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Raven, Dog, Bone

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago

  Ravens are crafty! BirdNote listener Gary Cummins tells a story about the intelligence of ravens. When he worked at Grand Canyon National Park, Gary had a Siberian husky named Tasha. When two ravens saw her with a tasty bone, they teamed up on her. One raven acted distressed, hopping slowly, seemingly ignoring the dog. Tasha went into her wolf-like mode, stalking the raven. Just as Tasha was ready to pounce, the raven flew up into a tree. At that instant, the second raven swooped in, grabbed the bone in its beak, and flew off!

Student Dead After Opening Fire Inside Cafeteria Of Marysville-Pilchuck High

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:26

Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after opening fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter, who was a student at the school, opened fire inside the school cafeteria around 10:40 a.m. It was not immediately clear how many students were injured.

The shooter was fatally shot, police said, though it was not clear whether the wound was self-inflicted. 

Embrace Sunbreaks While You Can — Windy, Rainy Weekend And Wetter Days Ahead

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:33

Enjoy the sunbreaks while you can.  Heavy rain returns Friday night and we’ll return to a wetter, windier pattern, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It’ll be basically dry, partly cloudy during the afternoon, you know, probably even some sun,” Mass said of Friday. “So, a really nice day.”

But that’s going to change rapidly, Mass says, as a warm front associated with a center of low pressure off the coast moves northward.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:22
How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question.

So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.

"I asked them: 'So what's moving? And why?'" Blackwell says. The students had a lot of ideas.

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:47
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S.

Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:46
As Nigeria awaits the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls under a cease-fire deal with their Boko Haram captors, reports have come in that 25 more women and girls were abducted within a day of the truce being announced Saturday.

The government in Abuja has condemned the latest reported abductions from two villages in the country's northeast Adamawa state by suspected militants from the extremist group.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says the reported kidnappings came a day after the army claimed it had a deal with Boko Haram that included the release of more than 2

'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:46
The 17th century was one of the most radical periods in all of English history. It was an era of enormous change, upheaval, debate and extreme violence, which saw the evolution of the modern British state as we know it today.

But the transition from a haphazard kingdom ruled by inconsistent medieval ideas to a modern, secular, efficient bureaucratic state wasn't easy.

VIDEO: Talking While Female

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:46


A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:46
Biochemists aren't really known for their sense of humor. But we recently met one who was warm, inviting and downright hilarious. "When chemists don't know what something is, they call it a substance," quips Shirley Corriher.

Corriher is perhaps best known for authoring two books, Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, which netted her a James Beard Award, and BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking.

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:45
Making costumes from secondhand stuff is a part of the Halloween scene in 2014, according to Goodwill.

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:43
Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota's "Med City" can't help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere.

From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.

More than likely that has do to with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around.

Oregon Chef Asks: Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day?

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:00

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day today.

What is tripe? It's the lining of the cow's stomach.

Matt Bennett, owner of Sybaris Bistro in Albany, Oregon volunteered to promote consumption of beef stomach on behalf of the British-based Tripe Marketing Board.

Gull Identification I

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:00

  Relatively few gull species are common nesters in the Lower 48. But in October, both the variety and number of gulls increase dramatically. Gulls that nested in Alaska or Canada fly south to spend winter in more temperate climates. Western Gulls are present in the West all year, mostly near the coast. Mew Gulls turn up in the winter along the West Coast, and Herring Gulls can be seen in the East. October is an ideal time to learn which gull is which. Seen here, top to bottom, are Western, Thayer's, and Glaucous-wing Gulls.

Enviro Efforts To 'Green The Senate' Targeting Bellingham’s 42nd District

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:01

Democrats are eager to win back control of the state Senate in Washington. That means they need to take two seats from the Republican majority. One of the most hotly contested races is Whatcom County’s 42nd District, where incumbent Republican Doug Ericksen faces Democrat challenger Seth Fleetwood

It’s more conservative than a traditional swing district. But outside money is pouring, in and framing this contest as a battle over environmental interests. 

Marijuana Measures In Oregon, Alaska Reflect Lessons Learned In Washington

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:01

Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned here.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

Can Seahawks Turn Adversity From Harvin Trade Into Opportunity?

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:00

The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

Redemption Is The Key To An Unlikely Friendship Two Musicians Shared

KPLU News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:00

How exactly does a man in his 70s — a man who spent most of his adult life in and out of prison and constantly battling a drug addiction — become friends with a 14-year-old girl?

They find a common bond. And in the case of Frank Morgan and Grace Kelly, that bond was music. 

Roving, Free Health Clinic Sets Up Shop At KeyArena For Four-Day Stay

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:38

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.