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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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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teachers negotiations
4:20 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Snoqualmie Valley Teachers Approve Contract; Strike Averted

Teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District averted a strike when they voted to approve a new three-year contract late Sunday. 

The news came shortly after 10 p.m.—several hours after the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association announced the two sides had reached a tentative agreement. 

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Early Education
4:21 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Seattle Considers Proposed Universal Preschool Program

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Cliff Owen Associated Press

Seattle schoolchildren returned to school Wednesday, but some of the city’s kindergarteners have already fallen behind.

At least that’s how Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess sees things, which is why he’s proposing a universal preschool program for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

"We know what works in helping kids to be prepared, to learn, and to thrive starting in kindergarten, and it means investing early," Burgess said.

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teachers negotiations
7:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

School to Start on Time in Seattle, Snoqualmie, South Kitsap

The school year will begin on Wednesday for students in Seattle, Snoqualmie, and south Kitsap County after their teachers reached last-minute agreements with their respective districts Tuesday.

Late Tuesday, the Seattle Education Association voted to approve a two-year agreement reached with the school district over the weekend. The contract includes a longer work day for some, as well as higher pay. 

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teachers negotiations
2:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Kitsap Teachers Reach Deal, Seattle Teachers Undecided

The school year will start on time for students in south Kitsap County after teachers overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract on Tuesday.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 29, 2013

At Bellingham's SPARK Museum, a 4 Million-Volt Jolt for Visitors

KPLU's Florangela Davila experiences The MegaZapper up close and personal.
John Jenkins

In a region that prides itself on being innovative, the SPARK Museum of Electric Invention in Bellingham is where to go when you want to marvel at the wonder and power of electricity.

There are 60,000 different items on display including a Blickensderfer manual typewriter from the 1930s, a telephone switchboard from that same era, and a theremin, which makes music just by waving your hands over it. 

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