Election 2012
10:52 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gingrich 'astonished' by Obama's apology; fans come out for Newt in Spokane

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands during a campaign stop at the Bing Crosby Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Spokane, Wash.
The Associated Press

Newt Gingrich told fans in Spokane yesterday that he’s astonished President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for the burning of Muslim Holy Books by U.S. soldiers. Obama expressed remorse that a military base burned copies of the Quran in a garbage pile.

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10:39 am
Fri February 24, 2012

'Talking Dictionaries' help preserve endangered tribal languages

iPhone apps for learning the Canadian Inuit language Inuktitut (left) and Tuvan (right), a tongue spoken by a nomadic people of Mongolia.

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:17 pm

VANCOUVER, Canada - Usually it is good news when the Northwest appears on a top five list. But this one is not. Our region ranks near the top of a list of global hotspots for disappearing languages. The reason is that speakers of Native American languages are dwindling. Now digital technology is coming to the rescue of some ancient tongues.

Members of the Siletz tribe on the Oregon coast take pride in a language they say "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Bud Lane is one of them.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:51 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snow? Looking likely for Sunday, but only a dusting for most

Just a dusting for most, but there will be some snow.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

That's the forecast as of Friday morning, from KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass.

"I don't know if you'll wake up to it, but Sunday morning into Sunday, during the day there will be some snow showers," says Mass.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Why don't we in the Northwest honk our horns?

If you live in Boston, Manhattan or Mumbai, the sounds of rush hour include the overwhelming sound of beeping and blaring car horns. But, that’s not the case in the Pacific Northwest.

Honking the horn just doesn’t seem to be part of our driving DNA.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Ichiro lineup move necessary...but Chone Figgins leading off?

Ichiro Suzuki at batting practice during Mariners spring training in Peoria, Arizona, last weekend.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called for it last season. And now the Mariners have made it official. They announced this week that long-time leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki has been moved to No. 3 in the lineup.

But the player the Mariners chose to replace Ichiro in the top spot has left a lot of fans scratching their heads.

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NPR Science
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Are you hard-wired for compassion? How about cruelty?

A marching band leads the horse-drawn carriage carrying Robert Champion following his November 2011 funeral in Decatur, Georgia.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 8:51 am

This headline in the February 17th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education caught my attention, After a Death, A Question: Are Students Hard-Wired for Hazing?

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Jazz & Blues
2:16 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival returns to north central Idaho

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry.

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School shooting
1:57 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

3rd grader shot; boy involved got gun during visit with mother

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to a Washington state elementary school that went off and critically wounded a young classmate apparently got the weapon from his mother's house.

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1:55 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Local Tibetans call for more attention to conflict with China

Seattle Tibetans protest against China, Westlake Park
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

To mark the start of the Tibetan New Year, Losar, some of Seattle’s Tibetan community demonstrated downtown against China with colorful flags, angry chants and coffins.

“The situation in Tibet right now is very, very bad,” said Jampa Jorkhang, president of Tibetan Association of Washington and one of the organizers of the protest yesterday.

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1:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Slain Bremerton trooper was a 16 year veteran of the State Patrol

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

The Washington State Patrol says the trooper who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Port Orchard this morning was 44-year-old Tony Radulescu. 

Trooper Radulescu served with the State Patrol for 16 years and spent his career in the Bremerton area.

WSP Chief John R. Batiste says Radulescu was a humble public servant, "the kind of person everyone wanted to be around, including me."

Batiste says Radulescu was well known in the community for his many visits and presentations at public schools.

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