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Roberta Flack, 1976
By Atlantic Records / Public Domain

In 1969, Roberta Flack debuted with her album “First Takes.”  It included her version of a song written by Donny Hathaway, “Trying Times,” which addressed the civil disorder of the era.

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It was a stressful first week of spring training for the Seattle Mariners. The team's president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after controversial comments he made to a Bellevue Rotary club went viral. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Smartphone users who opted in to a test of the West Coast earthquake early warning system got an early taste on Thursday of what is to come. Mobile phones from Seattle to Olympia blared with an alarm for imaginary incoming shaking. The earthquake warning system -- already operational in California -- will launch for the general public in Oregon on March 11 and statewide in Washington in May.

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This is part two of a conversation KNKX had with Claudia Balducci, chair of the King County Council. Listen to part one, which focuses on housing and homelessness.

In November, voters approved a change to the King County charter. The sheriff would be appointed, not elected. Under the change, the county executive will appoint the sheriff, and the King County Council will confirm the appointment.

Inslee presses pause on rollbacks in reopening plan, offers no info on Phase 3

Feb 25, 2021
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference on Nov. 30, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said none of the state’s regions will revert back to more restrictive COVID-19 requirements under the state’s economic reopening plan under a pause in potential rollbacks the Democratic governor announced Thursday amid dropping case counts.

Small baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine.
Miami Police Department / The Associated Press file

In a decision with implications for tens of thousands of cases dating back decades, the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s felony drug possession law because — unlike the laws of every other state — it did not require prosecutors to prove someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs.

Quincy Jones speaks at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP file

Legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones might have a street named in his honor. The City of Bremerton is seeking public input on the proposal.

Jones lived in Bremerton in the 1940s in a racially segregated wartime housing project. That's where his love for music began.

Maceo Parker at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, in 2009.
Simone Quattrociocchi

Maceo Parker had many influences growing up, but Ray Charles was number one.


Costco plans to edge up its starting wage to $16 an hour starting next week, CEO W. Craig Jelinek said on Thursday, revealing plans that would propel his company ahead of most of its retail competitors.

Photo by Shahaan Smith

Awards season is here, and Earshot Jazz's Golden Ear Awards return - virtually, of course - with a look back at bright moments from a difficult year in the Northwest jazz scene. The New Cool will feature a few on this week's show, as voting concludes Monday, March 1.

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