Weather with Cliff Mass
8:53 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Indian summer! (Plus, how your forecast has been sharpened by the new coastal radar)

'With weather radars on both sides of the Olympics now, we can do something we have never done before,' Cliff Mass says, 'examine simultaneously both the enhancement of precipitation on the windward side of the mountains and rain shadowing on the other.'
Cliff Mass

A gray day today, but some perfect fall days are in store, according to KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass.

"Tomorrow (Saturday), we are going to have actually quite a nice day. A weak ridge builds over the region. So we are going to have sun with temperatures getting up perhaps into the lower 60's and really a decent sunny day."

Mass sees a mix of sun, clouds and possibly a  shower on Sunday. The sun doesn't bring much warmth this time of year, unless it gets a little help.

"That help is coming up during the next few days," he says.

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Fisher Slough
6:40 am
Fri October 14, 2011

More than fish depending on Skagit Valley estuary restoration

The Skagit River Valley is home to farmland that brings us everything from tulips to potatoes and berries. But the river that makes such rich soil possible is also home to all five native species of Pacific salmon – including threatened Chinook.

Efforts to restore fish habitat have sparked bitter battles in the past. Now, hopes are high as work wraps up on a project in the Skagit River Delta that has support from advocates for fish and farmers alike.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

One for the record books: Aaron Curry a bust for Seahawks

One of the many times Aaron Curry sat on the Seahawks sidelines this year.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

"The biggest draft bust in Seahawks history."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes the team's trade this week of disappointing linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. The Hawks got almost nothing in return.

Just two years ago, Curry was a top draft pick for the Seahawks. But he couldn't live up to the hype.

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Occupy Seattle
5:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Labor rally joins Occupy Seattle, splits to protest Mitt Romney

Labor union members moved their jobs rally to Seattle's Westlake Park to be in the center of momentum created by Occupy Seattle protests.
Charla Bear KPLU

Members of King County’s labor council rallied today to call for job growth in the Seattle park that’s been home to Occupy Seattle protests. Labor leaders say they did not want to co-opt the grassroots movement but saw a rally in Westlake Park as an opportunity for both groups. 

The labor council was originally planning to hold its rally in a park near Pike Place Market. Apparently, that spot was so three weeks ago. With all the recent attention on Westlake, they quickly switched gears.

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Budget crisis
4:31 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

State workers picket over Western State Hospital closures

Western State Hospital nurse Celia Gorski joins a picket to protest the proposed closure of five wards in a cost-cutting move.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Unionized state workers are protesting a cost-cutting proposal to close five wards at one of Washington's mental institutions. More than a dozen employees staged a lunch-time picket Thursday outside Western State Hospital.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Traveling WWI museum comes to Seattle's Museum of Flight

Waddell & Reed's 18-wheel 'Honoring Our History' Traveling World War I Exhibition
Waddell & Reed

It's a museum on wheels! The traveling World War I exhibition, dubbed the "Honoring Our History Tour", rolls into Seattle this weekend on a custom, 18 wheel truck.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:12 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Preview: Aaron Curry biggest draft bust in Seahawks history

A rare sight this season: Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry in action.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

He couldn't live up to the hype. The Seahawks have traded disappointing linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders for almost nothing in return. Just two years ago, the Hawks selected Curry as the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft.

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Phoenix Jones
12:51 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Seattle ‘superhero’ evades charges; next Hollywood action figure?

In this screen grab, Tauntr.com has put up a 'parody' of an action figure featuring Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones.

Prosecutors have filed no charges, as of yet, against the self-proclaimed Seattle superhero who goes by the name Phoenix Jones.

Jones, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor (and whose real face can be seen in the photos above), appeared in a city courtroom Thursday morning wearing a charcoal-colored mask and a superhero uniform under a button-down shirt.

The ‘superhero’s’ costume, exploits and court appearance are fast becoming internationally recognizable. Could this fortune (for good or ill) make Fodor’s character the next Hollywood action figure?

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Education
11:27 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Danny Glover visits high tech school in Federal Way

The Hollywood actor Danny Glover visited with students at a Federal Way Public School that practices STEM education.
Charla Bear KPLU

Students in a Federal Way Public School taught a Hollywood actor a little about STEM education. Danny Glover visited a science, technology, engineering and math school to learn about innovations in public education. 

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Washington Politics
10:12 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Welfare activist wants fiercer advocate as next state DSHS chief

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 4:55 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The head of Washington's largest state agency has announced her resignation. Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus announced Wednesday she will leave at the end of the year to take a job in her home state of Wisconsin. Her departure comes as the agency prepares for another round of budget cuts.

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