The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Someday, your car may know if that's your butt in the driver's seat

"Oh dear, the car doesn't seem to recognize me." (1960 file photo from the U.K.)
Chaloner Woods Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 30, 2011 7:00 am

We're a little behind on this story, butt it's too fantasstic not to point out:

Researchers at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Industrial Technology have developed an anti-theft device for cars that senses whether the derriere sitting in the driver's seat is or isn't supposed to be there.

Not the right backside? Then the vehicle won't start.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Why can't we toss out our old P-I newspapers?

There they sit. On the shelf in the KPLU newsroom. Two dozen of them. Each in their own day-of-the-week slot.

Seattle Post-Intelligencers from March 2009, the month the paper ceased publication after 146 years.

We wonder: Why haven’t we been able to toss those papers and relegate the printed P-I to the dark depths of the archive stacks at the public library?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Highs and lows in sports for 2011

Leaderless in Seattle: Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller takes a lap around the pitch on Oct. 15, 2011, in his final regular season game before retiring.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

There were some bright spots in the local sports scene in 2011. But not many. Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel named as the high points and low points of the year.

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A Blog Supreme
9:56 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Willie 'The Lion' Smith: Stride piano's uptown Rruler

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 7:08 am

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Environment
9:47 am
Thu December 29, 2011

For Bothell parks, housing bust means more forest

In Bothell, trees are worth fighting for ... especially at these prices.
Karl Hutchinson Flickr

BOTHELL, Wash. — From the freeway, it looks like just another patch of woods ripe for new housing development once the economy revives.

From the air, the forested stretch along I-405 reveals itself as part of a green ribbon buffering an active salmon creek. The appearance of a "sold" sign in mid-December marked a 35-acre patch of western red cedar, western hemlock and Douglas fir as property of the city of Bothell.

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Politics
9:33 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Wash. redistricting commission at impasse over Latino population

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 5:25 pm

The panel has a January 1st deadline.]

Washington's Latino population grew by 70 percent between 2000 and 2010. But commissioners are split over how to reflect that change in the legislative map -– particularly in the Yakima Valley.

"What is on the table here is one district that is a higher percentage Hispanic and minority or two districts that are a little bit lower Hispanic percentages," says Dean Foster, the Democrat who's been working on the map. "Maybe not even 50 percent."

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Environment
4:33 am
Thu December 29, 2011

What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree?

Don't burn your tree outside! It's better to dissect it and re-use in the yard, if you can. Better yet, ecology experts say, don't buy one at all: rent instead.
CocteauBoy Flickr

Statewide, recycling for Washington State has reached the highest rates ever.  The biggest areas in which people are doing more are in reusing construction materials and composting food waste…and then there are those pesky Christmas trees.

Recycling rates have grown to 49% statewide – higher than ever. It’s an increase of 14% more than the prior year. 

But even though we’ve all become great at composting, many people still aren’t sure how to dispose of their Christmas trees.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Singing about ... pants?

Clothes make the man.
chappo2002 Flickr

Clothes make the man, and in this case, the radio episode. Who knew that there would enough songs about pants to fill a front loading washer?

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Washington Politics
11:36 am
Wed December 28, 2011

First agreement on Washington's Congressional map reached

Washington’s political redistricting commission has its first Congressional map that at least one Democrat and one Republican can agree on. The two have not released details yet.

Members of the Washington Redistricting Commission plan to release a map Wednesday that could demarcate the state's Congressional boundaries for the next 10 years.

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Sports
11:29 am
Wed December 28, 2011

WSU alumnus donates $3 million to stadium project

A 2008 view of Martin Stadium on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 4:43 pm

Three million dollars has been donated to the football stadium project at Washington State University. It is the largest single gift in the history of Cougar athletics.

WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos called the donation significant because, he says, it means the university can be competitive with the best collegiate athletic programs in the nation.

The football stadium project was approved by the university's Board of Regents on November 18th. The total cost of the stadium project is $80 million.

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