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Corporate Fines
1:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

Union soldiers found that gunpowder was sometimes mixed with sawdust.
Mathew B. Brady AP

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 3:14 pm

A law passed to protect the Union army in the Civil War is one of the key tools federal officials have used to collect tens of billion in corporate fines this year.

During the Civil War, the army relied heavily on private contractors for necessities like uniforms, shoes, and gunpowder. Those contractors often cut corners.

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Democracy And Nationalism
9:32 am
Wed October 1, 2014

One System, Two Media: How China, Hong Kong Are Covering The Protests

People read newspapers placed along a street blocked by protesters outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Wednesday. While Hong Kong media are covering the protests closely, media in mainland China have been mostly quiet.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:40 am

Hong Kong media are providing wall-to-wall coverage of the protests calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, but in mainland China there has been little to no mention of the unrest.

The contrast is an illustration of the "one country, two systems" policy that has been in place since the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

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On The Menu
8:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em' Say Diners Noshing On Invasive Species

Crayfish stuffed piquillo pepper, sorrel smoked salmon puff, wild turkey terrine with blackberry mustard, dandelion spanakopita and wild board bratwurst.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:53 pm

It may be difficult to eat our way out of the invasive species problem, but it can be satisfying to try.

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Technology And Culture
12:46 am
Wed October 1, 2014

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is a new, invitation-only social network that aims to thrive and survive on a business model that does not include selling user data or advertising.

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:17 am

Vermont is known for its green pastures, farmsteads and roads free of billboards. The founders of the new social network Ello live in the state, and they want to bring Vermont-like serenity to the Internet.

"We set out to prove that a social network will survive and thrive that doesn't have a business model of selling ads to its users," says CEO and co-founder Paul Budnitz.

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Race The Wave
9:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Cannon Beach 5K Injects Fun Into Tsunami Readiness

Runners set off from the beach during the inaugural "Race the Wave" 5K fun run/walk.

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:17 am

People along the Oregon Coast ran for their lives on Sunday to escape an imaginary tsunami.

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Sexual Health
3:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Pediatrician Organization Recommends IUDs For Teenagers

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended intrauterine devices for sexually active teenage girls on Monday.
Credit Flickr Photo/Mara (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kirsten Johansen, senior director of clinical operations at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, about today's recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that teenage girls who have sex should use intrauterine devices or hormonal implants.

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Coffee Crawl
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

VIDEO: 1 Man, 13 Cups Of Coffee (And 4 Bathroom Breaks)

Left to right: Carissa Leeson, Christine Howard, Matt Streib and Pete Messling discuss coffee addiction at Espresso Vivace on Broadway. Matt has just finished his first cup of the day (at 11:37 a.m.) and is feeling great!
Credit KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

From the producer who brought you fresh, raw Nigerian dwarf goat milk comes this manic coffee crawl. 

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Nostalgic Heartbreak
1:14 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

'That's All Folks:' Saturday Morning Cartoons Bid Farewell

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 3:30 pm

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This next item will be especially painful for Gen X-ers and even some Millennials. Saturday morning cartoons are officially a thing of the past.


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Archaeological Find
12:28 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Who's Buried In The 'Magnificent' Tomb From Ancient Greece?

Archaeologists inspect a female figurine inside a recently discovered, fourth-century B.C. tomb, in the town of Amphipolis, northern Greece on Sept. 7. The occupant of the tomb is unknown, but there's speculation that it could be someone who was closely linked to Alexander the Great.
Greek Culture Ministry AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:17 am

Early last month, on a hill outside a tiny, windy village of almond and tobacco farmers in northeastern Greece, veteran archaeologist Katerina Peristeri announced that she and her team had discovered what is believed to be the biggest tomb in Greece.

The "massive, magnificent tomb," Peristeri told reporters, is likely connected to the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, which, in the fourth century B.C. produced Alexander the Great.

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Disease Vs. Curse
4:03 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response

A sign in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital, warns residents that "the Ebola threat is real."
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

It was not a disease. It was a curse.

That's what the family of one Liberian Ebola patient told Dr. Kent Brantly after their relative died in the treatment center where he worked in July.

The logical next step, the family believed, was to seek revenge and kill the person who placed the curse.

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Week In Review
1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Recycle This Week’s News (Or We Will Fine You $1)

Flickr Photo/Erich Ferdinand (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Is Seattle going too far by making composting mandatory? Is the Northwest the best place to be in a changing climate? Is Hope Solo distracting you from the real domestic violence problem?

Bill Radke discusses these stories plus torn-up pot tickets, washed-up Mariners (maybe) and glitchy ferry clickers with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger, Joni Balter, Luke Burbank, ESPN’s Jim Caple and UW atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass.

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Technology And Culture
10:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Peering Into The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Kismet, the artificial intelligence robot at the MIT museum, can interact and smile at people.
Flickr Photo/Chris Devers (CC-BY-NC-ND)

On the road to a future which promises steady advances in artificial intelligence, what should we expect? What should we be wary of, or hopeful about?

Our guide this week for those questions is Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a software designer currently working on machine intelligence for Google. In his previous work as an engineer at Microsoft his focus included augmented reality, Bing Maps and Bing Mobile, wearable computing and natural user interfaces. As you’ll hear, Agüera y Arcas is insightful and philosophical about the cross sections of science and human culture in our past and future. 

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Grief And Bonding
10:04 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Moving On: Project Helps War Widows Recover

Members of the American Widow Project cheer at the end of an annual event in San Diego. The organization's mission is to help heal and empower participants.
Courtesy of Erin Dructor

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:11 am

In the kitchen of a rental house near a beach in San Diego, a group of moms is preparing dinner.

The 13 women from all around the country have one thing in common: They lost their husbands in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

They are part of the American Widow Project, a support group for women whose husbands were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Defense Department estimates there are more than 3,200 military widows and widowers from those wars.

The women gather once a month in small groups for bonding and adventure. On this weekend, they're at the beach.

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Faith And Service
9:51 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Seattle Rabbi Becomes First Bearded Air Force Chaplain

Rabbie Elie Estrin is sworn into the U.S. Airforce on September 10, 2014.
Credit Courtesy of Nina Krasnow

On Sept. 10, Rabbi Elie Estrin of Seattle was sworn in as the first U.S. Air Force chaplain with a beard after the Pentagon relaxed its restrictions on facial hair in the military earlier this year.

Estrin, who is now based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said that though he was attracted to a military life before the ban was lifted, keeping his beard was an important part of his culture.

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Beep Ball
9:39 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Where Blind Baseball Players Play To Win

Coach Kevin Daniel and captain Dino Sanchez of the Seattle South King Sluggers.
Credit Facebook

When Kevin Daniel moved to Seattle, he assumed the city would have something he was leaving behind in Spokane: a blind baseball team.

That wasn’t the case. So in 2013 Daniel formed the Seattle South King Sluggers after asking one very important question: If he started a team, could they win?

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