Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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Tribal Law
4:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Pilot Program To Give Tulalip Tribes Legal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians

FILE - Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, center, gestures before President Barack Obama before he signed the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Susan Walsh AP Photo

The Tulalip Tribes will be among the first Indian tribes in the country to have criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence on the reservation.

The Snohomish County tribe, along with the Umatilla in Oregon and the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona, have been granted the authority under a pilot program of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Arts
5:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Film Explores Reasons Why People, Young And Old, Walk 500 Miles Across Spain

"It's like walking in a postcard," says an American woman in the film "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago."

For centuries, people have been making a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain known as the "Way of St. James" or El Camino de Santiago, and among them is a growing number of people from the Pacific Northwest.

The pilgrimage was traditionally made for religious reasons. The route ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of  St. James the Apostle are believed to be buried.

But Portland filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, whose documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" is opening in Seattle this weekend, says there are many reasons people take on the challenge.

"A lot of people do it for the adventure or to ease a transition without looking for something specific," she said. "There really is no right or wrong reason to do the Camino."

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Education
5:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Union Says Seattle School Bus Driver Strike A 'Serious Possibility'

FILE - School officials talk to the driver of a school bus about several students on board a bus outside the Madrona K-8 school Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The union that represents school bus drivers in Seattle says there’s a “serious possibility”  that the drivers could go out on strike.

Six months have passed since the drivers voted to unionize, and they’re still working without a contract, having failed to negotiate one with First Student, a company headquartered in Cincinnati.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
11:15 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Super Bow: Seattle, Denver Philharmonics Face Off With Iconic Songs

They’re calling it the “Battle of the Batons” or the “Super Bow," complete with maestros in NFL hats.

In a video mashup, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra faced off in a battle of iconic songs representing the two cities.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
1:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

At Tribe's Request, SAM Withdraws Native Artwork From Super Bowl Wager

SAM had initially bet a 3-month loan of this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

It was meant to be a friendly wager with a cultural twist: Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum each bet a temporary loan of a work of art on the Super Bowl.

But SAM has withdrawn its original choice of artwork,"Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation, at the request of the Nuxalk, and has replaced it with a different piece.

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Football Fever
5:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

From Big Lo To The Mile High Monsters: How The Super Bowl Foes' Superfans Match Up

Shannon "Mr. Love" Love and Big Lo pose for the camera.
Florangela Davila

It isn’t just the Seahawks and the Broncos who are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The big game ups the ante for the teams' superfans — those over-the-top, devoted individuals who are fixtures off the field.

So how do the two teams' super fans match up? We teamed up with Colorado Public Radio to get up close and personal with four of these off-the-charts characters.

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Super Bowl
9:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle, Denver Art Museums Bet Artworks In Super Bowl Wager

In its Super Bowl wager with DAM, SAM is betting this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the directors at two art museums will be paying close attention to the outcome of the game.

The Seattle Art Museum has bet the Denver Art Museum a temporary loan of a major work of art. The winner gets to display the loser's art, which will be on loan for three months.

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Charter Schools
2:36 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington

cdsessums Flickr

The first charter school in Washington state will open in Spokane next year. 

Pride Prep was chosen from a pool of three applicants by the board of Spokane Public Schools on Wednesday. Brenda McDonald, a former middle school principal, will run the school for sixth through 12th graders. The school will focus on math and science, and have both a longer school day — eight hours instead of six — as well as a longer school year.

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Education
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns

Supporters of Mark Zmuda are seen rallying last month.
Alex Garland

The president of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.

Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.

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homeless
5:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Three Homeless Groups In King County Receive Foundation Funds

Friends of Youth Facebook page

Three agencies serving the homeless in King County have received a $450,000 grant from several Seattle foundations. The money will help continue outreach services for runaway and homeless youth.  

Friends of Youth, an agency that serves teens in East King County and one of the grant recipients, will use the grant to support its mobile van that operates at skate parks and malls.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Design Competition Aims To Improve The School Lunch Experience

One of the ideas submitted to the "Redesigning the School Lunch Experience" competition
Design in Public

What can be done to improve the school lunch experience? That’s the question behind a new ideas competition in Seattle aimed at fighting child obesity and diabetes.

The Redesigning the School Lunch Experience competition offers a range of practical and playful solutions to inspire kids to make healthier food choices.

"Children spend an hour a day every weekday in their lives in a cafeteria," said Katherine Wimble, associate director of Design in Public, a nonprofit group with the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "This is about seeing what innovative ideas could transform the whole experience so they can make healthier choices."   

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Education
4:05 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Charter School Applicants Pitch Their Proposals in Seattle, Tacoma

Those wanting to open up a charter school in the Seattle and Tacoma areas will be making public presentations over the next week and a half.

The state’s Charter School Commission is holding six public forums, which will help the commission decide which schools will open over the next two years.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding

Washington State Supreme Court

 

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.

The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.

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Education
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity

File image
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined for breaking school rules.

Government civil rights data show that black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

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