Gary Davis

On-Call News Host

Gary is a Northwest native, born and raised in Seattle, with family roots across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  At KPLU, he covered education for three years, and spent another three as a news program host, for KPLU's Morning Edition and KPLU's Weekend Edition Saturday. In 2010, he received his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) from Seattle University.

When called upon, Gary is on the job at "O Dark Hundred" to bring you the award-winning work of the KPLU News Team.

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Higher Education
12:36 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Movie-inspired hacker puzzles Pullman

A masked prankster caught the attention - and consternation - of Washington State University officials.
Wired.com

WSU officials aren't laughing.  Students are. A campuswide A/V prank at the Pullman school last Friday is the talk of the tech sites today, including Wired.com.

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Water Cooler
7:14 am
Thu November 11, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

Governor Chris Gregoire speaks at a Wedneday news conference in Olympia after the state Liquor Control Board voted to ban alcohol energy drinks.
AP (Ted Warren).

State's Alcohol Energy Drink Ban May Move Feds

Washington is now the third state to ban the potent alcohol and caffeine beverages, including brands such as Four Loko.  The so-called 'energy' cocktails have come under fire after numerous incidents involving young adults treated for alcohol poisoning. 

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Sports
6:31 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Dave Niehaus dies, voice of the Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners play-by-play broadcaster Dave Niehaus at his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, in July 2008. Niehaus died of a heart attack at his Bellevue home on Wednesday.
AP

Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who became the living embodiment of the franchise in his 34 years behind the microphone, has died. Niehaus passed away after suffering a heart attack at his Bellevue home on Wednesday, according to his family. He was 75 years old.

Famous for his colorful and deft storytelling skills, Niehaus brought Mariner games to life with his passion for the game trademark phrases, "My oh My" and "Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, it's  grand salami time!"

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Medical Mistakes
4:57 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

State finds "no deficiencies" at Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has been under scrutiny for its procedures after three high-profile errors.
AP

Following three high-profile cases involving its patients, Seattle Children's Hospital has been given a passing report card of "no deficiencies" by the  state Department of Health, according to the Associated Press.  Inquiries  of nurses and other health care providers involved in the cases are still ongoing.

The Associated Press reports:

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Alcohol Energy Drinks
11:05 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Washington Bans Alcohol Energy Drinks

Washington state is banning alcoholic energy drinks. The state Liquor Control Board adopted the new rule this morning. The ban takes effect next week, on November 18th.

It comes after nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after a party last month. Authorities say they drank the caffeinated malt liquor beverage Four Loko.

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Water Cooler
9:03 am
Wed November 10, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

State Ban on Alcohol Energy Drinks?

Governor Chris Gregoire will hold a news conference after this morning's state Liquor Control Board meeting on alcoholic energy drinks.  The board is considering a ban on the drinks, like Four Loko, which played a role in sending nine Central Washington University students to a hospital last month after a party, as KPLU reported. 

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Water Cooler
6:34 am
Tue November 9, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

Rick Larsen will return as 2nd Disrict Congressman, following his narrow victory over Republican challenger John Koster.
Larsen.House.gov

Larsen Wins a Squeaker

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Urban Wildlife
2:39 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Whooo knew?

A barred owl makes a suprise visit to Belltown.
Sandy Stamato/KPLU

This barred owl perched in a tree Monday outside the window of KPLU's Seattle studios.  In short order, it began drawing the attention of passersby in the Belltown neighborhood, and a crowd under the tree attempting to get a good picture. This photo was taken by our own Sandy Stamato.  Other than some pretty upset crows who made a ruccous, the owl's visit been warmly received.

Water Cooler
6:27 am
Mon November 8, 2010

This Morning's Top Stories

King County leaders (including Councilwoman Julia Patterson and Executive Dow Constantine) will have to make cuts to programs long-considered basic services.
AP

King County Weighs 'Painful' Budget Cuts

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Water Cooler
1:05 am
Fri November 5, 2010

On Earthquakes - political and real

The nation is watching the northwest, with earthquakes - political and real - in mind.

One That Didn’t Happen

What on Tuesday looked like a looming shake-up of the political landscape in Washington subsided.  State voters did not rebuke the Democrats in power. Instead, they returned Patty Murray to the US Senate, and gave the ‘D’s’ the majority in both chambers of the state legislature. 

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Election 2010
7:58 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Murray widens lead, Rossi concedes bid for US Senate

Dino Rossi (pictured here in an October debate in Seattle) conceded the US Senate race Thursday evening. Patty Murray's lead continues to grow as votes are counted.
AP

Democrat Patty Murray has defeated Republican challenger Dino Rossi after a third day of vote tallying in their closely fought race for the U.S. Senate. In capturing her fourth term, Murray adds to the Democrats' slight cushion in the Senate after Republicans made gains there Tuesday while also seizing control of the House. 

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Election 2010
6:36 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Cliffhanger over control of state legislature

New batches of mail-in ballots show Republicans are gaining seats in the Washington state House and Senate but it's not known yet which party will control the Legislature.    

Since the initial vote counts from Tuesday's election, Republicans have been optimistic they can seize the state Senate

More ballots were counted Wednesday.  Democrats have been soundly defeated in three districts.: east King County's 45th and 47th districts, and Spokane's 6th district. 

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Water Cooler
8:41 am
Tue November 2, 2010

E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal

Home page of the Secretary of State website, an election geek's playground
KPLU photo

Election geeks take note: we've reached a new level of high-tech politics in Washington.  Secretary of State Sam Reed is offering a palette of e-tools for your election day fun.

They include a new iPhone app created solely for getting the latest results on statewide votes. The free download will allow you to get results at the same time the candidates - and the press - receive them. 

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Water Cooler
7:06 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Spooky Seattle and the tunnel of bad romance

Trick or Treat, Seattle Style

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Water Cooler
8:14 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Murray-Rossi race could be cliffhanger, local foreclosures surge: bring on the blues

Patty Murray and Dino Rossi are in a tight race. They're shown here at last week's debate in Seattle.
AP photo.

There'll be a lot of buzz today about the latest poll on the Senate race between Dino Rossi and incumbent Patty Murray.  The KCTS 9 - KPLU - Washington Poll shows a narrowing lead for Murray, from 8% two weeks ago to 4.3% this week. Still, among likely voters, Murray is up 6%. It all points to a race that might not be decided election night, and perhaps for weeks to come.

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