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Seattle Mayor Will Not Support Controversial Single-Family Zone Change

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is backing away from a controversial proposal to alter nearly all of the city's single-family neighborhood zoning to allow duplexes, triplexes, cottages and other denser housing types. The idea — one of 65 the city's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee recommended this month — drew significant blowback from neighborhood groups who oppose granting greater flexibility to housing developers.
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The promise of light rail goes far beyond people’s hopes for swift passage between Seattle neighborhoods and the airport; It’s also supposed to deliver money in the form of commerce to business owners it rolls past.

But that’s not really panning out yet for many residents of Seattle’s District 2.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in Rome this morning (Tues.)  for the first ever gathering of mayors at the Vatican.

They’re there to discuss human trafficking – as well as climate change and the role of cities in fighting it. 

Murray joins mayors from New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Portland as well as Mexico City, Berlin and Oslo, among others. Pope Francis invited the municipal leaders, calling for a renewed international conversation about ending social and environmental exploitation.

Jim Levitt

Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz leads a stellar quintet in performance at Tula's in Seattle on Jazz Northwest.   The quintet, featuring special guest pianist Russell Ferrante and Thomas Marriott on trumpet plays music from Anton Schwartz' CD Flash Mob.  Jon Hamar on bass and D'vonne Lewis at the drums complete the ensemble.

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Each week on Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk about local stories they feel didn't get sufficient attention.

On this week’s show we invited Hannah Brooks Olsen of the news and politics blog Seattlish, Rachel Lerman, the Seattle Times’ technology reporter and Derek Young, founder of the Exit 133 blog about Tacoma.

For Lerman, it was the past week’s King County  Office of Law Enforcement Oversight meeting. The LEO is a civilian committee that investigates complaints about the county Sheriff’s department.

Someone Saved My Life: Sound Effect, Episode 28

Jul 18, 2015
Tacoma Public Library

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week is dedicated to stories about lives saved. 

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The recent bout of breezes and cooler temperatures feels like back to normal in the Pacific Northwest with even a few overcast days and sprinkles thrown in.  

But the mercury will rise quickly this weekend, returning the region to above-normal heat for this time of year. Expect clear skies and a spike in temperatures as a ridge of high pressure builds above us, said KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mike McKenney

Imagine spending a year getting ready to open a new business only watch the business become illegal at the eleventh hour.

That’s the case for Seattle pot entrepreneur Mike McKenney.

McKenney had everything in place for his private cannabis club, including warehouse space in Seattle’s SODO district. He’d decided that the club, to be called ZERO, would be solely for marijuana use.

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The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel hopes they do better against the last-place team in the Western Conference than they did against the last place team in the Eastern Conference last weekend. He says the Sounders need to end their slide quickly.

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A proposal to completely re-write the No Child Left Behind education law, entrusting state officials and not the feds with more of the responsibility to hold schools accountable, has passed the U.S. Senate by a wide margin Thursday afternoon, 81-17.

In the plodding history of attempts to overhaul the unpopular law, it's a huge step forward — it's the first time the Senate has passed a proposal to reauthorize NCLB since it originally expired in 2007.

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This week on Going Places, we're talking about staying places.

Specifically, what if you went overseas and instead of staying for a vacation -- a week or two -- you stayed for a year? Or six months? 

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says if you have the time, there’s a lot of value in living and working in a foreign country.

“If you’re young, universities love seeing this on your resume,” he said. “If you’re older and you’re a retiree, it’s a way of getting away from the golf course and the evening cocktail hour, and doing something really interesting with your life.”

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