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Seattle Nonprofit Veteran Says Push To Cut 'Overhead' Starves Charities

KPLU News - 3 hours 40 min ago

If you’re a shareholder in a company, you probably want that business to run as efficiently as possible. Lately it’s gotten easier to apply that mentality to nonprofit charities, too, with online rating sites that score charities on how much of your gift goes directly to the mission, and, in some cases, call out organizations with high overhead.

It sounds like a smart way to give, but Eric Walker says it’s a troubling trend.

“Wouldn’t that be a good thing if 99 cents of my dollar went to the soup in the soup kitchen?” Walker asked. “The problem is there's a whole bunch of work to put that soup in the pot and get it to the soup kitchen that there’s nobody to pay for.”

Cross-time photos show snapshots of Seattle’s past and present, side by side

Quirksee - 3 hours 40 min ago

If Seattle’s streets could talk, they’re likely to tell you the stories depicted in Clayton Kauzlaric’s photos.

Kauzlaric uses Photoshop to juxtapose archival photos with modern-day images of the same location.

Take, for instance, the stretch of Alaskan Way that houses the ferry terminal on Seattle’s waterfront. These days, it’s an unremarkable place where a McDonald’s sign greets passersby. But it has quite a history — it’s also the same place Japanese residents were made to board trains headed to internment camps back in 1942.

To help transport contemporaries to that historic point in time, Kauzlaric aligned the current landscape with an archival image of the internees’ somber march.

“The image of the internees crossing Alaskan Way is hard to believe,” Kauzlaric said. “Can you imagine any of us leaving our homes with a day’s notice?”

“Japanese residents boarding a train during their forced relocation to internment camps in 1942. This was shot in front of the ferry terminal on Alaskan Way. It looks like the Marion Street pedestrian bridge is packed with spectators.” (Courtesy of Clayton Kauzlaric)

Since he began the “Then & Again” project a year ago, Kauzlaric has completed some 30 images so far. One depicts the city’s Depression-era Hooverville, which housed some 1,000 residents at its peak, on the Seattle waterfront, just across the Alaskan Way viaduct from CenturyLink.

“The fact it’s gigantic and that it lingered for a decade is hard to imagine today,” Kauzlaric said.

Another image shows the creation of the Denny Regrade, which involved flattening Denny Hill by sluicing it into the water in 1897. Others illustrate the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1889, which started with a cabinetmaker’s boiling pot of glue and destroyed 25 city blocks of what would later become Pioneer Square.

Then there are the snapshots of lighter moments. One captures Luna Park, the “Coney Island of the West” in West Seattle that closed in 1913 due to concerns over decency, leaving behind only pilings in Elliott Bay that surface at low tide. Others show the Golden Potlatch celebrations, which included parades, concerts and demonstrations by “automobilists.”

“Where we’re walking, these other things were happening,” Kauzlaric said. “There’s this whole other underlying story that’s really interesting.”

Retelling the city’s history through photos gives Kauzlaric a lot of enjoyment. But he’s quick to add that neither the technique nor the idea is wholly original. Many others already subscribe to the cross-time editing method, says Kauzlaric, and Seattle Times columnist Paul Dorpat spent decades highlighting the stark differences between the city’s past and present.

Still, each of Kauzlaric’s images offers a quick and relatable history lesson like few others.

“It just creates some immediate context. It’s some portable form of history, I think,” he said.

And he’s found the images prove especially of service to the city’s numerous transplants, some of whom are his co-workers.

“They say they really enjoy being able to learn more about this place they’ve moved to,” Kauzlaric said. “I was at least made to go through Washington state history class in junior high. This gives them a chance to understand the area better.”

Kauzlaric plans to continue creating cross-time photos of the Puget Sound area including Bremerton, his hometown. Among his ideas for future work: the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. You can find all of his images on his website.

In Light Of Ferguson, Students Of Seattle's Least White High School Talk About Race

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago

This summer's events in Ferguson, Missouri aren't the only things that make Jaedyn Colly, who is black, wonder what makes him different from the police. 

"I have family members — they've been arrested," said Colly, a sophomore at Rainier Beach High School. "You just question, 'What is the difference? What makes [a police officer] so better than me? What gives you the power to have control over me?'"

It's the kind of frustration Rainier Beach High teachers want to bring out into the open. Just ten days into their young school year, they've already carved out half-hour blocks over three days to discuss the police shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and the racially-charged demonstrations that followed.

Don't Panic If You Lose Your Credit Card While Traveling

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago

Credit cards are essential travel tools for many. But they’re also targets for thieves and also easy to lose. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says the most important thing is not to panic. 

Wash. State: Dozens Of Pot-Shop Applications In Jeopardy

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:06

Washington state is warning dozens of people who applied to run legal marijuana shops that their chance of getting a license is in jeopardy.

The Liquor Control Board on Wednesday began sending letters to 56 businesses. The board says they scored lucky numbers in lotteries conducted in April, putting them in a good position to win a coveted marijuana retail license, but they haven't moved forward with their applications since then.

Doctor Says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has 'Rare ... Difficult' Cancer

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:01
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who made international news after he admitted to smoking crack, has cancer.

That's according to his doctor, a colorectal surgeon, who confirmed the diagnosis during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Toronto Star reports:

"Dr. Zane Cohen, the renowned colorectal surgeon, said Wednesday that Ford has a malignant liposarcoma.

Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:49
When I picked up Martin Amis' new novel, The Zone of Interest, it felt as though I had touched a third rail, so powerful and electric is the experience of reading it.

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:44
Michigan TV viewers faced a barrage of campaign ads early this month.

Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:42
The Federal Reserve's policy makers just eyeballed the economy, and saw nothing new.

On Wednesday, they announced wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace. That means interest rates can stay super low for a "considerable time," while the Fed's bond-buying program can wrap up next month, as expected.

In recent years, the Fed, which serves as the nation's central bank, has pushed interest rates to historic lows to help stimulate the economy.

Here's What Tomorrow's U.K. Newspapers Are Saying About Scotland's Vote

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:36
Scotland votes tomorrow on whether to become an independent country. The polls show the two sides are neck and neck. British newspapers, as expected, are leading with the story.

Here's what some of them are saying (courtesy of the BBC's Nick Sutton's Twitter feed). Copyright 2014 NPR.

Bezos' Company Blue Origin Chosen To Build NASA's Rocket

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:10

The U.S. has been wanting to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station, but for now, American astronauts rely on Russia to get to space. That’s about to change, now that Boeing and Blue Origin, another Northwest company, are on board to build the rocket.

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:00
The debate over whether diet sodas are good, bad or just OK for us never seems to end.

Some research suggests zero-calorie drinks can help people cut calories and fend off weight gain.

But in recent years, the idea that artificial sweeteners may trick the brain and lead to "metabolic derangements," as one researcher has theorized, has gained tract

House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:31
In a vote that eschewed traditional Washington divisions in favor of novel ones, the House approved a bill that authorized the training and arming of Syrian rebels in their fight against the so-called Islamic State.

The final tally was 273-to-156. But many members of both parties broke ranks with their leaders — Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi — who strongly backed the measure.

According to a count by NBC News' Frank Thorp, 114 Democrats voted in favor of the measure; 85 voted no.

The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:15
He had cared for Ebola patients. He himself caught the virus. Only then, said Dr. Kent Brantly, did he fully grasp the awful nature of this disease.

"When I became ill, I started to experience what my patients had suffered under my care," the American medical missionary told NPR's Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, after testifying on Capitol Hill yesterday and today. "And Ebola is a really humiliating disease. You're isolated from your family, your community, everyone around you. ...

Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:28
We all know which kid Mom and Dad liked best, and odds are you're thinking it's not you.

But does that really make a difference?

Want To Learn About The Scientific Method? Go Bake Some Cookies

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:28
Bethany Brookshire, aka @SciCurious, is a blogger at ScienceNews, where she covers the latest science research and develops creative science outreach projects.

She's recently started her own project, the deliciously named Cookie Science, which aims to illustrate the scientific method by creating what she hopes will be a tasty gluten-free cookie for a friend.

She tells

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:27
Now, we wait.

The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule makers should treat Internet traffic is over, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC.

With Jobless Rate Holding Steady, 2014 On Track To Be 'Best Statewide Since 2005'

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:08

Washington state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in August — a half-percentage point below the national point, according to a report released Wednesday by the state’s Employment Department.

State labor economist Paul Turek says improving economic conditions bode well for job seekers going into fall.

Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:00
"Charities and individual philanthropies have given generously and they can make a big difference," President Obama emphasized yesterday during his announcement of U.S. plans for addressing Ebola.

Indeed, one nonprofit has had a huge impact from the start of this outbreak.

Federal Grants To Help Preserve History Of WWII Japanese Internment Sites

KPLU News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:24

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

Stacey Camp, an associate professor at the University of Idaho, is leading an effort to survey the Kooskia Internment site with help from federal Park Service grants.