Education
3:51 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Seattle schools freeze hiring, spending as deficit looms

Seattle’s school district has frozen hiring and spending in anticipation of a budget shortfall next year. But since officials say the change won't affect actual classroom resources or essential personnel, you might say the district has put hiring and spending in the fridge.

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Local Arts
1:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Last call for artworks to adorn vacant storefronts

"Somewhere out there" by Ryan Everson will be on display at the Publix Hotel 504 5th Ave. S. through this summer.
Storefronts Seattle

A nonprofit arts group is looking for art installations to feature around town. 

Storefronts, a program which showcases artworks in empty storefronts, is accepting applications for the year.

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NHL in Seattle
1:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Hansen shows off arena design for hockey use

sonicsarena.com

Investor Chris Hansen says the proposed arena for Seattle's next NBA team will be an "even better building for hockey."

Hansen on Thursday released preliminary design renderings that show how his planned arena would accommodate an NHL team.

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Higgs boson
11:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Physicists now confident they found 'God particle'

FILE - This undated image made available by CERN shows a typical candidate event including two high-energy photons whose energy (depicted by red towers) is measured in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter.
CERN Associated Press

The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.

Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

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Jazz Caliente
11:05 am
Thu March 14, 2013

How the Puerto Ricans saved Afro-Cuban Jazz

The extremely quotable drummer, percussionist, producer and educator Bobby Sanabria
Joe Conzo, Jr.

“If it wasn’t for the Puerto Rican community of Spanish Harlem, of the South Bronx, Afro Cuban music would never have survived in this country, and expanded to the heights that it has.”—Bobby Sanabria from the film “From Mambo to Hip Hop”

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Parenting
10:44 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Modern Parenthood: More Equal, More Stressed

Maybe in the 1940s, they just let them cry.
Fox Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 10:50 am

If you've ever had a spousal spat over who logs more time on housework, child care, or at the office, you might want to see how you stack up against other couples.

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drugs and alcohol
10:43 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Teen smoking rate drops below pot usage

A vendor points out the variety of marijuana for sale at the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Washington high school students who participated in a statewide health survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.

Overall, though, the trends show teenagers are drinking, smoking and abusing prescription drugs less than in the past.

In fact, 8th and 10th graders are half as likely to drink alcohol compared to those in 1998.

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Alternative energy
10:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower

This weir at Youngs Creek, near Sultan, is situated above a waterfall, minimizing its impact on fish runs. The Hydropower Improvement Act of 2013 would ease federal licensing on small dams, if they generate less than 10 megawatts of power.
Courtesy Snohomish County PUD

Big dams that block rivers and salmon runs are out of vogue. But new legislation could clear the way for more small ones.

The removal of Washington’s Elwha dam — the largest dam removal in U.S. history — marked the end of an era in which big dams were embraced.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Should in-demand college degrees cost more to earn?

Protesters chat with police following their march into the Univesrity of Washington president's office.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Should students earning in-demand degree pay more?

That's the idea behind behind differential tuition, which would allow colleges to raise the price of earning expensive, sought-after degrees like engineering and computer science.

Some local students are rallying against the idea and urging their schools not to boost tuition to match their majors' demand. 

But the schools say differential tuition could help offset deep cutbacks in state funding.

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health
10:06 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

5-organ transplant patient becomes a mother

Fatema Al Ansari of Qatar, left, holds her baby Alkadi Alhayal, as her husband Khalifa Alhayal, right, looks on during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky Associated Press

A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.

Fatema Al Ansari, 26, said Wednesday she was overjoyed after giving birth by cesarean section Feb. 26. She held the sleeping child at a gathering with reporters Wednesday at the same hospital, Jackson Memorial, where she had transplant surgery in 2007. 

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Food
9:15 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Sorry, But Bananas Won't Calm Your Caffeine Jitters

Some baristas swear that bananas can cure your coffee jitters, but the science just doesn't add up.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:43 am

It happens to the best of us. You drink one too many cups of coffee and, for the next few hours, you end up acting like a hyper preschooler who just can't sit still.

Which can be pretty inconvenient if it's, say, noon and you're at the office, or if it's midnight and you can't fall asleep.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were something quick and easy that you could take to combat the effects of over-caffeination? Something like ... a banana?

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House OKs 'Washington Dream Act'

Alan Cordova Flickr

The Washington House of Representatives has approved a measure giving young illegal immigrants eligibility to state college financial aid.

The House approved the so-called "Washington Dream Act" on a bipartisan 77-20 vote. They amended the bill on the floor to open college aid to all young illegal immigrants.

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NBA in Seattle
5:38 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Hansen: Arena will have balconies, court-side suites

sonicsarena.com

Chris Hansen and his group of investors have released preliminary design renderings of Seattle’s next basketball arena.

The plan features “non-traditional elements” including three stacked balconies in lieu of top rows above the seating bowl, Hansen’s group said on sonicsarena.com.

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Law
4:47 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Immigrant groups sue border agencies, allege mistreatment

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent keeps watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas.
Eric Gay Associated Press

Immigrant advocacy groups have filed nearly a dozen complaints and lawsuits against U.S. Customs and Border Protection across the country, claiming federal agents and officers mistreated and discriminated against illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.

The groups alleged Wednesday that officers at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., were complicit in sending a 4-year-old American girl to Guatemala without giving her parents a chance to retrieve her. Officers also detained a naturalized citizen who had been working with farmworkers in New York, kept women in cold detention cells in Texas and lied on an arrest report that led to an illegal immigrant's detention in Washington state, the advocacy groups said.

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Jazz and Blues
4:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Girl Scouts are stuck on Dick Stein

Dick Stein is honored by the Girl Scouts for suggesting a sticker saying "I Bought Girl Scout Cookies" in the Anderson University Center at PLU on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
John Froschauer

KPLU's Midday Jazz Host Dick Stein is one smart cookie. And his ideas aren’t half-baked, either.  

Stein was honored today by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington on the Pacific Lutheran University campus for coming up with a good idea that really stuck.

Like thousands of other Western Washington residents, Stein buys Girl Scout Cookies every year. 

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