Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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Endowment 2.0
5:04 am
Wed February 19, 2014

University Of Puget Sound Receives $10,000 In Bitcoins From Alum

Nicholas Cary is seen making his bitcoin contribution to the University of Puget Sound from his hotel room in Berlin.
University of Puget Sound

As a 2007 alum of University of Puget Sound, Nicolas Cary has already established himself. The 28-year-old is the CEO of Blockchain, which runs the world's most popular digital wallet for bitcoin, a virtual currency.

But now he's making headlines for his bitcoin contribution to UPS. Cary has electronically transferred just over 14.5 bitcoins to the university, which was then exchanged into $10,000 actual U.S. dollars. It's reportedly the first donation of its kind to a U.S. college or university.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The 'Why' Questions

Jana Mohr Lone leads a philosophy class at John Muir Elementary
Florangela Davila

Students at Seattle's John Muir Elementary School are trying to answer life's big questions. Along with reading and math, the school's curriculum includes philosophy. 

Why philosophy? Kids start asking all sorts of "why" questions starting in preschool, says philosopher Jana Mohr Lone: "Why is the sky blue? Why are some things in color and some things aren’t? Can you be happy and sad at the same time?"

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Rideshares Services
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Seattle To Consider Regulating Rideshare Services

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

The Seattle City Council will consider a pilot program to regulate rideshare services with training and insurance requirements, as well as a cap on the number of licenses. 

App-based services like Sidecar, UberX and Lyft are becoming common alternatives to using taxis. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien.

"Technology and new ideas have fundamentally changed the way we all think about transportation, and that’s just part of the reality going forward," O'Brien said.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Audit: Wash. State Can Do More To Help Families Who Adopt Foster Kids

Washington state could do a better job when it comes to assisting families who’ve adopted children from foster care, according to a report by the state auditor's office. 

That’s especially the case for families who’ve adopted children with special needs or those who have been diagnosed with emotional or physical problems, the office found.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State

Sherman Lee of Seattle, a "Monuments Man" who also served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.
Undated photo via The Associate Press, courtesy of SAM

The movie “The Monuments Men” spotlights a platoon of real-life U.S. soldiers who rescued artistic masterpieces from the Nazis during World War II. 

Overall, there were approximately 350 men and women from 13 nations who fought to preserve art from the ravages of war. Two of them came from Washington state.

Sherman Lee, who was born in Seattle, was an expert in Asian art who served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.

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Tribal Law
4:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Pilot Program To Give Tulalip Tribes Legal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians

FILE - Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, center, gestures before President Barack Obama before he signed the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Susan Walsh AP Photo

The Tulalip Tribes will be among the first Indian tribes in the country to have criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence on the reservation.

The Snohomish County tribe, along with the Umatilla in Oregon and the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona, have been granted the authority under a pilot program of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Arts
5:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Film Explores Reasons Why People, Young And Old, Walk 500 Miles Across Spain

"It's like walking in a postcard," says an American woman in the film "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago."

For centuries, people have been making a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain known as the "Way of St. James" or El Camino de Santiago, and among them is a growing number of people from the Pacific Northwest.

The pilgrimage was traditionally made for religious reasons. The route ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of  St. James the Apostle are believed to be buried.

But Portland filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, whose documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" is opening in Seattle this weekend, says there are many reasons people take on the challenge.

"A lot of people do it for the adventure or to ease a transition without looking for something specific," she said. "There really is no right or wrong reason to do the Camino."

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Education
5:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Union Says Seattle School Bus Driver Strike A 'Serious Possibility'

FILE - School officials talk to the driver of a school bus about several students on board a bus outside the Madrona K-8 school Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The union that represents school bus drivers in Seattle says there’s a “serious possibility”  that the drivers could go out on strike.

Six months have passed since the drivers voted to unionize, and they’re still working without a contract, having failed to negotiate one with First Student, a company headquartered in Cincinnati.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
11:15 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Super Bow: Seattle, Denver Philharmonics Face Off With Iconic Songs

They’re calling it the “Battle of the Batons” or the “Super Bow," complete with maestros in NFL hats.

In a video mashup, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra faced off in a battle of iconic songs representing the two cities.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
1:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

At Tribe's Request, SAM Withdraws Native Artwork From Super Bowl Wager

SAM had initially bet a 3-month loan of this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

It was meant to be a friendly wager with a cultural twist: Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum each bet a temporary loan of a work of art on the Super Bowl.

But SAM has withdrawn its original choice of artwork,"Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation, at the request of the Nuxalk, and has replaced it with a different piece.

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Football Fever
5:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

From Big Lo To The Mile High Monsters: How The Super Bowl Foes' Superfans Match Up

Shannon "Mr. Love" Love and Big Lo pose for the camera.
Florangela Davila

It isn’t just the Seahawks and the Broncos who are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The big game ups the ante for the teams' superfans — those over-the-top, devoted individuals who are fixtures off the field.

So how do the two teams' super fans match up? We teamed up with Colorado Public Radio to get up close and personal with four of these off-the-charts characters.

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Super Bowl
9:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle, Denver Art Museums Bet Artworks In Super Bowl Wager

In its Super Bowl wager with DAM, SAM is betting this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the directors at two art museums will be paying close attention to the outcome of the game.

The Seattle Art Museum has bet the Denver Art Museum a temporary loan of a major work of art. The winner gets to display the loser's art, which will be on loan for three months.

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Charter Schools
2:36 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington

cdsessums Flickr

The first charter school in Washington state will open in Spokane next year. 

Pride Prep was chosen from a pool of three applicants by the board of Spokane Public Schools on Wednesday. Brenda McDonald, a former middle school principal, will run the school for sixth through 12th graders. The school will focus on math and science, and have both a longer school day — eight hours instead of six — as well as a longer school year.

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Education
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns

Supporters of Mark Zmuda are seen rallying last month.
Alex Garland

The president of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.

Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.

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homeless
5:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Three Homeless Groups In King County Receive Foundation Funds

Friends of Youth Facebook page

Three agencies serving the homeless in King County have received a $450,000 grant from several Seattle foundations. The money will help continue outreach services for runaway and homeless youth.  

Friends of Youth, an agency that serves teens in East King County and one of the grant recipients, will use the grant to support its mobile van that operates at skate parks and malls.

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