The latest inCalifornia cool
California’s political leaders reachedan agreement Wednesday on thenation’s most sweeping controls ongreenhouse gas emissions. That putsthe state at odds with the Bushadministration on curbing man-madecauses of climate change.
New skipperafter accident
The skipper of the Seattle-basedicebreaker Healy was relieved of command Wednesday as the CoastGuard investigates the deaths of twodivers from the ship who were killedin the Arctic Ocean.
Costco warnsof lower profit
A warning from Costco Wholesalethat fourth-quarter profit will bebelow analysts’ estimates sent thecompany’s shares down more than4 percent Wednesday. The companysaid sales of some items have slowedand gas prices are a problem.
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The National ParkService to side with conservation overrecreation when they conflict.
The U.S.commander in Iraq says there’sprogress on security despitecontinuing deadly attacks.
Glenn Ford dies:
The actor, whosedozens of films included Westerns,comedies and dramas, was 90.
Wah Mee parole hearing:
Relativesof victims in the 1983 massacreoppose putting one of the gunman onapath to freedom.
The search is on for thesource of a mysterious spill found nearthe Edmonds ferry terminal.
About 400 workersgot e-mails from RadioShack tellingthem they were fired immediately.
E1Russians buying into Airbus?
Shares of Airbus’ parent rise amidreports a Russian bank bought morethan 4 percent of the company.
E2Labor abuses alleged:
Apple isdelving into allegations against aniPod manufacturer in China.
Fog in the morning, thenclearing. High 75. Low 53.
Pop, punk, rap ...eccentric films ...roller derby ...mustbe Bumbershoot time.
THE GLOW OF DYING E
Tony Lyons, 21, of Seattle has a cigarette outside Ozzie’s on lower Queen Anne Hill, where he works as a bouncer. Lyons says most of the people he is around at Ozzie’s andat the car dealership where he also works smoke. He has smoked since he was 13 and says he is not ready to quit yet. So he was surprised to hear that the number of adult smokers in Washington has declined by 21percent since 2000, meaning there are 205,000 fewer smokers in the state these days.
Park two of GMC’s biggest Sierra pickups nextto each other. That’s a lot of truck, but a small con-dominium – at least by Seattle standards.But a local developer is betting Seattle urba-nites are primed to carve out their own two-truck chunks of Belltown. The modacondos, set tobreak ground in October, promise “New York-styleliving,” with units as small as 296 square feet thatstart at $149,950.“I think there’s unmet demand for affordable
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Tiny condos inBelltown to startat $149,950
BY AUBREY COHEN
Stores throughout much of Seattle soon will be forbidden to sell cheap, extra-strongbeers and wines, thanks to rules approved by the state Wednesday.But that’s got folks in some neighborhoods worrying whether homeless alcoholics willthen head to communities such as Walling-ford, Eastlake and southwest Seattle for theirbottle of Thunderbird.“There’s several stores that sell the high-octane stuff in my neighborhood,” said WillBarker, a 40-year-old computer graphic artist.
High-octanealcohol sales banned inmuch of city
But other neighborhoodsfear trade will move there
BY ANGELA GALLOWAY
Despite exploding costs, most Ameri-cans got sizable life-extending bang fortheir medical bucks over recent decades,says one of the most sweeping studies everof health care value.That might come as a surprise to any-one who has ever shuddered over a med-ical bill, and the report itself raises doubtsover how quickly costs have escalated.However, the study calculated that Americans of all ages spent an average of $19,900 on medical care for each extra year of life expectancy gained over the lastfour decades of the 20th century. And thatcost is worth it, the study authors say.“On average, the return is very high,”concludes study leader David Cutler, a Har- vard University health economist. “But it’sgetting worse for ...in particular, the el-derly.”“The rising cost of health care has beenthe source of a lot of saber rattling in themedia and the public square, without any-one seriously analyzing the benefitsgained,” Cutler said. “But the dramatic in-crease in life expectancy that we’ve seenover the last decades shows that risingmedical costs have been largely justified.”The analysis was supported by a grantfrom the National Institute on Aging andthe Lasker Foundation and was publishedin today’s New England Journal of Medi-cine.Patrick Boyle, 74, is a prime example of what good medical care and interventioncan do.The Shoreline resident climbed MountSi when he was 57 years old. When hereached the top, he was in the midst of a
Medical costs are justified, study asserts
Spread over many years,the benefits of pricey treatments are worth it
BY JEFF DONN
The Associated Press
AMERICAN LIFEEXPECTANCYAT BIRTH
Source: National Vital Statistics System