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Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

KPLU News - 38 min 30 sec ago


Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

KPLU News - 1 hour 22 min ago
President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

Obama pointed to the shining example of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, who left office on schedule and transferr

Interactive Map Lets You Track Every Construction Project in Seattle

KPLU News - 2 hours 10 min ago

Seattle is making it easier to track development projects in the booming city. An interactive on-line map on the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) website lets users click on any current permitted building project. There are more than 100 in just the downtown area.

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

KPLU News - 2 hours 25 min ago
"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them some place else on Star Trek.

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm.

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

KPLU News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Some Youths Find Probation More Challenging Than Juvenile Detention

KPLU News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

The juvenile hall in San Leandro, Calif., has 360 beds — all of which were full when the detention center opened eight years ago.

State Agency Adding Human Well-Being To Puget Sound Health Indicators

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 20:22

Humans should be part of any consideration of how well Puget Sound’s ecological recovery is going. How we’re thriving and benefiting are critical parts of the equation, according to new research conducted for the state agency in charge of the cleanup.

The agency, called Puget Sound Partnership, is adding indicators of human well-being and quality of life to the “vital signs” it tracks. They’ll be included on the colorful pinwheel “dashboard” that anyone can see online.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:05

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:42


Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT and ACT?

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:38
Many high schoolers hoping to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., one of the top private universities in the country, breathed a sigh of relief this week.

GWU announced it will no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT.

The move comes after the school formed a task force to study the pros and cons of going "test-optional." GWU attracts lots of high-achieving students who do well on both exams, but the task force concluded that the school's reliance on these tests was excluding some high-achieving students who simply don't test well.

Of particular concern we

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:32
"Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea," says a group of researchers and concerned citizens who are urging a ban on offensive military weapons that don't rely on human control.

During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:00
A teenager locking down a summer job as a lifeguard used to be a big deal.

But this summer, several parks and recreation departments and YMCA's across the country are reporting a shortage of lifeguards. And an improving economy may be playing a big role.

The Ridge Road swimming pool in Raleigh, N.C. is packed.

Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:41
Jonathan Pollard, who has served almost 30 years in prison after being convicted of espionage, will be granted parole on Nov. 21, according to his attorneys.

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and charged with passing classified information to Israel. He pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

"But under laws in place at the time, that meant he could get parole after 30 years," NPR's Carrie Johnson says.

After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners' Applications Stuck In Limbo

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:39
It took a while for Dana Bowerman's long prison sentence to sink in.

Bowerman is a onetime honor student and cheerleader whose brassy personality cleared most obstacles from her path. But there was one hurdle her quick mind couldn't leap. In early 2001, Bowerman got sent away for nearly 20 years on federal drug conspiracy charges, her first and only offense.

Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:39
The crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last fall in California's Mojave Desert was caused by pilot error and design problems, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced Tuesday after a nine-month investigation.

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports the NTSB found that SpaceShipTwo broke apart during a test flight on Oct. 31 because the co-pilot prematurely unlocked a section of the space plane's tail used in braking.

Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:13
Though tea strainers often come in brightly colored, sweet packaging with punny names like "the manatee," the lowly tea bag is often forgotten. Made from silk, plastic or paper, these bags are meant for one-time use only. Yet some artists are giving the tea bag a second life, letting their simple shapes and colors shine.

Colorado artist Wewer Keohane has been making art from spent tea bags for over 20 years.

Remembering True Crime Author Ann Rule

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:00

Friends and fans are remembering true-crime author Ann Rule as a prolific writer, a tireless advocate for victims and an expert about enforcement and crime investigation.

Rule died Sunday at the age of 83. KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick interviewed Ann Rule three years ago about her life and career. Click on the link to hear the interview.

NFL's Goodell Confirms Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:44
Saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment.

In doing so, Goodell also faulted Brady for not cooperating with the investigation, citing his "destruction of potentially relevant evidence" — a reference to Brady's cellphone and SIM card, which he gave to an assistant to be destroyed, according to Goodell's findings.

"The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four mont

As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

KPLU News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:43
Some Twitter users pulled up their feed Tuesday and saw changes involving the reply, retweet and "fav" buttons.

The main change — which many Android users got to see a few weeks ago — is the star icon that turns gold when you favorite a tweet is now a heart icon (TheNextWeb.com has screengrabs), which was confusing to at least a few tweeters.