STEM Jobs: Ahead of S.F. (kinda)
NerdWallet ranks Seattle ahead of San Francisco as a place for graduates of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Overall, the Seattle area, which includes Bellevue and Everett, finishes second in terms of the percent of jobs in STEM fields, as well as in salaries and affordable rent. That's three spots ahead of San Francisco. But the No. 1 spot goes to the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area, which isn't San Francisco — technically speaking. Well, we don't mind behind San Francisco, except in football. — J.C.
Clippers' sale hangs on rim of Sterling trial
4:24 p.m. Did Donald Sterling’s estranged wife have the authority to make the record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer? The answer (and Ballmer’s hopes for owning the NBA team) hinges on a trial that got under way several hours late at 3 p.m. today, The Los Angeles Times reports.The delay centered on an unsuccessful effort by Donald Sterling’s lawyers to move the case from a state court to a federal court.
Shelly Sterling had two doctors declare her 80-year-old husband mentally incapacitated, which according to The Sterling Family Trust, revokes his right to act as an administrator of the trust under which the Clippers are held. Donald Sterling’s attorneys say he submitted to the examinations under false pretenses. If he had understood “the serious nature of the exam,” Sterling would have been more focused, they wrote in filings. Apparently measuring your mental stability isn’t always something to be taken seriously. — E.W.
Pot: Many are ready to buy, few ready to sell
You might have heard: Legal pot sales start Tuesday in Washington state. But only two dozen outlets have cleared all the licensing hurdles and even they still need to get supplies from a limited number of licensed sources. Bottom line: Tuesday's grand opening won't be so grand. Crosscut's Jessica Buxbaum and Emily Wooldridge will have a report on what to expect just in case you might be interested in purchasing some pot — legally. Not necessarily as easy as you might think, which TV host Jimmy Kimmel found a few years ago. — J.C.
.@GeneAPseattle Largest WA city, Seattle, will start w/ just 1 pot store. Spokane 3; Vancouver, Tacoma & Bham 2 and other cities 1 each.— Secretary of State (@secstatewa) July 7, 2014
Gov. Jay Inslee is planning two events on Tuesday as part of his push for action to slow climate change and cope with its effects. In the morning, he will visit the new water treamnent plant in Anacortes. It was designed with an eye toward rising water levels. He will then head to Mukilteo to talk about state grants to aid development of technologies that better integrate wind, solar and other clean energy sources into the existing electrical system. But wait. Is the governor simply ignoring the introduction of legal pot? Not exactly, says a spokesperson. The state Liquor Control Board will handle that. — J.C.
Gates Foundation strives to close gates on malaria strain outbreak
The emergence of a new strain of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar could unravel a $2 billion effort by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate the disease. Myanmar’s location in Southeast Asia, nearby 40 percent of the world’s population, raises the risk that the strain will spread to China, India and other parts of the world, according to a Seattle Times report from Yangon, Myanmar's capital. The Gates Foundation is testing out pilot programs in border regions of Myanmar, administering drugs to the masses, even to people who don’t have malaria symptoms. Myanmar’s government and the World Health Organization have not fully endorsed the programs, but success could change minds.
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