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Bertha Blues
12:39 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig'

WSDOT

The prospect of taking the State Route 99 tunneling machine known as Bertha offline for as much as half a year is not good news for the company operating it. But one Seattle tunneling expert says it could be worse.

“It’s really a problem with the machine itself. I think it’s something that can be repaired,” said the University of Washington’s Joseph Wartman. “And I think in a couple of years when the tunnel is open, people will have forgotten about this.”

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Rideshares Services
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Seattle To Consider Regulating Rideshare Services

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

The Seattle City Council will consider a pilot program to regulate rideshare services with training and insurance requirements, as well as a cap on the number of licenses. 

App-based services like Sidecar, UberX and Lyft are becoming common alternatives to using taxis. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien.

"Technology and new ideas have fundamentally changed the way we all think about transportation, and that’s just part of the reality going forward," O'Brien said.

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Homelessness
12:11 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents

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joolie Flickr

Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a guest blog post in The Stranger on Tuesday.

Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have, stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”

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Matters Of The Heart
2:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com

"Fog can’t obscure the love and positive energy for this cute couple as they bring in the new year with a kiss."
Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.

The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.

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KPLU Rose Drive
9:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Make Valentines’ Day Sweeter With KPLU!

MrOmega Flickr

The 2014 Valentine’s Drive has begun at KPLU! Make your gift of $140 by midnight on February 11, and we’ll send a bouquet of red or mixed roses to your sweetheart.

Make Valentine’s Day special with KPLU, while supporting the jazz and blues you love most.

Click here, or call 1-800-677-5758 (1-800-NPR-KPLU) to learn more about the award-winning gift box presentation and the red or mixed rose options available.

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Harborview Clinics
5:01 am
Fri January 24, 2014

As Clinics Face Uncertain Future, Harborview Staffers Plead For Answers

Harborview Medical Center is considering changes in how it delivers primary care.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center is considering big changes in the way it delivers primary care, with clinics serving thousands of patients hanging in the balance. And frustrated staffers are pleading with hospital brass to explain what’s going on.

Harborview may be best known as the region’s trauma center, but it runs a handful of primary care clinics at its First Hill campus, offering services such as obstetrics, pediatrics and family medicine.

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Patient Safety
2:19 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Seattle Children's Patients At Risk Of Infection From Improperly-Cleaned Tools

Courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is notifying about 100 patients who could be at risk of serious infection due to improperly-cleaned medical instruments.

Hospital officials say the risk is small, but substantial enough to warrant letters and phone calls to patients who had colonoscopies using a tool called an auxiliary channel scope. Unlike standard scopes, these instruments have an extra tube that needs to be cleaned between uses.

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homeless
5:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Three Homeless Groups In King County Receive Foundation Funds

Friends of Youth Facebook page

Three agencies serving the homeless in King County have received a $450,000 grant from several Seattle foundations. The money will help continue outreach services for runaway and homeless youth.  

Friends of Youth, an agency that serves teens in East King County and one of the grant recipients, will use the grant to support its mobile van that operates at skate parks and malls.

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A Labor Movement In Songs
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour'

Plowboy in Alabama earns 75 cents daily.
Dorothea Lange, photographer, Farm Security Administration (1936)

    

The movie "12 Years A Slave" has made clear the extent of the brutality slaves had to endure before emancipation. But life in the segregationist south up until the civil rights movement was, in many ways, not much better than during slavery.

That’s clear in "Sharecropper's Troubadour," the latest book from Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma. It’s an oral history of an African-American man named John Handcox, who braved the wrath of plantation owners by using his gift for song to organize sharecroppers into a union. 

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Diversion Du Jour
6:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Meet The Seattle Woman Who Ate Nothing But Starbucks For An Entire Year

Beautiful Existence

The year 2013 was the Year of Starbucks for one Seattle woman who survived only on foods and drinks she bought at Starbucks cafes.

The woman, named Beautiful Existence, says she’d often thought about taking on the task. After all, yearlong experiments were nothing new to Existence, who challenged herself to shop only at Goodwill for the entire year of 2011.

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Public Radio Day
12:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Thank You For Making Public Radio Day A Success!

Public Radio Day was a success! Between the 5 participating stations and your support, we are giving 1177 warm kits to the United Way of King County.

Thank to all our listeners who gave so generously to support your favorite stations, and to keep those in need warm this season!

Support Public Radio
1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

It's Public Radio Day!

Today is your chance to give to your favorite public radio stations and support the rich tradition of public broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest!

We’ve decide to team together with KING FM, KBCS, KEXP and KNHC in asking you to give a support to listener supported radio. 

For every gift you give of $120, we’ll donate one winter care pack* to the United Way of King County to be distributed to area shelters.

DONATE NOW!

Make your gift go further by supporting KPLU, our fellow public radio stations, and those in need, this holiday season!

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KPLU
10:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Public meeting notice: Fiscal Year 2013 KPLU audit review

On January 10, 2014 there will be a public meeting with the Audit and Compliance Committee of the PLU Board of Regents to review the FY12 KPLU Audit. The meeting will be at a place to be detrermined on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

If you are interested in attending either in person or by phone, please contact the General Manager's office at KPLU by calling 253-535-8732 or sdye@kplu.org for more information.

Smart Lighting
5:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

5 Tips to Help You Look Better on Skype, FaceTime

Blandine Van de Velde optimizes available light while Skyping by using a towel-covered lamp.
Justin Steyer KPLU

There’s no question more and more people are using Skype and FaceTime to connect with family and friends. And businesses are finding the technology to be a convenient way to interview job candidates to connecting with clients.

But what about how we look staring into those tiny computer and phone cameras? It seems everyone I talk to has a story about looking at themselves on Skype or FaceTime and thinking, “I look terrible.”

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transportation
5:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

SDOT Looking into De-Icer that Caused Crashes on Seattle Bridge

Seattle transportation officials are looking into what went wrong after cars started spinning out of control on a de-iced West Seattle Bridge on Monday.

Three minor car crashes in the eastbound lanes shut down the bridge for several hours. Police blamed the de-icer used on the bridge, but the formula, which the city has been using for three years now, didn’t seem to have caused any problems in the westbound lanes on the same bridge.

Still, the Seattle Department of Transportation is checking to make sure the de-icer had not been contaminated, said spokesman Rick Sheridan.

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