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The Big One really is coming

Geologic catastrophe is mostly out of our hands, but if you want to know what you should really worry about you might want to read the excellent article by Kathryn Schulz in the July 20 issue of The New Yorker. It is titled, “The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.”

Cathy Young | Nobody knows you’re joking

The recent scandal around British biologist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, who had to resign from several posts because of alleged sexist remarks at a science journalists’ conference — remarks that later reports show were almost certainly a misunderstood self-deprecating joke — has spotlighted an issue that has been the cause of growing concern: the power of the Internet mob.

The gas tax you don’t love, rising

After years of wrangling, the Washington Legislature has approved a $16 billion transportation package. It will build roads, fix roads and bridges, build bike paths and walkways, subsidize transit, and slap you with an 11.9-cent increase in the gasoline tax.
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Eugene Robinson | Jeb’s foot in Mitt disease

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn’t, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.

Common Ground | Sage Hills trails in good shape

It seems hard to believe, but the conditions for mountain bike riding and hiking in the Sage Hills area are surprisingly good in the aftermath of the catastrophic Sleepy Hollow Fire that charred the area.

World Editorial Board | They will rise from the ashes

The Sleepy Hollow Fire brought grievous loss to many families, and as tragic as it was we should not forget that more than homes burned. The embers that touched off the warehouses a mile and a half from Broadview, on Hawley Street and Walla Walla Avenue, caused damage in the tens of millions of dollars, destroyed state-of-the-art equipment for packing cherries, pears and apples, wrecked fruit ready to pack, brought a logistical crisis at the peak of harvest, and displaced hundreds of workers whose livelihood flowed from the work done ...

World Editorial Board | Fix for fireworks

It was a true emergency as the Fourth of July weekend dawned. Weeks of record high temperatures had turned North Central Washington’s hills into a fuse waiting to be lit. Fire had already whipped through suburbs, destroyed tens of millions of dollars in property and caused untold family tragedies, all in the blink of an eye. Now we were counting down the minutes to our annual festival of smoke, spark, flame, blast and accident.

Roberts v. Willett

Today’s most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former.
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Charles Krauthammer | New Horizons shows Pluto, the distant rock

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift?

Residues of the horrible war

Today at 10 a.m. Eastern time the Confederate battle flag will be lowered “with dignity” and removed from the South Carolina State House grounds. This is done by order of the state’s Legislature, acting on the request of its governor.
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A tantrum masquerading as governance

When Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to call a referendum on a bailout offer from Greece’s creditors — an offer that expired before Sunday’s referendum — he informed the Greek nation in a televised speech. At 1 a.m.

The leverage to thwart progress

It appears Washington’s Senate Democrats will give up their plan to bring the civilized world to a halt to defend an indefensible teachers’ union initiative many think deceptive and impossibly expensive. It was announced Wednesday that this obstacle to ending the interminable legislative session has been overcome. Democrats agreed to vote on suspending the so-called class-size-reduction Initiative 1351. Republicans in exchange agreed to delay the effect of the new pass-it-or-don’t-graduate biology exam too many high school students failed. The votes are set for this afternoon, the factions said.