κρυπτοσ
12:11 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Contest Challenges Northwest College Students To Break Secret Code

Here's a challenge from the 2013 competition.
Central Washington University

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest professors have launched a competition to test students’ code-breaking skills.

Called Kryptos, the competition is geared toward undergraduate students all around the Northwest. But the region’s high school students are also encouraged to try and break the codes.

Read more
Jazz Appreciation Month
11:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Song Of The Day: Freddie Hubbard's 'Birdlike'

Freddie Hubbard was one of the most powerful and expressive trumpet players in the history of jazz. He started playing professionally in his teens, moved to New York at 20, and immediately began playing with the top jazz musicians of the day, including Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Eric Dolphy and others.

He is primarily associated with what's called "hard-bop,” a sub-genre that came after bebop and focused more on soul and blues and less on complicated chord changes. But he was at home in almost any setting, from the free jazz of Dolphy to the the big band of Jones and more.

Read more
Oso Slide
8:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide, Meet Families And Emergency Responders

A soccer ball sits adjacent to the Whitehorse Trail near where it landed after a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash
AP Photo

Pres. Barack Obama will visit the site of the deadly mudslide in Snohomish County and meet with family members of victims and first responders, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

The governor said the president will visit the community of Oso later this month, during the week of April 21.  His visit will come approximately one month after the disaster.

"This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Inslee said in a statement. 

Read more
Park Funding
4:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs

Matt Kowalczyk Flickr

The city of Seattle says its parks need major repairs and it doesn’t have the money to pay for them.

On Monday night, the Seattle City Council will hear from the public on the idea of creating a special park district that could levy its own taxes.

Read more
Philanthropy
3:41 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

$20 Million Gift From Bezos Family To Support Cancer Therapies At Fred Hutch

CT scans of a patient with stage 4 lymphoma before (left) and five months after (right) treatment with T cells show how tumors melted away.
Courtesy of Dr. David Maloney Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The family of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has given Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center its largest-ever single gift.

The $20 million donation will fund research into cancer immunotherapy, a field that uses the body’s own immune system fight tumors. Fred Hutch president Dr. Larry Corey says the line of research is making huge strides.

Read more
Transportation
12:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

After Deaths Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road.
Austin Jenkins

These days, an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.

The buses carry more people, and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide, there have been 21 deaths on these buses, including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.

Read more
Cyber-Currency
11:27 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin mine.
Tom Banse

Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin mine in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington.

It's not a mine in the traditional sense. In these mines, you won't have helmets, lamps or pickaxes, and there's no danger of cave in. In this case, the mine consists of two warehouses that have been converted into a data center.

Read more
College Athlete Unionization
11:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate'

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, in Arlington, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.

Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.

Read more
Oso Slide
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 33

A demolished recreational vehicle lies in a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 33.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received three more victims than previously reported. Of those, 30 have been identified.

Read more
Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Song Of The Day: On Her Birthday, Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'

smithsonianjazz.org

"No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all." - Billie Holiday

Today would have been the 98th birthday of Billie Holiday, so I can't think of a better person to feature.

Read more
Northwest Farmers
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring.

Read more
Oso Slide
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

In Wake Of Deadly Slide, Chaplains Responding To Emotional Emergencies

Based at the Darrington fire station, Reverend Owen Couch greets first responders when they come in from long days searching in the muck.
Rae Ellen Bichell KPLU

As the weeks go by after the deadly mudslide in Oso, the number of volunteers helping to clean up the muddy mess is dwindling. But there’s another team working on an invisible mess — the emotional one. They’re volunteer, emergency response chaplains. Long after the funerals are over and the debris has been disposed of, their work will continue. 

Steve Schertzinger, Owen Couch, and Suzanne and Ray Thompson were some of the first volunteers to arrive after the mudslide in Oso. The chaplains will likely be some of the last to leave. 

Since they retired as a nurse and a firefighter, Suzanne and Ray Thompson have bounced from disaster to disaster.

"Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, ice storms," Ray Thompson recalled. "I've kind of lost count."

Read more
Homeless Youth
4:59 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Voices From The Street, Part 1

Florangela Davila

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of radio conversations between homeless youth. Voices will also be broadcast as part of the Kids@Risk coverage on Crosscut.com. 

Shots - Health News
8:32 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

A school nurse prepares a vaccine against whooping cough before giving it to students at Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:54 am

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.

Read more
Oso Slide
1:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive?

A demolished recreational vehicle lies near the edge of a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.

"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.

Read more

Pages