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Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

KPLU News - 42 min 34 sec ago
Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a popular Mexican comedic actor and screenwriter known by the nickname "Chespirito," has died at age 85 after a long illness, Latin Times reports.

The newspaper says Bolaños died of heart failure in Cancun.

The Associated Press notes: "His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like Captain Kangaroo in the United States.

"He warmed the hearts of millions with a clean comedy style far removed from the sexual innu

Diversity On 'The Walking Dead' Wasn't Always Handled Well

KPLU News - 1 hour 29 min ago
Language advisory: Quotes from The Walking Dead in this story contain language some find offensive.

For The Walking Dead, it was less like a conversation between two characters and more like a mini manifesto.

The moment came during an episode called "Four Walls and Roof," as Bob Stookey spoke to hero Rick Grimes about a central theme this season: keeping your humanity in midst of a zombie apocalypse.

"We push ourselves to let things go, and then we let some more go and some more ... and pretty soon there's things we can't get back," he tells Rick.

After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

KPLU News - 1 hour 29 min ago
Since George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin, I've been repeating these words by the poet Audre Lorde like a prayer. She writes:

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother's milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph

Ray Rice Wins Appeal And Is Reinstated By NFL

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced earlier this year that showed him hitting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, has won an appeal and will be reinstated by the NFL.

The National Football League reported the news on its website. The players' union said the suspension had been "vacated immediately," according to The Associated Press.

The AP says: "The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.

For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw

KPLU News - 4 hours 14 min ago
Sixteen years ago, the Good Friday peace agreement ended the violent conflict in Northern Ireland by creating a power-sharing government. Around the world, people point to the agreement as a model for how to resolve ethnic conflicts.

And yet, political leaders in Northern Ireland are still struggling to bring Protestant and Catholic groups together.

Attack On Mosque In Nigeria Kills Dozens

KPLU News - 5 hours 11 min ago
Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

More than 60 people are dead and as many wounded in an attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria as worshipers were attending Friday prayers.

The BBC says three explosions were reported at the mosque in Kano, and that the attackers also turned gunfire on the worshipers.

"These people have bombed the mosque.

Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

KPLU News - 6 hours 4 min ago
Updated at 1:00 p.m.

BirdNote: The Music Of Black Scoters

KPLU News - 6 hours 44 min ago

Black Scoters are sea ducks that spend the winter on saltwater bays.

They are large, strong ducks and buoyant swimmers with a habit of cocking their tails upward. 

America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

KPLU News - 6 hours 48 min ago
Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the biggest jump in sales since 2011.

Video Of Woman Dancing On Tehran's Subway Goes Viral

KPLU News - 8 hours 21 min ago


Viral Videos Show Kenyan Women Assaulted For Wearing Miniskirts

KPLU News - 8 hours 49 min ago
Earlier this month, a woman selling hard-boiled eggs at a bus station in Nairobi got into an argument with a customer over 70 cents she said he owed her.

The man mocked the mother of two — who was wearing a short skirt — for being "indecently dressed," then rallied dozens of nearby men to strip her naked while others filmed the mob attack with their cellphones.

The graphic video, instead of prompting arrests, was met with some approval on Kenyan social media. The miniskirt has been decried as a "foreign" blight on traditional African dress and values.

Experts Predict Low Oil Prices Through Next Year

KPLU News - 9 hours 37 min ago
OPEC's decision not to cut production continues to reverberate through global oil markets, with the price of Europe's benchmark Brent crude falling to a four-year low today – bad news for petroleum exporters in the Middle East and Russia, but good news for nearly everyone else.

Brent crude oil steadied at about $73 a barrel on Friday after reaching a low of $71.12, its lowest level since July 2010, according to Reuters.

Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

KPLU News - 9 hours 41 min ago


The Memories That Keep One Seattle Marathoner Running And Running

KPLU News - 10 hours 44 min ago

This Sunday, Tom Barbano will run the Seattle marathon — his 20th race in just three years.

The reason he keeps running: a dear friend named Mark Larson. He told us the story one early morning while running around Green Lake: 

Fifteen Years After 'Battle Of Seattle,' Labor Groups Raise Concerns About New Trade Deals

KPLU News - 10 hours 44 min ago

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Organization meeting that brought tens of thousands of protesters to Seattle. Now labor groups are once again sounding the alarm that new trade deals being negotiated may leave workers behind. 

On Microsoft Campus, Teachers Protest Tax Breaks Ahead Of State Ed. Funding Debate

KPLU News - 10 hours 44 min ago

On a day when frenzied holiday shoppers will pay a significant sum in state sales taxes, a group of teachers is organizing a protest near the Redmond campus of a corporation that they wish paid more taxes: Microsoft.

The teachers' planned the Black Friday protest to urge state lawmakers to put corporate tax breaks, not social services, on the chopping block in their effort to find at least $2.5 billion in new funding for schools.

"Many of the families of our students can't afford the Christmas gifts they want to buy unless they go to those sales on Black Friday. They are going to be paying a lot of sales tax on Black Friday," said protest organizer and Renton teacher Julianna Dauble. "We chose it to highlight [the fact] Microsoft will not be paying taxes on Black Friday."

Different Paths, Same Goal For UW, WSU In Apple Cup

KPLU News - 10 hours 44 min ago

The end of Thanksgiving signals another holiday tradition in the Northwest: the annual football matchup between the University of Washington and Washington State University. The Apple Cup will take place Saturday night in Pullman.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a win means more than just bragging rights.

Talking (Very Frankly) About Sex On Campus

KPLU News - 11 hours 41 min ago
"Losing Your (Concept of) Virginity." "Negotiating Successful Threesomes." "Vagina 101." These aren't your parents' college classes.

Consider this a syllabus for Sex Week, a series of workshops, discussions and screenings dedicated to, well, you know what, that are becoming popular – and controversial – on campuses around the country.

Yale University held one in 2002 and since then there have been at least 20, including at the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland and Harvard University.

While the seemingly brazen subject matter has certainly ruffled some feathers, organizers

Test Your Medical Smarts: Does This Patient Have Ebola?

KPLU News - 11 hours 41 min ago
Ebola is elusive and stealthy, so a medical degree doesn't automatically prepare a health worker to figure out if a new patient is a likely Ebola case.

The symptoms mimic other diseases. Fever, chills and vomiting could also signal malaria or maybe just a heavy night of drinking. If clinicians guess wrong, they might accidentally put an uninfected person into a treatment area with patients who have contracted the virus.

So before volunteer health workers head off to the Ebola treatment units of West Africa, they need training.

How Dogs Understand What We Say

KPLU News - 14 hours 23 min ago
Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.

But what about the meaning of the words we say?

Sure, a few studies have reported on super smart dogs that know hundreds of words.