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11:06 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

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Gun Initiatives
8:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Washington Ballot Measure Targets Online Gun Sales

Aman More takes aim with his .357 Magnum at the Poulsbo Sportsman Club. He buys and sells guns on a website called ARMSLIST and opposes efforts to regulate those sales.
Austin Jenkins

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to require background checks for person-to-person gun sales.

Initiative 594 would close what gun control advocates used to call the “gun show loophole.” But these days, much of the unregulated gun trade is happening online.

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Gut Churn
5:01 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Jad Abumrad Tells Origin Story Of 'Radiolab', Learns To Embrace 'Gut Churn'

Jad Abumrad told the gut-churning tale of how Radiolab came to be.
marcoantonio.com

The public radio program "Radiolab" – part documentary, part audio art, part mad-scientist radio drama – is an experience unlike any other in the media. So what does it feel like to create something brand new like that?

"Radiolab" founder Jad Abumrad has been thinking about that question, and he said the best way to describe it is: gut churn. Abumrad will be giving a soundscaped live talk Tuesday night in Seattle called “Embracing the Gut Churn.”

“It kind of feels like you’re going to die,” Abumrad told KPLU. “And then you ask yourself, why do I feel this way on account of a radio piece or something you know is minor, And yet it triggers these deep fight-or-flight reflexes.”

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Transportation
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

King County Bus Service Cuts, Stop Closures Begin This Weekend

Atomic Taco Flickr

The first wave of what could be the largest service cut in King County Metro Transit history begins Saturday.

Buses will stop running along 28 routes — a half-dozen of which run within Seattle and another dozen that connects outlying communities with the city center. Service will decrease or change on another 13 routes.

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First Amendment Rights
6:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

Rafters paddle down the middle fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, Idaho, June 6, 1999.
Ted Anthony AP Photo

A federal agency under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land. The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday clarified a rule that’s been generating charges of government overreach.

Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell wants to make one thing perfectly clear.

“There's no way that our proposal will infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights,” Tidwell said.

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First Amendment Rights
10:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.
Rex Parker Flickr

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

The Forest Service would issue permits based on the potential impact to wilderness areas as well as the story topic. A fee of up to $1,500 could also be required to receive a permit.

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Disaster Relief
10:18 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Washington State's Largest Wildfire Not Big Enough To Merit More Federal Assistance

A plane drops fire retardant over a wildfire as clouds of smoke billow behind and above Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

But the federal government, for the second time, turned down the application by Washington state for more aid. This time, FEMA said the effects of the fire were not severe enough "to warrant the designation of Individual Assistance.”

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Ear-catching
6:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Listen To Seattle Man Blow A Shofar Inside A Two-Million Gallon Water Tank

Jon Lellelid practices his shofar every day this time of year, outside his office in Marysville, Washington.
Gabriel Spitzer

The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah began Wednesday at sundown, and Jews around the world marked the Hebrew calendar’s new year with a clarion call from the shofar. The horn, usually made from the horn of a ram or antelope, is a tricky instrument to learn. 

Here's how it sounds when played in a two-million gallon cistern at Fort Worden State Park by Seattle's "master blaster" of shofar, Jon Lellelid.

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Jewish New Year
4:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Seattle's 'Master Blaster' Welcomes Jewish New Year With His Shofar

Jon Lellelid practices his shofar every day this time of year, outside his Marysville office.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday at sundown, and Jews around the world mark the Hebrew calendar’s new year with a clarion call from the shofar. The horn, usually made from the horn of a ram or an antelope, is a tricky instrument to learn. But it’s become a passion for Jon Lellelid, known as Seattle’s “master blaster.”

Lellelid was at a temple function in 2002 when the cantor asked him to blow the shofar next Rosh Hashanah. Lellelid used to play trombone, so it seemed like a good fit. But there was a hitch.

“I think there's going to be a problem because I'm not Jewish,” he said.

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Oso Landslide
3:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Six Months After Oso Landslide, Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing

File - This March 22, 2014 file photo, made available by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, shows a view of the damage from the March 22, 2014 mudslide in Oso, Washington.
AP Photo/Washington State Dept of Transportation

Six months ago Monday, forty-three people lost their lives in the Oso landslide. So far, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington stemming from the slide.

Attorney Karen Willie says a half-year later a “deep wound” remains from Oso. I spoke with her at 10:37a.m., the exact-six month anniversary.

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Seattle
1:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Listen: Peter Sagal Explains Difference Between Seattle Runners And Chicago Runners

File image
Eric Frommer Flickr

You know him best as the host of the popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!", but Peter Sagal is also an avid runner. 

And he says the difference between running in Seattle and running in Chicago comes down to one thing: smugness. Here's how he explains it: 

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Labor Union
2:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years

Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle.

A tentative contract deal has been struck between the state and the union representing general government workers.

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Hospital News
10:46 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Providence Hospital Chain: Catholic, Nonprofit...And Venture Capitalists?

Providence Olympia Facebook page

The state’s largest nonprofit hospital chain is getting into a new line of business: venture capitalism.

Providence Health & Services, which runs 34 hospitals and hundreds of clinics, wants to be a player in the startup scene. The Catholic-affiliated chain has created a venture capital fund with about $150 million to invest in companies pioneering new health care models, especially ones focused on technology.

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Infectious Diseases
9:30 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Enterovirus Confirmed In Two Kids Hospitalized In Seattle

Seattle Children's Hospital has admitted more than 20 children with suspected Enterovirus-D68 infections.
Seattle Children's Hospital

Health officials have confirmed that two patients treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital have tested positive for Enterovirus D68. That puts Washington in the company of 18 other states with confirmed cases of the virus, which mainly sickens children and is especially dangerous for kids with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

The two Children’s patients were stabilized and discharged, according to a statement by the hospital. One is from King County and the other from Snohomish.

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The End Of An Era
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Seattle's Erotic Bakery, A Decades-Old Institution, To Close Its Doors

Warning: Some of the language in this story may not be appropriate for young ears.

After 28 years of making people’s bawdy wishes come true with marzipan and cake, a Seattle institution is coming to an end. The Erotic Bakery in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood is taking down its sign and closing its doors at the end of this month.

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