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Washington State Legislature
4:43 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Penn State scandal spurring changes in Washington

Joe Paterno was fired for a scandal state lawmakers hope to avoid here.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The sex abuse scandal at Penn State University is spurring changes in Washington state.

Washington senators voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a plan that requires officials at higher education institutions to report suspected child abuse to authorities or to state's social services agency.

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Crime
12:20 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Prosecutors target Amanda Knox again; family not worried

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October in Seattle.
Associated Press

Amanda Knox and her family say they're not worried about a decision by Italian prosecutors to appeal her acquittal on charges of killing her roommate in 2007.

Earlier today, Italian prosecutors appealed to Italy's highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of Seattleite Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.

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Humanosphere
11:31 am
Tue February 14, 2012

USAID story renews fears over mixing aid with foreign policy

Is it foreign aid or covert aid?
johanoomen Flickr

Remember when the CIA did that fake vaccination scheme in Pakistan, the one that many predicted (correctly) would undermine confidence in American health assistance and other aid programs?

Well, there’s another ongoing saga that illustrates the cost of mixing up foreign aid with foreign policy, especially when we use covert means to achieve foreign policy goals.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Valentine's Day
9:42 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Tacoma zoo's tiger looking for a little love; Seattle octopuses find it

Ready for Valentine's Day during today's Octopus Blind Date at the Seattle Aquarium.
Seattle Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo is welcoming a visitor tomorrow for a special post-Valentine's Day tryst with Jaya – a Sumatran tiger named Malosi.

“We’re very excited about Malosi’s arrival and the pair’s potential to produce cubs,” said general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. “The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and we are working hard to protect and boost the population of this extraordinary species.”

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Washington's Poet
7:39 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Flenniken named Washington's Poet Laureate

Kathleen Flenniken reads from her newest collection of poems "Plume" in this image taken from a video exploring the influences behind the collection.

Kathleen Flenniken has been named Washington State’s Poet Laureate. (Click the listen button to hear her read a poem from her most recent collection).

“This is a dream job — speaking in support of the arts and humanities, and of poetry in particular, getting the chance to organize poetry events around the state, visit schools, reach kids and teachers and remote communities,” said Flenniken.

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Killer Whales
7:18 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass

Necropsy team including personnel from Portland State University, Seaside Aquarium, Cascadia Research, Seattle Seal Sitters and WDFW.
Dyanna Lambourn WDFW

The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Wash., this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Facebook IPO fever, an analysis

Facebook-inspired street art in San Francisco. 3/12/2011
Steve Rotman flickr.com

Should you buy Facebook stock when it goes public in the next few months?

Like any individual stock, it's a gamble. Most investors are better off with the relative safety of a stock index fund.

But sometimes it's hard to resist the dream of striking it rich like early investors did with the Microsoft or Amazon IPOs.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at what to expect when Facebook finally goes on the market.

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Exhibit with substance
3:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Burke Museum: We are not only what we eat, but how we make it, too

An Ecuadoran family and their cuisine.
Peter Menzel Burke Museum

Focusing on how the disparities between rich and poor and environmental practices have changed diets around the world – and how they played out here in the Northwest among the Coast Salish tribes – The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture created an exhibit curators hope will lead to more conversations about the ethics, culture and practices of food production around the globe.

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Gay rights
12:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Gregoire signs same-sex marriage bill - Washington 7th in nation

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the nation's seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

It's a historic moment, but same-sex couples can't walk down the aisle just yet.

The law takes effect June 7, but opponents are already mounting challenges on multiple fronts.

Opponents planned to file a challenge Monday that could put the law on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.

Jazz & Blues
9:36 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Jazz Grammy winners announced

Chick Corea won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for ‘500 Miles High’ from ‘Forever (Corea, Clarke and White).’ Above, Corea plays in the KPLU studio in December in a rare live studio session.
Justin Steyer KPLU

The Grammy Awards were given out in the jazz categories during the pre-telecast ceremonies on Sunday. Check out the winners and the results of our reader poll.

Read more on Groove Notes.

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Gay rights
8:11 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law on today.

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Boating incident
8:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Crabber missing off Whidbey Island

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A crab fisherman is missing from a 32-foot boat that was found empty with its motor running off Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.

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Artscape
8:27 am
Sun February 12, 2012

At the Frye Art Museum, a very quiet, very human work of art

Susie J. Lee. Still Lives: Exposure, 2010. HD video portrait in framed, matted LED monitor. Courtesy of the artist and Lawrimore Project.
Photo by Ryan K. Adams

What does 30 minutes in a person's life look like?

Artist Susie Lee asked and answered that question while spending time at the Washington Care Center, a long-term nursing facility and rehab unit.

What she created is a series of  highly-composed video portraits that are sometimes so quiet, you think they're still photos. The videos are silent. They last 30 minutes long -- real-time; there is no editing. And they feel so intimate, it can make viewers uncomfortable to watch.

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Cheerleaders sickened
9:28 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Wintertime vomiting disease strikes 229 cheerleaders

State public health authorities have confirmed that the norovirus – also known as the bug that causes wintertime vomiting disease – sickened more than 200 attendees of a cheerleading and dance event in Everett.

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KPLU Rose Drive
12:19 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Thank you for supporting the KPLU rose campaign

Thank you for supporting KPLU during the 2012 Valentine's Day Roses Campaign. Your support has been overwhelming and our campaign was a HUGE success! Roses are no longer available for purchase at KPLU, but you are welcome to renew or join as a KPLU member all year long.

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