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Strange planet
9:03 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Sedro-Woolley men skin python found on road

Two Sedro-Woolley men were driving down a road when they noticed something that turned out to be a dead 16-foot-long python.

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Medical care
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

New emergency response system will streamline response

When moments count.
Michael Gil Flikr

In some counties in Washington, access to emergency care is among the best in the nation. But in other parts of the state there are fewer paramedics and specialists to respond to heart attacks and strokes.

A new emergency response system will reduce the time it takes for patients to get the treatment they need. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Time will tell on recent Mariners' trades

New Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush won his first game against the A's on Wednesday. He and left fielder Casper Wells are two trade acquisitions already proving their worth. It’ll be a while before the other new players will get the chance.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

You have to give up a lot to get a lot. That's what sports analysts are saying about the choices the Mariners made at the trade deadline last weekend. They gave up four pitchers for six players. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard is now with the Boston Red Sox and starter Doug Fister is a Detroit Tiger.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the players the Mariners got in return look good on paper. But how will they look in the field and at the plate?

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Petting Zoo attack
12:24 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Llama viciously attacks elderly woman at B.C. petting zoo

The owner of the Langley, B.C., petting zoo where the attack occurred said nothing like it had happened before.
Flikr

The Llama at the Langley, British Columbia, petting zoo was probably after some grain France Pilotte, 75, had in her backpack when it reared up, knocked her to the ground and stomped on her, according to The Vancouver Sun.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Preview: Mariners trade for talent, but not for this season

New Mariner Casper Wells is greeted at home by Mike Carp and Jack Wilson after Wells and Carp scored Wednesday against the A's at Safeco Field. Wells plays left field and is one of the players acquired in trades over the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Just who are these guys? Mariners fans might be asking that question about the players the team acquired in trades with Boston and Detroit. Those trades this weekend sent pitchers Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, David Pauley and Josh Fields packing. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insights on the new players, and when we might see them having an impact. That's coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow to find a blog of our conversation.

Video satire?
11:28 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Strange police parodies rile Renton officials

A screen grab of one of the videos that has Renton officials seeking to uncover and prosecute the person who made it.

The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos, reports KIRO-TV.

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employment dispute
11:02 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Muslim man fired for wearing a beard sues former employer

A Seattle-area Muslim is suing his former employer because he says he was fired from his job as a security guard for refusing to shave his beard, which he wears for religious reasons.

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International trade
9:56 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Northwest highways await Mexican trucks

While Northwest farmers will benefit from the lifting of a tariff, the agreement between the United States and Mexico allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads has some worried.
cobalt123 Flikr

The next time you head down the interstate, that truck in the lane next to you could be from Mexico. That's because of a recent cross-border trucking accord between the United States and Mexico.

Opponents say putting Mexican trucks on U.S. roads is risky. But there's little evidence to show that Mexican trucks are actually a hazard on the highway.

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Food and Diet
8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor

New research shows processed foods that are less healthy are cheaper for people to buy. Thus, 'People who ate more costly foods, and had a more costly diet, had more healthy diets.'
Associated Press

Eating a nutritious diet appears to mean spending a bit more on your groceries. That means poor people face an extra challenge trying to eat well, according to a new study of about 1,100 King County residents.

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Record Bin Roulette
6:00 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Can't do much about the weather but quote others about it

Lego Zeus
Dunechaser Flickr

This we talk about the weather, but as usual, don't do anything about it ... except offer some favorite sayings for your amusement, starting with the classic, definitive bad opening line of all time:

It was a dark and stormy night.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Law
5:08 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Expert casts doubt on latest suspected D.B. Cooper

An expert on the infamous airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper is dubious about the latest suspect to emerge in the 40-year-old case. An Oklahoma woman went public this week with the claim her late uncle was the mysterious hijacker.

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Business
2:35 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Farmer: Without illegal immigrants, strawberry farms fail

Per Ola Wiberg Flikr

A crackdown on illegal immigrants would put local strawberry farmers out of business.

That’s what one leading farmer in Skagit County told the Bellingham Herald

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Humanosphere
1:50 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Gates Foundation still struggling with 'transparency'

While the Gates Foundation is probably more transparent than many, if not most, private foundations, it is still struggling with a public relations problem identified a year ago:  Many felt then that the Seattle philanthropy was difficult to work with and fairly uncommunicative.

In its new annual report released today, Gates CEO Jeff Raikes said, "Many grantees said we are inconsistent and unclear about our decision-making process and our programmatic strategies. They also said we should be more welcoming of their feedback."

Food for Thought
11:30 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Follow-up: Stein sautees the sturgeon

I cut a hunk of sturgeon into 1-inch thick slices, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then pan-fried them in just enough olive oil and butter to keep them from sticking.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was tempted by a recipe I found on the web for Poor Man's Lobster which called for boiling sturgeon in lime soda.  Intrigued but dubious, I chose a less bizarre preparation. 

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Food for Thought
7:50 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Stein's sturgeon smackdown, and preparation for leviathan feast

Behold the leviathan! That homely fellow on the left is fishing guide Jerry Brown.
Cheryl DeGroot

That sturgeon shot out of the water like a Polaris missile late for its appointment with apocalypse.

This was but my second fishing trip in 50 years and I was unsure what to do. "What do I do?" I yelled. 

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