• 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
  • Michigan sports doctor to stand trial on sex assault chargesMichigan sports doctor to stand trial on sex assault charges

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a longtime doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting six young gymnasts who said he molested them while they were seeking treatment for various injuries. Judge Donald Allen Jr. made his decision in Mason, Michigan, after hearing […]

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  • Amazon patent reveals drone delivery ‘beehives’Amazon patent reveals drone delivery ‘beehives’

    The future of Amazon drone deliveries could start at massive ‘beehives.” Amazon has filed for a patent for beehive-like towers that would serve as multi-level fulfillment centers for its delivery drones to take off and land. The facilities would be built vertically to blend in with high rises in urban areas. Amazon envisions each city would have one. The patent application, filed in December 2015 and published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, features several drawings of these buildings, such as the beehive, a cylinder-shaped center and one that looks like a UFO. The towers could support traditional truck deliveries and include a self-service area where customers can pick up items, the patent states. It also details how employees would attach the packages on drones. Traditional fulfillment centers are often located outside of cities due to their large size. But the facilities aren’t always convenient for quick deliveries into cities, where a growing number of people live. Amazon’s drone delivery facilities aim to change that. Although it’s unclear if Amazon will make the drone centers a reality — patents often don’t see the light of day — it’s the latest look into the ecommerce giant’s ambitions for drone delivery. Amazon also filed for a patent in April 2016 for blimps stocked with drones to make extra speedy deliveries. In 2013, Amazon unveiled plans for a new delivery service called Prime Air, which would use drones to deliver packages. Amazon made its first drone delivery in the U.K. in December 2016. The company plans to expand the service to dozens of customers near its British facility in the near future.

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  • German parties salvage vote on social media hate posts billGerman parties salvage vote on social media hate posts bill

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s governing parties have cleared the way for parliament to vote on legislation designed to get illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news removed quickly from social networking sites. The legislation provides for fines of up to 50 million euros ($56 million) for sites that fail to remove such […]

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  • Ex-CEO of South Texas power project gets 2 years for fraudEx-CEO of South Texas power project gets 2 years for fraud

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — An ex-leader of a failed project to build a South Texas power plant must serve two years in prison after prosecutors say he embezzled $1.5 million from the company. Former Chase Power Development CEO John David Upchurch of Spring was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Houston. The 54-year-old […]

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  • Justices side with government in property rights caseJustices side with government in property rights case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday ruled against a Wisconsin family in a property rights case that makes it easier for government officials to restrict development in environmentally sensitive areas. The 5-3 ruling involved the family’s effort to sell part of its land along the St. Croix River. They planned to use the […]

    The Seattle Times / 6 min. ago
  • Bergdahl judge rejects motion to limit desertion durationBergdahl judge rejects motion to limit desertion duration

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A judge has refused to rule that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban ended his unauthorized absence hours after he left his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl’s lawyers said they needed a ruling on the duration so they could advise him on how to enter a plea […]

    The Seattle Times / 6 min. ago
  • Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives to land FoxconnSnyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives to land Foxconn

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Michigan House to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there’s still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state. Snyder told The Associated Press Friday the job-creation program is “straightforward” and is about “more and better jobs.” […]

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  • House cleaning turns up urn with war veteran’s remainsHouse cleaning turns up urn with war veteran’s remains

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An urn containing the remains of a World War II veteran discovered during a house cleaning in New Hampshire has been returned to a family in Maine. Anthony Lewis, of Rochester, tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/2tC5vJl ) he saw the urn through the dust. It had a photo of Army Sgt. Chauncey Markham […]

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  • Trump to sign VA reform bill, making good on a campaign promiseTrump to sign VA reform bill, making good on a campaign promise

    Watch Video WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump will make good on a campaign promise Friday when he signs a bill that gives leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire failed employees and protect those who uncover wrongdoing at the agency. The bill, which won bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, comes after years of stories about chaos inside the VA, including CNN investigations in 2013 and 2014 that found dozens of veterans died or were seriously injured because of long wait times at hospitals across the country. The bill passed the House by a 368-55 vote earlier this month. It passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote. Trump promised throughout his 2016 presidential campaign to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and tapped David Shulkin, a former VA official under President Barack Obama, to head the reform effort. Trump called the department the “most corrupt” and “most incompetently run agency in the United States” during the campaign when he released a 10-point reform plan for the department. And in a meeting earlier this year with veterans group, Trump vowed to make good on his promises. “As commander in chief, I will not accept substandard service for our great veterans,” he said. Trump will be joined by several lawmakers during the signing ceremony, including Sens. John Boozman of Arkansas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Dan Sullivan of Alaska. The VA scandal during the Obama administration engulfed the department, leading to the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki after CNN uncovered the existence of a secret scheduling list at the VA in Phoenix. The bill Trump will sign gives Shulkin and future VA secretaries the power to get rid of employees who break department rules and increases whistleblower protections. Shulkin pushed for this kind of reform bill during his confirmation process and in the first months of his tenure, arguing that the department was “still in critical condition” and more accountability was needed to improve the treatment veterans receive.

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  • Firm accused of dumping asks North Dakota high court to ruleFirm accused of dumping asks North Dakota high court to rule

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A trucking company accused of illegally dumping salty oilfield wastewater on a northwest North Dakota road in 2014 wants to take its case to the state Supreme Court. The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2tBMGpw ) reports that Wyoming-based Black Hills Trucking Inc. says it already paid a $200,000 fine to the state Health […]

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  • US trial in Jamaican lottery scam delayed until next yearUS trial in Jamaican lottery scam delayed until next year

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. trial for 10 defendants in a multimillion-dollar Jamaican lottery scam case has been delayed until early next year. U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland rescheduled the trial that was to begin July 17 in federal court in North Dakota to Jan. 22, 2018, after one of the suspects’ attorneys said […]

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  • Orthodox men can’t make women change airline seats, Israeli court rulesOrthodox men can’t make women change airline seats, Israeli court rules

    An advocacy group said that it won a case against Israel’s national airline, El Al, that will make it illegal to ask female passengers to move their seats at the request of ultraorthodox men.

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  • Emmy-winning TV journalist Gabe Pressman dies at 93Emmy-winning TV journalist Gabe Pressman dies at 93

    NEW YORK — Gabe Pressman, an intrepid, Emmy-winning journalist who still relished going to work at the age of 93, died in his sleep early Friday at a Manhattan hospital. “This is an incredibly sad day for the WNBC family,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of the network where Pressman worked for more […]

    The Seattle Times / 17 min. ago
  • Texas official who imposed $4B bond facing fresh scrutinyTexas official who imposed $4B bond facing fresh scrutiny

    KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas court official who imposed a whopping $4 billion bond on a murder suspect is drawing fresh scrutiny after she declined to recuse herself and oversaw a court hearing involving her son. Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols tells the Temple Daily Telegram that Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown […]

    The Seattle Times / 17 min. ago
  • Judge weighs whether to revoke Missouri sheriff’s bondJudge weighs whether to revoke Missouri sheriff’s bond

    CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to revoke the bond of a Missouri sheriff facing 18 criminal charges and under investigation in the unrelated death of a Tennessee inmate. The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/2t3himv ) reports that Judge Gary Kamp said Thursday he expects to rule within days on the state’s request that […]

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  • Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of DemandsNeighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands

    If Qatar wants to end its recent diplomatic standoff, all it needs to do is comply with 13 demands. That, at least, is according to the four Arab neighbors that drew them up and sent them via Kuwaiti mediators Friday — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The four countries say Qatar must shut down its Doha-based news network Al-Jazeera and its affiliates, sever ties with "terrorist organizations" such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah, and immediately close Turkey's military base outside the Qatari capital. Those demands top a list that also includes broader conditions such as reparations payments and closer alignment with the Sunni Arab countries in the Persian Gulf. And they have 10 days to comply. What would happen after that is unclear. For much of the month, most major trade routes into Qatar have been closed by its neighbors — including Saudi Arabia, which occupies the peninsula nation's only overland border, through which it receives roughly 40

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  • Kansas GOP event promoted with ‘Olathe Lives Matter!’ sloganKansas GOP event promoted with ‘Olathe Lives Matter!’ slogan

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A GOP leader in a largely white Kansas City suburb says the party “didn’t mean anything” by promoting a picnic with the slogan “Olathe Lives Matter!” and a rainbow font. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2sxWmmq ) reports Olathe Republican Party chairman David Lightner says each year the party attempts to include […]

    The Seattle Times / 28 min. ago
  • Parting thoughts: One of the best board ops in the bizParting thoughts: One of the best board ops in the biz

    When you listen to a program like Morning Edition, it sounds pretty seamless doesn't it? The national hosts and stories are intertwined with regional hosts, like me, along with news and interviews. The flow is orchestrated by producers and one very important person: the audio engineer, or "board op." One of the finest board ops I've ever worked with died recently. She didn't want a funeral or a written obituary, but we decided she deserved to be part of our parting thoughts series. PattiRai Rudolph died recently at the age of 63. PattiRai or "P-Rai," as she was called, worked at a lot of different stations doing a lot of different things from dispatching news crews at KSTP-TV, to spinning records in Hibbing, to doing the news at MPR in Saint Paul. She was with us at MPR from 1985 to 2009. A big chunk of that time included waking up in the dark hours of the morning to run the board for Morning Edition with former host, Loren Omoto. I spoke with Loren about the first person he met at

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  • Washington seeks to overturn tribe’s fuel tax exemptionWashington seeks to overturn tribe’s fuel tax exemption

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is asking the nation’s highest court to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that exempted the Yakama Nation from paying state taxes on out-of-state fuel delivered to the reservation. The Yakima Herald says (http://bit.ly/2rK8aPQ ) the petition by the state’s Department of Licensing names the Cougar Den, a gas station on the reservation owned by a tribal member. In March, Washington’s Supreme Court said the Yakama Nation’s 1855 treaty with the federal government exempts it from state taxes for commercial activities off the reservation. The tribe is a sovereign government and is exempted from state sales, cigarette and gas taxes on the reservation. The state argues that the other federal rulings involving the Yakamas and cigarette taxes on interstate sales aren’t consistent with the state Supreme Court ruling. An attorney representing the Cougar Den called the state’s petition disappointing and said they will oppose it.

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  • SPD guild president: Tasing Lyles would be a ‘violation of department policy’SPD guild president: Tasing Lyles would be a ‘violation of department policy’

    The head of the Seattle Police Guild says all the evidence he’s seen so far related to the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles suggests it was a case of suicide by cop. Kevin Stuckey, who says he is not involved in the investigation, also told KIRO Radio’s Jason and Burns that critics who say the officers who shot her should have had and used Tasers are wrong. “Even if they did have a Taser, this would not be a Taser situation,” he said. “As a matter of fact, we are trained to meet lethal force with lethal force.” But it’s unknown if the situation would have been different had one of the officers pulled out a Taser, instead of a gun. “Less lethal doesn’t always work. I’ve been around people who get Tased who are in crisis who pull the Taser darts out. I’ve seen people pepper sprayed move through it like they’ve been sprayed in the face with water. It’s not the end all, be all.” “When [Lyles] acted the way she did, they had 2.5 to 3 seconds to react,” he continued. “In 2.5 to 3 seconds, you fall back on all kinds of things you’re taught … Why he said it [tase her], you’d have to talk to him. But I’m telling you, that actually would have been a violation of department policy.” Stuckey explained that an officer must have lethal cover if he/she wants to deploy less lethal force against a lethal force situation. A third person is also needed to actually handcuff the person. The officers were not prepared for that level of responses as it was a “route code burglary call,” according to Stuckey. He says the fact that Lyles had knives she refused to drop gave officers the right to respond with lethal force. Meanwhile, SPD released hours of footage from outside Lyles apartment the day of the shooting that shows she never left her apartment that day and, according to the footage, it appears nobody broke in — which is why she called the police. The department also now admits the officers did get a mental health warning about Lyles, despite earlier reports to they hadn’t. You can listen to the entire interview here.

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  • Fleetwood Mac made Rumours amidst riftsFleetwood Mac made "Rumours" amidst rifts

    Today's Morning Edition music is from "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac which was number one on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago today. This was the band's only number one hit in the U.S. While they were recording it and the other songs on the "Rumours" album, everyone in the band was going through a break up. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham with each other, John and Christine McVie with each other and Mick Fleetwood with his wife. Despite that difficult working environment, what they created was widely acclaimed. Rolling Stone put "Rumours" at number 25 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. To listen to a portion of "Dreams," click the audio player above. Today's Morning Edition music is from "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac which was number one on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago today. This was the band's only number one hit in the U.S. While they were recording it and the other songs on the "Rumours" album, everyone in the band was going through a break up. Stevie

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  • Ugly dogs compete for who looks ruffestUgly dogs compete for who looks ruffest

    There are countless varieties of frightful floofs out there, and in a legendary battle to find the most unsightly oddball of all, one will rise above the rest to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog. Once a year, with teeth bared, tongues dangling and faces smushed, these beasts waddle their way down a red carpet for the chance to win $1,500 and a trophy. The homeliest misfit even gets to fly to New York with a human in tow. The contest starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California. Chinese Cresteds, Chihuahuas and mutts typically headline the competition, which is held in Petaluma, California. Many of the pups are rescue dogs. The contest is judged based on both appearance and personality. Past winners have had hair sticking out in odd places, a penguin-like way of waddling or a shortened spine, but deep down — way, way deep down — they’re just as lovable as any other pooch. Let’s just say they take their daily morning walks off the beaten path. The names might just be the best part. Reigning champion SweePee Rambo, a blind Chinese crested, is a crowd favorite. Quasi Modo, a mix with a spinal birth defect who took the crown in 2015, has a name to match her hunchback. And even though Peanut looks nothing like a peanut, somehow no other name would be as sweet. There’s no denying that these tiny beasts are hard on the eyes. And yet, by some miracle, they’re still cute as hell.

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  • Canadian sniper shatters longest confirmed kill record with two-mile shotCanadian sniper shatters longest confirmed kill record with two-mile shot

    WASHINGTON – A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command. The unnamed marksman was part of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 special operations unit that is currently deployed in an “advise and assist” capacity to help Iraqi security forces battle ISIS from behind the front line in Mosul. “The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 meters. For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners, we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place,” the unit said in a written statement. Due to the distance of the shot, some voices in the military community expressed skepticism at the Canadian government’s report. The reported shot from 3,540 meters, or about 2.2 miles, would eclipse the previous sniper world record of 2,474 meters or 1.54 miles set by the United Kingdom’s Craig Harrison when he killed two Taliban insurgents in November 2009. The Globe and Mail first reported the shot’s success and said it disrupted an ISIS attack on Iraqi forces, citing unnamed sources. Shared via @globeandmail – Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq – https://t.co/IkhlMlkzEJ pic.twitter.com/V6oqG9meEM — Canadian Army (@CanadianArmy) June 22, 2017 “The elite sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target,” the paper said. The Canadian military unit confirmed the distance of shot shortly after the Globe and Mail story was published, but the shot has yet to be formally confirmed a third party agency. In 2016, the Canadian government announced it would triple its training efforts in northern Iraq despite pulling out of the US-led ISIS bombing campaign the year before. In May, Iraqi forces began what they hope is the final push to crush ISIS in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city,

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  • Minnesota Timberwolves land Butler in blockbuster tradeMinnesota Timberwolves land Butler in blockbuster trade

    The Minnesota Timberwolves made a big trade during the NBA draft last night. They sent Zach Levine and Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls for All Star guard Jimmy Butler. The Wolves and Bulls also swapped draft picks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune about whether the trade makes the Wolves a better team. To listen to their conversation, click the audio player above. The Minnesota Timberwolves made a big trade during the NBA draft last night. They sent Zach Levine and Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls for All Star guard Jimmy Butler. The Wolves and Bulls also swapped draft picks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune about whether the trade makes the Wolves a better team. To listen to their conversation, click the audio player above. Copyright 2017 Minnesota Public Radio. To see more, visit Minnesota Public Radio .

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  • Man Charged With Terrorism-Related Murder In Attack At London MosqueMan Charged With Terrorism-Related Murder In Attack At London Mosque

    Police have charged Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder over an attack in which investigators say Osborne drove a van into a crowd of people leaving a mosque in north London early Monday. Osborne, 47, is scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday afternoon. One man died and eight people were sent to hospitals for treatment after the attack , which took place shortly after midnight. The van, a rental vehicle, struck a crowd of people who had gathered as a man was receiving first aid. Osborne, a father of four, is from Cardiff, Wales, police say. As the Two-Way reported earlier this week, Osborne's family released a statement saying, "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in. We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured." Osborne is accused of killing Makram Ali, 51, in the attack in the Finsbury Park neighborhood, which is home to many immigrants. Ali had come to

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  • Kitsap housing market booms with fleeing commutersKitsap housing market booms with fleeing commuters

    The new high-speed foot ferry connecting Seattle to Kitsap County is being credited as a primary reason people are moving across Puget Sound and away from the Emerald City. Stacia Smith with Coldwell Banker Bain has noticed the major real estate trend in the past year. RELATED: Kitsap foot ferry could change how many commute “A lot of people from California and Amazon are moving here because of the ferry access,” Smith said. “There has been a huge growth in Bremerton and Kingston because of the new foot ferry coming in July.” “Think of Capitol Hill as the epicenter of price, then a ripple effect outward,” Smith said. “You see multiple offers on one home, sometimes you have 10 offers on one place and when you combine that with limited inventory, it’s tough on Seattle buyers.” With the Seattle market on fire, real estate agents in Bremerton have never been busier as people look for cheaper alternatives. Kitsap to Seattle Smith explains the allure of Kitsap County largely comes down to price, availability, and an easy commute. Bainbridge Island to Seattle is 35 minutes. A ferry from Bremerton will take you about 50 minutes. The new foot ferry will just take 28 minutes. There’s also the attraction of a scenic boat ride instead of a snarled freeway. “Kitsap County median prices on homes and condos for May of this year are up about 7.8 percent from this time a year ago,” Smith said. “Kitsap County’s median price is $307,250 for May 2017. That’s 82 percent less than King County’s median price of $560,000 for the same time frame. You can see why buyers might be interested in moving to Kitsap County.” When people tell the story of the one that got away, it has nothing to do with romance. They are talking about a Seattle house they got out bid on. That’s not the case in Kitsap County. Homes on Bainbridge Island (the Medina of Kitsap County) spent 46 days on the market compared to 62 last year. Kingston (an up-and-coming area) is 80 days compared to 77 days last year. Bremerton (which now has two hot neighborhoods) is about 32 days compared 44 days last year. Overall, Kitsap County real estate has been on the rise since the new fast ferry was voted in last November. “The feeding frenzy isn’t as frantic in Kitsap County and you get more for your money,” Smith said. “We heard of one King County home that got 39 offers — 39!”

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  • Seattle Police Give Awkward Update On Controversial Shooting Incident While Streaming Video Games - KotakuSeattle Police Give Awkward Update On Controversial Shooting Incident While Streaming Video Games - Kotaku

    KotakuSeattle Police Give Awkward Update On Controversial Shooting Incident While Streaming Video GamesKotakuIn addition to regular channels, the Seattle Police Department has a unique approach to communicating with the public. On Twitch, they play Destiny and talk about everything from graffiti to protests to their own investigation processes. Recently ...Demonstrators march through downtown Seattle after rally for Charleena LylesThe Seattle TimesHundreds rally against police shooting that killed Charleena LylesKIRO SeattleSeattle police shooting may show limits of crisis trainingThe Philadelphia TribuneThe Root -New York Daily News -TheStranger.comall 57 news articles »

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  • Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months InDespite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

    President Trump is set to sign a bill Friday that will make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 will mark Trump's 40th law signed. Sounds like a lot. And in recent days, Trump has boasted about all the legislation he has signed. "We passed and signed 38 pieces of legislation, which nobody likes to talk about," Trump said June 13 before a lunch with lawmakers. "I think probably seldom has any president and administration done more or had more success so early on, including a record number of resolutions to eliminate job-killing regulations." And he tweeted the same message on Friday morning. Measuring laws passed by counting rather than by significance is pretty meaningless. More on that in a bit. Among modern Oval Office occupants, Presidents Jimmy Carter (52), George H.W. Bush (41) and Bill Clinton (41) had all signed more bills into law than Trump

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  • Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

    Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Truth And Lies . About Deborah Lipstadt's TED Talk After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust , Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won. About Deborah Lipstadt Historian Deborah Lipstadt is a professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She has written several books including Denying The Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory . In 2016, Lipstadt's story was made into a film, Denial . Her most recent book, Holocaust: An American Understanding , looks at how Americans have understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

    Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Truth And Lies . About Michael Specter's TED Talk Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world. About Michael Specter Michael Specter is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, covering science and politics. His book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives , explores anti-science bias in American culture. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

    Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Truth And Lies . About Carrie Poppy's TED Talk After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms. About Carrie Poppy Carrie Poppy is a writer, comedian, and podcast host. Her show, Oh No, Ross and Carrie , explores fringe science, spirituality and claims of the paranormal in our world. After believing she was haunted — and subsequently finding a scientific explanation for the phenomenon — she chose to become an investigative journalist, collecting evidence to explain paranormal claims. She is currently writing a book about cults. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

    Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Truth And Lies . About Stephanie Busari's TED Talk Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax. About Stephanie Busari Stephanie Busari is CNN's digital and multimedia bureau head in Nigeria. She was part of the CNN team that reported on the Boko Haram kidnapping of nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria. Her team won a Peabody Award for the network's coverage of the missing girls. In April 2016, Busari obtained a video showing that some of the missing Chibok schoolgirls were still alive. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • It's summer in Seattle: Swim rafts return to Lake Washington beaches - The Seattle TimesIt's summer in Seattle: Swim rafts return to Lake Washington beaches - The Seattle Times

    It's summer in Seattle: Swim rafts return to Lake Washington beachesThe Seattle TimesGiven that unpredictability, I've started telling people that summer in Seattle starts when the Police Department's Harbor Patrol puts the swim rafts back in place at Lake Washington public beaches. And it ends when they store them away after Labor Day.

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  • ​Moody’s likes Boeing’s bet on the 737 Max 10​Moody’s likes Boeing’s bet on the 737 Max 10

    Moody’s Investors Service Analyst Jonathan Root said Boeing’s largest 737 gives the company a variant that can compete with rival Airbus’ hot-selling A321neo.

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  • Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?

    I admit it. I’m an Ivar’s fan. After all, they once named a cocktail after me. But it goes deeper than that. Ivar’s is a well of Seattle culture. The place where kids get their first taste of raw oysters. The place where tourists are introduced to the fruits of the Salish Sea. The place that embodies a certain Seattle can-do culture, where a folk-singing beach bum entrepreneur created an iconic commercial institution. In a city with few statues, we have one of Ivar Haglund, founder of the Ivar’s mini empire. In a city that demolishes its history, Ivar saved the Smith Tower. In a city that too often takes itself waaay too seriously, Ivar’s has always had a twinkle in its eye as it did when it pulled a hoax about having discovered old undersea billboards its founder supposedly aimed at divers. Ivar’s endures waterfront makeovers and changing tastes. It is a seafood security blanket against relentless change. In a city that is losing so much of its cultural and commercial heritage, Ivar’s finds a way to adapt and keeps going. But wait. News comes that the Ivar’s outlet at Sea-Tac Airport is being booted. It lost out on a bidding process to continue as an airport concessionaire. Ivar’s is appealing the decision to the Seattle Port Commission claiming a flawed process. The company charges the bid process was a sham, that the panel considering bids was unqualified, and that the bid criteria were unfair. Ivar’s positives were largely ignored, they claim, such as the amount of money they make for the Port, and their popularity with customers. There are a number of salutes on YouTube to Haglund’s “Acres of Clams” song. This is by Kevin Ring/Ring Digital According to Ivar’s, the bid panel also concluded that Ivar’s “branding” didn’t “keep up with the airport’s improvements.” Really? So, is Ivar’s being replaced by gentrification? The airport is too good for Ivar’s now? Please. The controversy may even become an issue in the campaign for Port Commissioner. Port candidate Peter Steinbrueck — who is in an eight person race — issued a statement this week saying he is joining the “Chowder Rebellion.” The name Steinbrueck is long associated with standing up for local institutions. Peter and his father Victor were keys to saving the Pike Place Market, not once but twice. Victor fought against redevelopment of the Market in the 1960s; Peter helped free it from the clutches of predatory New York investors in the late 1980s. “Our airport needs to welcome visitors by giving them an authentic shopping and dining experience that is deeply rooted in our culture,” says Steinbrueck in a campaign press release. “I am saddened that the Port has told Ivar’s to go dig for more clams!” Ivar’s has always been a great guerrilla marketer and perhaps it can turn this lemon into a fresh batch of clam nectar. According to the company, more than 8,000 citizens have contacted the Port in defense of Ivar’s. The Port defends its process and according to KIRO says that in the future that want to develop a “‘Northwest sense of place’ in the next round of airport concessions.” The Port has also pointed to its efforts to include women- and minority-owned operations. Is Ivar’s making a big shell midden out of a molehill? Was the process truly fair, and the local chain simply failed to meet reasonable criteria? The ruckus over the process will tell us more. But it’s hard to avoid seeing this as emblematic of the larger issues of displacement many are feeling in the city — issues that go way beyond fish and chips. Seattle has many virtues, but it also has flaws. One of those is a general sense that everything should be shiny and new. Look at South Lake Union. We’ve brought a suburban antiseptic aesthetic into the city and pumped it up with steroids. We’re losing FX McRory’s, the Guild 45th is closing, the Central District is being gentrified, weird Fremont isn’t so weird anymore and the U District is becoming a platform for high-tech. Little Saigon is ground zero for redevelopment. OK, things change, and not all for the worse. But time and again we’ve found that being “world class” really means being unique, being local, keeping some traditions because they are the kind of cultural touchstones that define urban place, and also encouraging new ideas from the grassroots. That’s where Ivar’s sprang from. These are the things that make us unique. These shifts of the city’s fabric suggest the “Chowder Rebellion,” like Ivar’s clams, might have legs beyond a fish & chips stand in a Sea-Tac terminal. An early commercial/Ivar’s Restaurants

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  • These murals will change the way you look at TacomaThese murals will change the way you look at Tacoma

    On a recent Sunday afternoon, Eli Tail paints a wall in Tacoma’s historic Brewery District. An enormous swathe of blue and gold, the wall on the 7 Seas Brewery building is the only bright spot in a dusty alley of concrete blocks and old railroad tracks. This mural-in-progress stands out for two reasons: ten Native American artists, including Tail, who is a Northern Cheyenne filmmaker, are painting it; and the mural’s design puts Native stories squarely in the spotlight. “You don’t hear a lot of Native American voices in public art,” says Tail, taking a break from painting atop a hydraulic lift 15 feet in the air. “This is a good first step.” “After a long history of invasion and appropriation…this is a healing opportunity, to reach out to the Native community and show that the City is interested in working with them and supporting them,” said Asia Tail, who is Cherokee and the City of Tacoma’s arts program coordinator. She also happens to be Eli Tail’s cousin. The mural is one of four newly-commissioned public art pieces by the City of Tacoma to be erected along the Prairie Line Trail, a one-mile linear park that will stretch along the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad from the Brewery District to the waterfront. One-third of the trail is already finished – a paved path with grasses and sculptures that threads through the University of Washington, Tacoma campus. Construction has begun on a section of the trail just outside the Tacoma Art Museum that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access the Thea Foss waterway. The 7 Seas mural will breathe color into a rundown alley. “It’s good giving back to the community,” says Tail, working alongside lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. Tail, in jeans and an old shirt, has only painted on canvas before. The mural project is teaching her a lot of new techniques. It’s also creating more partnerships between the city and artists of color, an initiative that began with a program last summer that trained 10 young artists of color on a People’s Community Center mural in the city’s historic Hilltop neighborhood. The 7 Seas mural will cover 19,200 square feet, reach 50 feet high and take six 50-hour weeks to complete. Its visual story weaves past, present and future through the lens of a cedar tree. “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” begins with a Puyallup woman weaving a clam basket in a twill pattern; a cedar forest is in the background. As the mural moves right, the trees are violently felled by a logging saw; a fist emerges from the log as symbol of destruction and invasion. From the logs emerges a door, chiseled by a European carpenter, its Polish design inspired by the ornate old doors found in Tacoma’s downtown. “This site used to be the Jobbers’ District, where people would come for work in the 1800s,” says  Brinkerhoff, one of the lead artists. She and Steffensen spent six months researching with the Tacoma Historical Society and the Puyallup tribe to come up with the mural’s design. The mural’s story continues with painted wheat, referencing the Brewery District. A young multiracial girl playfully weaves artwork made from cedar, wheat, flowers and even railroad ties. Mount Rainier  – Mount Tahoma – looms overhead. “I like the backstory,” Eli Tail says. “It kind of belongs here.”    

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  • Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health billGovernors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

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  • Boeing factory in South Carolina to lay off 200 workersBoeing factory in South Carolina to lay off 200 workers

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    The Seattle Police Department released new video and a 911 call that involved Charleena Lyles before she was shot and killed by two officers. Lyles called police Sunday morning, reporting a burglary that included the theft of an X-box. When police responded, the two officers spent about three minutes calmly speaking with Lyles, who later armed herself with two kitchen knives. Lyles, who was a pregnant mother, had been ordered by a Seattle Mental Health Court judge to not possess weapons just weeks before the shooting. Video released by the department on Thursday shows the 24-hour period outside of Lyles’ apartment hallway leading up to the shooting. The video plays at four times the speed. KIRO 7 News time stamped moments in the 5-hour video where people are present. [41:10] Girl comes from another hallway w/laundry, goes down to another apartment [55:02] Lyles walks into what appears to be the apartment. [56:03] Two girls come down hallway and go into an apartment down the hall. They knock on their door, a woman, with a child carrier, comes out of the apartment. The children remain in the hallway. [57:29] Woman, with a child carrier, who walked out of the previous apartment returns. >> PHOTO: Inside Charleena Lyles’ apartment weeks before police shooting [57:37] Lyles comes out of apartment, goes down hallway, then comes back down hallway. All the kids are playing in the hallway after coming out of an apartment down the hall. [58:29] Lyles appears to be on her phone, then slumps down on to the ground. The children are gone from the hallway. [58:35] Lyles gets up and goes into her apartment. [59:41] Woman, with a child carrier earlier in the video, gets out of her apartment, walks down to Lyles’ apartment, knocks on the door. They leave together Lyles made the 911 call at 8:55 a.m. on Sunday to report a break-in at her apartment. “I just walked in and noticed there was some stuff missing out of my house, my door was open,” she told the dispatcher in the call. “I left to go to the store and came back … It seem to happen about three hours ago.” Listen to the full audio here. Earlier this week, police released transcripts that revealed an officer did not have a taser before shots were fired killing 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, who was armed with two knives. The police department released a full transcript – along with dashcam images and video that showed the hallway outside Lyles’ apartment. It shows the conversation exchanged before and during the shooting on Sunday Monday near Magnuson Park. Watch the video and read the transcript it below. The transcript shows the conversation the two officers had between themselves and then with Lyles leading up to the shooting.  KIRO 7 News has divided the long transcript and nearly 10-minute long video into sections with time-stamps below. [:31 seconds into video] The video, recorded on Sunday, begins with officers talking about a June 5 incident between police and Lyles, where she had armed herself with metal shears.  Officer 1: You got a chance to pull that report up? Officer 2: Which report? Officer 1: It’s on the 5th. Officer 2: Oh, this person did a report? Officer 1: No, no, no. The, she’s got officer safety info from June 5th. Officer 2: What’s that? Officer 1: She, the…she called for a DV. She let them in and then she started talking all crazy about how she, the officers weren’t gonna leave. And she had a giant pair of scissors and then started talking about her— Officer 2: Has she got a mental caution on her? Officer 1: She’s got an officer safety caution. Officer 2: Okay, but no mental on her? Officer 1: She…no… Officer 2: Okay. Officer 1: …but this is the first—I’ve been out there for another DV with her son. I don’t know if you were here. Officer 2: Wait, is this the one with… Officer 1: Yeah. Officer 2: …like the three kids? Officer 1: Yeah, yeah. So this gal, she was the one making all these weird statements about how her and her daughter are gonna turn into wolves, and this was on the 5th. Officer 2: Okay. Officer 1: She might’ve just took a turn, so. Officer 2: Okay. Officer 1: So I’m like, eh, I gotta go up there. ‘Cause they said she was fine at first and then they were inside with her and she had this giant pair of scissors and wouldn’t put them down. And then— [1:45 minutes into the video] Dashcam video shows officers are walking out of their vehicle toward the apartment. Watch below. (Note: Hear some of the audio in the video, but it is hard to hear. Scroll down to continue reading the transcript.) [1:54 minutes into the video] The conversation between the two officers shifts from talking about the June 5 incident to Sunday’s burglary report that Lyles made into police. Officer 2:  She’s alleging a possible burglary? Officer 1:  She said she had a burglary, yeah, that a burglary occurred, so. Officer 2:  Okay.  Which unit is she in? Officer 1:  (Redacted). Officer 2:  I wonder if the son’s still around. Officer 1:  Well, that’s what I’m wondering, her husband and son. Officer 2:  Said something about sending him to live with her grandparents or something. Officer 1:  (Unintelligible) Officer 2:  Or something. Officer 1:  They arrested her that day. Officer 2:  They did? Officer 1: Yeah.  So.  Apparently she was like between them and the door and (unintelligible). Officer 2:  Oh, she didn’t wanna let them leave. Officer 1: Yeah.  Yeah. Officer 2:  Oh, golly. Officer 1:  So I’m like— Officer 2: Don’t let her behind us.  I thought you said, were saying that she wanted them to leave. Officer 1:  No, no, no. Officer 2:  And brandished the scissors. Officer 1:  No, like a— Officer 2:  Like a kidnapping. Officer 1: Yeah. Officer 2: Try, oh, geez, what is it? [3:05 minutes into video ] At this point in the transcript, the officers appear to have arrived at Lyles’ front door. The officers ring the door bell, according to the transcript. >> Hear audio from one of Lyles’ court hearings here LYLES: Yes. Officer 1: Hi, this is Officer (Redacted), Seattle Police Department. Officer 2: There you go. Officer 1: I remember when we went in for the (unintelligible) it was on the end unit. Officer 2: Yeah. Officer 1: What’s the address? Officer 2: 430— UNKNOWN: (Unintelligible) just got the caution for the general location. Officer 1: Hello, good morning, did you call today? LYLES: (Inaudible) Officer 1: Okay. Hi, I’m Officer (Redacted), all right if we come in? LYLES: (Inaudible) Officer 1: Hi, so what’s going on? LYLES: (Unintelligible) down here and had a, or a (unintelligible) someone broke into my house and took my things. Officer 1: (Unintelligible) Was your (unintelligible)? LYLES: Yeah, it was, and, um, I just ran out to the store so I left it unlocked. Officer 1: Okay. Oh, Okay. Does anyone, do you have any idea who it might have been, or anything like that, or? LYLES: I have no idea. Officer 1: Okay. She said the door was unlocked. Officer 2: You said the door was unlocked? LYLES: Yes. (Unintelligible). It looks like they tried to (unintelligible) Officer 1: And what’s your name real quick? LYLES: Charleena, C-H-A-R-L— Officer 1: And then is it Lyles? LYLES: Yes. Officer 1: L-Y-L-E-S? LYLES: Yes. Officer 1: Middle C., (Redacted)? LYLES: Yes. Officer 1: Okay. And then a contact number, (Redacted)? LYLES: Yes. If you guys wanna come back here, there’s a (unintelligible). UNKNOWN: (Unintelligible) LYLES: (Unintelligible) Officer 1: Okay. Was there anything else that was taken or gone through while you were gone? LYLES: They went through like this (unintelligible) necklace with my gold…and this bag that I had open with my clothes and stuff on my bed. And the brown (unintelligible). Officer 1: Yeah. So you said a X-Box was taken? LYLES: Yes. Officer 1: And then what was the (unintelligible)? [7:06 minutes into video] Moments after this conversation, some kind of shuffling is heard in the audio and a child starts crying. Then officers gave orders as seen in the transcript below. LYLES: (Inaudible) Officer 2: Get back, get back, get back. Officer 1: Fast back-up. Officer 2: Get back. LYLES: Get ready, m———kers. Officer 2: We need help. (Unintelligible) a woman with two knives. Officer 1: Hey, get back. Get back. Officer 2: Get back. Tase her. Officer 1: I don’t have a taser. Get back, get back. Officer 2: Get back. Officer 1: Get back. [7:14 minutes into video] Shots can be heard in the video.  Officer 2: Suspect is down, we need officers on-scene, we need medics as well. We are not under control. Officer (Redacted), are you all right? Officer 1: I’m all right, are you all right? DISPATCH: Shots fired. Suspect is down, (unintelligible) they’re not under control. DISPATCH: Shots fired, 6818 62 Ave NE. They’re not under control. Fast back-up 6818 62 Ave NE. (unintelligible). The remainder of the video released by SPD on Monday shows the hallway of Lyles’ apartment – including when officers walked onto her building floor. Seattle police report that though the use of deadly force investigation is ongoing, they released the transcript and videos for transparency. Meanwhile, a memorial grows outside of Lyles’ apartment as family and friends mourn her death.

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  • Naked man nearly photo bombs Ron and DonNaked man nearly photo bombs Ron and Don

    It’s a common pet peeve around Seattle. You’re going about your day, trying to take promotional photos. And a naked man shows up in the shot. “It started as something fun and funny, but then I really felt for everyone involved,” Don O’Neill said. RELATED: I tackled a naked man on Eastlake KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don were taking promotional photos around 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the shores of Lake Union, near where Eastlake meets South Lake Union. A naked man suddenly jumped out of the water and sat in a ray of sunlight; he appeared to be in his 20s. Then he started convulsing — 911 was called. Medics responded. They tried to help the man, but he jumped back into the water. “They didn’t want to deal with the person because he was not stable,” Don said. “You could tell that he was scared and paranoid, and he didn’t want to talk to anyone, and he was in distress.” First responders thought the man was having an opioid crisis, according to Don. “Then two Seattle police officers show up and it’s their job to go down and talk to this gentleman and try to get him out of the water,” Don said. As previously covered on MyNorthwest, being naked in Seattle is not illegal. What can be a crime is what you are doing while naked. “In the City of Seattle, being naked and going for a swim is not a crime,” Don said. “Even if it was a crime the jail wouldn’t take him in his current condition … they would say he needs to go to the hospital. Now the people at Harborview are involved.” “He’s going to come to, and go back out onto the streets,” Don said. “He’s probably going to do heroin again, possibly get a hot shot, and possibly die from that.” “Or jump back in the water and drown,” Ron added. It’s easy to tell the story and laugh about seeing a naked man, or any person doing something quirky on the streets of Seattle. But it’s hard to see it for what it really is — the state of Seattle. Or to see the system struggling under the weight of a societal crisis. “Here’s a guy who is ripe for services … you would think he would be able to get into some sort of program,” Ron said. “We have no game plan for this guy. We should be ashamed of ourselves as a community. We keep electing the same chuckleheads who convene a blue ribbon panel, and hire a homelessness czar, and then we put out a 400-page report, bring in consultants and pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and have a town hall meeting and everybody gets up and says ‘Not in my backyard.'” “And in the meantime, we have actual human beings that need something,” he said. “What are we doing? Honestly, what are we doing? What are we supposed to do with that guy? It’s not acceptable.”

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  •  A conspiracy or a smartly disguised reality? American President thinks the whole Russia thing is just a ‘hoax’ A conspiracy or a smartly disguised reality? American President thinks the whole Russia thing is just a ‘hoax’

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump just can’t shake off the great American scandal that has gripped the country and has threatened to topple his administration.As investiga

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  • Huskies’ Markelle Fultz Taken No. 1 By 76ersHuskies’ Markelle Fultz Taken No. 1 By 76ers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking Lonzo Ball as the draft started with a pair of freshmen point guards from the Pac-12 Conference. After a busy stretch of trades around the NBA, the draft got off to a familiar start with the same top-four picks as last year: Philadelphia, the Lakers, Boston and Phoenix. Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs. The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury. Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock. As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started. The Celtics then took Duke’s Jayson Tatum at No. 3 after moving down two spots in the trade with Philadelphia, drawing cheers from a large contingent of their fans at Barclays Center wearing green. The run of freshmen continued when the Suns took Josh Jackson of Kansas. The Sacramento Kings were up next at No. 5 with their first of two top-10 selections.

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  • Position Available: King County seeks Environmental Scientist IIIPosition Available: King County seeks Environmental Scientist III

    The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced environmental scientist. The Environmental Scientist III is part of a four-member Research Team that ensures program services are grounded in scientific evidence. The position plays a key role identifying, collecting, and applying scientific data to program services and policy initiatives. The Environmental Scientist III will be responsible for conducting/applying research to help reduce human and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals, working on efforts to improve the health of historically underserved individuals and communities, collaborating on research with government and nonprofit agencies, and keeping current on evidence-based information to provide scientific consultation to others. To learn more, visit www.iexaminer.org/classifieds.   King County and The Water and Land Resources Division value diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. LHWMP is committed to workplace and service equity. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce, and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment for staff. The Program strives to embed equity and social justice in all services. For more community announcements, click here

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  • Massive 'float party' gets shut down by Seattle police - KIRO SeattleMassive 'float party' gets shut down by Seattle police - KIRO Seattle

    KIRO SeattleMassive 'float party' gets shut down by Seattle policeKIRO SeattleIt has come to the Seattle Police Department's attention that an unpermitted event is planned at either Green Lake or Magnuson Park on Saturday, June 24, 2017, which an estimated 1,500 people are expected to attend,” the message on behalf of the police ...and more »

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  • Seattle families need a new downtown high school - The Seattle TimesSeattle families need a new downtown high school - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesSeattle families need a new downtown high schoolThe Seattle TimesThe district is smart to evaluate land it already owns adjacent to Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center, eliminating additional cost for land acquisition. This area is well located to serve downtown and the north-central portion of the city. It's also ...

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  • WSU sends warning to 1M people after hard drive with Social Security numbers, other info stolenWSU sends warning to 1M people after hard drive with Social Security numbers, other info stolen

    PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has confirmed that a hard drive has been stolen that could place up to 1 million students and others at risk of identity theft. It is sending out warning letters to those affected. The university, on its website, said it learned on April 21 that the hard drive had been stolen from a locked safe at its Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). "The drive contained documents that included personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, personal health information. Entities that provided data to the SESRC include school districts, community colleges, and other customers," WSU said. "We know that not all of the information on the drive was encrypted," the WSU letter said. "We have no indication that the information on the hard drive has been accessed or misused in any way. However, as a precaution, we are notifying you of this incident and offering you a complimentary one-year membership to Experian's ProtectMayID Alert," the letter said. "We take this incident very seriously. We are notifying impacted individuals so they can take steps to protect themselves and offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to those individuals whose personal information may have been accessed. We are also notifying the entities that provided SESRC with data that included personal information." WSU said it began mailing letters to affected individuals on June 9 and has set up a dedicated call center to answer any questions. "If you believe you may be affected and have not received a letter by June 30, or have additional questions, please call our dedicated assistance line at 866-523-9195, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (closed on U.S. observed-holidays)," WSU said. The consumer group WashPIRG said, "Following revelations that WSU has admitted to the theft of a partly-unencrypted laptop placing up to one million students and others at risk of new account identity theft due to the inclusion of Social Security Numbers and other personal information, we urge the WSU victims and all Washington residents to place credit, or security, freezes on all three of your credit reports." However, there is a cost for doing so. This PIRG report explains the security freeze in detail.  

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  • ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ actor Justin Huertas explores race and identity‘Welcome to Braggsville’ actor Justin Huertas explores race and identity

    Dimitri Woods (Charlie), Zack Summers (D’aron), Justin Huertas (Louis), Sylvie Davidson (Candice). • Photo by John Ulman T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel Welcome to Braggsville comes to the stage with a world-premiere adaptation by Josh Aaseng and Daemond Arrindell at Book-It Repertory Theatre, and local actor Justin Huertas is excited to play a part in the production. “I’ve always wanted to do a show with Book-It!” Huertas said. “I love Josh, and I’ve loved getting to know [Book-It co-artistic directors] Myra Platt and Jane Jones as the host of Book-It’s annual fundraiser Guilty Pleasures.” For Huertas, the arts have been a lifelong passion. “I’ve been in school plays since elementary school but focused more seriously on playing cello in high school,” he said. “I got accepted to Pacific Lutheran University for Cello Performance just before starring in the Spring Musical my senior year of high school.” This was the turning point for Huertas. “I played Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, and I was costumed in this colorful military uniform, glued-on mutton chops, and a drawn-on mustache,” he said. “Every night, I entered with a bright rainbow umbrella and got an applause on first appearance every night, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a stage actor forever.” Since then, Huertas has been pursuing that goal through a variety of avenues. “Being an actor is in line with any sort of contract work,” he said. “You’re constantly thinking ahead to the next opportunity and making sure you’re always busy.” He has found Seattle to be a fertile creative environment. “The awesome thing about my work in Seattle theatre is it isn’t limited to acting,” he said. “I also compose music and write plays, so my time between acting contracts can be filled with even more art that I’m passionate about.” This creative work has paid off. “I wrote a musical that I also perform in called Lizard Boy,” Huertas said.  “That was commissioned by and premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and it has since had a second production in San Diego at Diversionary Theatre and two New York readings at Playwrights Horizons.” Back in Seattle, these efforts resulted in an invitation from Welcome to Braggsville adapter and director Josh Aaseng. “I had actually never heard of this book before!” Huertas said. “Josh sent me information when he asked me to audition, and I was so intrigued by the premise.” Huertas says he was immediately drawn to the book. “I love the way Johnson satirized not only how we perceive racism and racist people but also these self-important liberal millennials who think pointing an iPhone at a problem is automatically fixing the world,” he said. “And I definitely belong to that group sometimes! It just made me really think about what I’m putting into the world during this difficult time and whether or not it’s as productive as I think it is.” In the show, Huertas plays the role of Louis, one of four college students who embroil themselves in a political intervention that goes terribly awry. “I think what I connect to the most is his sense of humor,” Huertas said of his character Louis. “He’s so irreverent and self-deprecating in very uncomfortable and hilarious ways.” But the character of Louis is more than just a class clown. “In joking and pointing out Asian stereotypes that he’s been judged by and compared to, he’s breaking even more American conventions of Asian-ness and challenging the types of Asian characters that American media shows us simply by existing and owning his complicated existence,” Huertas said. “That kind of visibility is extremely important to me as an Asian-American actor.” Because much of the play takes place in the Southern United States and centers on Civil War reenactments that recur annually in many Southern communities, social issues are front and center. “Race is a major theme in this play, and one of our adaptors Daemond led an amazing workshop for our cast on race and identity,” Huertas said. “That was an amazing experience that really put us all on the same page, gave us vocabulary we can share to keep the conversation going, and bring us all into an even safer space to talk about these issues as themes in the show.” A major lesson has been that race and ethnicity will never be simple issues in the United States. “On a personal level, it really taught me a lot about the challenges I have and will face as a minority, and about the privileges I have that I often take for granted,” he said. Following Welcome to Braggsville, Huertas will focus on writing some new musicals, as well as returning to his work in Lizard Boy. “I’m continuing to develop that musical and follow wherever it leads me.” ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ runs from June 7 to July 2 at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle.   For more arts, click here

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  • Absent Budget Deal, Washington Prepares For A ShutdownAbsent Budget Deal, Washington Prepares For A Shutdown

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are in an increasingly familiar place this year: in a third special session, racing to avoid a partial shutdown of state government because they’ve spent months unable to reach agreement on a new two-year state budget. They’ve been here before. In both 2013 and 2015, budgets weren’t signed by the governor until June 30, hours before a shutdown was set to occur. Even though a shutdown was ultimately avoided both of those years, state agencies are having to go through the motions of preparation once again, and on Thursday, temporary layoff notices went out to nearly 32,000 state employees. “This has become the new normal and there should be nothing normal about three special sessions to do the most important job that we’re sent here to do,” Sen. Joe Fain, the Republican floor leader, said shortly after adjourning a second 30-day special session on Wednesday. The third special session began moments later, called by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who was equally frustrated. He said he would veto a temporary 30-day budget, an idea that has been floated by some lawmakers who have expressed concern of what to do if they run out of time before the end of this month. “They’ve had months to do this,” Inslee said. “I as governor have got to crack the whip here to make sure that they don’t punt here. They’ve been punting for too many months.” Adding to the challenge of finding consensus between the Republican-led Senate and the Democratic-controlled House is writing a state operating budget that also satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding. The state has been in contempt of court since 2014 for lack of progress on satisfying a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that school funding was not adequate. Lawmakers have already put more than $2 billion toward the issue since the ruling, but the biggest piece remaining of the court order is figuring out how much the state must provide for teacher salaries. School districts currently pay a big chunk of those salaries with local property-tax levies. The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled House have disagreed on several areas, including whether or not new taxes are needed. Inslee held a conference call with lawmakers Thursday to answer any questions related to preparations for a shutdown. “This uncertainty is hard on everyone,” he said. If a budget isn’t signed into law by midnight June 30, a partial government shutdown begins July 1. According to the Office of Financial Management, more than two dozen agencies — including the Department of Corrections and Washington State Patrol — would face a partial shutdown, while 16 agencies would face a complete shutdown. Among those facing complete shutdown include the state parks, where nearly 11,000 paid camping and overnight reservations for the first week of July would be canceled. Here are some other impacts: —Community supervision for 18,000 offenders on probation would cease, except for out-of-state offenders supervised under an interstate compact and civilly committed sexually violent predators. —There will be no forensic scientists at the Washington State Patrol to process DNA samples, and patrol staff will not be available to process and analyze drug case. —More than 50,000 elderly residents will stop receiving meal services under a program that is run out of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services. —About 31,000 low-income, working families will lose child care payment assistance. —The Washington State Lottery will be shut down until a budget is in place. According to OFM, the state loses about $1.8 million in sales and more than $460,000 in revenue every day the lottery is shut down.

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  • Judge OKs Lawsuit Over Once-Secret Immigrant Vetting ProgramJudge OKs Lawsuit Over Once-Secret Immigrant Vetting Program

    SEATTLE (AP) — A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle on Wednesday denied the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in February by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The lawsuit claims the government since 2008 has used the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program to blacklist thousands of applications for asylum, legal permanent residency or citizenship as national security concerns. The program imposes criteria on the applications that go far beyond what Congress has authorized, including holding up some applications if the applicants donated to Muslim charities or traveled to Muslim-majority countries, the complaint alleges. The program was not publicly discovered until 2012, when an immigration officer discussed it during testimony in a different lawsuit. Immigrant rights advocates then filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to force U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to turn over more information about it, the lawsuit said. “Congress has laid out the requirements for these programs,” Matt Adams, legal director of the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said Thursday. “The agency doesn’t have the authority to, one, impose its own requirements, and, two, impose them in a secret program on people who aren’t even aware of them.” In addition to challenging the program, the lawsuit seeks to block any other “extreme vetting” that President Donald Trump’s administration might impose as an updated version of it. A spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Sharon Rummery, said the agency did not have any immediate comment on the ruling. In its motion to dismiss the case, the government said the program falls within the legitimate background-check process for immigrants applying for citizenship or other benefits. “It is a way for USCIS to investigate and verify information in certain cases, and to ensure reasoned decisions,” the Justice Department argued. Other lawsuits around the country have challenged the program, Adams said, but they were dismissed because immigration authorities quickly ruled on the plaintiffs’ applications once the complaints were filed, erasing the legal grounds on which they sued. The same thing happened in the Seattle case, Adams said: Five of the six named plaintiffs had their cases ruled on in the weeks after the case was filed. One, a Somali immigrant named Abdiqafar Wagafe, had waited 3½ years for a decision on his citizenship application. It was approved five days after the complaint was filed, and he was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on March 2. But the judge said the case could go forward on behalf of others whose applications were being delayed because of the program.

    CBS Seattle / 17 h. 21 min. ago more
  •  The greatest tifos ever unfurled in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry The greatest tifos ever unfurled in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry

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    Big News Network.com / 17 h. 48 min. ago
  •  The greatest matches ever played in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry The greatest matches ever played in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry

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  • Teenage Boys Wear Skirts To Class In Protest Of School’s Dress Code PolicyTeenage Boys Wear Skirts To Class In Protest Of School’s Dress Code Policy

    CBS Local– England is currently immersed in a record-breaking heat wave that has sent average temps soaring for most of the month of June. As a result, Englanders are going to extreme lengths to stay cool, including drastically altering their usual attire in order to beat the heat and send a message as well. Male students at ISCA Academy in Exeter — a city in Southwest London where temperatures have routinely been in the 90s — wore skirts to school in protest of the school’s dress code that doesn’t allow them to wear shorts even on hot summer days. The students gleaned the idea from a teacher at the school who suggested they wear skirts — likely in jest — since shorts aren’t a part of the school’s dress code. “My 14-year-old son wanted to wear shorts,” one mother told The Guardian. “The headteacher told them: ‘Well, you can wear a skirt if you like’ – but I think she was being sarcastic. However, children tend to take you literally, and because she told them it was OK, there was nothing she could do as long as they were school skirts.” The idea caught on quickly among the boys at the school and at least 30 boys wore skirts to school that day. One of the boys told The Guardian that the skirt was “quite refreshing.” “The school is being silly really – this is exceptional weather,” another mother told The Guardian. “I was very proud of Ryan. I think it was a great idea.” While the students clearly got their point across, the school doesn’t seem likely to make an exception to their dress code any time soon, or at least without a more thorough review of their dress code. “Shorts are not currently part of our uniform for boys, and I would not want to make any changes without consulting both students and their families,” the school’s headteacher, Aimee Mitchell, told The Guardian. However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”

    CBS Seattle / 17 h. 54 min. ago more
  • Thousands more seniors can get help via the city's Utility...Thousands more seniors can get help via the city's Utility...

    The city's Utility Discount Program is expanding, adding help for more seniors, as announced by Mayor Ed Murray in a media briefing today at the Senior Center of West Seattle , with Councilmember Lisa Herbold and Seattle Public Utilities general manager Mami Hara . This has to do with seniors receiving Social Security and being on Medicare - 3,000 are not getting "the help they need or the help they deserve," because some benefits are being counted as income even though they're not, so the city is changing eligibility rules to make sure they can get it.

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  •  The gloves come off: Top U.S. intelligence officials reveal Trump urged them to publicly refute collusion with Russians The gloves come off: Top U.S. intelligence officials reveal Trump urged them to publicly refute collusion with Russians

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - Causing more harm to the already troubled Trump presidency, now two of the nation's top intelligence officials have reportedly revealed some shocking details to the Special C

    Big News Network.com / 18 h. 45 min. ago
  • The greatest tifos ever unfurled in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry - ESPN FC (blog)The greatest tifos ever unfurled in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry - ESPN FC (blog)

    ESPN FC (blog)The greatest tifos ever unfurled in the Seattle vs. Portland rivalryESPN FC (blog)Ahead of Seattle's clash with Portland at Providence Park, relive the top five goals from the MLS era of this rivalry. What makes Seattle vs. Portland the best rivalry in MLS? As Matt Pentz answers that question, he looks back at the greatest tifos ...WATCH: Fanning the flames of the Seattle Sounders versus Portland Timbers rivalrySoundersFC.comall 65 news articles »

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  • Lessons learned after massive ‘float party’ gets shut down in SeattleLessons learned after massive ‘float party’ gets shut down in Seattle

    There are some disappointed swimmers out there after Seattle Parks and Rec and the police department shut down plans for a massive “float party” on Lake Washington. The “Lk Washington Float Party 2017” scheduled for June 24 was canceled after the organizer received a letter from the city’s parks department on Facebook. It has come to the Seattle Police Department’s attention that an unpermitted event is planned at either Green Lake or Magnuson Park on Saturday, June 24, 2017, which an estimated 1,500 people are expected to attend,” the message on behalf of the police department from the parks department reds. “Based on the nature of this event, and what has occurred at similar past events, Seattle Police Department is concerned about the safety of both event participants and visitors to Green Lake and Magnuson Parks. According to the message from the parks department, the organizer of the event applied for a permit but was denied. The department believed people still intended to hold the event, and informed organizers of the law, which states it is unlawful to conduct an event involving 50 or more people in any public park without a permit — a violation can lead to a $500 civil penalty and up to a $5,000 fine for criminal trespassing. More than 1,600 people said they planned to go to the event on Facebook. At least 14,000 said they were “interested.” There’s reason to believe that the event organizer didn’t realize that something that began on Facebook and seemed innocent enough was going to get the attention that it has. But, it is clearly stated on the city’s special events page that an approved permit is required, even at a park. The denial of the permit for this event does raise a question: What would have been the result if it was a free speech event? First of all, yes, public demonstrations that fit within the definition of a “special event” in Seattle require a permit. Protests and rallies obtain them. But the city has had some difficulty saying no to protests and rallies. Take the rally by ACT for America on June 10 that was held in opposition to Sharia law. An organizer of that event said he expected violence from a group of people that wouldn’t have otherwise been at City Hall Plaza if it weren’t for that rally. But the city allowed it. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray did condemn the march and rally against Sharia. “To think that people would come to Seattle and have a hate march against Muslims is reprehensible, but under the First Amendment we’re going to respect their right to free speech,” he said. And the recent rally in Seattle was permitted after two men were killed in Portland, while protecting two women who were the targets of racial slurs. Even the ACLU has voiced support of controversial rallies recently, saying free speech outweighs arguments to shut them down. Of course, the protests and rallies in Seattle are smaller — often much smaller — than an estimated 1,500 or more people. Controlling that kind of crowd would most likely require more than just a few police, because, unfortunately, there are always a few people looking to spoil a good time. So next time you’re looking to host a summer event in Seattle, just make sure to keep it to fewer than 50 people. Or just say you’re protesting the heat.

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  • Man found shot to death in his home in University PlaceMan found shot to death in his home in University Place

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — A man in his 50s was found shot to death in his home in University Place, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. A sheriff’s detective at the home in the 2100 block of Sunset Drive West identified the victim Thursday night as Mark Myers. Detective Ed Troyer said the victim was shot to death. Detectives believe this happened sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday. Some neighbors came by to walk the man’s dog Thursday's morning. When they arrived they found the dog outside, the door wide open and the man down inside. Investigators say this does not appear to be a burglary and that there were no obvious signs of forced entry. Authorities said Sunset Dr. W. was closed for the collection of forensic evidence between 20th and 22nd St Ct. W. Sunset Dr. W. in #University Place is being closed in the 2000-2200 block for forensic analysis of homicide scene, please alternate routes pic.twitter.com/I6F2FaUzOO — Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) June 22, 2017 University Place police were also at the scene.  

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  • The case of the crumbling cul-de-sacThe case of the crumbling cul-de-sac

    It's not anything close to the size of the West Seattle development excavation that held that title for years. But they're having trouble understanding why it hasn't been fixed.

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  • CID community shares neighborhood concerns at People’s Party listening postCID community shares neighborhood concerns at People’s Party listening post

    Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver and the People’s Party held a community “listening post” on June 19, 2017 at Nagomi Tea House. • Photo by Chetanya Robinson More than 60 people came to a community “listening post” at the Nagomi Tea House on Monday evening, June 19. The format allowed for the discussion of neighborhood problems and solutions with the purpose of sharing them with mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver and members of the People’s Party. Oliver, 31, is one of six front-runners in the race for the next Seattle mayor, and was the first serious candidate to enter the race challenging Ed Murray while he was still running for reelection. Oliver has a background in law, social justice activism, and spoken word poetry. Most of the event involved residents of the Chinatown International District (CID) and other Seattle neighborhoods gathering around tables to discuss five issues with each other: housing affordability and quality; public health and cleanliness; business and jobs; public safety; neighborhood and community development; and additional concerns. Each table was a place to discuss a different issue, and after about 20 minutes, people switched to a different table and issue. The event was meant to provide a space for the community to advocate for itself, and in particular for elders and people with limited English to be heard, a member of Oliver’s campaign explained at the start of the evening. Interpreters of Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language helped translate for some attendees. At the table discussing public safety, candidate Oliver listened while one elder said in Cantonese that she would support any candidate for mayor who advocated for public safety in the neighborhood. Following the discussions, representatives from each table gave a presentation to the whole room on the main ideas and points that came up in conversation. For public safety in the CID, people discussed concerning issues such as public drunkenness, crime, and belligerent behaviors, which residents said they find uncomfortable. Some people said a lack of police presence in the neighborhood made them feel unsafe, while others said it was police presence that made them feel unsafe. In addressing public safety, people said they wanted sustainable, long-term solutions such as more community block-watch patrols and better lights and sidewalks in the neighborhood. The CID listening post included rotating discussion groups on different topics including: housing affordability and quality; public health and cleanliness; business and jobs; public safety; neighborhood and community development; and additional concerns. • Photo by Chetanya Robinson At the housing affordability and quality table, people expressed concern that the City is not ensuring access to affordable housing for people who need it. People felt Seattle also needs to address homelessness, and should continue to address the effects of racist neighborhood zoning and redlining. The neighborhood development discussions brought up the need to create incentives for local business owners to be prioritized in the CID. People discussed a need for more green spaces, more inter-generational programs in the neighborhood, and moving the community center to the heart of the neighborhood. People also discussed creating community resources like a repair shop with a tool library. The discussion around public housing and cleanliness brought up recent concerns in the neighborhood over the Navigation Center shelter and what people see as a lack of communication between the City and neighborhood, as well as concern over the development of large hotel complexes. People were concerned about a general lack of linguistically and culturally accessible social services. In the conversation on business and jobs, people talked about advocating for small businesses, which are forced to compete with large corporations, as well as encouraging non-tech related jobs and trades for young people. Each table at the listening post was a place to discuss a different issue, and after about 20 minutes, people switched to a different table and issue. • Photo by Chetanya Robinson In her brief remarks, delivered without notes, Oliver said many of the issues people brought up expose various ways the City has failed. She presented some of her platform on affordable housing; namely a multi-faceted strategy aimed at driving market prices down. This might involve tools like rent stabilization or stopping speculative markets, wherein people who don’t live in Seattle buy up property, Oliver explained. She criticized Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) for not going far enough in creating actual affordable housing units. In particular, in response to an audience question, Oliver suggested that the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) provision in HALA—in which developers would have to either build a certain number of affordable units, or pay into an affordable housing fund—should be renegotiated. Because the developers can sometimes opt to just pay the fee, more housing doesn’t actually get built quickly enough, she said. And when it comes to affordable housing, Oliver said, the definition of “affordable” keeps changing as Seattle’s median income rises by thousands each year. However, this doesn’t necessarily take into account people’s needs. On homelessness, Oliver said the City has done a poor job communicating with communities of color on the issue. Though it’s declared the homeless crisis a state of emergency, the City hasn’t put in the necessary resources, and has spent too much money on encampment sweeps. In a brief interview following the event, Oliver said she held the listening post event because the People’s Party is committed to listening to disenfranchised communities—a description that fits the CID. “In particular, our elders are sometimes really pushed out, especially with lack of access to language or the opportunity to voice their concerns,” Oliver said. Some of the most pressing issues Oliver sees as facing the CID are affordability, gentrification, more affordable housing for seniors, and public safety. “And when I say public safety, it’s how do we work with members of the CID, residents here, some of whom have different points of view, to ensure that everyone feels safe,” Oliver said, “but we do it in a way that honors the coalition of people that make this part of our city work.” Oliver said the evening taught her about the importance of translation services for elders. Some young people told her that many public meetings in the CID don’t provide translation. As a result, elders aren’t always made aware of what’s happening in the community and their input isn’t fully taken into account. “It’s humbling and it’s honoring to get to sit with any community’s elders,” Oliver said. Listening to people is an important part of Oliver’s campaign and the approach she would bring as mayor, she said. “Hearing their ideas, hearing their concerns, and then getting to solution-build with them, as opposed to going back to our offices and coming up with a plan,” Oliver said. “Actually trusting the brilliance of the community that lives here to solution-build for itself. And then really the role of the City being, how do we resource your brilliance, your self-empowerment and your self-determination to continue to see the CID flourish?” For more news, click here

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    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola at the ICHS International District Clinic on June 16, 2017. The following is announcement from ICHS: While age, experience and background differed, patients and health practitioners at International Community Health Services (ICHS) were united in a single, important message today to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) – don’t let the Senate take away affordable health care. Murray will head to Washington, D.C., armed with this message and stories from ICHS patients, as she calls on Senate Republicans to end closed-door deliberations in exchange for public hearings on the American Health Care Act. “Sen. Murray’s advocacy comes at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher,” said ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola. “Six thousand ICHS patients benefit from expanded Medicaid and an additional 2,200 risk being priced out of insurance coverage if they lose medical subsidies and tax credits.” During her visit to ICHS, Murray toured facilities, spoke with staff and doctors, and collected opinions and concerns from patients and the local community. Remarks from Batayola and Murray pointed to the progress made under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the high costs of rolling back Medicaid. Batayola also underscored community health centers’ value as part of the national health care safety net; saving taxpayers, on average, $2,371 (24%) in total spending per Medicaid patient, when compared to other providers. “The concern I heard today in stories from patients at ICHS about how they might lose coverage for life-saving treatment if Trumpcare is enacted was moving and powerful,” said Murray. “The last thing patients and their families should have to worry about is Republicans taking the care they rely on away or forcing them to pay more – and that’s why I’m doing everything I can to make sure their voices are heard in back in Washington, D.C., and fighting to keep Republicans from jamming this harmful bill through.” “Our message to Congress is – preserve coverage for those currently covered. So many fear the loss of life-saving and the most basic of health care services, including doctor visits, maternity and prenatal care, hospitalization, prescriptions, mental health and ambulance rides,” said Batayola. “We thank Sen. Murray and those like her, who are leading the fight for us in Congress. But we also have a job to do in making sure those who would suffer under the Senate’s ‘in the dark’ health care bill are heard.” Among those Murray listened to was Douglas Hathaway, a Medicaid recipient with Parkinson’s disease, who said affordable health care was vital to being able to work; and Kelly Hill, a behavioral health worker who sees two sides of the coin in the national health care debate, as her son has special needs that requires costly medical care. More than 600,000 Washington state residents risk losing health care coverage under the state’s Medicaid program with passage of the American Health Care Act; while another 72,000 to 100,000 risk losing their current private insurance. for more community announcements, click here

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O’Ryan, along with his partners in The Kingdom, Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia, are defending the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship against Dalton Castle and The Boys. All is going well until a little after seven minutes into the match. The 27-year-old former Division I college baseball player springs off the second rope. His legs fly high above his head as becomes inverted mid-flight. It was at this point that O’Ryan knew something horrible was about to happen. He had been expecting to land on top of two competitors on the floor below, but instead … crack! His shins violently crash down on a steel guardrail separating fans and wrestlers at ringside. The powerful bone on metal collision echoes throughout the arena and plays sadistically through television and computer speakers at home. The announcer screams out “Jesus!” in disbelief. In another 30 seconds the match will be over. >>LISTEN: The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond weekdays 7-9 a.m. The damage to his left leg is catastrophic, a fracture in two places. His fibula and tibia shaft are split in two. As O’Ryan lays on the floor, writhing in pain, one could assume that the worst of it would be over soon. But in reality, the clock had only just begun to tick on the worst 48 hours of his life. He’s helped to the back and expects to be taken to the hospital shortly. He’s on the floor waiting for the ambulance. One match finishes. Then another. And another. He’s still on the floor. More than an hour passes before an EMT would arrive. The level of pain is so intense that O’Ryan, who is terrified of pills, had to “get all doped up” for the ride. And for the privilege of waiting more than 60 minutes in agony and relenting to his personal no-drug policy, he says he was given a bill of $1,600. An Uber ride would cost $40 and delivered him there in less than half the time. Once at the hospital, the waiting game continues. As he awaits to be seen by a doctor, news of the injury begins to spread online. Grotesque accidents have a habit of doing that. He passes the time by scrolling through the outpouring of support on Twitter. Eventually, he is seen and receives the devastating news about the severity of the injury. The x-rays paint a powerful picture, revealing the force with which he connected with the guardrail. Photo Credit: TK O’Ryan Finally, he is able to leave Las Vegas. The clock on the worst 48 hours of his life would expire once his flight touched down back home. Although the worst was behind him, the next week and a half would be no picnic either. His left leg is now supported by a metal rod and four screws and the post-surgical pain is a “10 out of 10.” The Vegas hospital bill, ambulance ride and surgery don’t come cheap. So, instead of relying on a GoFundMe page, the crafty O’Ryan lobbies for the Internet’s top independent wrestling store to begin selling t-shirts with his likeness. It isn’t long before “I Broke TK’s Leg” shirts are flying off the cyber-shelves of ProWrestlingTees.com. He says the proceeds help offset the medical expenses while his petition for relief from the hospital is reviewed. As of early June, O’Ryan has received only a call from a hospital administrator promising to review his bills immediately. They tell him that they don’t take the alleged mistreatment lightly. It remains to be seen what happens from here. In the meantime, he continues to rehab the injury and make progress toward returning to the ring. It’s just unclear when that will be. But it’s also not as though O’Ryan is waiting idly by at home until the doctors give him the all-clear to return. He’s serving as the corner man for his tag partners and will make his way to the ring on crutches or with a cane. But the bottom line is that he’s still there. And he should be there again for the Ring of Honor Best in the World pay-per-view Friday in Lowell, Massachusetts. All things considered, it’s not too far from his Cape Cod home. Thankfully, we’re not in Vegas anymore. >>MORE: Ring Of Honor’s Joe Koff Talks Hardy Boyz, Bully Ray, ROH Anniversary Walk me through the injury. It’s basically been the defining moment of my career, which is bizarre to me. It’s like, I can wrestle too, I don’t just get hurt! I’m usually pretty durable. Vinny and I like to joke about just how quickly that trip sucked so bad. We flew out Wednesday, so we were there a bit early, because flights to Vegas at that time are a nightmare. They asked if we could fly out early and we were happy to oblige. We thought, ‘hey, we get a couple extra days in Vegas. No problem!’ We were having a great time, and then the show day happens. Everything was going smooth. We got to the arena early and had some nice food. We were energized and ready to go right up to the match. The second our music hit. we got a strong… pretty much booed-right-out-of-Las Vegas reaction. We felt like we were cooking and then in this one instant all of the sudden… For as cool as everything had been for the first 48 hours, the next 48 hours were probably the most miserable hours of my life. It was crazy. It’s hard to explain, because when I bounced off the rope going for the moonsault, the last thing on my mind was that I was going to smash my leg on the guard rail. I was more concerned that I would slip and fall on my butt and look like an idiot. TK O’Ryan (Photo Credit: Joey DeFalco/Ring of Honor) So what happened in Vegas? Were the guardrails too close? It’s easy to say that they were too close, but the reality is guys jump toward guardrails all the time. It sounds insane, but you know you’ve got it. I go by this motto that if I can visualize myself doing it, I know I can do it. I’ve done that move dozens of times. It’s easy to go back since it didn’t turn out well and say, ‘oh, well the guardrails are too close. You should have done it on the other side.’ Well, no kidding. But if I stuck that move then no one would have said a word about it. People will talk all the time about having the heart and passion and desire for pro wrestling. But when it comes down to doing professional wrestling things, and you’re in that spotlight, and it’s time to do something and make it yours and it doesn’t go right, now you’re the idiot. It’s funny, one way or the other, you’re either a genius or a moron. It’s just a matter of having the guts to go for it and finding out which one you might be. It reminds me of an injury Sid Vicious had a while back in WCW when he broke his leg. I think every wrestler has this idea that if they’re going to get hurt, it’s going to be something like Sid Vicious jumping off the second rope. Look at Matt Taven, he blew out his knee just jumping off the apron. It wasn’t even anything crazy. But to have something actually catastrophic… look at Jeff Hardy and how many times you’ve seen him fall off of a ladder, and he’s fine. You wouldn’t expect to be injured in doing something like that. You’re almost resigned to the fact it’s going to happen doing something simple. It’s almost kind of shocking when it happens doing (a big move). >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling How did it alter the finish of the match? I assume you guys were supposed to go longer than that. Yeah. I felt bad because the match was really cooking. Dalton Castle and The Boys in Las Vegas… Dalton could have run for mayor. And The Kingdom being The Kingdom and doing what they do. Well, they don’t like us as much as Dalton Castle in Las Vegas. Everyone was working hard, and man it sucks. When something like that happens, as the wrestlers — if you’re Dalton or The Boys — it’s hard not to feel somewhat responsible just because you were in the match. I felt bad just to put that on their conscience. But yeah, we were supposed to go a little longer. The minute that happened Vinny grabbed one of The Boys, I don’t even think he knew which Boy, and said that’s enough. That’s just how it goes. How’s the rehab going? The first 10 days after surgery was probably 10-out-of-10 pain. Constant throbbing relentless pain. But once that let up, I’ve been pretty pain-free other than moving around and being uncomfortable. I’m still a bit of a way from being able to get back in the ring. For one, the bones aren’t completely healed yet. Secondly, once the bones are healed, my left leg is noticeably smaller than my right leg. I would be doing myself, Vinny, Taven, Ring of Honor, anyone in the ring with me a disservice if I was in there before I was able to do what I do at my best quality. What’s the big takeaway from all of this? To go from that to people acting like the only thing I’ve ever done is get hurt is a bit insulting. To be pigeonholed as this guy who the best thing he ever did is get hurt… when all you can do is sit at home and listen and watch, man it will wear you out. It’s definitely not something I’m happy with. It’s not something to let stick around. You can put it to print and mark my words that when I come back, the TK O’Ryan is going to be a man on a mission with something pretty serious to prove. Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.

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  • Three reasons why a bike share will work in SeattleThree reasons why a bike share will work in Seattle

    Yes, there are hills. Yes, it rains here a lot. And yes, Seattle’s own bike-share program Pronto went flat. But a bike share will still work in Seattle despite the usual arguments. “Seattle is the third largest market in the country that doesn’t have a bike sharing program of any sort,” said Gabriel Scheer, director of strategic partnerships for Limebike, one of 10 bike share companies currently gearing up to operate in Seattle. “After Pronto failed, this became one of the three hottest cities in terms of the size of the program where you could launch and not be competing against dock-based systems.” RELATED: Why Spin bike share thinks it will succeed in Seattle Seattle is currently setting up pilot bike-share permits for the 10 companies to test their operations in town. It is unknown exactly when the pilots will go active, but it is speculated that the bikes will hit the street sometime this summer. The sharing industry is not new to Scheer. He worked at Zipcar, the car sharing company already popular in Seattle. Members find a car using their smartphone which unlocks the car. They go for a drive, park it, and leave it for the next driver. It’s a system that bike share companies want to use in Seattle. Bike share tech The term “smart bike” gets thrown around a lot when discussing the type of bike share coming to Seattle. With Pronto, you had to ride a bike from dock-to-dock. LimeBike and the other companies are ditching the docks, however. The bikes will be parked in the furniture or landscaping zones of sidewalks. The rear wheel is locked until a rider uses their smartphone to unlock it for a trip. It’s generally $1 to ride — much cheaper than Pronto. This system will accomplish two things: it will make the bikes easier to ride for individual needs, and it will allow the bike shares to expand their reach. I never rode on a Pronto bike. There were never any available for me to ride in my North Seattle neighborhood. Yet, there were plenty available for folks looking for a thrill ride down Capitol Hill. “Pronto had around 500 bikes in downtown, Capitol Hill, U-District, and a little in Eastlake, but otherwise they weren’t there,” Scheer said. “If I wanted to grab a bike and take it to somewhere … there weren’t enough to count on having a bike and a station at the end of my trip.” “Pronto, you can point to a lot of different things (that killed it), one of them was a lack of network,” he said. “… If I can’t rely on this option to be there, I am more likely to choose the one that is there, which is my car.” So hopefully, a successful bike share in Seattle will be as accessible to someone in Rainer Valley or Roosevelt as Pronto was on Capitol Hill. The Spin bike share has promoted it aims to equally cover Seattle. Expanding transit A common mistake that the anti-bike share crowd often makes is looking at the city through their windshield. Not everyone has their transportation needs. But in the end, a bike share — or a bus, a light rail line, etc. — won’t replace a car. “I don’t think the car goes away for most people because we have bike sharing,” Scheer said. “That’s not what I’m suggesting. What I am suggesting is you need lots of options and you need them to be omnipresent to really count on those as an alternative.” There is a proven track record of commuters seeking alternatives to sluggish traffic. Downtown Seattle added 45,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2016, yet only 2,255 cars were added during that same time. Buses, light rail, bikes and walking absorbed of the rest. King County Metro announced a record year of ridership in February totaling around 150 million rides. In fact, with a 5 percent bump between 2015-16, the Seattle region led the nation in transit ridership growth. Sound Transit’s ridership has also increased. Last March showed a 54.4 percent increase in weekday light rail trips, compared to March 2016. Transit agencies also report that neighborhoods just a short distance from light rail stations are experiencing a jump in bus rides to the stations. That’s where bikes come into play. They bridge the gap between home and the bus stop, cafe or other. Desire to ride One of the more common arguments against biking in Seattle is that only a small percentage of commuters are cyclists. Depending on who you ask, statistics range from 3 percent of 250,000 downtown workers, to 3.4 percent of all 350,000 Seattle workers. It could be said that is a small percentage. But if you break that down, it means that between 7,500-11,900 commuters use a bike in Seattle. That’s a lot of people putting two wheels on the road despite hills and rain. That’s about the entire population many of Washington’s small towns –like Kelso, Ferndale or Port Orchard — moving through Seattle. Imagine everyone in Woodinville hopping in a car and swarming Seattle’s streets. Then try and say that it’s a small percentage of commuters. The Cascade Bicycle Club alone has more than 17,000 members from throughout the region. They won’t likely be using the bike share systems, however. They have their own bikes. But that does indicate plenty of support. The number of companies speeding into town is another testament to the desire for a Seattle bike share. Many of these businesses are startups, leveraging millions of dollars. It indicates a confidence in the business model and the market. At the very least, it shows that there is an incentive to make it successful.

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  • Seattle’s Recovery High School offers hope to addicted teensSeattle’s Recovery High School offers hope to addicted teens

    The students of what’s likely Seattle’s smallest graduating high school class will receive their diplomas Thursday afternoon. But for the eight students donning the cap and gown at Seattle’s Recovery High School, it’s an achievement that seemed unlikely or impossible just a short time ago after struggles with drug and alcohol addiction threatened to derail their young lives. It’s hard to know exactly how widespread the problem is, because most teens won’t disclose their use until it causes problems, and many parents have no idea what their kids are actually up to when they leave the house, says Seth Welch, a certified chemical dependency counselor and coach at the Recovery High School. “The amount of young people and teens that are at least getting high and getting at least a little drunk on weekends is pretty substantial, and then you’ve got a whole another group that we’re trying to affect change with that are using much more frequently, if not daily,” Welch said. Peer pressure and the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol have always played a part in teen addiction issues. But Welch says it’s far more prevalent, with even heroin easily accessible in local schools on a regular basis. While traditional high schools have offered some kind of counseling that can get kids to inpatient treatment, Welch says failure happens far too often for those kids when they return to their old setting, where drugs, alcohol, friends that use and peer pressure make long term sobriety difficult if not virtually impossible. The Recovery High School is one of several dozen specialized programs around the country that combine academics and chemical dependency counseling and life skills training. Just two-and-a-half years old, what started with just one student has grown to several dozen. “This alternative environment provides something that’s extremely unique and it actually, from what the kids say and what we can see, it makes recovery accessible, realistic, attractive and actually cool,” Welch said. The school offers both in-person and online classes, allowing students to work at their own pace, catch up, and actually move forward. A number have come from the depths of addiction, living on the streets, shooting dope under a bridge, committing crimes to support their habits. All before they’re even old enough to drive. “What I didn’t know as a kid was that I could have a great group of friends, have the fun that I wanted and be on good terms with my parents and be doing good in school. It was always one or the other,” Welch said. Welch says they’re seeing tremendous success, with at least six of the kids graduating this week accumulating over a year of sobriety while earning their diplomas. And he says the school is even beginning to attract a few younger students who simply don’t want to be in an environment where you can buy anything from pot to heroin before homeroom, and you can be ostracized simply for saying now. His hope is to spread the word about the little-known program, offering the possibility of recovery and a better life for young people and their families alike. We could easily serve upwards of 40 to 50 kids, which still seems fairly small. But as soon as we hit that, then we’ll open another one. They should and they will be popping up all over the place. We should lead the way in this movement, especially when it regards the lives of our young people.” You can learn more about the Recovery High School online or by contacting Welch directly at 206-947-1532.

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  • Police searching for people who fired gunshots at military plane in RentonPolice searching for people who fired gunshots at military plane in Renton

    KIRO 7 obtained surveillance video the Renton Police Department pulled from a local business showing two people on foot on the west side of a street, who ran behind a big tree and then fired a number of shots June 17. One of those bullets pierced a military plane at the Boeing plant just blocks away. “The plane that was struck, I understand, is probably 150-200 yards away from the spot where the people were. I don’t think they were targeting any planes in particular,” said Robert Onishi, a Renton Police detective. “I think it was just that [it] happened in the backdrop, where they ended up firing into.” Renton resident Serena Hale also heard those gunshots. “I heard probably 10 or 11 [gunshots]. I want to say [it was a total of] 11, but I was trying to count them,” Hale said Hale. “My bedroom is right back here so I kind of get a view of the dentist office [which is nearby where I live]. I saw one guy walking up the street right after the car had taken off.” KIRO 7 reached out to Boeing. The company said employees on the Renton flight line reported hearing shots fired in the vicinity of the Renton airport around 2 a.m. Saturday and around 3 a.m. Wednesday. They said none of their employees were hurt. “We haven’t had any reports of any gunshot injuries,” Onishi said. But that surveillance video is what detectives have to work with to zero in on who may have fired the shots. Boeing said it’s working with the Renton Police Department and is taking precautions to ensure the safety of Boeing employees and security of their facilities. “It’s not comfortable for me to live in an area where there’s gunshots so often,” Hale said.

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  • New rainbow flag irks LGBTQ communityNew rainbow flag irks LGBTQ community

    Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia unveiled an updated Pride flag for this year’s celebration. In addition to the usual six colors, this one had two new stripes across the top: one black, one brown. The gesture was meant to acknowledge people of color in the LGBT community in Philly after several racist incidents in the city’s gay district. Last year, a video was posted online showing the owner of a bar in Philly’s Gayborhood using racist slurs, and there have been so many complaints of discrimination that the city recently ordered the owners and staff of over a dozen gay bars and nonprofits to undergo anti-racism training. The flag, the city hoped, would help make people of color feel more welcome in a community that historically hasn’t represented them. They called the project More Color, More Pride. “In 1978, artist Gilbert Baker designed the original rainbow flag…” the organizers wrote. “So much has happened since then. A lot of good, but there’s more we can do. … To fuel this important conversation, we’ve expanded the colors of the flag to include black and brown. It may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community.” They had high hopes for the campaign. “This is going to take the nation by storm,” Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s director of LGBT Affairs, told the Philadelphia Gay News. “I believe that very deeply. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate not just Pride but also the community members whose voices and experiences that so often get overlooked. To me, this is a chance to stop saying ‘We’re inclusive’ and to actually begin showing it.” The flag did take the nation by storm, but not how Hikes likely imagined it. The response among many in the white LGBT community has been outrage, and the battle is playing out online. “What the f— is the point of having a flag dedicated to being proud of your sexuality if it’s also about being proud to be black?” wrote one Facebook commenter. “This is a rainbow, for god’s sakes, which transcends race segregation,” wrote another. “I don’t think there are any purple, green, or blue people feeling more represented. Give it a rest.” “Thanks to this, a division has already begun and an argument created over something that had nothing to do with skin colour,” wrote another. “It was about sexuality, love, peace and acceptance. If we’re going to add skin colours, then while we’re at it, I don’t see my skin colour represented there at all.” The fight has highlighted an ugly and frequently ignored truth about the queer community, says Madison Mooney, a queer black activist in Seattle who began organizing a meet-up for women of color after the police shooting of Charleena Lyles.  “I experience racism in this community daily,” Mooney says. “Gayness doesn’t absolve people from anti-blackness or racism. I think the common belief is that because a white person is gay they couldn’t possibly be racist, but the truth is that the LGBT community is notoriously racist. And it’s a huge issue.” This is echoed by Ray Corona, a queer immigrant who has served on the City of Seattle’s LGBT Commission. Corona says queer people of color frequently encounter racism, and this is especially apparent on dating apps, where you often see racial preferences listed up front, like “no Asians” or “no blacks.” (The Guardian reported last year that “an astonishing 80% of black men, 79% of Asian men and 75% of South Asian men have experienced racism on the gay scene.”) Corona says that face-to-face racism in Seattle is subtle but pervasive. “There’s a passive aggressiveness to the racism here,” he says. “You’ll hear people say things all the time like, ‘Oh, you’re cute for being black or being brown.’” In addition to racism within the queer populace, Pride events around the country are frequently criticized for whitewashing. The first Pride in 1970 marked the one-year anniversary of The Stonewall riots, which were instigated by queer people of color. Today, however, that history is often erased, and many Pride organizations — and gay rights groups in general — are run exclusively by white people. And that’s a problem, because “when leadership is homogenous, you start talking to an echo chamber and you end up making decisions that aren’t inclusive of the whole community,” says Monisha Harrell, Chair of Equal Rights Washington. Harrell is a fan of the Philadelphia Pride flag, which, she points out, is just one among many Pride flags. “There is a Bisexual Pride flag and a Trans Pride flag and one for furries and bears,” she says. “What’s wrong with one that reflects unity?” The first Seattle Pride took place over one week in June 1974. It included a memorial service commemorating the victims of an arson attack on a New Orleans gay bar the year before that had killed 32 people. Seattle Pride was small in its early years, but today, it is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the country. Last year, an estimated 400,000 attended. Like many cities in America, Seattle Pride has historically suffered from a lack of diversity among leadership. But in the past two years, the organization has made an effort to change that. Now, the board “is extremely diverse with regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability,” says David Hale, vice president of the board. “We are quite proud.” The theme of this year’s Pride is Indivisible and the organization has increasingly reached out to communities of color, Hale says. Much of this is due to Board President Kevin Tooney, himself a queer man of color whom Hale says has championed prioritizing people of color. “We don’t see the Philly Pride flag as controversial,” Hale says. “The flag has changed many times for many reasons. It was changed when Harvey Milk was assassinated. Another stripe was removed just to make it symmetrical. Adding stripes to honor something that our community is really trying to grapple with is laudable. It’s starting conversations, which is what Pride exists to do.” Seattle Pride will open that conversation further on Thursday, with Real Talk, a forum on race and inequality in the LGBTQ community at the Frye Art Museum. “Our role in this conversation should be largely dictated by queer people of color,” Hale says. “I’m a white cisgender male in the queer community and for me, the most important thing is to shut up and listen.”

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  • Charleena Lyles’ death sparks soul-searching, anger and tearsCharleena Lyles’ death sparks soul-searching, anger and tears

    Days after the fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles, the city continues to process its grief and outrage. A meeting in a downtown skyscraper is anything but unremarkable as a police official breaks down in emotion. A community vigil at Magnuson Park morphs into a miles-long march to the Montlake Bridge. At a meeting Wednesday morning, the Community Police Commission set aside its usual discussion of police reform to listen to people of color who were invited to talk. “It’s nice to be a person,” said Brianna Thomas, one of the people who took up the commission’s request for thoughts about the police in the wake of Sunday’s shooting of Lyles, 30, in an apartment where three of her children were present. Thomas, a legislative aide to Seattle Councilmember Lorena González and not a regular member of the commission, sat at a table of mostly African American men and women who were all invited to join the commission in the wake of Lyles’ death. Community members and advocacy workers, like Tara Moss of Real Change and others who asked that their names not be published, gathered in a Seattle Municipal Tower conference room, 16 floors up. And there were people who work with or for local government: Thomas; Ian Warner, legal counsel to Mayor Ed Murray; Ron Ward, a member of the team that monitors the Seattle Police Department’s reform progress under a federal consent decree; and Kevin Stuckey, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, the department’s rank-and-file union. The conversation moved in outward circles. The African-American women were invited to speak first. “This whole society is based on the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with us,” said Rev. Harriett Walden, a CPC member and founder of Mothers for Police Accountability. “God was flawed when he created the negro. … Our best is not good enough. Our best is never good enough.” “I have officer friends and I wouldn’t call the police for shit,” said Minty LongEarth, a commission member who moderated the discussion. She added, “I know people who won’t go near pit bulls. You can say most pit bulls are nice until one bites your face off. That’s how I feel about police officers right now.” Police Officer Kevin Stuckey Credit: Still image from KCTS 9 video “Beyond Ferguson: Finding Common Ground” When there was silence among the women at the table, LongEarth asked if the women were willing to yield the floor to the African-American men in the room. They were. Warner, who is black, spoke of grappling this week with “the emotion knowing that there are three young black kids and that there’s a community up there dealing with that situation.” He said he would take some time alone this weekend. But for now, he has work to do. Stuckey, an African-American man and leader of the activist-maligned union, said, “I don’t think we have time to really tell you what’s going on in my mind.” Since Lyles’ death, though, many police officials have privately said that this is the worst and saddest situation they can ever remember. Stuckey, whose job is to advocate for police officers, choked up as he spoke, pausing to gather himself. “I’m not gonna suck up air in this room other than to say, ‘I see you, I hear you.’ … Every step of the way, I hear my community, I see my community.” On the night before, armed with flowers and heavy with heartache, hundreds of Lyles family supporters gathered in front of her Magnuson Park apartment to express outrage over police brutality. “You guys are making the children fearful of their protectors,” said Monika Williams, Lyles’ sister, referring to police, as the crowd interspersedly chanted, “Say her name.” City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant accused the city of criminalizing black, brown and poor people and called for a full investigation. Just as in last year’s fatal police shooting of African-American Che Taylor, Sawant demanded that a hearing be held in which the public is given the opportunity to question officials, including Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. City Councilwoman Lisa Herbold confirmed she and Sawant are in the very early stages of planning such a meeting. As a first step, they have reached out to the Community Police Commission. Sawant also said that Seattle is in need of an elected civilian review board with real power over the police, such as the ability to subpoena officers and decide on policies and procedures. As the rain began to fall and the sun began to set Tuesday, the crowd filed out of the complex to set out on a three-mile, peaceful march to Husky Stadium. They waved signs with images of Lyles and Black Lives Matter slogans. Some supporters stayed behind to light candles at the makeshift memorial established for Lyles in front of her apartment building. Residents of the low-income housing project shared food as children played in a small playground. One supporter worked on a painting of Lyles and her family. Another proudly displayed the white sweatshirt she had made for the occasion: On the front of the hooded garment, bold black letters spelled “Charleena Lyles.” Williams lingered by her sister’s memorial. She sometimes broke down crying. In other moments, she cooed at one of Lyles’ young daughters, a baby with Down syndrome. “She said she was going to be famous,” Williams said, referring to Lyles. “I never thought it was going to be like this.”

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  • State shutdown could wreck your 4th — and a lot moreState shutdown could wreck your 4th — and a lot more

    People going to state parks for the Fourth of July weekend are in line to take the first hit. If the Washington Legislature cannot pass a 2017-2019 by June 30 — a Friday — then the state’s 125 parks will start closing that same day and be totally shut down on July 1. “We’re still hopeful that a deal will happen, but we have to plan for the worst,” said parks commission spokesperson Virginia Painter. The closure on a peak recreational weekend would be just the start of the gut punches for the public from even a partial shutdown. Officials are also preparing to cut off meal services for 50,000 of the state’s older residents, child-care assistance for 52,000 children of working low-income families, and payments for health services for nearly 2 million people covered by Medicaid. And that’s just the surface of the cuts in services and support. On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed paperwork Wednesday to start the Legislature’s third overtime — its final chance to avoid a shutdown by passing a state budget. “The clock is running,” Inslee said. “There are nine days left.” Inslee has said he won’t approve any extension of the 2015-2017 budget as a stopgap measure so budget negations can go beyond June 30, the constitutional deadline for a new budget. He has suggested that once an extension is granted, lawmakers would have virtually endless room for avoiding hard decisions. There have been faint Republican rumblings about asking for such an extension, but Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said his caucus has no plans for doing so. In biennial budget talks in 2013 and 2015, agreements were reached both times on June 27, giving the Legislature barely enough time to jump through the bureaucratic and legal hoops to get those budgets signed by the governor no later than June 30. Inslee, Schoesler and House Democratic negotiator Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, voiced optimism all the budget disputes would be resolved next week — or at least theoretically should be. “I think it’ll all pull together,” Lytton said. The big differences include how much money to put into education, what if any new taxes or tax increases are needed, and whether to make tax increases dependent on voter approval in November. No one is saying what concessions the two parties may have made so far in budget negotiations. While the Inslee administration prepares for the partial shutdowns, the fates of several major policy bills appear tied to the budget talks. A bill to create carve out a separate Department of Children, Youth & Families from the Department of Social & Health Services easily passed the House with bipartisan support, but has stalled in the Senate. “We don’t want it to be trade bait,” Inslee said earlier this week. A bill to stop internet service providers from selling customers’ personal information without their consent also overwhelmingly passed the House and is supported by the majority of the Senate. But Senate GOP leaders have so far stopped that bill from going to a floor vote. On the other side, the Democratic-controlled House has stalled a Senate bills to deal with a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on digging new wells. While this issue is below the radar in urban Seattle, it is a hot topic across the rest of the state because it has largely brought rural home construction to a halt. The so-called Hirst ruling says that a landowner must prove a new well won’t threaten nearby stream levels needed for fish. This has sparked intense negotiations between development and environmentalist interests. This bill is on the GOP’s “must pass” list. In addition, both sides are still negotiating a compromise between Republican and Democratic bills on paid family leave, required by a 2016 public ballot. While these talks have been more collegial than others, time is running out on reaching a resolution. With the budget deadline looming, some 32,000 out of 62,000 state agency employees face temporary layoffs is the budget impasse is not resolved by the end of this month. Those figures do not include higher education, courts and some legislative employees. Cutbacks at some departments would have limited direct effects either because some of their activities have to be preserved to protect public safety or because they provide fewer day-to-day services to the public at large. Still, the Department of Health, for instance, would have to shut most of its labs and the State Patrol would provide no assistance on criminal background checks. And the state Lottery would shut down. Still, the overall cutbacks would have a wide sweep. “It is a long, long list, and it touches virtually everyone in the state of Washington,” Inslee said. Some of the service stoppages planned at just a fewest of the biggest state departments give an illustration. The Department of Social & Health Services: In addition to halting its meal services for many older residents, the department would have to cut off state-funded food assistance to at least 10,000 legal immigrants. About 25,000 incapacitated adults would not receive basic cash or referrals to housing and other services. Some 12,000 people with disabilities would lose vocational rehabilitation services Health Care Authority: No payments would be made to roughly 1.9 million Medicaid clients and about 370,000 people under state employees benefits programs. People applying for health insurance under the Healthplanfinder program won’t have their applications reviewed. If the shutdown lasts longer than a week to 10 days, the Authority would have to review the situation to make sure federal Medicaid laws are not violated. Department of Early Learning: While low-income, working families would lose child care payment assistance, roughly 13,000 licensed child care providers (and their staff) will lose the income from the child care subsidy program. Approximately 5,600 licensed child care programs will not be monitored for health and safety compliance. Community and technical colleges: Washington has 34 of these schools with roughly 16,000 staff members and about 381,000 students. Each school has different amounts of money in reserve and different obligations, so they would likely stay open for limited, varying times before closing and laying off employees on a case-by-case basis. Summer-quarter classes are not generally expected to be interrupted. As for the parks, it’s one one of the busiest times of the year. The system estimate that 1.4 million people — 1 of  every 5 Washingtonians — would normally visit by one of the parks in the first week of July. And then there are people with their whole weekends planned around a park visit: Officials have already notified people that roughly 11,000 camping reservations could be cancelled at the last minute.

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

    (Im)pulse June 12 marked the one year anniversary of the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, and this show is Donald Byrd’s reaction. While it premiered June 15, I wasn’t able to attend so I’ll be there Thursday night. From what I’ve read, as always, Byrd isn’t subtle. The show is true to his other works: in-your-face and meant to make you uncomfortable. It’s not for the faint of heart, and as Seattle Weekly put it, illustrates the dangers of being queer in America. Seattle’s Pride weekend is full of fun events, but I urge you to confront the uncomfortable realities that still exist for many in the LGBTQ community and attend this show. If you go: (IM)PULSE, Seattle Repertory Theatre, through July 2 ($21-42)—C.R. Dine with Pride There are a lot of ways to celebrate Pride 2017: singing showtunes at the Unicorn, attending Trans Pride on Friday, and seeing Drag Race’s Katya, to name just a few. Add to the list eating out (which you wanted an excuse to do anyway) in Seattle’s first ever Dine with Pride. All month long, local restaurants, including Capitol Cider, Mama’s Kitchen, Carlile Room, and Paseo, add an extra offering to their menu for Pride, and will make a donation to Seattle Pride Parade. All ten PCC locations are even participating with 25 percent off their Rainbow Salad — crunchy, refreshing, colorful and “made with pride every day.” If you go: Dine with Pride, all over Seattle, through June 30 ($15-35)—N.C. Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets 2017! Three nights of battle, the literary kind, as seven playwrights face off seven poets in creating stage projects prompted by seven visual artists. The audience is then in charge of voting for the project they think did it best. The winning team scores a bottle of Two Buck Chuck; the losing team, appropriately enough, gets warm Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. If you go: Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets 2017! Erickson Theater, June 22-24 ($20)—F.D. Chef Dinner Series Vol. XXXII: Rich Coffey + Propolis Brewing Wine is to Sommelier as the QFC Cheese Counter is to Francine the Cheese Master as Beer is to . . . Cicerone! In case you haven’t heard, Washington now has a beer server certification and Chef Rich Coffey — the first Washingtonian to become a certified cicerone. For years, Coffey has brought his love of beer and his take on Northwest cuisine to Madison Park Café, Restaurant Bea and Campagne. For a very special event this Friday, he’ll be creating a menu to pair with the wild-crafted beer of Propolis Brewing. I don’t want to spoil the whole menu for you, but here are some teasers: morel mushrooms, Copper River sockeye, quail eggs pickled in beets and lavender, all designed to pair with Propolis’ wildly inventive beer. If you go: Chef Dinner Series Vol. XXXII, Smith Mercantile, 6 p.m. June 26 ($80)—N.C. A Guide to Visitors: Flight Seattle’s longest running storytelling event, A Guide to Visitors (AGTV) presents a night all about flight! In collaboration with MOHAI, whose exhibit “Boeing Flight Path” will be exploring Boeing’s impact on Seattle (through July 16th), AGTV invites community members to share their stories on flight, in a curated evening that is both intimate and surprising. Expect a few Boeing employees mixed in with many others whose life has been changed by flight, and they have a good story to prove it. If you go: A Guide to Visitors: Flight, MOHAI, 7 p.m. June 23 ($15)—N.C.

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  • ‘The Big Sick’ weaves together identity, love, and comedy‘The Big Sick’ weaves together identity, love, and comedy

    Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon in The Big Sick. With a stacked cast featuring Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter and Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick is far more than the mere rom-com any log line or lazy media headline may suggest. Co-written by Nanjiani, who plays a slightly-fictionalized version of himself, and wife Emily V. Gordon, the film explores the early stages of their relationship; you know, Pakistani thirty-something and struggling comic meets cute, whip-smart Caucasian girl after a show, they fall for each other, but the pressure from his traditional, over-bearing parents creates insurmountable tension. They break up. She’s hospitalized for what starts out as the flu but leads to a medically-induced coma that the ex and her parents must cope with together in scenes that are alternately awkward, endearing, devastating, hilarious, and sometimes all four. “It’s a rom-coma,” Gordon joked at a screening at Austin’s South By Southwest. The Big Sick debuted at Sundance in early 2017 to widespread acclaim, leading to a record-breaking $12 million distribution deal with Amazon, and has been riding high on the festival circuit ever since. The plaudits are well-deserved, but for Nanjiani, who has only achieved mainstream success of late thanks to HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Gordon, who was a couples and family therapist before switching to writing and producing, bringing their story to the big screen has been years in the making. “I knew that it was a story that had not been told before, and that it was a story that only we could tell,” Nanjiani says. “As specific as the story is, you could not make [it] up,” adds Gordon. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon in The Big Sick. The decision to tell their story to audiences may have been easy, but writing and developing it was anything but. “[Judd Apatow] really, really pushed us to keep writing and finding the truth and the really messy emotional stuff of it,” Nanjiani recalls. “It was really scary, but the fact that Judd had the confidence in us that we could do it gave us the confidence in ourselves.” “We would meet with [Judd] every few months for years and he would give us notes—some of them were very harsh—and then we would go back and redo it and come back another few months later,” Gordon says. The result is a masterful screenplay that is as sharp and witty as the real-life couple, yet also captures moments with stark poignance and clarity that in less capable hands might have been sappy or cheesy. Take, for example, a scene in which Kumail listens to old voice messages from Emily (Kazan) while she lays comatose in the hospital and the doctors have no idea what is wrong with her. Or later, after Emily wakes up, when she rebuffs Kumail’s attempt to articulate everything he went through emotionally while she was unconscious. “There’s not one single scene of anyone trying to unplug Emily from the wall,”  Gordon proudly declares when the conversation moves toward achieving a balance in tone and avoiding cliche. “I was more concerned with making sure we kept coming back to the serious stuff, because I knew that everybody involved could do comedy. The harder stuff—not that comedy’s easy—but the harder stuff, emotionally, was digging into some of the uglier, grittier stuff that happens in the movie. So I had no doubt it would be funny; I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just funny.” If the script has a weak point, it’s probably the phone call Kumail receives from an unknown number (Emily’s friend informing him that she’s in the hospital), which fellow comic and friend Hannibal Buress hilariously pointed out during the post-gala screening Q&A in Austin. “We needed a bridge to the second act,” Nanjiani exclaimed to laughter from the audience. As integral as Kumail’s relationship with Emily and with her parents (smartly played by Romano and Hunter) are to the story, the film is also a personal journey for his character as he transitions from pretending to be the good, Muslim son that his parents want him to be (e.g. watching YouTube videos while he’s supposed to be praying) to figuring out his true self and aspirations, and ultimately telling them even though he risks alienation and disapproval. It’s a feeling and a process that many children, especially those of immigrants parents, can relate to. “For a long time [my parents] wouldn’t talk about my work or my career at all, and now they do—they’re vocally proud of it,” says Nanjiani, who earned a degree in computer science prior to pursuing comedy. “Part of what this movie is about is when you grow up you have to learn another relationship with parents as peers, so that they’re not your parents anymore in a way—you have to learn how to have a relationship with them as an adult.” The character Kumail’s family enjoys quite a bit of screen time, and not merely just to emphasize how much he tries to keep his worlds separate. “Half of my family is now Muslim, so I’ve gotten to see, over the years, Muslims in a way that I think that most white people don’t get to see [them],” Gordon says. “I thought it was really important for other white people to see that in a movie: to see people speaking Urdu in a [context] that isn’t planning a terrorist attack or just an episode of Homeland.” Sadly and inevitably, The Big Sick wouldn’t be a faithful representation without including instances of racial slurs being hurled at Kumail, although he insists that, “We didn’t make this movie for the context that it’s coming out in.” A particularly memorable scene occurs when Emily’s parents decide to watch one of Kumail’s sets, which gets interrupted by a drunken bro shouting something profane and racially charged. And while it’s obvious that Kumail would much rather keep going and pretend nothing has happened, Emily’s mother refuses to let it go. The scene escalates; hilarity ensues. “It was happening so much … that I started writing lines to say when it would happen,” Nanjiani says. “I would say it’s probably happened to me maybe seven times, but also I’ve been doing [comedy] for 15 years … so one [incident] every other year is not so bad.” All jokes aside, The Big Sick weaves together a narrative of identity, family, love, and compassion without ever being heavy-handed or hackneyed; a real treat in the midst of blockbuster season. ‘The Big Sick’ opens June 23 in New York and Los Angeles. Select cities June 30. Wide release July 14.  For more arts, click here

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  •  Mariners activate Jean Segura from DL Mariners activate Jean Segura from DL

    SEATTLE -- The Mariners wasted no time getting shortstop Jean Segura back atop their lineup as the 27-year-old shortstop was activated off the 10-day disabled list in time to face the Tigers in Wednes

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  • Dyson Sparks Mariners To A 7-5 Comeback Win Over TigersDyson Sparks Mariners To A 7-5 Comeback Win Over Tigers

    SEATTLE (AP) — After five innings of offensive futility, Jarrod Dyson was just looking to get on base. He did, and turned the game around. Dyson’s bunt single broke up Justin Verlander’s bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning Wednesday night and sparked the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers. Nelson Cruz had three RBIs and Mitch Haniger homered as Seattle overcame a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to hand the Tigers their fifth consecutive defeat. Verlander retired his first 16 batters but didn’t make it through the sixth. With one out, the speedy Dyson gave the Mariners their first baserunner, beating out a drag bunt between the mound and first that Verlander was unable to reach. “I was just trying to get something going,” said Dyson, whose earlier throwing error helped Detroit build a 4-0 lead. “The guy was having a perfect game on us. I’m not just going to keep going up there hacking at him. I know how our matchups have been in the past. He always wins the battle, so I had to just try to play my game and I was able to get down a good bunt.” Mike Zunino walked and Jean Segura, just activated from the disabled list, followed with a broken-bat single to load the bases. Ben Gamel lined a single to make it 4-1. Robinson Cano struck out looking, but Cruz followed with a two-run double to left field, chasing Verlander after 110 pitches. He struck out 11 and walked one. Verlander had no problem with Dyson bunting to break up a no-hit bid. “It was a perfect bunt,” Verlander said. “That’s part of his game. I don’t think it was quite too late, given the situation, to bunt, especially being as how that’s a major part of what he does. I really didn’t have any issues with it. It wasn’t like I got upset about it.” Haniger tied the score with his sixth homer, driving an 0-1 pitch from Shane Greene (1-1) over the wall in left to open the seventh. Segura and Gamel reached on consecutive two-out singles and Cano followed with a two-run double to right-center to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead. Cruz’s single to center scored Cano. “Sixth and seventh inning, they just hit us,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “They got hits, they scored runs, scored seven runs in those two innings and that was the ballgame.” Tony Zych (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Nick Vincent worked the eighth and Edwin Diaz finished for his 12th save, despite allowing a two-out homer to Ian Kinsler, his seventh. Verlander, who has pitched two no-hitters, was charged with three runs and four hits. Detroit scored twice in the sixth to open a 4-0 lead against starter James Paxton. Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez opened with consecutive singles and both runners advanced on a throwing error by Dyson in center. Justin Upton followed with a two-run single. James McCann led off the third with his eighth home run to put the Tigers in front. They made it 2-0 in the fourth when Martinez doubled and Upton followed with an RBI single. “The way he was throwing out there, I just thought if we could get him in the stretch, get him off his comfort zone, and we did,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said about Verlander. “Dyson made a great bunt and kind of took it from there. I can’t say enough, when you’re facing that quality of a pitcher who’s on top of his game, you just have to hang in there, hang in there, keep grinding, keep grinding. Once we got him in the stretch, we got some pitches we could hit. We didn’t kill the ball by any means against him, but we got enough to get it going and get into their bullpen.” STAYING HOT Gamel extended his hitting streak to 13 games. During that span, he’s hitting .463 with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 21 runs, raising his batting average to .354. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (right shoulder inflammation), who allowed four runs in two innings Monday in his second rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma, is expected to throw a bullpen before making another rehab start. “I don’t expect to take a normal turn, which probably would have been Saturday,” Servais said. “He’ll probably take a day or two extra before he goes back out.” MARINERS MOVES Segura (high right ankle sprain) was activated from the DL and batted leadoff. INF Tyler Smith was optioned to Triple-A. … RHP Andrew Moore was called up from Tacoma. RHP Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A, and RHP Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment. … Seattle signed RHP Sam Carlson, its second-round draft pick and the 55th overall selection, out of Burnsville High School in Minnesota. UP NEXT Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (4-4, 4.42 ERA) has won his last two starts, allowing five runs over 11 innings. He is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in four career appearances against the Mariners. Mariners: Moore makes his major league debut. One of the team’s top pitching prospects, Moore began the season at Double-A Arkansas. He quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A, and was 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 44 strikeouts in eight starts at Tacoma.

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  • FOLLOWUP: South Park trouble spot 'abated,' againFOLLOWUP: South Park trouble spot 'abated,' again

    Six months ago, we covered a walking tour in South Park led by neighbor Jeff Hayes , showing ongoing trouble spots to a city delegation including Councilmember Lisa Herbold and representatives of various departments. It was illustrative not just for people in or interested in South Park, but anywhere in the city, West Seattle included, where there are trouble spots for which neighbors are trying to get city help.

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    Sandra Aguila Salinas teaches in SeaTac in the Highline School District. Back in the 1980s, a Quaker church in the University District offered her sanctuary as a refugee.

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  • 3 candidates pull ahead in race for Seattle mayor3 candidates pull ahead in race for Seattle mayor

    Results of two polls indicate a few strong front runners for Seattle mayor amid the crowded primary race. Just how strong those front runners are, depends on who you ask. Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan are leading the primary pack, according to a poll by KING 5. Another poll conducted by the Washington State Wire adds State Senator Bob Hasegawa into the mix. RELATED: Meet Seattle’s 21 mayoral candidates In KING 5’s poll, McGinn came out on top with 19 percent approval; Durkan received 14 percent. Thirty-eight percent of those polled were undecided. The Washington State Wire had similar results, but by far wider margins. Durkan leads this poll with a total of 30.1 percent of voters naming her as their first choice. Hasegawa came in second with 8.8 percent, and McGinn received 6.3 percent. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray may re-enter the race Meanwhile, current Seattle Mayor Ed Murry is lingering on the sidelines, considering entering the race as a write-in candidate. If Murray does come back he could take the lead, according to the Washington State Wire. Murray bowed out of the race in May while he faced a sex abuse lawsuit. That lawsuit has since been dropped. On Wednesday, Murray said that he is considering “a whole lot of factors” and is discussing the matter with his husband. Part of that consideration — another poll. “I’m going to do a poll and I’m going to make a decision next week,” Murray said. The Washington State Wire’s poll took into account the possibility of Murray’s return. Its numbers suggest that if he runs as a write-in candidate for the primary, about 39 percent of Durkan’s support moves to him or becomes “unsure.” If Murray does come back, the poll’s results would switch to 21.5 percent for Murray and 18.1 percent for Durkan. KING 5 poll: • Mike McGinn 19 percent • Jenny Durkan 14 percent • Nikkita Oliver 9 percent • Bob Hasegawa 8 percent • Jessyn Farrell 6 percent • Other 4 percent • Undecided 38 percent Washington State Wire poll (without Murray): • Jenny Durkan 30.1 percent • Bob Hasegawa 8.8 percent • Mike McGinn 6.3 percent • Cary Moon 4 percent • Undecided 28.4 percent

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  • Killing By Seattle Police Raises Questions On Use Of ForceKilling By Seattle Police Raises Questions On Use Of Force

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had less-lethal options and had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness and other behavior crises. Still, within minutes of arriving Sunday to take a burglary report, the officers drew their guns and shot 30-year-old Charleena Lyles with three of her four children inside her apartment. Authorities say Lyles confronted the officers with two kitchen knives — less than two weeks after she had threatened officers with long metal shears when they responded to a domestic disturbance at her home. The killing raised new questions about use of force by Seattle police as the department remains under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use it All Seattle officers now receive training on how to better handle people with mental illness or have been abusing drugs. One of the officers who shot Lyles had been certified as a crisis intervention specialist. Officials say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law enforcement and had been having mental health issues. Family members have suggested the race of Lyles, who was black, may have played a part in the shooting and want to know why police didn’t use a non-lethal option. Police officials and Mayor Ed Murray say an investigation is being conducted. Police on Wednesday identified the two officers as 34-year-old Steven McNew and 32-year-old Jason Anderson. McNew was hired in 2008 and Anderson joined the department in 2015. Both are white. At a vigil Tuesday for Lyles outside her apartment building, family members called her a good person and demanded justice. Monika Williams, a sister of Lyles, described her as a woman who loved her kids and liked to sing and dance. “My sister was so loving and caring,” Williams said. “If you met her you would be drawn in. She was always smiling.” Throughout the vigil and subsequent march, the crowd repeatedly chanted “Say Her Name,” followed by “Charleena,” while people held signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” ”People with Mental Illness Matter,” and “Rest in Peace Lena.” Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal option to subdue suspects and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray. He said the officers who killed Lyles did not have a Taser and he was unsure which option they had at the time. Near the beginning of a roughly four-minute police audio recording of the incident and before they reached the apartment, the officers discussed an “officer safety caution” about the address involving the previous law enforcement interaction. The officers talked about the woman previously having large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making “weird statements” about her and her daughter turning into wolves. Seattle Municipal Court records show that Lyles was arrested June 5 and booked into King County Jail. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment and obstructing a police officer. She was released from jail on June 14 on the condition that she check-in twice a week with a case manager and possess no weapons “or items that can be used as weapons,” and take all prescribed medications, according to court records. The audio recording and transcripts released by police indicate that the officers had spent about two minutes calmly speaking with Lyles before the situation escalated. The transcript shows one officer yelling “get back!” repeatedly and Lyles saying “Get ready, (expletive).” An officer said “we need help” and reported “a woman with two knives.” He urged his partner to use a stun gun but that officer responded: “I don’t have a Taser.” Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force. Officers may be able to take their time to persuade a suspect who’s standing in the middle of an intersection with no one nearby to drop a knife, but that might be different in cramped quarters or with children nearby, she said. James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that “the officers knew she was vulnerable” when they went to her apartment. “When we call police for help, we expect protection, we expect safety,” Bible said. “It was their responsibility to protect her and they didn’t.” ___ AP writer Martha Bellisle contributed to this report.

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  • Seattle Officers In Fatal Shooting Had Crisis TrainingSeattle Officers In Fatal Shooting Had Crisis Training

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman who they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law enforcement and had been having mental health issues. Still, within minutes of arriving Sunday to take a burglary report, the officers drew their guns and shot 30-year-old Charleena Lyles with three of her four children inside her apartment. Authorities say Lyles confronted the officers with two kitchen knives — less than two weeks after she had threatened officers with long metal shears when they responded to a domestic disturbance at her home. Family members say they want to know what happened Sunday and why police didn’t use a non-lethal option when they knew Lyles had been struggling with her mental health. Family members spoke Tuesday at a vigil for Lyles outside her apartment building, calling Lyles as a good person and demanding justice. Monika Williams, who said she was Lyles’ older sister, described Charleena as a woman who loved her kids and who liked to sing and dance. “My sister was so loving and caring,” Williams said. “If you met her you would be drawn in. She was always smiling.” Throughout the vigil, the crowd repeatedly chanted “Say Her Name,” followed by “Charleena,” while people held signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” ”People with Mental Illness Matter,” and “Rest in Peace Lena.” Police and the mayor say the shooting will be investigated. The killing occurred as Seattle police are under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use force. All Seattle officers now receive training on how to better handle those with mental illness or abusing drugs. One of the officers who shot Lyles had been certified as a crisis intervention specialist. Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal option to subdue suspects and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray. He said the officers who killed Lyles did not have a Taser and he was unsure which option they had at the time. Near the beginning of a roughly four-minute police audio recording of the incident and before they reached the apartment, the officers discussed an “officer safety caution” about the address involving the previous law enforcement interaction. The officers talked about the woman previously having large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making “weird statements” about her and her daughter turning into wolves. Seattle Municipal Court records show that Lyles was arrested June 5 and booked into King County Jail. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment and obstructing a police officer. She was released from jail on June 14 on the condition that she check-in twice a week with a case manager and possess no weapons. The audio recording and transcripts released by police indicates that the officers had spent about two minutes calmly speaking with Lyles before the situation escalated. The transcript shows one officer yelling “get back!” repeatedly and Lyles saying “Get ready, (expletive).” An officer said “we need help” and reported “a woman with two knives.” He urged his partner to use a stun gun but that officer responded: “I don’t have a Taser.” Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force. Officers may be able to take their time to persuade a suspect who’s standing in the middle of an intersection with no one nearby to drop a knife, but that might be different in cramped quarters or with children nearby, she said. “If the officer has time, space and cover, they have more options than using deadly force, but that’s not necessarily going to be the case,” Rahr said. James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that “the officers knew she was vulnerable” when they went to her apartment. “When we call police for help, we expect protection, we expect safety,” Bible said. “It was their responsibility to protect her and they didn’t.” He said family members are heartbroken and dedicated to finding justice. Lyles’ cousin, Kenny Isabell, pastor of The Way of Holiness Church of God in Seattle, described Lyles as depressed but not violent. He said she “was going through some things in her life” but was working hard on improving it.

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  •  In what became the most expensive House campaign in U.S. history - Handel fends off Democratic challenge in Georgia In what became the most expensive House campaign in U.S. history - Handel fends off Democratic challenge in Georgia

    GEORGIA, U.S. - In what is being dubbed as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency - Republicans won a closely contested congressional election in Georgia as Karen Handel fended off a Democra

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  • After 36 years Bothell’s Country Village could closeAfter 36 years Bothell’s Country Village could close

    By: Alison Grande The future of Bothell’s Country Village is unknown as the current property owners entertain offers from potential buyers. Country Village opened in 1981 and now there are 45 shops and restaurants on the property, which is located right off Bothell Everett Highway. There are play areas for children, antique shops, restaurants — even a giant rooster. RELATED: Bothell getting big city makeover The family that owns Country Village sent letters to shop owners warning them of the potential sale. In the letter the owners, the Loveless family, told shop owners they could stay put until at least March 2018. Shop owners are trying to figure out whether to move to new locations, but told KIRO-7 they benefit from being in the same complex with other shops. “This is the last little bit of that country feel that is left here and it would be a shame to lose it,” said Patricia Tobar who works at Yarn of Eden at Country Village. “You’re not going to find a community like this, every shop is unique.” Tobar says they’ve looked at possible places to relocate but the businesses at Country Village benefit from the customers drawn in by each other. “I don’t think there’s anybody that wants to see this place go.” Residents are trying to save Country Village by signing a petition to give to the Bothell City Council. Gavin Wissler has pages and pages of signatures she gathered to try to get the attention of the city council. “We just need to show how much support there is for Country Village,” she said. “They want to develop it. It could be housing or a strip mall, that’s why it’s important the public knows about it so it doesn’t become that.” One idea community members are considering is to try to get the city to step up and help buy a portion of the property along with other investors. Since word of a potential sale was announced, some shop owners say they’ve seen businesses drop but they say now, more than ever, they want community members to come and shop to show their support. “So people realize it’s open for business and still a fabulous place to come and it’s free and child friendly,” Wissler said. RELATED: WSDOT hoping ‘weave lane access’ on I-405 cuts Bothell congestion There have been talks about selling the property in the past, but the owners said buyers often back out because of the wetlands on the property. There were land surveyors at the property on Tuesday. Shop owners and residents have more reason to worry because the Loveless family did recently sell the property behind Country Village. A developer plans to build 98 townhomes on the property. KIRO-7 reached out to the Loveless family and was told they are out of town. In the letter the Loveless family sent to shop owners it said shops would be able to maintain occupancy until at least March of 2018. The Loveless family wrote in the letter, “We know this news may come as a shock, and a decision to sell will impact a great number of lives. As a family, this was an extremely difficult decision to make.” The letter also said not all members of the family agreed on the idea of selling the property.

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  • Inslee calls for 3rd special session before government shutdownInslee calls for 3rd special session before government shutdown

    Governor Jay Inslee is calling for a third special session as Washington state inches closer to a government shutdown. RELATED: What happens if Washington state shuts down? Inslee appeared frustrated when he called for a first and second special session, and his demeanor did not change Wednesday as he expressed dissatisfaction with lawmakers. The third special session begins immediately. “If the Legislature does not send me a budget by June 30, they have to live with the legacy of being the first Legislature ever to fail at doing the one job they are required to do,” Inslee said. “I, as governor, have to crack the whip to make sure they don’t punt this again; they’ve been punting it too many months,” he said. “I’ve got to lay down the law and make it clear that they have a job to do and I expect them to do it.” Inslee said that lawmakers have to stop passing a paper back-and-forth every day to negotiate the budget, and instead start swapping proposals every 10 minutes.  The “clock is ticking” he said, with nine days left to come up with a plan before the government shutdown. Inslee said that he has heard some Republicans are considering passing a stopgap budget to cover 30 days. The governor called that idea “unacceptable” and said he would not approve it. “They cannot continue to kick this can down the road,” Inslee said. “They have done so for many, many months. I want to be crystal clear, a government shutdown and a 30-day budget, are both equally reckless, equally irresponsible tactics that fail to deal with the long-term fiscal consequences of not doing their job.” “I’m doing the terribly wasteful work of preparing the state for a shutdown,” Inslee said. “… I’m a lot more concerned about this than I was three or four days ago.”

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  • KIRO listener shares rare photos of Fort StevensKIRO listener shares rare photos of Fort Stevens

    KIRO Radio listener Gayle Denman of Lacey heard today’s Seattle’s Morning News story  about the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Fort Stevens near the mouth of the Columbia River. Denman reached out right away and offered to share several rare photos of the fort from around the time when the 10″ guns were installed, circa 1904. Where did the rare images come from? “The negatives for these were in my mother’s collection of photos and negatives,” Denman wrote in an email. Denman’s mother was Jessie Wilt. Wilt passed away in 1999, and had a long and fascinating career as a journalist and photographer in southwest Washington. “I have no idea where she got the negatives, but she was a writer who specialized in the history of Oregon and Washington [and] logging and coastal history. She wrote many articles for Loggers World, the Longview Daily News, the Lane County newspaper and others. She was Weyerhaeuser’s company photographer, and editor of their “Southwesterner” newspaper out of Longview during Mt. St. Helens,” Denman wrote. In keeping with the theme of Wednesday’s anniversary, Denman added, “My parents were fire lookouts during WWII, watching for the Japanese fire balloons along the Oregon coast.” “I am pleased to share these as I believe history is so important . . and fun!” Denman wrote. We couldn’t agree more!

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  • Name Seattle’s ‘Dump Park’ for J.P. PatchesName Seattle’s ‘Dump Park’ for J.P. Patches

    The City of Seattle opened a brand-new “transfer station” in Wallingford late last year. As this is a modern “city dump” in progressive Seattle, along with places to unload trash and recyclables, the facility also includes a terrific new park and playground (as Dori Monson railed about at the time) But there’s one problem. The park doesn’t have an official name, and one local blog says that people are starting to call it “Dump Park.” Can’t we all just agree right now that a much better official name would be “J.P. Patches City Dump Park”? I tried and failed several years ago to have the entire transfer station named for the Pacific Northwest’s favorite TV clown. Chris Wedes, who played J.P. for 50+ years on TV and in real life, was a friend and mentor, and one of the most talented, kind and generous people I’ve ever met. As I’ve written here before, even years after Chris’ death, J.P.’s legacy lives on. Jean Godden, then a Seattle City Councilmember (and always a good friend and “Patches Pal”) helped with the transfer station naming effort back in 2011 and 2012. It was tough to get support from the rest of the council, and all that got named for J.P. was a little room inside the transfer station where kids get to look through windows at the garbage and garbage trucks – think of it as an “ICU2TV” for aspiring waste managers. With the J.P. Patches and Gertrude statue just a few blocks away in Fremont, naming the transfer station park and playground for J.P. is a no-brainer. By the way, for you uninitiated recent arrivals, J.P. hosted a kids’ show on KIRO TV from 1958 to 1981, and it was set at the City Dump. If you support this effort, there are several ways to help remember and commemorate the great J.P. Patches by officially naming the transfer station park. Here’s a custom “Patches Pal Checklist” (J.P. loved his checklist!) of how you can become civically active for your favorite clown: 1. Show your support in the COMMENTS on this article. 2. Share this article on social media. 3. Reach out via email to Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold (who chairs the committee that oversees Seattle Public Utilities) and let her know. 4. Reach out via email to Seattle Public Utilities general manager and CEO Mami Hara and let her know, too. One word of caution, Patches Pals: even if the park is officially named for J.P., I’m guessing that “Dump Park” (for short) might really catch on!

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  • Director's Corner: Real Change is a caring community that begins with youDirector's Corner: Real Change is a caring community that begins with you

    I saw a beautiful thing happen at Real Change yesterday. That's not news. Beautiful things happen here everyday.

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  •  With one hand on the nuclear trigger, North Korea tells the world, it is open to talks to end its nuclear weapons program With one hand on the nuclear trigger, North Korea tells the world, it is open to talks to end its nuclear weapons program

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Issuing mixed responses is not something new for North Korea - but now, at a time when the threat of a war is looming large - North Korea’s mixed signals have sent ma

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  • Mariners Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Andrew MooreMariners Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Andrew Moore

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have called up Andrew Moore, one of their top pitching prospects in the minors. Seattle made the surprising move Wednesday, selecting the 23-year-old right-hander from Triple-A Tacoma. Moore is scheduled to start Thursday at home against Detroit, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “He’s been on our radar since day one, a high draft pick,” Servais said. “We really liked what we saw in spring training, so we’re going to give him a shot.” Christian Bergman, who has started eight games for Seattle due to injuries in the rotation, was optioned to Tacoma while right-hander Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment. The Mariners also activated shortstop Jean Segura off the disabled list Wednesday and optioned infielder Tyler Smith to Tacoma. Segura was in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against Detroit, batting first. Moore began the year at Double-A Arkansas. He quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A, and was 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 44 strikeouts in eight starts at Tacoma. “I’m not going to run up mid- to high-90s out there,” said Moore, a second-round pick by Seattle in 2015 out of Oregon State. “I can’t blow it by people, so just locating, keeping them off balance, and sticking with what’s gotten me here. That’s kind of the message I’ve gotten every level I’ve gone up and I’ve heard it probably a dozen times today already, so I think that’s kind of the main thing.” Moore will slot into a Seattle rotation that is still in flux with Felix Hernandez returning Friday from the disabled list, Hisashi Iwakuma’s return from injury requiring at least one more rehab start and the continued struggles of veteran Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo, 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA in 14 starts this season, will move to the bullpen. Gallardo, has started 281 of his 284 major league appearances and has not pitched in relief since his rookie season in Milwaukee in 2007. “He’s a veteran,” Servais said. “He’s been through it, different things. He’s been in the league a long time. Certainly it’s going to take more than seven or eight pitches to get ready before he comes in the game. I’ve got to keep that in mind. But, pitching’s pitching. When you get on the mound, you’ve got figure out a way to get them out.” Bergman was 4-4 with a 5.44 ERA in nine appearances for the Mariners. Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio, 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA in eight games with Seattle, will remain in the rotation for the time being, starting Saturday against Houston. Segura, sidelined since June 2 with a right high ankle sprain, is hitting .341 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 43 games. While on the disabled list, Segura agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract extension.

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  • Seattle mayoral candidates respond to API community questionsSeattle mayoral candidates respond to API community questions

    Ten candidates are participating in the Mayoral Candidate Forum for the Asian Pacific Islander community on June 22 at Nagomi Tea House at 7:00 p.m. The candidates include (pictured above in two rows from left to right): Gary Brose, Tiniell Cato, Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasegawa, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon, James Norton, Larry Oberto, and Nikkita Oliver. Twenty-one Seattle mayoral candidates were invited to the Mayoral Candidate Forum for the Asian Pacific Islander community on June 22 at Nagomi Tea House at 7:00 p.m. (Food and refreshments will be provided at event, which opens at 6:30 p.m.) In order to participate in the forum, the candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire with five questions pertaining to the Asian Pacific Islander community. Of the 21 candidates, 10 responded and are scheduled to participate in the June 22 forum hosted by API Candidates & Issues Forum—King County. The participating candidates include: Gary Brose, Tiniell Cato, Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasegawa, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon, James Norton, Larry Oberto, and Nikkita Oliver. Here are their responses to the questions. * * * Gary Brose Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Traffic and infrastructure in the Chinatown/International District area. The effect of Seattle legislation on API small business Citizen safety What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? Create a regularly scheduled forum for the Mayor and City Hall to attend for frequent discussion of issues that concern the API. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. Attended and spoke at the June 4 Tiananmen Celebration. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. I am not a politician. I’ve been a small business owner for 40 years in Seattle and I have   not been in a position to resolve any issues. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. Seattle’s attempt to micromanage business in the form of minimum wage controls, sick leave, sugar taxes, and other issues, affects all businesses in Seattle, but primarily impacts small business. The API community is very innovative and entrepreneurial and all these steps taken by the City add an extra layer of complexity to small business and I don’t believe that is right. Add what I perceive to be the lack of support for business promotion in the District and I believe what we see is a Mayor’s Office and City Council that has turned a deaf ear to the API Community. * * * Tiniell Cato Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Need for families and friends of undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders to address and solve the problem related to legal status. 1. Need for social equity. 2. Need for economic equity. 3. Need for political equity. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? The strategies that will be used to engage API community is as follows: 1. Fix the clerical errors that are that are in the Government, State, Local, District, Federal Agencies, Courts, Businesses, Nonprofits, Land, Documents, Contracts, Process, Procedures, and Policies, resulting to discriminations that Violate Civil Rights in the “Equal Opportunity Act” pertaining to jobs/employment, education, medical, housing/homelessness, loans, grants, policing, and crime. 2. Rewrite the application processes and policies that Violate Civil Rights Act pertaining to oppression, murders in our communities, immediate end to police brutality, and crime. For example, remove what has nothing to do with skill or experience, like race, creed, sexuality, income, or crime. 3. Remove what has nothing to do with skill or experience, like race, creed, sexuality, income, or crime out of all the application processes and policies that Violate Civil Rights Act pertaining to oppression, murders in our communities, immediate end to police brutality, and crime. This includes labor law as well. 4. Make sure the government, state, local, and private economic, social, educational, and cultural funds available for the communities businesses, nonprofits, schools, and holistic wellness centers are received equally for all people pertaining to jobs/employment, education, medical, housing/homelessness, loans, grants, policing, and crime. 5. Meet human, educational, environmental, safety and community public health needs by building a successful business developed community to create jobs and resources through our business and economic development strategies  and techniques that builds and constitutes a healthy climate so businesses succeed in the city. (Through the businesses, nonprofits, and holistic wellness centers) Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. I spoke and participated in the Commemoration on the 28th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Pro-Democracy Movement June 4, 2017. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. Today, we have three cases in courts challenging the clerical errors in the Equal Opportunity Policy that violate human and civil rights because our community members are suffering from suffication and oppression. The POWER of the people is coming with a class action if they are not heard. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. Until the clerical errors that violate human and civil rights are evaluated, rewritten, or removed, I am not happy with anything the City has done. The process and procedures that do not uphold the Law are discriminating against all people’s civil rights especially in the 37th district, which consist of the Central District, Seattle District, Renton, SeaTac,Tukwila, and Burien, etc. This is “An EVOLUTION” for all People. United We Stand. Divided We Fall. * * * Jenny Durkan Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. As mayor, I will lead the fight to ensure that immigrants and refugees from Asia, South Asia and the Pacific Islands are made to feel welcome here in Seattle. This includes support for citizenship classes, funding for seniors, and translation and interpretation services. Most importantly, I will continue to support efforts to fight President Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban and ensure that those living in Seattle can stay united with their families. I will oppose the American Health Care Act so API community members can continue receiving the health care they need. I will work with other mayors around the country to fight President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Community Development Block Grant and the Department of Housing and Urban Development so we can continue providing affordable housing. In the end, I am the candidate running for mayor that can best and most effectively fight back against President Trump’s harmful agenda and its impacts on the API community here in Seattle and around the country. In addition to standing up to Trump, I will work with the API community on the following issues: 1. Homelessness and affordable housing.​ We are a generous and compassionate city. But our approach to the problem has not moved enough people out of tents, off the streets and into housing. We must treat the homeless with compassion, dignity and respect. But the causes of homelessness are complex and varied and cannot be solved with a one size fits all approach. We have pathways we can follow. As mayor, I will continue to build public/private partnerships to solve this problem; I will focus on making sure no kid ever has to sleep in a car, or on the street. And we will direct more resources for mental health and drug dependency treatment and support. We have to address the fact that housing in Seattle has just become too expensive. Too many people just cannot afford to live here. Houses are too expensive and rents are sky high. And those that are lucky enough to own homes see their property taxes increasing to amounts that just are not affordable. Because of Mayor Murray’s leadership on HALA, we will build more affordable units and millions of dollars targeted for affordable housing options. As mayor, I will make sure we use that money wisely. I will also explore ways to go to Olympia and reduce the property tax burden for older homeowners, lower income owners and landlords providing affordable housing. 2. Public Safety/Police reform:​ Public safety is one of the highest priorities for city government and I will work to keep all parts of our City, including the Chinatown International District, safe for all including API residents. More importantly, I will ensure that the Seattle Police Department has culturally competent services to work effectively with the API community. Not only is this the right thing to do, it will make our city a safer place because we need full community partners and must ensure no one is afraid to report crimes. As U.S. Attorney, I lead efforts for police reform in Seattle. I will work to make sure we continue on this path. We are now a national model for police reform, particularly in the areas of crisis intervention. Our police all have been trained in national leading crisis intervention practices. They partner with mental health professionals and de-escalate situations every day. This has saved lives, is making a difference on the streets, and has improved the relations between the community and the officers that serve them. I am proud of these improvements. As mayor, I will make sure progress continues. We will not go backwards. 3. Education:​ I will work with Seattle Public Schools to ensure that API students have a safe, welcoming environment to learn. From early learning through high school, I will work to close the opportunity and achievement gap. We cannot look at the API community as a monolithic group and we must remain vigilant about disproportionality to ensure that students in every sector of the API community have the resources they need. This includes looking at disaggregated data in order to find the best ways to serve sectors of the API community. Finally, we need stand up against the cuts in education that are being proposed by the Trump Administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? As mayor I will work to engage the API community in Seattle in a variety of ways, which will include working to: • Hire API staff in senior positions in the Mayor’s Office, as department heads, and in other city departments; • Name API community members to city boards and commissions; • Engage API community members wary of government officials and workers in safe spaces. I know all too well that some API immigrants and refugees fled oppressive regimes. As mayor, my staff and I will work with API long-standing and emerging community leaders to engage the community in culturally appropriate spaces and ensure their voices are heard by city government. City government should be going to the API community, not the other way around; • Conduct regular outreach meetings with the API community, including walking tours in neighborhoods (including the Chinatown International District) and making visits to API service providers throughout Seattle; • Provide sufficient translation and interpretation services at City meetings and city publications like newsletters and flyers; • Support API small businesses and helping small, immigrant-owned businesses so they can thrive in Seattle; • Utilizing the racial equity toolkit for community outreach so all API community members are heard. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. As U.S. Attorney, I wanted all members of my office to better understand issues related to Japanese-American Internment and how decisions they confront should be informed by that time period. I brought in Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, author of Looking Like the Enemy—My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps, to talk about her life and internment during World War II. Mary’s story is more than instructive to our post 9/11 world. The whole terrible chapter of internment tells us why we today must resist attempts by the President and others to prey on fears and xenophobia. In addition, every year our office had a special lunch to celebrate API awareness month. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. As U.S. Attorney I worked on a number of issues impacting the API Community. On police reform issues, I was actively engaged with leaders in the API community including: Robert Chang, Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality Mary Nguyen, Co-Chair, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Seattle Diane Narasaki, Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service Michele Wong, President, Asian Bar Association of Washington Alaric Bien, Executive Director, Chinese Information and Service Center Sharyne Shiu Thornton, PhD, Executive Director International District Housing Alliance Working together, we were able to reach agreement on police reforms. Also, while U.S. Attorney, I worked to protect vulnerable API immigrants from human trafficking. Our work included indicting six co-conspirators who were running a multi-state trafficking operation. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. I am happy that the City of Seattle has made good progress on the consent decree, which will ensure that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has the needed training in order to respect the civil rights of all communities of color including the API community. As U.S. Attorney, I worked extensively with community leaders from throughout Seattle, including leaders in the API community to hear how SPD can better engage the community. I know that the progress could not have been made without hard, collaborative work of community members, police officers and their leadership, city leaders, the Monitor and the DOJ. I know first-hand that the API community leaders were key to this work and am grateful for it. * * * Jessyn Farrell Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Equal, multilingual, and culturally sensitive access to education and social service for all Seattle area residents, especially immigrants and refugees; civil and human rights, especially as they affect education, racial profiling, and immigration, and economic opportunities for small business owners. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? I don’t make decisions unilaterally; I bring voices to the table and keep the channels of communication open. Most importantly, I will ensure that the city communicates with the API community using culturally competent and linguistically accessible materials. This is especially important for materials that come from schools to parents. I will listen to the community at forums, in meetings, and in people’s homes. I will keep in touch with API community groups, faith communities, and service organizations. And I will be open and accountable with API media about what is going on at City Hall. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. Recently, I attended the 7th Annual Ethnic Media Candidates Meet and Greet at the Nagomi Tea House. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. When I was in the legislature I passed landmark cellphone usage while driving laws. some members of API community in my district where concerned community members would not hear about the law if it was only announced in English. I then worked with the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission to make sure that they are currently developing educational information in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog and other languages about the law. I also worked to make sure they will do person to person multi language outreach within the API community to make sure there is an understanding of the new law Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. Declaring Seattle a Sanctuary City is one of the most important things our city has done as it affects residents across our city. As Mayor, I will ensure we remain a Sanctuary City and protect against national cuts to services and resources, threats to the safety and opportunity of residents, and stand up for all who come to make Seattle home. But our city has a long way to go.  Our affordability, housing, and homelessness crisis affects the API community and API owned business and we must take action now. Similarly, Seattle Schools have an unacceptable opportunity that is leaving students behind. We can and must do better. * * * Bob Hasegawa Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. 1. Communication with the mayor’s office. Ex: No heads up that the Women’s March would go STRAIGHT through annual Lunar New Year parade, New multimillion dollar high rise on 12th and Jackson, navigation center surprise, etc. 2. Immigration and sanctuary cities. 3. Public health and safety—We need extra cops and good response times, rapid city clean up services and services to support the population that’s being ushered here, especially with incoming Navigation center. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? Be present in the community. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. API Summit. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. Funding the Kip Tokuda Washington State Civil Liberties Education Fund.  We ended up getting the full requested amount for the biennium. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. I am not happy with how the city decided to drop the navigation center into the ID without any input from the community.  This is symbolic of the larger problem in how the City leadership makes top-down decisions and imposes them onto the neighborhoods. The decision-making process needs to change to reflect the involvement and will of the people. * * * Mike McGinn Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Preserving communities: ​In the face of rising housing prices and higher taxes, many API residents and businesses are getting squeezed or pushed out of town. We need a renewed emphasis on affordable housing, support for small business, and preservation of neighborhoods that are historically home to our API community. Public Safety:​ Our police department and other city agencies must build stronger relationships in API communities and have staff that reflect the communities they serve. This includes sustainable funding for ​CID Public Safety Steering Committee and staff ​and increase their presence to improve safety, as well as improved outreach city-wide. Education: ​The myth of the model minority hides the opportunity gap that exists for many in the API community. We need look deeper to understand the specific groups that need more support, and then take action. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? I would be in the community, have clear lines of communication from the Mayor’s office, and hold community meetings to hear directly from individuals, whether residents or business owners. Seattle should also improve translation services, and hire culturally competent individuals to conduct outreach. Finally, a mayor must personally meet with community leaders to address issues as they arise. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. I worked closely on public safety and development issues as Mayor. Since then, I’ve attended numerous events, and my wife Peggy is currently on the board of the International Examiner. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. We established the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. As part of our Youth and Family Initiative we used translators meeting with small groups of community members to get input from API community members. That helped shape our Family and Education levy, and other city programs. Metered parking was a highly contentious issue in CID. I brought together business owners and SDOT staff to work out a mutually acceptable resolution. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. I am concerned that the city is not doing enough to respond to concerns about public safety. CID has expressed specific concerns—which require hands-on management to ensure the city responds.  Gang disputes and shooting appear to be increasing, which will require renewed attention to youth violence prevention and gang intervention. * * * Cary Moon Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. 1. Engagement, voice, and representation in the political process. API folks comprise a large and growing population in Seattle, and Asian voices have historically been left out of the local political process. The City must do a better job hearing the communities’ priorities and including their voice in decision making processes; the community is also working to ramp up their advocacy and organizing more robust political engagement. 2. Investments in infrastructure, economic development and public safety in Chinatown, Japantown, the ID, and Little Saigon. These historically API neighborhoods do not get sufficient resources and services. There are particular needs: helping community-owned small businesses with technical assistance, ensuring the upcoming transit changes are planned with community needs at the center, increasing culturally competent public safety resources, and increasing affordable housing. Our city’s rapid growth is putting particular pressure on these vulnerable neighborhoods, and the City must work carefully with community leaders to ensure community members thrive in place, instead of being displaced. 3. Social justice and racial equity. Seattle’s long history of racial injustice has created a condition of vast inequality in power and wealth between marginalized communities of color and white communities. Emerging leaders in API communities are building solidarity and strengthening their voices with leaders from other communities to achieve a more inclusive and intersectional movement for social justice and racial equity in Seattle. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? I would establish direct relationships with leaders of the many community development organizations, advocacy groups, service providers and directly with community leaders to understand priorities and build ongoing communication channels. I would ensure that the API community is well represented in staffing in the mayor’s office, departmental leadership, and across boards, commissions, and all decision-making bodies in the City. Having a seat at the decision-making table is essential. I would make sure that all city processes for budgeting and allocating resource use a racial equity lens to ensure we invest equitably across race and socioeconomic status and geography. Good intentions are not enough; we must measure allocation of resources and outcomes to ensure we are following through. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. Via my role on the board of Progress Alliance, I directed funding for civic engagement programs at APACE and ACRS via grants to both organizations. Meeting with leaders from APACE and ACRS, I was able to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and ambitions of the organizations for increasing the voice and power of API community. (And I recently attended Asia Pride in Hing Hay Park, which was fun!) Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. Via my role on the One Center City Advisory Committee, I was able to see how the Chinatown/ID community was being left out of the planning process for the significant reorganization of transit service that is coming when the bus tunnel closes to bus routes. I pushed SDOT to both immediately work with community leaders to address their concerns about the impacts of potentially expanding the already busy transit hub in the ID, and to do more outreach, in language, with community members well in advance of the changes to make sure folks understand what is coming. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. I am frustrated with the City’s apparent lack of communication with, and indifference to the Little Saigon community regarding the siting of the “Navigation Center” shelter. The city should have done more advance outreach and communication directly with the community about the process and proposal. I am impressed with the work SCIDpda is doing to assist the API community with business development in Chinatown/ ID, partially funded by the City’s Office of Economic Development. Recruiting and retaining businesses that are a good fit, and working hands on with building owners and tenant businesses to help them get or stay on their feet is a good example of how the City can ensure community based businesses can thrive in place. I would like to expand this program, and use it as a model for other API communities facing the threat of gentrification. * * * James Norton Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Homelessness and how it impacts the API community, the need to have the API community have a voice in city government, and how some API members of the community are having housing concerns. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? I would ensure that the API leaders and Advisors were consulted with at all times to address their concerns before they become a reality. I would make this a monthly meeting and offer an open forum for the entire community every so often. All communities should have a strong voice in anything that effects them. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. I recently spoke at the Chinese Democrats for human rights rally at Hing Hay park. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. As a Seattle police officer I have worked with many API families to try and reach a good resolution depending on my reason for being called. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. I am unhappy with the way the International District is losing its community, culture, and history so quickly with our recent local officials. * * * Larry Oberto Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. Safety, Affordability, and Opportunity. Having lived in Seattle all my life and having a business in Rainier Valley I see first hand the continued challenges. What I lack and will learn is an understanding of how these challenges affect the API members directly. What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? Specifically, I feel nothing is better than human interaction and direct talk.  There will be a focus to know the community directly so that there is honesty in how we solve concerns and measure meaningful success.  The measures need to be agreed and understood by both the City and the community. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. This is my first API event.  I hope to learn rather than bring any preconceived notions. Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. As this is my first event. I will research and meet with the community so that I have better baseline before the forum. Name one thing the City of Seattle has done to the API community that you are happy or unhappy with, and tell us why. My focus and method if I am to be your mayor is to understand what has worked and has not worked to affect the challenges the API faces. My methods feel it is more important to serve than to tell others what I may think.  Usually the people most involved have the most useful information and cost-effective ideas to solve problems. * * * Nikkita Oliver Name the top three issues that are of concern to the API community in Seattle. A. (safety) With unsolved murder of My-Linh Nguyen and Donnie Chin and contentious relationship between the City, the CID, and homeless encampment, safety is top concern. Fear for public safety as many API folks walk and/or catch the bus has been expressed by residents. B. (drugs, cleaningness) With not enough City resources allocated to address trash and human waste (stadium games, tourism), the Chinatown-International District seeks refuge with hope that from new development would bring different crowd while could also drastically change the CID culture. C. (housing/services) Affordable housing and elderly care facilities. Being pushed south means less access to culturally aware and culturally trained service providers. Additionally, development which does not align with CID cultural and community values/goals is threatening the culture of the CID. Historically the City has not served API communities well, thus Uncle Bob’s generation created their own service programs and grassroots safety groups to address community needs. The cultural shift of this generation is asking for more police presence and houseless sweeps. While those transactional services provide temporary relief, how can the City offer resources for more sustainable and long term resolutions while allow autonomy for API communities to identify and address their needs? What strategies would you use to engage the API community in Seattle? The Peoples Party have held/co-hosted six public and private Community Listening Posts thus far. These Posts are how we engage with various neighborhoods, ethnic communities, and marginalized identities to learn about their concerns and how the City can better to serve them. For API community, we would co-host Community Listening Posts with API grassroots organizers, non-profit service providers and API elders. For example, we are hosting our first Chinatown-International District Community by partnering with CID residents. The Listening Post is at Nagomi Tea House on Monday, June 19th. We are hiring six language interpreters and also offering ASL interpreters. We are planning a southend Pacific Islander Post in July. Name one API you were involved with or one API event you attended. API Chaya—API Chaya’s Annual Vigil at the King County Courthouse (I was the opening poet and storyteller for the vigil), API Chaya’s Annual Gala, and currently in partnership with Priya Rai from API Chaya through Creative Justice. Also, Got Green’s Just Transition Assembly: Human Rights, Dignity, and Power with API Chaya and FIGHT (Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together). Name one API issue you were involved with, your role, and how did it resolve. A. When the City was targeting Hookah Lounges in Seattle I worked with the Hookah Lounge owners and Ayan Musse to ensure they had proper legal representation. 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Examples of this includes, the Hookah Lounges, the Navigation Center imposed onto CID/Little Saigon without proper discussion, and hotels/zoning issues in the CID. For more news, click here

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  • We pay taxes for better police training, but it’s not being spentWe pay taxes for better police training, but it’s not being spent

    The two King County Sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed 23-year-old Renee Davis during a welfare check last October had each received 8 hours of de-escalation training. Neither officer, however, had taken an additional step of completing full Crisis Intervention Training, a 40-hour course that dives much deeper into understanding mental health issues and myriad behavioral health resources available to law enforcement officers. Unlike the state-mandated 8-hour class, the 40-hour CIT course is not a requirement for the 39 law enforcement agencies within King County. But there is money for it: The county earmarked $800,000 for CIT training in 2016.  Since 2005, King County residents have paid a one-tenth of one percent sales tax to fund mental health and drug dependency services, a portion of which is reserved specifically for crisis intervention training for first responders. But that money is not being spent. For each of the past six years, King County has left between $150,000 and $250,000 on the table, or up to 32 percent of the entire CIT budget — a total of more than $1 million dollars in six years. That extra money could have trained between 60 and 120 additional officers every year. Answers to why the money isn’t being spent depends on who you ask: There’s a bottleneck at the academy; not enough departments have expressed interest in taking the classes; coordinating schedules can be difficult. But elected officials and the general public continue to demand more quality training for police officers. And when police shootings occur, the outcry to hold law enforcement officers accountable reaches a fever pitch. Last Sunday, Seattle police officers Steven McNew and Jason Anderson responded to a call to a burglary in a Magnuson Park apartment complex. The department was aware that the caller, 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, had previous mental health struggles, and for that reason, sent two officers instead of just one. According to the department, McNew had completed a 40-hour CIT course and was considered to be a Crisis Intervention Specialist. But when the encounter resulted in another police shooting, and Lyles’ death, it once again forced the question into the public eye: Are our law enforcement officers getting the training they need to defuse violent, and potentially deadly situations?   The officers who responded to Renee Davis’ house on the Muckleshoot Indian reservation in October were called by a boyfriend reporting Davis was suicidal. According to a Sheriff’s Office timeline of the shooting, the two deputies knocked on the door but received no answer. They were apparently concerned for Davis’ safety as well as the safety of her two children, so they entered the house. They found Davis inside, under a blanket. When she wouldn’t show her hands, the officers removed the blanket and saw a gun. She then allegedly pointed it at the officers and they fired, killing her. King County Sheriff John Urquhart says he doesn’t believe extra CIT training would have made any difference in Davis’ case. “She’s in this room, she could be dead, she could be bleeding to death, she could have somebody else in there and they went in,” he says, sitting in his downtown office in an interview last week, before the Lyles shooting. “Unfortunately, she pulled a gun out and they had to shoot her.” During the King County inquest into Davis’ death — a standard fact-finding court hearing following officer-involved shootings — her family’s lawyers argued the two officers did not do enough to de-escalate the situation. “When officers are doing a welfare check, the person they’re doing the welfare check on shouldn’t end up dead,” Bree Black Horse, the attorney for Davis’ family, told the Stranger newspaper. The inquest laid out a set of facts about the shooting. But for those looking for an explanation or an indictment, inquests can be dissatisfying. They tend to avoid questions of what should have happened in favor of simply establishing what did happen. As a result, there is still no definitive answer for whether the situation could have been avoided through more or better use of de-escalation and crisis intervention. Despite Urquhart’s insistence that more training would not have made a difference, he agrees 8 hours is not enough to prepare officers for handling crisis situations, especially in scenarios like Davis’, which, because it was on the Muckleshoot reservation, was farther away from backup or mental health resources than, say, downtown Seattle. He won’t say things could have ended differently, “But had this played out just a little bit differently, the crisis intervention training would have been exceedingly important.” Urquhart says it’s his ultimate goal to get all his patrol officers through the 40-hour course; currently, 275 of the department’s more than 700 officers have completed the longer training. “The reality is men in the white coats have been replaced by police officers. It’s just the way it is,” Urquhart says. “We have to deal now so much [and] so often with people in mental crisis that it’s so important we know what to do and how to deal with certain situations.” According to Amy Watson, an associate professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, there isn’t much research on the difference between receiving 8 and 40 hours of training. But, she says, 40-hour courses teach officers to recognize signs of mental illness and how to connect with service providers. “The other things that CIT trainings incorporate is they bring in family members and other people with lived experience,” she says. The longer training also familiarizes law enforcement with social work and case management resources. “Providers and law enforcement don’t always like each other,” Watson says. Through the longer courses, “they get to develop those relationships. They do really need that experience of getting to know people. It helps anchor everything else.”   The King County Council first approved the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) sales tax in 2005. The council re-upped it last August, extending the tax through 2025. According to Susan Schoeld, King County’s crisis diversion program manager, the MIDD tax covers the entire cost of the training, including overtime for attending officers and backfill to departments that need someone to cover for officers while they’re in training. Schoeld says the money couldn’t quite cover costs for every officer to attend the 40-hour course, but it could come close. “If all we were paying for was the training and the components of the training including instructors and facility … I think we could do some interesting things with a couple extra classes,” she says. In recent years, the county has spent more of its CIT funding: It spent 83 percent of that money in 2016 compared to just 68 percent in 2011. But because the county still underspends, some worry that the CIT dollars will be trimmed in the future. Tony Lockhart, CIT instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Tukwila, cites several challenges to getting that money spent. First, he says, is unpredictable scheduling. It can also be difficult to forecast spending because not all departments ask for reimbursement from the county to pay for an officer to cover for a colleague away at training. “It’s really just a roller coaster based on what’s being paid out by class,” he says. There are 12 longer CIT classes offered each year. Lockhart says they’re often full and wishes they could add more on the fly. But instructors need significant advance notification, so last-minute classes are nearly impossible to schedule. Schoeld, however, says that in the past, classes haven’t always filled, a product of not enough officers signing up. Part of her work is to get the word out to departments that this money is available. If departments really do jump at the opportunity, she says, the county could accommodate. “If we see an uptick in need for 40-hour classes, we would address as needed,” she says. Some have questioned whether it makes sense for every officer to go through the longer CIT training, which earns them the title of Crisis Intervention Specialist. “Some people are just not very good at it,” says Schoeld, and departments don’t want to assume that all CIT officers are equally capable. But Lockhart doesn’t buy that. “The reality is, there’s not a lot of downside for the 40-hour,” says Lockhart. “Even if I’ve got someone who just doesn’t get it, at a minimum they’re still learning about resources.”

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  • Seattle Police Department identifies officers who fatally shot Charleena LylesSeattle Police Department identifies officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles

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  • Announcement: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strengthens Hate Tracking Initiative on 35th Anniversary of Vincent Chin AttackAnnouncement: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strengthens Hate Tracking Initiative on 35th Anniversary of Vincent Chin Attack

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  • Update: Religious group puts hold on award to Seattle PoliceUpdate: Religious group puts hold on award to Seattle Police

    Update, 11:30 a.m., June 21: In a statement Wednesday morning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle said that, in light of the shooting death of Charleena Lyles, it will not present the award on Thursday. The organization’s full statement is at the bottom of the story.  On Thursday, four days after Seattle police shot and killed Charleena Lyles — a 30-year-old, African-American mother of four who was reportedly pregnant with a fifth child — the Seattle Police Department and Chief Kathleen O’Toole are scheduled to receive the Tikkun Olam Award for Public Service from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The decision was made weeks ago and it raised concerns at the time among some progressive members of the Jewish community. But in the wake of Lyles’ death, said Jonathan Rosenblum, a member of the progressive Jewish community Kadima, it’s unpalatable. “When we saw it was the Seattle Police Department, we thought it really doesn’t seem appropriate,” Rosenblum said. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole told Crosscut Tuesday she had reached out to the Jewish Federation to request the department not be honored. Considering the events of the last several days, she said, “I reached out to the Jewish Federation and said we didn’t think it was an appropriate time for celebration.” An online petition calling on The Jewish Federation to rescind its award, which was posted on Monday, had gathered more than 300 signatures shortly after noon on Tuesday. “In the wake of Sunday’s police killing of Charleena Lyles, an African-American mother who called the police for assistance and ended up dead, the idea of the Jewish Federation carrying through this award is especially appalling,” reads the petition. “The argument that the Police Department may work with the Jewish community effectively on other matters is, at this point, completely overshadowed by the police killing in our community of yet another Black person.” The award ceremony is set for Thursday evening on the University of Washington campus and will be met with protests from members of the progressive Jewish and broader activist communities. A representative of the Federation, Max Patashnik, said no statement was available but one might be later today. The Federation is an advocacy organization for the broader Jewish community in the Puget Sound region. It does outreach, invests in smaller organizations, lobbies in Olympia and publishes the Jewish in Seattle magazine. Within Seattle and the Puget Sound region, there are a large number of smaller Jewish organizations, like Rosenblum’s Kadima. But the Jewish Federation is the umbrella organization. Rosenblum said he and his group often work with the Federation, but it is “not really representative of the grassroots community.” Tikkun olam literally translates from Hebrew as “repairer of the world.” It is a term, according to Rosenblum, that denotes social activism, civil rights and aiding those who are less fortunate. Gabriella Sanchez-Stern, 28, a graduate student in education at the University of Washington, said she was taught while growing up that when the world was created, it was perfect. But time has broken it and it’s the Jewish community’s duty to piece it back together. And not just for other Jews, but for everyone. That, she says, is tikkun olam. To her, as a Jewish person of color (her dad is a Mexican immigrant), law enforcement does not represent that goal of repairing the world. “Especially considering the events of the weekend it really hit home for me,” she said. “It really feels like a slap in the face. I’m a Jewish person of color. The [law enforcement] institution does not protect my family or community and it doesn’t represent safety for me.” Kadima member Meredith Jacobson, 48, worries that the Jewish Federation giving this award will reflect support from the broader Jewish community. “I fear if the Jewish Federation is standing with the police, that will reflect across the community that the Jews are standing with the police,” she said. The Seattle Police Department has been obligated to overhaul its practices since settling a lawsuit with the Department of Justice in 2012. It has not yet met those obligations, but it has been held up across the country as an example of what federal intervention can accomplish. The department routinely hosts representatives from other departments looking to learn more about de-escalation and crisis intervention trainings. Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole sat in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box during President Obama’s final State of the Union. When the Seattle City Council recently passed a suite of accountability reforms, officials celebrated the new law as a rebuke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ distaste for federally-mandated reform. But the shooting deaths of Lyles and Che Taylor, a 46-year-old African-American man killed last year, have left community members mistrustful about how the police regards and treats people of color.  “In a city where the police department is under federal supervision and judicial oversight, you think someone might pause when they came up with the idea of honoring the police department,” Rosenblum said. Rosenblum said there are other worthy groups to honor in Seattle, such as Black Lives Matter or the labor movement advocating for the $15 minimum wage. “There’s no shortage of people and organizations that would be worthy recipients,” Rosenblum pointed out. “Even so, we’re not arguing we had better choices. We’re saying this choice you made, in the context of what’s happened to our city in the last 36 hours, is shameful.” Here is the statement from the Jewish Federation:  The Seattle Jewish community and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle are committed to an American society based on equal opportunity and justice for all. We share deep concern about the disproportionate use of police force directed at African-Americans in our country, and we believe that substantial steps are required to address this important gap in racial justice. The recent death of Charleena Lyles, a young mother of four, saddens us greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all who knew and loved her. As the circumstances of her death are investigated, it is important that the tragic end to Ms. Lyles’ life spurs additional action by the police and other segments of our society aimed at closing gaps and preventing further tragedies. In May, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle selected Chief Kathleen O’Toole and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for an award to be presented this Thursday, June 22,  for taking on the challenges of improving the community. We made this choice for two main reasons: 1) Chief O’Toole’s and the SPD’s commitment to ensuring officers understand what it means to administer authority ethically. The SPD has committed to mandatory training for every officer through “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust”.* This training encourages officers to examine their relationship with the public and to see themselves as defenders of the Constitution, especially against the breakdown of democracy, and as guardians against mass crimes against humanity, by respecting and attending to the humanity of each person they encounter. 2) The Seattle Police Department’s work with SAFE Washington to combat hate crimes and, through information sharing, skills training, and relationship-building with SAFE Washington, to improve its protection of the Jewish community. This assistance has been invaluable during the recent increase in anti-Semitism across the Puget Sound region. We stand by our original reasons to bestow the award on Chief O’Toole and the SPD. We also believe, in light of recent events, it is not appropriate to present an award at this time. We and Chief O’Toole concurred that this was the best decision. With so many unanswered questions regarding the circumstances of Ms. Lyles’ death, we all believe it is not respectful to the Black community, to Jews of color, nor to all those committed to racial justice to go forward with the award right now. For these reasons, the Federation will not be presenting the award at Thursday’s Jewish Federation annual meeting. Communities of faith, charitable and educational institutions, elected officials, law enforcement, community leaders–we all have unfinished work to do in strengthening our society’s protection for the most vulnerable and repairing the world. May Ms. Lyles’ memory be a blessing to all who knew her and inspire our shared commitment to work for racial equity, comprehensive mental healthcare, and justice for all. *A partnership of the Pacific Northwest Anti-Defamation League, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and the Seattle Police Department.

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  • Did the cops really need to shoot Charleena Lyles?Did the cops really need to shoot Charleena Lyles?

    As word spread of Charleena Lyles’ death Sunday, family and friends immediately began to question why, even if she had pulled a knife, officers needed to use their guns. “Why couldn’t they have Tased her?” asked Lyles’ sister Monika Williams. For years, the Seattle Police Department had been skewered for its excessive use of force, including fatal shootings. It came to a head in 2010, when Officer Ian Birk shot John T. Williams, a Native American wood carver, in the back. Williams was carrying a knife, which he used for his craft. His death prompted a federal investigation into the SPD. In recent months, the department has received steady praise by an outside observer for taking a more measured approach to its use of force. Last April, a report noted that the department was using force less often, turning instead to de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques. Departments across the country sent representatives to learn about SPD’s new and more progressive training techniques. The positive report, it seemed, was more affirmation. And on Monday, just hours after Seattle police released audio of its fatal shooting death of Lyles, the department received a positive evaluation by the same outside observer for its progress on stops and searches. But for Lyles’ family and friends, for her apartment complex neighbors and even her nonprofit landlord, all that matters now is that Lyles, a 30-year-old African-American mother who called the police for help and was reportedly pregnant, is dead. “Police are supposed to be here to protect you. Instead, they come to kill you,” neighbor Ana Garcia, 40, said in Spanish. A five-year resident of Brettler Family Place and a mother of five children, Garcia was sleeping when the shooting happened. Resident Kendra Young, 33, said she used to give police the benefit of the doubt. But not anymore. “Today it was her, but tomorrow it could be me,” Young said. “It is about race. It is about white officers feeling like they have the right to kill black people.” The two officers who shot Lyles are white. Christina Dames, 44, described how her daughter spotted a SWAT team when she looked out the window on Sunday morning. “I feel like their approach to it that morning was really overzealous,” Dames said. Two Seattle police officers arrived at Lyles’ Sand Point apartment on Sunday morning after she reported a burglary, apparently of an Xbox. In audio released by the police department, officers can be heard discussing Lyles’ mental health issues before entering her apartment building. When they first meet her, the interaction is calm. But in seconds, the situation turns for the worse and you can hear a string of gunfire. A department press release said the officers shot Lyles after she confronted them with a knife. She died at the scene. Late Monday, the department released footage from a security camera in the building’s hallway. In it, the two officers can be seen entering the apartment and then some commotion, but the video does little to fill out the series of events. Since 2015, Seattle Police have shot and killed five people, according to The Washington Post. Those killed were Damarius Butts, 19, (African American); Che Taylor, 46, (African American); Michael L. Taylor, 44, (Asian); Raymond Azevedo, 35, (white); and Samuel Smith, 27, (white). Between 2014 to 2016, the use of force by the Seattle Police Department dropped by 11 percent – a decline of 135 incidents. Proportionally, lower level uses of force were used more often – from 78 percent to 81 percent. But the numbers showed a race disproportionality: 33 percent of force cases were toward African Americans, even though 8 percent of Seattle is black. Still, measured against a federal judge’s yardstick, the drop in force seemed to offer proof that the department was on its way to fulfilling its obligations under a 2012 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a report issued as part of the federally-mandated reforms, when Seattle police used force at all it was considered within the department’s guidelines and appropriate 99 percent of the time. The assessment pointed to “the significance and importance of this finding.” The report from the federal monitor overseeing the reforms added, “It represents a singular and foundational milestone on SPD’s road to full and effective compliance — and represents Seattle crystallizing into a model of policing for the 21st century.” But Lyles’ shooting death, says former Seattle Police Chief turned police reform advocate Norm Stamper, is an example of a critical disconnect: It doesn’t matter if use of force is within policy if people don’t agree with the policy in the first place. In his experience, officers have been trained to treat any confrontation with a deadly weapon equally, regardless of the person on the other end, he told Crosscut on Monday. “That’s a real problem for me. That’s a real problem for the field of policing because we know that there are many situations where judgment, discretion, evasive action can result in preservation instead of taking of human life.” Even in the more progressive corners of policing, training dictates officers draw their handguns whenever confronted with a deadly weapon. That includes knives. “We have to go one step higher,” Deputy Joe Winters, a crisis intervention trainer at the Washington State police academy, told Crosscut in 2015. “If the perpetrator has a stick, we use a taser; if [he or she] has a knife, we use a gun.” In a 2015 mock scenario for new recruits at the academy, attended by Crosscut, a man had a knife and was potentially suicidal. The officers were encouraged to speak softly, to calm him down, which they did. But they were also instructed to draw their firearm; when one recruit was slow to do so, he was scolded. The academy, led by former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr, has earned a reputation in recent years as innovative in how it trains officers, teaching them to be “guardians” and not “warriors.” It has added crisis intervention and de-escalation training. Yet even at Rahr’s academy, officers are taught to always maintain the upper hand. “Proportionality is intuitive,” Seattle University Professor of Criminal Justice Mathew Hickman told Crosscut in 2015. “It makes sense that the public should think force should be matching. But it’s also natural that to gain control of the scene, [police officers] should have to use a superior level of force.” “It’s complicated,” said Stamper, who oversaw the Seattle Police Department from 1994 to 2000. “I don’t think anyone would say that these are easy situations. But they can be made much more successful if we, in fact, look at policies and procedures and training and the individual actions of officers and critique them and ask what were the alternatives?” In the wake of Lyles’ death, some have drawn a connection to a scenario involving a knife-wielding man last March. Police shut down several city blocks, calming the man over several hours. The situation ended peacefully between officers and the man, who was African American. Why, many have wondered, couldn’t Lyles have received the same treatment? Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole declined to speak to the specifics of the Lyles case, but said, generally, “It’s a very different situation when you’ve got time and distance.” When it comes down to a “split-second decision,” officers don’t always have the ability to de-escalate, she said. The officers had both undergone Crisis Intervention Training, she said. Others, like Lyles’ sister Williams, have wondered why officers didn’t use a Taser. The Chief confirmed that the officers were not carrying Tasers; officers in SPD may choose either Tasers, batons or pepper spray as their non-lethal weapon of choice. She did not say which of these the officers carried. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. In the coming days, the police will make more pictures and evidence public, according to O’Toole, including any footage captured on security cameras inside the hallway. O’Toole said she has not seen that footage. The department’s Force Investigation Team will decide within the next few months whether the officers followed department policy. While O’Toole would not speculate on the results of that investigation, she said she was “devastated” by the whole incident. “This is just a horrible tragedy for everybody, particularly for her family.” Correction, 12:20 PM, Tuesday, June 20: An earlier version of this article stated the knife-wielding man in an incident last March was white. That is incorrect. He was, in fact, African American. Crosscut regrets the error. 

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  • Interned in 1942, 92-year-old woman finally gets her diplomaInterned in 1942, 92-year-old woman finally gets her diploma

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  • Announcement: Seattle U and SPD lead Crime and Safety Focus Group in Chinatown International DistrictAnnouncement: Seattle U and SPD lead Crime and Safety Focus Group in Chinatown International District

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  • Announcement: Mayoral Candidate Forum for API Community on June 22 features 10 candidatesAnnouncement: Mayoral Candidate Forum for API Community on June 22 features 10 candidates

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