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Competitive Drive
2:15 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

For Women, Being A Jock May Also Signal Political Ambition

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., high-fives her teammate Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. during the annual Women's Congressional Softball Game last June.
Maddie Meyer The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 3:59 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York tries to play tennis a couple of times a week. Sports have been part of her life for a long time, going back to high school when she played tennis and soccer.

Later, at Dartmouth in the late 1980s, Gillibrand served as co-captain of the squash team. What the future senator did not do in college was participate in student government. "I'd gone to one or two young Democratic events, and interestingly, it was almost all male — and all of the men were very aggressive," she says. "And so I didn't really feel like I fit in."

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Organized Labor
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ruling Says College Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Northwestern University logo.
Credit Flickr Photo/Terry Johnston (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with writer Buzz Bissinger about the National Labor Relations Board decision to allow football players at Northwestern University to form a labor union.

Sports Industry
12:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Has Seattle Sounders’ Success Trickled Down Into Pioneer Square?

Salvatore Savago, "The Hot Dog King," sells about $1,000 worth of tube steaks on Sounders game days. That's more than three times his regular haul.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Sounders FC soccer team played their first Major League Soccer game five years ago Wednesday. In that time, the team’s fans have broken attendance records over and over.

But has the team’s financial success trickled down into the community? It depends on who you ask.

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College Basketball
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

March Madness In The Workplace

Flickr Photo/mvongrue

Steve Scher talks with Andy Challenger, vice president of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, about the firm's report that the college basketball tournament costs billions of dollars in worker productivity.

EarthFix Reports
8:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

A Lost Season For An Oregon Ski Area

The Mt. Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon will not open this season due to a regional drought and a lack of snow. Here's what it looked like in early 2013, when the slopes were open for business.
Devan Schwartz

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:45 pm

Oregon’s southernmost ski resort, Mt. Ashland, announced Friday that it will not open due to lack of snow. That’s the first non-opening in the mountain’s fifty-year history.

A snowpack of less than 20 inches and forecasts for March temperatures in the 60s weighed in the final decision, said Kim Clark, general manager of the non-profit ski resort.

“The daffodils are up and the trees are blooming down here, and people are starting to think about springtime activities unfortunately,” Clark said.

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Sochi Olympics
8:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life Changing' Welcome In Peru

Peruvians surround Olympian Roberto Carcelen at the national soccer stadium in Lima after he delivered a pep talk.
Roberto Carcelen

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 5:44 pm

Despite finishing dead last in his race in Sochi, a Peruvian-American Olympic cross country skier is looking forward to a big welcome when he returns home to Seattle this weekend.

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Show Me The Money
3:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Free Agency: How NFL Players Get Raises

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate agreed to a 5-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.
Flickr Photo/Football Schedule (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Art Thiel, founder of Sports Press Northwest, about the NFL free agency and how these deals could shake up the Seattle Seahawks' roster this offseason.

Sports
3:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Sounders Kick Off Their Season Saturday

The Seattle Sounders kick off their regular season at CenturyLink Field on March 8.
Flickr Photo/camknows (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Steve Clare, editor-in-chief of Soccerly, about the Seattle Sounders' upcoming season. The Sounders kick off their regular season at CenturyLink Field on March 8.

2014 Paralympic Games
9:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Washington Skiers In Sync For Sochi Paralympics

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

Bill Radke talks with alpine skiers Mark Bathum of Mercer Island and Cade Yamamoto of Quincy about their sport. The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, kick off March 7.

Sports
3:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Five Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games

Paralyzed veteran Sean Halsted trained for Sochi in Sun Valley last winter.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 8:57 pm

American and European politicians are boycotting the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But athletes with physical disabilities from Idaho, Oregon and Washington plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.

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Paralympics
12:15 am
Fri March 7, 2014

From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

Former Marine Josh Sweeney lost both of his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. He's competing with the U.S. Men's Sled Hockey team at the Paralympics in Sochi.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 9:18 am

It might not exactly be doctor's orders, but it made perfect sense to Josh Sweeney.

"If you hit somebody, you feel a lot better," he says, making his way off the ice from a grueling practice with the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team — a sport also known as "murder ball on ice."

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Uprooted Homes
12:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out

The Terni apartment complex in Rio de Janeiro's far west zone of Campo Grande. Many residents were relocated to this area because their old neighborhoods were knocked down to make way for building projects related to the Olympics.
Lianne Milton for NPR

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:16 am

Jeane Tomas scraped all her money together to build a house where she could raise her son. She'd been renting in the favela, or shanty town, of Vila Harmonia and wanted to put down roots in the community where she lived when her child was born.

The house went up — only to quickly come down.

"There is this frustration to have worked so hard, dreamed so much to leave everything behind," she said.

Now that the Winter Olympics in Sochi are over attention will be turning to Brazil, the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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News From Canada
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

North American Energy Rivalry, Tax Data, And Olympic Gold

Canada forward Sidney Crosby, far right, stands with teammates for the Canadian national anthem after beating Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

EarthFix Reports
9:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

What Does Climate Change Mean For Ice Climbing?

Whitman College freshman Laura Rey makes her way up the Weeping Wall, outside Dayton, Wash. This was Rey's first ice climbing trip.
EarthFix Photo/Courtney Flatt

High up in Washington’s Blue Mountains, behind trees and across the Touchet River, is what locals call the Weeping Wall.

Water seeps through the permeable basalt and can freeze on the cliff’s moss-covered face. When the conditions are right, that creates a curtain of ice that is irresistible for ice climbers.

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Olympic Roundup
7:21 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi

Bolshoy Ice Dome was the venue for intense ice hockey matches
Atos International Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:10 am

Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Russia.

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