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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Why Don't We Bury Our Power Lines in the Northwest?

Saturday's wind storm knocked over a tree into power lines in Kirland, Wash.
Denise Walker

Did you find yourself in the dark, shivering under blankets, eating cold rations during the recent wind storm? Did it have you wondering why we are so dependent on overhead power poles to keep the lights on?

Could there be a better way?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Super Bowl preview: There's no sense in trying to predict

Zip-line riders finish their ride down the line over part of the Super Bowl Village on Thursday in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots are scheduled to face the New York Giants in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5.
The Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend from the sidelines, as the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants. The Seahawks manhandled the Giants during the regular season, but went on to finish with a losing record while the Giants made an amazing season-ending run.

How did this happen? Art Thiel tells us that if you try to predict the outcome of an entire season based on a small sample of it, you usually end up wrong.

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Humanosphere
4:51 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Study raising malaria death toll 'radically changes the picture'

In this 2003 file photo, patients wait to hear the results of their tests for Malaria, at a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Malaria may be killing about twice as many people as experts previously thought, new research suggests.
The Associated Press

A new global estimate of malaria deaths by researchers in Seattle has revealed the death toll is much greater than most experts had thought — and is not, as had been universally assumed, mostly a killer of children.

The study found more than 1.2 million people died from malaria in 2010, nearly twice the official estimate put out by the World Health Organization, and more than a third of the deaths were in adults.

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protesting wall street
4:24 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

'Occupy demands' would be met in bills before Wash. lawmakers

Occupy protesters at the Seattle Central Community College campus earlier this winter.
KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are introducing several proposals that echo the demands of the Occupy protesters. In fact, the formal title of one proposal introduced Thursday says it is aimed at “Guaranteeing that the top one percent pay too.”

The chief sponsor, Democratic Representative Marko Liias, says the Occupy movement wasn’t the only thing that prompted this idea.

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Washington State Legislature
3:36 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Update: Senate panel advances public records restrictions for Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents.

A Senate panel voted 4-2 on Thursday to approve the measure.

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Other News
3:21 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pierce County deputies trap wallaby on the run

This photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff’s office shows officers capturing an escaped wallaby in Gig Harbor, Wash., Thursday.
The Associated Press

Pierce County sheriff deputies and animal control officers have caught a wallaby on the run in Gig Harbor. The animal had escaped from a nearby residence.

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healthcare controversy
2:13 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NW Planned Parenthood loses Komen grants, vows to keep program

Susan G. Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker from her "Straight Talk" video.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest lamented the loss of grants from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Last year those grants amounted to of more than $75,000.

“Like so many of you, we are saddened by the Komen Foundation caving to anti-choice extremeists and letting politics interfere with health care. Local Komen affiliates provided close to $75,000 for life-saving breast cancer screenings at PPGNW health centers in WA and ID last year,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.

However, the regional Planned Parenthood group also said its breast health program would continue, “and it will be stronger than ever thanks to supporters coming forward to stand with our patients.”

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Boeing planes
1:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Glitches canceled two ANA Boeing 787 flights

All Nippon Airways had to cancel two of its first long-haul Boeing 787 flights on a new route between Tokyo and Frankfurt because of software glitches.

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Gay rights
11:44 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay marriage vote: Cake makers prep, Starbucks threatened, Hell promised and joy

Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, applauds with Rep. Jaimie Pedersen, second right, and Michael Shiosaka, partner of Rep. Ed Murray, left, after a Washington state Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday evening.
The Associated Press

A survey of this morning’s reactions to the Washington state Senate vote last night to approve same-sex marriage netted the full range of threats, promises and celebrations … but also this from one Twitter user chasingray:

“That sound you hear is florists & bakers cheering like mad thruout Seattle. The #gaymarriage bill just passed the Senate.“

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Gay rights
9:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay couples celebrate Washington marriage vote; GOP struggles with vote

Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock have been together nearly 25 years and watched the gay marriage vote from the Senate gallery.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The battle to allow gay marriage in Washington has cleared a major hurdle. The Washington state Senate voted Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage. The vote was 28 to 21. Four Republicans voting with the majority.

Gay marriage supporters packed the senate galleries hours before debate got underway. Among them Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock, together nearly 25 years. Bullock said their children from previous marriages are now grown and married.

“We have grandchildren now and it’s time for our wedding. We want the grandkids there,” Bullock said.

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Other News
7:17 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Super Bowl of seven-layer dip

Seattle writer Tim Haywood with some of his tasty old friends.
Tim Haywood and daughters

As many of you know, Sunday marks America's premier "unofficial" holiday, a national fest of gluttony and television watching. Another Kardashian wedding special? Excellent guess, but, no, it's the Super Bowl!

Commonly known as Super Bowl Sunday, others may dub it "National I really have to pee but I can't leave the room because the commercials are better than the game" Day or "Forget the Doritos! I'm eating the seven-layer dip with a spoon" Day.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Sound effects in pop music explored

The 1812 Overture calls for cannon

The Beatles were famous for using sound effects they found in the Abbey Road library, and many other artists used sound to great effect. (haha)  Babby Darin’s “Splish Splash” had a gurgling bath in the track, and The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” was Grammy-nominated for use of thunder sound effects.

Maybe the first use of sound effects in music was in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which calls for live cannons.

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Gay Rights
8:41 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Washington Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

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Tourism and poverty
3:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center

During the tour of the Gates Foundation's new visitor center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you’ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside – your time has come.

The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.

Read more at KPLU's Humanosphere.

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Internet controversy
2:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight

Internet users at libraries across the nation face many temptations ... and those walking behind them could see the results.
The Associated Press

“Mommy, what’s that?” Normally an innocent question from a child … unless you’re at a Seattle Public Library!

Libraries around the country are frequently troubled by the conflict of your First Amendment right to view “protected speech” and others who just have to watch pornography in a public library setting.

The most recent publicly exposed incident in Seattle occurred at the Lake City branch of the Seattle library system. Julie Howe said in a public email that her 10-year-old daughter was disturbed after looking over the shoulder of a man last month as he watched pornography at the branch.

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