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10:32 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Mudslides follow heavy rains, hit Pierce County roads

The driver and a passenger of this van were trapped for a brief time in a mudslide that covered busy Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood. No one was injured, according to KOMO News.
KOMONews

Heavy rains brought mudslides that covered roads in Pierce County early this morning, including a slide over East Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood. More rain is expected today, along with gusting winds that could topple trees in already soaked earth, according to KOMO News:

Forecasting models put this storm about on par with the one that blew through on March 2 -- enough to perhaps cause a few power outages and knock over a few trees, but we are not expecting a major windstorm.

In Tacoma, a slide brought a tree down over one lane of Schuster Parkway. There were no injuries or cars involved with that slide, and traffic is getting by the area, according to KIRO-TV.

The peak winds are expected this afternoon in the Puget Sound lowlands, with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour in the late afternoon and early evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. 

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News Roundup
7:58 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle were killed after the yacht on which they were passengers was hijacked off the coast of Oman. Thirteen men accused of the hijacking have been indicted in a Virginia court. This photo is from 2005.
Courtesy Joe Grande

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Pirates in Fatal Yacht Hijacking Indicted
  • Arrest in Spokane MLK Day Bomb Plot
    • State Details Patient Escape from Western State
    • UW-WSU Meet Tonight in Pac-10 Championships

     

    Indictments in High Seas Hijacking, Murders

    Fourteen men are charged today with the hijacking of a yacht on which four Americans - including a Seattle couple - were shot to death.

    The US Justice Department is holding the 13 Somalis and a man from Yemen in Norfolk, Virginia. They are expected to make a court appearance today, according to The Associated Press.

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    Former Washington Governor
    10:11 am
    Wed March 9, 2011

    Obama nominates Locke as ambassador to China

    President Barack Obama, left, announces that Commerce Sec. Gary Locke, right, will be the next US ambassador to China, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House Wednesday, March, 9, 2011. Locke is replacing Jon Huntsman.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photo

     WASHINGTON (AP)     President Barack Obama has nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. At a White House appearance Wednesday (Video), Obama credited Locke for expanding exports to China and said he has earned the trust of business leaders.

    The post is one of the most important diplomatic jobs in government. If confirmed by the Senate, Locke would become the first Chinese-American to serve as the envoy to China.

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    Vivian Schiller
    9:58 am
    Wed March 9, 2011

    NPR chief resigns in wake of latest controversy

    NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, a move accepted by the board of directors.
    Steven Voss

    NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned after NPR's board of directors decided that she could no longer effectively lead the organization.

    This follows yesterday's news that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotaped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization (they were working with political activist James O'Keefe on a "sting.")

    Vivian Schiller quickly condemned Ron Schiller's comments, and he moved up an already-announced decision to leave NPR and resigned effective immediately.

    But Ron Schiller's gaffe followed last fall's dismissal of NPR political analyst Juan Williams, for which Vivian Schiller came under harsh criticism and NPR's top news executive, Ellen Weiss, resigned.

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    Army Investigation
    9:00 am
    Wed March 9, 2011

    Army probe finds no deliberate mistreatment of Oregon Guard troops

    "Very disappointing." That's how Oregon Senator Ron Wyden describes a series of Army investigations into the treatment of injured Oregon National Guard soldiers last year. Those inquires conclude the Oregon troops were not treated as second class soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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    Arts & Culture
    1:35 pm
    Tue March 8, 2011

    Interview with poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou

    Dr. Maya Angelou receives the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama, Feb. 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
    AP Photo

    One of America's most prominent living poets is coming to Seattle. Dr. Maya Angelou is the author of a groundbreaking memoire published in 1970, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. It describes how she overcame racism and trauma growing up in the South. 

    Dr. Angelou is now 83, and recently received the highest civilian honor in the land, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. 

    KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp spoke with her and asked, first of all, how she came to write her first work of prose. (Click on the audio "play" arrow at the top of this post to hear KPLU's interview).

    Dr. Angelou will speak at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 14th, in an appearance at 7:30 p.m.

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    News Roundup
    6:52 am
    Tue March 8, 2011

    Tuesday morning's headlines

    Seattle Deputy Police Chief Clark Kimerer on Feb. 16, announcing SPD findings that the fatal shooting of John T. Williams last summer was not justified. A new SPD report finds police use of force declined sharply between 2006 and 2009.
    Liam Moriarty KPLU News

    Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

    • Report: Seattle Police Don't Abuse Use of Force
    • Supreme Court Sides With Local Peace Activist
    • Gonzaga Makes NCAA Field

     

    Seattle Police: Our Use of Force "Rare"

    Seattle Police say the public's impression that officers are using more physical force is wrong.  In fact, a new department report makes the case that use of force is rare. The SeattlePI.com's Casey McNerthny details  a number of recent incidents where officers have been under scrutiny for charges of excessive force.  Still, the report:

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    Culture
    3:27 pm
    Mon March 7, 2011

    King County Libraries unveil giant book covers

    A 6 foot tall poster for the book "Appaloosa" by Robert B. Parker is displayed outside the Tin Theater movie house in Burien.
    Scott Schaefer B-Town blog

    They say you can’t tell a book by its cover.  But maybe coming face to face with one that towers over you will entice you to read a little more.  At least that’s the hope of the King County Library system.

    Huge, 6 foot tall posters of book jacket covers have been placed next to coffee shops, paint stores, law firms and other small businesses on main streets in Burien, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Renton, Issaquah, Kirkland and on Vashon Island.  It’s called the Book Cover Walking Tour.

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    Civility in Politics
    9:01 am
    Fri March 4, 2011

    Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change?

    Richard Butler lead the Aryan Nations from a 20-acre compound in North Idaho and was considered a major leader in the U.S. Neo-Nazi movement until his death in 2004.
    Southern Poverty Law Center

    A national conference in Spokane focuses on something a lot of people fear is dying out: civility in American politics. Many see the January shooting in Tuscon as just one sign that the nation's civic discourse has been replaced with mudslinging, threats, and even violence.

    Spokane itself was shaken by backpack bomb discovered along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.

    But consider this: Incivility can sometimes play a positive role in democracy, at least according to some experts.

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    News Roundup
    7:19 am
    Fri March 4, 2011

    Friday morning's headlines

    Seattle's July 4th fireworks extravaganza, known as the Family 4th, produced by the nonprofit One Reel, will take place again this year, after enough funding was secured. Still, the agency is short of its budget.
    Joshua Trujillo AP Photo/Seattlepi.com

    Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

    • Pierce County Deputy Dies
    • Boeing Rival Expected to Concede Tanker Fight
    • Seattle's Big Fireworks Show Will Return

     

    Shock at Pierce County Sheriff's Office

    Pierce County's law enforcement officers are "in shock" today after the sudden death of sheriff's deputy. Shandon Wright died at home yesterday evening, a day after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury that happened on the job last year.

    Fifty off-duty officers responded to his South Hill home upon hearing the news, according to the News Tribune's Stacia Glenn. The exact cause of Wright's death is being investigated.

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    Humanosphere
    4:16 pm
    Thu March 3, 2011

    Gates Foundation has given BBC $20 million to “shape” stories on maternal, child health

    zawtowers Flickr

    The Puget Sound Business Journal’s Clay Holtzman reports that the Gates Foundation made its largest ever donation to a media organization, the BBC, in December but didn’t publicize the $19.9 million grant.

    As Clay reports, there has been a lot of media attention given lately to the Seattle philanthropy’s funding of media — most recently a comprehensive review of the potential conflicts-of-interest inherent in this practice by the Seattle Times. Clay notes:

    When the Seattle Times published a lengthy profile of the Gates Foundation’s grants to professional journalists on Feb. 19, the foundation apparently never disclosed that it had already approved its largest award ever to a media organization.

    I’ve written plenty about the Gates Foundation’s support for media, about the potential for good as well as the potential problems given that the philanthropy often IS the story when it comes to global health and development.

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    Religion
    10:39 am
    Thu March 3, 2011

    Porn...at Eastlake Church?

    Anti-porn pastor Craig Gross and porn star Ron Jeremy
    xxxdebate.com

    Eastlake Community Church in Bothell is tackling the spiritual implications of pornography this weekend, starting with Porn and Pastries Friday night, Porn in the Morn Saturday morning, and the big event, the XXX Debate between pastor Craig Gross and porn star Ron Jeremy Saturday night. Gross and Jeremy will also be attending the regular Sunday services.

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    News Roundup
    7:59 am
    Thu March 3, 2011

    Thursday morning's headlines

    Sometimes hard to see, wood smoke is found to be more dominant pollutant in Tacoma than anyone had realized, according to a new study. The levels exceed federal standards.
    Jon Froschauer AP

    Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

    • Tacoma's Wood Smoke Problem
    • New Superintendent for Seattle
    • More Lye Leaks From Wrecked Railcar
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    Unusual Readings of Tacoma Pollutants

    Wood smoke is a presenting a bigger pollution problem in Tacoma than experts have thought, according to a newly released study by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The News Tribune's Rob Carson writes diesel and gas emissions remain the  dominant pollutants:

    But in Tacoma, the risks from wood smoke were as much as seven times higher than is typical in other urban areas. Potential health effects include cancer, lung damage, heart disease and nerve damage.

    The agency's Ryan Dicks tells the Trib more people may be heating with wood stoves because it's cheaper. The high wood smoke readings pushed Tacoma past federal clean air standards, the only area in the state to get such a mark. 

     

    Seattle Wonders "Who is Susan Enfield?"

    Seattle headlines are dominated this morning by the school board firing of Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and her top finance and operations manager, Don Kennedy, in the wake of a financial scandal. KPLU's Jennifer Wing was at last night's meeting, packed with angry parents and teachers who cheered the results.

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    Army Suicides
    9:23 am
    Wed March 2, 2011

    50 Joint Base Lewis-McChord suicides since 2002

    This is an image from an Army video that's intended to talk directly with soldiers about the topic of suicide and suicide prevention.
    U.S. Army

    Fifty soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord have killed themselves since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some committed suicide on-base, others off and still others while deployed overseas.  Leaders at JBLM say they’ve dramatically stepped up efforts to combat suicide. But they admit it’s not easy to change Army culture.

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    News Roundup
    8:04 am
    Wed March 2, 2011

    Wednesday morning's headlines

    School Board President Steve Sundquist speaks about the board's plans to vote Wednesday on a motion to fire Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. Next to him are board members Kay Smith-Blum and Peter Maier.
    Keith Seinfeld KPLU

    Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

    • Seattle Schools Scandal: Contractor Defends Pay
    • Amber Alert Ends Safely in Bonney Lake
    • JBLM Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
    • NASCAR for Puget Sound?

     

    Seattle School Contractors Ready to Speak Out

    As the Seattle School Board prepares to vote on a motion to fire Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson this evening, one of the contractors under scrutiny in the alleged contracting fraud is speaking out. Seattle's Urban League and other small business contractors are expected to tell reporters, including KPLU's Paula Wissel, they earned their pay.

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