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Ross: Planes are noisy, so are babies; what’s the big deal?

The issue of airborne babies keeps coming up, and as far as I can tell, the reason it keeps coming up is that reporters find themselves near a baby on a plane
13 hours ago
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Ross: Seattle has a serious problem, not enough castles

I’m just back from a tour of Eastern Canada, and of course, when you visit other cities, you compare them with your own.
2 days ago
FILE - A view of the Shell oil company logo above a Shell fuel station in London, on May 5, 2022. S...
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Ross: How the gas tax could start paying you

A bill for the next legislative session that could rebate some of the revenue from the state’s carbon credit auctions to drivers
3 days ago
Dr. Bleich found you could discourage kids from buying soda if you post signs near the soda case sh...
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Ross: Study shows aging effects of sugar

My family informs me that no one wants to hear any more studies about sugar, because they've already heard enough.
8 days ago
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Ross: New research confirms what we all know about school lunches

From time to time, we'll hear about scientific studies that, after careful research, will rediscover something everybody knew 50 years ago.
10 days ago
FILE - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, heads to a vot...
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Ross: Mitt Romney leaving politics unveils an intimidating truth

Mitt Romney that he will not run for reelection in 2024. Kind of a surprise since he’s only 76. Which, as Senators go, is barely middle age.
14 days ago
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Ross: Parking duplicity or an honest mix-up in SoDo

We recently went to see the Immersive Van Gogh Experience in Sodo, which is right next to a parking lot that charges $15 for two hours.
15 days ago
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Ross: I’m tired of graffiti, we need nightly paint truck patrols

It's time for nightly paint truck patrols up and down the breakdown lanes on I-5. Trucks equipped with night vision cameras, and side-mounted paint nozzles.
16 days ago
LONDON - OCTOBER 14:  A man uses an iris recognition scanner during the Biometrics 2004 exhibition ...
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Ross: It’s probably too late to stop universal face recognition

I tend to forget names, and I also tend to run into people I’ve never met who somehow know my name, so it’s only right I should be able to return the favor.
17 days ago
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 25: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks to the media about e...
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Ross: Georgia Secretary of State says he can’t take Trump off the ballot

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensburger put the kibosh on this idea of disqualifying Donald Trump under the 14th Amendment.
21 days ago
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Ross: The Mariners basically built my deck for me

I felt like I’d won the deck painting Olympics. The thing basically painted itself. Thanks to the Mariners.
22 days ago
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Ross: AI is reliant on exploitative outsourced labor too

I’m embarrassed to say I had assumed that today’s AI software was smart enough to categorize objects all on its own.
23 days ago
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Ross: Exercising my Labor muscles this Labor Day

Labor Day was founded to celebrate the labor movement, I’ll leave you to look up the history.
24 days ago
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Ross: A perfect match of willful blindness and Trump’s trial

Whatever you think about the Trump legal drama, it represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to learn some of the more obscure principles of criminal law
28 days ago
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Ross: Theater needs to change to adapt to a new audience

A lot of theater companies here and across the country are in trouble. The pre-pandemic audiences have not returned.
29 days ago
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Ross: We need to go after people fueling youth crime wave

Because, like the Second Amendment folks keep telling us, the push for more gun control doesn’t seem to be working.
30 days ago
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Ross: I’m actually impressed with Trump’s mug shot

I have to admit the Trump mug shot impressed me.
1 month ago
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Ross: Is Vivek Ramaswamy Trumpier than Trump himself?

There was a lot of talk and ruthless takedowns at last night’s Republican debate, but there was a clear crowd favorite, political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy.
1 month ago
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Ross: One day we might need an app to remind us to breathe

At that point, Apple can charge whatever it wants because your iPhone is the only thing reminding you how to stay alive.
1 month ago
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Ross: Woman bit by seal near San Juan Island ‘still loves seals’

She’s been on excellent terms with the harbor seal, and even played with one of them during a swim near Golden Gardens:
1 month ago
The empty driver's seat is shown in a driverless Chevy Bolt car named Peaches carrying Associated P...
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Ross: Robodrivers are being held accountable more than people

I’ve been a skeptic of self-driving cars because I can just imagine the Internet going down just as you’re approaching a Diverging Diamond intersection
1 month ago
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Ross: A bullet train is great, but affordable housing is much better

I would like to see a study into why we all need to travel so far. The main reason seems to be that too many people can’t afford to live anywhere near where they work.
1 month ago
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Ross: The best way to handle the heat was doing something 30 years ago

How to stay cool in our air-conditioning-deprived area? I checked sources from Canada to Arizona, and it turns out there’s nothing new.
1 month ago
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Ross: Will WA Republicans turn a blind eye to Trump’s crimes?

So in the case of the State Republican Party, it’s State Representative Jim Walsh who will decide whether Donald Trump is eligible for the primary ballot
1 month ago
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