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

It might be good for the Seahawks to be bad this year

Placeholder quarterbacks and a new and inexperienced offensive line are two big reasons a lot of experts are counting the Seahawks out this season. Art Thiel says if they lose big, they could win big next year with a top draft pick.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

If you're going to be bad, be really bad. That might be a good slogan for the Seahawks, as they start the regular season Sunday against the 49ers in San Francisco.

National media predictions say the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that may be a good thing.

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Mysteries of the Ocean
6:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Unsettling answer to mysterious floating shoe-with-foot

Flickr

There are likely hundreds of dead human bodies in the waters of the Northwest at any given time.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down

A Cowlitz County Sheriff grabs a union worker by the throat as police move in on several hundred union workers blocking a grain train in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.

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Global Health
4:59 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Fighting global illiteracy with the 'Talking Book'

Kids in Ghana trying out the Talking Book
Literacy Bridge

Words can be just as important as vaccines, drugs or better seeds when it comes to helping the world’s poorest.

And Cliff Schmidt, founder of a Seattle-based organization called Literacy Bridge, has created a device to get these valuable words out to the world’s poorest. It’s called the Talking Book.

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Washington wildfires
3:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

9 homes, 10 buildings burn in Washing wildfire

Three sisters from Saint Johns Monastery, about 10 miles east of Goldendale, Wash., race across Highway 97 on Wednesday. The nuns were running garden hoses across the highway to fight the fire and using rags to beat the flames down near the monastery.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — State officials say nine homes and 10 outbuildings have burnt in a wildfire near Status Pass in south central Washington.

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Budget Supercommittee
3:10 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash., shake hands at the end of the supercommittee's first organizational meeting.
Susan Walsh Associated Press

U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.

This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.

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9/11 Anniversary
12:28 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Solidarity and fear, the legacy of 9/11 in local Muslim community

Jeff Siddiqui, photographed at his home in Lynnwood, Wash., wonders when Muslims will be treated as "American" as everyone else.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

“Right after nine-eleven there was a peak of hostility toward Muslims. It kind of went down a bit, but over the years it’s gone up again.”

That’s how local Muslim-American Jeff (Jaffar) Siddiqui summarizes the decade since the Sept. 11th attacks.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Preview: Seahawks one of worst teams this year?

National media organizations are predicting the Seahawks will drop the ball this season and be one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

There are a lot of new faces on the Seahawks this season. And that doesn't bode well for the team's chances. National media predict that the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2011.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's having a hard time arguing against that prediction.

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Public Transit Troubles
10:50 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short

The south end of the Alaskan Way viaduct could become a driving challenge after funds to mitigate traffic with public transit run out. State officials expect that to happen halfway through the project.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

A plan to use public transit to offset traffic congestion while the new Highway 99 tunnel is built in Seattle is expected to run out of money – long before the project is completed.

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Washington wildfires
8:59 am
Thu September 8, 2011

100 homes evacuated near Satus Pass wildfire

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Firefighters say one unoccupied structure has burned and at least 100 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

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