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Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination

KPLU News - 3 hours 59 min ago

The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.

Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

KPLU News - 4 hours 26 min ago
Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.

As we reported on Saturday, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal" lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression.

Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

KPLU News - 4 hours 27 min ago
Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame.

When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

KPLU News - 4 hours 42 min ago


Air Algerie: Jet Likely Crashed In Mali With 116 Aboard

KPLU News - 5 hours 7 min ago
Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Air Algerie says a MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has likely crashed in Mali.

The airline said the plane likely went down in Tilemsi, Mali, about 70 miles from Gao.

Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates

KPLU News - 9 hours 38 min ago

Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.

Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates.

Expansion Of 13-Year-Old Oil Terminal Just Now Getting Environmental Review

KPLU News - 9 hours 38 min ago

An expansion of the Northwest’s largest oil terminal will be the subject of a public hearing before the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday evening in Seattle. Environmentalists are calling for limits on oil tanker traffic at BP’s docks at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham. 

Environmental impact statements are usually heard before a project is built. But in an unusual twist, this hearing concerns a facility that’s been up and running for 13 years.

5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles

KPLU News - 9 hours 38 min ago

If you get on a commercial airliner more than a few times of year, the chances are pretty good that you’re building up frequent flyer miles, either through your credit card or an airline, or an airline’s credit card. 

Whatever the case, when it comes time to redeem those miles, things can get tricky. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has a few tips.

Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

KPLU News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:49
For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.

But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then.

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

KPLU News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:29

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:33

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:34

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:05

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:00

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:00

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 - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:00

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.