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IT’S OFFICIAL--FRIENDS OF 88.5 OWNS KPLU (knkx)

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Over 18,000 contributing listeners to the Save KPLU campaign secure an independent community owned station.

(Tacoma-Seattle, WA) -- Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced the official and final closing of the sale of KPLU. The new, community-owned station is 88.5 knkx. 

SIMONE BOE

Activists say they're still ready to campaign for an income tax to fund college tuition in Olympia, despite a court ruling last week blocking the initiative from the ballot this Election Day.

The Opportunity for Olympia campaign has appealed the Aug. 24 decision, and leaders say they hope to get a hearing as early as Wednesday in the state's Court of Appeals. 

Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

Back in 1999, and out of nowhere, the KNKX (then ‘KPLU’) music department received a CD called "About Time" by a mandolin player named Don Stiernberg.  Frankly, it didn’t look all that promising but, of course, we gave it a listen.  To our collective surprise, it was delightful and we began playing it on the air, much to the delight of our listeners.  That was the first (and almost the last) time we heard from the guy.

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Donald Trump's campaign has confirmed the Republican presidential nominee is coming to Western Washington for a fundraiser and a rally on Tuesday. There were rumors the campaign swing to the Northwest might not happen after Trump cancelled a similar stop next week in Portland.

U.S. Patent Office

As wildfire season blazes on in Washington state, a group of Boeing engineers have secured a patent for something called a "fire-retarding artillery shell."

The idea is to build a kind of missile filled with fire retardants that you could shot into a wildfire to try and stop it from spreading. 

Jim Levitt

An all-star big band tribute to Woody Herman was one of the features of the Saturday matinee concert at this year's Jazz Port Townsend, presented annually by Centrum on the last weekend of July.  

The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 on Sunday August 28 at 2 p.m. Pacific.  The band was co-led by two drummers who played in Woody Herman's band at different times. Jeff Hamilton and Joe LaBarbera take turns at the drumset and introducing the music which samples the band's 50-year history.

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This week on Sound Effect, we dream big. We bring you stories from people who dared to dream, and take a look at their successes, failures, and their respective roads ahead.

Charlie And The Rays

We meet the musicians of a local band that just released their first record. While some members of the band are too young to patronize the establishments they perform in, that hasn't stopped them from having big hopes for the future.

Allie Ferguson / KPLU

Tacoma arborist Mik Miazio loves trees. He has loved them since he was a kid growing up in New Jersey.

"I remember climbing my first tree when I was a kid. As soon as I was able to, I would jump right in there and disappear. I’m in my own world right there," Miazio said.

It was this love that led Miazio to discover the tallest tree in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park. He noticed the giant Douglas Fir poking out of the canopy when he moved to Tacoma three years ago.

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The median price for a single-family house in Washington state hit an all-time record of $317,500 in the second quarter of 2016.

That beats the prior record of $316,700 set in 2007, just before the housing market crashed, according to an analysis by the University of Washington's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

Tim Durkan / Tim Durkan Photography

If you like the sunshine and heat, get out there and enjoy it on Friday. A heat advisory is in effect through the evening, with highs expected in the mid-80s to low 90s. But KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says a cool down is coming, likely marking the start of a big transition to cooler conditions as summer in the Northwest begins to wane.

Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

Singer Duffy Bishop has been active (often overactive!) for years on the Northwest blues and R&B scene.  Several years ago, she expanded her audience when she began doing cabaret shows at venues including Seattle’s Tiatro Zinzani. 

In this studio session, Duffy and her ace band play three smokin’ tunes.  She also talks to KPLU (KNKX?) All Blues host, John Kessler, about her cabaret work.

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Back to school is a time of transitions for families. But for students in Seattle Public Schools, this fall marks a major change for those trying to get their kids out the door each morning. This school year, the start times will finally align with kids’ circadian rhythms. 

Eraldo Peres / AP Photo

Seattle Reign and U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo has been suspended by U.S. Soccer for six months. This follows controversial remarks she made after the U.S. lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the Olympics in Rio. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the action against Solo is too little, too late. And he says it highlights an even bigger problem with the Olympic Games.

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Licenses for scientific research on marijuana could soon be available in Washington state, despite strict federal rules about research on the drug. Under the new state license, labs could grow pot for scientific study. Reporter Melissa Santos wrote about this issue for The News Tribune in Tacoma, where she covers state government. She spoke with KPLU's Ed Ronco.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Breanna Stewart now can add the WNBA's top selling jersey to a year that already includes an NCAA championship and an Olympic gold medal.

The league announced Thursday that Stewart's jersey and merchandise of her Seattle Storm top the WNBA in sales.

Stewart says it shows the support she has received in the WNBA and hopes the league benefits too.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars.

The latest venture by the e-commerce powerhouse will compete with established players in the field including CarSoup.com, Edmunds.com, truecar.com and cars.com.

A train rolls through the University of Washington Station, where there will soon be cell service.
Monica Spain / KPLU

When you're running late waiting for a bus or train in the transit tunnels in Seattle, there's usually no way to text or call while you're underground. But soon, that won't be a problem.

Sound Transit began rolling out cell service this week between the University of Washington and Westlake tunnel stations. 

Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne have been plenty busy working on their own solo projects, as well as working with countless bands around the world. But the passing of their collaborator (and the group's founder) Tim Hauser in October of 2014 had many of their fans thinking the Manhattan Transfer may have rolled into the station for the last time.

Ed Ronco / KPLU

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley can list expensive destinations, none of which might surprise you.

“New York, London, Paris, any large city in Scandinavia,” he said, “Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, and Seattle hotels in the summertime.”

Ha.

But lately there have been some surprises – places Brumley has known for years that have seen spikes in how much it costs to visit. That includes Havana, Cuba.

“Hotels that were $250 a night … are now charging over $550 a night,” he said.

Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle's University Village last year.
Elaine Johnson / AP Photo

Part of the convenience of shopping online is having your spoils delivered to your door, but online retailers are opening more and more physical stores.

Consider the bookstore Amazon opened in Seattle's University Village last year. Now the retail giant is beginning to build drive-up grocery stores where customers can pick up online orders.

Seattle City Council

A proposed Seattle law that aims to ease the city's housing crisis by encouraging homeowners to build cottages in their backyards has run into resistance.

The Queen Anne Community Council is trying to force the city to conduct an environmental review of the law. The nonprofit has brought a case before the city's hearing examiner and says it has raised $25,000 for legal fees.

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The Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington state says Sheriff John Snaza has been critically hurt in a motorcycle crash in Montana.

Lt. Tim Rudloff says in a news release that Snaza suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, which happened Tuesday at about 6 p.m. in Sanders County, Montana.

Snaza was flown to a hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was listed in critical but stable condition on Wednesday.

Nancy Leson

When the mercury rockets past 85 degrees, even I forgo pot roast — which is why I turned to Nancy Leson for some of her favorite hot-weather recipes. Vietnamese salad rolls are one of Nancy's hot weather go-tos. 

"For me, it's a whole dinner in itself and so easy to make," she said. "I buy a soft lettuce like a bibb, fresh herbs – cilantro, basil, mint.  I slice up cucumbers lengthwise and make little bowls full of chopped jalapeno, peanuts"

David Nogueras / KPLU

Chinese international students at the University of Washington who were victims of fraud are being given more time to pay tuition. They paid cash to a third party who promised to pay their tuition with a credit card and get them a discount. It was bogus scheme.

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Top brass from Joint Base Lewis McChord took to Facebook this week to answer questions on everything from guns to traffic.

Matthew Brown / AP Photo

State officials say BNSF Railway will pay $75,000 to settle a 2015 penalty for water quality violations.

The Department of Ecology said Monday the railway agreed to the fine for placing creosote-treated railroad ties in water during maintenance projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

KPLU

They’re flat, they’re white and they’re popping up all over Seattle.  No, they aren’t the latest coffee drink.  They’re “Notice of Proposed Land Use Action” signs, posted to notify the public of coming changes. But for the average person, the notices aren’t always easy to decipher.

1990 for Hep Records

We like examining the continuum of jazz  (thank you, John Gilbreath!) on Jazz Northwest.  The students become the rising stars, and the rising stars become the teachers of the next generation and so it goes.  Don Lanphere and Larry Coryell were major figures in Seattle jazz, and Roxy Coss was one of Don's students and played in the Garfield Jazz Band under Clarence Acox. Today, Roxy is active on the New York Jazz Scene.  We'll sample her newest CD and also one by pianist Ariel Pocock who was a product of Newport High School and has also gone on to national prominence.  

"Navigation (compas regle)" by mikou07kougou is licensed by CC BY 2.0 bit.ly/2b7cG2c

This week on Sound Effect, we get lost. We bring you stories from people told to move on and from folks who are actually disorientated.

Goodbye, Gabe

We say, "See you later" to Sound Effect's Gabriel Spitzer, who is heading down to California for a year-long journalism fellowship. KPLU's Jennifer Wing will take the reins as Sound Effect's interim host while Gabe is away.

Welcome Home; Now Leave

Rare T. Rex Discovered By Burke Museum Paleontologists

Aug 19, 2016

The Burke Museum is getting a new exhibit: A Tyrannosaurus rex skull. Seattle paleontologists unearthed the fossils in northern Montana last summer. It began when two museum volunteers, Jason Love and Luke Tufts, found fragments of large bones belonging to a carnivorous dinosaur.

Greg Wilson led the expedition and is Burke Museum’s adjunct curator of vertebrate paleontology. He says the excavation team had a feeling they were on the trail of a T. rex. Hear him describe it:

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