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Education
12:37 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Aberdeen paying $100,000 to bullied student

Russell Dickerson III (right) sued the Aberdeen School District for not protecting him from racial and sexual harassment. He will get $100,000 in a settlement with the district.
Charla Bear KPLU

An African-American man who was bullied when he was a student in Aberdeen has won a major settlement from the school district. Russell Dickerson III sued the district in federal court for not stopping his classmates from harassing him throughout junior high and high school. 

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Law
10:26 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Prosecutors won’t support bail reform package

Lawmakers are scheduled to take testimony Wednesday on a proposal to overhaul the state’s bail system. But now two key constituencies have yanked their support.

County prosecutors and an organization representing frontline police officers say they will oppose the measure because it doesn’t require defendants put down a minimum amount before bailing out of jail.

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Death penalty
10:17 am
Thu January 26, 2012

End of death penalty in Washington eyed to save money

Annie Capestany, of Walla Walla, Wash., showed her opposition to the death penalty outside the Washington State Penitentiary in 2010 just prior to the execution of Cal Coburn Brown, the state's most recent execution.
The Associated Press

"I clearly wanted him dead. But I got smart."

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing in Olympia.

Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed “the man too fat to hang.” He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead.

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Environment
9:14 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups boycott 'The Grey' with Liam Neeson for portrayal of wolves

A new Liam Neeson action thriller opening Friday is receiving howls of protest from wolf advocates. They say “The Grey” wrongly portrays wolves as massive, bloodthirsty beasts. And some wildlife groups are organizing a boycott.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Singing about 'quiet desperation'

jerebu Flickr

Maybe sometimes the desperation isn’t so quiet, but we begin with a premise by Thoreau, and head straight downhill from there.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Audubon map – new Puget Loop unveiled as enviro groups strategize

Stormy weather is not the best recipe for bird watching.

But that’s not stopping environmentalists from getting together in Olympia to set their legislative priorities.

And among the festivities celebrating the Washington Conservation Voters’  day of lobbying is the unveiling of a colorful new, hand-drawn bird-watching map.

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Humanosphere
2:59 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Join us for the first Humanosphere 'Change-Up' meetup

Justin Steyer KPLU

Calling all local Humanospherians! Do you like beer? Want to make the world a better place?

If so, please come join the gang at Humanosphere for our ‘inaugural’ (that means first) Change-Up gathering at Seattle’s Re:public public house and cafe on Westlake in the beautiful and fascinating (okay, that’s going too far) South Lake Union neighborhood.

Short notice. It’s this Thursday, Jan. 26.

Humanosphere
2:26 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Does the World Economic Forum at Davos matter?

Protesters from the Occupy anti-capitalist movement release a banner reading ' Hey WEF! Where are the other 6.9999 billion leaders?' on the first day of the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the spread of the Arab Spring from Tunisia to Egypt. Yet at last year’s hobnob gathering of the upper one percentile at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, nary a peep was heard about this world-changing popular revolution.

Even weirder, WEF was celebrating Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif as one of the world’s top model young leaders.

Some said then that WEF at Davos had become worse than irrelevant. What about now: Does Davos matter?

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Winter storm
2:12 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Snow, ice, power outages ... and now potholes

The northern half of Seattle's pothole map. Each blue dot is a pothole either being repaired or waiting for a road crew. 1/25/2012
seattle.gov

The snow has melted and the power is (mostly) back on. Now it's time to fix the new potholes that have popped up after our winter storm. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation has four crews of Pothole Rangers repairing the damage.

You can report a pesky pothole at seattle.gov or by calling 206-684-7623 (ROAD). And you can check Seattle's pothole map to see if your trouble spot is already on the to-do list.

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Art theft
1:45 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Eugene sculptor flattered by Olympia art heist

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Eugene artist Jud Turner says it was an uncomfortable compliment to have his sculpture stolen from an Olympia gallery.

He told The Register-Guard it was slightly flattering and slightly alarming to have his piece taken from the Matter Gallery.

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Washington State Legislature
1:23 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Wash. eyes $1B stimulus plan to aid construction

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers are looking at a $1 billion stimulus package to help create construction jobs.

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Airline news
1:04 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards

After 30 years of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals, Alaska Airlines is retiring the prayer cards from meal trays.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:30 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Arturo Sandoval: Happy, with a heart full of music

Trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on January 13.
Justin Steyer KPLU

"If you’ve got music in your heart, you’re gonna be a happy person, no matter what."

That’s what trumpeter Arturo Sandoval told KPLU's Jazz on the Grooveyard host Kevin Kniestedt, as he recalls growing up in rural Cuba and having a trumpet teacher tell him (at age 10) that he had no talent and should not pursue music. 

Obviously, Sandoval, who is now known as one of the world’s foremost jazz trumpeters, didn’t listen to the teacher and it’s a pure delight to hear him tell the story in this latest installment of KPLU's Studio Sessions. 

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Should you store tuna cans upside down?

I don't bother to do it but Nancy Leson does. Find out why below – along with the reason you should never use old tuna cans to cut biscuits. 

I've also posted my "Clamity Cheryl" DeGroot-approved red clam sauce recipe. You can make it in the time it takes to bring a big pot of water to boil for the spaghetti – and in these times of the Fetish for Fresh it's proud to use canned clams.

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Winter storm
6:54 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Power crews work around the clock to restore electricity

Puget Sound Energy crews worked to restore power near Dash Point Road and Redondo Way in Federal Way on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Paula Wissel

Puget Sound Energy  crews working to restore power say they haven't slept much.  On Tuesday afternoon, Rob Brackman, who was redirecting traffic while other workers strung new power lines near Dash Point Road and Redondo Way, said he'd  had just 15 hours of sleep since Friday morning.  But, he says he's been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

"We get a lot of joyous people when we get into their neighborhood. They're so happy to see us. People have been bringing us coffee and donuts. It's been very nice," he said.

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