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Postscripts
10:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Marathoner Bill Iffrig Remembers When The Bomb Went Off

Bill Iffrig reflected on the Boston Marathon bombing more than eight months ago.
Credit Vimeo/Courtesy William Anthony Photography/wmanthony.com

Bill Iffrig was 15 feet from finishing the Boston Marathon in April when the first bomb went off.

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Health
10:45 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Common Knee Surgery May Help No More Than A Fake Operation

Knee pain is common, but surgery isn't necessarily the answer, researchers say.
Inna Jacquemin iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:09 am

Go to the doctor with knee pain, and they might say you've got a meniscus tear and need surgery to fix it. But surgery for this common problem might not be any better at relieving pain than having no surgery at all, according to researchers who went to the trouble of performing fake surgery to find out.

The gold standard for medical research is a randomized controlled trial, but it's hard to sign people up if they might undergo pretend surgery.

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Environment
9:23 am
Thu December 26, 2013

For Recyclers, Holiday Gift Wrap Is A Mine Field Of 'Contaminants'

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Waste

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:13 am

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

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Postscripts
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Happily Ever After: Couple Reflects On Life After DOMA

Otts Bolisay and Ken Thompson, outside the Redmond courthouse on their wedding day, Nov. 1.
Photo courtesy of Otts Bolisay

Otts Bolisay, who had spent more than half his life in the US on various immigration visas, was approaching the end of the line.

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Marijuana
10:13 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Which Plants Will Kick Off Legal Pot Sales? State Regulators Don't Want To Know

Credit Credit Katherine Hitt / Flickr

State officials promise that Washington’s new legal marijuana market will be airtight, and that plants will be tracked “from seed to sale.”

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Brrrrrring
8:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won;t see much of in Idaho anymore ... a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:58 pm

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

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47 Ronin
5:36 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick

Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie '47 Ronin.'
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:18 pm

The makers of the new action flick 47 Ronin didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role.

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Author Interview
3:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The Writing Life, One Day At A Time

Tom Nissley's "A Reader's Book of Days."

Steve Scher talks with writer Tom Nissley about his book, "A Reader's Book of Days," and the lessons learned from his eight wins on Jeopardy!.

Shelter
3:19 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Homeless In Seattle: 'Seeing A Family Walk In Here, It’s A Heartbreaker'

Ken Kahaloha, a resident at the South Jackson Street camp is also its kitchen manager. The Jackson Street camp was one of three to replace Nickelsville, which was closed in September.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

As snow dusted Seattle on Friday morning, demand for warm items shot up at a homeless camp in Seattle’s central area.

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Nonprofit Organizations
3:06 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Helping Out During The Holidays

Steve Scher talks with Lauren McGowan, the associate director of ending homelessness at United Way of King County, about the services her organization provides over the holidays.

Toys
3:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Playing With Kinetic Sand And Electric Bugs

The Nano V2 Hurricane, a tiny robotic creature that uses vibrations to move.

Steve Scher explores the Pacific Science Center's gift shop with store manager Katherine Johnson.

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Author Interview
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

An American Family In Iran

Hooman Majd's book "The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay."

Steve Scher talks with journalist Hooman Majd about his book, “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay," which chronicles moving to Iran with his wife and child in 2011 to live in the country he was born in, but had never really lived in.

Music History
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

How Jewish Composers Created Iconic Christmas Music

Irving Berlin was a Jewish composer who created one of the most popular songs of all time: "White Christmas."
From Wikipedia.

Steve Scher talks with Amanda Wilde, host and producer of KUOW's The Swing Years,  about how immigrant Jewish popular music composers shaped America’s perceptions of Christmas through music.

Retail Shopping
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Move Over Choo Choo Trains, Seattle Kids Like Ferries

Top Ten Toys in Seattle.
From Top Ten Toys' Facebook page.

Steve Scher visits Top Ten Toys in Greenwood to talk with owner Allen Rickert, who says this is a good year for ferry toys and Seattle-themed coloring books.

Retail Shopping
2:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The Stores Are Watching You

Flickr Photo/Fujin

Jeannie Yandel talks with freelance journalist Max Strasser about the many ways in which retailers are collecting data on your habits.

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