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?

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Scott Tobias is the film editor of The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section of The Onion, where he's worked as a staff writer for over a decade. His reviews have also appeared in Time Out New York, City Pages, The Village Voice, The Nashville Scene, and The Hollywood Reporter. Along with other members of the A.V. Club staff, he co-authored the 2002 interview anthology The Tenacity Of the Cockroach and the new book Inventory, a collection of pop-culture lists.

11:14 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Airbus on track to beat Boeing 9th year in a row

Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, talks to reporters about Boeing's plans to build a version of its 737 passenger airplane named the 737 MAX, which feature redesigned CFM International LEAP-1B engines, in August.
Associated Press

NORMANDY, France – Boeing rival Airbus is set to finish 2011 with a record number of aircraft orders, beating out Boeing for the ninth year in a row.

But analysts say Boeing is poised to gain ground against its European competitor in 2012. That's because of a new product that will be built in Puget Sound.

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transportation choices
4:33 am
Wed December 28, 2011

520 Tolls starting tomorrow

Tolling rates for the 520 bridge. You can save money by registering with the state's Good to Go system. Drivers without transponders will pay the highest rates
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

Tomorrow (Thursday, 12-29-11), electronic tolls will kick in on the 520 bridge across lake Washington.

A series of technical glitches caused multiple past delays.  But now, the reader boards are going live and billing drivers on the most popular route between Seattle and the east side.

There are many creative ways to get around the tolls, but you’re bound to have to pay, sooner or later.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Do you eat the shrimp tails?

The barbecue shrimp at Wild Ginger. Note the presence and stabilizing influence of the tails.
Nancy Leson Seattle Times

I do. So does Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson – but only if they're fried. Others won't eat them at all, no matter how succulently crisp those feathery little hind appendages may be.

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