NPR programs
9:09 am
Fri June 8, 2012

'Car Talk' Guys Are Retiring, But Their Best Stuff Will Be Rebroadcast

Ray, left, doing some dental work on Tom.
CarTalk.com

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:30 pm

Click and Clack are going into retirement.

This just in from NPR's communications department:

June 8, 2012; Our Fair City – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, will tell their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they'll no longer record new programs. But their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:58 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Forecast: A break from rain by Sunday; coastline is the place for sun

Above is a view of the development of coastal clouds as seen from the polar-orbiting MODIS satellite looking along the central Washington coast. You can see that the coastline is free of clouds.
Cliff Mass

The forecast is calling for a few rain showers to move through the Puget Sound region, no surprise there. But with the strong sun heating the ground and with the clouds aloft, we could also get a weak thunderstorm or two, said KPLU’s weather expert Cliff Mass.

Then, it’s better weather through the weekend. By Sunday, we’ll see the end of showers, though there will still be some clouds aloft and temperatures in the mid-60s. Monday is the best of the set with temperatures reaching into the 70s.

Often, Mass advises sun-seekers to head east across the mountains, but in this week's conversation he offered another option. He said the coast would be a great place for some sun and seeing the transit of Venus.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
6:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Why are we such gear freaks in the NW?

Museum of History & Industry and Charla Bear

In the Pacific Northwest, we know that yoga pants, polar fleece and hiking shoes are great for grocery shopping. But when we head into the great outdoors, we love to pile on the high-tech gear.

Sure, the weather here demands a certain level of protection from the elements. But what is it that compels people in the Pacific Northwest to want every piece of equipment out there?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Wrongly accused of rape, Seahawks give Brian Banks shot at dream

Brian Banks works out at Seahawks headquarters in Renton Thursday. Cleared of rape charges just two weeks ago, Banks, once a high school star in Long Beach, Calif., gets to pursue his NFL dream.
Corky Trewin AP Photo

Brian Banks is not a bitter man. He has a right to be - after serving five years in prison and five on probation for a rape he didn't commit. But he says he wants to focus on his future.

Banks was cleared of the charges just two weeks ago, after his accuser recanted her story. Now, the Seahawks are giving the former high school football standout a shot at his dream. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was at Seahawks headquarters Thursday, where Banks tried out for the team.

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NPR science
7:32 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

UW's new fetal genetics test: Less risk, more controversy

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:37 am

The full genetic code of a fetus has been cracked. The technique, used by scientists at the University of Washington, could offer parents safer and more comprehensive prenatal testing in the future. It also leaps into a debate over what information parents will eventually have — and use — to decide whether to have an abortion.

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fitness and nutrition
5:45 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Weight loss for a big prize - is it a gimmick?

Overall, so far in this weight-loss contest, 1,400 contestants in Pierce County lost more than 15,000 pounds.
Allan Foster Flickr

If you’ve ever thought about losing weight, it helps to have a prize, as 1,400 people in Pierce County can tell you. They’re in a contest that ends this week – similar to TV’s Biggest Loser reality show – with winners getting a $10,000 prize.

It may seem like a gimmick. But scientists say it has a solid foundation.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

A teary farewell to Seattle schools chief

Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield dabs her eyes as her deputies bid her an emotional farewell.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

It wasn’t on the school board agenda, but members of Susan Enfield’s cabinet paid her a surprise tribute during her final school board meeting Wednesday. Enfield is leaving Seattle Public Schools this month after 16 months as interim superintendent.

Enfield wiped away tears as a string of her deputies praised her, beginning with Enfield’s number-two, Interim Deputy Superintendent Bob Boesche.

“So my word is motivator. There wasn’t a meeting ever, an encounter ever with you, where I didn’t walk out [feeling] motivated to do my best,” Boesche said.

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Education
1:51 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

UW Regents approve 16 percent tuition hike

The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved a 16 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.

With the increase, tuition and mandatory fees for the 2012-13 academic year will total $12,401. That's a $1,564 increase. The regents also voted Thursday to allocate 30 percent of the increased tuition dollars to financial aid.

Washington State Legislature
12:39 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New Washington laws impact film, teachers, universities

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The film industry is getting incentives reinstated. Teachers are getting a new evaluation system. Universities are getting new rules on how to handle abuse allegations.

Dozens of new laws approved by Washington lawmakers earlier this year took effect on Thursday, though two of the most contentious proposals were not implemented as planned.

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Education
10:49 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts

David Bilides, head counselor at Washington Middle School, gave school board members an earful over cuts that have left many colleagues out of work and 37 elementary schools without a counselor.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle school counselors say they’re getting hit harder than ever by budget cuts, and a pack of them turned out at Wednesday’s school board meeting to protest the latest round of layoffs.

It all stems from a change three years ago to how Seattle Public Schools funds counselors in elementary schools. The district stopped paying for them as regular employees, and instead gave schools a choice: use your discretionary money, or let them go. Now, almost two thirds of elementary schools don’t have a counselor, and the district has sent pink slips to a dozen counselors at middle-and high schools.

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Japanese Tsunami
10:14 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Japanese dock unmoored by tsunami washes ashore in Newport

The dock, which is debris from the Japanese tsunami, is seven feet tall, 19 feet wide and 66 feet long. A plaque attached to the top has Japanese writing on it.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation

The Japanese consulate has confirmed that the dock that washed ashore Tuesday at Agate Beach near Newport is debris from the March 2011 Tsunami in Japan. it was checked for radiation and results came back negative.

Now, Oregon officials have organized a group of volunteers to scrape off, bag up and dispose of the hundreds of millions of marine organisms that hitchhiked aboard a boxcar-sized dock that floated across the Pacific during last year's tsunami.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Here comes the bride songs

The great scholar Dave Barry wrote, “Marriage is very much like a birthday candle, in that 'the flames of passion burn brightest when the wick of intimacy is first ignited by the disposable butane lighter of physical attraction, but sooner or later the heat of familiarity causes the wax of boredom to drip all over the vanilla frosting of novelty and the shredded coconut of romance.”

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Seattle shooting
6:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Seattle: Make gun offenders register like sex offenders?

Just like a sex offender, once you are released from prison on a gun violation, you would be classified as either a Level I, Level I or Level III offender.
Zoren Deneu Flickr

Sex offenders have to register when they get out of prison in Washington. So why shouldn’t people who commit a violent crime with a gun have to do the same?

It’s an idea being floated by the Seattle Police Department.

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derelict ship
5:16 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Refloated ship Deep Sea from Penn Cove reaches Seattle

The ship arrived at the Ballard Locks in Seattle shortly after noon Wednesday. It will be dismantled at a Ballard shipyard.
Chad Collins Flickr

The derelict ship that shut down shellfish harvesting at Penn Cove off Whidbey Island has been towed to Seattle to be scrapped.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
4:21 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Officials break ground on Seattle's deep-bore tunnel

The excavator that will dig a hole for the world's largest-diameter tunnel boring machine
Ashley Gross KPLU

The long goodbye to Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct has begun.

With some ceremonial scoops of dirt, officials today began digging a pit for the giant machine that will chew up the earth under Seattle like a massive termite creating the deep-bore tunnel.

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