Arts Education
9:15 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City

Scott Brown directs the award-winning Roosevelt High School jazz band in Seattle. His group is again in the finals at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It's another banner year for Seattle-area high school jazz bands. 

Ensembles from Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High Schools are once again at Lincoln center in New York, NY - competing in what many critics regard as the nation's top bout for young jazz artists, the Essentially Ellington competition.

The Seattle Times is covering the event and has this note in today's print copy of the  paper:

"On Friday, the competition runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Roosevelt appearing last. There are two segments on Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., with Mountlake Terrace playing last, and 10 a.m. to noon. The three top bands will be announced on the live stream at 1 p. m. (All times PST.)"

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:34 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A fire investigator peers out of a charred top-floor apartment where a fire broke out earlier yesterday (Thurs.) near Seattle’s Green Lake. Firefighters quickly doused the 11th floor fire, in the same building as a fatal fire in 2010, adjacent to I-5.
Elaine Thompson AP

Sunshine and 65 today; rain likely this weekend

In the headlines this morning:

  • Protests Over Principal Firings in Puyallup and Seattle
  • Two Tacoma Elementary Schools to Close
  • 2012 Washington Presidential Primary Cancelled
  • Firefighters Douse 2-Alarm Green Lake Blaze

 

Angry parents, teachers protest principal firings in Seattle, Puyallup

It's been quite a week for high schools in the region. 

Seattle's school board faced a big rally of angry parents and teachers late yesterday afternoon (Thurs) after interim schools superintendant Susan Enfield ousted the popular principal of Ingraham High, Martin Floe. According to the Seattle Times, Enfield cited 'stagnant' test scores and said Ingraham was the second-lowest performing high school in the Seattle district.

Meantime, in Puyallup, students, parents and teachers at Rogers High School are still reeling from the news that Principal Scott Brittain has resigned and will step down at the end of next month.

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Education
10:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Desmond Tutu makes last public appearance in the Northwest

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu
Associated Press

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu is scheduled to speak to more than seven-thousand people at the Tacoma Dome Friday night.

His appearance is expected to be his last public event on the West Coast as he settles into retirement. Tutu met with students a day before his talk at the Dome. He told them that even thought they may want to be famous someday and make huge changes in the world, it’s the little acts of compassion in life that make a difference

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

No winners after Mariners cut Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley watches from the dugout during a game at Safeco Field in April 2011. Note the earplugs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Bradley started wearing them even during home games to try to drown out fan criticism.
Elaine Thompson AP

"He's done." The words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel when asked about the professional future of Milton Bradley. The Mariners cut ties with the controversial outfielder this week.

Known for his hot temper on and off the field, as well as other personal problems, Bradley has played for eight teams in his Major League career - five in five years. While you would think the Mariners are relieved to be rid of him, Art says there are no winners here.

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Designer molecules
4:44 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Engineering a new way to block the flu virus

A bright-green engineered protein molecule is binding to a portion of the influenza virus (in yellow and gray), showing the complicated surface, with its crevices and bulges.
Sarel Fleishman U.W.

Seattle researchers have created a new way to fight the flu virus, and potentially pave the way for a new class of medicines.

You probably remember how the flu pandemic two years ago eventually included such a scramble to get the vaccine that people stood in long lines -- and even lied about the ages of their children to get it earlier. It takes months to make influenza vaccine, which has to be grown in chicken eggs. And every year the whole process has to start over, as the virus keeps mutating and evolving. 

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Wildlife reintroduction
2:45 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Pygmy rabbits face possible last stand in the state

Fish and wildlife agents work to construct a temporary enclosure for pygmy rabbits on Sagebrush Flats Wildlife Area north of Ephrata.
Anna King N3

In north central Washington, scientists are trying once again to reintroduce a tiny endangered rabbit species into a big, predator-ridden landscape. Next week, scientists plan to release about 100 young pygmy rabbits, each one the size of a tennis ball.

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Law
2:03 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Lakewood gang sweep

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged eleven people with gang-related crimes. The defendants are all alleged to be members or associates of the Tillicum Park Gangsters, also known as the TPG. The Lakewood Police Department says the TPG is a criminal street gang associated with the Tillicum neighborhood of Lakewood.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
1:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Army fancies unfinished nuclear plant for training

Soldiers practice decontamination protocol after a training scenario inside the nuclear reactor building at Satsop. Courtesy Satsop Business Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The quest to find new uses for an uncompleted nuclear power plant in western Washington has a new twist. The U.S. Army has taken a liking to training soldiers in the tunnels, plazas and towers of the old Satsop complex.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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HUMANOSPHERE
11:17 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Guest post: Why are all these white folks deciding what Africa needs?

Nigerian Kunle Oguneye, a former tech worker and current children's author decries the lack of diversity in the global health and development community.

This is a guest Humanosphere post from Kunle Oguneye, president of the Seattle chapter of The African Network, a Nigerian and former tech worker who now writes children’s books (which should, I hope, explain the photo).

Oguneye wrote me to suggest that Humanosphere tends to suffer from the same bias, or lack of diversity and perspective, that afflicts much of the local global health and development community.

Here’s what he says:

Law
10:00 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot

Brian Pfister, owner of Green Health, which operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in western Washington, displays a shirt that reads "Washington, a higher state of mind," last month, outside the Capitol in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:56 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Some of the students who staged a sit-in protest in the office of interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise on Wednesday. The students are demanding the ouster from the U.W. of food supply company Sodexo, alleging worker-rights abuses.
KING5 TV

Thursday weather: Sun is back! Highs upper 50s.

In the headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sit-In Protest Over Campus Vendor
  • Gregoire Signs Legislation to Pave Way for Federal Health Care Overhaul
  • Popular Seattle High School Principal Fired
  • Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Expires Today

 

A University of Washington sit-in to protest the food services company that supplies the concessions at UW athletic facilities has led to the arrests of about 25 students.

Protest organizer Morgan Currier says the students were cited Wednesday evening for trespassing and released.

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Higher Education
7:49 am
Thu May 12, 2011

University of Washington could train Teach for America recruits

A Teach For America corps member with her students in New York.
Jean-Christian Bourcart

The University of Washington plans to launch a program to train and certify Teach for America recruits. People who go through the program would start teaching after just five weeks of intensive instruction.

Teach for America expects to bring at least 35 of its recruits to Seattle and Federal Way this fall.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Bugs!

Are You Food?
HUSO Flickr

Bugs are so cute and lovable except when they’re crawling on you. Or in your food. Or the bathtub. Come to think of it the only time bugs are okay is in song, and this week’s Record Bin Roulette celebrates some of our most beloved chitinous arthropods in melody.

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