Law
10:51 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones bails out, hits the streets

This February photo, self-styled Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones," right, in downtown Seattle. Police officers arrested Phoenix Jones early Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle's self-style superhero Phoenix Jones wrote on his Facebook page that he was back on patrol Monday night.

He had to wear a backup costume after police seized his black and yellow outfit Sunday when they arrested him for investigation of assault. He is accused of using pepper spray on four people who were dancing after leaving a nightclub.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue October 11, 2011

The Coffeehouse Investor's worry-free financial portfolio

An example of a Coffeehouse Investor portfolio with 50 percent in stocks, 40 percent in bonds and 10% in real estate.
Bill Schultheis

Ever since the 2008 financial meltdown, a lot of us have been losing sleep over our investments and 401(k) plans. But a financial adviser in Kirkland has a simple approach to reducing the stress.

On this week’s Money Matters, KPLU’s Dave Meyer talks to Bill Schultheis, author of The New Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On With Your Life.

Unless you're a Warren Buffet, Bill says trying to outperform the stock market is a waste of time:

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Protesting Wall Street
7:34 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Homeless find home at Occupy Seattle, so is it still a protest?

Protesters or homeless or both? What's happening to the Occupy Seattle gathering at Seattle's Westlake Park has some wondering, but those you ask have an answer to why they are there.
Jake Ellison KPLU

More and more homeless people are joining protesters occupying Seattle’s Westlake Park. The Occupy Wall Street movement has a special attraction for people who sleep on the streets.

When you walk through Westlake Park, in the heart of downtown Seattle’s shopping district, you notice the donated tarps and sleeping bags on hand to keep people warm. And there's a big tent where you can get a cheese sandwich or receive first aid.

If you don’t have a home, it seems like a good place to hang out. 

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Budget crisis
4:29 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Cut teacher salaries, release prisoners: Lawmakers talk budgets

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers have started assessing potential ideas on how to fix the state's budget situation.

A Senate committee heard proposals Monday that would further reduce teacher salaries, release prisoners early and eliminate virtually all substance abuse services.

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Food
3:40 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Alice Waters: 40 Years Of Sustainable Food

Alice Waters is the author of eight books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.
Platon courtesy of the author

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 8:29 am

Four decades ago, restaurateur and food activist Alice Waters was at the forefront of the now flourishing locally grown, organic food movement. Her Berkeley-based restaurant, Chez Panisse, has become one of the most famous dining spots in America, known for changing its menu daily to reflect what's in season and for sourcing ingredients from local farmers.

But as a child, Waters almost never went to restaurants — and was extremely picky about what she'd actually put in her mouth.

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Education
3:34 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Where's the latest hotspot for a gourmet meal? Seattle schools

Pamela Hinckley (left), CEO of Tom Douglas Restaurants, serves samples of Pollock Provencal to students at Roxhill elementary. The baked fish dish is one of several new recipes created by local gourmet chefs to entice more kids to eat school lunch.
Charla Bear KPLU

“We want them to expand their palates ..."

When you hear the words “school lunch,” it’s doubtful you think of mouth-watering cuisine. A group of gourmet chefs in Seattle wants to change that.

They’re developing recipes fit for foodies that can be served in the city’s public elementary schools. 

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Protesting Wall Street
3:15 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Brigham Young student launches 'Occupy' effort, if nervously

Image courtesy Occupy Rexburg

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 2:42 pm

College students have helped propel Occupy Wall Street protests to cities across the Northwest. But the left-wing movement is a tougher sell on some campuses – like conservative Brigham Young University's campus in eastern Idaho.

University of Washington students joined camped-out protesters at Seattle's Westlake Park. A rally at the Idaho Capitol was organized in part by students at Boise State University. And a University of Oregon senior started the Occupy Eugene Facebook page.

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Obituary
2:54 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Former Washington Gov. Rosellini remembered as reformer

In this file photo, date and location not known, former Washington Gov. Al Rosellini, second from right, votes as his wife, Ethel, right, and his daughter, Lynn, third from right, look on.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former Washington Governor Albert Rosellini is being remembered as a reformer. Rosellini died today at the age of 101 of complications from pneumonia.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:20 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Occupy Seattle: Still at Westlake Park, still wet and still staying

Getting the basics at the Occupy Seattle protests in Westlake Park. Protesters say they have been allowed to put up a single bigger tent for food and some first-aid supplies.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Occupy Seattle protesters continue to weather the rain and exposure, with the aid of one structure for storing and distributing food and some first-aid care.

Monday morning, roughly 50 occupiers of Westlake Park milled about while many still slept or huddled against the rain under plastic tarps and whatever other makeshift barriers they could create to stay warm and dry.

One protestor and organizer said she intended to stay in the park indefinitely or until the "National Guard rolls in with tanks."

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News
9:28 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Haugen Faces Tentative December 6 Execution

Gary Haugen mug shot, courtesy of Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 2:46 pm

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon judge has set a tentative date of December 6 for the execution of two-time convicted murderer Gary Haugen. The killer has dropped all of his appeals and would become the first person to be executed in Oregon since 1997.

This is actually the second time a judge has set a date for Haugen's execution. He had been slated to die in August but the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that Haugen needed additional mental evaluation.

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