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Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

KPLU News - 3 hours 55 min ago

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

KPLU News - 4 hours 31 sec ago
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Despite high hopes and executives with a record of success, Atavist Books didn't last long. Less than a year after its launch, the multiplatform publisher has announced that it's planning to close.

Hatched under the name Brightline and helmed by Hollywood mega-producer Scott Rudin, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller and former Picador publisher Frances Coady, the company didn't lack for ambition.

Ben Bradlee On Journalism: Be 'Fair' And 'Honest,' But Don't 'Back Down'

KPLU News - 4 hours 1 min ago
Bradlee was the executive editor for the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He published the Pentagon Papers and covered Watergate. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at 93, talked with Fresh Air in 1995. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Shootings In Iraq

KPLU News - 4 hours 1 min ago
Four private security guards working for the Blackwater Worldwide firm who were charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis have been found guilty by a federal jury.

Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, and three others — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — were found guilty of multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter.

The four were accused in connection with a Sept. 16, 2007, incident in Baghdad's Nisour Square, where 14 unarmed civilians were killed and 17 others were wounded.

The Making Of 'The Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story'

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago

"The Sound of Redemption:  The Frank Morgan Story" will be showing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at NW Film Forum in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Film Festival. Frank Morgan was a prodigy, a young West Coast saxophonist who was hailed as "the next Charlie Parker." Morgan's life and career were stalled for 30 years because of heroin use, felonies and prison sentences.

Hong Kong Students March On Chief Executive's Residence

KPLU News - 4 hours 50 min ago
Activists in Hong Kong, angered by what they perceive as little progress in talks on democratic reforms with the government, marched to the home of the territory's chief executive to demand his ouster.

Reuters says: "Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijin

Soldier Killed, Suspect Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament

KPLU News - 4 hours 51 min ago


Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

KPLU News - 4 hours 51 min ago
Everyone hates the sheer agony of an umbrella flipping inside out in a windy rainstorm. Even with the best umbrellas, this happens all too often.

Justin Nagelberg feels your pain. His new umbrella, the Sa, totally shakes up the umbrella's tired design. To put the project in motion, Nagelberg teamed up with Matthew Waldman, founder of the New York design lab Nooka, whom he met at a design conference in Tokyo a few years ago.

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

KPLU News - 4 hours 52 min ago
Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements.

Quick Facts About Ebola

KPLU News - 4 hours 54 min ago


Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago
As the ongoing, harassment-fueled controversy known as Gamergate rages into its second month with no sign of dying down, the Pew Research Center is out with new numbers on online harassment.

Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who led The Washington Post to national eminence through charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Through his tenure at the Post, the legendary newspaper editor helped to define the standards and aspirations of American journalism for more than a generation. He oversaw an expansion of the kinds of coverage his newspaper offered readers that influenced editors at papers across the country.

Cape May In October

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 min ago

  Cape May Autumn Birding Festival, October 24 - 26!

Cape May is one of the most famous birding destinations in the US. And October may be the most exciting month of all to watch birds there. It's hawk migration! Cape May lies at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, on a peninsula that divides Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Because most birds prefer to migrate over land rather than open water, the peninsula funnels southbound birds, sometimes in astonishing numbers. In the autumn of 2010, Cape May Bird Observatory counted more than 47,000 migrating hawks - including Red-shouldered Hawks, like this one. New Jersey Audubon sponsors the festival.

Just Back From Spain, Nancy Leson Offers A Few Pointers On Paella

KPLU News - 9 hours 39 min ago

Both Nance and I have been traveling these past weeks. I traveled across Canada by train, and Nancy went to Spain and France with the KPLU Travel Club. While there, she and her fellow eaters tried their hands at the iconic Valencia dish, paella.

How One Theologian Managed To Keep Her Faith Through Struggles With Depression

KPLU News - 9 hours 39 min ago

Monica Coleman has an impressive resume (bachelor’s degree from Harvard, master’s of divinity from Vanderbilt, Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology), and she doesn’t shy away from talking about tough or deeply personal things.

She’s spoken out about her own trauma of having been raped and her disappointment with the inept and sometimes callous response from church leaders to victims of sexual violence.

But as open as Coleman has been about her experience as a victim of sexual assault, there was another part of herself she kept hidden for years — her struggle with debilitating depression.

Seattle Voters To Decide On Monorail Plans — Again

KPLU News - 9 hours 39 min ago

Seattle voters have a monorail proposal on their ballots this year. The city's last public monorail effort died in 2005. Now, supporters hope to revive the idea.

Seattle Leaders Hope 'Magic Sauce' Will Guarantee 'Quality' In Proposed Pre-K Plan

KPLU News - 9 hours 39 min ago

Seattle's elected leaders can hardly describe the proposed preschool pilot program at the heart of Proposition 1B without using the phrase "high-quality."

City education officials frequently invoke these words when speaking about their desire to pass a four-year, $58 million property tax hike to not only cover preschool tuition for as many as 2,000 low-income kids, but to ensure these children receive the greatest possible benefit from the program.

But amid a broader debate over whether voters ought to choose the city's plan over a competing childcare initiative, Proposition 1A, a smaller debate has roiled among early educators: What exactly constitutes "high-quality" preschool?

Highline Schools The Latest Wash. District To Consider Transgender Student Policy

KPLU News - 9 hours 39 min ago

Where should a transgender student in a public school use the restroom? In which locker room should the student shower or change clothes? And how should a teacher refer to a student: as a he, a she, or neither?

The Highline Public Schools Board will vote Wednesday night on a new, formal set of guidelines to help staff answer these questions.

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage.com Case

KPLU News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:56

The fate of a human-trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking. The justices must decide if the lawsuit can proceed.

You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

KPLU News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:27
If you're midflight and the movie is terrible and the airline magazine crossword puzzle has already been done by someone else, the SkyMall catalog is the time-killer of last resort for the bored, boxed-in passenger.

SkyMall sells items that, under normal circumstances, you might never consider — like say, adult-size, unisex, one-piece Superman pajamas.