Paula Wissel http://kplu.org en How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates http://kplu.org/post/how-meditation-changing-monroes-maximum-security-inmates <p>Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.</p><p>Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.</p><p>This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & Justin Steyer 16025 at http://kplu.org How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims http://kplu.org/post/hearing-set-t-mobile-workers-unfair-labor-practice-claims <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144093426&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that has been trying to organize T-Mobile workers says a recent action by the federal government will boost its efforts.</p><p>The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the various <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/217335458/T-Mobile-NLRB-4-2-14-complaints-1" target="_blank">labor complaints against the telecom giant to be consolidated into one case.</a> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 15865 at http://kplu.org Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims Washington To Seal Juvenile Court Records http://kplu.org/post/washington-seal-juvenile-court-records <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142561552&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>If you were charged with shoplifting or another minor criminal offense as a teenager, you shouldn’t have to pay for it for the rest of your life.</p><p>That’s the reasoning behind a bill being signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1651-S2.PL.pdf" target="_blank">The law</a> will seal the court records for most juvenile offenders. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 15564 at http://kplu.org Washington To Seal Juvenile Court Records On Anniversary Of DUI Crash In Seattle, Memorial Walk Held To Honor Victims http://kplu.org/post/anniversary-dui-crash-seattle-memorial-walk-held-honor-victims <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141337783&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It was one year ago that repeat drunk driver Mark Mullan crashed into a family crossing a street in north Seattle, killing Judy and Dennis Schulte and critically injuring&nbsp; their daughter-in-law, Karina, and newborn grandson, Elias.</p><p>The tragedy prompted the Washington Legislature to pass <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/victim-prosecutor-say-new-dui-law-progress-not-enough">tougher drunk driving laws.&nbsp;</a></p><p>On the anniversary of the crash on Wednesday, a crowd gathered for a walk and rally in memory of Judy and Dennis Schulte.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:17:37 +0000 Paula Wissel 15258 at http://kplu.org On Anniversary Of DUI Crash In Seattle, Memorial Walk Held To Honor Victims ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization http://kplu.org/post/aclu-report-shows-sharp-drop-pot-charges-wash-state-after-legalization <p></p><p>You might assume that after voters passed Initiative 502, making adult possession of marijuana legal, the number of prosecutions for pot would drop. Now, there’s proof to back up that assumption.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union analyzed court data from around the state, looking specifically at filings for low-level marijuana offenses.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers show a huge decrease.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:54:24 +0000 Paula Wissel 15042 at http://kplu.org ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization How The Murder Of A Loved One Forced One Death Penalty Foe To Reexamine Stance http://kplu.org/post/how-murder-loved-one-forced-one-death-penalty-foe-reexamine-stance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former state Sen. Debbie </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regala</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says when her brother-in-law was strangled in 1980, her family had to ponder what they would want to have happen when the murderer was found.</span></p><p>She says she was angry, but in the end, it didn't change her long-standing opposition to capital punishment.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Executing them doesn't make me feel any better. It doesn't bring them [the victims] back. It doesn't heal the terrible hurt that you feel," she said during an interview in her Tacoma home.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 14177 at http://kplu.org How The Murder Of A Loved One Forced One Death Penalty Foe To Reexamine Stance Three Local Schools, Including First-Timer, Named Finalists In Essentially Ellington http://kplu.org/post/three-local-schools-including-first-timer-named-finalists-essentially-ellington <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three western Washington high schools are among the 15 finalists in the annual Essentially Ellington competition and festival in New York.</span></p><p>Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School and first-timer Mount Si High School will compete against <a href="http://jalc.org/press/jazz-at-lincoln-center-announces-15-finalists-for-the-2014-essentially-ellington-high-school-jazz-band-competition-festival/" target="_blank">other finalists</a> from around the country at the Lincoln Center in May.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:36:01 +0000 Paula Wissel 13805 at http://kplu.org Three Local Schools, Including First-Timer, Named Finalists In Essentially Ellington Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign http://kplu.org/post/seattle-civil-rights-leader-honored-street-sign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A street in Seattle’s central area has been named Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, for the local civil rights leader.</span></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance&nbsp; Wednesday, February 12, designating 19th Avenue, from East Union to East Madison Street, Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:56:42 +0000 Paula Wissel 13593 at http://kplu.org Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign Court-Ordered Fines Result In Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Says ACLU http://kplu.org/post/court-ordered-fines-result-modern-day-debtors-prisons-says-aclu <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services claims court imposed fees in Washington state have resulted in modern-day debtors’ prisons.</span></p><p>The report documents cases of people being locked up because they couldn't make payments on their fines. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:55:58 +0000 Paula Wissel 13491 at http://kplu.org Court-Ordered Fines Result In Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Says ACLU Some 700,000 Fans Pack Seattle Streets For Seahawks' Victory Parade http://kplu.org/post/some-700000-fans-pack-seattle-streets-seahawks-victory-parade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Man showed up in full force for the Seattle Seahawks’ victory parade on Wednesday.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle police&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">estimated some 700,000 people braved the cold to line the streets and cheer for the Super Bowl champions.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">"I think it just gives us a sense of pride. It's given everyone something to rally around and be excited about. It's just brought joy to so many people here," said Lesli Burns, a fan.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:56:29 +0000 Paula Wissel & Gabriel Spitzer 13283 at http://kplu.org Some 700,000 Fans Pack Seattle Streets For Seahawks' Victory Parade Some Seahawks Fans Plan To Party Like It's 1979 http://kplu.org/post/some-seahawks-fans-plan-party-its-1979 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some fans who will be watching the Seahawks victory parade today are remembering another time when the city turned out to celebrate a major sports victory.</span></p><p>It was June of 1979 and the Seattle SuperSonics had just won the NBA championship. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 13254 at http://kplu.org Some Seahawks Fans Plan To Party Like It's 1979 What You Need To Know For The Seahawks Victory Parade http://kplu.org/post/what-you-need-know-seahawks-victory-parade <p>The Seahawks will be riding the Ducks in Wednesday’s parade through downtown Seattle, but there's no word yet on whether they’ll be issued quacker noisemakers.</p><p>City spokesman Kyle Moore says the players, coaches and dignitaries, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, will be in about two dozen amphibious Ride the Duck vehicles, which are more often associated with tourist excursions.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:27:39 +0000 Paula Wissel 13225 at http://kplu.org What You Need To Know For The Seahawks Victory Parade Seahawks Fans Snap Up Merchandise After Historic Win http://kplu.org/post/seahawks-fans-snap-merchandise-after-historic-win <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The day after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, the team store at CenturyLink Field was doing brisk business. Fans crowded into the space, buying everything from towels to shirt to hats sporting the Super Bowl </span>XLVIII<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> logo.</span></p><p>Arby Asatorrians, who'd already waited in line to buy a hat, was holding a souvenir football he planned to purchase.&nbsp;</p><p>“We were already downtown last night, celebrating after the game. I was wanting something to commemorate having a piece of the Super Bowl,” he said.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 03:42:22 +0000 Paula Wissel 13197 at http://kplu.org Seahawks Fans Snap Up Merchandise After Historic Win Seahawks Fans Wait In Rain To Sign New York-Bound 12th Man Flag http://kplu.org/post/seahawks-fans-wait-rain-sign-new-york-bound-12th-man-flag <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of Seahawks fans who turned out in force for a rally and flag signing at the Seattle Center on Wednesday.</span></p><p>After Mayor Ed Murray and former Seahawks players spoke from an open air stage, a 12th man flag that had flown on top of the Seattle Space Needle was taken down and put in a tent. Fans lined up to sign it. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:06:05 +0000 Paula Wissel 13031 at http://kplu.org Seahawks Fans Wait In Rain To Sign New York-Bound 12th Man Flag Seattle Sues To Get Rid Of Wall Billboards http://kplu.org/post/seattle-sues-get-rid-wall-billboards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is suing Total Outdoor, a national advertising company, over the giant ads the company puts on the sides of buildings in the city. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says the signs are a flagrant violation of a long-standing Seattle ordinance meant to limit billboards in the city.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:07:09 +0000 Paula Wissel 12944 at http://kplu.org Seattle Sues To Get Rid Of Wall Billboards