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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 1, 2013

At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday

In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.

For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was the sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.

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Public Health
5:01 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured

Julio Cortez Associated Press

If you’re trying to quit smoking and you don’t have health insurance, it’s going to be harder to find help as of August 1. The state’s free tobacco quitline will be cutting services to the uninsured, due to budget cuts.

Those without insurance can get a little bullet-point advice from the quit counselor, but after that, they’re on their own. State Health Department spokesman Tim Church said the cutbacks will harm some of the most vulnerable.

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Other News
1:52 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Al Jazeera America Launching Seattle Bureau with KING Veteran

OsamaSaeedDotOrg Flickr

One of Al Jazeera America's first bureaus will be located in Seattle, the network announced Tuesday. And taking the helm for Pacific Northwest news is former KING 5 reporter and news anchor Allen Schauffler, who said goodbye to local TV news on Friday. 

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Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Choices for Health Coverage under Obamacare Coming into Focus

Governor Jay Inslee spoke at a recent event promoting the state's new health insurance exchange.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington consumers will know later this week what insurance plans they’ll have to choose from on the state’s new health exchange. Insurance companies face a Tuesday deadline to submit plans to the state.

Nine have applied so far to offer products on the Washington Healthplan Finder, the online marketplace where consumers can comparison-shop for coverage. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires those exchanges to be open for business by Oct. 1.

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microparks
4:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Tiny Parks Called 'Parklets' Coming to 3 Seattle Neighborhoods

An artist's rendering of a proposed "parklet" at 421 Sixth Avenue South in Seattle's Chinatown/International District.
CIDBIA

Meet the "parklet," a little patch of public space about to take root in three Seattle neighborhoods.

"We want people to be out enjoying the sun and having lunch outside," said Don Blakeney, executive director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, a group hoping to fund a parklet in the neighborhood.

The city is granting permits for the parklets, but private businesses are responsible for building and maintaining these micro public spaces. These would be temporary spaces, but they could last a few years. 

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Seattle's Elbow Grease
10:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Seattle Named Hardest-Working City in U.S.

Jonathan Cooper

Take a break, Seattle! It looks like we've earned it.

Seattle topped the list of the hardest-working cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Wednesday by Movoto, a national real-estate blog.

Movoto considered seven different factors of “elbow grease”: average hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, employed workers per household, hours volunteered per year, lack of sleep, and cost of living.

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Other News
10:06 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Heads up! Flickr will be down on Thursday, July 25

According to Yahoo, Flickr will be down for planned maintenance this Thursday from 4 PM PDT to 10 PM PDT and won't be available during that time. The nature of the maintenance was not specified. 

rally planned
3:28 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Seattle Rally, March Planned in Support of Trayvon Martin

FILE - In this undated file family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo.
Martin Family Photos via AP Photos

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle Saturday as part of a Justice for Trayvon Martin National Day of Action.

The noon vigil will include Martin's cousin, Cedric Martin of Tacoma. It's being held as part of the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationwide Justice for Trayvon Martin Day, which is expected to include 100 cities across the country.

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Parking in Seattle
4:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Seattle Launches Pay-by-Phone Parking Service

Paying for parking in Seattle is about to get easier.

The city of Seattle is partnering with PayByPhone to allow drivers to pay for street parking on their phones, rather than through pay stations. Likewise, Seattle Police Department Parking Enforcement officers can check their phones for a real-time update on license plates of drivers who have paid by phone. 

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health alert
2:21 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Health Alert Issued after Rabid Bat Found on Madison Park Beach

FILE
rutlo Flickr

Health officials have issued a warning for anyone who may have been exposed to a sick, rabid bat found on the south side of Seattle's Madison Park Beach on Thursday.

Anyone who has had contact with the bat or its saliva is at risk of developing rabies. While rabies is contracted through a bite, bat bites can be small, indistinguishable and painless, so anyone who has had contact with a bat should consult Public Health.

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Trash Pickup
4:31 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Should Seattle Collect Garbage Every Other Week?

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Following the lead of Olympia, Portland, and Tacoma, the city of Seattle is considering less frequent garbage pickup. But not everyone who took part in a pilot program last year loves the idea.

In four neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities experimented with picking up garbage every other week instead of every week. The city did not change its pickup schedule for recycling or yard and food waste. The aim of switching is to reduce the number of garbage trucks on the road, save the city some money and encourage recycling.

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Gender wage gap
3:43 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Study: In Seattle, Women Paid More in Lower-Paying Jobs

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Women who work for the city of Seattle earn more money than men in some jobs. The reverse is true for other jobs. The problem is the classes of jobs in which women earn more are lower-paying than the ones in which men earn more, according to a new study conducted by the city's own Personnel Department. 

The study compared the wages of workers by gender in 871 job classes. While there was some inequity between women and men within the same job classes, the larger disparity involved men earning more in higher-paying jobs, according to the report first reported by The Stranger.

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We hate goodbyes
12:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

So Long, Keith Seinfeld!

This photo shows Gabriel Spitzer, left, and Keith Seinfeld performing an in-house procedure.
Justin Steyer

Just what's going on in this photo? Today is our health and science reporter Keith Seinfeld's last day, you see, and—we'll ask resident bard Dick Stein to explain:

See Keith Seinfeld and Gabriel Spitzer

Shoot their thoughts through a brain-content spritzer.

Though they share tinfoil hats

They’re not crazy like that

Though it helps if you’re workin’ here, mister.

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Fitness and Facebook
4:47 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Tacoma ranked one of fittest cities in U.S., according to Facebook

Roberto Berlim Flickr

Tacoma's fitness-obsessed residents are jumping on the social media bandwagon. 

At least, that's what Facebook says. Of all cities in the United States that have 200,000 or more Facebook users in a span of three months, Tacoma was ranked No. 9 on Facebook's Fittest Cities. (Portland, Ore., ranked sixth.)

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KPLU Travel Club
9:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Join KPLU for a music, food & wine lovers journey to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay!

Join KPLU on a wine lover’s international jazz expedition to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, November 13-25.

Trip highlights include private wine tastings, renowned jazz festival of Buenos Aires, a ferry to the romantic town of Colonia, Uruguay, tango lessons, tours of world-class museums, colorful outdoor markets, and an Andes crossing at sunrise.

We look forward to discovering Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with you this November! 

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