• 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 a nine-year-old "girl with a penis" — 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 Get

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

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

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  • On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle aheadOn frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea. North Korea relies on its farmers to squeeze absolutely all they can out of every harvest. It’s a tall order in a country with 25 million mouths to feed that is mostly […]

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  • Kelsey Plum moves into second place in NCAA career scoring as Washington beats USCKelsey Plum moves into second place in NCAA career scoring as Washington beats USC

    The Husky senior scored 35 points to move past Brittney Griner as UW won 87-74.

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  • AP source: Trump’s revised travel ban targets same countriesAP source: Trump’s revised travel ban targets same countries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet. A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after federal […]

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  • Presiding over Trump’s economic council is ex-president of Goldman SachsPresiding over Trump’s economic council is ex-president of Goldman Sachs

    Gary Cohn is reportedly sometimes a lonely voice in Trump’s inner sanctum, delivering economic insights others have not shared with the President Trump.

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  • Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produceSwedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

    Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with “natural branding,” a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables.

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  • Tech Spotlight: Seattle startup ReplyYes adds chatbots to e-commerceTech Spotlight: Seattle startup ReplyYes adds chatbots to e-commerce

    The Seattle startup runs a chatbot that suggests products to customers via text and Facebook Messenger and learns about customer preferences over time. To make a purchase, they just reply “yes.”

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  • Monday Memo: Nordstrom, other major retailers report 4Q resultsMonday Memo: Nordstrom, other major retailers report 4Q results

    The business week ahead

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  • Amazon takes aim at how goods are shipped, starting at the manufacturerAmazon takes aim at how goods are shipped, starting at the manufacturer

    Amazon, which prides itself on upending old ways of doing business, is now looking to transform the shipping industry as it has the retail industry.

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  • Topgolf comes to Seattle: Testing the driving range-meets-bowling-alley concept at Safeco Field - GeekWireTopgolf comes to Seattle: Testing the driving range-meets-bowling-alley concept at Safeco Field - GeekWire

    GeekWireTopgolf comes to Seattle: Testing the driving range-meets-bowling-alley concept at Safeco FieldGeekWireTopgolf, the high-tech golf entertainment complex operator, brought a “pop-up” version of its driving range-meets-bowling-alley concept to Seattle on President's Day weekend. It is the company's first-ever “Crush” event, which lets people experience ...and more »

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  • Times Square rally protests Trump immigration policiesTimes Square rally protests Trump immigration policies

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The “I Am A Muslim Too” rally was held in Times Square on Sunday and was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic […]

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  • Safeco Field gets a taste of Topgolf: ‘The place where millennials hit golf balls’Safeco Field gets a taste of Topgolf: ‘The place where millennials hit golf balls’

    With baseball season still six weeks away, 6,000 people cycled through Safeco Field over Presidents Day weekend to experience Topgolf.

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  • In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial FearIn 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

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  • Hoarding hampers attempts to reach woman who died in fireHoarding hampers attempts to reach woman who died in fire

    NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fire officials say a woman has died after a fire broke out in a Norwalk home with extreme hoarding conditions. Crews responded to the house just after 7 a.m. Sunday and found fire coming out of a second-floor bedroom window. Neighbors said there was a woman in the house. Firefighters […]

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  • Autopsy to determine whether body is that of missing Mason County kayakerAutopsy to determine whether body is that of missing Mason County kayaker

    ALLYN, Wash. (AP) — An autopsy scheduled Monday morning could determine whether a body found floating in Case Inlet is that of a missing kayaker. Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell says it may be the body of a 31-year-old man who was reported missing in the waters of North Bay near Allyn in early January. A kayaker found the body Friday morning floating near Stretch Island, near Stretch Point State Park. The Coast Guard previously said Andrew Aldrich was last seen in his kayak — without a life vest — just before midnight Jan. 3. He reportedly planned to paddle 300 yards to his car from a vessel anchored near Case Inlet. Coast Guard crews found an empty kayak in North Bay the next morning but a Coast Guard search failed to find Aldrich.

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  • Elderly woman charged with murder after DC slayingElderly woman charged with murder after DC slaying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a 76-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 63-year-old man in Washington. District of Columbia police say Thomasine Bennett was charged Saturday with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Walter Mack Clark. Police say Clark was found unconscious inside a home on […]

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  • Hampton University President Says 'The Quad' Doesn't Correctly Represent HBCUsHampton University President Says 'The Quad' Doesn't Correctly Represent HBCUs

    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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  • 'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

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  • Parkland man sentenced after pleading guilty to rape of 1-year-old girlParkland man sentenced after pleading guilty to rape of 1-year-old girl

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former soldier who says he has post-traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to child rape. The News Tribune reports the plea was related to negotiations with prosecutors after a jury found 26-year-old Thomas Randle Babler of Parkland guilty of child assault and criminal mistreatment. A judge sentenced him Friday to 14 years and two months in prison, with the possibility of a life sentence. Authorities arrested Babler after a 1-year-old girl’s mother brought her to a hospital. Doctors found signs that she had been sexually abused and determined her skull was fractured. Charging papers say Babler occasionally watched the toddler for his girlfriend. Babler told investigators the injuries were from a fall. He later acknowledged hurting the girl while he was asleep and experiencing one of his violent episodes.

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  • Griz softball: UM splits with Seattle, Santa Clara again - The MissoulianGriz softball: UM splits with Seattle, Santa Clara again - The Missoulian

    The MissoulianGriz softball: UM splits with Seattle, Santa Clara againThe MissoulianOne game after Montana opened its Sunday schedule at the Bronco Classic with a 7-2 victory over host Santa Clara, Seattle's Andie Larkins pitched a one-hit shutout as the Redhawks blanked the Grizzlies 2-0, Montana's first time being shut out in 45 games.and more »

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  • Former soldier sentenced after pleading guilty to child rapeFormer soldier sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape

    A former soldier who says he has post-traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to child rape

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  • Badgers threaten Oregon dam’s safetyBadgers threaten Oregon dam’s safety

    BEND, Ore. — An Oregon dam is at risk from badger tunnels and other passages created by burrowing animals. The Bulletin reports Johnson Creek Dam owner Debaca Land & Cattle LLC can kill the animals or trap and move them. Repairs are expected in the coming months. State engineer Keith Mills told the dam owner in a January letter that the tunnels could cause leaks. A high winter snowpack is predicted to fill the dam’s reservoir for the first time in five years. The dam made the Oregon Water Resources Department’s list of the state’s seven unsatisfactory dams. The department says the dam’s failure would likely cause fatalities and impact seven homes. Safety concerns were raised after the Oroville Dam prompted the evacuation of 200,000 California residents.

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  • Yakima home invasion ends with homeowner shooting suspectsYakima home invasion ends with homeowner shooting suspects

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima police are investigating after several masked suspects broke into a home and one was shot by the homeowner. Yakima police say the suspects broke in at 4:40 a.m. Sunday. Both the suspects and the homeowner were armed. The homeowner detained one of the suspects and shot at two others as they fled. One of the suspects was shot in the chest and hospitalized in critical condition. Police say the suspects were juveniles. The suspect’s vehicle was found nearby and two male passengers were detained by police.

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  • Scientists protest threats to science in BostonScientists protest threats to science in Boston

    BOSTON  — Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters are rallying in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists say they want President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. The protesters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday. Geoffrey Supran is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies renewable energy solutions to climate change. He says the scientists are trying to send a message to Trump that “science is the backbone of our prosperity and progress.” The rally was held outside of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, one of the first major gatherings of scientists since Trump’s election.

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  • Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shopColorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop

    PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) — The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state. The Parachute Board of Trustees approved a business license for Tumbleweed Express last week, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/2m1PZCA). “As far as I can tell, we are not […]

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  • In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too'In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too'

    At a rally in New York City's Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump's executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding — a coalition of religious groups led by record label founder Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneider and others — speakers at the protest included New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, activist Linda Sarsour and Imam Shamsi Ali. "We're using the Muslim community as a scapegoat. We are being mean to the people who are the victims of terrorism," Simmons, a former friend of Trump , told the crowd. After Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in 2015, Simmons penned an open letter describing Trump as a "one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation's foundation of freedom." "While you are saying, 'I

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  •  Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto plays catch at camp Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto plays catch at camp

    PEORIA, Ariz. -- No, hes not going to come out of retirement and don a Mariners uniform, general manager Jerry Dipoto insisted. And no, hes not looking to trade himself. But baseballs most active

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  • 75 Years Later, Americans Still Bear Scars Of Internment Order 75 Years Later, Americans Still Bear Scars Of Internment Order

    It has been three-quarters of a century since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order, issued just over two months after Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded." There was no mention of any particular ethnic or racial group anywhere in the order. Nevertheless, the implications were quickly quite clear: Not even a week passed before people of Japanese descent were being ordered to leave their homes in California. Soon, the forced relocation applied to the whole state, as well as much of the rest of the West Coast. Roosevelt signed another order the next month, creating an agency to usher these people — mostly U.S. citizens — to camps set up expressly to incarcerate them as potential threats. By the time the last internment camp closed in 1946, roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans had been held in 10 camps, tar-paper barracks set up in a handful of

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  • Kirkland neighborhood on alert after mysterious notes are found on front doorsKirkland neighborhood on alert after mysterious notes are found on front doors

    KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland police are investigating reports of handwritten notes left on doors asking to purchase their car, after neighbors fear something more sinister. Multiple neighbors have reported the same handwritten notes found on their doorway, with a message to call “Mike” about purchasing their car. “I thought I was very special,” said Cindy Miller, about finding the note. “Then, I started talking to my neighbors and every Toyota/Lexus product had a note on it, saying they were looking for that car. Same number, same person, suspicious.” Miller said it was in that moment, her radar went off. This, she said, could be part of a scam. “It makes me feel like possibly the neighborhood is being cased.” Kirkland police said they are aware of the notes, but not the intent of the person leaving them. They confirmed they are concerned about notes being used as a cover for other crimes. In Seattle, police have reported burglars using stories about lost pets to gain access to neighborhoods without suspicion. Kirkland police released a reminder to everyone that door-to-door scams of all types have not gone away, asking homeowners to be diligent about their safety. They say always ask for identification from the person at your door and never share your personal information. They also recommend talking to neighbors about any strange sightings or suspicious activity and to alert police about concerns. “It’s a little fishy,” said Miller. “I don’t believe someone was driving by accidentally and saw my car and put a note on my door.” Kirkland police don’t know if these notes are part of a larger scam, but Miller said, either way, she hopes it never happens again. Kirkland police have a new online reporting system for citizens to report non-emergency concerns, like the suspicious behavior in Highlands. You can find out more here: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/PD/online-resources/onlinereporting.htm

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  • Mattis Disagrees With Trump's Characterization Of Media As 'The Enemy'Mattis Disagrees With Trump's Characterization Of Media As 'The Enemy'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4cWp-0cBAc Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Sunday that he disagreed with President Donald Trump's recent declaration that the press is "the enemy." Speaking with reporters while traveling in the United Arab Emirates, Mattis said that although he, too, has at times had a contentious relationship with reporters, "the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with, and I don't have any issues with the press myself." The secretary's comments came two days after Trump revived his perennial attack on the media with a tweet calling several outlets, including The New York Times, NBC and CNN, "fake news" and "the enemy of the American People." On Saturday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told CBS's John Dickerson that the press should take the president's criticisms seriously. He directed particular anger at the anonymous leaks that have become a nearly daily source of frustration for the new administration. "I think that

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  • Sweden confused after Trump refers to them during Saturday’s rallySweden confused after Trump refers to them during Saturday’s rally

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s reference to “what’s happening last night in Sweden” during a Saturday rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and around the internet about what he really meant. Trump referenced the Scandinavian nation, known for liberally accepting Syrian refugees, during a section of his speech decrying the dangers of open borders. Watch Video “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” he said. “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.” Trump appeared to be referring to recent terror attacks in Germany and elsewhere, but no such attack has occurred in Sweden. The White House did not immediately respond Sunday morning to questions about what Trump meant. The official Twitter of the Embassy of Sweden in the US has responded to those asking about what happened Friday night by saying: “Unclear to us what President Trump was referring to. Have asked US officials for explanation.” @theclevertwit Qs about #swedenincident, unclear to us what President Trump was referring to. Have asked US officials for explanation. — Embassy of Sweden US (@SwedeninUSA) February 19, 2017 Others on Twitter have speculated that Trump, who is a well-chronicled consumer of television news, might have been watching a segment on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show Friday night. Carlson interviewed Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who has tried to tie Sweden’s taking in of asylum seekers to increased violent crimes in the country. Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, questioned the President’s statement on Twitter. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” Bildt tweeted. “Questions abound.” Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017 Trump’s remark is the latest misplaced reference to a terrorist attack or incident by those in his White House. Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway inaccurately referred to a “Bowling Green massacre” that never took place, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred to an attack in Atlanta, later clarifying that he meant to refer to Orlando.

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  • Seattle restaurant Mamnoon raises funds for the ACLU on Presidents Day - The Seattle TimesSeattle restaurant Mamnoon raises funds for the ACLU on Presidents Day - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesSeattle restaurant Mamnoon raises funds for the ACLU on Presidents DayThe Seattle TimesSeattle restaurant Mamnoon is donating 10 percent of its revenue on Presidents Day to the American Civil Liberties Union “to fight for the rights of immigrants and refugees.” Mamnoon owners Wassef and Racha Haroun are from Syria; Wassef originally ...

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  • Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility? Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

    This week the chief of Facebook made an ambitious announcement, though it would have been easy to miss. It came Thursday afternoon – around the same time that President Donald Trump held his press conference. While the reality-TV icon is a genius at capturing our attention, the technology leader's words may prove to be more relevant to our lives, and more radical. Mark Zuckerberg posted a nearly 6000-word essay to his page, entitled "Building Global Community." Many are calling it a "manifesto." His ambitions are global and his tone, altruistic. Zuckerberg writes: "Our greatest opportunities are now global — like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses — like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics." Zuckerberg speaks to people who dream of global citizenship, a borderless utopia that many political leaders around the world

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  • 30-year-old man found dead on rural Kitsap County road30-year-old man found dead on rural Kitsap County road

    SEABECK, Wash.  — Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was found dead in the middle of a rural residential road in Seabeck Saturday night as 30-year-old Hector “Ricky” Apodaca of Bremerton. Someone called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday about a body lying on Misery Point Road NW. Sheriff’s deputies and a Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue crew found a 30-year-old man in the middle of the street. They attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies determined the man died from “homicidal violence.” Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office or 911.

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  • 17-year-old stabs twin brother in Coulee City17-year-old stabs twin brother in Coulee City

    COULEE CITY, Wash. — A 17-year-old boy is dead and his twin brother is in custody after an early morning stabbing in Coulee City. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on West Washington Street at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. They found a stabbing victim. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His twin brother is in custody for investigation of manslaughter and assault-domestic violence. An autopsy will be scheduled by Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison. The names of the twins were withheld because they are juveniles. Deputies say there is no threat to the public.

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  • Trump Says, 'Look What's Happening In Sweden.' Sweden Asks, 'Wait, What?'Trump Says, 'Look What's Happening In Sweden.' Sweden Asks, 'Wait, What?'

    In the span of a single sentence, President Trump managed to flummox a nation. "We've got to keep our country safe," Trump said at a campaign-style rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?" Swedes, in turn, answered Trump's question with a question of their own: "Wait — what?" On Friday night — the night in question — a few things did, in fact, happen in Sweden. A Stockholm newspaper helpfully laid out a few of them: Technical problems threatened to derail a performance by singer Owe Thörnqvist. Harsh weather in the north of the country shut down a road. A high-speed chase in Stockholm ended with the driver under arrest. Aftonbladet listed a few more, to be sure — the trouble is, none of those events fits what Trump implied by including Sweden in a list of places that had recently suffered terrorist attacks. "Sweden — they took in large numbers," Trump continued

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  • Missing In Seattle Area: 75-year-old With Dementia (Update) - Patch.comMissing In Seattle Area: 75-year-old With Dementia (Update) - Patch.com

    Patch.comMissing In Seattle Area: 75-year-old With Dementia (Update)Patch.comAntonio Agtarap is said to frequent the Rainier Beach area and the South Lake Union neighborhood in downtown Seattle. Police advise that you call 911 if you see him. MISSING: Antonio Agtarap, 75, has dementia. 5'04", 150 lbs. Known to frequent Rainier ...

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  • Looking for a ‘second chance’: Dozens attend deportation forum in TacomaLooking for a ‘second chance’: Dozens attend deportation forum in Tacoma

    TACOMA, Wash. – Rithy Yin lives in constant fear. “Knowing you could be ripped from your family at any time is a lot,” Yin explained. “It takes a toll on you.” Yin was one of dozens of people who turned out for a “Deportation Awareness Forum” in Tacoma. Related: Trump considers immigration roundups in the Pacific Northwest He is also one of eight Cambodian-American men in Washington state who activists say are facing immediate deportation to Cambodia for crimes committed years ago. “It’s stressful,” Yin added. “I try to be as positive as I can, busy as I can, but you never what’s going to happen.” He was 2 years old when he came to the country as a refugee, fleeing the genocide and violence during the Khmer Rouge regime. At 18, he committed an armed robbery, for which he served 10 years in prison. Now, 36 years old, Yin says he has turned his life around. “I’ve owned up to it,” Yin said. “I’m not trying to justify it. I was in the wrong, trying to right my wrong and just looking for a second chance.” Thy Son has also lived with a similar uncertainty weighing on her shoulders for the last few years. Her husband, the father of her two young children, is facing deportation for drug offenses he committed as a teenager. He was just 6 months old when he came to the U.S. “It hurts, and to know that my kids might grow up to not have a father and I don’t want that to happen,” Son said. Son’s aunt, Vanna Sing, organized the forum to bring education and hope to these families under the threat of separation. She also has two more family members facing the same fate. “There is hope,” Sing explained. “And if we come together, we can learn how to do it and do what we need to do.” Advocates are calling on lawmakers to help. They believe the U.S. government must bear some responsibility for its bombings of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, which contributed to the political instability that allowed the Khmer Rouge to come into power. “I do feel betrayed because they accepted us with open arms and raised us after everything that went on,” Yin said. “And I make a mistake and I feel like they turned their back on me.”

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  • Inferiority complex might be keeping some American workers down - The Seattle TimesInferiority complex might be keeping some American workers down - The Seattle Times

    Inferiority complex might be keeping some American workers downThe Seattle TimesThe Seattle area has a strong history of labor activism, but that's not the case everywhere in the country. Different values prevail in places like South Carolina, where Boeing workers voted last week not to join a union. The regional difference is in ...

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  • Students frustrated trying to get into UW's strict engineering program - The Seattle TimesStudents frustrated trying to get into UW's strict engineering program - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesStudents frustrated trying to get into UW's strict engineering programThe Seattle TimesKussick had sailed through Seattle's Roosevelt High with top grades. When he entered the UW, the Seattle native was thinking about a career designing cutting-edge rehabilitation tools that could help wounded veterans get back on their feet, or athletes ...

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  • Fire destroys landmark restaurant, ‘it’s a loss to the city’Fire destroys landmark restaurant, ‘it’s a loss to the city’

    Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A landmark restaurant sustained heavy damage Sunday morning in a fire the Marysville Fire District is calling a “big loss for the community.” Firefighters were dispatched just after 4 a.m. to the Village Restaurant at 220 Ash Avenue. About an hour later, a second alarm was activated in response to the fire. Smoke pouring from the structure could be seen from Interstate 5. No one is believed to have been inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported. “It's a landmark building here in Marysville. It's been here for a long time. This is a big loss for the community. There's going to be a lot of damage to repair. It's going to take a while to build,” said Christie Veley, Marysville Fire District PIO. Veley says the roof of the building collapsed as firefighters were working to put out the fire. Estimated property loss is valued at more than $1 million. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters from several nearby cities assisted the Marysville Fire Department. Areas of Ash Ave. and Beach Ave. between 4th St. and 2nd St. were closed to traffic Sunday morning due to the fire response. #Q13FOX Fire has all but destroyed the iconic Village Restaurant in Marysville. @Marysville_Fire still dousing hot spots. pic.twitter.com/0LXkRh7upI — DJack The Photog (@djackthephotog) February 19, 2017

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  • Japanese Americans remember a dark chapter when they were 'more number than name'Japanese Americans remember a dark chapter when they were 'more number than name'

    When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration last month banning people from seven countries from entering the United States, some of the loudest opponents were Japanese Americans. They have long memories of another executive order, No. 9066, that forced all Japanese Americans on the West Coast from their homes and businesses during World War II. In 1942, almost 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most American citizens and farmers, were incarcerated in what were euphemistically called “relocation” or “internment” camps. Last summer, I got on a bus in San Francisco’s Japantown to join a four-day pilgrimage to one of these camps — the former Tule Lake Segregation Center , just south of the Oregon border in Modoc County. The Segregation Center was located in the Tule Lake Basin, where irrigated fields still butt up against dusty land, interrupted by scrub brush and dramatic outcroppings Credit: Gen Fujitani Out the bus window, I saw the sparsely populated Tule

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  • Iraq Opens Offensive On Western Mosul In New Push To Reclaim ISIS StrongholdIraq Opens Offensive On Western Mosul In New Push To Reclaim ISIS Stronghold

    The Iraqi offensive to retake the western half of Mosul has begun, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday. The long-awaited assault comes just over a month after Iraqi forces largely cleared Islamic State militants from the districts east of the Tigris River in the major Iraqi city. "We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming Nineveh to liberate the western side of Mosul," Abadi said in a televised speech. Using a common Arabic acronym for ISIS, Abadi added: "Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh." Commanders of the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fear an even bloodier challenge awaits them on the western side of the Tigris in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and ISIS' last remaining major stronghold in the country. The crowded nature of the area, with its narrow streets and hundreds of thousands of civilians, threatens the possibility of close, urban warfare — as dangerous for the civilians there as for the

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  •  SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad

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  • Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

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There was embarrassment, shame, depression. Then in the 1970s, taking up the call from the Civil Rights movement, Asian American students, professors, and workers became activists. We were emboldened by our participation in the anti-war movement, the formation of ethnic studies and threats to Seattle’s International District, our historic home. We wanted to know the truth about what happened before our time, so we created community-based media such as the Asian Family Affair and International Examiner newspapers. We pursued oral histories by the first and second generation Japanese Americans who had endured what we called “the camp experience.” We found artwork, poetry and photographs of the 10 concentration camps. We uncovered legal cases. Federal courts finally held that there had been no military necessity for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. After all, there had not been a single case of espionage or spying for the government of Japan among them. Building up to the executive order President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941. Thousands of men, women, and children of Japanese descent who lived on the West Coast were ordered from their homes and incarcerated in camps, limited to one suitcase each. There were no trials, nor any direct accusations of aiding the country that had attacked the United States. But the executive order against Japanese immigrants and their American-born offspring did not come from out of the blue. Japanese newcomers had been arriving in Pacific Northwest port cities and building lively communities for about 50 years. They first came to the United States to work on lumber and railroads, and then branched out to fishing and agriculture. Many settled in the surrounding areas of King, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties. Japanese farmers worked hard to establish farms in Yakima, Toppenish, Wapato. Japantown in Seattle’s International District featured grocery stores, cafes, and services in the home language, as well as labor, music, and prefectural clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese dry goods. The taste of home was found in Japanese restaurants serving the familiar sukiyaki and miso soup. Excellent florists were supplied by Japanese greenhouses. The best strawberries came from Japanese farms in Bellevue, Bainbridge, Kent Valley. The community supported several Japanese-language newspapers and the English-language Japanese American Courier. Buddhist, Catholic, and other Christian churches provided spiritual guidance in Japanese and more chances for social solidarity. The Japanese School kept up the old language. Japanese enriched their cultural life through traditional drama, dance and music performances. In 1900, there were six Japanese- owned hotels. By 1925, there were 127 Japanese-owned or managed hotels, mainly in the downtown area. Even after the Depression decimated businesses all over Seattle, the Japanese entrepreneurs survived. By 1940, when Japanese were 2 percent of Seattle’s population, they owned 63 percent of produce greenhouses, 63 percent of hotels and apartments, 15 percent of restaurants, 23 percent of dry-cleaning shops, and 17 percent of groceries in Seattle. They were very successful but not accepted by all. Politicians, journalists, and lobbying groups had become wary of this group of immigrants who spoke a strange language, tended to stick together and prayed in temples wearing robes. The immigrants’ hard work began to compete with local businesses and farmers. And they seemed to want to live permanently in America. In 1921, Washington State enacted the Alien Land Law, wherein non-citizens of Japanese ancestry could not own land. Some purchased real estate in the name of their American-born children. The Immigration Act of 1924 cut the ow of newcomers from Japan, saying that “aliens ineligible for citizenship” should not be allowed to move to this country or become citizens. Furthermore, real estate red-lining meant that Japanese immigrants could not buy or rent in any neighborhood they chose. Thus, they were kept to Japantown, the International District, and in the Central Area. This lack of freedom of movement—long before the incarceration order—contributed to the notion that Japanese were clannish, secretive, and not English-speaking. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought anti-Japanese hysteria and the Japanese on the West Coast were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Only a few politicians, such as the mayors of Tacoma and Wapato, opposed the incarceration. A respected journalist in Bainbridge, Walt Woodard, wrote against the incarceration. In April 1942, over several days, 7,000 Seattle Japanese—the majority of them American citizens—were sent by train to Camp Harmony, hastily built from horse stalls at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. After a few months, they were sent to Camp Minidoka in the barren desert of southern Idaho. Others were sent to the Tule Lake camp in northern California. It became the biggest and most heavily guarded of the 10 camps, with 19,000 residents. My mother, the American daughter of immigrants who had been living in Sacramento, was incarcerated there. It’s where she met my father, another American child of immigrants, who was serving in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service teaching the Japanese language. Many Nisei (second-generation) soldiers joined the U.S. Army. Some served in the highly decorated 442nd and 100th battalions, which served in European battle zones and suffered high casualties. At the same time, a brave few Japanese Americans sat in jail for resisting the forced-evacuation order. Gordon Hirabayashi, a University of Washington student, spent time in jail for resisting being sent to the camps. While he was jailed in King County, hundreds of UW students marched in protest. Hirabayashi finally was vindicated more than 40 years later, by the Ninth Court of Appeals. The court found that there had been no military necessity for the evacuation because there had been no proof that Japanese committed spying or espionage. The camps closed by the fall of 1945, after the nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing about 200,000. My mother’s older brother died in the Hiroshima blast. But the oppression didn’t end with the official close of the camps. Many Japanese had no home to come back to. Often their old neighborhoods and former places of employment were hostile to their return, with graffiti stating “No Japs Wanted” scrawled on their old homes. Few Japanese farmers returned to their former homesteads. Employers refused to rehire Japanese, fearing open rebellion from their other workers or customers. Reparations for Japanese Americans who were sent to the camps came in 1988, after 43 years of activism, political advocacy, negotiation, and legislation. An act of Congress authorized a payment of $20,000 for each person who had been imprisoned in camp. American concentration camps can, and did, happen. Both citizens and non-citizens were imprisoned with no due process of law. Today, we are left with these questions: How does an immigrant community face racist and religious hatred? What responsibility do we all have to prevent another mass incarceration of a single ethnic group with no due process under our Constitution? And if it does happen, what recourse is there for redress? For more opinion stories, click here

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Griggs was commissioned to create the project around the Panama Hotel and as he delved into the research phase, he grew increasingly interested in the history of racism and social justice. The show features original jazz com- positions interwoven with stories narrating the Japanese-American experience, with a heavy focus on World War II. Griggs’ compositions for the production contain a simplicity that still packs a punch. “I was at the Japanese garden and arboretum and I just was noticing how everything was pruned so you could see through the plants … there’s a transparency to it but also an integrity. I wanted the music to sound at the same time simple and transparent, but also very powerful in its impact. I felt like there is kind of a Japanese design aesthetic where things are very simple but powerful,” said Griggs. In the piece “Desert,” Griggs creates a melancholic landscape through the melody, emoting the first glimpse of a barren desert where Japanese Americans were housed in barracks during the incarceration. “Kimi Ga Yo,” an instrumental rendition of the Japanese national anthem, begins with a simple melody played by the vibraphone and slowly gains layers as other instruments join in. The piece is Griggs’ favorite and he said it often moves audience members. When the ensemble first started playing “Kimi Ga Yo,” audience members would softly hum and sing along to the familiar melody. “Some Japanese Americans came up to me [afterward] and said that they hadn’t heard that song in 40 years and appreciated hearing it,” said Griggs. As part of his research while creating “Panama Jazz Hotel,” Griggs looked through archives, and read many books, such as John Okada’s No-No Boy to compose pieces that told the story of the Panama Hotel and Japanese Americans in Seattle. He also talked to individuals with family backgrounds connected to the time period. Sometimes, history naturally presented a scene for Griggs to paint with music. At other times, he said that he would have to look harder to find nuanced emotions he could weave into his pieces. For Griggs, Mary Matsuda’s Looking Like the Enemy gave him an especially intimate look at what individuals experienced during the incarceration. “One of the things that stood out for me was that she really described her feelings,” Griggs said. “Many of the memoirs that I had read described a lot of information but didn’t really reveal their feeling, so Mary’s story gave me kind of access to that inner life … I decided to use a scene from her book and so then I started realizing I needed to coalesce a story around scenes.” The Steve Griggs Ensemble performed “Panama Hotel Jazz” at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience on February 2. The seamlessness with which Griggs and his ensemble have sewn together history, narrative, and music gives the show depth and the ability to keep the audience engaged. The music isn’t just situated between stories; it carries the story forward, much like a cinematic score, where the music helps create moving pictures in the mind’s eye. Over the years, audience members have come up and shared their personal stories with Griggs. “In August I met a Japanese American man in the audience and he told me, ‘I was the youngest evacuee from Seattle.’ He was three months old when he was taken to camp and I found his picture in the Seattle Times. People have brought photos, some people told me the stories of how they met their spouse in the camps. Some people brought letters and things that were written by people in camps. … It’s just been an amazing experience to connect with these stories,” Griggs said. This mélange of music and history highlighting local social justice struggles has become a staple of Griggs’ work. This August he will premier his next show which tells the story of Native American carver John T. Williams, who was killed by a Seattle police officer. All of Griggs’ work is free to the public. He tries to fund his pieces through grants as much as possible. He believes it is important for these performances to be open to the public because of the nature of their content. “The kind of impact this program has had has been beyond my wildest dreams and I invite people, everyone to enjoy the music and hopefully learn something important about the place we live,” said Griggs. The performances are made possible by 4Culture Historic Site Specific Grant, The National Park Service’ Japanese Confinement Sites Grant, and a grant from City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Funding for “Panama Hotel Jazz” runs out this month. The last show will play at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center on February 19, on the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. For more arts, click here

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  • Funding Equity: Washingtonians stand together for targeted tax reformFunding Equity: Washingtonians stand together for targeted tax reform

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  • DACA recipient left in detentionDACA recipient left in detention

    In a case that could set national precedents, Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old beneficiary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will remain in detention in Tacoma. Despite pleading from his lawyers, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue chose, out of what appeared to be an abundance of procedural caution, to kick the case first to a lower immigration court. The decision was a disappointment for supporters of Ramirez Medina, who has been in detention for a week since Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided his home in search of his father. But it does not close any legal doors. His attorneys, Theodore Boutrous and Mark Rosenbaum, still have their sights set on a precedent-setting decision that would explicitly forbid the federal government from detaining DACA protection recipients without normal probable cause and due process considerations. Before the attorneys get a chance to make that argument, the immigration court will first take on the case as if it were a more standard immigration dispute, rather than the national microcosm it’s become. In an unusual move, Donohue ordered the case expedited, to be completed in immigration court by the end of next week. (In a sign of how unusual that may be, he asked the U.S. Justice Department lawyers to pass on his apology for the rush to whichever immigration judge handles the case.) The immigration court could order Ramirez Medina’s release, but that would not mean anything for other DACA recipients nor would it address Boutrous and Rosenbaum’s larger concerns about whether ICE violated Ramirez Medina’s constitutional rights. Judge Donohue made it clear, however, that the case should come straight back to either his court or the court of a U.S. District Court Judge, which seems likely whatever the outcome. Reuters first broke the news that Ramirez Medina had been detained, the first recorded incident of a DACA recipient being apprehended. His father was reportedly the target of the raid, but Ramirez Medina was arrested. The case is particularly sensitive because hundreds of thousands of young people, in order to obtain DACA status, turned over every detail of their lives. It’s still unclear whether Ramirez Medina’s arrest was a mistake or targeted, but regardless, it set off alarm bells that President Donald Trump’s administration might be weaponizing the reams of information the government holds on these DACA recipients. Perhaps indicative of the times, even basic facts about the case are in dispute. Quickly after his arrest, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying Ramirez Medina was an admitted gang member and a public safety threat and therefore not entitled to his DACA status. Not only have his lawyers disputed this — pointing to his clean criminal record and twice-approved DACA status — they’ve accused the federal government of doctoring files to make it look like Ramirez Medina was confessing to gang affiliation when he was not. The arguments before the court Friday ended up focused largely on jurisdiction. In its brief and in court, the federal government sought to paint the case as a more standard immigration case, one in which so-called removal proceedings (aimed at deportation) had already begun. In that context, it is indeed the jurisdiction of lower immigration courts to rule. Although Ramirez Medina is, under current law, allowed to stay in this country, the federal government is contending that his accused affiliation with gangs revokes that right. But Ramirez Medina’s attorneys hammered on this not being a typical immigration case at all. As a DACA recipient, they argued, Ramirez Medina has a constitutional right to due process and probable cause protections. The federal government has presented very little in the way of evidence that Ramirez Medina was a threat or at all affiliated with gangs. Therefore, the attorneys argue, his arrest and detention are both unconstitutional. What’s really being argued, they said, is a “classic habeas case” related to whether Ramirez Medina’s arrest was legal or not. Under that lens, Donohue’s courtroom is just the place. “If the court didn’t have jurisdiction, what would it mean?” asked Rosenbaum. “…It would mean that ICE could come in kidnap him, put a bag on his head, take him to facilities” and then later contend that the case should focus on removal proceedings, not the arrest itself. Their biggest worry was that the government could use an unconstitutional arrest as a means to overturn his DACA status, therefore making his arrest constitutional — “a true Catch-22,” said Rosenbaum. On top of that, his lawyers sought “declaratory relief” for all DACA recipients, a ruling from the court that would make explicit that each is guaranteed the same constitutional rights as citizens. Whether granted or denied, the decision on that request could set a far-reaching precedent. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney in Western Washington said Justice Department attorneys had no comment on the case. Judge Donohue clearly did not feel comfortable going around the lower courts. “I feel it is my duty to refer the case to an immigration judge,” he said, but added, “It does not defer the fact that substantive issues of due process [must] be considered.” That immigration hearing will conclude by next Friday and then the next District Court hearing will occur March 8. When the case returns, it would like go to U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, unless the two parties agree to let it go back to Magistrate Judge Donohue’s desk, something he’s open to. “I think it’s an interesting case and I’d love to be involved,” he said. The case could end in a number of different ways. Ramirez Medina could either stay in detention, be deported or be released, all as an individual case. Or his case could lead to a road map for future cases. In the meantime, he has at least a week and likely more to spend in the detention center in Tacoma.

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  • Release Denied For ‘Dreamer’ Detained By Immigration AgentsRelease Denied For ‘Dreamer’ Detained By Immigration Agents

    SEATTLE (AP) – A federal magistrate on Friday declined to immediately release a man arrested by immigration agents last week despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue said in U.S. District Court in Seattle that Daniel Ramirez Medina must request a bond hearing from a federal immigration judge and that the hearing should take place within a week. While Donohue deferred to the immigration judge on the custody issue, he said the case would return to his court on the issue of whether the federal court has jurisdiction to hear Ramirez’s claims that his detention violated his rights. The judge also said he recognized the unusual nature of the case and noted that there are others in similar situations to Ramirez who want answers. The U.S. Justice Department argued that there was “no legal basis for a district court to consider any challenge” to the detention of Ramirez, 23, in part because his case is pending in immigration court. “We’re hopeful the immigration judge will recognize there’s no reason to keep Mr. Ramirez,” Theodore Boutrous, one of his attorneys said outside the courthouse after Friday’s hearing. Ramirez is being held at a federal detention center in Tacoma and did not appear in the courtroom. Ramirez’s attorneys said the bond hearing will only deal with the question of Ramirez’s immediate release. They said they eventually want to get the court to develop standards to protect others under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “This case is about more than Mr. Ramirez. We want to get him out of detention and protect his rights. But this could affect hundreds of thousands of people, and the judge recognized today that this case is important beyond this case,” he added. The father of three was arrested last week, thrusting him into a national debate over the immigration priorities of President Donald Trump. Some saw the detention as the opening salvo in an attack on former President Barack Obama’s DACA program, while federal authorities suggested it was simply a routine exercise of their authority. Dozens of people demonstrated in his support outside the courthouse before and after Friday’s hearing. Some held signs that said “Free Daniel,” or “No Deportations: Not 1 More.” Seattle City Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez, who attended the hearing, said afterward that she was disappointed but was glad for an expedited bond hearing. “The faster we can resolve this, the better for Daniel and his family and the 750,000 dreamers that are currently living in limbo across the country,” she said. “It worries me that our current president is creating worry in our community,” said Antonio Amaya, who brought his two young children to the morning rally. “I brought my kids here because it’s important to teach my kids that the struggle needs to continue.” But Ramirez attorney Mark Rosenbaum assured those benefiting from the DACA program that “there’s no need to panic today.” “There’s no reason to think this manner will not be resolved properly,” he added. “We are frustrated that he (Ramirez) remains in detention for even a single hour more, but DACA is still the law, it’s still on the books.” Court documents filed by the government said Ramirez admitted to having gang ties when questioned by an immigration agent. His lawyers called the allegation false and said the federal government has failed to show proof of that statement. The court documents also said Ramirez had a “gang tattoo” on his forearm, but Rosenbaum said the agents misidentified it. He said it reads “La Paz BCS.” La Paz means “Peace” in Spanish and is also the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, where Ramirez was born, he said. Ramirez is father of a 3-year-old son who is a U.S. citizen, his lawyers have said. He worked on farms picking fruit in California before moving to Washington, and he twice passed background checks to participate in the DACA program- most recently last spring, they said. Immigration agents found him earlier this month when they went to an apartment complex in the Seattle suburb of Des Moines to arrest his father, identified as Antonio Ramirez-Polendo. Ramirez-Polendo was deported eight times between 2000 and 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday, and he served a year in prison in Washington state for felony drug trafficking. The DACA program – referred to as “Dreamers” by supporters and derided as “illegal amnesty” by critics – has protected about 750,000 immigrants since its inception in 2012. It allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Ramirez was being held at a detention center in Tacoma pending deportation proceedings. About 1,500 immigrants granted DACA status since 2012 have had it revoked because of criminal convictions or gang affiliations. ___ Associated Press writers Gene Johnson and Lisa Baumann contributed to this report.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Man Sentenced For Fatal Shooting At Seattle UniversityMan Sentenced For Fatal Shooting At Seattle University

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  • Q&A: Both sides of case after man denied release from immigration detention centerQ&A: Both sides of case after man denied release from immigration detention center

    A federal magistrate in Seattle declined to release a man arrested by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally. Related: Rallies, protests planned in Seattle this weekend Court documents filed by the government allege Ramirez admitted to having gang, which the government said led to his detainment. Ramirez’s lawyers called the allegation false. Read key developments from both sides in the case below and then scroll down for an expanded Q&A at this story. How was Ramirez detained? Ramirez was arrested Feb. 10 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration agents found him when they went to an apartment complex in the Seattle suburb of Des Moines to arrest his father, Antonio Ramirez-Polendo. Ramirez-Polendo was deported eight times between 2000 and 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday, and served a year in prison in Washington state for felony drug trafficking. The complaint filed by his attorneys says: “Nevertheless, Mr. Ramirez was taken into custody by several ICE agents at or around 9 a.m. PST on Friday, February, 10, 2017. Mr. Ramirez was asleep at his father’s home in Seattle, Washington, when the agents arrived and arrested Mr. Ramirez’s father. The agents had an arrest warrant for Mr. Ramirez’s father.” The complaint says that after his arrest, Ramirez’s father granted ICE officers permission to enter his home so he could inform his two sons about his arrest. When ICE agents entered, they questioned Ramirez about his legal status, then took him to a processing center in Seattle. Ramirez informed the officers about his work permit under DACA. But the document says one of the ICE agents replied: “It doesn’t matter, because you weren’t born in this country.” Ramirez was transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, said Richeson, the ICE spokeswoman. Despite the fact that his attorneys said Ramirez had his DACA identification with him at the time, he was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked and taken to the Tacoma detention center. Ramirez is in custody in Tacoma. What is DACA? Ramirez’s arrest last week has thrust him into a national debate over the immigration priorities of President Donald Trump. Some saw the detention as the opening salvo in an attack on former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while federal authorities suggested that it was simply a routine exercise of their authority. The DACA program, which began in 2012, defers removal action against an individual for a certain period of time, covering certain people who were brought to the U.S. at a young age. In order to apply, individuals had to provide the government with personal information, pay a fee and submit to a background check. The DACA program — referred to as “Dreamers” by supporters and derided as “illegal amnesty” by critics — has protected about 750,000 immigrants since its inception in 2012. It allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. About 1,500 immigrants who have been granted DACA status since 2012 have had it revoked because of criminal convictions or gang affiliations. Ramirez’s lawyers said he worked on farms picking fruit in California before moving to Washington, and he twice passed background checks to participate in the DACA program, most recently last spring, they said. What has the government said about Ramirez?  Court documents filed by the government Thursday said Ramirez admitted to having gang ties when he was questioned by an immigration agent. Ramirez was questioned Feb. 10 about his alleged gang activity after being taken to an ICE holding facility in Tukwila. That was after ICE officers said Ramirez and his father told officers that Ramirez is here illegally. ICE’s brief said Ramirez also told an officer that he was previously arrested, though it’s not clear for which case. The government’s filing confirmed that Ramirez has no criminal record. Ramirez’s only court record in Washington is a deferred traffic ticket for going 5 miles over the speed limit last year in Thurston County. That ticket was deferred after he paid a $150 fine. What is Ramirez’s alleged gang affiliation? Ramirez has a gang tattoo on his forearm and told an Immigration and Customs Enforcement he “used to hang out with the Surenos in California,” that he fled California to escape from gangs, and that he “still hangs out with the Paizas in Washington State,” according to ICE’s legal response made public Thursday morning. Photos of Ramirez’s tattoo in the federal court file are redacted. Ramirez’s attorney claims the tattoo was misidentified. His attorney said the tattoo says “La Paz BCS,” referring to the term “peace” in Spanish and Baja California Sur, where Ramirez’s attorney said he was born. The ICE brief filed Thursday does not link Ramirez to specific incidents with either gang. What are the Surenos? What are the Piazas? The Surenos, also known as the Sur 13, is a term for affiliated gangs that started in California. The term was first used in the 1970s as a result of a California prison war between the Mexican Mafia and Nuestra Famila and the war resulted in territorial division between northern and southern California gang members, according to the Samson County Sheriff’s Office. The Paizas, also referred to as the Paisas, is a gang that has been linked to Washington and at least seven other states by the FBI, which also says the gang has ties to incarcerated gang members. News reports also link the gang to prison violence. What do the attorneys say? Ramirez’s attorney, Mark Rosenbaum, told reporters in a conference call Thursday that he believes the government is trying to cover up mistakes made by immigration agents, calling his client’s arrest a “bogus operation.” His attorney said in a written statement that the government’s claims “are unequivocally false and irresponsible.” “The Department of Justice alleges that while in custody, Mr. Ramirez acknowledged that he ‘used to hang out with’ and ‘still hangs out with’ members of two gangs,” Rosenbaum said. “This is false. Mr. Ramirez did not say these things because they are not true. And while utterly implausible and wholly fabricated, these claims still would not be sufficient evidence that Mr. Ramirez is a threat to the public safety or national security.” As written in the section above, attorney claims his tattoo was misidentified. Lawyers said the tattoo says “La Paz BCS,” referring to the term “peace” in Spanish and Baja California Sur, where Ramirez’s attorney said he was born. Rosenbaum and his team released a photo of a form that they said was tampered with, to make it appear as if Ramirez admitted gang affiliation. They said Ramirez filled out a form in pencil on Feb. 10 when he was admitted to the Tacoma detention facility, requesting to not be classified with the prison gang members, because he isn’t in a gang. In the denial response returned Feb. 15, there are eraser marks, deleting the words “I came in and the officer said”. Instead, the visible section shows only what followed those words “I have gang affiliation…” On Friday, Ramirez’s attorneys released video that shows his arrest. What happened in Friday’s court hearing? In documents filed Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department said there is “no legal basis for a district court to consider any challenge” to the detention of Ramirez because his case is pending in immigration court. But Ramierz’s attorney still asked a federal judge to release him on Friday. A federal magistrate declined the release. Attorney for #DACase says he does not think the other 700,000 ‘Dreamers’ have anything to fear. ‘We will win this,’ he said. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/D7XCy1gcjz — DeborahHorne (@DeborahKIRO7) February 17, 2017 Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue said Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle that Ramirez must request a bond a hearing from a federal immigration judge and should get one within a week. “We will continue to fight for Daniel’s immediate release as long as the government continues its unjustified and unlawful detention. We appreciate the Court’s directive that Mr. Ramirez be granted a timely bond hearing in immigration court, which will allow us another opportunity to request his release,” Rosenbaum said. How Seattle has reacted? Elected leaders, including Seattle’s mayor and Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell, made statements against the arrest by immigration officials of Daniel Ramirez Medina. Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant organized the rally called “Free Daniel.” Around 200 people attended the rally. SEATTLE – “Free Daniel Now!!” Outside of federal courthouse @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/Q7p8CbbInd — Rob Munoz (@RobKIRO7) February 17, 2017 Hundreds attended the event and then marched through the streets of Seattle near the convention center. They blocked an intersection near the convention center and then continued their march toward South Lake Union.

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  • Report: String of neo Nazi posters posted at UWReport: String of neo Nazi posters posted at UW

    A University of Washington theater group reported that their door was plastered with neo Nazi posters this week. It is the latest in a handful of similar incidents on the college campus. Related: Why you can’t stand Milo Yianopoulos — or why you love him The Seattle PI reports that students were performing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on Wednesday night. At one point, the theater crew smelled what they thought was spray paint. Upon further inspection, the smell turned out to be spray adhesive used to post neo Nazi posters all over the front door of the Glenn Hughes Theatre on campus. The Stranger further reports that the student actors were startled — all the leads are people of color, and the audience was diverse as well. It’s not the first such incident. The Stranger has also reported about other sightings of neo Nazi posters on the UW campus in recent months. The posters ask people to “join your local Nazis” which are “congregating near you.” They promote that a race war will soon begin, causing the world to burn. More and more neo Nazi posters According to the PI, the neo Nazi posters have been popping up all over campus in recent weeks. UW Police Commander Steve Rittereiser told the PI that the posters are “not all that unusual” to see around UW. He notes that they seem to have considerably increased in frequency since Inauguration Day. The commander said they have commonly been spotted in Red Square. The square is where numerous demonstrations take place, and where a man was shot by a Milo Yiannopoulos supporter outside an event where Yiannopoulos was speaking. Yiannopoulos is known as an alt-right speaker and is considered highly controversial. The purpose of the posters appear to be for recruitment by The Atomwaffen Division. The group’s Twitter page has bragged about reports of its posters being found at UW. It also tweets pictures of its group’s flag hanging at various UW campus locations. Their rhetoric targets the LGBTQ community, Jewish people and other minorities. Other tweets post battle images from WWII, or photos of Atomwaffen members holding firearms — their faces covered with a skull and crossbones image. The group appears to have a connection to Iron March, an online forum for white supremacists, promoting fascism. Attomwaffen also links to a website called Rope Culture, again, a white supremacist site.  

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  • Last-Minute Plans: 79 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 17-19, 2017Last-Minute Plans: 79 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 17-19, 2017

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  • Keidel: The Simmering Durant-Westbrook FeudKeidel: The Simmering Durant-Westbrook Feud

    By Jason Keidel During the interminable, snow-coated NBA season, it’s hard to keep the media and masses awake for 82 games. People don’t really pay attention until the fourth quarter of games and the fourth quarter of the season — the playoffs. But this season has been rife with soap operatic entertainment. Will LeBron James, on the wrong side of 30, endure the incessant pounding and endless minutes on his epic frame? Will Carmelo Anthony finish his wholly unfulfilled season (and career) in New York, or be traded to a contender before Feb 23? Then there’s the kaleidoscopic friendship that has morphed into the feud du jour: the tete-a-tete between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. And there’s no middle ground. You’re either with Westbrook, the gifted guard who fills the box score like Oscar Robertson, who has become the emblem of loyalty and fidelity, who didn’t leave OKC burning like his former brethren. (Westbrook is like the last solider defending the fort, despite the impossible odds of winning.) Or you’re in Camp Durant, all about upward mobility, about taking the better gig with the bigger group. The all-world forward joined a team that won 73 games last season, leaving former players and pundits calling an aesthetic, technical foul. Of course, it’s more than one thing with Durant. There are almost too many layers to his treasonous move to Golden State. Not only did he leave Westbrook and OKC in the lurch, he joined the team OKC should have beaten in last year’s conference title series. While Thunder fans would have had a lingering dissatisfaction no matter where Durant went, they could have metabolized any destination except Oakland. The whole thing jarred our old-school sensibilities. You’re allowed to switch teams for more money, for warm weather, even for a few more wins. But you don’t cross the symbolic line and join your archenemies. It’s no different from Bird joining the Lakers, from Jordan joining the Pistons or Magic joining the Celtics. Just this week Johnson told ESPN that there’s no way on earth he would have welcomed Larry Bird to Los Angeles. Likewise, Jordan has expressed a similar allergy toward snuggling with the enemy. To his critics, Durant didn’t embrace the natural progression of building your roster, and yourself, until you huff your way up to that final rung. Even if Durant and the obscenely good Warriors win the title this year, it could not possibly fill him with the same glowing satisfaction that would have come with doing it in Oklahoma City. Instead of leading a team to a title, it feels like Durant hopped on the Teflon bandwagon, already on its way to the top, to poach a ring, rather than earn it. Get more commentary from other CBS Local Sports Voices. On some level you have to feel some sympathy for Westbrook, who has become the leading scorer, passer and rebounder for the Thunder. He does everything but perform surgery and sell peanuts. And there’s more to this feud than two uber-competitive guys playing ball. It’s as if they shared a room with a slow gas leak, and Durant jumping ship was the spark that blew up the room. They had a grudging respect and faux friendship of forced smiles and chest bumps. But there’s clearly a simmering resentment that started long before Durant bolted for California. If Oklahomans didn’t already have a sporting complex, they surely do now. Despite the fact that they stuff their NBA arena and show frothing support every night, they still aren’t regarded highly enough to land an MLB or NFL team. Before the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City, you could argue that the only city sports fans knew was Norman, where Barry Switzer lorded over the only game in town. And even Switzer left his Sooners empire to scratch a professional itch. (Not to mention the Thunder once had three of the five best players on the planet — Westbrook, Durant and James Harden — all of whom are MVP candidates this year.) On the court, their play has assumed predictable arcs. Durant, always known for his humble, low-key regularity, has fit into the Warriors like a thread through his jersey. Their selfless play matches his humble demeanor and hungry game. While most of the Warriors have a ring from two years ago, adding a guy like Durant makes for perfect hardwood alchemy. If any of the veteran players loaf into the land of apathy, Durant will remind them of his ringless fingers. Westbrook has morphed into a triple-double machine, with almost every game nudging his name up the record books. Westbrook critics see this as the more perfect microcosm — a me-first diva who finally has the stage all to himself, his name the only one beaming from the team marquee. On the court, the Warriors (47-9) have lapped the field, as predicted. Meanwhile, the Thunder (32-25) are hanging in, scrappy and frantic, like their eclectic and electric guard. It wouldn’t be that way had Durant stayed in OKC. But then this season wouldn’t be so much fun. Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel.

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  • A forgotten piece of historyA forgotten piece of history

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  • Black Diamond City Council to consider 2017 budgetBlack Diamond City Council to consider 2017 budget

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  • Federal Judge Scolds State For Treatment Of Mentally IllFederal Judge Scolds State For Treatment Of Mentally Ill

    SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals “have constitutional rights that are being violated.” The number of people waiting for competency evaluations or treatment in custody has increased since April 2016 instead of going down, as the court ordered back in April 2015, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said Thursday in a written order. “They have been charged with criminal offenses but they have not been convicted, thus they enjoy the presumption of innocence which is a bedrock principle of our jurisprudence,” Pechman said. “They have not been found by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, unlike those under civil commitment orders.” Yet they wait for weeks or months for competency services while the state continues to pay fines being found in contempt of her court order to fix the problem. The state has paid $9.6 million in contempt fines so far. “This must stop,” she said. “The defendants cannot let the sanctions pile up while pleading lack of funding.” Pechman also scolded Carla Reyes, the Department of Social and Health Services assistant secretary, for telling the judge the state only planned to use the Yakima jail and another facility for a year, while at the same time advising the governor’s office that they planned to extend the contracts at those facilities into 2018. “This was done without notice to the court, the court monitor or the plaintiffs,” Pechman said. “This lack of candor violates the trust the court extended to the defendants to be in control of their own plans for compliance.” In a statement DSHS said it has made progress providing competency evaluations and is trying to comply with the court order “as quickly as possible.” “We join Judge Pechman, Governor Jay Inslee, members of the Legislature, law enforcement and, most importantly, the patients and their families, in our quest to provide quality mental health services in a timely manner,” said Pat Lashway, acting DSHS secretary. “We are all in this together.” The agency said it was working to have Western State Hospital, the state’s largest psychiatric hospital with about 800 beds, retain federal certification following concerns about patient safety. As of right now the agency says there’s not enough staff at Western to add more beds. Pechman issued a list of orders that the agency must implement immediately. The changes include hiring additional staff to handle evaluations and provide treatment, and make sure the staff has flexible hours to provide services on nights and weekends. “Those who are mentally ill deteriorate while jailed,” Pechman said, (while) “officers, other detainees, guards, and class members are put in danger, and the taxpayers pay daily to jail them.” Pechman set a reporting schedule for the agency to provide updates on its efforts to remedy the problems. ___   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Graham Scores 29 As Arizona State Tops Washington 83-81Graham Scores 29 As Arizona State Tops Washington 83-81

    SEATTLE (AP) – Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley experienced déjà vu when Washington freshman Markelle Fultz leapt to catch a half-court pass, turned around quickly and took a long shot at the buzzer. Hurley was Christian Laettner’s Duke teammate when the latter hit the iconic last-second shot against Kentucky to win their 1992 East Regional final. That moment flashed through Hurley’s mind when he followed the path of Fultz’s high-arcing shot. “I’ve been on the right side of that, way back when,” Hurley said. He was on Thursday night, too. Fultz’s half-court heave bounced off the front of the rim and Arizona State held on for an 83-81 victory over Washington. Torian Graham scored 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting for the Sun Devils (13-14, 6-8 in Pac-12), who won consecutive conference games for the first time all season. Tra Holder added 21 points and Shannon Evans II had 13 for ASU. Fultz scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting for the Huskies (9-17, 2-12). The freshman guard, who entered the evening as the Pac-12’s leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, missed the previous two games with a sore knee. Fellow freshman Carlos Johnson pitched in a career-high 19 points for Washington, which lost its eighth consecutive game. Arizona State opened the game on a 13-2 run punctuated by a spinning layup by Graham. Washington gradually played its way back into contention, however. David Crisp tied the score at 39 with a reverse layup and Fultz gave the Huskies their first lead with a long jumper shortly afterward, setting the halftime score at 41-39. Washington outscored the Sun Devils 26-9 over the final 7:32 of the first half. “I’m really excited by how scrappy and with how much heart our guys played with, to come back and take the lead,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. The teams traded 3-pointers and leads during the opening sequence of the second half, neither able to control momentum for long. Arizona State’s Obinna Oleka broke a 71-71 tie with an uncontested dunk, sparking a 6-0 Sun Devils run. ASU seemingly had the game wrapped up when Fultz was blocked at the rim with 9.8 seconds remaining, only for a technical foul to be assessed to Holder in the ensuing scramble for the ball. Washington guard Matisse Thybulle made both free throws to cut the deficit to 82-79, but Fultz’s would-be game tying 3-pointer was off the mark. The Huskies had one final chance after a lane violation was called on Graham’s second free throw with 1.1 seconds left, but Fultz’s half-court shot only iron. “It was good coaching to get the ball in his hands,” Hurley said. “He’s got some magic about him. We were fortunate that it caromed off.” BIG PICTURE Arizona State: The Sun Devils completed a season sweep of Washington for the first time since 2002-03. Washington: This might have been the Huskies’ last chance to pick up a third conference win. The Huskies host No. 5 Arizona this weekend before closing their season with three consecutive road games. HE SAID IT “It had a legitimate chance,” Romar said of Fultz’s last-second shot. “He practices those all the time. Dan Kingma threw a great pass, being the former Little League World Series guy that he is. He can make that pass. And Markelle can go get it. He came close.” STAT OF THE NIGHT Arizona State scored 23 points off turnovers to Washington’s nine. UP NEXT Arizona State: The Sun Devils travel to Washington State on Saturday. Washington: The Huskies host No. 5 Arizona on Saturday.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Despite Gov’t Claims, ‘Dreamer’ Lawyers Say Gang Ties FalseDespite Gov’t Claims, ‘Dreamer’ Lawyers Say Gang Ties False

    SEATTLE (AP) – A Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children admitted to having gang ties, the U.S. Justice Department said in court documents filed Thursday. However, Daniel Ramirez Medina’s lawyer Mark Rosenbaum said in a conference call late Thursday that the documents fail to provide even one piece of evidence that Ramirez is affiliated with any gang. “It is a blatant falsehood that defames this young man, I suppose, to justify what was a mistake at the beginning,” Rosenbaum said of the 23-year-old’s arrest and detention by immigration agents Friday. The government said in documents filed in U.S. District Court that Ramirez “stated ‘no, not no more,’ when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity.” The court documents also said Ramirez, who is Mexican and arrived in the U.S. at age 7, was asked by authorities who arrested him about a tattoo described in the documents as a “gang tattoo.” Ramirez responded that he hung around members of the Surenos gang in California, fled the state to escape gangs and also hung out with gang members in Washington state, the documents said. Ramirez’s arrest last week thrust him into a national debate over the immigration priorities of President Donald Trump. Some saw the detention as the opening salvo in an attack on former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while federal authorities suggested it was simply a routine exercise of their authority. Rosenbaum said the federal allegations were false and that authorities misidentified the one tattoo on Ramirez’s body. “Mr. Ramirez did not say these things because they are not true,” Rosenbaum said. “And while utterly implausible and wholly fabricated, these claims still would not be sufficient evidence that Mr. Ramirez is a threat to the public safety or national security.” The court documents blacked out a picture of the tattoo, but lawyers for Ramirez said it reads “La Paz BCS.” La Paz means “Peace” in Spanish and is also the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, where Ramirez was born. Rosenbaum also accused Imigration and Customs Enforcement officials of doctoring a form filled out by Ramirez asking to be transferred out of the gang unit at the detention center. Ramirez wrote on the paper that he is not a member of a gang and that’s he’s never been involved in gang activity, Rosenbaum said. But when Ramirez was denied the move and got a copy of the paper back, Rosenbaum said, some of the words had been erased, making the statement appear as though Ramirez had written that he was in a gang. “You can see that there are words that have been erased. That is serious and criminal conduct,” Rosenbaum said. The government has also given varying accounts of where and when Ramirez allegedly talked to agents about gang involvement, Rosenbaum said. An ICE spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Ramirez is the father of a 3-year-old son who is a U.S. citizen, his lawyers have said. He worked as a field hand picking fruit in California before moving to Washington, and he twice passed background checks to participate in the DACA program – most recently last spring, they said. An attorney for Ramirez also said Thursday that Ramirez has been emotionally distraught. The government’s filing confirmed that Ramirez has no criminal record, but said he told authorities he was recently arrested for speeding. Immigration agents found him last Friday when they went to an apartment complex in the Seattle suburb of Des Moines to arrest his father, identified as Antonio Ramirez-Polendo. Ramirez-Polendo was deported eight times between 2000 and 2006, ICE said Thursday, and served a year in prison in Washington state for felony drug trafficking. The DACA program – referred to as “Dreamers” by supporters and derided as “illegal amnesty” by critics – has protected about 750,000 immigrants since its inception in 2012. It allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Ramirez was being held at a detention center in Tacoma pending deportation proceedings. The statement said participants can have their status revoked if they’re found to pose a threat to national security or public safety. About 1,500 immigrants granted DACA status since 2012 have had it revoked because of criminal convictions or gang affiliations. Trump told a news conference Thursday that he intended to “deal with DACA with heart.” “The DACA situation is a very, very, it’s a very difficult thing for me because, you know, I love these kids,” Trump said. “I love kids. I have kids and grandkids.” ___ Associated Press writer Martha Bellisle in Seattle contributed to this report.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • How Do Americans Spend Their Tax Refund?How Do Americans Spend Their Tax Refund?

    CBS Local– It’s that time of year again: tax refund season. Whilst stressful, it’s a chance to get some money back into your bank account. If that happens, the first question is how do you spend your tax refund? Last year, the average tax refund was $2,860 according to GoBankingRates. Everyone could use an extra $2,860. In GoBankingRates’ survey, 41% of participants responsibly put the money into their savings account. Coming in a close second place at 38%, another responsible decision of paying off debt was the move. Well down the list was splurging on a purchase, 5%, and making a major purchase, 5%. The research is derived from a survey asking participants what they delegated their tax refund to. Two of the options included “I didn’t get a tax refund” and “none of the above”, and the data in the images excluded those answers. They crunched more numbers, too, and showed the breakdown by age. Their findings is that college age students are most likely to put the money in their savings. Least likely is the demographic just after college aged students, but they were most likely to use the refund to pay off debts, likely accrued from college. Those eligible for social security are most likely to put the money towards a vacation. What are you going to with your tax refund if you get one this year?

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  • Legislature may let police face shooting chargesLegislature may let police face shooting charges

    Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. That’s what happened this week, when a proposal to reform laws protecting police from prosecution for using deadly force received a last-minute boost in the state Senate — from the police themselves. With a key deadline approaching, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs sent a note to the members and chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, formally requesting that they approve the bill. For weeks, the bill had been hanging in the balance, but after getting the note, the committee approved the measure 5-2 on Thursday. With its passage out of the committee, headed by two prominent law-and-order Republicans, the proposal cleared one of the largest hurdles facing it in the Legislature. “This is the hardest bill I’ve ever had to work in my seven years down here,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. “I’m really grateful to two really pro-law enforcement senators, [Mike] Padden and [Steve] O’Ban, who understood what I was trying to do,” Frockt added, referring to the Republican senators who serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the committee. Their votes gave the bill the support it needed to move forward. In its current form — more than seven amendments and new versions were submitted before Thursday’s vote — the bill proposes removing a requirement that juries considering charges against police officers who use deadly force find evidence that they acted with malice. Community members and activists have long claimed the standard sets an impossibly high bar for charging even officers who shoot someone negligently or recklessly. The bill also adds significant funding for more training for police, as well as funding for smaller departments to buy less-lethal weapons like Tasers. The funding has been a key bargaining point of police representatives. The last-minute intervention, Frockt said, was a crucial boost for the measure, which in prior weeks had hung in limbo as he and two legislators in the state House worked with advocates and police to come to a version both sides could live with. The episode also points to the tremendous influence of one side of that bargaining team — the police — among legislators. Before the Thursday committee vote, prominent Republicans expressed openness to the bill but that was almost universally tempered with deference to law enforcement. Senate Republican Majority Floor Leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn, said he was in favor of eliminating the malice language from the law. But, Fain added later, “the opinion of law enforcement does matter, because they’re the ones who are under fire.” O’Ban likewise had said he was “keenly aware” that the state’s inclusion of a difficult-to-surmount malice standard makes it “anomalous.” But, he added, “I’m going to weigh heavily the opinion of the police in that.” For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, responded less specifically when asked the other day how he weighed law enforcement opinions on the bill. But Schoesler gave what could be interpreted as another sign of his attitude toward police. The afternoon that he spoke, two pins were visible on the lapels of his crisp suit: an American flag and the black-and-green emblem of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. By all accounts, it was the withholding of endorsements from not only the sheriffs and chiefs’ association, which represents upper level management but also also at least two major rank-and-file police unions — the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and the Fraternal Order of Police — that held the bill in limbo. As of Thursday, no rank-and-file unions had endorsed the bill, Frockt said, but the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association’s endorsement, along with that of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, turned out to be enough to carry the bill out of the committee. Run by Padden, who earlier called the opinion of police groups “central” to whether he would bring the bill to a vote, the committee was considered by many to be perhaps the highest hurdle any such proposal would have to clear in the Legislature. Still, Frockt was guarded on the chances for the bill going forward. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Frockt said, turning to a Super Bowl metaphor. “Remember, the Atlanta Falcons were up by 25 points.” There are multiple scenarios in which the bill could still bog down in the Legislature. However, two advocacy groups have said they’re willing to go to the ballot with an initiative if the legislation fails, potentially in a form that police would like even less. Lawmakers involved in the negotiations confirmed in the weeks leading up to Thursday’s vote that the prospect of an initiative influenced the negotiations significantly, with state Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, calling it a “club hanging over people’s heads.” The bill could be threatened by the climate of fiscal austerity gripping the Legislature, as lawmakers search for a way to fill the $3.4 billion hole left by the 2012 McCleary decision ordering the state to take over local school funding. The police bill passed Thursday currently has $16 million in funding. Some cut in that might be tolerable for police, Frockt said. But the bill has at least one safeguard against ending up completely unfunded: Padden attached a null-and-void clause that would cancel the statute change if lawmakers don’t completely fund the training and equipment clauses.

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  • Greater Seattle Business Association delivers cheers, awards for community leadersGreater Seattle Business Association delivers cheers, awards for community leaders

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  • SPU shooter sentenced to 112 years for shooting spreeSPU shooter sentenced to 112 years for shooting spree

    The Seattle Pacific University shooter who killed one person and injured two others two years ago was sentenced Friday to 112 years in prison. Before hearing his sentence, Aaron Ybarra apologized in court for shooting people at the university. He also apologized for wasting the time of two girls who gave him a tour of the school. Trial of the SPU shooter A jury convicted 29-year-old Ybarra of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder, and second-degree assault — all with firearms enhancements and a special aggravating circumstance because the shooting involved a destructive and foreseeable impact on people other than the victim. Paul Lee, 19, was killed in the 2014 shooting. Two other students were wounded. Ybarra tried to plead guilty by reason of insanity, but jurors said his journal and confession made clear he knew what he was doing was wrong. “I wish it would never have happened,” Ybarra told the court after being found guilty of his crimes. During the trial, Ybarra’s mother, Janice, testified that Aaron had developmental problems while he was growing up. Janice Ybarra said in court that Aaron was familiar with weapons and had worked at the Kenmore Gun Range for years. When Aaron Ybarra took the stand, he said he didn’t know what he’d done was real “until I was sitting in the backseat of the police car.” Prosecutors argued that Aaron Ybarra had planned the killings ahead of the shootings in June of 2014 because three days before the shooting, Ybarra wrote in a journal “I know I will kill quite a few women.” “(Ybarra wrote in his journal), “‘I just want people to die.’ That’s premeditation,” Deputy Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Richardson said during closing arguments.

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  • Jay Inslee is in the fight of his lifeJay Inslee is in the fight of his life

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is well known as a competitor. During his days at North Seattle’s Ingraham High School, his name and image were common in the city’s sports pages. His senior year, 1968-’69, he was starting quarterback of the football team, and a key player on the undefeated, 23-0 state-championship basketball team. Lately, Inslee has been amped up about another contest — with the president of the United States. When Donald Trump signed a partial immigration ban, throwing the nation’s airports — and many people’s lives — into chaos, Inslee lambasted the move as “a train wreck.” “These people couldn’t run a two-car funeral,” he said at a hastily organized press conference at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson won an emergency stay on the travel ban, Trump tweeted defiantly that he’d see the state of Washington in court. “We just saw him in court and he got beat,” Inslee told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “He got thumped.” Inslee seems to have been right, at least for now: The Department of Justice filed papers Thursday saying it wouldn’t appeal a key ruling in the case, and the president said his administration would start over with a new order on immigration. But what does this “four-year battle to preserve the fundamental values of this country,” as Inslee has described it, mean for his ability to govern Washington state? Will he be drawn into partisan combat? And, even if you welcome his forceful support of refugees and immigrants, should we worry about him being distracted from the business we elected him to oversee? Here he is on Thursday, talking to Enrique Cerna with Crosscut’s sister organization, KCTS 9: State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison is trying to play to those questions, suggesting that Inslee might be interested in running for president himself. It’s one of the oldest political tactics used against a governor who deals with national politics: Get people to wonder whether their governor is working for them or just raising his own political profile. Hutchison claims to have “sources.” At least one Republican suggested to me that it may simply be a fund-raising tactic that, despite the Northwest leaders’ long-term irrelevance in presidential politics, plays well with the Republican base here. After all, much of the Republican Party has long questioned whether Inslee was really the person to work across party lines to create results in Olympia. And they had their reasons. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, the Eastside’s moderate Republican member of Congress, once recounted to the Seattle Times how Inslee refused to support a measure to protect wilderness in the state. When Reichert asked him personally, Inslee refused, citing an upcoming election challenge facing the Republican: “We want to beat your ass in 2008.” While many Washingtonians may still have their doubts about Inslee’s leadership, he easily won re-election in November, running partly on a record of transportation and educational funding improvements that have been bipartisan achievements. Still, his willingness to engage in a political fight has come out front and center as the Trump administration has settled — or maybe bumbled — into the White House. Even among other political leaders eager to stop the Trump’s travel ban, Inslee’s passion stood out. As Crosscut’s David Kroman wrote in a reconstruction of how the state won its restraining order against the administration, Inslee was consistently frustrated and eager for action. His CNN appearance after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the restraining order was also vintage Inslee, if more relaxed. As had often been the case in Congress, he had a smart, cutting line: We beat you. It was a particularly effective response to a president who likes to project an image of invincibility. And he followed up with a few lines of certainly partisan but ultra-smart analysis, seamlessly drawing on his legal background to remark on the unanimous agreement of the judges considering the case. And all in a sound bite that probably delighted CNN producers. The Democratic Governors Association quickly grabbed a clip from the interview and posted it online. Here he is with Cerna again: For those worried about where the governor’s attention is, there’s also this: He’s one of the association’s leaders, and will take on the chair position next year when the Democrats engage in critical efforts to regain more state governorships. That’s important to the party’s national future because most governors can veto the kind of redistricting plans that Republican legislators have used to assure the party control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Although Inslee wasn’t available for comments early this week, his communications director, Jaime Smith, said there’s no doubt how the governor balances state and national responsibilities: “The priority has always been on Job No. 1, governing the state of Washington.” She said that the Trump administration’s ideas on the Affordable Care Act and climate change threaten the progress that the governor feels the state has made on widening access to health care and protecting the environment. If it’s true that Inslee is thinking of running for president, Hutchison’s sources must be among the few talking about it. Smith cheerfully deflects the question, saying that if everyone criticizing Trump is a candidate, the 2020 field will be rather large. One key Republican state legislator, Rep. J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, said that Inslee came into office in 2013 with very aggressive stances and was largely ineffective. Wilcox, who tends to be quite fair-minded, says the governor does spend more time with legislators than he used to at key points. But, like a number of veteran Republican legislators, he still misses Inslee’s Democratic predecessor, Christine Gregoire, who is fondly remembered as someone who worked across party lines for, in Wilcox’s words, “solutions and real progress.” And, he thinks that it’s clear Inslee’s heart is in national issues. He recalled sitting at the governor’s State of the State address last month, where the governor “really got fired up” as he shifted from state issues to the national political setting. “It was amazing, the transition that he made from just reading a speech to delivering something with real conviction.” Asked if he was describing the governor as someone who has made progress but is performing only at a middling level, Wilcox said, “He has learned to do no harm, maybe.” One ex-Republican legislator, whose position requires close contact with Olympia politics, sees considerably more progress, and is dismissive of the idea that Inslee’s interest in national issues is a problem for his responsibilities of governor. The ex-legislator, who didn’t want to be identified because of the need to work with both parties, said Inslee now has a strong staff that keeps him very engaged with issues like the state’s need to put more money into education funding. Along the same lines, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, gives Inslee high marks for the work on education funding in the six months before the 2017 Legislature convened. That was, Carlyle said, key to setting up the Legislature for moving forward on school funding, which both parties agree is the major issue for the state this year. Indeed, if the Legislature and the governor can finally meet the state Supreme Court’s mandates for better and fairer funding of schools, that will be quite an achievement. A big win for both parties, and for Jay Inslee.

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  • More than rain: Why Seattle is seeing so many landslidesMore than rain: Why Seattle is seeing so many landslides

    It may appear to some that the Puget Sound region is experiencing more landslides than usual this winter. “They may be perceived to be more frequent,” Dr. John Clauge said. “But with the growth of urban areas like Seattle and Tacoma, you put homes on land that’s not as stable as we might otherwise wish. And with the growth, they are getting more frequent, but not as a natural phenomenon.” Related: Extreme threat of landslides in King and Pierce counties Dr. Clauge is the chair of Natural Hazard Research at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. His book, “Landslides,” is a collection of studies and papers compiled by 78 leading researchers on landslide science. More than rain Dr. John Clauge said there are a few things to blame for landslides — not just rain. Seattle’s urban growth is one culprit. “We can see it in Seattle, people moving in the fringes of the urban area (the mountain valleys) where there are a lot of steep slopes,” Dr. Clauge said. “In the Seattle area, when you have a steep slope and heavy rain that results in water penetrating the slope and that reduces its stability,” he added. Want to spot landslide potential in your area? It doesn’t have to be too complicated — Dr. Clauge refers to simple common sense. “Look for ground cracking and trees that we call ‘drunk trees’ — where they lean over,” he said. “Really, look for any sign that the ground may be unstable.”

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  • Landslide still partially blocking NB I-5 in WashingtonLandslide still partially blocking NB I-5 in Washington

    A landslide that blocked all lanes of northbound I-5 just north of Portland Thursday evening is still being cleared by state crews. According to Washington State Trooper Will Finn, two lanes of northbound I-5 at milepost 22 are open. Original story The slide at mile post 22 forced a truck traveling on the freeway into the median. No one was injured. Shortly after the landslide was reported on the freeway, a separate issue formed on southbound I-5, nearby at mile post 26. Initially reported as a 5-foot sinkhole, that estimate was soon updated to as wide as 7 feet. The hole was in the right lane of the freeway. Shortly after that update, the Washington State Patrol clarified that the issue was a pothole, not a sinkhole. 5ft sinkhole reported on SB I5/MP 26 near Woodland. Trooper en route. This is addition to all NB I5/MP 22 lanes blocked. — Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) February 17, 2017 Trooper Will Finn said that southbound traffic was not being affected by the pothole. It was repaired within two hours. Northbound traffic on I-5 was being diverted at exit 22 to get around the landslide. Extreme threat of landslides in King and Pierce County The threat of mudslides and landslides after all the rain we’ve received is very real in King and Pierce counties, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Related: Why is Seattle seeing so many landslides? A map published by DNR on Wednesday shows landslide hazard is “extreme” for portions of the two counties, including Seattle and Tacoma. Under the “extreme” threshold, “landslide initiation is expected to be very frequent and widespread.” Areas of Kitsap County, Jefferson County, and Thurston County have a “high” landslide hazard. Other areas along the foothills of the Cascades and north to Everett are at “moderate” to “low.” That includes I-90, where as of 8 a.m., a mudslide had all westbound lanes blocked Thursday morning as state crews clear the road and the stability of a nearby hillside is assessed. Over in West Seattle, a landslide is still covering a portion of Highland Park Way SW. The road will remain closed as engineers from the Seattle Department of Transportation assess the hillside. Mud and debris on the road measure about 3 to 5 feet deep. Once the hillside is deemed to be stable enough, crews can begin to clear the area. Seattle’s February rainfall is up to approximately 7.8 inches. The National Weather Service says we can expect at least another inch over the next few days to a week. In the past 36 hours, Seattle has received 2.37 inches of rain, according to the Weather Service. As of 2 a.m. Thursday, this February was the sixth wettest in recorded history. An additional 1.5 inches by Feb. 28 would make it the wettest February on record. Seattle has never had 2 days in Feb with over 1.50″ of rainfall…until now. And this image from today shows the lengthy moisture tap. #wawx pic.twitter.com/ZOARjPOsBr — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 16, 2017

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  • How one newspaper resisted internmentHow one newspaper resisted internment

    When September 11, 2001 occurred, some of us argued that a second date would now “live in infamy.” The first, of course, was December 7, 1941, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day the nation of Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, killing 2,400 Americans, including 68 civilians. The 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C, and Pennsylvania left 2,996 people dead, most of them civilians. Those of us who experienced the shock and grief of 9/11 knew, as I reflected while writing an editorial for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that day, that we had gotten a taste of how it must have felt in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack. Pearl Harbor offered an immediate target for American’s fear and anger: the Japanese — all Japanese — including those who had been American citizens for years, even generations – including our neighbors. In those dark hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were those who foresaw the danger in that targeting. Among them were Walt and Milly Woodward, who had purchased the Bainbridge Review weekly newspaper earlier that year. In a December 8, 1941, special edition of the Review, the editorial read, “There is danger of a blind, wild hysterical hatred of all persons who can trace ancestry to Japan. That some of those persons happen to be American citizens, happen to be loyal to this country and happen to have no longer a binding tie with the fatherland are factors which easily could be swept aside by mob hysteria.” But did they see the president of the United States leading that mob? In his lofty inauguration speech of March 4, 1933, Roosevelt had told the country of his “firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” Ironically, just nine years later, Roosevelt led the country into precisely the kind of action the Woodwards predicted, action driven largely by fear itself. Seventy-five years ago this weekend, on February 19, 1942, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the eventual internment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, regardless of citizenship. The executive order resulted in Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 on March 24, 1942, the first small test of the feasibility of rounding up and imprisoning people in America whose only know crime was their ethnicity. That first roundup was conducted on Bainbridge Island, where Japanese had been living and working since the 1880s. The military conducted the orderly removal of 227 Bainbridge Island residents, two-thirds of them American citizens, and shipped them out to isolated, desolate places such as Manzanar in California and Minidoka in Idaho. Many lost the property and possessions they were forced to leave behind. Internees from Bainbridge Island board a train that took them to Manzanar internment camp in California. Credit: The Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry. All rights reserved. Predictably, the Woodwards’ newspaper was the first and one of a very few – neither the Seattle P-I or Seattle Times among them — that criticized the forced internment of their Japanese neighbors. The Bainbridge newspaper even carried stories from incarcerated correspondents at the camps. Their stand cost the Woodwards advertisers, subscriptions and friends. But history has vindicated their opposition to the Internment and vilified the program. History has also tarnished much of America’s reaction to 9/11 – waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, large chunks of the Patriot Act, and, of course, the whole war in Iraq. Now, within weeks of his Inauguration, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that included a U.S. travel ban on people from seven countries, saying such travelers should be the subject of “extreme vetting.” (interesting to note that not included among the seven counties is Saudi Arabia, from whence the 9/11 terrorists came.) The Trump administration says it won’t fight the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ upholding of a ban on imposing the order — but it will write a new executive order on immigration. The president told a press conference that the new order will “comprehensively protect our country” extreme vetting.” He said,“Extreme vetting will be put in place and it already is in place in many places.” A wall memorializing the Internment on Bainbridge Island reads: “Nidoto Nai Yoni – Let It Not Happen Again.” That, as always, will depend on folks like the Woodwards, thoughtful, independent, even courageous, journalists. Today, we need independent, objective, critical thinking journalists more than ever. In the Woodwards’ time, the major news organizations could not be depended upon then, as they relayed unchallenged the government’s rationale that these American citizens were being imprisoned for their own protection or because they posed a threat to security. Nor could the gaggle of media sycophants who let the Bush administration’s alternative facts lead the nation into the slog and misery of the Iraq war, in which the abomination of Daesh took root. What are the chances today we can depend on the baying hounds of the national media still stunned by the crash of their Hillary coronation narrative and chasing the latest perceived Trump fashion atrocity or Titter tantrum through the Beltway echo chamber?  That kind of shallow report accomplishes little or nothing. We need fair-minded reporting that, like the little paper on Bainbridge, is willing to challenge the status quo or question authority, especially when that authority feeds on fear – nameless, unreasoning and unjustified.

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  • Eyman tax cap now has some big supporters seeking reliefEyman tax cap now has some big supporters seeking relief

    The city of Rosalia, about 40 miles south of Spokane, brings in $660 dollars a year in property taxes. A good chunk goes to paying the roughly $200 phone bill of city manager Jenna McDonald. They’d like to ask voters for money to help fund roads, but it costs $1,200 just to get a measure on the ballot. In Klickitat County, they no longer have a 24-hour law enforcement presence. In Lincoln County, officials recently had to divert $500,000 from their road fund to pay for police officers. In Kittitas County, two sheriff’s deputy positions went unfunded. In Pacific County, the jail often only has one employee when, according to Sheriff Scott Johnson, it should have four or five. The state Senate Local Government Committee heard these stories of underfunded roads, disappearing cops and short-staffed jails Thursday as legislators considered a bill to change what is generally known as the Tim Eyman property tax cap. The measure, originally promoted by the initiative entrepreneur, generally limits local governments to raising taxes by 1 percent a year. The proposal under consideration would adjust property tax rates to correlate with inflation and population growth without counting toward the cap, plus raise the cap to 5 percent growth per year. The idea is to keep a limit on what local politicians can do, while closing the gap many opponents of the cap say is widening between revenues and expenses. Opponents of the proposal, Eyman most notably, say that under the existing law, if politicians want to raise taxes, they may, so long as they ask voters first. Astonishing among those testifying in favor of the changes was how many of them voted for the proposal in 2001, when Eyman first ran it as an initiative, who have since changed their minds. These are not King County liberals, but self-professed rural county, fiscally conservative Republicans. Kittitas County Commissioner Paul Jewell remarked to the committee, “How difficult it is to appear in support of this bill. We don’t want much of government services and we certainly don’t like talking about tax increases as a rule.” He voted for the cap in 2001. “I was wrong,” he said. Eyman’s initiative passed easily in 2001, with every county but King and Whitman voting in favor. But years later, the Washington Supreme Court overturned the initiative, saying the voters had not fully understood what they were voting for. (Eyman Thursday called it the “goofiest ruling in the world.”) The Legislature quickly reinstated the cap. Still, it’s widely referred to as the Eyman cap. King County has always hated the cap. But as Crosscut reported last year, it’s arguably the rural counties — the ones that voted most favorably — that struggle the most under it. While the sales tax and the real estate excise tax buoy the metropolitan areas, the sparsely populated areas of Washington lack the diversity of revenue streams to make up the gap. As Josh Weiss, director of policy and legislative relations with the Washington State Association of Counties, told Crosscut last year, there’s a lot of talk from smaller counties about the revenue gap. “King County has a lot more funding sources and resources generally speaking. Lincoln County is thinner. They don’t have the efficiencies of scale. Where you’ll see program pressures in King County, they’re struggling to have people even answer the phone.” Speaking Thursday, Eyman was his normal, combative self. “I’m tired and voters are tired of listening to government’s incessant childish whining about this effective, proven, flexible property tax cap,” he said. Among county-level elected officials, Republican and Democratic, Eyman is losing his support. But in Olympia, several Republican senators still had his back, most vocally from Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, who pushed the county representatives to be more creative with revenue. There are also appears to be a disconnect between the Republicans who have to oversee budget cuts in their cities and counties every year and Republican voters. If support for Eyman is slipping among the former, it is perhaps not so fleeting among the latter. As Lincoln County Commissioner Rob Coffman, a Republican opponent to the 1 percent cap, said last year, “I’m not sure anybody wants to have their property taxes raised. “I think it’s going to be a tough sell in Eastern Washington, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.”

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  • Equipment failure knocks out power for nearly 5000 around Alki Point; Power restored quicklyEquipment failure knocks out power for nearly 5000 around Alki Point; Power restored quickly

    Power went out for more than 4900 City Light Customers in West Seattle on Feb 16 around 4:14pm with the outage caused by what City Light called an "Equipment Failure" with the outage encompassing Alki Point and extending from Admiral Way SW on the north from the point over to 49th SW and down to SW Morgan Street in the south. You can check on the status of power in the service area for City Light anytime by checking their System Status map.

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  • City issues new RFP for 'Mercer Mega Block'City issues new RFP for 'Mercer Mega Block'

    The city of Seattle issued a second request for proposals Wednesday for the so-called "Mercer Mega Block" in South Lake Union. There are two parcels - at 614 Aurora Ave. N. and 800 Mercer St. - and together they measure almost 2.9 acres.

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  • Home of the Day: Stunning Modern Townhouse in FremontHome of the Day: Stunning Modern Townhouse in Fremont

    By Phil Greely, Broker Home of the Day is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Seattle's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click on the gallery image to view today's featured property. 804 N 48th St, Seattle, WA 98103 | $875,000 Modern design. Prime location. This stunning 3+BD townhouse in Fremont has it all. Built Green, w/ in-floor radiant heat. Chef’s kitchen w/ island,…

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  • T-Birds Coach’s Show: 2/16/17T-Birds Coach’s Show: 2/16/17

    This week, Thom talks to coach Konowalchuk, and voice of the Red Deer Rebels Cam Moon Want more T-Birds? Here’s our Thunderbirds Play By Play on-air schedule! And don’t forget to tune in to 1090 The Fan every Thursday night to hear the T-Bird’s Coach’s Show, hosted by Thom Beuning. T-Birds Coach's Show: 2/16/17jQuery(function($){jQuery(document).ready(function() {jQuery("#embed-audioplayer-1 .wrapper").cbsPlayer({"background_image":"https:\/\/cbsseattle.files.wordpress.com\/2016\/09\/coachesshow.jpg","cbs_is_mobile":false,"clip_description":"","clip_duration":"","download_url":"","permalink":"","player_id":"embed-audioplayer-1","player_type":"shortcode","preload_media":"auto","share_url":"","station_logo":"https:\/\/cbsseattle.files.wordpress.com\/2017\/02\/1090-the-fan-revised-proposal.jpg","station_name":"1090 The Fan","title":"T-Birds Coach's Show: 2\/16\/17","url":"https:\/\/cbsseattle.files.wordpress.com\/2017\/02\/2-16-17-coaches-show-full-web.mp3"})});});   Connect @ThomBeuning

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  • Wash. AG declares victory in lawsuit against Trump’s travel banWash. AG declares victory in lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is declaring victory in his lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Trump’s administration said Thursday it will revise its travel ban order and does not want an appeals court review. Washington state was the first state to challenge the president’s initial executive order on Jan. 30. A Seattle judge halted the ban that barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries and caused confusion at airports. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling to keep the travel ban blocked. Related: Trump’s executive order goes back to court The administration said in a court filing that it will replace the travel ban with a new one in the near future. In a news conference that ran more than an hour on Thursday, Trump said that “the roll out [of the executive order] was perfect.” “We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court … got a bad decision,” Trump told reporters. “We’re going to keep going with that decision. We’re gonna put in a new executive order next week sometime.” Hours later, Ferguson’s office sent out a news release, declaring victory in his State v. Trump case. “Let’s be clear: Today’s court filing by the federal government recognizes the obvious — the President’s current Executive Order violates the Constitution,” Ferguson said. “President Trump could have sought review of this flawed Order in the Supreme Court but declined to face yet another defeat.” Trump’s administration attacked the decision in Thursday’s court filing, saying the three-judge panel from the appeals court misunderstood the scope of the order. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by the states of Washington, which said the ban unconstitutionally blocked entry on the basis of religion and harmed their residents, universities and sales tax revenue. Judges also rejected the federal government’s argument that courts do not have the authority to review the president’s immigration and national security decisions.

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  • Jungle rape suspect arrested; multiple teen victims suspectedJungle rape suspect arrested; multiple teen victims suspected

    Hidden in tents in two Seattle homeless encampments known as The Jungle are as many as six teenage girls — one as young as 13 — who are allegedly being raped and traded throughout the camps. These new allegations are detailed in charging documents filed this week in King County Superior Court against 47-year-old Nghia H. Nguyen. Related: Introducing ‘The Triangle,’ Seattle new Jungle KIRO 7 was the first to report that Seattle police detectives were searching for Nguyen for allegedly trafficking a 16-year-old runaway from New Jersey and holding her at gunpoint inside his tent beneath the Jose Rizal Bridge. The Jungle rape allegations disturbed Allynn Ruth, who lives nearby. “Being homeless is an unfortunate situation,” Ruth told KIRO 7 on February 1. “But you don’t get a pass for committing and visiting mayhem on other people because you’re homeless.” The day after KIRO 7’s report aired, a concerned citizen alerted police that Nguyen was “in the area of 14th Avenue South and East Yesler Way,” according to court documents. Nguyen was arrested and is now charged with Rape in the Second Degree. He remains behind bars. His 16-year-old alleged victim told police there were “over six other juvenile girls … in the jungle area,” one just 13-years old. A 14-year-old runaway from Idaho told police she too “was raped and sexually exploited by several persons” at The Jungle. Seattle Police detectives interviewed a 16-year-old from Seattle who is also “a possible victim of rape and sexual exploitation involving Nguyen.”  

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  • Damaged Seattle wastewater plant continues to dump raw sewageDamaged Seattle wastewater plant continues to dump raw sewage

    Much of the treated wastewater King County dumps into the Puget Sound will continue to violate state clean water standards for months, King County officials said Thursday, following severe rains that damaged a sewage plant. Related: Video of raw sewage overflowing into Elliott Bay Flooding at the West Point treatment plant in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood has reduced the plant’s operation to 50 percent. The plant currently does not have adequate capacity to perform state-mandated secondary treatment of the tens of millions of gallons of wastewater and raw sewage that pass through it daily. “We’re weeks out on getting it back up and running but I don’t have a good estimate on that right now,”  said Mark Isaacson, the county’s wastewater treatment director. Isaacson said the damage to the plant — service corridors filled with 10 feet of water at the height of the storm — was considerable. “If I could employ every electrician in the country, I’d do it,” he said. Seattle’s stormwater and sewage system was designed decades ago. The system eventually combines both sewage and stormwater into one pipe. When heavy rains hit Seattle, the system can be overwhelmed. Untreated wastewater Since the most recent severe rains began on Feb. 9, more that 260 million gallons of untreated wastewater have flowed into the Sound from the West Point plant. Considerably more has dumped into the sound during 14 hours of additional flooding between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, but the county hasn’t yet been able to assess that amount. Related: Seattle is boring tunnel under Ballard, Wallingford and Fremont to correct sewage overflow problem The West Point plant when fully operational can process 450 million gallons of wastewater each day. Most winter days it processes considerably less, in the neighborhood of 145 million gallons. But record rains can overwhelm the facility and the county lacks enough capacity to divert the additional flow. So a portion of it – in this case millions of gallons – ends in in the Sound in the form of raw sewage. A spokesperson with state Department of Ecology said the state is monitoring West Point and that its current crippled operation – regardless of rainfall – won’t be able treat water well enough for state standards. Isaacson agreed. “We’ve reported and have been working with the Department of Ecology since the morning of the 9th when this started,” Isaacson said. “They are well aware what’s going on. “They have the potential to fine us. I am sure they will review our work.” More rain is expected in coming days. Seattle and King County were both fined in 2016 for other sewage overflows into the area’s bodies of water.

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  • Seattle Asian Art Museum Closes To Prepare For Renovation Of Its Historic BuildingSeattle Asian Art Museum Closes To Prepare For Renovation Of Its Historic Building

    The Seattle Asian Art Museum closes its doors starting Feb. 27. Following the planned closure, the museum will begin preparations for the renovation of its historic building, which requires critical infrastructure upgrades. The renovation project, including a small proposed expansion, is currently under review by the City of Seattle.

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  • Proposed rules would require owners to brace their unreinforced masonry buildings in SeattleProposed rules would require owners to brace their unreinforced masonry buildings in Seattle

    The owner of the Whitworth Apartments on Capitol Hill is planning a seismic retrofit in advance of new city rules that could require retrofits for unreinforced masonry buildings. The Whitworth Apartments at 1619 E. John St. is one of those older brick buildings on Capitol Hill that imbue the neighborhood with historical charm and a sense of place.

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  • Letter to the Editor: We can’t ignore the atrocities of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWIILetter to the Editor: We can’t ignore the atrocities of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII

    Families of Japanese ancestry arrive at Turlock Assembly Center in Turlock, California. • Photo by Dorothea Lange, Courtesy of NARA Dear Editor, My name is Kristina West and I’m from Pasco, Washington. I currently reside in Tokyo, Japan. On January 29, The Tri-City Herald published a racist and inaccurate op-ed from a political science professor at Columbia Basin College, a community college in Pasco. The professor, Gary Bullert, said that the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II wasn’t racist. He wrote to the paper in response to an article about an event honoring Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII. The event, planned by a local club, The Columbia Basin Badger Club, was canceled due to inclement weather but has been rescheduled for April 28. I was horrified to see this was chosen to be published one day after President Donald Trump signed into effect his Muslim ban. I emailed the newspaper and the college’s president, who assured me Dr. Bullert’s views did not reflect the school’s but said he could not take action against him. I have been honored to work with a small team which has been working to bring national attention to this. George Takei tweeted about the article, and a member of our team, Joseph Shoji Lachman, published an article on February 10 in the Huffington Post, titled, “Don’t let this public school teacher lie about the incarceration of Japanese Americans to his students.” In this article, Mr. Lachman provides proof that the newspaper has been unprofessional and also provides evidence that Dr. Bullert is teaching his racist opinions in his classroom. Sadly, The Tri-City Herald has been neither respectful nor apologetic when responding to complaints. The publisher of the newspaper, Gregg McConnell, said to me in an email on February 10, “There will be no apology forthcoming for allowing the op-ed to run.” The college has also stopped answering our calls and emails. Being from the Tri-Cities, I’m not surprised. The Tri-Cities has a history of anti-Japanese American sentiment. Richland, one of the three cities, is home to the Hanford Site, which during WWII, as a part of the Manhattan Project, created The B-Reactor, the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor. The reactor produced plutonium for the atomic bomb, Fat Man, which was dropped on Nagasaki. My hometown takes pride in this. Richland High School, to this day, has a bomb as their mascot and a mushroom cloud as their logo. A few blocks away from the school is The Bombers Drive Thru, where you will find a mushroom burger named, “Meltdown” among other offensive names. Richland also has a pub named The Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery. They serve food like the “Atomic Grinder” (a sandwich) and the “B-Reactor Brownie.” In 1988, RHS students voted to keep the bomb/cloud as their official mascot, in front of Tom Brokaw and Japanese delegates. While there has been protest to the school’s mascot and logo, the dissenters’ voices have been silenced by the majority of people who say or think: “Those bombs actually saved Japanese culture.” —Burt Pierard, Richland High Alumnus Class of 1959. From an interview in Aljazeera America, (July 21, 2015, Sottile). “In a small town in Washington state, pride and shame over atomic legacy.” As a child, I was interested in WWII and in a book, I learned of the horrors of the incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Why weren’t we taught the full truth about this black mark on our history? Why do we condemn Germany for their concentration camps but had our own? How could a high school celebrate a bomb that killed thousands? How could we ignore the atrocities we committed against American citizens and Japanese immigrants just because they looked like the enemy? While attending Eastern Washington University, I worked with Japanese exchange students. Sometimes, while out with the students, people would say, “Speak English” or “Go back to your country.” I heard racial slurs and saw people pull their eyelids back while mimicking an “Asian” accent. There is not a large Japanese American community in the Tri-Cities. As of the 2010 census, the percentage of Asians living in the 3 cities is 2.65%. Japanese Americans already have a small voice, yet The Tri-City Herald decided to let a white man say whether or not the incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans was racist. The Tri-Cities doesn’t need any more distortions and historical revisions. I am ashamed that my hometown’s paper and community college give voice to someone who feeds into anti-Japanese American sentiment. I hope, with more attention to this issue, my hometown can learn the truth, and realize that giving a platform to a racist, is also being racist. As the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 approaches and hate crimes against Muslims rise, we must make sure something like this does not happen again. My roommate, friend, and team member, Clio Tanaka, whose family was incarcerated, including a grandmother who lives in Spokane, says the following about the incarceration: “It left an invisible scar that spans generations and reparations can’t heal. I would never wish any American to suffer the same injustices.” We must make sure we are teaching truth and solidarity. Our colleges and newspapers must be held to a higher standard. Sincerely, Kristina West  For more opinions, click here

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  • Heavy Rains Bring Landslides, Flooding To WashingtonHeavy Rains Bring Landslides, Flooding To Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) – After a week of snow and heavy rains, landslides were covering roads around Seattle Thursday while in Spokane County a state of emergency was declared for flooding and washed out roadways. The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 were closed early Thursday after a mudslide covered the road east of Seattle in Issaquah. All lanes reopened Thursday afternoon. Commuter trains into Seattle also were canceled due to slides while a slide near Renton blocked part of Maple Valley Highway near Interstate 405. The National Weather Service in Seattle says over 7 inches of rain has fallen so far in the Seattle area this month. Typically in February the city gets just under 2 inches. A landslide closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 on Thursday afternoon in southwestern Washington near Woodland. Debris hit a pickup truck but no one was injured, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. In Spokane County, officials declared a state of emergency for flooding that washed out about a half-dozen area roads. In nearby Adams County, a driver got caught as a section of Lind Warden Road washed out and the SUV was sent about 15 feet down into rushing water, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The driver acted quickly, freeing himself and escaping unharmed before his Chevy Blazer was swept away, the sheriff’s office said. A flood warning was issued for the Spokane region Thursday by the National Weather Service. Mitch Reister, engineer and director of the Spokane County Public Works Department, estimated repairs to the roads there would be about $200,000, the Spokesman-Review reported. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • 21 Seattle-area chefs and restaurants are James Beard semifinalists (Photos)21 Seattle-area chefs and restaurants are James Beard semifinalists (Photos)

    More than 20 Puget Sound-area chefs and restaurants have been named as semifinalists for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation awards, including two chefs up for rising stars, one up for outstanding chef and one up for outstanding restauranteur. The James Beard Foundation came up with the list from more than 24,000 entries. It will disclose the final list of nominees March 15. An awards gala is scheduled for May 1 in Chicago. Chef Tom Douglas won the James Beard Foundation’s coveted award for…

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  • Announcement: Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses ‘The Refugees’ at The Seattle Public Library Feb. 24Announcement: Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses ‘The Refugees’ at The Seattle Public Library Feb. 24

    The following announcement is from The Seattle Public Library: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen, will talk about his new collection of stories that explores immigration, identity, love and family from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m. The stories in “The Refugees” are a testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The book explores situations that include a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco; a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover; a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will; and more. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of the best-selling and award-winning novel “The Sympathizer.” He is also the author of the nonfiction books “Nothing Ever Dies” and “Race and Resistance.” He is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Nguyen lives in Los Angeles. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. For more community announcements, click here

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  • Trump Seeks Pause In Legal Fight With Revised Travel BanTrump Seeks Pause In Legal Fight With Revised Travel Ban

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism. Details of the new proposal were not provided in the filing or at a wide-ranging news conference by President Donald Trump. But lawyers for the administration said in the filing that a ban that focuses solely on foreigners who have never entered the U.S. – instead of green card holders already in the U.S. or who have traveled abroad and want to return – would pose no legal difficulties. “In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the filing said. Trump said at the news conference that a new order would come next week. “I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defense of our country,” he said. Legal experts said a new order focusing only on residents of the seven countries who had never entered the U.S. would still face legal hurdles over possible religious discrimination. Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, believes Trump would eliminate some major problems with the new focus. “But I think that it will definitely still end up in court,” she said. Stephen Vladeck, who teaches at the University of Texas School of Law, said the states challenging the current ban – Washington and Minnesota – would likely change their lawsuit to focus on any revised order. “It will surely be a mess – and perhaps a repeat of some of the chaos we saw the first weekend of the original order,” Vladeck wrote in an email. The administration asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold off on making any more decisions related to the lawsuit until the new order is issued, and then toss out last week’s decision by a three-judge 9th Circuit panel that kept the ban on hold. The 9th Circuit said late Thursday it will hold off on deciding whether to have a larger panel of judges reconsider that ruling. The appeals court had asked the Trump administration and Washington and Minnesota to file arguments on whether a larger panel should rehear the case. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the federal government was “conceding defeat” by saying it does not want a larger appellate panel to review last week’s ruling. The three judges who issued that decision rejected the Trump administration’s claim of presidential authority and questioned its motives in ordering the ban. The administration attacked the decision in Thursday’s court filing, saying the panel wrongly suggested some foreigners may be entitled to constitutional protections. The filing also rejected the judges’ determination that courts could consider Trump’s statements about shutting down Muslim immigration. The lawsuit says the ban unconstitutionally blocks entry to the U.S. on the basis of religion and harms residents, universities and sales tax revenue in the two states. Eighteen other states, including California and New York, have supported the challenge. In his filing with the 9th Circuit Thursday, Washington state Solicitor General Noah Purcell said the ruling by the three-judge panel was consistent with previous U.S. Supreme Court decisions, so there was no basis for a review. Purcell said Trump had campaigned on the promise to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and one week into office issued the order that “radically changed immigration policy” and “unleashed chaos around the world.” The three-judge panel said the states had raised “serious” allegations that the ban targets Muslims, and it rejected the federal government’s argument that courts do not have the authority to review the president’s immigration and national security decisions. The three judges said the Trump administration presented no evidence that any foreigner from the seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – was responsible for a terrorist attack in the U.S. In Thursday’s filing, the administration said the ban was intended to prevent potential attacks from “nationals of seven countries that were previously found to present uniquely high risks of terrorism.” The ban does not discriminate on the basis of religion because it affects only a fraction of the world’s Muslim population and also applies to non-Muslims in those countries, the administration said. ___ AP writer Martha Bellisle in Seattle contributed to this report.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • Database: Search the 642 Port of Seattle employees who received payoutsDatabase: Search the 642 Port of Seattle employees who received payouts

    The Port of Seattle's former chief of police, her deputy chief, the interim CEO and the general counsel were among dozens of senior port managers who took home half of $4.78 million in controversial payouts that state officials have deemed unconstitutional. In response to a public records request by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Port of Seattle released the names, titles and amounts received for the 642 employees who took home the one-time payouts. The database of recipients (which appears…

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  • ‘Day Without Immigrants’: Protest Closes Restaurants In US‘Day Without Immigrants’: Protest Closes Restaurants In US

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation’s capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school Thursday to demonstrate how important they are to America’s economy and way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants. The boycott was aimed squarely at President Donald Trump’s efforts to step up deportations, build a wall at the Mexican border and close the nation’s doors to many travelers. Organizers said they expected thousands to participate or otherwise show support. “I fear every day whether I am going to make it back home. I don’t know if my mom will make it home,” said Hessel Duarte, a 17-year-old native of Honduras who lives in Austin, Texas, with his family and skipped class at his high school to take part in one of several rallies held around the U.S. as part of A Day Without Immigrants. Duarte said he arrived in the U.S. at 5 to escape gang violence. The protest even reached into the U.S. Capitol, where a Senate coffee shop was among the eateries that were closed as employees did not show up at work. Organizers appealed to immigrants from all walks of life to take part, but the effects were felt most strongly in the restaurant industry, which has long been a first step up the economic ladder for newcomers to America with its many jobs for cooks, dishwashers and servers. Expensive restaurants and fast-food joints alike closed across the country, some perhaps because they had no choice, others because of what they said was sympathy for their immigrant employees. Sushi bars, Brazilian steakhouses, Mexican eateries and Thai and Italian restaurants all turned away lunchtime customers. “The really important dynamic to note is this is not antagonistic, employee-against-employer,” said Janet Murguia, president of the Hispanic rights group National Council of La Raza. “This is employers and workers standing together, not in conflict.” She added: “Businesses cannot function without immigrant workers today.” At a White House news conference held as the lunch-hour protests unfolded, Trump boasted of his border security measures and immigration arrests of hundreds of people in the past week, saying, “We are saving lives every single day.” Since the end of 2007, the number of foreign-born workers employed in the U.S. has climbed by nearly 3.1 million to 25.9 million; they account for 56 percent of the increase in U.S. employment over that period, according to the Labor Department. Roughly 12 million people are employed in the restaurant industry, and immigrants make up the majority — up to 70 percent in places like New York and Chicago, according to the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which works to improve working conditions. An estimated 1.3 million in the industry are immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the group said. The construction industry, which likewise employs large numbers of immigrants, also felt the effects of Thursday’s protest. Shea Frederick, who owns a small construction company in Baltimore, showed up at 7 a.m. at a home he is renovating and found that he was all alone, with a load of drywall ready for install. He soon understood why: His crew, five immigrants, called to say they weren’t coming to work. They were joining the protests. “I had an entire day of full work,” he said. “I have inspectors lined up to inspect the place, and now they’re thrown off, and you do it the day before the weekend and it pushes things off even more. It sucks, but it’s understandable.” Frederick said that while he fundamentally agrees with the action, and appreciates why his crew felt the need to participate, he feels his business is being made to suffer as a result of the president’s policies. “It’s hurting the wrong people,” he said. “A gigantic part of this state didn’t vote this person in, and we’re paying for his terrible decisions.” There were no immediate estimates of how many students stayed home in various cities. Many student absences may not be excused, and some people who skipped work will lose a day’s pay or perhaps even their jobs. But organizers and participants argued the cause was worth it. Marcela Ardaya-Vargas, who is from Bolivia and now lives in Falls Church, Virginia, pulled her son out of school to take him to a march in Washington. “When he asked why he wasn’t going to school, I told him because today he was going to learn about immigration,” she said, adding: “Our job as citizens is to unite with our brothers and sisters.” Carmen Solis, a Mexico-born U.S. citizen, took the day off from work as a project manager and brought her two children to a rally in Chicago. “I feel like our community is going to be racially profiled and harassed,” she said of Trump’s immigration policies. “It’s very upsetting. People like to take out their anger on the immigrants, but employers are making profits off of them. ” On Ninth Street in South Philadelphia’s Italian Market, it was so quiet in the morning that Rani Vasudeva thought it might be Monday, when many of the businesses on the normally bustling stretch are closed. Produce stands and other stalls along “Calle Nueve” — as 9th Street is more commonly known for its abundance of Mexican-owned businesses — stood empty, leaving customers to look elsewhere for fresh meat, bread, fruits and vegetables. “It’s actually very sad,” said Vasudeva, a 38-year-old professor at Temple University. “You realize the impact the immigrant community has. We need each other for our daily lives.” In New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood, whose Latino population swelled after the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 created lots of jobs for construction workers, the Ideal Market was closed. The place is usually busy at midday with people lining up at the steam tables for hot lunches or picking from an array of fresh Central American vegetables and fruits. In Chicago, Pete’s Fresh Market closed five of its 12 grocery stores and assured employees they would not be penalized for skipping the day, according to owner Vanessa Dremonas, whose Greek-immigrant father started the company. “It’s in his DNA to help immigrants,” she said. “We’ve supported immigrants from the beginning.” Among the well-known establishments that closed in solidarity were three of acclaimed chef Silvana Salcido Esparza’s restaurants in Phoenix; Michelin star RASA in San Francisco; and Washington’s Oyamel and Jaleo, run by chef Jose Andres. Tony and Marie Caschera, both 66, who were visiting Washington from Halfmoon, New York, thought a tapas restaurant looked interesting for lunch, but then realized the lights were off and the place was closed. “I’m in support of what they’re trying to say,” said Marie Caschera, a registered Democrat, adding that immigrants are “fearful for their communities.” Her husband, a registered Republican whose family immigrated from Italy before World War II, said he supports legal immigration, but added: “I don’t like illegal aliens here.” ___ Associated Press writers Sophia Tareen in Chicago; Juliet Linderman in Baltimore; David Saleh Rauf in Austin, Texas; Alex Brandon in Washington; Kevin McGill in New Orleans; and Russell Contreras in Albuquerque contributed to this report.

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  • Delta To Bring Back Free Meals On Some Long US FlightsDelta To Bring Back Free Meals On Some Long US Flights

    (AP)- Food could be making a comeback in U.S. economy class, where passengers must either schlep their own meals, pay for one on board or make do with pretzels and peanuts. Delta says it will start serving meals to all passengers on 12 long-haul routes over the next several weeks. They have been on Honolulu flights since last August. Airlines took away free sandwiches and similar fare after an industry downturn during the worldwide financial crisis that began in 2008. Delta dropped meals in economy earlier, in 2001. The carriers have returned to profitability and went on a spree of buying new jets and hiring more employees, but meals have mostly not come back. Many airlines still give free meals to economy-class travelers on international flights, but they’re rare in domestic travel. They’ve been on Delta’s Honolulu flights since last August, and American also gives passengers a sandwich box on some Hawaii flights. Instead, airlines would offer hungry passengers a slightly more interesting snack, like United Airlines’ stroopwafels. But customers loved the free meals when Atlanta-based Delta tested it on some flights last year, said Allison Ausband, the airline’s senior vice president of in-flight service, and Delta Air Lines Inc. can afford a few sandwiches and cheese plates. It had pre-tax income of $13.8 billion in 2015 and 2016, nearly $5 billion more than its nearest rival, American Airlines Group Inc. Even passengers paying the cheapest “basic economy” fare will get free meals. Options include a honey-maple breakfast sandwich, a turkey combo and a veggie wrap. Delta said Thursday that it will offer free meals in the main cabin beginning March 1 on flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. It will expand the service to 10 more cross-country routes on April 24: between JFK and Seattle, San Diego and Phoenix; between Boston and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle; Reagan Washington National Airport-Los Angeles; and between Seattle and Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  • West Seattle history: Transit token turns upWest Seattle history: Transit token turns up

    The photos are from Anne Higuera at Ventana Construction , who says, "While finishing up the last piece of our large expansion project at West Seattle Nursery , one of our employees found in the dirt. The street there has a brick base, so there are many layers of history in that street.

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  • Day Without Immigrants: White Center, South Delridge closuresDay Without Immigrants: White Center, South Delridge closures

    Thanks to Jen Calleja for the tip - multiple White Center businesses are closed today for the Day Without Immigrants protest against the federal crackdown on immigrants. We stopped by some of the businesses she mentioned - above, the sign at Greenbridge CafA© ; below, the signs at Salvadorean Bakery and Best Roasted Corn : We haven't seen/heard of any other West Seattle closures - if you have, please let us know - editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302 .

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  • One new landmark for The Junction, and one more halfway...One new landmark for The Junction, and one more halfway...

    And its across-California neighbor, the Campbell Building - built in two phases a century ago and currently anchored by Cupcake Royale - is halfway on the road there, with the board voting unanimously tonight to approve its landmark nomination. Next step: An April 5th hearing on finalizing landmark status Both hearings were part of the regular meeting of the board, whose members are volunteers, officially appointed by the City Council.

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  • Announcement: Department of Neighborhoods Hiring Bilingual Contractors for Community OutreachAnnouncement: Department of Neighborhoods Hiring Bilingual Contractors for Community Outreach

    The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is contracting part-time Community Liaisons to do outreach and engagement work for the City, elevating the voices of underserved communities. Community Liaisons should be articulate or fluent in Cantonese, Cham, Hmong, Laotian, Mandarin, Mien, or Toisanese. Having ties in one of these communities and understanding community issues will help the City of Seattle connect with and better serve API residents. Community Liaisons work to bring historically underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees, into City decision-making processes. Liaisons perform important roles as facilitators, translators, and experts on community concerns. They help deliver feedback from the community to the City, and get the word out about City resources available to the community. If you are interested in applying, please email DON_Liaison@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-0464. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/community-liaisons. For more community news, click here

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  • Opinion: Do not let teachers distort the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in media and schools in the name of ‘balance’Opinion: Do not let teachers distort the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in media and schools in the name of ‘balance’

    Japanese Americans in front of poster with incarceration orders. • Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior Promoting critical thinking has long been the goal of our public education system. This often means trying to look at both sides of an issue, no matter how controversial. However, this does not always mean that both sides of a debate are equally valid. When discussing slavery, we do not elevate arguments that slavery was a necessary evil. Neither do we give any validity to positions holding that the Holocaust never happened. We may acknowledge the existence of these stances, but schools don’t lend them credence through their curriculum. There are some events in history that do not warrant this type of debate. The Incarceration of Japanese Americans is one of these. On February 19, the United States will reach the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent in the United States, for the crime of merely resembling the enemy during a time of war. Two-thirds were American citizens, and a majority were women and children. This is a time for the nation to reflect on its wrongs, but it is particularly important this year in light of the executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. We should also recall the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, as well as the 1917 and 1924 Immigration Acts that banned immigration from most of Asia, all part of the paranoia that led to the Incarceration. With the apology from the U.S. government during the Reagan administration in 1988, it seemed that as a society we had agreed that the Incarceration was based not on national security concerns, but rather on racism, lies, and wartime hysteria. This is why I was horrified to see that the day after we honored the birthday of Fred Korematsu, the Tri-City Herald felt it appropriate to publish an opinion piece by Gary Bullert titled, “Was the relocation of West Coast Japanese racist?” I responded quickly with my piece in the Huffington Post, titled, “Yes, actually, the ‘Relocation’ of Japanese Americans was racist.” I identified factual errors and misleading statements that demonstrated the flaws in his thinking. For example, he cited espionage by Takeo Yoshikawa, without mentioning that he was not a Japanese American, but rather a Japanese government official stationed in the United States. The crux of his argument seemed to be that some Japanese Americans appeared to be disloyal, at least partly because of their unwillingness to sign the infamous loyalty oaths. This resulted in many Japanese Americans being deported to a country they’d never known, or transferred to Tule Lake, one of the most brutal of the American concentration camps, with its own prison to isolate and interrogate people the government deemed disloyal. Bullert overlooks the actual content of the oath, which contained trick questions, such as question 28 for example, which asked if Japanese Americans would “forswear any form of allegiance or obedience to the Japanese emperor.” Answering “yes” to this suggested that they indeed had been loyal to Japan, while answering “no” would appear traitorous. These are just a few of the errors in his writing that I refuted, but I felt I had dealt with the situation with my response. However, the situation changed when I discovered that the author is a teacher at Columbia Basin College, a public community college. A student provided me with audio of Bullert repeating these claims to his class, supposedly in the name of “balance,” and “stimulating critical thinking.” This included showing his class the 1943 propaganda film meant to convince the public that Japanese Americans all went “cheerfully” into the camps. He did nothing to contextualize this film, but instead repeated falsehoods and distortions to his class. He complained that a presentation mentioned in the Tri-City Herald only showed “one side of the issue,” when he believes we should give equal time and space to both sides. When I contacted the paper, they also defended their decision to publish his error-riddled and offensive op-ed, citing the author’s right to have his own opinion, and the idea that “there are those who would agree with Mr. Bullert,” who simply had “different facts” according to Tri-City Herald publisher Gregg McConnell. The school has not yet taken responsibility for the fact that a teacher at their publicly funded institution is spreading this misinformation. This is “balance” only for balance’s sake in its worst manifestation, where it licenses people to deceive others into thinking that both sides are equally valid. This has nothing to do with Bullert’s right to free speech or “stimulating critical thinking.” This is an issue of maintaining the integrity of journalism and our public education system. Providing your students with misinformation about the Incarceration does not stimulate critical thinking; denying the racism gives students the false impression that the Incarceration was a well-intentioned mistake, or a necessary evil to win the war, a dangerous line of thought. Like Bullert, many people today try to deny any parallels between the experience of Japanese Americans and American Muslims. We cannot allow anyone, above all educators, to push falsehoods about the American Muslim and Japanese American communities, as Bullert did to justify the recent immigration orders to his students. Teachers are entitled to their opinions, but public schools should not permit employees to distort history and push their political beliefs under the guise of “stimulating critical thinking” and “balance.” It is now that these communities must come together to stand in solidarity. I believe we can turn this into a learning opportunity, and dispel myths about the Japanese American Incarceration. Ironically, Bullert called on his students to educate themselves and read literature about this, which I agree with. I hope Bullert himself will start with Personal Justice Denied, the report by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians that acknowledges the hysteria and racism, and confirms that no espionage occurred. It can provide a voice of reason in a time when we must acknowledge our nation’s past wrongs to ensure that they are not repeated. Joseph Shoji Lachman was born and raised in Seattle, and recently finished his B.A. at Yale University in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Joseph also serves as the donor relations specialist for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Seattle, Washington. For more news, click here

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  • Announcement: Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation Offers Scholarships to Recent Immigrants, Regardless of StatusAnnouncement: Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation Offers Scholarships to Recent Immigrants, Regardless of Status

    The Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation’s Lotus Scholarship Program provides scholarships to recently immigrated students in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The scholarship is $1,500 per year, and is renewable for up to 4 years. The purpose of the Lotus Scholars Program is to give financial assistance to immigrant and refugee students, regardless of immigration status, pursuing post-secondary education. To be eligible, applicants must: Be attending a high school in King, Pierce, or Snohomish county and be due to graduate in June 2017 Have immigrated to the United States during high school or after June 15, 2013 Be planning to attend a community college, university, technical or trade school Be enrolled in ESL/ELL classes during high school Have participated or enrolled in a college prep program such as AVID, Seattle Education Access or College Access Now Continue to participate and/or enroll in college prep, persistence or support programs during college career Be available for an in person or virtual (e.g. Skype) interview in April 2017 Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2017. Students can also apply online. Selected candidates will be scheduled for an interview in April 2017, and notifications will be sent out in early May 2017. For questions about the application, please contact Rachel Allen at programs@sylfoundation.org or (425) 590-9580. For more community news, click here

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  • General strike, rally called for this weekend in SeattleGeneral strike, rally called for this weekend in Seattle

      Workers are on a general strike this holiday weekend. Related: “Day without Immigrants” planned for Thursday, Feb. 16 The event is organized by General Strike USA. According to the event page: WE DEMAND RECONSTITUTION. Disrupt the economy until we have a government, instead of being had by one. This is how we stop Trump and the entire corrupt political establishment before they destroy us and the planet we call home. At this dangerous point in our history, we must confront a bitter truth: any political system that can allow Donald Trump to come to power is not a system worth keeping. Indeed, our elections, as controlled by the major political parties, offer us merely a contest of personalities rather than a choice between real alternatives. These contests mask the major parties’ underlying unity in a neoliberal economic establishment that serves the wealthy few at the expense of the impoverished many. The general strike promotes a change of the system, not a change within the system, and encourages dismantling the establishment. So far, the Facebook event has more than 2,000 people signed up, nationally, to participate, with 3,000 more interested in taking part. And 22,000 more have been invited to strike. General strike in Seattle A separate, unrelated general strike is organized in Seattle amid the national event. The Solidarity Strike is slated to take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Feb. 17 at Volunteer Park in Seattle. It is organized by Solidarity for Justice in Education. As the organization’s name implies, the strike is more focused on Washington’s education system as lawmakers are in session, attempting to fully fund it. The State of Washington has been ordered by its own Supreme Court to fully fund education. But there has been a tug-of-war between Democrats and Republicans on just how to do that. The event notice states: Solidarity Demonstration to #Resist the WA Senate Republican proposal to fund education by undermining collective bargaining rights of Education Workers. All Labor Unions are welcome and encouraged to stand in support of this Legislative attack on Unions. No Right to Work in Washington. The Seattle event has 1,300 people interested in taking part, and 324 confirmed to go. There are 1,600 more invited to come. Comments on the event’s page seem to have a theme — it would have a better turnout if organizers planned it on the weekend, instead of during the workday. Free Daniel rally Before Seattle’s strike in Volunteer Park, another event has been put together at the last minute by a range of organizers, including Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant. The “Free Daniel Rally Against Deportations Fight Trump!” is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Seattle Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle. At least 1,000 people are interested in attending, and more than 200 have committed to going. Another 1,400 have been invited. The event is partially motivated by a series of immigration roundups and detainments. Then, locally, Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained after he had an encounter with the law. He is covered under regulations passed under the Obama administration that allows immigrants who entered the country as minors to stay in renewable two-year periods. That regulation is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Facebook event states: Over the last week, Trump’s administration has detained and deported 600+ immigrants. Here in Seattle, on Tuesday 2/14, Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old father who has received repeated approval to stay and work under the DACA program, was taken by ICE. Medina has a court appearance on Friday during the rally. The Department of Homeland Security argues another perspective. It says that those protected under DACA can be deported if they are perceived as threats to public safety. According to a press release from DHS: On February 10, Daniel Ramirez-Medina, a gang member, was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge. This case illustrates the work ICE fugitive operations teams perform every day across the country to remove public safety threats from our communities when they encounter them. ICE officers, along with their law enforcement partners, have and will continue to enforce our nation’s laws to protect public safety, national security, and to preserve the integrity of our immigration system.

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  • Campus sexual assault: Washington students still woefully uninformedCampus sexual assault: Washington students still woefully uninformed

    .sidebar{ padding:12px; border-top:4px solid #274565; background-color:#eeede4; margin-top:12px; margin-bottom:12px; } .sidebar p.source{ font-size:14px; color:#666; margin-top:12px; } .sidebar td{ border-bottom:1px solid #ccc; padding:4px 0; } .right{ float:right; margin-left:12px; width:50% } .left{ float:left; margin-right:12px; width:50%; } .footnotes{ border-top:1px solid #666; } .footnotes p{ font-size:14px; color:#666; } .footnotes h2{ font-size:24px; } Though politicians and universities across the country have recognized the problem of campus sexual assault, administrators are still working to determine the most effective policies and programs for reducing students’ vulnerability. At Washington State University, for example, mandatory workshops teach incoming students how to identify violent behavior and intervene when their peers are at risk. At Western Washington University, posters listing survivor resources are in every restroom on campus. But establishing more universal policies is a work in progress that state administrators, Title IX coordinators, student groups and other entities are tackling in a collaborative effort. A report published by the Washington State Council of Presidents last month outlines some suggested policies and tactics, such as improving prevention trainings, addressing the needs of underserved populations, and streamlining the reporting and disciplinary processes. The efforts have received a push from state lawmakers. In May 2015, the Washington Legislature passed a bill establishing the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, which evaluated the resources available at the state’s six universities and 34 community and technical colleges. “We know that we have a problem on our campuses,” said Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “We want to make sure that all of our students are safe. That is my No. 1 priority.” 91% of Western Washington University respondents feel safe on campus. At Central Washington University, 75% of respondents reported feeling safe. Source for all graphics: Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Final Report to the Legislature, Appendix G Several of the universities offer prevention education programs such as Green Dot workshops,  which have become popular at universities across the country. The workshops teach students how to recognize and respond to risky or potentially violent situations. While the trainings are optional at the University of Washington and Evergreen State College, they have been mandatory for all incoming undergraduate and transfer students at Washington State University since 2014. Nikki Finnestead, WSU’s violence prevention coordinator, said the Green Dot program was “an ideal fit” for WSU, and that many students report they have used the skills taught at the workshops in real-life situations. However, she noted the importance of offering prevention training multiple times during a student’s career. Training at Washington State University Almost half of all students at Washington State University reported they have received training in multiple topics associated with sexual harassment and assault. Legal definition of sexual assault 51% Definition of consent and how to obtain it 51% WSU’s policy on sexual assault 52% How to report sexual assault 51% Services available for survivors or sexual assault 48% How to intervene as a bystander to protect other students from sexual assault 41% Other strategies for preventing sexual assault 43% “What we know about effective prevention education is that a one-time workshop, regardless of its content or program facilitators, will have limited impact in creating long-term change,” Finnestead said. “That’s why it is crucial that our efforts are ongoing.” Though mandatory Green Dot workshops have been a successful tool for WSU, Finnestead said that each college campus must consider its unique population and resources when establishing mandatory programs. Sen. Bailey agreed. “The environment in each one of our schools is a little different,” Bailey said. “We want to make sure that the school has the authority or the option of being able to adopt rules in their school that work with their student body.” The task force also called for further research on prevention and response efforts for students with disabilities, students under 18, LGBTQ students, and other underserved populations. Katie Querna, who researches gender and sexuality norms in the UW School of Social Work, said the needs of these groups are often not addressed in school policies because of limited definitions of sexual assault. “We have to recognize that all of our policies are set up in a very heteronormative way,” Querna said. “It assumes that certain people can be victims and certain people cannot be victims. Certain people have the ability to give consent and certain people don’t have the ability to give consent.” The task force also suggested improvements to the reporting process, such as reducing the amount of time it takes to address a student conduct charge and improving training for law enforcement officers. Bailey said protecting the rights of all people involved in the disciplinary process is a top concern. “We want to make sure that due process is always part of the equation,” Bailey said. Knowledge of their institution’s policy on Sexual Assault Students’ knowledge of their institution’s policy on sexual assault, such as where to report an assault or how the institution deals with the report, varied greatly between schools. Community and technical colleges Less than 50% Evergreen State College 30% Central Washington 40% Washington State University 60% Western Washington University 65% The report includes recommendations specifically mentioned by surveyed students, such as self-defense classes, more education on recognizing and reporting sexual assault, and better lighting and security resources on campus. Though many schools share information about various safety resources during freshman orientation, many students feel that’s not enough. At some universities, students and student governments have created programs to improve education on sexual assault. At UW, for example, the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists held a series of events as part of Consent Week from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13. Activities included peer discussions, guest speakers and a film screening. Alexander Wirth, director of ASUW’s Office of Government Relations, said the group is currently working on follow-up legislation based on the task force’s recommendations. He said the student governing body can provide a different perspective from what might come to mind for school administration or lawmakers because of their familiarity with student life. Paul Francis, executive director of the Council of Presidents, said policy makers have expressed an interest in pursuing legislation based on the task force’s findings. He said the task force has given Washington the opportunity to “be a national leader on this issue.” “Even though the task force is over, the work is definitely going to continue,” Francis said. “There is a very strong commitment to continuing to do what we can to keep our students safe.” Wording for some survey questions varied among different campuses. Details for all the questions and other survey findings at the universities and community colleges can be found in Appendix G of the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Final Report to the Legislature.

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  • 6 things to do in Seattle this weekend6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

    Step Afrika! What started as a cultural exchange program between African Americans and South Africans has blossomed into a first-of-its-kind company that celebrates stepping, the percussive dance form that took root at black sororities and fraternities. For the first time, the dance troupe is performing in Seattle. Its program is a multimedia evening-length work paying homage to Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, the series of paintings about the African American exodus from the rural South to the North that is currently on display at Seattle Art Museum. If you go: Step Afrika! Meany Center, Feb. 16-Feb. 18 (Tickets start at $45)—F.D. Elissa Washuta Last summer, Elissa Washuta, a Brooklynite and member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, sat in one of the towers on the Fremont Bridge. As an artist in residence, she wrote as the bridge went up and down (more frequently than any other bridge in the country), as people walked their dogs, took pictures of the sunset, got lost and as thousands of commuters, including yours truly, biked by. This weekend at Central Library, Washuta will talk about her process and the result, a literary work based on Puget Sound history. If like me, you’ve ever wondered about the lives of those in the bridge towers, this event will be fascinating. Prepare by reading one of my favorite StoryCorps stories, about a bridgetender in Jacksonville, Florida. If you go: Elissa Washuta, Central Library, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 (Free)—N.C. Chuck Close Photographs Chuck Close. Self-Portrait/Five Part. 2009. Jacquard tapestry. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Parrish Museum of Art. If you haven’t yet seen the Chuck Close photography retrospective — a first — currently showing at the Henry Art Gallery, then consider going on Saturday when the Henry’s director Sylvia Wolf delivers a curator talk about the artist. Before coming to the UW, Wolf spent 20 years as a curator of photography and met Close while she was working at the Whitney Museum in New York. The retrospective features 90 photographic works as well as a selection of related paintings and tapestries. If you go: Chuck Close Photographs, Henry Art Gallery at the UW, Through April 2 (Curator talk at 2 p.m. Feb. 18)($10)—F.D. Three Americans Three performers deliver three monologues by three different playwrights — Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Yussef El Guindi and Regina Taylor — about identity and a shared hope that crosses their differences. If you go: Three Americans, West of Lenin Theater, Feb. 16-March 4 ($15)—F.D. Morning Star Pop-Up and Shop Local For the last three years, Chef Tarik Abdullah has been hosting Morning Star Brunch, popping up throughout south Seattle. This Sunday marks the last Morning Star Brunch at the Royal Room as Abdullah prepares to move to the new Hillman City space Black & Tan Hall. He draws inspiration from African and Middle Eastern cuisine, among others, with past menus including dishes like 5-spice pancakes, spiced lamb hash, and harissa-marinated jackfruit with roasted red peppers and red and black rice. The event will also raise money for the ICOE (Islamic Center of the Eastside) and host local craftsman, from jewelers to candle makers. So head out for community — and some mouthwatering, unique food — this Sunday. If you go: Morning Star Pop-Up and Shop Local, The Royal Room, 9 a.m. Feb. 19—N.C. Urban Poverty Forum XI: Balancing the Scales On Sunday, Town Hall hosts a community forum to talk about racism and poverty as represented in our criminal justice system – and what’s being done about it. Speaker will include Mary Flowers, who works with prisoners through the Seattle King County NAACP, and Chief Judge Wesley Saint Clair, whose been working in the Juvenile Courthouse for decades. If you go: Urban Poverty Forum XI: Balancing the Scales, Town Hall, 1 p.m. Feb. 19 (Free)—N.C.  

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  • Landlord: Tenant violated his lease by dyingLandlord: Tenant violated his lease by dying

    Debra Tolbert’s brother had been battling stage four kidney failure when he died last month of a heart attack. But a grieving Tolbert was hardly prepared for what she heard from property managers of Dennis Hanel’s White Center rental house when she tried to collect his security deposit and last month’s rent. Her brother “violated the terms his lease” when he died, a representative of the rental and management company told her. “She said to me, ‘He’s not getting anything back,’ ” Tolbert said. A promised explanation for why they are keeping the $1,400, which she’d hoped to use to pay for his cremation, still hasn’t materialized – two weeks after that phone call and a month after her brother’s death. She says they’ve also not responded to her barrage of phone calls and text messages. Anthony Narancic, owner of Real Estate Services, the property rental and management company for the property, did not return a reporter’s phone calls and text messages to him and an assistant requesting comment. Washington CAN, a community organization that advocates for low- and middle-income people, has been trying to help Tolbert get the money back. “For a landlord to require someone to give notice that they are going to die in order to get a deposit back is outrageous and unethical, not to mention inhumane,” said Xochitl Maykovich, an organizer at Washington CAN. “I don’t understand how someone like that can sleep at night.” When a tenant dies, Washington requires a landlord to either refund unearned rent and security deposits within 21 days after that person’s unit has been cleared or provide an explanation to the family. Melany Brown, executive director of the Rental Housing Association of Washington, said she hasn’t encountered cases involving the deaths of tenants and said some leases do address such circumstances. Absent that, she said, “the best practice is for any landlord to work with tenants.” Dennis Hanel in the fall of 2016. Courtesy of Debra Tolbert But Violet Lavatai, membership coordinator with the Tenants Union of Washington, which advocates on behalf of renters, said landlords deal with death all the time and she knows of no instance where it’s covered in a lease. She said if the landlord continues to withhold the deposit and refuses to provide an explanation, Tolbert is entitled to sue. “Dying is not a violation of a lease,” Lavatai said. “A landlord who does something like that has no moral compass.” Tolbert said Hanel, 55, was first diagnosed with kidney failure four years ago. He had been homeless and living on the streets when the family learned of a room for rent in a five-room house in White Center. At $700 a month, Tolbert said, it was manageable. Her brother signed a six-month lease in November, and the family paid $2,100 in first and last months’ rent and a security deposit. Tolbert had just paid his January rent when he died Jan 8. She had been unable to reach him the day before and wound up leaving a church service early when “something tugged at my heart.” She discovered Hanel dead in his apartment, of an apparent heart attack. She said she removed all his belongings, cleaned out his place and within 24 hours had returned his key to the property managers. She was hoping to get his deposit and last month’s rent back to pay to have him cremated. She used her credit card instead. Maykovich of Washington CAN said given the city’s growing housing crisis, the landlord’s action is not surprising. “In Seattle, people are so desperate for housing, landlords are taking advantage left and right,” she said. “Most of the time, people don’t even think of a deposit as a deposit, but as an extra payment.” Tolbert said she needs the money to pay off the credit card. “I’m used to saying let go and let God. I believe it will come out in the wash. Something will happen.”

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  • Finally, a foster-care fix – but who will pay?Finally, a foster-care fix – but who will pay?

    Washington state could soon have a new agency devoted to helping at-risk children and families, with the long-term goal of reducing brushes with child protective services and the courts. At Gov. Jay Inslee’s request, lawmakers are weighing bills to consolidate early learning, child welfare and juvenile justice programs under a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. In the meantime, a critical shortage of foster families and crippling social worker turnover make it increasingly hard for the state to find safe, stable homes for children in its care, whose numbers are swelling as the opioid addiction crisis deepens. But proposals to address what legislators and agency leaders call a “crisis” in the state’s child welfare system face an uncertain future this legislative session, largely because of intense budget pressures brought on by court-ordered funding for public schools. The idea for a stand-alone children’s department gained traction after Inslee appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission to study the issue last year. The bipartisan panel called for pulling child protective services, foster care and adoption programs out of the Children’s Administration, which is now under the Department of Social and Health Services. Starting July 2018, those would be combined with the free preschool and other early childhood initiatives now run by the Department of Early Learning, which would cease to exist. The new department would absorb juvenile justice programs, also currently under DSHS, in 2019. Companion House (HB 1661) and Senate (SB 5498) bills authorizing the changes have broad bipartisan support in the Legislature, with 14 sponsors in the Senate and 28 in the House. The deadline for legislators to pass bills out of their initial committees is Feb. 17. Inslee called the move a “major modernization” of the state’s programs for children and families at a December event announcing the commission’s findings. By combining services in a single department, he said, “these families are going to have better access, faster access and more comprehensive access.” Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the Legislature to create a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. He spoke about the benefits of the reorganization at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle in December. (Allegra Abramo/InvestigateWest) In an effort to stem the exodus of social workers, legislators this session will also take up long-awaited pay raises and a modest increase in their ranks. But agency requests to boost the supply of foster homes and expand services for children with mental health and behavioral problems remain unfunded. And the Children’s Administration could face cuts as legislators struggle to agree on a multi-billion dollar school-funding plan to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Proponents of the new Department of Children, Youth and Families hope it will bring more attention, more accountability — and more dollars — to the state’s programs for children. “The way government is organized says lot about its priorities,” said state Rep. Ruth Kagi, a Seattle Democrat who co-chaired Inslee’s commission and chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee. The state has departments of veterans’ affairs and natural resources, Kagi pointed out, but the Children’s Administration must compete for resources with mental health services and seven other major areas in DSHS. “The visibility is a major, major improvement” for the new department, whose director will report straight to the governor, she said. Skeptics question whether the department represents reshuffling rather than real reform, especially if the Legislature fails to fund its ambitious vision for a more prevention-focused agency. Lasting change will also require shifting the agency’s culture, which has become fearful and punitive, advocates and foster parents say. Others see a chance to repair the state’s ailing foster care system. Washington state Rep. Ruth Kagi (Kathryn Sauber/Investigate West)   “The state of foster care right now is one of the best arguments for the new department,” Kagi said. “We need to get them into an agency where their issues are focused on and there’s a concerted effort to make this system work better for children and families.” A record number of foster youth slept in hotels and were sent to out-of-state facilities in the past year. This “placement crisis,” as state leaders call it, developed after the state lost nearly one in five foster homes and the Legislature cut funding to care for the most troubled and difficult-to-place children in the wake of the Great Recession. Fixing all that is going to take money, advocates say. “It’s a hope that this new department will have a large enough advocacy platform to finally bring in some adequate resources,” said Charles Shelan, the former CEO of Community Youth Services, a private child welfare agency in Pierce County. Gov. Inslee budgeted about $10 million over two years to cover the administrative costs of forming the new department of Children, Youth and Families. That $10 million is “no small change in this legislative session,” said state Sen. Steve O’Ban, a University Place Republican who chairs the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee and is a prime sponsor of the bill. “It’s well worth doing, if we can possibly, possibly afford it,” he said. In the long run, fulfilling the broad vision for the department would cost much more. Its charge will be to intervene earlier than the current Children’s Administration now does. Instead of stepping in only when children are at risk of being removed from their caregivers, the department would support families and youth before they wind up in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. “Prevention takes a lot of money, and to do this grandiose plan that we want to do is going to take money,” said Liz Mueller, vice chair of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, who sat on the Blue Ribbon Commission and advises DSHS on tribal child welfare issues. “If they didn’t have the dollars before, are they going to find the dollars to really do what needs to be done?” The Legislature cut funding for the Children’s Administration sharply during the recession and eliminated more than 450 positions. Today the agency’s budget is back to 2009 levels, but that does not account for inflation or the growth in population and caseloads. Meanwhile, the number of abuse and neglect complaints serious enough to require an in-person investigation has jumped 40 percent since 2010. Without a substantial increase in funding, creating a Department of Children, Youth and Families is “much ado about nothing,” said Dee Wilson, who spent 26 years with the Children’s Administration and led a research institute at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Today he trains social workers statewide. “Nothing is really going to improve or change. And furthermore, things are actually going to get worse,” he said. Wilson estimates that rebuilding the state’s child welfare system would take at least $100 million over a decade. Adding expansive new prevention-focused programs would cost much more, he said. Reducing social worker turnover ­— which approaches 30 percent annually in King County — is another key to making the child welfare system work better for children and families. No child welfare system with a 30 percent turnover rate will ever function adequately regardless of programs. “The most important issue in the upcoming session is not the new department, but whether and to what extent caseworker salaries are raised,” Wilson said. “No child welfare system with a 30 percent turnover rate will ever function adequately regardless of programs.” Nonetheless, Wilson called the ambitions for the new department “praiseworthy” and said its creation could generate “some energy and hope that maybe some really super good things are going to happen as result.” Legislators this session will vote on a 16 percent salary bump for the state’s social workers, who now start at just over $34,000 a year. In the long run, the increase would have to be closer to 30 percent to compete with hospitals and other employers who lure away state workers, according to Sean Dannen, the general government strategic campaign coordinator for the Washington Federation of State Employees. Wilson is pessimistic the legislature will spring for the full pay raise. If it doesn’t, “the downward spiral of [the Children’s Administration] will continue and possibly increase,” he said. High caseloads are also contributing to worker turnover — and to the attrition of foster parents who say case workers are too pressed to return calls, let alone provide meaningful support. Social workers now carry 20 cases, on average, up from 17 cases four years ago. And many struggle to manage up to 30 cases, because they must pick up the cases of colleagues who have quit. The recommended level is 12 to 15 cases per worker. In Tacoma, Children’s Administration social workers are located in a Department of Social and Health Services office on State Street. About one out of five social workers leave the Children’s Administration every year. (Paul Joseph/InvestigateWest) Inslee’s budget proposes adding about 56 workers to get caseloads down to 18 per social worker. Under his proposal, the Children’s Administration budget would get a 3.5 percent bump from its last two-year budget, but the bulk of the $42 million increase would go toward pay raises. In contrast, governors of other states, including Massachusetts, Georgia and Texas, have proposed large budget and staffing increases for their states’ child protection agencies, in part to address high caseloads and worker turnover. In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott requested emergency spending to expand the child protective services workforce by nearly 9 percent, compared to the 1.5 percent increase proposed in Washington. Case workers in both states now start at about the same salary. Abbott is seeking a 35 percent pay increase for his state’s case workers, compared with the 16 percent Washington workers would get. Texas “is a rare instance of a state whose policymakers seemed deaf, dumb and blind for years … finally seeing the light and making a dramatic policy shift in the right direction,” Wilson said. “If this can happen in Texas, with its conservative legislature, similar events can occur in Washington.” Instead of increases, others fear budget cuts could be on the way for Washington’s child welfare system. “We are coming to grips with a very grim budget reality at the moment,” state Rep. Kagi said. Inslee requested more than $4 billion in new taxes to satisfy the court’s McCleary school-funding decision and to expand mental health services, his top policy priorities this year. Legislators have balked at such a large increase. Any additional revenue they do approve will likely be directed to schools, leaving state agencies fighting for crumbs. “It’s an ugly year,” Kagi said. “So getting foster care high up on the radar screen is really important. Because we cannot cut them again.” Last week Kagi announced that she and other legislators are starting a “reinventing foster care” movement to bring both reforms and revenue to the foster care system. Hundreds rallied at the state Capitol Feb. 10 for children who are either homeless or in foster care. (Kathryn Sauber/InvestigateWest) Two other proposals to address the foster care placement crisis didn’t make it into Inslee’s budget. The Children’s Administration requested $1.9 million and 10 positions to reduce a backlog of applications from would-be foster parents. Applications increased last year, but the department says existing staff can’t keep up, so the roster of licensed foster homes hasn’t grown as much as it could. To address a shortage of options for foster children with mental health and behavioral troubles, the department also asked for $5.1 million to fund at least 31 emergency beds, add a facility for longer stays and develop new reimbursement rates for people caring for these children. Without enough foster homes and other placement options, the state has turned to more expensive alternatives, including housing children temporarily in hotels. Over the past two years, the state has spent around $2.3 million for more than 1,000 hotel stays, according to figures from the Children’s Administration. Given Inslee’s other big-ticket priorities, the state lacks the revenue for these programs this year, Office of Financial Management budget writers say. In this state budget season, the new Department of Children, Youth and Families appears to be the focus of child welfare advocates and legislators, who broadly support the initiative. State Sen. Judy Warnick, a Republican from Moses Lake who sat on the Blue Ribbon Commission, said at the group’s final meeting in November that she had started out “very skeptical” of the idea. She had wondered whether the state could afford it. “But the question now has come around in my mind to, ‘Can we afford not to fund it?’” While lawmakers agree on the broad goals for the department, Kagi said, “The skeptics just think this is moving the chairs around.” She and other bill sponsors are working on amendments to assure colleagues that the department will be held accountable for real reform. “I would like to be just as prescriptive as we can,” said state Sen. O’Ban, who plans to add performance measures and timelines for the new department. Others warn that, to be successful, the new department must also shift its culture. A change in structure without a change in culture will just get us right back to where we are. “The department is currently run more out of fear and self-protection than out of creativity and collaboration,” said Shannon Mead, a former foster mom who founded the Foster Innovation Lab to test ideas for to improving the foster care system. “A change in structure without a change in culture will just get us right back to where we are.” That sort of rebuilding won’t happen overnight, others caution. The prevention efforts proposed for the new department will take a decade or more to bear fruit, said Wilson, the Children’s Administration veteran. And they may or may not end up saving taxpayer dollars. But lawmakers, he said, often lack the patience to wait for results. In the meantime, the state can no longer afford to neglect its current child welfare system, which is “quickly deteriorating,” he said. “Leaving the Children’s Administration and the foster care system as they are is a very bad idea,” Wilson said, “and potentially disastrous in ways most policymakers cannot imagine.” We are particularly interested to hear from current and former foster parents, social workers and birth families who have experienced the child welfare system in Washington. Reach Allegra Abramo at aabramo@invw.org InvestigateWest is a Seattle-based nonprofit newsroom producing journalism for the common good. Please help support this effort at www.invw.org/donate. This reporting was supported by InvestigateWest donors, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Thomas V. Giddens, Jr., Foundation.

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  • City Fruit looks to Queen Anne, Magnolia to expandCity Fruit looks to Queen Anne, Magnolia to expand

    A local nonprofit that promotes the cultivation of urban fruit has chosen Queen Anne and Magnolia for its next area of expansion. City Fruit was originally founded in 2008 in South Seattle, and the organization that harvests fruit from backyards and public parks throughout the city has since grown to encompass most of Seattle.

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  • Alair is a gift shop that likes those that give backAlair is a gift shop that likes those that give back

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  • Did GOP cover up a $1 billion school-funding error?Did GOP cover up a $1 billion school-funding error?

    Democrats in the state Senate are angry about what they say were actions by Republicans that apparently misled colleagues and the public over mistakes in key numbers in the state’s education funding debate. In a press conference Tuesday and afterward, top Democratic legislators laid out what they believe happened, beginning with inadvertent mistakes made by nonpartisan state analysts calculating the funding schools would receive under a Senate Republican funding plan. To considerable fanfare, Republicans rolled out the plan in late January. However, according to the Democrats’ account, Republican legislators learned last Monday (Feb. 6) that the calculations contained errors — and they withheld that information from Democrats until late Thursday. They also, the Democrats say, didn’t mention it in a high-profile public statement about the bill. Republicans denied that they had engaged in any withholding of information. And the senator who drafted the plan talked at length about how he had at first heard only of staff concerns and then learned of possible errors. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, hedged when asked if the episode amounted to Republicans hiding the information, but acknowledged the move appeared intentional. “Yes, we were misled,” Rolfes said. The numbers in question are at the heart of the Republican plan for fixing the state’s multi-billion dollar McCleary school funding crisis, which saw the Washington Supreme Court order the state government to take over paying most of the cost for local schools — estimated at $3.4 billion. In the days following the plan’s release, Republicans touted calculations from neutral analysts in the Legislature that showed it would increase funding for nearly every school in the state. But, according to Democratic House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan and other Democrats who spoke to reporters Tuesday, those same nonpartisan staff made Republicans aware by the beginning of last week that the analysis contained serious flaws in the total amount schools would receive. Democratic legislators don’t know how large the error is, said Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, but assume it’s large. “We know that the potential error is up to a billion dollars,” Nelson said, before adding a caution that exact figures aren’t available. Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and was the architect of the Republican plan. According to Democrats, Braun was the one who is said to have received the staff briefing on the errors. Reached in his office Tuesday, Braun denied he had withheld information from Democrats. “That’s a made-up story,” Braun said. Asked to confirm that he had learned the numbers contained errors, Braun turned around and walked into his office, saying that his staff media contact would arrange a later meeting. Later in the day, Braun elaborated in extended comments, saying that the analysis of the funding impacts of his proposals has been evolving in a cooperative process that includes the governor’s office and the House of Representatives. “This claim that we knew about and withheld errors is wholly inaccurate,” he told Crosscut. “We knew about comments on the model as soon as the beginning of last week, but there’s a whole big difference” between a comment and confirmation of an error. Orcas Island Sen. Kevin Ranker is the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and normally would receive the same bill-related briefings as Braun, the committee’s Republican chair. But Ranker said Tuesday that, after hearing rumors there were errors in the plan, he confronted Braun late in the week. “He said that, yes, there were errors,” Ranker said of Braun. “He told me that he had been made aware days ago … and that he had asked that no one else be briefed, not me as the ranking member, not the public, not the media.” Braun said he told Ranker that there was nothing unusual about withholding information while he worked with the Senate staffers. “This is not some egregious breach of protocol or rules,” Braun told Crosscut. “It’s simply working through the details of a complicated bill.” Braun also defended himself against Democratic questions about why he didn’t mention any significant errors in the numbers in the numbers on Monday, Feb. 6, when he gave public remarks in support of the plan at a House appropriations committee meeting. Braun said that, in fact, he avoided any real discussion of the numbers during the discussion. “There literally was no substantive information to release at that point,” he said. He also questioned why, if he were supposedly being secretive, he would have directed the Senate staff to work cooperatively with the House and Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office of Financial Management. Braun and Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, both stood by the Republicans’ overall education plan. “I don’t know how the timing worked or didn’t work,” Schoesler said in a brief comment to a reporter. “We have the superior plan, and it’s paid for.” For her part, Democratic leader Nelson, who returned Monday to the Senate after a family absence, said she still needed to talk with all the parties involved, but would not say she had rule out a formal complaint or a request that the Senate reprimand Braun. “I’m looking at all the options,” said Nelson in remarks before Braun’s defense of his actions. “What I’m trying to do at this point as the leader [of the Senate Democrats], is unravel what happened,” Nelson said. Nelson and others added that their overall priority during the session remains arriving at a solution to the McCleary dilemma. To expedite that, Nelson said, any official response to the episode would likely be concluded by the end of this week. This story was last updated at 10:52 p.m. to include and clarify additional comments from Sen. Braun.

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  • FOLLOWUP: Here's the plan for adding to Metro late-night bus serviceFOLLOWUP: Here's the plan for adding to Metro late-night bus service

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    Tucked away on a south side of Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor is one of the Pacific Northwest's most powerful monuments to the Japanese internment.

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    The Endangered Species Act – the 43-year-old bulwark against extinction – may itself be endangered.

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    Ian Bell's Brown Derby, which puts on "ridiculously staged readings of your favorite screenplays," is doing its own version of the 1986 classic Tom Cruise action flick "Top Gun."

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    A 38-year-old man has been charged with indecent exposure after allegedly exposing himself while being detained for shoplifting at the West Seattle Target store.

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