Fighting poverty http://www.kplu.org en Free downtown bus is no longer a best kept secret. http://www.kplu.org/post/free-downtown-bus-no-longer-best-kept-secret <p></p><p>Ridership on<a href="http://www.solid-ground.org/programs/transportation/circulator/Pages/default.aspx"> two free shuttles in downtown Seattle</a> has doubled since the buses went into operation last October. The city funded the service for low income residents after Metro’s ride free area ended.&nbsp; The service was slow getting started because people either didn't know about it or had difficulty finding the bus stops.</p><p>(For an audio tour of a ride on one of the buses, click the Audio button above) Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:07:40 +0000 Paula Wissel 7813 at http://www.kplu.org Free downtown bus is no longer a best kept secret. Land grabs in Africa adding to chaos and death http://www.kplu.org/post/land-grabs-africa-adding-chaos-and-death <p>Aid organizations are trying to call attention to a little-noticed but massive plague spreading across Africa that is destroying communities, throwing many deeper into poverty and perhaps causing the deaths of many thousands.</p><p>Not AIDS or malaria.</p><p>It&rsquo;s an outbreak of property seizures and community displacements known as the <strong>land grab</strong>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/land-grab-ethiopia-boots-70000-brits-displace-20000-in-uganda-then-leave/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:19:30 +0000 Tom Paulson 3825 at http://www.kplu.org Land grabs in Africa adding to chaos and death