arts & life

Buffering Headaches
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices."
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Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:41 am

For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather. And the Internet is increasingly used for important services, like video medical consults and online education, and is relied upon by businesses for critical operations.

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Art Of The City
11:08 am
Thu February 6, 2014

How A Rainbow Of Plaid Pushed Robert Jones To Paint

"Garden," by Robert Jones, 2012
Courtesy of Beth Sellars

Standing in the middle of the main gallery at Cornish College of the Arts, you're surrounded by color: Artist Robert C. Jones' large paintings are vivid swaths of red and green, yellow and blue; punctuated by black lines or circles.

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Seattle Hosts American Booksellers Association
7:31 am
Thu February 6, 2014

What Are Indie Booksellers Like At Parties?

Stacks of books on a store table.
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Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:36 am

Martha Woodroof has been writing about the First Novel Experience. For this post, she reports on her travels to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute in January.

The American Booksellers Association Winter Institute was billed as providing independent booksellers with a chance to get together "...in vibrant Seattle for three-plus days of networking, special events, and professional development."

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Super Bowl Parade
1:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Celebrates Seahawks’ Super Bowl Victory

An estimated 700,000 Seahawks fans gathered for the Super Bowl parade on Wednesday.
Flickr Photo/Anne and Tim

A sea of fans flooded downtown Seattle on Wednesday as the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade crawled its way from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field.

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Lucha Libre
9:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold

Announcer Jake Stratton (on left) and luchador Josh Black (on right) think the regulations on theatrical wrestling need to change.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:15 am

Lucha Libre wrestling has a huge following in Mexico. In fact, it’s second only to soccer. And its popularity is rising here in the Northwest.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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Game Strategy
2:01 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

'Jeopardy Villain' Explains How He Keeps Winning

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and contestant Arthur Chu pose for a photo. (Facebook)

He’s being called the “Jeopardy villain,” but Arthur Chu of Broadview Heights, Ohio, considers himself more of a “mad genius.” The 30-year-old insurance analyst and voiceover artist has won three times since he came on the show last week.

Some say Chu is taking all the fun out of the game. He goes for the hardest questions first, slams down his buzzer incessantly and tries to get the host to speed up. It’s all part of his strategy inspired by game theory — a model of strategic, mathematical decision making.

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Super Bowl Victory
10:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's Super Bowl. Some players on the Seattle Seahawks say they studied his hand signals. That helped them shut down the Broncos defense, they say.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8.

Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.

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Book Ban
8:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." An Oregon school district is considering whether to pull the book.
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:05 pm

A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

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Competitive Edge
7:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Coach From Tacoma Helps U.S. Olympians Play Mental Game

File photo of Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus
Sara Melikian Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma: a "mental skills" coach.

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Civil Liberties
4:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington ACLU Director Reflects On 37-Year Career

ACLU of Washington's Kathleen Taylor has served as the executive director since 1980.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

Ross Reynolds talks with Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the ACLU of Washington, about her long career advocating for civil liberties and free speech.

Shout Out
4:10 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

What Does The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Win Mean To You?

Seahawks fans celebrated in Seattle after the Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
Flickr Photo/Trevor Dykstra

Steve Scher and Marcie Sillman chat with Crosscut's Knute Berger and listeners about what the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl title means to them and to the city.

Super Bowl
4:07 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Managing A Team 'The Pete Carroll' Way

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the organization in 2010.
Flickr Photo/Russell Wilson

Marcie Sillman talks with Rob Asghar, Forbes' contributing writer and management and communications consultant, about the leadership style of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Health
4:06 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Diseases That 'Spill' From Animals To Humans

David Quammen's book "Spillover."

Steve Scher talks with author David Quammen about his book "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic."

Book Interview
3:58 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Biography Of The Prophet Muhammad

Lesley Hazelton's book "The First Muslim."

Steve Scher sits down with writer Leslie Hazelton to talk about her book, "The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad."

This interview originally aired on January 24, 2013.

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