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Controversial Book
7:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho. 

The move is in reaction to the Meridian School Board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mass: April Showers In The Forecast, But Easter Sunday Will Be 'Pretty Good Day'

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 16, 2014, flowers and plants removed from a tulip field are tossed in a truck near Mount Vernon, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

If you’re planning any outdoor fun this weekend, Sunday’s your best bet, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

The famous Puget Sound convergence zone has been dumping rain in the greater Seattle area, with some places in the foothills of the cascades getting as much as 4 inches in the space of just six hours on Thursday afternoon. Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, says there will be a break from that today, but not for too long.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove

Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey scores on a penalty kick to tie the game against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He scored his first-ever hat trick in that game. The two teams tied 4-4.
Don Ryan AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

Sounders star midfielder Clint Dempsey has made headlines recently. He scored his first-ever hat trick two weeks ago against Portland. Dempsey has scored a total of five goals in the past two games, earning back-to-back Player of The Week awards from Major League Soccer.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says things are finally coming together for Dempsey and the Sounders.

"Finally, it's happening. The investment is bearing fruit," Art said.

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Aerial Acrobatics
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

UW Researchers: Tiny-Brained Fruit Flies Are Top Gun Fliers

A fruit fly executes an agile banked turn with just the subtlest wing motion.
Florian Muijres University of Washington

New research out of the University of Washington shows that an insect with a brain smaller than a salt grain can take complex evasive action in flight. The findings could have value for engineers.

Consider the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. It’s — actually, wait. You really should click this soundtrack before you read any further.

Right. So, drosophila. You see them buzzing around your wine glass or your compost bin. Maybe you wave it away with your hand, and it seems to dart around to avoid the swat.

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Anti-Bullying
8:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Murray's Anti-Bullying Bill Targeting Colleges Limits Free Speech, Critics Say

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
AP

Washington state's senior U.S. senator is hoping to revive a push for federal anti-bullying laws aimed at preventing harassment of college students based on their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. But critics say such laws would impede on the students' First Amendment rights.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., visited the University of Washington campus Thursday to promote a bill she introduced in the Senate late last month. The measure would require any university receiving federal funds to adopt policies barring "severe, persistent or pervasive" harassment against its students.

"If ... you want to keep those federal funds, you will have an anti-bullying policy," Murray said during her visit.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
2:15 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Song Of The Day: Roy Hargrove's 'Strasbourg-St. Denis'

smithsonianjazz.org

A "jazz standard" is defined as "a musical composition which is an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in that they are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by listeners" (forgive me for quoting Wikipedia, but I think that's a pretty good description).

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Esperanto Lives
12:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Esperanto Speakers To Gather On Whidbey Island, Celebrate Language's Arts Scene

Martin Schmitt Flickr

In the 1800s, a Polish doctor wished there was an easy way for his polyglot neighbors — and everyone, really — to communicate. So, he invented a language: Esperanto. About 130 years later, it’s still around, including in the Pacific Northwest.

Jennifer Bondelid started learning the language when she was 11 years old. This week, she’s hosting workshops on Whidbey Island to promote theater and film in the language. Saturday night, she and 10 cast members will perform a play called “Connected” for those attending the 34th regional conference. I had to ask: Why?

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Oso Slide
9:43 am
Thu April 17, 2014

3 More Mudslide Victims Identified

A search worker walks with a tool Wednesday, April 16, 2014, as the search continues for the remaining missing victims of the massive deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso, Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving four names left on the list of the missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday it has now identified all 39 victims it has received.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Going On A Cruise? Try The Smaller Boats

The Lindblad Expeditions ships National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird operate in Baja and Southeast Alaska. They offer a more intimate, hands-on cruise experience than the big mainline companies.
Michael S. Nolan www.wildlifeimages.net

If you want to kick back and relax without thinking too hard about your itinerary, your destinations or dinner, your best bet is a cruise aboard one of the big mainline cruise ships, no question. They all offer reasonably priced, all-inclusive getaways aboard a giant floating resort.

But if your style is to get active, get educated or get away from the crowds, then you might want to consider a smaller cruise line, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. 

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Minimum Wage
4:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws

Seattle City Council member Nick Licata is seen talking to the media on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Ashley Gross KPLU

This may be the year that Seattle adopts one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But labor advocates and Seattle City Council member Nick Licata say without tough enforcement, a new wage law will be toothless. 

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Jazz Appreciation Month
2:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Song Of The Day: Joe Henderson's 'Ishfahan'

smithsonianjazz.org

Joe Henderson is one of those musicians that didn't gain huge recognition from the casual jazz lover, but every jazz musician and fanatic will sing his praises for days. He had awesome command of the tenor saxophone, a unique sound and harmonic conception, and composed some classics of the jazz idiom, including "Recorda Me" (which he wrote at 14 years old!), "Inner Urge" and "The Kicker." He was equally at home playing hard bop and more avant garde music, and had a real way with a ballad.

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Youth Unemployment
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults

Nigel Wea, 22, speaks with one of the 80 prospective employers at Tuesday's "Jobfest," a job fair in Tacoma for 16 to 24 year olds.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

High school junior Marcus Hollman wants a job — "something to get me into the job market," he says. But he keeps running into the same words like a brick wall: "professional experience required."

"There are very few employers ready to accept someone with no previous experience," said Hollman, a student at Harrison Preparatory Academy, after attending a youth-oriented job fair in Tacoma on Tuesday.

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Oso Slide
10:05 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 39

A road sign advising the closure of Highway 530 stands near a small display of flowers and a cross Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Darrington, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office announced two more victims Wednesday and said it's trying to identify three of the bodies.

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Alternative Energy
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls

Skykomish River
Courtesy Andrea Matzke

Plans to put a dam on one of Washington’s most scenic rivers have been called off.

The Snohomish County Public Utilities District says it has a better plan for the area on the Skykomish River near Index. But opponents of the project say it’s still too early to declare a victory. 

Snohomish County PUD was planning an inflatable weir for the bend in the river near Sunset Falls, not far from Index. The utility said it had a design that would rise and fall with the river, making it safe for endangered fish runs and minimally disruptive to the scenic value of the area.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Nancy Eats Paris, Including The Best Falafel In The World

E. Dehillerin, a restaurant supply shop that's been in business in Les Halles since 1820. Yes, she bought stuff!
Nancy Leson

Nancy shares highlights of her trip to Paris

Of all the places I haven't been to, Paris is the place I haven't been to the most.  But my Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson is just back from the City of Light and boy, did she eat.

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