News http://www.kplu.org en Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination http://www.kplu.org/post/engineers-union-files-charges-against-boeing-alleges-age-discrimination <p>The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.</p><p>The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 17863 at http://www.kplu.org Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination Expansion Of 13-Year-Old Oil Terminal Just Now Getting Environmental Review http://www.kplu.org/post/expansion-13-year-old-oil-terminal-just-now-getting-environmental-review <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022871&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An expansion of the Northwest’s largest oil terminal will be the subject of a public hearing before the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Army Corps of Engineers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Portals/27/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2014%20PNs/Special%20Public%20Notice%20BP%20Cherry%20Point%20(3).pdf" target="_blank">Thursday evening in Seattle</a>.&nbsp;Environmentalists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are calling for limits on oil tanker traffic at BP’s docks at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Environmental impact statements are usually heard before a project is built. But in an unusual twist, this hearing concerns a facility that’s been up and running for 13 years.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17854 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-ballot-measure-park-district-divides-parks-advocates <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160049636&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.</p><p>Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17857 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles http://www.kplu.org/post/5-tips-using-your-frequent-flyer-miles <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159995990&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you get on a commercial airliner more than a few times of year, the chances are pretty good that you’re building up frequent flyer miles, either through your credit card or an airline, or an airline’s credit card.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whatever the case, when it comes time to redeem those miles, things can get tricky.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU travel expert Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a few tips.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17851 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement http://www.kplu.org/post/aclu-takes-case-idaho-teen-solitary-confinement <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160029593&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. </span>Eldon<span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;"> Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March</span></p><p>Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU&nbsp;<a href="https://acluidaho.org/aclu-of-idaho-asks-court-to-end-solitary-confinement-of-fifteen-year-old-child/" target="_blank">are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement</a>&nbsp;at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:29:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17855 at http://www.kplu.org ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-homeless-people-need-place-smoke-pot-so-they-dont-light-public <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022301&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Of the 82 tickets S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eattle police officers issued&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for public marijuana use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went to people who were probably homeless.</span></p><p>For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: Don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?</p><p>"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17853 at http://www.kplu.org Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-employee-raises-workplace-safety-concerns-city-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159997373&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle City&nbsp;Council members brought&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jorge </span>Carrasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into an energy committee meeting to discuss a </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise" style="line-height: 1.5;">string of recent embarrassing news stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.</span></p><p>But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 17852 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too http://www.kplu.org/post/fun-making-your-own-banh-mi-viet-subs-and-pickles-too <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159868644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Banh-Handbook-Crazy-Delicious-Vietnamese/dp/160774533X">The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches,"</a>&nbsp;was just released.</p><p>That subtitle is no overstatement. If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (<em>bunn mee</em>) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy-to-follow instructions in Andrea's handbook.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17840 at http://www.kplu.org Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers http://www.kplu.org/post/four-years-after-life-changing-tragedy-pilot-meets-his-rescuers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.</span></p><p>Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17842 at http://www.kplu.org Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers New FBI Head In Seattle Encounters Pot Smokers Near Office http://www.kplu.org/post/new-fbi-head-seattle-encounters-pot-smokers-near-office <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871895&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>While marijuana is legal in Washington, it remains illegal under federal law.</p><p>So a recent encounter in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Seattle proved a little awkward for the new special agent in charge of the Seattle division. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17843 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-say-smaller-2006-landslide-set-stage-oso-disaster <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159859305&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso, Washington this past March, say a panel of scientists in a<a href="http://www.geerassociation.org/GEER_Post%20EQ%20Reports/Oso_WA_2014/GEER_Oso_Landslide_Report_low-res.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;federally-funded study.</a></p><p>The hills above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River had slid before, at least 15 times over the centuries, according to the study.</p><p>But one slide in particular left Oso vulnerable. In 2006, that smaller slide left a loosely-packed mass of debris perched dangerously above the Steelhead Haven development and its neighbors.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:34:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17839 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students http://www.kplu.org/post/report-faults-seattle-schools-lack-urgency-serving-most-vulnerable-students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159877613&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/special%20education/014%2007%2021%20Combined%20_Report%20Version%208-final%20(2).pdf?sessionid=d39033e0e34bdf494f61adc8f638dba8" target="_blank">according to a scathing report released Tuesday</a>, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.</p><p>The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:30:07 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17838 at http://www.kplu.org Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek http://www.kplu.org/post/welcoming-home-sara-gazarek <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We were very excited to welcome back singer/songwriter, Sara </span>Gazarek<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a graduate from the Roosevelt High School jazz program who has since made a home in the L.A. jazz scene.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sara stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for this interview and performance while in town at Jazz Alley with Band members Josh Nelson (piano), Hamilton Price (bass), Zach Harmon (drums) and Larry Koonse (guitar).</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3y5c29GSla0" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:06:05 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 17841 at http://www.kplu.org Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-find-help-donation-centers-shelters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159821151&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:53 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17837 at http://www.kplu.org Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef' http://www.kplu.org/post/5-reasons-eating-bugs-could-save-world-according-seattles-own-bug-chef <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159719343&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle author David George Gordon would be more than happy to <a href="http://davidgeorgegordon.com/?page_id=5158">share his recipe </a>for his three bee salad or cricket nymph risotto. Try the deep-fried tarantula, the bloomin’ onion of arachnids.</p><p>Gordon is known as “the bug chef,” and has written one of the more comprehensive <a href="http://davidgeorgegordon.com/?page_id=5125">cookbooks showcasing bugs and their kin</a>. He is also a true believer in insects as a food source for an ever-hungrier planet, as laid out in a <a href="http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf">lengthy U.N. report last year</a>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17834 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'