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520 floating bridge
2:53 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bridge drivers will see first signs of replacement taking shape

If you drive across Lake Washington this week on the SR-520 floating bridge, you may notice some construction in the water. That’s the first step in building a new floating bridge across the lake--running parallel to and just north of the existing floating bridge.

This week, a large crane will move into place, along with some barges. Then, steel piles will get pushed into the soft soils in the lake-bed, just off-shore of Medina.

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Crime
11:14 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Mentally ill man's bomb threat ruled 'true threat' to Sea-Tac

Calling in a bomb threat to Sea-Tac Airport, seen here on a normal Seattle day, can land you in jail ... even if you are in a psych ward.
David Prasad Flickr

If you  threaten to blow up an airport, you'll  face jail time. According to the Washington State Court of Appeals, that's true even if you're mentally ill and the threat is not considered credible.

Back in 2009, James S. Ballew called 911 and, after asking to speak with a specific officer with the Port of Seattle Police, told the dispatcher he had five friends who had placed bombs in and around Sea-Tac Airport.

The call was traced to Harborview Medical Center’s psychiatric ward. 

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Japanese Tsunami
9:44 am
Tue March 27, 2012

More suspected tsunami debris on Washington coast

LONGVIEW, Wash. — More debris swept away in the Japanese tsunami a year ago is apparently washing ashore on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Mariners in Japan: '3/11' will long be an open wound

The tsunami that struck Kadanowaki Elementary School also slammed cars into the building. The explosions ignited fires throughout, claiming uncounted lives.
Ben VanHouten Mariners

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of about 20,000 people from a town of 160,000.

But then, what is a good way to comprehend  the unimaginable?

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Environment
8:39 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Battle over building in Puget Sound flood plains

A federal judge is hearing arguments Tuesday over whether to stop the federal government from issuing flood insurance policies for new development in flood-prone areas around Puget Sound.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

What happens when computers transcend human limitations?

IBM's Watson, the first computer to become a champion on Jeopardy!
John Tolva flickr.com

According to Moore’s Law, computing power doubles every two years. Processing power has been increasing at that rate for more than 50 years.

What happens when our machines can perceive the world far better than we mere humans can?

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson and KPLU’s Dave Meyer ponder the implications on this month’s edition of The Digital Future.

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Jazz & Blues
11:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Dick Hyman: A living, breathing encyclopedia of jazz

Dick Hyman
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Dick Hyman was born March 8, 1927, in New York City. Classically trained, Hyman was drawn to jazz at an early age. Today, he's a living, breathing, swinging encyclopedia of jazz piano history, from ragtime and stride to bebop and beyond.

To hear my conversation with KPLU's Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, click on the listen button above.

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Rental housing
3:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Website links needy renters with affordable rentals

Combining a view with affordable rent can be tough in Seattle.
Cris Pierry

Finding a place to rent can be a hassle.  If you don’t have much money,  it’s even more difficult.

Now, a new website, HousingSearchNW.org,  provides help in locating reasonably priced housing  in King County. The website is a free service for tenants and landlords. It's been in operation a little over a month and is averaging about 12,000 searches a week.

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Global Health
3:37 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Steve Davis, entrepreneur and rights advocate, to head PATH

Steve Davis has been selected by PATH’s board to take the position of president and CEO.

In one sense, Davis' new job leading PATH represents a return to where he started — as a refugee settlement coordinator on the Thai-Laos border in the 1980s and later, as a young attorney, working on human rights issues in China, for gay and lesbian rights here in the U.S. and as a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised in general.

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Election 2012
2:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

McKenna challenges Inslee to 15 debates

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has challenged his Democratic opponent Jay Inslee to 15 debates in the coming months. Inslee's campaign says they had already confirmed three so far.

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Legalizing marijuana
1:25 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

When is a driver stoned? Pot groups fight over levels

If marijuana becomes legal, how much should a person have in his system before earning a DUI?
Moderndope Flickr

An initiative to allow for personal marijuana use in Washington State will be on the ballot this November. And, while that initiative is getting support from many lawmakers – and even the Seattle bar association – pro-marijuana groups are battling over how much THC impairs a driver.

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Prisons
10:22 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Washington prisons running out of room

Marc Soller Flickr

With about 16,000 inmates, the Department of Corrections says Washington prisons are at 102 percent of capacity and they need to find space by this summer to hold 160 more.

The department found space last week for 140 inmates by deciding to house two inmates each in single-inmate cells at the state Reformatory in Monroe.

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Humanosphere
8:48 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Changemakers: Katie Leach-Kemon, motivated by experience and empowered by math

Katie Leach-Kemon, 29, data development manager at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; master of public health from the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health.

“Changemakers” is a new series on Humanosphere exploring how young people, connected and globally aware, are working to change the world.

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent

Katie Leach-Kemon arrived in Niger as a newly minted college grad, eager to help in her role as a community health agent with the Peace Corps. She teamed up with health workers who were identifying acutely malnourished children, and then assisting their mothers to better feed their kids. It was culturally sensitive stuff.

“I was straight out of college,” she said, “and I had a lot to learn.”

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Was a homosexual life as public before WW2 as now?

Shower Bath by George Bellows, circa 1917

Right now the Tacoma Art Museum is the only place on the West Coast where you can see the controversial exhibit, Hide-Seek, Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

The show covers nearly 150 years of art from the gay and lesbian perspective. It also explores the theory that the gay and straight worlds intermingled more freely before World War II.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest full program podcast for March 25, 2012.

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