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80-year activist continues to spread passion

Small in stature, quiet in voice, a bit road weary, sure, but this retired nurse and public school activist blasted through the Green River Community College campus in Auburn, Wash., earlier this year with several plasma-setting lightning bolts of energy and passion for her almost eight decades of protest.

Photo: Fierce and fluffy

Tiny predators rescued: This baby great horned owl is one of nine being raised by veterinarians at Washington State University after the birds’ nests were destroyed. The owlets, five from one nest and four from another, are being hand-fed a diet of cut-up mice until they are strong enough to eat on their own. They must be fed three times a day. The first four were brought to the university April 13 at roughly 1 week old. Four days later, the second group arrived, at only a few days old. View a video from the WSU veterinary hospital here.

The market’s tough for would-be teachers

Carrie Palmateer has attended the Washington Educators Career Fair held in Spokane each spring for the past four years. She still hasn’t landed a teaching job.

Teachers’ new status earns them raises

More than 900 Washington teachers will get pay raises of $5,000 or $10,000 a year because they’ve passed a rigorous national certification process designed to produce better educators. Only two states – Florida and North Carolina – saw more teachers gain certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards when annual results were released on Tuesday. Like Washington, those states offer big financial incentives to teachers who go through the process: pay raises of anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent.