• Front Row Center 2016 - 2017 SeasonFront Row Center 2016 - 2017 Season

    This season, we are traveling to more places than ever before to explore the rich and diverse selection of art in the Seattle community. We are committed to highlighting exhibitions and performances across various artistic mediums, produced by organizations both big and small. Join KUOW’s Marcie Sillman as she pulls back the curtain on the creative process, giving participants a glimpse of why and how an artist creates work, and we hope, a greater appreciation for the rich and diverse cultural community in our region.

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  • Restaurant responds to bad Yelp review with threatening messageRestaurant responds to bad Yelp review with threatening message

    LAS VEGAS – A valley woman got a shocking reply to a review she left on the Yelp app, and it came from someone who works at the restaurant. Now, the pizzeria North End Pizza at Durango Drive and Centennial Parkway is losing customers over the message, KTNV reported. Kara Levy left a one-star review for North End, saying the sandwich was “inedible,” and she received a response that said “Make sure I don’t see your fat a** in this shop or I personally will give a big kick from behind, b****.” The message also called Levy and her teenage daughter “extremely fat.” “I was in shock,” Levy said. “I was more hurt about my daughter being attacked. She’s only 14.” When 13 Action News went into the restaurant, we were told the owner wasn’t there. 13 Action News told the employees that we were airing a story about the rude comments and wanted to give North End a chance to respond. They asked us to leave and said, “Do what you have to do.” “Clearly they don’t care about their customers,” Levy said. North End customers were split about the incident. Some said the message was rude and they wouldn’t be eating at the restaurant again. Others said there are two sides to every story and would continue to patronize North End.  

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  • Podcast: ‘Jerry McGuire’ sports agent Lee Steinberg, ‘Field of Schemes’ author Neil deMause discuss Seattle’s arena situationPodcast: ‘Jerry McGuire’ sports agent Lee Steinberg, ‘Field of Schemes’ author Neil deMause discuss Seattle’s arena situation

    In this week's 'Hard Count' podcast, famed sport agent Leigh Steinberg from Los Angeles and Field of Schemes author Neil deMause from Brooklyn discuss the Seattle arena process and what to watch out for in terms of public contributions as things move forward.

    The Seattle Times / 1 min. ago
  • Policeman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 monthsPoliceman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 months

    WHATELY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police sergeant is being credited with rescuing an injured owl for the second time in three months. Who? Whately police say Sgt. Donald Bates responded to a call about an owl that apparently had been struck by a car on a local road on Tuesday. They say he found […]

    The Seattle Times / 5 min. ago
  • Sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resignsSheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

    SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says a newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker has pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office. Bo Williams entered the plea to a charge of entering without breaking Wednesday in […]

    The Seattle Times / 5 min. ago
  • UW Football 2017 Schedule ReleasedUW Football 2017 Schedule Released

    The Pac-12 2017 football schedule was released Wednesday morning. The University of Washington Huskies, reigning Pac-12 champ, will open the season on the road against Rutgers before returning home for a pair of non-conference games. The schedule pans out favorably for the Huskies, as UW takes their bye week in the middle of the conference schedule. The Huskies will play four out of their final five games at home, with a Friday night game at Stanford in November being the one exception. The Pac-12 Conference Championship game is scheduled to take place either Dec. 1 or 2 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Full Schedule: Friday, Sept. 1 – UW at Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 9 – Montana at UW Saturday, Sept. 16 – Fresno State at UW Saturday, Sept. 23 – UW at Colorado Saturday, Sept. 30 – UW at Oregon State Saturday, Oct. 7 – California at UW Saturday, Oct. 14 – UW at Arizona State Saturday, Oct. 21 – BYE Saturday, Oct. 28 – UCLA at UW Saturday, Nov. 4 – Oregon at UW Friday, Nov. 10 – UW at Stanford Saturday, Nov. 18 – Utah at UW Saturday, Nov. 25 – Washington State at UW  

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  • Nordstrom chief info officer will retireNordstrom chief info officer will retire

    Dan Little, Nordstrom’s chief information officer, is retiring in the fall, an announcement that came less than two weeks after the retailer’s chief technology officer parted ways with the company, and amidst other churns among its tech leadership.

    The Seattle Times / 6 min. ago
  • Prosecutor: Newly-elected sheriff addicted to meth pleads guilty to felony in theft of meth from police locker, resignsProsecutor: Newly-elected sheriff addicted to meth pleads guilty to felony in theft of meth from police locker, resigns

    SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutor: Newly-elected sheriff addicted to meth pleads guilty to felony in theft of meth from police locker, resigns.

    The Seattle Times / 7 min. ago
  • Estela Ortega: Communities must regroup as multiracial coalitionEstela Ortega: Communities must regroup as multiracial coalition

    El Centro de la Raza, Beacon Hill, Seattle, Washington (the former Beacon Hill School). • Photo by Joe Mabel Estela Ortega knows a thing or two about doing social justice work across racial and ethnic groups. Long before she became the executive director of El Centro de La Raza, she was a young girl working in the cotton fields alongside African Americans in Texas who would also work side-by-side with her to fight for better working conditions. As communities of color are bracing for what evidently would be an uphill four-year battle against president-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Ortega emphasized to the International Examiner the urgency for people with different identities to work together. International Examiner: Can you pinpoint a moment in your life that you realized how important it is to do multiracial and multi-ethnic work? Estela Ortega: Before I even became a part of El Centro de la Raza I was working in Houston. I had a career. I was an intern in real estate and at the same, in the evenings [and] on the weekends, I was registering people to vote, working on political campaigns. So I came in contact with people of other races who were doing the same thing. As a young person, you hang out at the coffee shop and discuss philosophy and how can we create a better world and so my consciousness evolved out of practically marching with others who were wanting to end the war, doing work with the United Farm Workers, and knowing there were others of other races who were against the horrible working conditions of farm workers in the field. It came together by … working side-by-side. On a very very personal note I did farm work in the field at a very, very early age and those who I was working in the eld with were African Americans, you know, picking cotton and getting to know people in that way and realizing we’re the same. We have different skin colors but we love life and enjoy life and work hard and grow up and raise families and that sort of thing. So for me it goes back to early in my life. IE: What are the challenges in working across racial and ethnic groups? Ortega: I don’t see it as a challenge in terms of how it’s started. Because if you look at the very founding of El Centro de la Raza, our supporters were a group of multiracial community and the anti-war movement and the progressive church movement back in the early ’70s. So I have to say that those kinds of relationships in terms of communities of color working together basically came out of the students at the University of Washington coming together to work in protesting the war in Vietnam, farm worker issues, and just different issues that were happening that brought young people together. And so when there was the idea to occupy the old Beacon Hill school that would become El Centro de la Raza, there was an immense amount of support from communities of color. And so those relations developed out of the practical work of working together on issues that then developed confidence and trust and those who were working together, in particular Larry Gossett, Bob Santos, Bernie Whitebear, and Roberto Maestas. The challenge that we face now in terms of working together is that so many of the communities are so busy, people are stretched thin, we don’t have a concrete coalition like the Minority Executive Director Coalition that existed a number of years ago. That coalition doesn’t exist anymore and there isn’t really anything that has taken its place even though there are obviously coalitions that are trying to do multiracial work when it comes to you know, the environment, education, the $15-an-hour issue, so people come together on these issues but there’s no coalition that comes together to all communities of color to address common topics on-goingly. IE: The elections and the months leading to the results have been dif cult for a lot of people. What do you think the next steps are for El Centro, other groups doing similar work, and people who feel, even more so now, like they have to take actions? Ortega: I think we all have to regroup and figure out how we’re going to respond to a new administration that’s on the attack for Latinos, Muslims, the LGBT community, the workers, disabled people. I think everyone I have spoken to that we’ve been working with for a number of years feel that we gotta figure out how we’re gonna come together to do this work. And to find the time to carve it out. It means that we’re going to continue doing the work we’ve been doing but obviously we need to do more of it. We need to be louder, we need to be out in the streets more, and so that’s gonna take coordination. Estella Ortega What we’re doing at El Centro de la Raza right now is looking at every single program that we have and how do we infuse a community organizing aspect to it, from our youth program to childcare to our new housing development so we are involving more people, you know, those who are impacted. Those people we are serving, most of the people who need to be involved and they’ve always needed to be involved but evermore now because the stakes seem so much higher. The fact that we have a president-elect who has spewed hate on our communities and on top of it both the House and the Senate are controlled by people who are not friendly or who don’t care about communities of color with the agenda of wanting to cutback social programs, privatize social security, medicare, those kinds of things. I don’t think I’m answering you directly on how we’re going to do it. I think that we’re part of a national effort, we’re an affiliate of National Council of La Raza out of Washington DC. I think everybody’s gearing up to figure out how on the daily basis we receive information on what Trump and the Congress … might try to do so that we on local level can respond to what might be happening nationally. But the reality still is that whatever the gains we have at the local level, we need to try to hold on to at the same time. IE: During the election until now immigrants and refugees have been put in a very bad light. But for example, undocumented immigrants don’t have a clear path to citizenship or integration to U.S. society in the same way that other immigrants might. How do we work together when we have different struggles and different needs? Ortega: I think part of it is that we’ve got to be present in each other’s communities. When there are actions happening, we show up. One example with the Muslim community is that it happened out in Redmond where I don’t have the exact name of the Muslim organization but they had their sign torn down and so one of the Muslim individuals reached out to us because we had a joint press conference a few days after Trump was elected. So that was the rst time I was meeting this individual but I knew they were an ally, we were there together speaking on how Trump was going to impact our communities. She reached out and said, “Would you be willing to provide support, be in solidarity, this is what happened to us. [I said], ‘Absolutely.’ That’s how those relationships are created, we support each other. We show up for events that are happening in the community, whether it’s a dinner, whether it’s a press conference, those kinds of things and keeping each other informed and rally support. I feel like the actions we’re gonna take are gonna take many forms. It’s gonna be phone calling, it’s gonna be emails, letter writing, letting people know about it, and then there is going to be action in the streets and I would even say civil obedience. And all of it is obviously done in a non-violent way. IE: What do you think about Seattle as a sanctuary and welcoming city? What about the fact that a lot of immigrants and refugees live outside of Seattle, the sanctuary limits, because of rent prices? Ortega: We’re very happy that the mayor right after the election basically saying that Seattle is going to continue to be a “sanctuary city” and that’s important. El Centro is looking at the idea of how do we become a sanctuary organization and what does that mean? So we’re in conversation with our attorney and trying to figure that out. When we say that Seattle is a sanctuary city, it’s basically referring to the police— they’re not gonna turn you over to INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] and that’s important because it happens in other places. What if the neighborhood councils in our city, all of them, became sanctuary zones? That you know, basically INS still could go in here but we’re still making a political statement, “INS you’re not welcome and we’re not gonna cooperate with you in Seattle.” I think we need to think out of the box in those ways to be making strong political statements like that. We need that so people feel some protection. For example, we had a parent drop a child at a preschool and a block away the INS picked them up. So this is where this thing about maybe our neighborhoods need to become sanctuary. Again we might not be able to stop them but at least we’re letting the INS know that there’s a consciousness, that they’re not welcome. That we wanna protect undocumented people. For more news, click here

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  • Funeral director who had bodies in her garage gets prisonFuneral director who had bodies in her garage gets prison

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia funeral director found with three decomposing bodies in her garage has been sentenced to three months in prison. The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2jMfqXN ) reports that a judge also barred 73-year-old Janet Powell-Daily on Wednesday from working for any mortuary business or service despite her protests that “the whole story hasn’t […]

    The Seattle Times / 12 min. ago more
  • Slain girl’s dad sues Navajo Nation for lack of alert systemSlain girl’s dad sues Navajo Nation for lack of alert system

    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was abducted and killed has sued the tribe for failing to have an emergency notification system that he claims would have saved his daughter’s life. The civil complaint filed last month by Ashlynne Mike’s father, Gary Mike, says the Navajo Nation had numerous […]

    The Seattle Times / 16 min. ago
  • No scaredy cats here! Chehalis kitties hit the sled hill, hiking trailsNo scaredy cats here! Chehalis kitties hit the sled hill, hiking trails

    CHEHALIS, Wash. — Turns out the coolest cats in town are just that. Cats. Meet Weston and Ellinore. These six-month old Chehalis cats have a taste for adventure. Not afraid to jump in the snow or lead the way on a hike, they recently rose to fame when a video of Weston sledding with his owner Jesse Smith garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube. Smith, a professional photographer, told Q13 News that unlike some housecats, Ellinore and Weston have no problem being adventuresome. When he and his wife Ashley got them as kittens last year, the couple had them out and about right away. “When we first got them we knew we wanted to take them out,” Smith said. “We had them socializing with anything and anybody.” Smith said the kittens took to adventures quickly, and the couple soon took the cats on hikes. While it took a minute to grow comfortable in the forest, the cats seemed to fall in love with the hikes. Always harnessed, Smith said Ellinore and Weston often lead the way. “There’s typically a warm up period when we take them out,” Smith said. “But they’re really good. They just lead and we follow.” The cats are always in sight on the trails. And Smith and his wife are quick to pick them up when a dog or other people are coming their way. “If one of us sees the dog, we let the other one know,” Smith said. “One of us is always close to each of the kittens.” Since hiking was such a success, the Smiths decided to take the kittens sledding. Weston took a real charm to it, Smith said, though there was frequent trips back to the car for warm-ups and snacks. Bringing cats out on adventures has increased in popularity recently. The website adventurecats.org has cat adventure starter guides, backcountry basics and stories such as “Man and His Cat Explore Australia in a Van.” The website even sells gear to wanderlust cat owners looking to take their feline friends on trips. For more on Weston and Ellinore and to keep up with their adventures, visit their Facebook page.

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  • Adobe and CoLucid Pharma edge higher while Target skidsAdobe and CoLucid Pharma edge higher while Target skids

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday: Target Corp., down $4.09 to $66.85 The retailer cut its fourth-quarter forecasts as shopping was weak over the holiday months. CSX Corp., down $1.21 to $36.88 Most Read StoriesThis season, Seahawks have crossed the line from brash to just plain unlikable | Matt […]

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  • How major US stock market indexes fared on WednesdayHow major US stock market indexes fared on Wednesday

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 remained at a near standstill Wednesday, the ninth day in a row that it has failed to move by even 0.4 percent, up or down. That’s its longest streak of listlessness since the summer of 2013. On Wednesday: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.05 points, or 0.1 percent, to […]

    The Seattle Times / 22 min. ago
  • Stray cat found with an arrow through its body, taken to vetStray cat found with an arrow through its body, taken to vet

    NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — A stray cat has been found in New Jersey with an arrow through its body. The cat is known as Sparky, and authorities want to know who injured him. The arrow struck the cat in its left shoulder area. The tip went through the cat’s left flank, leaving the shaft […]

    The Seattle Times / 28 min. ago
  • Man gets year in prison for running illegal cosmetic clinicMan gets year in prison for running illegal cosmetic clinic

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Colombian national accused of pretending to be a doctor in South Florida and injecting silicone into his patients as part of cosmetic procedures has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. A U.S. attorney’s office news release says 44-year-old Juan David Acosta was sentenced Wednesday. He […]

    The Seattle Times / 29 min. ago
  • Driver clocked at 91 mph in snowstorm wanted new car stereoDriver clocked at 91 mph in snowstorm wanted new car stereo

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say a driver clocked at 91 mph during a snowstorm said she was late for an appointment to have a new car stereo installed. Police say they stopped 21-year-old Anastacia Hocking, of Laconia, on Interstate 93 in Concord on Wednesday morning. The highway was covered with snow […]

    The Seattle Times / 29 min. ago
  • Friends And Fraternity Brothers, Two Va. Cadets Transcend Trump-Clinton DivideFriends And Fraternity Brothers, Two Va. Cadets Transcend Trump-Clinton Divide

    All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro is on a road trip leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. He is driving through North Carolina and Virginia, on the way to Washington, D.C. These are two swing states that went in opposite directions in November, each by a close margin: North Carolina for Trump, Virginia for Hillary Clinton. As the country faces dramatic changes, we're asking people what they want from that change — and what concerns them. Ryan Leavis and Alex Miller are seniors at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. They both wear a uniform to class every day: They are both among the 1,000 members of the school's Corps of Cadets. Both plan on going into the military after graduation. They are friends and fraternity brothers. And they cast different votes in November's election: Ryan liked what Donald Trump said about the Affordable Care Act, illegal immigration, and radicalism. Alex voted for Hillary Clinton because Trump's style turned him off. "It was also

    KUOW / 32 min. ago more
  • Alaska Air Group reports $82M in Q4 costs to complete Virgin America takeoverAlaska Air Group reports $82M in Q4 costs to complete Virgin America takeover

    Alaska Air Group said it incurred $82 million in costs during the fourth quarter of 2016 as it worked to integrate Virgin America after closing its $2.6 billion takeover of the California airline. With the $82 million, Alaska has reported costs of $104 million over the past two quarters related to the takeover of Virgin America. Alaska Air Group recorded $22 million in costs in the third quarter. SeaTac-based Alaska (NYSE: ALK) reported the special one time fourth-quarter charge of $82 million…

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  • Netflix’s shrinking DVD service faces uncertain futureNetflix’s shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix’s video streaming service is booming while its steadily shrinking DVD-by-mail business has turned into an afterthought. The company’s latest quarterly report showed the streaming service added another 7 million subscribers worldwide during the final three months of last year to end December with nearly 94 million customers. The growth surpassed […]

    The Seattle Times / 34 min. ago more
  • Officers who fatally shot woman holding fake gun are clearedOfficers who fatally shot woman holding fake gun are cleared

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prosecutor has cleared two police officers in the shooting death of a woman who was brandishing a replica handgun. Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood said in a report Wednesday that India Beaty pulled the fake weapon from her waistband as the Norfolk officers approached her March 19. The officers had […]

    The Seattle Times / 34 min. ago
  • Everett considering lawsuit against OxyContin manufacturerEverett considering lawsuit against OxyContin manufacturer

    EVERETT, Wash. — The city of Everett is considering a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is asking the City Council on Wednesday to support a civil lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. He says the drug manufacturer needs to be held accountable for a surge in overdose deaths in the community and others problems. The Daily Herald says the case would argue that Purdue Pharma was negligent when it aggressively marketed the drug as less addictive than other pain medication while ignoring evidence that the painkillers were diverted to illegal drug traffickers. In 2007, Purdue Pharma and its executives paid more than $630 million in legal penalties for willfully misrepresenting the drug’s addiction risks. The Connecticut-based company said in an email Wednesday that it shares public officials’ concerns about the opioid crisis and is committed to working collaboratively to find solutions. It noted it was the first to develop an opioid medication with properties that deter abuse.

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  • No yolk! Chickens are Seattle's hot new apartment amenityNo yolk! Chickens are Seattle's hot new apartment amenity

    In the race for the best amenities in new Seattle apartment buildings there are some pretty cool entries: a climbing wall at a South Lake Union property, and inside ramps for bicyclists at a Fremont project called Velo. Add hens to the list. There's a flock of them on top of Bowman, the recently opened four-story project at 3801 Stone Way N. The developer, the Seattle office of Foster City, California-based Legacy Partners, thinks it's the first rooftop chicken coop in Seattle. Legacy Partners…

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  • Gambia Prepares For Showdown As Foreign Troops Threaten InterventionGambia Prepares For Showdown As Foreign Troops Threaten Intervention

    In a few hours, longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh's presidential term will expire. But he is clinging to power as troops from regional powers reportedly amass at the border. International and regional powers are demanding that Jammeh step down and make way for his rival, businessman Adama Barrow, who won last month' s presidential election. The African Union has stated that it will stop recognizing Jammeh as president after his term expires at midnight local time. (Gambia is five hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast.) And ECOWAS, the West African regional bloc, appears to be preparing to enforce the election result by force. The Nigerian air force said in a statement that it has moved "a contingent of 200 men and air assets" to Senegal's capital, Dakar, "from where it is expected to operate into Gambia." Senegalese forces also are poised to cross the border, army spokesman Col. Abdou Ndiaye tells Reuters. "We are ready and are awaiting the deadline at midnight. If no political

    KUOW / 1 h. 15 min. ago more
  • Man Who Killed Seattle Officer Found Dead In PrisonMan Who Killed Seattle Officer Found Dead In Prison

    SEATTLE (AP) – The man convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009 has died in prison. The Seattle Times reports that Christopher Monfort was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Jeremy Barclay, a Department of Corrections spokesman, said Monfort was found in his single-person cell at 7:45 a.m. Prison staff began CPR but Monfort was pronounced dead by medics. Barclay said there was nothing suspicious in Monfort’s cell and there were no indications of self-harm. Monfort, who was convicted in summer 2015 of aggravated first-degree murder for the ambush killing of Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009, was serving a life sentence. Paralyzed below the waist by a gunshot he suffered during his arrest in Tukwila, Monfort’s health had deteriorated by the time he stood trial in King County Superior Court.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Photo: Fire on King Street, 600 block. The Green Village Restaurant survives in a new location around the corner on 6th Avenue S. Photo Dean Wong by circa 2005.Photo: Fire on King Street, 600 block. The Green Village Restaurant survives in a new location around the corner on 6th Avenue S. Photo Dean Wong by circa 2005.

    Fire on King Street, 600 block. The Green Village Restaurant survives in a new location around the corner on 6th Avenue S. Photo Dean Wong by circa 2005.

    The International Examiner / 1 h. 18 min. ago
  • Woman charged in infant kidnapping denied bailWoman charged in infant kidnapping denied bail

    The woman charged with kidnapping a baby 18 years ago and raising the child as her own daughter, appeared briefly in court and was ordered to be held without bail. Gloria Williams, who appeared in a Jacksonville courtroom Wednesday, is charged with kidnapping and other counts related to the 1998 abduction of Kamiyah Mobley, who was just eight hours old. Mobley, who was living in Walterboro, South Carolina, under the name Alexis Manigo, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that Williams “will always be mom.” But Manigo also said she wanted to give her birthparents a chance, saying she owed them the opportunity to get to know her. Manigo says she knows her life would have been different had she not been kidnapped. She said discovering another family gives her more love. No attorney has been listed for Williams.

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  • Photo: The Seattle-based organization conducts Memorial Day services each year at Hing Hay Park in the International District. Photo by Dean Wong, undated.Photo: The Seattle-based organization conducts Memorial Day services each year at Hing Hay Park in the International District. Photo by Dean Wong, undated.

    Cathay Post #186 is a unit of the American Legion made up of Chinese American veterans. The Seattle-based organization conducts Memorial Day services each year at Hing Hay Park in the International District. Photo by Dean Wong, undated.

    The International Examiner / 1 h. 21 min. ago
  • Seattle homeowners just ‘flat out’ don’t want to sellSeattle homeowners just ‘flat out’ don’t want to sell

    We shouldn’t be so quick to blame tech workers, transplants, and developers for the soaring home prices in Seattle, according to new home data. Homeowners, on the other hand, might be the problem. Report: Zillow predicts rise in home prices under Trump policies New data published in The Seattle Times shows the number of homes for sale is low — 1 out of 263 low. Kevin Lisota, the CEO and managing broker of Seattle-based Findwell.com, an online real estate company, agrees. Lisota says supply, or a lack thereof, is a primary driver of area home prices. “The housing market has been tight in Seattle for a number of years now,” he said. “And most people just flat out don’t want to sell their home. They could sell it in a couple of days but finding a replacement is just too difficult.” The people who are the typical hot-market sellers — those who bought low years ago — don’t want to put their houses on the market for this reason: Their incomes have not risen in conjunction with the housing market, Lisota says. “You’ve got a whole category of people that have more modest jobs that live in a house that’s probably worth quite a bit, but they don’t have the income to support selling that house and upgrading.” The Times reports that the city’s inventory dropped by more than 13 percent in 2016. For those people that do sell their homes, they are being sold at an average of 15 days, according to the Times, citing Redfin. The effects of the low inventory are expected to continue through the year, although with slightly less impact. Real estate experts predicted at the end of 2016 that home price growth will be around 9 percent. Homes were 10 percent more expensive in 2016 than they were a year ago. The Times reports that just this week, the were about 260 houses for sale in Seattle with a price tag of less than $1 million. Things could start to slow down in the next few years. But if we are in a 10-year cycle like the chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate says we are, it’s not going to happen quickly.

    MyNorthwest.com / 1 h. 21 min. ago more
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  • Woman, 85, whose corpse was left in bags had been strangledWoman, 85, whose corpse was left in bags had been strangled

    NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation has determined that an 85-year-old New York City woman was strangled before her corpse was placed in plastic bags and left inside her home for five months. The medical examiner’s office says Erika Kraus-Breslin died of “homicidal asphyxia, including neck compression.” Kraus-Breslin’s grandson Christopher Fuhrer was arrested in October on improper burial and other charges. Police say he told them he wrapped her body in bags and used air fresheners and a fan to mask the smell of decomposition. Police said at the time that the death didn’t appear to be suspicious. No one has been charged with killing her. Authorities say Fuhrer feared he’d become homeless after she died. Fuhrer’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request Wednesday for comment on the case.

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  • Photo: Lining up for provisions at the ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service) food bank on 10th Avenue South at the corner of King Street, 1980s.Photo: Lining up for provisions at the ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service) food bank on 10th Avenue South at the corner of King Street, 1980s.

    Lining up for provisions at the ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service) food bank on 10th Avenue South at the corner of King Street, 1980s. The building is now the Chinese Southern Baptist Church. ACRS continues to operate the only food bank in Washington dedicated to the needs of Asian and Pacific American groups. Photo by Dean Wong, 1985.

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  • Tom Price, HHS Nominee, Faces Tough Questions On Stock Deals And ObamacareTom Price, HHS Nominee, Faces Tough Questions On Stock Deals And Obamacare

    President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services defended stock transactions he made as a member of Congress as "above board," while vowing he would not pull the rug from under any American with health care as result of replacing the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, faced the first of two hearings he'll have as the nominee for HHS secretary. Wednesday's was before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. It will not vote on Price's nomination; that's up to the Senate Finance Committee. But HELP committee members still asked tough questions of the nominee, focusing on Price and the incoming Trump administration's plans to replace the ACA and on Price's stock trades. Price acknowledged purchasing shares in an Australian firm, Innate Immunotherapeutics Inc, which makes experimental drugs, after learning about the company from a fellow GOP member of Congress, Chris Collins of New York. Collins, a

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  • Chicago mom charged after 5-year-old daughter shoots herselfChicago mom charged after 5-year-old daughter shoots herself

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  • Seattle cop killer Chris Monfort dies in prisonSeattle cop killer Chris Monfort dies in prison

    Christopher Monfort, the man who killed a Seattle police officer in 2009, has died in prison, according to a Department of Corrections email obtained by KIRO 7 News. Monfort’s been in the Walla Walla penitentiary since his sentence in 2015. According to the DOC, he was found unresponsive in his cell on Tuesday morning. Related: Cop killer Christopher Monfort sentenced to life in prison Paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead; the death is not viewed as suspicious or that it was self harm. Officials are waiting on the coroner’s report to find out what happened. Monfort was 41 when he killed Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009. He was also found guilty of attempted murder for shooting Brenton’s partner, Britt Sweeney, and arson for destroying vehicles at a city maintenance yard weeks before the fatal attack. After the murder, Monfort was in a wheelchair when a bullet lodged in his back during a shootout with police. He told the court during his sentencing that he was sorry for the family, and that he realized he had killed a good man.

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  • Christopher Monfort, killer of Seattle police officer, found dead in prison cell - The Seattle TimesChristopher Monfort, killer of Seattle police officer, found dead in prison cell - The Seattle Times

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  • Seattle cop killer Christopher Monfort found dead in prisonSeattle cop killer Christopher Monfort found dead in prison

    SEATTLE — Christopher Monfort, the man convicted of ambushing and killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night in 2009, died in a Walla Walla prison on Wednesday. Back in June of 2015, Monfort was found guilty of aggravated murder and attempted murder. The jury later came to the decision of life in prison for Monfort, instead of death, after deliberating for only an hour. According to the Department of Corrections, Monfort was found unresponsive in his prison cell at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. Officers began CPR and live-saving measures until Walla Walla paramedics arrived around 8:10 a.m. Medics pronounced Monfort dead at the scene. No foul play or self-harm is suspected. The medical examiner’s report will determine the cause and manner of death. “His goal was to kill as many police officers as he could,” said Prosecutor John Castleton back in 2009. “His goal was to reign terror down on the city of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department.” Monfort began serving his sentence of life in prison without parole on Sept. 1, 2015. Paralyzed below the waist by a gunshot he suffered during his arrest in Tukwila, Monfort’s health had deteriorated by the time he stood trial in King County Superior Court. During his trial, a defiant Monfort raised his voice in the courtroom, suggesting that while his actions were brutal, so are the actions of police officers around the country who hurt average citizens.

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  • Washington University class focuses on Kanye WestWashington University class focuses on Kanye West

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  • Obama set a record for commuting sentences — but he's not the most forgiving president in historyObama set a record for commuting sentences — but he's not the most forgiving president in history

    Obama commuted an additional 209 sentences Tuesday just three days before the end of his presidency — and more are still expected. Doing so brought his total commutations to 1,385, the most of any president in history, edging out Woodrow Wilson's 1,366.  But the big headline — record-breaking clemency — misses the nuance. Obama's record on clemency is different than his immediate predecessors, and it's also very much the same.  The president has the power to commute a federal prisoner's sentence or offer a full pardon. A commutation shortens sentences but does not restore civil liberties such as the right to own a gun or vote. A full pardon can restore voting rights but does not wipe away a criminal record. Obama only took the record on commutations — in other areas, he's still very much behind. P.S. Ruckman, a political scientist and editor of the blog PardonPower , has spent years tracking the use of presidential clemency and says presidents should use the power regularly and often.

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  • Texas House and Senate Start Off the Legislative Session With Vastly Different Budget ProposalsTexas House and Senate Start Off the Legislative Session With Vastly Different Budget Proposals

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  • PicoBrew is developing a craft brewing system for restaurants and barsPicoBrew is developing a craft brewing system for restaurants and bars

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  • Photo: Renovation of the historic Bush (once Busch) Hotel into retail space, affordable housing, and offices for service agencies was one of the first projects of SCIDPDA, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. Photo by Dean Wong, 1981.Photo: Renovation of the historic Bush (once Busch) Hotel into retail space, affordable housing, and offices for service agencies was one of the first projects of SCIDPDA, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. Photo by Dean Wong, 1981.

    Dedication of the Bush-Asia Center. Left to right: Ruby Chow, Senator Henry M. Jackson, McDonald Sullivan, Bob Santos, and Ben Woo. Renovation of the historic Bush (once Busch) Hotel into retail space, affordable housing, and offices for service agencies was one of the first projects of SCIDPDA, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. The mural painted on the wall behind the speakers is by John Woo. Photo by Dean Wong, 1981.

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  • 3 Seattle restaurants that make you feel like you're far, far away - The Seattle Times3 Seattle restaurants that make you feel like you're far, far away - The Seattle Times

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  • At Final White House Press Conference, Obama Offers Both Reflections And RebukesAt Final White House Press Conference, Obama Offers Both Reflections And Rebukes

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  • Seattle tunnel mining resumes, Bertha headed for city centerSeattle tunnel mining resumes, Bertha headed for city center

    Crews with Seattle Tunnel Partners resumed mining under Seattle, following 10 days of maintenance on Bertha the boring machine. The work resumed after crews replaced about 3000 of nearly 500 scrapers on the machine’s cutterhead. “Completing routine maintenance is an important part of ensuring that the machine continues to operate properly. STP will continue to perform inspections and maintenance as needed over the remainder of the tunnel drive,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Bertha is less than 2,500 feet from the pit that will signify the end of its journey. It will emerge near Seattle Center. Crews excavated 691 feet in December. According to the Bertha blog, it has progressed more than 30 feet in January. The top of Bertha’s cutterhead is about 160 feet below Third Avenue in Belltown. It remains in Zone 8. The soil in Zone 9, which runs under Battery Street, is mostly sand and gravel and “increasingly dry,” according to WSDOT.

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  • Health Secretary Nominee Tom Price Prepares For Questioning On ACAHealth Secretary Nominee Tom Price Prepares For Questioning On ACA

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  • Denver Starts Work On Allowing Pot In PublicDenver Starts Work On Allowing Pot In Public

    DENVER (AP) — Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the “social use” measure last November. But the ballot proposal didn’t spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be consumed, beyond saying that the drug can’t be smoked inside and that patrons must be over 21. A workgroup made up of Denver business owners, city pot regulators and marijuana opponents starts work on suggesting regulations in the afternoon. The state Liquor Control Board already has decreed that no businesses with a liquor license can allow marijuana use. That leaves it to restaurants that don’t serve alcohol and other event spaces. There’s no deadline for Denver to finalize rules. Supporters hope to see the city start accepting applications by this summer. Emmett Reistroffer, a cannabis-industry consultant who ran last year’s campaign to allow public marijuana use, said the eventual regulations will require neighborhood approval for any pot clubs or coffee shops. Reistroffer organized a recent public meeting about the measure and invited interested businesses, saying a few dozen showed up to find out more. “There are plenty of places in Denver where you can find neighbors who want this kind of establishment,” Reistroffer said. The organizer of the opposition campaign also is attending Wednesday’s meeting. Rachel O’Bryan said she’s concerned that businesses won’t be able to safeguard against intoxicated patrons driving home. The measure does not allow participating businesses to sell pot, so they won’t have any control over what people are consuming. Patrons would have to bring their own marijuana, whether its edibles they use inside or joints they smoke in outdoor areas. “If you are neither serving nor counting the potency of the product, nor counting how much they consume, how are you protecting the public when they leave your property?” O’Bryan asked. A bill to allow pot clubs statewide is pending at the state Legislature. The pot-club bill has bipartisan support but uncertain prospects, especially as Colorado and other legal pot states await word on whether Donald Trump’s administration will tolerate pot businesses in states flouting federal drug law.

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  • What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

    The first results from a major project to measure the reliability of cancer research have highlighted a big problem: Labs trying to repeat published experiments often can't. That's not to say that the original studies are wrong. But the results of a review published Thursday, in the open-access journal eLife, are a sobering reminder that science often fails at one of its most basic requirements — an experiment in one lab ought to be reproducible in another one. And the fact that they often aren't could have big health implications. Many exciting ideas in cancer research never pan out. One reason is that findings from the initial studies don't stand the test of time. "Reproducibility is a central feature of how science is supposed to be," says Brian Nosek , who spearheaded this research at the Center for Open Science . Nosek is also a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. A few years ago, he organized a similar effort to examine research in his field. And his results

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  • When It Comes To Inaugural Crowds, Does Size Matter?When It Comes To Inaugural Crowds, Does Size Matter?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says his inauguration will have “an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.” Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president. Exactly how many people actually show up for both events will likely never be known. Counting the number of people at major public events is as much art as science, and there will be no official tally of how many people attend either Friday’s inaugural festivities or the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Here’s a look at why crowd size is so mysterious. ___ IT STARTS WITH THE MILLION MAN MARCH For decades, the National Park Service provided official crowd estimates for gatherings on the National Mall. That changed after the Million Man March in 1995, a gathering of black men meant to show renewed commitment to family and solidarity. The park service estimated 400,000 people attended the march, making it one of the largest demonstrations in history in Washington. But organizers believed they reached their goal of 1 million participants. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, one of the march organizers, threatened to sue the park service, arguing its count was motivated by “racism, white supremacy and hatred for Louis Farrakhan.” Researchers at Boston University did an independent analysis and said the crowd was much bigger, pegging it at more than 800,000. No lawsuit was filed, but the dispute was enough to get the park service out of the head-counting business. The following year, Congress passed an appropriations bill that barred the agency from spending money to count crowds. While that language didn’t appear in subsequent budgets, refusing to count crowds became park service policy. The agency still estimates crowd size for its own planning purposes, but does not publicly reveal the figures. “No matter what we said or did, no one ever felt we gave a fair estimate,” U.S. Park Police Maj. J.J. McLaughlin, who had been in charge of coordinating crowd estimates, said in 1996 when the agency confirmed it would no longer count heads. ___ HOW CROWDS ARE COUNTED Before it stopped, the park service came up with its crowd figures by studying aerial photographs. Using a grid system, the park service would divide the Mall into sections of equal square footage. Then it counted the number of people in each section of the grid by looking at how tightly packed the crowd was and assigning a number of people per square foot. Not much has changed since about the way crowds are estimated, said Steve Doig, a journalism professor at Arizona State University who specializes in measuring crowd sizes. The figure that corresponds to a “loosely packed crowd,” Doig said, is 10 square feet per person, “which sounds like a lot but it’s really not.” That means people could reach out and touch those closest to them on all sides. “A tighter crowd would get down to maybe 6 or 7 square feet per person,” he said. “A scary mosh pit crowd would be maybe 3 to 4 at most.” Crowd estimates for events in Washington are difficult in general because the city’s lack of tall buildings and security restrictions on aircraft make it tough to get comprehensive aerial images, Doig said. Christopher Geldart, the District of Columbia’s homeland security director, has said consistently that he expects between 800,000 and 900,000 people to attend Trump’s inauguration. He said he would use the tried-and-true grid method to provide his own crowd estimate on the Monday after the swearing-in. ___ WOMEN’S MARCH The largest-ever demonstration in Washington, according to park service figures, was an anti-Vietnam War protest in 1969 that drew 600,000 people. The Mall can easily accommodate crowds in the hundreds of thousands; between 300,000 and 400,000 regularly attend the July Fourth fireworks. Organizers of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington have received a permit from D.C. police for a gathering of 200,000 people. Geldart said he expects the number of participants to exceed that figure, based on data including bus, hotel and train bookings. He cautioned, however, that organizers have not yet told authorities to expect more than the permitted total. ___ PAST INAUGURATIONS The park service did not dispute a widely reported estimate that 1.8 million people came to Washington for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, believed to be the largest inaugural crowd in history. The biggest crowd the park service counted at an inauguration was 1.2 million for Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 swearing-in. Doig isn’t sure about either of those figures. His analysis of aerial photographs led him to conclude that just 800,000 were on the Mall for Obama’s first inauguration, though he did not include the parade route, where thousands more people waited all day to catch a glimpse of America’s first black president. The estimate was difficult because the density of the crowd varied widely, he said, despite aerial photographs that appeared to show the Mall full of people between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Further away from the Capitol, people huddled around television monitors, leaving big tracts of mostly empty space. Any time a crowd reaches into the hundreds of thousands, it’s a noteworthy gathering, Doig said, but boosters will always try to politicize the turnout for their chosen cause. “One of the things that aggravates me … is the need for it to be huge,” he said. “It sort of drives the numbers into areas where it just clearly is fiction and it undercuts the reality of what really is an amazing crowd.” Trump clearly cares about posting a big number. In a video ad posted on social media Wednesday, he said: “Hopefully we’re going to get a million people. We’re going to really make a big statement.”

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  • How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's TakeHow To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take

    Thomas Graham, managing director of the Kissinger Associates consulting firm, doesn't like to discuss speculation that he may become President-elect Donald Trump's next ambassador to Moscow . But the former diplomat and adviser on Russia in the George W. Bush administration does like to talk about something else: how to salvage U.S.-Russian relations following accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the November presidential election. For all of Trump's praise for Putin during the election campaign, there is still no coherent line on how the incoming Republican administration plans to deal with Russia. Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick to head the State Department, said last week that Russia "poses a danger" to the U.S. Trump's nominee to lead the Pentagon, James Mattis, went further, naming Russia as the first of America's "principal threats." Nikki Haley, Trump's U.N. ambassador-designate, said during her confirmation hearing Wednesday that Russia was "trying to

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  • Vacation With Your Valentine: America’s Most Romantic RetreatsVacation With Your Valentine: America’s Most Romantic Retreats

    By Randy Yagi With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, chances are you have already made plans to stay at a romantic retreat with your loved one. But if you’re still undecided, there’s really no time to waste, with the availability of lodging and dining reservations across the country are disappearing nearly as fast as you can say “Happy Valentine’s Day”. For a few last minute suggestions, here are five of America’s best places to consider visiting for your next romantic getaway. Santa Fe  Known as the City Different, Santa Fe ranks among the best small cities in the U.S. and without question, among the best for a romantic getaway. Part of what makes this magical place such a spellbinding destination is its wealth of luxurious, yet oftentimes affordable hotels replete with extraordinary Spanish/Pueblo Revival architecture, its wealth of Native American artwork and of course, its delectable Southwestern cuisine. Moreover, as America’s oldest capital city and one of Conde Nast Traveler’s world’s best cities, Santa Fe also offers a variety of fun and exciting activities, from visiting historic buildings like the Palace of the Governors and San Miguel Chapel, the oldest chapel in the country to visiting world-class museums like the Museum of New Mexico and Georgia O’Keefe Museum or perhaps some well deserved pampering at Ten Thousand Waves, one of the nation’s top spa retreats. Over the winter months, there’s also world-class skiing and snowboarding at Ski Santa Fe, although the nearby downtown area enjoys noticeably warmer temperatures and dry streets. As one of the country’s top destinations, Santa Fe also has no shortage of both historical and contemporary hotels bolstered by a significant amount of world and national awards and marked with romantic accommodations featuring classic Southwestern fireplaces and furnishings. This includes Inn of the Five Graces, Inn of the Governors, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. Lastly, as a world-renowned culinary destination, couples may enjoy an intimate Santa Fe dining experience at any of the distinctive restaurants, like Coyote Cafe, Eloisa, Geronimo, Luminaria Restaurant and Terra Restaurant. Photo Credit: Thinkstock Charleston Some cities consistently appear on reader polls as among America’s best and most romantic, but Charleston tips the honors scale much higher. Named the World’s Best City by Travel+Leisure in July, Charleston is famously distinguished by historic architecture, world-class lodging and dining, and perhaps most important of all, friendly people who effortlessly represent the finest examples of classic southern charm and hospitality. As South Carolina’s oldest city, Charleston retains much of its historic identity, with stately mansions and plantations, centuries-old attractions, cobblestone streets and horse drawn carriages. But it’s also home to a number of contemporary hotels and restaurants, many of which rank among the nation’s best. Tops among the long-established or modern places for a romantic stay include the French Quarter Inn, Planter’s Inn, Spectator Hotel, named America’s Best City Hotel and No. 2 in the world by Travel+Leisure and the elegant Wentworth Mansion, TripAdvisor’s No. 2 Most Romantic Hotel in America. For intimate dining, couples can enjoy any of the captivating spots known for exceptional food and impeccable service, such as 82 Queen, Circa 1886 Restaurant, Halls Chophouse, Magnolias and Peninsula Grill. For leisure, couples can visit some of Charleston’s top attractions, such as the historic Charleston Market, Battery Park and Rainbow Row, or a memorable garden tour of the historic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, clearly one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Aspen With snow-covered mountains, a hint of evergreen in the crisp air and intimate lodging, Aspen is clearly an easy choice as an alluring getaway for Valentine’s Day. It’s also home to Aspen Snowmass, one of the world’s most famous ski resorts, with four distinct ski areas and plenty of daytime activities for loving couples to enjoy, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. At night, couples can dine at one of the romantic restaurants along the famous Restaurant Row in downtown Aspen or the equally notable restaurants in nearby Snowmass Village, before capping a memorable evening by snuggling in front of a cozy fireplace and perhaps a bottle of bubbly. While most any local restaurant has the makings for a truly romantic evening, some recommendations are Cache Cache, Chefs Club by Food & Wine, Pyramid Bistro and Wild Fig in Aspen Village or Eight K, Sake and Venga Venga in Snowmass Village, in addition to trendy “on mountain” spots on Snowmass Mountain, that can be accessed by either a gondola ride, sleigh ride or even a snowmobile, such as Gwyn’s, Lynn Britt Cabin and Elk Camp Restaurant. In Aspen Village, couples can enjoy a romantic stay at acclaimed spots like Hotel Jerome, Inn at Aspen, Limelight Hotel, Little Nell and St. Regis Aspen or more secluded spots in Snowmass Village, like Stonebridge Inn, Westin Snowmass Resort, Viceroy Snowmass and Woodrun V. Related: Best U.S. Honeymoon Destinations Savannah Few if any American city can be described as more romantic than Savannah. Capturing the sheer essence of southern charm and elegance, Georgia’s oldest city is filled natural beauty and numerous 17th and 18th century structures that showcase prominent architectural revival styles of its time, such as Gothic, Greek and Romanesque. The city also known as the Hostess City of the South has a seemingly endless collection of romantic accommodations, particularly along the picturesque Savannah Riverfront and within the Historic District, internationally acclaimed for its antebellum homes, cobblestone streets and charming parks famously graced by flowing oak trees adorned with Spanish moss. Among the recommended lodgings for Valentine’s Day are the Gastonian, Hamilton-Turner Inn, Kehoe House, Tybee Inn and the Mansion on Forsyth Park. After a day full of exploring at places like Forsyth Park, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Lafayette Square, couples can celebrate occasion by dining at intimate restaurants like Alligator Soul Restaurant, Circa 1875, the Olde Pink House Restaurant and Planters Tavern. For a more leisurely city tour, couples may also be interested in a delightful ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a sightseeing tour to outlying attractions like Wormsloe State Historic Site, Tybee Island or Bonaventure Cemetery, whose mystifying setting and iconic Bird Girl statue were made famous by the 1990s novel and subsequent film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” although the bronze sculpture more appropriately known as “Little Wendy”, has since been relocated to the Jepson Center near Telfair Square in the Historic District. Photo Credit: Thinkstock Sonoma Wine Country With miles of spectacular coastline, world-class wineries and a wealth of romantic dining and lodging, the Sonoma Wine Country is a superb destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day. To prove a point, Sonoma County is the only American destination with two hotels ranked in the top 10 from TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels for Romance – Honor Mansion in Healdsburg and Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen – and also offers Las Vegas-style gambling, entertainment and upscale lodging at Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park. Still, it’s impossible to single out just one local community as other small towns also feature lodging that ranks among the world’s most romantic, including the intimate Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, the historic Kenwood Inn and Spa and the Bodega Inn and Timber Cove Resort, situated along the breathtaking Sonoma Coast. As the home to more than 400 world-class wineries, couples have far too many wine tasting choices to consider over a single vacation, yet some notable suggestions could be Benovia Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, La Crema Winery, Madrone Estate Winery, Moshin Vineyards and St. Francis Winery. Lastly, the region affectionately known as the Valley of the Moon, is home to an extraordinary collection of romantic restaurants, including Michelin-starred restaurants like the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, Madrona Manor and Terrapin Creek Cafe, the Michelin-recommended Zazu Kitchen, the aforementioned St. Francis Winery, whose restaurant was twice named OpenTable’s Best Restaurant in America and Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg, led by the famed James Beard Award-winning chef Charlie Palmer. Related: How To Add Romance While Traveling With Kids

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    Basketball, hockey fans and taxpayers, should be rejoicing that the effort to get a viable arena in Seattle is back to square one. Namely, that KeyArena at Seattle Center is again in play as a potential professional male sports venue (it’s already home of the WNBA’s Storm). The city has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to turn the facility into an NBA and NHL-ready space using private funds. At least two major arena developers are planning to submit proposals. In the meantime, developer Chris Hansen is still hoping to move his SoDo arena forward without city financing. So, for the first time we have some genuine competition from multiple players over sites that could bring “the Sonics” back to Seattle, and pro hockey too. The big question about KeyArena — forget it, I’ll call it by its original name, the Coliseum, since Key Bank no longer sponsors it — is whether an arena acceptable to the NBA and NHL can be built on the site. City officials say they want to see proposals that assume the old Coliseum structure stays in place, but are willing to entertain additional concepts that start from scratch. The Coliseum is not currently a designated historic landmark. Word is the city is preparing a nomination that will go to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board within the next couple of months to settle the question. Artifacts Consulting of Tacoma, a well-respected historic preservation firm, is working on the nomination. They conducted a historic landmark survey of Seattle Center in 2013 and found the Coliseum’s to be landmark eligible. If it is designated a landmark, the city council will approve guidelines for what can and cannot be changed. It is hard to imagine that the Coliseum won’t meet a number of the required criteria. Its distinctive look (that hyperbolic paraboloid roof suggestive of a Salish rain hat) make it a literal recognizable landmark; it’s a highly significant work by architect Paul Thiry, father of Northwest modernism; it is associated with the historic Seattle World’s Fair; and its original cable roof structure was innovative and, though replaced in the mid-1990s, the form of the roof is intact. No one who attended the World’s Fair in 1962 would fail to recognize the Coliseum exterior today. The interior, which has been remodeled and reconfigured many times, is very unlikely to qualify for landmark protection, which means that it would be possible to build something entirely new under that roof that is consistent with the landmark status and in keeping with the building’s original purpose. Can it be made to work to current NBA and NHL standards? Consultants for the city and some of the potential RFP bidders say they are sure it can be. If the Coliseum’s exterior was constructed as a permanent fixture, with its massive concrete supports, impressive footprint, and squat pyramidal top, the rest of the facility was designed to be highly adaptable. When the concept was unveiled in the late 1950s, reactions were mixed. Some thought it was “a stunner,” that when “seen from the air … will gleam like a giant gem.” Others said the roof looked like a sculpture hammered out of old gas cans (shades of Frank Gehry’s smashed-looking EMP). But the builders knew it would survive the fair to live on as a permanent sports and convention center. That was a key element of the plans the public voted for when approving bonds for a civic center at the site. In 1958,  Gene Walby, head of a northwest sports advisory committee, discussed the proposed Coliseum with the Seattle Times and said, “By having the proper facilities, the Northwest could well bid for major status in basketball and hockey.” So it’s back to the future. The Coliseum was designed to be adaptable from a world’s fair pavilion in 1962 (it was Washington State’s) into a permanent home for sports (basketball, hockey and boxing) as well as concerts and conventions. It cost some $4 million to build and nearly $2 million to renovate after the fair. It reopened in 1964, and has since been updated, repaired (it was leaky) and remodeled a number of times to keep up with changing uses, priorities and demands. Very early in the world’s fair planning, one bold concept was to put a cable suspended roof over the entire fairgrounds — Thiry, the architect, was also the fair’s chief overseeing architect and had been inspired about suspended cable roofs after visiting the 1933-4 Chicago World’s Fair. The idea was ditched, fortunately, but the suspended roof concept was applied to the Coliseum, which became the covering for variable, and even fickle, sports-driven markets. We have learned that the life span of such venues is short: We blew up the Kingdome before it was paid for; the Coliseum became obsolete for NBA basketball not once but twice. When the Sonics left town, we were told the Coliseum-Key was not suitable for the NBA; now we’re told that smaller, high-amenity arenas are back in vogue. What we have is a permanent public site and a shelter with lots of flexibility about what happens underneath and adjacent to it. Instead of building from scratch, as at SoDo, why not make use of the existing infrastructure where the pubic investment has already been made? If the public is going to be asked to invest more, let it be in dealing with the transportation and parking that will attend any site. Geoff Baker, who has been reporting on the arena for The Seattle Times, says many of the arguments that the arena can’t be made to work again are “myths.” That may be so, but as anyone who has listened to decades of sports hype will tell you, it is wise to be skeptical about all claims. The Coliseum should  be landmarked in any honest evaluation of the significance of the structure. That need not be an obstacle, if the consultants and proposers are right. If it can continue its original duty of being a venue for sports and entertainment — and make money for the city in the process — it could be a win for history, sports fans and taxpayers. Disclosure: Knute Berger has worked as consulting historian for the neighboring Seattle Center landmark, the Space Needle.

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  • EDITORIAL | Appetite for bike share done right remains after Pronto demiseEDITORIAL | Appetite for bike share done right remains after Pronto demise

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    Seattle News / 9 h. 53 min. ago
  • Multiple days of anti-Trump protests planned in SeattleMultiple days of anti-Trump protests planned in Seattle

    This article has been updated with additional anti-Trump protests planned for the Seattle area. Protests immediately erupted in the Seattle after Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the electoral college. Those protests may have just been a preview for Seattle. Related: Kshama Sawant warns of more Trump protests in the future People in the Seattle area plan to continue their opposition with a series of anti-Trump protests and events as Trump takes over the Oval Office. Nearly 2.9 million more people voted for Trump’s rival Clinton in the popular vote. The Seattle region was one of the areas that came out strong for Clinton. And more than 6 million people voted for third-party candidates. Anti-Trump protests in Seattle There are three major events planned and targeted at President-elect Trump. • Jan. 18: Poster-making party for upcoming anti-Trump protests. • Jan. 19: Guerrilla Art School’s Night of Resistance. Artful Trump protests. • Jan. 20: On Inauguration Day, a “Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration – Seattle!” protest is planned for downtown Seattle at Westlake Park from 5-8 p.m. It is organized by Sawant’s political party, the Socialist Alternative, as well as Socialist Students of Seattle. The Facebook event indicates that more than 11,000 people are interested in participating in the demonstration, with 3,900 people confirmed as attending, and another 9,300 people invited to the protest. The event specifically cites opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border, stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, ending rape culture, and supporting Black Lives Matter. The Facebook event page reads: The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump. It is time to build a new party for the 99% based on the united power of all exploited and oppressed people, on movements for social and economic justice, on the belief that we CAN do better than this corrupt and rotten system! #ResistTrump !! #OccupyInauguration !! • Jan. 20: Beer Trumps Hate. Protesting Trump while having a beer. A fundraiser for the ACLU in resistance to the new president. • Jan. 20: Seattle student walk out. Centered on Seattle Central College, inviting students to walk out of class in protest. About 250 people are expected to participate. • Jan. 20: Race for our Rights 5K. A running event in Magnuson Park, set up to raise funds for Planned Parenthood in light of Trump’s election. • Jan. 20: Protest Milo Yiannopoulos at University of Washington. People are planning to protest an appearance of this controversial conservative at UW. • Jan. 20: Bed in. Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed-in protest. Organized by KEXP. • Jan. 21: Another 5K fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in protest of Trump’s inauguration. The run will go around Green Lake. • Jan. 21: The day after the inauguration, the “Women’s March on Seattle” is planned between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for downtown Seattle. A route for the march has yet to be released, but the Facebook event page states it will be announced once approved by city officials. The women’s march is organized be four private citizens. As of Tuesday morning, the event has 30,000 people signed on for the Seattle march, with 41,000 more people interested in attending. The event announcement reads: In solidarity with the march taking place in Washington, DC, we will march in Seattle. ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) are invited to march. We are showing our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election. The Seattle women’s march is meant to coincide with the larger, national march on Washington D.C. that same day. Jan. 22: Pantsuit 5K run/walk in protest of Trump’s inauguration. Also benefiting Planned Parenthood, and also around Green Lake. MyNorthwest included events in this post that will likely take over public or common space. There are additional events, some that require tickets that can be found here. 

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  • Seattle vanpool permit fees skyrocket 4000 percent - KOMO NewsSeattle vanpool permit fees skyrocket 4000 percent - KOMO News

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  • Lawmaker wants to head off Seattle’s safe-consumption sitesLawmaker wants to head off Seattle’s safe-consumption sites

    One King County legislator is working on a plan that could dramatically change the conversation around heroin and addiction treatment in Seattle, by short-circuiting any effort to create safe-consumption sites. State Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, has unveiled legislation that would block Seattle, and every other city and county in the state, from establishing safe consumption sites for heroin. In a press release, Miloscia said the move was a direct response to a report recently issued by the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force, set up by King County and the City of Seattle, and the county’s approval of funding for two sites in its 2017-2018 budget. The idea behind the sites is to provide a place where heroin users, for instance, can inject while around other people, reducing the rising risk of fatal overdoses. Miloscia said he sees the idea of safe sites as “a disaster,” perpetuating a drug epidemic. “I think King County, my county, is pouring gasoline on the fire.” “Canada’s system [of safe-injection sites], which I have actually gone and visited, has failed,” Miloscia said. “That’s not the model I think we need to emulate here and Washington state.” Miloscia’s proposal is still in its earliest form: After bills are announced in Olympia, they typically have to traverse several layers of committees, including public hearings. And there were early signs it might not fare well in that process. Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate expressed skepticism over Miloscia’s proposal, though the Democrats emphasized they hadn’t seen the specifics yet. The Senate Democrats’ leader, Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island, said at a weekly press conference that she was generally skeptical of putting control over the issue in the hands of the state. Democrat are the minority party in the Senate, where the bill is starting out, but hold a majority in the state House, where the bill would also have to pass. A House Democratic leader, Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Auburn, hedged at first when asked about the proposal, saying he didn’t know enough about it to comment. But he later said he generally agreed with Nelson. With control of the House, Democratic legislators could either vote the bill down in committee or on the floor, or simply refuse to give it a hearing. In a press conference, Miloscia said the state needs to attack the root causes of the state’s opioid epidemic, which he linked to homelessness and mental health issues. Miloscia said he will introduce a package of bills with that goal in the near future, but did not offer details. “Obviously, the way we’ve done planning and operational delivery of these services has been a complete failure,” Miloscia said. There were at least some indications Tuesday that, in addition to the Democratic skepticism, Miloscia’s measure might encounter less than enthusiastic support from fellow Republicans. House Republican minority leader J.T. Wilcox, of Pierce County, sounded a more reserved note at the same press conference. “It may be that there are multiple solutions,” Wilcox said. “I think the answer’s going to come from the local governments.” Wilcox later clarified that he doesn’t necessarily object to the idea of a state moratorium on safe consumption sites, but that the issue needed more discussion. Patricia Sully, a staff attorney with the Seattle Public Defender Association, who have advocated for establishing the sites, called Miloscia’s bill counterproductive. “We have tremendous research on [safe sites’] effectiveness to save lives, prevent fatal overdose and get people connected a continuous care,” Sully said. “Preventing [safe sites] from opening doesn’t help us move forward in ending this epidemic.” No jurisdiction should be forced to open the sites, Sully said. But, she added, “If they want to, they should be allowed to.” Crosscut’s David Kroman contributed reporting to this story.

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  •  Herculez Gomez ends playing career and joins ESPN as analyst Herculez Gomez ends playing career and joins ESPN as analyst

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  • Photo: Filipino activist David Della and Representative Velma Veloria at the State Capitol on Lobby Day, 1999. Photo by Dean Wong, February 1999.Photo: Filipino activist David Della and Representative Velma Veloria at the State Capitol on Lobby Day, 1999. Photo by Dean Wong, February 1999.

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  • Seahawks’ O-Line Coach Tom Cable Withdraws From 49ers Coaching ConsiderationSeahawks’ O-Line Coach Tom Cable Withdraws From 49ers Coaching Consideration

    SEATTLE (CBS) — Seattle Seahawks offensive line/assistant coach Tom Cable has withdrawn from consideration for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching position. Cable’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, Tweeted the announcement Tuesday afternoon. “Just spoke with my client Tom Cable and he is reaffirming his commitment to the Seahawks. He wishes to thank the 49ers for the consideration,” wrote Hendrickson. Cable, who has been with Seattle since 2011,  interviewed with the 49ers Sunday, according to San Francisco beat writer Eric Branch. ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent a Tuesday afternoon Tweet reporting the 49ers plan to hire Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach. Just spoke with my client Tom Cable and he is reaffirming his commitment to the Seahawks. He wishes to thank the 49ers for the consideration — Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) January 17, 2017

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  •  Big development sites in South Lake Union about to hit the market Big development sites in South Lake Union about to hit the market

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  • Photo: Pompeyo Benito Guloy, Jr. and Jimmy Bulosan Ramil are escorted through the halls of justice while cameras roll during their trial for the murders of Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo at the Cannery Workers Local 37 union hall. Photo by Kamol Sudthayakron, 1981.Photo: Pompeyo Benito Guloy, Jr. and Jimmy Bulosan Ramil are escorted through the halls of justice while cameras roll during their trial for the murders of Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo at the Cannery Workers Local 37 union hall. Photo by Kamol Sudthayakron, 1981.

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  • Seattle: a test case in Uber’s fight against unionsSeattle: a test case in Uber’s fight against unions

    Ride-hailing giant Uber is suing Seattle in an attempt to stop the city’s rollout of a first-of-its-kind chance for drivers to unionize. The lawsuit argues the city acted arbitrarily in creating rules for which drivers with companies like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to take part in proposed collective bargaining votes. Uber would prefer avoiding unionization altogether. For the company and for unions, the outcome here could have national implications for similar efforts to give drivers a say in their pay and working conditions. Uber had fiercely lobbied City Hall to grant all drivers a collective bargaining vote, gambling that the more part-time a driver, the less likely he or she would be to support organizing efforts. Proponents of the city law that gives drivers an option to unionize argue that Uber is trying to water down the influence of its most active, full-time drivers. In its draft rules released last December, the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) set the bar higher than Uber wanted, requiring three months of work and at least 52 trips before earning a vote in the process. The rules were scheduled to go into full effect today, but the lawsuit throws the timeline into question. Besides saying the city’s ultimate decision was arbitrary, the lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, the rules were created without proper deference to public comment and are “inconsistent with the governing ordinance and guiding labor law precedent.” From the moment Councilmember Mike O’Brien released his proposal in August 2015, he and other city officials knew they would likely face legal headwinds. “We know these companies are not afraid to play hardball,” O’Brien said at the time. The Seattle City Council ultimately elected to move forward in December 2015, acknowledging that doing so could mean sticking their necks out for lawsuits. Mayor Ed Murray elected to let the law go into effect without his signature, a move that was more symbolic of his hesitance than anything. The council vote was unanimous, neutering any threat of a mayoral veto. Since the approval, the rulemaking process was kicked, somewhat oddly, to FAS in part because of miscommunication about whose job it was to sort out the details. Meanwhile, Uber wasted no time launching its lobbying effort, running media campaigns and citywide advertisements claiming unionization would destroy the flexibility many drivers valued. Proponents countered that it would be up to the drivers to decide how much flexibility they wanted. Uber also foretold the specifics of Tuesday’s lawsuit last October, preemptively trying to cast doubt on the city’s process for gathering opinion from drivers. Drivers organized by Uber rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday. The lawsuit weighs in at a meaty 29 pages and is filled with dramatic language, calling the rule-making process “arbitrary and capricious.” “The rules disregard the facts and circumstances of the industry and lack a rational basis: they represent a significant departure from well-settled principles of labor law and ignore the practical realities of the for-hire transportation industry, as reflected in the public comments,” reads the filing. It goes on to argue that the director of FAS, Fred Podesta, chose to “draw an arbitrary line which excludes thousands of drivers from having the right to vote.” Representatives from FAS declined to comment, in line with its policy on pending litigation. Kimberly Mills, spokesperson for the City Attorney’s Office, said, “We will vigorously defend FAS’s rule-making process.” Howard Greenwich with Puget Sound Sage, which has backed the unionization idea, says the city law is well within Seattle’s authority. He contends that Uber’s arguments about flexibility are misleading. “What they’re really trying to do is prevent the [full-time] drivers who are most negatively impacted from having a say in the work.” Referring to academic research, Greenwich says the full-time drivers account for an overwhelming proportion of the company’s profit and should therefore have a more powerful voice. The argument that the city is excluding the voices of drivers doesn’t make sense to Greenwich, who argues that it is disingenuous to “say government is doing this, when in fact it’s Uber’s model to create a system of independent contracting in which Uber has max power and decision-making particularly over drivers who drive full time.” Uber is pouring resources into Seattle because of how far this legislation wanders into uncharted territory. There have been precious few cases that set any sort of precedent for defining independent drivers beyond what they are now. A lawsuit brought against Seattle by the United States Chamber of Commerce (not the Seattle-Metropolitan Chamber) was thrown out last year as premature. Now that the rules are set to take effect, however, a judge will likely rule a suit is timely.

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  • How the Supreme Court could derail Trump's plan to punish sanctuary cities like SeattleHow the Supreme Court could derail Trump's plan to punish sanctuary cities like Seattle

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  • FOLLOWUP: Mayor officially moves to authorize 3 encampments including Myers WayFOLLOWUP: Mayor officially moves to authorize 3 encampments including Myers Way

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  • Seattle mayor sends emergency order for 3 homeless campsSeattle mayor sends emergency order for 3 homeless camps

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sent an emergency order to the city council Tuesday authorizing three new homeless camps in the city. The three new encampments were first announced in December. The “emergency order” is mostly procedural, officially informing the council that the mayor plans to take action on an emergency — in this case, the local homeless crisis. Related: Seattle plans to open three new homeless tent encampments The three homeless camps will be located at: • 1000 South Myrtle Street — up to 50 tiny homes, serving 60-70 people. To open in February. • 9701 Myers Way South — up to 50 tent sites, serving 60-70 people. To open in February. • 8620 Nesbit Avenue North — up to 50 tiny homes, serving 60-70 people. To open in March. The homeless camps will be able to accommodate up to 210 people. They are a combination of tent sites and tiny homes. Seattle is funding case managers at each encampment. Those managers will further find placement for campers at stable housing. They will also refer campers to legal, medical, mental health, and substance use treatment services. The homeless camps will have regularly scheduled garbage pickup. Seattle Public Utilities will also conduct garbage pick up in nearby rights of way. SPU also has a program to pick up needles within 24 hours of notification. The camps will be permitted for one year. There will be an option to renew the homeless camps for an additional year after the initial permit expires. The mayor’s office reports that the city has been meeting with residents located near the three new camps. There are additional meetings for community members about the camps on Jan. 23 at the Georgetown Community Council Meeting. Also, Feb. 1 at the Myers Way Community Council Meeting. Homeless camps for now Officially, the city’s authorized homeless camps are a temporary fix to remedy the local homeless crisis that has lingered for years. It is estimated that more than 2,000 people are unsheltered in Seattle on any given night. The mayor’s long-term solution is called “Pathways Home.” It involves expanding 24-hour shelter services and re-focusing the city’s homeless solutions to an individual-based approach. The program is expected to take a couple years to set up. In the meantime, however, the city has implemented a “bridging the gap” program, which includes the homeless camps, such as the recently authorized tent encampments.

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  •  NFL star Marshawn Lynch narrowly avoids oncoming bus NFL star Marshawn Lynch narrowly avoids oncoming bus

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  • Sounders Add Three Players in Second Half of DraftSounders Add Three Players in Second Half of Draft

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  • Washington senator pushes to end safe injection sites statewideWashington senator pushes to end safe injection sites statewide

    A Washington lawmaker is working to prevent the heroin injection sites that have been supported by several leaders in the Seattle area. On Tuesday, Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) announced his attempt to ban sites that would allow people to legally inject heroin. “We must stop the push for decriminalization of drugs,” he said. “Standing idly by while addicts abuse illegal drugs is not compassionate, and it does not solve the problem.” The only safe site in North America is in Vancouver. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited the site last year, calling it “eye-opening.” Since the site, called Insite, opened, staff has tended to thousands of overdoses. KIRO 7 reports overdose deaths in the area around the site dropped by about 35 percent. Since the visit, a Seattle City Council member went so far as to volunteer two sites in Seattle; one in Belltown and one in Lake City. A KIRO 7 investigation found that overdoses in Seattle are on the rise. Since 2014, Seattle Fire has responded to 2,677 overdoses. “The number and the rate of heroin overdoses, non-fatal and fatal are clearly the highest in downtown Seattle. I know it’s underreported. Only half the time is 911 called,” University of Washington drug researcher Dr. Caleb Banta-Green told KIRO 7. The majority of drug overdoses are heroin and about three-quarters of all fatal overdoses in King County involve an opiate of some kind, KIRO 7 reports. Overdoses are overloading Seattle Fire and diverting crews from other emergencies, KIRO 7 reports. Each call costs at least $2,000, costing taxpayers millions since 2014. But Miloscia says it is more important to focus on getting people treatment and off illegal drugs, not encouraging drug abuse. He’s not alone. In November, for example, Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said such a program risks attracting more addicts by giving them cover from the law. “Isn’t it attracting people from all over the country? And what about your homeless population?” Troyer said. “I know from some of the cops I’ve talked to up there, most the homeless people they encounter on the streets aren’t from that area, but you’ve set it up for them pretty good.”

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  • T-Birds Win Streak at Five With Win Over ChiefsT-Birds Win Streak at Five With Win Over Chiefs

    KENT, January 15, 2016 – Alexander True scored two goals and Ethan Bear had three assists Sunday night at ShoWare Center to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-4 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. The T-Birds have now won five consecutive games. The T-Birds play the Everett Silvertips Tuesday at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center on a Director’s Mortgage 2-for-Tuesday. Seattle (23-14-3-1) took a 1-0 lead at 6:10 of the first period on a power-play goal from Austin Strand. Nolan Volcan sent the puck from the right corner to Strand at the right point. Strand took a slap shot with traffic in front of Spokane goalie Jayden Sittler. Strand’s shot beat Sittler high for his second goal of the season. Aaron Hyman had the second assist. The T-Birds extended the lead to 2-0 at 9:31 of the first on Jarret Tyszka’s fifth goal of the season. Sami Moilanen passed the puck to Tyszka in the left circle. Tyszka took a wrist shot that beat Sittler over the glove. Aaron Hyman had the second assist. Seattle outshot Spokane 9-6 in the first period. Moilanen gave the T-Birds a 3-0 lead at 4:59 of the second period. Ethan Bear sent the puck up the ice into the Spokane zone. Volcan chased the puck down on the right-wing boards. Moilanen was chasing the play and Volcan found him with a pass in the slot. Moilanen moved left and roofed the puck over a lunging Sittler for his 13th goal of the season. Spokane (18-20-5-2) cut the T-Birds lead to two goals when Hayden Ostir scored at 10:22 of the second. Keanu Yamamoto and Matt Leduc had the assists. The Chiefs cut the T-Birds lead to one goal at 13:13 of the second on a power-play goal from Kailer Yamamoto. Keanu Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan had the assists. The T-Birds took the two-goal lead back on the power play at 16:14 of the second. Mathew Barzal had the puck in the left circle. Barzal passed the puck to Bear at the high point. Bear took a slap shot that Alexander True tipped past Sittler for his 12th goal of the season. Both teams had 15 shots on goal in the second period and the T-Birds led 24-21 in shots after two periods. Ryan Gropp banged in a rebound at 4:25 of the third period to give the T-Birds a 5-2 lead. Turner Ottenbreit took a shot that rebounded off Sittler right to Gropp coming down the slot. Bear had the second assist on the goal. True scored his second of the night, on the power play, at 12:39 of the third to make it a 6-2 lead. True beat Sittler from just inside the left circle off assists from Keegan Kolesar and Barzal. Ondrej Najman scored at 14:32 of the third to get the Chiefs third goal of the game. Alex Mowbray and Riley McKay were credited with the assists. Kailer Yamamoto score the Chiefs four goal with 53 seconds left in the game off assists from Anderson-Dolan and Riley Woods. Spokane outshot Seattle 12-6 in the third period and 33-30 in the game. Seattle goalie Rylan Toth improved his record to 19-14-1-0 with 29 saves on 33 shots. Sittler made 24 saves on 30 shots and his record is now 11-9-2-1. SCORING SUMMARY First period – 1, Seattle, Strand 2 (Volcan, Neuls), 6:10 (pp).2, Seattle, Tyszka 5 (Moilanen, Hyman), 9:31. Penalties – Toporowski, Spo (tripping), 4:35. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Wedman), 7:02. Tyszka, Sea (cross checking), 18:30. Second period – 3, Seattle, Moilanen 13 (Volcan, Bear), 4:59. 4, Spokane, Ostir 4 (Ke. Yamamoto, Leduc), 10:22. 5, Seattle, Ka. Yamamoto 27 (Ke. Yamamoto, Anderson-Dolan), 13:13 (pp). 6, Seattle, True 12 (Bear, Barzal), 16:14 (pp). Penalties – Ottenbreit, Sea (high sticking), 12:49. Ostir, Spo (tripping), 14:51. Third period – 7, Seattle, Gropp 11 (Ottenbreit, Bear), 4:25. 8, Seattle, True 13 (Kolesar, Barzal), 12:39 (pp). 9, Spokane, Najman 3 (Mowbray, McKay), 14:32. 10, Spokane, Ka. Yamamoto 28 (Anderson-Dolan, Woods), 19:07. Penalties – Barzal, Sea (cross checking), 7:04. Ke. Yamamoto, Spo (slashing), 11:09. Shots on goal – Seattle 9-15-6 30, Spokane 6-15-12 33. Goalies – Seattle, Toth 33 shots-29 saves (19-14-1-0); Spokane, Sittler 30-24 (11-9-2-1). Power plays – Seattle 3-3; Spokane 1-4. A – 5,003. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Sean Raphael. Linesmen – Michael McGowan, Nathan Van Oosten.

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  • Announcement: AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year Banquet 2017Announcement: AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year Banquet 2017

    Photo from AAJA Seattle Facebook AAJA Seattle is holding its annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Saturday, January 21 at 6 p.m. at China Harbor Restaurant on Lake Union. Each year, AAJA Seattle holds banquet and silent auction to gather together and celebrate the start of a new year. Silent auction proceeds help support chapter programs. You don’t have to be a journalist or Asian to attend, so please, encourage your friends and colleagues to attend. The more the merrier! Discounted pre-sale tickets will be available until January 20 at 11:59 p.m. After that, tickets at the door will be $50 ($25 for students), so get your tickets early and save! China Harbor offers free parking in the lot in front of the restaurant. For more community announcements, click here

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  • Former Mariners President, Longtime Baseball Executive Dan O’Brien Sr. Dies at 87Former Mariners President, Longtime Baseball Executive Dan O’Brien Sr. Dies at 87

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Longtime major league executive Dan O’Brien Sr. has died at 87. The Texas Rangers said he died Monday in Dallas. The Rangers were one of four major league teams with whom O’Brien held front-office jobs over 45 years in professional baseball. O’Brien was the Rangers’ second general manager, from 1973 to 1973. He began his baseball career in 1955 as a minor league general manager and spent 10 years in the minors before joining the Rangers. He left Texas to become president and later general manager of the Seattle Mariners. He also worked in the front office with the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, Arizona Fall League and USA Baseball before his retirement in 2000. His son, Dan O’Brien Jr., was general manager of the Cincinnati Reds during the 2004-05 seasons after working an assistant GM in Texas from 1996 to 2003.

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  • Growing List of Democrats Boycotting Trump InaugurationGrowing List of Democrats Boycotting Trump Inauguration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The roster of House Democrats planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration grew to more than 40 on Tuesday in a protest of the New York businessman’s policies and his repeated criticism of legendary civil rights activist John Lewis. The Georgia congressman made headlines over the weekend for challenging Trump’s legitimacy to be the next president and erroneously claiming that Trump’s inauguration would be the first he will have missed since coming to Congress three decades ago. In fact, Lewis had skipped President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001. Trump struck on Tuesday morning, as is typical, on Twitter: “WRONG (or lie)!” Trump tweeted, citing a 2001 Washington Post report that noted Lewis had skipped George W. Bush’s inauguration. Lewis’ office on Tuesday confirmed that the congressman had missed Bush’s swearing-in. “His absence at that time was also a form of dissent,” said spokeswoman Brenda Jones. “He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.” Lewis said last week that he would skip Trump’s swearing in on Friday, telling NBC News that he didn’t view Trump as a legitimate president. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday. Lewis’ comments drew angry weekend tweets from Trump, who wrote that “rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Lewis should focus on his congressional district. The number of Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration continued to increase, including Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a top contender to lead the Democratic National Committee, as well as many black and Hispanic lawmakers. Top Democrats like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York will attend, however, and none of the Senate Democrats said they’ll skip the inauguration. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer shrugged off the protest and indicated they would give away the seats. “We’d love for every member of Congress to attend but if they don’t, we’ve got some great seats for others to partake in. It’s a shame that these folks don’t want to be part of the peaceful transfer of power,” Spicer told reporters on a morning call. On Tuesday, Democrats such as Alma Adams of North Carolina, Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire joined the growing ranks of lawmakers boycotting Trump’s inauguration. “I cannot in good faith and consciousness pretend to celebrate the inauguration of someone who has spoken so horribly about women, minorities and the disabled,” Adams said. Trump and other Republicans have dismissed the boycott and complaints, saying Democrats are sore losers who need to accept the results of the election and move on. Democrats control 194 House seats. While many Democrats were furious with the outcome of the drawn out 2000 election in which George W. Bush defeated Al Gore after recounts and a Supreme Court ruling, they generally attended Bush’s inauguration as the nation’s 43rd president. The House is out of session most of this week and roll call votes are not anticipated, so other lawmakers in both parties may skip the trip. Obama repeatedly faced questions during the 2008 campaign about the widely debunked claim that he was not a U.S. citizen and that his birth certificate was a fake. Trump, in fact, perpetuated that notion for many years before a brief statement last year that Obama was a citizen. Republicans attended Obama’s two inaugurations. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said he will not be part of the “normalizing or legitimizing” of a man whose election may be the result of “malicious foreign interference of Russian leaders,” a reference to U.S. intelligence’s assessment that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump win. ___ Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.

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  • Jayapal further distances herself from president-elect TrumpJayapal further distances herself from president-elect Trump

    After initially trying to bring people together and be a voice of hope, Pramila Jayapal continues to distance herself from the president-elect. Jayapal, Washington’s 7th District Congress member who replaced Jim McDermott in November, wrote that Donald Trump “has continued to demean our heroes and divide our country.” For that, she wrote, she would not be attending the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Ross: Are you suffering from Twitter fatigue? Trump sure isn’t “Instead, I’ll be spending the day in the district with my constituents, many of whom are truly terrified that they will no longer have a home in this country,” Jayapal continued. The decision to skip the inauguration follows a heated moment with Vice President Joe Biden, during which Jayapal attempted to address Biden during the final electoral tally. Jayapal’s tone toward the next administration has changed significantly since November. She told KIRO Radio’s Jason and Burns that “We have to hope for the best that Donald Trump will understand the significance of the role he is about to assume.” Since then, however, Trump has broken long-standing conventions and his Cabinet picks embody a drastic change from the Obama administration. That helps explain why Jayapal won’t be alone in her inaugural protest. Dozens of members of Congress have admitted they will skip the inauguration on Friday, including Rep. Adam Smith, according to KING 5. Politico reports that as of Sunday, at least 19 House Democrats said they would skip the inauguration events. Seattle-area Trump protests The list of rallies and protests around Western Washington continue to grow. A Reddit post keeping tabs on the events show poster-making parties are the popular activities leading up to Jan. 20. A number of events are scheduled for inauguration day. The final event listed is planned on Sunday when a pantsuit 5k run/walk will be held. The full list can be found here. What will most likely be the largest event of the weekend is the “Womxn’s March,” when thousands are expected to silently march from Judkins Park to Seattle Center.

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  • Report: Boeing CEO meets with Trump, makes ‘great progress’Report: Boeing CEO meets with Trump, makes ‘great progress’

    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says he and President-elect Donald Trump made “great progress” during a meeting on the next Air Force One fleet. Muilenburg visited Trump Tower Tuesday morning to discuss the contract for the second time since Trump publicly criticized the aerospace giant for the estimated cost of the Air Force One program. Related: Boeing’s problems are nothing when compared to ‘the old days’ Last month, Trump tweeted, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” The New York businessman, who flies on his own Boeing plane, told reporters the cost to the government was “ridiculous,” though he appeared to be citing more than just the bare acquisition costs. Trump said he wanted the aircraft manufacturer to make money, “but not that much.” In the wake of that, Muilenburg vowed that the company would build the new version of the jet for less money. However, the Air Force would likely have to change its requirements to lower costs. “It was a terrific conversation,” Muilenburg said after his first meeting with Trump. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a good man and he’s doing the right thing.” In March, the Government Accountability Office estimated the total program cost of the Air Force One program at more than $3.2 billion. Much of that would be for research and development. The Defense Department put the cost of two new aircraft around $4 billion, the Associated Press reports. That cost would also include research and development, construction and maintenance. As of December, the Air Force spent around $170 million on contracts to begin identifying what would need to be done to a 747-8 to adapt it for use by the president and his staff. Under the current deal, the Air Force would purchase the 747-8, which is a newer version of the two currently in use by the government. The two modified Boeing 747s President Obama has used were built in the 1980s. They took flight in the early 1990s. The new Air Force One planes wouldn’t be ready until about 2023 or 2024, which would be the end of Trump’s second term — if he sought and won re-election. Reuters reports that after their second meeting, Muilenburg, who wouldn’t go into much detail, said he and Trump “made some great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One,” which could lead to “substantial cost reductions.”

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  • Baldwin Exits E Washington, Now Offensive Coordinator at CalBaldwin Exits E Washington, Now Offensive Coordinator at Cal

    CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin is leaving the FCS powerhouse to become the offensive coordinator at California under new coach Justin Wilcox. Baldwin announced his decision on Monday, leaving the school where he won five Big Sky Conference titles, reached the FCS semifinals four times and won a national championship in 2010. Baldwin was 85-32 in nine seasons in charge of the Eagles’ program. Baldwin had conversations in the past with FBS schools about head coaching positions, most notably Oregon State two years ago and Nevada this offseason. Baldwin said he believed the coaching carousel was done for the year until he had initial conversations late last week about joining Wilcox’s staff. “This one became one that I just knew was right,” Baldwin said. Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves said assistants Aaron Best and Jeff Schmedding will serve as co-interim coaches while a search is conducted.

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  • ‘No truth’ to report of Seattle mayor avoiding NBA leaders‘No truth’ to report of Seattle mayor avoiding NBA leaders

    The Seattle Mayor’s Office and the NBA are denying a report that Ed Murray has been “ducking” calls from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about a new arena. Report: Ed Murray re-election campaign has everything but an opponent The website, 16 Wins a Ring, cites unnamed NBA sources in a report claiming the league is set to announce two expansion teams, and that Seattle would get one of them if it works out the arena situation. However, the report says the NBA commissioner is “frustrated” Murray isn’t returning his calls for an update on the arena. “[NBA Commissioner] Silver has been frustrated by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ducking of his calls and meeting requests,” 16 Wins reports. Seattle and NBA representatives told The Seattle Times the report is false. Murray spokesperson Benton Strong told the Times he was planning to set up a conference call with the NBA and NHL, but the mayor’s office has not been avoiding league leaders and there was “no truth” to what 16 Wins is reporting. The idea of bringing an NBA team back to Seattle has been floated for some time now. Recently, the City of Seattle released the Request for Proposal to redevelop KeyArena. That request asks bidders to meet the minimum requirements for an NBA and NHL arena. It also requires bidders to submit two plans: One if KeyArena is designated a historic landmark and another to tear down the existing venue and build a new one. Meanwhile, Chris Hansen’s private investment group continues to push for an arena in SoDo. In October, a proposal from the group showed the investment team has offered to forgo public financing and cover the funding gap for an infrastructure project to ease congestion concerns near the Port of Seattle. Murray has emphasized that he wants to be the mayor that brings an NBA team back to Seattle and is open to all proposals.

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  • King County rolls out first phase of food safety ratings programKing County rolls out first phase of food safety ratings program

    Starting Tuesday, King County diners will know much more about the safety of restaurant food. Public Health Seattle and King County is rolling out the first phase of the food safety ratings program in North Seattle, Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park. Related: The emoji is King County’s new food safety rating system Restaurants there will have signs in their windows that clearly indicate how that restaurant has scored in food safety inspections. A restaurant’s rating is based on three main components: trend of food safety practices over time, scale of performance and rating on a curve, according to the health department. The signs must be displayed near the front entry and will feature emoji facial expressions. Happy face indicates excellent inspection results. A sad face means the restaurant needs improvement. A Seattle lawyer who has represented hundreds of food borne illness victims believes the signs are good for consumers. “The more information the public has, the better. I think it’s a good thing and I’m glad Seattle, King County did it,” said attorney Bill Marler. Later Tuesday, Public Health of Seattle and King County will unveil the winning sign of six that consumers have been voting on for months. King County is the first urban county in the US to base its food safety ratings on four inspections instead of just one.

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  • Seattle elite top list of world’s richest peopleSeattle elite top list of world’s richest people

    Three of the world’s richest people have a deep connection to the greater Seattle area. The Associated Press recently reported that the world’s eight richest people together own roughly what half the rest of the world owns. While the Associated Press points out that the list shared certain common traits — they’re all men and mostly American — Seattle is another common factor for some. Related: This is what happens when Bill Gates is your Secret Santa No surprise, Bill Gates of Microsoft fame tops the list of the world’s richest people with $75 billion. Gates, of course, garnered his wealth with the rise of Microsoft, based in Redmond. Down the list at No. 5 is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, worth $45.2 billion. Amazon started as an online book retailer in 1994 and quickly grew to become the world’s largest online retailer. The company is based in Seattle. Bezos has other aspirations and he’s keeping them close to home. He started aerospace company Blue Origin with the aim of providing access to space for consumers. That company is based in Kent and is currently charged with developing space technology. World’s richest While he’s not strictly Seattle-related, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg — with a worth of $44.6 billion — comes in at No. 6 on the top 8 list of world’s richest people. Facebook is based in Menlo Park, Calif. But the social media giant has one of the largest footprints in Seattle’s tech neighborhood of South Lake Union. Facebook currently has just under one million square feet of office space in downtown Seattle, GeekWire reports. The company reportedly employs more than 1,000 people in Seattle. Facebook’s Seattle offices are largely for engineering. Here is the AP’s full list of world’s richest people: • Bill Gates: $75 billion • Amancio Ortega: $67 billion • Warren Buffett: $60.8 billion • Carlos Slim Helu: $50 billion • Jeff Bezos: $45.2 billion • Mark Zuckerberg: $44.6 billion • Larry Ellison: $43.6 billion • Michael Bloomberg: $40 billion

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  • Gig Harbor nativity drama adds another chapterGig Harbor nativity drama adds another chapter

    Two national special-interest legal groups have set their sights on Gig Harbor, preparing for a showdown between religious liberty and constitutional rights. Gig Harbor skipped its annual nativity scene in 2016 after the city received legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Now, another national organization has set its sights on Gig Harbor and is prepared for a fight. Related: Satanist group wants its clubs in public schools “This is a standard pattern occurring across the country: a radical group will complain to the local government about a nativity scene in a holiday display, and the government will immediately surrender out of fear of legal trouble,” says Roger Byron, senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute. “This is sad and flagrantly un-American. The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that such a display is perfectly lawful and has been for decades.” On Monday, the First Liberty Institute sent a letter to Gig Harbor arguing that the law is straightforward and simple. According to its interpretation, the city should have no problem allowing the nativity scene. It offered to meet with city officials to help guide them in the First Amendment issue — specifically on what is called the “Reindeer Rule.” The rule basically states that cities can host such nativity scenes as long as secular aspects are present, such as snowmen, reindeer, etc., according to First Liberty’s letter. The First Liberty Institute is a legal organization dedicated to fighting religious freedom cases. If the Freedom From Religion Foundation is dedicated to keeping church and state separate by making sure a baby Jesus is nowhere to be found on public property, First Liberty is its opposition — letting baby Jesus show up wherever he likes. Or at least, wherever American citizens like. First Liberty promotes that it makes legal stands for all Americans, of all faiths, to practice their religion. Its cases are largely over Judaeo-Christian issues and in most instances, the organization files amicus briefs. The Gig Harbor issue fits right in with many of its past and current cases. Northwest residents may recognize the First Liberty Institute from other high profile cases. It represents Oregon’s Aaron and Melissa Klein in the ongoing wedding cake controversy. The couple refused to make a cake for a lesbian wedding. It also has taken up the fight of Bremerton football coach Joe Kennedy, who caused controversy when he prayed with his players. Gig Harbor: Legal battleground Before the holiday season started in 2016, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the City of Gig Harbor. It argued that the city was violating the separation of church and state by allowing a resident to set up a nativity scene on public property. The scene had been set up for years by Gig Harbor’s John Skansi. He set it up in a park named after his family. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said that if the city had no permitting process for such displays, it was favoring a religion. The city opted to skip the scene in 2016, and planned to address the issue in 2017 — most likely setting up a permitting process. The matter sparked a controversy among Gig Harbor residents. First Liberty now represents Skansi.

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  • At UW, students get lessons on homelessnessAt UW, students get lessons on homelessness

    On a chilly Saturday morning, more than a dozen volunteers helped set up a tent city for the homeless in a new spot: the University of Washington campus. As the cold air turned their breath to steam, homeless encampment residents, UW officials and students set up large, tarp-covered tents to serve as dorms, common areas, a kitchen and computer center for the homeless residents of the encampment to use. Slowly but surely, Tent City 3 is settling into its new home for the winter. Like the other homeless tent cities in Seattle, Tent City 3 moves location roughly every three months. The stay at the UW promises to be something different: It’s designed to help educate students as well as benefit the encampment residents, and the very first meetings between students taking classes related to homelessness and the campers began last week. The tent city sits on a parking lot near the south edge of the campus. During the set up, the volunteers and residents hammered together wooden pallets to undergird the tents and protect from the cold concrete of the parking lot. “This is a historic event,” said Olivia Mansker-Stoker, a UW student and volunteer with the Tent City Collective. “An authorized encampment has never been hosted by an institution this large, especially a public institution.” A basic search appears to confirm this. Two private schools, Seattle University in 2005 and Seattle Pacific University in 2012 and 2014 have previously hosted homeless camps. A plan approved last June by UW President Ana Mari Cauce, after nearly a decade of advocacy by students, stipulates that Tent City 3 will stay at the UW for 90 days and won’t be funded by tuition or tax dollars. The self-regulating Tent City 3 community has a code of conduct prohibiting drugs, alcohol, violence and weapons, and all residents are screened for sex-offender status. The UW and SHARE, the organization that supports the tent city, developed a safety plan. Public service is part of the UW’s motivation, as Cauce explained in a letter to the campus community — even if housing a maximum of 99 homeless people is just a drop in the ocean of at least 3,000 homeless people in Seattle. But the larger goal is to educate students and enrich their experience. University spokesperson Sally Clark recently said that university faculty had proposed some dozen classes that would engage with the tent city, with at least eight winning approval from the self-governing Tent City Collective. It’s really up to them,” Clark said. Among the approved courses are an introductory English composition class, a multidisciplinary medical course on caring for those experiencing homelessness and one in oral health. Professor Victoria Lawson’s honors course, Engaging Homelessness, will cover the history of Seattle homelessness, and the tent city movement. There will be a class visit to the tent city and classroom visits by homeless residents. Lawson said it’s important “to see students who are privileged taking on the broader questions — not only of how they might provide immediate daily needs, but also what it is that leads in our society, our economy, our city, to that being a need in the first place.” For Lawson, “The fact that tent city is here … gave a sense of immediacy.” One hundred fifteen nursing, pharmacy, social work and public health students enrolled for a health equity course focusing on how non-medical factors affect the health of marginalized people. Co-instructor Wendy Barrington, a public health professor, hopes that students learn how to get away from the hospital bedside and into the community. “It’s really to kind of burst the bubble of our experience,” she said. “When we have that lack of connection, it makes it difficult to ensure that people are able to access health and have equitable health outcomes.” Dozens of students from the class, tent city residents, volunteers and faculty gathered last Thursday evening for a potluck dinner in a large room in the UW South Campus Center. People ate, played board games and talked. At first, many tent city residents and students clustered in groups at separate tables, but later they mixed and talked together. Halfway through the evening, volunteers brought out stations for a foot clinic. At the potluck, Jason Tavares, who’s lived at Tent City 3 for five months and serves as media coordinator, said UW students have been visiting the encampment, whether to help out or just play guitar and sing with the residents. Several students at the potluck said engaging with the tent city through class or volunteering is sure to help them in their professional training. “Everyday in the hospital you’re going to have a chance to come across someone who is homeless, whether you know it or not,” said Alicia Placko, an aspiring family nurse practitioner. Melissa Krell, pursuing a global health certificate and studying to be a pediatric nurse, said engaging with the tent city could teach people in her position to be better advocates for the homeless and other marginalized populations. Jonathan Tin, a doctoral student in nursing practice, also works in a hospital surgical unit, where he sees homeless people in difficult circumstances, often because of their lifestyles or mental health issues. “This is a really good experience because it flips it around,” he said of meeting with them for the class. “You get to see people at their best, not at their worst, and then you get to realize how similar they are to you as a person.” For him, “that experience is priceless right there.” Whether Tent City 3 comes back to the UW — where, unlike most encampments, it has access to running water and electricity — depends on how well this stay goes, according to UW spokesperson Clark. “Does it work for Tent City 3 as a community? Did it work for the UW campus community? Did it work for the surrounding businesses and residences?” Many involved with the project hope that it will be the start of new things. “This is what we really consider the first step,” said Josephine Ensign, a UW School of Nursing faculty member who has also worked from the beginning with student advocates of hosting a tent city. “We’re hoping that it can build momentum,” she said, noting that the tent city has always been a partner in the process. UW doctoral student and nurse Tin sees big possibilities for students learning from hosting the tent city. “I think that people are very good at staying apathetic, giving distance between themselves, but really the true mark of being a nurse or being a compassionate human being is to close that gap,” he said. “I think that this is a good stepping stone. I mean, there are so many people here in the school of nursing that are doing this, it’s their first time interacting with the homeless population, first time closing that gap, taking that step forward.” — This series made possible with support from Northwest Harvest. The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, or comments on this article are those of the authors and do not reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Northwest Harvest.

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  • Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachersWanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers

    Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation’s foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective in public schools — if it’s offered at all. Currently, only one in 10 schools in the state offers courses that teach kids advanced computer science skills. The tides may be turning, however. Attention to computer science education has increased lately, due in part to the overwhelming skills gap between Washington’s university graduates and available jobs in the tech industry. Lawmakers are realizing that, in order to remedy this problem, schools need to give all kids an equal shot at learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. Governor Jay Inslee has said that he wants to see computer science courses in every public school in the state in the next four years. Outgoing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn adopted Washington’s first official standards for implementing computer science curricula in December. The standards are based on a national framework meant to establish a baseline literacy in computer science education, although the specifics of how it plays out will vary from district to district. The trouble may be finding teachers who are willing and able to teach it. The Bellevue School District is currently working with preliminary versions of the new standards. Educators there are in the process of integrating computer science into the school day as a core skill, and eventually as a graduation requirement just like math or English. “We’re developing a pathway that starts at kindergarten, maybe even preschool,” says Greg Bianchi, STEM developer for the Bellevue School District. What kind of computer science would a kindergartener be learning, you ask? Although today’s kindergarteners seem to be much handier with an iPhone than most adults will ever be, the curricula at the earliest stages would not involve any sort of technology. Instead, kids would learn a type of thinking that’s crucial for later grade levels that would actually involve a computer. For example, they could create simple algorithms about everyday occurrences in their lives, or create sequences with toy blocks as a precursor to writing code. In Grace Waylen’s fifth-grade class at Somerset Elementary School in Bellevue, students are designing games using a variable. The curriculum is implemented electronically with step-by-step instructions, and kids work both in pairs and independently. “Right now, they’re modelling matter in science,” Waylen says. “They’re putting together programs to show what happens when they mix two liquids.” With regard to the upper levels, high school juniors and seniors would learn everything from basic programming to higher-level programming languages and robotics. “The levels would build off of each other,” says Shannon Thissen, computer science program specialist at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The goal of the new computer science standards isn’t to get every student to be a traditional software developer, but rather to give them the tools they’ll need in a tech-dependent world, regardless of what kind of career they choose. To do that, the new computer science curricula will need to assimilate with various subjects, including math or social studies. Of course, the endeavor will encounter some difficulties along the way. The first of those may be finding teachers, when people with computer science skills can make a lot more money in private industry than they ever could in the public schools. Luckily there are those, like Waylen, who are willing to learn. Last summer, she took a course on computational thinking and trained in an interactive program called Scratch that lets students in the classroom program their own games and animations. Around 150 Washington K-5 teachers have partnered with code.org in a pilot program that brings the fundamentals of computer science to the classroom. Reaching historically underrepresented populations is another concern. “Closing the opportunity gap is central to the Bellevue School District’s work,” says Bianchi. Thissen cites reaching rural school districts, tribal schools and minority students as some of OSPI’s biggest challenges. “OSPI has a lot of supporting organizations out there,” she says, with regard to implementing the standards in low-income schools. “But we’ll need to work on increasing those.” Partnerships with companies such as Microsoft and Expedia, and the nonprofits like Washington STEM, have also helped build a community of support around computer science education. Waylen says her students have already had some breakthrough moments with their computer science skills. “There are two students with disabilities in my class and it’s been fun to watch them be successful and participate alongside their gen-ed peers,” she says. “There’s an inclusivity that they feel.” “All students will need computer science in their careers and daily lives,” Bianchi says. “Not having these basic skills will put them at a tremendous disadvantage for their futures.” — This series made possible with support from Alaska Airlines. The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, or comments on this article are those of the authors and do not reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Alaska Airlines.

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  • 4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener

    There isn’t really a way around it — the 2016 national election was a big change for our country’s political calculus. President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated the most anti-environmental cabinet in the past century. But here at home, the changes we saw were mostly positive. Washingtonians once again voted with their core values, and in our state’s highest offices we have environmental champions ready to stand up to big polluters and continue to help build the clean energy economy. But that doesn’t mean our work is done. We still have some in our Legislature who oppose this positive vision for Washington. The good news is people across our state have a chance to take environmental action right here at home. We know there are common values we can all rally around — the right to clean air and clean water, the opportunity to earn a living wage in a healthy community and the ability to enjoy our state’s natural beauty. Most Washingtonians believe these values come before polluters’ profits. Now more than ever, Washington, along with states like Oregon and California, has the opportunity — and responsibility — to lead the country on environmental protection, green job creation and climate action. As a member of the Environmental Priorities Coalition, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters have put together three achievable legislative priorities for this upcoming legislative session. Reducing toxic pollution in all communities. Toxic pollution — including toxic waste sites, harmful chemicals, and stormwater runoff — threatens communities around Washington, and the state does not have the funding needed to address this significant problem. There are solutions ready to stabilize the revenue and ensure funds are adequate for cleaning up dangerous pollution that impacts our health and environment. Oil transportation safety. Washington continues to face significant risks from potential oil spills and disasters in every corner of the state. The massive Tesoro Savage proposal in Vancouver reminds us that the oil industry has its eyes on Washington. And the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia adds new urgency to protecting Puget Sound from a catastrophic accident. The risks to our environment and our economy are too great not to act. Water for people, farms and fish. Recently, the state Supreme Court issued a decision that underscored the need to tie sustainable water management to land use planning. The decision will help ensure that hard-working people who buy property and buy homes will have enough water for basic needs. Rather than allow anyone to take more than their fair share, this balanced approach provides needed solutions that protect a reliable supply of clean water for rural farmers, local fishing communities, homebuyers and fish. Legislators can help by passing a law that requires planning for future growth that protects in-stream flows and provides for clean, safe water to our homes and farms. Most importantly, Washington can lead the nation on the right path to building a 21st century clean economy and take significant steps to address carbon pollution. This is especially urgent, as the Trump administration looks to undermine the progress we have gained nationally with the Clean Power Plan and International Paris Agreement. Thankfully, we have leaders here at home, like Gov. Jay Inslee, who continue to put forth solutions. Working to finally fully address pollution in our state is a coalition of communities of color, labor organizations, faith leaders, businesses and environmental advocates who are pushing for action this year. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy will work with legislators to advance a concrete proposal to cut carbon pollution and reinvest in clean energy solutions like wind and solar. This includes supporting the communities and workers hardest hit by pollution and the transition off dirty energy. Together we can require polluters to pay for what they emit and invest the revenue in the clean energy solutions we know we need, address the concerns of communities and help transition workers to a cleaner economy. Washington has a long-held reputation for environmental action, one that’s used as both praise and a sneered cliché. But that “evergreen” reputation isn’t a convenient accident of geography — it took years of dedicated, bipartisan action to build the environmental protections we now take for granted. As long as I’ve lived in this state, I’ve never known Washington to shrink from a fight. This is the chance for a new generation of lawmakers and activists to build on the past and to define what our values truly mean. Are they convenient slogans and catch phrases, or are we prepared to take real action to build a better future?

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  •  On Martin Luther King Jr Day, his daughter says "God can triumph over Trump" On Martin Luther King Jr Day, his daughter says "God can triumph over Trump"

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  • Facing a Trump presidency, local organizations step up to protect immigrants and refugeesFacing a Trump presidency, local organizations step up to protect immigrants and refugees

    The community was invited to a citizen workshop by the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs in December. • Photo by Alabastro Photography When Donald Trump is inaugurated as president on January 20, local organizations in Washington are ready to fight and advocate for authorized and undocumented immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and members of other minority groups that Trump has threatened and targeted with xenophobic and racist rhetoric since the beginning of his presidential campaign. From proposing to target 11 million undocumented immigrants with a new deportation force, to proposing to create a registry for Muslims and ban anyone of the faith from entering the United States—not to mention the xenophobic rhetoric and apparent wave of hate crimes and harassment following his election—Trump has given immigrants and refugees many reasons to worry. “Across the board, people are rightly scared about what’s to come,” says Cuc Vu, director of the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). “It’s important for allies and residents to understand that this fear doesn’t just exist among those who are here without authorization—it exists along the entire spectrum of people who are immigrants and refugees.” To this end, the city of Seattle is already working to help support immigrants and refugees and keep them informed of their rights and resources available to them, Vu says. “Organizationally, we’re not scared.” Vu points to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s recent declaration that Seattle would remain a welcoming city for undocumented immigrants and the city’s willingness to fight the White House to protect immigrants. The city is limited in what it can do—for example, it can’t provide immigration lawyers, which is one of the most desired services for immigrant individuals and organizations, according to Vu. But the city can be an active participant, she says. This includes city departments providing information, and helping nonprofits like the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) with its programs. Vu says the city is especially focused on supporting the children of immigrants and refugees. How immigrants should prepare Jorge Barón, executive director of the NWIRP, says his organization’s main response will be continuing their work of 32 years: defending people in individual cases in immigration court and when they’re facing deportation proceedings, “and filing affirmative cases to protect people’s rights in federal courts or state courts when necessary.” “It’s going to be some of the same things. It’s just going to be much more work,” Barón says. Under Trump, he says, “I think it’s gonna get even worse—much worse is what we’re anticipating.” For now, the NWIRP is educating people on their rights, how they can prepare for being detained or deported, and what resources they’ll have at their disposal. The organization is also making sure people know that they won’t be rounded up on the morning of January 21. “There’s some level of anxiety that this is going to be imminent, and that’s not something that we anticipate.” Still, there’s much for immigrants to be prepared for, according to Barón. For instance, when questioned by an immigration officer, immigrants should get a lawyer right away and, most importantly, not tell the officer their citizenship or immigration status, as it could be used against them. If they are detained, Barón said, people should not sign off on their deportation because there may be options to fight for their case. And people should make a plan for if they are detained or deported. If you’re arrested at work, who will pick up your children from school? Do your kids have someone authorized to take care of them, and do they have passports if they need to travel with you? What about paying for a lawyer, and a plan for who will take care of your assets and property? “It’s not something that people want to think about, necessarily, but unfortunately the reality is that these are practical things that could have an impact on community members,” Baron says. “It’s not just undocumented people who are going be targeted, it’s going be the entire community potentially,” he adds. “And obviously there’s a lot of mixed-status families.” Long-term permanent residents with even a minor criminal record could be at risk of deportation, even if they’re here lawfully. This is because “given that president-elect Trump has said he wants to deport millions of people—well that’s going to mean going after some of those folks as well.” Like the NWIRP, immigrant advocacy organization OneAmerica will be focusing on organizing in immigrant and refugee communities and making sure people know their rights, according to executive director Rich Stolz. OneAmerica will also work on building coalitions with other organizations with similar progressive goals, advocate on the state and local level, and partner with national organizations. There are a range of issues to focus on that will impact immigrant and refugee communities, Stolz says, from immigration enforcement to the erosion of the social safety net and reproductive rights that may accompany the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. So far, Stolz says, there are some great coalitions coming together, between labor, immigrant organizations, and others. Different immigrant groups face different impacts Diane Narasaki, executive director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)—which provides a broad array of behavioral health programs, human services, and civic engagement activities services in Seattle and Bellevue—believes that Asian Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees will face unique challenges under a Trump administration. This is because around 60 percent of the community consists of first-generation immigrants and refugees. Among them are many undocumented immigrants and possible recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The API community is also very diverse, and includes Muslims. “The anti-immigrant and xenophobic statements made by the incoming administration, including raising the specter of a Muslim registry, pose the same sort of threat that the alien registry did to innocent Japanese immigrants who were subsequently incarcerated, along with their American children, in American concentration camps during World War II,” Narasaki wrote in an email to the International Examiner. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington State Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), notes that 2015 saw a record number of hate crimes against Muslims in the United States, and that according to opinions polls, around 50 percent of Americans—not just conservatives—support Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States. “So that tells us that Trump is simply offering solutions to ideas that people already have in their minds, fears and insecurity they already have,” Bukhari says. CAIR has been preparing for the coming Trump presidency by mapping out different possible ways a Muslim registry might take shape, while monitoring hate crimes and providing information to Muslims about what to do if attacked or harassed, or questioned by the FBI. The organization has also been urging Muslims who are immigrants and refugees to apply for citizenship if they don’t have it. Bukhari notes that there have been reports of people from Muslim countries or with Muslim-sounding names facing undue delays in being granted citizenship, something they should also report to CAIR. “These are unprecedented times and there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Vu says. “But what we do know is that change happens when people commit and stay the course.” For more news, click here

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  • Treatment not prison for notorious Seattle sex 'temple' madamTreatment not prison for notorious Seattle sex 'temple' madam

    King County prosecutors claim Rainbow Love was caught operating a brothel out of this Seattle apartment building, located at 1800 S. Jackson St., in May 2014. King County prosecutors claim Rainbow Love was caught operating a brothel out of this Seattle apartment building, located at 1800 S. Jackson St., in May 2014.

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  • Despite some GOP support, death penalty ban faces tough roadDespite some GOP support, death penalty ban faces tough road

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, with backing from some Republicans as well as by fellow Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, is embarking on a new push to abolish the death penalty in the state. The move comes as the latest step in a long but so far ineffective campaign by Democrats and some Republicans in Washington. Still, a group announcing the proposal Monday appeared broader than past coalitions, including not only Republican senators, but also former attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, raising at least some Democrats’ hopes for the proposal. “The evidence is absolutely clear that death penalty sentences are unequally applied, they are frequently overturned, and they are always costly,” said Inslee. “Look at Gary Ridgway — he killed 40 people, [but] he’s not receiving capital punishment,” Inslee said, referring to the Green River serial killer of women. “How is that equitable?” Inslee declared a moratorium on death penalties in the state when he took office in 2014. At Monday’s press conference Ferguson said that the proposal wouldn’t apply to the eight people sitting on death row in Washington prisons. They could still theoretically be executed if Inslee’s successor lifted his moratorium, which is separate from Monday’s proposal. Overall, Republican opposition to the bill could be stiff. Similar measures have died in the state legislature before, and Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, said during a press conference of his own Monday that he remained opposed to abolition. Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane County, heads the Senate Law and Justice committee, which will likely be charged with hearing the bill, but was unavailable for comment Monday. O’Ban is the committee’s vice chair. “The people of the state support capital punishment,” O’Ban said. O’Ban added that he thought the bill at least deserved a hearing, and the chance to be discussed in public — but hedged when asked if the it deserved a committee vote. The rules generally require committee approval before the full Senate can vote on a proposed law. Senate Republican floor leader Joe Fain said Monday he was aware of the bill, but refused to comment on it. At least some of the proposal’s proponents were bullish on their chances Monday. Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, pointed to the fact that the proposal has two Republican co-sponsors: Sen. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way and Sen. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla. Democrats control the state House and are only one vote shy of a majority in the state Senate, meaning that, Miloscia and Walsh, if they can get the measure past Padden’s committee and to the floor, they should be able to pass it. “You have the votes in this room to make that happen,” Pedersen said. Pedersen also pointed out that Democrats could use procedural moves to force a vote on the floor, effectively bypassing Paden’s committee. For his part, Miloscia said afterward that even though he is supporting the bill, he doesn’t have high hopes for it, calling its passage this year “unlikely.” Miloscia, a well-known opponent of the death penalty who has in previous years sponsored his own proposals to do away with it, said that his Catholic beliefs, as well as the cost of drawn out death-row appeals, compelled him to sign onto the bill. The only thing that could make this year’s effort different than those in the past, including some which “fell spectacularly short” of the votes necessary to pass, said Miloscia, is the number of Republicans, including McKenna, who are on board this time.

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  • An Enduring ClassicAn Enduring Classic

    As the Italian restaurant's tagline proclaims, it's been "a Capitol Hill tradition since 1988," which means it has been serving up veal piccata longer than many of you reading this have likely been alive. In a neighborhood that has new restaurants opening nearly every week, often at the expense of an old favorite, it's still going strong.

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  •  Seahawks Sherman nursed ailing knee throughout season Seahawks Sherman nursed ailing knee throughout season

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    Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 17 (ANI): Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. The family Cernan announced that he pas

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gathered the team up on the sidelines in the third quarter of the divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. He sensed that the

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  • Are you or is someone you know a caregiver?Are you or is someone you know a caregiver?

    According to statistics, 80% of all caregiving for adults is done by unpaid family and friends! Informal caregivers, estimated in 2015 at 66 million and growing, have long been the foundation of long term care in the U.S. Supporting these unsung heroes is a mission of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, in conjunction with Alki United Church of Christ in West Seattle. Support U: Fostering Caregiver Wellness is a series of 3 classes developed by a geriatric social worker and author and delivered by trained volunteers in local congregations.

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  •  AMC greenlights James Cameron docuseries about evolution of sci-fi AMC greenlights James Cameron docuseries about evolution of sci-fi

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  • ‘Make America Again, the way it was meant to be’‘Make America Again, the way it was meant to be’

    On Friday, January 13, public officials, school children, the faithful and members of the public gathered at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle for a celebration of the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration, sponsored by Seattle Colleges, has been running for 44 years. Benjamin Hunter, a South Seattle resident who calls himself “a socialpreneir, educator, community organizer and musician,” gave the keynote. The text of his speech is below. It will also be aired every Sunday through the end of February on Channel 28. My work revolves around looking to the past. Preparing for something like this brings me back to those that have spoken on this issue before me, in another place or another period of time. The philosophies from every elder before us who watched and witnessed the ebb and flow of a nation created. The smell of the air, the sound of the wind, even the taste of things enhance or fade with the evolutions and devolutions of a growing society. I think of them and say thank you. This country itself was founded at the dawn of a new period. The Age of Reason it was called. The Enlightenment, placing reason as the prime motivator for action, helping determine our current society through ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Helping determine our country as a place for tolerance, equality, freedom. Fundamentally, that we are all treated as rational beings. That we all have the ability to self-determine, to have an identity, and allow that to shape our lives with the mold that fancies our passions and talents. To be an individual, to think for ourselves, work for ourselves, live for ourselves. But right out of the gate, Americans engaged in the same type of social behavior from whence they came. Slavery and indentured servitude built this nation into the prosperous country that it is. This is fundamental when exploring the psyche of American politics and society. Because it identifies at the root, the hypocrisy [upon which] this country has been founded. While racism is a towering problem in this country — and around the world — racism is implicitly folded into a larger discussion of class. This is what Dr. King spoke of. Because we aren’t just fighting a war on racism, we are fighting for justice in all forms of oppression. Since the formation of this country, it wasn’t just blacks and Native Americans getting trampled on, but anyone who wasn’t a rich, white male. And so since has the entire narrative been written from [that] perspective. Alongside that narrative is this position of power, of privilege. So much so that it disallows, even now in 2017, the idea of putting anything other than white and male within the envelope of power. So that when we elect a black president, we can shout out to the world how evolved we are, how progressive we are, the example that should be followed from the land of the free. Yet we can still lock up people of color at rates far higher than whites. We close down schools in low-income neighborhoods. We [mark] up the price of good, healthy food, and allow the poor to feast on McDonalds and Pepsi. Our establishment has never wanted to accept any other group as powerful for fear that it would defy the supposed truth that has been portrayed for hundreds of years. And as the decades go by, subtle and not so subtle tricks and tactics develop to curtail, disrupt, denigrate and dismantle any movement that looks to empower themselves. Because sharing power is not the American way. So when you tell people that they have self-determination, that they have an identity, that they can think and work and live for themselves, except when they’re Black, or a woman, or gay, or poor, you insert into that person or those persons the same kind of psychological disregard for each other. You instill inside them that same insidiousness, that same apathy, that same disregard for each other. That power can’t be shared, but I can still exist as an individual. This is what I see as our biggest folly. This is what I regard as our primary concern. Because it’s more than race, or gender, or even class. It comes down to a position that has been curated by 500 years of false advertising: That individuality will give us life, liberty, and happiness. That capitalist self-determination will somehow produce a tolerant and united society. We built this nation only considering a small portion of the people that were a part of it. And now we are still grappling with that fundamental flaw, so much so that we don’t know how to acknowledge others. And that mechanism for bringing us together has pulled us apart. All of this technology has pulled us so far apart, that we now find more solace in talking to Siri than to a real person. We’d rather hear stories from our friends on Facebook and through Twitter than through conversation. We can’t acknowledge people if we don’t know how to talk to them. We can’t empathize with people if we only rely on emoticons. Our senses are the only thing we have to guide us through this world. Instead, we’ve traded them in for an algorithm. We’ve put our trust in a robot of whose purpose is to give us what we want, so that all we know is getting what we want. We play video games that immerse us in war, so that we no longer have the perspective of a civilian. Our relationships are through a virtual reality that feeds our selfishness over our selflessness. It draws on our need to consume unnecessary products and things, over soulful and enlightening conversation. This emphasis on consumption affects the most vulnerable of minds, the most absorbent of minds, the most malleable of minds, those of our children. We are what we see, and if this is what we feed our children, then what else can we possibly expect out of them? Are they not our future? Are they not our hopes and dreams? Are they not our legacy? What is the legacy of our children? What is the legacy of the United States? I bring up acknowledgement because we don’t know how to talk to each other anymore. We don’t know how to have differing opinions without callousness. We don’t know how to engage in debate without our teeth exposed. We’re out for blood, yet we’re supposed to collectively be striving for a better America for everyone.  Dr. King understood this on a profound level. He was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam war for not just what it did to our veterans, but for that false advertising. Promoting freedom by having people who are not free in America kill others that are not free elsewhere. He said: “And as I ponder the madness of Vietnam and search within myself for ways to understand and respond in compassion, my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula. I speak now not of the soldiers of each side, not of the ideologies of the Liberation Front, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. I think of them, too, because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution there until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.” And are we still not caught up in that same war today in the Middle East? In parts of Africa. At home in North Dakota. Or Baltimore. And so to acknowledge means that we must alter our system of values. Our current values are money and power. Our wars are based on money and power. Everything our government does has a bottom line, and it is what our social policy is based on, environmental policy is based on, education policy is based on. And if our policies are for the benefit of our country, through [which] power is defined as rich, white and male, how do we expect to create policy that is equitable and fair? The first step of our mighty revolution must start with a redefinition of the values of our American and Global polity. We must draw lines in the sand, and say you cannot and will not cross these lines. To cross these lines goes against our collective humanity. To cross these lines goes against the sanctity of our creed as Americans. To do this isn’t easy. To do this is to go against a machine that was built and has been over and over recalibrated to combat our collectivism, to combat our empathy and connection and reliance and trust in one another. To do this we must challenge the system with which we live, but we must challenge it going back to our founding. The building blocks that our founding fathers were determined to construct this country with were fundamentally sound. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Built on Reason. It wasn’t that our individuality was better than our collective, but that our collective was made stronger through our distinctness and our uniqueness. And that our love for each other would fortify that individuality. We have come to the precipice that is our now. We have come to that moment where another period must start and we must recalibrate. The fierce urgency of now is upon us, and it requires the only type of force that can withstand the mechanisms of division. That force must be love. But don’t get me twisted, because this love isn’t unicorns and pink roses. It’s not just holding hands, or singing songs. This love is backbone. This love is a fire down below. This love is a juggernaut. This love is a steel chain linking our histories, our cultures, our colors, our futures. Dr. King said, “When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.” I read this over and over, because something about that seemed so right and true, but also unsettling. The supreme unifying principle of life. All the great religions. I met up with a friend who talked to me about growing up Muslim. He said, “there are 1.5 billion Muslims, some brown, some black, men, women, and none of them get along. If we could all just decide to join hands we could do anything.” Why is it so hard for us to harness this love, this supreme unifying principle of life? I went to North Dakota in September with my sweetheart to bring food and supplies and stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. Over 200 sovereign nations coming together to support each other, to protect each other, to protect the water. We spent the days working, organizing donations and lending a hand where [we] were needed, and spent the night around a great fire listening to stories and songs, watching dances, and being part of this unifying principle, this unwavering force of Love. A love that worked together and stood side-by-side to protect what’s sacred. A love that laughed, sang, and danced together to feed what’s sacred. A love that welcomed anybody that believed in the values of that Love. When we say we need to change our values, we are engaging in a commitment to establish better relationships. A relationship with ourselves, our neighbors, our earth and our sky. Our love must be a relationship. A relationship fortified by our senses. To see the valleys and the mountains. To look in each other’s eyes. To taste the spices and flavors that make up our vast collection of cultures from the diverse regions around the world. To listen to the wind and the thunder. To hear our voices and rhythms and music. To feel the warmth of the sun or the soft morning rain. To feel the touch of a loved one. To smell the flowers, the food, or a person’s scent. Our love must be rooted in our senses, because that is how we acknowledge each other, and that is how we acknowledge this earth. Our country must be founded on the idea that we all count. At the moment only a few count. But it’s not because we don’t have the capacity to love, but that we’ve been groomed not to. We must Make America Again, in the way that it was meant to be. The how is the tough part. The how can be done in many ways, within our current system and outside of it. Already there are people and groups developing new ways to co-exist, instead of the rising cost of isolation [in] many apartment complexes. Novel ways to run business so that more people have ownership of their work. Creative alternatives to teach and learn so that children don’t fall in the cracks of school systems that don’t meet their needs. Revisiting traditional farming techniques that yield organic, healthy food, that take care of our land, and re-instill pride and respect to our farmers. These things are all being done outside of our government. These things are being done by grassroots efforts, by small communities thinking of new ideas to tackle these systems of oppression. At the same time, there are more women and people of color in state and national office than ever before, allowing more voices and representation in our government. Because we need black and brown brothers and sisters in office. We need LGBTQ people in office. We need people in office that represent our constituency, or else that power remains rich, male and white. It’s important that we marry both of these strategies. It’s important that we organize, and rally beside each other. It’s important that we express ourselves and be heard, that we engage in activities and hobbies that pique our interests, our passions, while also advancing our independent and collective culture. And it’s OK to be angry, rather it’s important to be angry to remind us that we have souls, and minds, and hearts, and self-determination. Dr. King said, “These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.” We need to stop looking down, or looking at screens, or allowing our headphones to deafen us to the sounds around us. We must be aware to be alive. And we must acknowledge to be acknowledged. I’d like to end with a poem by Langston Hughes: Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There’s never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”) Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?  And who are you that draws your veil across the stars? I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek— And finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak. I am the young man, full of strength and hope, Tangled in that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land! Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need! Of work the men! Of take the pay! Of owning everything for one’s own greed! I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I am the worker sold to the machine. I am the Negro, servant to you all. I am the people, humble, hungry, mean— Hungry yet today despite the dream. Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers! I am the man who never got ahead, The poorest worker bartered through the years. Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream In the Old World while still a serf of kings, Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true, That even yet its mighty daring sings In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned That’s made America the land it has become. O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas In search of what I meant to be my home— For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore, And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea, And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came To build a “homeland of the free.” The free? Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? For all the dreams we’ve dreamed And all the songs we’ve sung And all the hopes we’ve held And all the flags we’ve hung, The millions who have nothing for our pay— Except the dream that’s almost dead today. O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free. The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME— Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, Must bring back our mighty dream again. Sure, call me any ugly name you choose— The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives, We must take back our land again, America! O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be! Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain— All, all the stretch of these great green states— And make America again!

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    If you’d told Pastor Reggie Witherspoon in 1987, back when he first heard the call of God to start a place of worship, that one day a white man would sell legal weed just feet from his front door, he’d have called you a liar. But 28 years since Mt. Calvary Christian Center was just a circle of 15 chairs, Pastor Witherspoon daily shoos away customers of the pot shop next door — from his parking lot, his front stoop, the doors of his teen center — like a janitor scattering pigeons. Reverend Beverly Jackson was in Portland when she got a call. A senior member of Curry Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, housed in a columned brick building off 23rd Avenue, arrived at the church around 7 in the morning to turn on the heat. But the lights wouldn’t come on. Then he noticed something in the back, scrawled in black graffiti: “Go back 2 Africa.” Rev. Jackson drove the three hours back to Seattle, wondering who would do such a thing. Reverend Carl Livingston is stretched thin. A member of the United Black Christian Clergy and the lead pastor at Kingdom Christian Center off of Rainier Avenue, he teaches political science and history at Seattle Central College in his free time. Since the recession, which hit his congregation hard, Rev. Livingston has been digging into his own pockets, kept full enough from his teaching job, to keep the facilities from falling into disrepair. It’s a struggle, he says, but if he’s not giving all he’s got, what kind of pastor would he be? These are the leaders of just a few of the more than 30 churches in Seattle that serve predominantly black congregations, many of them in the Central District. They all tell of recent struggles as their congregations have been drawn away from the neighborhood and the city, making way for a newer, wealthier and whiter population. And they describe the temptation, which literally knocks on church doors daily, to sell and follow their communities in the African-American exodus from Seattle.   Seattle’s most prominent celebration of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is held each year in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, on the border between Capitol Hill and the Central District. Friday, January 13 marked 44 years of the event, which is sponsored by Seattle Colleges and often attracts figures, both black and white, in the upper echelons of civic life: mayors, governors, executives. That it takes place in a church is no small detail. Dr. King was an American Baptist minister, his doctorate was in theology and much of his organizing came as the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a social justice movement built on the organization and conviction already within the black church. He paid a visit to Seattle in 1961, on the invitation of Mt. Zion’s longtime pastor, Rev. Samuel B. McKinney. “Oh my goodness, man, if you know anything about the history of the African American, the church is the bedrock, period,” says Pastor Witherspoon. “Every major historical black figure was made through the church. We rely on the church for everything. When our ancestors were slaves, all they had was God. … It’s where we raise our kids, it’s where we teach our young people, it’s where we marry people, it’s where we bury people, it’s where our families are taught how to be strong. It is critical for our survival.” Rev. Livingston compares the role of the black church in African-American life to that of the Catholic church for Mexican Americans, the synagogue to Jews, and even Native American sweat lodges. “I’m talking about it being the platform, the hub, the refuge, the teaching center, the bastille that you run into when things are falling apart around you,” he says.  “The black church, whether it’s meeting in a tent or a temple has been so crucial to the African-American existence and sojourn in this country. It’s because it was the freest institution we had, even though it was regulated in slavery.” Just as Dr. King saw activism and the church as inextricable, Seattle’s African-American church community is expected to keep one foot in the social justice activism of black Seattle. At a meeting last summer of Not This Time, the organization created by Andre Taylor and Devitta Briscoe after police shot their brother, Che Taylor, some attendees laid into church leaders for not playing a bigger role in the effort to change Washington State laws governing police officers’ use of deadly force. But Briscoe says that’s changed and Mt. Calvary Christian Center, Mt. Zion and New Beginnings Christian Fellowship are now all heavily involved. “We put a lot of pressure on pastors,” says Livingston. “It’s not just, ‘Thank you for starting the service on time or not keeping us too long.’ We ask the pastors, ‘What can you do to help, because my family’s falling apart?’ ‘Yeah, the service was good, but our community’s falling apart and you’re not doing anything.’ Being a pastor is a really big job if you’re really trying to respond to the needs of the parishioners.”   The needs, lately, are many. Although the graduation rate of black youth in Washington has steadily climbed from 60 percent in 2005 to nearly 70 percent in 2015, that success has done nothing for wages. As median income has skyrocketed in Seattle, from $45,000 in 2000 to $70,000 in 2014, according to the Seattle Times, black wages began to fall precipitously during the recession, around 2010, and have never recovered. The median black household in Seattle earned just $25,700 in 2014. This happened even as black incomes nationwide increased. Asked what is driving Seattle’s uniquely unequal trends, Brian Surratt, director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, says he has his hunches, but very little data to back them up. “Who’s driving the salaries? That’s in tech,” he says, pointing to the notorious lack of diversity in Seattle’s premier industry. “We all lament the paucity of African Americans and women in the industry. I wonder when you start disaggregating sectors, I wonder if tech is just blowing the salaries out of the water. Is that driving the disparity?” Combine that disparity in wages with Seattle’s explosive real estate market, and Seattle has become a tinder box for displacement— and this, too, impacts African-American communities disproportionately. It’s there in every zoning map of Seattle, from the 1930s to today: Predominantly white neighborhoods ringing the Central District are designated as exclusively for single family homes, and as such are protected from absorbing Seattle’s explosive growth. The Central District, Seattle’s historically black neighborhood, carved from  the city by discriminatory lending practices, was zoned to accommodate more density. When explosive growth came to Seattle, the Central District became a pressure relief valve. New, high-density, high-end development has come in and black people have been pushed out. The table was set well before anyone could imagine a Seattle like the one we have today, and no one has ever bothered to rearrange the silverware. Today, African Americans make up less than a fifth of the neighborhood’s population.   Each Sunday, cars still line the neighborhood streets in the CD. At Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, men in suits and women in hats slow traffic on 28th avenue. At First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Capitol Hill, parking can be hard to find with all the restaurants and development nearby. Many of the parishioners are not from down the block as they used to be. Instead, they drive in from Federal Way, Kent, Tukwila and other places longtime residents of the Central District have moved. Rev. Jackson guesses that maybe 50 percent of her congregation comes from Seattle proper. Pastor Witherspoon estimates 10 percent, “20 percent maximum.” Ten years ago, Witherspoon says, that number was 90 percent. Even so, there is still a semblance of stability among some churches. Many long ago paid off their mortgages. With the devotion of commuting congregants, there’s a slight delay in the pain visited on Seattle’s black community, like the seconds between stubbing your toe and waiting to see how much it will hurt. But there are signs. In the early days of the southern exodus, Pastor Witherspoon said attendance at Mt. Calvary didn’t take too much of a hit. But that’s changing. “People don’t want to make the drive,” he says. As a result, the church has started to tighten its belt. Rev. Livingston sees the worst effects in tithings, which he traces back to lagging employment and wages. “When you look up and expenses have gone up and income gone down, you’re in trouble,” he says. “All you’ve got to be is one dollar short on your budget, in the red, and now you got fees and fines and you’re on the death spiral. The black churches are in that situation.” Were it not for his full-time job at Seattle Central, Rev. Livingston is not sure his church could survive. On top of that is tremendous pressure from the real estate market. “There are a lot of things going on in the area with developers wanting to buy churches,” says Rev. Jackson of Curry Temple. “We get letters and offers all the time. We’re being pressured to fail. I used to get them at least weekly. I’ve gotten phone calls. I don’t know how people get your phone number, but they do.” Jackson and Witherspoon have both resisted selling — Jackson calls the idea “ungodly” — but when debts pile up, some organizations start to bend. Last June, the Seattle Medium, a small newspaper based out of the Madrona neighborhood, highlighted the tensions inside Mt. Zion, which wanted to sell off annex property. Membership repeatedly voted against selling, but, apparently seeking to get out from under its debt, the leadership persisted. Last September, according to the Capitol Hill Blog, the church sold its annex property to a Mercer Island developer for $3.2 million. Nearby, the Southside Church of God, on 20th Avenue between Yesler and Jackson, was recently torn down. It will soon be replaced by four townhomes designed by Playhouse Design, which has the incongruous slogan, “The Most Compelling Argument for Intelligent Design.”   Witherspoon doesn’t have a lot of hope that the trends will reverse themselves. The change, he says, “will make its way all the way through Columbia City and South Seattle and Seattle will look almost all white.” Blacks, he says, will be “all over the place. We will be the diaspora of Washington State and the Seattle area.” The Seattle City Council has passed measures designed to both construct new affordable housing and to keep people in their longtime homes. With his Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, Mayor Ed Murray has added density in certain pockets and offered extra building height to developers who pay for affordable housing. But the pace of government lags far behind the changes already well underway. As Murray and others talk about “mandatory inclusionary zoning” and new height classifications in the city’s rising “urban villages,” the black churches struggle with shaky roofs, moldy basements and construction all around them. Those things, according to a spokesperson from city’s Office of Economic Development, cannot be helped because of restrictions on public money for church organizations. So the churches look to the future. Some seek to draw the newcomers into their congregations. “We’re a predominantly African-American church,” says  Witherspoon. “That’s who we are. But we also realize that diversity is a good thing. We do little things in our services that can be appealing to people of different ethnicities. We deliberately go out into the community to try to engage, but we’re not finding them very susceptible to our church.” Pastor Witherspoon wonders where that could eventually lead. “What will they do,” he wonders, “if we’re called to our community and our community doesn’t look like us anymore?” Someone once described Seattle’s black population as a bucket of water, once contained and now spilled across the region, mostly to the south. As a result, the parks and museums and libraries named for black heroes are increasingly at risk of turning to memorial plaques rather than functioning centers. Witherspoon worries the churches have already set off down that path, and that it may be too late to turn back. “If we left here, would they miss us?” he asks.

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    The so-called “alt right” is feeling its oats. With Donald Trump about to assume the presidency, white nationalists, supremacists and Neo-Nazis are newly empowered. Take Whitefish, Montana, the resort town near Flathead Lake that is the part-time home of Richard Spencer, the originator of the term “alt right.” Spencer recently gained national attention when he gave a speech in Washington, D.C., using Nazi phrasings and during which his supporters made the Hitler salute while shouting “Hail Trump.” Responding to what they claim is harassment of Spencer’s mother, who also lives in Whitefish, the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer called down a “Troll Storm” on some members of the town’s Jewish community. They also announced plans to hold an armed march through Whitefish on Martin Luther King Day. They have applied for a special event permit for what they call a “James Earl Ray Day Extravaganza,” named for King’s assassin. The proposed march has been widely condemned by Montana’s officials, Democrats and Republicans. The local group Love Lives Here responded with a Love Not Hate gathering “to celebrate diversity and take a stand against racism and other forms of oppression.” And it’s unclear whether the march will actually happen, or is just designed to generate publicity — to make an impression for the Neo-Nazi brand. Nonetheless, the Whitefish conflagration raises the question of how best to respond to fascism. Does media coverage of such events give hate groups legitimacy by publicizing their extreme views? Would ignoring them only allow them to grow stronger? While things were different in many ways, looking back to the 1930s for examples of how people pushed back against domestic fascist groups, especially on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest, gives some perspective. Here are examples of anti-Nazi tactics used in that era. Protests & Confrontation After Hitler came to power in Germany on 1933, fascist groups sprang up around the world. In Seattle, German-American activists embraced Hitler’s regime and celebrated the New Germany. Nazi swastikas flew from consulates, ships and often at German community events. Labor, socialist, communist and Jewish groups took the lead in pushing back. Picketers greeted German vessels visiting U.S. ports, including Seattle and Tacoma. Protesters blocked and occupied speaking halls and dumped anti-Hitler leaflets on audiences. In San Francisco, a U.S. sailor climbed the exterior of the German consulate and tore down a Nazi flag. In New York, a riot erupted when protesters boarded the German luxury liner Bremen and did the same. Anti-fascists did not want to see the Nazi flag normalized. A visible example of local protest occurred in 1934 at what is now the Egyptian Theater on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. A group of women infiltrated an event that included pro-Hitler speeches and dumped anti-German leaflets from the balcony. Another example: Protesters dropped leaflets featuring a wanted poster of Hitler from a low-flying airplane onto a huge celebration of Hitler’s birthday in Los Angeles in 1939, organized by the West Coast branch of the pro-Nazi German-American Bund. Fists, Sticks and Bricks Protests to stop fascist speakers sometimes became violent, especially in places like New York and New Jersey, where groups like the Bund — and their opponents — were strongest. But fists flew elsewhere between fascists, protesters and the police. A fight erupted outside that Egyptian Theater (then known as the Masonic Temple) during a protest in 1934; three “reds” were arrested. Another fight occurred at a Silver Shirt speech in Spokane. In Chicago in 1938, a series of three or four Bund and Silver Shirt events were interrupted by a “vigilante” group of young, twentysomething Jewish toughs who sought to break up meetings and break heads. According to a newspaper account of one encounter that resulted in eight arrests, “One hundred police battled the rioters more than an hour before they were dispersed. Bricks were thrown, smashing windows in the meeting building, and fists, sticks and stones wreaked painful but apparently not serious damage on many battlers.” Violence erupted again in that city during a speech by pro-Hitler Silver Legion organizer Roy Zachary of Snoqualmie, Washington. Zachary was walloped on the head for calling for the armed overthrow of the American government to bring in a fascist Christian Commonwealth. He was charged by police in the melee, but skipped town with a bandaged noggin. Infiltration and Surveillance In the late 1930s, the FBI began to take more seriously the potential threat of pro-Nazi groups in the U.S. Agents infiltrated the German-American Bund and built cases for sedition and other crimes against key members. Activists and journalists did so earlier. In Portland, the Anti-Defamation League sent observers to local Bund meetings and provided written minutes of what was said and discussed there. Other observers wrote down the license plate numbers of attendees. In Seattle, Jewish writer Dan Swett went under cover and joined the Silver Shirts — a domestic Christian fascist group led by the charismatic William Dudley Pelley, who ran for president in 1936 with Washington state as the home base of his Christian Party. While Pelley had an extensive publishing operation that spread his anti-Semitic, pro-Hitler and Aryan-Christian theology widely, the internal operation was highly secretive. Swett got inside the Seattle office and described the hateful views and weird personalities of the Silver Shirts. His series was syndicated in Jewish newspapers across the country. The most famous case of undercover reporting was the Armenian journalist/activist Arthur Derounian, who infiltrated the right-wing underground of the 1930s, claiming to be an Italian fascist sympathizer, and later wrote the bestselling 1943 expose “Under Cover” under the pen name of John Roy Carlson. It documented the extent, complexity and secretiveness of right-wing and pro-fascist, anti-Semitic and racist hate groups in the U.S. In the age before the Internet, he linked P.O. Boxes and pamphlets and unadvertised meetings to a whole web of such organizations, and documented the groups’ strategy to wrap fascism in the cloak of “Americanism.” In a chapter titled “The Hate Crusade,” a speaker at a Crusaders for Americanism event said, “Our idea is to sell nationalism to the people first. It’s easier that way. Once we sell it to the mob, then the big boys will swing around.” In other words, first nationalism, then fascism. The “alt right” couldn’t have put it plainer. Taking Back Patriotism The Bund went all in attempting to co-opt Americanism. One tactic was to exclude non-U.S. citizens as members. At perhaps the biggest and most visible U.S. fascist rally ever, at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1939, a giant portrait of George Washington hung in the hall before some 22,000 attendees. The event was a “celebration” of Washington’s birthday. Protesters and the media were ejected from the hall, including writer Dorothy Thompson, whose husband, Sinclair Lewis, had written the 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” in which a Huey Long (Trump?) populist-fascist figure becomes president and turns the U.S. into a totalitarian state. Eventually, the conservative American Legion and other veterans groups joined the opposition. Legionnaires, many of them World War I vets, began showing up to protest fascist rallies. A group of Legion members were beaten at a Bund gathering in New York. By the late 1930s, more mainstream patriotic groups opposed groups like the Bund. The 1939 Hollywood thriller “Confessions of a Nazi Spy” captured it well. It features a scene at a German-American Bund meeting where a Legion member, played by Ward Bond, stands up to the Bund as patriots reclaim Americanism for mainstream Americans. Coalitions During the ‘30s, political groups, committees and pressure groups emerged, disappeared, cooperated and competed. But when Jewish groups, the American Legion and labor stood against fascism together, it helped advance the anti-Nazi cause. When Congress added fascists to their longtime investigations of Communists for “un-American” activities, it gave new muscle to the anti-fascist efforts. Those investigations did reveal illegal activities — the head of the Bund was convicted of embezzlement — but also exposed structural weaknesses in many of the far-right groups, which were often cash-starved, poorly organized or managed, and fraught with internal rifts. Some of the groups folded following Pearl Harbor, when public sentiment turned against the Axis Powers, catalyzing and unifying much of the country. Other groups simply reinvented themselves without the baggage of Hitlerism and reemerged as anti-communist groups in the ’40s and ’50s. But organizations lobbying prosecutors, politicians and the media to take fascism seriously made slow, steady progress. Today, scholars debate how important or significant groups like the Bund or Silver Shirts were in the grand scheme of things. Some look like much smaller threats in the rearview mirror. Others loom as scarily familiar.

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