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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Dine alone and love it

All that's missing is something good to read -- preferably a cookbook.
Cheryl DeGroot

I do. In fact I was pretty surprised to learn that many people are uncomfortable when dining alone in public. I can't imagine why. I enjoy unaccompanied ingestion for lots of reasons.

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Honors
5:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy

Melinda Gates
The Associated Press

Three Seattleites are among the 220 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year: Melinda Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Officials respond to oil spill on Elliott Bay in Seattle

Coast Guard and state officials are responding to an oil spill at the Bell Harbor Marina on Elliott Bay in Seattle.

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Occupy Seattle
3:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Protesters stage mock foreclosure on Wells Fargo Bank

Protesters staged a mock foreclosure of Wells Fargo Bank as part of a tax day protest.
Paula Wissel KPLU

In a scene reminiscent of last fall’s Occupy Seattle protests, several hundred people rallied in downtown Seattle today shouting that the 1 percent needs to pay more in taxes. 

Activists marched to the Wells Fargo Bank building on 3rd Avenue and stretched large faux yellow crime scene tape around part of it. They pretended to auction off assets such as the CEO’s salary.

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Environment
2:12 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

EPA wants full review of NW coal-export projects

The Environmental Protection Agency wants the Army Corps of Engineers to do a thorough review of the impacts of exporting U.S. coal through Northwest ports.

The EPA wants the Corps to address the overall impacts to human health and the environment from increases in greenhouse gas emissions, rail traffic and mining.

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Humanosphere
1:08 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Your pets, other 'species gaps' exist in hunt for diseases that can jump to humans

Animal disease experts examine a pig on a farm in Yunlin County, central Taiwan.
The Associated Press

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

HIV, West Nile virus, swine flu, ebola – all are human diseases that are traced to livestock, wild creatures and insects from locations scattered around the globe. It can be harder to think of infectious ailments that didn’t start in animals, and in fact these so called “zoonotic pathogens” are to blame for more than 65 percent of emerging infectious disease events over the past 60 years, according to research.

Yet experts in the field say we’re still doing a crummy job watching for new disease outbreaks in animals that could jump to humans.

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Other News
11:30 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's

There's a high demand for e-books at Seattle Public Library but print circulation is also robust.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Seattle has always been a city that likes to read. But if the Seattle Public Library's growing e-book collection and its high usage is any indication, even more people are reading more books. And, we're also outpacing New York.

The Seattle Public Library now has just over 100,000 digitized books compared to the New York Public Library which has about 88,000.

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Seattle research
10:22 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Seattle council moves to strengthen research in 'life sciences'

Alex Flickr

The Seattle City Council hopes fewer government regulations and lower taxes on federal research dollars brought into the city will save lives, here and abroad.

The council introduced legislation last week it hopes will strengthen the growing  life science industry in Seattle.

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Law
9:11 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Tacoma police investigating motorcycle club after shootings

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police are investigating a motorcycle club whose parties twice have ended in shooting deaths during the past eight months.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Income disparity in U.S. is a big problem, but is there a solution?

Eric Wagner flickr.com

 “The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”

It may be a tired old cliché, but it's true.

The gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent continues to widen, and it could pose dire consequences for the economy and society in general.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer tackle the issue of income disparity on this week’s Money Matters.

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Law
8:16 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Wash. man sentenced for stealing from charity

The former treasurer of a charity affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for embezzlement.

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Tech news
5:08 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Seattle precursor to iPhone uncovered by Men's Journal?

Myhrvold's 'consumer computer' vision in 1991, as published by Men's Journal.

A diagram from 1991, published by Men’s Journal, shows what appears to be a sophisticated mockup of a smart phone, and it comes as no surprise that it was from the deep and mysterious vaults of Nathan Myhrvold, ex-Microsoft tech chief.

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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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