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Seattle police issues
12:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Update: Federal criticism leads to Seattle police reforms

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a series of police reforms following a damning federal report after a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities.

McGinn on Thursday said among the initiatives were training for all officers on use of force standards, the development of protocol to make sure encounters don't escalate and steps to address biased policing.

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Education
12:19 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Report: School turnaround mostly failing in Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington say the federal school turnaround program is mostly failing in Washington state, even though teachers and administrators are trying their best to make a difference for kids.

The federal government is spending more than $3 billion nationwide to help districts turn around their worst-performing schools.

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Teacher evaluations
11:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

McKenna, Inslee together on teacher evaluation law

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are praising a new law that passed the state Legislature this year making evaluations a part of how teachers are judged.

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Animal fun
9:48 am
Thu March 29, 2012

First baby wallaby for Seattle zoo; Tiger debut in Tacoma

In a Wednesday, March 28, 2012 photo provided by the Woodland Park Zoo, a 5-month-old wallaby joey at Woodland Park Zoo peeks out of mama’s pouch. The joey is the first infant wallaby born at the zoo.
The Associated Press

A 5-month-old baby wallaby has started peeking out of its mother's pouch at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The zoo says it's the first infant wallaby — known as a joey — born at the zoo. And, in Tacoma a tiger that the zoo there hopes will become a love interest for Jaya will be introduced to the public.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 29, 2012

A few songs about real people

The Actual Girl From Ipanema!

Art imitates life in this week’s episode, some great (and not-so-great) songs have been inspired by actual factual folks.

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Child shot
4:05 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Couple plead not guilty in Tacoma boy's gun death

TACOMA, Wash. — A mother whose 3-year-old boy shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat is pleading not guilty to a manslaughter charge, along with her boyfriend.

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Legalizing marijuana
3:59 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Group pushing pot initiatives in 6 Washington cities

Sensible Washington said Wednesday it would push the initiatives in Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett, Kent, and Bremerton.
The Associated Press

A group that promotes the legalization of marijuana says it will file initiatives in six Washington cities to make pot prosecution the lowest law enforcement priority in those places.

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Global Health
2:25 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Seattle doctor to battle breast cancer in Uganda

“In developing countries, breast cancer is detected much later than in countries with established screening programs,” Dr. Constance Lehman said.

As an example of how cancer is no longer viewed solely as a health care issue of the rich world, a physician from Seattle plans to launch a pilot project studying the use of portable ultrasound for breast cancer diagnosis in Uganda.

Dr. Constance Lehman, a radiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, wants to see if using the device in selected communities can improve detection and treatment success rates of this common cancer and killer.

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Child shot
11:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Update: Manslaughter charged in Tacoma boy's shooting death 

TACOMA, Wash. — Manslaughter charges have been filed in the death of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat while his mother and the gun owner had stopped at a Tacoma service station.

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Sports with Art Thiel
10:42 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Art Thiel: Ichiro hits all the right notes in Japan

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates with teammates after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

TOKYO — Now he shows us.

In a game postponed from nine years ago, played 4,800 miles from where he’s hit leadoff for the last 11 years, following up an idea started eight years ago, Ichiro revealed himself to be baseball’s greatest No. 3 hitter.

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Guest post from Geekwire
10:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise

A diagram from the patent, showing the environmental sensing and ad delivery system.

By Todd Bishop at Geekwire

Google patented system would use noise at games and other settings to determine location and target ads.

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Spring storm
8:36 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

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Food
4:30 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Best ever chicken pot pie, plus French toast

What no soggy undercrust? I love a soggy undercrust. Click for this week's garlic cam shot.
Nancy Leson

In this week's Food for Thought, Nancy talks about her chicken pot pie recipe and I pile in with an abbreviated list of the things I think  I make the best of. We also recruited KPLU newsies Paula Wissel and Erin Hennessey along with production maven Nick Morrison to brag on what  their significant others say are their culinary triumphs.  

Click where it says "Listen" to hear all about it.

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affordable care act
4:57 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

McKenna opposes health care law despite agreeing with parts

"So, in every 'multi-state' you have the possibility, in fact the likelihood, that there will be specific provisions and arguments that not every state agrees with," McKenna said.
The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court’s health-care hearings have put a spotlight on Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and his decision to join 25 other states in suing the Obama Administration. 

McKenna, a Republican, has said repeatedly for the last two years that he’s not necessarily against all of the Affordable Care Act. KPLU talked to McKenna about how he can support much of the law, but still try to overturn it.

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Paul Allen in the news
3:23 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Washington among top 10 states for cyber crime; Paul Allen hit

An AWOL soldier from Pittsburgh is charged with bank fraud for allegedly stealing the identity of one of the world's richest men: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The Associated Press

Sitting in a coffee shop with a friend 10 days ago, I got a call from an 800-number, I took it and it was a credit card fraud warning. I didn’t answer the questions and ended the call. You know, never give information to unsolicited caller.

Then it hit me that maybe my family debit card would be shut down, so my wife called our bank and suddenly Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and I had something in common financially! We’d both had our credit/debit cards hacked.

And apparently we're not an exclusive club.

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