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9:38 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Governor Gregoire emerging as unlikely gay rights activist

Governor Christine Gregoire raises her arms as legislators and supporters cheer behind her after she signed into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage Feb. 13, 2012, in Olympia.
AP

OLYMPIA - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is emerging as an unlikely gay rights activist - both at home and on the national stage. Her role in helping pass a same-sex marriage law this year has made Gregoire a sought-after spokesperson for the movement.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

May Day vandalism: Whose anarchy is this?

May Day 2012 violence in Seattle
Erin Hennessey

Weeks have passed since the May Day protests, but Seattle police are still asking for help identifying the individuals who damaged property. The violence was largely attributed to people who've been called anarchists. So what is anarchy anyway?

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Artscape
4:58 am
Mon May 14, 2012

At Seattle Opera, "Madama Butterfly" features a 39-pound non-diva

Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San and Gabriella Mercado as her son in Seattle Opera's "Madama Butterfly."
Elise Bakketun

"Madama Butterfly” is a story about love, heartbreak and sacrifice and it’s beloved by opera fans worldwide.

It’s the current production at Seattle Opera. The cast features superstar soprano Patricia Racette, who has played the role at least 100 times, including at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Color Run
4:07 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

Color Run: A colorful day in Seattle

Color cloud rises in front of the Space Needle.
Evan Hoover KPLU

"I was so distracted by all the happy people and color," says runner Sofia Jaramillo. "It didn't even feel like a run just an all around good time."

Thousands of excited runners and walkers gathered as a plain white canvas at the Seattle Center Sunday morning awaiting to enter a sea of color.

The first wave of 1,000 participants took off at approximately 8:30am followed by five more waves every five minutes for Seattle’s first Color Run.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

New releases by Northwest jazz talents

Dee Daniels, who's singing at the Grand Opening of Bake's Place, Bellevue this weekend.

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with outstanding jazz talent from Portland to Vancouver, BC and this week on Jazz Northwest we'll feature some new releases by some of them.  Former Seattle resident Dee Daniels now divides her time between New York and Vancouver, BC.  This weekend she's featured at the Grand Opening of the new Bake's Place, Bellevue through Sunday.  Human Spirit, with Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor, Matt Jorgensen and guests Orrin Evans and Essiet Essiet has a new CD recorded at Tula's during last Fall's Earshot Festival.  

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Job Market
6:13 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

High demand for women in trades

"They're actually paying you to come learn something," says Rayna Lorraine, an ironworker apprentice who earns $36/hour plus benefits after 3 years of training. A new apprentice can start at $25/ hour.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

If the skyrocketing cost of a college degree seems intimidating, you might want to consider the skilled trades as an alternative – especially if you’re female.

That was the message at the Washington Women in Trades annual career fair at Seattle Center, where dozens of employers aimed to recruit young women, enticing them with the chance to try their hand as a carpenter, painter or steelworker.

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NW Craft Brews
4:02 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

The Friday beer (week!): Elysian Brewing’s Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Elysian Brewing’s Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout
Paul Gibson

The Fourth Annual Seattle Beer Week is in full swing. Events around Seattle kicked off last night at Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill and will be running at various locations through Sunday, May 20th. Speaking of Elysian Brewing, they brewed this year's official Seattle Beer Week beer, the Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout.

How much more Seattle can you get than a beer made with coffee?

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Obituary
11:58 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Seattle philanthropist, developer Benaroya dies

In 1993, Jack and his wife, Becky, provided the $15 million seed money to help launch the Seattle Symphony's home, Benaroya Hall.

Jack Benaroya, the philanthropist and developer for whom Seattle's symphony hall was named, has died at age 90.

Benaroya is known as a businessman with impeccable timing and a quiet generosity.

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Alternative Arts
11:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Millennials driving electronic dance music to prominence in grungy NW

Thousands of EDM fans gather at WaMu Theater for St. Patrick's Day themed concert Lucky 2012.
A.J. Apuya Photography

The Millennial generation is changing the music scene in Seattle – much like the music tastes of a prior generation lifted grunge music – by driving "electronic dance music" or EDM into the mainstream and overwhelming music venues in the region.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:24 am
Fri May 11, 2012

It's true: Sunshine will bring back the 80's (temps)

Sunshine - pure and simple.
Sam Reed Flickr

The rumors of imminent warmth are confirmed, by KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"The whole weekend is going to be extraordinary," says Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama supporters cheer his stance on same-sex marriage during Seattle visit

Teri McClain, (r) says she's neither gay nor married, but grateful for the President's support of same-sex marriage rights. She was part of a demonstration of support outside Mr. Obama's fundraiser at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

President Barack Obama was in Seattle yesterday on a fundraising swing. It was his first trip since the big announcement Wednesday that he now supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, a stance that was celebrated by supporters both inside and outside his speech at the Paramount theater downtown.

At 8th and Pine, a colorful band of demonstrators gathered for a rally near the barricades to say thank you to the President, even though they couldn’t afford the thousand-dollar ticket to see him speak.

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Getting outdoors
7:22 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Highway to Mount St. Helens reopens Saturday

Mount St. Helens is seen April 19, 2005, behind a tree that was blown down in the 1980 eruption, at the Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mount St. Helens National Monument, Wash.
The Associated Press

TOUTLE, Wash. — Visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive close to the volcano this weekend.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
1:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us?

Images courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry

Maybe you’ve heard the line, "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights." That well-worn phrase came from a billboard in 1971 as the Boeing Company stalled and then fell into a tailspin.

And while the "Boeing Bust" happened a long time ago, that economic slump, almost as much as the most recent one, is still a part of our collective consciousness.

Why does it still resonate all these years later?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Seattle hosts U.S.-China game, becoming hub for women's hoops

Seattle Storm and U.S. Olympic star Sue Bird drives the ball during the U.S. women's basketball practice in 2009.
Jose Luis Magana AP Photo

The success of the Seattle Storm has led to some pretty high-profile women's basketball events being held in the city. One of them is Saturday night at KeyArena.

The U.S. Women's National team will play the Chinese Women's National team in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal for fans of women's basketball and for the city.

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Election 2012
6:25 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage

President Barack Obama greets supporters upon his arrival in Seattle, Thursday. Obama was in town for fund-raising events.
The Associated Press

President Barack witnessed support for his decision to support gay marriage first hand from his motorcade through Seattle Thursday.

He passed a woman holding an infant and a sign that said: "Thank you! Mr. President for standing up for my mommys!"

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