seasonal fun
3:03 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Exposing 'The Nutcracker' in Seattle ... literally!

Lily Verlaine as The Countess of Coffee in the Land of the Sweets burlesque version of 'The Nutcracker.'
Chris Blakeley Courtesy of Land of the Sweets

This is the time of year for many dance and theater groups to make money with big productions of “The Nutcracker” … and in Seattle you can see the show with a twist: a “sexy, but not too sexy” burlesque.

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seattle arts
2:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Seattle seeking affordable space for artists

An art installation at INScape in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It’s been a long running problem – how to keep and create affordable spaces for artists to live, work and perform in.

That’s the focus of Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event beginning Tuesday at Town Hall. The City of Seattle is asking a wide range of people to roll up their sleeves to look for ways to preserve Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.

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2:13 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Like plastic bags? Hate 'em? Let the Seattle Council know tonight

The Seattle City Council is considering a ban on thin single-use plastic bags at checkout stands. The ban will also include a pass-through fee of 5 cents for paper bags.

The council is holding a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 5:30

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Budget crisis
2:03 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Congressman DeFazio blasts USPS for cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to close 252 processing facilities, end next-day mail service, and restrict service to rural areas.

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Budget crisis
2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Layoff notices to 166 Tacoma city employees

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma is notifying 166 city employees Monday their jobs could be cut as the city deals with a $23 million budget deficit.

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Weather report
1:52 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Stagnant air advisory in place for much of Washington

You've seen it before: bad air stuck over western Washington. And here we are again, a stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of the state.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest is keeping the lid on air pollutants.

A stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of Washington, except for the mountains and part of the coast, until Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say the high pressure is trapping cooler air near the ground. With poor mixing of the lower atmosphere because of the inversion, wood smoke and car exhausts can build up.

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New tracks
12:50 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Putting unique Sarah Vaughan in the 'All That Jazz' mix

Sarah Vaughan in 1946.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week in a new feature on our jazz blog – Groove Notes – we'll tell you about a few of the songs added to KPLU’s "All That Jazz" rotation by our music director Nick Francis.

This week’s picks are three tracks from Sarah Vaughan’s first long-play album “In Hi-Fi.”

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

A rare visit to the KPLU Studios: Jazz piano legend Chick Corea

Chick Corea performing live in the KPLU Studios on Dec. 2, 2011.
Justin Steyer KPLU

In November, Chick Corea celebrated his 70th birthday with four weeks of concerts at The Blue Note in New York. However, when he walked into the KPLU studios in early December it was impossible to see him as a 70-year-old man.

He looks 20 years younger, acts 40 years younger and plays piano with as much passion, creativity and fire as he ever did.

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Wolf hunting
11:51 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Washington Fish & Wildlife votes to accept wolf management plan

Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a management plan for what one member called the most controversial and complex issue the Commission has ever dealt with: wolf management.

The number and distribution of breeding pairs in Washington's growing wolf population is key. The amended plan calls for four breeding pairs in Eastern Washington, four each in the North and South Cascades, and 3 more pairs anywhere in the state. If more are found, the plan calls for stepping up management actions, like moving wolves around or shooting animals who prey on cattle.

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11:43 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Investigation faults unsafe conditions for Idaho miner's death

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 7:51 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - The death of a north Idaho miner occurred last April because of safety failures on the part of the mine's owner. That's the conclusion of a federal investigation released Friday. Larry Marek was working about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan , Idaho when 70 feet of rock above him collapsed.

Marek was working in a tunnel or "stope" that was at the base of intersecting silver veins. And about an hour after he arrived at work on the afternoon of April 15, the disconnected wedge of rock between the veins came down.

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