Military Surplus
3:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

What Are Washington Police Departments Doing With Mine Resistant Vehicles?

An example of an MRAP that can be used by police departments.
KUOW/Kara McDermott

In the last few years, Washington state has received shipments of mine resistant vehicles that were used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

They’re pricey (about $650,000), and they’re tough to drive, but 17 police agencies have one to call their own. Each one weighs about 50,000 pounds.

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Back To School
3:18 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

How Can Local Schools Stop Intimidating Parents?

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

In low income schools where parents might not speak English, it’s common for parents to not show up for meetings.

And it’s common for educators to throw up their hands and say, “Well, they must not care.”

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Parking Tickets
10:46 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Car Dwellers Could Get The ‘Boot’ Under Proposed Parking Law

Amassing parking tickets and negative feedback from neighbors, Jim Hogshire, who lives in a camper near Gas Works Park, says he feels like a ghoul.
Credit Flickr Photo/Marcos Ojeda

Just east of Gas Works Park, there’s a road with a row of back-in parking spots. Some modern buildings have sprouted up here, but the winding street still feels like a road people drive through without stopping.

But for Jim Hogshire, this is home.

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Skilled Work
9:33 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What Germany Could Teach Washington About Skilled Jobs

“Every industrialist you talk to if you ask their biggest problem, it’s, ‘I can’t find a machinist,’ ‘I can’t find a welder,’” said Andries Breedt.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

What job are you qualified for after 12 years of public education in the U.S.?

“Not many, maybe minimum wage,” said Robert Bentley, 20, who lives on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

Even as the national unemployment rate has fallen, youth unemployment remains high. The youth unemployment rate in July was over 14 percent. For black youths, it was nearly 25 percent.

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Detainee Treatment
9:19 am
Mon September 1, 2014

How Prison Corporations Affect Immigration Detention

File photo of the interior of Northwest Detention Center.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ross Reynolds talks with Alissa Ackerman, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Washington, Tacoma, about how private corporations that run prisons have been lobbying to increase the criminalization of immigration and what that means for the treatment of detainees.

Pot Law Challenged
5:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge Rules That Cities Have Power To Ban Marijuana Sales

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Pierce County ruling is good news for the viability of I-502.
Credit Amy Radil / KUOW

Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores. Yet it was also greeted with enthusiasm by supporters of the state’s marijuana legalization efforts.

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Week In Review
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Find Out What All The Twitching Is About This Week

Twitch interactive: not just for younger siblings any more.
Flickr Photo/Sean Dreilinger (CC-BY-NC-ND)

What a week! A website we've never heard of is snapped up by Amazon for a billion dollars. Called Twitch, it allows people to watch other people play video games.

Also, Weyerhaeuser announces it's moving its forest to the big city, Burger King buys out a Canadian institution and we ask, are Seahawks fans becoming spoil sports?

Bill Radke discusses those issues and more with our panel of journalists: Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Civic Cocktail's Joni Balter and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

When Fishing Was The Common Language During Strained US-Soviet Relations

A copy of Life Magazine details the joint fishing venture between the US-Societ Union during the Cold War.
Courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

In the competitive world of fishing, joining forces can be tough work. It’s even more difficult if the two parties are superpowers at the height of Cold War tensions.

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9:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Seattle Rocker Embraces The F-Word: Failure

Musician Carrie Akre of the 90s band, Hammerbox.
Credit Jess Van Nostrand, The Project Room

Seattle was at the epicenter of the international music scene in the early 1990s. You've probably heard the stories about the bands that got big record deals, like Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Nirvana.

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9:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Back To The Cold War? A Seattleite’s Anxious Return To Russia

Soviet and US fishermen meet in the evening in the galley of a Soviet ship. Tony Allison, left, interprets (1979): "I think the silver-haired guy on my immediate left, fisherman Barry Fisher had just told an off-color joke." On the wall: Leonid Brezhnev.
Courtesy Tony Allison

During the Cold War, thousands of Soviet and U.S. fishermen worked together on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, trawling by day and sharing Russian bread, vodka and off-color jokes in the evenings, while their governments maintained a posture of pure hostility toward each other.

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12:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Keep Clam' And Build Seattle's Seawall Already

The view of the Alaskan Way seawall in Seattle from the giant ferris wheel.
Flickr Photo/Nicola

In several weeks, there will be no more Elliott’s Oysters for us. And it will be hard to “keep clam” on Seattle’s waterfront.

That’s because, after years of planning, the Alaskan Way seawall is finally about to be rebuilt.

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Who's Bad?
7:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

An Autistic Teen's Guide To Impersonating Michael Jackson

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.
Courtesy of Lorenzo Manuel

It was homecoming dance at Roosevelt High School, and the Roosevelt football team had just been crushed. As it started getting late, the energy sunk even lower. People were mostly slow dancing; it was all Taylor Swift at that point.

Just then, a familiar tune started to play. The thinning crowd began to roar. A spotlight came on. As the first lyrics of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" shook the room, a skinny kid with short brown hair and a sparkly glove began to dance.

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Seattle Attracts Timber Giant
4:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Co. To Move Headquarters To Pioneer Square

Weyerhaeuser  Co. is leaving Federal Way.

It's moving its head office to Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to make the announcement later this afternoon.

In a statement Tuesday, Weyerhaeuser said its campus in Federal Way no longer fit the company's needs.

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Good Reads
2:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Charles Mudede's Book Picks For Microbes, Capitalism And Mysteries

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

Marcie Sillman talks with journalist and writer Charles Mudede about his suggestions for books to read before the summer ends: "The Ameoba in the Room," by Nicholas Money; "Willing Slaves of Capital," by Frederic Lordon; and the short stories of G.K. Chesterton.

2:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Yes, Your Fancy New Car Can Get Hacked

Credit Flickr Photo/James Diggans (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at IOActive, about his research into the "hackability" of new automobiles.