Archive for February, 2011

Man shot to death by police after attacking, injuring officer

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

A mentally ill Lynden man was shot and killed by police at about 9:40 a.m. at a Clay Street home after he hit an officer in the head with an object, the Bellingham Herald is reporting.

The deputy, who has not been named, was wounded but survived.

“He’s conscious and talking,” said (Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks), who was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment.

The man, whom relatives identified as 30-year-old Alejandro Martinez, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family and initial police reports from the scene gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

The incident began when family members called 911 about 9:17 a.m. to report Martinez was out of control and breaking windows in the home he shared with his brother and father.

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Murder suspect arrested downtown after bus driver recognizes him from photo

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Brianna Gibbs // THE WESTERN FRONT

Bellingham Police arrested a capital murder suspect from Texas this weekend after a Whatcom Transportation Authority driver recognized him from a photo released by police to taxi and bus drivers.

Johnny Lewis Jr., 43, fled Texas after allegedly murdering a 2-year-old girl in Dallas County.

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Arizona pushes bills to allow guns on college campuses, about a dozen other states may follow suit

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

Three bills in the Arizona Legislature aim to arm professors and students older than 21, with several other states looking to do the same, the New York Times is reporting.

Texas also appears likely to pass a measure that would allow for concealed handguns on campus. The Associated Press is reporting that more than half of Texas’ House representatives have signed on as co-authors of the bill.

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A public vote on red light cameras? Not so fast, says House committee

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

Two bills that seek to standardize red light cameras appear to be moving forward in the state Legislature, but without a crucial provision that would require voter approval before cameras can be installed, the Tacoma News Tribune is reporting.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday defeated an attempt to require local voters to approve cities’ plans to install cameras. Other bills calling for local votes or an outright ban on cameras are falling by the wayside and appear unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to move forward.

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In Texas, a group offers college scholarships to white men

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

A group formed by Texas State University student Colby Bohannan and a few friends will be offering five $500 scholarships to white men with more than a 3.0 grade point average, Reuters is reporting.

The group is called the Former Majority Association for Equality. In Texas, non-Hispanic whites are actually a minority, at 42 percent of the population.

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House bill protects people who use service animals

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Brianna Gibbs // THE WESTERN FRONT

Dogs and miniature horses allowed, no snakes.

Sounds odd, right? Nonetheless, the concept is part of a bill that is currently making its way through the Washington state Legislature.

On Feb. 26, the House passed a bill prohibiting food establishments from discriminating against a person using a “service animal.”

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White House to meet with Seattle (High?) Times editorial board in light of pro-marijuana opinion pieces

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

Here’s an example of a news source writing about a news source writing about a news source.

From The Stranger:

The Stranger has learned that immediately after the Seattle Times ran an editorial last week supporting a bill to tax and regulate marijuana, the newspaper got a phone call from Washington, D.C. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske wanted to fly to Seattle to speak personally with the paper’s full editorial board.

The meeting is scheduled for next Friday, an apparent attempt by the federal government to pressure the state’s largest newspaper to oppose marijuana legalization. Or at least turn down the volume on its new-found bullhorn to legalize pot.

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Man Pies surprise: van crashes through restaurant’s wall

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Brianna Gibbs // THE WESTERN FRONT

It was just another day at work for employees of Man Pies — until a van crashed into the kitchen.

On Friday morning, Everson resident Wilma Johnston, 74, was apparently backing out of a spot in a parking garage, and accidentally pressed the gas instead of the brake.

The quick slip of the foot sent her straight through the kitchen wall of Man Pies, a downtown restaurant, The Bellingham Herald is reporting.

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The UW Daily asks a question about ferrets and premature infants

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Caleb Hutton // THE WESTERN FRONT

I wonder how many times this question had to be repeated.

(Disclaimer: I really enjoy The Daily.)

Shepard: New $35 million cut would be equal to losing Woodring, Huxley and Fairhaven

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Brianna Gibbs // THE WESTERN FRONT

Three public universities in Washington sent letters to Olympia and The Seattle Times this week in an effort to sway lawmakers away from proposed budget cuts to higher education.

Western, the University of Washington and Washington State University each outlined what proposed budget cuts could mean.

Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a $35 million cut to Western’s operating budget, and President Bruce Shepard responded to that figure with some possible impacts it could have on our university.

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