Aaron Reardon
1:32 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

No charge against Snohomish County executive Reardon

COUPEVILLE, Wash. — The Island County prosecutor says there's not enough evidence to charge Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon who was accused of taking a mistress on official travel.

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Japanese Tsunami debris
1:09 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Tsunami debris foam littering Washington coast; basketball returned to Japan

OCEAN PARK, Wash. — It's not just fishing floats, derelict ships or docks that are washing ashore on Northwest beaches as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan crosses the Pacific.

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pests
12:25 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Black flies bedevil Spokane

EPA: Black flies are found under rocks in swiftly flowing streams, but also sometimes indicate too many nutrients (nitrogen and/or phosphorus) in the water.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

SPOKANE, Wash. – Another damp spring has led to another outbreak of black flies in Spokane.

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NPR Science
12:09 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

New Research: U.S. Is Warming, But Not Uniformly

In red, are the states that have seen the highest temperature change.
Climate Central

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:09 pm

New analysis (pdf) of climate data finds that since 1912, the United States has warmed 1.3 degrees. But that warming is concentrated in certain states, some of which have "warmed 60 times faster than the 10 slowest-warming states."

All of that is according to Climate Central, a research and journalism non-profit that seeks to inform the public about climate and energy. The center looked at data from the National Climatic Data Center's U.S. Historical Climatology Network.

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Liquor News
10:39 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bars warn: Your drink will cost more due to liquor privatization

Cyclops owners Gina Kaukola and John Hawkley brace themselves for high liquor prices this summer once they exhaust their surplus.
Evan Hoover KPLU

“Chaos is building in the transition.”

From state-run to the now-privatized sale of liquor, poor communication between local watering holes and their distributors is creating a headache for bar owners ... and soon, a jump in costs will likely have you paying more for a drink.

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Government News
10:20 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Clark County tracks county vehicles with GPS; good idea?

Clark County is using GPS devices to track many of its vehicles.

Managers can check their computers and find the locations of building inspectors, animal control officers and maintenance workers.

KATU reports it's raising "Big Brother" concerns, but Risk Manager Mark Wilsdon says they're public employees, and if they aren't doing anything wrong there's nothing to worry about.

He says since GPS units were installed the number of completed jobs went up and so have fuel savings.

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NPR health
8:51 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Traces Of Virus In Man Cured Of HIV Trigger Scientific Debate

Timothy Ray Brown, widely known in research circles as the Berlin patient, was cured of his HIV infection by bone marrow transplants. Now scientists are trying to make sense of the traces of HIV they've found in some cells of his body.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:35 am

Top AIDS scientists are scratching their heads about new data from the most famous HIV patient in the world — at least to people in the AIDS community.

Timothy Ray Brown, known as the Berlin patient, is thought to be the first patient ever to be cured of HIV infection.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Summer camps: Here we go again!

Tim's daughters Lauryn and Zoe know the drill all too well.

With report cards mailed out and lockers scrubbed clean, it's time to say goodbye to school and hello to summer camps. Many working parents have spent months scrambling to fill their kids' idle time this summer. Seattle writer Tim Haywood can relate to this and all the complications that go with it.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 13, 2012

For great hot weather eating use your (cold) noodle

From Margaret Gin's Regional Cooking of China.
Stein

If you've never had them the idea of cold noodles might not sound too appetizing.  But just take a look at that recipe up there. Why do you think it's so ragged and stained? From multiple uses, that's how. 

I've had it memorized for years but I thought it would be fun to break it out once more so you could see. Click through all the photos and then keep reading – because I've got some good tips for you on how to make it.

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law enforcement
5:08 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Officer, do you need a nap? Police overtime questioned

Should police be giving time to take power naps?
Tom Flickr

Is a community at risk when cops don’t get enough sleep? Washington State University researcher Bryan Vila says it is. In a briefing before the King County Council, he said there are hazards associated with overworked officers.

He says lack of sleep affects your ability to think clearly and problem solve and do other things law enforcement needs to be skilled at, such as:

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Same-sex marriage
3:56 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Same-sex marriage referendum qualifies for Washington ballot

Now, same-sex marriage in Washington is up to voters.
Theresa Thompson Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A referendum on same-sex marriage in Washington state has qualified for the ballot.

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NPR health
12:46 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Panel questions benefits of vitamin D supplements

A woman pours two tablets into her hand from a pill bottle.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:35 am

An influential panel of experts questioned two big reasons people take vitamin D supplements.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in draft recommendations released Tuesday that taking less than 400 international units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day doesn't reduce the risk for bone fractures among postmenopausal women. And so the task force recommended against doing that.

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Violence against police
10:46 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Crowd turns on Seattle police officer

Police are investigating but have no suspects from a crowd that attacked a patrol car Monday night in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

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Election 2012
8:43 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Pierce County, Vancouver want taxes for transit

Pierce County voters will decide this fall whether to raise the sales tax so that Pierce Transit can restore some of the bus service that was cut last year.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Can we regulate our way out of the financial crisis?

The Glass-Steagall Act may have been repealed in 1999, but the FDIC, which it created, lives on.
Adam Fagen flickr.com

When it comes to assigning blame for the 2008 financial meltdown, some fingers are pointing at the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. But others aren’t so sure.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at banking regulations on this week's Money Matters.

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