Sports with Art Thiel
12:55 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Preview: Ichiro or Felix could go? Say it isn't so!

Felix Hernandez is under contract with the Mariners until 2014. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the Mariners would get some good players if they traded the Cy Young Award winner. The trade deadline is Sunday, July 31.
AP Photo

With Major League Baseball's trade deadline looming at the end of the month, and given the Mariners recent plummet from contention, KPLU sports commentator says the M's need to make some big moves.

That means getting rid of some veterans like Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez ... and their big salaries.

Adding urgency to this move, the Mariners got swept today by the Blue Jays in Toronto, losing 7-to-5. They're losing streak now stands at 12.

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New state laws
11:33 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Drive drunk, lose car for 12 hours

The Washington State Patrol sent out a reminder today that starting at midnight vehicles driving by someone arrested for DUI will be towed and held for 12 hours.

Officers will not have discretion to let a sober friend take over the wheel, or a family member pick up the vehicle at roadside, the patrol wrote in a press release.

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Stanley Cup Riot
10:42 am
Thu July 21, 2011

‘Hundreds’ identified as suspects in Vancouver riots

Not everyone in Vancouver went nuts when the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

CTV News reports thirty-seven people involved in the Stanley Cup riot have turned themselves in to investigators and hundreds of suspects are expected to face criminal charges, according to Vancouver police.

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team warned, however, that the process to get charges approved will be "lengthy and complex."

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Bus service
10:25 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Final meeting tonight on Metro’s proposed $20 tab fee

Tonight you have your final chance to speak out in public on Metro's proposed car tab fee.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

So far, the meetings on Metro Transit’s proposal to raise car tab fees by $20 or cut 17 percent of bus services have been packed with lines going around the block. Tonight you have another chance to be heard: The meeting starts at 6 p.m.  in the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 S.W. 152nd Street.

Last week, among those turning out to voice support for the fee and to weigh in against service cuts were college students who said a cut in service could result in students dropping out.

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Killer Whales
9:15 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas

Killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound have been breeding within their own family groups.
Associated Press

Scientists have a new concern about the killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound. The orcas have been breeding within their own family groups, which may mean the population is more fragile than scientists thought.

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Real Estate
6:00 am
Thu July 21, 2011

State homeowners gain new rights when facing foreclosure

South Seattle resident Marilyn Takemaru was part of a group of protestors who occupied the regional headquarters of Bank of America to get loan modifications.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Starting tomorrow, struggling homeowners in Washington have new rights. 

The Foreclosure Fairness Act signed into law in April is designed to prevent unnecessary foreclosures primarily by requiring banks to take part in mediation if borrowers ask for it and doubling the number of housing counselors.

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Record Bin Roulette
5:00 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Taking a musical ride through the annals of obsolete technology

Cassette Death
Moff Flickr

Until about 120 years ago, if there was music, an actual person was playing it. There weren’t rock stars and music heroes, because there weren't machines to reproduce music and radios to broadcast it.

But technology has not only changed music, it's also changed our relationship to it ... not always for the better of the music.

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Airline orders
6:20 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Boeing promises fuel efficiency, snags new orders for 737s

Boeing says it has promised to make the engines on its 737 airplane more fuel efficient to retain customers.
Associated Press

American Airlines placed the largest aircraft order in history – 460 new planes. It split those orders between the European aircraft maker Airbus and Washington’s own Boeing. But whether or not it’s a good thing for the local aerospace company is all in how you look at it.

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Sustainability
6:20 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Seattleites recycling more than ever before

A model Seattle family of recyclers: Bing Tso, Janet Gwilym and their kids put more than 70% of their waste each week into recycling and yard waste bins. Their trash fits into tiny receptacle at their feet.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Seattle residents and businesses have hit an all-time high for recycling rates. And from the front yard of a model recycling family in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn gave the city a pat on the back:

“53 percent – an all-time high– 53 percent of the waste produced in the city of Seattle is taken out of the waste-stream and recycled,” McGinn said.

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Humanosphere
5:14 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Water advocate wonders at Gates Foundation’s focus on the toilet

Marla Smith-Nilson and friends.
Water 1st

Marla Smith-Nilson is director of Seattle-based Water 1st International and has worked for decades trying to improve access in the developing world to clean water and safe, healthy sanitation.

Smith-Nilson said she welcomes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decision to get more involved in water and sanitation issues. But she is concerned that their primary interest in re-inventing the toilet is focused too much on the simple fix.

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