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Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council

Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council approved a new master plan for Highline College’s proposed redevelopment, without objection from the public, at the Thursday night (Jan. 12) meeting. The project... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Affleck’s <i>Live by Night</i> Suffers from Too Many Crooks in Kitchen

Past the Popcorn: Affleck’s Live by Night Suffers from Too Many Crooks in Kitchen

by Jeff Walls Live by Night is a new gangster drama from writer/director Ben Affleck.  The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the book that Affleck turned into his first directorial... [Read more]

Highline Film Festival to show work of five students on Wednesday, Jan. 25

Highline Film Festival to show work of five students on Wednesday, Jan. 25

UPDATE: This post has been revised to reflect a new date – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 – for the film festival screening: A tender film focused on family and backed by a simple soundtrack took top honors... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Hidden Figures</i> is the Real Deal for Oscar Consideration

Past the Popcorn: Hidden Figures is the Real Deal for Oscar Consideration

by Jeff Walls As I pound away at this review, Academy members have already begun filling out their ballots for the Oscar nominations which are to be announced on January 24th.   As usual, the list of... [Read more]

HELP: Des Moines Area Food Bank needs a new commercial freezer

HELP: Des Moines Area Food Bank needs a new commercial freezer

The Des Moines Area Food Bank – which hands out over 110,000 pounds of food for the cities of Des Moines, most of Seatac, and the south hill of Kent, every year – is in need of a commercial freezer. “One... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

by Dave Markwell 2016 sucked. Hard. It was without question the most challenging year of my life and maybe just simply the worst one I’ve ever had. I hope it dies in the dust of my history and not become... [Read more]

VIDEO: Police chase, search for burglary suspect; surveillance video released

VIDEO: Police chase, search for burglary suspect; surveillance video released

UPDATE FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 3 p.m.: At 11:30 a.m. Friday morning (Dec. 30, 2016), Des Moines Police Officers responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 25800 block of Marine View Drive... [Read more]

With mail & package theft on rise, Des Moines Police Department has some tips

With mail & package theft on rise, Des Moines Police Department has some tips

The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that they’ve seen a huge increase – 54 percent – in reported mail thefts in 2016 over 2015, and they’ve got some tips to help residents. “We... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Of Color Rush, Concussion Protocol, and Interceptions

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Of Color Rush, Concussion Protocol, and Interceptions

By Greg Wright I’m certainly glad that the Seahawks played two games in the last seven days, and that they won the second of those in pretty flamboyant fashion. Saves me from having to write a total... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>La La Land</i> is What Hollywood Should Give Us More Of

Past the Popcorn: La La Land is What Hollywood Should Give Us More Of

by Jeff Walls Writer/director Damien Chazelle was an unknown before he burst onto the scene two years ago with Whiplash, a tough, but thrilling drama about the challenges a young drummer must face to... [Read more]

Highline Schools Foundation awards over $100,000 to teachers and staff

Highline Schools Foundation awards over $100,000 to teachers and staff

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Highline Schools Foundation announced they awarded $100,865 through Excel Grants, along with $10,000 through the annual Impact Grant to teachers and staff in support of Highline... [Read more]

UPDATE: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser girls help ‘Shop with a Cop’ Wednesday

UPDATE: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser girls help ‘Shop with a Cop’ Wednesday

I love our annual Shop with a Cop event. Love and service soften the heart and unite a community. @DesMoinesPolice @DesMoinesWA. pic.twitter.com/ElIfFI33Zj — Chief George Delgado (@ChiefDelgado)... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Coming Clean on My Dislike for Certain Star Quarterbacks

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Coming Clean on My Dislike for Certain Star Quarterbacks

By Greg Wright This week I watched A Football Life‘s episode about Hall of Famer QB Steve Young. If you’ve ever followed football, you probably remember that he took San Francisco back to the... [Read more]

JOBS: Highline Public Schools holding Winter Job Fair on Friday, Dec. 16

JOBS: Highline Public Schools holding Winter Job Fair on Friday, Dec. 16

Highline Public Schools will be holding a Winter Job Fair on Friday, Dec. 16: “We are hiring for all positions!” Winter Job Fair Highline Public Schools Central Office 15675 Ambaum SW, Burien,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Office Christmas Party</i> is About as Much Fun as it Sounds

Past the Popcorn: Office Christmas Party is About as Much Fun as it Sounds

by Jeff Walls Most people who work in an office environment know about office holiday parties.  They are often fun, sometimes stressful, and every once in awhile they can be embarrassing.  After all,... [Read more]

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #77 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

REVIEW: <i>The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)</i> is a holiday gift within a gift

REVIEW: The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is a holiday gift within a gift

Review by John Van de Ven. The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), is a holiday gift within a gift – or a pageant within a play. The premise of the play (written by Reed Martin) is a pageant featuring a number of acts…

Watch the Christmas Ships at Holiday Open House at MaST Center Dec. 15

Watch the Christmas Ships at Holiday Open House at MaST Center Dec. 15

As the festively-decorated Argosy Christmas Ships make their annual trip past Redondo Beach and the MaST Center, all are invited to a bonfire on the beach – or to stay warm inside and visit the aquarium... [Read more]