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Environmental Groups Sue Port Of Seattle Over Lease For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:52

Environmental groups are suing the Port of Seattle over its decision to let Royal Dutch Shell base part of its Arctic drilling fleet here, arguing the port needed to allow more public involvement and violated two state laws. 

The port last month signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime, the company that will manage Shell’s drilling fleet here in Seattle at Terminal 5. That terminal has been empty since last summer because the port is planning to overhaul it to allow bigger cargo ships. So this is a temporary use to generate about $13 million. 

Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:16
Rosa Parks is well known for her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama in Dec. 1955. But Parks' Civil Rights protest did have a precedent: 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, a student from a black high school in Montgomery, had refused to move from her bus seat nine months earlier. However Colvin is not nearly as well known, and certainly not as celebrated, as Parks.

The bus incident

Montgomery was segregated, which meant that black people couldn't use the dressing rooms at department stores or ride in the front of the bus.

With Much Controversy, Boston Begins Removing Parking Space Savers

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:06
The near-record amount of snow that has fallen on Boston this winter is testing one of the city's great traditions: On orders from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Public Works Department began removing parking space savers from city streets on Monday.

In the past, the informal rule has been that whoever takes the time to dig out a parking space gets to keep it for 48 hours.

Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:30
When the corn dog was discovered in an Iowa cave in the 1950s, explorers dated it at roughly 40,000 years old. Its recipe has gone largely unchanged since then, though few makers use real glyptodon meat anymore.

Recently, though, the dog has had an evolutionary transformation. There's now a State Fair Brand Funnel Cake Corn Dog, a turkey and pork hot dog wrapped in a sweet funnel cake batter.

Eva: Time to reinforce the roller coaster.

Peter: This is a travesty.

Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:04
Some people — who are they? — have no problem fitting regular aerobic exercise into their lives. The rest of us want to know how much we have to exercise to see health benefits. Now we have some answers: You may want to go just a tad longer and harder than you'd thought.

Current government guidelines advise adults to get the equivalent of at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of higher-intensity exercise every week, plus some strength training.

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:58


Britain's Muslims: Still Feeling The Need To Explain Themselves

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:58
Jihadi John, runaway schoolgirls, no-go zones: the headlines are everywhere in Great Britain.

If you are Muslim in Britain, you can't get away from them.

How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:51
Chhattisgarh is one of the world's worst places to raise a baby, let alone be one. The state in central India has some of the worst health indicators in the country, including sky-high child mortality and extreme malnutrition.

For decades, aid organizations tried to improve the health of moms and babies in the Chhattisgarh. Little made a dent.

Judge Reduces Sentences For Amish Involved In Beard-Cutting Attacks

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:06
A federal judge in Cleveland has reduced the sentences of 16 Amish men and women who were convicted of cutting the beards and hair of their detractors.

If you remember, an appeals court threw out their hate-crime convictions last summer saying the attacks were fueled by "interpersonal and intra-family disagreements, not the victims' religious beliefs."

The AP reports U.S.

Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:04


Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:22
Law enforcement agencies should measure community trust the same way they monitor crime rates.

Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:18
Tinder, the immensely popular dating app that lets users pick a potential match with just the swipe of a finger, launched a paid version this week in 140 countries. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

Tinder told NPR that U.S. users will pay $9.99 for Tinder Plus if they're under 30, and $19.99 per month if they're 30 and above. U.K.

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:02
In the 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felitti, now director of the California Institute of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, discovered something potentially revolutionary about the ripple effects of child sexual abuse. He discovered it while trying to solve a very different health problem: helping severely obese people lose weight.

Felitti, a specialist in preventive medicine, was trying out a new liquid diet treatment among patients at a Kaiser Permanente clinic. And it worked really well.

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:57
An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be, and the higher your risk for later health problems. You can take the test below:

So, you've got your score. Now what?

First, remember that the ACE score isn't a crystal ball; it's just meant as guidance. It tells you about one type of risk factor among many.

Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:55
We'll get back to the day's serious news soon — but for now, we wanted to be sure you're aware of the insanely cute Quokka, a small furry animal that in recent months has become a favorite photo partner in Australia.

The quokka had a flurry of fame early last year, when it was called "the happiest animal in the world," due to the natural (and photogenic) curl of its mouth and what seems to be a friendly nature.

Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:55
When admiring such enticing items at the grocery store as an avocado for $1.50, an $8 chocolate bar or fresh wild Alaskan salmon for $20 a pound, you've probably experienced sticker shock.

Indeed, retailers and restaurants offer myriad opportunities to blow your food budget in one fell swoop.

But our spending on food — proportional to our income — has actually declined dramatically since 1960, according a chart recently published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:45
Newspapers around the world have reported that elephant was to be served at a $1 million birthday party for Robert Mugabe, the prime minister of Zimbabwe, held on Saturday.

"It just demonstrates that he does not care what the world thinks, nor does he have any respect for wildlife," says Daniel Stiles, an animal conservationist who has investigated the poaching of elephants over the past 15 years and authored a 2011 report on the elephant meat and ivory trade for

A New Front In The Ukrainian Conflict: Russian Gas Imports

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:18
Ukraine faces a trio of crises — war, bankruptcy, and now, the threat that its people may have the heat turned off for the rest of winter.

Russia is once again threatening to cut off shipments of natural gas to Ukraine — and hinting that fuel supplies to Europe could be disrupted as well.

Energy ministers from Russia and Ukraine are holding emergency talks in Brussels mediated by the European Union.

It's an issue for the entire continent.

Riddle Of Mysterious Tunnel Solved, Toronto Police Say

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:04
Police in Toronto say they have solved the riddle of a mysterious tunnel discovered near a venue for the upcoming Pan American and Parapan American Games.


Police say two men told investigators that they built the tunnel for "personal reasons." Police verified their account, deemed there was no criminal intent or concerns about security, and closed the case.

According to The Associated Press, Police Constable Victor Kwong said tips from the public helped authori

Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:49
A new government report confirms: Wages and prices are going their separate ways.

This breakup is helping consumers on the rebound from recession.

Fresh evidence of the split came Monday in the Commerce Department's monthly report on personal spending, income and saving. It showed paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more.

"Personal income gains were up 0.3 percent for the second month in a row," Chris Christopher, an economist with IHS Global Insight, said in a written analysis.