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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks!

Wall St. sign with blue jacketed traders on their lunch break in the background.
David Paul Ohmer Flickr

Over the past 30 years, U.S. Treasuries have out-performed the stock market. Bloomberg's Cordell Eddings reports the last time that happened was 150 years ago. What's going on?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says this is a rare event and not "the new normal."

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Voting problems
5:45 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

How 11,000 ballots went missing; statewide ballot problems emerge

An embarrassing computer glitch -- but one that anyone can relate to -- in King County explains why 11,000 voters didn’t receive their ballots until just over a week before Election Day. And, just as that problem was resolved, Washington's Secretary of State discovered that 21,000 voters around the state may not have received ballots.

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Biofuels
4:03 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Alaska Airlines will use biofuel on 75 flights

Derin Flickr

This month, some Alaska Airlines flights will be flying on used cooking oil as they travel from Seattle to Portland and Washington D.C.

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Capital punishment
3:36 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Idaho denies petition to commute first execution in 17 years

An Idaho commission is declining to commute the death sentence for convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades. Rhoades received life in prison for one murder, and the death penalty for brutally killing two other women in 1987. He's scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 18 outside of Boise.

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UW Ocean studies
2:17 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

UW 'gummy bear experiment' asks, will it crush?

Compared to the Styrofoam cup on the left that stayed topside, the cup sent into the ocean depths collapsed under the pressure to about a quarter of its original size. The gummy bears didn't compress nearly as much, but look worse for the wear.
University of Washington

When you’re sending scientific equipment 18,000 feet below the surface of the ocean, sometimes it can be fun to show the world what that kind of pressure can do to a gummy bear or a Styrofoam cup.

So, scientists from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory – who have been on expedition in the South Pacific near Samoa to study massive underwater waves – attached a camera to snap photos of objects being crushed under the weight of the ocean.

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Global Health
12:46 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Bill Gates says he was nervous addressing G20

Talking to the BBC about global health and poverty, Bill Gates also discussed the issue of the Greek crisis overwhelming the G20 talks and how nervous he was because of the opportunity to move the agenda of nations.

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Boeing
11:30 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Update: Boeing 787 lands safely after landing gear trouble

All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 takes off for the airplane's inaugural commercial flight to Hong Kong at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Boeing's new 787 plane ran into its first technical glitch Sunday when the landing gear failed to deploy during a flight in Japan.

Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter says the pilots of Japan's All Nippon Airways used "an alternate procedure that worked." The plane landed safely and there were no reported injuries.

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Winter fun
9:38 am
Mon November 7, 2011

News for skiers: 7-day access to Hurricane Ridge ski area

Glimpse of some of the action at Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area.
Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Skiers and snowboarders will have 7-day-a-week access to the Hurricane Ridge area as Olympic National Park keeps the road plowed in the second year of a pilot program to promote more visitors.

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Humanosphere in Rwanda
9:28 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections

Gorillas in the mist. Mass genocide. The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and maybe coffee. Tom Paulson is in Rwanda to explore these issues and more.
extremeboh Flickr

Seattle is connected to Rwanda in a number of ways, beginning with the country’s role as a major producer of high quality coffee beans for Starbucks and Costco. A number of local humanitarian organizations, as well as social enterprise business ventures, are active there.

KPLU and Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson is headed to Rwanda along with a dozen or so other journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. For the next two weeks, he’ll be reporting on the trip and also posting stories on a number of Seattle projects at work there that have helped make Rwanda — despite its horrific recent past history — into what many see as an African success story.

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Artscape
8:18 am
Sun November 6, 2011

At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars

Sarah Larsen (as Charlotte) and Andrew Stenson (as Werther) in Jules Massenet's "Werther." The Seattle Opera Young Artists production is currently playing throughout the Northwest.
Photo by Alan Abastro

It used to be that aspiring opera singers would live with their voice teachers and practice every day. That was in the 1800s.

Nowadays, the typical track is college followed by graduate school and then professional training at a major opera company.  That’s where Seattle Opera and its Young Artists Program come in.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:04 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Grace Kelly: 'Unimaginably Inappropriate'

Grace Kelly performs live in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 3.
Justin Steyer KPLU

19-year-old saxophonist/singer, Grace Kelly is immensely gifted.  She’s also a lot of fun to hang around with.  Right before this studio session, interviewer Kevin Kniestedt asked her if she had already chosen the songs she would be performing that day. 

She said she might not know what songs she’d be doing until she did them, which prompted someone behind to say (in jest), "Well, that’s just unimaginably inappropriate."

Grace turned around, unleashed one of her disarmingly charming smiles and replied, “That’s me!”  Right then and there knew we were in for a good time. 

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Election 2011
5:17 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

King County Elections Director invited to explain unmailed ballots

The county’s election director, Sherril Huff, has been invited to the Metropolitan King County Council’s Committee of the Whole on Monday to talk about 11,000 unmailed ballots, the council reports in a press release. 

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Festivals and events
4:44 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

3 things to do this weekend: Jazz and wine

Last year's Mount Rainer Wine Festival.

On this first weekend in November, get out for some fall fun! Don’t miss out on great activities like the 2nd Annual Mount Rainier Wine Festival, some fresh local Jazz at the U-District Jazz Festival, or check D-list celebrity and two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin.

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Technology
4:10 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Northwest chip maker to tap demand for smartphone memory

Consumers are using their phones to do what their computers once did. And that's prompting a major technology company in the Northwest to shift its focus too.

The bread and butter of Micron Technology has been memory for PCs. But the CEO of the Boise chip maker told Bloomberg BusinessWeek the company will expand its base of products for mobile devices.

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NW Craft Brews
2:53 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

The Friday beer: Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip

Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip.
Paul Gibson

Fresh hop beers are a big trend with micro breweries right now. That extra dose of wet hops adds a wonderful herbal, grassy aroma and taste that is worth seeking out.

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