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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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Other News
6:51 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Hayride accident dumps people on road, injures several

SHAW ISLAND, Wash. — The San Juan County Sheriff says he won't decide whether to cite the driver in a hayride accident on Shaw Island until the investigation is done.

Sheriff Rob Nou said about 50 people, mostly teenagers, were riding on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a farm tractor Sunday morning. The trailer was laden with about two dozen stumps of wood being used as seats.

The trailer overpowered the tractor as it went down a steep road and caused it to jackknife, dumping passengers onto the road.

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Traffic Deaths
5:34 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Motorcycle crashes claim three NW soldiers since April

The scene of an accident between Sgt. Tyler Huber's Suzuki GSXR 1000 and a car near Puyallup, Wash.
Courtesy Washington State Patrol

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three Washington-based soldiers have been killed in high-speed motorcycle accidents since April. And it turns out all three were riding the same model of high performance bike. The Washington State Patrol says the accidents were horrific and avoidable.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Giant Palouse worm denied endangered status

The giant Palouse earthworm.
Photo courtesy Jodi Johnson-Maynard

The giant Palouse earthworm has had a celebrity status among Northwest species,  but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied the worm endangered status today.

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oral health
12:43 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Rotting toddler teeth targeted by pediatricians, dentists

Dan Hatten Flickr

Your average American’s teeth may be whiter and straighter than they were a generation ago, but for very young children, tooth decay is still one the biggest health problems. 

Dentists and pediatricians are meeting this week at the University of Washington to find ways to reverse the trend.

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Endangered species
11:53 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Endangered pygmy rabbits finally breed like ... bunnies

The pygmy rabbit, at less than a pound, is the smallest rabbit in North America.
Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo

Biologists say the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is breeding for the first time in a decade in its native habitat.

Wildlife managers are re-introducing the tiny rabbit on a wildlife reserve near Ephrata in Central Washington. They've confirmed several litters in a six-acre enclosure there.

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Washington state legislature
10:58 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Washington's supermajority tax rule target of lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A dozen Democratic lawmakers are asking a judge to overturn a voter-approved initiative that requires the Legislature to have a supermajority to raise taxes.

The lawsuit filed Monday is led by the League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association.

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Higher Education Study
8:01 am
Mon July 25, 2011

College students more likely to fail online

Melissa Ivarson received her Associate of Arts degree from North Seattle Community College by taking online courses. A new study found students who take courses on the web are more likely to fail and drop out than those who go to class in person.
Melissa Ivarson

College students in Washington are less likely to “make the grade” if they take courses online. A new study found that students have a greater chance of not only bombing classes if they take them remotely but of dropping out completely.

Yet, students and educators say distance learning isn’t failing. 

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun July 24, 2011

Book explores the phenomenon that is 'West Side Story'

Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood sing "Tonight" in the 1961 movie version of "West Side Story." The musical and movie are the subjects of a new book, "Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination" by Misha Berson.
Photofest

When "West Side Story" opened in 1957 on Broadway, the audience's reaction was silence. Followed by applause.

"No Broadway musical ended with these deaths and this very sad young woman walking off the stage with her head bowed. That was just, 'Whoa!'" author Misha Berson explained.

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Festivals and Events
5:33 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

3 one-of-a-kind festivals for the weekend

The Paperboys will be performing in downtown Anacortes today!
Anacortes Arts Festival

This weekend's events (and one tonight) will surely make your weekend even better! From one with a very creative event name to the good ol' street fair, you'll want to take a look at the links provided to see more information.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

'Mad Art' houses blossom on Seattle's Capitol Hill

Two of the 'Mad Art' houses on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Jon Klapel KPLU

Four craftsman houses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood will soon be replaced by new apartments, but for now they are being taken over by a small army of artists to create something completely unexpected for the public to enjoy.

(Updated with photos and videos inside)

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Media in Motion
3:35 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

P-I globe’s future unclear as staff moves, but MOHAI wants it

What will happen to the P-I globe? Museum of History and Industry is interested in taking stewardship of it.
druid labs Flickr

The staff of the SeattlePI.com is moving out of the waterfront building with the iconic spinning globe on its top. It's unclear what will happen to the globe, but at least one Seattle organization is interested in taking control of it.

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