D.B. Cooper
2:05 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

ABC News: New D.B. Cooper clues come from 'niece'

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 6:08 am

ABC News has a report out this morning that claims to name the source of the new information in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking. ABC says unnamed and unspecified sources have confirmed that a woman named Marla Cooper provided the FBI with a guitar strap for fingerprint testing.

NPR is trying to independently confirm ABC's claim. The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Humanosphere
1:50 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Gates Foundation still struggling with 'transparency'

While the Gates Foundation is probably more transparent than many, if not most, private foundations, it is still struggling with a public relations problem identified a year ago:  Many felt then that the Seattle philanthropy was difficult to work with and fairly uncommunicative.

In its new annual report released today, Gates CEO Jeff Raikes said, "Many grantees said we are inconsistent and unclear about our decision-making process and our programmatic strategies. They also said we should be more welcoming of their feedback."

Food for Thought
11:30 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Follow-up: Stein sautees the sturgeon

I cut a hunk of sturgeon into 1-inch thick slices, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then pan-fried them in just enough olive oil and butter to keep them from sticking.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was tempted by a recipe I found on the web for Poor Man's Lobster which called for boiling sturgeon in lime soda.  Intrigued but dubious, I chose a less bizarre preparation. 

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Food for Thought
7:50 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Stein's sturgeon smackdown, and preparation for leviathan feast

Behold the leviathan! That homely fellow on the left is fishing guide Jerry Brown.
Cheryl DeGroot

That sturgeon shot out of the water like a Polaris missile late for its appointment with apocalypse.

This was but my second fishing trip in 50 years and I was unsure what to do. "What do I do?" I yelled. 

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Security
6:00 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Ants might become the new model for cybersecurity

Digital ants, like the ones Pacific Northwest National Lab researchers are working on, might someday soon be crawling over a computer system near you.
Pacific Northwest National Lab

RICHLAND, Wash. – Ants have an incredible ability to track down food and swarm together against enemies. Now, scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Lab are hoping to use the same model to fight off cyberattacks.

The new tools are called digital ants.

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Salmon recovery
5:05 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Judge: Salmon plan falls short

Federal Judge James Redden this afternoon struck down the federal government’s plan for managing salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Soldier deaths
4:54 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Police investigating two apparent soldiers suicides in recent weeks

Police in Lakewood, Wash., are investigating the apparent suicides of two soldiers from the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord in recent weeks. In both cases, police say the soldiers shot themselves in the presence of someone else.

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Traffic news
1:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Bald eagle, popular with commuters, killed on 520 bridge

This eagle was photographed in 2004 near downtown Seattle. An male eagle frequently seen at the Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle was killed on the 520 floating bridge.
Associated Press

A bald eagle was struck and killed Tuesday on the Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle. The eagle is believed to be the male of a pair that nests at the nearby Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle.

Frequently seen perching on bridge light poles, it was popular with commuters.

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D.B. Cooper
11:44 am
Tue August 2, 2011

FBI reveals more about new possible skyjack suspect

An undated FBI sketch of D.B. Cooper.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 6:49 am

As we reported yesterday, the FBI jump-started D.B. Cooper mania with its revelation it has a new suspect in the unsolved skyjacking that occurred 40 years ago this November.

New details continue to trickle out with each interview with FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt. Among the new bits of information about the man who may or may not prove to be D.B. Cooper:

-- The "suspect" died more than 10 years ago of natural causes

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Gay rights
10:36 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Suquamish Tribe joins NY in approving same-sex marriages

The Suquamish Tribe will allow same-sex marriage to couple when at least one of them is an enrolled member of the tribe. Pictured: Kitty Lambert, right, and Cheryle Rudd are married in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on July 23.
Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. – The Suquamish Tribal Council voted Monday to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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Groove Notes
10:24 am
Tue August 2, 2011

The end of the Jazz Masters

For thirty years, the National Endowment for the Arts has honored jazz musicians with the highest award for the genre, the NEA Jazz Masters Award. However, in its latest appropriations request, the NEA removed specific reference to Jazz, Folk, and Opera.

The way KPLU’s Groove Notes blogger and Jazz on the Grooveyard host Kevin Kniestedt reads it, the new language means no more Jazz Masters.

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Humanosphere
9:54 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Foreign aid on chopping block

A refugee carries food aid on his back at a food distribution center run by the World Food Programme, in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, today.
Associated Press

Given the demand for cuts in government spending following the compromise deal Congress struck in order to raise the debt ceiling, many experts say foreign aid and development programs are on shaky ground.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Aurora motels entering time of change, the last for most

Seattle's "Bridge Motel" just north of the Aurora bridge is one of the 1960's motels slated for demolition.
Erin Hennessey

Back in the early 1960's, a string of motels along Seattle's Aurora Avenue North sprang up to accommodate tourists pouring into town to visit the Seattle World's Fair. Real Estate Appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that a lot of this property is being redeveloped.

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Global Warming
6:25 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Seattle spring was the coldest, one of the cloudiest on record

Scientists have confirmed what many suspected about this year’s weather. It was the coldest spring on record for Washington and one of the cloudiest. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
5:30 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Anti-tunnel rally in Seattle tries to build opposition to referendum

The protestors carried a 25-foot replica of what they said represented the “monster tunnel that eats money.”
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

At a rally in downtown Seattle late this afternoon roughly 60 protesters marched on city hall to show their opposition to the waterfront tunnel scheduled to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The protestors carried a 25-foot replica of what they said represented the “monster tunnel that eats money.”

A smaller group of tunnel supporters also showed up with props to argue that killing the tunnel would cause too much congestion.

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