Moving Past Clergy Abuse
7:55 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Friendship forged out of a dark childhood past

Alberta Sena, left, and Dorothea Skalicky, right, both grew up on the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho. They are part of a settlement with the Northwest Jesuits over clergy sex abuse.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This series takes a look at how the Catholic Church and its victims move forward from the legacy of abuse.

Checks will soon be going out in the mail to some 500 victims of clergy sex abuse across the Northwest. They're part of a major settlement with an order of Jesuits based in Portland. Most of the victims are from reservations and native communities from Montana to Alaska.

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Internet Access
6:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Families eligible for free lunch now qualify for cheap broadband

More than 370,000 kids who qualify for free lunch in Washington are eligible for discounted broadband internet at home under a new program.
Seattle Office for Education

Washington is known for being on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, but some people are getting left behind. 

Many of the state’s low-income residents rely on out-dated internet service, or don't have any at all. A new program could help.

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Artscape
6:15 am
Sun August 14, 2011

The banjo in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess"

John Patrick Lowrie holds the 1920s banjo he plays in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess."
Courtesy of Seattle Opera

You don't expect to find a banjo in the orchestra pit at Seattle Opera. But there it is, getting warmed up by John Patrick Lowrie, a half-hour before showtime for "Porgy and Bess."

From the first day of rehearsal, Lowrie made an impression upon the orchestra.

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Blues Time Machine
11:10 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Taking the 'Rollin' and Tumblin'' ride through 70 years

Muddy Waters

For the first "Blues Time Machine," I’ve chosen “Rollin’ and Tumblin’," a song that goes through some major changes on it’s way to the 21st century.

The story of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" also shows us that although the sound may evolve through time, the song remains true to the original.

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Transportation
5:42 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Likely passage of car tab tax for Metro buses means no more free-ride zone

Oran Virivincy Flickr

A grand compromise, showing that bi-partisanship and good government still exist. That's what members of the King County Council are saying after the announcement that they have a super majority to back a temporary $20 car tab fee and stave off massive cuts to metro transit.

Two Republicans - Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert - have agreed to back the deal when the council votes on Monday. Among other things, it will phase out Metro's subsidy for the free ride zone in downtown Seattle starting October 2012.

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Festivals and Events
4:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Seven great festivals to peek at for the weekend

The Goddess Festival will feature three stages will live art, local musicians, and theatrical performances.

From many county fairs to a goddess festival and crafts festival, there are many events to take a look at for the weekend. 

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Business
2:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The changing face of Rotary

Erin Simkins, 29, Is thinking about joining the Fremont Club. Rotary clubs, including Fremont's, are making an effort to recruit women.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Mention Rotarians and most people's thought bubble consists of this: A group of older white guys in suits meeting for breakfast. But that's changing. In fact, there's a Rotary club in Seattle that's working hard to buck that stereotype.

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Business & Finance
2:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Harry & David close to emerging from bankruptcy

Harry & David's flagship store in Medford.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

One of the best-known Northwest brands is closer to getting out of bankruptcy. A federal judge has given a tentative okay to the recovery plan for Oregon gourmet food and gift retailer Harry & David.

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Groove Notes
10:21 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton coming to a theater near you

Music superstars Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis got together last April for a concert at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The concert featured songs hand-picked by Eric Clapton, then arranged by Marsalis, and included highlights such as a guest appearance by Taj Mahal.

While the concert will be released on September 13th on a CD/DVD combo pack (Warner Brothers, CLICK HERE TO BUY), there is an even better opportunity to hear this show for those of us who weren’t able to make the cross country trip to see the show live.

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Real Estate
10:13 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Bargain basement mortgage rates get bank phones ringing

Mortgage rates fell to near-record lows this week: The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 4.3% according to Freddie Mac.
David Zalubowski Associated Press

Mortgage rates fell to near-record lows this week: The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 4.3% according to Freddie Mac. Rates that low are proving to be catnip to consumers in an otherwise dismal week.

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

UW Husky Stadium remodel: Private effort, public benefit

Future Husky Stadium at night
University of Washington

The University of Washington said this week it's close to reaching its fundraising goal for renovating Husky Stadium. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans will benefit from this project, but don't have to pay for it.

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painkillers and addiction
6:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Better monitoring for prescription painkillers

Be.Futureproof Flickr

A new approach to prescription painkillers at Group Health Cooperative could become a model for other medical providers. 

Painkillers have become a national concern because they're addictive and there’s been an uptick in overdoses. The number of people who have long-term prescriptions for painkillers has doubled over the past decade. 

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Wildlife management
4:52 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Wolf advocates split over strategy

Western Gray Wolf
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The recent ups and downs of wolf de-listing have split environmentalists over strategy. This week, a handful of conservation groups filed an appeal in San Francisco to return wolves to the endangered species list. But other groups feel the battle won't be won in the courts.

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Festivals and Events
3:23 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Enjoy one of Seattle's hottest summertime celebration

The South Lake Union block party will feature lots of great food and drinks to try from various local restaurants. There will also be a grilling competition to enjoy.

The weather forecast for Friday is sunny and a high of 76 degrees! It’s the perfect day to come out to South Lake Union for the 7th Annual Block Party at Denny Way & Westlake Avenue, beginning at noon.

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Idaho Business
3:02 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Idaho touts its red state culture to attract gun manufacturing jobs

Idaho is among a handful of Western states using their gun-rights cred in this tough economy to attract jobs in the firearms industry.

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