Gold Buyers
2:17 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Modern day gold rush has many companies prospecting for deals

With soaring gold prices, there are an increasing number of individuals, online agencies and companies flying around the nation looking for jewelry and even gold fillings.
Flickr

With the economy seemingly in a freefall, a frenzy of gold buying as sent the price to record highs. 

This gold fever has created a new breed of gold miners – traveling estate buyers who temporarily set up shop in hotels, offering to pay cash on the spot.

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K-12 Education
2:00 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Federal Way says putting more kids in advanced classes worked

As a high school senior last year, Shrae Hogan didn't want to take Advanced Placement courses, until a new district policy placed her in one. The district says AP exam results show the policy has been a success.
Charla Bear KPLU

Federal Way's attempt to push kids to the next level may have had some impact. Recent results of exams in advanced courses, the school district says, shows more kids did take the tests without lowering the percentage of passing scores.

Bottom line: More kids in advanced classes + more kids taking the exams and passing = more students who can handle harder classes than they might have taken on their own.

The district hopes that also means more kids will go to college.

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Returning soldiers
11:41 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Stung by criticism, JBLM focuses on returning Guardsmen

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Gets A Briefing At Joint Base Lewis-McChord On How Guardsmen Are Now Transitioned Home
Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – More than 26-hundred National Guard soldiers from Oregon, Idaho and Montana are returning home from a year long deployment to Iraq . Their first stop is Joint Base Lewis-McChord where last year guard members complained they were treated like second class soldiers.

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Environment
11:19 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Hecla mine clean-up settlement could also be mini-stimulus

A worker replaces contaminated soil with clean soil as part of the yard clean-up program in Idaho's Silver Valley.
EPA

An environmental clean-up settlement could also be a mini-stimulus for the Inland Northwest economy. A federal judge has approved the Hecla Mining company's $263 million settlement in one of the largest superfund clean-up projects in the country.

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9/11 Anniversary
5:57 pm
Sun September 11, 2011

Memories of loss, ten years later at International Fountain at Seattle Center

Images from Seattle Center on 9-11-2011.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world.

 I was happy to be among them, and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Prof. Fred revels in the marvel of movies so bad, they're good

Fred and Igor.

Can something be so terrible it’s actually good? Professor Fred Hopkins thinks so.

By day, Hopkins is a lawyer who helps people get out of paying big fines for traffic infractions. But in his spare time he is the enthusiastic host of Movie Marvels, a show that runs once a week on Seattle’s Community College TV channel.

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9/11 Anniversary
3:09 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Remembering September 11 from a Pacific Northwest perspective

Below are the stories KPLU produced in remembrance of 9/11 and its impact on people in the Northwest ten years later:

NEW: Memories of loss, ten years later at International Fountain at Seattle Center

On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world. KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey says she was happy to be among them then and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.

Roundup of regional 9/11 Anniversary ceremonies, memorials

How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood
In early September of 2001, Kevin Finch moved from his childhood home in Puyallup, Wash., to the dorms at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to start his freshman year in college. His plan was to finish in 4 years with a degree in something related to health care, an idea that began to unravel on just his second day of class.
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Solidarity and fear, the legacy of 9/11 in local Muslim community
“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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Slade Gorton says 9/11 Commission got to the facts
On Sept. 11, 2001, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was at a conference in Leavenworth, Wash.  He'd gone out for an early morning run when he got word a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York.  He drove home to Seattle over a  Steven's Pass, which had almost no traffic on it,  trying to absorb the news of the attacks.
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9/11 Anniversary
2:40 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Roundup of regional 9/11 Anniversary ceremonies, memorials

Here are some of the events surrounding the remembrance of 9/11 in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Please feel free to add your own in the comments below.

Seattle:

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Earthquakes
2:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

6.4 quake reported off Vancouver Island, no damage

Wickaninnish Beach, Tofino, BC 5/22/2010
"somecanuckchick" flickr.com

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred about 73 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island at 12:41 this afternoon. There are no reports of damage or injuries. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police dispatcher in Tofino, British Columbia, said most people there barely felt the quake. 

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says it has inspected area bridges and all appear undamaged.

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Washington wildfires
1:44 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Wildfire spreading near Satus Pass in Washington

A transportation worker stops traffic on U.S. Highway 97 north of Goldendale, Wash. on Thursday.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — More firefighters are being dispatched to the wildfire that has burned nine homes near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Turley says the number of firefighters will double by Saturday to 600 as the state mobilizes resources.

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