Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Thiel: Spread against UW vs. Baylor in Alamo Bowl should be wider

'Washington's worst nightmare.' That's how Art Thiel describes Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. He won this year's Heisman Trophy and leads the best offense in the country.
Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

The Washington Huskies travel to San Antonio Friday in preparation for the Alamo Bowl next week. They play Baylor on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Baylor is favored by nine points. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the spread should be much more than that.

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Education
3:58 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Enrollment Cap Change Leads To Rapid Growth For Oregon's Virtual Schools

An Oregon Connections Academy LiveLesson online class session. Photo by Kevin Mooney

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 3:21 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Online public schools in Oregon are ending a year that saw a steep increase in enrollment. The spike follows a move by lawmakers to raise the cap on the number of kids who can get a so-called virtual education. It's a decision the state's largest teachers union opposed.

Under the old law, online charter schools had a cap on the total number of students who could enroll. Starting this school year, lawmakers chose instead to allow up to three percent of the students in any public school district across the state to enroll in one of Oregon's full-time virtual schools.

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News
2:54 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

One year later, Washington drivers slowing down, moving over

Cars and trucks on I-5 leave extra room for troopers by the side of the road. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 4:51 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It's been one year since a Washington law took effect that requires drivers to give some extra room to emergency vehicles on the side of the road . The new law doubled the fines for violators and even allows for criminal charges. Drivers seem to be getting the message.

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Holiday Music
2:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Enjoy the 15th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam

Gail Pettis sings at the KPLU Christmas Jam at PLU on Dec. 8, 2011.
John Froschauer PLU

KPLU was pleased to welcome back our special guest from last year, award-winning Northwest jazz vocalist Gail Pettis to the 15th Annual Christmas Jam on December 8. Along with the PLU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner, Pettis performed numerous holiday classics.

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Animals
12:21 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

NPR picks: Best animal video clips of 2011

In one video, a "criminal" penguin takes stones from its neighbour's nest ... as can be seen in this screen grab.
KPLU

Barbara J King (of NPR's 13.7 science blog) shares some of the best animal video clips of the year.

"I've made my choices in a time-honored category: 'clips that increase our scientific understanding of animal behavior and are fun to watch, besides,' " she explains.

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National Public Radio

Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Preview: UW faces Heisman winner, tough team in Alamo Bowl

University of Washington Alumni Association

The Washington Huskies will spend the holiday preparing for their second bowl game in two years. They face the Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

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Holiday spirit
9:44 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Aberdeen rallies around laid off diner workers with 'Grinch fund'

America's Diner on Google maps ( ... the reason for the little red dot).

ABERDEEN, Wash. — A regular customer at a shuttered Aberdeen diner that left 12 workers out of work has successfully led a fundraiser that collected nearly $17,000 to help them out.

Glenn Ludwig launched the "Grinch fund" after learning that the 12 workers at his favorite diner — America's Diner — were left jobless and without a paycheck since before Thanksgiving.

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Other News
9:23 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Cops: Drunk tried driving hurt deer to NY hospital

GREECE, N.Y. — Police say a drunken New York man struck a deer with his vehicle, then tried driving the injured animal to a nearby hospital — for humans.

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Holiday Traditions
8:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Pastorela shows life between two cultures in Yakima

"The cast of the bilingual Yakima pastorela goes over the final scene with director Dylan Levers
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

There’s a Mexican Christmas tradition called a “pastorela.” And it’s getting a new twist in Yakima.

A pastorela is a play about the shepherds’ search for the baby Jesus. This weekend members of the community will perform a pastorela that draws on the real-life experiences of Latinos in the Northwest.

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