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2:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Picks For A Little Academic Silliness

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

Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading list from beloved librarian Nancy Pearl, who in honor of back-to-school season recommends two academic satires: "Famous Writers I Have Known," by James Magnuson, and "Dear Committee Members," by Julie Schumacher.

Capitol Hill
11:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Gays Most Frequently Targeted In Seattle Hate Crimes

Seattle Police, including Chief Kathleen O'Toole, far right, appear before Seattle City Council Monday to discuss hate crimes. Police are focusing on Capitol Hill where attacks on gays has increased.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Hate crimes are up in Seattle despite the increasing efforts of Seattle Police to fight them.

Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle are hotspots for crime that involves hatred of targeted groups of people, according to Seattle Police.

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Housing
1:43 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Seattle Pushes Back On Microhousing -- To 220 Square Feet

Linda Alexander says Seattle is taking reasonable steps to regulate the boom in "microhousing"
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is poised to approve new regulations governing microhousing. The bill would set new minimum requirements for tiny apartments and dorm-style projects. Developers say the regulations would kill off these projects entirely.

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Forage Forecast
10:16 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October Is Hunting Season For Mushrooms

Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius

Ross Reynolds talks to Langdon Cook, author of the book "The Mushroom Hunters: On The Trail Of An Underground America," about fall foraging.

Banking Regulations
12:18 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Seattle's HomeStreet Bank Sends Mortgages Out Of State

A HomeStreet Bank location.
Credit Flickr Photo/javacolleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s HomeStreet Bank has sold a quarter of its mortgage-servicing business to a bank in Atlanta. It’s a sale that moves $3 billlion worth of mortgage relationships out of state. 

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Women's Health
11:28 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Fred Hutch Seeks African-American Breast Cancer Survivors For Focus Group

There’s a racial gap when it comes to how women experience breast cancer. Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease compared to white women. And black women who survive tend to have lower quality of life.

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Contaminated Water
10:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

More E. Coli On Mercer Island, Source Remains A Mystery

Residents of Mercer Island are on their second boil alert this week.
Credit Flickr Photo/Steve Johnson (CC BY 2.0)

There’s E. coli in the water again on Mercer Island. The island's 62 restaurants  have been ordered to close and people are being told to boil their water for the second time in a week. Schools say they’ll remain open.

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Cinephiles Rejoice
10:25 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Welcome Back, Egyptian Theater!

SIFF Co-Directors Carl Spence and Mary Bacarella outside the Egyptian Theater.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Seattle cinephiles were shocked and saddened when the venerable Egyptian Theater shut its doors in 2013.

Built as a Masonic Temple in 1915, the historic building on Pine and Broadway was transformed into a movie house in 1980.

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Oil By Rail
8:51 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inslee Calls For Safer, Slower Oil Trains

This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D.
AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File

“Sobering” is how Washington Governor Jay Inslee summed up a draft report about the risks of increased oil transport through the state.  In the report, the State Department of Ecology describes an unprecedented growth in this local transport, from virtually no trains carrying crude oil in 2011 to 714 million gallons in 2013.

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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 Mercergov.org 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: A KUOW Producer's Brain On 13 Cups Of Coffee

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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