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Bin Laden killed by U.S.
7:55 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
Dec. 24, 1998 file photo Associated Press

A small team of Americans killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, President Obama said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread. of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," Obama said.

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Artscape
12:34 am
Sun May 1, 2011

The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Mike Daisey—pictured here in front of a famous monument to Deng Xiaopheng, in Shenzhen, China—returns to Berkeley Rep with an audacious new monologue: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
Ursa Waz

Modern life can be difficult to live without help from our smart-phones and other gadgets. Apple is at the forefront of this technology and its users are often incredibly loyal. But a new show by monologist Mike Daisey at the Seattle Repertory Theater raises the point that all of this beautiful design and convenience comes at a cost to factory workers in China.

The production is called “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”

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WILDFIRES
2:21 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Cold, wet winter likely to push back Northwest fire season

Ken Salazar gives an overview of what the 2011 fire season could be like for the West. He spoke at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
Sadie Babits Northwest News Network

The southern part of the U.S. – Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California – will likely have significant wildfires this year. Already fire crews are battling more than a dozen fires just in Texas. But here in the Northwest, the fire outlook is much rosier.

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ART
12:27 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Three-block arts center opening this weekend in downtown Everett

Glass artist Merrilee Moore at working at one of the Hot Shop "glory holes" at Everett's Schack Art Center, which holds its grand opening this weekend.
Schack Art Center

A big chunk of downtown Everett has been transformed into a spanking new arts district that should bring new life to this former lumber mill town.

The Daily Herald reports the new Schack Art Center anchors a three block arts district in the city. It's a multipurpose facility with a sleek, urban feel that will have a kiln and flame working studio, professional and student exhibit spaces and multipurpose classroom.

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KPLU Studio Session
11:20 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Joe Lovano and "Us Five Live" perform on 88.5 KPLU today

Joe Levano with Steffon Harris and Eric Harland
JoeLovano.com

Joe Lovano and his band, Us Five Live - is performing live in an 88.5 KPLU Studio Session today at 12:15 p.m. KPLU's Abe Beeson hosts.

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Environment
10:28 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Prospect of more coal trains raises concerns in NW Washington

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire puts one long running environmental controversy to bed Friday. She’s traveling to Centralia to sign into law a phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in the state. But meanwhile, another coal controversy is heating up in another part of Washington. It has to with a big new export terminal planned for north of Bellingham.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:14 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

This funnel cloud was spotted in the skies over Skagit County late Thursday afternoon.
Jeanne Hathaway KOMO

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Catholic Order Which Runs O'Day H.S. Files Chapter 11
  • Panel Approves New 520 Bridge
  • Funnel Cloud Appears Over Skagit County
  • NFL Draft: Titans take Locker; 'Hawks go for Alabama lineman

 

Christian Brothers Catholic Order Files for Bankruptcy

The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in the United States to do so because of sexual abuse claims.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

No room for war room in NFL draft

A so-called "war room" during the 2010 NFL draft. Art Thiel wants to do away with the phrase in relation to the draft. He says a serious military term that describes where life-and-death decisions are made has no place in sports.
Evan Siegle/Pool photo AP

Editor's Note: In the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, former Washington quarterback Jake Locker was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 8 pick. The Seahawks chose James Carpenter, a tackle from Alabama, with the 25th overall pick.

If you watch any part of the NFL Draft over the next few days, chances are you'll hear the words "war room" to describe the place where team leaders huddle together to make their player selections.

The seemingly careless use of such a serious military term is a pet peeve of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. And he wants to start a campaign to abolish the use of the phrase in sports.

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Law and Justice
11:42 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Starbucks need not "out" job applicants with pot busts

re-ality Flickr

Starbucks Corporation isn't required to disclose the names of potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing it of illegally requiring job applicants to reveal past marijuana convictions.

That's what a California appeals court ruled this week. The Seattle-based coffee giant was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of violating a mid-1970s California law that bars employers from asking job seekers about minor marijuana convictions that are more than two years old.

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HUMANOSPHERE
10:03 am
Thu April 28, 2011

The Gates Foundation's new headquarters - a sneak preview

The Gates family and epidemiologist Dr. William Foege at a preview of the new headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson KPLU

I got a sneak preview of the new Seattle headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Wednesday evening, courtesy of Bill Foege, one of several Bills there.

Foege’s title at the Gates Foundation is “senior fellow.” But that doesn’t really tell you much, except to imply he’s old. It certainly doesn’t tell you how tall he is. He’s a very tall senior fellow.

More importantly than what I think, Foege appears to have been one of the key inspirations for Bill and Melinda Gates’ philanthropic mission. That’s basically what Melinda Gates said yesterday to the philanthropy’s staff after introducing those attending to their new home.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:14 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Peak-season surcharges kick in Sunday on many Washington State Ferry routes. Some fares will increase as much as 25%.
Tucker House Inn

Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Last Blast of Winter Today?
  • Summer Ferry Surcharge Starts This Weekend
  • Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound Under Investigation
  • Starbucks Profits Up 20%;  Microsoft to Release 3Q Numbers Today

 

Really? Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead

It's almost May, but parts of western Washington could still get snow today. But that could be the last of it.

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FILM INDUSTRY
6:01 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Luring filmmakers to Washington

Setting up a shot for Seattle-filmed feature The Details, starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks.
Jan Cook Washington Filmworks

Movies are a big business for states. Washington is one of 44 that offer financial incentives for people who decide to film here. But that incentive might disappear in June.

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MEDICINE
6:01 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Free healthcare clinic at Tacoma Dome Saturday

More than 1,000 uninsured people are expected to receive medical care in Tacoma on Saturday.

It's the first large-scale free-clinic event in Washington state, which has about 850,000 uninsured residents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. It's sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics and the Washington Free Clinic Association.

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obesity
5:51 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Setting aside sugary drinks, at least on Sundays

Chris Shook, a driver with Harbor Pacific Bottling Inc., stocks a cooler with soda, in Elma, Washington last fall.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The effort to reduce obesity is taking aim once again at sugary drinks.  A coalition of health groups is asking the public to try-out “Soda-Free Sundays.”

There’s pretty solid evidence Americans, on average, are drinking a lot more soft drinks and other sweetened beverages than they did a generation ago.  Back in the 1990’s, for example, soft drink sales surpassed milk.

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HUMANOSPHERE
5:43 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Poverty, health and chocolate: "Do-gooder central"

Left to right: KPLU/Humanosphere's Tom Paulson, William Foege (the man who figured out how to rid the world of smallpox), Chris Elias (president at PATH), Wendy Johnson (UW health activist) and Joe Whinney (Theo Chocolate founder)
Justin Steyer KPLU

KPLU-Humanosphere’s event at Seattle Town Hall — Can Seattle Save the World? – was clearly a huge hit, drawing in an estimated 700 people on Tuesday night. Yes, the title was a bit goofy. We intended it so.

Obviously, people here care a great deal. Global health, global poverty and social justice are hot topics in this community, which I dubbed off-the-top-of-my-head “do-gooder central” at the event.

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