Jake Ellison

Online Managing Editor

Jake Ellison is central to providing overall accuracy, timeliness and creativity to KPLU's online product. He has spent over 17 years in the news business, 10 of which were as a reporter, editor and online producer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He spent the last third of those years working solely in the online environment as a writer, curator and editor and has the distinction of being among Seattle's pioneering web-first reporters.

Jake has won a number of journalism awards and honors, been a panelist and speaker on journalism and leadership, and has a Masters Degree in creative writing.

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Festivals and events
3:15 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

3 events for tonight and the weekend

From a crazy bike race (with a really terrible name) in Seattle, a cool Native Arts Festival in Tacoma to (how could we not mention it since there’s no escaping the roar of the jets overhead) Seafair – there's just too much to do tonight and this weekend.

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Petting Zoo attack
12:24 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Llama viciously attacks elderly woman at B.C. petting zoo

The owner of the Langley, B.C., petting zoo where the attack occurred said nothing like it had happened before.
Flikr

The Llama at the Langley, British Columbia, petting zoo was probably after some grain France Pilotte, 75, had in her backpack when it reared up, knocked her to the ground and stomped on her, according to The Vancouver Sun.

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Video satire?
11:28 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Strange police parodies rile Renton officials

A screen grab of one of the videos that has Renton officials seeking to uncover and prosecute the person who made it.

The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos, reports KIRO-TV.

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Woodland Park Zoo
4:39 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Seattle zoo's grizzly bear brothers are back online

Woodland Park Zoo’s two grizzly bears are brothers named Keema and Denali and are 17 years old (2011).
Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo’s 17-year-old grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali can be watched live online 24/7 through the zoo’s partnership with Ustream, an internet live streaming service.

(You can also watch the video inside)

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Misinformation
4:01 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Video of Tacoma housing project goes viral, gets it wrong

The Salishan development in Tacoma has been maligned in a YouTube video that has gone viral.
George Wesley and Bonita Dannells Flickr

An attack video claiming to expose a housing development in Tacoma "built for illegal immigrants!" has been played more than 300,000 times on YouTube. There’s only one problem, the Tacoma News Tribune reports, it’s completely wrong about almost everything.

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Fraser River salmon
12:26 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Controversy growing in Canada over ‘muzzling’ of salmon expert

Here is a stretch of the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia. Scientists working with sockeye salmon struggling to cope with warming temperatures in the Fraser River have identified broad genetic traits that can predict which fish will live or die
Associated Press

Government officials in Ottawa are getting heat for apparently muzzling a scientist whose study discovered that a viral infection – which has been referred to as "salmon leukemia" – may be the cause of salmon stocks crashing off Canada’s west coast.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the Privy Council Office, which supports the Prime Minister’s Office, stopped the study’s lead scientist “from talking about one of the most significant discoveries to come out of a federal fisheries lab in years.”

The Canadian government told the Postmedia News, which wrote the story, that scientist Kristi Miller has not been permitted to talk about her work because she is expected to testify later this summer before a commission looking into the decline of the Frazer River sockeye salmon.

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Street gangs
4:46 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Gang activity ‘moving’ into Seattle’s suburbs; summit called

With an uptick in gang-related activity in the Puget Sound region just south of Seattle, law enforcement are calling for a meeting to find strategies for combating the trouble.
Alan Cleaver Flickr

The gang-related shooting on Saturday at a custom-car show in Kent that left 13 people injured has regional law enforcement officials worried that some gang activity has moved from Seattle to its southern suburbs.

“It was gang related,” Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas told KING TV about the shooting. “No doubt in my mind. … If we don’t get out in front of it, we’re going to chase the gunfire.”

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Animal health care
12:05 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

WSU’s story of Gamera, the wheeled-tortoise, goes viral

Gamera moves across pavement outside the Washington State University veterinary teaching hospital on Thursday.
Associated Press

Phone calls and email from around the world have been streaming in since the story broke yesterday of the African tortoise whose injured leg was replaced with a caster wheel, said Washington State University spokesman Charlie Powell.

“The minute I knew of it, I knew the story would be international and had the potential to go viral,” he said. “And, I think you can say it has.”

(Updated with photos inside)

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employment
2:57 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016

The Canadian job market might be the brightest spot on the Northwest's economic horizon.
Bruce Irschick Flickr

With Washington’s unemployment hovering at 9.2 percent and the economy sputtering along, new figures released yesterday in British Columbia makes one wonder if going north might not be the next big emigration story.

A new provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020.

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Breaking: Fourth-quarter report
1:13 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Microsoft reports record revenue

Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, an 8 percent increase from the same period of the prior year, the company wrote in a press release.

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New state laws
11:33 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Drive drunk, lose car for 12 hours

The Washington State Patrol sent out a reminder today that starting at midnight vehicles driving by someone arrested for DUI will be towed and held for 12 hours.

Officers will not have discretion to let a sober friend take over the wheel, or a family member pick up the vehicle at roadside, the patrol wrote in a press release.

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Stanley Cup Riot
10:42 am
Thu July 21, 2011

‘Hundreds’ identified as suspects in Vancouver riots

Not everyone in Vancouver went nuts when the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

CTV News reports thirty-seven people involved in the Stanley Cup riot have turned themselves in to investigators and hundreds of suspects are expected to face criminal charges, according to Vancouver police.

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team warned, however, that the process to get charges approved will be "lengthy and complex."

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Bus service
10:25 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Final meeting tonight on Metro’s proposed $20 tab fee

Tonight you have your final chance to speak out in public on Metro's proposed car tab fee.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

So far, the meetings on Metro Transit’s proposal to raise car tab fees by $20 or cut 17 percent of bus services have been packed with lines going around the block. Tonight you have another chance to be heard: The meeting starts at 6 p.m.  in the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 S.W. 152nd Street.

Last week, among those turning out to voice support for the fee and to weigh in against service cuts were college students who said a cut in service could result in students dropping out.

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Business
2:27 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Former Rick’s strip club going back to stripping?

KOMO-TV reports that the old Rick’s strip club on Lake City Way sold in June for $2.35 million has a new sign – “DreamGirls at Rick’s.”

DreamGirls is part of the Déjà Vu company and it appears that company will be running the property, which was seized last fall by investigators as part of a wide-ranging racketeering investigation of Frank Colacurcio, Seattle's most famous organized-crime figure.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Baker Lake opening for sockeye salmon fishing.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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