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Garfield High School Staff Maneuvers To Keep Teacher In Their Building

KPLU News - 1 hour 58 min ago

Garfield High School's administration submitted a staffing plan to Seattle Public Schools Thursday that's strategically designed to prevent a teacher from moving out of the building for the second half of the school year, according to a leader of the school's PTSA.

District officials had asked the school's administrators to identify the equivalent of one full-time teacher who would move to another school at the end of the first semester. They said Garfield High School's final enrollment numbers came in well short of predicted levels and the teacher is needed elsewhere.

But instead of identifying one teacher, Garfield High School PTSA co-president Kirk Wohlers said the school named five teachers who could each leave the school for one class period each.

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

KPLU News - 4 hours 24 min ago
Pennsylvania's fracking boom has led to record-breaking natural gas production, but its neighbor, New York, announced Wednesday it was banning the practice. Industry and environmental groups say New York's decision could be good for Pennsylvania.

New York's ban comes six years after the state placed a temporary moratorium on fracking to study the gas drilling technique.

Northwest Exporters Eye New Opportunities In Cuba

KPLU News - 4 hours 37 min ago


Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

They're among many still trying to sort out what President Obama's announcement Wednesday of changes in Cuba policy could mean for them.

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

KPLU News - 5 hours 1 min ago
It took a few hours for Cubans to realize the magnitude of President Obama's announcement on Wednesday about changes in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, according to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez.

Why? Because a lot of people were at the market, buying fish.

In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

KPLU News - 5 hours 11 min ago
The Secret Service must both change the way it trains agents and hire more of them, according to a panel that reviewed the agency that has endured a string of embarrassing lapses in recent months.

U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

KPLU News - 5 hours 12 min ago
The Justice Department is broadening a civil rights law to include protections for transgender workers, a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted the measure.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the law, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will now ensure that workers who sue over discrimination in the workplace will get fair and consistent treatment.

"This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status," he

In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

KPLU News - 5 hours 14 min ago
Latin American governments have long viewed Cuba as the region's David facing off against the Goliath of the United States. So from Mexico to Argentina, leaders are endorsing Wednesday's announcement that the two nations intend to normalize relations.

But this could prove awkward for Venezuela, which has been Cuba's closest ally and a fierce critic of Washington.

In public, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is praising the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

KPLU News - 5 hours 14 min ago
It's hard to believe that not only was there no Serial six months ago, there was no Serial three months ago. The hugely popular podcast, a spinoff production of This American Life, didn't even premiere until early October, but since then, it has made its way with great speed into worlds from Sesame Street to Funny Or Die.

New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

KPLU News - 5 hours 14 min ago
L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots — long worn by practical and preppie New Englanders — have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever.

The recent surge in demand has the company scrambling to fill orders, upgrading its manufacturing equipment and adding a third shift at its Maine boot factories.

Its Brunswick, Maine, factory is bustling at around midnight recently as workers make the company's signature boots. Manager Royce Haines says L.L. Bean hired a hundred new employees and added a night shift to meet the demand.

Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

KPLU News - 5 hours 43 min ago
The White House today said it "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Raul Castro" to Washington, a day after President Obama announced the U.S.

Immigration Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says

KPLU News - 5 hours 57 min ago
Native-born Americans are making up a smaller percentage of those living in some areas of the U.S. as immigration moves to become the key factor in population growth within the next quarter-century, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts that examined county-level census data.

The U.S. Census Bureau has projected that migration to the U.S.

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KPLU News - 6 hours 11 min ago




5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship

KPLU News - 6 hours 13 min ago
1. Obama, Raul Castro Announce Normalization Of Relations

President Obama said Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which have been strained since being severed in 1961. He spoke to Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday to finalize details of the announcement.


Inslee Proposes Robust Tax Package For Washington State Budget

KPLU News - 7 hours 16 min ago

"It is time to reinvest in Washington," Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. 

NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

KPLU News - 7 hours 25 min ago
Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October.

The scientists were trying to modify the MERS virus so that it's better able to sicken mice. Their goal is to make a lab model that would let them test vaccines and drugs against this disease.

White House Says Any Response To Sony Attack Needs To Be 'Proportional'

KPLU News - 7 hours 36 min ago
The White House says the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures was done with "malicious intent" and was initiated by a "sophisticated actor" but it would not say if that actor was North Korea.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the matter is still under investigation.

"Regardless of who is found to be responsible for this, the president considers it to be a serious national security matter," Earnest says.

President Obama is holding daily meetings with his homeland security advisers and cyber coordinators to determine who is responsible and how to respond.

6 Things You Should Know About Cuban Cigars

KPLU News - 8 hours 25 min ago
Cuban cigars are wrapped in mystique. Soon travelers will be able to bring back $100 worth of the famed cigars. Here are some facts you should know.

1. Cuban cigars are expensive, even in Cuba.

As NPR's Tom Gjelten tweeted, the new permission to bring back $100 worth of tobacco (or alcohol) allows you at the most four good cigars. Tom says he hasn't been back to Cuba for six years, but the last time he was there, a single Cohiba or Uppman "set you back at least $25."


Photographer Captures Portraits Of Through-Hikers On The Pacific Crest Trail

KPLU News - 8 hours 35 min ago

Photographer Ian Tuttle was driving when he saw three backpackers resting under a tree near the Pacific Crest Trail in California.

He pulled over. Did they need water or a ride somewhere? Maybe a beer? Just the beer, the hikers told him. And so Tuttle ended up spending the next hour with them, talking over beers and taking their photos.

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

KPLU News - 8 hours 48 min ago


A new Census Bureau report released Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

KPLU News - 8 hours 51 min ago
A version of this story was originally published on Dec. 23, 2011.

If you happen to spend Christmas Eve in Canada — especially Quebec — you might be lucky enough to be invited to a festive dinner after midnight Mass. The feast is an old tradition from France called reveillon, and it's something to look forward to after a long day of fasting.

"They'll have a huge feast, with sweets and lobster and oysters, everything," says Thomas Naylor, executive chef to the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. "But in Quebec, at least, you'll always have tourtiere.