The Two-Way
7:19 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Facing disaster, what is a ship's captain expected to do?

The Costa Concordia lies stranded in the Giglio harbor on Tuesday.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 4:02 pm

The captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been pilloried by many for what they say was cowardice in the wake of the accident off the coast of Tuscany Friday.

The dramatic recordings of the exchange between Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco's and Capt. Francesco Schettino, reveal a captain unwilling to return to the listing ship, even as De Falco mocks him.

But under maritime law, what was Schettino supposed to do?

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Kitchen Window
5:01 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Bread redux: Don't throw out those stale loaves

Lynda Balslev for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 3:59 pm

In our home, the start of the New Year represents a fair amount of house cleaning. It's an opportunity to pare down and give away unused or outgrown clothing, toys and objects. In the kitchen it means cleaning the refrigerator and cupboards, discarding items with passed use-by dates and refreshing the spice cabinet. It's a cathartic ritual our family knows well and in which everyone participates. They also know that when they are tossing out old food, under no circumstances are they allowed to throw out the stale bread. Neither should you.

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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang Resigns

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 2:15 pm

Jerry Yang, Yahoo!'s co-founder, has resigned from the company's board of directors and every other position he held. Yang is leaving at a time when the Internet behemoth has struggled to remain relevant in an age of social media.

"The time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo!," Yang said in a statement. In the same press release, Yang was praised by the chairman of the board and the CEO, who called him a visionary and an innovator.

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Winter storm
4:56 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Metro Transit seeks to avoid mistakes of the past

During the last major snow storm in the Seattle area, in 2008,  Metro Transit came in for a lot of criticism. Busses slid out of control on icy streets or got stuck in the snow.

This time, the transit agency has new plans it hopes will result in better bus service. For complete details, go to the King County Metro Transit website.

Snow schedules
4:53 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Update: Seattle schools closed Wednesday

All Seattle schools will be closed on Wednesday, according to Schoolreport.org. Evening activities are also canceled.

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Winter Weather
4:31 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Bothell taking snow in stride

Matthew Ortiz and his sons, Lorenzo (l) and Carlos leave a sledding hill near Meridian Street
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Northshore School District took a snow day today after seven inches of snow in the Bothell area on Sunday and a few more in the days since. 

Snowplows have been out, so the main roads are mostly clear, but many back roads and cul-de-sacs can be trickier to navigate.

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Washington State Legislature
4:13 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Bills would increase Washington fines for prostitution

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that target Johns who solicit prostitutes. Proposals to increase state fines for prostitution and human trafficking had a hearing Tuesday in Olympia.

Supporters say some Washington speeding tickets cost more than the current fine for buying sex.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Gregoire reacts to leaked Hanford waste report

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 3:53 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says construction on a waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation must continue. This despite serious safety concerns raised by two high-level whistleblowers. There's also a newly leaked report that warns plutonium levels in Hanford tank waste could be much higher than previously thought.

Gregoire says those issues should be taken seriously, but the clean-up has already taken too long.

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Groove Notes
3:33 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Is the word 'jazz' racist? Nicholas Payton says it is

Nicholas Payton performing in 2008 in New York.
Associated Press

My best effort to summarize trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s post On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore is that he is saying the word “jazz” is racist, that jazz died in 1959, and “Jazz is a marketing ploy that serves an elite few. The elite make all the money while they tell the true artists it’s cool to be broke.”

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Direct from the red planet - Martian meteorites

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 1:05 pm

It's a long way for a rock to travel, but scientists confirm that several meteorites that plunged into southern Morocco last summer are actually from Mars. Meteorites do fall on the Earth, but debris from Mars has only made it to Earth on four previous occasions, according to AP. The Martian meteorite fall is the first since 1962.

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