Jazz Caliente
12:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

What Mambo is – improvisational near-riots and 'forbidden fruit'

Mambo Madness movie poster, 1955
Sonny Watson's Streetswing.com

According to Rebeca Mauleon's indispensable "Salsa Guidebook for Piano and Ensemble,"  the Mambo is:

An up-tempo dance style, developed through the 1940s and 1950s, which blended several elements of North American instrumentation and harmony with the Cuban son (a style of popular dance music that combined Spanish and African elements).

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Preview: A positive streak for the Mariners

The Mariners' John Jaso singles in a run against the Toronto Blue Jays Aug. 1, at Safeco Field. With a 5-3 win, the Mariners now have a seven-game winning streak.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

In a season where fans are used to the opposite trend, the Mariners have now won seven games in a row. That hasn't happened in awhile. The Mariners actually have the second best record in the American League since the All-Star break.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is pleased with the progress. He says the Mariners' young hitters are becoming as consistent as the pitchers.

Find out more of what Art has to say tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Garbage haulers strike
10:59 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Trash trucks rolling in Seattle; drivers approve contract

A Waste Management truck near Alki Beach in West Seattle
GAbriel Spitzer KPLU

Teamsters who drive yard waste and recycling trucks for Waste Management in the Seattle-Everett area of Washington have voted to accept a new contract.

Thursday's vote ends a strike that disrupted garbage pickups for more than a week.

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Japanese tsunami
7:05 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Update: 1st piece off Newport tsunami dock stuck in sand

The plan is to cut the 165-ton concrete dock into five slices, like a loaf of bread, and load them onto flatbed trucks, which drive over the soft sand on a roadway of planks and steel plates.
The Associated Press

Workers removing a tsunami dock from Agate Beach near Newport cut off the first piece Wednesday, but they were unable to remove it before dark.

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2012 Olympics
6:27 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Let's Catch Up: U.S. Women Rowers Prevail, And NBC's Water Polo Coverage

The U.S. team races to their second straight gold medal in the women's eight rowing event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton, west of London.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:02 am

Good morning. Here's a rundown of the news that's catching our eye this morning, from the London Olympics:

-- The women's eight rowing competition was won by the U.S. team, in an encore of their gold-medal performance in Beijing 2008. The team, which led from the start and stayed ahead of silver medalists Canada at the end, consists of Mary Whipple (coxswain), Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Susan Francia and Erin Cafaro.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Dialing up our favorite telephone songs

 Somehow we got along fine before there were cell phones. You couldn’t call as your plane was taxiing to the gate, couldn’t call for help when the car broke down, and couldn’t call ahead when visiting friends. We were often late, had to ask strangers for help, and dropped in on folks without warning. It was kinda nice, actually.

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the Economy
9:09 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Pew: Over 3 decades, residential segregation by income has increased

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:49 pm

A new analysis released today finds that residential segregation by income is rising in United States.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Pew Research Center studied Census figures for the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Director Paul Taylor says economic segregation is up in all but three.

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6:15 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff

This family, like many in Seattle, went without the 5 cent bag and just carried their things around downtown Seattle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

It’s been a month since single-use plastic shopping bags were banned in Seattle. Now, if you buy groceries, clothes or pretty much anything else, you can either bring your own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper one. 

At KPLU, some of us have had to admit it – instead of paying the 5 cents, we loaded our arms with our new purchases and tramped off to our car/bus/home.

And, we’re not alone.

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Primary election
6:13 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

King county voters will decide whether to replace juvenile detention facility

If voters approve King Co. Prop. 1, the Youth Services Center, at 12th and E. Alder, would be replaced.
Paula Wissel KPLU

King County Proposition 1 would replace what’s called the Youth Services Center at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street with a brand new facility.  The current buildings sit on 9 acres of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood near Seattle University. The proposal includes selling off 3 corners of the property to developers.

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Highway spill
4:56 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Seattle toxic spill temporarily shuts NB I-5

A toxic spill from a tanker truck closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 through Seattle for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, backing up traffic.

The Seattle Fire Department says the spill, originally estimated at 50 gallons, is about two gallons of a sodium borohydride and sodium hydroxide solution. The chemicals are used for bleaching pulp and wood products.

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Primary election
1:22 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Could Hispanic name be a factor in outcome of state Supreme Court race?

As candidates go, Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez seems to have everything going for him. But his supporters worry his name may hurt him.

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2012 olympics
12:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bremerton's Nathan Adrian takes gold in 100m freestyle

Yo Adrian! Swimmer Nathan Adrian (right) celebrates with Canada's Brent Hayden (left) after winning the men's 100m freestyle at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 1:05 pm

American swimmer Nathan Adrian's name hasn't been on everyone's mind, the way that Michael Phelps' or Ryan Lochte's has. But he did something that even Lochte couldn't do this week: beat Yannick Agnel in a head-to-head race.

Adrian's time of 47.52 seconds in the men's 100-meter freestyle gave him his first individual gold medal, as he also beat James Magnussen of Australia, who came in second, and Brent Hayden of Canada.

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health insurance
11:42 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Breast pumps for free, under new health law provisions

Many hospitals offer the Medela breast pump for rental

Breastfeeding is already a civil right in Seattle, and now it’s getting financial support everywhere. Under new health rules taking effect today, as part of President Obama’s health law, women will get a number of new "preventive" services covered for free (no co-pays). 

The most talked-about new benefit has been contraceptives – and how some Catholic groups prefer not to pay for birth control. 

But seven other provisions now must be covered by nearly all health insurance plans. One of them is breastfeeding supplies and counseling. 

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Budget woes
11:35 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Seattle $1.1 billion short of funding pensions

The Seattle City Council is facing a $1.1 billion shortfall in its pension fund, according to a report to the Government Performance and Finance Committee (first noted by the politics and government blog Publicola).

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8:14 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal, American writer and cultural critic, dies

Author Gore Vidal in 1986. Vidal, whose prolific writing career spanned six decades, died Tuesday at age 86.

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:31 am

Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. His novels sometimes infuriated readers with unflattering portraits of American history.

He also wrote essays and screenplays, and his play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.

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