Paula Wissel http://kplu.org en Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies http://kplu.org/post/former-seattle-mayor-paul-schell-dies <div><p>Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.</p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:04 +0000 Paula Wissel & The Associated Press 17876 at http://kplu.org Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates http://kplu.org/post/seattle-ballot-measure-park-district-divides-parks-advocates <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160049636&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.</p><p>Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17857 at http://kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates New FBI Head In Seattle Encounters Pot Smokers Near Office http://kplu.org/post/new-fbi-head-seattle-encounters-pot-smokers-near-office <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871895&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>While marijuana is legal in Washington, it remains illegal under federal law.</p><p>So a recent encounter in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Seattle proved a little awkward for the new special agent in charge of the Seattle division. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17843 at http://kplu.org Seattle Police Finally Get Good Grade On Reform http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-finally-get-good-grade-reform <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159045820&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The federal monitor charged with overseeing reform of the Seattle Police Department says there’s finally reason for optimism.</p><p>“The glass is now looking half full to me rather than half empty,” Merrick Bobb said during a briefing before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee Wednesday. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17766 at http://kplu.org Seattle Police Finally Get Good Grade On Reform Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide http://kplu.org/post/carrying-knife-constitutional-right-recent-wash-case-highlights-divide <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158711498&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Should the constitutional right to bear arms include the right to carry a knife in public? That was the question addressed in a recent Washington state court decision.</p><p>The case highlights a growing movement advocating the right to carry knives.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:48:46 +0000 Paula Wissel 17716 at http://kplu.org Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows http://kplu.org/post/bellingham-store-first-open-sell-legal-pot-wash-seattle-store-follows <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157976210&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Washington state have begun.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Eager customers bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling marijuana as soon as was allowed under state regulations.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:28:46 +0000 Paula Wissel & Gene Johnson 17609 at http://kplu.org Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows What The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Home Health Workers Means For Wash. http://kplu.org/post/what-us-supreme-court-ruling-home-health-workers-means-wash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156756207&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/11-681_j426.pdf" target="_blank">ruling on home health care workers</a> in Illinois in the case of Harris v. Quinn could have an effect on the people who work in home care here in Washington state.</p><p>The high court ruled that home health aides in Illinois, who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, cannot be required to pay union dues or fees, even though other public employees are. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:08:57 +0000 Paula Wissel 17496 at http://kplu.org Deaf Student Claims Medical School In Yakima Denied Him Access http://kplu.org/post/deaf-student-claims-medical-school-yakima-denied-him-access <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156345659&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17460 at http://kplu.org Deaf Student Claims Medical School In Yakima Denied Him Access Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families http://kplu.org/post/judge-sakuma-brothers-farms-must-provide-housing-migrant-workers-families <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156235437&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A Skagit County Superior Court judge <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kplu/files/201406/2014_06_26_Familias_Prop_Permanent_Injunction_Order_Final_%281%29.pdf?__utma=39075193.919676484.1401811639.1403822373.1403843759.76&amp;__utmb=39075193.500.9.1403846725668&amp;__utmc=39075193&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=39075193.1403564076.62.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=14233333">sided with migrant berry pickers</a> on Thursday by ordering their employer,&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms, to provide housing for the workers' family members.&nbsp;</p><p>The workers took the farm owners to court over a new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;They argued the policy was intended as punishment for workers who went on strike last year.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17439 at http://kplu.org Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families Insanity Defense Possible In Accused SPU Shooter's Case http://kplu.org/post/insanity-defense-possible-accused-spu-shooters-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155712062&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The man charged with <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/police-spu-student-disarmed-gunman-shooting-left-1-dead-3-injured">killing one student and seriously wounding two others</a> on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on June 5 has pleaded not guilty.</p><p>On Monday attorneys&nbsp;for Aaron Rey&nbsp;Ybarra, 26, filed a notice of intent to pursue a not guilty by reason of insanity defense. The move doesn't mean they will go that route, just that they may use an insanity defense.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/martha/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:20:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 17327 at http://kplu.org Insanity Defense Possible In Accused SPU Shooter's Case What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case http://kplu.org/post/what-one-former-us-attorney-knows-now-about-making-her-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155154394&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>At first glance, you might think a former U.S. attorney and a man who once sued the government for spying on him wouldn’t agree on much.</p><p>But Kate Pflaumer, U.S. attorney for western Washington during the Clinton administration, and Philip Chinn, a recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law, share a passion for trial work and more. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17278 at http://kplu.org What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case Rep. Smith Pushes For Release of Renton Woman Being Held In Mexican Prison http://kplu.org/post/rep-smith-pushes-release-renton-woman-being-held-mexican-prison <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154801765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, says the United States should be doing more to free a Renton woman being held in a Mexican prison. Nestora Salgado was arrested last August in the state of Guerrero, Mexico after helping to organize a local militia of indigenous people — something allowed under Mexican law.</p><p>Appearing alongside&nbsp;Salgado’s daughter and husband at a news conference in Seattle, Smith said he’s done what he can to make Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration aware of Nestora Salgado’s situation in Mexico.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:51:08 +0000 Paula Wissel 17199 at http://kplu.org Rep. Smith Pushes For Release of Renton Woman Being Held In Mexican Prison Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate' http://kplu.org/post/man-charged-spu-shooting-i-want-feel-hate <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153792974&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The gunman who allegedly killed a student on the campus of &nbsp;Seattle Pacific University last week told police he had stopped taking his anti-depressant medicine because he wanted to "feel the hate."</p><p>That was among the revelations released in charging documents filed against Aaron Rey Ybarra in King County Superior Court on Tuesday. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:14:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 17064 at http://kplu.org Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate' Obesity Disqualifies More Navy Recruits Than Drug Use http://kplu.org/post/obesity-disqualifies-more-navy-recruits-drug-use <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153151841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Navy recruiters have noticed a disturbing trend among young people looking to join up: too many of them are obese.</p><p>Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, who is in charge of recruiting for the U.S. Navy, says obesity "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">has actually surpassed even those with drug use" as a reason for disqualification.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In addition to the high rate of obesity, she says, some potential recruits are just plain out of shape.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:48:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17020 at http://kplu.org Obesity Disqualifies More Navy Recruits Than Drug Use Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-chief-nominee-endorses-hiring-outside-assistants <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152704240&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Confirmation hearings begin today for Kathleen O'Toole, the woman nominated to be the new Seattle police chief. Kathleen O’Toole will appear before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee.</p><p>One issue stirring controversy among the top brass in the Seattle Police Department is O’Toole’s plan to hire assistants from outside the department. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 16939 at http://kplu.org Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants