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Joseph's Apple Tree
1:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees

Seattle mohel David Bolnick holds a baby following a bris ceremony.
Credit Courtesy of David Bolnick

There are about 1,000 trees in the Northwest that share something in common. You’d never guess what it is just by looking at them. Some are tiny fruit trees. Others are towering cedars. But, under the soil, they’re connected to the same ancient ritual.

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Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:39 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mental Health Services Still Difficult To Get In King County

One year ago, Ian Stawicki killed four people at Cafe Racer, a popular and eclectic coffee shop and bar in Seattle's University District. Later that day he killed another woman, and then himself. Like other mass shootings without apparent motive, the case galvanized discussion about mental illness and violence.

KUOW's Sara Lerner spoke with Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division about why it's so difficult for many families to get help for loved ones who have mental illnesses.

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Last Public Hearing
10:45 am
Thu May 30, 2013

EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan Draws Skepticism

“I want to say no. I want to be able to go and fish in that river. I know many of our community members do," said Paulina Lopez, a resident of South Park, at the final public hearing on the EPA's proposed cleanup plan for the Duwamish River.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

The final hearing on Wednesday regarding a cleanup plan for one of the Northwest’s most polluted rivers brought out concerns that it doesn’t do enough to protect fish, wildlife and human health.

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Albany Bomb Plot
10:11 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition

Benton County District Attorney

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 3:59 pm

The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother.

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Obituary
10:10 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Washington State Senator Mike Carrell Dies At 69

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 2:07 pm

Washington state Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood has died from complications related to treatment for a pre-leukemia blood disorder. 

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Shooting Anniversary
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Legislative Session Yields New Mental Health Bills, Advocates Say More Needs to Be Done

Flowers and notes in front of Cafe Racer in Seattle. The cafe closed in remembrance of victims of last year's shooting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Seattle’s Café Racer is closed today in remembrance. 

It's been a year since a gunman shot five people inside the eclectic coffee shop and bar. Drew Keriakedes, Joe Albanese , Kimberly Layfield, and Don Largen were killed. The cafe's cook, Leonard Meuse, was the lone survivor.

After the gunman fled the scene, police say he made his way downtown where he  killed  Gloria Leonidas and stole her car before shooting himself in West Seattle. 

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Tree Roots Revealed
8:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots

Tree roots snake through the forest
Buzz Hoffman

When you think of a tree, you probably think of the trunk and all those parts you see above ground. But there’s a whole lot more going on under the soil than meets the eye. Scientists are now digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries.

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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
11:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

North Idaho County A Study In Contrasts On Gay Rights Views

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:35 am

Idaho's conflicting views on gay rights is playing out in the northern part of the state. A committee in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday advanced an anti-discrimination ordinance. Meanwhile the sheriff of the same county is threatening to drop a Boy Scout charter because the group voted to allow gay members.

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Song From A Spruce
7:50 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Carving Music Out Of Northwest Trees

Tonewood logs on their way to Pacific Rim Tonewoods.
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Rim Tonewoods

Before it ever made music, this guitar was a tree. Or more precisely, it was several trees. When you listen to a guitar like this, you may think you’re hearing the strings. But, you’re not. The strings themselves make very little sound. For the most part, you’re hearing the vibration of wood itself. It takes a special kind of wood to give an instrument its unique voice. It’s called tonewood – and the Northwest is home to some of the most prized varieties in the world.

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Financial Oversight
5:48 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

State Audit Finds District Misspent Dropout-Prevention Money

A state audit released today found that Seattle Public Schools misspent $483,862 in federal grant money meant to improve graduation rates. District officials agree with the finding, but say the money did go to useful dropout prevention programs.

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Rite of Spring Centennial
4:23 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'Rite Of Spring' Celebrates 100 Years Of Inspiring And Mesmerizing

The original production of "Rite of Spring" (1913) featured a departure for music, dance and costuming.
Wikipedia Photo

One hundred years ago on May 29, 1913; art sparked a riot.

Well, "riot" might be too strong a word. But when the audience in Paris' Theater des Champs Elysees heard the first notes of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the catcalls began. They got even louder when the dancers of Ballets Russes appeared on stage, clad in heavy wool costumes, their legs bandaged in thick stockings that were secured, peasant-style, with wide dark ribbons. And as soon as the classically trained ballet dancers began to stomp, to jump up and down on two feet, to stand with toes pointed inward rather than the more traditional ballet pose, by all accounts the audience went crazy.

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Apparel Humor
8:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse

Credit Slow Loris Shirts

An I-5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River last week after a truck hit an overhead support beam. Once it was clear that no one was seriously injured, a local t-shirt company decided to have a little fun. Slow Loris Shirts founder Jessica Lynch says she laughed when she heard the state got a C- grade on its bridges.

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Fixing The Collapsed Bridge
12:17 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority

The collapsed bridge section remained in the water on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week, according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement in June, and a permanent fix in September.

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Detours Add Costs
3:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Truckers React to I-5 Bridge Collapse North Of Seattle

Donna's truck stop in Marysville
Credit Ruby DeLuna

Thursday night's bridge collapse has put a spotlight on truckers who carry oversized loads. Preliminary reports suggest that a truck that clipped a bridge support is what caused the spectacular collapse.

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Emergency Support
2:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Chaplain Training Academy Prepares For Support And Safety

Pastor Joel Ingebritson teaching a class for on-call chaplains.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

During an emergency, first responders are trained to work quickly to save lives. They’re deliberate and methodical.

People in emotional distress after a fire or accident need someone with different training. For them an emergency department may send a chaplain. The Police and Fire Chaplain's Training Academy in Seattle just graduated a new crop of chaplains for emergency departments around the country.

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