemptions on food will still apply. Commissioners passed the ordinance after […]

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