Upcoming Studio Session
3:15 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Pianst Taylor Eigsti and vocalist Becca Stevens live today on KPLU

tayjazz.com

Two, young and talented musicians: pianist Taylor Eigsti and vocalist Becca Stevens, will be in the KPLU studios for a live interview and performance today at 12:15 p.m

Stevens will join the Taylor Eigsti Quartet later tonight at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
2:45 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Judge clears way for tunnel vote

A vote on whether to build a tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way viaduct can take place, a King County Judge ruled today (Friday).

King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said some parts of the agreements that cover utilities, insurance, right-of-way and other issues can be in the referendum but others can't. She'll hear arguments next Friday on which parts could be included in an August vote and whether she has the authority to partially rewrite language in the referendum.

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Cyber security
2:12 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

WCO in Seattle: Protecting computer data in "the cloud"

A dog can sniff out security threats that are tangible, but how can governments protect sensitive data shared on remote computer servers? That was a key question at the World Customs Organization meeting this week in Seattle.
CBP Photography Flickr

The famous "battle in Seattle" more than a decade ago put the letters "W-T-O" into the collective consciousness. Now most people have at least a vague idea about the role the World Trade Organization plays in regulating international commerce. 

But what about the letters W-C-O?

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Japan Earthquake
12:37 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

NW Zen Community to hold public memorial to Japan disaster victims

A Japanese soldier holds a stretcher as his fellow military members search for victims in the earthquake and tsunami ravaged city of Kesennuma, Japan March 27. The NW Zen Community is holding a memorial to the victims at Seattle University on Sunday.
David Guttenfelder AP

The public is invited to a special memorial service for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of northeastern Japan in March.

The service is being held by the Northwest Zen Community at St. Ignatius Chapel on the Seattle University campus at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday (May 15).

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Food
10:50 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Cheeseheads unite! Festival returns to Pike Place for 7th year

A smattering of the huge variety of cheeses you can sample at the Seattle Cheese Festival this weekend (May 14 and 15).
Jeff Maurone flickr

"A corpse is meat gone bad. Well, and what's cheese? Corpse of milk."

~ James Joyce

If, after digesting that quote, you still have a thing for cheese, by all means, read on.

The Seattle Cheese Festival is this weekend. Cheese makers from all over the world will be coming to Pike Place Market for this festival featuring delicious yellow and white tidbits of tastiness.

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Arts Education
9:15 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City

Scott Brown directs the award-winning Roosevelt High School jazz band in Seattle. His group is again in the finals at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It's another banner year for Seattle-area high school jazz bands. 

Ensembles from Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High Schools are once again at Lincoln center in New York, NY - competing in what many critics regard as the nation's top bout for young jazz artists, the Essentially Ellington competition.

The Seattle Times is covering the event and has this note in today's print copy of the  paper:

"On Friday, the competition runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Roosevelt appearing last. There are two segments on Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., with Mountlake Terrace playing last, and 10 a.m. to noon. The three top bands will be announced on the live stream at 1 p. m. (All times PST.)"

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:34 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A fire investigator peers out of a charred top-floor apartment where a fire broke out earlier yesterday (Thurs.) near Seattle’s Green Lake. Firefighters quickly doused the 11th floor fire, in the same building as a fatal fire in 2010, adjacent to I-5.
Elaine Thompson AP

Sunshine and 65 today; rain likely this weekend

In the headlines this morning:

  • Protests Over Principal Firings in Puyallup and Seattle
  • Two Tacoma Elementary Schools to Close
  • 2012 Washington Presidential Primary Cancelled
  • Firefighters Douse 2-Alarm Green Lake Blaze

 

Angry parents, teachers protest principal firings in Seattle, Puyallup

It's been quite a week for high schools in the region. 

Seattle's school board faced a big rally of angry parents and teachers late yesterday afternoon (Thurs) after interim schools superintendant Susan Enfield ousted the popular principal of Ingraham High, Martin Floe. According to the Seattle Times, Enfield cited 'stagnant' test scores and said Ingraham was the second-lowest performing high school in the Seattle district.

Meantime, in Puyallup, students, parents and teachers at Rogers High School are still reeling from the news that Principal Scott Brittain has resigned and will step down at the end of next month.

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Education
10:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Desmond Tutu makes last public appearance in the Northwest

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu
Associated Press

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu is scheduled to speak to more than seven-thousand people at the Tacoma Dome Friday night.

His appearance is expected to be his last public event on the West Coast as he settles into retirement. Tutu met with students a day before his talk at the Dome. He told them that even thought they may want to be famous someday and make huge changes in the world, it’s the little acts of compassion in life that make a difference

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

No winners after Mariners cut Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley watches from the dugout during a game at Safeco Field in April 2011. Note the earplugs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Bradley started wearing them even during home games to try to drown out fan criticism.
Elaine Thompson AP

"He's done." The words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel when asked about the professional future of Milton Bradley. The Mariners cut ties with the controversial outfielder this week.

Known for his hot temper on and off the field, as well as other personal problems, Bradley has played for eight teams in his Major League career - five in five years. While you would think the Mariners are relieved to be rid of him, Art says there are no winners here.

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Designer molecules
4:44 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Engineering a new way to block the flu virus

A bright-green engineered protein molecule is binding to a portion of the influenza virus (in yellow and gray), showing the complicated surface, with its crevices and bulges.
Sarel Fleishman U.W.

Seattle researchers have created a new way to fight the flu virus, and potentially pave the way for a new class of medicines.

You probably remember how the flu pandemic two years ago eventually included such a scramble to get the vaccine that people stood in long lines -- and even lied about the ages of their children to get it earlier. It takes months to make influenza vaccine, which has to be grown in chicken eggs. And every year the whole process has to start over, as the virus keeps mutating and evolving. 

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Wildlife reintroduction
2:45 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Pygmy rabbits face possible last stand in the state

Fish and wildlife agents work to construct a temporary enclosure for pygmy rabbits on Sagebrush Flats Wildlife Area north of Ephrata.
Anna King N3

In north central Washington, scientists are trying once again to reintroduce a tiny endangered rabbit species into a big, predator-ridden landscape. Next week, scientists plan to release about 100 young pygmy rabbits, each one the size of a tennis ball.

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Law
2:03 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Lakewood gang sweep

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged eleven people with gang-related crimes. The defendants are all alleged to be members or associates of the Tillicum Park Gangsters, also known as the TPG. The Lakewood Police Department says the TPG is a criminal street gang associated with the Tillicum neighborhood of Lakewood.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
1:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Army fancies unfinished nuclear plant for training

Soldiers practice decontamination protocol after a training scenario inside the nuclear reactor building at Satsop. Courtesy Satsop Business Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The quest to find new uses for an uncompleted nuclear power plant in western Washington has a new twist. The U.S. Army has taken a liking to training soldiers in the tunnels, plazas and towers of the old Satsop complex.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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