News

8:21 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kenneth Bae, American Imprisoned In North Korea, Moved To Hospital

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Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. Bae had been telling his family that his health was failing, possibly from diabetes-related complications. Bae is now suffering from severe back and leg pain and has lost more than 50 pounds, his sister Terri Chung told CNN late Sunday.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae, the American citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp, has been moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health, his sister said.
Asiana 214
5:13 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Crash Victims Sue Boeing Over Asiana Airlines Crash

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Families of some passengers who were harmed in the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco Airport last month are suing Boeing as well as the airline.  The suits say Boeing bears some responsibility if Asiana pilots were not sufficiently trained to fly the 777, the plane involved in the accident. 

Boeing said it would not respond to questions about the lawsuits.

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Retired Tradition
4:15 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

No Room For Husky Helmet Car In New UW Stadium

A long-standing U.W. tradition, the Husky Helmet Car circles the field after a Husky football score. The car is being retired and donated to MOHAI.
Courtesy of University of Washington

When University of Washington Football fans attend their first game at the newly revamped Husky Stadium later this month, one thing will be missing — the Husky Helmet Car.

It’s been circling the stadium on the track, carrying pom-pom-waving cheerleaders after each score since 1977. But, the remodeled stadium no longer includes a track.

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Inmate Calling Rates
4:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Interstate Inmate Phone Call Rates Lowered by FCC

Phone calls made by inmates at Washington correctional institutions are expensive. That cost goes up if they’re calling out of state. A new ruling today  by the Federal Communications Commission will limit just how much an inmate will have to pay to connect with people on the outside.

The fight to lower inmate calling costs has gone on for more than a decade. 

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White House Press Conference
8:20 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama
White House Photo/Pete Souza

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at noon P.T. — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden started spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

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Lawsuit Against SPD
5:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Excessive Force Suit Filed Against Seattle Police Department And Officer

Screenshot from the dash-cam video from Seth Germain's arrest, showing the stolen car crashed into a ditch.
Courtesy Lincoln Beauregard and Lee Rousso.

Attorneys for a man convicted of stealing a car in South Seattle two years ago have filed suit against the Seattle Police Department and one of its officers.

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High-Stakes Gaming
9:02 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Video Gamers Descend On Benaroya Hall For International Championship

The 2013 League of Legends Championship stage in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Riot Games Inc.

You might see an unexpected crowd at Seattle's Benaroya Hall over the next few days. From Wednesday through Sunday, professional video gamers from all over the world will be there for a high-stakes tournament known as The International. The winning team will take home a $1.4 million prize. Tickets to the tournament sold out in less than a minute.

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Marijuana Regulation
8:43 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Pesticide List For Pot Earns Praise

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:54 pm

The state of Washington has compiled a lengthy list of pesticides for marijuana growers to use -- even though these chemicals are not officially approved for pot. The new list is part of the state’s ongoing effort to regulate the production of legal, recreational marijuana.

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Researching Amphibians
11:01 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tracking An Alpine Frog That Chuckles And Beeps For Climate Change Research

The Cascades frog is only found in the alpine wetlands of the Pacific Northwest, though its range used to extend down to Northern California and up to British Columbia. Scientists are concerned its range will continue to shrink with climate change.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Maureen Ryan scales rocky trails at 5,000 feet elevation as nimbly as the mountain goats that wandered through camp earlier this morning.

The researcher of amphibians leads her team of scientists down off a ridge line in the Seven Lakes Basin of Olympic National Park to her “lab,” you might call it. It’s a series of pothole wetlands cupped in the folds of these green, snow-studded mountains: a perfect habitat for Cascades frogs (Rana cascadae).

Ryan, a researcher with the University of Washington, is an expert on alpine amphibians. She’s also part of a group of scientists from around the region, coordinated by the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative at the USGS, who are trying to understand and project how the warming climate will affect these frogs’ ability to feed, mate, and ultimately, survive.

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Elections 2013
7:55 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Down To McGinn And Murray, Steinbrueck Concedes

Ed Murray with his partner Michael Shiosaki on stage at the Crocodile after his speech to supporters.
KUOW Photo/Carlos Nieto

UPDATE: 8/7/13, 1:13 p.m. PT

Peter Steinbrueck, who was trailing Ed Murray and Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayor’s primary this morning, spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on Weekday today and conceded the race.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:42 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Legalized Marijuana Could Create City-State Friction In Washington

Everett resident Michele Rastovich works in substance abuse prevention. She's worried about youth access under I-502.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Washington state expects to adopt final rules for the structure governing legalized marijuana under I-502 by next week. So officials with the state’s Liquor Control Board are touring the state to get feedback before the rules take effect.

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Big Science Cash Prize
6:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Retired UW Professor Wins International Cash Prize For Ecology Work

UW Biology Professor Emeritus Robert T. Paine poses with the starfish that were the subject of his International Cosmos Prize-winning research.
Credit Courtesy of the University of Washington

Ecologists worldwide credit the work of a University of Washington biology professor for advancing the way we understand the importance of so-called “apex species” in nature. Now Professor Emeritus Robert T. Paine’s work is being recognized with Japan’s International Cosmos Prize this year.

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Detained In North Korea
4:51 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kenneth Bae's Family: "Don't Forget This American"

Kenneth Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, holds the most recent letter from her son. North Korea has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. That’s longer than any other American recently held there. Bae’s family members say their frustration and worries grow as each day passes.

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Media
11:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What Should Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Do With The Washington Post?

Flickr Photo/Adam Glanzman

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to buy the Washington Post for $250 million yesterday. The news came as a shock to most of the media. But former journalist-turned-Silicon-Valley-CEO Alan Mutter says it may be the best move for an ailing industry. Ross Reynolds asks Alan why.

Megaload Hurdles
10:17 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Nez Perce Leaders Arrested In Protest Over Oil Sands 'Megaload'

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:17 am

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

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