Articles by Nicholas K. Geranios and Manuel Valdes

Washington Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns over Nuclear Site

Thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were told to stay home as efforts began to plug a hole that developed in the partial collapse of a tunnel containing dangerous radioactive waste from the building of nuclear bomb materials. …

Hurricane Julio Downgraded To Category 1 Storm As It Struck Hawaii

Hurricane Julio weakened Sunday night as it neared Hawaii, where a rural swath of the Big Island was still coping with power outages and downed trees in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle. On the island of Kauai, rescuers found …

Colorado Flooding: The Silver Lining

Surging waters in Colorado swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud in this northern agricultural town. The flood waters were so powerful they uprooted irrigation pipes and spread them around the fields here, leaving lakes …

Temporary Fix Set For Crumpled I-5 Bridge In Washington

Washington state plans to install within weeks a temporary fix for an interstate highway bridge that crumpled after being hit by a truck, tossing cars and people into a chilly river but causing only minor injuries. Gov. Jay Inslee announced …

Legality of Employers Asking Job Applicants For Facebook Passwords Questioned

In their efforts to vet job applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead are asking to log in as the user to have a look around. “It’s akin …

2 Worker’s Comp Fixes at Odds in Washington State

Rep. Mike Sells didn’t mince words. The Everett, Wash., Democrat doesn’t plan to allow a hearing in his committee on a state Senate bill that would allow settlements for injured workers under the state’s compensation system. “It’s not a well …

Lawmakers Look to Help December Flood Victims

There’s silence in John Brunoff’s Washington dairy farm, except for the sound of a lone worker hosing an empty 5,000-gallon milk tank. Just nine weeks ago, more than 270 cows filled this organic dairy farm with noisy activity. Then December’s …