The biggest grocery chain in the U.S. will slowly phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans become more aware of their impact on ours oceans and other environments. Kroger Co. started last month at QFC stores around Seattle, aiming at a goal of no plastic bag use at those stores at some...
When President Trump scrapped the Iran nuclear deal and imposed sanctions earlier this week, Boeing’s prospective sale of $9.5 billion of jets to Iran Air effectively went up in smoke. Yet the outcome is more a lost opportunity than a blow to current plans for the Seattle-based aerospace giant...
Oftentimes stay-at-home moms are depicted as modern-day June Cleavers, dressed in sleek Lululemon gear while shuttling their kids from school to T-ball practice to piano lessons and then home again for hand-made organic dinners. These women have supposedly chosen to take an extended leave from the w...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
[caption id="attachment_3838" align="alignright" width="224"] Lauren Henderson and her service dog, Phoebe, in Los Angeles. Henderson says she's seeing more dogs in vests that don't appear to be legitimate service dogs.[/caption] Lauren Henderson, an actor who lives in Malibu, takes her service dog...
What do Americans spend their money on these days? And how do budgets shift as we move up and down income levels? The graph below, which Planet Money produced using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, charts these spending activities. Average household expenditures for U.S. households ...
The Department of Labor and Industries reports that a Bellevue firing range is being charged with 17 violations of health and safety regulations following a construction project and lead-salvage operation where dozens of workers were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic lead. The Seattle Times repor...
Our blog had posted a number of articles on household income and spending in the U.S., and have often analyzed data based on the familiar divisions of race, class, education, geography and social privilege.  But as a recent infographic on Planet Money points out, there's another, useful variable to...
The hazards of a construction site can be clear, and cues like chain link fences and hard hats are a constant reminder of the dangers of a work accident. Yet while most construction workers are savvy about taking precautions to protect themselves, construction site accidents often occur when dangers...