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Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs, Donate!

KPLU News - 57 min 25 sec ago
The goat barn at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind., will soon be full of, well, goats. But right now it's full of folding tables stacked with clothes, books and housewares — including an anatomically correct coffee mug in the shape of a woman.

At the tables are families, lots of them. Some waited in line for more than an hour to get first dibs on the larger items, like furniture and appliances. Carrie Ardito was first in that line and ran to the back to claim a clothes dryer.

"Yeah, I wasn't expecting one.

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

KPLU News - 1 hour 50 min ago
It's impolite to stare. But when it comes to severely injured soldiers, maybe we don't look enough; or maybe we'd rather not see wounded veterans at all. That's the message you get from photographer David Jay's Unknown Soldier series. Jay spent three years taking portraits of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but before that — for nearly 20 years — he was a fashion photographer. His stylish, artful images appeared in magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

KPLU News - 4 hours 38 min ago
The 850,000 people who live on the French island of Reunion, east of Madagascar, depend on the Indian Ocean that surrounds them. Most homes are near the sea, fishing is a major industry and beaches bring the tourists.

But the ocean has also become a source of dread to this French island. Since 2011, sharks have attacked 16 people, killing seven of them. It's a sharp jump from previous years and has left islanders at a loss to understand why.

Bishop Talon, 22, was attacked off a beach called Étang-Sale in February.

Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

KPLU News - 5 hours 8 min ago
Haneen Radi learned to run by walking.

"I used to walk," says the 36-year-old mother of four. "I saw people running and said, I'll try that."

Radi took off. In the decade since then she's finished eight marathons, and she now coaches a girls' running club with 80 members.

"I'm another person when running," Radi says. "I'm happy, I'm smiling."

A few months ago, Radi decided to organize a marathon in Tira, her hometown in northern Israel.

"I thought, I'm bringing something very nice to my society," Radi said, surrounded by supporters at a recent rally on Tira's main street.

On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

KPLU News - 5 hours 28 min ago
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Walk through a town square this Memorial Day and you might just see a marker or monument commemorating sacrifice in war.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

KPLU News - 5 hours 30 min ago
American medicine is heading into new terrain, a place where a year's supply of drugs can come with a price tag that exceeds what an average family earns.

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts says last year more than half a million Americans racked up prescription drug bills exceeding $50,000.

Barbara Haedtke of Portland, Ore., knows this all too well.

A Royal Visit To Pacific Lutheran University

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 23:07

The Pacific Northwest has deep Norwegian roots and nowhere was that more evident than at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway came for a visit to the school that was founded 125 years ago by Norwegian immigrants. The King was in the Northwest to speak at PLU's Commencement ceremony in the Tacoma Dome, but made a quick trip to the university first, where he was welcomed by hundreds of students and and  other well wishers from around the region.

LISTEN: A sound portrait of HM King Harald V's visit:

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 23:04
Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It was his second victory at the Brickyard — the first was 15 years ago.

Montoya started 15th and twice drove from the back of the field.

He held off fellow Team Penske racer Will Power in the final two laps of the race.

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 15:03
Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible.

Ana Velinova Sings At SAM On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 15:00

Bulgarian born singer and songwriter Ana Velinova trained in Sophia, L.A. and Boston and has performed in New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria and elsewhere.  

Now a resident of Seattle, she recently sang in the Art of Jazz series at The Seattle Art Museum with an all-star Seattle quartet including Marc Seales, Mark Taylor, Jeff Johnson and D'vonne Lewis.   

'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 14:18
Around this time 70 years ago, following the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in Europe, the world was coming to grips with the scale of the holocaust, and how to deal with crimes so horrendous, they're almost incomprehensible.

That process is still ongoing.

Right now in Germany, a 93-year-old former Nazi who served at Auschwitz is on trial. Holocaust survivor Eva Kor flew to Germany to testify about her experience in the camp.

"If there would be hell on Earth, Auschwitz looked to me like that and in some way it was," Kor says.

Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 14:18
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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 12:45
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State and that they lost western Anbar province to the extremist group despite outnumbering their opponents.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Carter said that although Iraqi forces, or ISF, "vastly outnumber" ISIS in western Anbar, and in their loss of the provincial capital, Ramadi, last week, "What apparently happened is the Iraqi fo

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:43
Malaysian authorities say they've discovered numerous gravesites in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human smugglers along the Thai-Malay border.

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:58
Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

John Forbes Nash, Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory and differential equations, was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police say. He was 86.

His death was first reported by NJ.com citing a police official. NPR has confirmed the report through longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg.

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 06:13
Greece is warning that unless it can reach a deal with its creditors, it will be unable to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund next month.

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, speaking on Greek television, said bluntly that four installments totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) "will not be given and is not there to be given."

As Reuters writes that Greece "has been shut out of bond markets and [has had its] bailout aid locked." Athens, it says "has been scraping state

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 05:39
Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide today cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

"Mountain slopes have become f

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 05:38
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another.

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 04:36
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Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

KPLU News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 04:31
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