Diversions
12:07 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Pastorela Shows Life Between Two Cultures In Yakima

The cast of the bilingual Yakima pastorela goes over the final scene with director Dylan Levers. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 7:42 pm

YAKIMA, Wash. - There's a Mexican Christmas tradition called a "pastorela." And it's getting a new twist in Yakima. A pastorela is a play about the shepherds' search for the baby Jesus. This weekend members of the community will perform a pastorela that draws on the real-life experiences of Latinos in the Northwest.

You start to get a feel for how the Yakima pastorela is a little different when the angel Gabriel appears to a group of shepherds to announce the birth of the baby Jesus.

"Say it in English," says the children's chorus.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Effort To Establish Non-Tribal Casino Begins Again In Oregon

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 3:33 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Two Oregon businessmen are trying once again to get voters to approve the state's first non-tribal casino. It will be the fourth attempt, and once again the casino petition effort is drawing heat from a familiar foe.

The casino would be at a former greyhound racetrack in a suburban area just east of Portland. The two Lake Oswego businessmen behind the effort, Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer, did not return several phone calls asking for comment.

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Humanosphere
11:58 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Why are so many young Americans (more than 1 in 3) being arrested?

Around the world, governments that arrest large portions of their citizens point their finger at the United State's rate of incarceration. Now, it looks like we're becoming a leader in arresting young people as well.
Andrew Bossi Flickr

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That detail gives our country a bad reputation around the globe.

Now, it seems our reputation for incarceration won't be helped by this new fact: "By age 23, up to 41 percent of American adolescents and young adults have been arrested at least once for something other than a minor traffic violation," according to a report by ABC News.

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Environment
11:29 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Eagle to be removed from critical habitat list in Washington

A bald eagle photographed near Bainbridge Island in 2008.
Karen Morris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Forest Practices Board plans to remove the bald eagle and peregrine falcon from the state critical habitat list to be consistent with federal and state endangered species laws.

The board will listen to testimony on the changes at hearing Jan. 3 in Olympia and Jan. 5 in Ellensburg.

Education
10:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Achievement gap among Seattle black students

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.

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Puget Sound history
10:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Famed Washington ferry Kalakala reportedly sold for $1

The Kalakala was towed back to Washington in 1998 with the idea it would be restored, but no one has yet come up with the money.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — The owner of the historic Washington ferry Kalakala says on his website the vessel has been sold for $1 to an anonymous buyer who promises to restore the vessel to its art deco glory.

No other details about the plans were posted on the Kalakala Website.

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Seattle media
9:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

David Horsey, Seattle and national political cartoonist, heading to LA Times

Courtesy of David Horsey

David Horsey, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is joining the Los Angeles Times political team in January.

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Artscape
8:16 am
Sun December 18, 2011

At the Seattle Art Museum, listening to old records is the show

Installation shot of Theaster Gates: The Listening Room at Seattle Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Seattle Art Museum.
Photo by Robert Wade

The newest show at the Seattle Art Museum features thousands of records, a DJ booth made out of an old church pew and a hands-on record player.

The installation is called "The Listening Room" and it's the latest work by Theaster Gates.

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Festivals and events
3:44 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

One cool thing for the weekend (if you're into 'Star Wars'!)

One of the pieces of art on display at the L|td. gallery's "These Are The Droids You're Looking For" exhibit.
Courtesy of L|td.

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

The passion for Star Wars characters and trivia has burned through the decades. And now, Seattle artist James Monosmith displays his own enthusiasm for the cult trilogy via his pop art exhibit at the L|td. A Contemporary and Pop Art Gallery on Capitol Hill.

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NW Craft Brews
2:18 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Friday beer: 4 winter ales to warm your holidays (in bottles)

Left to right: Ninkasi's Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt, Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale, Rouge's Yellow Snow IPA, and Elyisan's Bifrost Winter Ale.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If you don't want to brave the chill winds for that walk to your favorite watering hole, here's four Pacific Northwest winter craft beers you can tote home in 22 oz bottles.

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