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1:50 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Puget Sound 'tub' tainted by industrial residue of toxic dioxin

A dioxin survey map from the EPA, establishing baseline data through sampling by the research vessel Bold. Sediment samples were collected and analyzed at 70 locations throughout the Sound.
US EPA image

When you think about Puget Sound, a bathtub might not be the first image to come to mind.

But that’s one way environmentalists and scientists sometimes describe it, because the shape of Puget Sound is an important factor when it comes to keeping it clean.

A long-awaited report from the Environmental Protection Agency on the health effects of dioxin is confirming what many experts have known for a long time. 

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Salmon virus
1:19 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Canadian gov. defends actions in dustup over salmon virus

Scientists testify at the Cohen Commission in Vancouver, B. C., in December. One scientist testified that she feared the government would remove salmon samples from her lab if she reported her findings suggesting a virus was present.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

Widespread concerns that Canadian officials are silencing scientists have not been assuaged by a detailed government response to the accusations. The battle over “muzzling” Canadian scientists has been broiling for months after it was revealed that a virus deadly to salmon might have been discovered in salmon returning to the Fraser River.

The January response crafted by the Canadian government and submitted to the Cohen Commission after three days of hearings in December absolved officials for not reporting “suspected detection” of Infectious Salmon Anemia, or ISA, in waters off the Pacific Northwest.

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John T. Williams
11:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Update: John T. Williams totem pole raised

Roughly 90 people carried a totem honoring slain First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams from the Seattle Waterfront to Seattle Center on Sunday.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

A 34-foot totem pole honoring slain First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams was carried from the Seattle Waterfront to Seattle Center and raised by some 90 people on Sunday. The pole was carried to its final destination with traditional singing, drumming, and dancing. 

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Experiments in journalism
11:04 am
Mon February 27, 2012

PLU symposium: Water is rare, scary and flows to the powerful

In the Student Forum: PLU senior Stena Troyer, current sustainability director, talks about the environmental impact reusable bags can have on reducing the amount of plastic bags our society uses.
Igor Strupinskiy PLU student

Students journalists covering "Our Thirsty Planet," a symposium about water put on by Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center for Global Education, have wrapped up their coverage on "Water For Thought," a Website created for KPLU's experiment in student-sourced journalism.

With videos and stories, the students review the impact of the symposium and new perspectives on water. Below are headlines and highlights:

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Street work
10:10 am
Mon February 27, 2012

104 pedestrians killed in 8 years; more Seattle streets should be on a diet, advocates say

Cyclist riding in Stone Way's bicycle lane created when that Seattle street was put on a diet.
SDOT

Cars and pedestrians collided fatally in Seattle 90 times between 2001 and 2009 – killing 104 pedestrians. The advocacy group Walking in Seattle reports that 28 of the fatal incidents could have been prevented by rechannelization or road diets.

The pedestrian-friendly group says Seattle should consider putting the streets where these 28 collisions occurred on a road diet. The city of Seattle has one street on the books.

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K9 Patrols
9:58 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Wildlife police acquire special dogs to handle bear complaints

Officer Dustin Prater and his new partner Spencer. Yes, Spencer has a stuffed bear in his mouth
WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force by fifty percent. This breed of working dog has proven effective against nuisance bears. The idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods.

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Law
9:42 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Democratic lawmakers seek to overturn supermajority for taxes

Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they’ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Listen, Whitey!' book/CD looks back at Black Power music

Huey Newtown, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, holds a record by Bob Dylan in an undated photo. The Panthers were big Dylan fans, author Pat Thomas notes in "Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965 to 1975."
courtesy of the publisher

There's a new book and CD that looks back at the potent soundtrack of the Black Power Movement. Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965-1975 (Fantagraphics) is the first book by Bay Area-transplant and Seattle author Pat Thomas.

"It's a book about how the music inspired the movement and the movement inspired the music," he said.

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Announcement
5:15 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Meeting Notice

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board meeting will be meeting Thursday, March 1st via teleconference @ 2PM Pacific Time.

If you are interested in observing or listening to the call, please contact the General Manager's office @ 253-535-8732 or by email sdye@kplu.org for more information.

NW Craft Brews
3:56 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The Friday beer: Green Flash Brewing’s West Coast IPA

The West Coast IPA.
Paul Gibson

From Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, from San Franciso to Boston, from Denver to New York, from Savannah to Anchorage … the United States has many great craft beer scenes.

In recent years San Diego, Calif., has grown to be a fantastic beer city. The “West Coast IPA” is a style of beer that is heavy on the hops, low on the malts and not sweet like you find in other IPAs.

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Humanosphere
3:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

New global charitable fund-raiser for 'everyone' launches out of Seattle

Tony Blair is shown in a screen grab of his video asking people to "join me to support Everyone Gives."

What do a Seattle-based global real estate firm, trees and Tony Blair have in common with fighting poverty and inequity worldwide? They’re all a part of a new charitable fund-raising initiative called Everyone Gives that launched this week out of Seattle.

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Experiments in journalism
1:21 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Student journalists explore the trouble with water in coverage of symposium

Jan Adams, from the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, talk to seminar attendees about the consequences of plastic.
PLU

With the quality of water worldwide declining and the increasing scarcity of it in many places becoming more prominent, student journalists at Pacific Lutheran University took up a challenge by KPLU to cover a local symposium on water.

"Our Thirsty Planet" centers on the exploitation and need for clean water around the world and is put on by Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center for Global Education. The symposium is under way and the students have begun publishing their efforts on "Water For Thought," a Website created for this experiment in student-sourced journalism.

You can check out their work on that site and follow them on Twitter at @waterforthought.

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protesting wall street
12:07 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

State gives Occupy Tacoma camp eviction notice

Protesters shout to disrupt a speech by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum during an evening outdoor rally at the Washington State History Museum last week. Santorum's event was next door to the Occupy Tacoma encampment.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — An eviction notice tells Occupy Tacoma demonstrators to clear out by Sunday afternoon. The encampment recently made international news when GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spoke at a nearby venue and was "mic checked," apparently by members of the Occupy movement there.

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Winter Storm
11:43 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snowmageddon: Gregoire seeks federal money for January snowstorm

The storm that started slow ended tough.
The Associated Press

 OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January's snowstorm.

Last month's storm of snow, ice and freezing rain caused power outages, landslides, avalanches and fallen trees across Washington, creating $32.3 million in potential eligible damages, according to preliminary state and federal assessments.

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Election 2012
10:52 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gingrich 'astonished' by Obama's apology; fans come out for Newt in Spokane

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands during a campaign stop at the Bing Crosby Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Spokane, Wash.
The Associated Press

Newt Gingrich told fans in Spokane yesterday that he’s astonished President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for the burning of Muslim Holy Books by U.S. soldiers. Obama expressed remorse that a military base burned copies of the Quran in a garbage pile.

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