obesity
5:51 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Setting aside sugary drinks, at least on Sundays

Chris Shook, a driver with Harbor Pacific Bottling Inc., stocks a cooler with soda, in Elma, Washington last fall.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The effort to reduce obesity is taking aim once again at sugary drinks.  A coalition of health groups is asking the public to try-out “Soda-Free Sundays.”

There’s pretty solid evidence Americans, on average, are drinking a lot more soft drinks and other sweetened beverages than they did a generation ago.  Back in the 1990’s, for example, soft drink sales surpassed milk.

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HUMANOSPHERE
5:43 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Poverty, health and chocolate: "Do-gooder central"

Left to right: KPLU/Humanosphere's Tom Paulson, William Foege (the man who figured out how to rid the world of smallpox), Chris Elias (president at PATH), Wendy Johnson (UW health activist) and Joe Whinney (Theo Chocolate founder)
Justin Steyer KPLU

KPLU-Humanosphere’s event at Seattle Town Hall — Can Seattle Save the World? – was clearly a huge hit, drawing in an estimated 700 people on Tuesday night. Yes, the title was a bit goofy. We intended it so.

Obviously, people here care a great deal. Global health, global poverty and social justice are hot topics in this community, which I dubbed off-the-top-of-my-head “do-gooder central” at the event.

Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 28, 2011

The Lusty Month of May

The Maypole's Ancient Symbolism
Nick Smarto Flickr

If you’ve ever danced around a Maypole, you’re taking part in a ritual that goes back 1000’s of years, before the invention of the nuclear family but after the invention of alcohol and sex.

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Airplane safety
4:53 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Boeing CEO says workmanship to blame for 737 problem

A Southwest Airline plane, seen here Mon. April 4, 2011, had to land after a section of fuselage tore from the plane during flight.
AP

Boeing’s CEO says it was likely sloppy work, not a design flaw, that resulted in a hole in a Southwest Airlines jet. On April 1st, a Boeing 737 developed a 5-foot tear in the roof while in flight.

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City Government
10:57 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Seattle Youth Commission seeks new teen members

Seattle wants to know what teenagers have to say about city government. It’s looking for thirteen to nineteen-year-olds for the Seattle Youth Commission.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Boeing headquarters in Chicago. The aerospace giant's first quarter profits exceeded analysts' expectations.
The Boeing Company

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing 1st Quarter Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectation
  • Wintery Weather Hangs on in Washington Mountains
  • Lies Hurt, say Tacoma City Officials
  • EPA Divers to Survey Sunken Vessel in Seattle

 

Boeing Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectations

Boeing reports a first-quarter profit of $586 million, enough to beat analyst expectations. The big airplane maker and defense contractor earned 78 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a profit of 70 cents per share. Boeing says it still expects to deliver the new 787 during the third quarter. Revenue in the commercial airplane unit fell 5 percent.

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Food for Thought
1:01 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Smacznego!

Margaret's dinner.
Trace Cooper

You can hear me attempt to pronounce that headline at the end of this Food for Thought. It's the Polish for Bon Appetit, literally "eat well" and we certainly did.

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Join the conversation at #SEAsaves
6:05 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Join the discussion on the "Can Seattle Save the World?" forum

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, but you can join in the conversation right now using the Twitter hashtag #SEAsaves.

KPLU's Charla Bear will also be live blogging below (and at Humanosphere), starting at 7 p.m.

social media
4:57 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Issaquah tweens charged with cyberstalking

Two girls, ages 11 and 12, are charged with a felony for allegedly hacking into a former friend's Facebook page.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Two pre-teen girls in King County have been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posing as another girl on Facebook and posting sexually explicit pictures and messages.  If convicted of first degree computer trespass, the Middle School students face up to 30 days in juvenile detention.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:12 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Questions remain about piping Hanford's nuclear waste

One of the most difficult challenges at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving radioactive waste from point “A” to point “B.” The federal government is spending billions of dollars on a waste treatment plant. Piping that radioactive waste across the desert is sort of like getting ketchup out of a bottle. But it’s a whole lot more complicated and dangerous.

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Tickets available at the door
12:00 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Can Seattle Save The World? Preview tonight's Town Hall event!

UPDATE: Advance ticket sales have ended. However, additional tickets are available at the door tonight for $10 - cash only, starting at 6pm.

For those who would like to use Twitter to follow and participate, or even suggest questions now, see #SEAsaves and chime in. My colleague Charla Bear has graciously agreed to live-blog the event on Humanosphere and KPLU.

Here are a few thoughts in advance of tonight's event...

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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Law enforcement
10:12 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Teaching police talk tactics

Seattle Asst. Police Chief Mike Sanford, King Co. Sheriff Sue Rahr and Joe Hawe, Exec. Dir. Wa. State Criminal Justice Training Commission announce plans to teach cops better communication skills.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Police in Seattle and King County will soon be trained in the importance of talking.  They’ll learn to treat people with respect as a way of diffusing tense situations.  Law enforcement officials hope the new approach helps build trust with the community.

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Higher Education
6:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Next University of Washington President: Utah's Michael Young

Michael K. Young will soon occupy the president's office in Gerberding Hall. He's the Board of Regents' pick for the next head of UW.
Charla Bear KPLU

It’s official. The University of Washington’s next president will be Michael K. Young. The Board of Regents says the current president of the University of Utah is the right person to lead UW at a time of shrinking state financial support.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The Tacoma Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responds to a spill from the Hyundai Oakland Tuesday morning.
KING-TV video capture

Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Hazmat Team Responds to Spill at Tacoma Waterfront
  • FAA Fires Controller Who Fell Asleep at Boeing Field
  • Tacoma Boy Charged in Pt. Defiance Arson
  • Seattle OKs Taller Buildings for South Downtown

 

Hazardous Chemical Spills in Port of Tacoma

A Tacoma Fire Department hazmat crew is cleaning up a chemical spill that was discovered as workers were unloading a cargo container from a ship at the Port of Tacoma, according to KCPQ-TV.

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