1:55 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Local Tibetans call for more attention to conflict with China

Seattle Tibetans protest against China, Westlake Park
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

To mark the start of the Tibetan New Year, Losar, some of Seattle’s Tibetan community demonstrated downtown against China with colorful flags, angry chants and coffins.

“The situation in Tibet right now is very, very bad,” said Jampa Jorkhang, president of Tibetan Association of Washington and one of the organizers of the protest yesterday.

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1:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Slain Bremerton trooper was a 16 year veteran of the State Patrol

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

The Washington State Patrol says the trooper who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Port Orchard this morning was 44-year-old Tony Radulescu. 

Trooper Radulescu served with the State Patrol for 16 years and spent his career in the Bremerton area.

WSP Chief John R. Batiste says Radulescu was a humble public servant, "the kind of person everyone wanted to be around, including me."

Batiste says Radulescu was well known in the community for his many visits and presentations at public schools.

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1:10 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Slow lunch hour: 5 memes vaguely related to us online at KPLU

Here's a sweet one about our dear state. This came from a friend on Facebook and was originally posted by Dillon Dorsten. "Made this myself, there is probably another one out there."

Like everyone else, we sometimes just sit back and cruise the internet. We got on the meme kick this time. Here's five we thought related to where we live ... what we do ... who we are ... who we think we are ...

Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Preview: Change in status, style for Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki waits his turn at batting practice during spring training this year in Peoria, Arizona.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

When the Mariners regular season opens in late March, Ichiro Suzuki will not be in the top spot in the batting order. And that's not the only change we're hearing about for Ichiro this week.

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Election 2012
10:18 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Gingrich is latest GOP candidate to swing through Washington

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is making his way through Washington State this week.  He will meet with Republican state lawmakers in Olympia on Friday and speak at a news conference.  Gingrich will then hold rallies in Federal Way and Everett.  He is campaigning in Kennewick and Spokane today.

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Political crisis
7:11 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Standoff in Snohomish County: Executive asked to stand down, refuses

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon appears unmoved by a call for him to stand down.

As allegations mount that he has abused his public office, the County Council voted unanimously to request he take a voluntary leave of absence. 

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Oscar Nominations
4:47 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wim Wenders talks of processing loss, learning new language of dance theater

One of the most talked-about Oscar nominations this year is the 3-D dance documentary, Pina by Wim Wenders.

The German “new-wave” director is also well-known for the feature film Wings of Desire and for the jazz documentary Buena Vista Social Club.

His new movie is a portrait of the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch.

KPLU’s Bellamy Pailthorp asked him to tell the story of how he first discovered her work, reluctantly, almost three decades ago.

His girlfriend insisted he go with her to see a performance.

Wenders says, he expected to be bored…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Musical inspiration from religion

Religion and secular music don’t often cross paths, but many a pop singer and song has a religious inspiration … George Harrison raised some eyebrows with his 1967 composition “Within You Without You”, with lyrics that reflected the teachings of Hinduism.

From the Buddhist message of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” to the uplifting spiritual “Oh Happy Day, we have tolerated and embraced religious meaning in our pop tunes.

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Jazz & Blues
2:24 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

3 Washington schools among finalists for Essentially Ellington Competition

Competitors at the Essentially Ellington event.

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced this morning the 15 finalist bands and one winning community band for its prestigious 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Among the finalists were three bands from Washington State.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Emergency contraceptives
12:51 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Pharmacists don't have to sell Plan B contraceptive, judge rules

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine.

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11:15 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Leopard cubs due at Point Defiance Zoo in March

More endangered clouded leopards will be born at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in the next few weeks.

Mama leopard Chai Li is pregnant with her second litter. She's due in March.

Chai Li surprised zoo officials last year when she secretly mated with breeding partner Nah Fun. She delivered two healthy cubs in June.

This time around, it's a planned pregnancy. Staffers believe she's carrying at least two cubs.

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Cleaning water
10:14 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium

Rick McKenney assessing the threat to public health where raw sewage has been flooding homes.
Courtesy of Rick McKenney

The lack of clean drinking water and unsanitary living conditions widely affects communities stretching across the globe, and for Rick McKenney standing by idle while people die from water-related illnesses every day is not an option.

“In the States, water is there when you turn the faucet on and in a lot of places it isn’t,” said McKenney, founder of the Washington-based Water for Humans organization.

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Other News
8:41 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Seattle Elks lodges attracting younger members 

Elks lodges, like other fraternal organizations, mostly have an older membership. But two Elks lodges in Seattle have had a surge of members in the 20s to early 40s.

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7:59 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Judge to rule on Washington pharmacies selling Plan B 

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge plans to rule on whether Washington state can require pharmacies to stock and sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.

Washington requires pharmacies to sell any drug that's in demand. Plan B can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after sex and is available without a prescription to anyone over 17.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Is 'yogurt' an ugly word?

Yogurt. Eat it and you could live to be older than a Henny Youngman joke.

I think so.  Just look at it: Yogurt. Call it a typographical phobia but I'm not eatin' anything that looks like that word.   Even its etymology is not encouraging. 

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