Steve Hunter

Nathaniel Zaborac performs with 'Insanity Machine' at the 'So You Think Kent Has Talent' preliminary round Saturday at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy.

Fifteen contestants earn spots in ‘So You Think Kent Has Talent’ finals

Ten singers, a drummer, a pianist, a dancer and a dance group are among the 15 finalists for the first "So You Think Kent Has Talent" competition.

Nathaniel Zaborac performs with 'Insanity Machine' at the 'So You Think Kent Has Talent' preliminary round Saturday at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy.
Kent Police investigate the shooting of an armed man Wednesday by police officers at the Kent Transit Center.

Medical Examiner’s Office identifies Kent man shot by police

The armed Kent man shot and killed Wednesday by the Kent Police has been identified as Robert Raucci by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Kent Police investigate the shooting of an armed man Wednesday by police officers at the Kent Transit Center.
Seattle Mist players huddle during a Lingerie Football League game last August at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Daughter of ex-NFL quarterback Mark Rypien to lead Seattle Mist in Lingerie Football League in Kent

Angela Rypien, daughter of former NFL and Washington State University quarterback Mark Rypien, is expected to quarterback the Seattle Mist in the 2011-12 season of the women's Lingerie Football League, which plays in Kent.

Seattle Mist players huddle during a Lingerie Football League game last August at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Kent man sentenced to five years in prison for illegal gun possession

A 31-year-old Kent man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms.

Fifteen contestants

Fifty contestants sign up for ‘So You Think Kent Has Talent’ competition

Fifty contestants signed up to compete in the first "So You Think Kent Has Talent" competition. Those contestants will participate in a preliminary competition in front of judges May 7 to determine the 15 finalists for the show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center.

Fifteen contestants
Kent Police shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun or rifle at about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kent Transit Center on Railroad Avenue in downtown Kent. Two patrol cars responded to the initial calls of a man with a gun

Kent Police shoot, kill armed man Wednesday morning at Kent Transit Center

Kent Police shot and killed a 58-year-old Kent man armed with either a shotgun or rifle at about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Kent Transit Center in the 300 block of Railroad Avenue in downtown Kent.

Kent Police shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun or rifle at about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kent Transit Center on Railroad Avenue in downtown Kent. Two patrol cars responded to the initial calls of a man with a gun
Kent-Meridian drummer Brad Hill performs during a rehearsal for the school's musical 'Little Shop of Horrors' that opens May 5. Hill also plays in a band outside of school that recently performed in Austin

Kent-Meridian drummer adds rockin’ beat to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

When directors of the Kent-Meridian High School orchestra, jazz band, choir or drama department need a drummer, they turn to Brad Hill. Hill, a senior, plays drums in the school's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" that runs at 7 p.m. May 5-7 and 11-13 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center.

Kent-Meridian drummer Brad Hill performs during a rehearsal for the school's musical 'Little Shop of Horrors' that opens May 5. Hill also plays in a band outside of school that recently performed in Austin
Fans live it up at the Ladies Night Out

Kent’s ShoWare Center turns profit in first quarter of 2011

Tim Higgins could hardly wait to share that the ShoWare Center in Kent made a profit in the first three months of 2011. "I like to go right to the bottom," said Higgins, the arena's general manager, said as he prepared to tell the Public Facilities District board Thursday about the income statement for January through March. "We were in the black for the first quarter at about $12,000."

Fans live it up at the Ladies Night Out
Bill Boyce

Kent School District to cut 110 jobs from 2011-12 budget

The Kent School Board has approved cuts to 110 employees in the 2011-12 district budget because of a loss of federal and state funding.

Bill Boyce

Kent’s Stefano Langone will sing July 8 in Everett as part of “American Idols Live” tour

Fans of Kent's Stefano Langone will have to go to Everett if they want to see him sing as part of the 2011 "American Idols Live" tour.

Robert Poole

Robert Poole: Happy days ahead for Kentridge actor, singer, 4.0 student

Happy days are certainly ahead for Robert Poole. Before Poole stars as Richie Cunningham May 4-7 and 11-14 in the Kentridge High School musical "Happy Days," he heads off for a four-day visit to Stanford University to help him decide whether to attend the Palo Alto, Calif., school, Princeton University or the University of Southern California.

Robert Poole

State Patrol cites I-5 driver near Kent for DUI after traveling 10 miles on three tires

After striking a barrier in Pierce County, the driver of a Chevrolet pickup drove northbound Interstate 5 on three tires for an estimated 10 miles before a State Patrol trooper stopped the driver off the South 200th Street exit near Kent.

Kent Police are looking for this man in connection with an April 20 shooting on a Metro bus. Police released this surveillance photo taken April 18 at a Tukwila transit station.

Kent Police seek public’s help to identify Metro bus shooting suspect

Kent Police released photographs Tuesday of a man they believe to be associated with the April 20 shooting on a Metro bus in Kent.

Kent Police are looking for this man in connection with an April 20 shooting on a Metro bus. Police released this surveillance photo taken April 18 at a Tukwila transit station.

Body found in Green River near Kent identified as 84-year-old Auburn woman

The body found Friday, April 22 in the Green River near Kent has been identified as Leah McHugo, 84, of Auburn, by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Kent Police badge.

Police Blotter: Kent man breaks bedroom window; cuts roommate

Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he reportedly busted a bedroom window that cut his male roommate in the face with the broken glass.

Kent Police badge.
Kent's Stefano Langone was voted off 'American Idol' on April 21 after he had advanced to the final seven.

Going, going Langone: ‘American Idol’ voters eliminate Kent’s Stefano Langone

The extended run on "American Idol" came to an end for Kent's Stefano Langone. Langone, 22, was eliminated from the Fox show Thursday night. He was in the bottom three for the fourth time in five weeks but failed to survive this time after more than 52 million votes by viewers.

Kent's Stefano Langone was voted off 'American Idol' on April 21 after he had advanced to the final seven.
The Kent City Council voted to lower the speed limit on Benson Highway to 40.

Benson Highway speed limit in Kent dropping to 40 mph

High collision and injury rates on the highway prompts City Council to act.

The Kent City Council voted to lower the speed limit on Benson Highway to 40.
A small plane lands safely near Smith Brothers Farms Wednesday

Small plane lands safely near Smith Brothers Farms in Kent after engine reportedly fails

Both occupants escaped injury as a small-engine plane emergency landed safely Wednesday afternoon near the Smith Brothers Farms in Kent after its engine reportedly failed on takeoff from the Auburn Municipal Airport.

A small plane lands safely near Smith Brothers Farms Wednesday
Kent's Stefano Langone shoots for a spot in the top six Wednesday night on 'American Idol.'

Kent’s Stefano Langone sings for top-six spot on ‘American Idol’

Can Kent's Stefano Langone finally avoid the bottom three this week on "American Idol?" Langone, 22, performed a rendition of "Closer" by Ne-Yo Wednesday night on Fox as the seven remaining contestants performed songs from the 21st Century, the broadest selection the show has required of the singers. Six contestants will advance to next week.

Kent's Stefano Langone shoots for a spot in the top six Wednesday night on 'American Idol.'
New owner Tom Dowling made it official at a press conference Friday

Indoor Football League: New owner changes name to Seattle Timberwolves from Kent Predators

If change is good, then Kent just might end up with the best team in the professional Indoor Football League. New owner Tom Dowling made it official at a press conference Friday at the ShoWare Center that the team will be called the Seattle Timberwolves rather than the Kent Predators and be coached by Sean Ponder rather than Keith Evans.

New owner Tom Dowling made it official at a press conference Friday