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12:26 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Lakewood Playhouse is young actor's theatrical break

Actor Jeffrey Alan Smith is the lead in "My Name is Asher Lev" at the Lakewood Playhouse.
Courtesy of Jeffrey Alan Smith

Right from the beginning, the Lakewood Playhouse made an impression on Minnesota-transplant Jeffrey Alan Smith.

"When I auditioned for the show, I was kind of taken aback because I’d never seen a theater in a mall."

Yes, a mall, with an Old Navy and a Bed, Bath and Beyond.  But the Lakewood Towne Center also has a 160-seat theater called the Lakewood Playhouse.  And this is where 23-year-old Smith has gotten his theatrical break.

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Jayme Biendl murder
4:23 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Monroe inmate confesses to killing guard Jayme Biendl

Convicted rapist Byron Scherf has admitted killing Monroe Reformatory corrections officer Jayme Biendl, according to a search warrant released Friday.
AP

Byron Scherf, a convicted rapist already serving a life sentence has confessed to the killing of Monroe Reformatory guard Jayme Biendl.

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Business
1:24 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Microsoft teams up with Nokia

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in London 2/11/2011
Nokia

In a widely expected move, Microsoft and Nokia have announced they're joining forces on the smartphone front. Nokia has long been a leader in the cell phone industry, but has fallen behind Apple and Google in the smartphone arena. Microsoft has been playing catch-up with its Windows Phone 7. The new partnership melds Nokia hardware with Microsoft software in what the companies hope will be a winning combination. 

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AIR FORCE TANKER
10:17 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Verbal sparring begins as military refueler bids submitted - again

An F-16 from the California Air National Guard aligns with the boom from a Boeing, KC-135 Stratotanker. On Thursday, Boeing and Airbus’ parent company EADS America submitted competing bids for the third time for a contract to build a new tanker. (File)
AP

Final bids were submitted Thursday by Boeing and Airbus' parent company, EADS for the contract to build the Air Force's in-flight refueling tanker. The Air Force could announce the winner as early as next month, but the award is likely to be sidetracked by politics and protests.

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Public Radio Auction
10:15 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Today's hot auction item: “Mary Poppins’’ at the Paramount

Get swept up in the fun of "Mary Poppins," a high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls "a perfect piece of musical theater."
Courtesy of The Paramount Theatre

Today marks  the second day of KPLU and Western States Public Radio Online Auction!

Register and bid today for great items up for bid!  One of the many items up for bid are two packages of tickets to see the opening performance of “Mary Poppins” at the Paramount in Seattle.

The auction is well underway, so get registered and start bidding!

Environment
8:42 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Another push to expand and preserve Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Russian Butte and Middle Fork Snoqualmie River - Pratt RIver Valley
zlatkarp Flickr

There's bipartisan support to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascades. Republican Representative Dave Reichert and Democratic Senator Patty Murray reintroduced bills to expand the wilderness area and designate part of the Pratt River and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River as wild and scenic.

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Washington State Legislature
8:05 am
Fri February 11, 2011

One month down, lots of work ahead on budget

Supporters of pre-K programs in Washington rally on the steps of the statehouse in opposition to proposed budget cuts.
Austin Jenkins N3

Washington's legislature has hit the one-month mark. Budget writers say a deal is close at hand between the House and Senate to re-balance the current two-year spending plan. After that, attention will shift to the closing a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the next two-year budget.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:15 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Students from Tacoma's Foss High at a recent rally to keep the school open. Last night Superintendent Art Jarvis announced he'll look at other cost-saving options to close a budget gap, rather than temporarily closing the school.
Luan Nguyen-Tran

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • King County Property Taxes to Rise as Home Values Fall
  • Foss High School Won't Close After All
  • Hempfest Sues Seattle Over Permit Denial

 

Lower Property Values, Higher Taxes

It's a "counter-intuitive" reality according to King County Assessor Lloyd Hara. He tells the Seattle Times that many home owners will see their property taxes go up as the value of their homes goes down. Hara says this reality is primarily the result of new voter-approved levies and bonds. Voters approved 44 tax increases in 2010, 38 of them for schools.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:34 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Concerns of both sides need to be heard in NFL labor talks

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry talks with fans at the end of the playoff game against the Saints Jan. 8, 2011, in Seattle. Curry's $60 million/5 year rookie contract is a reason why NFL owners want a wage lid for rookies.
John Froschauer AP

The NFL may want to keep celebrating a successful 2010 season and profitable Super Bowl, but it must now turn its attention to a more unpleasant topic: a new collective bargaining agreement with players. The contract of a popular Seahawks player factors into one of the issues at play.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
5:21 am
Fri February 11, 2011

The Vijay Iyer Trio live at KPLU

2011 Grammy nominee, Vijay Iyer stopped by the KPLU studios with his trio on February 8, 2011 for a live in-studio performance.

The Vijay Iyer Trio’s latest release, Historicity, won a number of "Album Of The Year" awards in 2010 and has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy as "Best Jazz Instrumental Album."

Pianist, Vijay Iyer, seems pleased by this recognition but not really fazed by it. In fact, during his trio’s visit to the KPLU performance studios on February 8, they only played one piece of music from Historicity—"Smoke Stack" by one of Iyer’s mentors, Andrew Hill.

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Aerospace
12:13 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Premiere of 747-8 to cap big week for Boeing

Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental will be flying "in a matter of weeks," says spokesman Jm Proulx. The superlative version of the company's iconic jet will have its premiere at a celebration this weekend in Everett.
Image courtesy of Boeing

It's been a big week for aerospace in the Puget Sound region. The Boeing company turned in its final bid for the air force refueling tanker on Thursday. CEO Jim McNerney took his strongest stance yet for building a 737 successor. And earlier this week, analysts and suppliers heard briefings on the state of the industry at an aerospace convention in Lynnwood

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Reporter's Notebook
5:02 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Local Egyptian reacts to news in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Anti-government protesters react with anger and sadness to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's televised statement to his nation in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Thurs., Feb. 10, 2011. Mubarak says he's handing some power to VP Omar Suleiman.
AP

Like so many of us, I am on the edge of my seat as I watch the news unfold in Egypt. Dramatic moments such as these are the stuff a news journalist's dreams are made of. But there's so much more at stake for people who have friends and families in Cairo. Microsoft software salesman Alaa Badr is one of them. I reached him this afternoon right after Mubarak's speech.

"I'm just extremely upset and frustrated and resentful about Mubarek -- even more so now than ever before," Badr says. 

Badr and his compatriots have been calling for Mubarak's resignation for more than two weeks. 

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Business
2:01 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Groupon's coffee buzz: Starbucks' CEO joins board, invests in site

Howard Schultz is joining the board of Groupon, the web 'coupon' site, as well as making a financial investment. The Starbucks CEO is pictured last March in Seattle at the company's annual shareholders meeting.
AP

Howard Schultz announced his investment in the enormously popular consumer-discount site Groupon Thursday. At the same time, Groupon confirmed the Starbucks CEO's election to its board

TechFlash's John Cook reports Schultz' investment "is not connected to Starbucks":

...but having the leader of the world's leading specialty coffee retailer on the board certainly will add some interesting possibilities. Starbucks has been expanding its digital footprint aggressively in recent months, adding features such as mobile payments and free in-store wi-fi.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:22 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Benny Green and John Pizzarelli to perform live at KPLU

This month, we welcome swingin’ piano master Benny Green on February 15, hosted by Abe Beeson. Soon to follow, our old friend, guitarist John Pizzarelli, will perform live on March 3.

 All of these performances will air at 12:20 p.m., and can also be heard right here on kplu.org.

Weather forecasting
12:19 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Work starting on Washington coastal Doppler radar

Langley Hill (in blue square at top of image) between Copalis and Ocean Shores will be the site of the National Weather Service's new coastal Doppler radar station.
Google Earth

The National Weather Service expects to have a Doppler radar station operating by September on the Washington coast to give forecasters a better look at Pacific storms.  KBKW radio reports that Doug McDonnal with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said they've always had a blind spot in Grays Harbor County.

Construction should begin in the next few months at the site at Langley Hill in northern Grays Harbor County.

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