Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Pujols signing pressures Mariners to make big move

The Mariners' division rivals, the Angels, made a big move this week. They signed free agent slugger Albert Pujols from the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-year contract worth more than $250 million.

There's another big-hitting free agent who's still available: Prince Fielder. The Mariners are among the teams interested in him. But can they pull it off?

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Marijuana legalization
5:15 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Police told to stop harassing marijuana initiative proponents

The King County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Public Stadium Authority have agreed to stop harassing people collecting signatures outside the Seahawks football stadium for an initiative that would legalize and tax recreational marijuana in the state.

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Environment
4:47 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Bad Winter Air Settles Over Northwest

A cold air inversion concentrated east of the Cascades means this could cause health problems in the Northwest. Photo by J Aaron Farr/Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 4:08 pm

A cold air inversion concentrated east of the Cascades is keeping the air clogged with tiny particles. And public health officials in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho warn that people trying to warm up in front of wood fires could make the pollution worse.

Here's what's going on in the atmosphere: Usually, air temperature decreases as you get higher. But in an air inversion, the opposite happens. And the warmer air acts like a lid, keeping particles concentrated near the surface.

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How to lose your job
3:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Rep. Larsen fires staffers for drinking on the job

Screen grab from the Website NW Daily Marker showing what it reports to be tweets from Rick Larsen staffers. The site has many more.

EVERETT, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has fired three staffers who apparently chronicled their on-the-job drinking exploits, including taking shots of Jack Daniels at their desks, via Twitter.

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Animal research
1:52 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Animal expert Temple Grandin says fear can be worse than pain

One of the touchiest topics in medical research is the use of animals. For example, there are perennial protests at the University of Washington, which has one of the biggest research programs using animals in the country (reflecting that it has one of the largest centers for biological and medical research in the country). About 600 different research projects use everything from rats to monkeys.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Reports: Albert Pujols has signed to play for the Angels

Albert Pujols, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, during the World Series in October.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 7:43 am

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Close calls
12:41 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Teen wakes up sleeping bus driver in Washington

TACOMA, Wash. — An alert Washington state teenager likely prevented an accident when he woke up a sleeping bus driver who had nodded off at the wheel while entering an Interstate 5 onramp in Tacoma.

A surveillance camera on the school bus recorded 17-year-old Emmanuel Williams jump from his seat and rush to the front of the bus after seeing the driver's head go down.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:48 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Preview: Angels sign Pujols, up ante for Mariners

"It makes it that much more difficult for everybody in our division."

The words of Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, reacting to news today that the division-rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed star free agent Albert Pujols. The Seattle Times reports the Angels signed Pujols to a 10-year contract worth a reported $250 million.

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Seattle Terror plot
11:26 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Man pleads guilty in Seattle terror plot

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center in Seattle. Two men have been arrested in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.
Associated Press

One of two men charged with planning to attack a Seattle military recruiting station last summer has pleaded guilty in federal court.

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Humanosphere in Rwanda
10:09 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Rwanda dispatches: A land known for genocide, gorillas and promise

(In November, KPLU's Humanosphere writer Tom Paulson traveled to Rwanda on a grant from the International Reporting Project to explore how that African country has risen above its troubled past to become an economic bright spot on the continent. Below is Tom's wrapup and links to the stories he wrote about Rwanda.)

Traveling with a dozen or so other journalists on a fact-finding visit to Africa’s “success story” – Rwanda – we took time out to go visit the famous mountain gorillas.

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