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Street Cents
4:30 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Not all condos are buildings in the investment world

When you invest in a parking space ... it can be kinda like investing in a condo.
Steve Rhodes Flikr

When most of us talk about condos, we’re usually referring to buildings with apartment units that are individually owned.  But as real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU’s John Maynard, a condominium is technically a type of ownership.

So you can also "condominiumize" other types of property. Hagar says it's a hot trend for investors. 

Condo parking spaces

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Using art to thaw the winter blues

Jason Christian, the head gaffer at Seattle Glassblowing Studio in Belltown, dips a long pipe into a kiln.
Rachel Solomon

Jenny Solomon has an entire room in her house dedicated to arts and crafts. She usually has 10 projects going on at the same time, and right now, she’s knitting a balloon animal, beading jewelry and learning to draw.

Solomon is wearing a necklace and bracelet she made, too. And in the free time she has left over, she plays the harp, a hobby she picked up from her childhood.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Why can't we toss out our old P-I newspapers?

There they sit. On the shelf in the KPLU newsroom. Two dozen of them. Each in their own day-of-the-week slot.

Seattle Post-Intelligencers from March 2009, the month the paper ceased publication after 146 years.

We wonder: Why haven’t we been able to toss those papers and relegate the printed P-I to the dark depths of the archive stacks at the public library?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Highs and lows in sports for 2011

Leaderless in Seattle: Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller takes a lap around the pitch on Oct. 15, 2011, in his final regular season game before retiring.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

There were some bright spots in the local sports scene in 2011. But not many. Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel named as the high points and low points of the year.

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Environment
9:47 am
Thu December 29, 2011

For Bothell parks, housing bust means more forest

In Bothell, trees are worth fighting for ... especially at these prices.
Karl Hutchinson Flickr

BOTHELL, Wash. — From the freeway, it looks like just another patch of woods ripe for new housing development once the economy revives.

From the air, the forested stretch along I-405 reveals itself as part of a green ribbon buffering an active salmon creek. The appearance of a "sold" sign in mid-December marked a 35-acre patch of western red cedar, western hemlock and Douglas fir as property of the city of Bothell.

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Environment
4:33 am
Thu December 29, 2011

What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree?

Don't burn your tree outside! It's better to dissect it and re-use in the yard, if you can. Better yet, ecology experts say, don't buy one at all: rent instead.
CocteauBoy Flickr

Statewide, recycling for Washington State has reached the highest rates ever.  The biggest areas in which people are doing more are in reusing construction materials and composting food waste…and then there are those pesky Christmas trees.

Recycling rates have grown to 49% statewide – higher than ever. It’s an increase of 14% more than the prior year. 

But even though we’ve all become great at composting, many people still aren’t sure how to dispose of their Christmas trees.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Singing about ... pants?

Clothes make the man.
chappo2002 Flickr

Clothes make the man, and in this case, the radio episode. Who knew that there would enough songs about pants to fill a front loading washer?

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Washington Politics
11:36 am
Wed December 28, 2011

First agreement on Washington's Congressional map reached

Washington’s political redistricting commission has its first Congressional map that at least one Democrat and one Republican can agree on. The two have not released details yet.

Members of the Washington Redistricting Commission plan to release a map Wednesday that could demarcate the state's Congressional boundaries for the next 10 years.

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Jazz & Blues
11:26 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Top 10 blues CDs of 2011

Mariam Muldaur's 'Steady Love' is at the top of the list.

Here are the top 10 blues CDs of 2011, according to KPLU's John Kessler, Host of “All Blues.”

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Business
11:14 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Airbus on track to beat Boeing 9th year in a row

Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, talks to reporters about Boeing's plans to build a version of its 737 passenger airplane named the 737 MAX, which feature redesigned CFM International LEAP-1B engines, in August.
Associated Press

NORMANDY, France – Boeing rival Airbus is set to finish 2011 with a record number of aircraft orders, beating out Boeing for the ninth year in a row.

But analysts say Boeing is poised to gain ground against its European competitor in 2012. That's because of a new product that will be built in Puget Sound.

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transportation choices
4:33 am
Wed December 28, 2011

520 Tolls starting tomorrow

Tolling rates for the 520 bridge. You can save money by registering with the state's Good to Go system. Drivers without transponders will pay the highest rates
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

Tomorrow (Thursday, 12-29-11), electronic tolls will kick in on the 520 bridge across lake Washington.

A series of technical glitches caused multiple past delays.  But now, the reader boards are going live and billing drivers on the most popular route between Seattle and the east side.

There are many creative ways to get around the tolls, but you’re bound to have to pay, sooner or later.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Do you eat the shrimp tails?

The barbecue shrimp at Wild Ginger. Note the presence and stabilizing influence of the tails.
Nancy Leson Seattle Times

I do. So does Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson – but only if they're fried. Others won't eat them at all, no matter how succulently crisp those feathery little hind appendages may be.

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Water battles
9:51 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Depleting water levels could mean death of Wash. family farms

Spokane, Wash. – Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court holding that large livestock operations need not have permits for the water they pump could spell ruin for small farmers.

Depleting water levels could mean the death of family farms in Eastern Washington.

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The online world
9:27 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Allrecipes.com made it big online by providing magic in the kitchen

Screen grab showing the recipe that made Vanessa Romo a famous (for a few people anyway) stuffing maker.

During the Holiday Season, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, a lot of people are spending extra hours in the kitchen. And while that used to entail dusting off an old recipe box or paging through a sticky and splattered cookbook – today, more aspiring chefs are using their laptops, tablets or smart-phones to look up recipes online.

And when they do, there will be one Website from Seattle that will serve up more piping hot recipes than any other.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Technology predictions for 2012

Amazon's first website, circa 1994. 2012 should be a great year for the Seattle-based company.
Amazon.com

2012 will be a big year for TV, voice recognition and Amazon.com.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson has issued his list of top 10 technology predictions for 2012.  He shares some of the highlights on The Digital Future with KPLU's Dave Meyer. 

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