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Senior Thesis
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

What Veteran Seattle Actor Wright Knows Now About Getting That First Big Break

Bob Wright, commonly known to theatergoers by his Actors Equity name R. Hamilton Wright, performs in the Seattle Repertory Theatre's recent production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."
Photo courtesy Alan Alabastro Seattle Repertory Theatre

Editor's Note: “Senior Thesis” is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.

Actors, especially aspiring actors, can't wait for the perfect role to come along, says veteran of the Seattle stage Bob Wright.

"Put yourself in a position to work," said the actor who's been listed in Seattle Playbills with the name "R. Hamilton Wright" since 1979. "It's better to work than not work. Find ways to act."

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Judicial Independence
4:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

OIC Whistleblower Speaks, Says She's Still Muzzled

An administrative law judge who accused the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner of pressuring her to rule in its favor broke her silence Monday, but she told lawmakers she’s not allowed to give them the whole story.

Patricia Petersen appeared before the state Senate Law and Justice Committee. She said she wants to tell the legislators what’s behind her spat with the OIC, including her accusation that the agency’s second-in-command pressured her to rule in the office’s favor.

But Petersen, in her first public comments since lodging a whistleblower complaint against her boss, said the commissioner gave her a gag order on the matter while it’s being investigated.

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Senior Thesis
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Veteran Journalist James: Yes, You Must Make Choices, But Choices Aren't Limitations

Courtesy of KING Broadcasting

Editor’s Note: “Senior Thesis” is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.

The college senior sat across from the retired anchorman. She'd brought a list of questions, but only looked at it once. She knew what to ask; she’d been thinking about it for the last four years.

“Do you feel like your career got in the way of other things?” she said.

“Oh, sure,” the anchorman said.

“I’m scared of that,” she said. “I don’t want to end up with a great career, but still have regrets of things I didn’t do.”

“Life is about choices,” he replied with reassurance, not admonition. Yes, you have to make choices, he said, so why not choose a little of everything?

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On Determination
2:49 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Blind Mountain Climber From Seattle Area Sets Out To Summit Denali

Josh Gautreau, Bruce Stobie and Mike Haugen are ready to fly to the base camp of Denali.
RMI Expeditions

The big day has arrived for Bruce Stobie, the blind mountain climber featured in a KPLU story last month

Stobie flew to the base camp of Denali Thursday morning to begin his expedition. The Maple Valley man is aiming to become the fourth blind person to climb North America’s tallest mountain.

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Bike Share
1:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 25, 2013, photo, a biker rides without a helmet on a Citibike, as part of New York City's bike sharing system, in New York.
Bebeto Matthews AP Photo

New research suggests that bike share programs have a downside, but the program Seattle is launching this fall will have a key feature that could help mitigate it.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University looked at bicycle injury data from 10 major cities, both with and without bike share programs. They found that when a city gets a bike share program, a higher proportion of injuries to its cyclists are head injuries. 

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Holocaust Museum
5:01 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington State's First Holocaust Museum To Be Unveiled In Downtown Seattle

An artist's rendering depicts what the gallery of the Holocaust Center for Humanity is expected to look like when it opens.
Courtesy of the Wshington Holocaust Education Resocure Center

The nation’s newest Holocaust museum, and the first in Washington state, is about to be unveiled in downtown Seattle. Its founders hope it will connect lessons from history with present-day issues.

The people behind the Holocaust Center for Humanity have been working in Washington classrooms for decades. Now they’ll have a permanent home in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, where teachers, students and the public can come to them.

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Radioactive Waste
5:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units.
Anna King

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiichi are filling 27-foot-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

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Marijuana Legalization
9:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Showdown Over Wenatchee's Pot Business Ban Could Have Statewide Consequences

AP Photo

A would-be marijuana merchant is suing the city of Wenatchee over its ban on pot businesses. The outcome could have big implications for other local governments trying to keep out cannabis.

Shaun Preder of SMP Retail wants to open a retail pot store in Wenatchee. But the city does not grant licenses to businesses that don’t comply with federal law, which still considers marijuana illegal.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
4:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment

Patients given teh choice of pharmaceuticals or psychotherapy did better than those who were assigned treament.
Derek Gunnlaugson Flickr

Letting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder choose how they want to be treated can produce better outcomes for less money, according to a new study co-written by a University of Washington psychologist.

Treating someone with PTSD often comes down to a question of whether they get counseling or pharmaceuticals. The new study offers some evidence about which one works better, but even stronger evidence that letting the patient make the choice produces the best outcomes for the least cost.

Prof. Lori Zoellner, director of UW’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said letting patients decide helps them get the treatment best suited for them, and also increases their buy-in to whichever option they go with.

"You're probably more likely to take your medication regularly, to attend your psychiatrist visits more regularly. And in psychotherapy, you may also be more likely to do the homework," she said.

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Messy Commute
12:34 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose

Traffic was backed up for more than 11 miles on Thursday morning.
Washington state DOT

If you tried to make it into downtown Seattle during rush hour this morning, you have our sympathy. Just before 6 a.m., a metal plate popped out of an expansion joint along southbound I-5 just south of I-90. Three lanes of the freeway were closed and the resulting backup, at its peak, stretched more than 11 miles. 

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Development
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue

Joe Mabel Wikimedia

After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern.

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Maya Angelou
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: Her 2011 KPLU Interview

Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on April 5. Angelou died May 28, at age 86.
Paul Morigi AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" broke new ground with its descriptions of overcoming racism and trauma in the South. Throughout her life, Angelou was celebrated for her words. She shared a few of those words with KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp, in a 2011 interview we're reposting here:

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Veterans
12:23 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Olympia Nonprofit Group Refurbishing Bikes For Veterans

One Vetbikes recipient competes with his refurbished bicycle.
Vetbikes.org

As Wesley Taylor explains it, a piece of his brain is dead.

He got injured in the Army, and while recovering at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, he noticed a group of veterans setting out for a morning ride each day. Taylor decided he wanted to give it a try, and started out on a reclined bike made to accommodate disabilities.

But the desire for speed motivated him to overcome balance problems left over from his injury.

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Unlikely Companions
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How One Woman Learned To Face Cancer From Her 3-Year-Old Hospital Roommate

Nina Garkavi and Greta York shared a room at Seattle Children's Hospital where they learned to face cancer together.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Nina Garkavi was feeling rotten. She was throwing up. She’d barely slept the night before. And she hadn’t managed a poop without excruciating pain in weeks.

She was halfway through six months of in-patient chemotherapy when a nurse came into her hospital room and started prepping the empty bed opposite hers. The nurse informed her, matter-of-factly, that another patient would be joining her.

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Little Buggers
8:00 am
Sat May 24, 2014

How To Remove A Tick — And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

Washington state Department of Health

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

So we asked an expert for the definitive answer on how to remove the blood-sucking bugs.

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