Fraud
10:54 am
Tue September 20, 2011

ATM skimming scams on the rise

Federal authorities are warning consumers to take precautions when using ATMs. Illegal 'skimming' is a growing industry.
Paula Wissel KPLU

If you’ve ever used a cash machine, here’s something you should be aware of. The Justice Department has disrupted one of the largest debit and credit card skimming rings on the West Coast.

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Humanosphere
9:52 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous

Headquarters of the United Nations.
UN

Chronic or non-communicable diseases (aka NCDs) are the world’s big killers, representing about 60 percent of all causes of death. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease (mostly from tobacco), diabetes and the like kill many more people — most of them in the developing world — than do infectious diseases like AIDS, TB or malaria.

However, developing health goals to combat NCSs often run up against powerful commercial interests in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

MacArthur genius
9:32 am
Tue September 20, 2011

UW faculty member awarded 'genius grant'

Shwetak Patel, a faculty member in the school's computer science and engineering department at the University of Washington has won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

A University of Washington faculty member has been awarded one of 22 "genius grants" from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:17 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Tacoma school cafeteria food goes to food bank

TACOMA, Wash. — With Tacoma schools closed by a teachers' strike, district food service workers gave perishable produce to a food bank.

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Stolen Statue
9:11 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Boy Scout statue stolen in Tacoma

The top of the 6-foot McKenzie statue of a Boy Scout youth that was stolen from the Creighton Scout Service Center over the weekend.
Courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma Boy Scouts are asking metal recyclers in the region to watch for a 6-foot bronze statue of a Boy Scout that was stolen.

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Humanosphere
8:57 am
Tue September 20, 2011

KPLU's Tom Paulson attending 'weird and wonderful' UN Week

People attend a 'Health Workers Count' event sponsored by Save the Children in New York's Times Square to raise awareness of the importance of midwives and local healthcare providers in developing countries ahead of the Unite Nations General Assembly.
Associated Press

As heads of state, officials and other bigwigs descend on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, key city streets are closed, the traffic replaced by police officers, patrol cars and vans, and New Yorkers are irritated.

It’s UN Week and most of the buzz is about the Palestinian push for UN recognition as an independent state. President Obama is already in town, scheduled to speak at the UN on Wednesday.

But I’m not here for all that. I just came to see the UN deal with a proposal to re-set the global health agenda — something that, arguably, could do a lot more to increase global stability, our national security and worldwide economic growth than all this other blather. Arguably.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Nervous about stocks? Buy bonds!

U.S. Treasury building, Washington, DC. 11/17/10
Bernard Oh flickr.com

If you’re spooked by the volatile stock market, you may want to put your money into bonds.

On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer that short term U.S. Treasury bonds are a safe bet.

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Tacoma teacher strike
7:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

District says it has no plans to replace striking Tacoma teachers

Teachers will remain off the job for the sixth day (with schools closed as well) on Tuesday in Tacoma, where a strike has idled about 28,000 public school students. Negotiations have been continuing late into the night since the strike began.

However, despite the comments of a judge involved in the strike, the Tacoma school district says there is no plan afoot to hire replacement workers for the teachers who remain on strike.

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Medical care
6:07 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

NW medical school doctors paid by drug companies

Some medical students are calling for Northwest doctors to be banned from taking speaking fees from drug companies.
Flickr

Some doctors on the faculty of Northwest medical schools are getting paid by pharmaceutical companies to give talks on new drugs.

Harvard and Stanford have banned this practice. But not Oregon Health and Science University or the University of Washington. Now some medical students want similar bans here.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Seattle zoo prepares to release imperiled frogs

A female Oregon spotted frog from the Owyhee Mountains of Southwestern Idaho, rests in the hand of a researcher in this undated file photo taken in Idaho.
Associated Press

The Woodland Park Zoo is getting ready to release about 1,400 Oregon spotted frogs into Washington wetlands in a move to try to save the imperiled species.

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