Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gutierrez injury hurts Mariners in many ways

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez bunts during spring training in Arizona last month.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

"A strange episode of normalcy."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes what caused the injury to Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. It happened during a routine throw at spring training.

Gutierrez is out for at least a month - maybe longer - with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Art says it's just the latest piece of negative news for the Mariners, as the team begins its 2012 exhibition season Friday.

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Humanosphere
5:14 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gates Foundation calls for 'wacky' new ways to say that aid works

Gates et al. are looking for new ways to communicate.
JSmith Flickr

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation officially calls it the Grand Challenges Exploration program and it was initially launched to fund unorthodox — some might even say "wacky" — scientific research projects aimed at solving problems in global health and development.

This week, the philanthropy is asking for a new round of proposals from all you creative types. In addition to the standard calls to optimize crop yields and improve vaccines, this round adds a new not-so-technologically geeky category into the mix: Advocacy and storytelling.

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Universities
4:28 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Pacific Lutheran University names new president

(Video of incoming PLU president Thomas Krise by journalists at PLU's The Mooring Mast student newspaper.)

Pacific Lutheran University has a new president. Thomas W. Krise takes the helm at the private university this June.  He replaces Loren Anderson, who’s retiring.  

Krise comes to PLU from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he’s been the dean of the school of arts and sciences. Krise, an Episcopalian, is the first non-Lutheran to head PLU since it was founded in 1890.

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TRooper Memorial
4:22 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Trooper looking out for others, even after his death, says son

Police honor guard officers wait for the arrival of a motorcade procession before a memorial service for Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu today in Kent, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed Feb. 23 during a traffic stop in Gorst,
The Associated Press

“A trooper’s trooper.” That was a phrase used repeatedly to describe Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu at a memorial this afternoon in Kent.

He was born in Bucharest and immigrated to the United States at age 14. He served in the US Army, spoke five languages and was well known for having a great sense of humor and a radiant smile.

His son Eric spoke at the memorial. He said his Dad was always looking out for others, adding that the tragedy of his killing seems to be pushing legislation forward that will continue to do so.

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News
4:09 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Public Radio Report Prompts Mine Agency To Change Procedures

A statue of a miner stands outside Hecla Mining's headquarters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The company owns the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:00 am

The federal agency that oversees the nation’s mines says it’s changing how it handles key documents designed to improve mine safety. The move was prompted in part by a public radio investigation on a fatal mine accident in north Idaho.

Last fall, we reported that a federal geologist wrote a report on unstable rock conditions back in 2008. It was at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.

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Trooper memorial
4:04 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gregoire: Slain trooper died protecting people

A procession arrives carrying the body of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu to a memorial service today in Kent, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop in Gorst, Wash.
The Associated Press

KENT, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu died protecting others.

Speaking at a memorial service Thursday in Kent, Gregoire said she considered Radulescu "one of my own," noting that he had served on one of her security details.

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The Salt
3:46 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Seattle's First Urban Food Forest Will Be Open To Foragers

Designers of a food forest in Seattle want to make blueberry picking a neighborly activity.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 4:41 pm

If you're a regular reader of The Salt, you've probably noticed our interest in foraging. From San Francisco to Maryland, we've met wild food experts, nature guides and chefs passionate about picking foods growing in their backyards.

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Public speech
2:51 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

New Metro bus ad related to campaign that sparked fear, went to court

A human rights group is using the familiar 'I'm a Mormon' campaign to get its formerly controversial message out.
Composite image by Jake Ellison

Battles over billboards and bus ads have gotten heated in many cities, most notably the battle between atheists and believers in New York City that's heating up again, but not many end up in court. One that did in Seattle last year, is back on the streets … on the sides of King County Metro buses.

“I’m Palestinian … Equal rights for all.”

The message, resonate of the pleasant smiling faces declaring they are Mormon on many Metro buses, seems innocuous enough. But the new ads come from the same group that took the county to court after officials felt the group’s original ad campaign could result in violence.

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School shooting
1:26 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Family of wounded Bremerton girl hires lawyer

BREMERTON, Wash. — The family of an 8-year-old Bremerton girl wounded in a classroom shooting has hired a lawyer to determine who is at fault.

Attorney Jeffery M. Campiche told a Seattle news conference Thursday the family of Amina Bowman is considering a lawsuit.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Preview: Gutierrez injury a 'big blow' for Mariners

Franklin Gutierrez in action in 2011.
Ben Margot AP Photo

The Mariners start exhibition play Friday. But they'll do it without starting center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. He's out for at least a month with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about what this means for the start of the Mariners season, coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

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