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Sonya Slaughter, front left, gets some suggestions from Seattle Public Librarian Jane Lopez-Santillana on a good book to give to a teenager for Christmas at the Books for Giving fair, held Nov. 22 at the Central library in downtown Seattle.


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Wages Falling Behind

Many Northwesterners struggle mightily to make a decent living

To live a decent life in Washington, it costs a single adult $10.77 an hour. Yet one-third of all job openings pay less than that, according to a study conducted by a Seattle organization.
"Searching for Work That Pays: The 2005 Northwest Job Gap Study" determined that the "Northwest is not creating living-wage jobs for all those who need them." When families cannot earn what they need to survive, the study notes, "many are forced to make difficult choices between adequate health care, balanced nutrition and paying the bills."
The study was prepared by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, a regional federation of four statewide, community-based social and economic organizations. It encompassed Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Of the four states, Oregon and Washington had the highest living-wage requirement to pay for day-to-day needs.


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Georgia GOP Fights Law's Renewal

A group of Republicans wants to let the Voting Rights Act expire

WASHINGTON—A school closes that once housed a polling place. For the next election, city officials send voters to a new site across the street. In Boston, no problem.

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New School

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, left, talks with University of New Orleans student Altravese Gardner


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