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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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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.

Read more on Humanosphere.

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