K9 Patrols
9:58 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Wildlife police acquire special dogs to handle bear complaints

Officer Dustin Prater and his new partner Spencer. Yes, Spencer has a stuffed bear in his mouth
WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force by fifty percent. This breed of working dog has proven effective against nuisance bears. The idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods.

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Transportation
9:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Federal grant money supports critical transportation studies

Grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help fund ongoing studies looking at critical transportation issues in the Northwest.

Transportation issues affect all of us, whether it’s simply wondering why that red traffic light is blinking, or wondering why the commuter traffic is jammed up again. It’s these kinds of issues, both national and regional in scope, which will be addressed by universities around the Northwest with the help of grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Law
9:42 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Democratic lawmakers seek to overturn supermajority for taxes

Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they’ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Listen, Whitey!' book/CD looks back at Black Power music

Huey Newtown, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, holds a record by Bob Dylan in an undated photo. The Panthers were big Dylan fans, author Pat Thomas notes in "Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965 to 1975."
courtesy of the publisher

There's a new book and CD that looks back at the potent soundtrack of the Black Power Movement. Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965-1975 (Fantagraphics) is the first book by Bay Area-transplant and Seattle author Pat Thomas.

"It's a book about how the music inspired the movement and the movement inspired the music," he said.

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Announcement
5:15 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Meeting Notice

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board meeting will be meeting Thursday, March 1st via teleconference @ 2PM Pacific Time.

If you are interested in observing or listening to the call, please contact the General Manager's office @ 253-535-8732 or by email sdye@kplu.org for more information.

NW Craft Brews
3:56 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The Friday beer: Green Flash Brewing’s West Coast IPA

The West Coast IPA.
Paul Gibson

From Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, from San Franciso to Boston, from Denver to New York, from Savannah to Anchorage … the United States has many great craft beer scenes.

In recent years San Diego, Calif., has grown to be a fantastic beer city. The “West Coast IPA” is a style of beer that is heavy on the hops, low on the malts and not sweet like you find in other IPAs.

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Humanosphere
3:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

New global charitable fund-raiser for 'everyone' launches out of Seattle

Tony Blair is shown in a screen grab of his video asking people to "join me to support Everyone Gives."

What do a Seattle-based global real estate firm, trees and Tony Blair have in common with fighting poverty and inequity worldwide? They’re all a part of a new charitable fund-raising initiative called Everyone Gives that launched this week out of Seattle.

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Experiments in journalism
1:21 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Student journalists explore the trouble with water in coverage of symposium

Jan Adams, from the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, talk to seminar attendees about the consequences of plastic.
PLU

With the quality of water worldwide declining and the increasing scarcity of it in many places becoming more prominent, student journalists at Pacific Lutheran University took up a challenge by KPLU to cover a local symposium on water.

"Our Thirsty Planet" centers on the exploitation and need for clean water around the world and is put on by Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center for Global Education. The symposium is under way and the students have begun publishing their efforts on "Water For Thought," a Website created for this experiment in student-sourced journalism.

You can check out their work on that site and follow them on Twitter at @waterforthought.

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protesting wall street
12:07 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

State gives Occupy Tacoma camp eviction notice

Protesters shout to disrupt a speech by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum during an evening outdoor rally at the Washington State History Museum last week. Santorum's event was next door to the Occupy Tacoma encampment.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — An eviction notice tells Occupy Tacoma demonstrators to clear out by Sunday afternoon. The encampment recently made international news when GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spoke at a nearby venue and was "mic checked," apparently by members of the Occupy movement there.

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Winter Storm
11:43 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snowmageddon: Gregoire seeks federal money for January snowstorm

The storm that started slow ended tough.
The Associated Press

 OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January's snowstorm.

Last month's storm of snow, ice and freezing rain caused power outages, landslides, avalanches and fallen trees across Washington, creating $32.3 million in potential eligible damages, according to preliminary state and federal assessments.

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