Social services

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A cultural shift is taking place in Seattle. It’s the elimination of a free-ride zone downtown, for bus riders.

It’s been in place for four decades. And on Friday (Sept. 28) it will go away. 

TACOMA, Wash. - Northwest states have long been top producers of Peace Corps volunteers and are also home to some of the biggest global relief charities. What gets less attention is the post-traumatic stress and burnout some of those workers come home with. A new documentary premiering in Seattle Saturday explores "compassion fatigue" among the "helping professions."

A string of natural disasters in the news last year and the imminent 10th anniversary of 9/11 made some communication and English majors at Pacific Lutheran University curious.