Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade'

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passes under pressure in last year's 41-0 rout of UW. The Huskies are hoping for a very different outcome on Saturday, but Luck still stands in their way.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Huskies play one of the best teams in the country on Saturday – the Stanford Cardinal and their star quarterback Andrew Luck. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is one of the most significant games UW has played in a decade.

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History in Tripoli
5:17 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Seattleite in Libya witnesses historic jubilation

It’s a “privilege” to be in Libya at the height of its transition from the now-dead leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s rule to that of the rebels, said Anna Knutzen, an emergency program manager for Mercy Corps in Tripoli, who grew up in Seattle.

“Martyrs' Square … was a sight to see. People were just piling in to celebrate the news, and it’s still going on. You might be able to hear it in the background,” Knutzen said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Protest role does not cost public radio host her job

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 2:35 pm

The host of a public radio opera show that is distributed nationally by NPR will keep her job after drawing criticism for her involvement with an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Lisa Simeone, the freelance host of the show World of Opera, also has been acting as a spokeswoman for Washington, D.C., protesters affiliated with the "October 2011" group.

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Early humans
2:24 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

What slew mastodon found in Washington could be revolution

A museum employee stands beneath a mastodon skeleton on display at the U.S. National Museum, now the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, circa 1917. A new study revisits an old debate about the evidence for an early mastodon hunt in North America.

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 6:14 pm

More than 13,000 years ago, hairy elephant-like creatures with giant tusks roamed North America. These mastodons were hunted by some of the earliest people to live here, and scientists recently learned a bit more about those mysterious cultures by taking a new look at an old mastodon bone.

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Nell Greenfieldboyce is a NPR science correspondent.

With reporting focused on general science, NASA, and the intersection between technology and society, Greenfieldboyce has been on the science desk's technology beat since she joined NPR in 2005.

In that time Greenfieldboyce has reported on topics including the narwhals in Greenland, the ending of the space shuttle program, and the reasons why independent truckers don't want electronic tracking in their cabs.

Much of Greenfieldboyce's reporting reflects an interest in discovering how applied science and technology connects with people and culture. She has worked on stories spanning issues such as pet cloning, gene therapy, ballistics, and federal regulation of new technology.

2:19 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington Wheat Harvest Breaks Record

Photo courtesy USDA

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 4:11 pm

Washington farmers produced more wheat per acre than ever before this year. And Oregon and Idaho farmers did well also. It comes at a time when wheat prices are down.

Washington harvested 167 million bushels of wheat this year. That's enough wheat that if you filled 18-wheeler grain trucks and lined them end-to-end they could stretch from Seattle almost to Jacksonville, Florida.

Oregon and Idaho didn't break any records, but had a productive year for wheat too.

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2:18 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Tibetan monk urges Wash. gov to discuss human rights while in China

Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan monk, delivers a ceremonial Tibetan scarf to Gov. Gregoire's office in Olympia.

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 3:57 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is currently in China talking about trade. But she should also be discussing human rights. That was the message Wednesday from a Tibetan monk who was held for more than 30 years as a political prisoner.

Palden Gyatso visited Gregoire's office in Olympia and delivered a ceremonial Tibetan scarf. He was joined the president of the Tibetan Association of Washington. Jampa Jorkhang says trade relations are important, but human rights must come first.

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2:16 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington's monthly jobs report 'baffling'

Chart courtesy Washington Employment Security Department

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:05 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The latest jobs report from Washington state Wednesday is sending mixed signals. The statewide unemployment rate for September fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.3 percent in August.

But at the same time, a survey of business payrolls shows steep month-over-month job losses.

On a conference call with reporters, Washington's chief labor economist Dave Wallace said the numbers need more corroboration to discern any trend.

"You know, it's confusing. It’s baffling," Wallace said. "It's something we're going to continue looking at."

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Initiative battle
2:13 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor

Can Costco buy a win in the initiative battle over privatizing alcohol sales?
Joel Goodman Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The fight to privatize liquor sales in Washington just got a lot more expensive. Costco has dumped another $9 million into the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign.

That brings the wholesale giant’s total spending to more than $22 million – a state record for a ballot measure.

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Sockeye Salmon
1:27 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Update: Senator Cantwell calls for investigation into salmon virus

Sockeye salmon populations are facing a new challenge.

Federal fisheries scientists plan to survey Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters to determine if a harmful European fish virus has spread here.

And now, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and two senators from Alaska are calling for an investigation into the spread of the virus striking Canadian salmon.

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