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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Don't let inflation scare you

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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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HUMANOSPHERE
9:08 am
Mon May 9, 2011

"Geek heretic": Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic.

And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant.

A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009.

If you’re not familiar with what they do at Microsoft Research, think artificial intelligence, computer vision, terabyte juggling, high-octane mathematics and the craziest things you can try to do with bits, bytes or any kind of information technology.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:18 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Sen. Patty Murray, right, and others depart after a test ride and media briefing for a Sound Transit Link light rail train October 2008, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP
  • No Light Rail to South King County Until at Least 2034
  • New 520 Opening Bridge May be Delayed
  • Kent Man Severely Injured in Apartment Explosion
  • Washington Gas Prices Up Again

 

Making headlines around the Northwest, Monday, May 9:

 

Sound Transit Lacks Cash for Light Rail to S. King County

There's no money to extend a voter-approved plan to extend light rail to Federal Way by the original deadline of 2023.

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Artscape
9:22 am
Sun May 8, 2011

The art of karaoke includes singing - or not!

April Schiller "sings" to a standing-room-only crowd at the Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke Night at the Vermillion bar in Seattle. The FFOK is held the first and third Thursdays of every month.
Florangela Davila KPLU

Throughout Seattle, on any given night, you can find some place hosting karaoke, which means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

There’s karaoke in friendly community halls in Greenwood; in swanky clubs on Capitol Hill; in private rooms underneath cutesy bubble tea houses in the I-D.

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Skateboarding
2:11 am
Sat May 7, 2011

Pro skateboarding comes to KeyArena this weekend

The Street League Pro Tour course at Key Arena
Erik Neumann For KPLU

This weekend some of the world’s best skateboarders are competing at Key Arena for nearly half a million dollars in the Street League Skateboarding Pro Tour. 

Competitors at the event will be judged on the style, difficulty and originality of their tricks and stunts.  The organizer is Rob Dyrdek, a former pro-skateboarder, who says he’ll also be giving $75,000 and materials from this weekend’s competition to Roxhill Park in West Seattle. 

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Transportation Choices
6:19 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Commissioners must slash bus service in Pierce County

In Snohomish County, transit officials have eliminated Sunday bus service. So far, Pierce Transit isn't planning to do so, but they are poised to cut schedules by more than a third because there isn't enough sales tax revenue to support existing service.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp

Update: On Monday, May 9, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners approved a 20% permanent service reduction scheduled to start June 12. But the board rejected the proposed plan for the final 15% reduction scheduled for October, and instead directed staff to develop a modified plan that focuses on maximizing ridership.

The next time you're stuck in traffic, frustrated by the length of your commute time, take a moment to consider how long your trip would be if you couldn't drive to your workplace, your doctors office, or your church. 

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McGuire Apartments
5:35 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Demolition of a nearly-new Seattle tower

Demolition begins on the garage of the McGuire Apartments tower, in Seattle.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

One of the most prominent demolition jobs since the Kingdome imploded is underway in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. This time, there will be no explosion, and the building is private instead of public. 

The 25-story McGuire Apartments saga is a sad one, says Doug Lo, a Belltown resident who was snapping photos with his phone, from across the street, at 2nd Ave. and Vine St.

"It's a nice building, and in this modern age, you'd think they would have built it correctly, from the get-go," he said.

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Mother's Day
2:00 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Seattle: Best place to be a mom? Okay, how about fourth-best?

The Daily Beast

Happy Mother's Day, Seattle moms. You live in the fourth-best place in the U.S. to be a mother.

At least that's what The Daily Beast is saying after ranking the 100 largest cities and ranking them on criteria such as mothers-per-capita, quality of public schools, number of childcare workers and availability of maternity health specialists.

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Transportation
9:23 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Kids break piñata, officials break ground to celebrate future bridge

The Mariachi Band Ayutla in front of the closed South Park Bridge. One man tells Bellamy, "I love to kayak and we've had the river to ourselves," so there's a bright side to the troubles the neighborhood's seen with restaurants closing and no access.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

A gigantic bridge-shaped piñata spewed more than four hundred pounds of candy last night in south Seattle. It was part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration going on in the city's South Park neighborhood. 

Earlier in the day, officials broke ground on a new $130-million-dollar bridge that's going to re-connect that community to major highways.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:32 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Overhead bins are reflected onto the top of the concierge table at the entrance of the life-size display of the interior 747-8 Intercontinental in Renton.
John Froschauer AP Photo

Weather: A cloudy, showery weekend ahead with highs around 57.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Backlog Will Hold Up Boeing 747-8 Line for a Month
  • Seattle Children's Pledges to Fix Flaw Found by Feds
  • Two Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Top WA Honor
  • Amazon.com is Hiring

 

Work Backlog to Choke Off Boeing 747-8 Production Until June 7

As if the chronic delays on the 787 Dreamliner weren’t enough to deal with, Boeing executives and workers now have another puzzle to solve: Boeing’s second-most important commercial aircraft. The 747-8  is behind schedule.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

How the public benefits from the Pac-12 TV deal

The revenue from the new Pac-12 television deal is expected to be a huge boon for the University of Washington and its efforts to renovate Husky Stadium without public money.
File photo/Ted S. Warren AP

Incredible. Unbelievable. Whopper-sized. Just some of the words used to describe the television deal announced this week by the new Pac-12 Conference. It's the biggest media rights contract in college sports history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the deal may seem ridiculous to non-sports fans, but they too will benefit from it.

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SMOKING
1:12 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes

A sales associate at Colorado E-Smokes holds an electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds a liquid nicotine solution. Tacoma-Pierce County is considering a ban on e-smoking or "vaping" in public places.
Ed Andrieski AP

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without smoking.

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