Artscape
11:07 am
Mon December 27, 2010

A new chapter in a new year

The late George Shangrow conducting Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion" on April 6, 2007.
Photo by John Cornicello

A Seattle musical institution and its volunteer performers find strength in the memory of the group's founder, a man whose creative energy remains an inspiration to move forward following his death earlier this year.

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Recycling
10:43 am
Mon December 27, 2010

How to get rid of your Christmas tree

artisticconcretellc.com

Your Christmas tree can take on new life as wood chips or compost.  In Seattle and Tacoma, you can recycle your tree for free. 

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Philanthropy
12:04 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Next year's resolution? Make a personal giving plan

queen of subtle/via Flickr

As 2010 comes to an end, many people are looking at a pile of requests for year-end donations.  We know it's wise to set a budget for personal giving to worthy causes – but how much is the right amount? 

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Holiday Season
6:30 am
Sat December 25, 2010

Holiday spending up this year

A shopper enters Nordstrom Rack in downtown Seattle as the holiday shopping season began in late November.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Here’s some holiday cheer: Consumer spending is up since last year. The increase is a small one, at about 2%. The National Retail Federation expects that number to rise to 3% by the end of the season. Why the increase?

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:37 am
Fri December 24, 2010

UW 'excited but serious' about Holiday Bowl

The Washington Huskies are working hard to prepare for their first bowl appearance in eight years.  They play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl next Thursday, December 30th, in San Diego. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the many reasons why this game is such a big deal for Washington and not for Nebraska. 

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Record Bin Roulette
9:22 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

A little narcissism goes a long way

Flickr photo/Helga Weber

Anybody have a mirror? John Maynard and John Kessler are checking out songs reflecting narcissism on this week's Record Bin Roulette.

Episode 98 finds the roulette wheel landing on a personality trait that, in its more extreme form, is considered a personality disorder, as noted in clinical definitions.

(Listen to this week's Record Bin Roulette by clicking on the audio 'play' arrow above)

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K-12 Education
5:40 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

More Washington schools report homeless students

The number of homeless students in Washington during the past school year is 5-percent higher than the previous year.  More than 21,000 homeless students now go to school in Washington state, according to new figures released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

During the 2005-06 school year, districts reported half as many homeless students.

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Metro Transit
5:25 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

King County Executive puts brakes on non-commercial Metro bus advertising

King County Executive Dow Constantine says the escalation of global interest in a bus placard critical of Israel introduces significant security concerns and makes Metro buses vulnerable to disruption. 

Because of this, he’s approved an interim policy that calls for a halt to the acceptance of any new non-commercial advertising on King County buses.

Metro expects to complete work on a permanent transit ad policy by the end of January.

Boeing
4:32 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Dreamliner test flights resuming

The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after its first flight in Seattle, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. After delays, testing resumes again, a year after first flight.
AP

Most of the Boeing Company is taking a break  for the holidays.  But, not crews involved in test flight activities for the 787 Dreamliner.  The new jet is resuming test flights after a six-week grounding because of an electrical fire.

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Crime
2:00 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Remains found in Auburn are likely Green River victim

Remains found in an Auburn ravine earlier this week are those of a likely Green River serial killer victim.

The King County Sheriff's Office says dental records positively identified the victim as Rebecca "Becky" Marrero. The 20-year-old was last seen on Dec. 3, 1982, leaving a motel room on Pacific Highway South.

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State Government
1:09 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Advertising on state websites

Banner Advertising on the Washington State Ferries Website
WSDOT

When you visit the Washington State Ferries website in 2011, you'll find something new:  banner advertising.   It's a one year pilot project.  The state is looking for new ways to increase revenue, and that could include advertising on its websites.

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Groove Notes
10:04 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Christmas jazz on KPLU

If you are looking for some jazz in holiday style to get your hands on, you might want to consider these Christmas jazz albums I've listed on Groove Notes. Some might be more of a challenge to track down than others.

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K-12 Education
8:53 am
Thu December 23, 2010

New study: seniority-based teacher layoffs can hurt student achievement

Flickr/sumrtime

A UW Bothell education research group finds the "last hired, first fired" formula when public school teachers are laid off can be detrimental to student achievement. Such policies are staples of teacher union contracts. The findings are drawing criticism from a national teacher's union, according to The Associated Press.

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News Roundup
6:00 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

University of Washington students are shown here on campus earlier this year. A new group seeks to harness the political power of UW alumni, in time for the state legislature's January buget-cutting session.
AP

The UW boosts its political voice in Olympia; ferry rate increases get the AG's go-ahead; and Thurston County puts the brakes on wood energy projects.

UW Seeks to Raise Political Voice Ahead of Session

The University of Washington is hoping to flex more political muscle with state lawmakers. The school's alumni group is hiring top lobbyists from both parties to advocate for higher education when the legislative session begins next month. 

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Government Reform
5:35 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Lawsuit payouts spiking as state budget crumbles

Attorney General Rob Mckenna
John Froschauer AP

The amount of money the state pays out in lawsuits has doubled in the last four years to more than $50 million dollars a year. This spike in legal costs comes as Washington reduces funding for education, healthcare and other state services. But cutting Washington’s legal bills is no easy task.

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