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legalizing marijuana
1:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

Above: The first of many thousands lined up early today to enter Hempfest, Seattle's mega pro-pot festival.

For more than 20 years, the Seattle Hempfest festival, rally and outdoor party has pushed for the decriminalization and mainstreaming of marijuana.

But as this year’s event gets underway today, with more than 300,000 expected over the weekend, regulations contained in an initiative that would legalize pot have split many advocates.

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Killer whale rules
11:59 am
Thu August 16, 2012

No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas

Boaters are being reminded about a 2011 requirement to stay at least 200 yards away from orcas. Previously it was just a guideline.
Andrew Reding Flickr

A boater who was caught by the Coast Guard too close to Puget Sound killer whales won't be penalized, but next  summer violators could be fined thousands of dollars.

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Sports
9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

How NW teens taught blind kids to play tennis

All the supplies need to create your own tennis ball for the blind.
Joan Robinett-Wilson

Take a large foam tennis ball, stuff a rattle in it and play a repetitive chirp to orient a person who can't see and you have the elements of a game of tennis for the blind and visually impaired. 

That's what 15 tennis players from Snohomish High School did during one week this summer for a handful of sightless kids ready to try something new.

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Odd news
7:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Not a hallucination: 7-foot python lost in Seattle park

A Seattle Animal Shelter spokeswoman says a 7-foot-long python has been reported lost in a city park.

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liquor privatisation
3:38 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year

In June, net liquor tax collections to Washington state came in slightly below forecast.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.

The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.

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Arts
3:08 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Seattle tattoo expo shows it's hard to stop at one

A Good Karma Body Art artist adding on to previous upper back tattoo.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Around 5,000 tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the Seattle Tattoo Expo this weekend to celebrate the art of tattooing, and maybe even get inked themselves. Tattoo artists completed more than 1,500 new tattoos throughout the weekend.

We saw a lot of people with multiple tattoos and that made us wonder: Once you get one tattoo, is it hard to stop?

"There's certainly an addictive quality to the whole process,” said Jeff Cornell, a tattoo artist.

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Classroom of the Future
7:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

5 technologies Seattle-area kids say will rule education

Ruby Kresge envisions schools on space stations. School space busses will be driven by aliens.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Fifty years ago a group of Seattle students were asked to make predictions about the “classroom of the future,” as part of the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. They came back with a mixed bag: phones that fit in your pocket? Check. Flying cars? Still waiting. (None mentioned high-stakes tests, Lunchables or Wikipedia.)

This year as part of the fair’s 50th anniversary, the Seattle Center asked students to make their own predictions about what school will look like 50 years from now.

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Hot-button politics
3:01 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Did Washington almost elect a high court justice because of race?

Election results as published on the Washington Secretary of State website at 1:11 p.m. today.

The latest election results from Washington’s primary shows that more than 43 percent of Washington voters cast their ballots for a state supreme court justice candidate with no judicial experience, who raised no campaign funds and was a public no-show.

The biggest factor in the race appears to have been one candidate's last name - Gonzalez.

Election results published by the Washington Secretary of State’s office this afternoon showed Bruce O. Danielson pulled in 276,142 votes for, so far, 43.1 percent of voters.

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Legalizing marijuana
3:05 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

2 naturopaths charged for clearing pot use in Washington

State regulators have filed complaints against two naturopathic physicians accused of rubber-stamping medical marijuana authorizations at last year's Hempfest event in Seattle.

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Puget Sound orcas
1:53 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound

The new calf, believed to have been born on Monday, is the first offspring of 11-year-old J37.
Center for Whale Research

BREMERTON, Wash. — A newborn orca calf has been reported off the west side of San Juan Island in the Puget Sound.

The Center for Whale Research reports the new calf was first spotted midday Monday among the adults of J pod, one of three killer whale pods that frequent Puget Sound.

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Legalizing marijuana
1:49 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

The ad for legalizing pot you'll be seeing a lot of in Washington

In this screen grab from New Approach Washington's ad, this 'Washington mom' says she doesn't go in for using it, but legalizing marijuana makes sense.

A new commercial featuring a regular-ol’-mom-type-person pitching the legalization of marijuana in Washington is about to kickoff a $1 million campaign.

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Author interview
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

5 things great bosses know

What does it take to become the world's best boss? One thing it takes is knowing your evil twin.
Kumar Appaiah Flickr

Jill Geisler became a TV news director at the age of 27. She didn't know a whole lot about managing people, and she had to learn by trial and error. Now, Geisler is a leadership trainer with a new book out on how to inspire and motivate staff. It's called “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.”

In her interview with KPLU, Geisler put forth five strategies for becoming a better boss:

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Seattle sports
2:06 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Alki Beach, the place for serious beach volleyball

Mallory Kaniss KPLU

During the summer, Alki Beach becomes the hub for serious beach volleyball in the Seattle region.

Leading this craze is Seattle’s Alki Volleyball Association, the top promoters of beach volleyball in the Pacific Northwest since 2005.

“It grew out of a tradition here at Alki,” says AVA co-owner Phillip van Rooyen, “We wanted to open that up to all those that play, and our tournaments are central for all the players and their results."

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The unexplained
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's making 'mysterious' crop circles near Wilbur, Wash.?

Crop circles approx. 5 miles northwest of Wilbur in Greg and Cindy Geib's wheat field.
Kevin and Leann Leyva

The hotspot for "mysterious" crop circles in the Northwest is Wilbur, an eastern Washington town of about 1,000 humans surrounded by wheat fields.

This summer, you can add to the town’s stats: The best-kept secret – Who makes the crop circles showing up near Wilbur.

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real estate
9:40 am
Fri August 3, 2012

One Housing Sector That's Booming: Survival Realty

Years’ worth of dehydrated food, belonging to the original owner, was found in this underground home in north Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:14 pm

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there’s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what’s known as “survival realty” are experiencing boom times. A remote corner of the Northwest has become a hotspot for home buyers wanting to ride out disaster – natural or otherwise.

Realtor Michael White guides me from room to room in a spacious three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home. Let’s just say it’s somewhere in north Idaho.

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