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Medicine
9:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Swedish Hospital Patient Walks Again With Deep Brain Stimulation

DBS-probes shown in X-ray of the skull (white areas around maxilla and mandible represent metal dentures and are unrelated to DBS devices
From Wikipedia

Here’s the plot: A man suffering from dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes twisting and abnormal postures – goes to a doctor. The doctor gives the man local anesthesia, drills into his head, inserts spaghetti-like electrodes and then hooks him up to a pacemaker to send electrical currents into his brain.

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Defense Strategy
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tearful But Not Dramatic: Sentencing Videos Aim To Humanize Defendants

Tommy Sanderson, his mother Victoria, and father Richard Sanderson in his sentencing video.
Credit Courtesy of Federal Public Defenders office.

Every sentencing comes down to two things according to attorney Michael Filipovic: Why did this person commit this crime, and why is he not going to do it again?

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Corruption
7:36 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Charges: SWAT Cop Pimped Wife, Stole Ammunition And Peddled Steroids

Darrion Holiwell, a veteran deputy at the King County Sheriff's Office, has been arrested and charged with promoting prostitution and pedaling steroids. This is a promotional photo from his company's website.

A veteran King County Sheriff’s deputy is behind bars after an investigation found that he had pimped his wife, stolen equipment from the county gun range and pedaled steroids.

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Artificial Intelligence
7:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Computer Program Knows That It's A Horse, Of Course

The self learning computer program "LEVAN" uses images to learn concepts, then displays a variety of results.
Credit University of Washington, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

When you do an image search on the web, you might find what you're looking for. Those searches use captions and other text around pictures to give you results. But what if a computer could recognize a horse because it was shaped like a horse? That's what a new program called LEVAN can do.

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Wiccan Tradition
3:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

A Pagan Primer On The Evolution Of Solstice Celebrations

Seattleites find a number of ways to celebrate the summer solstice, including dancing at Gas Works Park. One church used to stage sword fights, but has since changed traditions.
Flickr Photo/Gary VanDerBerg (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Reverend Belladonna Laveau of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church about the pagan history behind the summer solstice and how modern Wiccans celebrate the longest day of the year.

Seattle Tradition
2:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Getting Ready For The Fremont Solstice Parade

A float at a past year's Solstice Parade in Fremont.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks to Fremont Solstice Parade float makers, organizers and a marching band as they get ready for the big event. 

Public Nudity
2:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

How Naked Is ‘Legally’ Naked At Fremont Solstice Parade?

These Solstic Parade participants, scantily clad as they may be, don't have to worry about nudity laws. But what about the famous bicyclists?
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks with attorney Lance Fryrear about when you can, and when you can't, be naked in Seattle.

Online Privacy
2:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Is It Possible To Change What Google Reveals About You?

Flickr Photo/Robert Scoble (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington professor Joe Janes about online reputation management.

Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Leadership Churn
10:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Seattle Schools Chief Jose Banda May Leave For Sacramento

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is a finalist for the schools chief job in Sacramento. If he is offered the position and accepts it, he would be leaving Seattle after two years.
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda has been named the finalist for superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District. If Banda accepts the position, he would be leaving Seattle after two years, with two years left on his current contract.

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Wartime Ethics
9:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Discussion Of U.S. Torture With Brigadier General David R. Irvine

In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq questions remain concerning how the U.S. waged those wars. Among them, did we follow the Geneva Conventions, or did we abuse the rights of our enemies? And how are we responsible for our actions as a nation at war?

In a recent event titled “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture,” a panel of concerned citizens examined questions of our rights and obligations in wartime.

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Wage Debate
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cities Look To Lure Away Seattle Businesses After $15 Wage Hike

David Hyde interviews Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council. He has a message to Seattle entrepreneurs that want to relocate due to the hike in the minimum wage here: "We're open for business."

Rebuilding Iraq
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

As Violence Continues, U.S. Weighs The Options In Iraq

Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
Flickr Photo/Miller Center (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about President Obama's remarks on Iraq Thursday morning.

Performing Arts
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Working Towards A New Theater By, For And About Black Americans

Tyrone Brown outside ACT Theatre
Credit courtesy ACT Theatre

When Tyrone Brown was a kid, just six or seven years old, his mom took him to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater for a performance of the long-running musical, "Annie."

"She actually just dropped me off at the theater and let me watch it by myself," Brown says.

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Seattle History
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Gay Kids Had To Sneak Around For Counseling

Representatives for Seattle Counseling Services at a Seattle gay pride event.
Flickr Photo/Derrick Coetzee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Ann McGettigan, executive director of Seattle Counseling Service, about the history of the organization and her role in the LGBT community. The program was founded in 1969, when its founder noticed that there were runaways in Pioneer Square -- many of them had been kicked out of their homes. 

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