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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Education
2:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Study: UW Program Curbs Teen Drinking, Smoking, Violence

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Dave Martin Associated Press

A free program developed by the University of Washington helps curb teen drinking and violence, according to new research.

The “Communities That Care” program takes a one-size-doesn’t-fit-all approach in tackling these problems.

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jazz
5:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Roosevelt High Senior Selected to Play in Grammy Band

Roosevelt High School senior John Otten discovered the trumpet as a fourth grader.

"I thought, 'It’s only three valves. It wouldn’t be that hard. I bet I could do it,”’ he said.

Turned out, it was hard; he couldn’t even get a sound out that first month.

Fast forward eight years, and Otten is headed to the Grammys as the only student from the Pacific Northwest selected for the Grammy Band Jazz Session program.

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transportation
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Feds to Fund 16 Local Projects to Benefit Bicyclists, Pedestrians

An artist rendering of the planned design for Tacoma's Prairie Line Trail.
City of Tacoma

It will soon be easier to walk or bike around the Puget Sound region, thanks to nearly $17 million in federal funding to build and expand foot bridges, trails and pathways.

The funding from the Federal Highway Administration will benefit 16 transportation projects in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

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transportation
5:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

SDOT Looking into De-Icer that Caused Crashes on Seattle Bridge

Seattle transportation officials are looking into what went wrong after cars started spinning out of control on a de-iced West Seattle Bridge on Monday.

Three minor car crashes in the eastbound lanes shut down the bridge for several hours. Police blamed the de-icer used on the bridge, but the formula, which the city has been using for three years now, didn’t seem to have caused any problems in the westbound lanes on the same bridge.

Still, the Seattle Department of Transportation is checking to make sure the de-icer had not been contaminated, said spokesman Rick Sheridan.

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vocational ed
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Once Guitar Maker to the Famous Now Teaching Kids in Tacoma

Guitar maker Roy McAlister embracing his second career as a shop teacher at Stadium High in Tacoma
Florangela Davila

Tacoma public schools brings in professionals to teach their career and technical education classes: a former judge’s advocate, a former photojournalist—you get the point.

But the man who’s just started teaching wood shop at Stadium High? Well, he’s Roy McAlister and he's got some impressive, rock star-sized credentials.

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books
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Sherman Alexie's Idea to Turn Authors into Booksellers for a Day

Sherman Alexie
American Booksellers Association

Head to an independent bookstore on Saturday, and you might find a local author working behind the counter.

One thousand authors at some 400 bookstores will be participating in a one-day national program called “Indies First”, which aims to draw shoppers to independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday.

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creativity
5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Today's Teens Pushing Limits in Art, but Not in Writing

Gabriel Garcia Marengo Flickr

Today’s teens are pushing the boundaries in their artwork, but playing it safe in the stories they write, according to new research by the University of Washington Information School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Using a set of criteria, the study examined artwork and writing produced by teens and published in magazines between 1990 and 2011.

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Education
3:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

A Free Year of College Available to All Rainier Beach High Grads

Seattle Public Schools

Every student who graduates from Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School in the spring will be able to attend South Seattle Community College for free for a year.

The 13th Year Promise Scholarship pays for one year of tuition, or the equivalent of approximately $5,000, in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students in higher education.

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Education
10:05 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Story Behind the Arrests at Seattle's Horace Mann Building

Florangela Davila KPLU

Seattle Public Schools will keep working with the groups that were holding classes in the vacant Horace Mann school building, the district said after police arrested four people for trespassing on Tuesday.

District officials said those who set up barricades earlier this month and refused to leave were just a small subset of the group that had been using the building over spring and summer.

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Education
3:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Four Arrested for Trespassing at Vacant Horace Mann School

Florangela Davila KPLU

Seattle police have arrested four people occupying the vacant Horace Mann school in Seattle's Central District. Some activists inside had refused to leave the building even after they were warned against trespassing on school district property.

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homeless youth
3:42 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Funds from Seattle, King County to Keep Youth Shelter Open

YouthCare's Facebook Page

YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center for homeless youth will stay open five nights a week, thanks to funding from Seattle and King County.

The Seattle City Council on Monday allocated $130,000 in next year’s budget for the center, adding to the King County Council’s pledge of $120,000 for the center earlier this month. The city council will take a final vote on the budget next week.

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Election 2013
5:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

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obesity
9:32 am
Fri November 15, 2013

'Walking School Bus' Project Aims to Curb Child Obesity

Seattle Children's Hospital

A generation ago, almost half of all schoolchildren walked or biked to school. That rate now is closer to 13 percent. So here’s the question: What difference does walking to school make on a child’s health?

In hopes of finding answers, researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital have launched an experimental program called "the walking school bus."

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Education
6:13 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Seattle Schools Scorecard Shows Progress Made, but Goals Unmet

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Associated Press

Enrollment at Seattle public schools is growing. More students are graduating from high school. And more high school students are taking college-level courses, according to the school district’s own scorecard released Tuesday.

But the district admits the same scorecard shows there’s much more work to be done.

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relief aid
5:02 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Local Filipinos, Relief Agencies Rally to Help Typhoon Victims

An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
Bullit Marquez Associated Press

Local Filipinos are raising funds for victims of two recent natural disasters in the Philippines.

The Filipino Community of Seattle had planned a dinner benefit on Nov. 22 to help the victims of a devastating earthquake that rocked the country last month. Then Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the country on Nov. 8, killing an estimated 10,000 people.

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