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2:30 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves

An endangered red wolf at Point Defiance Zoo.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The population of the Red Wolf Woods exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium just tripled in size. A new pair of wolves has arrived from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

The wolves, Wilson and Havana, are a non-breeding pair. They're on display in an area separate from the exhibit's other resident, Graham.

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Washington Tourism
1:40 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Washington closes tourism office in face of budget cuts

Washington state will no longer be telling the world about the Fremont Troll or any other tourist attraction since it has gotten out of the tourism promotion business.
Flickr

Today Washington state closes its official tourism agency making it the only state in the nation to abandon all funding for self-promotion. The closure comes at a time when tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world.

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Education
1:27 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

UW to pay Baby Einstein co-founder $175,000, plus data

Baby Einstein co-founder Julie Aigner-Clark, framed by a couple of puppets used in Baby Einstein in 2001, said she was stung by a controversy started by a University of Washington study over whether the videos help babies learn or get in the way.
Associated Press

Ever since a University of Washington study published in a major medical journal in 2007 showed baby videos don't make infants smarter, the creators of the Baby Einstein series have been battling the university in court and in the media.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:53 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Preview: Jackson's surgery will be a blow to Seattle Storm

President Barack Obama holds up a Seattle Storm jersey as he welcomed the WNBA champions to White House Rose Garden Wednesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

On the same day the members of the Seattle Storm were honored by President Obama at the White House, the ladies learned that teammate and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson is having hip surgery today and will be out up to 12 weeks.

It's a blow to the team whose season has not gotten off to a great start. They were WNBA champions just a year ago. Can the Storm claim the title again this year – without a lot of help from Lauren Jackson?

Hear KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel's take on that tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on KPLU. And you'll find a blog of our conversation right here tomorrow morning as well. 

Law
11:45 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Cuts in juvenile parole left teen in 'Tuba Man' case unsupervised

Edward McMichael, pictured at a game in 2004, was a beloved Seattle street musician known as the "Tuba Man.” He was found dead Nov. 3, 2008 from beating injuries he received in a robbery.
Associated Press

One of the three teens convicted of killing a popular Seattle street musician in 2008 continues to make headlines for his tangles with the law. Billy Chambers – who's now an adult – was most recently locked up for hit-and-run. It turns out he did not qualify for supervision by a juvenile parole officer because of state budget cuts.

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Other News
8:57 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Man stung by scorpion on flight out of Seattle

Man stung by scorpion on flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.
Fabrice Kelmbacher Flickr

'Oh, my God. That's a scorpion.'

An Oregon man got a surprise — and some pain — when he was stung by a scorpion during a commercial flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another

Threatened northern spotted owl adult with young (Strix occidentalis caurina.)
Photo by Jim Thrailkill USFWS

It’s an icon of the northwest.

With its muted brown feathers and dark eyes, the northern spotted owl doesn’t look all that impressive. But scientists say its survival indicates the health of the entire forest ecosystem. That’s why conservationists want the government to protect more of the old-growth habitat spotted owls prefer.

But a recovery plan for the owl due for release this morning is ruffing feathers.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:52 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Finalist Vicci Martinez poses for photographers after the finale of "The Voice" in Burbank, Calif., on Wednesday. Javier Colon was named the winner.
Matt Sayles Associated Press
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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Fourth is the right time for - Yankee Doodle Dandies

Boom!
Camera Slayer Flickr

For the Fourth of July, we cover our Top Ten Patriotic Songs of All Time, ever, at least 'til next year. And it’s amazing what you can find when you dare to look beneath the surface…

For a grab bag of irony, it’s hard to top “God Bless America."

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Music Festivals
4:00 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

The 27th Annual Victoria JazzFest continues this weekend

Spanish flamenco superstar Paco de Lucia takes the stage on Saturday at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.
Wikimedia.org

The 27th Annual Victoria International JazzFest is underway now through July 3 in various venues in downtown Victoria.

JazzFest presents a culturally and musically diverse program of 85 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 12 stages in downtown Victoria. Over 350 musicians in 66 bands from over nine of the world's most diverse countries including Australia, Cuba, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. will be performing in Victoria during the Fesival.

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Crime
2:35 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Tacoma Mall shooter in prison incident; one killed in escape attempt 

The Washington Department of Corrections says one inmate was killed Wednesday during an escape attempt at the Clallam Bay Corrections Facility.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says that just after 10 a.m., a corrections officer was taken hostage by a prisoner with a pair of scissors. At the same time, another prisoner drove a forklift through the doors of the work area and into the prison fence.

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Sports
1:03 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Seattle Storm honored at the White House

President Obama with the Seattle Storm at the White House Rose Garden. The 2010 WNBA championship trophy is in the foreground.
photo courtesy of the Seattle Storm

President Barack Obama welcomed the Seattle Storm to the White House Rose Garden today. Obama said the 2010 WNBA champions set a good example for young girls with big dreams. The President is a basketball fan and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, also like to shoot hoops.

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Humanospere
12:11 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Botswana: An African success story in the fight against AIDS

Former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

The southern African nation of Botswana has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection and yet is also widely considered one of the big success stories in the fight against AIDS.

On Tuesday, at a Seattle event sponsored by the World Affairs Council, former Botswanan President Festus Gontebanye Mogae spoke and took questions from an audience of several hundred people at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

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Boeing
11:39 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Boeing fined for jet fuel leak in Seattle

The state Department of Ecology says it has fined the Boeing Co. more than $100,000 for a 300-gallon jet fuel spill in to the Duwamish waterway.

According to the department, the spill happened in May, 2010 at Boeing fuel terminal in south Seattle. It says that workers were delivering to a storage tank when they noticed the spill. However, they thought the spill had been contained to Boeing's property.

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Law
9:37 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Witness: Corrections “completely failed” in Clemmons case

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Corrections failed to adequately supervise Maurice Clemmons from the day he arrived in Washington from Arkansas. That's the conclusion of a former corrections supervisor who's now an expert witness in a new lawsuit against the Department.

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