Weather with Cliff Mass
9:07 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Will we break the 'dry' record? Cliff Mass says, Unlikely

Will the stretch of sunny days end soon? Cliff Mass predicts it will.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The record for consecutive days without rain at Seatac is 51 days, set in 1951. To break that record, we'd need to see no rain through Tuesday.

"I think we are probably going to get to 49, but I don't think we'll get to 50 or 51," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. "It's tragic. But we're going to be happy with the second longest streak of dry weather in Seattle history."

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NPR politics
6:48 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Republicans or Democrats: The choice comes down to competing myths

What does your vision of America look like?
Loud Red Creative iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:15 am

Early in his acceptance speech last night, President Obama laid out the voters' task in these words:

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice ... between two fundamentally different visions for the future."

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The Impact of War
10:53 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden also searched for Idaho POW

A Taliban video from December 2010 appears to show Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:39 pm

A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The controversial book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It also says in 2009, Navy SEALs went after Bowe Bergdahl’s captors too.

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2012 elections
9:54 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Obama: 'Times Have Changed ... So Have I'

President Obama speaks Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:44 pm

Framing the coming election as a choice between fundamentally different visions, President Obama offered himself to the country Thursday as a fire-tested leader ready to finish the job he started.

"Our problems can be solved," Obama said. "Our challenges can be met."

It was an older, battle-scarred nominee who faced his party in Charlotte, N.C. This message of hope was tempered and longer-view — a good distance if not a full turn from the vision he offered four years ago when he accepted the nomination in a thundering Denver stadium.

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2012 elections
9:47 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Five takeaways from the last night of the Democratic Convention

President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:25 am

If you missed the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Seahawks' early success: why some fans act like 'jilted lovers'

Seahawks fans react to an upheld touchdown by the Tennessee Titans that is shown on the replay screen behind them in a preseason game last month in Seattle.
Rick Bowmer AP Photo

When it comes to getting their hopes up early on in the season for any Seattle sports team, many fans instead put up their defenses. That may be happening to some people in the wake of the Seahawks' perfect preseason record of 4-0.

As the Hawks gear up for the start of the regular season Sunday in Arizona, some fans are keeping the team at arms' length. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

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Department of good questions
6:18 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought

Farm worker Jesus Francisco Cayetano feeds pigs a slop made from food scraps from casinos near North Las Vegas, Nev. in 2006.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:12 pm

Last month we heard that a farmer in Kentucky was feeding his cattle discarded chocolate because corn was too expensive. Things are getting weird, we thought.

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Food Insecurity
4:42 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Recession drives up hunger in Washington

A Tukwila food pantry stocks its tables. Emergency food providers say demand is up since the recession.
USDAgov Flickr

The recession has brought a major spike in the number of Washington families who experience hunger, according to data from advocates and federal officials. Hunger has gone up all over the country, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that Washington has fared worse than the country overall.

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Seattle Mysteries
2:34 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Mysterious 'hum' keeping West Seattle up at night

West Seattle is surrounded by heavy industry - could the mysterious hum bothering residents be coming from ships?
Jake Ellison KPLU

The West Seattle “hum,” a loud noise of unknown origins that enveloped the neighborhood several years ago, has returned with “a vengeance.”

The resurgent thrumming humming sound has people talking and guessing what’s causing it. According to the editor of West Seattle’s popular news blog, its origins remain a mystery.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Preview: Seahawks' perfect preseason makes some wary

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in action against the Oakland Raiders in a preseason game in Seattle.
AP Photo

The Seahawks are preparing for their season opener on Sunday in Arizona. They went 4-0 in the preseason - only the second perfect preseason in team history.

But not everyone is celebrating that feat. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will explain why tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Jazz Caliente
11:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Resources for learning about Latin music

Trombonist and educator Steve Turre plays sanctified shells at Smoke in NYC
Alan Nahigian

Two informative, fun and  in-depth resources for learning about Latin music debuted  in 2009:  the interactive exhibit American Sabor  and the PBS series  Latin Music USA.

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Education
10:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing community college enrollment a promising sign for economy in NW

Enrollment at some Northwest community colleges is expected to go down for the first time since the recession began. Photo by Lindsey Allen via Flickr

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 8:41 am

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession.

At the bookstore at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the piles of textbooks students buy are kind of like a bar graph for the local unemployment rate.

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Education
10:19 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Toppenish high principal is national principal of the year

Trevor Greene, principal of Toppenish High School.

The principal of rural Toppenish High School, south of Yakima, has been named national high school principal of the year and will be honored in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.

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2012 elections
10:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Candidate for Washington auditor once accused of theft

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Democratic candidate for state auditor was once accused in court files of stealing artwork from the offices of a company where he worked.

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NPR science
8:59 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do Birds Hold Funerals?

Jessica Merz Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:17 pm

Here's a journal-paper title that grabbed my eye: Western scrub-jay funerals: cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics.

OK, there's some jargon included — "cacophonous aggregations" refers to birds called in by other birds' vocalizations, and "conspecifics" just means other individuals of the same species. But it's the "f" word — funeral — that caught my attention.

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