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    Oil train safety is off the rails

    Residents near Mount Carbon, W.Va., heard a “big boom” on Monday, an explosion so forceful that it resulted in a fireball hundreds of feet high and sounded like a massive bomb exploding. Days later, toppled tank cars from a derailed train carrying 3 million gallons of oil were still...

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    Gun lobby misfires again on campus proposal

    What’s the dumbest idea of the season?

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    Wal-Mart shows it’s time to lift the minimum wage

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s largest private sector employer, announced last week that it will give half a million employees a raise. Starting this spring, the retailer’s lowest-paid workers will earn $9 an hour, significantly higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage, and their...

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    Certifying employability of ex-cons makes sense

    Certifying the employability of promising ex-prisoners is such a sensible idea, it’s a wonder it’s not already in state law. It will become law if a new bipartisan House bill gets through the Legislature this year.

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    Nigeria needs U.S. aid for humanitarian crisis

    Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation is facing a humanitarian crisis. Headlines have focused on Nigeria’s struggles against the murderous Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, as well as the country’s controversial decision to postpone its national elections. Less...

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    Crucial how fight versusIslamic State is framed

    Horrific events in Libya and Denmark in recent days demonstrate the two sorts of dangers posed by the fundamentalists who call themselves Islamic State: atrocities carried out in areas under its control and acts of violence committed in the West by individuals radicalized by the group’s message...

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    Fatal shooting raises lethal force questions

    A rally against police brutality drew nearly a thousand people not far away this past weekend, after officers had shot dead a Hispanic man accused of throwing rocks last Tuesday in Pasco.

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    Email privacy requires new federal protections

    Given the rapid advances in technology – and the way Americans constantly use that technology – it’s troubling the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 has not been updated to better protect privacy rights. The privacy act was written at a time when few people...

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    FAA moves slowly, surely toward regulating drones

    The Federal Aviation Administration, in its long, often thankless quest to impose order on the burgeoning drone business, has finally proposed some new rules for commercial operators. The agency is showing restraint, flexibility and an openness to innovation. It still isn’t pleasing everyone...

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    Ecology takes right step, courting winemakers early

    The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers brought its annual convention to town last week, with attendees from all parts of the industry. One session that caught the attention of many of the attendees was one held by the state Department of Ecology on a soon-to-be-required permit for the...

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