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Legal Marijuana
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New FBI Head In Seattle Encounters Pot Smokers Near Office

While marijuana is legal in Washington, it remains illegal under federal law.

So a recent encounter in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Seattle proved a little awkward for the new special agent in charge of the Seattle division.

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Life Reinvented
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers

Lance Leone embraces Darryl Penn, one of his rescuers.
Ed Ronco KPLU

In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.

Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too

Nancy's pickled snap peas variation on a recipe in Andrea Nguyen's cookbook
Nancy Leson

I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches," was just released.

That subtitle is no overstatement.  If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (bunn mee) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy to follow instructions in Andrea's handbook. 

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Oso Slide
4:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster

The 2014 Oso slide "remobilized" the zone of a smaller slide from 2006.
WSDOT

A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso, Washington this past March, say a panel of scientists in a federally-funded study.

The hills above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River had slid before, at least 15 times over the centuries, according to the study.

But one slide in particular left Oso vulnerable. In 2006, that smaller slide left a loosely-packed mass of debris perched dangerously above the Steelhead Haven development and its neighbors.

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Youth & Education
4:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students

Students listen to their teacher in a special education classroom in Florida.
Lynne Sladky AP Photo

Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," according to a scathing report released Tuesday, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.

The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.

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Studio Sessions
4:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek

Sara Gazarek performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the full interview and performance

We were very excited to welcome back singer/songwriter, Sara Gazarek, a graduate from the Roosevelt High School jazz program who has since made a home in the L.A. jazz scene. 

Sara stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for this interview and performance while in town at Jazz Alley with Band members Josh Nelson (piano), Hamilton Price (bass), Zach Harmon (drums) and Larry Koonse (guitar).

Wildfire Danger
10:57 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

Volunteers hang cardboard signs to point people in the direction of donation centers and shelters.
Courtney Flatt

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.

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Fish Consumption Rate
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal

How much fish we eat — or the government's recorded assumption about our consumption — is one factor in an equation that determines how much water pollution industries are allowed to discharge.

Washington is slowly moving ahead with a long-delayed plan to update its water quality rules. Tuesday's will be the first public meeting on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate, which determines how clean discharged water must be. But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.

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Eating Bugs
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'

Here's a deep-fried tarantula.
Chugrad McAndrews of Seattle "The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook," published by Ten Speed Press.

Seattle author David George Gordon would be more than happy to share his recipe for his three bee salad or cricket nymph risotto. Try the deep-fried tarantula, the bloomin’ onion of arachnids.

Gordon is known as “the bug chef,” and has written one of the more comprehensive cookbooks showcasing bugs and their kin. He is also a true believer in insects as a food source for an ever-hungrier planet, as laid out in a lengthy U.N. report last year.

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Foster Care
4:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Judge Sides Again With Wash. Foster Youth

A judge in Bellingham has ordered the state of Washington to do more to locate foster children who run away.

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Alternative Energy
4:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies

Solar panels on the roofs of houses in the Bavarian village of Eitting near Munich, Germany.
Riex Flickr via Compfight

A delegation from Germany recently paid Washington’s clean tech lobby a visit. At a meeting in Seattle, the delegation, whose country's emphasis on renewable energy has made it a global leader in the sector, presented some of the lessons local companies are learning from the German example.

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Housing
11:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

'It’s Not Going To Be The Same': How The Kids Of Yesler Terrace Feel About Leaving

Yesler Terrace resident plays basketball at "Say Yes To Yesler" party on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Alison Marcote KPLU

When 10-year-old Mohamed Mohamed thinks of Yesler Terrace, the word “community” comes to mind.

“It’s not one of those quiet neighborhoods where you’re staying at home playing video games or anything like that,” he said. “It’s somewhere where you can play outside and meet new people.”

Mohamed says he has lived in Yesler Terrace, Seattle’s oldest housing project, his whole life.

“It’s very sad they’re changing it into like houses that have elevators,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same; it’s not going to be low-income anymore. It’s just going to be sad.”

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Wildfire Danger
11:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs

A helicopter preparing to drop water is dwarfed by a billowing cloud of smoke from a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, in Twisp, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.

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Campaign Finance
10:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33 Million So Far

Washington Public Disclosure Commission

Washington’s Aug. 5 primary is now less than a month away. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, nearly $33 million have already been contributed to campaigns.

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Infectious Diseases
5:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses

Nearly 60 percent of firehouses sampled by UW School of Public Health researchers tested positive for MRSA.
Billy V Flickr

Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and new research on firehouses around Washington state has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters’ boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes.

MRSA is a nasty and sometimes deadly bacterium that’s hard to kill with antibiotics. It’s normally associated with hospitals, nursing homes or prisons, but researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health recently tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA. They found the bug at 19 of those firehouses. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who’d gotten an infection requiring medical care.

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