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12:32 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

NPR diversions: Time for penguins

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By Linda Holmes / NPR

Discovery's series Frozen Planet, the latest BBC co-production in the same series as Planet Earth and Life, premieres on March 18. But they've already found the best promotional tool imaginable.

Penguins.

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Traffic laws
12:01 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

You don't have the right to vote on red light cameras, court rules

What a red light camera sees.
The Associated Press

The Washington Supreme Court says voters do not have the right to vote on the use of red light cameras for traffic enforcement.  In a 5 to 4 ruling on a case involved a proposition on the ballot in the city of Mukilteo, the justices held that:

“Because the legislature expressly granted authority to the governing body of the city of Mukilteo to enact ordinances on the use of automated traffic safety cameras, the subject of Proposition 1 is not within the initiative power.”

In November 2010, Mukilteo voters approved Proposition 1 by a 70 percent margin. The Proposition had the backing of anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:19 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Hansen makes a compelling NBA arena case, KPLU's Art Thiel says

Screen shot of would-be arena builder Chris Hansen.

For 45 minutes at City Hall Wednesday night, would-be arena mogul Chris Hansen calmly answered questions from politicians, bureaucrats and agency heads who reflected Seattle’s pain from repeatedly getting kicked in the bicuspids by pro sports owners, starting with the loss of the Seattle Pilots in 1970.

In the sometimes lame give-and-take, he made a point lightly understood but significant for grasping why his idea is different than those of his sporting predecessors more practiced in the art of shoe-leather dentistry.

“Our equity in this project is larger than the city (and county combined),” he said. “Are we going to risk a $600 million investment over a $2 million annual shortfall?”

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Humanosphere
10:32 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Video campaign against African warlord Kony could do more harm than good

Invisible Children's film crew poses with Ugandan soldiers
Glenna Gordon

Over the last few days, a video posted on YouTube that aims to raise the profile — and potential for arrest — of the infamous African warlord Joseph Kony has been hugely popular and, in the eyes of many, so simplistic and inaccurate it is likely to do much more harm than good.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Update: Seahawks will go after Peyton Manning

Quarterback Peyton Manning collects his thoughts during a news conference Wednesday, annoucing the end of his record-breaking career with the Indianapolis Colts.
Michael Conroy AP Photo

Seattle will be one of the teams trying to land Peyton Manning, a team source confirmed to the Seattle Times on Wednesday.

The Seahawks interest had been reported earlier by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and the NFL Network said the Seahawks were preparing to reach out to Manning as soon as he was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, the Times wrote.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Around the world in 80 songs

I see London, I see France...
Trent Strohm Flickr

Despite the emergence or rock and roll, Lawrence Welk had a #1 pop single “Calcutta” in 1961. At age 57, he was the oldest  performer to achieve that milestone. (3 years later Louis Armstrong, at 62 topped the charts with “Hello Dolly”.) “Calcutta” the song doesn’t seem to have anything remotely to do with Calcutta the city, in fact the song was originally called “Tivoli Melody”.

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Humanosphere
1:57 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Seattle global health experts put talents to use in south King County

A physician examines child, south King County
Crosscut

By Collin Tong at Crosscut

A coalition of local and global health groups have banded together to bring the lessons they’ve learned in developing countries to south King County, where the health index is as bad as Nairobi.

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Seattle history
1:22 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Hearst, Seattle and MOHAI want to move P-I globe, refurbish it

'Following the designation of the Globe as a City of Seattle landmark, Hearst will donate the Globe to MOHAI, and MOHAI and the City of Seattle will together work to identify a suitable new home for it,' a Hearst official said.
The Associated Press

The Hearst Corporation, owners of the Seattle Post-Intellingencer, announced today that it will give the iconic Seattle P-I globe to the Museum of History & Industry and the city of Seattle.

Seattle city councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Jean Godden and Tim Burgess said in a press release that MOHAI would take the globe down from its perch atop the old P-I building on Elliott Avenue West sometime this year, refurbish it and then put it up somewhere else.

The proposal will go before the city's Landmarks Preservation Board this afternoon.

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Tech news
12:33 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Apple's new iPad with sharper screen is thicker, heavier

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, today. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set.
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is revealing a new iPad model. New features include a sharper screen and a faster processor.

It will go on sale March 16.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed March 7, 2012

If only Thin Mints cookies actually made you thin

My box didn't last too long. For the latest garlic cam shots take a look at the next picture.
Dick Stein

This Monday, March 12th, in honor the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and the 95th anniversary of Girl Scout cookies, I will eat an entire carton of Thin Mints. Sure, I could do more. I could eat two cartons.

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Endangered species
5:16 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Two clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo

Newborn clouded leopard cub at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Two endangered clouded leopard cubs were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this morning.

The cubs, one female and one male, are healthy and weigh about half a pound each. For safety reasons, they'll be hand-raised by zoo staff rather than the mama leopard.

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Humanosphere
3:32 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Global goal for safe drinking water acheived, agency reports

Borehole water supply, Nigeria
Mike Urban mikeurbanart.com

Amid all the dire reports that seem to indicate the world is going to heck in a handbasket, here’s some good news:

The United Nations children’s agency, otherwise known as UNICEF, reports that 89 percent of the world’s population now has access to safe drinking water.

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School shooting
3:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Boy, 9, sentenced in Washington school shooting

A 9-year-old Washington boy who brought a gun that discharged and critically wounded a fellow third-grader at school has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to his victim.

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Diversions
2:04 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Auburn man wins Great American SPAM Championship

The award-winning Mini Maple SPAM Doughnuts
The Blue Ribbon Group

An airplane mechanic from Auburn has won the top prize in the Great American SPAM Championship.

41-year old Jason Munson's Mini Maple SPAM Doughnuts won a blue ribbon last September at the Puyallup Fair. His recipe went on to the national competition, where this week it beat out 800 other entries for the top honors.

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Season of discontent
1:54 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Why most people get divorced in March

'I think as the economy gets better and people get more confident, the number of divorces will increase,' one attorney said.
Sean Gannan Flickr

Divorce is a nasty business and this time of the year business is booming.

“Divorces spike shortly after the holidays. That’s the time when people have finally made the decision get a divorce,” lawyer Mark Ohnstad told the online site Findlaw.

The Website reported it sees a surge in searches for divorce information that starts in January and tops out in March, and divorce searches are growing year over year as well.

Pepper Schwartz – sociology professor at the University of Washington, a sex columnist for magazines and the author of more than a dozen popular books about love and relationships – speculates that the spike in divorces during this month can be attributed to a seasonal enlightenment.

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