arts & life

Lifestyle
9:14 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Opium University

Ceramic opium pipe bowls; the center one has a toad design.
(N3 Photo/Tom Banse)

University of Idaho is unpacking 1000 pieces of rare opium smoking equipment. An eccentric collector beat his addiction. Now he just wants them out of his house. Correspondent Tom Banse has the intriguing back story of how these so-called "instruments of self-destruction" came to a small Northwest town.

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Family
4:40 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Homeless Mom: It Costs $700 A Month To Live In A Van

The back of Elizabeth Jay's Dodge Ram minivan doubles as her living room and bedroom.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Rosenthal

When Elizabeth Jay tallies up her living expenses each month, they come to about $700. That doesn't include rent, because Jay is homeless: she lives in her van.

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