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Third Victim Of Marysville-Pilchuck High Shooting Dies In Hospital

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:46

A student wounded during last week's shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has died, raising the death toll to four, including the gunman. 

Win Tickets To Herb Alpert And Lani Hall

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert with Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall for four nights.

Win Tickets To Glow By Adult Swim

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:00

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region as well.

Tribal range managers have one option that federal agencies don't, which is to send unwanted horses to foreign slaughterhouses. That's helping several Northwest tribes make headway to reduce populations of free-roaming horses, but not without creating some dismay.

Have No Fear: Halloween Forecast Not Half-Bad, Says Cliff Mass

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:56

Trick-or-treaters can look forward to less-than-ghoulish weather for this evening's candy harvest. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass said Friday's rainy Pacific front should clear off to the east by the time the ghosts and goblins hit the streets.

(Does anyone dress up as ghosts or goblins anymore? Perhaps I should say "Marvel heroes," or "Provocatively-dressed pop culture figures." -ed.)

"It may not be as scary tonight as some people feared," said Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. "Maybe there will be a few showers, but it will be mainly dry, so not too bad. And temperatures getting up into the upper 50s today."

Spooky Shearwaters

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:00

  Some early sailors, visiting remote Pacific islands, surely feared that the ungodly wailing on shore meant they had been tricked to the gates of Hell itself. In truth, they stood among courting pairs of seabirds called Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. These birds nest on islands in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. During courtship, pairs perform long duets of eerie wailing. Happy spooky Halloween! For more about the Wedge-tailed Shearwater, see Related Resources below.

Microsoft Workers Swim, Play Hopscotch, Dress Up In A Bacon Suit For Charity

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:00

Imagine being cut loose from your regular work responsibilities for four months to dream up ingenious ways to get your coworkers to donate to charity.

Sounders On Track To Win It All, Make MLS History

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:00

The No. 1 Seattle Sounders start their playoff run this weekend. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this could be the year the Sounders win it all and make history in the process.

3-D Mammograms Improve Cancer Detection, UW Study Finds

KPLU News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:59

While mammograms are successful in detecting early breast cancer, they are sometimes associated with false positives. Researchers at the University of Washington say 3-D mammograms are more accurate and can help find hidden tumors. 

UW Ebola Study On Mice Shows Genes Help Explain Why Some Get Sicker Than Others

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:14

Scientists from the University of Washington have managed to get lab mice with Ebola to mimic the symptoms of infected humans. And the findings show genes play a big role in how sick people get.

Scientists want to understand why Ebola makes some people terribly sick and gives others much milder symptoms. Now UW researchers have gotten mice to show a similar range of responses — something that has long eluded scientists. The new development could help them understand exactly how the virus takes its toll, and potentially speed up vaccine and drug development.

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Uninspected

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:42

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at because they sit on private land.

Experts say these could be problem areas as more trains carry crude oil through the state. They plan to ask the legislature for more authority.

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:32
When Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman — fairly late in life — Soloway says for her it was a huge relief.

"It's interesting, I think, to grow up in a family with this really huge missing piece and not know what that piece is — sort of like you're feeling around in a dark room," Soloway tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's like the elephant in the room, but all the lights are off. So you're feeling around and you're feeling this quite huge thing.

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:12
Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Michael Menino, who held the job for more than two decades until stepping aside earlier this year, has died. He was 71.

"At just after 9 a.m. this morning the Honorable Thomas M. Menino passed into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer.

Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:09
A disabled woman with serious health problems who successfully challenged Medicare for denying her home health care coverage has racked up another win against the government.

In her latest federal lawsuit filed in June, Glenda Jimmo, 78, argued that Medicare should have paid for the nursing care and other skilled services she received at her home during 2007.

GDP Posts Strong 3.5 Percent Growth Rate In 3rd Quarter

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:03
The U.S. economy grew at the solid pace of 3.5 percent for the third quarter, helped along by gains in business investment, exports and a big jump in military spending, the Commerce Department says.

The latest GDP number for the period July-to-September, was better than economists had expected.

4 People Dead After Plane Crashes Into Building At Kansas Airport

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:02
A small airplane crashed into a building in Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport and killed at least four people on Thursday.

KAKE-TV reports that five others were injured and four are still missing. The station reports:

"Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 200 reported losing engine power just after takeoff around 9:50 a.m.

'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:16
The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary about the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, recognizes that disasters — from shootings to extreme weather events — often beget entrenchment. Tragedies tend to drive us to our most defensive ideological corners, from which we can see little beyond more impassioned arguments for our own side.

What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:15
Back in 2003 I was a junior doctor working at a Chicago teaching hospital.

As one of the newer docs, my daily appointment schedule had lots of openings.

Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:14
The world is facing a double-barreled pandemic reminiscent of the dual epidemic of tuberculosis and HIV that emerged in the 1980s – only potentially much bigger.

It's a "co-epidemic" of TB and diabetes that's beginning to affect many countries around the globe — poor, middle-income and even rich nations.

The problem is that people with diabetes – a galloping global epidemic in itself – are two to three times more likely to get active TB.

So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids

KPLU News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:00