Monica Spain http://www.kplu.org en New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/new-products-complicate-enforcement-state-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a decade has passed since Washington state banned smoking in public areas and workplaces.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But smoking has evolved since, and that leaves health officials with challenges as they try to enforce a law that didn’t foresee the rise of new products.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 11771 at http://www.kplu.org New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot http://www.kplu.org/post/public-party-planned-one-year-anniversary-legal-pot <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It happens. People smoke marijuana at the Seattle Center. You’ve seen it or smelled it, but it’s never been—and still isn’t—legal. &nbsp;</span></p><p>This Friday, there will be an exception.&nbsp;To celebrate the one-year anniversary of pot legalization, the city is allowing a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/571096302939303/" target="_blank">pot party on Seattle Center grounds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Monica Spain 11404 at http://www.kplu.org Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot At Roughest of Nickelsville's New Sites, a Strong Sense of Community http://www.kplu.org/post/roughest-nickelsvilles-new-sites-strong-sense-community <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What used to be </span>Nickelsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is now three. The homeless encampment split up into three locations—two in the city’s Central District and the third in Skyway—after being evicted from city-owned property two months ago.</span></p><p>The campsite at Skyway appears to have it the worst in almost every way, but it’s also where campers have found unwavering camaraderie.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 10681 at http://www.kplu.org At Roughest of Nickelsville's New Sites, a Strong Sense of Community Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-earns-very-poor-scores-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should be more transparent about its aid spending in developing countries, according to an advocacy group that tracks international aid organizations.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group Publish What You Fund ranked the Gates Foundation </span>43rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> out of 67 humanitarian agencies in transparency. The agency earned scores noted as “very poor” in the aid transparency index report for failing to publish their spending in a useful and timely manner.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 10667 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency King Co.: Waste Not, Want Not; Shop Smart and Eat What You Buy http://www.kplu.org/post/king-co-waste-not-want-not-shop-smart-and-eat-what-you-buy <p></p><p>Imagine your weekly grocery trip. You come home with four bags, but instead of putting it all away, you throw out one full bag of food.</p><p>That’s effectively what the average American household disposes of each week.&nbsp; And the habit is costing us money, and maybe even our sanity.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:28:57 +0000 Monica Spain 10003 at http://www.kplu.org King Co.: Waste Not, Want Not; Shop Smart and Eat What You Buy King County Sheriff to Testify at Pot Rules Hearing in D.C. http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-sheriff-testify-pot-rules-hearing-dc <p>On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws in Washington D.C., and King County Sheriff John Urquhart will be there to testify.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9915 at http://www.kplu.org King County Sheriff to Testify at Pot Rules Hearing in D.C. Nickelsville Residents Move to Three New Locations http://www.kplu.org/post/nickelsville-residents-move-three-new-locations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the holiday weekend, Seattle’s homeless camp </span>Nickelsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> left West Seattle after more than two years. Moving is traumatic for anyone, but it’s particularly complicated when you don’t have a permanent place to live.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Oh, the hassles of a move—the maze of boxes, packing up everything only to unpack it all later.</p><p>Imagine moving 16 times in two years. Instead of boxes, you have platforms and cinder blocks, and a couple of goats, too.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9842 at http://www.kplu.org Nickelsville Residents Move to Three New Locations Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Fly Homeless Back to Mainland http://www.kplu.org/post/hawaii-lawmakers-want-fly-homeless-back-mainland <p>If lawmakers in Hawaii have their way, homeless people there will get a free ride back home to the mainland.&nbsp;The Hawaii state Legislature has set aside money for free flights.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With Seattle’s close proximity to the state, the city could become a destination for homeless hoping to get back on their feet. But some say the plan won’t solve any problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9652 at http://www.kplu.org Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Fly Homeless Back to Mainland Gun Rights Advocates to Rally at Starbucks Cafes http://www.kplu.org/post/gun-rights-advocates-rally-starbucks-cafes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A brewing controversy surrounding gun rights is headed to Starbucks locations today.</span></p><p>Gun rights advocates around the country are planning to rally at Starbucks cafes where they’re allowed to openly carry firearms. But a group of moms is trying to pressure Starbucks to stop allowing guns in its cafes.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9576 at http://www.kplu.org Gun Rights Advocates to Rally at Starbucks Cafes A Leading Question: Staadecker and Textbooks on Vashon http://www.kplu.org/post/leading-question-staadecker-and-textbooks-vashon <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Editor's note:&nbsp;KPLU&nbsp;has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a fourth generation </span>Seattleite<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with careers in hotels and real estate, as well as his penchant for the arts, Charlie </span>Staadecker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been dubbed “traditional.”&nbsp;&nbsp;But that doesn’t mean the bow tie-wearing candidate doesn’t enjoy a little bit of campaign fun.</span></p><p>The candidate’s series of YouTube ads parody a Dos Equis commercial.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9498 at http://www.kplu.org A Leading Question: Staadecker and Textbooks on Vashon Bertha, World's Largest Boring Machine, Ready to Dig http://www.kplu.org/post/bertha-worlds-largest-boring-machine-ready-dig <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State Route 99 tunnel boring machine, better known by her nickname “Bertha,” is poised and ready to begin the dig under downtown. &nbsp;</span></p><p>To get a bird’s eye view, we climb three stories on temporary metal staircases near Pioneer Square.&nbsp;At the top, we’re standing on what remains of the lower deck of the Alaskan Way viaduct.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9382 at http://www.kplu.org Bertha, World's Largest Boring Machine, Ready to Dig Activists Organize First-Ever Gay Blood Drive to Challenge FDA Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/activists-organize-first-ever-gay-blood-drive-challenge-fda-ban <p>Activists across the nation are hosting the first-ever gay blood drive today in an effort to raise the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.</p><p>Intravenous drug users can donate blood after a one-year waiting period, so why can’t gay and bisexual men?&nbsp;That’s a question that baffles activists and scientists alike.&nbsp;Since 1977, the Food and Drug Administration has mandated that blood donation centers ask prospective male donors if they’ve had sex with a man.&nbsp;If the answer is yes, the man is deferred, meaning he’s not allowed to donate blood—ever.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9320 at http://www.kplu.org Activists Organize First-Ever Gay Blood Drive to Challenge FDA Ban Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-pilots-reach-5-year-deal-without-mediation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an industry known for intense labor disputes and protracted negotiations, there seems to be a departure.&nbsp;Alaska Airlines and its pilots agreed on a new contract on their own—with no mediation, no arbitrators. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:36:24 +0000 Monica Spain 9317 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation 'People can change’: Families celebrate reunion after foster care http://www.kplu.org/post/people-can-change-families-celebrate-reunion-after-foster-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Close to 9,000 children were in foster care in Washington state last year, but the majority of these kids will eventually return home. Today, as part of Family Reunification Day, families are celebrating their reunions after overcoming obstacles that range from drug abuse to struggles with parenting skills.</span></p><p><strong>Born addicted to heroin</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9198 at http://www.kplu.org 'People can change’: Families celebrate reunion after foster care Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business http://www.kplu.org/post/skagit-valley-eatery-goes-laughs-attract-business <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; font-family: Arial;">As state engineers work around the clock to install a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge span in Mount Vernon, one nearby restaurant manager is finding creative ways to keep customers coming.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 26px;"> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9011 at http://www.kplu.org Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business