Paula Wissel http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Police Finally Get Good Grade On Reform http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-finally-get-good-grade-reform <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159045820&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The federal monitor charged with overseeing reform of the Seattle Police Department says there’s finally reason for optimism.</p><p>“The glass is now looking half full to me rather than half empty,” Merrick Bobb said during a briefing before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee Wednesday. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17766 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Police Finally Get Good Grade On Reform Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide http://www.kplu.org/post/carrying-knife-constitutional-right-recent-wash-case-highlights-divide <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158711498&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Should the constitutional right to bear arms include the right to carry a knife in public? That was the question addressed in a recent Washington state court decision.</p><p>The case highlights a growing movement advocating the right to carry knives.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:48:46 +0000 Paula Wissel 17716 at http://www.kplu.org Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows http://www.kplu.org/post/bellingham-store-first-open-sell-legal-pot-wash-seattle-store-follows <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157976210&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Washington state have begun.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Eager customers bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling marijuana as soon as was allowed under state regulations.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:28:46 +0000 Paula Wissel & Gene Johnson 17609 at http://www.kplu.org Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows What The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Home Health Workers Means For Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/what-us-supreme-court-ruling-home-health-workers-means-wash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156756207&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/11-681_j426.pdf" target="_blank">ruling on home health care workers</a> in Illinois in the case of Harris v. Quinn could have an effect on the people who work in home care here in Washington state.</p><p>The high court ruled that home health aides in Illinois, who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, cannot be required to pay union dues or fees, even though other public employees are. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:08:57 +0000 Paula Wissel 17496 at http://www.kplu.org Deaf Student Claims Medical School In Yakima Denied Him Access http://www.kplu.org/post/deaf-student-claims-medical-school-yakima-denied-him-access <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156345659&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17460 at http://www.kplu.org Deaf Student Claims Medical School In Yakima Denied Him Access Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families http://www.kplu.org/post/judge-sakuma-brothers-farms-must-provide-housing-migrant-workers-families <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156235437&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A Skagit County Superior Court judge <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kplu/files/201406/2014_06_26_Familias_Prop_Permanent_Injunction_Order_Final_%281%29.pdf?__utma=39075193.919676484.1401811639.1403822373.1403843759.76&amp;__utmb=39075193.500.9.1403846725668&amp;__utmc=39075193&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=39075193.1403564076.62.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=14233333">sided with migrant berry pickers</a> on Thursday by ordering their employer,&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms, to provide housing for the workers' family members.&nbsp;</p><p>The workers took the farm owners to court over a new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;They argued the policy was intended as punishment for workers who went on strike last year.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17439 at http://www.kplu.org Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families Insanity Defense Possible In Accused SPU Shooter's Case http://www.kplu.org/post/insanity-defense-possible-accused-spu-shooters-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155712062&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The man charged with <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/police-spu-student-disarmed-gunman-shooting-left-1-dead-3-injured">killing one student and seriously wounding two others</a> on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on June 5 has pleaded not guilty.</p><p>On Monday attorneys&nbsp;for Aaron Rey&nbsp;Ybarra, 26, filed a notice of intent to pursue a not guilty by reason of insanity defense. The move doesn't mean they will go that route, just that they may use an insanity defense.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/martha/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:20:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 17327 at http://www.kplu.org Insanity Defense Possible In Accused SPU Shooter's Case What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case http://www.kplu.org/post/what-one-former-us-attorney-knows-now-about-making-her-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155154394&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>At first glance, you might think a former U.S. attorney and a man who once sued the government for spying on him wouldn’t agree on much.</p><p>But Kate Pflaumer, U.S. attorney for western Washington during the Clinton administration, and Philip Chinn, a recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law, share a passion for trial work and more. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17278 at http://www.kplu.org What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case Rep. Smith Pushes For Release of Renton Woman Being Held In Mexican Prison http://www.kplu.org/post/rep-smith-pushes-release-renton-woman-being-held-mexican-prison <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154801765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, says the United States should be doing more to free a Renton woman being held in a Mexican prison. Nestora Salgado was arrested last August in the state of Guerrero, Mexico after helping to organize a local militia of indigenous people — something allowed under Mexican law.</p><p>Appearing alongside&nbsp;Salgado’s daughter and husband at a news conference in Seattle, Smith said he’s done what he can to make Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration aware of Nestora Salgado’s situation in Mexico.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:51:08 +0000 Paula Wissel 17199 at http://www.kplu.org Rep. Smith Pushes For Release of Renton Woman Being Held In Mexican Prison Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate' http://www.kplu.org/post/man-charged-spu-shooting-i-want-feel-hate <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153792974&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The gunman who allegedly killed a student on the campus of &nbsp;Seattle Pacific University last week told police he had stopped taking his anti-depressant medicine because he wanted to "feel the hate."</p><p>That was among the revelations released in charging documents filed against Aaron Rey Ybarra in King County Superior Court on Tuesday. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:14:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 17064 at http://www.kplu.org Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate' Obesity Disqualifies More Navy Recruits Than Drug Use http://www.kplu.org/post/obesity-disqualifies-more-navy-recruits-drug-use <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153151841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Navy recruiters have noticed a disturbing trend among young people looking to join up: too many of them are obese.</p><p>Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, who is in charge of recruiting for the U.S. Navy, says obesity "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">has actually surpassed even those with drug use" as a reason for disqualification.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In addition to the high rate of obesity, she says, some potential recruits are just plain out of shape.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:48:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17020 at http://www.kplu.org Obesity Disqualifies More Navy Recruits Than Drug Use Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-chief-nominee-endorses-hiring-outside-assistants <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152704240&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Confirmation hearings begin today for Kathleen O'Toole, the woman nominated to be the new Seattle police chief. Kathleen O’Toole will appear before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee.</p><p>One issue stirring controversy among the top brass in the Seattle Police Department is O’Toole’s plan to hire assistants from outside the department. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 16939 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants Seattle Police Officers File Civil Rights Complaint Over Use Of Force Policies http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-officers-file-civil-rights-complaint-over-use-force-policies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151770451&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 100 Seattle police officers have filed a federal civil rights complaint against city and federal authorities.</p><p>They allege the agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Seattle restricting police&nbsp; use of force has put both police and the public in danger. Thu, 29 May 2014 02:00:27 +0000 Paula Wissel 16854 at http://www.kplu.org Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves http://www.kplu.org/post/gatorade-helps-nab-copper-wire-thieves <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151567361&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A jury has found two men guilty of stealing 4.3 miles of copper wiring from Sound Transit's Light Rail System in Seattle. It’s believed to be the largest theft of metal in Washington State.</p><p>Apparently, the thieves undoing was a popular energy drink. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:41:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 16836 at http://www.kplu.org Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves This Man May Be Deported To Cambodia Before He Can Give His Brother A Kidney http://www.kplu.org/post/man-may-be-deported-cambodia-he-can-give-his-brother-kidney <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150946839&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A man being held in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma could help save his brother’s life by giving him a kidney.</p><p>But that won’t happen if the U.S. goes forward with plans to deport the man to Cambodia, a country he left as a baby. The case shines a light on what some consider the U.S.'s overly harsh deportation policies. Tue, 27 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 16799 at http://www.kplu.org This Man May Be Deported To Cambodia Before He Can Give His Brother A Kidney