Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe is an intern at KPLU. She attends the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and plans to pursue a career in public radio after graduation.

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fire department
4:51 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Black firefighters march in downtown Seattle

Members of Seattle's fire department marched in downtown Seattle to honor fallen colleagues.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

More than 150 black firefighters marched through downtown Seattle on Wednesday to honor their colleagues who died in service.

The march was organized by Seattle's chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. After the march, they held a memorial for fallen service members at Seattle’s First United Methodist church.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Weird questions you have to answer to become a U.S. citizen

Photograph of Federal Judge Michael Igoe administering Oath of Allegiance, 10/13/1939
National Archives

Have you ever been a “habitual drunkard?” What about a Communist? And exactly where were you between the dates of March 23, 1933 and May 8, 1945?

If you want to become a citizen of the United States, get ready to answer these questions---and about a hundred more---on the U.S. citizenship application form, the N-400.

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Arts
3:08 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Seattle tattoo expo shows it's hard to stop at one

A Good Karma Body Art artist adding on to previous upper back tattoo.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Around 5,000 tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the Seattle Tattoo Expo this weekend to celebrate the art of tattooing, and maybe even get inked themselves. Tattoo artists completed more than 1,500 new tattoos throughout the weekend.

We saw a lot of people with multiple tattoos and that made us wonder: Once you get one tattoo, is it hard to stop?

"There's certainly an addictive quality to the whole process,” said Jeff Cornell, a tattoo artist.

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Traffic
9:48 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Get ready: Major road closures this weekend in Seattle region

nateOne Flickr Creative Commons

If you have to drive this weekend, you should plan on leaving a lot of extra time, as several major roads will be completely closed.

"Everybody is going to be touched by this weekend’s construction, whether you live in Renton or Seattle or Bellevue or Lake Stevens or Snohomish," says Jamie Holter with the State Department of Transportation.

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Arts
5:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

How do you move a four-ton street clock?

A worker prepares Carroll's Clock for the move.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is in the process of moving from Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood to the Armory building in South Lake Union.

MOHAI has been around for nearly 60 years, and some people call it “Seattle’s attic.” It has a huge collection of historical objects from the Puget Sound region.

The museum has transported over 50,000 pieces already, and not all of them fit inside a box.

Here are just a few of the things they've moved:

- The first commercial Boeing airplane ever built

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Environment
6:15 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff

This family, like many in Seattle, went without the 5 cent bag and just carried their things around downtown Seattle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

It’s been a month since single-use plastic shopping bags were banned in Seattle. Now, if you buy groceries, clothes or pretty much anything else, you can either bring your own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper one. 

At KPLU, some of us have had to admit it – instead of paying the 5 cents, we loaded our arms with our new purchases and tramped off to our car/bus/home.

And, we’re not alone.

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transportation woes
1:29 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Smashed windshield a sign of Washington's troubled roadways

The piece of roadway that smashed through this windshield - shown in a screen grab from a video - is bringing to light many of the state's infrastructure woes.

When a chunk of I-5 flew up and smashed through the windshield of a car carrying a family of four, the dangers of Washington's crumbling roadways became all too real.

"The rock hit me so hard in the chest, it literally took my breath away," Henry Jessop, who was in the passenger seat, told KOMO. His son Ian and his daughter were in the back seat, and his wife was behind the wheel.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Bite of Seattle attempts 100 percent compostable

Customers line up at last year's Bite of Seattle.

Over 50 food vendors are pitching tents at the Seattle Center this weekend for the annual Bite of Seattle food fest. Organizers are hoping to make this year’s festival a zero-waste event. There are three new composting and recycling booths where visitors can dump their plates and forks.

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Summer in Seattle
5:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Seattle's Duck Dodge turns 38

Dozens of sailboats and dinghies participate in Lake Union's Duck Dodge most Tuesday nights.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Summer is underway, and with it comes a long-standing Seattle tradition: the Duck Dodge. Nearly every Tuesday night, dozens of sailboats and dinghies do laps around a triangular course on Seattle's Lake Union. The Dodge has been around for 38 years, and it draws anywhere from 50 to 90 boats each week.

Captain Jiri Senkyrik, a Duck Dodge regular, says the prizes are dignity, pride, and a little gold duck sticker to display on your mast.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

The hunt is back on for gypsy moths in Washington

Washington State Department of Agriculture employee Bill Weatherspoon installs a gypsy moth trap in 2011.
Photo courtesy Mike Louisell / WSDA

The gypsy moth is considered to be the most destructive forest pest in the country. When they're caterpillars, they have a voracious appetite for almost any kind of tree or bush, and they can strip a tree bare overnight.

Gypsy moth caterpillars are capable of defoliating hundreds of thousands of acres of forest per year. This month, the Washington State Department of Agriculture is installing thousands of gypsy moth traps around the state.

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Science
4:30 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Seattle's space shuttle trainer getting new parts this weekend

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy has a cargo compartment that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide, and 111 feet long.
Photo by MilborneOne / Wikimedia Commons

NASA is making a special delivery to Seattle this weekend. If you go to the Museum of Flight on Saturday morning, you’ll see one of the world’s biggest cargo planes land in the parking lot. It’s carrying the cockpit and crew cabin of a full-sized space shuttle trainer.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Record turnout expected at Pride Parade; Gregoire is grand marshal

Elsie Esq. KPLU

Seattle's 38th annual Pride Parade is coming up this Sunday. The parade usually draws big crowds, but with a referendum on same-sex marriage on the November ballot, parade organizers are expecting a record turnout.

"I think we’re going to see an increase this year, especially with the marriage referendum out there," says Adam Rosencrantz, the board president of Seattle Out and Proud, the group hosting the parade. "People are going to come out and support us and show their excitement."

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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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Olympic Sports
3:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Divers soar to get on Olympic team at Federal Way event

Two athletes perform a 10-meter synchronized platform dive at an earlier women's double Shimi Tai championship in China.
Shizao / Wikimedia Creative Commons

You might not be able to make it to London for the summer Olympics, but this week at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, you can watch some of the nation’s top athletes vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Diving team.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Summer camps: Here we go again!

Tim's daughters Lauryn and Zoe know the drill all too well.

With report cards mailed out and lockers scrubbed clean, it's time to say goodbye to school and hello to summer camps. Many working parents have spent months scrambling to fill their kids' idle time this summer. Seattle writer Tim Haywood can relate to this and all the complications that go with it.

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