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4:48 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Washington correctional officers to protest following assaults

Washington Department of Corrections

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:24 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been nearly two years since Washington corrections officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job. But the union that represents prison guards says safety is still a major concern. The Teamsters plan to rally Thursday at the Capitol to demand safer work conditions. They also want the right to call in an arbitrator to resolve bargaining disputes.

Union representative Michelle Woodrow says since August seven officers have been assaulted at three different Washington prisons.

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Other News
10:07 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Yelm woman learns of squatter living in her crawlspace

YELM, Wash. — A heating repairman had good news and bad news for Washington state homeowner Velma Kellen.

The good news was he had fixed her heating ducts after she reported her furnace was failing to heat the house.

The bad news: Someone was living in a crawlspace under the home and had diverted the heat to keep warm.

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Other News
4:54 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Who pays when a daredevil needs rescue?

The search for a skydiver who went missing near Mount Si last week has been called off for now.

The King County Sheriff’s office says they’ve scoured every angle of the area where he might have landed that they could get to on foot. Foggy weather is preventing their next move: taking a helicopter into the cliffs and ravines where the missing man could have taken shelter if he survived.

But who pays for such rescues?

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Meeting Notice
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board Meeting

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board will be meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 2PM Pacific Time.

If you are interested in observing or listening to the meeting via conference call, please contact the office of the General Manager @ 253-535-8732 for more information.

Snow Day
5:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Seattleites to truck in snow for snowball fight record attempt

roceanpatel Flickr

A group of Seattle professionals are gearing up this week to try and break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest snowball fight, and they’re doing it in a place where, typically, there is no snow: Seattle Center.

So how exactly do you get 162,000 pounds of snow into the shadow of the Space Needle? Organizer Neil Bergquist says, you just go to the mountains and get it.

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The Two-Way
3:28 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Love Lists? We've got 'em, for better & worse

The mysterious, most-interesting, super-sexy North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (And if you believe all that, you may be reading too many reports from Chinese media.)
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 2:58 pm

For those inclined toward nostalgia, forgetfulness or with a fondness for accounting, it's the season of The Lists: The excellent and execrable, winners and losers, scoundrels and heroes, the hot and the not.

We've searched through such lists so that, as they say, you don't have to. Here are 21, in no particular order, that touch on some of the outliers and prognostications of our times.

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3:01 am
Tue December 25, 2012

David Sedaris reads from his 'Santaland Diaries'


Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 3:30 am

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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2:39 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sammamish is America's friendliest town

Sunset on Pine Lake in Sammamish
jc.winkler flickr.com

Forbes has rated America's friendliest towns and Sammamish is at the top of the list.

Forbes describes the Eastside suburb as a community where "wives swap recipes while their husbands trade tools" (am I the only one having a Stepford Wives flashback?).

Other contributing factors include a crime rate that's 90% below the national average, and a healthy economic environment where nearly 90% of residents own their own homes.

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End of the WOrld?
8:09 am
Thu December 20, 2012

A Guarantee: The world will not end on Friday

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A replica Mayan Calendar Round showing the date September 21, 2004, opening day for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
Molly Stephey Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 8:52 am

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

UPDATE: 'Eagle Snatches Kid' Video Makers Admit Hoax

Real or not?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:14 am

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Other News
2:36 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Death penalty possible in court martial of Army Sgt. Robert Bales

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an August 2011 training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:29 am

The Army staff sergeant accused in the March 11 murders of 16 Afghan civilians and shooting of six others could be given the death penalty if he's convicted of all the charges officially filed against him this week, a General Court-Martial Convening Authority announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, prosecutors say, attacked two villages near his base in southern Afghanistan. Among the 16 people killed, nine were children.

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9:18 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Heavy snow falling in mountains; tips for safe holiday travel

Manuel Garcia pulls the chains off of his semi-truck tires as quickly as he can as snow falls while parked at the eastbound milepost 34 exit of Interstate 90 earlier this year, near North Bend.

Forecasters say the latest storm moving across Washington will leave up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by Thursday morning.

Travelers planning on heading across the mountain passes this weekend should plan accordingly. Traction tires or chains are being advised, and in some cases may be required. 

The WSDOT offers these tips to protect yourself and your passengers while driving in snowy/icy conditions: 

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10:48 am
Tue December 18, 2012

WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar

During World War II, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones for 15 minutes every week on NBC radio.
Courtesy of Phyllis Jeanne Creore Westerman

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 3:07 am

American service members have long spent holidays in dangerous places, far from family. These days, home is a video chat or Skype call away. But during World War II, packages, letters and radio programs bridged the lonely gaps. For 15 minutes every week, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones on NBC radio.

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8:43 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Snow spreads across Washington

Some parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season.

The National Weather Service says the light Tuesday morning accumulations will be short-lived but more showers are possible Wednesday with a chance of high winds in places.

Forecasters expect heavy snow in the mountains in the next couple of days. Accumulations of 1 to 3 feet are likely in the Cascades by Thursday morning, making driving through the passes difficult.

Gun Control
3:08 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What gun control could look like

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:55 am

In a pair of recent decisions, the Supreme Court has made it clear that Americans have a constitutional right to own handguns for self-defense. But the court will nonetheless allow "reasonable regulations" on firearms.

The country appears set, following the mass shootings at a school in Newtown, Conn., to have a debate about what restrictions should be put in place.

Members of Congress have already signaled their intent to introduce gun-control legislation next year, which President Obama has indicated in recent days will be a priority.

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