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7:27 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Is The Seattle Freeze A Real Thing?

Credit KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

When John Reese moved from northern Illinois to Seattle last year he kept hearing people talking about the Seattle Freeze. So far he hasn’t seen any sign of it. In fact, he says people are nicer here than they are back home.

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EarthFix Reports
5:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

You Know Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency. What About Your House?

This home's energy performance score is 37. Pretty good, considering the scale runs from zero to 200, and zero is the best score you can get.
Credit Courtesy of Vintage Real Estate

The first month’s electric bill at my new house was a shocker: $348. Granted, the house has electric heat, and the bill was for February when it got pretty darn cold in Portland. But still – yikes!

So, when I heard that Portland homeowner Brooks Shephard cut his monthly electric bills from $280 to $100, I had a vested interest in learning more.

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Education Funding
4:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall.

Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions.

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Marijuana Regulation
3:46 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Former Pot 'Czar:' Washington's Taking Wrong Approach To Regulating Pot

Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman about why Washington and Colorado are taking the wrong approach to legalizing marijuana. He says the current system could lead to increased drug abuse among minors.

The Week In Review
3:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia

A screenshot of the interview on "Between Two Ferns."

State lawmakers adjourn in Olympia, Seattle's $15 minimum wage gets more scrutiny and President Obama tries comedy to pitch the Affordable Care Act to young Americans. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Seattle Neighborhood Summit
3:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jim Diers: 'Community Participation,' A Key For Seattle's Future

Queen Anne neighborhood.
Flickr Photo/craterdweller (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with former Seattle Neighborhoods Department Director Jim Diers about his hopes for the upcoming Seattle Neighborhood Summit in April.

Tax Fraud
3:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Data Breach At Archdiocese Prompts Early Student Release At Bishop Blanchet High School

The Archdiocese of Seattle has hired a forensic security team to help investigate a data breach that has affected employees and church volunteers. Someone has apparently acquired personal information and has been using it to file false tax returns to collect the refunds.

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Epidemiological Modeling
2:58 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Improving The Battle Against Infectious Diseases

Researcher Philip Eckhoff leads the epidemiological modeling project at Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with researcher Philip Eckhoff about using computer modeling to foil infectious diseases like malaria, polio and HIV. Eckhoff is the principal investigator for the epidemiological modeling project at Intellectual Ventures' Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.

International Politics
2:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Ukraine: The Eve Of Diplomacy Or War?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, wait to start their meeting at Winfield House, the residence of the U.S. ambassador, in London, Friday March 14, 2014.
AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool

Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Radnitz about the upcoming vote over Crimea's independence and whether Russia and the West would reach a diplomatic solution.

Radnitz is the associate professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.

Legalized Marijuana
2:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning

Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, about the state failing to pass medical pot regulations and what the federal government might do about it.

Good Reads
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Mystery And Science Fiction

Flickr Photo/ Wonderlane (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl get reacquainted with old authors and also discover new names on the mystery and science fiction shelves at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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25th Anniversary
2:53 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Seniors Share How They Use The World Wide Web

Flickr Photo/Ken Russell (CC BY-NC-ND)

As part of our week-long series on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, The Record takes a trip to the Ballard Senior Center to learn how senior citizens are using the web today.

We hear from Stan Steenrod, Katherine Quackenbush, Robert Brumfield, Ruth Higgins, Stephen Sill, Betty Aman and Claire Anderson.

Membership Controversy
2:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election

A group gathered in downtown Seattle in September to protest what could potentially be the biggest tribal disenrollment in Wash. history.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Members of the Nooksack tribe near Bellingham will cast votes in a high-stakes election this Saturday. The outcome could change the fate for hundreds of members facing disenrollment from the tribe.

This membership controversy within the Nooksack Tribe surfaced about a year ago. The tribal council questioned the ancestry of 306 members, about 15 percent of the tribe, and moved to disenroll them.

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Affordable Care Act
8:24 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Health Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Looms

Washington's health exchange has hosted outreach events throughout the open enrollment season, which is drawing quickly to a close.
Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

If you don’t have health coverage yet, you still have two weeks to sign up. But state officials are urging people not to wait until the last minute. They say there are reasons to enroll sooner — you’ll avoid the surge leading up to the deadline.

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New obstacles to megaproject?
8:23 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Archaeological Digging Starts On Seattle's Stalled Tunnel Project

Removing Bertha's cutter head will require digging through soil that could have archaeological resources.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

The past could present yet another obstacle to the future of the state Route 99 megaproject on the Seattle waterfront.

Archaeologists with the tunnel project started digging a series of 60 small holes Thursday to see if any signs of historic or prehistoric human activity are in the area.

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