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Jazz Festival
7:03 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Djangofest Northwest on Whidbey Island underway

Now in its 11th season, Djangofest Northwest brings a world-class musical lineup to Langley on Whidbey Island to celebrate the music and spirit of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz.

Artists scheduled to perform this year range from local favorites to world-class international recording artists, making it the the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America.

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Hikers freed in Iran
5:37 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Seattle man's nephew one of Americans freed by Iran

Freed American Josh Fattal, left, meets his relatives and friends upon his arrival from Iran, in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday.
Associated Press

A Seattle man has a special reason to celebrate the release of two American hikers from an Iranian prison. One of those who was freed, Josh Fattal, is his nephew.

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Computer crimes
5:18 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

3 indicted in sophisticated Washington hacking scheme

Three Seattle men face charges in federal court that they hacked into the computer systems of dozens of Washington businesses — sometimes choosing their victims simply by driving around and picking up their wireless Internet signals.

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Dam removal
4:56 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Demolition of four dams on Klamath clears major hurdle

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four on the Klamath River that would be removed if the plan goes ahead.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The effort to remove four dams along the Klamath River has come one step closer to reality.

The U.S. Department of the Interior released a series of long-awaited environmental impact studies today which conclude that removing the dams would boost salmon runs and improve water quality.

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Economy
2:26 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Protestors try to disrupt meeting of business leaders near Cle Elum

Anti-poverty protestors outside The Association Of Washington Business Summit at Suncadia Resort on Wednesday.
Northwest News Network

NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash. – Anti-poverty activists tried to crash a meeting of business leaders at a resort in Central Washington. The action – dubbed “Showdown at Suncadia” – happened today as the state’s chamber of commerce held its annual policy summit.

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Tacoma teacher strike
1:50 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Update: Striking teachers, district heading to Gregoire's office

Picketers pose for a photograph outside the MicKinley Elementary in Tacoma Wednesday.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Striking teachers and school district officials in Tacoma could not come to an agreement by the deadline set by the governor, so they've filed into cars and headed to Olympia to continue bargaining this afternoon.

Gov. Chris Gregoire told both sides earlier today that she wanted them back at the bargaining table at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and if they don't have an agreement by 3 p.m. she would see them in her office.

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Union unrest
11:40 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Update: Longshoremen pepper-sprayed, arrests made in Longview

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A conflict over Longshore union jobs at the Port of Longview, Wash., grain terminal is flaring up again with the arrest of protesters blocking railroad tracks.

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Military deaths
11:13 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Anti-war veterans, widow want investigation into JBLM suicides

Army widow Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, right, with anti-war veterans, calls for a congressional investigation into soldier suicides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Northwest News Network

NEAR JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Some anti-war veterans – and an Army widow – are demanding a Congressional investigation into an apparent spike in suicides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord . So far this year nine soldiers are believed to have killed themselves, including five in the month of July alone.

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Humanosphere
9:32 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Does global health have to first focus on poverty?

Bill Clinton embraces Paul Farmer, top left, in 2009 as they watch women perform a traditional Haitian dance in Port-au-Prince. In New York on Tuesday, Farmer joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to include all the big killers.
Associated Press

KPLU's Tom Paulson caught up with physician-activist Paul Farmer at the Clinton Global Initiative, the other big meeting in New York full of heads of state, celebs and bigwigs.

Farmer, the inspiring and controversial cyclist-celeb Lance Armstrong and others have joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to include all the big killers.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Revealed: The crispiest-skinned roast chicken ever

The CI crispy skinned chicken I roasted.
Stein

I think I've found the secret and it's just two words:

Baking powder.  

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Jazz & Blues
6:29 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis releases 80th album

Ramsey Lewis photographed during a studio session at KPLU in 2009.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis, who rose to prominence in the early 1970′s, released his 80th album, Ramsey, Taking Another Look today with his Electric Band.

“The idea of the electric quintet came up and having played mostly in an acoustic trio arrangement for twelve-fifteen years, I decided to get together with the guys to see how it felt," Lewis said.

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health care costs
6:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit

King County Executive Dow Constantine and nine county employees who've been getting healthier.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

King County Executive Dow Constantine says he’ll be able to preserve as many as a dozen sheriff’s deputies and 20 public health nurses. That’s because King County employees have been improving their health – and saving taxpayers about $23 million this year.

The savings go back into the county’s budget, and will mean fewer cuts next year.

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Fraud
10:54 am
Tue September 20, 2011

ATM skimming scams on the rise

Federal authorities are warning consumers to take precautions when using ATMs. Illegal 'skimming' is a growing industry.
Paula Wissel KPLU

If you’ve ever used a cash machine, here’s something you should be aware of. The Justice Department has disrupted one of the largest debit and credit card skimming rings on the West Coast.

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Humanosphere
9:52 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous

Headquarters of the United Nations.
UN

Chronic or non-communicable diseases (aka NCDs) are the world’s big killers, representing about 60 percent of all causes of death. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease (mostly from tobacco), diabetes and the like kill many more people — most of them in the developing world — than do infectious diseases like AIDS, TB or malaria.

However, developing health goals to combat NCSs often run up against powerful commercial interests in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

MacArthur genius
9:32 am
Tue September 20, 2011

UW faculty member awarded 'genius grant'

Shwetak Patel, a faculty member in the school's computer science and engineering department at the University of Washington has won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

A University of Washington faculty member has been awarded one of 22 "genius grants" from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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