Katharine Wroth

  • G-d bless 'im

    Frist brings science back into the mix

    In potentially good news for science fans everywhere, Sen. Bill Frist has stepped up to support stem-cell research. The money quote on this one: “It’s not just a matter of faith, it’s a matter of science,” (Dr.) Frist said. All …

  • Caddy whore bucks

    Car company makes bikes, lures the kids

    So Cadillac introduces a bicycle. Is this good news or bad? On the one hand, you have a major car company endorsing the idea of human-powered transportation. On the other hand, they’re doing it to — you guessed it, brainiac …

  • Ooh, shiny

    Cars: they’re not just for driving anymore

    There’s nothing green about the in-car gizmos featured in this MSNBC piece. Unless you consider the underlying message: Americans are never, ever, ever, not ever, going to give up their cars. Why would you, when espresso and a toilet are …

  • Ugh, what a feeling

    Toyota to American public: we make bad cars too!

    A wire story just caught my eye. The subject? How Toyota is preparing for the potential backlash caused by its growing popularity in the U.S. (Cue Lee Greenwood here.) Seems that last month, Toyota’s U.S. sales increased 7.8 percent, while …

  • Lines of quiet desperation

    But hey, it’s better than nothing.

    Among the press releases meandering into the Grist inbox this morning was one from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The council’s weary flacks put their best spin on today’s Senate energy-bill vote with this headline: “Senate Energy Bill: …

  • Life on Lamars

    Colorado town takes on eponymous senator over wind power

    In a fabulous bit of word play worthy of the best geeks among us, the town of Lamar, Colorado, has launched a letter-writing campaign to convince Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to support wind power. Just so happens Lamar I …

  • Drunk, with power

    Oil industry compares fuel prices to liquor.

    Methinks the oil barons might be getting desperate. Either that, or they’re doing their brainstorming in, uh, new locations. A new industry “study” makes the following startling announcement: Gas is cheaper than booze! Here’s what the study said: “On a …

  • They put the P in EPA

    Recent move actually protects public

    Back in March, we reported on a pending EPA decision that would have allowed untreated sewage to be released on a regular basis. Yuck. We’re happy to report that someone — namely 98,000 people who took the time to make …

  • What's so funny about ...

    … heat, love, and understanding?

    OK, I’ve worked at a weekly paper. I know how tough it is to put out annual summer guides and make them feel fresh. I mean, how many new things can you say about berrypicking and lighthouses? But Seattle Weekly’s …