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Sports Arena
3:17 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

NBA arena for Seattle deal isn't without risk, council told

King County Executive Dow Constantine, left, and proposed arena financier Chris Hansen (photographed at a press conference in Seattle on April 5) face some skepticism from the King County Council.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

If an NBA team comes to Seattle, what guarantees are there that it won’t leave again? That’s one of the questions King County Council members are asking.

As a proposal for a privately built basketball and hockey arena works its way through the political process, both Seattle City Council and King County Councils are mulling it over.

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Humanosphere's Changemakers
1:18 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Hooked on science by accident, Kimberly Choi puts it to work in the global community

Quick BIO: Kimberly Choi, 23, is a research technician at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle BioMed) and a University of Washington graduate.

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Kimberly Choi wound up testing malaria vaccines on mice quite by accident.

“I thought I was going to study Spanish literature,” Choi recalled.

But in 2006, Choi was encouraged by a high school biology teacher to participate in Seattle BioMed’s outreach program, BioQuest, which gives students a chance to do hands-on research.

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Metro Transit
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Helping the poor when Metro 'free ride zone' disappears

For nearly 40 years, riding the bus in downtown Seattle has been free. Now, with Metro Transit set to end the free ride zone in September as a cost saving measure, officials are wrestling with how best to serve people who won’t be able to afford the new fares of $2.25 to $2.50.

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jobs
10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Too many recruits can't pass trooper fitness test

Flickr

Retirements have been depleting the ranks of the Washington State Patrol. Now, the patrol finds itself scrambling to hire an extra 60 troopers this year. 

It’s not as easy as you might think to hire a trooper, especially since applicants are failing the physical exam.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:50 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Occupy Portland protesters target Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. — About 150 Occupy Portland protesters went on a field trip to Washington state this weekend to protest nuclear war, nuclear energy and nuclear waste.

They were visiting Richland, Wash., which is next to Hanford nuclear reservation.

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Artscape
5:03 am
Mon April 16, 2012

A 'dog' narrates the story in a new play at Book-It Theatre

David S. Hogan plays Enzo, a dog, and the narrator in "The Art of Racing In the Rain" at Book-It Theatre

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” tells the story of a wannabe race car driver living in Seattle. The story, though, is told through the eyes, ears and nose of a unique narrator: an especially philosophical dog.

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Jazz Northwest
6:10 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Golden Ear Awards & 10th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival

We'll have a double feature on this week's show.  First, we'll review and sample music by some of the winners of Golden Ear Awards presented by Earshot Jazz on Wednesday. This the annual celebration of notable achievements by Seattle musicians in the past year.

In the second part of the show we'll preview the 10th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival which takes place in multiple locations around Ballard next week, April 18-21.  We'll also be there recording for future Jazz Northwest shows.

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Animals
3:02 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

Boy rescues penguin egg at Seattle zoo

This is a Humboldt penguin.
The Associated Press

Seattle zoo officials want to thank a young visitor whose sharp eyes helped save a penguin egg that was close to hatching.

The boy was at the Humboldt penguin exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo when he spotted an egg set on a cliff and alerted a zoo keeper.

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Public Transportation
9:13 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Get 8 tickets to ride when you renew your car tabs in King County

Metro bus in downtown Seattle
flickr photo by shaggyshoo

The Metropolitan King County Council approved a two-year incentive program providing eight free bus tickets to drivers renewing car tabs.

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Jobs
9:00 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Best job? Software engineer - Worst? Lumberjack

Evan Hoover

"It's easy work for great pay and I like computers."

The lumber industry — rich in history but poor in pay and working conditions — along with the ever-evolving software industry play crucial roles in the Pacific Northwest’s economy, however, these two essential industries couldn’t be further apart in virtually every aspect.

They also couldn’t be further apart on CareerCast.com’s best and worst job ranking for 2012. Software Engineers top the charts as this year’s best job while lumberjacks, ranked at 200, is called the worst job in the U.S.

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Sports
7:15 am
Sat April 14, 2012

A familiar story spoils Opening Day at Safeco for Mariners

An 8th inning double play ends a potential rally in the Safeco Field home opener.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

After starting the season in Japan, Oakland and Texas, the Seattle Mariners finally played their home opener Friday night against the Athletics. The result, however, was a bit too reminiscent of what M's fans saw last year.

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KPLU Listener Trip
9:40 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Join us for our Victoria JazzFest Weekend!

We'll be starting the jazz-filled weekend off the right way with multi-Grammy Award-winner and one of the world's pre-eminent female jazz vocalists, Diane Reeves on June 22nd!

Join KPLU for an exciting trip to the 28th TD Victoria International JazzFest, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. 

JazzFest features musical performances from around the world on 12 stages in the downtown area.  (This year's JazzFest is June 22-July 1.)  We've put together a fun-filled package for two that's specially priced (reflecting a 10% discount) for KPLU listeners!

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:24 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Beautiful mornings, then back to "normal" on Monday

If you've been enjoying sunshine and how the light plays off the blossoms or the water -- there's more in store this weekend. But, it's not "normal," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"It's been drier than normal this month. From April first until now, we are over an inch below normal, in terms of rainfall. We have been warmer than normal this past week," he says.

That continues through Sunday, with temperatures reaching the lower to mid-60s.

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Obit
8:46 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Richard Beyer, creator of 'Interurban' sculpture, has died

Just a day in the life of the "Waiting for the Interurban" sculpture in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
The Associated Press

The artist behind "Waiting for the Interurban," a popular sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, has died. Richard Beyer created the piece in 1978, which launched his career in public artwork. 

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Education
7:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Threats prompt closure of Lynnwood school

EDMONDS, Wash. — Classes at a high school in the Edmonds School District have been canceled following threats to student safety.

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