Getting outdoors
7:22 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Highway to Mount St. Helens reopens Saturday

Mount St. Helens is seen April 19, 2005, behind a tree that was blown down in the 1980 eruption, at the Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mount St. Helens National Monument, Wash.
The Associated Press

TOUTLE, Wash. — Visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive close to the volcano this weekend.

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Fri May 11, 2012

JPMorgan 'rogue trader' losses send chills through markets

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:46 am

"It was a bad strategy. It was badly executed."

The words of JPMorgan Chase's CEO, Jamie Dimon, as he admitted late yesterday that the investment bank — or, more precisely, a single "rogue trader" working for the bank, had lost some $2 billion in the last six weeks in risky hedge-fund trades.

The news has sent chills through the markets. Shares of JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, lost 7 percent in after-hours trading and British bank Barclays lost 2.9 percent, while more than 2 percent was shaved from Royal Bank of Scotland.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
1:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us?

Images courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry

Maybe you’ve heard the line, "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights." That well-worn phrase came from a billboard in 1971 as the Boeing Company stalled and then fell into a tailspin.

And while the "Boeing Bust" happened a long time ago, that economic slump, almost as much as the most recent one, is still a part of our collective consciousness.

Why does it still resonate all these years later?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Seattle hosts U.S.-China game, becoming hub for women's hoops

Seattle Storm and U.S. Olympic star Sue Bird drives the ball during the U.S. women's basketball practice in 2009.
Jose Luis Magana AP Photo

The success of the Seattle Storm has led to some pretty high-profile women's basketball events being held in the city. One of them is Saturday night at KeyArena.

The U.S. Women's National team will play the Chinese Women's National team in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal for fans of women's basketball and for the city.

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Election 2012
6:25 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage

President Barack Obama greets supporters upon his arrival in Seattle, Thursday. Obama was in town for fund-raising events.
The Associated Press

President Barack witnessed support for his decision to support gay marriage first hand from his motorcade through Seattle Thursday.

He passed a woman holding an infant and a sign that said: "Thank you! Mr. President for standing up for my mommys!"

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Gardening
5:57 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science

Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello served as an experimental laboratory for garden vegetables from around the world.
Leonard Phillips Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:48 am

When you listen to All Things Considered host Melissa Block's story about Thomas Jefferson's garden, you'll hear how he cared about putting peas on the table and sharing seeds with his friends. He also set loftier goals for his vegetable garden: Monticello's south-facing expanse was a living laboratory for a lifelong tinkerer and almost obsessive record keeper. Jefferson was, in many ways, a crop scientist.

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A Blog Supreme
5:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Why a jazz festival is asking musicians to 'Do It Yourself'

Mad Curious, with drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Brian Settles and bassist Tarus Mateen, performs at a Capitalbop house show.
Giovanni Russonello Courtesy of Capitalbop

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:02 pm

The Undead Music Festival, which lifted off last night, has grown every year. On Friday, it will outgrow New York City.

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Amazon
5:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Warehouse workers protest at Amazon corporate offices

Former Amazon warehouse worker, Karen Salasky, addresses protesters at Amazon headquarters.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Amazon will be having its annual shareholder meeting in Seattle on May 24 and Seattle area unions are gearing up. Today, they staged a protest in the plaza below Amazon's new headquarters buildings in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

It was something of a forerunner to a rally planned for the upcoming meeting.  Several union activists carried signs that read,

"Hello, Amazon, see you on May 24."

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Humanosphere
1:40 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Can organic farming feed Africa?

“This is not an argument that organic can or cannot feed the world,” said John Reganold, regents professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University in Pullman. “No one system can feed the world.”
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent

When you consider that one in seven people worldwide will go to bed tonight hungry, it does seem fair to ask: Can organic deliver the goods for the developing world?

New research says yes – but not everywhere and not for everything.

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Health news
12:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington state

Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Preview: U.S. Women take on China; Storm gets ready for 2012

Guard Sue Bird, left, of the US Olympic women's basketball team dribbles around teammate Kara Lawson during practice in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Photo

The U.S. Women’s National Basketball team will play a special exhibition game on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle against the Chinese Women’s National basketball team. Current Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird and former Storm player Swin Cash will play for the U.S. team.

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JazzSet
11:58 am
Thu May 10, 2012

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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Record Bin Roulette
10:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Songs for Mommie Dearest

In a foul and farcical fillip of fate, the woman who created Mother’s Day became its biggest critic. Anna Jarvis worked hard to make Mother’s Day a holiday. She started the effort in 1908, and by 1914 convinced President Woodrow Wilson to declare it an official national holiday. But nine years later, commercialization of the day had become so rampant, that she became a major opponent of the very holiday she helped create. She was actually arrested while protesting against it.

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Space flight
9:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations

Artist’s rendition of the Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station.
Courtesy of SpaceX

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Southern California rocket developer Space Exploration Technologies and Nevada's Bigelow Aerospace are teaming to offer passenger launches to private space stations.

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Death penalty
9:48 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Washington Supreme Court overturns Stenson death sentence 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed the conviction and death sentence of Darold Stenson and called for a new trial in his double murder case.

On an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the high court ruled that Stenson's rights were violated because the state "wrongfully suppressed" from the defense photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Stenson was sentenced to death in 1994 for the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at Stenson's Clallam County exotic bird farm.

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