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Historic Seattle
1:01 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Frye Hotel celebrates 100 years - fourteen as low-income housing

The Frye Hotel/Apartments is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a media and community celebration Tuesday. (That's the Frye on the left. The newer building - by three years - is the Smith Tower.)
Low Income Housing Institute W.G. Clark Construction

When the Frye Hotel opened for business, President Roosevelt was a guest at the grand opening. That's Theodore Roosevelt. The new hotel was a hot spot for important gatherings and conventions. Like the National Association of Master Horseshoers and Blacksmiths.

The year was 1911. That's three years before the iconic Smith Tower - also pictured above - was constructed.

Today the Frye Hotel has federal landmark status and is part of the Pioneer Square Historic District.

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HUMANOSPHERE
12:05 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Bill Gates: Key to beating climate change is energy innovation. Is it?

Photo by Thomas Hawk

Bill Gates was the keynote speaker for Seattle-based Climate Solutions‘ annual fund-raising breakfast today.

The gist of Gates’ message: The best way to fight climate change is to create forms of energy production that significantly reduce carbon emissions and are cheap enough to be of value to poor people worldwide.

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K-12 Education
11:36 am
Tue May 10, 2011

President Obama bypasses Bridgeport for speech

Students file into Bridgeport High School last Thursday. The school was one of three in the running for a commencement address by President Barack Obama, but lost out to a school in Memphis, Tenn.
Shannon Dininny AP

Students at tiny Bridgeport High School shed some tears Tuesday with news that President Barack Obama won't be giving the commencement address.

Five girls who helped make a video touting the school waited with the principal in her office for the call. They cried when the call came from the White House and waited in the office as other students filed into the gymnasium for the announcement.

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GROOVENOTES
10:21 am
Tue May 10, 2011

A Love Letter to New Orleans - An interview with Irvin Mayfield

I spoke by phone today with New Orleans trumpeter and educator Irvin Mayfield about his beautiful new book, “A Love Letter To New Orleans”.

Mr. Mayfield talks about the beauty of being influenced by the film "Mo Better Blues", musical and cultural similarities between NOLA and places like Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and the beauty of New Orleans and the people of the city.

Click below to listen to the interview, and find a link at the bottom of the page to purchase the book.

NEWS ROUNDUP
8:50 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, left, pulls Milton Bradley away from umpire Mike Muchlinski after Bradley was called out on strikes against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday at Safeco Field. Bradley was ejejected.
Elaine Thompson AP

Partly Sunny and 63 today.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Microsoft Agrees to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion
  • Fatal Crash on I-5 at Arlington
  • Mariners Cut Temperamental Outfielder Milton Bradley

 

Microsoft Will Buy Skype in its Biggest Deal Ever

Microsoft has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history.

Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Don't let inflation scare you

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Gas prices are topping $4/gallon. Oil is over $100 a barrel. Gold and silver are at record highs. Food is more expensive. Does all this mean inflation is about to pounce on us? On this week's Money Matters, KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein says things may look discouraging, but there's no need to worry about runaway inflation.

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Waste reduction
12:54 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Federal judge okays Seattle's yellow pages opt-out program

ezlocal.com

A federal judge has ruled the city of Seattle can go ahead with its effort to limit free phone books on doorsteps. Yellow pages companies were trying to block the city’s anti-phone book plan.

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Banking
10:57 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Chase bank collecting hundreds of thousands in ATM fees from welfare clients

A Chase ATM
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Public records show JP Morgan Chase is collecting more than $100,000 a month in ATM fees from welfare recipients in Washington. But the bank doesn't disclose the fee at the cash machine. This is happening at the same time the state has cut the monthly benefit for families on welfare and individuals in the Disability Lifeline program.

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Health and nutrition
10:32 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Kids and seniors get a taste of local produce in King County programs

Preschool students in Beacon Hill cut up local, organic red potatoes on May 4, 2011. The potatoes are part of an effort to get more fresh produce into childcare and senior sites.
Charla Bear KPLU

Over the past few years, a lot of people have pushed to get local, fresh produce into meals at public schools. Far less attention has been focused on kids in childcare programs. That effort is finally underway.  

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HUMANOSPHERE
9:08 am
Mon May 9, 2011

"Geek heretic": Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic.

And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant.

A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009.

If you’re not familiar with what they do at Microsoft Research, think artificial intelligence, computer vision, terabyte juggling, high-octane mathematics and the craziest things you can try to do with bits, bytes or any kind of information technology.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:18 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Sen. Patty Murray, right, and others depart after a test ride and media briefing for a Sound Transit Link light rail train October 2008, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP
  • No Light Rail to South King County Until at Least 2034
  • New 520 Opening Bridge May be Delayed
  • Kent Man Severely Injured in Apartment Explosion
  • Washington Gas Prices Up Again

 

Making headlines around the Northwest, Monday, May 9:

 

Sound Transit Lacks Cash for Light Rail to S. King County

There's no money to extend a voter-approved plan to extend light rail to Federal Way by the original deadline of 2023.

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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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