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Seattle pollution is down, but Duwamish area is still most contaminated

Paint companies, shipyards and other industrial companies released 126,000 pounds of pollution in the Seattle area during 2004, an improvement over the previous year and a reason supporters of the tracking program are arguing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent proposal to scale it back.

NEW ORLEANS—Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu both suggested during a nationally televised mayoral debate that race played a part in the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Race, said Landrieu, "is the most difficult issue we're facing in the city."

He and Nagin appeared with five other prominent candidates in a debate Monday hosted by cable network MSNBC and New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU-TV. The primary election is Saturday.

SANTA ANA, Calif.—A former Aryan Brotherhood prison gang member said an alleged gang kingpin ordered him to hide two bullets until they could be used to kill a Black inmate who had assaulted a mob leader.

Kevin Roach, his head shaved and arms covered with tattoos, testified Friday for a second day in one of the largest capital cases in U.S. history, a sweeping prosecution aimed at the Aryan Brotherhood's leadership.

Former Trail Blazers guard Terry Porter talks with reporters April 19 at Portland City Hall. Porter is attempting to assemble a group of investors to buy the Blazers from current owner Paul Allen. What do you think — is it just for kicks?

College math exam asks about 'Condoleezza' and her 'watermelon'

BELLEVUE—A question given to students during a practice test for a math final at Bellevue Community College has students — and others — shaking their heads because of what they say is a lack of racial sensitivity.

It refers to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, although it doesn't mention her by name, a civil rights activist said.
The question read: "Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second."

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