NPR FM Berlin Blog
5:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street sweeps through Berlin

Miriam Gracia serves soup from from a mobile Vokue.

Julie Shipley for NPR Berlin

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 9:31 am

"We'll stay here as long as we can. We shall have our voices heard."

This message echoed through the crowd of protesters gathered at Occupy Berlin this Saturday. Around 3,000 people occupied the Platz der Republik in front of the Reichstag, which is within the "Bannmeile" around the Bundestag. (Public protests and assemblies are forbidden within this zone.)

After just a few hours, Berlin police cleared the anti-capitalism protesters from their makeshift camp in front of the federal parliament building.

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

iPhone 4S Sales Top 4 Million In First Weekend

An Apple Store customer looks at the new Apple iPhone 4S on Oct. 14 in San Francisco.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 1:02 pm

Apple announced today that its iPhone 4S has sold more than four million units in the three days after it went on sale.

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5:02 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Limit on potatoes in cafeterias draws bipartisan push-back

Children line up for fruit and veggie cups during the summer meals program in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:37 pm

Northwest senators are trying to block new federal guidelines for school lunches. An amendment introduced Monday to an agriculture appropriations bill is a response to a recommended cutback on potato servings. Both of Idaho's senators and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden are backing the amendment.

The USDA is recommending that districts in the National School Lunch Program limit servings of starchy vegetables to one cup a week per student. The means fewer dollops of corn, lima beans and most politically charged — potatoes.

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4:10 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind

Apples going in want of pickers in Washington state.
Andrea Parrish Flickr

Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don’t get picked at all.

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2:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Gregoire returns to China for trade mission

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 4:37 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire hopes to drum up business for Northwest companies in China. She leaves Monday on a trade mission. It's her second trip to the country since last year.

Monday, Washington's Lt. Governor Brad Owen leaves on his own trade mission to Spain. His office reports his trip is not taxpayer funded.]

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

You're being watched ... to make viaduct closure go more smoothly

The hub of the all-seeing eyes monitoring traffic around the Alaskan Viaduct during the impending nine-day closure.
West Seattle Blog

For anyone who thought they were anonymous driving the city streets of Seattle, the truth is you’re being watched.

And while this might normally be upsetting, the all-seeing cameras positioned over freeways, bridges and intersections may soon be a lifeline during the impending nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Vancouver and Victoria continues past weekend

Canada joined more than 80 countries around the world this weekend, demonstrating as part of the global wave of protests inspired by the month-long Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

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domestic partnership
12:33 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Judge orders release of Ref. 71 petition names

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering the public disclosure of signature petitions that forced a vote on a 2009 domestic partnership law.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said in a ruling Monday that it was unlikely that signers would face threats or harassment.

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Elections 2011
11:28 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Washington liquor privatization initiative: What's the truth (part 2)

Initiative 1183 in Washington has triggered a $20 million war over liquor privatization

Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 3:20 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A $20 million war over liquor privatization in Washington is filling the airwaves. Both sides of Initiative 1183 are serving up contradictory claims. One key point of contention: will liquor consumption go up if private retailers take over the sale of hard alcohol? The "No" campaign says it will.

If Initiative 1183 passes, state liquor stores will close and larger grocery stores will be allowed to sell booze. In fact, Washington's Office of Financial Management estimates the number of outlets selling spirits will increase by a factor of four.

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Elections 2011
11:24 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Washington liquor privatization initiative: What's the truth?

Initiative 11-83 in Washington has triggered a $20 million war over liquor privatization

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 4:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington voters are getting bombarded with a twenty million dollar fight over the privatization of hard liquor sales. Initiative 11-83 on the fall ballot would close state liquor stores.

Costco and other large retailers are funding the "yes" side in an effort to pick up that business. Beer, wine and spirits wholesalers are bankrolling the "no" effort. Both sides make wildly contradictory claims.

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