Mary Poppins flies above the stage during a performance of the musical "Mary Poppins" at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. The eight-performance run ends May 31. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Roosevelt H.S. director’s final show taking flight

Ruben Van Kempen, a beloved drama teacher at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, is calling it a career after 37 years. His last hurrah is a staging of the musical “Mary Poppins.” Updated


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Republican senators advance plan to deregulate mobile-home loans

Republican senators advanced a plan Wednesday to roll back financial industry regulations, including consumer safeguards for costly mobile-home loans. Before the vote, Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee pushed to scale back the overall bill, offering an amendment that would have left mobile-home safeguards untouched. But Republicans squashed that proposal and approved the overall plan...