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Father of Kent’s Stefano Langone discusses son and ‘American Idol’

Ernie Langone wrote special music for Stefano Langone when he started to teach him to play the piano at age 6 because he couldn't reach certain keys. "His hands were not big enough to play an octave," said Ernie Langone, of Kent, during a phone interview last week about his son, a finalist on "American Idol."

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Christian Alberto Rangel

Bodies found near Kent identified as missing Pierce County men; all three were shot to death

The three men found March 10 in a plant nursery near Kent were identified Friday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as the three missing Pierce County men. All three died from gunshot wounds, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Kent's Stefano Langone competes on 'American Idol.'

Kent’s Stefano Langone aims for top 10 spot Thursday on ‘American Idol’ and makes it; earns summer tour spot

"American Idol" viewers found out Thursday night that Kent's Stefano Langone advanced to the top 10 and a spot on the summer tour.

Kent's Stefano Langone competes on 'American Idol.'
Barb Drumheller

Kent neighborhood rallies for Relay for Life

Barb Drumheller lives in the Country Club Village neighborhood on Kent's East Hill where people know each other's names and help each other. Many have been neighbors since they bought new houses in the area in the 1990s. So after Drumheller lost her husband Ed Drumheller to cancer in 2006, the neighborhood decided to join for the first time in the Relay for Life of Kent, the annual June event that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

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Kent's Stefano Langone is a finalist on 'American Idol.'

Kent’s Stefano Langone in top 11 Wednesday night on ‘American Idol’

Kent's Stefano Langone will sing a Motown hit as one of the 11 "American Idol" finalists Wednesday night on Fox.

Kent's Stefano Langone is a finalist on 'American Idol.'
03/10/11 Human Remains were found at a nursery March 10 in the 26200 block of 65th Avenue South in unincorporated Kent.  King County Sheriff's Office officials were on the scene investigating.

King County Medical Examiner’s Office still working to identify human remains found near Kent

The identities and manner of death of the three sets of human remains found March 10 at a nursery near Kent remained under investigation Monday by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

03/10/11 Human Remains were found at a nursery March 10 in the 26200 block of 65th Avenue South in unincorporated Kent.  King County Sheriff's Office officials were on the scene investigating.
William L. Phillip Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday in Kent to the first-degree murder in May of Seth Frankel

Oregon man pleads not guilty to murder of Kent city employee Seth Frankel

A 30-year-old Oregon man pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge in connection with the May 21 stabbing death of Seth Frankel, a Kent city employee.

William L. Phillip Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday in Kent to the first-degree murder in May of Seth Frankel

Former ‘American Idol” standout Melinda Doolittle to perform March 25 at Kentwood

Melinda Doolittle credits "American Idol" for launching her R&B singing career. Doolittle, who finished third on season six of the Fox show in 2007, performs at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at the Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center in Covington. The concert concludes the 2010-2011 city of Kent Spotlight Series.

Doug Levy is the city of Kent lobbyist in Olympia.

Lobbyist for city of Kent brings in the results

When Kent city officials want results from the Legislature in Olympia, they turn to Doug Levy, their paid lobbyist. Levy works as a lobbyist for Kent and five other cities under year-to-year contracts. He's getting paid $66,000 in 2011 by Kent to identify key issues, monitor legislation and assist with state funding for city projects.

Doug Levy is the city of Kent lobbyist in Olympia.

Teacher with previous ties to Kent, Renton pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with Seattle student

A former teacher in the Kent and Renton school districts pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for having sexual conduct with a 17-year-old male student in June when she was a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle.

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Jennifer Lopez tells Kent’s Stefano Langone he could win ‘American Idol’ title; he advances to top 11

If America doesn't know about the singing abilities of Kent's Stefano Langone, they know him now. The former Kentwood High School student nailed Simply Red's version of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" on "American Idol" Wednesday night.

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Kent’s Stefano Langone in top 12 tonight on ‘American Idol’

Kent's Stefano Langone and the rest of the "American Idol" final 12 contestants will sing songs from the year they were born on Wednesday night's show on Fox.

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Kent Arts Commission awards funds to Rainier Chorale; six other groups

The Rainier Chorale was one of seven groups that received a total of $8,450 in February from the Kent Arts Commission for 2011 projects.

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Man allegedly cons Kent businessman of $2.3 million

King County prosecutors have charged a 41-year-old man with first-degree theft in connection with allegedly conning $2.3 million from a Kent businessman.

William L. Phillip Jr.

Oregon man extradited to Kent to face Frankel murder charge

The Oregon man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a Kent city employee was extradited Thursday to Washington. William L. Phillip Jr., 30, of Portland, was booked for first-degree murder Thursday into the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, according to King County jail records. He is being held on $1 million bail.

William L. Phillip Jr.
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‘American Idol’ judges praise performance by Kent’s Stefano Langone; viewers vote to advance him to top 12

"American Idol" judges voiced their support for Kent's Stefano Langone on the Wednesday night show. Langone found out Thursday night he also had support of the votes by viewers to advance him to the top 12.

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Emma Fitzpatrick

Artists get public acclaim at Kent Student Art Walk

The creativity of nearly 445 children from 25 Kent School District schools is on display through March 18, as part of the 17th annual Kent Student Art Walk at the Centennial Center Gallery and 25 downtown businesses.

Emma Fitzpatrick
William L. Phillip Jr.

Oregon man could be extradited soon on Frankel murder charge

King County prosecutors expect the Oregon man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Kent city employee could be extradited to Washington within the next week.

William L. Phillip Jr.
Seattle rapper E-Dawg headlines a hip-hop show March 12 at Poppa's Pub in Kent.

Hip-hop comes to Kent with E-Dawg show

E-Dawg has lined up numerous rappers for his singles-release party in Kent at 9 p.m. March 12 at Poppa's Pub, 510 Washington Ave. N. The performers include Money B, formerly of the band Digital Underground, Ras Kass, West Coast Stone, Maharaji and others. Disc jockeys Nasty Ness, B-Mello and Roc Phella will host the show.

Seattle rapper E-Dawg headlines a hip-hop show March 12 at Poppa's Pub in Kent.
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Kent’s Stefano Langone competes Wednesday night in top 13 on ‘American Idol’

Kent's Stefano Langone will sing a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Lately" when he performs among the final 13 contestants Wednesday night on "American Idol."

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