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Snowfall 2012
3:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

For the record: Share your snow photos!

With snow still on the ground in Seattle, we thought it would be fun to share our snapshots of the scene. We'd love to see yours. You can post them and your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Let us know if you've put up a YouTube video also (like the pretty darn cool one after the jump):

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tragic news
2:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Canadian ski pioneer Sarah Burke dies after practice injury

Sarah Burke, of Canada, shown in this 2010 photograph, died Thursday.
The Associated Press

Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke died this morning at the University of Utah Medical Center from injuries suffered nine days ago while practicing the sport she championed.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved," says a statement from the medical center. "In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others."

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Other News
2:38 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Amtrak suspends Seattle-Portland run

PORTLAND, Ore. — Amtrak says it's suspending service between Portland and Seattle because of bad weather.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Preview: Pineda out, Montero in for Mariners

Michael Pineda pitching for the Mariners last June against the White Sox. He's been traded to the Yankees for catcher and slugger Jesus Montero.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP Photo

He was a fan favorite last year. Now he's a Yankee. The Mariners have traded starting pitcher Michael Pineda for Yankees catcher Jesus Montero.

The reason appears to be Montero's bat. He impressed a lot of people at the plate last season.

Find out if KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is impressed with the trade, tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Winter Storm
11:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Is Seattle full of snow wimps?

Heidi Hunt, right, and Alexis Nasya Prass playfully tumble down a snow-covered hill at the Olympic Sculpture Park near Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

The LA Times ran a story yesterday that accused Seattle of being "snow wimps."  So we decided to take a look at what else people on the Web are saying about Seattle folks in the snow, both from around the country and here in Seattle.

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Winter Storm
9:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Fast melt could pose environmental challenges

Brian Scollard takes a break from shoveling outside his house in Bothell. He likes the de-icer Seattle has been using, but isn't sure if it's good for the environment.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and ice is a big danger.

But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer and sprinkle rock salt on the roads when it snows.

It’s not without environmental risks, but officials say they’re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.

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protesting wall street
8:58 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Occupy Spokane to host panel for 'Occupy the Courts' day

SPOKANE, Wash. – Occupy Wall Street has officially endorsed "Move to Amend the Constitution" as a primary mission.

Spokane groups will mobilize tomorrow as part of a nationwide effort called Occupy the Courts. It’s a move to urge lawmakers to rethink the Citizens United decision, passed two years ago tomorrow. Concluding that “corporations are people," the Citizens United decision overruled precedents that blocked corporate spending on political campaigns. Now, corporations can support or oppose candidates and contribute freely.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Singing about 'the slammer'

Johnny Cash outside Folsom Prison
WBUR Flickr

The Hoosegow, the Big House, The Clink, Up The River, The Pen. We’ve never been ourselves, but we did time listening to scores of songs about "the slammer."

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Museum of Flight
5:07 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

NASA to turn over keys to Seattle's shuttle trainer Thursday

Retired astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, left, and Museum of Flight board chairman Kevin Callaghan unveil in Seattle a rendering of a full-fuselage shuttle trainer that the museum will receive.
The Associated Press

NASA plans to officially turn over the keys to a full-size Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle's Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

The ownership transfer ceremony will be held in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

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First person
3:45 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

KPLU observations during a snow day in Seattle

The snowman watchman of Westlake Park downtown.
Charla Bear KPLU

KPLU staff share their observations of wandering through the snow storm in Seattle.

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Winter Storm
1:34 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Snow cracks ceiling at PLU swimming pool building

PARKLAND, Wash. — The weight of Wednesday's snow on the roof apparently caused cracks to appear in the ceiling of the building that houses the swimming pool at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland.

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Winter Storm
1:21 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Baby born in stuck elevator at Tacoma hospital

TACOMA, Wash. — A baby was born on an elevator stuck between floors Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Blake Thacker entered the world early at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, just short of the 14th floor.

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Mount Rainier
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

4 people still overdue on Mount Rainier

The two parties missing on Mount Rainier are believed to be well-equipped with tents, sleeping bags and other gear needed to survive.
Flickr

ASHFORD, Wash. — Heavy snow has prevented Mount Rainier National Park rangers from searching for two climbers and two campers overdue from winter outings.

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Washington government
10:35 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Don't expect great buys on booze when Wash. liquor stores close

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor stores are on their way to privatization. But don’t expect a clearance sale on the booze that’s left over when the stores close in May.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board gave an update Tuesday to the state lawmakers in Olympia on the privatization approved by voters.

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winter storm
10:22 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Update: Snow falling, but Cliff Mass says it's almost over

Jeff Jarvis, facilities manager at the Pike Place Market, shovels snow at the landmark site on Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

Cliff Mass, KPLU weather expert and University of Washington professor, says the snow storm we woke up to is almost out of gas:

"... amazingly the worst is almost over. In fact, it should really be all over for most of the western side of the Cascades by 1 PM," he said.

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