Marijuana Business
2:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Ike's Opens As Second Retail Pot Store In Seattle

Ryan Elbrecht, who is visiting from Ft. Meyers Florida, slept outside the store so he could be first in line. He bought Snoop's Dream, and left with a friend he made while waiting.
KUOW Photo/Posey Gruener

About 20 people lined up Tuesday to be the first customers at Ike's Pot Shop at the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District. Ike's is the second retail pot store to open in Seattle.

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Counter Terrorism
10:48 am
Wed October 1, 2014

FBI Director: Terror Threat Is Morphing

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference during a visit to Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

FBI Director James Comey stood flanked by state and local law enforcement while speaking with the media at the bureau’s downtown office yesterday.

It was nearing the end of his workday, and nearing the end of a U.S. field office tour (we’re number 47 of 56 stops) since he took the job just over a year ago.

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Museum Secrets
2:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Behind The Scenes At The Burke Museum

Contemporary Northwest Coast sea monster mask.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Just past the front door of the Burke Natural History Museum, on the University of Washington campus, you’ll find a little alcove. It’s the perfect place to linger on a rainy day.  

Under display cases of sparkling crystals and other mineral specimens, you’ll see sets of slim drawers. Open one, and after you let out a squeak of surprise, you can marvel at the bodies of insects, birds and other small creatures those drawers contain.

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Oso Landslide
1:54 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

Jim Simon looks over the Ledgewood Beach bluff from the unmowed lawn of a condemned home on Whidbey Island.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The deadly Oso landslide in March sparked a debate over Snohomish County’s apparent failure to protect residents at the base of a known landslide zone.

But Washington state is dotted with landslide-prone slopes, and many counties and cities do less than Snohomish County to keep homes away from harm.

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Water Woes
8:37 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Mercer Island Water May Be Safe, But Run Your Faucets

Mercer Island, a tony Seattle suburb, shut down its restaurants and schools through Monday after E. coli was found in the city's water supply.
Credit Photo

Mercer Island schools reopened Tuesday as officials said the city’s water supply was safe again after increased chlorination over the weekend. But they advised residents to first run cold water from every tap in their homes for five minutes, starting on the highest floor.

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Coffee Crawl
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

VIDEO: 1 Man, 13 Cups Of Coffee (And 4 Bathroom Breaks)

Left to right: Carissa Leeson, Christine Howard, Matt Streib and Pete Messling discuss coffee addiction at Espresso Vivace on Broadway. Matt has just finished his first cup of the day (at 11:37 a.m.) and is feeling great!
Credit KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

From the producer who brought you fresh, raw Nigerian dwarf goat milk comes this manic coffee crawl. 

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2:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Seattle Waves Tourists Goodbye, Returns To Building Seawall

Utilities must be rerouted before Seattle's current seawall comes down. But with no room on the crowded sidewalk to stage construction materials, the job shack for utility workers resides on a barge.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

As we bid the tourists adieu, we welcome back the cranes and construction.

Season 2 of Seattle’s waterfront development project starts Wednesday. It includes work from Colman Dock to the Aquarium, and holes in the ground already show the concrete face of the 1930s-era seawall, soon to be demolished. 

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Technology And Culture
10:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Peering Into The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Kismet, the artificial intelligence robot at the MIT museum, can interact and smile at people.
Flickr Photo/Chris Devers (CC-BY-NC-ND)

On the road to a future which promises steady advances in artificial intelligence, what should we expect? What should we be wary of, or hopeful about?

Our guide this week for those questions is Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a software designer currently working on machine intelligence for Google. In his previous work as an engineer at Microsoft his focus included augmented reality, Bing Maps and Bing Mobile, wearable computing and natural user interfaces. As you’ll hear, Agüera y Arcas is insightful and philosophical about the cross sections of science and human culture in our past and future. 

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Beep Ball
9:39 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Where Blind Baseball Players Play To Win

Coach Kevin Daniel and captain Dino Sanchez of the Seattle South King Sluggers.
Credit Facebook

When Kevin Daniel moved to Seattle, he assumed the city would have something he was leaving behind in Spokane: a blind baseball team.

That wasn’t the case. So in 2013 Daniel formed the Seattle South King Sluggers after asking one very important question: If he started a team, could they win?

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Retooling The Suburbs
9:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Tukwila Is Ready To Grow Up

Dan Lee, co-owner of Odin's Brewing Company, moved his brewery from Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood to Tukwila. The proposed 19-story tower that broke ground a block away adds weight to Lee's prediction that in 10 years, Tukwila will have changed beyond recognition.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Former Washington State Governor Gary Locke helped break ground Thursday on what will be the tallest building between Seattle and Tacoma. And it's in Tukwila. Officials there say the 19-story hotel and residential tower, known as Washington Place, will help Tukwila usher in a new era of denser, transit-oriented development.

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Law Enforcement
2:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Seattle Police Disagree On How To Interpret New Use-Of-Force Policy

Seattle Police at the 2012 May Day demonstrations.
Flickr Photo/Tariq Abdel-Monem (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle police officers are not using enough force.

That’s according to an internal email sent last week. The email, obtained by KUOW, says that hesitancy to use force could pose risks to officers and the public.

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11:02 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Can We Discuss Those Fouettes? Seattle’s Carrie Imler Is Fierce

Carrie Imler in Jyrie Kylian's "Forgotten Land" at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Imler, known for her athleticism, has spent nearly 20 years with the ballet company. Her colleagues call her "fierce."
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Angela Sterling

Quick! What's the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word ballerina?

Graceful, delicate?

Would you believe fierce?

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Last Year's Pinks
9:48 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Feds Snap Up Pink Salmon (Fishermen Say Phew!)

Newly labelled canned salmon, ready to fly out the door.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on a salmon-buying binge.  It usually spends $6 million a year buying pink salmon. This summer, it is spending a total $39 million.

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Metro Bus Cuts
5:56 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

King County Metro: Prepare For Bus Cuts This Weekend

Metro Transit employees, like Dominic White, will be out at bus stops this week helping riders prepare for this weekend's cuts
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

If you are a bus rider in King County, you might want to double check to make sure your bus will be running next week.

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3:05 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

See Stars Sparkle At This Tiny Seattle-Area Observatory

Jonathan Fay designed his observatory based off of Mt. Wilson in Los Angeles.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jimmy Lovaas

Tonight is the first night in the new moon’s cycle, which means the moon is almost completely dark.

That’s great news if you want to look at the night sky through a telescope.

”Full moons are really disastrous for observing because they light up all the atmosphere, they’re very bright. It’s one of the worst light polluters,” said Jonathan Fay.

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