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Forward to the past: Trump’s nuclear arms race

Donald Trump came into office as president with an ambiguous stance toward nuclear weapons like Ronald Reagan’s. On Feb.22, President Trump said he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal, alleging that the United States has fallen behind in its nuclear weapons capacity. In an interview with Reuters news service, he called the current New START treaty between the United States and Russia “a one-sided deal.”

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Guest columnist: Deployed technology in our daily lives — now, soon and future

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s local campus lies at the northern edge of Richland, just south of the Hanford site. The lab has been an important part of the Tri-Cities community since 1965 and consists of more than 4,300 scientists, engineers and other professionals. Launched as a research and development facility independent of Hanford site operations, the laboratory first focused on addressing fundamental science and engineering questions related to radioactive materials. However, the work soon expanded to a variety of other important science and technology questions critical for the nation’s interests.

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Week celebrates public records out in the open, where they belong

When a citizen asks the government for records, government officials must comply, with some exceptions. They must comply because the records aren’t the government’s records; they belong to the people. Former Seattle Times investigative reporter Eric Nalder calls those requests for records the “people’s subpoena,” and they are powerful.

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Levy cliff averted; real work can begin

Washington lawmakers owned up to one school-funding reality last week. The Republican-controlled Senate wisely backed away from a so-called school “levy cliff” by agreeing to let school districts collect extra dollars from local levies for another year.

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Guest opinion: Deadly force bill is solution to non-existent problem

It is with serious concern that rank and file law enforcement officers in Washington adamantly oppose SSB 5073 (Deadly force bill) or anything with similar language. We as police officers find ourselves in Olympia at the Capitol having to fight to protect the right to uphold our oath and to protect the citizens of our communities across the state because of this proposed legislation.

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Allen Johnson: Being willing to play is key to an enduring friendship

When I was single (back when buffalo roamed the prairie), I would often ask pretty girls what they were looking for in a man. I thought of it as field research — collecting data to determine whether I fit the bill as the ideal catch. Their responses varied, but not by much. “He should be intelligent and rich,” they would say and then, as an afterthought, “And funny. It’d be nice if he was funny.”

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A holiday with lesson in Northwest, U.S. history

Our state is named after our nation’s first president, which is a major reason why most folks have a day off from their work or school duties Monday, Presidents Day. The holiday splits the difference in honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).

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A conservative solution to climate change

Addressing climate change has been a contentious political issue for the last eight years. It need not be. Democrats have long been frustrated with the lack of Republican support for action to prevent climate change. Republicans have long been frustrated with Democratic solutions involving regulations and taxes that drag down the economy.

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School cams in Wisconsin catch student saving friend's life with Heimlich maneuver

A Wisconsin high school student uses the Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking friend in the school cafeteria. Video shows the students at La Crosse's Central High School eating lunch when one begins to choke. One of the other boys walks over, put his arms around the choking student's stomach and pressing.
La Crosse's Central High School
School cams in Wisconsin catch student saving friend's life with Heimlich maneuver 0:46

School cams in Wisconsin catch student saving friend's life with Heimlich maneuver

University of Kentucky fans react to wild final seconds of Elite 8 game versus University of North Carolina 0:30

University of Kentucky fans react to wild final seconds of Elite 8 game versus University of North Carolina

Pasco soccer looking for 3rd straight MCC title 1:28

Pasco soccer looking for 3rd straight MCC title

500 Mid-Columbia firefighters scheduled for live fire training in Kennewick 0:59

500 Mid-Columbia firefighters scheduled for live fire training in Kennewick