Artscape
5:55 am
Mon March 12, 2012

A wedding and chaos behind the scenes? A musical at Village Theatre

"It Shoulda Been You" tells the story of a Catholic groom and a Jewish bride. Pictured here is the "bride" and her family: Leslie Law (Judy Steinberg), Mara Solar (Rebecca Steinberg), John Dewar (Murray Steinberg), Kat Ramsburg (Jenny Steinberg)
Photo by Erinn Hale Courtesy of Village Theatre

"It Shoulda Been You," the new musical at Issaquah’s Village Theater, is for anyone who has been part of a wedding. There's joy as well as bickering; second-guessing and sometimes, suffering.

The bride’s Jewish. The groom’s Catholic. The parents don’t like each other and wish their children were marrying someone else. And an ex-boyfriend also shows up.

The musical is the first collaboration by composer Barbara Anselmi and lyricist and librettist Brian Hargrove.

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War in Afghanistan
10:33 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Shock, concern are reactions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over Afghanistan killings

Private First Class Jeremy Lozano is getting ready for his first deployment to Afghanistan. He anticipates the massacre of innocent civilians will make an already tough deployment tougher. “That’s now more problems that we have to worry about.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The U-S soldier who allegedly massacred at least 16 Afghan civilians is reported to be from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Soldiers assigned to the base express shock at the violence and concern about retaliation.

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War in Afghanistan
2:55 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis

An Afghan soldier is seen in a guard tower at a military base as civilians gather outside in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the American who killed 16 Afghan villagers Sunday is a soldier from Washington who was assigned to a remote special operations site.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, added that the suspect is married and has two children. He served three tours in Iraq, and had been serving his first deployment in Afghanistan since December.

U.S. officials say the soldier acted alone, leaving his base in southern Afghanistan and opening fire on sleeping families in two villages.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Northwest Jazz Scene

More music from around the region this week's Jazz Northwest... We'll have new CDs by Bill Harris, a Portland saxophonist, some great arrangements for Frank D’Rone by Phil Kelly, Bernie Jacobs’ new CD, another surrealistic song from Lorraine Feather, and a pianist who's also a wood carver!   Join us as we check out the scene, Jazz Northwest, Sundays at 1 on 88.5, KPLU. 

Election 2012
10:48 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Blur of same-sex marriage referendums confusing

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Over the next few months , someone may approach you with a petition. Opponents of same-sex marriage are trying to force a referendum vote on Washington’s new marriage equality law. There’s also a separate initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Meanwhile, gay rights supporters are also collecting signatures for their own non-binding pledge. Confused?

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Author Interviews
10:39 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Marilynne Robinson takes on misconceptions of the American West

Farar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 3:22 am

In her new collection of essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson writes: "I find that the hardest work in the world — it may in fact be impossible — is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."

Robinson grew up in Idaho and has lived in Massachusetts for 20 years. In her essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson takes on misconceptions of the American West, the generosity of Christian faith, and the state of the global economy.

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Japanese Tsunami
10:36 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Japan's tsunami recalled in beautifully animated Simone White song

Hideyuki Katsumata

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 5:54 am

The Los Angeles-based singer Simone White has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real.

On "In The Water Where The City Ends," from her latest record, Silver Silver, White's voice is at its most haunting as she recalls, in disjointed poetry, the tsunami that devastated Japan's Tohoku region last year.

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Election 2012
4:29 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Rep. Inslee to resign from Congress for Wash. governor's race

Inslee is running against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to replace current Governor Chris Gregoire, who is retiring.
The Associated Press

Rep. Jay Inslee is resigning from Congress to focus full time on running for governor of Washington state this fall.

The Democrat announced his decision Saturday at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee is in his eighth term representing a Seattle-area district in the House.

Less than two weeks ago, Inslee told KPLU that he would remain in Congress while running for the governor's seat.

Inslee said then: “Listen, that did not stop me from putting out my job creation agenda. … Yes, I've got some responsibilities in Washington D.C., but we are pursuing a very vigorous effort to [get] people back to work.”

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Tech news
9:27 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial

Actress Junie Hoang is going to court because her IMDB profile reveals her age.
IMDB

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 10:49 am

I hope it's not ungentlemanly to note that Junie Hoang is 40 years old. Her birth date appears in the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, as does the fact that she has played a headless woman in Domain of the Damned and Ms. Fix-It in Voodoo Dolly.

She doesn't sound like a woman to cross.

Junie Hoang is going to court against IMDb, which is owned by Amazon, because it reveals her age in her entry. She believes that could cost her work.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:13 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment

LSD might provide a life-changing experience for people struggling with alcohol, a provocative analysis suggests.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:30 pm

You might be tempted to chuckle about some Norwegian researchers peering back at experiments done during the '60s and '70s with LSD as a treatment for alcoholism.

But don't.

Their rigorous analysis, combining data from six different studies, concludes that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug might just help.

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The Friday beer: Migration Brewing’s MPA

Migration Brewing’s MPA.
Paul Gibson

On a recent trip to Portland I was hoping to stop by a brewery I hadn’t been to before. That’s not a hard thing to do in Portland. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild “there are 47 breweries operating in Portland, more than any other city in the world.”  

“The Portland metro area is the largest craft brewing market in the U.S. with the most number of breweries at 61,” the Guild continued.

Suffice it to say it’s not hard to find new beers or places to drink in The City of Roses.

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Privatizing liquor
2:08 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. auctioning off liquor licenses from its soon-to-close stores

Pat McLaughlin, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, said bids for the licenses start rolling in within hours of an auction’s start.
Monica Spain KPLU

You won’t hear the gavel sound at this auction. But you may want to pay attention anyway since the fate of your neighborhood liquor store may figure in. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has  opened an online auction as part of the next step toward liquor privatization.

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The Salt
1:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Insect experts issue 'urgent' warning on using biotech seeds

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:28 pm

For America's agricultural biotech companies, the corn rootworm is threatening to turn into their worst nightmare.

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School shooting
12:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Bremerton school shooting raises child supervision questions

The anguished father of a little girl who was shot in her third-grade classroom after a 9-year-old boy brought a gun to his Bremerton elementary school says the state failed his daughter.

John Bowman says the boy should not have been allowed to visit his mother — a woman who had her parental rights terminated, had a lengthy history of crime and drug abuse, and who police say left guns unsecured around her home.

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Washington State Legislature
11:17 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature adjourns; special session starts Monday

Legislators and staff celebrate on the Senate floor after adjournment. By Austin Jenkins.

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has adjourned. But not for long. Late Thursday night, Senate Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol to finish their work.

Before there was disharmony at the Capitol, there was actually a little harmony.

Four House Republicans serenaded Governor Chris Gregoire and her staff with a barbershop rendition of "I'll Fly Away."

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