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Puget Sound
11:18 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Dead gray whale calf on Bremerton beach was very emaciated

BREMERTON, Wash. – A gray whale that washed up on a Bremerton beach was alive when the stranding was reported this morning but it was dead when a National Marine Fisheries employee arrived on the site on Dyes Inlet.

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Humanosphere
10:24 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Malawi protests: An African spring?

A protester burns vegetation in a street in Lilongwe, Malawi, last week. Protesters went on the rampage after a court injunction stopped them protesting the economic and democratic crisis in the country.
Associated Press

Just as when Tunisians first rose up against their government, few outside are paying much attention.

The same basic forces — unemployment, high food prices, human rights abuses and mistrust of government — which sparked the revolt in Tunisia and then led to today’s widespread popular revolution across the Arab world, is now at play in this small, southeastern African nation.

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Food for thought
5:00 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Strategies for buttering up the kernel

Corn skewers lie down on the job.
Wikipedia commons

Two  corn cobs walk into a bar.  They notice a third, shady-looking cob trailing them. First cob turns to his friend and whispers ...

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Attacks in Norway
1:44 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Seattle vigil for victims in Norway

An overflow crowd listens to the vigil on speakers set up on the lawn of the Nordic Heritage Museum on July 27, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard was packed last night as hundreds gathered to pray, sing and offer their condolences to the people of Norway. The Vigil of Remembrance, as it was called, was organized by the Museum, the Honorary Consul of Norway and the Pacific Lutheran University.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
5:42 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Hanford cleans up underground trench waste ahead of schedule

Workers secure a box of low level waste for shipment at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have retrieved a key portion of radioactive waste ahead of schedule. That announcement came from the federal government today.

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Fisheries study
5:33 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Genetically modified Atlantic salmon can breed with wild fish

New study shows that genetically modified Atlantic salmon can mate with their wild counter parts.
Don Taylor Flickr

A new study of genetically-modified Atlantic salmon shows they can breed with their wild counterparts. Critics worry escaped farmed fish could weaken wild stocks.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
5:11 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Update: Hanford whisleblower says DOE too cozy with contractors

Hanford whistleblower says contractors have too cozy a relationship with Department of Energy.
Courtesy of Hanford Contractor Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – A high-level Hanford whistleblower is accusing the Department of Energy of being too cozy with its contractors at the federal nuclear reservation.

Walter Tamosaitis made that accusation in a letter released Monday. (Updated with link to a copy of the letter.)

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Street gangs
4:46 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Gang activity ‘moving’ into Seattle’s suburbs; summit called

With an uptick in gang-related activity in the Puget Sound region just south of Seattle, law enforcement are calling for a meeting to find strategies for combating the trouble.
Alan Cleaver Flickr

The gang-related shooting on Saturday at a custom-car show in Kent that left 13 people injured has regional law enforcement officials worried that some gang activity has moved from Seattle to its southern suburbs.

“It was gang related,” Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas told KING TV about the shooting. “No doubt in my mind. … If we don’t get out in front of it, we’re going to chase the gunfire.”

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Airport trouble
2:05 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Smoking landing gear and other problems today at Sea-Tac

Problems with two planes and a suspicious bag kept emergency crews busy Tuesday at Sea-Tac Airport.

Spokesman Perry Cooper says there were no injuries or serious damage.

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King County Council
11:49 am
Tue July 26, 2011

$20 car tab hearing draws supporters; council postpones vote

The King County Council postponed a decision on a two-year, $20 car tab fee to maintain Metro bus service until August 15th in an attempt to pass the measure without it having to go before voters.

Advocates for social justice, economic development and environmental protection packed council chambers for the hearing. Nearly all testified in favor of the council enacting the fee.

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Business
10:59 am
Tue July 26, 2011

How's your trash can smell? Redmond company has solution

Screen grab of the company's website.

A new business is cleaning up trash cans in the Seattle area.

Steam and Clean of Redmond uses what look like garbage trucks. They pick up garbage cans at the curb and clean them with blasts of steam.

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Humanosphere
10:44 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Perspectives: Famine in East Africa is a crime … and bad science

Somalis from southern Somalia carrying their belongings make their way to a new camp for internally displaced refugees in Mogadishu Tuesday. The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia.
Associated Press

As the United Nations and the international community ramps up to airlift food and supplies into East Africa, mostly for starving Somali refugees, two perspectives on this crisis seemed especially interesting to Tom Paulson, who runs KPLU’s Humanosphere.

One: In Foreign Policy, Charles Kenny contends that, in this day and age, allowing a famine to occur is basically a crime against humanity.

Two: David Dickson, editor of the Science and Development Network, contends that the UN, Western powers and aid organizations could have been well-prepared for this crisis – if they had paid any attention to the scientific evidence.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Technology continues to lead the economy

PC sales growth may be slowing down, but sales of iPads and other tablets are booming.
Daniel Bogan flickr.com

Economists say the recession ended in June, 2009, but for many of us, it’s hard to tell the difference. Unemployment remains high and the economy is growing slowly.

This month on "The Digital Future," Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at the bright spot of the economy:  the technology sector.

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Other News
7:10 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Helicopter used to dry cherries crashes and burns, pilot killed

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Chelan County sheriff's officers say a helicopter flying low to dry cherries in a northcentral Washington orchard hit power lines, crashed and burned, killing the pilot.

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Budget crisis
6:58 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Seattle forced to sell property to fix streets

Seattle sold property to boost street repairs.
Allie Gerlach Flickr

The City council has confirmed a commitment to spend $3 million dollars from the sale of a property along Aurora Avenue north, known as the “Rubble Yard.”

The one-time boost increases the city’s street repair budget by about 33% for the year. Declining tax revenues have taken a bite out of money available for backlogged road repair projects.

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