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Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations

KPLU News - 19 min 19 sec ago
Israel's Prime Minister is expected to deliver a stern warning when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday morning. Benjamin Netanyahu says the nuclear deal that the U.S.

LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction

KPLU News - 26 min 19 sec ago
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are calling for calm and patience, as three investigations are underway into the police killing of a homeless man Sunday. Police say the man "forcibly grabbed" an officer's gun before he was shot to death.

Beck called the incident a tragedy that followed a "brutal, brutal fight."

The police confrontation with a man known as Afrika was filmed by at least two eyewitnesses.

What Shapes Health? Join The Discussion On Harvard's Webcast

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
Health is more than the sum of its parts. Sometimes in surprising ways, factors such as childhood experiences, housing conditions, poor diets and health care access drive who ends up sick — and who does not.

As part of the series "What Shapes Health," created in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard is sponsoring a webcast on Tuesday, March 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm EST.

To pose questions, email theforum@hsph.harvard.edu.

We'll be streaming it here live.

In English Town, Muslims Lead Effort To Create Interfaith Haven

KPLU News - 3 hours 50 min ago
Inayat Omarji vividly remembers the worried reaction when he first looked into renovating the abandoned church in his neighborhood: "There's a bearded young Muslim chap involved in a church! Whoops!

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

KPLU News - 3 hours 56 min ago
More than 1.3 million people are incarcerated in state prisons in this country, and keeping those prisons running requires tens of thousands of corrections officers.

In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

KPLU News - 3 hours 58 min ago
In recent weeks, the price of gasoline has ticked up but regular unleaded still costs about a dollar less than it did a year ago. That's good for consumers, who have more money to spend. But in Houston, one way or another, the paychecks consumers depend on come from the oil business.

The world's three biggest oilfield service firms — Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes — have announced a combined 22,000 layoffs in recent months.

Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 sec ago
Faiza Ayesh giggles with delight as she describes her brand-new two-bedroom apartment in Oakland, Calif. She shares her home with her husband and three little girls, ages 3, 2 and 5 months. Ayesh, 30, says she just loves being a stay-at-home mom. "It's the best job in the world."

But Ayesh wasn't always this happy. A little over a year ago she was living in a cramped one-bedroom apartment with her family.

Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 sec ago
Ohio may not have gotten the national attention of say, Texas, but a steady stream of abortion restrictions over the past four years has helped close nearly half the state's clinics that perform the procedure.

"We are more fully booked, and I think we have a harder time squeezing patients in if they're earlier in the pregnancy," says Chrisse France, executive director of Preterm. It's one of just two clinics still operating in Cleveland, and its caseload is up 10 percent.

France says women are also coming from farther away, places that used to have clinics but no longer do.

Behold The Humble Block! Tools of the Trade

KPLU News - 4 hours 3 min ago
For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling.

Environmental Groups Sue Port Of Seattle Over Lease For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:52

Environmental groups are suing the Port of Seattle over its decision to let Royal Dutch Shell base part of its Arctic drilling fleet here, arguing the port needed to allow more public involvement and violated two state laws. 

The port last month signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime, the company that will manage Shell’s drilling fleet here in Seattle at Terminal 5. That terminal has been empty since last summer because the port is planning to overhaul it to allow bigger cargo ships. So this is a temporary use to generate about $13 million. 

Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:16
Rosa Parks is well known for her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama in Dec. 1955. But Parks' Civil Rights protest did have a precedent: 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, a student from a black high school in Montgomery, had refused to move from her bus seat nine months earlier. However Colvin is not nearly as well known, and certainly not as celebrated, as Parks.

The bus incident

Montgomery was segregated, which meant that black people couldn't use the dressing rooms at department stores or ride in the front of the bus.

With Much Controversy, Boston Begins Removing Parking Space Savers

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:06
The near-record amount of snow that has fallen on Boston this winter is testing one of the city's great traditions: On orders from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Public Works Department began removing parking space savers from city streets on Monday.

In the past, the informal rule has been that whoever takes the time to dig out a parking space gets to keep it for 48 hours.

Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:30
When the corn dog was discovered in an Iowa cave in the 1950s, explorers dated it at roughly 40,000 years old. Its recipe has gone largely unchanged since then, though few makers use real glyptodon meat anymore.

Recently, though, the dog has had an evolutionary transformation. There's now a State Fair Brand Funnel Cake Corn Dog, a turkey and pork hot dog wrapped in a sweet funnel cake batter.

Eva: Time to reinforce the roller coaster.

Peter: This is a travesty.

Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:04
Some people — who are they? — have no problem fitting regular aerobic exercise into their lives. The rest of us want to know how much we have to exercise to see health benefits. Now we have some answers: You may want to go just a tad longer and harder than you'd thought.

Current government guidelines advise adults to get the equivalent of at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of higher-intensity exercise every week, plus some strength training.

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:58


Britain's Muslims: Still Feeling The Need To Explain Themselves

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:58
Jihadi John, runaway schoolgirls, no-go zones: the headlines are everywhere in Great Britain.

If you are Muslim in Britain, you can't get away from them.

How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:51
Chhattisgarh is one of the world's worst places to raise a baby, let alone be one. The state in central India has some of the worst health indicators in the country, including sky-high child mortality and extreme malnutrition.

For decades, aid organizations tried to improve the health of moms and babies in the Chhattisgarh. Little made a dent.

Judge Reduces Sentences For Amish Involved In Beard-Cutting Attacks

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:06
A federal judge in Cleveland has reduced the sentences of 16 Amish men and women who were convicted of cutting the beards and hair of their detractors.

If you remember, an appeals court threw out their hate-crime convictions last summer saying the attacks were fueled by "interpersonal and intra-family disagreements, not the victims' religious beliefs."

The AP reports U.S.

Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:04


Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

KPLU News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:22
Law enforcement agencies should measure community trust the same way they monitor crime rates.