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Andrew Taylor is a sophomore at Western Washington University. He’s planning on double majoring in political science and journalism. Andrew is planning to work on his university's paper, The Western Front in the fall.

Andrew has interned for The Daily at the University of Washington and has published in The Yakima Herald Republic. At Shorewood High School he was the associate, opinion, and content editor of the paper, The Kolus, which won two straight Best-in-Show for Washington State awards. After graduation he hopes to go to law school or start a career in journalism.

Andrew Taylor's Recent Posts

GAO: EPA still failing to safeguard drinking water

July 22nd, 2011

SUMMARY: The head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s division of Natural Resources and Environment, David Trimble recently testified to a senate committee that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to fail scientifically and procedurally to adequately safeguard the nation’s drinking water, and is giving short shrift to potentially serious public health effects of drinking water contaminants from pesticides, heavy metals and surface runoff. Trimble told Senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee that to meet its responsibilities in implementing the Safe Water Drinking Act, EPA needs to address shortcomings in measuring contaminants, checking data, and providing administrative oversight. Read the rest of this entry »

Foreign lottery fixation leads to license revocation for Yakima optometrist

July 13th, 2011

SUMMARY: Yakima-based practitioner Gary Martinkus was found by the Washington State Department of Health’s Board of Optometry to be unfit to practice and to be posing a risk to patients after he involved them and office staff in buying money orders or loaning money to spend in foreign lottery scams. The Board also found Martinkus was becoming negligent in caring for patients and harassing them at home or work. Martinkus’ license was suspended July 5, and he has 20 days to initiate an administrative appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. report accents human trafficking “special cases” in Somalia, Haiti, Ivory Coast

July 10th, 2011

SUMMARY: The U.S. State Department’s report last week on global human trafficking includes portraits of “special cases” Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, and Somalia – impoverished nations on the verge of lawlessness, without government infrastructure to effectively prevent the practice.  These countries have also experienced recent hardships such as natural disasters and civil wars which have led to increased human trafficking. Human trafficking doesn’t always mean people are taken out of the country. In these special cases, some victims are forced into servitude within their own countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Shoreline awards neighborhood matching grant for Sunset Park pARTy

June 29th, 2011

SUMMARY: The Shoreline, Wash. City Council this week approved a mini-grant of $3,942 to the Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association for a community art project and public event at Sunset School Park. The school has been closed since 2007 and has been vandalized. Combined with complementary funds raised by the association, there will be more than $11,000 to pay for early-phase services and materials to improve the park, including a community artist to lead a September 10 “pARTy at Sunset” community celebration. The event will result in a mural, or fence collage project to boost the property’s public appeal through a five-year period including the school’s demolition. More extensive redevelopment of the site into an open green space and park is expected, under citywide and site-specific parks master plans. Read the rest of this entry »