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Ebola
5:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Ebola 'Still Small Potatoes,' But A Major Menace In West Africa

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia.
Jerome Delay AP Photo

As the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, some global health experts downplayed it. The virus has flared up here and there since it was discovered in the 1970s, and rarely has its death toll exceeded a few dozen or at most a few hundred.

“I actually was among those who didn’t think it would be that big a deal, and like the previous ones, it would be contained and would burn itself out very quickly,” said Tom Paulson, who has been covering global health for nearly 20 years. “I was dead wrong.”

Paulson, the founder and editor of Humanosphere, sat down with KPLU to talk about why he’s changed his mind and come to see Ebola in Africa as a major menace.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Why Do Unions Want To Run Child Care Teacher Training In Seattle?

SEIU Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers are sponsoring Proposition 1A, one of two competing preschool ballot measures
seiuhealthcare775NW Flickr

Seattle voters will have to choose between two ballot measures that both aim to help improve education for preschoolers, but in different ways.

The city’s plan, Proposition 1B, would set up a pilot program of subsidized preschool using a property tax levy.

The competing measure, Proposition 1A, is sponsored by two unions, Service Employees International Union Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers’ union affiliated with AFL-CIO.

Prop. 1A calls for a quicker path to a minimum wage of $15 an hour for child care teachers and would set a city policy that states no family should have to spend more than 10 percent of the household income on child care.

One other provision that’s drawn less attention is a plan to set up a system of training in which the unions would play a bigger role. 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Nearby Destinations For Winter Escapes, Whether You Ski Or Not

There are plenty of areas to ski within driving distance of Seattle or, if you have the time, within train distance.
iwona_kellie Flickr

With autumn in full swing, it’s already time to start planning winter getaways. Here are a few options from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley:

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Public Records
3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Exotic Dancers In Tacoma Say Public Records Release Would Violate Their Privacy

Women who work at Dream Girls at Foxes, a strip club in Tacoma, don’t want Pierce County to release personal information about them. They say doing so would violate their right to privacy.

But the Pierce County auditor says Washington’s Public Records Act requires her to release information contained in the women’s business licenses on file with the county.

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Aerospace
2:45 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Analyst Says Falling Oil Prices Could Dampen Demand For Boeing's New Aircraft

A Boeing 787-9 taxis before taking off on a first flight of the new aircraft Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Boeing reported that earnings and revenue climbed in its most recent quarter. But the stock fell on worries about when the 787 Dreamliner program will become profitable. One analyst says there’s another concern for investors: the recent drop in oil prices.

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Homelessness
1:08 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Listen: The Moment That Inspired A Seattle Man To Sideline His Business And Help The Homeless

Rex Hohlbein
Courtesy of Rex Hohlbein

Seattle architect Rex Hohlbein had been designing luxury homes for decades when his focus suddenly turned to the homeless.

Hohlbein says it all started during his morning bike ride to the office. He met a man named Chiaka. This encounter would change his life. 

Take 87 seconds to hear Hohlbein tell his story:

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Same-Sex Marriage
10:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Making Of 'The Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story'

Frank Morgan
Eddy Westveer

"The Sound of Redemption:  The Frank Morgan Story" will be showing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at NW Film Forum in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Film Festival. Frank Morgan was a prodigy, a young West Coast saxophonist who was hailed as "the next Charlie Parker." Morgan's life and career were stalled for 30 years because of heroin use, felonies and prison sentences.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Cape May In October

Credit Hope Mayer

  Cape May Autumn Birding Festival, October 24 - 26!

Cape May is one of the most famous birding destinations in the US. And October may be the most exciting month of all to watch birds there. It's hawk migration! Cape May lies at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, on a peninsula that divides Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Because most birds prefer to migrate over land rather than open water, the peninsula funnels southbound birds, sometimes in astonishing numbers. In the autumn of 2010, Cape May Bird Observatory counted more than 47,000 migrating hawks - including Red-shouldered Hawks, like this one. New Jersey Audubon sponsors the festival.

Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Just Back From Spain, Nancy Leson Offers A Few Pointers On Paella

Here's the paella Nancy Leson and fellow KPLU Travel Clubbers made at the Barcelona Cooking School.
Nancy Leson

Both Nance and I have been traveling these past weeks. I traveled across Canada by train, and Nancy went to Spain and France with the KPLU Travel Club. While there, she and her fellow eaters tried their hands at the iconic Valencia dish, paella.

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Inner Lives
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

How One Theologian Managed To Keep Her Faith Through Struggles With Depression

courtesy of Dr. Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman has an impressive resume (bachelor’s degree from Harvard, master’s of divinity from Vanderbilt, Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology), and she doesn’t shy away from talking about tough or deeply personal things.

She’s spoken out about her own trauma of having been raped and her disappointment with the inept and sometimes callous response from church leaders to victims of sexual violence.

But as open as Coleman has been about her experience as a victim of sexual assault, there was another part of herself she kept hidden for years — her struggle with debilitating depression.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Seattle Voters To Decide On Monorail Plans — Again

Passengers ride the privately owned Seattle Monorail as it speeds along its elevated track on Monday morning. A ballot question asks city voters to fund a study for a larger, public system connecting West Seattle and Ballard.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Seattle voters have a monorail proposal on their ballots this year. The city's last public monorail effort died in 2005. Now, supporters hope to revive the idea.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Seattle Leaders Hope 'Magic Sauce' Will Guarantee 'Quality' In Proposed Pre-K Plan

Genesee Early Learning Center teacher Chanel Priel, center, helps two students as they draw "blueprints" for the pretend construction company their class has been running. It's part of the school's 'play-based' approach to preschool.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Seattle's elected leaders can hardly describe the proposed preschool pilot program at the heart of Proposition 1B without using the phrase "high-quality."

City education officials frequently invoke these words when speaking about their desire to pass a four-year, $58 million property tax hike to not only cover preschool tuition for as many as 2,000 low-income kids, but to ensure these children receive the greatest possible benefit from the program.

But amid a broader debate over whether voters ought to choose the city's plan over a competing childcare initiative, Proposition 1A, a smaller debate has roiled among early educators: What exactly constitutes "high-quality" preschool?

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Schools & LGBT Issues
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Highline Schools The Latest Wash. District To Consider Transgender Student Policy

A bathroom to accommodate transgender students at Kent State University in Ohio.
Mark Stahl AP Photo

Where should a transgender student in a public school use the restroom? In which locker room should the student shower or change clothes? And how should a teacher refer to a student: as a he, a she, or neither?

The Highline Public Schools Board will vote Wednesday night on a new, formal set of guidelines to help staff answer these questions.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage.com Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Austin Jenkins

The fate of a human-trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking. The justices must decide if the lawsuit can proceed.

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