Evan Hoover

Online News Intern

Junior Communication major at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Jobs
9:00 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Best job? Software engineer - Worst? Lumberjack

Evan Hoover

"It's easy work for great pay and I like computers."

The lumber industry — rich in history but poor in pay and working conditions — along with the ever-evolving software industry play crucial roles in the Pacific Northwest’s economy, however, these two essential industries couldn’t be further apart in virtually every aspect.

They also couldn’t be further apart on CareerCast.com’s best and worst job ranking for 2012. Software Engineers top the charts as this year’s best job while lumberjacks, ranked at 200, is called the worst job in the U.S.

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Public policy
11:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Number of sex offenders in your community may be overestimated

Screen shot of the purported location of sex offenders in Seattle as seen on City-data.com. The site “makes no representation, implied or expressed, that all information placed on this web site is accurate or timely.”

Don’t be too quick to say no to that dream house because of the registered sex-offender next door – he may not even be there.

According to a University of Washington study it turns out that there are actually fewer sex-offenders living in communities around the nation than are listed on online registries for individual communities.

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NW drug abuse
11:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young

A user smoking heroin
Tumblr

"Nationally, Seattle is fairly high in heroin use."

Last week Washington state saw a spike in heroin-probable deaths. Seven people in King County overdosed on the drug with in just four days.

The spike stands out against a general decline in deaths due more to a decrease in the purity of the drug than a drop in usage, said one researcher. In fact, use among the young has risen by 74 percent.

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X-Country Walkers
9:19 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Two unlikely advocates meet

Andrew Forsthoefel

Two interesting young men from opposite sides of the country ran into each other in southern Louisiana last week.

Both men coincidently crossed paths in Franklin, La. as they trekked across the country east-to-west and west-to-east.

23-year-old Andrew Forsthoefel of Chadds Ford, Pa. and 36-year-old George Throop of Vancouver, Wa shared stories of their journeys over bananas and water in a true vagabond nature.

Forsthoefel began his journey on Oct. 14, 2011 for one reason in particular—to celebrate the stories that each individual has to offer.

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Social media campaign
1:52 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

NW youth motivated by anti-Kony video are spreading word, joining groups

Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, meets with a delegation of 160 officials and lawmakers from northern Uganda and representatives of non-governmental organizations in Congo near the Sudan border in 2006.
The Associated Press

'We have reached the tipping point between apathy and activism and we can no longer ignore these tragedies.'

Signaling the power of viral marketing, an army of young people have sprung up overnight to fight against the infamous African warlord Joseph Kony and his militia the LRA. Millennials across the Northwest are becoming motivated by the video campaign to join the Invisible Children, the group behind the viral video detailing Kony's atrocities.

Alison Guajardo, Vice-President of the University of Washington’s Invisible Children chapter told KPLU about the club’s exponential growth that occurred practically overnight.

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Season of discontent
1:54 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Why most people get divorced in March

'I think as the economy gets better and people get more confident, the number of divorces will increase,' one attorney said.
Sean Gannan Flickr

Divorce is a nasty business and this time of the year business is booming.

“Divorces spike shortly after the holidays. That’s the time when people have finally made the decision get a divorce,” lawyer Mark Ohnstad told the online site Findlaw.

The Website reported it sees a surge in searches for divorce information that starts in January and tops out in March, and divorce searches are growing year over year as well.

Pepper Schwartz – sociology professor at the University of Washington, a sex columnist for magazines and the author of more than a dozen popular books about love and relationships – speculates that the spike in divorces during this month can be attributed to a seasonal enlightenment.

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Global Health
3:26 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health!

Water 1st

Live music, great local beers, food, dancing and prizes all in the name of bringing clean water to families in Ethiopia. Where do I sign up?

Tonight the non-profit organization Water 1st is hosting their annual “Water 1st — Beer 2nd” fundraiser at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

This event welcomes like-minded individuals who are passionate about ending global poverty and providing the opportunity to share humanitarian aid to families in Gonbisa Kussaye, Ethiopia, all the while enjoying an evening of fun (you man even see grown men in grass skirts).

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Street work
10:10 am
Mon February 27, 2012

104 pedestrians killed in 8 years; more Seattle streets should be on a diet, advocates say

Cyclist riding in Stone Way's bicycle lane created when that Seattle street was put on a diet.
SDOT

Cars and pedestrians collided fatally in Seattle 90 times between 2001 and 2009 – killing 104 pedestrians. The advocacy group Walking in Seattle reports that 28 of the fatal incidents could have been prevented by rechannelization or road diets.

The pedestrian-friendly group says Seattle should consider putting the streets where these 28 collisions occurred on a road diet. The city of Seattle has one street on the books.

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Cleaning water
10:14 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium

Rick McKenney assessing the threat to public health where raw sewage has been flooding homes.
Courtesy of Rick McKenney

The lack of clean drinking water and unsanitary living conditions widely affects communities stretching across the globe, and for Rick McKenney standing by idle while people die from water-related illnesses every day is not an option.

“In the States, water is there when you turn the faucet on and in a lot of places it isn’t,” said McKenney, founder of the Washington-based Water for Humans organization.

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Washington's Poet
7:39 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Flenniken named Washington's Poet Laureate

Kathleen Flenniken reads from her newest collection of poems "Plume" in this image taken from a video exploring the influences behind the collection.

Kathleen Flenniken has been named Washington State’s Poet Laureate. (Click the listen button to hear her read a poem from her most recent collection).

“This is a dream job — speaking in support of the arts and humanities, and of poetry in particular, getting the chance to organize poetry events around the state, visit schools, reach kids and teachers and remote communities,” said Flenniken.

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Exhibit with substance
3:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Burke Museum: We are not only what we eat, but how we make it, too

An Ecuadoran family and their cuisine.
Peter Menzel Burke Museum

Focusing on how the disparities between rich and poor and environmental practices have changed diets around the world – and how they played out here in the Northwest among the Coast Salish tribes – The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture created an exhibit curators hope will lead to more conversations about the ethics, culture and practices of food production around the globe.

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Seattle pro sports
4:56 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

It’s a dirty game, but NBA may make surprise return to Seattle

In this March 24, 2008 file photo, Seattle SuperSonics fans hold signs in favor of keeping the NBA basketball team in Seattle during the first period of a basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers at KeyArena in Seattle.
The Associated Press

Seattle may once again become a NBA city, but we’ll have to steal a team to do it.

“The diabolical nature of pro sports means that you have to do bad unto others as they have done bad unto you,” said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. “And it puts the city of Seattle in the same business of ruthless poacher, pirate, stealer of another city.”

In other words, it’s déjà vu all over again for a city that had its team – the Sonics – ripped from its collection of pro sports.

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BoBo, star of MOHAI
2:40 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

The eternal Bobo: Seattle's favorite primate will go back on display

Bobo celebrating his fourth birthday in 1955 at the Woodland Park Zoo.

The beloved Bobo had Seattle gripped in a celebrity frenzy over the details of his life, specifically his sex life with Fifi, in the 1950s and '60s.

And, while some celebrities are honored with wax figures, after his death Bobo was stuffed and set up in the Museum of History and Industry. The question now is will Bobo make the cut and be moved into a prime location in MOHAI's new building next year, or will he be mothballed?

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Festivals and events
3:44 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

One cool thing for the weekend (if you're into 'Star Wars'!)

One of the pieces of art on display at the L|td. gallery's "These Are The Droids You're Looking For" exhibit.
Courtesy of L|td.

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

The passion for Star Wars characters and trivia has burned through the decades. And now, Seattle artist James Monosmith displays his own enthusiasm for the cult trilogy via his pop art exhibit at the L|td. A Contemporary and Pop Art Gallery on Capitol Hill.

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Puget Sound life
11:41 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Sea lion vs. octopus: Photographer catches rare glimpse of battle

In this screen grab from the Everett Herald's YouTube video, you can see the sea lion surfacing after taking off a chunk of octopus. Click inside to see the video.

Last Wednesday, Dec. 7, Everett Herald photographer Mark Mulligan caught a rare sight on camera – a stellar sea lion feeding on an octopus. (See video inside.)

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