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ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

KPLU News - 1 hour 14 min ago

In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. Eldon Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March

Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment.

Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public?

KPLU News - 3 hours 10 min ago

Of the 82 tickets Seattle police officers issued for public marijuana use in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half — went to people who were probably homeless.

For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?

"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.

Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council

KPLU News - 4 hours 9 min ago

On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety. 

Seattle city council members brought the utility’s chief executive Jorge Carrasco in to an energy committee meeting to discuss a string of recent embarrassing news stories, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.

But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.

Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone

KPLU News - 6 hours 38 min ago

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.

New FBI Head In Seattle Encounters Pot Smokers Near Office

KPLU News - 14 hours 43 min ago

While marijuana is legal in Washington, it remains illegal under federal law.

So a recent encounter in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Seattle proved a little awkward for the new special agent in charge of the Seattle division.

Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers

KPLU News - 14 hours 43 min ago

In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.

Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.

Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too

KPLU News - 14 hours 43 min ago

I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches," was just released.

That subtitle is no overstatement.  If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (bunn mee) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy to follow instructions in Andrea's handbook. 

Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:49
The University of Arkansas today released what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement.

Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:40
Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?

Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods.

Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:40
We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.

When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube video posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?

First, let's back up.

Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:39
Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company.

Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:39
American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.

Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:

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Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:34

A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso, Washington this past March, say a panel of scientists in a federally-funded study.

The hills above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River had slid before, at least 15 times over the centuries, according to the study.

But one slide in particular left Oso vulnerable. In 2006, that smaller slide left a loosely-packed mass of debris perched dangerously above the Steelhead Haven development and its neighbors.

Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:30

Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," according to a scathing report released Tuesday, which faulted district staff in administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.

The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.

Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:06

We were very excited to welcome back singer/songwriter, Sara Gazarek, a graduate from the Roosevelt High School jazz program who has since made a home in the L.A. jazz scene. 

Sara stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for this interview and performance while in town at Jazz Alley with Band members Josh Nelson (piano), Hamilton Price (bass), Zach Harmon (drums) and Larry Koonse (guitar).

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:57

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.

Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:00

Washington is slowly moving ahead with a long-delayed plan to update its water quality rules. Tuesday's will be the first public meeting on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate, which determines how clean discharged water must be. But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.

5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'

KPLU News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:00

Seattle author David George Gordon would be more than happy to share his recipe for his three bee salad or cricket nymph risotto. Try the deep-fried tarantula, the bloomin’ onion of arachnids.

Gordon is known as “the bug chef,” and has written one of the more comprehensive cookbooks showcasing bugs and their kin. He is also a true believer in insects as a food source for an ever-hungrier planet, as laid out in a lengthy U.N. report last year.