Amazon launches app-based health-care service for Seattle-based employees
SEATTLE — In its most direct foray yet into the $3.8 trillion medical sector, Amazon has launched a pilot program to administer health care services to many of its nearly 54,000 Seattle-area employees and their families.An app, called Amazon Care, provides on-demand chat and video consultations with medical professionals and enables users to schedule in-person visits with clinicians at patients’ homes or offices. Payment for the service routes through Amazon.com.While Amazon has not hinted it plans to make Amazon Care available beyond its own 500,000-person U.S. workforce, industry watchers sa...
The Seattle Times
Real estate Q&A: Can condo owners withhold dues to force board to rehire employee?
Q: Our condominium recently let go off a popular employee. Several residents are upset and want him rehired. They are threatening to withhold their monthly dues until the board of directors gives in to their demands. What is the best way to deal with these maverick owners? — JohnA: There is a right and wrong way for unit owners to address their grievances with their condominium association.Reaching out to the management company or attending the next board meeting are both excellent ways to comment or ask questions. Withholding their dues in protest is not an appropriate method of protest and c...
Rainbow snake spotted in Central Florida county for first time in over 50 years
ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in over 50 years, a rainbow snake was spotted in Marion County, wildlife experts said Wednesday.A woman was hiking in the Ocala National Forest when she came across a Farancia erytrogramma about 4 feet long recently, according to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.The nonvenomous, aquatic snake usually hides in watery vegetation. Even herpetologists rarely see this shy species.The Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed it’s the first record of this species in Marion County since 1969.Biologists believe the snake was on the move due to the recen...
State trust lands arrangements under attack from all sides
LOWER CHEHALIS STATE FOREST, Wash. — Just south of Washington’s State Capitol in Olympia, more than 20,000 acres of noble and Douglas fir trees blanket tall hillsides and valleys cut through by meandering streams. The sprawling, unmarked forest is indistinguishable from much of the Evergreen State’s rugged terrain.This natural area, though, serves a very specific purpose. For the state, the land is essentially a bank account collecting interest, hundreds of millions of board-feet of timber, growing until it’s ready for harvest. The money collected when all that timber is sold — on a staggered ...
Television Q&A: Is 'Katy Keene' based on the '60s comic book?
You have questions. I have some answers, many from the pop-culture vault.Q: In the early ’60s there was a comic book called “Katy Keene.” Is that where the TV show got started?A: Yes. The CW series is a spinoff of “Riverdale,” which reimagines Archie Comics characters. And “Katy Keene,” according to the network, “follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-some...
Tribune News Service
Unlikely voters say they'll vote in 2020. Who will that benefit?
MIAMI — Tens of millions of people who have chosen not to vote in recent U.S. elections could be headed to the polls this November in a massive wave that would change the look and feel of the presidential contest, according to a newly published study of “chronic non-voters.”The sweeping survey of thousands of inactive voters and eligible but unregistered adults, commissioned last summer by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that roughly half of those interviewed were “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in 2020. And given estimates that 100 million eligible adults skipp...
Marisa Warren has lofty goals: DePaul basketball, studying social justice — and eventually taking to the skies: 'I've never met anyone who looks like me who is a pilot'
When the DePaul women’s basketball team travels to games, Marisa Warren snags a window seat. She usually observes the type of plane and might peek into the cockpit.Aviation has been a joy for the freshman point guard since childhood. At 8 years old, she flew by herself from Missouri to Texas to visit an aunt. She took her first international flight in eighth grade when her German class toured Europe. She has crisscrossed the nation to compete on basketball teams.But when Warren held the controls of a piston-engine Cirrus SR20 plane over the Mississippi River last year, she knew for certain she...
On Gardening: Where the pickerelweed grows
Pickerelweed is native over a monstrously big range, from Nova Scotia to Argentina. In our country pickerelweed calls 36 states home. I assure you “Where the Pickerelweed Grows,” a spectacle of nature is waiting for you to see the show.My experience with pickerelweed can best be described as the I-95 corridor from South Carolina through Georgia, a small dot on the overall map. When it comes to pickerelweed there are two categories of people, those who hate it and those like me who love it. I suppose there could be a third group, those who are clueless about what we are talking about.Pickerelwe...
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Tom Krasovic: Padres bullpens have led franchise revivals, providing hope for 2020 club
History says the 2020 Padres will finish with a losing record, the club’s 10th in a row.But history also provides hope.Improved Padres bullpens have taken the franchise out of other ruts, notably in 1996, 2005 and 2010.Those bullpens ended up first, second and first in league ERA, and fueled two West champions plus a 90-game winner.While bullpens are famously volatile, the Padres’ crew now limbering up in Arizona seems deep and talented enough to cope with injury and downturns.So, a sunny forecast: With a little bit of luck, the 2020 bullpen should lead the franchise to more than 77 victories,...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sing a new song unto the Lord: the transgender, nonbinary Rev. Kori Pacyniak
SAN DIEGO — The conversation began in typical fashion, with a question many grandparents ask: “When you grow up,” Kori Pacyniak’s grandmother wondered, “what would you like to be?”At that point, the chat took an atypical turn.“I want to be a priest,” said Kori, then an 8-year-old girl from a devout Polish Catholic family.Grandmother: “Only boys can be priests.”Kori: “OK, I want to grow up to be a boy.”Now 37, Kori Pacyniak no longer wants to be male — or female. Pacyniak now identifies as nonbinary, someone who is not strictly feminine or masculine. (And someone who has abandoned gender-specif...
The San Diego Union-Tribune