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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Junior Seau suicide sparks more questions about NFL head injuries

A San Diego Chargers football fan wears the uniform of Junior Seau as he stands in front of the team's headquarters on Wednesday - the day Seau was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide.
Gregory Bull AP Photo

Just days after the suicide of retired NFL star Junior Seau, a lot of people are wondering whether the head injuries he suffered on the field may have played a role in his death.

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May Day protests
1:53 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

10 photos of Seattle protesters not vandalizing on May Day

Here's four May Day protesters in Seattle proving a point.
Evan Hoover KPLU

With all the broken glass, arrests, tear gas, sharp sticks and black-clad hooligans, it seems no one had any constructive fun during Seattle’s May Day protests. However, going back through our photos, we saw people having fun (at least at the moment the photo was being taken) and getting their message out.

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Science
1:32 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

WSU students build a robosub

The robosub on a test run at the Albrook Hydraulics lab
WSU

A group of computer science and electrical engineering seniors at Washington State University is building an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), otherwise known as a robosub.

The underwater robot will be entered this July in the 15th International RoboSub Competition. The contest, in San Diego, is co-sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

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Business
12:54 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Facebook sets $28 to $35 price range for IPO

NEW YORK — Facebook has set a price range of $28 to $35 for its initial public offering of stock.

At the high end, this could raise as much as $11.8 billion. That's much higher than any other Internet IPO in the past, even Google Inc. in 2004.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Preview: Junior Seau suicide related to hard-hitting NFL career?

A man wears a Junior Seau replica uniform in front of Seau's restaurant in San Diego. Former San Diego Chargers star Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday in what police said appeared to be a suicide.
Gregory Bull AP Photo

The tragic death of NFL star Junior Seau has raised some questions about whether the hard hits he was involved in on the field somehow contributed to his apparent suicide.

The body of the 43-year-old linebacker was found Wednesday. Authorities say he left a note, although the contents of the note have not been revealed. Police have confirmed that Seau was shot in the chest. Does that mean he wanted his brain to be preserved for research, similar to the wishes of another former player who recently killed himself?

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Diversions
11:11 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Super Moon …

If the skies clear up Saturday night you could get a glimpse of the “super moon.”  Saturday’s full moon will appear the largest it has in more than a year. 

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healthcare controversy
10:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Women sue McKenna over federal health care law

A lawsuit being filed against Attorney General Rob McKenna says his participation in legal action that seeks to overturn the new federal health care law threatens access to comprehensive coverage for women.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Secrets and lies in song

Pinocchio, pathological liar
Express Monorail Flickr

It’s getting harder to keep a secret these days--between your ATM card, Facebook and the NSA snooping on emails and phone calls, our lives are pretty much on record in some form.  Of course people will continue to lie and try to keep secrets, but even the Secret Service couldn’t keep their Columbian Expedition under cover...

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Humanosphere
4:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Smallpox eradicator, Medal of Freedom winner - Bill Foege talks with KPLU

Bill Foege discusses his address to the 3rd plenary session of the 53rd World Health Organization's General Assembly in 2000.
The Associated Press

One of the northwest’s best kept secrets is a person. He’s Bill Foege, a physician and Northwest native, who recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  

Foege went to Nigeria and figured out how to eradicate smallpox – the only human disease ever wiped off the planet. He also ran the nation’s top public health agency, the CDC. More recently, he helped shape the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom Paulson, of KPLU's Humanosphere blog, sat down with Bill Foege at his Vashon home to learn more about why people from Seattle are such a force globally. Click the listen button above to hear the interview.

Read Tom Paulson's first-person take on Bill Foege's life and work on Humanosphere.

May Day protests
5:20 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mayor: Safety trumped vandalism in May Day response

All that remained of May Day protests around Westlake Center on Wednesday were a few boarded up windows and lingering questions around why the violence had to break out when the vast majority of demonstrators were peaceful.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

City leaders in Seattle are thankful there were no serious injuries yesterday – only property damage. Mayor Mike McGinn says he regrets the vandalism, but he says officer safety and the safety of bystanders were his highest priorities.

The mayor and his police chief held a show-and-tell news conference today to highlight the variety of weapons they confiscated during the May Day demonstrations.

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Right to die
4:45 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

70 people die in Washington through lethal prescriptions

OLYMPIA, Wash. — At least 70 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington's Death with Dignity law, the Department of Health reported Wednesday.

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May Day protests
1:40 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mayor's home vandalized; emergency measures lifted; May Day fallout begins

A protester is struck druing May Day marches in Seattle.
Evan Hoover KPLU

With dozens of big, expensive windows smashed in downtown Seattle, eight arrests and reports that rocks were thrown through windows at Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's home last night, the fallout from yesterday's May Day rallies and protests is just beginning to take shape.

This morning the mayor announced that all emergency measures put in place to respond to the rolling violence and anti-capitalist protests that paralyzed downtown have been lifted.

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Seattle superheroes
1:06 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

May Day in Seattle got weird as 'superheroes' confronted protesters

This image of Phoenix Jones and Midnight Jack confronting protesters at the federal building in Seattle was posted on Instagram by dominickharris.

Seattle May Day protest took a turn for the weird as self-described superheroes Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks confronted protesters at the federal courthouse in Seattle. Jones has been accused of pepper spraying protesters in his efforts to protect the building, but a video released by him shows he didn’t spray people.

However, the video does make it apparent that one of his sidekicks might have.

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health politics
10:27 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Even without health law, some reforms will stay, predicts former Obama official

A controversial former Obama health-care administrator was in Seattle this week, speaking to 1,000 people about what can be learned from medical mistakes--saying patient safety should be an ethical imperative .

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Budget woes
9:27 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Lawsuit likely over roll-your-own smokes tax in Washington

Screen grab from Tobacco Joe's Roll Your Own website.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The burgeoning roll-your-own cigarette industry in Washington is preparing to do legal battle against the state. Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to sign into law today a new tax on do-it-yourself smokes. That will likely trigger a lawsuit.

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