Moses Lake
4:31 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Work begins on central Washington superfund site

The Moses Lake Wellfield Contamination Superfund Site is located in the City of Moses Lake in eastern Washington. Image via EPA

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 6:51 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of a superfund site near Moses Lake in central Washington. This restoration has been in the works for decades.

The contaminated area is made up of an old Air Force airport, a county airport and some adjacent lands. Dumpsites there are loaded with chemicals like PCBs, lead and petroleum. The EPA has started testing and designing a treatment system to remove trichloroethylene from the groundwater at the superfund site.

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Credit card theft
2:13 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Dutch man charged with stealing Washington credit cards

US Attorney Jenny A. Durkin stands next to Corino Bonjrada (at the podium). Bonjrada, the owner of Mondello Ristorante Italiano, alerted police to the crimes.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old Dutch national coordinated the theft of about 44,000 credit card numbers worldwide, including some from the Boeing Employees Credit Union, by hacking into the sales system of businesses.

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Diversions
1:59 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

5 embarrassing videos involving Microsoft and dance

Screen grab from the "dancing Azure girls" video causing Microsoft plenty of headaches this week.

The latest video involving Microsoft and dancing is causing not only a lot of cringing but some apologizing as well. It’s also the latest video pitting Microsoft against good judgment when it comes to song and dance.

Below, starting with the latest, are five videos that should give any Microsoft employee (or leader) pause before busting out the moves in public:

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jet fuel spill
12:58 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Train, tanker truck collide near Everett air field

EVERETT, Wash. — An unknown amount of jet fuel spilled into the soil when a tanker-trailer overturned after it collided with a train at a crossing on Boeing property near Paine Field in Everett.

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mental health
12:43 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Learning 'mental' first aid, before the next crisis

There's no first aid kit for mental health, but there are strategies.
renjith krishnan freedigitalphotos.net

In the wake of the recent murder spree at Café Racer, there have been questions about how to get help for someone whose mental health is deteriorating. Social service agencies are filling part of the gap, by training volunteers to provide what they call "mental health first aid."

The idea comes by comparison to CPR – a type of first aid any of us can learn. The mental health version is a 12-hour course for anyone who wants to be better equipped to help someone in a mental health crisis.

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Tech news
12:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.

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NPR Tech/Business
11:04 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Facebook's growth: A tale of two headlines

Are its days of "wild user growth" over, or is Facebook "eating the world"?
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:32 am

I love this. Here is a headline today at The Wall Street Journal's online edition: "Days of Wild User Growth Appear Over at Facebook."

And over at The Next Web: "Facebook is eating the world, except for China and Russia."

And the best part is the two sites really are telling the same story.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Greenpeace vs. Shell: Duelling vessels head for Arctic from Seattle

Greenpeace scientists will deploy research submarines to explore two of Shell’s planned Arctic drilling sites, the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

Seattle’s Elliott Bay is the epicenter of a global energy fight.

The Shell Oil Company has two rigs docked here, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer. Also in Elliott Bay is the Greenpeace vessel, Esperanza.

As soon as the ice clears, Shell’s rigs will head out for the Arctic. They’ll be the first to conduct exploratory drilling there in more than two decades. Greenpeace plans to shadow them, using submarines.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

LeMay Car Museum displays history and art of autos

Hood ornament at the new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

The new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma is a dream come true for car lovers. But it’s also worth a visit if you’re into art. The color and shape of the vehicles is a feast for the eyes, and there’s art history too, if you consider such things as hood ornaments and how they’ve changed over time.

Listen to this week’s Artscape by clicking the listen button above to get the full picture.

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Undersea noise
9:45 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Caught on tape! Undersea volcano erupts off Northwest coast

Hydrophone deployed at Axial Seamount. By Bill Chadwick, Oregon State University.

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 8:13 pm

NEWPORT, Ore. - For the first time, we're getting to listen to the eruption of an undersea volcano off the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse got a hold of unusual recordings made at a place called Axial Seamount. It's about 300 miles out to sea from Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Researchers from Oregon State University deployed instruments on the seafloor in anticipation of an eruption at Axial Seamount last year. At first, an underwater microphone - called a hydrophone - captured the low-frequency rumblings of small earthquakes. The sped up audio sounds like a loud bump.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Jazz Northwest for June 10, 2012

Eddie Creed (1935-2012)

Pianist Eddie Creed passed on April 19 at the age of 77, and he'll be remembered on the next edition of Jazz Northwest (6/10) with a performance recorded by Jim Wilke in 1971 at The Jazz Gallery.   Eddie was one of the most active jazz pianists from the 60s through the 80s in Seattle.  There will be a memorial concert at The New Orleans on Sunday June 10 from 4 to 8 pm .

Also on this week's Jazz Northwest: The new CD by Human Spirit, Bill Anschell's Earshot Award-winning CD "Figments" and more, including news about upcoming opportunities for great live jazz.

Point Defiance Zoo
8:12 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Photos: Zoo's live animal drama encourages kids to get outside

The awe-inspiring bald eagle quickly became a crowd favorite.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Point Defiance Zoo’s latest outdoor theater show – “Captain Adventure vs. Dr. Do-Nothing: The Quest to Get Outside!” – is a live animal show that follows the journey of a superheroine and her trusty superdog sidekick as they defeat their nemesis, Dr. Do-Nothing.

The show features a variety of native and exotic animals and the chance for audience members to participate. KPLU’s multimedia intern Mallory Kaniss attended one of the shows and brought back the photo gallery below. (For larger images and to view captions or if your device doesn't support Flash, check out the show on our Flickr page.)

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Japanese Tsunami debris
6:58 am
Sun June 10, 2012

No decision yet on the fate of Japanese tsunami dock

A piece of tsunami debris -- a dock that washed ashore near Newport -- continues to draw onlookers. Photo by Oregon State Parks

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:48 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks officials are still weighing their options for the giant piece of tsunami debris that washed up on the Oregon coast this week. The Japanese dock continues to draw onlookers to the beach near Newport.

The state Parks and Recreation Department opened the removal project up for bid Friday. The agency’s Chris Havel says the proposals that come in will help determine whether the dock will be destroyed or reused.

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A Blog Supreme
4:48 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Reader comments about building jazz audiences, musicians with day jobs

Discussion about the future of jazz audiences — and how to cope with them — was strong.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 9:13 am

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Japanese Tsunami Debris
1:07 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Japanese dock suddenly makes tsunami debris threat real

In this photo provided by the Oregon Park and Recreations Department, an unidentified worker burns off debris from the Japanese dock float on Thursday.

When a massive concrete and metal dock – 66 feet long, seven feet tall, 19 feet wide and covered in alien species – hit an Oregon beach this week, the threat to the Northwest’s economy and environment from millions of tons of Japanese tsunami debris suddenly became more real.

Even with the haunting appearance of a Japanese ship floating off the coast of Alaska, reports of what we might expect to hit our coastlines centered mostly on plastics, soccer balls and even some human remains in running shoes – all of which carried more curiosity than alarm.

But then the dock just showed up on the beach one morning and now the threat of ships colliding with significant tsunami debris, and the invasive species that can hitch a ride from the coast of Japan on them, has officials significantly worried.

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