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Black Student Union led transformation of "60s UW campus

In 1968 there were only 63 Black students at the University of Washington, at a campus of 33,000 students. A new documentary film on the efforts to diversify the University of Washington will air on UW TV this February.
"In Pursuit of Social Justice: An Oral History of the Early Years of Diversity Efforts at the University of Washington," talks about that time with interviews of Emile Pitre, Verlaine Keith-Miller and King County Councilor Larry Gossett.


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Lawsuit challenges filtering software on behalf of pro-gun group

SPOKANE — A rural library district is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union over its Internet filtering policy.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks an order directing the North Central Regional Library District to provide unblocked access to the Internet when adults request it.
The ACLU of Washington brought suit on behalf of three individuals and the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation over the library district's Internet filter on computers.
The lawsuit contends the library's policy of refusing to disable its Internet filters when requested for lawful purposes is unconstitutional and goes beyond what federal law requires.
"Libraries should not deny adults using publicly available computers the opportunity to view research material and other lawful information," ACLU Legal Director Sarah Dunne said in a release.
Dean Marney, director of the library district based in Wenatchee, said he was surprised by the lawsuit. He said the library recently changed its filtering software that allows sites to be unblocked. However, federal law does not require that requests to remove filters be granted, he said.

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Restrictions would protect foreign guest workers from exploitation

YAKIMA — A proposal to subject farm labor contractors to background checks and other new requirements has drawn opposition from some business owners and farm groups, who say the new rules could worsen an already tight labor supply.
Under the draft proposal developed by the state Department of Labor and Industries, farm labor contractors would have to post a repatriation bond to cover room, board and travel expenses for foreign guest workers.
The proposed legislation would also cap fees that contractors could charge workers, require background checks of contractors and raise the annual licensing fee to $100 from $35.


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CHARLESTON, S.C. — After being elected House majority whip last Thursday, Rep. Jim Clyburn recalled how, as a child growing up in Sumter, S.C., he once revealed to a family friend he dreamed of going into politics.
He was quickly told to keep such aspirations to himself. As a Black in segregated South Carolina in the 1950s, he was told he had no chance to be elected.


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WASHINGTON — Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.


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An average refund of $831 is waiting for 2,469 Washington State taxpayers whose refund checks were…


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It was a sequel few had asked for or dared conceive, a television and book project with Simpson describing how he would have killed his ex-wife. Any fascination with Simpson's shocking return to public life was overcome by revulsion and disbelief.
Even Rupert Murdoch, a media king with a famous taste for scandal, couldn't stand it anymore. On Monday, he canceled the whole thing, less than a week after it was announced.
"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns both Fox Broadcasting and publisher HarperCollins. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."
"If I Did It" had been scheduled to air as a two-part interview Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 on Fox, with the book to follow on Nov. 30. HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum said some copies had already been shipped to stores but would be recalled, and all copies would be destroyed. Should any turn up, they will become instant collectors' items.


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Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette

PATIENT SERVICES STAFFPLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE COLUMBIA/WILLAMETTEseeks Patient Services Staff…

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Black Student Union representatives Lomingo Andrews, left, and Erica Battles serve a blend of traditional African and African American fare to the students of Portland Community College Cascade during their celebration of the college's international students on Tuesday.  Food included beignets, macaroni and cheese, Congolese Black-eyed peas and rice.


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Thirty percent of urban renewal funds will go to affordable housing

Working families who can barely stretch a paycheck to pay for rent or a mortgage may soon find help through a new policy the Portland City Council has approved for affordable housing.
The council recently adopted an ordinance that will set aside 30 percent of urban renewal funds for affordable housing. In the next five years, the city estimates the new policy will result in $125.5 million for housing for working families, people of color, seniors and those with disabilities or in recovery. The additional revenue represents more than a $10-million-a-year increase over past spending for affordable housing.
The 30 percent set-aside is the highest set-aside figure for affordable housing in the United States, said Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten, who oversees the city's Bureau of Housing and Community Development.


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