The Digital Future
5:28 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Has Google lost its way?

from the wall of Buck's Restaurant in Woodside, CA
Steve Jurvetson flickr.com

What is Google's business plan? The company, fueled by its successful search engine, seems to be going off in a zillion different directions: Android, Youtube, Gmail, Voice, Maps, Blogger, Picasa, and Docs, just to name a few. Many Google products are given away for free. 

Analysts have recently noted Google's expenditures are rising faster than its revenues. This comes as no surprise to our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson. It reinforces what he said about Google in his list of predictions for 2011.

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Education
11:27 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Tiny central Washington high school competes for Obama commencement speech

Bridgeport High School in north central Washington is one of six finalists competing to have President Obama deliver their graduation speech.
WhiteHouse.gov Bridgeport High School

Do you remember who delivered your high school graduation speech? If the students of Bridgeport High School get their wish, they almost certainly will.

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World War II history
9:32 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Want to fly in a B-17 bomber?

The Liberty Foundation

You might hear an unusual rumbling overhead today in Seattle. An original World War II bomber will be in the sky. The Boeing B-17 is part of a traveling history exhibit that lets you actually fly in the plane. 

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Environment
8:15 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Seattle City Light tries osprey deterrent on utility poles

An oprey takes his lunch to go along the Duwamish River. Seattle City Light is testing a new way to keep ospreys from nesting on utility poles.
Jim Kaiser

Wildlife experts think they may have finally outsmarted the osprey, at least when it comes to keeping them off of utility poles. The hawk-like birds have caused power outages and harm to themselves by nesting on high voltage power lines.

Ospreys are pretty resourceful birds. When the tall, bare trees they used to nest in disappeared from the water’s edge, they figured out utility poles were a close substitute. Whenever humans try to stop them from using the poles, ospreys find a workaround.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:04 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Springtime on the University of Washington campus. The Board of Regents announced this morning that University of Utah president Michael Young will take the top post at the U.W.
University of Washington

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • UW Regents pick Utah president as new leader
  • Seized Drugs Reported Stolen From Snohomish Co. Medical Examiner Office
  • Records reveal Army’s failures that preceded Ft. Lewis soldiers’s shootout with police
  • Gas Prices Still Climbing in Western Washington

 

UW Board of Regents Name Utah's Michael Young new U-Dub President

[UPDATED 10:30 a.m.]

The University of Washington Board of Regents has chosen University of Utah President Michael Young as the next leader of the university in Seattle.

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun April 24, 2011

Seattle's Langston Hughes African American Film Festival stands apart

The film "Butterfly Rising," written and directed by Tanya Wright, will close the 2011 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.
Courtsey of Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

If we relied on Hollywood, we’d get a very limited view of African Americans. 

"There’s three models that we have of black people in Hollywood and none of them are any good. The ho, the gangster, the victim. And occasionally you get the saint."

That's Jacqueline Moscou, artistic director of Seattle's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. And what she's talking about are films like "Booty Call,"The Book of Eli" and "Precious."

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Higher Education
9:41 am
Sat April 23, 2011

Times: U.W. picks Utah's Michael Young as its new president

Univesity of Utah president Michael Young will be named Monday to the same post at the U.W. , according to the Seattle Times.
Steve C. Wilson AP

The University of Washington will name University of Utah president Michael Young to the same post on Monday, according to the Seattle Times. KOMO TV is also reporting that an announcement could be made Monday.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Northwest's largest coal-fired plant to shut down by 2025

File photo of the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia
Miriam Duerr Washington Dept. of Ecology

It's 14 years off in the future. But a compromise deal will shut down the Northwest's largest coal-fired power plant near Centralia. Legislation is headed to the governor's desk following a vote Thursday in the Washington senate.

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MILITARY JUSTICE
1:45 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Lawyer: Soldier charged in Afghan killing released

Spc. Michael Wagnon
AP

The lawyer for one of five Washington state soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport says his client is being released from custody pending his court martial.

Attorney Colby Vokey tells The News Tribune of Tacoma that an Army judge on Friday agreed to release Spc. Michael Wagnon, originally from Las Vegas. The other four defendants remain in custody.

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WILDLIFE
10:58 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Coming to Terms with Bears: A conversation with Chris Morgan

Brian Zeiler Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Over the years, bears have gone from primal menace to environmental icon, while enduring a close brush with extinction along the way. Ecologist and Bellingham resident Chris Morgan works to educate people about bears, especially the bears we share the Cascades Mountains with.

On this Earth Day, we present a recent conversation about the importance of coming to terms with these large carnivores.

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ELECTRONIC JOURNALISM
8:53 am
Fri April 22, 2011

KPLU News wins four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

KPLU News has garnered four 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in electronic journalism, competing against other large market radio stations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:26 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Computer-generated image of Sound Transit's proposed Link light rail route across the I-90 bridge.
Sound Transit

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Microsoft Raises Could "Get Us Out of the Recession"
  • Opponents Lose Bid to Block I-90 Light Rail Plan
  • Wash. Legislature Passes Marijuana Dispensary Bill
  • U.W. Researcher in Serious Condition After Fall on Mt. Olympus

 

Economists say unprecedented raises announced by Microsoft yesterday could be just what's needed to help lift the Puget Sound region out of a economic slump.

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Business
3:05 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Two online companies' IPOs bode well for Seattle's tech biz scene

Seattle-based PopCap Games San Francisco studios general manager Dave Rohrl, left, plays a guitar video game with PopCap senior game designer George Fan in 2006, at the company office in San Francisco.
Ben Margot AP

"Initial Public Offering," or I-P-O, is a buzz term that was talked about a lot in the boom years of the late 1990s – especially in Seattle, where lots of high-tech startup companies were thriving at that time.  They've been pretty scarce lately.  But they may be coming back.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Lockout poses draft challenges for Seahawks-will they go for a QB?

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck gets a hug from coach Pete Carroll after the team beat the Saints in the NFC Wildcard playoff Jan. 8, 2011. With Hasselbeck now a free agent, will the Hawks open their arms to another quarterback in the upcoming draft?
REUTERS Robert Sorbo

How can you have a successful draft during a lockout? That's what the Seahawks are trying to figure out ahead of the 2011 draft, which begins Thurs., April 28.

Even as the current players are locked out, the Hawks are trying to decide who to add to the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the big question is, will they go for a quarterback?

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:20 am
Thu April 21, 2011

In the studio with Kurt Elling - The complete jazz singer

Kurt Elling performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on April 15, 2011.

Some jazz singers excel at singing standards. Others excel at scat-singing or vocalese (writing lyrics for instrumental improvisations and singing them). However, Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling can do it all.

He easily proved it in front of a small studio audience of Leadership Circle members on April 15th with along with two long-time musical colleagues; pianist, Laurence Hobgood, and guitarist, John McLean.

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