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What Lies Beneath
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Why These Seattle-Area Cavers Squeeze Through Tiny Holes To Crawl Into Damp Spaces

Martha Kang KPLU

It’s the rare person who sees a hole in the ground and feels compelled to stick his head in it.

But cavers are “innately curious,” says veteran caver Tom Evans, who himself will not only peer in, but try to squeeze his whole body through a just-big-enough opening into Earth's damp, dark underbelly.

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Recovery
12:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Massive Wildfire, Town Of Twisp Digging Out From Flash Flooding

This steep hillside in Finley Canyon shows the story.
Anna King

Residents near the town of Twisp, Washington are digging out from mud that ripped through Finley Canyon last week. Because the record-breaking Carlton Complex wildfires have left soil and rock primed to run downhill, more damage could be on the way.

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Life On Two Wheels
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Seattle's Dexter Avenue To Become A Little Safer For Bike Commuters

The morning comute along Dexter Avenue as it crosses Mercer.
Jennifer Wing KPLU

At 7 a.m. on a recent morning, biker after biker whizzed by on Dexter Avenue heading into downtown Seattle. Some wore fancy gear. Others rode in summer shorts and sandals. Most carried backpacks.

This is one of the most popular roads for the city’s bike commuters. Still, if you want to get around Seattle safely on two wheels, you have to always be aware of cars. According to the most recent available data, there were 406 car-bike accidents in 2012.

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Psychiatric Care
8:45 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

File image
Taber Andrew Bain Flickr

The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it is illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.

The state of Washington said late Friday it can open 145 new psychiatric beds, but it needs some additional time. The attorney general has now asked the Supreme Court to “stay” its ruling for 120 days.

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Transportation
12:58 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Planned 4-Day Closure Of State Route 99 Could Snarl Traffic In Downtown Seattle

Traffic at left heads northbound on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, above the southbound lanes below, through downtown Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

State transportation officials are warning Seattle drivers to brace themselves for long commutes with a busy stretch of State Route 99 scheduled for closure through the weekend and into early next week.

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Disasters And Accidents
12:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides Near Twisp

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation water pours over a damaged road east of Twisp, Wash., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
WSDOT

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washington have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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In Case Of Emergency
9:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What Happens When 911 Callers Don't Speak English?

Dispatch supervisor Brenda Faxon and director Mark Buchholz in the Willamette Valley 911 Communications Center in Salem.
Tom Banse

In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear is, "I can't understand you." The reality is emergency dispatchers in the Northwest generally speak one language, English. But in our increasingly polyglot society, some people in distress inevitably can't communicate in English.

So what happens then?

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Celebrating History
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

'A Thrill Of A Lifetime': Pat O'Day Recalls The Beatles' Seattle Concert, 50 Years Later

As part of their first U.S. tour, The Beatles performed at Seattle Center Coliseum on August 21, 1964.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Timothy Eagan Collection

On August 21, 1964, four young musicians from Liverpool performed to an eager crowd of 14,300 at Seattle Center Coliseum, now known as KeyArena. Seattle was the third stop on The Beatles’ first U.S. tour. The concert was also the first one ever held at the coliseum.

“The event was a phenomenon,” said Seattle radio personality Pat O’Day, who introduced the Beatles to the sold-out auditorium 50 years ago. “It opened the door and our eyes to what the concert business could be.”

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Radio Silence
4:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Wash. State Radio Station For The Visually-Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service’s last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
David Junius

For more than 40 years, a radio station called the Evergreen Radio Reading Service has been broadcasting all day, every day across Washington state for the print-disabled — people who are visually-impaired or unable to hold or turn a page.

But the station is fading to quiet today.

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Meeting Notice
5:32 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Community Advisory Council Meeting Announcement

KPLU’s Community Advisory Council will be meeting Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in our Seattle offices from 2pm – 3:30pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time. As a member of the listening community, if you are interested in attending, please contact the GM’s office at 253-535-8732 or email sdye@kplu.org for more information.

Seeding New Bonds
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Seattle Gardening Program Pairs East-African Seniors With At-Risk Youths

Coty Fitzgerald and Mekonene Bihon take a break from raking the soil at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
Alison Marcotte / KPLU

On an eight-acre farm in the middle of Seattle, farmers shovel a mountain of compost as sounds of Somali, Amharic, Oromo and English sail over rakes and wheelbarrows.

About a dozen East-African seniors work alongside at-risk youth at the city’s largest urban farm in Rainier Beach. Seattle Tilth, an environmental nonprofit group, runs the program that pairs up the immigrant elders of the East African Senior Farming Project with the homeless and underserved participants of the Youth GardenWorks program. The two groups began working together on a weekly basis earlier this summer.

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Wildfire Danger
2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Even Campfires At Washington Campgrounds Banned Through September

Plumes of smoke rise from the Devil's Elbow Complex fire on the Colville Indian Reservation.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires.

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Atomic Bombing
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

On 69th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Bombing, Remembering Seattle's Victims

Women pray during the Atomic Bomb Victims' Memorial Service at Seattle Buddhist Church on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
Courtesy of Yoshiko Matsushima The North American Post

Fumiko Uyeda Groves was 11 years old when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. She was living in Seattle at the time, having returned four months earlier after being incarcerated at Idaho’s Minidoka Relocation Center for three years.

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Fair Season
12:07 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Fair Strategies: What's The Payoff For Lowering Ticket Prices?

FILE - People attending the Puyallup Fair look skyward as fireworks go off near a carnival ride, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Puyallup, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's August, which means state fair season is underway in the Northwest. From new names to lower ticket prices, fair organizers are trying hard to get people through the gates.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Certain Birth Control Pills Linked To Breast Cancer Risk, Say Seattle Scientists

This undated photo provided by the American Cancer Society shows a mammogram procedure
AP Photo/American Cancer Society

Seattle researchers have found a troubling link between certain kinds of birth control pills and a risk of breast cancer. But the lead scientist says women should not panic.

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