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nickelsville's new homes
5:01 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Nickelsville Residents Move to Three New Locations

Truby McDowell is seen with one of her children.
Simone Alicea

Over the holiday weekend, Seattle’s homeless camp Nickelsville left West Seattle after more than two years. Moving is traumatic for anyone, but it’s particularly complicated when you don’t have a permanent place to live. 

Oh, the hassles of a move—the maze of boxes, packing up everything only to unpack it all later.

Imagine moving 16 times in two years. Instead of boxes, you have platforms and cinder blocks, and a couple of goats, too.

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homeless in Hawaii
4:54 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Fly Homeless Back to Mainland

FILE - In this Friday, May 13, 2011 file photo, a man sleeps on the ground near Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu.
Marco Garcia, File AP Photo

If lawmakers in Hawaii have their way, homeless people there will get a free ride back home to the mainland. The Hawaii state Legislature has set aside money for free flights.  

With Seattle’s close proximity to the state, the city could become a destination for homeless hoping to get back on their feet. But some say the plan won’t solve any problems.  

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Starbucks & guns
5:01 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gun Rights Advocates to Rally at Starbucks Cafes

Whidbey Arms

A brewing controversy surrounding gun rights is headed to Starbucks locations today.

Gun rights advocates around the country are planning to rally at Starbucks cafes where they’re allowed to openly carry firearms. But a group of moms is trying to pressure Starbucks to stop allowing guns in its cafes.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Fri August 2, 2013

A Leading Question: Staadecker and Textbooks on Vashon

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

As a fourth generation Seattleite with careers in hotels and real estate, as well as his penchant for the arts, Charlie Staadecker has been dubbed “traditional.”  But that doesn’t mean the bow tie-wearing candidate doesn’t enjoy a little bit of campaign fun.

The candidate’s series of YouTube ads parody a Dos Equis commercial.

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Boring Bertha
5:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Bertha, World's Largest Boring Machine, Ready to Dig

WSDOT

The State Route 99 tunnel boring machine, better known by her nickname “Bertha,” is poised and ready to begin the dig under downtown.  

To get a bird’s eye view, we climb three stories on temporary metal staircases near Pioneer Square. At the top, we’re standing on what remains of the lower deck of the Alaskan Way viaduct. 

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gay rights & blood donations
7:01 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Activists Organize First-Ever Gay Blood Drive to Challenge FDA Ban

File image
Toby Talbot AP Photo

Activists across the nation are hosting the first-ever gay blood drive today in an effort to raise the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

Intravenous drug users can donate blood after a one-year waiting period, so why can’t gay and bisexual men? That’s a question that baffles activists and scientists alike. Since 1977, the Food and Drug Administration has mandated that blood donation centers ask prospective male donors if they’ve had sex with a man. If the answer is yes, the man is deferred, meaning he’s not allowed to donate blood—ever. 

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contract negotiations
5:36 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

In an industry known for intense labor disputes and protracted negotiations, there seems to be a departure. Alaska Airlines and its pilots agreed on a new contract on their own—with no mediation, no arbitrators.  

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family reunification day
5:01 am
Fri June 28, 2013

'People can change’: Families celebrate reunion after foster care

Nina Caso is seen with her daughter, Isabella.

Close to 9,000 children were in foster care in Washington state last year, but the majority of these kids will eventually return home. Today, as part of Family Reunification Day, families are celebrating their reunions after overcoming obstacles that range from drug abuse to struggles with parenting skills.

Born addicted to heroin       

Talking to a professionally-dressed Nina Caso, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, her life was in total crisis. She hit rock bottom, and lost custody of her 2-year-old daughter.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business

Facebook post of bratwurst sushi from Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Burlington, WA.
Alex Kim

As state engineers work around the clock to install a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge span in Mount Vernon, one nearby restaurant manager is finding creative ways to keep customers coming. 

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police & crime
5:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Seattle police ready for high-crime season with predictive policing

It’s known as the “Moneyball” approach to policing because it harnesses data to predict crime. 

For a few weeks now, Seattle police have started their shift by consulting a map that forecasts hot spots for property crime. 

The maps use red boxes to highlight areas where officers are more likely to catch a burglar rifling through a home or a car. The boxes are generated by software that analyzes five years of crime patterns to spit out reports highlighting where and when the next break-in could take place.

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park safety
5:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Seattle to place full-time park rangers at two troublesome parks

This photo shows the fountain at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Bryan Ochalla Flickr

As warm weather approaches, Seattle is preparing for a spike in crime, particularly at two urban parks that have been sites of recent violence. The city will hire two full-time park rangers to patrol Occidental Park in Pioneer Square and Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. 

Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel says the rangers are uniformed but unarmed, and work closely with the Seattle Police Department.

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Law and Religion
12:56 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hijab approved for King County jail inmates

The King County Jail in Seattle, and it's companion in Kent, have new policies on religious garb
Manuel W. Flickr

Red jumpsuits might be the usual jail uniform in King County. But a new policy has the jail issuing headscarves and yamulkes to inmates.

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Arts
4:22 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Archivists may want your old film, meeting in Seattle to talk about it

Hannah Palin, a film archives specialist at the University of Washington, hard at work. Archivists are meeting in Seattle this week.
KPLU News

Capturing and playing back video of your kid’s first steps or a few minutes of concert footage is almost too easy with smart phones. The immediacy kind of makes you forget how much effort it was to break out the Super Eight camera and project it later in your living room. 

This week as the Association of Moving Image Archivists hold their annual convention in Seattle, we are reminded that sometimes there is value in hanging on to outmoded technology. Hear to KPLU’s Monica Spain story by clicking the listen button above.

Election 2012
5:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Voting on Seattle's seawall

Seattle's seawall has been standing at the edge of the waterfront since the 1930s.
WSDOT

If you stand at the edge of Elliott Bay on Pier 59 where the Seattle Aquarium sits, you can peer straight down to see a water-stained, barnacle-pocked concrete slab. It's part of the seawall which extends under Alaskan Way, the major surface street along the waterfront. Much of it is deteriorating, especially the old growth timbers that are hidden behind the concrete where the wall has been patched.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
11:53 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Why are Seattleites averse to stepping out in style?

Paul Williams Flickr

Do most of the clothes in your closet range from hiking fleece to dress fleece, or some variations of plaid and jeans?

That’s probably what has fueled Seattle’s reputation as an unfashionable city.

Overdressing – something that’s just not possible in many American cities – can become a sort of phobia.

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