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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student hazing
3:58 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Garfield High Temporarily Expels 11 Students Over Hazing Incident

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Seattle’s Garfield High School has temporarily expelled 11 students following a mass hazing incident last month.

The students face emergency expulsion, which means the action isn't disciplinary in nature; instead, its aim is to get students off of campus as quickly as possible to allow school officials to investigate.

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poetry
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Meet Mercer Island's Own National Student Poet

Florangela Davila

Meet Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School and one of five chosen National Student Poets.

"It's like a crazy fever dream," said Cummings of having been awarded the highest recognition of its kind for young literary minds. 

 The awards are part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They're administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Cummings flew to Washington, D.C. last month for the ceremony where he met Joyce Carol Oates and Michelle Obama.

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Business
4:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Foss Maritime to Take Over Former Pulp Mill Site in Everett

The old Kimberly-Clark pulp mill site in Everett is getting a new lease on life. Foss Maritime plans to relocate its shipbuilding facility from Seattle to the 66-acre property on the Everett waterfront.

Foss's parent company Saltchuk has signed a purchase and sales agreement with Kimberly-Clark.  

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student hazing
4:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

100+ Garfield High Students Involved in Hazing Incident, Principal Called N-Word

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Seattle school officials are looking into a mass hazing incident involving more than 100 Garfield High School students at Seattle’s Arboretum Friday night. 

In an email to parents, Garfield High Principal Ted Howard said students were hitting each other with paddles, throwing eggs and drinking beer. Students were also found covered in shoe polish and wearing diapers.

When Howard arrived on the scene, one of the students called him the N-word. Howard is black.

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ferry fare hike
5:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Ferry Fare Hike in Effect Except for Small-Car Drivers

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Starting today, it’s going to cost you more to commute by ferry in and around the Puget Sound—unless you have a small car.

Walk-on ferry passengers will pay 15 cents more to sail from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Passenger fares are going up 2 percent are vehicle fares are increasing by 3 percent to help the ferry system meet its revenue target.

But for those who drive onto the ferry, it pays to have a small car. Cars shorter than 14 feet will receive a discount.

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growth boundary map
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Seattle Schools Taking Public Input on Proposed Map Change

Seattle Public Schools

Where should Seattle children go to school? That’s the question Seattle Public Schools is hoping to answer as it redraws the school assignment map.

But before the district makes its final proposal, it wants to hear what parents have to say. The district is holding two more community meetings tonight and tomorrow night. It is also taking community input online. 

Diana Bodwin, who lives in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, says she had expected to enroll her 4-year-old son, Teddy, in what she thought was her neighborhood school, Maple Elementary School. But under the district's proposals, Georgetown children would be assigned to Van Asselt Elementary School, which is farther south.

"We know Maple. We know that we feel connected to it, and we were prepared for it. And we had a good experience and good recommendations from parents who had been there," said Bodwin.

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seattle budget
4:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

McGinn's Budget Includes Boost to Rainy Day Fund, No Major Cuts

Tim Durkan

For the first time in four years, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a budget that doesn’t include any major cuts to programs.

Instead, the budget gives the city 15 new police officers, more cameras in school zones, and additional money for the homeless.  

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Education
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Nathan Hale High Nabs Big Radio Award

Who’s got the “best dance station” in the country? The answer is Seattle, thanks to the students at Nathan Hale High School.

The school's KNHC C 89.5 FM nabbed the Crystal Trophy for best dance station in the country during the Promo Only Summer Sessions national radio conference last month. The station beat out major commercial stations, as well as Sirius XM to claim the honor. 

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Seattle, City of Literature?

Ryan Boudinot is on a mission to earn Seattle the UNESCO distinction as a "City of Literature"

A campaign is under way to earn Seattle the distinction of being an international “city of literature.”

The man behind the effort is Seattle author Ryan Boudinot.

“I’m just a guy who wants cool things to happen in his city, who loves books and loves reading, and loves talking to writers and learning about new voices," he said. 

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Fashion
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Garments Designed for That Other Big Moment: Your Funeral

One of nine "Burial Ensembles" created by Mark Mitchell in a new show at Seattle's Frye Museum.
Kelly O.

What do you want to be wearing in your final moments? That's the question Seattle artist Mark Mitchell has been wondering about. And he has answered it in the form of burial clothing he has created for a new show at the Frye Museum.

"I’ve not had the luxury of not thinking about death a lot," he says. "I’ve had HIV disease well over 20 years. And I’ve lost many friends." 

In his 51 years on earth, Mitchell has been to a lot of funerals. There was the one for his father.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 18, 2013

As Enrollment Grows, Seattle Schools Mulls Boundary Changes

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle Public Schools officials project enrollment will likely reach 60,000 by the year 2020—an increase of 9,000 students from the current population.

The growing student body is one of the biggest reasons why the district is proposing changes to the district's boundaries map

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home design
5:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Home Tour Showcases Innovative and Sustainable Design

Greenfire Campus
Johnston Architects

How do you push the envelope when it comes to designing an apartment building?

You bring in windows and high ceilings to spaces that are usually cramped and dark, like a laundry room.

"I think there are more windows than there are washing machines and dryers," says architect Ray Johnston.

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student safety
6:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Survey: Drivers Not Stopping for School Buses

Chris Kalbfleisch Flickr

Do you stop for school buses?

A recent survey found Washington drivers are ignoring school buses' stop signs and flashing red lights, putting children's safety at risk.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Seattle Schools Win National Award for Family Engagement

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Johns Hopkins University has awarded Seattle Public Schools the 2013 Partnership District Award for family and community engagement.

The University's National Network of Public Schools noted Seattle not only has in place a family partnerships administrator, but also has several district programs that fuel stronger partnerships.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Group Aiming to Turn Renton into Fashion Industry Hub

Indie fashion, like this, created by Jonnie Rettele, is at the heart of a proposed garment district for Renton. Rettele, a recent transplant from Chicago, operates Nonnie Threads and is on the board advising the Seattle Fashion Incubator group.
Photo courtesy of the designer.

A group of local businesspeople wants to turn Renton into a fashion manufacturing hub.

The Seattle area has the fourth highest concentration of fashion designers in the U.S. behind New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It also has a long history in retail, what with Filson, Nordstrom, and Eddie Bauer based here, just to name a few. 

What's seriously missing, though, is a concentrated supply chain. 

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