3:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Faith In Seattle Police 'Shaken' By DOJ Investigation

Protesters demonstrate at City Hall in Seattle on Feb. 16, 2011, after the announcement that police officer Ian Birk would not face charges for the fatal shooting of John T. Williams.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 3:23 pm

Police departments have come under increased scrutiny from the Obama administration as the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division steps up investigations of corruption, bias and excessive force.

Some of the targeted law enforcement agencies have had ethical clouds hanging over them for years — the New Orleans Police Department being the prime example — but others, like the Seattle Police Department, aren't exactly usual suspects.

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Fishing Season
11:33 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Pacific fishermen prepare for big salmon season

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal regulators will allow plenty of opportunity for fishermen to troll for Pacific Coast salmon as biologists forecast a dramatic rebound in populations of the prized fish.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved salmon seasons that provide ample fishing time for commercial and recreational anglers in California, Oregon and Washington.

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Public policy
11:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Number of sex offenders in your community may be overestimated

Screen shot of the purported location of sex offenders in Seattle as seen on The site “makes no representation, implied or expressed, that all information placed on this web site is accurate or timely.”

Don’t be too quick to say no to that dream house because of the registered sex-offender next door – he may not even be there.

According to a University of Washington study it turns out that there are actually fewer sex-offenders living in communities around the nation than are listed on online registries for individual communities.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:29 am
Fri April 6, 2012

April showers are giving way this weekend (as we remember the great Vancouver tornado)

Cumulus clouds have been prominent this week. If they grow bigger, they can signal storms ahead.
Carlye Calvin UCAR

A few scattered showers on Friday--and some puffy cumulus clouds--will dry out for Saturday.

"It should be a glorious day. And interestingly enough it should be warmer in western Washington than eastern Washington, which is not the normal situation this time of year," says KPLU weather expert and UW professor Cliff Mass.

The sunshine should stick around Sunday, but there's a bit of a debate among meteorologists over what happens Sunday evening and next week.

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Washington State Legislature
8:26 am
Fri April 6, 2012

One month later, Democrats' defection still raw in Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The three Washington Senate Democrats who broke from their caucus last month to vote with Republicans face renewed criticism - from their fellow Democrats. At issue is whether to link a series of government reforms to a plan to rebalance the state budget.

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Salmon run
8:20 am
Fri April 6, 2012

2 salmon-eating sea lions killed at Bonneville Dam

2008 file photo shows several seal lions sitting in two traps on the Columbia River near the Bonneville Dam shortly before the doors are closed.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Washington state wildlife spokesman says two salmon-eating California sea lions have been captured this week at Bonneville Dam and killed by lethal injection.

The Oregonian reports the deaths are the first this year after a federal judge ruled last month the program could proceed.

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High Court
8:09 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Washington Supreme Court limits police searches

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington Supreme Court ruling says police in the state need a warrant to search a car for evidence after someone has been taken into custody.

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Olympic Sports
8:05 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Olympic track and field trials in Eugene expected to sell out

Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Photo by Wolfram Burner/ Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 3:52 pm

PORTLAND – Organizers of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials say they’re on track for a sellout for the eight-day event in Eugene. Single-day event tickets go on sale Friday morning.

University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna predicts they’ll disappear fast.

“Our projection was always to sellout. That’s kind of important," Lananna says. "Our budget is built around a sellout. It is important for a whole bunch of reasons that we sell out.”

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Why do we tint our windows in the rainy NW?

If it seems like you’re seeing more tinted windows here, you are.
Rik_C Flickr

You pull up to a stop light, look over and the windows on the SUV next to you are so dark you can’t see in. Why are we hiding behind tinted automobile windows here in the Pacific Northwest?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

UW players heading to NBA draft: Ready or not

UW's Terrence Ross (31) and Tony Wroten (14) celebrate their 57-53 win over Utah on Jan. 7, 2012. Ross was the Huskies' leading scorer with 14 points.
Colin E. Braley AP Photo

They were the top two players on the University of Washington basketball team this season. They weren't able to get the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament, but sophomore Terrence Ross and freshman Tony Wroten are nonetheless leaving UW to enter the NBA draft.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says only one of them is ready.

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NBA arena
5:29 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

New arena backers will study traffic, have confidence it'll work

Chris Hansen: "I think you all should just know that when we undertook a site evaluation, traffic was one of the key benefits of this area. When we looked at a lot of the other potential sites, we thought this one was the best.”
Monica Spain KPLU

Seattle basketball and hockey fans are inching closer to having a new stadium. The mayor and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen announced plans to study transportation and parking impacts south of downtown.

Private investor Chris Hansen announced that he will pay for the fast-tracked study, due to be out in six to eight weeks. 

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traffic woes
4:12 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Crash snarls I-5 traffic for miles

A multiple-vehicle collision involving a semi has closed all four southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, causing an eight-mile backup.

The accident was reported at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday.

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3:55 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle global health expert issues call to arms in the war on fake drugs

Did you know a small, but increasing number of drugs are fake?
Rodrigo Senna Flickr

What looks like a very boring academic and institutional report, entitled “Ensuring Safe Foods and Medical Products Through Stronger Regulatory Systems Abroad,” is in fact a call to arms. A Seattle man is a leading voice in sounding the alarm on the problem of counterfeit drugs.

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3:34 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Northwest asparagus to pop up within days, other crops springing too

The Eastern Washington asparagus crop appears to be right on schedule. Photo by lengmomo/ Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:51 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest spring is getting off to a wet start. But Eastern Washington farmers appear to be right on schedule.

Asparagus is the herald of spring. That’s because the crop depends heavily on soil temperature to sprout.

Farmer Alan Schreiber says if he and his neighbors harvest asparagus before April 5th it’s an early year. If they harvest after April 15 it’s late.

So far, it looks like the green and purple spears will pop up right on time. Schreiber says growers have been out in the field working for more than a month.

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Movie Reviews
2:38 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

'Surviving Progress': Taking overdevelopment to task

The documentary Surviving Progress illustrates its arguments on the sustainability of human behavior in the context of environmental degradation with striking images of life in cities like Sao Paulo.
First Run Features

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 10:37 am

Not every human advance is a snare, according to Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress. But some new techniques can lead to something the Canadian author calls a "progress trap" — a development that's ultimately more harmful than helpful.

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