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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Cannibal women in the avocado jungle of death!

Innocent Persea americana or fiendish snare?
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I admit it! That headline has little to do with this segment but I was stumped for something socko about today's avocado green Food for Thought. Then KPLU's All Things Considered host Dave Meyer dropped by...

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Business of Technology
5:54 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Analysts say Microsoft should keep Skype as-is in company's biggest-ever acquisition

Will Skype phones such as this one become completely obsolete or just outmoded as the Microsoft deal goes through?
Image courtesy of voipnovatos.es

Microsoft's biggest acquisition ever might have people in the region worrying about layoffs. Often when companies merge, redundant workers get pink slips.

But it sounds like employees of the Redmond tech giant don't have much cause for concern with Microsoft's $8.5-billion purchase of Skype.

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
4:40 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Lesbian Air Force Major agrees to retire

Air Force Major Margaret Witt, shown here in December 2010, who challenged her discharge and won the right to be reinstated, will retire with full benefits and have her discharge erased.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

A lesbian Air Force Major who was trying to get her job back has decided to retire instead.  Under an agreement reached with the Pentagon, flight nurse Margaret Witt will retire with full benefits and her discharge will be removed from her record.

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DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS MAY 31!
3:35 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

KPLU's Red, White & Blues Weekend

KPLU listeners will join more than 100,000 blues fans from around the world who descend upon the Rose City's Waterfront Park!

Join us for KPLU's "Red, White & Blues Weekend" 2011 at the 24th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland July 1-4, 2011.

KPLU has put together a specially-priced listener package which reflects a 25% discount compared to retail prices. 

A world-class blues lineup will perform against the backdrop of the Willamette River with a view of the glacial peaks of Mt. Hood.  This year's artists include Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Maceo Parker, Lucinda Williams, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Chubby Carrier, Black Joe Louis and the Honeybears, and many, many more.

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Recreation on a Budget
2:44 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Fans of freebies flock to Freeattle

This free birding watching event at Discovery Park was one of the no-cost events listed in Freeattle.
Leslie Seaton Fresh-Picked Seattle

Leslie Seaton is a writer who loves to eat, drink, and tell people what to do. That’s part of the reason why she started her food events site called Fresh-Picked Seattle which then led to Freeattle.

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Life in the Northwest
2:38 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Washington's most popular baby names

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular baby names in Washington for 2010. Sophia is number one for girls and Jacob tops the list for boys.

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Historic Seattle
1:01 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Frye Hotel celebrates 100 years - fourteen as low-income housing

The Frye Hotel/Apartments is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a media and community celebration Tuesday. (That's the Frye on the left. The newer building - by three years - is the Smith Tower.)
Low Income Housing Institute W.G. Clark Construction

When the Frye Hotel opened for business, President Roosevelt was a guest at the grand opening. That's Theodore Roosevelt. The new hotel was a hot spot for important gatherings and conventions. Like the National Association of Master Horseshoers and Blacksmiths.

The year was 1911. That's three years before the iconic Smith Tower - also pictured above - was constructed.

Today the Frye Hotel has federal landmark status and is part of the Pioneer Square Historic District.

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HUMANOSPHERE
12:05 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Bill Gates: Key to beating climate change is energy innovation. Is it?

Photo by Thomas Hawk

Bill Gates was the keynote speaker for Seattle-based Climate Solutions‘ annual fund-raising breakfast today.

The gist of Gates’ message: The best way to fight climate change is to create forms of energy production that significantly reduce carbon emissions and are cheap enough to be of value to poor people worldwide.

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K-12 Education
11:36 am
Tue May 10, 2011

President Obama bypasses Bridgeport for speech

Students file into Bridgeport High School last Thursday. The school was one of three in the running for a commencement address by President Barack Obama, but lost out to a school in Memphis, Tenn.
Shannon Dininny AP

Students at tiny Bridgeport High School shed some tears Tuesday with news that President Barack Obama won't be giving the commencement address.

Five girls who helped make a video touting the school waited with the principal in her office for the call. They cried when the call came from the White House and waited in the office as other students filed into the gymnasium for the announcement.

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GROOVENOTES
10:21 am
Tue May 10, 2011

A Love Letter to New Orleans - An interview with Irvin Mayfield

I spoke by phone today with New Orleans trumpeter and educator Irvin Mayfield about his beautiful new book, “A Love Letter To New Orleans”.

Mr. Mayfield talks about the beauty of being influenced by the film "Mo Better Blues", musical and cultural similarities between NOLA and places like Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and the beauty of New Orleans and the people of the city.

Click below to listen to the interview, and find a link at the bottom of the page to purchase the book.

NEWS ROUNDUP
8:50 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, left, pulls Milton Bradley away from umpire Mike Muchlinski after Bradley was called out on strikes against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday at Safeco Field. Bradley was ejejected.
Elaine Thompson AP

Partly Sunny and 63 today.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Microsoft Agrees to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion
  • Fatal Crash on I-5 at Arlington
  • Mariners Cut Temperamental Outfielder Milton Bradley

 

Microsoft Will Buy Skype in its Biggest Deal Ever

Microsoft has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history.

Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Don't let inflation scare you

pdclipart.org

Gas prices are topping $4/gallon. Oil is over $100 a barrel. Gold and silver are at record highs. Food is more expensive. Does all this mean inflation is about to pounce on us? On this week's Money Matters, KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein says things may look discouraging, but there's no need to worry about runaway inflation.

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Waste reduction
12:54 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Federal judge okays Seattle's yellow pages opt-out program

ezlocal.com

A federal judge has ruled the city of Seattle can go ahead with its effort to limit free phone books on doorsteps. Yellow pages companies were trying to block the city’s anti-phone book plan.

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Banking
10:57 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Chase bank collecting hundreds of thousands in ATM fees from welfare clients

A Chase ATM
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Public records show JP Morgan Chase is collecting more than $100,000 a month in ATM fees from welfare recipients in Washington. But the bank doesn't disclose the fee at the cash machine. This is happening at the same time the state has cut the monthly benefit for families on welfare and individuals in the Disability Lifeline program.

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Health and nutrition
10:32 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Kids and seniors get a taste of local produce in King County programs

Preschool students in Beacon Hill cut up local, organic red potatoes on May 4, 2011. The potatoes are part of an effort to get more fresh produce into childcare and senior sites.
Charla Bear KPLU

Over the past few years, a lot of people have pushed to get local, fresh produce into meals at public schools. Far less attention has been focused on kids in childcare programs. That effort is finally underway.  

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