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    your vote countsThe Elections Division of the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will conduct a Logic and Accuracy test on its ballot tabulation machines on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for the 2015 Special Election. A Logic and Accuracy test, or “L&A,” is a collection of… Read More +

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  • Pot-Related Poison Control Calls Increasing

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  • Kingdome Repairs To Be Paid

    kingdome tilesFifteen years after the Kingdome was demolished in a controlled explosion, King County is paying off the money it borrowed to make emergency repairs in 1994 to falling ceiling tiles. County finance director Dwight Dively said the bonds will be paid off in March, an early thanks to healthy hotel-motel tax revenue due in part to the boost from Seahawks playoff games.

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Olympic Advertisers Come Out in Support of Gay Rights

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_93dec3da07.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (SOCHI, Russia) -- There has been no shortage of protests and calls for Olympic sponsors to take a firm stance on gay rights in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, especially in light of Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws last year and international outcry following Russian President Putin's recent comments linking homosexuality and pedophilia. But only a few companies have chosen to hop off the fence and voice a solid standpoint on gay rights, at the risk of entangling their brands in political controversy, while the Olympics' top 10 corporate sponsors have stayed comparatively silent.

Chevrolet

The latest brand to declare its support for gay rights is unofficial sponsor Chevrolet, which put out two ads during the American screening of the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday that both feature gay couples.

One ad, called "The New Us," shows a gay male couple with a son and daughter as part of a montage of different types of families, while the other includes a shot of a same-sex wedding ceremony among varied images of America.

Google

Google also made a colorful display to back gay rights on Friday by changing the Google Doodle, the search engine's illustrated logo, which depicted athletes performing various winter sports against a rainbow background.

Google, also not an official Olympic sponsor, timed the release of its logo on its homepage worldwide to the same time the opening ceremony would be taking place Russia.

The company preferred not to comment on the move, saying it hoped the Doodle would speak for itself.

AT&T

The telecommunications company posted a blog on Feb. 4 declaring its opposition to Russia's anti-propaganda law.

"AT&T has a long and proud history of support for the LGBT community in the United States and everywhere around the world where we do business. We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia's law is harmful to LGBT individuals and families, and it's harmful to a diverse society," the statement read.

The company is not an IOC sponsor, but is a longtime sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee.

Chobani

Following in the footsteps of AT&T, the CEO of Greek yogurt company Chobani, which sponsors the U.S. Olympic team made a statement about gay rights the next day, saying: "We oppose Russia's anti-LGBT law."

Chobani was recently also in another snafu with Russian officials, who blocked the shipment of 5,000 tubs cups of Greek yogurt to Sochi due to bureaucratic import issues.

DeVry University

The same day Chobani declared its stance, DeVry University, an official educational provider to Olympic athletes, released this statement:

"As a USOC sponsor, DeVry University, and its parent organization DeVry Education Group, supports the diversity of our US Olympic & Paralympic athletes, as well as our DeVry Group colleagues around the world. We are against Russia's anti-LGBT law & support efforts to improve LGBT equality."

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