Audit
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Auditor: Wash. State Parks Must Improve

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues.

That was the finding of a report issued Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

The Bird Is The Word

Credit Lori Tingey

The songs on this show, in order, are: 

  • Bird on a Wire, sung by Judy Collins 
  • Selection from Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite
  •  Selection from Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird 
  • Selection from the Trashmen's Surfin' Bird.

Thanks to Lori Tingey for her photo of a funky chicken.

Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Head To Provence For Food, Wine And A Bit Of Ancient Rome

The Pont d'Avignon, at Avignon, France.
mout1234/Flickr

The south of France is a vacation destination for Europeans as well as those coming from outside. That’s in large part because of its sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. Our travel advice this week comes from Danna Brumley, wife of KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. She’s the Francophile in the family, having lived and studied in France in her early adulthood.

“I studied the language. I worked at EuroDisney. I did everything I could to stay in the country,” she said.

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Seattle Public Schools
11:23 am
Wed October 8, 2014

District Settles With Parents Of Garfield High Student Who Alleged Sexual Assault

At a Seattle School Board hearing on Aug. 20, 2014, a dozen protesters hold signs decrying Seattle Public Schools' response to 2012 allegations of sexual assault by a former Garfield High School student.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Seattle Public Schools officials have reached a settlement agreement with the family of a Garfield High School student who alleged she was sexually assaulted during an overnight school trip in 2012, the district announced Wednesday.

As part of a $700,000 settlement agreement, the parents have agreed to dismiss complaints they'd filed with state and federal officials, and to not pursue "monetary claims" against the district and to stop filing public records requests with the district, according to a Seattle Public Schools statement.

"Our goal was to not have this happen again to another family that would have to live through this trauma," said the Garfield student's father in an interview. (KPLU is withholding the family's name to protect the privacy of the student, who's still a minor.)

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Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Over the course of his career, he has spent time as a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a PR flack, a seriously terrible marine biologist and a slightly better-than-average competitive swimmer.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The Moon Of Falling Leaves

Credit Richard Coon USFWS

  The Cree Indians called the full moon in October "The Moon of Falling Leaves." It's almost time to stow the tools and put the garden to bed for the winter. When the trees lose their leaves, you can see the nests of summer. It's a good time to prune trees, because you won't disturb nesting birds. If you have a dead tree, you could leave it as a snag and provide spring and summer homes for cavity-nesters. There are lots of ways to make your yard attractive to wildlife. Master Gardeners can help!

Business
8:33 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma Form Alliance To Better Compete Against Canadian Rivals

The Port of Tacoma
Tender Young Pony of Insomnia Flickr

After years of stealing each other’s customers, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are going to work together. They’re not merging into one entity, but they’ve formed what they’re calling a seaport alliance to jointly run the marine cargo terminals and market to customers together. 

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Java Genes
5:01 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Craving For Coffee May Be Passed Down Through Generations Of Genes

Researchers identified eight genetic variants associated with craving coffee.
chichacha Flickr

A love for coffee may run deep in the Northwest, but now a Seattle scientist says the craving for coffee seems to be written into some people’s DNA.

Researchers from Harvard University, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and elsewhere sifted through the genes of more than 100,000 people, looking for common variants that correlate with heavy coffee consumption. They zeroed in on eight genetic variations associated with that deep compulsion to hoist a mug of joe.

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