Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

NBA executive's revelation he's gay a 'positive step in a slow evolution'

Rick Welts is the current president of the Phoenix Suns, whose career as an NBA executive started in Seattle with the Sonics. He's revealed he is gay - the first person in men's team sports to do so.
David Wallace AP

He started his NBA career in Seattle as an assistant public relations director for the SuperSonics. Now, Rick Welts is the president of the Phoenix Suns. And he recently revealed he's gay. He's the first person in men's team sports - executive or active player - to make such an admission.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has known Rick Welts for more than 30 years, from his time in Seattle. He shared some insight on Welts' struggle to reveal his sexual orientation in an industry that Art says has "a narrow definition of manliness that does not include being gay."

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Other News
2:11 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

They didn't name him Monty?

Kaa, the new python at Woodland Park Zoo.
Ryan Hawk Woodland Park Zoo

As reported earlier, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has been asking the public for help in naming its new reticulated python. The zoo conducted polling on its Facebook page and the top vote getter was Kaa, which was also the name of the snake in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The 8-year-old, 100-pound male snake was introduced to the community last week and can be seen at the Day Exhibit during zoo hours.

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Natural Disasters
1:15 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

As Yakima River Flood Waters Recede, Residents Clean Up

Portions of Gomer Road near Richland, Wash. are closed due to water over the roadway.
Benton County Emergency Services Dept.

Some areas of the Northwest remain at risk of flooding. But residents along the Yakima River are cleaning up flood damage as the water recedes.

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HUMANOSPHERE
10:47 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Wireless pioneer Craig McCaw and cell phones to the world's poor

Founders of Seattle's Grameen Technololgy Center share a laugh. From left, Alex Counts, Peter Bladin, Susan McCaw, Craig McCaw. McCaw donated $2 million in seed money to the organization, which aims to bring technology to the developing world.
Tom Paulson KPLU

A decade ago, few thought poor people had much use for cell phones and, likewise, few in the cell phone industry had much use for poor people.

The folks who launched Seattle’s Grameen Foundation Technology Center, which yesterday celebrated its 10th year anniversary (and new digs in Belltown), disagreed with both of those assumptions.

Renewable Energy
9:31 am
Thu May 19, 2011

BPA turns off NW wind turbines to make way for hydro power

Wind turbines along the Columbia River Gorge near Goldendale, WA., May 12. The BPA shut down many Northwest turbines this week. A cold, wet spring in the headwaters of the Columbia Basin is sending downstream one of the largest spring flows in years.
Rick Bowmer AP

Northwest dam operators turned wind turbines off on Tuesday – putting into practice, a policy established just last week.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:55 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Cyclists take in a view of the Space Needle as a man flies a kite last Thursday at Gas Works Park in Seattle. More sun and warmer temperatures are predicted in the area for Thurs. and Fri. before another stretch of rain on the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP

Sunny and 66 today - sun and near 70 Friday. 7-day forecast here.

In Northwest headlines this morning:

 

  • Leadership Clash Appears Behind Crimes Stoppers Resignations
  • Washington Lawmakers Struggle for Workers' Comp Deal
  • Bear Wandering Near Bothell Schools Captured
  • Former Pierce County Sheriff Seeks to Clear Record

 

Audit Finds Crime Stoppers Books Clean After Mass Board Resignations

The Seattle Police Department’s internal investigations office is looking into a mass resignation by the majority of board members of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:40 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Kindred spirits: Taylor Eigsti & Becca Stevens

Taylor Eigsti (left) and Becca Stevens rehearse "In the Midst" before performing live on KPLU May 16, 2011.

Pianist, Taylor Eigsti and vocalist/guitarist, Becca Stevens, stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios on May 16th to brighten an otherwise rainy Monday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest with an performance and interview, hosted by Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson.

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Elliott Bay
7:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Seattle waterfront redesign moves ahead with presentation of ideas

A rendering of what designers could do with Pier 48 on the Seattle waterfront after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished. This is one of several ideas that will be presented at an event Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Bell Harbor Conference Center.
James Corner Field Operations

Soon, the public will have an opportunity to see some initial ideas for what Seattle’s waterfront could look like after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. The city plans to redevelop 26 blocks along Elliott Bay between King Street and Broad Street.

Designers from James Corner Field Operations will present preliminary concepts and ask for input tonight at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66.  

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Northwest History
7:28 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Astoria celebrates bicentennial with look back to 1811

Clatsop County Historical Society executive director McAndrew “Mac” Burns visits the site where Astoria was founded in 1811.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Quick, name the oldest city in the Northwest.

You get a gold star if you answered Astoria, Oregon. It is named for wealthy fur trader John Jacob Astor. The settlement at the mouth of the Columbia River celebrates its bicentennial this year. The official kickoff is this weekend [May 20-22].  KPLU's Tom Banse reports Astoria's founding has left legacies that span the whole Northwest.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Heaven or Hell

Which way you headed?
janale2 Flickr

“Stairway to Heaven” or  “Highway to Hell”. Take your pick. Yep, this Saturday you may be going somewhere.

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