Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

The economy continues to slowly limp toward recovery

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Last summer, financial commentator Greg Heberlein became more pessimistic about the economic recovery, predicting it would take 10 to 15 years to get back to "normal".

Now that a year has gone by, has anything changed?

Sadly, Greg says we have another 9 to 14 years left to go.

Greg and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the prospects for a slow recovery on this week's Money Matters.

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Odd news
7:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Not a hallucination: 7-foot python lost in Seattle park

A Seattle Animal Shelter spokeswoman says a 7-foot-long python has been reported lost in a city park.

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NPR science
6:08 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

From Curiosity, another Martian landscape

This image of the crater wall is north of the landing site, or behind the rover. Here, a network of valleys believed to have formed by water erosion enters Gale Crater from the outside. This is the first view scientists have had of a fluvial system - one relating to a river or stream — from the surface of Mars.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 2:26 pm

NASA has released two more pictures from the Curiosity Mars rover.

One is a color image that shows that wall of the Gale Crater and the other is a close up shot of the area excavated by the rover's descent stage rocket engines.

We've posted the white-balanced version of the photos. In theory those should appear more like what Mars would look like if you were using your eyes.

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liquor privatisation
3:38 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year

In June, net liquor tax collections to Washington state came in slightly below forecast.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.

The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.

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Arts
3:08 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Seattle tattoo expo shows it's hard to stop at one

A Good Karma Body Art artist adding on to previous upper back tattoo.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Around 5,000 tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the Seattle Tattoo Expo this weekend to celebrate the art of tattooing, and maybe even get inked themselves. Tattoo artists completed more than 1,500 new tattoos throughout the weekend.

We saw a lot of people with multiple tattoos and that made us wonder: Once you get one tattoo, is it hard to stop?

"There's certainly an addictive quality to the whole process,” said Jeff Cornell, a tattoo artist.

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Obituary
2:23 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Longtime Seattle news anchor Goertzen dies

Longtime Seattle television news anchor Kathi Goertzen has died following a lengthy, public battle with brain tumors.

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weather
9:22 am
Mon August 13, 2012

More heat in Washington forecast

The National Weather Service says 90-degree temperatures will return to Western Washington on Thursday and Friday.

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NPR tech news
8:31 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Key Test Tuesday For Hypersonic Flight

An artist's rendition of an X-51A WaveRider (in white) attached to the wing of a B-52.
Pratt & Whitney

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:04 am

Imagine being able to fly from Los Angeles to New York City in less time than it takes to commute from most of Long Island into Manhattan.

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Food
5:30 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Trial 'mini-grocery' brings fresh food to poor neighborhoods

Stockbox Grocery plans to greet you with a produce display like this one.
Stockbox

You might have trouble finding any attractive vegetables or fruits if you shop in the wrong stores. It’s especially challenging in poor neighborhoods, where mini-marts packed with beer, cigarettes and junk food may be all you can find.

One solution to be tested in Seattle this month will be in the form of a healthy corner store. Call it a mini-grocery.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Puget Sound economy bouncing back faster than the U.S.

There have been a few glimmers of hope lately for the U.S. economy, such as a better-than-expected jobs report. But local economist Dick Conway  says there’s even more reason for optimism for the Puget Sound region. 

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The record – it's more than just vinyl

Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

There are so many ways we can listen to music. Usually the easiest these days is playing tunes on a digital gadget such as a phone or laptop. It wasn’t that long ago when we had to make a trip to the local record store to stock up on the latest hits.

The current exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery, The Record: Contemporary Art And Vinyl, shows how the flat black disk and the sleeve that holds can do so much more than just play music.

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The Impact of War
8:34 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Combat vet with PTSD booted from Army, barred from healthcare

Army veteran Jarrid Starks, with his medications to treat PTSD and a hat that reads “Warning this vet is medicated for your protection.’” Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 2:09 pm

SALEM, Ore. – In Salem , a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone.

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Mars landing
11:21 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Solved: Mars rover snapped pic of rocket stage crash

These views taken by the Hazard-Avoidance cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover show evidence for an impact plume created when the rover's sky crane fell to the Martian surface.
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. — The mysterious Mars photo has been solved.

A NASA engineer said Friday he's pretty sure a Curiosity rover camera caught the rocket stage crashing in the distance after it landed in Gale Crater Sunday night.

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2012 olympics
10:34 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Year of the Woman at the London games? For U.S., it's true

The U.S. women's soccer team won gold Thursday, in a victory that also kept the American women far ahead of the men in the number of medals won at the London Games: 100 to 59.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:27 pm

Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.

So yes, it looks like this is the Year of the Woman at the Olympics, particularly for the United States.

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Business
10:23 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Feds order T-Mobile to pay whistleblower $345,000

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered cellphone company T-Mobile USA to pay a fired whistleblower more than $345,000.

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