Artscape
9:22 am
Sun May 8, 2011

The art of karaoke includes singing - or not!

April Schiller "sings" to a standing-room-only crowd at the Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke Night at the Vermillion bar in Seattle. The FFOK is held the first and third Thursdays of every month.
Florangela Davila KPLU

Throughout Seattle, on any given night, you can find some place hosting karaoke, which means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

There’s karaoke in friendly community halls in Greenwood; in swanky clubs on Capitol Hill; in private rooms underneath cutesy bubble tea houses in the I-D.

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Skateboarding
2:11 am
Sat May 7, 2011

Pro skateboarding comes to KeyArena this weekend

The Street League Pro Tour course at Key Arena
Erik Neumann For KPLU

This weekend some of the world’s best skateboarders are competing at Key Arena for nearly half a million dollars in the Street League Skateboarding Pro Tour. 

Competitors at the event will be judged on the style, difficulty and originality of their tricks and stunts.  The organizer is Rob Dyrdek, a former pro-skateboarder, who says he’ll also be giving $75,000 and materials from this weekend’s competition to Roxhill Park in West Seattle. 

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Transportation Choices
6:19 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Commissioners must slash bus service in Pierce County

In Snohomish County, transit officials have eliminated Sunday bus service. So far, Pierce Transit isn't planning to do so, but they are poised to cut schedules by more than a third because there isn't enough sales tax revenue to support existing service.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp

Update: On Monday, May 9, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners approved a 20% permanent service reduction scheduled to start June 12. But the board rejected the proposed plan for the final 15% reduction scheduled for October, and instead directed staff to develop a modified plan that focuses on maximizing ridership.

The next time you're stuck in traffic, frustrated by the length of your commute time, take a moment to consider how long your trip would be if you couldn't drive to your workplace, your doctors office, or your church. 

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McGuire Apartments
5:35 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Demolition of a nearly-new Seattle tower

Demolition begins on the garage of the McGuire Apartments tower, in Seattle.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

One of the most prominent demolition jobs since the Kingdome imploded is underway in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. This time, there will be no explosion, and the building is private instead of public. 

The 25-story McGuire Apartments saga is a sad one, says Doug Lo, a Belltown resident who was snapping photos with his phone, from across the street, at 2nd Ave. and Vine St.

"It's a nice building, and in this modern age, you'd think they would have built it correctly, from the get-go," he said.

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Mother's Day
2:00 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Seattle: Best place to be a mom? Okay, how about fourth-best?

The Daily Beast

Happy Mother's Day, Seattle moms. You live in the fourth-best place in the U.S. to be a mother.

At least that's what The Daily Beast is saying after ranking the 100 largest cities and ranking them on criteria such as mothers-per-capita, quality of public schools, number of childcare workers and availability of maternity health specialists.

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Transportation
9:23 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Kids break piñata, officials break ground to celebrate future bridge

The Mariachi Band Ayutla in front of the closed South Park Bridge. One man tells Bellamy, "I love to kayak and we've had the river to ourselves," so there's a bright side to the troubles the neighborhood's seen with restaurants closing and no access.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

A gigantic bridge-shaped piñata spewed more than four hundred pounds of candy last night in south Seattle. It was part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration going on in the city's South Park neighborhood. 

Earlier in the day, officials broke ground on a new $130-million-dollar bridge that's going to re-connect that community to major highways.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:32 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Overhead bins are reflected onto the top of the concierge table at the entrance of the life-size display of the interior 747-8 Intercontinental in Renton.
John Froschauer AP Photo

Weather: A cloudy, showery weekend ahead with highs around 57.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Backlog Will Hold Up Boeing 747-8 Line for a Month
  • Seattle Children's Pledges to Fix Flaw Found by Feds
  • Two Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Top WA Honor
  • Amazon.com is Hiring

 

Work Backlog to Choke Off Boeing 747-8 Production Until June 7

As if the chronic delays on the 787 Dreamliner weren’t enough to deal with, Boeing executives and workers now have another puzzle to solve: Boeing’s second-most important commercial aircraft. The 747-8  is behind schedule.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

How the public benefits from the Pac-12 TV deal

The revenue from the new Pac-12 television deal is expected to be a huge boon for the University of Washington and its efforts to renovate Husky Stadium without public money.
File photo/Ted S. Warren AP

Incredible. Unbelievable. Whopper-sized. Just some of the words used to describe the television deal announced this week by the new Pac-12 Conference. It's the biggest media rights contract in college sports history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the deal may seem ridiculous to non-sports fans, but they too will benefit from it.

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SMOKING
1:12 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes

A sales associate at Colorado E-Smokes holds an electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds a liquid nicotine solution. Tacoma-Pierce County is considering a ban on e-smoking or "vaping" in public places.
Ed Andrieski AP

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without smoking.

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Real Estate
1:12 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Local housing market may be warming up

Justin Shearer flickr.com

Remember the bidding wars over Seattle area homes before the housing bubble burst? Well, we're not returning to those crazy days just yet, but the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) says there are signs that the market may be warming up a bit. Home sellers in some neighborhoods are seeing multiple offers again. But it's not a boom; overall, the latest numbers show fewer sales and lower prices than a year ago.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:02 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice

Former combat infantryman Bill Surwillo (left) with battle buddy Nick White.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Here's a soldier's tale. Bill Surwillo deploys to Afghanistan. Nearly a quarter of his platoon is killed. He comes home with PTSD. He turns to marijuana and spice – a synthetic version of the drug – to relax. The Army kicks him out and takes away his GI Bill. Is this fair?

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ENVIRONMENT
11:20 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Don't want yellow pages? Seattle puts teeth in opt-out system

The City of Seattle has launched a website that allows residents to opt-out of receiving yellow-page phonebooks.
Publicola.com

Starting today (Thursday) a new online registry will allow Seattleites to choose whether or not they receive yellow pages phone books. But an industry group says it’s redundant, because there’s already such a website in place nationwide.

The City of Seattle site is www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks.

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OSAMA BIN LADEN
9:41 am
Thu May 5, 2011

NW pilots praised for unconfirmed role in bin Laden mission

The U.S. Army’s “Night Stalkers” fly specially modified Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters.
US Navy Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman

Washington state senators Wednesday praised Northwest chopper pilots for flying a celebrated mission that no one can confirm they were on. That would be the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

This much we know: Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma is home to a battalion of the U.S. Army's "Night Stalkers." That's an elite helicopter unit that flies commando and combat rescue missions.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
8:30 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Joe Lovano Us Five - Taking Bird to new heights

We were pleased to welcome Joe Lovano and his group, "Us Five," into our studios on April 29 for a live on-air performance in-front of a group of KPLU Leadership members.

Live sessions in the KPLU Performance Studio are always fun.  However, when saxophonist, Joe Lovano, stopped by with his group, Us Five, it was more than fun.  It was also an honor. 

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Jobs
8:26 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades

Leah Scott learns how to operate a cement polisher as part of a program that helps disadvantaged young people gain job experience. A career fair this weekend aims to recruit more women like Scott into trade industry jobs.
Seeking Opportunities Developing Occupations (SODO, Inc.)

The recession has been tough on workers in the trades. The latest state unemployment report showed construction had a particularly bad month between February and March. That’s not stopping a job fair aimed at attracting more women to building and repair industries.

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