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Record Bin Roulette
8:21 am
Thu November 18, 2010

It's all about your pants

Blue jeans have often found their way into pop and novelty songs, as Record Bin Roulette found.
Blue Jean Etiquette.com

This week John Maynard and John Kessler detail the overlooked treasure trove of of songs about, ummm, pants.

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News Roundup
5:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

Workers place updated signs outside the remodeled Cinerama in downtown Seattle last month. The movie palace reopens tonight for a midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter sequel.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Get Ready for Brrrr


Are you ready for snow? There's a possibility you'll see some late Sunday or early Monday in northwest Washington. The north Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Whatcom County have the best chance for snow.  Conditions may bring it south to the Seattle area.

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Preventive Medicine
6:21 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits

Washington state anti-smoking measures are working, according to state officials. They claim a new study shows ten years of tobacco education efforts prevented 36,000 smoking-related hospitalizations.
AP

Washington state says it has evidence its anti-tobacco program is not only saving lives but saving money for taxpayers.  That comes as the program faces near elimination because of budget cuts. 

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Pacific Lutheran University
3:26 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Electrical fire temporarily closes PLU building

The Morken Ceneer for Learning & Technology, on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
PLU Communications

Update - Thursday, Nov. 18th,  4:30 pm


This update from PLU Communications:



The Pierce County Fire Marshal has ruled that yesterday's small fire in the Morken Center was accidental. It was caused by a faultycontroller in a heating and air conditioning unit.


 

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The Health of the Ocean
12:24 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Study: How we measure ocean health is wrong half the time

A load of salmon from Prince William Sound, Alaska, awaits delivery to a fish tender.
Suresh A. Sethi/U of Washington

The most widely-used way of measuring the health of ocean ecosystems is wrong as often as it's right.

And that can lead to thinking that fisheries are sustainable when they're really not.

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Washington's Economy
12:22 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

State jobless rate steady

Job seekers at an employment fair. Washington State's jobless rate held steay from September to October at 9.1%

The latest figures are out, and the state's unemployment rate is unchanged from last month: 9.1%.


About 1,900  private sector jobs were added last month. That makes five consecutive months of job growth in private industry, according to the Employment Security Department. 


The public sector added 4,000 positions, largely due to education-related hiring in September.

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Education Reform
10:50 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Seattle debating merits of Teach for America

A Teach for America trainee in a Florida classroom in 2008. Seattle Schools are voting on a proposal to allow TFA corps members in their classrooms.
AP

A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's  school board meeting in Seattle.  The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools.  The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools. 

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Coal Exports
7:40 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Coal export terminal plan draws fire

The coal export terminal would utilize the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter property in Longview, WA.
Tom Banse N3

Plans for a coal export terminal on the Columbia River at Longview are coming under fire from environmental groups. Many of them showed up at a Cowlitz County commission hearing  on Tuesday.


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Washington's Prisons
6:47 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Teamsters file suit over prison cuts

Union correctional workers are unhappy about recent budget cut plans. This is the correctional facility in Shelton, WA.
AP

Unionized prison employees will picket outside the Monroe prison this morning. They’re protesting budget cuts. The union has also filed a formal lawsuit.

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News Roundup
6:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

The 520 Floating Bridge (aka Evergreen Point Floating Bridge) may have tolling by April 2011.
Flickr photo by pgsvensk

A toll plan for Highway 520 bridge, Four Loko aims for less loco, and 787's test planes come home.

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Food for Thought
6:02 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Not mellow about Jell-O

What's wrong with Jell-O? Nothing, says food commentator Nancy Leson. Plenty, accoridng to Dick Stein.
Nancy Leson photo.

It shakes, it shimmies, sometimes it's got marshmallows in it. It's that wiggly dessert Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson recently rhapsodized about in her blog.  But KPLU's Dick Stein is a fellow who's not so mellow about Jell-O.

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Reflections on the Water
5:11 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Living on island time: Gabriola Islander Sheila Malcolmson

Sheila Malcolmson stands on the shoreline near her home on Gabriola Island, in the Gulf Islands east of Nanaimo.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

There are more than a thousand islands in the Salish Sea. Some of them are home to good-sized towns, others are inhabited only by wildlife. Either way, the island experience is one of the signatures of this region.


This week in our series “Reflections on the Water,” KPLU environment reporter Liam Moriarty takes a ferry to Gabriola Island, in British Columbia, population about 4,000. He talks with Sheila Malcolmson about the joys and challenges of island living.

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Law Enforcement
1:49 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Washington State Patrol chasing car license violators

Last session the Washington Legislature revived funding for the license investigation unit.
Amy Groark Flickr

The Washington State Patrol has revived a unit of officers to pursue a distinct class of lawbreakers: people living in the state who’ve retained license plates from Oregon or elsewhere.

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Underground Food
3:59 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Down economy gives rise to underground dining

Plates full of piping hot calamari await a few final touches before being shuttled out to customers in “Lupita’s” kitchen. Underground dining and other black market businesses increase in a down economy
Anna King N3

In the down economy some people are turning to off-the-books business models. High-priced underground restaurants have been popular with foodies, but some families have begun selling meals from home kitchens just to scrape by.

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Money Matters
2:30 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Money Matters: We all make mistakes

KPLU's financial commentator Greg Heberlein talks with Dave Meyer about the investment mistakes he's made over the years (and Dave shares his as well!) on this week's Money Matters.
KPLU

 When it comes to investing, everyone makes mistakes.  It’s virtually unavoidable.  Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer share some of their blunders on this week’s Money Matters.

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