In the media

06 10 14
The Bellingham Herald
While a decision on a new registration and inspection system for rental housing is still weeks away, City Council member Roxanne Murphy says her more restrained approach seems to be gathering support. But Murphy's call for a simple apartment registration system, with no random inspections, triggered a sharp exchange with council member Jack Weiss, a longtime advocate of a more extensive system to improve health and safety standards in rental housing.
06 09 14
The Seattle Times
It’s a grim fact of life today that colleges across the country are under a constant state of vigilance, prepared to go into emergency mode if a shooter begins firing bullets on campus, as happened at Seattle Pacific University Thursday. But although it may seem like such shootings are on the increase, they are sporadic and relatively rare, experts say.
06 09 14
The Bellingham Herald
The years-long discussion of rental housing licensing and inspection will continue Monday, June 9, at a City Council work session. The council's three-member planning committee has scheduled that discussion for 10:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 210 Lottie St. The council has wrestled with the issue since at least 2003, spurred by complaints from neighborhood residents and renters about the conditions in some apartments and rental houses. While council members have repeatedly stated that they believe most landlords are conscientious about health and safety codes and tenant well-being, they are looking for a way to crack down on the troublemakers.
06 09 14
The Bellingham Herald
As an English professor, Merrill Lewis read books. As a retired English professor, he reads wheat.
06 06 14
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
In managing violent rebellions, democracies must often choose between coercion and accommodation. As the world’s largest democracy, India is no stranger to this trade-off: it has struggled over the past several decades to address several domestic insurgencies. A new book by Bidisha Biswas addresses India’s approach to internal conflicts. Biswas will look at Punjab, Kashmir, and the Naxalite–Maoist conflict and explore the challenges and choices facing multiethnic democracies.
06 06 14
The Western Front
Happy voices fill the air on a cloudless day at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium, but no one is in the stands. A live band pulsates a rock beat as people in their jogging shorts and shoes begin to congregate from the turf field to the brick-red rubber track. An announcer gives a countdown and the crowd on the track chants back. At zero, the throng of people begin walking the circular track.
06 06 14
The Bellingham Herald
Annika Wolters feels no need to tip-toe around any topic when asked questions as president-elect of the Associated Students at Western Washington University. "I still have a lot of people to impress," she said with a smile, noting the election was close and few voted.
06 06 14
Billings Gazette
Now in the throes of election season, Gov. Matt Mead hit the campaign trail this week. But the governor, who faces two challengers in August’s Republican primary, did not shake hands in Cheyenne or pose for pictures in Sheridan.
06 05 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University's Emily Little was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division II Pocock All-America team announced this week. A senior from Port Angeles, Little rowed in the bow seat of the Vikings' varsity eight shell.
06 05 14
The Bellingham Herald
Many openings remain for free summertime programs and classes for all ages at the Breazeale Interpretive Center, part of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in coastal Skagit County. Most classes for "junior ecologists" in the 6- to 9-year-old age group are filled and have online waiting lists, but many other offerings have space available - including family and adult programs and "mini-explorers" in the 3- to 5-year-old group.