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Federal Maritime Regulator Says Tacoma And Seattle Port Alliance Is A `Great Idea’

KPLU News - 2 hours 6 min ago

The cargo shipping industry is in the midst of big changes and that’s prompting the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to forge an alliance.

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, the top regulator of the nation's ports, says the alliance is a "great idea."

Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

KPLU News - 3 hours 15 min ago
At a government-run clinic in Diquini, near Port-au-Prince, doctors are treating a handful of cholera patients.

One of them is Givenchi Predelus. For five days, the high school sophomore has been lying on a cot with a towel over his midsection and an IV in his arm, listening to tinny music on his bare-bones cellphone.

Predelus speaks in a whisper, a sign of what cholera has done to his strength. "Only one other person in my area has cholera," he says, through an interrupter. "She sells patties on the side of the road.

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

According to the U.S.

CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to figure out how the military managed to ship anthrax spores that were apparently live from one of its facilities to more than a dozen labs across the United States.

"We have a team at the [military] lab to determine what may have led to this incident," says CDC spokesman Jason McDonald.

For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago
Forrest Hampton is about to become a family man and he couldn't be happier. He's 25 and he lives in a suburb of Dallas with his fiancée, who's due to have their baby practically any minute. They've already picked out a name: Raven.

In most ways they are a normal family. Except for one thing. Until last year, Hampton was a registered sex offender.

"I honestly don't believe I was supposed to be registered in the first place," he says, "but I wasn't in the position to fight my case."

That's because Hampton was found guilty at age 13 of having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl.

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago
Cod love the icy cold waters of the North Sea — and British people love eating cod.

But a decade ago, it looked like people were eating the fish to the brink of collapse.

Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

KPLU News - 4 hours 11 min ago
Many farmers in Appalachia are cultivating food not in big open fields but deep in the forest — where ramps, hazelnuts and maple trees for syrup thrive.

But some would like to see the region producing even more forest-grown products — in particular, mushrooms — to meet growing demand at specialty food stores and restaurants that serve local ingredients.

The catch?

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses.

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

The problem? The study they were based on was pure junk.

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.

Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in.

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

KPLU News - 4 hours 38 min ago
A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says.

What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

KPLU News - 5 hours 32 min ago
For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.

Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. By one estimate, about a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo.

Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos.

Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago
Reforming the education system in any country can be tricky. But in France, where learning is highly centralized and public school (l'ecole de la Republique) a symbol of French greatness, it's all but impossible.

Several French presidents have tried and failed.

Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

KPLU News - 6 hours 15 min ago


Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

KPLU News - 9 hours 33 min ago
Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

"I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world," says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called "Queer Icons," evokes the colorful, religious artwork th

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

KPLU News - 9 hours 37 min ago
What kind of birthday gift do you get a man who's already got everything? It's a well-worn riddle — and one that gets all the more difficult if the man in question happens to have died a half-century ago.

Luckily for Ian Fleming, today's 107-year-old birthday boy and the creator of James Bond, novelist Anthony Horowitz knows just the gift: a reunion with an old friend.

Horowitz, who's helming the newest official Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, announced Thursday that the book will be bringing back a familiar face — Pussy Galore.

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

KPLU News - 10 hours 13 min ago
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a reelection vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said.

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

KPLU News - 10 hours 27 min ago
Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.

"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health.

The new drugs are based on the anesthetic ketamine, which is also a popular club drug known as Special K.

The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

KPLU News - 10 hours 38 min ago
The nationwide weirdness that was the Windshield-Pitting Mystery began in the spring of 1954. Looking back at the events today may give us a window – ok, a windshield – on the make-up and the mindset of mid-20th century America.

The epidemic's epicenter, according to HistoryLink – an online compendium of Washington state history — was the town of Bellingham where "tiny holes, pits, and dings ...

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

KPLU News - 10 hours 52 min ago
Even though its predictions call for a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season with 6 to 11 named storms this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong and devastating storms remain a possibility.

From NOAA:

" 'A below-normal season doesn't mean we're off the hook.