Housing
7:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Poor economy leaves more people in Seattle struggling to find housing

Diane Rivers has been homeless off and on since she was pregnant with her now three-year-old daughter, Christina
Ashley Gross KPLU

Seattle’s oldest public housing project, Yesler Terrace, is headed for a massive redevelopment, and that means years of upheaval for its 1,200 residents. At least they’re guaranteed some kind of housing. Others are not so lucky. The poor economy has made a chronic shortage of subsidized housing in Seattle even worse.

Diane Rivers is one of the people who's been trying for years to find a permanent home that she can afford.

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Washington wildfires
7:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

New Washington wildfires burn near Columbia River Gorge

WHITE SALMON, Wash. — Fire crews plan to work through the night to construct containment lines around two fast-moving new wildfires threatening dozens of homes in south-central Washington along the Columbia River Gorge.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

A Sugar Rush of Pop Songs

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have obviously been conducted by scientists without young children. But there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you.

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2012 elections
10:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Wonky Clinton Wows Convention In Muscular Obama Sales Pitch

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:52 pm

President Obama still has a case to make for a second term, and specific people to whom he needs to make it.

But while it's two months too early to call former President Bill Clinton Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets Wednesday night at the Democratic convention with a bravura defense of the current White House occupant.

"We are here to nominate a president," Clinton said after strolling onto the stage to tumultuous applause, "and I've got one in mind."

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NPR science
8:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

After 35 Years, Voyager Nears Edge Of Solar System

In addition to surveying the planets, the Voyager mission also spent time studying the planets' satellites, or moons. This mosaic image, taken in 1989, shows Neptune's largest satellite, Triton. Triton has the coldest surface temperature known anywhere in the solar system.
NASA/JPL

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:33 pm

The Voyager 1 spacecraft's 35th anniversary is proving to be unexpectedly exciting, as scientists gathered this week to examine new hints that the spacecraft is on the verge of leaving our solar system.

Voyager 1 is now more than 11 billion miles away from Earth. It blasted off in September 1977, on a mission to Jupiter and Saturn. But it also carried a Golden Record filled with music and the sounds of our planet, in case it encountered intelligent life as it moved out toward the stars.

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Science
6:29 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Seattle team has big role in Human Genome 2.0

DNA molecule unwinding from inside the nucleus of a cell.
NHGRI

It's not officially called Human Genome 2.0. But, key scientists say the research results published Wednesday should re-kindle some of the promise of the Human Genome Project.

One of those key scientists is John Stamatoyannopoloulos of the University of Washington, along with his team of about 40 researchers.

"One of the important hopes here is that this will reinvigorate drug development that’s built around the genome," he says.

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2012 elections
5:34 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Secret Service investigates claim that Romney's tax returns were stolen

The Secret Service is looking into a claim that hackers stole several years' worth of tax returns filed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 4:32 pm

Investigators are working to determine the legitimacy of a claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen from an accounting firm's records.

Naming a million-dollar price, an anonymous ransom note was sent to accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The letter, which was also posted online, gets right to the point: "Using your Office... we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney."

The note's author signs off with a perky "Cheers!"

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legalizing marijuana
4:43 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Oregon judge rules against pot measure; arrest made at 'resource center'

SALEM, Ore. – A Salem judge has ruled against putting a second marijuana legalization measures on Oregon's ballot.

Meanwhile, the owner of what's billed as a medical marijuana "resource center" in Eugene has been charged with illegal pot dealing and money laundering.

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Diversions
4:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain?

Seattle and environs seen yesterday afternoon. We're closing in on the all-time record for sunny/dry days.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Hard to know what to root for – a record dry spell or the return of rain.

Our weather expert and University of Washington professor Cliff Mass says the race is on, and it’ll be close.

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2012 elections
3:06 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Group: Seattle FAA bosses urged workers to vote Democrat

A government transparency group is urging an investigation into Federal Aviation Administration managers who allegedly urged workers in Seattle to vote Democrat in the upcoming elections.

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2012 elections
3:01 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

National group airs TV ad against Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Republican Governors Association has started airing its first television ad against Democrat Jay Inslee in Washington state, where the former U.S. representative is running for governor against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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Food
11:59 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe

Sure it's good with coffee, but apparently it makes for a bold cup of joe when it is IN the coffee.
Wendy Flickr

Apparently bacon goes with everything … including in and not just with coffee.

Seattle’s Best Coffee held a series of contests for a new coffee recipe and the winner, from Des Moines, infused her coffee concoction with caramelized bacon.

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Greening pro Sports
11:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

M’s out to improve (enviro) average, change peanut packaging

Will this packaging help the Mariners reach a goal of 90 percent recycling at Safeco Field? The team's operations manager says plastic films that enclose snacks are a missing link in their strategy for responsibly disposing of fans' trash.
Courtesy of the Mariners

The Mariners might not be topping their league for play this season. But when it comes to sustainability, they say they’ve got a winning team.

Right at the top of the lineup for dealing with trash is a chemical company that has a new formula for packaging the peanuts you buy at the ballpark. It's BASF. Remember the cassette tapes they used to make? The German chemicals giant is a big sponsor now of the Mariners. Local compost producer Cedar Grove is also in on the deal.

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NPR science
10:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Scientists unveil 'Google Maps' for human genome

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 2:56 pm

Scientists unveiled the results of a massive international project Wednesday that they say debunks the notion that most of our genetic code is made up of so-called junk DNA.

The ENCODE project, which involved hundreds of researchers in dozens of labs, also produced what some scientists are saying is like Google Maps for the human genome.

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2012 elections
9:52 am
Wed September 5, 2012

One cute thing from the Dems convention: Julian Castro's 3-year-old's hair-flip

Carina Castro during the Democratic National Convention.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:12 am

There was one undeniably sweet moment, last night: As San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got to the part of his speech where he mentioned his wife and his 3-year-old daughter, the camera panned over to Carina.

It seemed like she noticed herself on the big screens at the arena, because suddenly she stuck out our her tongue and flipped her hair.

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