Economy
4:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wash. State Has Highest Cellphone Tax Rates In U.S., Says Report

401(k) 2012 Flickr

Washingtonians pay the highest cellphone bill tax rates in the country while Oregonians enjoy the lowest tax burden, according to a new report.

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Wildland Firefighters
4:11 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wash. Inmate Crews Celebrated For Work On Summer Wildfires

Inmate firefighter Christopher Hindermann did two 14-day stints on the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington this summer.
Austin Jenkins

This summer’s Carlton Complex wildfire was the largest in Washington history. Scores of firefighters battled the inferno in north-central Washington. Among them were prison inmates assigned to the Department of the Natural Resources. Those inmate crews were honored Thursday at a ceremony at Cedar Creek Corrections Center.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Report: Amazon To Open Brick-And-Mortar Store

An iPad with an "Amazon" logo.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 3:52 pm

Amazon, the giant Internet retailer, is taking a step into the physical world with plans to open a brick-and-mortar store in New York City.

That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which is quoting "people familiar with the plans" for its report.

A spokesperson for Amazon would not confirm the report, saying that "we have made no announcements about a location in Manhattan."

The Journal adds:

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NPR Ed
1:38 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Who Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More Pass

Ashjame Pendarvis, a first-year community college student, works on her math homework at the University of District of Columbia.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:16 am

Let's start with a little word problem. Sixty percent of the nation's 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement.

  1. Let Y = the total percentage of community college students prevented from graduating simply by failing that one subject, X. What is Y?

    The answer: Y = 48.

  2. And if you haven't guessed it by now, What is X?

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Audit
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Auditor: Wash. State Parks Must Improve

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues.

That was the finding of a report issued Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office.

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Shots - Health News
9:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

4 Things We've Learned About Enterovirus D68, And 1 Mystery

Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., was the first to report a surge of children with serious respiratory illness in August.
Andy Pollard Children's Mercy Kansas City

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 5:15 am

On Aug. 15, doctors and nurses at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., realized they had a problem.

Children were coming into the emergency room with an illness that caused wheezing and breathing problems so severe that some children ended up in the ICU on ventilators. And it was spreading fast.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

The Bird Is The Word

Credit Lori Tingey

The songs on this show, in order, are: 

  • Bird on a Wire, sung by Judy Collins 
  • Selection from Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite
  •  Selection from Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird 
  • Selection from the Trashmen's Surfin' Bird.

Thanks to Lori Tingey for her photo of a funky chicken.

Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Head To Provence For Food, Wine And A Bit Of Ancient Rome

The Pont d'Avignon, at Avignon, France.
mout1234/Flickr

The south of France is a vacation destination for Europeans as well as those coming from outside. That’s in large part because of its sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. Our travel advice this week comes from Danna Brumley, wife of KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. She’s the Francophile in the family, having lived and studied in France in her early adulthood.

“I studied the language. I worked at EuroDisney. I did everything I could to stay in the country,” she said.

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Seattle Public Schools
11:23 am
Wed October 8, 2014

District Settles With Parents Of Garfield High Student Who Alleged Sexual Assault

At a Seattle School Board hearing on Aug. 20, 2014, a dozen protesters hold signs decrying Seattle Public Schools' response to 2012 allegations of sexual assault by a former Garfield High School student.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Seattle Public Schools officials have reached a settlement agreement with the family of a Garfield High School student who alleged she was sexually assaulted during an overnight school trip in 2012, the district announced Wednesday.

As part of a $700,000 settlement agreement, the parents have agreed to dismiss complaints they'd filed with state and federal officials, and to not pursue "monetary claims" against the district and to stop filing public records requests with the district, according to a Seattle Public Schools statement.

"Our goal was to not have this happen again to another family that would have to live through this trauma," said the Garfield student's father in an interview. (KPLU is withholding the family's name to protect the privacy of the student, who's still a minor.)

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The Moon Of Falling Leaves

Credit Richard Coon USFWS

  The Cree Indians called the full moon in October "The Moon of Falling Leaves." It's almost time to stow the tools and put the garden to bed for the winter. When the trees lose their leaves, you can see the nests of summer. It's a good time to prune trees, because you won't disturb nesting birds. If you have a dead tree, you could leave it as a snag and provide spring and summer homes for cavity-nesters. There are lots of ways to make your yard attractive to wildlife. Master Gardeners can help!

Business
8:33 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma Form Alliance To Better Compete Against Canadian Rivals

The Port of Tacoma
Tender Young Pony of Insomnia Flickr

After years of stealing each other’s customers, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are going to work together. They’re not merging into one entity, but they’ve formed what they’re calling a seaport alliance to jointly run the marine cargo terminals and market to customers together. 

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Java Genes
5:01 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Craving For Coffee May Be Passed Down Through Generations Of Genes

Researchers identified eight genetic variants associated with craving coffee.
chichacha Flickr

A love for coffee may run deep in the Northwest, but now a Seattle scientist says the craving for coffee seems to be written into some people’s DNA.

Researchers from Harvard University, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and elsewhere sifted through the genes of more than 100,000 people, looking for common variants that correlate with heavy coffee consumption. They zeroed in on eight genetic variations associated with that deep compulsion to hoist a mug of joe.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

How Many Cookbooks Are Too Many?

Nancy's loss is the Friends of the Edmonds Library Book Sale's gain.

What say you? In Nancy Leson's case, "1,500 to 2,000" was too many cookbooks — so many that she could hardly get into her office any more.  So she called in her good friend Judy Amster, she said, "and we had an intervention." 

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Technology
5:32 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Maker Of Military Drones In Columbia River Gorge Sees Great Potential In Civil Uses

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle made by Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing.
The Boeing Co.

Managers at Insitu, a military drone maker headquartered in Bingen, Washington say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best-known aircraft.

But realizing that promise requires the federal government to finalize rules for drones in the national airspace.

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Coffee Culture
1:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Listen: The Popular Coffee Drink Even Seattle Doesn't Know About

A flat white.
duncan C Flickr

Seattle thinks it knows its coffee. After all, it's the birthplace of Starbucks, and neighborhoods with two or three coffeehouses per block are not uncommon.

So you’d think the new director of Seattle Opera, Aidan Lang, would be happy. He’s a self-described coffee lover. But Lang says what we’re missing is a drink that’s taking the world by storm called a "flat white."

So we set out to find out what a flat white is, and where we can find it in Seattle. Click play below to hear what we found.

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