Evan Hoover

Online News Intern

Junior Communication major at Pacific Lutheran University.

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protesting wall street
9:06 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Why $5,000 was thrown out the window of a Seattle hotel

The protesters toss $5,000 out the window ... to make a point about money and politics.
Evan Hoover KPLU

Phone calls were made, a plan was set, but only a select few knew the undisclosed location of where the stunt would take place this past Fourth of July. The secret stunt surprised over a hundred bystanders as they frantically reached for dollar bills falling from the sky.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Hoopfest weekend attracted thousands of players to Spokane

Men's 6-foot-and-over elite division teams playing on the Nike Center Court.
Evan Hoover

Kids, coeds and pros. This past weekend more than 250,000 people turned out to the city of Spokane for the twenty-third annual Hoopfest weekend.

More than 7,000 teams took to 458 courts stretching across 42 blocks in downtown Spokane.

"We had to turn away over 200 teams," said Hoopfest Chairman Terry Kelly. "The demand continues to grow each year and the numbers reflect that."

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College education costs
1:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Student protesters run into police trouble on Capitol Hill

In this screen grab from the video shot by someone with the #MicCheckWallStreet protesters, Seattle police officers make an arrest.

An increase in the number of people protesting with the student group #MicCheckWallStreet last night on Capital Hill brought an increase in police presence with it.

And, not long after more than 80 people took to the streets to “peacefully” protest the rising costs of a college education, according to one organizer, the gathering turned hostile when a single arrest was made.

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Loan Increase
11:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

#MicCheckWallStreet rallies in Seattle against student loan hikes

#MicCheckWallStreet activists marching on Broadway on June 13 to protest student loan interest hikes.
Photo courtesy of Alex Garland

Fed up with the rising costs of college education and the prospect of interest on student loans doubling on July 1, a new student coalition in Seattle has started making some noise – with pots and pans and whatever else they can take to the streets with.

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Liquor News
10:39 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bars warn: Your drink will cost more due to liquor privatization

Cyclops owners Gina Kaukola and John Hawkley brace themselves for high liquor prices this summer once they exhaust their surplus.
Evan Hoover KPLU

“Chaos is building in the transition.”

From state-run to the now-privatized sale of liquor, poor communication between local watering holes and their distributors is creating a headache for bar owners ... and soon, a jump in costs will likely have you paying more for a drink.

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Government News
10:20 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Clark County tracks county vehicles with GPS; good idea?

Clark County is using GPS devices to track many of its vehicles.

Managers can check their computers and find the locations of building inspectors, animal control officers and maintenance workers.

KATU reports it's raising "Big Brother" concerns, but Risk Manager Mark Wilsdon says they're public employees, and if they aren't doing anything wrong there's nothing to worry about.

He says since GPS units were installed the number of completed jobs went up and so have fuel savings.

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Other News
11:39 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Vandals attack Olympia police station, again

Photo from Wednesday's crime scene.
Olympia police

Nine windows were broken at Olympia’s west-side police station early Wednesday morning, said police spokeswoman Laura Wohl.

Based on the patterns of the broken glass Wohl reasoned that a hammer or a similar tool was used to break the windows.

Currently no suspects, motives or leads have been identified, but the police suspect anarchists are behind the vandalism.

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helmet laws
11:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Milton ditches bike helmet law, says rules created liability

Tacoma still requires helmets, though this person wasn't too worried about it.
Evan Hoover KPLU

No helmet laws, no liability — at least that’s the way the city of Milton sees it.

For insurance reasons, the Milton City Council last week repealed the section of city code, in place since 1997, that mandated people riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller skates in public places wear helmets.

"We want to stress personal responsibility and expect people to use the skate park at their own risk," says City Administrator Subir Mukerjee. 

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Sports
10:19 am
Tue May 22, 2012

PLU women win College World Series ... in 'feel-good' rebound

Nation Champion hold their trophy high
Keith Lucas

Smiles flashed and tears flowed when the mod of yellow jerseys swarmed the pitcher’s circle after the Lutes won it all at the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championships.

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Color Run
4:07 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

Color Run: A colorful day in Seattle

Color cloud rises in front of the Space Needle.
Evan Hoover KPLU

"I was so distracted by all the happy people and color," says runner Sofia Jaramillo. "It didn't even feel like a run just an all around good time."

Thousands of excited runners and walkers gathered as a plain white canvas at the Seattle Center Sunday morning awaiting to enter a sea of color.

The first wave of 1,000 participants took off at approximately 8:30am followed by five more waves every five minutes for Seattle’s first Color Run.

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Alternative Arts
11:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Millennials driving electronic dance music to prominence in grungy NW

Thousands of EDM fans gather at WaMu Theater for St. Patrick's Day themed concert Lucky 2012.
A.J. Apuya Photography

The Millennial generation is changing the music scene in Seattle – much like the music tastes of a prior generation lifted grunge music – by driving "electronic dance music" or EDM into the mainstream and overwhelming music venues in the region.

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What do you think?
4:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook

Graph showing a 300 percent increase in tuition since 1990.
FinAid.org

The dark clouds looming over higher education in the nation and Washington may have a silver lining, but so far it’s been hard to find and the recent spate of news has been pretty bad for college students.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on building in a silver lining, but first the details.

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Gang assessment
2:40 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Tacoma survey points to serious gang problem along I-5

Tacoma city officials knew they had a gang problem, and a survey published this week has brought out new worries.

The survey, called The Tacoma Gang Project, found 651 active gang members and associates within the city. The survey also uncovered that gang recruitment happens as early as middle school. North of Tacoma, King County reports 10,000 gang members within 140 active criminal street gangs and an increase of 165 percent in gang related crimes.

“There is lots of gang activity up and down the I-5 corridor,” said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.

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Seattle research
10:22 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Seattle council moves to strengthen research in 'life sciences'

Alex Flickr

The Seattle City Council hopes fewer government regulations and lower taxes on federal research dollars brought into the city will save lives, here and abroad.

The council introduced legislation last week it hopes will strengthen the growing  life science industry in Seattle.

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Public Transportation
9:13 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Get 8 tickets to ride when you renew your car tabs in King County

Metro bus in downtown Seattle
flickr photo by shaggyshoo

The Metropolitan King County Council approved a two-year incentive program providing eight free bus tickets to drivers renewing car tabs.

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