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Social Media
11:37 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings: The Social Media Manhunt

Boston police corrected media reports on Twitter during the marathon bomber manhunt.
Twitter Image/Boston Police Department

Professional and citizen journalists turned to social media last week to report and gather information on the bombings in Boston. But in the rush to get the latest news out, rumors and misinformation ran rampant. KUOW’s Ross Reynolds spoke with Seattle Times technology columnist Mónica Guzmán about how to avoid making social media mistakes when breaking news happens.

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Deadly Blast
7:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Seattle Area Marathoners Recount Explosions In Boston

62-year-old Jeff Poppe (in red) at the 26-mile mark--about 2 minutes before the explosions.
Photos courtesy Jeff and Anita Poppe

Runners from the Seattle area spoke to KUOW about the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon. Please write weekday@kuow.org or call 206.685.2526 with your stories.

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Schools Financial Scandal
3:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter Pleads Guilty To Theft

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court December 7, 2012.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

After his re-arrest on Saturday, former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter pleaded guilty Monday to 36 counts of theft for directing $168,275 in school district funds to a dummy company he controlled.

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Theft Trial
5:11 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter

David A. Johnson stands between defense attorneys at a pretrial hearing where co-defendant Silas Potter failed to appear.
Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter has disappeared, just weeks before his trial was to begin for his alleged theft of a quarter-million dollars from the district.

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State Government
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ask State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Credit Courtesy/Washington State Attorney General Office

Last November, Bob Ferguson became Washington state’s 18th attorney general. One of the biggest issues he faces is how the federal government will approach legalized marijuana in Washington state. Ferguson met with Attorney General Eric Holder in January and so far, a clear policy has yet to emerge. Ferguson says if legalized marijuana is challenged by the feds, he'll defend it. What questions do you have for Attorney General Bob Ferguson? What should his priorities be? Call us at 800.289.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

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Safety And Privacy
5:43 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Colorado Murder Resonates With Local Public Officials

Credit KUOW Photo / Sara Lerner

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot dead after answering the doorbell at his home Tuesday night. So far no one has been arrested  in the death of Tom Clements.

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Science & Technology
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Forensic Advances Raise New Questions About Old Convictions

After a forensic dentist used software to correct a distortion in the image a decade later, the original expert witness recanted his testimony.
Courtesy of Jan Stiglitz

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Advances in forensic technology are showing that what used to be considered clear-cut proof of guilt may be nothing of the kind. A California case highlights a growing problem facing courts: what to do when an expert witness changes his mind because of better science and technology.

William Richards was convicted of brutally murdering his wife and is serving 25 years to life. The evidence against him was mostly circumstantial and two different juries were unable to reach a verdict. A third trial was aborted because the judge recused himself.

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Surveillance
12:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Big Brother Is Watching, But Do You Really Care?

What are your thoughts about having cameras in public spaces?
Eugene Gorny

Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation to require city departments to obtain council approval before acquiring and installing certain surveillance equipment. How do you feel about cameras in public spaces? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about the pros and cons of having big brother watch us.

Self-Defense
11:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Should You Defend Or Avoid? Ask The Self-Defense Expert

Joanne Factor, founder of Strategic Living and self-defense expert.
Strategic Living's Twitter account

The Seattle Police Department reports that there were 2,022 instances of aggravated assault and 1,329 robberies on record in Seattle in 2012. Violent crimes in general have increased on the national level by 4 percent between 2011 and 2012. We hear figures like this all the time, and they sometimes get us worrying about our own safety. What can an individual do to stay safe? Ross Reynolds talks with personal safety and self-defense expert, Joanne Factor about the best ways to reduce risk and stay safe.

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Criminal Justice Debate
5:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington House Committee Considers Eliminating Death Penalty

View from the lethal injection gurney at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Credit Washington Department of Corrections

  A House committee in Olympia will hear public testimony Wednesday for a bill that would abolish capital punishment in Washington. House Bill 1504 would eliminate the death penalty in favor of life without parole.

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High Court Review
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Death Penalty Cases Derailed In King County

An officer leads Joseph McEnroe into the courtroom before he pleaded not guilty to six murder charges at the King County Courthouse in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.

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Seattle Police Reform
11:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Policing The Seattle Police: What Will The New Community Commission Do?

Seattle Police Officers salute during a memorial service, 2006.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

As part of the agreement with the Department of Justice to implement reforms in the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed the creation of a Community Police Commission. The 13-member commission, selected by the mayor and City Council,  is supposed to ensure that the police are acting lawfully and safely.

The commission still has to be confirmed by the City Council, but Ross Reynolds sits down with commission co-chair and deputy director of the Defender Association, Lisa Daugaard, to discuss what the commission can and hopes to accomplish.

Public Money Crime
8:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Guilty Plea In Largest Public Embezzlement Case In Washington State History

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:51 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The state of Washington’s largest public sector embezzlement case ever moves forward Thursday with a guilty plea. A public works employee admits he took the money over more than 20 years in Franklin County in the southeast part of the state.

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Human Slavery
7:25 am
Thu January 31, 2013

New Campaign To Fight Human Trafficking

A new King County billboard intended to fight human trafficking
King County

Seattle-area officials are touting a new campaign to fight human trafficking. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced the new effort Wednesday that mainly involves Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

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Gun Violence Prevention
8:30 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seattle To Hold First Gun Buyback In 20 Years

Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz announced the gun buyback at a news conference with former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine behind him.
Ann Dornfeld

Seattle and King County officials today announced the city’s first gun buyback program in 20 years. The goal is to reduce gun violence, both intentional and accidental.

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