Week In Review
1:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Grab This Week’s News Before It’s Sunk

Dive into the inky black waters of Lake Washington and you may find the oldest wreck recorded: A dozen coal trains from a wreck 139 years ago.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

This week, we found out what’s really at the bottom of Lake Washington. The reporter who did the story surfaces to tell us. Plus, do Seattle TV stations have the right to surveillance video of the SPU shooter? Do coal companies have the right to ship from our shores? Is it right to pay voters to vote? And was something not right with Steve Ballmer and Lakeside High School basketball?

Bill Radke asks those questions and more of this week's panel: Crosscut’s Knute Berger, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders and Maria LaGanga of the LA Times.

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Scary Reads
9:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People)

Credit Gillian Flynn's novel, "Gone Girl."

Welcome to the scary summer reading edition of Speakers Forum. This week you’ll be encouraged by our guest Gillian Flynn to read her best-selling novel, "Gone Girl," before the movie comes out in October.

You’ll hear her read the duly infamous “cool girl” passage, and learn the gritty details of her unusual writing technique. And as an added bonus, you’ll get Seattle writer Maria Semple’s take on the Flynn phenomenon.

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9:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NAACP Hosts Rally For Michael Brown In Central Seattle

Protesters hold their hands up at Pratt Park in Seattle's Central District for a Michael Brown rally.
Angela Pierce

It's been nearly two weeks since black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death touched off a wave of outrage that spread to cities across the country, including Seattle.

On Thursday evening, the Seattle King County NAACP hosted a rally at Pratt Park in the Central District.

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Labor Intensive
8:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Stories Of Courage From The UW's Maternity Clinic

Janna Stombaugh is pregnant with twins. She had a kidney transplant 16 years ago.
KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW online editor Isolde Raftery about some extra stories that didn't make it into our series, "Labor Intensive."

The stories from the labor and delivery ward at UW Medical Center in Seattle are often told breathlessly.

A nurse tells of a pregnant woman who arrived at the hospital brain dead after being airlifted from Eastern Washington. She was kept alive as nurses pumped her breasts to feed her baby, who had been delivered by cesarean section.

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Labor Intensive
8:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Why Whidbey General Hospital Called The Midwife

Sarah Meyer (right), a midwife, was recently hired by Whidbey Island General Hospital, as part of a plan to reduce the hospital's C-section rate.
Credit Gary Taylor/Whidbey Island General Hospital

In Coupeville, Washington, Sarah Meyer is pressing a fetal Doppler on Christine Meyer’s belly to check the baby’s heart rate.

Meyer, no relation to Christine, then checks her ankles for swelling. Christine is 25, and this is her first baby. She says she chose Whidbey General because the hospital offers what she was looking for – a midwife.

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3:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

This Underground Trade Makes Wash. Detectives Crabby, Very Crabby

Flickr Photo/raromachine (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Detective Julie Cook from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently solved a case she’s been working on since 2012. Cook worked undercover selling crabs, posing as the fisherman’s wife or girlfriend (women aren’t typically fishermen), hauling the catch around town in a dirty pickup.

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8:49 am
Thu August 21, 2014

University Of Washington's Plans For Expansion Include Animal Lab, Medical Program In Spokane

Students walk through the UW's Quad on the Seattle campus.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington President Michael Young for an annual check-in. In this installment, he discusses a planned $124 million underground animal research laboratory on the Seattle campus and the expansion of the university's five-state medical program in Spokane. 

Last week, he discussed sexual assault policies and the state of athletic compensation at the university.

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Photo Exhibit
2:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beatlemania: Seattle Style

Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Seattle Center Coliseum, Aug. 21, 1964
Museum of History and Industry/Timothy Eagan

August 21, 1964.

That's the day the Beatles came to Seattle for the very first time.

The Fab Four played 12 songs — 29 minutes total — at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Despite the concert's brevity, by all accounts the 14,000 fans in attendance went wild.

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Video Killed The ...
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Seattle's Scarecrow Video Is Like A Kung Fu Movie

Matt Lynch works for Scarecrow Video
Credit Joshua McNichols / KUOW

Video stores are dead, they say.

Then how – and WHY – did the Seattle video store Scarecrow Video just raise $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign?

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Labor Intensive
7:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Washington Is Changing How Women Labor To Avoid C-Sections

Emily Cameron, left, her husband and their five children. Her first-born was delivered by C-section at 37 weeks, which she believes was unnecessary.
Credit Courtesy Emily Cameron

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

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Labor Intensive
7:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

MAP: How Washington Hospitals Rank In Terms Of C-Sections

Kelly delivered baby Colton at Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane.
Credit Family photo

Map: Click on the map to see how C-section rates at hospitals in Washington state. The red dots indicate hospitals where the rate for low-risk, first time moms exceeds 20 percent -- about what the World Health Organization recommended in a 2010 report. (KUOW/Kara McDermott)

It’s 7 p.m. on a Thursday at Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane, and Dr. Nathan Meltzer has already had a very long day.

He has one mother in labor. She’s been there for more than 12 hours.

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Hustle And Bustles
3:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Seattle Arts Institutions Host Rare Sale Of Owl Headpieces And 'Figaro' Cast-Offs

Melinda Rose models the head of an owl costume from the Seattle Opera's Rusalka. The rest of the costume was too small.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds discusses the once-a-decade sale last weekend in which the Seattle Opera, Teatro ZinZanni, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet gave the public a rare opportunity to buy their elaborate costumes.

Police Force
2:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

How Do Police Departments End Up With Military Equipment?

A member of the Emergency Response Team at the Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., this year.
Flickr Photo/The Q Speaks (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Al Jazeera America correspondent Sebastian Walker about why police departments in the United States are acquiring military equipment.

Law Enforcement
8:46 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Seattle Police Chief Takes Job As County Undersheriff

Sheriff John Urquhart introduces his new chief deputy, or undersheriff, Jim Pugel.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

King County Sheriff John Urquhart has chosen his new chief deputy: Jim Pugel, the former interim Seattle police chief.

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Middle East Peace Camp
3:33 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

In Seattle, Summer Camp Theme Is Middle East Peace

Marcie Sillman speaks with Safaa Elhaji and Daniel Oron, two organizers of the Middle East Peace Camp, which for 12 years has brought together Jewish and Arab children to educate them about conflict resolution and human rights.