Asia
11:22 am
Tue January 10, 2012

In India, the pressure cooker of college admissions

Competition for admission to India's top school, Delhi University, is particularly fierce. Here students fill out forms at the Arts Faculty in New Delhi, India, on June 21.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 7:41 am

This can be a harrowing time for high school seniors and their parents in the U.S. as they wait to hear from college admissions offices. But the pressure can be equally intense, if not more so in India, where the massive number of applicants and one make-or-break exam keeps students on edge.

Admission to Delhi University, one of India's most prestigious schools, is considered as tough, if not tougher than the process at many leading schools in the U.S.

"It's a very difficult game, given the numbers," says Dinesh Singh, the vice chancellor of Delhi University.

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Energy
11:04 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Health division validates some concerns about wind farm noise

Upset neighbor of a wind farm in Union County, Oregon. By Tom Banse.

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:06 am

In a draft report, Oregon's Public Health Division acknowledges that noise from wind turbine blades may cause health problems among nearby homeowners. But the agency does not intend to take action against the burgeoning wind power industry.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:13 am
Tue January 10, 2012

NPR science: Nicotine patches improve early memory loss in study

Franck Camhi iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:25 am

Slapping on a nicotine patch may not just be for smokers trying to kick the habit.

In an intriguing test, researchers tried nicotine patches as a memory booster for nonsmokers with mild declines in their thinking ability, a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Cupcakes are OK; cupcakes in a jar won't fly past security, says TSA

TSA

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:31 am

The Transportation Security Administration clarified its cupcake policy in a blog post. Cupcakegate — as the agency has termed it — was prompted in December, when TSA officers told Rebecca Hains, who was flying out of Las Vegas, she could not carry cupcakes in her carry-on luggage. The TSA said the icing on the two cupcakes was a security risk.

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Wolf reintroduction
9:08 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Wolf vigil provokes anti-wolf counter protest in North Idaho

Patrick Krapfl of Coeur d'Alene holds a sign saying "Thanks for reminding me to buy my 2012 tags!" He joined other hunters in a counter protest of the wolf vigil. By Jessica Robinson.

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:32 am

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The gray wolf is making its way deeper into Oregon, Washington, and now for the first time in almost 90 years, California. But where the wolf goes, emotions run high. Seventeen years after the re-introduction of gray wolves into Idaho, the subject continues to stir strong feelings in the state. Monday, wolf advocates in Coeur d'Alene held a full moon vigil to remember wolves killed by hunters.

"Do you have a candle yet?"

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Groove Notes
8:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die (#821-#830)

Venupelli Blues is number 821.

We hope you will use these lists to seek out jazz albums you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums.

Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 821 through 830.

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Obit
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Memorial for killed Mount Rainier ranger at PLU today

A memorial for Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at the Nisqually entrance to the park Saturday.
Associated Press

There will be a memorial service for park ranger Margaret Anderson at Pacific Lutheran University today.

Ranger Anderson was killed while on duty at Mount Rainier.  Authorities says gunman Benjamin Barnes fled to the park after a shooting in a Skyway apartment on New Year’s Eve.  He shot Anderson at a chain-up checkpoint.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

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It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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College education
4:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Report: Washington falls short in higher education

Education researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a message for the citizens of Washington state. They want them to know that the state government is failing to meet its responsibility to provide enough opportunities for a college education in Washington.

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