Consumer Choices
5:50 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try

Plastic bags such as these can choke fish and whales when they get into the waste stream. In many communities around Washington, they are banned or no longer allowed in recycling bins.
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

When you go to the grocery store, it’s easy to forget to bring a reusable bag with you.

But the consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That’s the message from Environment Washington – a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle protesters clear bridge after tying up traffic

Occupy Seattle protesters on the University Bridge during the march and rally on Thursday.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Traffic was snarled in Seattle's University District as hundreds of Occupy Seattle demonstrators from Seattle Central Community College met union and other protesters at the University Bridge as part of a national day of action demanding jobs.

Reporting from the bridge, KPLU's Vanessa Romo said protesters were in the middle of the bridge but were not directly impeding traffic since it appeared vehicles had been rerouted. Some protesters climbed up on part of the bridge, but all protesters had cleared out and the bridge was reopened by 6:20.

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Health
2:18 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

No West Nile virus cases this year

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes.
Charles Lam flickr.com

The West Nile virus season is over, and the state Department of Health reports there were no human cases of the disease in Washington this year, nor were any birds or horses found to be infected.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:54 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Preview: UW will try to stop losing slide, likely with backup QB

UW backup quarterback Nick Montana completes a 53-yard pass against Oregon on Nov. 5, 2011, in Seattle. Oregon beat Washington 34-17. The pass was Montana's only play in the game. But he could get his first career start this Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

After a promising start, the Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games. And now it looks like they've lost their starting quarterback to a sprained knee. Keith Price was injured in last weekend's loss to USC.

It's not official yet, but it looks like freshman backup quarterback Nick Montana will get his first career start on Saturday against Oregon State.

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Business
9:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Are you happy? Apparently, most Seattleites are darn happy

The sun is rising on a beautiful day in Seattle, apparently more than in other cities!
Ryan Healy Flickr

The Occupy movement is in full force in Seattle with protesters taking to the streets showing their discontent with the way things are. And yet, when asked in a recent survey, are you happy? Most Seattleites said … yes, pretty much.

In fact, when it comes to happiness, Seattle is above average!

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Don't worry, be happy (by whatever means!)

There are many paths to happiness. Spirituality, relationships, community, a warm puppy. Writing a hit song also helps, if you believe that happiness can be bought.

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Energy
9:36 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Controversial coastal wind farm development cancelled

Wind turbines spin above Grayland Beach State Park. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:52 pm

A group of four public utilities has cancelled a wind farm development that would have been one of the first and the biggest on the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The Radar Ridge Wind Project would've had as many as 32 turbine towers on state forestland near the southwest Washington coast. The partners in the project quietly scuttled the wind farm last week before a single foundation was dug.

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News
5:17 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

ACLU: Idaho conceals execution procedure from witnesses

Idaho renovated a cell block at the state's maximum security prison to serve as the execution chamber for Paul Ezra Rhoades. Photo courtesy of Idaho Department of Correction

The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho is violating a federal court's ruling on execution procedures. The state is set to execute convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades by lethal injection on Friday morning.

The Idaho Department of Correction allows witnesses at executions, including members of the press. But only after the execution team has secured the inmate to the table and inserted two IV lines.

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Humanosphere: Rwanda Special Coverage
11:41 am
Wed November 16, 2011

KPLU's Tom Paulson up close and personal with gorillas in Rwanda

No visit to Rwanda is complete without seeing the mountain gorillas. Here’s one who came to have a closer look at us.

After a whirlwind week of meeting with Rwandan officials, business leaders, local journalists, activists and others in the capital city of Kigali, we took off for a few days to journey high up into the Birunga mountain range to the northern town of Kinigi, near the Congo and Uganda borders.

I’m traveling with a group of American journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project. Our aim is to gain perspective on this country so many associate only with its genocidal past – but which many others today dub an “African success story.”

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
9:27 am
Wed November 16, 2011

In rural northwest mentally ill teens struggle for services

In Adams County, Washington, and many other rural places in the Northwest, it’s difficult for mentally ill teens to get adequate services
Rajah Bose Northwest News Network

Experts say mental health services for teens are especially inadequate in rural areas. That describes huge swaths of our region.

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Food for Thought
8:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

'All About Roasting' is the cookbook to get for the holidays

Ever since  I acquired Molly Stevens' All About Braising  in '04 my copy has become progressively more stained, tattered and torn.  In fact, some of the pages are actually falling out.    That's how good a cookbook it is.  Now the long wait is over.  Five years in the making, All About Roasting  is out at last— and just in time for Thanksgiving. 

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The surreal
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

The 40th anniversary of "I Think We're all Bozos on This Bus"

The cover of the Bozos album. Top left: Phil Austin and Peter Bergman. Bottom right: Phil Proctor and David Ossman.
The Firesign Theatre

Back in 1971, the surreal-humor group, The Firesign Theatre, released one of its most popular albums: I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus. Three members of the quartet ... Phil Austin, Peter Bergman and David Ossman ... now live in the Puget Sound region. The fourth member, Phil Proctor, resides in Southern California.

All four will be marking the 40th anniversary of “Bozos” in shows this Friday and Saturday at the Kirkland Performance Center

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Law
8:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Follow @SeattlePD around during Twitter "ride-along"

Seattle police posted this photo on Twitter to show "what a stripped car looks like" during a virtual ride-along in the South precinct.
Seattle Police Department

Have you ever wondered what a Seattle police officer does all day? You’re not alone.

The department says it typically has long waiting lists of people who want to ride along on patrols. Now it’s offering a way to virtually give everyone a chance to see the action.   

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Business of the Internet
12:15 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Seattle looks to expand broadband Internet with help from private businesses

City of Seattle CTO Bill Schrier shows odd fiber optic cable lines running through underground pipes near Pioneer Square (May 2011.)
Charla Bear Photo KPLU News

Do you have a high-speed Internet connection?

If you do, you’re pretty lucky ... because many people in the Puget Sound region don’t ... even in relatively big cities, such as Seattle.

As part of a national push, the city has teamed up with the University of Washington to try and bring more private investment to broadband infrastructure.

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
10:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Early intervention key to treating mentally ill teens

Karen Howard says her family has been fighting to get help for her nephew, Eric, for more than a decade.
Michael Clapp Northwest News Network

The research is clear that the key to keeping a mentally ill teen in treatment and out of trouble is early intervention. Yet, most counties in the Northwest do not offer comprehensive treatment to kids in the initial stages of a mental breakdown.

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