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Protesting Wall Street
9:50 am
Thu October 6, 2011

'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

A much-diminished group of protesters stuck it out Thursday, a day after 25 protesters were arrested and all their tents removed from Westlake Park.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Occupy Seattle demonstrators vow to press on, despite yesterday's arrests of 25 protesters who refused to remove their tents from a downtown Seattle park.

Early Thursday morning roughly 30 people were in their sleeping bags huddled under awnings of businesses that boarder the east side of Westlake Park. By noon there were roughly that many protesters still in the park.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Jingles: The little melodic encouragements that birthed a nation

The Birth of Jingles

Scientifically crafted earworms, designed to make us buy things we didn’t even know we wanted, were invented in the early 1920’s. Since then, jingles have become an integral part of American culture.

And to think it all began with Wheaties …

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
5:15 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Amanda Knox won her life back, but not her story

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday in Seattle.
Associated Press

With Amanda Knox back home in Seattle after four years in an Italian prison, the question is “when will she sell her story and how?”

But Knox, despite the fact that her conviction in the sexual assault and fatal stabbing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher was overturned, could find the media and movie markets crowded with others hawking her story, both in non-fiction and fictional form.

And, they can do so almost with impunity, according to one expert.

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Obituary
4:50 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Apple says company co-founder Steve Jobs has died

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple says the company's co-founder Steve Jobs has died. He was 56.

In a brief statement the company said Jobs died Wednesday. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Education
4:19 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Swing by Starbucks to help local classroom projects

El patojo Flickr

What do coffee drinkers and teachers have in common?

A shared passion to educate local school kids. At least, that’s what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Starbucks are counting on. The two mega-institutions have teamed up to help King County public school teachers get money for unfunded classroom projects.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Update: Police arrest at least 20 Occupy Seattle protestors

For the latest updates on this story see: 'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

Police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press. Demonstrators tussled with officers as they made a last stand, attempting to block police from removing a few tents left at the park.

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Other News
1:51 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Volunteers recover thousands of shopping carts in Federal Way

While inflatable dolls aren't reported as a problem in Federal Way, I couldn't resist using this flickr photo from Brooklyn as an illustration. -Dave
Gene Han flickr.com

Stolen, abandoned shopping carts are an eyesore in many communities, but Federal Way has come up with a solution: the Cart Recovery Team.

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Education
12:18 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Accountability: WSU students will be fined for bad behavior

PULLMAN, Wash. — Any Washington State University student caught trespassing, damaging property or drinking under age can expect to pay a $100 fine.

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Barefoot Bandit
12:09 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Is mom to blame in Barefoot Bandit case?

This 2008 self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "Barefoot Bandit."
Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The mother of Colton Harris-Moore says she's not responsible for crimes committed in the Barefoot Bandit case but she'd take the blame if it gets him out of prison faster.

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Water taxi
11:53 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bellingham water taxi to start for remote San Juan Islands

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A new water taxi service based in Bellingham plans to begin service next spring to remote islands in the San Juans.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Let's talk cheesecake and share a recipe

Straight-up NY cheesecake. For something completely different click to next picture.
cute cupcakes

In this week's Food for Thought Seattle Times food blogger Nancy Leson rhapsodizes over New York style cheesecake. Who knew there were so many other kinds?

The Bulgarians top it with smetana, not the composer but a soured heavy cream. Ancient Romans made it with honey and a cheese similar to modern-day ricotta. The Bavarian Quarkkuchen is put together with quark cheese, not the elementary particle but a cheese made from soured milk. 

It seems almost every nation on Earth has its own version of the waist-thickening wonder.

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
5:56 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Amanda Knox returns to Seattle, thanks supporters

Amanda Knox at a news conference in Seattle Tuesday after returning home from Italy.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Amanda Knox has thanked all those who believed and defended her during her trial in Italy over the sexual assault and fatal stabbing of her British roommate.

"Thank you for being there with me," she said through tears Tuesday, shortly after the plane carrying her to freedom landed in her hometown of Seattle.

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
1:08 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Sea-Tac Airport braces for arrival of Amanda Knox

International and national members of the media crush in to get a view and statement from Amanda Knox and members of her family at Sea-Tac Airport on Tuesday.
Paula Wissel KPLU

As soon as the appeals court in Italy overturned Amanda Knox’s conviction of sexually assaulting and killing her British roommate, officials at Sea-Tac began to prepare for the onslaught of media from around the world.

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Fall Fund Drive
12:00 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Thanks for your support!

Thank you for sustaining KPLU during our Fall Fund Drive! Listeners have been exceptionally generous to KPLU over the years during our fund drives and this year has been no exception!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, and if you missed your chance you can still give now (until October 11th) to be counted!

Thank You!

We'd also like to thank the numerous businesses who supported our volunteers and staff with donations of food and beverage. See a list of these generous businesses.

K-12 Education
8:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up

Tacoma city leaders want more adults to volunteer an hour a week at programs such as the Trinity Afterschool Program, a literacy center for 1st and 2nd grade students.
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they’re not meeting grade-level expectations. City leaders say if adults in the community pitch in just one hour a week, it could help these kids catch up.

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