Artscape Encore
1:53 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Ukuleles bring the islands to Tukwila

Students playing ukuleles is a common sight at Tukwila's Foster High School. The instrument is enjoying a surge in popularity.
Jennifer Wing/KPLU

The little ukulele is having a moment in the spotlight. It has come a long way since Tiny Tim tiptoed through the tulips. 

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Puget Sound
9:05 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Pier Peer: Discovering the Creatures of the Night

Naturalists and curious youngster gather at night on a dock at Seattle's Elliott Bay Marina. They're studying the sea life drawn to an underwater light bulb.
Liam Moriarty KPLU News

What with theaters, concerts and clubs, Seattle has a pretty lively night life. But as a group of people gathers after dark at a marina on Elliot Bay, they’re looking for a completely different kind of thrill.

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News Roundup
7:49 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

About a third of Pierce Transit's services are headed 'back to the garage' due to budget cuts announced Monday.
Atomic Taco Flickr

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Heavy Rains Coming Wednesday Trigger Flood Watch
  • Pierce Transit Makes Some Deep Service Cuts Permanent
  • King County Project Likely Culprit of Massive Sinkhole

 

Flood Watch Tomorrow for Western Washington

Heavy rains over the next few days have triggered a flood watch beginning tomorrow afternoon for many western Washington counties. The National Weather Service office in Seattle forecasts warmer temperatures as a very wet frontal system stalls over the region tonight and tomorrow, dumping rain and raising mountain freezing levels from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
7:22 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tunnel vote likely in Seattle, but it may not resolve anything

A conceptual drawing of the proposed deep bore tunnel slated to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

Opponents of the tunnel proposed to replace Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct say they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to force a public vote. But a new poll suggests that won’t settle the contentious issue. 

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Business & Finance
6:03 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Retailer Harry & David file "pre-arranged" bankruptcy but stays open

Harry & David headquarters in Medford, Oregon.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Gourmet food company Harry & David hopes to make a quick trip through bankruptcy reorganization. The legendary Northwest retailer filed a “pre-arranged restructuring” plan with a Delaware court.

The struggling retailer will use the bankruptcy process to shed its heavy debt load and repair its balance sheet. The century-old Medford, Oregon icon filed papers saying the majority of its bond holders have agreed to swap their debt for equity in a restructured company.

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The Digital Future
3:31 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Japan's meltdown and the future of nuclear power

Steam rises from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, Washington state's only nuclear power plant, near Richland, Wash., in this April 2003 photo.
Jackie Johnston AP

There's no end in sight to Japan's nuclear crisis. More radioactive water is leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex, and traces of plutonium have been detected in soil outside the plant. Tokyo Electric Power says the amount is small and isn't a danger to public health.

Our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson, is keeping a close eye on the situation in Japan. He tells KPLU's Dave Meyer it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and this crisis is a major setback for the future of nuclear power.

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Military & Defense
2:51 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Rolling Stone releases photos in alleged war crime cases of JBLM soldiers

Rolling Stone magazine has published several more grisly photographs related to the war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The release comes just one week after a German magazine was the first to publish photos. The Army had sought to keep the pictures under wraps for fear they could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops.

Last week’s photographs showed soldiers posing with a dead Afghan named Gul Mudin. Rolling Stone now reports he was an unarmed 15-year old boy, the first of three victims allegedly killed by members of a rogue platoon from Western Washington.

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Japanese nuclear crisis
5:25 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Japanese order huge amounts of bottled water from B.C.

The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan are reverberating across the Pacific in a variety of ways. Now, a Vancouver B.C.-area bottled water company finds itself at the center of efforts to cope with the latest turn of events.

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K-12 Education
5:22 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Seattle schools win math textbook appeal

High school students in Seattle will continue to use a controversial math textbook after an appeals court affirmed the school board's decision.
Seattle Office for Education

Seattle Public Schools will get to keep using a controversial math textbook. An appeals court struck down a challenge to the "Discovering" math curriculum by a group of parents and local residents who call it “mathematically unsound.”

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Nuclear weapons
5:06 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Anti-war protesters sentenced for breaking into Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

Five peace activists who broke into Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor have been sentenced to prison.  The group cut through fences at the Trident submarine base on November 2, 2009 to reach an area near where nuclear warheads are stored.  Bangor is the largest nuclear weapons storehouse in the United States.

At a trial in Tacoma in December, the Bangor trespassers, also known as the "Bangor Five," were found guilty of conspiracy and destruction of federal  property. 

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