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Win Passes To The North Bend Jazz Walk

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:00

Lawyer For Psychiatric Patients Says State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:17

The state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws, according to the lawyer representing psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding.”

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:13

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native-American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

Citing State Law, Judge Upholds Fife's Pot Ban; No Comment On Federal Preemption

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:01

The city of Fife’s ban on recreational marijuana will stand, following a ruling by a Pierce County judge Friday.

Judge Ronald Culpepper said local jurisdictions have the right to opt out of marijuana legalization under state law. He added the pot shop owners who brought the suit did not meet the burden of proof necessary to overturn the ban in Fife.

Win Tickets To Eliane Elias

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:45

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Brazilian pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias for four nights. Band members are Eliane Elias (piano/vocals), Marc Johnson (bass) and Graham Dechter (guitar).

KPLU offers you a chance to win a pair of tickets to this performance.

'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:42
If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says he was "raised by the state of California."

"Even judges, when they would send me away — looking back at it now — they's kind of more like a father figure, sitting up there," he says. "Closer to fatherly than any father that I ever had."

Those judges had plenty of reason to be concerned about him — Huff used heroin. He committed robberies.

Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:41
"Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.

Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.

In the real world, conditions at orphanages can be even bleaker. Back in the 1990s, media coverage of Romanian orphanages showed dozens of children sitting unclothed in crowded rooms. Most were neglected, and many were suffering from debilitating diseases like polio.

In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:37
While most of America is thinking burgers and swimming this Labor Day weekend, I can't stop thinking about earthquakes.

Last Sunday, a shaker registering 6.0 on the Richter Scale struck the Napa Valley in northern California. It injured dozens and caused about $1 billion in damages. National media coverage focused on how the quake affected the area's famous wine industry — because America needs to know that our stock of Cabs and Zinfadels is safe.

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:26
Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon.

Why?

The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:14
As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.

He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. "I'll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain ... this type of expression in the eyes ... telling me I'm going to die," says Piot. "That I'll never forget."

Piot went on to study AIDS in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:12
The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.

It's the first time the department has intervened in a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:11

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Two Stations Bridge Cultural Gaps With Bilingual Reporting

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:11
In Central Washington, two public radio stations, Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) and KDNA, have started a new initiative to bridge the cultural and linguistic gaps between communities. The motivation is straightforward: public radio station NWPR has partnered with Spanish-language radio station KDNA to create and share content for broadcast.

Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:37
Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.

A study involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal Nature, found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected.

Have Piano, Will Travel: Mr. B's Epic Bicycle Adventure

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:00

Boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark Braun (a.k.a. Mr. B) has fond memories of touring in the Pacific Northwest. KPLU has played his recordings for more than 20 years. I've followed Mr. B for some time, because there's not much I like better than his style of piano playing, the music that came up from New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta.

What I didn't know about him until recently is that he's also a dedicated amateur athlete, an avid bicyclist and an advocate for getting kids active in the arts and athletics.

Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:58
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Bruce Springsteen is writing a children's book about a bank-robbing baby called Outlaw Pete, based on his song of the same name. "Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," Springsteen said in a statement. The song "Outlaw Pete" was inspired by the 1950 children's book Brave Cowboy Bill.

Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:57
For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.

The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it reported a loss in the quarter ending June of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss

A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:56
Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based Madécasse brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle" extract, made entirely in Madagascar by local people using all-local materials — right down to the packaging.

Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man'

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:55
Sean Connery was 53 when he downed his last vodka martini as James Bond (though he'd previously walked away from the role and been lured back twice). Roger Moore was 57 at the time of his last mission on Her Majesty's Secret Service (though he didn't look a day over ninety). Pierce Brosnan was a spry 49 in his final Bonding session, and his departure was bittersweet: He'd started later than he'd wanted, almost a decade after he was first announced as Moore's successor in the mid-80s.

Mass: Cooler Weekend Ahead, But Don't Give Up On Summer Just Yet

KPLU News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:51

It won't be long now. 

Fall is just around the corner, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, and that means the holiday weekend won't be all sun. 

"We'll see a different weekend than we've been used to in the past," he said. "Temperatures are going to drop way back. No more 80s."