A Blog Supreme
9:56 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Willie 'The Lion' Smith: Stride piano's uptown Rruler

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 7:08 am

Read more
Environment
9:47 am
Thu December 29, 2011

For Bothell parks, housing bust means more forest

In Bothell, trees are worth fighting for ... especially at these prices.
Karl Hutchinson Flickr

BOTHELL, Wash. — From the freeway, it looks like just another patch of woods ripe for new housing development once the economy revives.

From the air, the forested stretch along I-405 reveals itself as part of a green ribbon buffering an active salmon creek. The appearance of a "sold" sign in mid-December marked a 35-acre patch of western red cedar, western hemlock and Douglas fir as property of the city of Bothell.

Read more
Politics
9:33 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Wash. redistricting commission at impasse over Latino population

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 5:25 pm

The panel has a January 1st deadline.]

Washington's Latino population grew by 70 percent between 2000 and 2010. But commissioners are split over how to reflect that change in the legislative map -– particularly in the Yakima Valley.

"What is on the table here is one district that is a higher percentage Hispanic and minority or two districts that are a little bit lower Hispanic percentages," says Dean Foster, the Democrat who's been working on the map. "Maybe not even 50 percent."

Read more
Environment
4:33 am
Thu December 29, 2011

What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree?

Don't burn your tree outside! It's better to dissect it and re-use in the yard, if you can. Better yet, ecology experts say, don't buy one at all: rent instead.
CocteauBoy Flickr

Statewide, recycling for Washington State has reached the highest rates ever.  The biggest areas in which people are doing more are in reusing construction materials and composting food waste…and then there are those pesky Christmas trees.

Recycling rates have grown to 49% statewide – higher than ever. It’s an increase of 14% more than the prior year. 

But even though we’ve all become great at composting, many people still aren’t sure how to dispose of their Christmas trees.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Singing about ... pants?

Clothes make the man.
chappo2002 Flickr

Clothes make the man, and in this case, the radio episode. Who knew that there would enough songs about pants to fill a front loading washer?

Read more
Washington Politics
11:36 am
Wed December 28, 2011

First agreement on Washington's Congressional map reached

Washington’s political redistricting commission has its first Congressional map that at least one Democrat and one Republican can agree on. The two have not released details yet.

Members of the Washington Redistricting Commission plan to release a map Wednesday that could demarcate the state's Congressional boundaries for the next 10 years.

Read more
Sports
11:29 am
Wed December 28, 2011

WSU alumnus donates $3 million to stadium project

A 2008 view of Martin Stadium on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 4:43 pm

Three million dollars has been donated to the football stadium project at Washington State University. It is the largest single gift in the history of Cougar athletics.

WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos called the donation significant because, he says, it means the university can be competitive with the best collegiate athletic programs in the nation.

The football stadium project was approved by the university's Board of Regents on November 18th. The total cost of the stadium project is $80 million.

Read more
Jazz & Blues
11:26 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Top 10 blues CDs of 2011

Mariam Muldaur's 'Steady Love' is at the top of the list.

Here are the top 10 blues CDs of 2011, according to KPLU's John Kessler, Host of “All Blues.”

Read more
Movies
11:17 am
Wed December 28, 2011

2011 in film: Two pictures that hit the right notes

In Shame, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) brings the memory of unspecified suffering to a strikingly hopeless reading of the usually upbeat "New York, New York."
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 8:08 am

"You're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing."

Rob Gordon, the protagonist of 1999's High Fidelity, was giving a lesson on the fine art of making a mixtape when he spoke those words, but the concept is also applicable to a pair of the most transfixing scenes in movies this year.

Read more
Movies
11:17 am
Wed December 28, 2011

2011 in film: Five breakthrough documentaries

Cobe Williams mediates violence among Chicago gangs in the documentary The Interrupters, directed by Steve James.
Aaron Wickenden The Cinema Guild

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 8:08 am

The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest place in the world, a 600-mile strip of land where the absence of humidity allows astronomers to peer at the heavens through crystalline skies, archaeologists to unearth discoveries preserved in the salt and sand — and relatives of those gone "missing" during the Pinochet regime to search for their remains.

Read more

Pages