Medical marijuana
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle seeks to close medical pot loophole with zoning rules

To close a loophole in state law and further control the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the city of Seattle is proposing to tighten its zoning laws.

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KPLU Alert
12:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

KPLU's Jazz24 and Humanosphere websites experiencing outages

Because of an apparent hacker attack on GoDaddy, the hosting service that KPLU contracts with, our Jazz24 and Humanosphere websites are experiencing intermittent outages.

More information on the attack on GoDaddy

Other News
11:39 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Coast Guard locates sunken vessel off Washington coast

The Coast Guard and a salvage ship have located the fishing vessel that suddenly sank in March off the Washington coast with four lives lost.

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Election diversions
10:51 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The picture of Joe Biden you have to see

Vice President Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:29 am

This past weekend was an odd one on the campaign trail. First, as NPR's Don Gonyea reported on Morning Edition, a muscled pizza man was so excited to see President Obama, he hugged him and picked him up a full foot off the ground.

Then there's Vice President Joe Biden who, um, canoodled with a biker lady at a Seaman, Ohio diner.

The picture captured by Carolyn Kaster of the Associated Press is priceless:

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Summer of 2012
7:04 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle dry streak ends, missing record by very narrow margin

To show how close we came to missing the rain, Cliff Mass writes, here is the total precipitation as of 6 AM around the area for Seattle Rainwatch. Zero precipitation (white) was so close.

A rain shower Sunday night dropped the first measurable moisture since July 23 at Sea-Tac Airport. That ended the dry stretch at 48 days, the second-longest on record. 

The record is 51 days set in the summer of 1951 at Sea-Tac.

"This is like losing a high-scoring basketball or football game by only 1 point....really frustrating!  There is a significant chance this will be the only rain Sea-Tac gets out of the frontal passage," KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass wrote in his blog.

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Author Interviews
6:34 am
Mon September 10, 2012

'End of Men' heralds new era of female dominance

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:47 am

Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace, and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived.

In her new book, The End of Men: And The Rise of Women, Rosin argues that the U.S. has entered an era of female dominance.


Interview Highlights

On how the rise of women is largely an economic story

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Business
5:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Microsoft urges immigration reform to fill high-skilled jobs

Robert Scoble Flickr

Overall, job growth remains disappointingly slow – the unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent. In computer-related fields, though, jobs are going unfilled.

Unemployment in computer and math jobs is a measly 3.4 percent. Companies like Microsoft and Expedia say one remedy is immigration reform, and they’re hopeful Congress will pass a new act to break the logjam.

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Same-sex marriage
1:15 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

States' rights and DOMA clash on a shifting battlefield

Carri Jo Anderson joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla., in August. As views on homosexuality change, more states are challenging the federal definition of marriage
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:07 pm

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country. The latest brush-up comes in a doubly-sticky challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Tribute to Gaye Anderson, friend of music and musicians

Gaye Anderson in front of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant.
Daniel Sheehan Eyeshotjazz.com

Gaye Anderson was owner and proprietor of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant from 1985 until her death on August 29.  Widely known as a staunch supporter of live music, she presided over thousands of nights of jazz and blues performances at her Pioneer Square restaurant.  Its fame spread all over the country as visitors remarked "I wish we had something like this back home."   The music ranged from traditional New Orleans and Chicago style jazz, through Swing, Bop and modern jazz on weeknights with blues on weekends.

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Food
8:03 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Much Of Wash. Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Washington apple farmers may have a difficult time getting all of their fruit picked. File photo courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:21 pm

PRESCOTT, Wash. -- Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington is one of the largest fruit growers in the world. Owners there put a plea out for more workers -- they're short 800 people.

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Hate Crimes
3:58 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Seattle-area Muslims say they were targeted by hate crime

The car driven by a group of young Muslims was vandalized with ethnic slurs, scratches and vulgar pictures.
CAIR

A civil rights group is calling for the FBI to investigate what they say was a hate crime against nine Seattle-area Muslims.

On Sept. 1, Philip Brown and eight other young Muslim friends set out for a jet skiing trip to Lake Chelan, driving a Toyota Prius and a rented BMW 3 series sedan. After an afternoon in the freezing cold water, they say they returned to the parking area to find the BMW covered in racist slogans.

“Doon coons,” and another anti-Muslim slur that includes the “N-word” were scrawled in permanent marker, along with scratches and vulgar images.

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Debris from the sky
12:43 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Apparent airplane panel falls on Kent neighborhood

KENT, Wash. – A piece of metal that could be a landing gear door from an airplane fell to the ground Friday morning in a Kent neighborhood.

Witnesses say it hit the ground and skipped about 30 feet before stopping in a street. No one was hit.

KOMO reports the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Illusions
12:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How two 60-foot arachnids came to life on a Seattle roof

Two daddy longlegs on the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Sure there was “ooh” and “aah” and “wow” from the top of the Space Needle on a sunny afternoon overlooking Seattle earlier this week, but then came “Oh my god!” and “What is that?” and “That’s amazing.”

The culprit?

Two 60-plus-foot “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center, casting long shadows and looking all the world like they could be real (if our universe allowed such things).

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Heavy Metal from the Delta - "When The Levee Breaks"

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a disaster that reshaped the South. With flooding in 10 states, the river below Memphis reached 60 miles across in some places. Not only was farmland swallowed up, but many poor blacks were forced to work rebuilding levees. With no crop that year, many headed north in what was part of a large migration to urban centers.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
10:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’

New Yorker George Francis Train is often credited with naming Tacoma the “City of Destiny.”

Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.

And while the city’s slogan is unique because it has lasted for so long (when was the last time you heard Seattle referred to as “Jet City?”), it also comes from a 19 Century “crazy person” who was a relentless promoter of Tacoma.

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