9/11 Anniversary
5:57 pm
Sun September 11, 2011

Memories of loss, ten years later at International Fountain at Seattle Center

Images from Seattle Center on 9-11-2011.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world.

 I was happy to be among them, and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.

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8:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Prof. Fred revels in the marvel of movies so bad, they're good

Fred and Igor.

Can something be so terrible it’s actually good? Professor Fred Hopkins thinks so.

By day, Hopkins is a lawyer who helps people get out of paying big fines for traffic infractions. But in his spare time he is the enthusiastic host of Movie Marvels, a show that runs once a week on Seattle’s Community College TV channel.

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2:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

6.4 quake reported off Vancouver Island, no damage

Wickaninnish Beach, Tofino, BC 5/22/2010
"somecanuckchick" flickr.com

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred about 73 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island at 12:41 this afternoon. There are no reports of damage or injuries. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police dispatcher in Tofino, British Columbia, said most people there barely felt the quake. 

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says it has inspected area bridges and all appear undamaged.

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Washington wildfires
1:44 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Wildfire spreading near Satus Pass in Washington

A transportation worker stops traffic on U.S. Highway 97 north of Goldendale, Wash. on Thursday.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — More firefighters are being dispatched to the wildfire that has burned nine homes near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Turley says the number of firefighters will double by Saturday to 600 as the state mobilizes resources.

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1:01 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

City mourns popular barista, questions bike path's safety

For 22 years, Brian Fairbrother served coffee and pastries at Vivace Espresso. He worked his way into becoming general manager of all three locations, eventually becoming a co-owner of the Capitol Hill business.
Christopher Nicely Abel Alameda

The morning routine has irrevocably changed for thousands of Seattle coffee drinkers. A popular barista at Espresso Vivaci, Brian Fairbrother, died yesterday from head injuries sustained in a bicycle accident last month. He was 50.  

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Protected Lands
10:52 am
Fri September 9, 2011

New refuge preserves underwater landscapes in Puget Sound

A management plan for the proposed Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve is to be signed at a ceremony today near Olympia. It will be the seventh area to receive this designation as part of the state's efforts to clean up and protect Puget Sound.
Courtesy Washington State Department of Natural Resources

The state is adding 15,000 acres of protected land around the Nisqually Reach Wildlife Refuge, exempting it from commercial development of any kind.

All the land is under water. It’s the seventh and southern-most area in Puget Sound to be designated as an Aquatic Reserve. Signing of a new management plan takes place today at 1:30 p.m.

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Grizzly bear shooting
10:15 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Idaho grizzly bear case ends with no charges, politicians unsatisfied

The north Idaho man who shot a grizzly bear is off the hook but Idaho's top politicians aren't dropping their beef with the Endangered Species Act. Federal prosecutors decided not to pursue a criminal case against the man who said he was protecting his family against a grizzly bear.

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Union unrest
10:03 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Long history of Longshore labor unrest on West Coast

Union workers block railroad tracks in Longview, Wash., Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked a train carrying grain as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.
Associated Press

Port managers and workers up and down the west coast are closely watching the unrest in Longview, Wash. That’s where unionized longshoremen early Thursday morning stormed a port terminal and clashed with police.

If the unrest continues, this could be the first time west coast shipping is brought to a standstill in nearly 10 years.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:20 am
Fri September 9, 2011

The heat will stay on, possibly becoming warmest September ever

This graphic from Cliff Mass' blog shows the wild temperature ride we've been on this month.

We’ve got one more weekend of great hot weather before we begin to see temperatures more normal for September, says Cliff Mass, KPLU’s weather commentator and University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences.

Look for temperatures to be in the lower 80s today with another five to seven degrees higher on Saturday. Sunday will peak at nearly 90. If these temperatures hold out through Monday, we could set a record for number of days in September that have reached or exceeded 80. The record is eight days.

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9/11 Anniversary
8:30 am
Fri September 9, 2011

How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood

For Kevin Finch, 9/11 fell on his second day of classes as a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University. He says experiencing such a dramatic event at that point in life changed everything for him.
Charla Bear KPLU

“There was such a shift from what I thought life was going to be, to what it turned out to be. That’s where things really started for me.  It’s where I started growing up, I would say.”

In early September of 2001, Kevin Finch moved from his childhood home in Puyallup, Wash., to the dorms at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to start his freshman year in college. His plan was to finish in 4 years with a degree in something related to health care, an idea that began to unravel on just his second day of class.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

It might be good for the Seahawks to be bad this year

Placeholder quarterbacks and a new and inexperienced offensive line are two big reasons a lot of experts are counting the Seahawks out this season. Art Thiel says if they lose big, they could win big next year with a top draft pick.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

If you're going to be bad, be really bad. That might be a good slogan for the Seahawks, as they start the regular season Sunday against the 49ers in San Francisco.

National media predictions say the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that may be a good thing.

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Mysteries of the Ocean
6:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Unsettling answer to mysterious floating shoe-with-foot


There are likely hundreds of dead human bodies in the waters of the Northwest at any given time.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down

A Cowlitz County Sheriff grabs a union worker by the throat as police move in on several hundred union workers blocking a grain train in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.

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Global Health
4:59 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Fighting global illiteracy with the 'Talking Book'

Kids in Ghana trying out the Talking Book
Literacy Bridge

Words can be just as important as vaccines, drugs or better seeds when it comes to helping the world’s poorest.

And Cliff Schmidt, founder of a Seattle-based organization called Literacy Bridge, has created a device to get these valuable words out to the world’s poorest. It’s called the Talking Book.

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Washington wildfires
3:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

9 homes, 10 buildings burn in Washing wildfire

Three sisters from Saint Johns Monastery, about 10 miles east of Goldendale, Wash., race across Highway 97 on Wednesday. The nuns were running garden hoses across the highway to fight the fire and using rags to beat the flames down near the monastery.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — State officials say nine homes and 10 outbuildings have burnt in a wildfire near Status Pass in south central Washington.

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