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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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Security
6:00 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Ants might become the new model for cybersecurity

Digital ants, like the ones Pacific Northwest National Lab researchers are working on, might someday soon be crawling over a computer system near you.
Pacific Northwest National Lab

RICHLAND, Wash. – Ants have an incredible ability to track down food and swarm together against enemies. Now, scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Lab are hoping to use the same model to fight off cyberattacks.

The new tools are called digital ants.

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Salmon recovery
5:05 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Judge: Salmon plan falls short

Federal Judge James Redden this afternoon struck down the federal government’s plan for managing salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Soldier deaths
4:54 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Police investigating two apparent soldiers suicides in recent weeks

Police in Lakewood, Wash., are investigating the apparent suicides of two soldiers from the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord in recent weeks. In both cases, police say the soldiers shot themselves in the presence of someone else.

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Traffic news
1:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Bald eagle, popular with commuters, killed on 520 bridge

This eagle was photographed in 2004 near downtown Seattle. An male eagle frequently seen at the Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle was killed on the 520 floating bridge.
Associated Press

A bald eagle was struck and killed Tuesday on the Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle. The eagle is believed to be the male of a pair that nests at the nearby Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle.

Frequently seen perching on bridge light poles, it was popular with commuters.

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Gay rights
10:36 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Suquamish Tribe joins NY in approving same-sex marriages

The Suquamish Tribe will allow same-sex marriage to couple when at least one of them is an enrolled member of the tribe. Pictured: Kitty Lambert, right, and Cheryle Rudd are married in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on July 23.
Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. – The Suquamish Tribal Council voted Monday to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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Groove Notes
10:24 am
Tue August 2, 2011

The end of the Jazz Masters

For thirty years, the National Endowment for the Arts has honored jazz musicians with the highest award for the genre, the NEA Jazz Masters Award. However, in its latest appropriations request, the NEA removed specific reference to Jazz, Folk, and Opera.

The way KPLU’s Groove Notes blogger and Jazz on the Grooveyard host Kevin Kniestedt reads it, the new language means no more Jazz Masters.

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