Roosevelt High director’s last show taking flight

Ruben Van Kempen, a beloved drama teacher at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, is calling it a career after 37 years — with the musical “Mary Poppins.” Roosevelt’s production, which opened Thursday, comes complete with the nanny literally soaring above the stage, and includes the kind of song and dance routines that have become Van Kempen’s […]

Prom night diary: From stressful day to special evening

The day was not going as planned. Mariah Scott, 18, a Rainier Beach High School senior, was getting ready for the school’s prom and she was running behind. Her mother’s car had stalled, and she was a half-hour late for her 4 p.m. makeup appointment at the MAC Cosmetics counter downtown. She still had to […]

Large fire rips through 3 Mount Vernon businesses

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A three-alarm fire ripped through a Mount Vernon building Thursday night, causing significant damage to three businesses. The building, located on the corner of Myrtle Street and South Second Street, is home to All City Bail Bonds and two restaurants, Taste of India and Super Pho and Teriyaki. All three businesses […]

Demilitarizing the cops: Wash. state retools police training

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) – When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state’s police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass. Now, they greet him and start a conversation. “It takes a lot longer to walk down the halls,” said Satterberg, […]

Hundreds gather to protest police shooting in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Hundreds of people marched in Washington state’s capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store. Olympia Officer Ryan Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting that left Bryson Chaplin, 21, […]

PubliCalendar: The Impending Robot Takeover

For Today In China, businesses are now making up for the scarcity of workers by designing and installing robots—and according to Martin Ford, a leading expert on the “Robot Revolution,” artificial intelligence is coming for us too.  If you didn’t think a robot could ever replace a living, breathing person in the workplace, the development of features like emotional-processing software will […]