Humanosphere
3:19 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Land grabs in Africa adding to chaos and death

Displacement action enforced by soldiers.
IRIN Flickr

Aid organizations are trying to call attention to a little-noticed but massive plague spreading across Africa that is destroying communities, throwing many deeper into poverty and perhaps causing the deaths of many thousands.

Not AIDS or malaria.

It’s an outbreak of property seizures and community displacements known as the land grab.

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Snowfall 2012
3:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

For the record: Share your snow photos!

With snow still on the ground in Seattle, we thought it would be fun to share our snapshots of the scene. We'd love to see yours. You can post them and your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Let us know if you've put up a YouTube video also (like the pretty darn cool one after the jump):

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Shots - Health Blog
2:56 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Spot quiz: Name the health issue that affects 1 in 5 Americans

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 2:26 pm

The correct answer is mental illness.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health problems facing Americans, with 20 percent of adults having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. That's according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

NPR diversions: Why dung beetles dance

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 11:18 am

Finally! Here's a solution for lost motorists who refuse to stop and ask for directions - imitate a dung beetle.

There's a reason why dung beetles shake it on top of their dung balls: they're apparently trying to find out where they're going. Researcher Emily Baird tested her theory on dung beetles at a South African farm and learned the bugs gyrate when they're off-course.

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tragic news
2:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Canadian ski pioneer Sarah Burke dies after practice injury

Sarah Burke, of Canada, shown in this 2010 photograph, died Thursday.
The Associated Press

Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke died this morning at the University of Utah Medical Center from injuries suffered nine days ago while practicing the sport she championed.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved," says a statement from the medical center. "In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others."

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Other News
2:38 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Amtrak suspends Seattle-Portland run

PORTLAND, Ore. — Amtrak says it's suspending service between Portland and Seattle because of bad weather.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Preview: Pineda out, Montero in for Mariners

Michael Pineda pitching for the Mariners last June against the White Sox. He's been traded to the Yankees for catcher and slugger Jesus Montero.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP Photo

He was a fan favorite last year. Now he's a Yankee. The Mariners have traded starting pitcher Michael Pineda for Yankees catcher Jesus Montero.

The reason appears to be Montero's bat. He impressed a lot of people at the plate last season.

Find out if KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is impressed with the trade, tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

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