• 65th Anniversary Events65th Anniversary Events

    In celebration of our 65th Anniversary, KUOW is producing a wide range of events featuring your favorite local and national programs! This list is being updated constantly, so check back frequently. Sign up for our event e-newsletter so you never miss a KUOW event! Sign Up Now Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM The Cloud Room Free | Please RSVP Take a break from screens and join KUOW for our first-ever podcast listening party! Come and listen to a few episodes of the How to Be a Girl podcast, then dig deeper with thoughtful discussion afterwards. How to Be a Girl is produced by Marlo Mack about her life with her transgender daughter. It stars the two of them — a single mom and her nine-year-old transgender daughter — as they attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl. FREE snack foods will be provided. This event is presented in partnership with University of Washington’s Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Friday, March 3, 2017 | 8:00 PM The Neptune

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  • 65 years of fascinating voices65 years of fascinating voices

    Listen to snippets from some of our most thought-provoking guests from the last 65 years of KUOW.

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  • New season of KUOW's 'Ask A' seriesNew season of KUOW's 'Ask A' series

    One reason we’re seeing such polarization in American society is that we’re not talking to each other. We’re wrapped up in our own cocoons and echo chambers. In an effort to combat this, KUOW is launching a series of person-to-person conversation events we call 'Ask A __.'

    KUOW / 03.10.2017 02:37
  • 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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  • Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across AustraliaPolice stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Outback police have arrested a 12-year-old boy who was almost a third of his way toward driving solo across Australia. The unlicensed boy had driven more than 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from his home in Kendall on the east coast when he was stopped by traffic police on Saturday on the Barrier […]

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  • ‘It was humiliating’: Former staffers say Gig Harbor lawmaker prone to ‘screaming fits’‘It was humiliating’: Former staffers say Gig Harbor lawmaker prone to ‘screaming fits’

    Yelling, berating and sometimes swearing at staffers has been a part of workplace behavior for state Rep. Jesse Young, according to some who have worked with him. The House counsel last year suggested he get anger-management treatment. Young says he has no anger problems.

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  • Albuquerque tops Tacoma Rainiers 3-2Albuquerque tops Tacoma Rainiers 3-2

    Raimel Tapia hit a run-scoring single in the seventh inning to give the Albuquerque Isotopes a 3-2 win over the visiting Tacoma on Sunday.

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  • A changed gameplan leads to Yovani Gallardo’s first win for the MarinersA changed gameplan leads to Yovani Gallardo’s first win for the Mariners

    The Mariners provided Gallardo with plenty of run support, including a grand slam from Taylor Motter and a five RBI from Nelson Cruz

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  • Trump’s policies taint young Indians’ vision of the American dreamTrump’s policies taint young Indians’ vision of the American dream

    Young Indians who have aspired to study, live and work in the United States are now looking elsewhere because of Trump’s “new” America and what they see as racist violence.

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  • 'Brave New Workers': Ex-West Virginia Coal Miner Now Saves Lives As An EMT 'Brave New Workers': Ex-West Virginia Coal Miner Now Saves Lives As An EMT

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  • AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea’s ATMsAP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea’s ATMs

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang’s now has two. But they don’t work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank officials — and it’s not clear when they will. ATMs are an alien enough concept in North Korea that those in the capital’s […]

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  • South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up actSouth Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang’s follow-up act will be even bigger. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability, and South Korean officials say there’s […]

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  • Poll: What do you think of the Mariners designating Leonys Martin for assignment?Poll: What do you think of the Mariners designating Leonys Martin for assignment?

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  • Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammatesWestbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday’s 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City’s tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday __ the Thunder were outscored 13-4 […]

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  • How your selfie could affect your life insuranceHow your selfie could affect your life insurance

    Several insurance companies are testing new technology that uses facial analytics and other data to estimate life expectancy. In the future, you might upload a selfie to an insurer, and facial-analytics technology would scan it and extract key info about you.

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  • Central Co-op drops bid for Capitol Hill light-rail siteCentral Co-op drops bid for Capitol Hill light-rail site

    Central Co-op is taking itself out of the running to become the anchor tenant for a mixed-use development at the Capitol Hill light-rail station.

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  • Mother of South Carolina cold case suspect diesMother of South Carolina cold case suspect dies

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman whose son faces seven murder charges has died. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said that 70-year-old Regina Ann Tague was found dead Sunday morning in her home by her husband. Clevenger says she is the mother of Todd Kohlhepp, who is charged with four notorious slayings at […]

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  • Seattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibiotics - Seattle TimesSeattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibiotics - Seattle Times

    Seattle TimesSeattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibioticsSeattle TimesID Genomic's technology quickly identifies bacteria, giving doctors information to select the appropriate treatment for a patient. (Courtesy of ID Genomics). Seattle startup ID Genomics has developed technology to identify bacteria in 30 minutes ...

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  • Seattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibioticsSeattle health startup speeds up lab tests to improve use of antibiotics

    Seattle startup ID Genomics has developed technology to identify bacteria in 30 minutes, giving doctors all the information they need to prescribe the best treatment while a patient is still in the clinic.

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  • Monday Memo: Latest home price index and earnings from Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, StarbucksMonday Memo: Latest home price index and earnings from Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks

    The business week ahead

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  • Storm coach Jenny Boucek pleased with first day of practice - Seattle TimesStorm coach Jenny Boucek pleased with first day of practice - Seattle Times

    Seattle TimesStorm coach Jenny Boucek pleased with first day of practiceSeattle TimesFirst day of Seattle Storm training camp with head coach Jenny Boucek, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Seattle. Veterans take control early at Storm training camp. Seattle opens the exhibition season May 3 against Phoenix.Seattle Storm Issues Statement on Sue BirdUtahStarzz.comall 4 news articles »

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  • LA Riot Documentaries Show Dehumanizing Black People Enables Abuses in PolicingLA Riot Documentaries Show Dehumanizing Black People Enables Abuses in Policing

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  • Man cut out of car after collision with Metro bus on Rainier AvenueMan cut out of car after collision with Metro bus on Rainier Avenue

    SEATTLE — An adult man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center after his car collided with a Metro bus Sunday afternoon near Hillman City. The accident happened just before 3 p.m. on Rainier Avenue South at South Brandon Street. The Seattle Fire Department said a man driving a black car sustained serious injuries when it collided with the Metro bus. Adding he had to be cut out of his vehicle. A Metro bus rider also reported being injured, but Seattle Fire said the injury was minor. You are asked to avoid the intersection while crews investigate the accident. No word on citations at this time.

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  • Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goatsPolice pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats

    BELFAST, Maine — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets. A Belfast police officer responded Sunday morning to find the pygmy goats in a woman’s garage. They had been snacking on cat food. Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick used a cat leash to lead them into his squad car. The trio drove around looking for the goats’ owner as Fitzpatrick fed them carrots and celery. Belfast is a seaport town about 45 miles (73 kilometers) east of Augusta. The daughter of the goats’ owner saw Fitzpatrick’s Facebook post and picked up the pair, named Louis and Mowgli — but not before Fitzpatrick snapped a selfie with the duo. Fitzpatrick called the runaways “good company” and joked about adding patrol goats to the next police budget. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment

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  • Seattle Group Sends Postcards Seeking Help for Camp Cleanup - U.S. News & World ReportSeattle Group Sends Postcards Seeking Help for Camp Cleanup - U.S. News & World Report

    Seattle Group Sends Postcards Seeking Help for Camp CleanupU.S. News & World ReportSeattle Group Sends Postcards Seeking Help for Camp Cleanup. A Seattle neighborhood organization is using postcards to try to send city officials a message. | April 23, 2017, at 6:03 p.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Seattle Group ...and more »

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  • Jeff Sessions: We’ll fund the wall ‘one way or the other’Jeff Sessions: We’ll fund the wall ‘one way or the other’

    WASHINGTON  — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Sunday he does not expect the Mexican government to outright pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall, but there are a number of ways to extract the billions of dollars needed to build it. Sessions made his comments in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” where he was attempting to square Trump’s promise that Mexico would pay for the border wall with Mexico’s firm position to the contrary. “We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” Sessions said. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to say the wall would stop drugs and the gang MS-13. He also said that Mexico would pay for the wall "in some form." The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 Trump promised during the campaign that within his first 100 days as president he would get Congress to pass legislation fully funding the wall and establishing mandatory minimum prison sentences for people illegally entering the US after already being deported. That promise, one of many in his "Contract with the American Voter," said Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall. Trump has also threatened to target remittances, or cash transfers from people within the US to people in Mexico. Sessions referenced a Treasury Department watchdog report during the Obama administration that said excess payments of about $4 billion a year were going to people that shouldn't get them, and he said reining in the problem could lead to savings over time that could pay for the wall. "These are mostly Mexicans," Sessions said. "And those kind of things add up. Four billion a year for 10 years is 40 billion." The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report in 2011 saying people who were not authorized to work in the US were paid $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits in one year. The Justice Department did not respond Sunday to a question asking if the report is the one Sessions referenced. The Treasury inspector general also did not return a request for information on whether any actions were taken following the release of the report and if more up-to-date figures exist. An internal estimate from Customs and Border Protection put the cost of the wall at $21.6 billion, while an estimate from Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said the wall could cost as much as $66.9 billion. Sessions implied other actions at the border and in trade could pay for the wall, although he said he did not expect the Mexican government itself to foot the bill. "I don't expect the Mexican government to appropriate money for it," Sessions said. "But there are ways that we can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue to pay for it. No doubt about it." The Trump administration has requested a $1 billion "down payment" from Congress to begin construction of the wall. Administration officials in televised interviews on Sunday said funding for the wall is a priority in budget negotiations ahead of a potential government shutdown Friday, but stopped short of saying Trump would not accept a bill that didn't include the funding.

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  • 'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders

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  • 'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down

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  • Young Entrepreneurs Find Funky Niche In Products 'Made In Ukraine' Young Entrepreneurs Find Funky Niche In Products 'Made In Ukraine'

    A couple of years ago, Kiev business journalist Yuliya Savostina decided to try an experiment: to spend a year living off food and other goods produced exclusively in Ukraine. Inspired by the local food movement in the United States, Savostina started a blog to document her experience. She didn't expect it to last very long. "I was sure that there weren't any cosmetics or toothpaste or normal shoes that you could wear," Savostina says. "But, literally, by the end of the first month I realized that Ukraine makes practically everything — you just have to look for it." To her great surprise, Savostina discovered that her country, once the breadbasket of the Soviet Union, produces luxury foods such as caviar, snails and Spanish-style jamon . When she thought scurvy might be setting in after a long winter, Savostina even found domestically cultivated kiwis and oranges. Savostina's experiment came to an end in early 2014 as Ukraine was rocked by violent anti-government protests and a Russian

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  • In French Election, Established Politicians Are OutIn French Election, Established Politicians Are Out

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  • Looking Ahead At Trump's First 100 Days In OfficeLooking Ahead At Trump's First 100 Days In Office

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  • One Arkansas Execution Takes Place As Other Inmates Head To Death ChamberOne Arkansas Execution Takes Place As Other Inmates Head To Death Chamber

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  • Four-year-old falls out of moving bus (VIDEO)Four-year-old falls out of moving bus (VIDEO)

    It's a scene that would make any parent shudder -- a 4-year-old girl tumbles out of the back of a moving bus in the middle of a busy highway. Video of the incident shows the back door of the bus springing open and the young girl plummeting to the road. "I couldn't believe it, it was so shocking," said Ryan Ciampoli, who was driving behind the bus in Harrison, Arkansas. Ciampoli, who is a trained emergency medical technician, ran to the little girl's rescue after her terrifying tumble on Wednesday. His vehicle is fitted with a dash cam that recorded the incident because he sometimes uses it when on duty, Ciampoli said. At first, the girl was unconscious, but he cradled her and talked to her until she came round. "For a very brief time, she had got enough consciousness to say 'where is my mommy?'" he said. He picked her off the hot pavement and moved her off the busy road while waiting on emergency medical services. "Obviously you want to leave her laying there, if she's not in danger, but we're in the middle of a state highway," he told CNN affiliate KHBS-TV. "So I couldn't leave her just laying there." The little girl is recovering at the hospital. She suffered a broken jaw and will undergo surgery. It is unclear if she opened the door or if it wasn't locked. CNN has reached out to police for comment but they weren't immediately available Sunday. -- CNN's Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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  • Accused kidnapper, Tad Cummins, due in court MondayAccused kidnapper, Tad Cummins, due in court Monday

    Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student and disappearing with her for five weeks, is due in court Monday. He is in federal custody in California and is expected to be arraigned in Sacramento, Siskiyou County Prosecutor Kirk Andrus said. Cummins was arrested Thursday and the girl was recovered in Northern California after a nationwide search. Cummins was charged with one federal count of transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of criminal sexual intercourse, said Jack Smith, acting US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The charge carries a minimum of 10 years. He also faces state charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said last month. Under Tennessee law, children 12 and older can choose to leave home unless under “force, threat or fraud.” Estranged wife speaks out Cummins’ estranged wife, Jill Cummins, was “very emotional” when she learned both were found safe, her attorney Michael Cox said. “She is excited that they were found and nobody was hurt,” Cox said. “She has not spoken to Tad.” Jill Cummins had filed for divorce, saying she felt betrayed by her husband. She had no idea why her husband went to Northern California. “This is not somewhere they had frequently visited,” her attorney said. “I’m not aware that they had ever been there.” But the student’s sister said she had always suspected Tad Cummins and Elizabeth were staying in a remote commune. “I’ve been telling people all along she’s in a commune,” Kat Thomas said. “No one recognizes them, and they just hide out like normal people.” Wife of Tennessee teacher accused in abduction: 'He's totally betrayed me' Jill Cummins, the wife of the man accused of abducting a 15-year-old student, says she still loves her husband but she can't trust him now. "It's very selfish of him to have done this to us," she told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday. "I do love him, but I don't trust him anymore. He's totally betrayed me." The comments came a month after police say Cummins absconded with his student Elizabeth Thomas from their small town of Culleoka, Tennessee. Authorities released surveillance video from March 15 that shows the pair at a Walmart in Oklahoma City, but otherwise their trail has gone cold. The two disappeared March 13, weeks after a student reported seeing Cummins and Elizabeth kissing in a classroom. Cummins faces charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and he has been added to the state's Most Wanted list. Jill Cummins filed for divorce several weeks ago, citing irreconcilable differences and alleging that her husband was "guilty of inappropriate marital conduct." She said Friday that she found out he was leaving when she found a note at home. "It's kind of like a death because the Tad I knew is gone," she said. Authorities have said Tad Cummins searched online about teen marriage, and that he and Elizabeth had exchanged romantic messages using the draft folder of his email. Jill Cummins said she believes her husband left because "he was so ashamed" and didn't want to face the consequences. "I forgive him and I still love him, but it doesn't mean that I could ever trust him again," she said. "Because he betrayed my trust to the point that it's totally broken." Journalist Burt Staggs, CNN's Roxanne Garcia, Eliott McLaughlin, Alanne Orjoux and Sara Sidner, and HLN's Mike Galanos contributed to this report.

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  • WATCH: Seattle Sounders explode for three first-half goals against the LA Galaxy - SoundersFC.comWATCH: Seattle Sounders explode for three first-half goals against the LA Galaxy - SoundersFC.com

    SoundersFC.comWATCH: Seattle Sounders explode for three first-half goals against the LA GalaxySoundersFC.comThe Sounders exploded to a 3-0 lead over the LA Galaxy in the first 45 minutes at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Sunday thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris and own goal from Ashley Cole. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 29th ...

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  • Campbell’s recalls ‘Homestyle’ chicken soupCampbell’s recalls ‘Homestyle’ chicken soup

    A crazy switcheroo led to the voluntary recall Saturday of nearly 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products by the Campbell Soup Company. The cans were labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta,” but when consumers opened the cans, instead they found “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth” soup. The mistake was discovered by Campbell’s on Thursday, when the corporate office was contacted by multiple consumers complaining of the wrong product inside the cans. Because of the misbranding and undeclared allergens, mainly milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a class 1 recall. According to the USDA recall classification, a class 1 indicates a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” Campbell recalls ‘Homestyle’ chicken soup as misbranding results in undeclared allergens. https://t.co/rsCmILH2P0 pic.twitter.com/PcMhHe2pli — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 23, 2017 According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions, but the department recommends anyone who has eaten the soup and is concerned about a reaction should contact their health care provider. Consumers are urged to take any purchased cans of soup back to the place of purchase or throw them away. The cans involved were shipped to Florida and can be identified by the establishment number “EST. 4R” and the establishment number “EST. 4R” on the bottom of the 18.6-oz. cans. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact USDA consumer affairs at (866) 400-0965 or the Campbell Soup Company at 866-400-0965.

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  • Diet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia riskDiet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia risk

    Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests. Artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia in the study, which published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke on Thursday. The study sheds light only on an association, as the researchers were unable to determine an actual cause-and-effect relationship between sipping artificially sweetened drinks and an increased risk for stroke and dementia. Therefore, some experts caution that the findings should be interpreted carefully. No connection was found between those health risks and other sugary beverages, such as sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit juice, and fruit drinks. RELATED: Burger Boss uses billboard to advertise against sugary drink tax "We have little data on the health effects of diet drinks and this is problematic because diet drinks are popular amongst the general population," said Matthew Pase, a senior research fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and lead author of the new study. "More research is needed to study the health effects of diet drinks so that consumers can make informed choices concerning their health," he said. The new study involved data on 2,888 adults older than 45 and 1,484 adults older than 60 from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. The data came from the Framingham Heart Study, a project of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Boston University. In the older-than-45 group, the researchers measured for stroke and in the older-than-60 group, they measured for dementia. "The sample sizes are different because we studied people of different ages," Pase said. "Dementia is rare in people under the age of 60 and so we focused only on those aged over 60 years for dementia. Similarly, stroke is rare in people aged under 45 and so we focused on people older than age 45 for stroke." The researchers analyzed how many sugary beverages and artificially sweetened soft drinks each person in the two different age groups drank, at different time points, between 1991 and 2001. Then, they compared that with how many people suffered stroke or dementia over the next 10 years. Compared to never drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks, those who drank one a day were almost three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke, caused by blocked blood vessels, the researchers found. They also found that those who drank one a day were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Those who drank one to six artificially sweetened beverages a week were 2.6 times as likely to experience an ischemic stroke but were no more likely to develop dementia, Pase said. "So, it was not surprising to see that diet soda intake was associated with stroke and dementia. I was surprised that sugary beverage intake was not associated with either the risks of stroke or dementia because sugary beverages are known to be unhealthy," Pase said. In response, Lauren Kane, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, issued a statement from the group that said low-calorie sweeteners found in beverages have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities. "The FDA, World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority and others have extensively reviewed low-calorie sweeteners and have all reached the same conclusion -- they are safe for consumption," the statement said. "While we respect the mission of these organizations to help prevent conditions like stroke and dementia, the authors of this study acknowledge that their conclusions do not -- and cannot -- prove cause and effect. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many risk factors can increase an individual's likelihood of developing stroke and dementia including age, hypertension, diabetes and genetics. NIH does not mention zero calorie sweeteners as a risk factor," the statement said. "America's beverage companies support and encourage balanced lifestyles by providing people with a range of beverage choices --- with and without calories and sugar --- so they can choose the beverage that is right for them." Separate previous studies have shown an association between the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and adverse health effects, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and possibly even heart failure. "This article provides further evidence though on artificially sweetened beverages and their possible effects on vascular health, including stroke and dementia," said Dr. Ralph Sacco, professor and chair of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, about the new study. Sacco was a co-author of an editorial published alongside the study in the journal Stroke on Thursday. "We believe the pathways of which artificially sweetened beverages would affect the brain are probably through vascular mechanisms," Sacco said. "When the authors controlled for hypertension and diabetes and obesity the effects diminish, which implies that some of the effects of artificially sweetened beverages could still be going through a vascular pathway," he said about the new study. "Many strokes are caused by hardening of arteries, and the risk of dementia is also increased by the hardening of arteries in large and small vessels. So, I believe the mechanisms may be through vascular disease, though we can't prove it." Heather Snyder, senior director of medical and scientific operations at the Alzheimer's Association, called the new study "a piece of a larger puzzle" when it comes to better understanding how your diet and behaviors impact your brain. "It's actually really more of your overall diet and overall lifestyle that is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk, and we do know that heart disease and diabetes are linked to an increased risk of dementia," said Snyder, who was not involved in the new study. "We know that sugary and artificially sweetened beverages are not great for us. This study adds strength to that, and also says they may not be great for your brain, specifically," she said. "There are alternatives -- things we can all do every day to keep our brains and our bodies as healthy as we can as we age." Alternatives such as regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow and doing puzzles and games to activate and challenge the mind. These are recommendations from the Alzheimer's Associations list of 10 lifestyle habits to reduce risk of cognitive decline.

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  • Draft help for their needy secondary could be in Seahawks' own backyard - The News Tribune (blog)Draft help for their needy secondary could be in Seahawks' own backyard - The News Tribune (blog)

    The News Tribune (blog)Draft help for their needy secondary could be in Seahawks' own backyardThe News Tribune (blog)UW defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake had them playing the same style Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard and DBs coach Andre Curtis have the Seahawks play: a pressing style of mauling receivers along the line of scrimmage and attacking nearly ...Can Pete Carroll and John Schneider rediscover early Seahawks draft success?The Seattle Times2017 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Select OT Garett Bolles at No. 26Dawgs By Nature2017 NFL mock draft: Seattle Seahawks select Jarrad DavisSB Nationall 58 news articles »

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  • Feds To Use Fires To Reduce Wildfire RisksFeds To Use Fires To Reduce Wildfire Risks

    SEATTLE (AP) – To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times says the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is part of a broader effort to step up the pace of intentionally set fires. Such burns can reduce the amount of wood and other materials that can ignite. This spring, the U.S. Forest Service wants to do 22 controlled burns. The sites range from a 300-acre tract about 30 miles west of Yakima to a 1,600-acre tract 25 miles east of Tonasket, Okanogan County. Prescribed burns are widely backed by scientists as an important tool for keeping forests healthier and less susceptible to devastating blazes. But the burns can be controversial, in part, because the smoke they emit may impair air quality.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Seattle Sounders versus LA Galaxy starting lineup: Chad Marshall out on defense, Will Bruin makes first start at forward - SoundersFC.comSeattle Sounders versus LA Galaxy starting lineup: Chad Marshall out on defense, Will Bruin makes first start at forward - SoundersFC.com

    SoundersFC.comSeattle Sounders versus LA Galaxy starting lineup: Chad Marshall out on defense, Will Bruin makes first start at forwardSoundersFC.comForward Will Bruin makes his first start with the Sounders, while Jordan Morris moves from the lone striker to the left wing, much like he did during Seattle's 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs run. Harry Shipp, who had been starting on the left wing, begins on ...Gameday Guide: LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC | April 23, 2017LA GalaxySounders at LA Galaxy, recap: Upcycled Seattle dominatesSounder At HeartLA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLSLAG ConfidentialLA Daily News -MLS Multiplexall 41 news articles »

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  • It could be a rough week ahead for President TrumpIt could be a rough week ahead for President Trump

    The week ahead could be tough for President Donald Trump as he and Congress face a looming budget deadline, and two of Trump’s biggest issues will be at the center of the debate: the border wall and the Affordable Care Act.   ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going – otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 This morning he tweeted out that Obamacare will die sooner than people thought because it’s in serious trouble. Trump hopes to revive the house’s failed efforts to replace the A.C.A.   The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 He also hopes to use the $1,000,000,000 spending bill to pay for his proposed border wall. This morning Trump tweeted that the wall would stop drugs and drug gangs from Central America. Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017   While his proposal has American taxpayers paying the bill, his tweet continued, writing thatMexico would be paying for it, something the Mexican government says they will not do. An extension on the legislative session may be needed to prevent a government shutdown. Speaking to NBC News, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, calls the wall “immoral” and “expensive.” Democratic support will be needed to pass the spending measure and if it doesn’t pass it could mean a shutdown, something Republicans fear Americans would blame them for.

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  • Rockets Take Game 2 In OvertimeRockets Take Game 2 In Overtime

    KENT, April 22, 2017 — The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at ShoWare Center in Game 2 of the WHL Western Conference Championship. The series is now tied 1-1. Reid Gardiner scored at 5:04 overtime to get the Rockets the win. Calvin Thurkauf passed the puck to Gardiner alone in the left circle and he beat Seattle goalie Carl Stankowski high. Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Championship are in Kelowna. Game 3 is Tuesday at 7:05pm and Game 4 is Wednesday at 7:05pm. Game 5 is Friday, April 28, at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center. Single game tickets for Game 5 of the Western Conference Championship are now on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. For Game 5 fans can purchase 10 tickets at $22 each for just $220 and they will get an additional 2 FREE tickets plus $10 worth of Chuck-A-Pucks. This Game 5 Group Ticket Special is available online and by contacting the T-Birds at 253-239-PUCK (7825). This Group Ticket Special is NOT AVAILABLE ON GAME DAY. They are advance purchase only. Stankowski was excellent in the third period with the Rockets pressing for a go-ahead goal. He stopped Dillon Dube on a clear chance from the slot, robbed Rodney Southam with a glove save on a backhand shot and made several sprawling saves on scrambles in front of his net. Stankowski finished with 28 saves on 32 shots and his playoff record is now 9-1. The Rockets took a 1-0 lead at 12:52 on a goal from Nick Merkley. Thurkauf had the only assist. Kelowna extended the lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal with one second left in the first. Thurkauf had the assist in the goal. Seattle outshot Kelowna 12-9 in the first period. The T-Birds cut the Rockets lead to one at 3:12 of the second period on a power-play goal by Ethan Bear. Mathew Barzal passed the puck from the left boards to Scott Eansor in the left corner. Eansor came out of the corner and put a shot on goal that rebounded to the left of Kelowna goalie Michael Herringer. Bear pinched down from the right point and put the rebound past the goalie. The Rockets took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission after Kole Lind scored a power-play goal at 19:34 of the second. Thurkauf and Dillon Dube had the assists. The T-Birds outshot the Rockets 8-5 in the second period and led 20-14 in shots after two periods. Seattle cut the Kelowna lead to one goal at 1:43 of the third period on a power-play goal by Keegan Kolesar. Bear had the puck at the right point and fed Donovan Neuls in the high slot. Neuls skated at Herringer and took a shot. Neuls’ shot deflected off a Kelowna defenseman to Kolesar low in the left circle. Kolesar snapped the puck past Herringer as the goalie tried to get over. The T-Birds tied the game 3-3 at 9:06 of the third period on Neuls sixth goal of the playoffs. Mathew Barzal moved the puck up the ice to Kolesar who carried it into the Kelowna zone. Kolesar took a shot as Barzal skated hard towards Herringer. Kolesar’s shot rebounded off the goalie to Neuls in the left circle. Neuls put the rebound into the Kelowna net to tie the game. Kelowna outshot Seattle 14-11 in the third period. The T-Birds had a 31-28 advantage in shots after three periods. Herringer stopped 30 of 33 shots and his playoff record is now 9-4-0-0. Western Conference Championship Game 1 At Seattle 5, Kelowna 4 Game 2 Kelowna 4, at Seattle 3, OT Game 3 Seattle @ Kelowna Tuesday, April 25 7:05pm Game 4 Seattle @ Kelowna Wednesday, April 26 7:05pm Game 5 Kelowna @ Seattle Friday, April 28 7:35pm Game 6 Seattle @ Kelowna Sunday, April 30 5:05pm* Game 7 Kelowna @ Seattle Tuesday, May 2 7:05pm* *if necessary SCORING SUMMARY First period – 1, Kelowna, Merkley 4 (Thurkauf), 12:52. 2, Kelowna, R. Gardiner 14 (Thurkauf), 19:59 (sh). Penalties – Lind, Kel (cross checking), 15:33. Dube, Kel (roughing), 18:44. Second period – 3, Seattle, Bear 5 (Eansor, Barzal), 3:12 (pp). 4, Kelowna, Lind 5 (Thurkauf, Dube), 19:34 (pp). Penalties – Soustal, Kel (hooking), 1:37. Moilanen, Sea (hooking), 6:19. Ottenbreit, Sea (elbowing), 19:34. N. Foote, Kel (roughing), 19:34. Gropp, Sea (roughing), 19:34. Herringer, Kel (roughing-served by Topping), 19:46. Third period – 5, Seattle, Kolesar 7 (Neuls, Bear), 1:43 (pp). 6, Seattle, Neuls 6 (Kolesar, Barzal), 9:06. Penalties – Gropp, Sea (high-sticking), 3:31. Merkley, Kel (roughing), 9:27. Eansor, Sea (cross checking), 11:03. Moilanen, Sea (double minor-high sticking), 14:54. Merkley, Kel (goaltender interference), 16:38. Overtime – 7, Kelowna, R. Gardiner 15 (Thurkauf), 5:04. Penalties – No penalties. Shots on goal – Seattle 12-8-11-2 33, Kelowna 9-5-14-4 32. Goalies – Seattle, Stankowski 32 shots-28 saves (9-1); Kelowna, Herringer 33-30 (9-4). Power plays – Seattle 2-5; Kelowna 1-6. A – 5,050. Referees – Steve Papp, Regan Vetter. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Ron Dietterle.

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  • Rosales, Healy homer; A’s beat Seattle for fifth straightRosales, Healy homer; A’s beat Seattle for fifth straight

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adam Rosales got counsel on leading off from Chris Young when they were Oakland teammates in 2013. “He’s like, just keep it the same, if not be more aggressive because it’s either the first or second pitch of the ballgame is the best pitch you’ll see that day,” Rosales said. “Be ready.” When Ariel Miranda served up a splitter down the middle, Rosales pounced on the 1-1 pitch. Rosales and Ryon Healy each homered in the first inning, Jharel Cotton pitched six innings of two-run ball and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday for their fifth straight win. The A’s two hottest hitters quickly got to Miranda (1-2). Rosales hit his first leadoff homer since May 3, 2013, then made his usual sprint around the bases. “He brings a lot of energy to the table,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. The A’s fed off that energy, and two batters later, Healy hit a two-run shot, his third this season and first since April 6. Cotton (2-2) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and hit a batter. “I was talking to myself on the mound, saying ‘attack, attack, attack, stay convicted, no matter what,'” Cotton said. Ryan Madson got four outs for his first save. Miranda allowed four runs and seven hits in three-plus inning in his worst start of the season, failing to pitch at least five innings for the first time in three starts. Rosales is 6 for 17 with two homers and a double during the A’s win streak, and Healy is 9 for 17 over his last five games after going 6 for 40 in his previous 10. The Mariners fell to 1-9 on the road. Their sputtering offense had nine hits Saturday, offering some encouragement to a team that’s hitting .195 away from home. “Sometimes you’re good at home, sometimes you’re bad on the road and sometimes you’re good on the road and sometimes you’re bad at home” said Robinson Cano, who hit his third homer. “It was the same way last year. We just have to keep fighting.” Seattle cut it to 4-3 on Kyle Seager’s pinch-hit, RBI triple in the eighth. Seager, mired in a slump all month, came into the game batting .233 with no home runs in 60 at-bats and was 3 for 16 over his last five games. Madson struck out Mitch Haniger swinging to end the game after Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second with two outs in the ninth. SPLASH HITS The A’s wore Golden State Warriors jerseys during batting practice on Saturday for a second straight day. The A’s announced on Twitter that they plan to auction the jerseys with the proceeds going to charity. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek, who had offseason hip surgery, hasn’t been sharp in two rehab appearances. “He’s kind going through his spring training right now,” manager Scott Servais said. Athletics: CF Rajai Davis was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a hamstring injury. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects the speedster to be on the field soon and doesn’t anticipate him going on the disabled list. UP NEXT Mariners RHP Yovani Gallardo is winless through his first three starts. He’s 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in seven career starts against Oakland. … RHP Andrew Triggs (3-0) is yet to allow an earned run through a team-record 17 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits in his only appearance against Seattle, a two-inning relief stint last year. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

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  • Seattle weather: What a difference a year can makeSeattle weather: What a difference a year can make

    A glance outside told a much different story just one year ago. Oh, those were the days … hot days. “After smashing a high-temperature record on Monday, Seattle broke yet another on Tuesday,” MyNorthwest reported on April 19, 2016. Check local weather forecasts April 2016 was a hot month for Seattle weather records and quite different than the current, long stretch of rainy days — a dynamic not heard of since Katy Perry started writing songs. Seattle thermostats hit 89 degrees on April 18, 2016, breaking a 122-year-old record for the date. Temps reached 81 degrees over the next two days. As MyNorthwest was reporting on the record-setting temps throughout the region, the National Weather Service was delivering good news that relief was on the way with temperatures dropping to the lower 70s, and there was even a chance of rain. But that was before La Nina came to town last season, leading to a stark contrast this month. By April 18, this year, Seattle had experienced 139 days of measurable rain since October, when the weather service marks the start of the “water year.” That’s a new record — the previous being 137 days of rain in 2010-11 and in 1998-99. And it doesn’t look like the rain will be stopping anytime soon. On April 19, Seattle weather dealt scattered showers with highs in the 50s, according to the weather service. NWS also notes that on April 17, Seattle hit 51 degrees — the warmest overnight low in five months. And on April 13, there was heavy hail in Kent. But no worries. Warmer Seattle weather could be just around the corner. According to the National Weather Service, the Northwest is likely to experience temperatures just slightly above normal between May and August.

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  • Seattle Reign FC put five on it against the Houston Dash - Sounder At HeartSeattle Reign FC put five on it against the Houston Dash - Sounder At Heart

    Sounder At HeartSeattle Reign FC put five on it against the Houston DashSounder At HeartWhat a difference a week makes. After opening the season to a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC put on an old fashioned hammering on the Houston Dash, winning 5-1 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. You'd think five goals in general is a ...Houston Dash vs Seattle Reign Final Score: Dash lose ugly in 5-1 defeat to SeattleDynamo Theory (blog)Scouting report: Dash at Seattle Reign FCChron.comall 10 news articles »

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  • Seattle's March for Science draws thousands on Earth Day — including a Nobel Prize winner - The Seattle TimesSeattle's March for Science draws thousands on Earth Day — including a Nobel Prize winner - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesSeattle's March for Science draws thousands on Earth Day — including a Nobel Prize winnerThe Seattle TimesMiles Greb, one of the march organizers in Seattle, creates science comic books and does computer engineering. He couldn't make an estimate about crowd size, just that it took 1 hour and 45 minutes for the park to empty out, and that the march extended ...Connelly: Earth Day in Seattle draws thousands to defend scienceseattlepi.comMarch For Science Seattle: Thousands Attend Earth Day ProtestPatch.comWashington DC - March for ScienceMarch for ScienceMarch for Science -NPRall 874 news articles »

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  • Why Seattleites marched for scienceWhy Seattleites marched for science

    On a drizzly Saturday in Seattle, thousands of scientists, supporters and enthusiasts gathered at Cal Anderson Park and marched to the Seattle Center on the 47th Earth Day. The March for Science was created as a reaction to President Donald Trump’s anti-science rhetoric, including his repeated denunciations of climate change as a hoax, and the proposed budget cuts to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. At a pre-march rally at Cal Anderson, various scientists and politicians, including Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, spoke about the significance of science to a crowd. During the Emerald City’s march, we asked protesters one simple question: why are you marching for science today? Here are some of the people and their responses: Saritha (right) with her husband, Sharath, with child (they didn’t want to give family names): “We’re both in the sciences. I’m a trained microbiologist, he’s a computer science guy, and I think science is intellectual curiosity and it fuels our ability to think, and that’s the most critical thing.” All photos by Nick Turner  

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  •  A's win 5th straight behind Ryon Healy homer A's win 5th straight behind Ryon Healy homer

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  • County Council approves funds to assist immigrants and refugeesCounty Council approves funds to assist immigrants and refugees

    Photo from King County Council Facebook page. The following is a statement from The Metropolitan King County Council. The Metropolitan King County Council today approved funding that will invest in the capacity and resiliency of the incredibly important immigrant and refugee communities in King County. The funding will be directed toward programs that inform and support immigrants and refugees on everything from legal resources, outreach efforts to informing them of their rights, and capacity building for community based organizations serving and educating their communities. “Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of the fabric of every community, this is an investment for all of King County,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott. “This legislation will provide relief for both immediate and emerging needs of these communities, with an immediate distribution of funds for legal aid and education combined with a funding partnership with the Seattle Foundation to leverage these dollars with other public and private partners to have an even bigger impact for at-risk communities. This is an important step as we continue to ensure our county is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.” “I have always believed our legislative efforts should advance equity, reflect social justice, and promote safety in our region,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, co-sponsor of the legislation. “Historically and presently King County has been and is made up of immigrants and refugees and we must stand together today and always.” In the wake of an increasingly hostile environment at the federal level for immigrants and refugees, King County remains committed to being a welcoming and inclusive County. Proposed by the Council and County Executive Constantine, the adopted legislation allocates funds, which comes from money unspent in the County’s 2015-2016 Budget, to invest in community based organizations serving immigrants and refugees. “This funding is a critically needed shot in the arm,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett. “We are working to ensure that for the thousands of residents in our community fighting for citizenship, there is a fair and just road in reaching that goal, without fear of punishment.” The funds will be distributed in three main areas: $300,000 to support organizations that are providing legal aid to the increasing number of immigrants being forced to navigate immigration proceedings; $100,000 to support organizations that ensure culturally accessible, relevant information is readily available – efforts such as holding ‘Know your Rights’ trainings for interested communities, and learning opportunities for members outside of ethnic communities to learn about the cultures of their neighbors. $350,000 to partner with the Seattle Foundation to develop the “Resilience Fund,” a collaborative fund into which other public or private funders can invest to enhance the capacity and resiliency of community based organizations in at-risk communities. For more news, click here

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  • Seattle Seahawks Announce 2017 Schedule - Seahawks.comSeattle Seahawks Announce 2017 Schedule - Seahawks.com

    Seahawks.comSeattle Seahawks Announce 2017 ScheduleSeahawks.comFollowing a Week 5 game at the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks have their bye in Week 6, then play at the New York Giants in Week 7. Seattle's only consecutive home games come in Week 8 and 9 when they host Houston and Washington, then it's off to ...2017 Seattle Seahawks game-by-game predictionsESPN (blog)all 228 news articles »

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  • First Date musical comedy will delight audiences starting April 28First Date musical comedy will delight audiences starting April 28

    Twelfth Night Productions is presenting FIRST DATE a hilarious musical comedy at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center starting April 28. Play Synopsis When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening.

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  • All lanes of I-5 reopen in North SeattleAll lanes of I-5 reopen in North Seattle

    UPDATE: All lanes of I-5 have reopened after downed power lines blocked the freeway Saturday morning. The northbound lanes reopened shortly before 11 a.m. Southbound lanes reopened around 10:30 a.m. Original story All lanes of I-5 were blocked near 145th Street due to at least one crash and downed power lines. Backups in the southbound lanes began near the county line. Northbound backups began near Lake City Way. According to KIRO 7, a rollover crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Firefighters described it as a “heavy rescue,” according to KIRO 7. One person was initially trapped in a vehicle, but later removed. Seattle police are investigating the “initial car/pole collision,” which they say happened at NE 125th and Fifth Avenue NE. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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  •  Muslim community to protest at Amazon HQ over denying praying space Muslim community to protest at Amazon HQ over denying praying space

    New York [USA], Apr 22 (ANI): After Muslim guards at Amazon were refused with a space to pray five times in a day, the outraged community is planning a demonstration at the companys headquarters in S

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  • Greatest Seahawks Draft Picks, No. 5: Cortez KennedyGreatest Seahawks Draft Picks, No. 5: Cortez Kennedy

    Drafted: 1990 NFL Draft, 1st Round (3rd Overall) Career Stats/Awards: x8 Pro Bowl Appearances, 3 First Team All-Pro, 1992 Defensive Player Of The Year, Ring of Honor, Retired no. 96, 668 tackles, 58 sacks, 3 interceptions When Cortez Kennedy retired in 2000 from his 11-year career with the Seahawks, he left as the most decorated defensive player in franchise history. NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Four-time All-Pro. Seahawks MVP. Steve Largent Award winner. NFL Team of the Decade selection for the 1990s. And that was only during his career. Kennedy is considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the position in the league, despite playing during a time when the franchise struggled for a win. At his best, Kennedy racked up 14 sacks, 92 tackles and four forced fumbles in one season. While the franchise only had two winning records during his time there, Kennedy was nothing if not dedicated to the Seahawks. Upon retirement, he turned down other team’s offers in order to retire as a Seahawk. Now, even after his retirement, the awards keep coming. Pro Football Hall of Famer. Ring of Honor member. Seahawks Jersey number 96 retired.

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  • Lush Us Gay City Arts' fundraiser with special guest Sonya Renee Taylor April 28Lush Us Gay City Arts' fundraiser with special guest Sonya Renee Taylor April 28

    LGBTQ arts showcase honors Seattle Queerartists with message of self-empowerment GAY CITY ARTS 'LUSH US' TOWN HALL SEATTLE April 28 Gay City Arts culminates its fourth performing arts season on April 28 with 'LUSH US,' a fundraiser for Gay City Arts and final showcase of artists from Gay City Arts' Season Four: UNCONTAINED. Special guest Sonya Renee Taylor, performance poet and founder of The Body is Not an Apology, an international movement committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tools for social justice and global transformation, will headline the event.

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  • Mariners Drop To 1-8 On the Road With Loss In OaklandMariners Drop To 1-8 On the Road With Loss In Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Plouffe is putting last year’s injury-plagued season behind him and slowly getting his swing back. Plouffe hit his 100th career home run and Yonder Alonso also homered, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. “I’m still swinging and missing too much but I’ve been able to put some good swings on the ball,” said Plouffe, who missed 65 games during three stings on the disabled list a year go. “I think it’s coming. The more and more I see these guys in this division I think I’ll start to feel a little more comfortable.” Plouffe hit a game-tying home run off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma with one out in the fifth, a solo shot to center. It was Plouffe’s fourth in the past seven games. “This is a true power guy,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not swinging particularly well to start the season yet he’s still hitting homers, and big homers. He’s the type of guy that can carry a team so he was a good pickup for us.” Sean Manaea (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over six innings, striking out six and walking three to help the A’s win their season-high fourth straight after losing four in a row. Stephen Vogt drove in a run for the first time in nearly two weeks for Oakland. Alonso hit the tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth, also off Iwakuma (0-2), and Jed Lowrie scored on Vogt’s sacrifice fly later in the inning. Guillermo Heredia had two hits and scored the Mariners’ lone run. Seattle fell to 1-8 on the road — a bad sign for a team that plays 17 of its first 26 games this season away from home. “We had a couple of opportunities but we didn’t sting any good at-bats together,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “You’ve got to hit to win on the road and we haven’t. That’ s why we haven’t won.” Manaea battled control issues for the second straight game and had to pitch out of jams in the second and sixth to earn his first win of the season. The left-hander pitched five hitless innings in his last start against Houston on April 15. “The walks to me are still a problem,” Manaea said. “I’m trying to figure something out, but thankfully they didn’t score off those walks. That’s good, but I’m still trying to figure out the walk situation.” Three relievers completed the six-hitter. Santiago Casilla retired three batters for his third save. Iwakuma allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. BULLPEN ROTATION Melvin has yet to officially name a closer but it appears as if Casilla is the guy, a year after losing his job in San Francisco. “We’re trying to find some order with it,” Melvin said. “Casilla seems to be getting better and better. His commands better, a little better velocity, sharper breaking ball.” TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek threw 20 pitches and allowed one hit with two walks over one innings of a rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma. It’s the latest step in Cishek’s recovery from Oct. 12 hip surgery. … Seattle recalled RHP Chase DeJohn from Tacoma and optioned RHP Dan Altavilla down to the minors. Athletics: RHP Cesar Valdez, who took a no-decision Thursday in his first appearance in the majors since 2010, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. INF Matt Olson was called up to replace Valdez. … RHP Chris Bassitt (UCL surgery) is slated to throw 45 pitches in extended spring training Monday in Arizona. … CF Rajai Davis (left hamstring) was held out. UP NEXT Mariners: LHP Ariel Miranda (1-1) makes his second career start against Oakland on Saturday. Mirando was roughed up by Houston in his most recent outing. Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton (1-2) is also coming off a shaky performance when he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings to Texas.

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    KENT, April 21, 2017 — Ethan Bear scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in Game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Championship Friday night at ShoWare Center to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 5-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets. Game 2 is Saturday at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm. Single game tickets Game 2 are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. The T-Birds gained a power play when the Rockets put the puck of play from their zone with two minutes left in the game. The T-Birds pressured the Rockets on the power play but gave up a shorthanded break to Devante Stephens with 30 seconds left in the game. Carl Stankowski made a solid blocker save on Stephens to keep the game tied 4-4. Off a faceoff win by Mathew Barzal with 16 seconds left, Sami Moilanen fed the puck to Austin Strand at the right point. Strand crossed the puck to Bear in the left circle. Bear one-timed Strand’s pass beating Kelowna Michael Herringer over the blocker with 12 seconds on the clock. The Rockets took the ensuing faceoff into the Seattle zone and Stankowski made a scrambling save to preserve the win for the T-Birds. Stankowski finished with 29 saves on 33 shots and is now 9-0 in the playoffs. Seattle took a 1-0 lead at the10-minute mark of the first period on a goal from Ryan Gropp. Barzal passed the puck from the left corner to Jarret Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka took a wrist shot that Gropp tipped past Herringer for his second goal of the playoffs. Kelowna tied the game 1-1 at 19:53 of the first on a power-play goal from Kole Lind. Erik Gardiner and Dillon Dube had the assists. Kelowna outshot Seattle 10-8 in the first period. The Rockets went in front 2-1 at 1:09 of the second period on a goal from Erik Gardiner. Calvin Thurkauf and Nick Merkley had the assists. The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 with three seconds left in the second. Donovan Neuls passed the puck to Sami Moilanen who streaked down the left wing. Moilanen put a backhand shot on net that rebounded into the slot to Alexander True trailing the play. True snapped the rebound past Herringer for his fifth goal of the playoffs. The Rockets outshot the T-Birds 15-7 in the second and led 25-15 in shots after two periods. Turner Ottenbreit gave the T-Birds a 3-2 lead 52 seconds into the third period. Keegan Kolesar passed the puck up to Gropp on the left wing and he carried it into the Kelowna zone. Ottenbreit skated hard down the slot, put his stick on the ice and Gropp made a saucer pass to the defenseman that went off his stick and over Herringer’s left shoulder. It was Ottenbreit’s first goal of the playoffs and he is the 16th T-Bird to score a goal in the playoffs. Seattle went in front 4-2 at 3:52 of the second on a goal from Sami Moilanen. Scott Eansor forced a turnover along the right boards in the Kelowna zone. The puck came to Nolan Volcan at the right point. Volcan took a shot that rebounded off Herringer right to Moilanen. Moilanen slid the rebound past the goalie for his third goal of the playoffs. Tomas Soustal scored a power-play goal at 5:53 of the third to cut the T-Birds lead to one goal. Nolan Foote and Stephens had the assists. The Rockets tied the game 4-4 at the 15-minute mark of the third on a goal by Thurkauf. Gardiner and Lucas Johansen had the assists. Seattle outshot Kelowna 10-8 in the third period. The Rockets finished with a 33-25 advantage in shots. Herringer made 20 saves on 25 shots and his playoff record is now 8-4. Western Conference Championship Game 1 At Seattle 5, Kelowna 4 Game 2 Kelowna @ Seattle Saturday, April 22 7:05pm Game 3 Seattle @ Kelowna Tuesday, April 25 7:05pm Game 4 Seattle @ Kelowna Wednesday, April 26 7:05pm Game 5 Kelowna @ Seattle Friday, April 28 7:35pm* Game 6 Seattle @ Kelowna Sunday, April 30 5:05pm* Game 7 Kelowna @ Seattle Tuesday, May 2 7:05pm* *if necessary SCORING SUMMARY First period – 1, Seattle, Gropp 2 (Tyszka, Barzal), 10:00. 2, Kelowna, Lind 4 (E. Gardiner, Dube), 19:53 (pp). Penalties – Ottenbreit, Sea (charging), 4:28. Thurkauf, Kel (holding), Strand, Sea (tripping), 19:08. Second period – 3, Kelowna, E. Gardiner 13 (Thurkauf, Merkley), 1:09. 4, Seattle, True 5 (Moilanen, Neuls), 19:57. Penalties – Kolesar, Sea (tripping), 5:59. Adams, Sea (kneeing), 16:01. Third period – 5, Seattle, Ottenbreit 1 (Gropp, Kolesar), :52. 6, Seattle, Moilanen 3 (Volcan, Eansor), 3:52. 7, Kelowna, Soustal 3 (N. Foote, Stephens), 5:53 (pp). 8, Kelowna, Thurkauf 6 (E. Gardiner, Johansen), 15:00 (pp). 9, Seattle, Bear 4 (Strand, Moilanen), 19:48. Penalties – Bear, Sea (high-sticking), 4:15. Barzal, Sea (cross checking), 6:00. Ottenbreit, Sea (hooking), 13:59. Dube, Kel (delay of game), 18:00. Shots on goal – Seattle 8-7-10 25, Kelowna 10-15-8 33. Goalies – Seattle, Stankowski 33 shots-29 saves (9-0); Kelowna, Herringer 25-20 (8-4). Power plays – Seattle 1-2; Kelowna 3-7. A – 4,001. Referees – Mike Campbell, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen – Michael McGowan, Nathan Van Oosten.

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  •  Home of the Day: Newport Hills Private View Retreat Home of the Day: Newport Hills Private View Retreat

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  • Serial home intruder? Shelton woman awakes to find stranger standing in bedroomSerial home intruder? Shelton woman awakes to find stranger standing in bedroom

    SHELTON, Wash. -- Shelton police and the Mason County Sheriff's Office are investigating a series of incidents in which women have awakened to find a man standing in their bedroom, the Shelton Police Department said Friday. The man flees upon discovery. Early Thursday morning, a Shelton woman awoke to see an unknown male intruder in her bedroom, police said. When she alerted her boyfriend, who was sleeping next to her, the man fled. She immediately called 911. During the course of that investigation, police said, a detective discovered there had been six similar incidents in the city of Shelton and in Mason County that had occurred over the last several months. Police said the victims have been females between the ages of 17 and 22 who live with other people and who all work in the service industry. Police said all of the victims "are very active on social media, specifically Facebook." The victims described the suspect as between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot, with a medium to thin build, dark shaggy hair, dark clothing and a zip-up hoodie sweatshirt. "The suspect most likely entered the residences through unlocked doors in the early morning hours," the Shelton Police Department said in a news release. The Shelton Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office want to remind residents to follow a few simple safety guidelines: Lock your doors, especially when you are in for the evening. Immediately call 911 if there is an intruder in your home. Call law enforcement when you observe suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles. Be cautious with your postings on social media, specifically regarding your whereabouts, habits, and place of employment. "Please be cautious regarding social media postings," the news release said. "Posting possible names, photos, or non-factual information can actually hinder the investigation. If anyone has information regarding these crimes, we encourage you to call the Shelton Police Department or the Mason County Sheriff’s Office."

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  • Video shows Seattle police chase suspect before shootoutVideo shows Seattle police chase suspect before shootout

    Dramatic Seattle police dash-cam video shows a robbery suspect running into a loading dock followed closely by two police officers - and then a series of shots. The video from Thursday afternoon starts with a police car racing along Alaskan Way and turning up Madison Street.

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  •  Boeing hands out hundreds of layoff notices in Everett and across the Seattle region Boeing hands out hundreds of layoff notices in Everett and across the Seattle region

    Boeing Co. handed out 429 new layoff notices to Washington state workers Friday, with the biggest cuts coming to the aircraft manufacturers widebody operations in Everett. Of the 277 layoff notices

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  • Greatest Seahawks Draft Picks, No. 6: Earl ThomasGreatest Seahawks Draft Picks, No. 6: Earl Thomas

    Drafted: 2011 NFL Draft, 1st Round (14th Overall) Career Stats/Awards: 23 interceptions, 60 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, 5x Pro Bowl, 4x First Team All Pro, 1 Second Team All Pro, On January 11, 2010, Pete Carroll was hired to become the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Just 102 days later, Carroll chose a player in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft who would become the initial building block of the championship team into which Seattle has since evolved. Earl Thomas, taken out of the University of Texas, was the Seahawks second of two first-round picks — the other being Russell Okung. The safety was a high profile pick which NFL.com scouted post-combine as a “ball hawk” that combined an elite, top-speed athlete with a strong, contact-seeking tackler. And boy has he lived up to those expectations. Thomas has been widely regarded as one of the best safeties in the league going into his eighth season. A four-time, first-team All-Pro, he has 23 interceptions and 60 passes in his career, with his 407 tackles ranking him more amongst linebackers than safeties. Yet what gives Thomas so much leverage as a part of Seattle’s famed “Legion of Boom” secondary is his unique skill set to fill in the gaps left by other players. He floats through the middle of the field, covering sideline to sideline, which allows other players like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman to be more aggressive. Thomas is the ultimate safety net in Seattle’s defensive scheme. Starting every single game through his first six seasons, the Seahawks got their first taste of life without Earl Thomas last season, when he suffered a broken leg 11 weeks into the season. Seattle struggled with backups who, admittedly, couldn’t reach the caliber of Thomas’ skillset. His future after the injury is up in the air. However, still only 27, Thomas has put in a solid career with the Seahawks, playing an integral role in their run to the 2013 SuperBowl title, as well as four division crowns. And most fans are hoping he’s not done yet.  

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    Boeing Co. handed out 429 new layoff notices to Washington state workers Friday, with the biggest cuts coming to the aircraft manufacturer's widebody operations in Everett. Of the 277 layoff notices to employees represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, 191 work in Everett, according to a union spokesman said. That's where Boeing makes its 747 jumbo jets, some of its 787 long-range 777s and 767 jets. Another 35 SPEEA workers who got the 60-day notices work in…

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  •  Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Community leader couple lists historic Laurelhurst estate for $3.25 million Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Community leader couple lists historic Laurelhurst estate for $3.25 million

    One of three original estates in Seattles Laurelhurst neighborhood is for sale. 5155 N.E. Latimer Place is a grand and glorious estate built in 1925. The estate started its life as a horse and carri

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  • Seattle police release video and photos of chase, shootoutSeattle police release video and photos of chase, shootout

    The Seattle Police Department has released video and three photos related to Thursday’s downtown robbery and shootout that left one suspect dead and four officers injured. RELATED: Photos of suspect’s gun and police officer’s bullet proof vest The video does not show the shootout in detail, but multiple gunshots can be heard in the background. One photo shows the suspect’s handgun. Two more photographs show the vest that stopped a bullet which struck Officer Elizabeth Kennedy. Teenage suspects On Friday, $75,000 bail was set for a 19-year-old male suspect in the robbery, who waived his right to appear in court. He is from Renton and is being held for investigation of first-degree robbery. Another suspect is a 17-year-old female. She was expected to be in juvenile court Friday, but The Seattle Times reports that she also waived her right to appear in court. She is being held for investigation of first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Another 19-year-old male suspect died at the scene after exchanging gunfire with police and has been identified as Damarius Butts. The King County Medical examiner has determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds. The three teens allegedly robbed a downtown 7-Eleven at gunpoint on Thursday afternoon. The incident led to a police chase and a shootout between Butts and officers. KIRO 7 reports that the incident began when the teens allegedly stole a 12 pack of Heineken, a bag of Chester’s Fries chips, a tube of BBQ Pringles, a box of chocolate donuts, and a bottled Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. A total of $28.42 worth of snacks.

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  •  Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck declares campaign for Port of Seattle Commission Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck declares campaign for Port of Seattle Commission

    Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck has launched his campaign for an open seat on the Port of Seattle Commission. Steinbrueck is a well-known Seattle architect, urban strategist and

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  • Announcement: Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Task Force seeking applicationsAnnouncement: Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Task Force seeking applications

    Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process for developing recommendations for the teaching of ethnic studies in grades 9-12. The recommendations for grades 9-12 are the first step in ensuring ethnic studies are a part of the pre-K- 12 curriculum. A task force will be formed, and its work will begin in May 2017. The tentative target date for completion of recommendations is October 2017. Applications will be accepted through April 21. Application forms and instructions can be found on the Ethnic Studies Task Force page. Application direct link: http://www.seattleschools.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=23372821. For more community announcements, click here

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  •  Validated expands app that lets retailers pay for customer rides Validated expands app that lets retailers pay for customer rides

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  •  WTIA auctions face time with leaders from Amazon, Tableau and other tech titans WTIA auctions face time with leaders from Amazon, Tableau and other tech titans

    The Washington Technology Industry Association hosted its first-ever fundraiser Wednesday with the help of some Seattle tech celebrities. The Galaxy Gala raised $125,000 from more than 500 bidders wi

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  • Raiders Want Resolution On Marshawn Lynch Before DraftRaiders Want Resolution On Marshawn Lynch Before Draft

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders. Lynch retired following the 2015 season and still has a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized. “At some point you’d like to know and prior to the draft is that point,” McKenzie said Friday. “You would like to know that. But our door is open and we’re not shutting the door until that time pretty much. Who knows after that? We’re not going to ever say never. But the door is still open.” The Seahawks still hold Lynch’s rights but would be unlikely to want to pay his $9 million salary for this year if he decides to come back. They gave the Raiders permission to talk directly to Lynch and he met with coaches and front office officials a few weeks ago about his interest in joining his hometown team. “Every indication I got is he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders,” coach Jack Del Rio said. Before that can happen, the Raiders must negotiate a contract with Lynch, agree to a deal with the Seahawks and Lynch must apply to be reinstated by the league. Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said he doesn’t expect any difficulty coming to terms on a trade with the Raiders if Lynch decides to return. “It’s a process,” McKenzie said. “It’s just not one little hurdle. There are a couple of things that have to be done.” The Raiders have a need for a power running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency. Second-year backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are both smaller backs and are not as suited to short-yardage and goal-line situations. If the Raiders don’t have any resolution on Lynch, they could decide to fill that void in the draft but could decide to wait if the right player isn’t available. “We’re not going to go out of our way to just grab a certain big back,” McKenzie said. “We feel good about the young backs we have. If we can add another back, we will.” Lynch was perhaps the best power back in the league before he retired. He had double digits in touchdown runs every season from 2011 to 2014, and his 51 TDs on the ground are the most in the NFL since 2011 despite playing just seven games in 2015 and being retired all last season. Lynch, who turns 31 on Saturday, averaged 3.8 yards per carry in his limited action in 2015 before retiring. Prior to that he was one of the game’s top running backs with more than 1,200 yards rushing in each of the previous four seasons. For his career, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns. Lynch was born and raised in Oakland and played college ball nearby at California. He still has strong ties to the area through his Beast Mode company and would be a welcome addition for a fan base still stung by the team’s upcoming move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. ___   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Announcement: Enjoy readings by local poets and live music performances at Poetry on Buses launch partyAnnouncement: Enjoy readings by local poets and live music performances at Poetry on Buses launch party

    Photo from Poetry on Buses Facebook page. The following is an announcement from 4Culture. An expanded Poetry on Buses launches on Monday, April 24, with an event at Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre, featuring community poets, live music and dance performances. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. The event is free and designed for all ages. This year, Poetry on Buses will feature 365 poems published online and on King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit Link light rail and Seattle Streetcar. The poems run April 2017 through April 2018. Over 1,600 Poems Submitted Solicited in 2016 from King County residents including students, immigrants, and adults, over 1,600 original poems on the theme of water were submitted for consideration. Transit riders can look forward to four Metro Transit buses dedicated to poetry, presenting poems exclusively and no advertisements, as well as two Sound Transit Link light rail trains, and one Seattle Streetcar. Additional poems will be shared across Metro Transit buses. A Conversation about Water in the Community The theme Your Body of Water underscores the essential role water plays in our lives and reminds us how we are all connected. Poetry on Buses Poet Planner Jourdan Keith, together with community liaisons, organized eleven community poetry workshops to encourage the public to submit poems. The community liaisons worked collaboratively with local poets and Poetry on Buses staff to shape bilingual workshops tailored to the needs of Seattle and King County’s diverse communities. Workshops focused on Chinese, Ethiopian, Punjab, Spanish speaking, African American and Tlingit communities. “Since I have been involved with Poetry on Buses, water pollution has been the frame for understanding disparity in the U.S., from Flint to Standing Rock,” says Keith, Poet Planner. “The concerns about water quality cycle through our thoughts across the continent. Just like water, they move.” Multilingual Poetry Along with addressing topics of water justice and water conservation, the poems also explore themes such as rain, memory, family and discovery. The poems are written in eight languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tlingit and Vietnamese) and create a record of local voices including youth, Indigenous and African American poets. POEMS Poem by Renton resident Kiana Davis titled “Float.” FLOAT Walking miles on land their bloodlines watered with their sweat, blood, and tears for justice, a faucet slow dripping poisoned lead water into the mouths of children cries for clean water, asylum, and peace are met with contempt and death not to drown in the waves of inhumanity they walk……… Ten-year-old Helen Zhang of Seattle shows how we are connected to animals through water in “Keep our water clean.” KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN If not We won’t be able to drink, shower, swim and see sea animals We won’t be able to see pretty colors of the sea and plants and animals that need water to live Garbage kills animals and harms the sea Keep our ocean clean Partnerships An expanded Poetry on Buses program is made possible through a partnership between 4Culture, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit, Seattle Streetcar, Intersection, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources Divisions, and Seattle Public Utilities. Poetry on Buses is managed by the Public Art staff at 4Culture and City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture using both transit- and water-related Percent-for-Art Dollars and Equity Initiative funds allocated for the commissioning and management of art in public space. It is supported through a grant from Amazon Literary Partnership. About Poetry on Buses Poetry on Buses is King County’s most populist public art program, featuring poems by established poets alongside first-time poets. Poetry on Buses began in 1992 as a partnership between 4Culture and King County Metro Transit to present poetry by local community members on buses. It was rebooted in 2014-15 with poems and workshops in five languages and an online poetry portal showcasing 365 poems – one new poem released every day of a year. For more details about the event, please contact Christina DePaolo at christina.depaolo@4culture.org. For more community announcements, click here

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  • Russian Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Hacking CaseRussian Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Hacking Case

    SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites. Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitution to the business and banks that were the victims of his multiyear scheme. Prior to his sentencing, Seleznev asked U.S. District Judge Richard Jones for leniency. He apologized to his victims and said he was remorseful for his crimes, but he urged the judge to consider his medical problems, the result of being caught in a terrorist bombing in 2011, in deciding his prison term. “I plead, pray and beg your honor for mercy,” he said. But Jones told Seleznev that the bombing in Morroco “was an invitation to right your wrongs and recognize you were given a second chance in life.” But instead, Jones said Seleznev “amassed a fortune” at the expense of hundreds of small business. “You were driven by one goal: greed,” Jones said. After sentencing, Seleznev lawyer Igor Litvak read a hand-written statement from his client that said the long sentence was a political prosecution at a time of strained U.S.-Russian relations. “This decision made by the United States government clearly demonstrates to the entire world that I’m a political prisoner,” Seleznev wrote. “I was kidnapped by the U.S. Now they want to send a message to the world using me as a pawn. This message that the U.S. is sending today is not the right way to show Vladimar Putin of Russia, or any government in this world how justice works in a democracy.” He said he’s a citizen of the Russian Federation and he said he wanted to send a message to that government: “Please help me. I beg you.” U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said Seleznev’s statement was “troubling.” He told the judge that he accepted responsibility and then sent his lawyer out claiming the case was political, she said. “He was treated with due process all along the way just as any U.S. citizen would have been,” she said. Seleznev was first indicted in 2011 on 29 felony charges and captured in 2014. U.S. Secret Service agents, with the help of local police, arrested Seleznev in the Maldives as he and his girlfriend arrived at an airport on their way back to Russia. The agents flew him to Guam, where he made his first court appearance, and then to Seattle, where he was placed in federal custody. The indictment grew to 40 counts in October 2014, and his trial was held last August. A jury found him guilty on 38 charges, including nine counts of hacking and 10 counts of wire fraud. “This is truly an unprecedented prosecution,” Deputy U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa told the judge before sentencing. For 15 years, Seleznev broke into the payment systems of hundreds of businesses. He had more than 2.9 million unique credit card numbers in his possession when he was arrested. His thefts resulted in about $170 million in business losses. “That is a staggering amount,” Barbosa said. “It exceeds any loss amount this court has ever seen.” Seleznev was “living like a mob boss” and spent money on fast cars, expensive boats and luxury trips around the world, he said. Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence to send a message to hackers around the world. “Never before has a criminal engaged in computer fraud of this magnitude been identified, captured and convicted by an American jury,” prosecutors told the judge in a presentence memo. Litvak urged the judge to consider Seleznev’s life story in his decision. Seleznev’s parents divorced when he was 2; his alcoholic mother died when he was 17; he suffered a severe head injury in a terrorist bombing in Morocco in 2011, causing his doctors to say he may not recover; and his wife divorced him while he was in a coma, Litvak told the judge. Seleznev continues to suffer after-effects from the bombing, including seizures, Litvak said. To prove his commitment to helping fight cybercrime, Seleznev recently arranged to give the U.S. government four of his laptops and six flash drives, and he has met with officials to discuss hacker activities, Litvak said. Prosecutors said his offer to help fight hackers came too late.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • T-Birds Coach’s Show: 4/20/17T-Birds Coach’s Show: 4/20/17

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  • Washington, West Coast states in legal fight against Trump's Muslim ban No. 2Washington, West Coast states in legal fight against Trump's Muslim ban No. 2

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  • WTIA auctions face time with leaders from Amazon, Tableau and other tech titans (Photos)WTIA auctions face time with leaders from Amazon, Tableau and other tech titans (Photos)

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  • New Documentary Shows 1992 LA Riots As You’ve Never Seen Them BeforeNew Documentary Shows 1992 LA Riots As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

    April 29th, 1992 was the day that four LAPD members were acquitted for the use of excessive force in the arrest of Rodney King after a high-speed chase down the streets of Northern Los Angeles. Following this decision, riots broke out in Los Angeles, throwing the city into chaos and causing destruction and turmoil of historic proportions. On Sunday, April 23rd at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) the Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary called The Lost Tapes: LA Riots, from Executive Producer, Tom Jennings. This documentary features previously un-aired footage and recordings captured by both the Los Angeles police and fire departments that put viewers right back to 1992 for firsthand accounts from those at the center of the turmoil. CBS Local’s Adam Bloom spoke with Jennings ahead of the documentary’s TV premiere for an inside look at the creation of this audio-visual time capsule. AB- Hi Tom, happy to speak with you today. I’m actually from Los Angeles, and I was there during the time frame when the riots occurred. I remember seeing tanks roll across Ventura Boulevard and having the curfew, knowing everyone across LA had to be home by a particular time. TJ- Happy to speak with you as well, Adam. And you are correct, I remember what you remember (laughs). AB- I really enjoyed the way you’ve told the story, through your use of images and video. I’m curious if you could describe the process in deciding to create it the way you did. Can you take us through the editing and what your primary objective was in creating this piece? TJ- Well, we do a series for the Smithsonian Channel, of which this is a part. The series is called, The Lost Tapes, and we’ve done a few of these before that have no narration and no interviews. I used to be a newspaper reporter here in Los Angeles, and I worked at the old Santa Monica Outlook and after that the LA Times, but that’s where I was at the time. When I changed to doing documentaries for television, it was great to interview people and put together pieces with a narrator to explain. I love telling stories, I still do. And I had reached a point a few years ago where I thought [that] there’s got to be a better way to make people really experience what these events were like. It’s been done a few times over the years, but it’s a very difficult format, in that we got rid of the narrator. We didn’t do any interviews, and we relied just on the media from that time to tell the story. So we go out and gather all of this material that we can get our hands on. Then it becomes this huge jigsaw puzzle to use other people’s words and reporting to put it all together in a way that makes it feel like you’re actually experiencing what went on. The story would just continue to flow, almost like a movie. The difference is, everything in this documentary is real and accurate. So we’re taking factual information and presenting it in a way that I think viewers will find much more experiential. We wanted people to feel like this is happening right now. With the state of the world today, so much division in the country, picking a story like the LA Riots to do in this format felt very right and necessary. Hopefully you experience it in a way that is unique to other accounts of what went on. Then in your own mind, [you’ll] be able to say, “Gee, that’s what it was really like to be around in LA in 1992. How has the world changed today compared to that experience I just had from watching this? Has it changed?” So the point of doing it [this way] was to make it come alive in a way that other documentaries, that have people telling stories from the past, just can’t do. AB- And I think you did a great job of that, as someone who kind of lived through it. The other interesting aspect is you are telling it for the first time to younger people, who may have never seen images like this before. TJ- I started out doing History Channel docs after I was a reporter, and it attracted a certain audience of people who were really into history. And that’s great, I am too. There are wonderful and important stories to tell in that format. But for younger people, who really don’t know about something that is relatively modern American history, I think it’s better to let them live through it, experience it, like we did. It’s intended to just reach out and grab viewers. I always joke that when we do a film like this, people are waiting for the narrator to come and save them. And the narrator never shows up (laughs). It engages you in a different way. Television is so reflexive. Images bounce off your eyes while you’re listening to something, and it’s easy to check out. But it’s hard to check out of this format of storytelling. You’re interacting almost with the story in a way that other forms don’t [allow]. AB- I love that, “You’re waiting for the narrator, and he never comes.” So I’d like to touch on, having been there at the time, some of the more personal things and your feelings about being there. I’m curious if you remember when you saw the Rodney King video and the emotions you had after that initial viewing? TJ- A lot of the riots at the time, especially having been a reporter, are a blur to be honest. Because you just went on autopilot when the thing started and woke up six days later like, “What just happened?”. But there are key moments I recall distinctly. Working at the paper in Santa Monica — it was a pretty good-sized paper — and when I first saw both the King video and the eventual verdicts of the trial, I was in the newsroom. We had a television hanging from the ceiling, and people were gathering around. When that first report came out with the King beating — I was covering cops at the time — I remember being with a few other reporters when this report came on. It was a video shot by a guy named George Holliday out in the northern section of LA. At first it was hard to comprehend exactly what I was looking at because it almost seemed like a movie. Then you realize that this isn’t a movie, this is just going on and on and on. There were some more cynical reporters who said, “Well, he was leading police on a 100 mph chase,” which is true, he didn’t stop. But even they after a while said, “Now that’s too much.” People ask me about my first reaction to it when I was a reporter, and I thought somebody should have said, “Stop!” It just didn’t stop. I remember I was horrified, and I was thinking [that] this is going to cause all kinds of trouble. Los Angeles at the time had this subtext of racial unrest. There had been a young girl killed, named Latasha Harlins, prior to that by a Korean-American grocery store owner, and she was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by a white judge, but given no jail time. We also had riots in ’65 in Watts and a lot of those issues from back then. We liked to think they had been settled, but they really hadn’t. Los Angeles was, and in some ways still is, a very segregated city. You didn’t go to South Central, you stayed out of certain neighborhoods, and it was like everyone didn’t want to admit that. We just wanted to live in the land of endless summer and [think] everything was fine. The King beating was hard to watch, it was a lot to take. And I just remember thinking, well, something is going to come from this with the legal system, you just can’t do that. AB- It’s interesting, thinking about it now, you almost have to explain to the new generation [that] it wasn’t something standard, as it is today. You couldn’t just record something. It was unique in the sense that someone did that. TJ- Oh, it was very unique, George Holliday just happened to be living out there. I think he was in his apartment, and this started to unfold across the street from where he was at. He just happened to have one of those old camcorders, and must have said, “Gee this is weird.” He didn’t even get the very beginning of it. I was talking to someone the other day, and I said, “George Holliday was the outlier in terms of capturing horrific things on tape by members of the public. Today we’re all George Hollidays, every one of us. If you have a phone, you’re George Holliday.” AB- Were there moments from your coverage of the riots that stick out to you, moments when it really hit you how dangerous the environment around you had become? TJ- I remember distinctly, I was on some street in central LA; I was curious and wanted to get closer [to the heart of the riots]. As you get closer, there’s buildings burning, people smashing storefronts. Then, just wandering in, and all of a sudden I hear gunshots. Now, before we went out, one of the photographers at our newspaper had served in the Vietnam War, and he gathered us around. He described what a bullet sounds like coming towards you versus going away from you. So, if you here this sound, you need to hide. But if it’s going away from you, you can probably keep moving. Later on that night, the lights were out. There was smoke everywhere. [I] didn’t see a cop, the fire department couldn’t get there because they were being shot at. And I heard gunfire. I remember going into a little storefront alcove and crouching down to hide in the shadows, I was scared because the sound that guy had described, those bullets were coming in my direction. I didn’t feel like I was being shot at personally, but those bullets were coming down the street that I was on. And I remember distinctly thinking, “Wow, I am in LA. This is a city I know, I know exactly where I’m at. The streets are paved. I speak the language, this is the U.S. And I am freaked out.” AB- The truth is I think it’s all come around. Do you feel that had an impact on what you’ve created? TJ- It was a very hard story to tell the way we did it. Normally it’s hard to tell [in] that format to begin with, but I wanted to try to find some balance in it. It’s very easy in a story like that to just be one-sided, and it was tough because there were so many points of view to try to explain in a relatively short period of time. We just had a screening last night actually at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Nate Holden was a councilman at the time, he was there last night along with other LA dignitaries. So this was the true litmus test of how good the film is. People would say afterwards just when you thought, “Oh you’re showing too many rioters, you pull it back and show the first AME Church from inside and people of reason trying to figure out what to do.” So I agree, my experience as a reporter helped me in picking and choosing which images and which sounds to put in. Regarding format, people say, “Oh isn’t it funny you were a reporter, you used words for a living to tell stories, and now you don’t write any words at all.” To that I reply, it’s actually all writing, I’m just using other people’s words. It’s actually harder that way because I have to rely on what they said. There’s no crutch, there’s no narrator to turn a corner in the story. We have to rely on what was written in the past to bring it to life in the present. One thing I want to say about that, there was a radio station in Compton called KJLH. It’s owned by Stevie Wonder, and they were an all-music station at the time who went to an all-talk format. 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Really appreciate your time. TJ- Thank you, my pleasure Adam! The Lost Tapes: LA Riots will air on the Smithsonian Channel at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) on Sunday April 23rd. But you can view the documentary on demand right now at Smithsonianchannel.com. Check your local listings for more information.

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  • Two officers involved in downtown shootout identifiedTwo officers involved in downtown shootout identified

    The Seattle police officer shot in the face during a confrontation with a suspected armed robber Thursday afternoon in downtown remains in the hospital. Deputy Chief Carmen Best says the officer’s condition has improved. “We are very grateful did this not turn out worse,” she said. “The officer remains in stable condition. When he was transported his condition was a lot worse than that.” Early Friday morning, KIRO 7 reports, more than a half-dozen officers were at Harborview Medical Center to support the 30-year-old officer, who has been identified by The Seattle Times as Hudson Kang. A total of four Seattle officers were injured while responding to the robbery, including Kang and Elizabeth Kennedy, 42, who was shot in the chest but saved by her Kevlar vest. Another officer was “grazed” by a bullet. One suspect died after the encounter. Two other suspects were taken into custody. Suspects encounter police Seattle police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a downtown 7-Eleven in the 600 block of 1st Avenue at 1:18 p.m. A witness told the Seattle Times that the suspects attempted to steal chips, soda, and a case of Heineken from the store. After the suspects allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint, they fled and encountered police a block away. A hand-to-hand fight broke out between a responding officer and a 19-year-old male suspect who was armed with a handgun. During the fight, a 17-year-old female suspect hit the officer over the head with a bottle. The male suspect then ran to the entryway of a nearby office building where he fired at police. Officers fired back. The suspect then went inside the building at Madison Street and Western Avenue, barricading himself inside. Employees inside the building were instructed to shelter-in-place. Police blocked off several streets around the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building. KIRO Radio’s Josh Kerns was at the scene and said that he heard a loud explosion in the building, likely a flashbang, and then saw several medics rushing to that scene. “There are dozens and dozens of Seattle police,” Kerns reported. “Very tense, there are guns drawn … Major, major response. Unlike anything I’ve seen in some time.” A SWAT unit eventually entered the building and found the male suspect dead inside. While officers did shoot at the suspect earlier, it is unclear exactly how he died. The King County Medical Examiner will make that determination. The female suspect was apprehended nearby, shortly after the male was found. After interviewing her, a second 19-year-old male suspect was identified. He was taken into custody around 6 p.m. Injured Seattle police officers A police spokesperson said that Kennedy was released from Harborview Medical Center after being treated on Thursday. She is a three-year veteran of the force. Kang was shot in the face and ribs and was in serious, but stable condition Thursday night. He is a three-year veteran of the force. A bullet grazed the hand of another officer. He is a 27-year veteran of the police department. A fourth officer was treated at the scene after a bottle was broken over his head. The officers who fired their weapons during the incident will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues.

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  • Nearly-dead DUI bill moves to the governor’s deskNearly-dead DUI bill moves to the governor’s desk

    Washington state’s relatively weak felony DUI laws are about to get tougher. A near-dead bill that would make a fourth DUI a felony in our state is now headed to the governor’s desk after a last minute move in the Legislature. Our state has the weakest law in the country of the 46 states with felony DUI laws — it takes 5 DUIs before making it a felony. This bill makes a fourth DUI in 10 years a felony, and mandates 13 to 17 months in prison, rather than shorter sentences in a county jail. Original story Despite years of passing with wide support in the Senate and some House committees, a bill to toughen our state’s felony DUI law is poised to die in the House — again. RELATED: Washington senator amazed at the distracted driving she sees A man in Renton was recently arrested for his 11th DUI. Two of those were felonies in Washington state. Another in Nevada was also a felony. How does a driver who racks up that many DUIs not live behind bars, let alone get behind the wheel? Part of the problem is our state’s felony DUI law. It takes five DUIs in Washington state before it’s considered a felony. That’s the most lax in the country among the 46 states that have felony DUI laws. State Senator Mike Padden says it’s time for our state to catch up. “Because we know that the people most likely to have vehicular homicides are repeat offenders,” he said. “If some of those repeat offenders are off the roads we are going to reduce the number of vehicular homicides.” Padden began trying to get this done since 2013. His bill has cleared the Senate seven times. Padden’s legislation would make a fourth DUI a felony and increase jail time for a four-time offender, sentencing them to up to 17 months in jail. It has received widespread support from City of Seattle, law enforcement, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. After clearing the Senate unanimously, Padden thought it was a done deal this year. But now it’s near death after not getting a vote in the House before a Wednesday deadline last week and with under a week to go before the end of the regular session. I asked Padden if legislation on both sides might be being held up as sort of a bargaining chip. “That always happens,” he said. “Last year, it was in the budget for the House and Senate, and the Senate passed it. We were given the impression it would come up on the last day and it did not.” One of the main concerns for opponents of Padden’s bill is the cost of putting more people behind bars. However, Padden says the total cost to society for a victim’s death related to a DUI is about $10 million. More people die from DUI than gun violence, he pointed out. Some in the House want to see more in the way for treatment for felony DUI offenders, rather than just locking them up. Padden has been working on that in the form of a companion bill from Democratic Rep. Tina Orwall. The money would be spent on outreach, education, and treatment for second and third time DUI offenders. “I just don’t know where the House is,” Padden said of his bill. “I heard some discussion that Rep. Timm Ormsby didn’t have it in his budget, but it is in the Senate budget…” Padden and many others lawmakers agree a final budget will end up getting worked out in a special session. He says there’s a slight chance this — and other bills that failed to get votes last week — could get done in the regular session. But with that wrapping up Sunday it’s not looking good.

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  • WSDOT wants to work on 520 at night, neighbors would rather they kept quietWSDOT wants to work on 520 at night, neighbors would rather they kept quiet

    The Washington State Department of Transportation has asked the city of Seattle for a noise variance to allow nighttime construction on the State Route 520 bridge for the next seven years. About 50 residents of waterfront communities near the construction had one word for that request at a recent meeting: Shush.

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  •  A Russian show of power: Spy planes, bombers intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska A Russian show of power: Spy planes, bombers intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - Over the last week, U.S. defense officials have made sightings of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast.Two U.S. officials have said that Russian Bear bombers and spy plan

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  • Latest firearm legislation focuses on protecting victimsLatest firearm legislation focuses on protecting victims

    There was a huge win for domestic violence victims after the Washington state Senate approved legislation requiring victims are notified when their abuser tries to illegally buy a gun. The legislation was thought dead until a surprise vote Thursday night. Lawmakers received input from the NRA to craft the bill. Now, it heads back to the House which is is expected to sign off on some amendments — and the governor is expected to sign it. Original story In 2014, Washington State voters approved universal background checks for gun buyers. But what happens to felons, domestic abusers and others who fail those background checks and illegally try to buy a gun? Report: Bill would help trafficking victims clear criminal records Not much, as it turns out. However, there’s an effort in Olympia to change that. The idea behind House Bill 1501 began with a conversation between State Representative Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) and another lawmaker last year. “If a criminal tries to buy a firearm from a gun store and fails a background check, does law enforcement get notified? Do domestic violence survivors get notified if criminals are ineligible because of a restraining order? Do cops on the street get notified?” Hansen asked. “The answers to those questions are no, no, and no. “Our bill makes the answers to those questions yes, yes, and yes.” The bill adds teeth to the universal background check law. “We had over 3,000 failed background checks in Washington state last year,” Hansen said. “About half of which were failed because the purchaser was a criminal or fugitive … That is a lot of dangerous people trying to buy firearms. “If you walk into a gun store and you know you’re ineligible and you try to buy a firearm anyway and get caught and turned down, there should be an investigation, an arrest, and, in appropriate cases, prison time.” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg agrees. When voters passed universal background check law, there was an implied understanding that there would be consequences for someone who fails a background check, he said. Hansen says one of the key parts of the legislation is making sure victims, especially domestic violence survivors, are notified when their abuser is trying to arm themselves. Lying on an application is a felony, and under federal law punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Right now, however, there really isn’t much follow up happening. The legislation would target domestic abusers, felons, people who have been involuntary committed, and people with warrants. It would also require failed background checks to be reported to local law enforcement. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs would also maintain a statewide system to handle the notifications for domestic-violence survivors. State grants would help local police agencies pay for the needed follow-up. Prosecutors and local law-enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, support the legislation. Hansen says they worked closely with the National Rifle Association to ensure Second Amendment rights were protected. Hansen says it passed out of the House with overwhelming bipartisan support — so he’s hopeful they’ll get this one on the books this session.

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  • Thousands of children attend annual WE DayThousands of children attend annual WE Day

    More than 12,000 children will converge on Seattle Center for WE Day. The children earned their ticket to the massive event from volunteering and social justice activities in their school. Coach Pete Caroll and the Seahawks will be in attendance as well as motivational speakers and other performers.

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  • Amazon expands brick-and-mortar bookstore to Silicon ValleyAmazon expands brick-and-mortar bookstore to Silicon Valley

    Amazon Books is opening its first Silicon Valley location this year in San Jose. The store will open its doors this summer in about 5,500 square feet of retail space. It’s the same strip of retail in Federal Realty Investment Trust's massive mixed-use development that is home to companies like Tesla, Gucci and Tumi. “The ‘technology meets traditional shopping’ approach of Amazon Books reflects a greater trend towards a new retail strategy that appeals to the tech-savvy and fashion-forward…

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  •  Seattle mayor to send income tax for 'high-end households' to council Seattle mayor to send income tax for 'high-end households' to council

    Seattles wealthiest residents may soon be required to pay income tax if a proposal by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is approved. The mayor, who is running for re-election, reportedly proposed the tax duri

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  • Seattle mayor to send income tax for 'high-end households' to councilSeattle mayor to send income tax for 'high-end households' to council

    Seattle's wealthiest residents may soon be required to pay income tax if a proposal by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is approved. The mayor, who is running for re-election, reportedly proposed the tax during a candidate forum Thursday evening, according to the Seattle Times. He said he plans to send the proposal to the Seattle City Council for a vote in the coming weeks. Details of the tax have not yet been revealed. Murray cited what he called the state's "regressive" tax structure and said a high-end…

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  • Sugary Drinks Cause Aging In Brain And Poor Memory, Study FindsSugary Drinks Cause Aging In Brain And Poor Memory, Study Finds

    CBS Local – We all surely know of the health ramifications for excessive soda drinking by now. The sweet, sugary drinks may taste great, but aren’t optimal for teeth nor body fat. Now, studies have shown even worse potential perils to consuming artificially flavored drinks. They also can lead to brain shrinkage, accelerated brain aging and memory loss, as well as an increased risk of stroke and dementia, according to a pair of studies led by the same team. These studies, one centered around strokes and the other around Alzheimer’s, led by Matthew Pase from the Department of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, came away with those harrowing findings. “In our community-based cohort, higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drink was associated with an increased risk of both stroke and dementia,” the study read. They also found that these negative takeaways were found from artificially flavored drinks rather than sugar-sweetened drinks. “Our observation that artificially sweetened, but not sugar-sweetened, soft drink consumption was associated with an increased risk of stroke and dementia is intriguing,” the study read. “Sugar- sweetened beverages provide a high dose of added sugar, lead- ing to a rapid spike in blood glucose and insulin.”

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  • Celgene research leader Dr. Rupert Vessey joins Juno boardCelgene research leader Dr. Rupert Vessey joins Juno board

    Juno Therapeutics Inc. has added Celgene Corp. President of Research and Early Development Dr. Rupert Vessey to the Seattle-based biotech's board. Vessey will serve as as Celgene's designated appointee to Juno's board, replacing Dr. Tom Daniel, who retired last summer but will remain on the board as an independent contractor. Juno (NASDAQ: JUNO) inked a $1 billion collaboration with Celegene in 2015. The deal has helped Juno weather a failed cancer drug trial in which five patients died. ANALYSIS:…

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  • Co-founder of Fremont Brewing wants to help craft city policyCo-founder of Fremont Brewing wants to help craft city policy

    The race for Seattle mayor isn’t the only one heating up in the city. Ross: America’s most interesting mayoral campaign is in Seattle City Council Position 8, which is up for grabs as councilmember Tim Burgess’ term comes to an end, has garnered at least as much interest as the mayor’s race. Sara Nelson, co-founder of Fremont Brewing, filed this week. She told Seattle’s Morning News the city could benefit from her real-life experience. But what motivated her to run? “As a small neighborhood business owner, I am able to put my progressive values to work every day,” she responded. “My husband and I [who started Fremont Brewing] … provide excellent benefits, our employees make above minimum wage, we have a family leave policy, free ORCA card, etc.” She says she knows how to implement — in a more workable way — values. She also says she is an “environmental leader.” Nelson worked for former councilmember Richard Conlin for about 10 years. Kshama Sawant defeated Conlin in 2013. Nelson wrote, developed, and promoted environmental policy when “Seattle was at the cutting edge of climate and zero waste policies.” “I brought that back to the brewery,” she added. Though the current city council is already progressive, Nelson says there is no one on the council who represents small business owners. “We [small business owners] create jobs, support the economy, give back to the community, and we create goods and services that make the city a vibrant place to live,” she said. She calls herself a “common sense Progressive,” “who knows how to get things done that has a broad range of experience.” Listen to the entire conversation with Nelson below. According to Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Commission website, the following people have filed for City Council Position 8: Ryan Asbert, Hisam Goueli, Jon Grant, Mac S. McGregor, Teresa Mosqueda, Rudy Pantoja, James Passey, Sheley Secrest, Charlene Strong.

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  • Olympia gives landlords a new weapon to fight squattersOlympia gives landlords a new weapon to fight squatters

    Squatters have a new foe to keep them from occupying private property — paperwork. That’s essentially the solution that lawmakers in Olympia have crafted to solve the issue of squatters taking over properties across Washington state. A bill spearheaded by Senator Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup) passed the House and the Senate and is on its way to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. RELATED: Squatters break into vacant building across the street from KIRO Radio “In the end, there was unanimous support for the bill in both the House and the Senate, and we are looking forward to the governor signing this bill very soon,” Zeiger said. “Help is on the way,” he said. “I’ve even gotten calls from homeowners who have squatters on their property as we speak. And they are wondering when this bill will take effect.” That will be within 90 days from when Inslee signs the bill into law. Squatters bill Zeiger said the bill took time to draft. He and fellow lawmakers got landlords in the same room as tenants’ rights groups. Together, they came up with a solution. Zeiger’s bill establishes a “request to remove trespassers” form that building owners can give to police to evict unauthorized tenants. The form puts the owner under penalty of perjury when they claim that someone is occupying their property illegally. “We do protect the rights of legitimate tenants on property, but for people who are squatting and have no business being on that property, we make it clear that they will face removal,” Zeiger said. The legal document streamlines the eviction process when it comes to squatters, providing police the ability to oust unauthorized tenants once it is signed. “Right now, if a property owner finds that somebody has moved onto their property without their permission, whether somebody was handed keys from a former tenant, or someone who comes into an unoccupied rental property and now they are occupying it …” Zeiger said. “Right now a property owner would have to go through a costly and lengthy process. We needed to give more tools to property owners to uphold their rights.” “There are horrific stories on private property in every kind of community in our state — rural, urban suburban — where there’s drug activity, and tens of thousands of dollars in damage to private property, and law enforcement can do very little to intervene unless some other crime is committed,” he said.

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  • At first candidates’ forum, Murray moves leftAt first candidates’ forum, Murray moves left

    If energy equals votes, Nikkita Oliver will be the next Seattle mayor. In what could have been a sleepy first forum with a panel of seven mayoral candidates, Oliver’s fans whooped and cheered Thursday evening despite admonitions to hold their tongues. But while Oliver seemed to bring the most (or most vocal) support, it is current Mayor Ed Murray who will dominate news recaps of the event. Not only did he say he supported allowing duplexes and triplexes in single-family neighborhoods (a policy he’s backed down from once before) and not only did he say he did not support the homeless sweep policies of the city (which have grown under his watch), Murray also reversed course on his stance on a city income tax. Undercutting one of the major points of difference between him and his challengers , Murray announced he would release a city income tax proposal on high-end earners in the coming weeks. Although the crowd applauded, the proposal is likely illegal under state law. As others have done, Murray acknowledged that it’s a long shot, urging people hold their applause. “It’s too soon to cheer,” he said. “It’s going to be challenged in court, but if we win in court and we can get that high-end income tax, we can shift our regressive taxes on sales tax and on property tax onto that high-end income tax.” Murray, it seems, has decided it’s worth making waves in his campaign for reelection. Former mayor Mike McGinn said he supported exactly this approach when he announced his candidacy earlier this week. And when it was his turn to speak Thursday, he reminded the crowd of this. “I proposed an income tax,” he said, adding, “if that is found not to be legal, we need to tax the big corporations that are benefiting from growth.” In a lightning, yes or no round, all the candidates said they supported an income tax except urbanist advocate Cary Moon. In an emailed statement Friday, she explained why: “Putting our hopes on only an income tax proposal that may take years to run through the legal system diverts attention away from real solutions City Hall can and should implement now,” she said. “And I’m concerned that it doesn’t address a glaring tax loophole in our state: unearned wealth from gains on selling stocks would be ignored in this proposal.” Once upon a time, this mayoral race looked like it would be boring. Murray had strong approval ratings. He’d run the table on endorsements and he was flush with cash. Mayor Ed Murray prior to the start of the Mayoral candidate’s forum. But allegations that he sexually abused children in the 1980s, which he’s repeatedly denied, have tossed boring to the wind. He now faces serious challenges from Oliver, former Mayor McGinn and Moon. It is perhaps this added pressure or just the nature of campaigning that Murray suddenly seems to paint himself as more aggressively progressive than his opponents believe him to be. The allegations against Murray were nowhere to be found Thursday evening in the Seattle Mennonite Church off Lake City Way, a carpeted cathedral lit with upward facing lamps. The forum was part of a meeting of the 46th district Democrats. It was the first time the mayoral candidates, as well as those running for Seattle City Council Positions 8 and 9, were given an opportunity to publically pitch their platforms. More than two hundred people filled the room to capacity. The event was not a debate, but more stump speech after stump speech. Candidates and their cadres of staff and volunteers littered the room with pamphlets and headshots. Seven out of ten declared mayoral candidates showed up: Murray, Oliver, McGinn and Moon, who are considered to be the most serious contenders for the office; and socialist Mary Martin, consultant Jason Roberts and serial City Hall commenter Alex Tsimerman. (Casey Carlisle, David Ishii and Keith Whiteman did not appear. Earlier Thursday, transit-wonk Andres Salomon announced he was dropping out of the race to avoid siphoning off votes from either McGinn or Moon.) Although Seattle candidates are generally viewed as being varying shades of left, the differences in their messaging were notable. Murray introduced an income tax proposal. Outside of that, however, he stuck to his talking points: he championed the “grand bargain” that mandates developers pay for or build affordable housing. He lamented the state of the system he inherited to address homelessness and touted his proposed fixes. And he sold his endorsements from regional partners. Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver speaks to voters in North Seattle as her opponents look on. Oliver championed the crowd-sourced, people-powered muscle fueling her campaign and how her election will continue the work of community advocates. “Every great change that has occurred was because communities have risen up,” she said, citing the city’s housing agenda, $15 minimum wage and police reform as proof. It’s been noted she would be only Seattle’s second woman mayor. She would also be only the second person of color to hold the office. McGinn is aiming to convince Seattle voters that he’s worth a second term; he lost to Murray in 2013. Although he’s a former Sierra Club advocate, he’s striking a more fiscally conservative tone. At the forum, he reiterated a message that Seattle’s taxes are regressive, so cutting and reprioritizing the budget is better policy. Moon hammered home a position that others have not adopted: investors and financiers are making housing expensive, so let’s tax them. “The solutions are not that hard to figure out,” she said. “The hard part is building the political will and courage to do the right thing.” Following the mayor’s race, the candidates in the crowded race for Councilmember Tim Burgess’ open seat made similar pitches. When it was over, the candidates worked the audience, handing out more campaign materials, bringing a close to what clearly felt like the official start of the 2017 Seattle mayoral race.  

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  • Seattle mayor pitches city income tax days after opponent doesSeattle mayor pitches city income tax days after opponent does

    Just days after former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said he supports the idea of a city income tax while announcing that he will run for office, current Mayor Ed Murray proposed a city income tax during a candidate forum. Candidate: I’m running against shades of Murray Murray says the income tax would target “high-end” residents, The Seattle Times reports. Additionally, other taxes would be reduced, if the income tax was approved. Citing Murray, the Times reports that some of the income tax would be used to fill in the funding gap left by cuts from the federal government. During McGinn’s announcement on Monday where he called out the current administration for designing a “system to drive out the working class and middle class,” the former mayor urged the city to pass an income tax soon to get the ball rolling. Because he said, there will inevitably be a court battle over such a tax. As KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross points out, the tax idea is primarily designed to setup a legal challenge in hopes of overturning a state Supreme Court decision that blocked a statewide income tax. He adds that the tax would target individuals earning more than $250,000 and couples over $500,000 and based on federal adjusted gross income. It was the first candidate forum in the 2017 race, and it came two weeks after a 46-year-old Kent man accused Murray of raping him decades ago. The mayor has adamantly denied the accusation. This week, McGinn and urban planner Cary Moon announced that they’re challenging Murray. The mayor said the income tax would be accompanied by reductions in other taxes, such as property and sales taxes, that hit poorer people harder. Murray’s latest proposal adds to a growing list of taxes that he sees as necessary to support a growing city dealing with a homeless crisis and lack of affordable housing. Earlier this year, Murray announced a $275 million property tax levy that would help solve some of the city’s problems. “To create more options for housing,” Murray told KIRO Radio’s Jason and Burns. “Because we have a regressive tax system … Sales tax is not an option here, but if it was, sales tax is even more regressive for poor people than a property tax because folks with property at least have equity. In this city, if you own property, you’ve gotten a lot of equity during this period of growth.” That proposal was later ditched. But in its place, Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced they will try to pass a regional sales tax increase in 2018. Murray also proposed a tax on sugary drinks which he says will fund new investments in education — side note: Mike McGinn pitched a similar tax during his term as mayor. List of mayoral candidates in Seattle

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  • Legislature: What, us worry about finishing on time?Legislature: What, us worry about finishing on time?

    Think of a chess game that won’t begin because neither side wants to move the first pawn. That is how Washington state’s Legislature has tackled its big biennial budget talks in 2013, 2015 and now in 2017. And it’s a major reason why the Democrat and Republicans end up playing chicken on trying to come up with a budget prior to a July 1 deadline for avoiding a partial government shutdown. This year, the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are under added pressure to meet a state Supreme Court mandate to provide better and more equitable education funding. But the Democratic-controlled House and GOP-dominated Senate have known for five years what they want to do with the state’s education-oriented main budget. Each side has known for five years where the other side is coming from. And the two parties have had many months between sessions to hash out differences on education spending, ripple effects on social services, taxes and tax breaks. Yet in 2013, 2015 and 2017, the two sides stared at each other for several weeks after each has unveiled its initial budget proposals for the coming two years — doing essentially nothing. That’s why serious budget talks have never really begun until the Legislature finishes its 105-day regular sessions and starts special sessions in April. It’s up to the governor to call the Legislature back for special sessions, which can extend up to 30 days apiece. As House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, observed last week, the talks hadn’t begun. He blamed Senate Republicans (they blame House Democrats), saying, “They still won’t negotiate. … The public expects us to get our work done, and we need to get to the table. We’re very frustrated with this.” Democrats and Republicans came within three days of partially shutting down the state government in 2013 and 2015. And the two sides appear ready to push the July 1 deadline again this year. The stakes in these long preliminary stare downs before real talks begin: Practically nothing. In 2013 and 2015, who moved the first pawn had no real effects on the final adopted budget. It’s almost purely machismo. Maybe a couple dozen Capitol Dome insiders really care who blinks first. There has never been a public outcry about which side moves first — only a muted, generic grumbling about how legislators in Olympia can’t get stuff done on the budget, their biggest responsibility. All this traces back to the Washington Supreme Court’s late 2012 ruling that the state is not providing enough money and teachers to provide a basic education as required by the constitution. This is the fifth year that legislators wrestled with the so-called McCleary decision — making some progress, but falling short of the Supreme Court’s mandate. For several months last year, a joint Republican-Democratic task force of the Legislature tried to come up with a mutually agreeable plan to finish the Supreme Court’s fix-it work. But this January, the Democrats had a plan by the task force’s deadline, while the Republicans had some principles without a plan. The Republicans’ full plan — radically different from the Democrats’ proposal — surfaced in February. This cycle of dysfunction still continues. In March, the two sides unveiled their 2017-2019 budget proposals. The GOP want a $43 billion budget for 2017-2019, while the House Democrats proposed a $44.9 billion plan on Monday. The GOP budget cuts some social services that the Democrats want to keep. But the GOP argues that the House Democrats don’t actually have a legitimate budget proposal because they have not passed bills for their proposed capital gains tax, B&O tax overhaul measures, and closing tax breaks. Therefore, Republicans argue, Democrats cannot prove they have the votes for those tax-related measures needed to pay for their budget plan. So, why begin negotiations? Democrats have been leery about being drawn into pro-tax floor votes — which stay on their records for future elections — that may not survive the final budget negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, called the Democratic tax features “ghost dollars” because they have not been officially passed in any House revenue bills. “It’s like saying what house you are going to buy, but before you know how much money you have in the bank,” said House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. Meanwhile, Democrats argue that since both sides’ budget proposals will change during the actual negotiations, it really does not matter whether the initial bargaining positions have official floor votes. Besides, Democrats counter, the Senate GOP’s plan depends on some revenue measures that it has not yet passed. Plus it depends a public ballotto approve some tax measures in November. Consequently, Democrats echoed the Republican argument that the other side has not guaranteed its revenue sources either. “You get several hundred million dollars in their assumptions,” said Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island and lead Senate Democratic budget writer. Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, said, “They need to look at their own ghost dollars. … I’d like to see them pass a property tax without the referendum to see if they have the votes, and I don’t think they do.” On Monday, Schoesler countered that the remaining GOP revenue work is tiny compared to the Democrats’ proposed tax increases. This one preliminary argument has delayed serious budget talks for more than three weeks so far with no end in sight. But don’t think the Senate Republicans have always wanted revenue votes prior to budget talks and the House Democrats have always wanted to put off tax votes until after negotiations are done. They reversed positions for 22 months from 2013 to 2015 on negotiating a $15 billion transportation package with an 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas tax. During the transportation package talks, the GOP fought against politically damaging pre-negotiation votes for a gas tax increase. Meanwhile, House Democrats insisted on such a pre-negotiation vote. That impasse was a major reason why those transportation talks stretched to 22 months. Therefore, observers might see each side’s principles as changing with political expediency. Whenever the two sides get the preliminary ground rules settled, they will still have many major revenue and spending issues to tackle. These are interlocking issues that will take weeks, if not months, to resolve whenever serious talks begin. The Democrats want a 7 percent capital gains tax to raise money for education. That tax would hit individuals making $25,000 a year in capital gains or couples with $50,000 a year in gains. The GOP hates this, arguing it is a business-killing Trojan Horse for a state income tax. The Democrats want to radically overhaul the state’ business-and-occupation taxes. The GOP doesn’t. The Democrats want to close several tax breaks. The GOP wants to keep them all. Republicans want to ignore most new tentative contracts negotiated with state employees in 2016. That would eliminate a $760 million obligation in 2017-2019. Democrats oppose that proposal with one reasons being the chaos in beginning contractual talks again. Republicans also want to eliminate automatic cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. Democrats want to keep them intact. On another issue, the feds plan to send roughly $1.5 billion in Medicaid money to Washington with the Democrats wanting that entire amount. But the GOP wants to accept only about a third of that money, arguing that too many federal strings are attached to accepting the full $1.5 billion. All these are complicated issues with major pros and cons to each. But the Legislature has not even begun to seriously discuss them because the two sides are still in the initial posturing stage — 103 days into a 105-day session. Inslee is expected to tell legislators to get back to work immediately with a special session beginning on Monday.

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  • How Seattle’s March for Science came to beHow Seattle’s March for Science came to be

    What started out as the internet’s distraught reaction to the Trump administration’s proposed environmental budget-cuts and Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head of the EPA is materializing this Saturday in Seattle and around the world as the March for Science. “The idea for the march started the day they put a climate denier in charge of the EPA,” said Miles Greb, an organizer for the Seattle march. “So there was this big emotional moment on social media, then on Reddit, where folks inspired by the women’s march began organizing the national March for Science.” Working with national organizers, Greb gathered up a leadership team, social media groups and fundraising. What he’s built has grown into more than a chance to stand up for science. Greb, who writes a series of science-fiction comics about science, said there are three main reasons people are marching. “Some just march for science,” Greb said. “The cold, hard methodology of science, what it means and what it can do for you.” Others will march for social justice issues and how science can affect people more directly, such as through diversity within scientific institutions. But the main frustration motivating people to march is climate change, Greb said. Luanne Thompson, a professor of oceanography and director of the UW Program on Climate Change, wants the march to depoliticize the issue of climate change. “I want to make sure that science is used to find common ground on contentious issues like climate change,” Thompson said. SoundBio co-founder Regina Wu creates buttons to be worn during the Science March in Seattle during a poster making party in the University District. But some scientists think the march will have the opposite effect. “It’s very dangerous to mix politics and science,” said Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. “Protest movements aren’t going to contribute anything at this point.” Despite the march’s explicitly nonpartisan approach, Mass said the march will contribute to the politicization of science. “At this point, it’s clearly an anti-Trump protest,” said Mass, who is well known for his weather blog and Friday appearances on KNKX radio. “It’s too early to know what budget cuts, if any, are going to be made.” Even considering the intrinsically political nature of people participating in the march, Greb doesn’t see the march is a partisan event. “I think it would be a danger if the march was trying to say that science is partisan,” Greb said. “Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas. We don’t have a party in America that bases all its policies on evidence and that’s our main thrust politically — to advocate for evidence-based policy.” LuAnne Thompson (Credit: Matt Mills McKnight/Cascade Public Media) And some supporters of the march believe the idea of purist, nonpartisan science is a bit idealistic. “We’re all a part of this political society and to say we’re separate from it is a little naive,” said Thompson, the UW Climate Change program director. “The denial of our role in political discourse and decision-making is dangerous.” For some marchers, it’s not so much about politics — it’s about identity. Sarah Myhre, a post doctoral scholar in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, said, “People ask me, when did science become political? I respond by saying, when did it become political to be a woman? I’m marching in defense of science but I’m also doing it to stand up for all the people that are a part of science who have been directly attacked by this administration. People of color, women, immigrants, refugees, people that are coming here to our country to participate in the scientific process. Those people are my colleagues.” The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is partnering with the national organizing committee, saying that it “supports the core, non-partisan principles of the March for Science and their recognition that diversity in science — a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas — is critical to the scientific process.” Some African American scientists, however, complained to a writer for The Root that the event is too focused on the celebration of a largely male and white scientific community. Some said they found it difficult to work with the march’s national leadership. Many see the march as  a chance to not only stand up for science, but for the people behind it. Thompson plans on marching without a lab coat to show what scientists really look like. Organizer Greb says, “I believe that having scientists out on the streets where people can see them will show this isn’t just some sort of esoteric practice. I wanted to show their faces and tell their story.” This story has been updated to correct two people’s titles. 

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  • Salt Lake City may be one of the hottest job markets for college gradsSalt Lake City may be one of the hottest job markets for college grads

    Minneapolis topped the list, followed closely by Kansas City, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Indianapolis in the top five. Salt Lake City also earned high rankings for its low unemployment rate - 3.2 percent - and median rent at $1,495, according to the report.

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  • World's Fair Starts in Seattle, WashingtonWorld's Fair Starts in Seattle, Washington

    The Century 21 Exposition was a World's Fair held April 21, 1962 to October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington. As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle's economic and cultural life .

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  • Paxton’s Scoreless Streak Ends As Mariners Lose To A’s 9-6Paxton’s Scoreless Streak Ends As Mariners Lose To A’s 9-6

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cesar Valdez pitched in the major leagues for the first time in nearly seven years and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6 on Thursday night. He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked two. This marked just the third start of his career at age 32 and 10th appearance in all — and he is probably headed right back to the minors soon. A right-hander from the Dominican Republic, he was called up from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for injured opening day starter Kendall Graveman. Valdez last pitched in the big leagues on June 10, 2010, with Arizona just more than a month after his previous start on May 8. “What a great story. It’s been a while since he’s been in the big leagues,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “You really feel good about guys that have persevered and hang around with the aspirations to get back to the big leagues. He performed well for us this spring, he’s done well early in the season in Triple-A so we’re rewarding him with a start and it’s great to see because very competitive guys like that don’t take no for an answer and end up coming back to the big leagues again you know they have some moxie.” Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer in the seventh and Ryan Dull (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory in Oakland’s third straight win. Reliever Evan Scribner (0-2) took the loss against his former club. Taylor Motter hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the sixth against Frankie Montas. Adam Rosales had a RBI single and sacrifice fly and Ryon Healy added an RBI single among his three hits as Oakland erased an early 3-0 deficit then held on. Rajai Davis’ RBI groundout in the sixth was the go-ahead run. Seattle starter James Paxton’s scoreless innings streak to begin the year ended at 23 when Oakland got on the board in the third. He struck out eight over 4 1-3 innings. Paxton allowed more than two runs in a road start against the AL West for only the fourth time in 12 outings. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: SS Jean Segura is set to be designated hitter at Double-A Arkansas on Friday as he rehabs a strained right hamstring that landed him on the 10-day disabled list April 11. He will play there through the weekend. “He feels good, ready to get back in there,” manager Scott Servais said. Athletics: SS Marcus Semien returned to the ballpark after undergoing surgery Tuesday on his fractured right wrist that included inserting a pin. He will soon begin using a splint. “Hopefully we can do another CT scan sooner than six weeks because it looked so good,” he said. “Obviously I can’t use my right hand right now. I’m getting dressed with one hand, I’m eating with my left hand. I can’t hold my son.” … C Stephen Vogt sat for a second straight day against a lefty starter but will play again Friday night. … Oakland 2016 second-round pick RHP Daulton Jefferies will undergo Tommy John surgery. … The A’s optioned C Bruce Maxwell to Nashville to make room for Valdez. UP NEXT Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 5.40 ERA) — a 16-game winner last year — tries again for his first win of the season in his fourth start of 2017. Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (0-1, 5.51) didn’t allow a hit over five innings of a 10-6 A’s loss last Saturday to Houston.

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  • Announcement: Gateway, light poles causing Hing Hay Park delaysAnnouncement: Gateway, light poles causing Hing Hay Park delays

    Hing Hay Park is scheduled to open this summer after construction delay. • Photo by Candace Kwan The Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation announced that while the majority of Hing Hay Park is complete, there are a few items that are outstanding including the artistic gateway and light poles which are causing delay. The City said in a statement: “We are currently addressing the light poles. They arrived at the site with deficiencies. The manufacturer has taken responsibility and will fabricate and deliver replacements, however, they have a long lead time. We are waiting for a schedule from the manufacturer for replacement light poles. Once we have information on the lighting installation we will work with the community to determine when we can open the park. “The artistic gateway structure will be installed in late summer, however, we will open the park before then. The gateway is being fabricated off site and the artist’s schedule shows on site installation from July through August. During installation, a section of the park will need to be fenced for public safety. Once the gateway is installed the full park will open and a community celebration will be planned. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.” To stay up to date on the project, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/hing-hay-park. For more community announcements, click here

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  • 2 Seattle officers shot after robbery 1 suspect dead2 Seattle officers shot after robbery 1 suspect dead

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    Public domain photo A lawsuit filed against vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen for programming diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests between 2009 and 2016 resulted in a settlement of close to $15 billion in October of last year. Volkswagen knowingly installed a software program that cheated on emissions tests. The settlement funds will be used to pay for and mitigate the damage caused by illegal amounts of pollution from about 500,000 diesel vehicles. While some of the funds will be administered by Volkswagen, up to $112.7 million will be given to Washington state for programs to mitigate pollution from nitrogen oxides (NOx). Nitrogen oxides are commonly combusted in diesel engines, and when released into the air cause harmful environmental and health effects. NOx combined with volatile organic compounds and sunlight creates ozone. Ozone is a major pollutant which is harmful to the lungs, causing respiratory issues over time and exacerbating pre-existing conditions such as asthma and cardiovascular diseases. It also affects neonatal development. This kind of pollution follows a nationwide trend of disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color, not just in the Puget Sound but across the country.* In the Puget Sound, various neighborhoods, especially those in south Seattle are disproportionately exposed to pollution. In the Chinatown International District, for example, two heavy traffic-bearing pathways—I-5 and I-90—bisect the neighborhood. The addition of King Street Station and the underground bus tunnel on 5th Avenue, Union Station, as well as traffic brought in by sports games at nearby stadiums, also make the neighborhood a pollution-heavy traffic corridor. The CID area is in the 99th percentile for number of hospitalizations due to respiratory illness regionally, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). PSCAA and other regional clean air agencies are advocating for the settlement funds to be used in part to mitigate pollution impacts for unfairly impacted communities, such as the CID and south Seattle neighborhoods. However, there are very clear guidelines on how the mitigation funds can be used, namely that they go towards making heavy-duty diesel engines cleaner so that they may pollute less. “Anything that reduces diesel pollution by replacing dirty truck, or a bus, or construction equipment or cargo handling equipment or boats, those are the kinds of things that money can be used for,” said Landon Bosisio, communications specialist at PSCAA. PSCAA, a regional government agency dedicated to ensuring healthy communities and clean air, has been tasked with reaching out to community organizations and members to collect feedback on how the funds could best be used to bene t communities exposed to pollution. The feedback will be pooled with data collected from King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties, and sent to the state legislature to help inform how the state will administer the Nitrogen Oxides Mitigation Fund. Engaging the Community in Climate Equity PSCAA and other regional climate justice organizations met with stakeholders in January to see how community members would like the settlement funds to be used. “A lot of the input we got from community members was really oriented towards services because that’s really what impacts them and matters to them the most,” said Tania Tam Park, Equity and Community Engagement Manager at PSCAA. In addition, “questions from the community members were around how the funds … can be leveraged to meet the actually impacted communities, and be prioritized towards disproportionately impacted communities and neighborhoods,” said Debolina Banerjee, climate justice policy analyst at Puget Sound Sage, an organization focused on climate and social justice. Popular ideas included a cash for clunkers trade in model, and investing in newer, electric buses for school and for senior services, and training mechanics in local communities to maintain heavy diesel engine vehicles and keep them clean, said Park. Some additional ideas fell beyond the parameters of uses for the NOx mitigation funds. These included ORCA cards and bus passes for lower income families. Single occupancy vehicles are a “one time fix,” said Park, and “not a long-term solution that sustains communities and uplifts communities.” Providing affordable ORCA cards and bus passes would also provide access to transport and other services that could potentially keep students in school and provide opportunities for further advancement. Because these suggestions fall outside of the eligibility requirements for settlement funds administered by the state, it would be challenging to provide such services through the mitigation funds. However, the feedback is still valuable. “If you can’t utilize it for this VW purposes, however direct or indirect, what other opportunities can we seek out in the future and leverage to support what we heard for in the community?” said Park. As Park worked with communities, she found that the effects of pollution weren’t always foremost on the minds of community members. Low-income community members often have priorities such as food and housing on their minds. But Park emphasized that education is crucial to recognizing the harmful and serious impacts of pollution. It is an invisible force, one that isn’t easily seen, but has far-reaching consequences. Deric Gruen, policy and communications specialist at Front and Centered, a local climate justice organization, said settlements such as Volkswagen’s are crucial; they bring to light the importance of how and where state spending is directed. “Front and Centered exists to ensure communities of color and people with lower incomes most impacted by pollution receive net environmental and economic benefits from state environmental spending. If they do not, we’re only widening environmental and economic inequality—which has been proven to impact the health and well-being and overall quality of life of everyone in Washington,” he wrote in an email to the International Examiner. Next Steps The PSCAA will collect input from the four counties it covers and compile the suggestions into a report that will be sent to the Washington State Legislature. The current legislative session will determine how much money the state will give to regional government agencies to fund programs that fall within the criteria for NOx mitigation. Now, said Gruen “the question is only whether state legislators have the will to direct funding to where pollution reduction is most critical”. To get involved and lend your voice to how the Volkswagen Settlement funds will be used in Washington state, fill out this public survey from the Washington Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/cars/vw_fed.htm. *Publications that support this claim: Morello-Frosch, Rachel and Russ Lopez. 2006. “The riskscape and the color line: exam- ining the role of segregation in environmental health disparities,” in Environmental Research, 102:pp 181-196. Faber, Daniel. 2008. Capitalizing on Environ- mental Injustice; The Polluter-Industrial Com- plex in the Age of Globalization. Roman and Little eld Publishers. Print. For more news, click here

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  • EPA Grant funds long awaited Air Toxics Study in the CIDEPA Grant funds long awaited Air Toxics Study in the CID

    Air quality measuring instruments have been posted throughouttheInternationalDistrict. • CourtesyPhoto A highly-anticipated EPA grant awarded to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) will fund the use of various air quality monitoring technology to inform a larger study documenting air quality in the region. The grant totals $400,000 and allows the agency to measure a kind of pollutant called “air toxics” which they usually do not have the means to monitor. The various monitors will also measure a few other kinds of pollutants; particle pollution which is a product of burning or combusting processes, diesel pollution, and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Air Pollution is documented to be injurious to health These pollutants are harmful to human respiratory health. Studies have found positive correlations between cardiovascular health and air pollution.1 A classic 1993 study, called “The Six City Study”2 followed 8,111 people across six U.S cities from 1974 to 1991 and found that not only were there positive correlations between particle pollution and death by respiratory and cardiovascular causes, but as the Clean Air Act came into play and pollution decreased, mortality rate also decreased. The study was important in determining that limiting pollution is crucial to human health. Monitoring Air Quality in the CID In the Chinatown International District, air monitoring equipment will help collect data until September 2017 for a larger study of the area which will assess the air quality in the neighborhood. With two major highways going through the area and 5th Avenue a major transportation hub, the neighborhood receives pollution from vehicles that pass through it. Currently, three monitors have already been placed around the neighborhood, one of which is permanently installed at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Weller Street. PSCAA will be using multiple tools and method to measure air toxics. One is a basketball-sized canister that will be placed in each of the six locations for a few days over the winter and summer. It will absorb the contents and toxic pollutants in the air. Data for the winter season has already been collected. Five of these canisters have been sited, along 8th and King, 8th and Lane, East Main Street, 5th Avenue and Yesler Terrace. PSCAA is currently trying to find a location in Little Saigon. Another method of collecting data are mobile, handheld monitors that track air pollutants along a given route. PSCAA will be enlisting the help of Interim CDA’s Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development (WILD) youth fellows to capture data with the mobile monitors. As fellows walk around the neighborhood, the monitors will pick up pollution levels, allowing spikes in pollution concentrations to be mapped geographically. Once the data samples are collected they will be sent to the lab. The lab results will determine exactly what pollutants are in the air and at what concentrations. These findings will inform a larger study which will provide specific, quantifiable data about airborne toxics levels and provide data on cancer-risk for those who work and live in the neighborhood. “We hope that this information will start discussions with the community about what kind of actions we can take together to improve air quality and residents’ health in the neighborhood,” said Landon Bosisio, who heads PSCAA’s community engagement with the CID for the air toxics study. The CID is Not Alone: air pollution and health disparity Neighborhoods like the CID that are home to communities of color and low- income residents are often exposed to higher levels of pollution. According to Northeastern University sociology professor and environmental justice advocate Daniel Faber, the reasons why certain communities are more prone to living in toxic environments than others are complex. While racial and ethnic residential segregation began during a historical period of discrimination, the repercussions of history continue as communities are stuck in the middle of marginalizing industries and government policies around housing, welfare, immigration, and transportation. Faber writes in his 2008 book Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice that “over 164 million Americans are now at risk for respiratory and other health problems from exposure to excessive air pollution. But this is only part of the story. Clearly, Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and the working poor are bearing the greater health risks from air pollution coming from nearby industrial facilities, highways and transportation infrastructure.”3 The CID isn’t so different from the communities Faber highlights. 1 Morello-Frosch, Rachel and Russ Lopez. 2006. “The riskscape and the color line: examining the role of segregation in environmental health disparities,” in Environmental Research, 102:pp 181-196. 2 Douglas W. Dockery, C. Arden Pope, Xiping Xu, John D. Spengler, James H. Ware, Martha E. Fay, Benjamin G. Ferris, Jr., and Frank E. Speizer. 1993. “An Association between Air Pollution and Mortality in Six U.S Cities” in New England Journal of Medicine 327: pp 1753 – 1759. 3 Faber, Daniel. 2008. Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice; The Polluter- Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization. Roman and Little eld Publishers. Print For more news, click here

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  • West Seattle Thursday: From dancing to Design Review, and beyondWest Seattle Thursday: From dancing to Design Review, and beyond

    ACTIVE DADS PLAYGROUP : 10 am-noon at Neighborhood House High Point Center , open play and socializing. FAMILY STORY TIME : 10:30-11 am at Southwest Library , bring your toddler and preschooler , ages 1-5.

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  • AG Ferguson: Making TIME Magazine’s list is ‘obviously a surprise’AG Ferguson: Making TIME Magazine’s list is ‘obviously a surprise’

    Three big Washington state names have landed on TIME Magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential people list. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the list for the first time in the “pioneers” section. TIME uses former 100 list alum to write entries for the new class. Melinda Gates and Jeff Bezos are also on the list. Star Trek legend and gay rights activist George Takei wrote Ferguson’s entry. He says he first noticed the attorney general when he spoke up for a gay couple who were refused floral service for their wedding. But Takei says Ferguson really got his attention when he took President Trump to court over his initial travel ban and won. TIMELINE: President Trump’s travel ban Ferguson says the honor came as a big surprise but is something his entire team should be proud of for the hard work and long hours they’ve put in. “It’s obviously a surprise,” he said. “Any of my six siblings will tell you I’m not even the most influential person in my family, let alone the world. So it’s a surprise for all of us.” Ferguson says he’s “not sure anyone deserves to be on the list. “It’s such a big thing to say that you’re that influential,” he added. If he does truly deserve to be on the list, however, he says his entire team deserves to be recognized.

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  • #Resister—April 20, 2017: Turn Fear and Anger into Action#Resister—April 20, 2017: Turn Fear and Anger into Action

        Community Events The annual May Day march and rally for immigrant rights will be on Monday, May 1, 2017, hosted by the May 1st Action Coalition.  The event will include members of the faith community, labor, social services, women, African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Americans, LGBTQ community, immigrant and undocumented workers, and local governments, to name some of the communities which will be included. Below is a list of community events for the next half year: Friday, 4/21 at 6:00pm– OneAmerica’s Annual Celebration Friday, 4/21from 6:00pm-9:00pm – 21 Progress Imagine Us Gala Friday, 4/21–Saturday 4/23– Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Saturday, 4/22 at 10:00am– March for Science Tuesday, 4/25from 5:15pm-7:30pm – Rainier Valley Community Development Fund 2017 Annual Meeting Saturday, 4/29from 5:30pm-9:00pm – API Chaya Annual Gala Saturday, 5/6from 5:30pm-10:00pm – 2017 ICHS Bloom Gala Sunday, 5/7from 12:00pm-5:00pm – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Saturday, 5/13from 5:30pm-10:00pm – Celebrating the Fil Am Vets of WWII Saturday, 5/20from 12:00pm-6:00pm – A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival Saturday, 5/20 at 5:30pm– Interim CDA Gala Wednesday, 5/24 at 1:00pm– Greenwood Senior Center Presentation about OIRA Saturday, 6/3to Sunday, 6/4 – Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Saturday, 6/24– ACRS Walk for Rice Saturday, 10/1– ACRS Gala: A Culinary Journey Saturday, 10/21– NW Asian Weekly 35th Anniversary Dinner *** Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), alongside a diverse group of civil rights, civil liberties and community-based organizations, have signed on to acomprehensive letter to CBP condemning their proposal to collect social media identifiers from visitors from China. In light of Muslim Ban border policies that have been halted by federal judges and invasive screening practices that have discriminately targeted travelers from Muslim-majority countries and Muslim Americans, our organizations are alarmed that Trump’s CBP now proposes to target visitors from China. Community members are urged to express opposition to this policy by submitting a comment directly to CBP, which can be done through Advancing Justice’s targeted letter campaign or by following the instructions on the federal register website. The full letter can be found here. For more announcements, click here

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  • FOLLOWUP: City announces $440,000 settlement in two of three lawsuits ...FOLLOWUP: City announces $440,000 settlement in two of three lawsuits ...

    When we published this followup three weeks ago on the status of the East Admiral illegal-tree-cutting, one year after it first came to light, we noted that the city said the investigation remained active. And today, the city has announced that two of the three lawsuits it filed last fall have been settled, while the third is proceeding.

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  • What’s it like to be undocumented and in the public eye?What’s it like to be undocumented and in the public eye?

    When Jose Antonio Vargas arrived in Tacoma recently for a speaking engagement at the University of Puget Sound, he realized how he was only miles away from the Northwest Detention Center. The privately run prison holds hundreds of undocumented detainees who recently went on a hunger strike protesting conditions at the facility. “I’ve been detained before,” Vargas says. “It was for only eight hours. This time around, I don’t think I’m going to get out after eight hours.” These days, Vargas is on the move and on guard. The 36-year-old is the most visible, vocal and well-known undocumented immigrant in the country. Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winner, a filmmaker and a founder of Define American, a nonprofit that uses storytelling to address immigration and immigrant issues. His resume, however, does not change the fact that he could be arrested and deported at any time. In a 2011 New York Times magazine story, Vargas shared his status, revealing how he had been living in the country illegally since the age of 12 when his mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in California. He discovered he was undocumented at age 16, living with a secret that he had only shared with a few people. “I think I’ve been depressed since I found about,” he says. “But, thankfully, the depression led me to fight for existence.” Under the Obama administration, Vargas did not fear arrest. But that changed with Donald Trump and his executive order cracking down on the undocumented. Vargas’ prominence allows him to have attorneys on call in case he’s arrested. But despite his lawyers’ concerns about being so public, he has not stopped speaking out. The following is an edited and condensed version of our conversation. To watch the full interview with Vargas go here. Q: What is your status now? A: I am here without authorization, here illegally. I’m not one of the 800,000 young people in their 20s and early 30s who have DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the DREAMers. I don’t have protection in that way. Q: Are you scared? A: I think I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was and that I am. I actually think that’s one of the things that we don’t really discuss is the mental health and the toll that it takes on people. Q: These are uncertain times, even more so with the Trump administration crackdown. A: The most anti-immigrant administration we’ve ever seen. Q: And not just going after the bad hombres. A: Good or bad. But let’s remember what we’re seeing started with Bill Clinton criminalizing immigrants back in the mid-‘90s. Bush continued it, although George W. Bush was on the right side of history on this, he tried to pass immigration reform. Barack Obama tried but Congress was never going to play ball. But Barack Obama: three million deportations, right? So Trump in many ways arrived at a moment where the foundation had been set for him to do exactly what he’s doing. Q: What is your plan then, if you were arrested and detained? A: Well, (laughs), the plan is to call my lawyer right away.  Calm my family down and tell them it’s going to be okay. Q: What do you say to those people who say, You’re an illegal alien. You do not belong here? Q: The first thing I tell people is to be [sic] in this country illegally is actually a civil offense and not a criminal one. I’m here illegally but I, as a person, am not illegal. It’s not an accident that President Trump and people who support him use that term: illegal criminals. The second thing [I say] is, I would love to have a process to correct this. If there was a line for me to wait in the back of, please tell me where it is and I’ll camp out. I don’t care how long it takes. It’s been incredibly frustrating how we in the news media have bought the framing and the narrative that has been sold to us about these illegal people. That they’re criminals. They don’t contribute to the economy. The fastest growing undocumented population is Asian immigrants, not Latinos and not Mexicans. We’re not asking harder questions: Why are people coming? What are the root causes of migration? What does U.S. foreign policy and U.S. trade agreements…what have been their impact on why people move? Q: You were a guest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the President’s address to Congress. A: Her invitation was a real turning point. Q: How so? A: My first instinct was No, I can’t go. My lawyers were like, Oh no, are you kidding me? I was reading John Lewis’s book. I met him personally, four years ago and he goes, It looks like you got yourself in some good necessary trouble. So I was re-reading his memoir, and then I’m like, I think John Lewis would be embarrassed to know me if I didn’t show up. I wrote an essay in The Washington Post that was published an hour before I got there because there was some fear that if we had announced early that I would be showing arrested at the Capitol. Whether or not the American people understand why we’re even here, that’s what we do: we show up. The undocumented students are going to school. The undocumented workers are going to work. They’re at the farms, they’re at the mechanic shops. Whether or not you know why we’re here, we show up. Q: What do you think of Seattle’s decision to sue on Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities? A: A sanctuary city is a city in which all residents feel like they can go to law enforcement when they see a robbery happen or they see something happen in their own neighborhood. They should feel safe to go to a cop. But now immigrants don’t want to report that because they’re afraid that the cop might actually detain them and arrest them, right? For me, a sanctuary city is a city that really values the protection of all of its residents. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of the strictest states’ rights senators in the history of the country, says the federal government is going to define what the City of Seattle and Washington as a state can do. Now you’re going to ask cops to do the job that immigration officials are supposed to do? For me, it’s how do we want to protect our communities, and when we say community, who’s included in that community? Q: What would you say to other undocumented immigrants about how to cope? A: You have to make the choices that are best for you. I had a woman email me, apologizing because she’s decided to self-deport. I said, Please don’t apologize. I’m not going to judge you. Because to me, giving people agency, giving people choices, is what freedom can look like even in the darkest, confusing times that we live in.

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  • Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

    Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in the face of climate change and megafires that have killed firefighters and cost the state millions of dollars. Now comes the real test: Will the Legislature provide the money needed to carry out these plans? The same test confronts high-profile efforts to restore Washington ecosystems in coastal and flood-prone areas. Most at risk is the restoration program for flood-prone regions, which could lose more than half of its funding under the Senate’s budget plan. In yet another difficult year for legislators beset by a court order to spend more on education and plaintive pleas to shore up a decrepit mental-health system, environmentalists are surprisingly upbeat based about what they’ve seen so far in the House and Senate budget proposals. “We’re feeling good that the [forest] bills received unanimous support. Now we hope the Legislature will come through with the capital funding needed to [do] the work on the ground,” said Tom Bugert, the state legislative affairs director for The Nature Conservancy. Restoration and cleanup programs have struggled over the last two years when the largest source of tax dollars for much of the state’s restoration efforts dropped dramatically with the price of oil. Conservationists are now too cautious to count their restoration victories as won, but are guardedly optimistic going into budget negotiations. Here’s how prospects for funding major restoration programs are shaping up. Keeping wildfires in check After record-breaking wildfire seasons in 2014 and 2015, the state has been looking at how to reduce the risk of megafires — fires that burn more than 100,000 acres. Bills HB 1711 and SB 5546 are the Legislature’s answer. Based on the findings of a 2014 study by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, the bills seek to diversify the state’s forests. “A lot of our forests are all essentially monochromatic … like a giant box of matches waiting to catch on fire. Healthy forests are more patchwork — there’s clumps, there’s gaps,” explained Bugert. He added that the study is unique because it was the first time all forest lands in Washington — state, federal, private and tribal — were included in such an overview, giving the clearest picture to date of the health of Washington’s forests. More than a quarter of Eastern Washington’s forests need some form of care to make them less vulnerable to insects, diseases and wildfires. The needed treatments include thinning, controlled burning and ensuring variety when planting new trees. Many of the problems stem from more than a century of misguided fire-prevention efforts that failed to let blazes perform their natural function of cleaning out forests periodically. With the added challenges climate change will bring, including hotter and drier summers, the need for forest care is likely to increase. The study by the Forest Service was released before the major fires of 2014 and 2015, which changed the makeup of the forests. But those large fires underscored what the report already said: Washington needs to improve the health of its forests. Two back-to-back seasons of massive fires in 2014 and 2015 endangered public safety, caused three firefighter deaths and came with a price tag of at least $140 million. Statewide awareness about the threat of wildfires has increased, along with interest in cooperation on solutions to limit the damage of wildfires, according to conservation groups and Sen. Brad Hawkins, a Republican from Wenatchee who sponsored one of the forest-health bills. The Forest Service study shows how investing in forest health can prevent large-scale wildfires or at least make them less cataclysmic. Its conclusions have guided the two bills calling for investing more money in forest health programs under the Department of Natural Resources in a year where extra budget money is difficult to come by—no small feat. “It feels like we’re at a watershed moment for our state for forest health,” said Bugert. “I think we are starting to realize the scale of the problem and that we all need to work together to get something done.” Conservation groups, timber and farming associations, and tribes all showed their support for both restoration bills early in the session. HB 1711, sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz, a Republican from Okanogan County, increases the pace of restoring state-owned forest lands, requires the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a list of what lands should be prioritized and creates a new fund to ensure state-owned forests continue to produce revenue. SB 5546, sponsored by Hawkins, lays out a more ambitious plan. Of the 2.7 million acres of forest in need of restoration, Hawkins’ bill directs the Department of Natural Resources to ramp up its forest-health efforts by treating 100,000 acres of forest annually over the next 16 years. It also creates a forest health advisory commission within the Department of Natural Resources with representatives from local communities and industries. While lobbyists and lawmakers in Olympia agree the measures passed by the House and Senate are the solution to wildfires, things get a little muddier in the scientific community. Dominick DellaSala, a forest and fire ecology scientist and president of the Geos Institute in Oregon, says the bills don’t do enough to promote using the best available science. He takes particular issue with Kretz’s legislation, which focuses on forests owned by the state and establishes a fund in the treasury for forest health restoration efforts on state lands. The way the bill is written, he says, will prioritize logging. “If the real concern is we don’t want big, high-intensity fires, logging is not going to solve that issue,” DellaSala said. Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, one of the groups that backed both bills, doesn’t see a dangerous prioritization of logging. He said the state has seen a lot of collaboration among timber groups and environmentalists. “In Washington … we’ve built trust and a common view of what the science says,” he said. “We tend to agree on what should be logged and what should not.” He added that the interpretation of both laws will be up to the Department of Natural Resources. “Can DNR come up with a method that’s true to both bills that’s efficient and gets the job done?” Friedman asked. “I think so.” The two bills anticipate and encourage a bump in tax dollars for forest health efforts. Both the House and Senate budget proposals have upped forest funding from the previous budget, which was $10 million. This year the Senate proposed $15 million for forest health, and the House proposed $18 million (with $5 million of that going to a controlled-burn program in the Department of Fish and Wildlife). Given the unanimous support of both bills, environmentalists are optimistic that the funding for the Natural Resources Department will be included in the final budget. Bugert says The Nature Conservancy is closely watching the funding for the Fish and Wildlife burn program. Prescribed fire, as it’s called, is not something that Natural Resources’ wildfire program has done in the past, so the organization is eager to keep the Fish and Wildlife program alive, and one more forest health tool on the table. The Senate’s lack of any tax dollars for the program, he says, is a cause for concern. “We want to make sure it at least stays on life support,” Bugert says. Reducing flood risk  In the shadow of Mount Rainier, hundreds of residents of the little town of Orting experienced two evacuations due to large floods of the Puyallup River in the late 2000s. But three years ago, when the river threatened to flood again, no evacuations were necessary, thanks to a construction project that had moved the city’s levees back and expanded the floodplain. The project was funded through Washington’s Floodplains by Design program. It’s designed to simultaneously reduce flood risk, restore salmon habitat and protect agricultural land — and end instances when a lack of coordination led to projects where the aims conflicted with one another. Now, the Floodplains by Design program coordinates efforts so that a single project might accomplish multiple goals across a watershed using less money. The levees in Orting are an example. The project increased salmon habitat, protected the community and created a new park. There are always more project requests than money to go around, said Scott McKinney, leader of the floodplains program at the state Ecology Department. Since 2013, the floodplains program has received $85 million that supported 29 projects. This year, the House has proposed $50 million in funding, while the Senate has proposed just $16 million, less than half the previous budget allocation of $35.5 million. As the climate changes, scientists say, sea levels will rise and heavy rains will increase, compounding the risks. The more of these projects that are funded, the more stable Washington’s flood-prone communities will be, says Curt Hart, spokesman for the Ecology Department. Restoring and preserving the coasts  The Quinault Indian Nation on the Olympic Peninsula set fire to the Moses Prairie for the first time in more than 100 years last September. The burn was intentional, and part of a restoration project to improve the production of natural plants like berries and stimulate local wildlife on the 200-acre coastal prairie. The Moses Prairie burn was a project of the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative, a small, two-year-old state program. This year marks the first time the Legislature will decide whether to continue the work. And the nascent program appears to be in luck. Both the House and Senate budget proposals finance the program at close to its original $11.7 million budget from 2015, with the House proposing $10 million and the Senate proposing $12.5 million. “It is one we’re feeling quite confident about its success at end of session,” says Bugert of The Nature Conservancy, which developed and successfully pitched the program to the state two years ago. The organization now helps manage and facilitate project requests. The program creates jobs in coastal communities where they can often be hard to come by.  The program also aims to preserve some of the state’s most pristine salmon runs and protect local communities from the potential impacts of climate change. Bottom line: In the end, the Legislature still has a long way to go to resolve differences over the budget, with initial House and Senate proposals looking vastly different. Things often shake up in budget negotiations, so no program is considering its funding secure yet. Budget proposals out of the House and Senate that are within a few million dollars of each other are a good sign for coastal restoration and Natural Resources’ wildfire prevention program. But flood prevention and funding for Fish and Wildlife’s controlled-burn program remain up in the air.  This story is part of InvestigateWest’s Statehouse News Project, a crowdfunded effort to provide independent reporting on the Legislature. Please support the project with a tax-deductible donation at invw.org/donate.

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  • 5 things to do in Seattle this weekend5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

    Poetry on Buses Here’s how to get a head start on appreciating all the local poems you’ll soon be reading on Metro buses and Link light rail. Poetry on Buses culled from more than 1,600 poems written in Chinese, Amharic, Punjabi, Spanish and Lingít to find selections that will soon be featured on mass transit and online. This year’s theme is water. The free launch party will feature readings, music and dance. Storyteller and educator Jourdan Imani Keith will emcee. If you go: Poetry on Buses, Moore Theatre, April 24 (Free) –F.D. Millennials Is something appropriate or simply, appropriation? That’s the central question being explored in a new dance piece by Alex Crozier, a Seattle dance artist with Spectrum Dance Theatre. Crozier, a millennial, self-reflects on his generation, gay culture, feminism. A world premier for a choreographer making his debut. If you go: Millennials, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, April 21 and 22 ($20)—F.D. Nadeshiko Local theater artist Keiko Green premieres a story about two women: a young woman in Japan who cares for soldiers during World War II and Risa, a woman living in the present day who decides to take an unusual job she finds on Craigslist. How unusual? I have no idea since I still haven’t seen the play. But when a press release features the words women, power and idealized Asian beauty, it’s got my interest.  The production kicks off Sound Theatre Company’s season that is devoted entirely to women writers and directors.   If you go: Nadeshiko, Center Theatre, Now through May 16 ($15–$25)—F.D. Seattle Obscura Society: Exploring Fort Lawton Atlas Obscura, which for years has been giving travelers recommendations for off-the-beaten-path sights and experiences, has launched local chapters. Look for these tours as you travel around the U.S. and the world (I personally want to go to Los Angeles just to do the carrier pigeon tour) and, in the meantime, go to all the Seattle ones you can. This weekend, The Seattle Obscura Society leads guests around Fort Lawton, the former military fort that is now part of Discovery Park. If you’ve ever wondered about the origin of those yellow houses or the lives of the people in them, here’s your chance to learn all about the fort’s unique history. The cherry on top? The tour ends with getting to sip cocktails inside one of the homes. If you go: Seattle Obscura Society: Exploring Fort Lawton, Discovery Park, 2 p.m. April 22 ($30)—N.C. National Park Week It’s National Park Week, meaning free admission to all of our beloved national parks. If you can’t make it to Rainier or the North Cascades or the magical Olympic peninsula, there are some great opportunities for local adventure. Immerse yourself in the history of Pioneer Square at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, or take the ferry to Bainbridge Island to learn about Washington’s darker, more recent history at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. In addition, Seattle Art Museum will be hosting a special night of interactive art-making and tours of the exhibit Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, led by local park service employees and volunteers. If you’re embracing a more stay-at-home vibe, might I suggest watching Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea? If you go: National Park Week, through April 22 (free)—N.C.

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  • A tail-wagging additionA tail-wagging addition

    Last weekend, Wag N' Wash Natural Food & Bakery opened its first Seattle location at 1932 Queen Anne Ave. N., bringing its own spin on the pet retail and grooming market under the direction of co-owners Bill Wolfe and Andrew Held. The partners live just four blocks from the store, and had previously been customers of the chain's Phoenix location.

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  • Announcement: Annual Japanese Baptist Church sukiyaki dinner to be held April 29Announcement: Annual Japanese Baptist Church sukiyaki dinner to be held April 29

    The annual Japanese Baptist Church Sukiyaki fundraiser will be held on April 29 at the church location (160 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122). Curbside take-out begins from 2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. and dine-in starts at 4:00 p.m. Crafts and baked goods are for sale at the event, while there are beautiful ikebana floral displays for all to enjoy. A “Night in Japan” cultural program begins at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donations for adults are $15, and $9 for children 12 and under. For more details, please visit www.jbcseattle.org. For more community announcements, click here

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  • Waterfront advocate Cary Moon is running for mayorWaterfront advocate Cary Moon is running for mayor

    Cary Moon made her name advocating for a tunnel-free waterfront. Now, she’s running for mayor of Seattle. She’s the second person to declare since The Seattle Times published child sex abuse allegations against Mayor Ed Murray two weeks ago, tight on the heels of former Mayor Mike McGinn’s announcement last Monday, and the eleventh total. As Seattle was considering how to replace the damaged viaduct, Moon became a fierce tunnel opponent and advocate for some combination of surface streets and transit. Elected officials were largely debating whether to build a new underground or elevated highway. In response, Moon formed the People’s Waterfront Coalition. “[The People’s Waterfront Coalition] had formed to say, wait a minute, why are we even assuming it has to be a highway?” she told Grist in 2010. “We did a lot of research on what was going on in other cities and brought all these case studies of giant urban highways that had been torn down – and the traffic impacts were better without the highway than with it. It’s counterintuitive, but it works.” Ironically, she had a strong ally in then-Mayor Mike McGinn, who to this day argues the surface street/transit approach would have been a better approach. Now, she must compete against him, along with Mayor Ed Murray, attorney Nikkita Oliver, transit-wonk Andres Salomon and six other candidates who are running for mayor. Ignoring Murray’s “legal problem,” as McGinn put it, the high housing costs of Seattle will likely be the most discussed and debated issue of the campaign. For one, it’s all anyone talks about. But it’s also where there seems to be the most daylight between candidates. On this, Moon will bring a new dynamic. Moon has a background in engineering and landscape architecture, with a tilt toward advocacy. She has a detailed and wonky perspective on addressing Seattle’s housing needs that does not fit neatly into the competing pro-development/NIMBY binary trotted out so often in the public sphere. With writer Charles Mudede at The Stranger, she published a four-part series last year that largely steered clear of the debate around density, focusing instead on the influence of outside money and the financial sector on housing costs. The Big Short, the movie about men betting against the housing market in 2008, appears to be a favorite of hers and Mudede’s. “If you look at what’s causing price escalation, it’s not just our growth,” Moon said in an interview Wednesday. “Growth is good. People are moving here for healthy, good reasons. Everyone should feel welcome, everyone belongs here.” “That’s not the problem. The problem is when people see growth happening, outside forces come in and prey on that.” The extent of outside investors’ influence on local housing prices is unclear, as is what’s within the city’s power to do about it under state law. But Moon thinks it’s worth exploring options. She throws out potential taxes on corporate and non-resident homeowners, third or fourth homes, vacant properties and luxury homes. “We need to figure out what’s legal here, build political will and use that revenue we generate to plow back into affordable housing,” she said. Like McGinn who just entered the race, Moon will surely face questions about whether she’s taking advantage of Murray’s wounded reputation. Clearly cognizant of this, her campaign consultants, Moxie Media, sent around an email the day the Murray story broke to say their candidate — whom they didn’t name until Wednesday — had been considering a run for some time. The mystery of this so-called “Moxie candidate” fueled speculation about who it is, with names like state Democratic Party leader Tina Podlodowski, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire and former Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as well others being floated about. Moon is perhaps not who many suspected, mostly because she will have significant work to do to get her name out there. And facing incumbent Murray, who’s flush with cash; a former mayor in McGinn; and a community hero in Oliver, Moon has a steady uphill climb to battle before the August primary. This story was updated at 12:00 PM with comments from Moon.

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  • West Coast to Trump: It’s time for a divorceWest Coast to Trump: It’s time for a divorce

    Driving from Seattle to southern California, one is reminded of the ongoing tectonic shifts in the landscape that have shaped us — rippled hills, volcanoes and faults line the way. Such is life on the Pacific Coast. But it’s the reactivated political fault lines we should pay attention to. Secession is in the air on the West Coast. In Washington, several legislators east of the Cascades this legislative session submitted their periodic, go-nowhere proposal to break the state in two, making the new state of Liberty. In southern Oregon and Northern California, there is the longtime movement to create the so-called State of Jefferson, notably visible on a hay barn I-5 sign south of Yreka and on Oregon’s Jefferson Public Radio emanating from the car radio. Those are the kind of right-wing, leave-me-alone movements that have typically marked the secession efforts. And in what could be the political equivalent of the seismic Big One, there have been multiple recent proposals for California to secede or break up, a movement known as Calexit. A so-called Yes California campaign — which carried some progressive overtones — had until this month been seeking a ballot measure to get voter approval in 2018 for a plebiscite the following spring on making California an independent country. Boosters of the measure even opened a California “embassy” in Moscow. However, their Moscow “ambassador” has dropped the effort to stay in Russia. Yes California’s vice president has told The New York Times that a new secession campaign — with a new petition and backed by a revamped pro-secession group called the California Freedom Coalition — will be unveiled early next month. Secession is never without bumps, but it is bouncing along. Separatism is deep in Pacific Coast DNA. Not only did the U.S. tear off California from Mexico but soon after settlers looked at lopping it into more manageable chunks. The first idea to create a separate state out of northern California and southern California dates to 1854. Prior to the Civil War in the late 1850s and early ’60s the idea of creating a new country out of the West Coast, a Pacific Republic, was floated. The ground has been shaking periodically ever since. U.S. secession movements seem unrealistic today — remember the Civil War — but then, so did the U.S. Senate committing suicide by using the “nuclear option” on Supreme Court appointments, or a White House committed to “devolution” of the federal government. We live in times where tensions stoke secession talk. Trumpism is both a precursor and an accelerant. Most secession movements are steeped in conservative thinking and the hope of shrinking political units to gain more local control and “bring government closer to the people.” Secession movements and whispers are also launched in places and times where and when folks feel aggrieved. The Pacific Republic movement of the mid 19th Century was fired by frustration that California wasn’t getting value from the federal government for all the gold it was sending back east. The State of Jefferson cause erupted in the pre-World War II 1940s because local officials believed their rugged region wasn’t getting investment from the state in infrastructure like roads. Secessions tend to spring up in borderlands — areas geographically, economically and psychographically on the periphery. The majority of the “Jefferson” counties in Oregon and northern California and those in the state of “Liberty” in Washington voted for Donald Trump. Most are rural, and their complaints about federal and state government are in sync: too expensive, too remote, out of touch with local needs, too much rural economic hardship, too many environmental regulations and limits on exploiting public lands. California’s independence movement is a mixed bag but also has impetus from Trumpism. The state has been standing up to the new administration on immigration and climate change, and is one of the world’s biggest economies. Some progressives would like to see the Golden State or the West Coast tell America to bugger off. Greens have long dreamed of a Northwest Ecotopia or Cascadia. But the real lifeblood of Calexit comes from the right. National Republicans would love to see Democrats lose California’s electoral votes. Some tech libertarians like the idea and see an independent California as a place where free-market libertarianism could run rampant. Politico recently noted that many of the Trump advisors who preach a new nationalism have ideological roots in California, rebels against the multicultural progressivism it represents.  California, not the Midwest, they argue, is the cradle of Trump nationalism. An alternative vision to full independence, and a less heavy lift, is chopping California into new states. Britain’s Brexiteer Nigel Farage supports splitting California vertically into two states, and according to Breitbart has helped raise $1 million for the cause. An opinion piece in the conservative Washington Times described the two-Californias strategy as “a virtual windfall” for Republicans. Another recent concept envisioned California divided into as many as six states. Forget gerrymandering Congressional districts, all-new states could accomplish even more: getting two new U.S. Senate seats per state no matter how small or unpopulated, and almost certainly more Electoral College votes for the GOP. Despite all the arguments, secession talk at root is mostly about feeling. Reinforcing regional identity, for one thing. Populist pouting and posturing for another. During the brief State of Jefferson secession movement of the 1940s, it turned out that, despite the proponents’ feeling of being neglected, counties in northern California actually received more money from the state than they contributed. True of many Red and restless rural counties today. In 2014, an updated analysis in the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations of the “Jefferson” counties in California and Oregon found that a majority received nearly 50 percent or more of their revenues from their respective states. Statehood, in others words, likely would mean cuts in services and fiscal hardship. Some would argue that secession talk is a cry for help, or attention. University of Oregon Journalism professor Peter Laufer has written about Jefferson and wandered its mountains, backwoods and bays. In a 2014 story, “All We Ask Is To Be Left Alone,” he wrote that periodic secession talk was a good thing: “It allows peeved locals to air complaints even as it offers an entertaining story that the rest of us can relate to — we all, at one time or another, want to fight city hall.” Rebellion, especially in the West, has an enduring appeal. Calexit talk might be that peevishness on a grand scale. But these days, ground-shifting, conventional wisdom-defying mischief is being made with real, global consequences. Alliances are up for grabs, autonomy is unsettled, borderlands are being redefined by walls, and nationalism and regional identity are resurgent with “the primal scream of blood and soil.” With Brexit, Trump and Calexit, it looks like it’s springtime for secession. Or talk of it anyway.

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  • Time lapse camera captures Northern Lights over Puget SoundTime lapse camera captures Northern Lights over Puget Sound

    A fortuitous break in the clouds Saturday night meant we could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

  • Ranked: Seattle-area communities where homeowners struggle mostRanked: Seattle-area communities where homeowners struggle most

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Seattle region's rich cities and neighborhoods aren't the ones feeling the pinch of high housing costs. While we've been marveling at 700-square-foot Seattle bungalows selling for $800,000, homeowners in the regions poorer, less-spendy areas are struggling to keep the bankers at bay.

  • Best moments from D.C. March for The Power of Reality ... er, Science!Best moments from D.C. March for The Power of Reality ... er, Science!

  • Downed wires, rollover crash cause huge traffic jam in North SeattleDowned wires, rollover crash cause huge traffic jam in North Seattle

    Traffic was backed up for miles Saturday morning after power lines fell across the road in North Seattle.

  • Connelly: Earth Day in Seattle draws thousands to defend scienceConnelly: Earth Day in Seattle draws thousands to defend science

    The Earth Day "March for Science" in Seattle drew thousands to Cal Anderson Park on Saturday, a demonstration characterized by its good-natured participants and their worry that fake news is supplanting scientific fact.  

  • Connelly: AG Sessions warns 'sanctuary cities'; Seattle unimpressedConnelly: AG Sessions warns 'sanctuary cities'; Seattle unimpressed

    As the Trump administration threatens so-called "sanctuary cities" with loss of federal money if they continue to protect immigrants and refugees, officials in this Washington threaten right back.  "They're not going to get away with it," says Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

  • Police: Robbers in cop shooting stole food and beerPolice: Robbers in cop shooting stole food and beer

    Incident reports of Thursday's downtown gunfight that injured three cops and killed a robbery suspect show that a brother-and-sister pair aimed only to steal food and beer from a 7-Eleven.

  • Charges: Man goes on meth-fueled rampage against familyCharges: Man goes on meth-fueled rampage against family

    A 57-year-old man was charged with several counts of assault last week for what police describe was a meth-fueled tirade against his toddler sons and adult daughter.

  • Report: Maritime industry staying afloat, growing steadilyReport: Maritime industry staying afloat, growing steadily

    It's not small potatoes, but rather big ships, deep keels and full holds.

  • Seattle’s weekend traffic update: It's getting messySeattle’s weekend traffic update: It's getting messy

    Spring has sprung – and the roadwork has begun. Road crews will be hitting a major Seattle-area highway over the weekend, beginning Friday night on westbound Interstate 90.

  • Seattle so chill as PNW bucks national trend of warm start to 2017Seattle so chill as PNW bucks national trend of warm start to 2017

    While most of the U.S. and world have seen a warm start to 2017 -- the second-warmest on record -- Seattle remains more chill than ever, literally.

  • Connelly: West Coast states fight against Trump's 'Muslim ban 2.0'Connelly: West Coast states fight against Trump's 'Muslim ban 2.0'

    West Coast states join in brief backing Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.  Travel ban No. 2 causes "substantial and immediate harm" by blocking students, faculty and physicians from the 6 countries, the states said in brief to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Photos: Space Needle opened to public 55 years agoPhotos: Space Needle opened to public 55 years ago

    It was 55 years ago Friday that the Space Needle opened to the public as the World's Fair kicked off in Seattle.

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