Japanese Tsunami
11:21 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Endoscope captures first glimpse inside crippled Japanese reactorc

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 9:46 am

The images are blurred by steam and obscured by radiation. But they are the first look we've gotten inside Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor that was crippled by a tsunami last year.

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Winter Storm
9:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Fast melt could pose environmental challenges

Brian Scollard takes a break from shoveling outside his house in Bothell. He likes the de-icer Seattle has been using, but isn't sure if it's good for the environment.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and ice is a big danger.

But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer and sprinkle rock salt on the roads when it snows.

It’s not without environmental risks, but officials say they’re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.

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protesting wall street
8:58 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Occupy Spokane to host panel for 'Occupy the Courts' day

SPOKANE, Wash. – Occupy Wall Street has officially endorsed "Move to Amend the Constitution" as a primary mission.

Spokane groups will mobilize tomorrow as part of a nationwide effort called Occupy the Courts. It’s a move to urge lawmakers to rethink the Citizens United decision, passed two years ago tomorrow. Concluding that “corporations are people," the Citizens United decision overruled precedents that blocked corporate spending on political campaigns. Now, corporations can support or oppose candidates and contribute freely.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Singing about 'the slammer'

Johnny Cash outside Folsom Prison
WBUR Flickr

The Hoosegow, the Big House, The Clink, Up The River, The Pen. We’ve never been ourselves, but we did time listening to scores of songs about "the slammer."

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Museum of Flight
5:07 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

NASA to turn over keys to Seattle's shuttle trainer Thursday

Retired astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, left, and Museum of Flight board chairman Kevin Callaghan unveil in Seattle a rendering of a full-fuselage shuttle trainer that the museum will receive.
The Associated Press

NASA plans to officially turn over the keys to a full-size Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle's Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

The ownership transfer ceremony will be held in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

So, what did we learn after a day without Wikipedia?

Wikipedia's blackout.
Wikipedia.org

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 4:21 pm

At midnight, the English-speaking world will have gone 24-hours without Wikipedia. In some ways, the outage, which was planned in protest of an Internet piracy bill, presented an opportunity to gauge what Wikipedia means to the world. So NPR, The Washington Post and The Guardian launched a 24-hour project in which researchers, reporters and the public tried to answer questions usually answered by the so-called "online encyclopedia."

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First person
3:45 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

KPLU observations during a snow day in Seattle

The snowman watchman of Westlake Park downtown.
Charla Bear KPLU

KPLU staff share their observations of wandering through the snow storm in Seattle.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

TSA backtracks, says screeners were wrong in elderly security search

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents screen passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 11:53 am

The Transportation Security Administration now says security screeners at Kennedy Airport in New York were wrong when they asked two elderly women to show them medical devices that were under their clothing.

In a letter sent to state Sen. Michael Gianaris and acquired by the New York Daily News, the Department of Homeland Security said that there was no evidence the two women were strip-searched, as they claimed, but that their agents did go further than they should have.

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Winter Storm
1:34 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Snow cracks ceiling at PLU swimming pool building

PARKLAND, Wash. — The weight of Wednesday's snow on the roof apparently caused cracks to appear in the ceiling of the building that houses the swimming pool at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland.

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Winter Storm
1:21 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Baby born in stuck elevator at Tacoma hospital

TACOMA, Wash. — A baby was born on an elevator stuck between floors Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Blake Thacker entered the world early at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, just short of the 14th floor.

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Mount Rainier
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

4 people still overdue on Mount Rainier

The two parties missing on Mount Rainier are believed to be well-equipped with tents, sleeping bags and other gear needed to survive.
Flickr

ASHFORD, Wash. — Heavy snow has prevented Mount Rainier National Park rangers from searching for two climbers and two campers overdue from winter outings.

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Washington government
10:35 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Don't expect great buys on booze when Wash. liquor stores close

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor stores are on their way to privatization. But don’t expect a clearance sale on the booze that’s left over when the stores close in May.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board gave an update Tuesday to the state lawmakers in Olympia on the privatization approved by voters.

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winter storm
10:22 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Update: Snow falling, but Cliff Mass says it's almost over

Jeff Jarvis, facilities manager at the Pike Place Market, shovels snow at the landmark site on Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

Cliff Mass, KPLU weather expert and University of Washington professor, says the snow storm we woke up to is almost out of gas:

"... amazingly the worst is almost over. In fact, it should really be all over for most of the western side of the Cascades by 1 PM," he said.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Homeless Teen Who's Up For Science Prize To Be At State Of The Union

Intel semifinalist Samantha Garvey, 17.
John Dunn AP

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 8:39 am

The good news story of Samantha Garvey, a New York high school student who has been living with her family in a homeless shelter and recently found out she's a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, keeps getting better.

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Winter Storm
8:41 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State emergency officials activate operations

The state Emergency Management Division activated its operations center at Camp Murray on Wednesday to help deal with the snowstorm.

Spokesman Mark Clemens says cities and counties are handling the situation on their own, and there's been no request for state aid as of 8 a.m.

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