Dueling Ballots
9:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Checking Your 'Intuition' At The Gun Show

A welcome sign greets customers outside the Wes Knodel Gun and Knife Show.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ryan Katz

George Brewholmes has been collecting firearms since he was eight years old. He worked in a pawnshop, where he would stock and sell several different types of guns. His boss bought him his first pistol, an old Iver Johnson from around the turn of the century.

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Radke In The Morning
7:52 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Feeling Blue? Play This Game With Socks The Fox

The fox is in ... and ready to hear your problems in this new therapeutic video game.
Credit Litesprite

If you’re feeling depressed or stressed out, and therapy seems overwhelming, consider spending time with a fox.

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11:44 am
Mon October 20, 2014

SAM's Fresh Look At Pop Art

Roy Lichtenstein's Study For Vicki, 1964.
Credit Seattle Art Museum

When you walk into Seattle Art Museum’s Pop Art exhibition, Pop Departures, artist Roy Lichtenstein’s red, yellow and blue paintings seem to explode off the walls.

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Dueling Ballots
10:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Do Background Checks Prevent Gun Violence?

Alan Gottlieb is backing a measure to keep private gun sales unchanged in Washington.
KUOW Photo/Austin Jenkins

Washington’s upcoming vote on gun laws is being closely watched around the country.

It’s the first time a state has presented voters with two competing initiatives on gun regulations – one to require universal background checks and the other to prevent them. It’s also marked a new surge in campaign donations to regulate gun sales in Washington state. Advocates for background checks call the donations “a sea change” that could have ripple effects in other states.

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10:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Should Seattle Developers Pay More Fees For Affordable Housing?

Low Income Housing Institute Director Sharon Lee shows off a watermelon grown by one of the tenants at the Denny Park Apartments.
Credit Joshua McNichols / KUOW

Sharon Lee of the Low Income Housing Institute stands on the back deck of the Denny Park Apartments in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

She counts cranes: "One, two, three, four, five, six." And that's just on this side of the building.

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6:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

The Secret Lives Of Teachers

Schergen teaching his sixth-graders at Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:06 pm

So where do they go, all the teachers, when the bell rings at 3 o'clock?

When you're a kid, you don't really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes.

And when you find out otherwise, it's a strange experience. Many people remember it vividly: the disorienting feeling of encountering your teacher in the grocery store, or in the line at McDonald's, talking and acting just like other grownups. A jarring reminder that they have lives outside the classroom.

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Open Water
6:42 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Chilly Water No Deterrent To Growing Numbers Of 'Wild Swimmers'

Swimmers enter the water for a mid-October, one mile "excursion" at Alki Beach in Seattle.

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:22 am

More swimmers in the Northwest are trading the comfort of the pool for a workout in open water.

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1:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

A publicity still from the movie Working Girl, which prominently featured the beloved power suit.
20th Century Fox

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:22 am

Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Crawford made famous, a straight skirt and, often, a floppy silk bow tie that Little Lord Fauntleroy would have been at home in. The 1980s power suit was designed to ignore a woman's shape so it didn't hinder her mobility as she worked her way up the corporate ladder.

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Local Wonder
9:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Who Are The Descendants Of Seattle's Early Families?

No, not the diner. Zack Cook, a market master at the Pike Place Market is a descendant of the Dennys, one of Seattle's first pioneering families.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

What are the descendants of Seattle's pioneers up to? KUOW Listener Ben Lee wanted to know.

For KUOW's Local Wonder project, I escaped into Seattle's past in hopes of turning up the present. Turned out that finding Seattle's dead pioneers was the easy part. 

They’re all in one spot: Lakeview Cemetery on Capitol Hill.

Leonard Garfield, of the Museum of History and Industry, tells me the cemetery is the Who’s Who of Seattle past.

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First District Race
8:05 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Microsoft Alums Compete In Congressional Battleground

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene calling voters at her campaign headquarters in Bothell, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Voters in Washington’s 1st Congressional District will decide whether to return their freshman member of Congress to Washington, D.C. or replace her with a political unknown.

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene is being challenged by Republican Pedro Celis. The two are facing off in the state’s only true partisan battleground.

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EarthFix Reports
7:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Oregon On Track To Begin Wolf Delisting Process

Oregon's wolf population is on track to cross the milestone of having four breeding pairs for three consecutive years at the end of December.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:10 pm

Oregon's wolf population is on track to reach a key milestone. If current trends in Eastern Oregon continue, the state can relax protections and consider removing wolves from its endangered species list next year.

Russ Morgan, wolf coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said state rules call for launching a delisting process for wolves when Eastern Oregon has four breeding pairs for three consecutive years. A breeding pair is an adult male, adult female and at least two pups surviving to the end of the calendar year.

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Vulnerable Inmates
5:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Washington Prison Unit Where 'No One Picks On You For Being Slow'

An inmate walks along the housing tier in the DOC's Skill Building Unit.
Credit Amy Czerwinski

Prison is no place to be vulnerable. For inmates with intellectual disabilities, autism or traumatic brain injury, it can be dangerous.

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3:51 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

PHOTOS: Seattle Nurse Trains Health Workers In Liberia

A mural in Liberia warns of Ebola.
Credit Courtesy Karin Huster

There is no shaking of hands in Liberia.

Instead, people elbow their hellos.

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New Boom
6:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Getting Some 'Me' Time: Why Millennials Are So Individualistic

Millennials are often painted as the entitled, selfie-snapping generation. But many researchers say that "me" time will help young people make better decisions in the long run.
© Eugenio Marongiu iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 7:35 am

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

They are a class of self-centered, self-absorbed, selfie-snapping 20-somethings. This is how many critics have come to define the millennial generation.

But hold on, isn't this what was said about every generation when it was young? Minus the selfies of course.

Some scholars argue that millennials aren't entitled — they just have more time to be themselves.

Markers Of Adulthood

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Pope Francis
5:10 am
Tue October 14, 2014

What They're Saying: Vatican's New Tolerance On Gays And The Divorced

Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Monday.
Massimiliano Migliorato/CP PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:00 am

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

As we reported earlier, a synod of Catholic bishops meeting at the Vatican has released an interim document that signals the likelihood of a dramatic overhaul in the church's stance on gays and lesbians, as well as its view on divorced members.

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