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Actors, from left, Rico Lastrapes, Kelly Karcher, MJ Lang and R. Hamilton Wright rehearse for Seattle Shakespeare's touring production of "The Comedy of Errors."
Seattle Shakespeare

After more than a year of only virtual programs, another performing arts group is gearing up to welcome audiences back – outdoors.  

Seattle Kraken NHL hockey players Jordan Eberle, Chris Dreidger, Brandon Tanev, Jamie Oleksiak, Hadyn Fluery and Mark Giordano, from left, pose for a photo July 21, 2021, after being introduced at the Kraken's expansion draft event.
Ted S. Warren

Expect more personnel moves from the Seattle Kraken soon, as the team continues to build its roster. The Kraken added 30 players this week in the National Hockey League's expansion draft. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel was at the draft party at Gas Works Park and talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A street in Havana, Cuba

ICYMI: The long-suffering people of Cuba have had enough. And, as always, Cuba's musicians and artists lead the way.

A lifeguard oversees Stewart Heights Pool in Tacoma.
Metro Parks Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma is struggling to find workers to fully staff its aquatics program despite pay increases and other incentives, causing officials to worry that people will choose more dangerous options for swimming this summer.

Seattle Kraken sets first roster, will open season at Vegas

Jul 21, 2021
New Seattle Kraken hockey players, back row from left, Mark Giordano, Brandon Tanev, Jamie Oleksiak, Hadyn Fluery, Jordan Eberle and Chris Dreidger stand on stage with Kraken owners David Wright, Jerry Bruckheimer and Andy Jassy and Kraken GM Ron Francis.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

What the expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken lacked in drama it made up for with quirks, production and a giant party to celebrate one of the biggest steps in the launch of the NHL's newest team.

Donna Stath, who works in the Pierce County Auditor's office, helps voters drop off ballots at a drop box in Tacoma.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Pierce County voters might get to choose whether they will continue electing their sheriff come November. The Pierce County Council is considering a ballot measure that, if approved this fall, would change the sheriff from an elected position to an appointed one. 

U.S. extends land border restrictions with Canada, Mexico

Jul 21, 2021
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. on June 8, 2021, in Blaine. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Updated, 1:41 p.m.: The United States government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travelers until at least Aug. 21.


Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite small business and nonprofit during the KNKX Summer Sustainer Campaign! So many listeners stepped forward to support public radio and to nominate the organizations and businesses that bring happiness, health, and vibrance to our local communities. 

 Each winner will receive $2,000 worth of promotions through the KNKX Business Support team! We’re also including a few honorable mentions below. Multiple donors recognized these businesses and nonprofits during the campaign.

Orca Behavior Institute

It’s peak season for whale watching in the Salish Sea. But the iconic southern resident killer whales that for decades spent their summers here have been scarce, likely because of a lack of salmon.

Wildfire smoke clouds sky, hurts air quality on East Coast

Jul 21, 2021
The Met Life and Chrysler buildings glow through a thick haze hanging over Manhattan, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in New York.
Julie Jacobsen / The Associated Press

Updated at 4:15 p.m.: Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away.