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Gay Rights
9:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Seattle Joins 60 Other Cities, Holds Gay Blood Drive To Protest FDA Ban

“I think the policies are out of date and need to be changed,” said Holly Mitchell, who donated in place of her roommate Collin Webb. “Collin asked me to be his ally and donate for him, and I was happy to do so."
Malcolm Griffes KPLU

When Michael Wells was growing up in Normal, Illinois, his dad would frequently come home from work wearing a pin that had a little blood drop.

“I was always fascinated by it, because my dad never wore any kind of jewelry or anything,” Wells said.

When Wells asked about the pin, his father told him it signaled he'd given blood.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:15 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hot, Hot Weather Almost Everywhere This Weekend, Bad News For Wildfires

Tim Durkan

Make sure you’ve refilled the ice trays. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says it’s going to get hot in the days ahead.

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Reproductive Health
8:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

WSU Researchers: Age Of Woman's Eggs Not To Blame For Miscarriages, Birth Defects

This image shows a single egg cell, treated with fluorescence, under a microscope.
Courtesy of Ross Rowsey, Washington State University

At least 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Biologists puzzling over what can go wrong when egg and sperm get together are now one step closer to solving the mystery.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers

Kyle Seager, left, is congratulated by Robinson Cano on his home run against the Boston Red Sox last month in Seattle. Some say Seager’s performance in that series helped him get selected to this year’s All-Star game.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis, with the winning league gaining home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Mariners will play for the American League: All-Star veterans Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez and first-time All-Star Kyle Seager.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager — homegrown and hitting the ball.

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Through The Eyes Of A Newcomer
6:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Tour Of Lake Union With A Captain Who's Circled It 2,800 Times

Larry Kezner steers the Fremont Avenue passenger vessel around Lake Union on June 28, 2014.
Alison Marcotte KPLU

Capt. Larry Kezner blows the horn of the Fremont Avenue passenger vessel and undocks his boat from South Lake Union Park. Andy Kim’s popular ‘70s tune “Rock Me Gently” plays through the speakers as Kezner steers the boat around the southern shore of Lake Union. “Funky” background music is a staple of Kezner’s tours.

“Welcome aboard the Fremont Avenue,” he says over the intercom to the 24 passengers on board. “Thank you guys for coming out. Good sports for the cloudy day here.”

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Promotion
7:56 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Get The Best Seats To 'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!' Before They Go On Sale!

If you're a fan of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!", the oddly informative news quiz from NPR, you won't want to miss their live show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

We're offering YOU the opportunity to purchase premium seats before they go on sale to the public. We also have a limited number of VIP packages available which include premium seats and a post-show meet and greet with the cast of "Wait Wait" — a KPLU exclusive. PURCHASE YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS HERE.

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Graduation Requirements
5:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New High School Diploma Rules Make Clear Which Credits Students Can Waive — And Which They Can't

A high schooler hugs a classmate after receiving her diploma.
Brennan Linsley AP Photo

High school students in Washington will soon be able to drop up to two courses if they encounter "unusual circumstances" and still earn their diplomas under new state rules, which will also lift the number of required credits from 20 to 24.

But should schools be allowed to waive credits in subjects like English, math or science? The State Board of Education said no Thursday, voting 8 to 5 to approve rules marking 17 "core" credits as off-limits to these waivers. The board's decision mean districts can only excuse a student from elective or world language credits.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Says ‘Stop And Frisk’ Went Too Far

Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional, according to a finding by the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.

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Wildfire Season
1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

File photo of 2013's Little Queens Fire near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.
Inciweb

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.

Jeff Bonebrake is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It's his job to investigate how a fire started. Once that’s pinned down, he figures out who pays and how much. He says the bulk of the charges are for firefighter salaries and equipment use.

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Law
10:28 am
Thu July 10, 2014

FTC Sues Amazon Over Kids' App Charges

File image
Mark Lennihan AP Photo

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

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Wildfire Season
9:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Philip Higuera University of Idaho

Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. And a 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington continues to threaten houses in the area.

Fires can be devastating to people's lives. But according to new research, at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery.
Anna King

Since the spring, many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a busload of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.

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Cancer Research
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer

Rachel Katzenellenbogen
Gabriel Spitzer

The human papillomavirus is a bit like a tiny hacker — black hat, of course — that sneaks into your cells, hijacks your hardware and uses it to copy itself. For nearly 80 million Americans, this is happening right now, and nearly all sexually-active people will pick up HPV at one time or another.

For a smaller number of us, that bit of forced entry touches off a chain of events that leads to cancer — mainly cervical cancer, but also penile, rectal, throat and tongue cancers. If scientists could figure out exactly how that happens, they might able to intervene and disrupt the process.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park
Zengame Flickr

Don't be ashamed. We all procrastinate. The car needs an oil change. The living room needs to be vacuumed. And you still haven't planned your summer vacation.

We can't help you with the first two, but if you're still looking for a getaway this summer and finding no available reservations, read on. 

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No Child Left Behind Act
4:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

With Wash. State's NCLB Waiver Now Gone, Seattle Schools Seeks Its Own Exemption

Seattle education officials have asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, pictured, to grant the district a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. It's not clear how open federal officials will be to Seattle's request.
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

Earlier this year, Washington became the first state in the nation to lose its reprieve from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Now, Seattle Public Schools wants to become the first district in the nation to regain that flexibility on its own.

Superintendent Jose Banda sent a letter Wednesday asking for a Seattle-specific waiver from the outdated federal law.

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