K-12 Education
11:35 am
Fri November 11, 2011

State's students will need more English and social studies, less electives, to graduate

It’s been more than a quarter century since high school graduation requirements changed in our state. Now, the board of education has voted to increase credits in certain subjects. 

Some school administrators say the move is a step backward for other learning opportunities.  

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:03 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Gusty enough to knock down ... branches? a restaurant?

Commemorating the windstorm of 2003, this mural by Chris Hopkins is at Ivar's rebuilt restaurant in Mukilteo.

The type of wind and rainstorm blowing into western Washington has done some amazing damage in the past. Weather expert Cliff Mass is not forecasting anything so huge this weekend, but we will get a "westerly wind surge," gusty enough to expect some power outages on Whidbey Island. 

Winds could gust to 50 or 60 miles per hour in some parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- as a front from the north accelerates down the strait and barrels into Whidbey and the Everett area.

Two examples that Mass recalls vividly:

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State scandal is wakeup call for big change in college sports

Alone on field for main Penn State coach Joe Paterno looks on during football practice on Wednesday.
Associated Press

The firing of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno following criminal charges of child sex abuse against one of his former assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, has been the subject of innumerable news stories and conversations.

The 84-year-old Paterno has more wins than any other coach in college football history, but he will leave the university with his reputation destroyed for not taking serious action after receiving knowledge of these alleged crimes.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there is no question that Paterno deserved to lose his job.

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Sports with Art Thiel
3:21 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Preview: Paterno firing, Penn State University fallout

Joe Paterno and his wife Susan stand on their porch to thank well-wishers gathered outside in State College, Pa., Wednesday.
Associated Press

Penn State University has been in turmoil over the last week following an indictment of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sex abuse over a 15-year period.

This was followed by the firing of the university president and long-time iconic head football coach Joe Paterno. Find out what Art thinks about the Penn State decision and what it could lead to tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU.

The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Facebook will reportedly shift privacy policy to 'opt in' — not 'opt out'

Facebook is on the verge of adopting new "opt in" privacy settings, according to reports. Here, company founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a visit to Cambridge, Mass., Monday.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 2:24 pm

Facebook moving toward changing its policy about privacy settings, abandoning an "opt-out" approach for one in which its members would have to "opt in" to allow strangers to see personal information stored on their profile pages, according to reports.

The shift is seen as a response to the Federal Trade Commission's accusation that the social media network deceived its members when it changed its policies in 2009.

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Winter fun
2:41 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Bust out that unitard: Capitol Hill ice rink coming soon

Artist rendering of the Capitol Hill skating rink.
Courtesy of Hunters Capital

For those of you who have them, get ready to bust out your best bedazzled unitard and start practicing your triple Lutz. Capitol Hill is getting its very first ice skating rink this month – December 6 through 24.

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Election 2011
12:34 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Costco will interview Washington liquor workers

Costco says it will offer job interviews to any Washington state liquor worker who is displaced when stores close in June.

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Odd news
12:31 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Gov. contender Inslee follows racy site in Twitter incident

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This isn't exactly the type of working Washington that Jay Inslee is seeking to build.

Campaign officials for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Thursday that a technical glitch led his Twitter account to follow a promoter of an Internet porn company.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Historic Alaska storm weakens; flooding, erosion dangers increase

Part of a house roof lies on the ground in Nome, Alaska after a storm with hurricane force winds and heavy snow struck the state Wednesday.
Tyler Rhodes ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 11:05 am

The powerful storm thrashing Alaska is losing strength as it moves inland from the northwestern part of the state. The National Weather Service warns coastal flooding is now the main concern, although hurricane strength winds are dying down.

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Radiation Exposure
10:08 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Idaho National Lab workers exposed to plutonium

Test Reactor Area west of Idaho Falls is home to the Advanced Test Reactor
Idaho National Lab

The Idaho National Lab is monitoring 16 of its workers who were exposed to Plutonium 239. That isotope is used in nuclear weapons.

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