The Two-Way
7:58 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Justice Dept. accuses Apple and others of fixing e-book prices

Reading a book on an iPad.
Manu Fernandez AP

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 7:55 am

Apple Inc. and other publishers have conspired to limit competition and fix the prices of e-books, the U.S. Justice Department alleges in a suit filed today.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Have Fruit-Loopy fun making cakeless fruitcake

Nancy's "Rum Pot" concoction of dried fruit steeped in rum. Next pic shows growth spurt in the garlic patch.
Nancy Leson

When you ask your dinner host "What should I bring?" and the answer is " dessert" what do you make?

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Televison
2:02 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

'Simpsons' creator: Real Springfield is in Oregon

Matt Groening, creator of the animated series "The Simpsons," poses with his character creations Bart Simpson, left, and Homer Simpson earlier this year.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters.

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NPR diversions
1:53 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Wind at sea is strangely Van Goghish, says NASA

YouTube

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 8:55 am

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Gun Laws
12:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Survey: Will this bus campaign change your mind about guns?

An instance of Washington Ceasefire's new ad campaign.

You may have seen the new ads on city buses (250 in all) warning against the dangers of owning a gun.

But will the ads make a difference to you?

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Tolling
10:47 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Bill's in the mail for 520, Tacoma bridge tolls

People who have been tardy about paying their tolls for crossing the State Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges will be mailed civil penalty notices this week.

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Virus controversy
10:33 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Bird Flu Studies Mired In Export Control Law Limbo

An electron microscope view of the bird flu virus.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 4:50 am

Scientists who created mutant forms of bird flu want to see their research published, and an influential advisory committee recently gave them the green light after a debate that lasted for months.

But one of the manuscripts is now being blocked from publication because of Dutch legal controls on the export of technology that could potentially be used for weapons.

It's just the latest example of how complicated international export control laws have affected the debate over what to do about two studies on bird flu.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Abortion controversy
9:18 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Idaho woman arrested for abortion is uneasy case for both sides

Jennie McCormack tries to calm her three-year-old son, the youngest of her three kids. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 10:46 am

POCATELLO, Idaho - An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet.

McCormack’s attorney says he’s willing to take the challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, neither pro-choice nor pro-life groups are paying attention to the case.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

401kcalculator.org

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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Seattle police
6:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

NAACP: Was police stop coincidence or pay back?

Christopher Franklin is one of two men planning to sue the city of Seattle over treatment by Seattle police.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Was a Seattle police stop of two African American men in February just a coincidence or, as some are suggesting, "retaliation" for the publicity surrounding a previous stop. 

The NAACP says it wants answers from Seattle Police.

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Groove Notes
5:18 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

One of Louis Armstrong's final performances (favorite recipes) out this month

Louis Armstrong

Originally, a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, one of the last recordings of Louis Armstrong will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24th as part of the Smithsonian’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,” which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes ― everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac ― are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Feds say 3 pesticides harmful to salmon

A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.

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Public policy
3:25 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Seattle council protects public breastfeeding

The Seattle City Council has made it illegal for businesses and others to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding, to cover up or move to a different location.

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NPR tech news
3:06 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Like The Instagram-Facebook Deal? Depends On Your Filter

A photo illustration shows the photo-sharing app Instagram's fan page on Facebook's website. Facebook is acquiring Instagram for some $1 billion.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 3:00 pm

Facebook's decision to acquire Instagram for $1 billion set off strong reactions among Instagram users Monday, when the deal was announced. And if any users of Instagram's photo-sharing service were in love with the deal, they seemed to be keeping pretty quiet about it.

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