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In science fiction, robots take on diverse forms — such as R2D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars, Robby the Robot from "Forbidden Planet," or the cold steel behemoth, GORT, from The "Day the Earth Stood Still."

These images have be-come cultural icons, representing what most people think of when they hear the word "robot." But in the real world, robots also take on diverse forms, ranging from service-friendly vacuum cleaners and precision mechanical arms that help build cars, to playful robotic pets the whole family can enjoy.


Party would deny citizenship to children born here of illegal parents

YAKIMA—The Washington state Repub-lican Party has adopted a platform that would revoke the constitutional provision granting automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.

Diane Tebelius, state GOP chair, said she believes the provision reflects the sentiment of Washington voters.


Portland's citywide party nears its 100th year of summer tradition

Although many longtime Portland residents reach for their raincoats when the Rose Festival begins, they also know that the beginning of June marks a time to celebrate all the city has to offer.

For 99 years, the Rose Festival has swept through town in June to honor the prolific rose, appreciate the city's pretty young women and give residents and guests alike a good time.


Flanked by City Commissioners Randy Leonard, left, and Dan Saltzman, Mayor Tom Potter announces the discovery that the FBI tried to place an informant inside Portland City Hall.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly attempted to recruit an informant inside City Hall, according to Mayor Tom Potter, who recently released an open letter to the community.

Federal authorities have since told the mayor that they know of no public corruption in Portland and are not conducting any investigation of the city.


Bill brings oversight powers closer to their original intent, Licata says

Nick Licata

The Seattle City Council this week unanimously passed a bill to restore the Office of the Professional Accountability Review Board's citizen-review function, as intended by the council when it passed the original enacting legislation in 1999.


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