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Humanosphere in Rwanda
10:09 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Rwanda dispatches: A land known for genocide, gorillas and promise

(In November, KPLU's Humanosphere writer Tom Paulson traveled to Rwanda on a grant from the International Reporting Project to explore how that African country has risen above its troubled past to become an economic bright spot on the continent. Below is Tom's wrapup and links to the stories he wrote about Rwanda.)

Traveling with a dozen or so other journalists on a fact-finding visit to Africa’s “success story” – Rwanda – we took time out to go visit the famous mountain gorillas.

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Effects of Recession
9:41 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Default ‘trouble’ spreads beyond Washington's ‘river city’

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For the first time in nearly a decade, a Washington municipality has defaulted on a loan. The Greater Wenatchee Public Facilities District operates Town Toyota Center near the banks of the Columbia River. It missed a major bond payment on December 1st. Now the Washington legislature is debating whether to step in.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Exploring the 'sugar rush' phenomenon in music

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have  obviously been conducted by scientists who don't have young children.

Nevertheless, there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you. And it’s clear that sugar consumption is a factor in obesity, diabetes and dentists’s BMWs ...

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Boeing union contract
7:35 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

'Yes!' say Boeing machinists to contract; 737-MAX goes to Renton

Boeing machinist union members said 'Yes' by 74 percent to a new four-year contract – hammered out in secret – that will bring jobs to build the newest version of Boeing's 737 to Renton.

The yes vote begins a new era for the aerospace company and its most contentious union, ushered in also by the union's promise to drop a complaint it filed with the National Labor Relations Board. That complaint has been the subject of Congressional hearings and hundreds of news stories around the world.

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Transportation
6:11 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks

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 KPLU News

Tolling on the 520 Bridge will start at 5 am on December 29th.

That’s the word from the state Department of Transportation, after multiple glitches that have delayed the system till now.

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Groove Notes
4:37 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Vote for your choice to win a Grammy in jazz

Randy Brecker has been nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - who's your pick?
Randy Brecker Website

The nominations have been released for the 2011 Grammy Awards, and there are some great selections for jazz categories. The winners are named on Feb. 12. Until then, vote on Groove Notes for your favorite.

Vote on Groove Notes.

Protesting Wall Street
2:25 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle appears unfazed by 72 hour notice to vacate

Occupy Seattle protesters appear unfazed by the order to be off the Seattle Central Community College campus by Friday afternoon, 72 hours after eviction notices had been posted.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Seattle Central Community College yesterday posted notice around its campus that Occupy Seattle, or anyone camping on its property, must remove tents and other property from the campus grounds or be charged with trespassing.

Roughly 24 hours later, nothing appears to have changed at the encampment ... except for protesters stringing up Christmas lights in campus trees.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Light winds allow counties to lift burn bans

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the burn bans for Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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520 Tolls
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: 520 bridge tolling to start Dec. 29

Mobile 'Good to Go' teams are eager to sign up new customers, as tolling on the 520 bridge starts in less than a month.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

The Washington Transportation Department says tolling on the Highway 520 floating bridge will begin at 5 a.m. on Dec. 29.

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Returning from Iraq
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq

Keicher Singleton Jr. awaits his dad from a six month deployment to Iraq.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

As of this morning, there are fewer than 100 Northwest-based soldiers serving in Iraq. A plane carrying the final large group of returning soldiers touched down at McChord Field near Tacoma at dusk Tuesday. 

The sweetest words for 170 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers and their families: "Captain, dismissed!"

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Show us your best thrift-store cooking gear

My greatest score. $1.25 at the Goodwill.
Dick Stein KPLU

For many a year I was quite proud that other than appliances I owned no kitchen tools, pots, pans or gear of any kind that I paid more than $10 for.  

There was just one problem.

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Groove Notes
6:03 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Engaging with Chick Corea and his 'student kind' of mind

Chick Corea playing in the KPLU studio on Friday.
Justin Steyer KPLU

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down in the KPLU performance studio last Friday with jazz legend Chick Corea for an interview and live performance.

One of the topics we covered was how he has remained so versatile over the years.

“I keep a student kind of mentality in my life, so that I am always learning something, and that keeps me fresh,” he said.

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The Arts
4:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Seattle creates theater district

Seattle's Moore Theatre is one of five venues included in the newly designated Downtown Historic Theater District.
Kevin Cease Flickr

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has signed a resolution designating a Downtown Historic Theatre District.

The resolution, unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council, supports the preservation, promotion and maintenance of five historic venues: The 5th Avenue TheatreThe Paramount Theatre, The Moore Theatre, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre and Town Hall Seattle.

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Clean Air Act
3:42 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Federal ruling could force state to work harder to regulate oil refineries

A big ruling in a federal suit brought against the state aims to force more regulation of one of the biggest sources of air pollution: oil refineries.

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Science
10:19 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Native Americans lost half of population in European conquest, new research shows

A new study used the DNA from Native American women in North and South America to show the indigenous population decreased by about half in the centuries following European contact.
miracc Flickr photo

A new study is shedding some light on a long-debated question about Native Americans. Just how much smaller was the indigenous population in North and South America after the European conquest? 

Clues can be found in DNA, according to research conducted at the University of Washington and University of Goettingen in Germany. 

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