Martha Kang http://www.kplu.org en How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates http://www.kplu.org/post/how-meditation-changing-monroes-maximum-security-inmates <p>Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.</p><p>Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.</p><p>This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & Justin Steyer 16025 at http://www.kplu.org How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates Slide Survivor Haunted By Memories Of 'Horrible, Rumbling, Wet' Sound, Guilt http://www.kplu.org/post/slide-survivor-haunted-memories-horrible-rumbling-wet-sound-guilt <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143934112&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Amanda Skorjanc was sitting in her kitchen with her baby son, Duke, when she heard “what sounded like a truck off a rumble strip.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“And then it continued, and I thought, ‘Oh, maybe it’s an earthquake.’ And then the light started to shake. The light started to blink,” said the 25-year-old mother.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skorjanc looked out the side door of her </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> home, and saw nothing. Then she looked out the front door.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It was like a movie. Houses were exploding,” she said, fighting back tears. “The next thing I see is the neighbor’s chimney coming in through our front door. And I turned and I held Duke, and I did not let him go.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:01:58 +0000 Martha Kang & Kyle Stokes 15846 at http://www.kplu.org Slide Survivor Haunted By Memories Of 'Horrible, Rumbling, Wet' Sound, Guilt Rain, Rain And More Rain: Record-Breaking March For Parts Of W. Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/rain-rain-and-more-rain-record-breaking-march-parts-w-wash <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend's rain caused parts of western Washington to see the wettest March on record</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/rain-weekend-could-make-march-our-wettest-record-w-wash">&nbsp;as was predicted by&nbsp;KPLU&nbsp;weather expert Cliff Mass</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">My lawn has turned into a carpet of moss and my deck is now green," Mass said on Sunday.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:25:33 +0000 Martha Kang & The Associated Press 15480 at http://www.kplu.org Rain, Rain And More Rain: Record-Breaking March For Parts Of W. Wash. Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' http://www.kplu.org/post/coming-tacoma-dome-cannacon-home-and-garden-show-cannabis <p>Move over, Hempfest; there’s a new show in town, and on the same weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CannaCon is coming to the Tacoma Dome, and organizers hope to make it the biggest cannabis expo in the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Picture the Seattle Home and Garden Show, but with cannabis,” said Bob Smart, a medical marijuana retailer who is organizing the event with the help of the Marijuana Business Association.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:02:29 +0000 Martha Kang 12773 at http://www.kplu.org Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' Seattle's Underground Sex Economy Explained, In Five Points http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-underground-sex-economy-explained-five-points <p>Seattle’s underground sex economy more than doubled between 2003 and 2007, when the industry shrunk in other U.S. cities, according to a study by the Urban Institute released Wednesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://datatools.urban.org/features/theHustle/index.html" target="_blank">in-depth study</a>&nbsp;on the economics of the underground commercial sex trade focused on eight U.S. cities, including Seattle, through national data sets and interviews with hundreds of sex workers and law enforcement officials.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:53:38 +0000 Martha Kang 14795 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Underground Sex Economy Explained, In Five Points Storm Splits Olympic National Park's Centuries-Old 'Kalaloch Cedar' Tree In Two http://www.kplu.org/post/storm-splits-olympic-national-parks-centuries-old-kalaloch-cedar-tree-two <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A centuries-old red western cedar tree in Olympic National Park fell victim to a storm over the weekend.</span></p><p>Olympic National Park spokesperson Barb Maynes said the beloved tree known as the “Kalaloch cedar” split in two on Saturday, and a large portion of it fell away.</p><p>“It certainly has been an iconic tree for many, many years,” said Maynes.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:30:28 +0000 Martha Kang 14770 at http://www.kplu.org Storm Splits Olympic National Park's Centuries-Old 'Kalaloch Cedar' Tree In Two Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-urges-gov-stop-issuing-permits-oil-trains <p>Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle City Council unanimously passed <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mulls-resolution-calling-closer-scrutiny-oil-trains" target="_blank">the resolution</a> co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:09:36 +0000 Martha Kang 14660 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains See The Unearthed Mammoth Tusk, Help Name Its Prehistoric Owner http://www.kplu.org/post/see-unearthed-mammoth-tusk-help-name-its-prehistoric-owner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What to call the mammoth whose tusk surfaced in South Lake Union last month?</span></p><p>Starting Saturday, the Burke Museum will take public suggestions to name the prehistoric mammal the tusk once belonged to. Ideas can be submitted in person at the museum where the tusk will be on display, or online at <a href="http://seattlemammoth.org/" target="_blank">seattlemammoth.org</a>.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:02:28 +0000 Martha Kang 14563 at http://www.kplu.org See The Unearthed Mammoth Tusk, Help Name Its Prehistoric Owner Number Of Homeless Students In Wash. State Rises Again, Tops 30,000 http://www.kplu.org/post/number-homeless-students-wash-state-rises-again-tops-30000 <p>The number of homeless students in Washington state has risen for the sixth straight year, this time topping 30,000.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest count by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction shows the number of students without homes rose by 11.8 percent from the previous year to reach 30,609 last school year.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The figure reflects a 47.3 percent spike from the 2008-2009 school year.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:32:49 +0000 Martha Kang 14213 at http://www.kplu.org Number Of Homeless Students In Wash. State Rises Again, Tops 30,000 Amber Alert Canceled After Two Mill Creek Children Found Safe In Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/amber-alert-canceled-after-two-mill-creek-children-found-safe-oregon <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 18px;">An Amber Alert was canceled&nbsp;Thursday evening after two missing Mill Creek children were found safe in Oregon.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 18px;">The alert was issued after &nbsp;2-year-old Tyrel Henry and 8-months-old Alexandria Henry were taken by their mother. Tyrel, who had a tracheotomy, is on a ventilator and in need of around-the-clock medical care.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:33:25 +0000 Martha Kang 13899 at http://www.kplu.org Amber Alert Canceled After Two Mill Creek Children Found Safe In Oregon Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-may-soon-have-citywide-system-lockers-serve-homeless-residents <p>Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/02/11/want-to-help-homeless-people-prosper-provide-lockers" target="_blank">guest blog post in The Stranger</a> on Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have,&nbsp;stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:11:31 +0000 Martha Kang 13524 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents Gov. Suspends Death Penalty In Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-suspends-death-penalty-wash-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one will be executed in the state of Washington as long as </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inslee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in office, the governor said Tuesday.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">"Equal justice under the law is the primary responsibility of our state. And in death penalty cases, I am not convinced equal justice is being served," Inslee said.</span></p><p>The governor, who previously supported the death penalty, said he decided to issue the moratorium after a months-long review of strong arguments on both sides of the issue, as well as a visit to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla where <a href="http://www.doc.wa.gov/offenderinfo/capitalpunishment/sentencedlist.asp" target="_blank">nine inmates are currently on death row</a>. But&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;said his decision wasn’t based on just those nine people.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:40:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Martha Kang 13515 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Suspends Death Penalty In Wash. State WSDOT: Fixing Bertha 'Will Take Months' http://www.kplu.org/post/wsdot-fixing-bertha-will-take-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state contractor hasn’t yet decided how to fix the broken seal near Bertha’s bearing, but “either way, this process will take months,” said the state Department of Transportation late Monday.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:24:21 +0000 Martha Kang 13493 at http://www.kplu.org WSDOT: Fixing Bertha 'Will Take Months' Mass: Chance Of A Snowy Weekend, But No Serious Snowfall Until Then http://www.kplu.org/post/mass-chance-snowy-weekend-no-serious-snowfall-until-then <p>Olympia and points south could see a dusting of snow on Thursday night, but not enough to accumulate, says the National Weather Service.</p><p>The region might see more snow on Saturday, but exactly where and how much remain unclear, according to KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:26:09 +0000 Martha Kang 13301 at http://www.kplu.org Mass: Chance Of A Snowy Weekend, But No Serious Snowfall Until Then Feds: Seattle Police Now Have Building Blocks For 'Longstanding Reform' http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-seattle-police-now-have-building-blocks-longstanding-reform <p></p><p>The Seattle Police Department has made “significant process” in an effort to reform a culture of excessive use of force and racially-biased policing, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said on Tuesday.</p><p>“We now have the building blocks to have significant longstanding reform,” said Durkan during a news conference held following a meeting with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:08 +0000 Martha Kang 13220 at http://www.kplu.org Feds: Seattle Police Now Have Building Blocks For 'Longstanding Reform'