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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 11, 2012

This will become your favorite wintertime soup

Notice that I'm using an Asian style ceramic spoon. It's the metal spoon not the soup itself that burns your mouth.
Dick Stein KPLU

 It's Zuppa di cavolo nero – Red Cabbage and Bean soup from Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cookbook.  Good as it looks, it tastes even better.  (Check out her recipe below).

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Budget crisis
4:51 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court hears arguments on arena debt

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is considering arguments over the debt troubles surrounding Wenatchee's events arena.

Justices heard debate Tuesday about whether the area's public facilities district should be able to refinance nearly $42 million.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
12:56 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In NW, we're prone to introspection ... judging by response to 'Wonder' series

Justin Steyer KPLU

We in the Northwest are prone to navel-gazing over matters related to our character and the things we do … and don’t do.

Maybe it is the months of clouds, mist and rain, but like the proverbial Eskimo has many ways for talking about snow, we in the NW apparently have many paths to introspection.

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Groove Notes
8:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die (#821-#830)

Venupelli Blues is number 821.

We hope you will use these lists to seek out jazz albums you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums.

Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 821 through 830.

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Obit
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Memorial for killed Mount Rainier ranger at PLU today

A memorial for Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at the Nisqually entrance to the park Saturday.
Associated Press

There will be a memorial service for park ranger Margaret Anderson at Pacific Lutheran University today.

Ranger Anderson was killed while on duty at Mount Rainier.  Authorities says gunman Benjamin Barnes fled to the park after a shooting in a Skyway apartment on New Year’s Eve.  He shot Anderson at a chain-up checkpoint.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

woodleywonderworks flickr.com

It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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College education
4:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Report: Washington falls short in higher education

Education researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a message for the citizens of Washington state. They want them to know that the state government is failing to meet its responsibility to provide enough opportunities for a college education in Washington.

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Higher Education
3:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income

Thinking about life after college: “A lot of young people think if they just go to college and get a degree in anything they’re ticket is punched and that’s not always the case."
o5com Flickr

We've heard a lot of stories lately about the struggles of young, unemployed people with college degrees. A Washington State agency says the reason for that is a lot of students are choosing the wrong majors for this economy.

If they spent less time and money on school, they might have an easier time getting a job and make more money, at least in the short term.

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Washington State Legislature
3:50 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

With no budget solutions in sight, Wash. lawmakers begin session

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state lawmakers begin their 2012 session with no agreement in sight for how to solve major budget shortfall.

In the House of Representatives Monday, leaders from both parties laid out different visions for how they would balance the budget.

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Humanosphere
3:02 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide

Chinese woman sorts electronic waste.
Basel Action Network

“This is against international law but not against the law in the U.S.”

The media love-fest with digital gizmos is moving from the high-pitched holiday phase (electronic devices are always the top gifts for Christmas) into a smaller, but more intense hysterical phase this week with the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday.

When we buy new gizmos, we usually want to get rid of the old ones. Electronic waste (aka e-waste) is a surprisingly large, toxic and growing burden inflicted, like many such afflictions, mostly on poor people in poor countries.

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Lucky Friday mine
2:28 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Federal inspectors shut down Lucky Friday’s silver shaft

Federal inspectors have shut down the primary shaft into a troubled silver mine in north Idaho. The order comes on the heels of three tragic accidents that led the owners of the Lucky Friday Mine to take a two-month hiatus from mining to make safety improvements.

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Environment
4:30 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Getting rid of that old TV or computer requires due dilligence

Sure you can make art out of it, but the millions of tons of American electronic waste produced every year is an environmental and health hazard around the world.
Charlie Beldon Flickr

If you didn’t score that 40-inch LCD flat screen for Christmas this year, you might be scanning sales to get one in time for the Superbowl. Whether you’re upgrading or replacing TVs, getting rid of the old clunker can seem like a big project because you can’t just throw it out.

So how do you get rid of electronic waste?

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Washington state legislature
9:06 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Budget crisis, gay marriage shake up next Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A one billion dollar budget shortfall, taxes and gay marriage are all on the agenda as the Washington legislature convenes Monday. But the timeframe is short – just 60 days – and already the Governor’s push for gay marriage is setting off partisan tension.

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Artscape
8:55 am
Sun January 8, 2012

More than Bing Crosby: Spokane's punk rock scene exposed in film

"I wonder what Bing (Crosby) would think about this film. He was a pretty hep cat so he might dig it."

Thirty years ago, Spokane was home to a small, passionate group of punk rockers. Artist David Halsell was part of that scene. (Studded leather jacket. Mohawk. Member of a band that threw up on people).

Now he and several other ex-punk rockers have made a documentary based on interviews with 30 musicians about that alternative music scene in their hometown.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Idaho couple heads to Supreme Court over wetlands battle

Chantell and Mike Sackett of Priest River, Idaho, were ordered to halt work on their home because the EPA says the plot is part of a wetland.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho couple is in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday for a case that could affect environmental regulation across the country.

The nine justices are hearing oral arguments in a case Mike and Chantell Sackett brought against the EPA over the couple’s still un-built home.

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