• Front Row Center 2017-2018 SeasonFront Row Center 2017-2018 Season

    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. Never miss a show! Sign up for the Front Row Center e-newsletter to receive exclusive offers to spectacular performances and exhibitions.

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  • 65th Anniversary Events65th Anniversary Events

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

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  • 65 years of fascinating voices65 years of fascinating voices

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

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  • Guards kill inmate, wound second at California prisonGuards kill inmate, wound second at California prison

    FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — Guards have killed an inmate and critically wounded another at California State Prison-Sacramento. The state corrections department says it happened Friday afternoon as guards tried to break up a fight in the recreation yard of the prison, which is located in Folsom. Authorities say two inmates armed with stabbing weapons attacked […]

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  • Nevada official: Retroactive high school diplomas availableNevada official: Retroactive high school diplomas available

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — People who didn’t graduate from a Nevada high school because they failed proficiency exams are now eligible for a retroactive diploma. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that thousands of students who left high school as far back as the 1980s could be affected. A memo from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve […]

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  • Foo Fighters postpone Kentucky show at last minuteFoo Fighters postpone Kentucky show at last minute

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Foo Fighters postponed a concert in Kentucky, hours before the band was expected to take the stage, because of an unspecified family emergency. The band’s public relations firm said in a news release Saturday afternoon that the concert at Lexington’s Rupp Arena, which was scheduled for later that night, will now […]

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  • DeSoto refuge trails temporarily closed for deer huntDeSoto refuge trails temporarily closed for deer hunt

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — All roads and nature trails at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge remain closed weekend for a scheduled deer hunt. The closure began Saturday and runs through Sunday to ensure public safety during the white-tailed deer hunt. The visitor center will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A second antlerless […]

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  • Herbert appoints 3 to judgeships on 3rd District CourtHerbert appoints 3 to judgeships on 3rd District Court

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is appointing three new judges to the 3rd District Court. Herbert’s appointments of attorneys Patrick Corum, Linda Jones and Amber Mettler are subject to confirmation by the state Senate. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that the trio would fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges […]

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  • Kansas lawmakers study insurance payments for telemedicineKansas lawmakers study insurance payments for telemedicine

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering whether insurance companies should be required to pay health care providers the same amount for telemedicine services as for in-person visits. The Topeka Capital Journal reports that a committee studying the issue is expected to make recommendations to the Legislature before its 2018 session begins in January. […]

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  • AP source: Cubs part with pitching coach BosioAP source: Cubs part with pitching coach Bosio

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach after six seasons. A person familiar with the situation says the team said the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. USA Today […]

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  • Fallen New Orleans police officer laid to restFallen New Orleans police officer laid to rest

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  • Authorities identify man who died in rollover near DeadwoodAuthorities identify man who died in rollover near Deadwood

    DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who died in a single-vehicle crash in Lawrence County. The patrol says 49-year-old Michael Manderfeld, of Lead, was driving a pickup truck that went out of control on U.S. Highway 385 and rolled several times about 4 miles south of Deadwood. The […]

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  • How your U.S. lawmaker votedHow your U.S. lawmaker voted

    Here’s how Washington’s senators voted on major issues in the week ending Oct. 20.

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  • Trump plans to help with Russia legal billsTrump plans to help with Russia legal bills

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday. It’s the first such commitment by Trump, who […]

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  • Search for crew after barge fire off Texas coastSearch for crew after barge fire off Texas coast

    PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard searched for two missing crew members on Saturday from a crude oil-bearing barge that caught fire off the Texas coast. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennae Steinmiller says that emergency responders are also working to contain the spread of oil, which had reached the shoreline of Mustang Island, […]

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  • ‘Zombie’ event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes‘Zombie’ event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anti-tax “zombies” in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state Capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services. The event by Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute was filmed for videos to be posted on […]

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  • Wyoming teachers to return after ‘shooting at Trump’ answerWyoming teachers to return after ‘shooting at Trump’ answer

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming high school English teachers are set to return to class after giving a computerized quiz that included the possible answer: “He was shooting at Trump.” The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports Jackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crisp notified students Friday that teachers Carin Aufderheide and Jess Tuschscherer […]

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  • One injured in South Park Seattle shooting, gang unit investigatingOne injured in South Park Seattle shooting, gang unit investigating

    SEATTLE — The South Park neighborhood was rocked by gun violence for a third time in less than a month late Friday. At about 11:20 p.m., Seattle police responded to the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Donovan Street after receiving multiple reports of shots fired. According to police, the victim was shot while standing outside of a house near the intersection. The victim was treated at a nearby fire station and later transported to Harborview Medical Center. Police said the victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Seattle police’s gang unit is now looking into what happened. Earlier this month, gang detectives investigated a shooting Oct. 1 in South Park involving a teenager who was struck shortly after arriving at a friend’s house. On Sept. 26, another teenager was shot in the neighborhood. Gang detectives looked into that incident as well.  

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  • Position Available: ACLU-WA seeks Legislative Session AidePosition Available: ACLU-WA seeks Legislative Session Aide

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Session Aide. The Legislative Session Aide is part of the Political Strategies Department, which consists of legislative and field staff who advance the ACLU-WA’s priorities at the state and local level and strategically involve ACLU-WA supporters in that effort. The Legislative Session Aide will support the Legislative Director prior to and during the 2018 state legislative session. The Legislative Director is primarily in Olympia during the session and relies on the Session Aide, who works in our Seattle office, to manage scheduling, bill analysis and tracking, and conduct other important support work. This position is full-time and non-exempt. Benefits include health leave, disability insurance, matching 401(k) plan and bus pass. To learn more, visit iexaminer.org/classifieds. For more announcements, click here

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  • Scott Kurashige’s ‘Fifty-Year Rebellion’ shines light on racist policies in DetroitScott Kurashige’s ‘Fifty-Year Rebellion’ shines light on racist policies in Detroit

    “Detroit has been the in the forefront of the deindustrialization of the urban cores and the institution of neoliberal policies in U.S. cities that primarily hurt communities of color,” argued Scott Kurashige in a recent interview with the International Examiner. Kurashige, a Japanese-American whose mother’s family is native to Seattle, is a University of Washington, Bothell, history professor and writer of the recent book, The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit. The election of President Donald Trump and the strong move toward pro-corporate environmental and labor policies, in addition to the support for aggressive police tactics that disproportionately hurt communities of color nationwide, is not surprising to Kurashige. Detroit has already seen these policies and in full force and so it comes as no surprise to Kurashige, a former Detroit resident, that they are being exported across the United States. Kurashige and his publisher, the University of California Press, released the book to coincide with the 1967 rebellion of African-Americans in Detroit against police brutality, sub-standard and segregated housing, and discrimination in the workplace. Kurashige’s first chapter addresses the causes of this rebellion while emphasizing that to many whites and those in government it was a “riot.” Kurashige quotes Chinese-American activist Grace Lee Boggs as saying, “We in Detroit called it the rebellion [because] there was a righteousness about the young people rising up.” This is juxtaposed with a white Detroit police officer quoted by Kurashige who described the rebellion as “more than a riot […] this is war.” Kurashige quotes a member of the Michigan National Guard, called to Detroit by Governor George Romney, as saying “I’m going to shoot anything that moves and is black.” This first chapter sets the tone for Kurashige’s 143-page, quick moving and easy to read book that portrays Detroit’s demise and conflict in non-ambiguous racial terms. Kurashige states both in his book and interview with the Examiner that Detroit was ravaged by white flight that severely hurt Detroit’s public services and left the Detroit area segregated into a decaying, black urban core and an economically prosperous suburban area. This decay of Detroit’s African-American, urban core was furthered by predatory lending practices that disproportionately hurt African-American communities. Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy was the culmination in a process of marginalization of Detroit’s black community at the hands of a neo-liberal, white elite and a number of willing black collaborators. Kurashige details the emergency management of bankrupt Detroit by Kevyn Orr, a black corporate lawyer doing the bidding of Wall Street at the expense of Detroit’s struggling yet still existing black-majority communities. Kurashige does an excellent job of finding smoking guns that vividly demonstrate the racism inherent in prominent individuals and policies aimed at dispossessing black Detroiters of power and dignity. Kurashige leaves no room for plausible deniability regarding the roots and motivations for the hollowing out of Detroit. For instance, at the beginning of his fourth chapter that details the racist neoliberal management of Detroit by Orr, Kurashige quotes Detroit’s chief financial officer under Orr, a 60-year-old white man named Jim Bonsall, as asking “Can I shoot anyone in a hoody?” as a way to belittle Trayvon Martin. The comment was made in front of many black co-workers as part of a discussion on how to prevent arson during Halloween. Kurashige also points out the hypocrisy inherent in the bailouts of Wall Street from 2008-2009 but the unwillingness to bailout a bankrupt Detroit in debt to many of those same Wall Street banks. When the Examiner asked Kurashige to make a comparison between the historical experience of Detroit’s communities of color and those of Seattle, Kurashige said the major difference is that Seattle did not experience anywhere near the level of white flight that Detroit did. Seattle always maintained a majority white population and as such its downtown never suffered the same neglect as that of Detroit. Detroit, on the other hand, was and still is a majority black city that fully suffered the withdrawal of white capital. This withdrawal of white capital, while one of the causes of Detroit’s economic decay and ultimate bankruptcy, is actually seen by Kurashige as presenting a chance for positive and creative change. In Seattle, the local economy is strong and even those who work in lower-end jobs are invested in working within the existing economic and political system because they too can gain to a certain extent by a strong economy. In our interview with Kurashige, he cited the successful campaign for a 15-dollar minimum wage and the general acceptance—however reluctant—of the business community as an example of how those on the low-end of the socio-economic scale are working within the mainstream economic and political system in Seattle. In Detroit, however, the mainstream economic and political systems have failed so horribly that people have no choice but to look for alternative beyond the system. Kurashige’s book ends with a chapter dedicated discussing alternative local business models, ways in which Detroiters have combated aggressive, inhuman police techniques, and alternative types of schools that have been developed by and for the Detroit community. In a neoliberal economic and political system that is often imposed in a top-down manner by corporate boards and lawyers like in the case of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Detroit’s citizens are providing an alternative model to the existing system. Kurashige told us in our interview that this is crucial because “protesting and pointing out problems is not enough. An alternative social, economic, and political vision is necessary” to enact real change to an increasingly radical and inhuman neoliberal system. Unfortunately, as Kurashige himself laments, his chapter on Detroit’s alternative communities is far too short and limited. When asked about other resources to further explore these communities, he points to the book he co-wrote with Grace Lee Boggs titled, The Next American Revolution, and the documentaries, Urban Roots, Grown in Detroit, and The American Revolutionary as good starting points. He also recommended attending the Detroit Allied Media Conference in June as a way to see up close the alternative communities and visions in Detroit. For more arts, click here

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  • Position Available: ACLU-WA seeks Political Strategies AssistantPosition Available: ACLU-WA seeks Political Strategies Assistant

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an administrative assistant to support its Political Strategies Department. The Political Strategies Assistant is directly supervised by the Director of Strategy and primarily supports the Legislative Director, Field Director, and Activism Coordinator. This position is full-time and non-exempt. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card. To learn more, visit iexaminer.org/classifieds. For more announcements, click here

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  • Adult, 2 Juveniles Charged in Seattle Stabbing Death - U.S. News & World ReportAdult, 2 Juveniles Charged in Seattle Stabbing Death - U.S. News & World Report

    Adult, 2 Juveniles Charged in Seattle Stabbing DeathU.S. News & World ReportSEATTLE (AP) — Two juveniles and an 18-year-old man have all been charged in adult court with first-degree murder following the stabbing death of a 15-year-old boy. The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2irLF28) that Jonatan Islas-Martinez and the ...and more »

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  • 5 Weird Gameday Food Rituals From Seattle Seahawks Players - Seahawks.com5 Weird Gameday Food Rituals From Seattle Seahawks Players - Seahawks.com

    Seahawks.com5 Weird Gameday Food Rituals From Seattle Seahawks PlayersSeahawks.comWhenever Seattle travels a long distance for games (for example, this weekend to New York to play the Giants), he has a warm bowl of beef chili with a side of cornbread — which he crumbles and puts in the dish — waiting for him at home. The chili ...

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  • Trump plans to release classified JFK documentsTrump plans to release classified JFK documents

    (CNN) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy “subject to the receipt of further information.” Trump’s tweet comes as he is staring down an October 26 deadline set in law by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents — including FBI and CIA files — barring any action by the President to block the release of certain documents. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump said, appearing to leave open the possibility that some documents could still be withheld. The White House said in a statement to Politico earlier this week that the White House was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” by next week’s deadline. Trump himself is no stranger to the controversies and conspiracy theories that have long swirled around the assassination of the 35th president. During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz was associated with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a claim he has never reneged nor apologized for. Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who helped launch Trump’s campaign for president, is also an avid conspiracy theorist who wrote a book about the wild claim that President Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president, was involved in Kennedy’s assassination. Stone tweeted Saturday morning that he urged Trump to release the classified documents. Republican members of Congress, including Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents. “No reason 2 keep hidden anymore,” Grassley tweeted earlier this month. “Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions.” Historians who have studied the assassination do not believe the documents will lead to any bombshell new conclusions in the Kennedy assassination, but the documents could shed more light on facets of the investigation and Oswald’s mysterious trip to Mexico City weeks before the assassination. Some have expressed concerns that the documents could be embarrassing to Mexico and damaging to US-Mexico relations. Trump can withhold the release of certain documents if he believes their release could pose harm to US intelligence, law enforcement, the military or US foreign relations. “There’s going to be no smoking gun in there,” Gerald Posner, the author of “Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK,” told CNN’s Michael Smerconish. “But anybody who thinks this is going to turn the case on its head and suddenly show that there were three or four shooters at Dealey Plaza — it’s not the case.” “Oswald did it alone,” Posner continued. “But what the files are doing and why they’re important to come out is they fill in the history of the case and show us how the FBI and CIA repeatedly hid the evidence.” Posner said that the conspiracy theories about the CIA and mob working together to assassinate a head of state are true — but the target was Cuban leader Fidel Castro, not Kennedy. “They tried seven times and they couldn’t even wound him. … They couldn’t get rid of Castro, but somehow these same guys who were an ‘F’ there pulled off the perfect crime in Dallas, and 54 years later we can find not a shred of evidence about it. I just don’t buy it,” he said. Ken Hughes, a presidential researcher at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, told CNN the files could shed light on the US involvement in the attempts to assassinate Castro as well as the US-approved coup of South Vietnamese leader Ngô Đình Diệm in 1963. “There’s a lot for conventional historians — we non-conspiracy theorists — to look forward to,” he said.

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  • Was latest storm ‘The Big Dark,’ or just normal weather?Was latest storm ‘The Big Dark,’ or just normal weather?

    This week we survived an ominous weather system that could be seen stretching from China to British Columbia. With it brought the darkest days we haven’t experienced since our dreary weather over the winter and spring did a 180-degree turn and warmed up. RELATED: History of big windstorms in the Northwest Talking to The Seattle Times, a National Weather Service meteorologist dubbed the storm system “The Big Dark.” The combination of the name and photo of the clouds stretching across the Pacific Ocean brought the realization that summer is long gone and grey skies are becoming a part of our daily lives. But was the three-part system that brought strong winds and heavy rain “The Big Dark,” or just normal? The National Weather Services says this was the second year in a row that the Seattle area has experienced back-to-back days with at least 1 inch of rain. Between 1945 and 2015 there were four October days that have experienced similar rainfall. So definitely not a common occurrence, but it didn’t set a record. As of Thursday night, Seattle rain totals for 36 hours had reached 2.37 inches. That’s just over two-thirds of the monthly normal of 3.48 inches in October, according to the Weather Service. However, it doesn’t compare to 14 years ago Friday, when Seattle experienced the wettest day in history (on record) with 5.02 inches. There have been several notable storms in Western Washington during the month of October. The windstorm of Oct. 21, 1934, brought with it gusts of more than 55 mph in downtown Seattle. It was called “The worst gale in history,” after 17 people died. The Columbus Day storm of Oct. 12, 1962 did approximately $2 billion in damage between British Columbia and Northern California and killed 46 people. Peak winds recorded on Wednesday topped out at 49 mph in King County. The strongest winds were recorded at 101 mph; the location: Chinook Pass in Pierce County. So, sure, the three-part storm this week that is wrapping up with more rain was nasty at times, but it is far from the worst we have seen. Especially in the lowlands. Instead of preparing for “The Big Dark,” we should just be preparing for the next several months of typical Washington weather. 14 years ago today was the wettest day in Seattle weather history w/5.02″. Not that wet this weekend but still around 2″ for Seattle. #wawx pic.twitter.com/f0QwlWBqHT — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 20, 2017

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  • Who Will Win Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants? AI Predicts - InverseWho Will Win Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants? AI Predicts - Inverse

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  • Spain Moves To Crush Catalonia's Autonomy BidSpain Moves To Crush Catalonia's Autonomy Bid

    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Spain's prime minister says he'll fire the government officials of Catalonia and hold new elections there within six months. Spain's Senate will have to approve that plan next week. Catalonia, with its capital in Barcelona, held a referendum earlier this month that was banned by the government in Madrid. Catalans voted to break away from Spain and came close to declaring unilateral independence. The Spanish government says it's lost patience. Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid. LAUREN FRAYER, BYLINE: For several weeks, Spanish and Catalan officials have talked past each other - issuing ultimatums and then ignoring them - as people rally outside in Barcelona's streets, scaring tourists away. Now the Spanish government has essentially said, enough. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SPAIN MARIANO RAJOY: (Speaking Spanish). FRAYER: "The government is taking measures to restore legality and normality in Catalonia," Spanish Prime

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  • In Florida, Felons Want Voting Rights Back As Soon As They Complete Their SentencesIn Florida, Felons Want Voting Rights Back As Soon As They Complete Their Sentences

    On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands. "Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each. For several months, she has made her living this way. She transforms public parking lots, city parks and sidewalks into a home office from which she urges registered voters to endorse proposed constitutional amendments. But for her, this is more than a way to pay rent. "This is what I'm really praying for," she says pointing to a stack of yellow petitions inside her bag one afternoon outside Orlando's downtown public library. Thousands of petitions like these are circulating across Florida in an unprecedented grass-roots campaign to restore voting rights to the state's more than 1.6 million felons who

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    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: After Donald Trump won the White House, Democrats said they wanted to reconnect with rural voters. But Virginia's Governor's race suggests the party is still having a hard time. Reporter Jessie Knadler has more. JESSIE KNADLER, BYLINE: As he's campaigned for governor, Democrat Ralph Northam has talked a lot about his rural upbringing. He used a medical analogy to describe re-energizing small towns during the final debate with Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) RALPH NORTHAM: You know, as a doctor, I have a plan to resuscitate rural Virginia. It's time to get the paddles out and shock rural Virginia back to life starting with universal access to broadband and cell coverage. KNADLER: In small-town Virginia, that message sounded awkward to Susan Lawrence. SUSAN LAWRENCE: Rural Virginia is not dead. KNADLER: She's running as an independent for a Board of Supervisors seat in Republican-heavy

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  • California Wildfires Have Disrupted School For A Quarter Of A Million StudentsCalifornia Wildfires Have Disrupted School For A Quarter Of A Million Students

    The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were canceled for 260,000 students in 600 schools . And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many that may not resume classes for days or even weeks. It's the latest in a series of crises across the country — including hurricanes in Texas , Florida and Puerto Rico — that have left millions of children, teachers and parents scrambling both to resume teaching and learning and to confront the emotion and trauma that disasters like these can leave in the minds of children. In California, the fires have created a unique set of challenges for schools. In addition to the disruption and trauma, there is the potential health risks of smoke and air quality and damage to school structures. Before children can return, many schools face a costly and lengthy process of "remediation" to

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  • Photographer Documenting Rohingya Crisis Describes The Images That Stayed With HimPhotographer Documenting Rohingya Crisis Describes The Images That Stayed With Him

    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The stories out of Bangladesh are horrific - hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar walking in flight from their homes without food, often assaulted by rape and torture; many have had to swim for their lives to find safety. Some of the most powerful images are now reaching around the world. You can see some of these pictures on our website taken by a British photographer and writer Tommy Trenchard, who spent time with refugees earlier this fall. He's now in Iraq and joins us by Skype from Erbil. Mr. Trenchard, thanks so much for being with us. TOMMY TRENCHARD: Thank you. SIMON: Obviously, we're going to talk about some images that will be hard for people to hear about. What are some of the images that stay with you, both the ones you captured and the ones you can't get out of your mind? TRENCHARD: There are a lot of scenes that stay with you. One was of a woman I met in a hospital in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

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  • 500 Years Since 95 Theses, Martin Luther's Legacy Divides Some Of His Descendants500 Years Since 95 Theses, Martin Luther's Legacy Divides Some Of His Descendants

    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Many Protestants around the world are celebrating the start of the Reformation five centuries ago. As the story has it, on the eve of All Saints' Day, a renegade monk named Martin Luther hammered 95 theses that challenge Catholic doctrine onto a church door in Germany. And he launched a movement that forever changed Christianity. But as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports, not everyone is comfortable with the German theologian's legacy, including some of his descendants. (SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO) UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing in German). SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: This German video is one of many issued to mark the quincentennial of Martin Luther's act of defiance. It features the Castle Church, which according to legend, is where Luther posted the theses on October 31, 1517. (SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO) UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing in German). NELSON: Among those visiting the church in the Eastern German town of Lutherstadt

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  • Close Encounters With Congress? Close Encounters With Congress?

    A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of the Republicans in the crowded field in Florida's 27th Congressional District, said in 2009 that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old. She does not mean at Disney World. "I went in," she says in a 2009 Spanish language interview that appeared on YouTube this week. "There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship, not like airplanes. No indeed. On airplanes these days, you have to pay extra for quartz rocks. Aguilera says she met three beings aboard the ship, two women and a man, all blond and tall, which sounds a little like the Swedish pop group ABBA. She says that their arms were outstretched, like the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio, and that the beings have communicated with her ever since, telepathically. Well, that way you avoid roaming charges. When the Miami Herald called the candidate for a

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  • Daily Update from MPR NewsDaily Update from MPR News

    Minnesota News for October 21, 2017 Tim Nelson hosts the morning update Copyright 2017 MPR News. To see more, visit MPR News .

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  • Iowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: MindfulnessIowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: Mindfulness

    Across the parking lot from a YMCA in Des Moines, about a dozen men sit on black plastic chairs in the basement of a former Catholic high school. This is a court-ordered class for domestic abusers, part of a new statewide curriculum for batterer intervention in Iowa. According to police reports, one man here kicked his wife several times in the stomach. Another threw a lamp at his girlfriend's head. Lucas Sampson - a man with the imposing appearance of a viking but the gentle demeanor of Mister Rogers - hands out pieces of ice. The men sit silently, holding the ice in their palms, for about three minutes. Afterwards, Sampson asks the men what they felt while they were holding the ice. They offer up responses: "Burning." "Numbness." "Tingling." "Anger." "Anxiety." "Irritation." "Blame." This 24-week course is called ACTV: Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior. It was created by domestic violence researcher Amie Zarling at Iowa State University. ACTV marks a big shift from the

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  • One Of New Zealand's Best Sailors Aims For Triple Crown In Round-The-World RaceOne Of New Zealand's Best Sailors Aims For Triple Crown In Round-The-World Race

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo4CFMvGi2o It's considered one of the world's most grueling races: a nine-month, 45,000-nautical-mile marathon around the globe, with 11 stops including Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Newport. This Sunday, seven identical boats — each is a 65-ft. monohull with nine team members aboard — will set sail from Alicante, Spain, for the Volvo Ocean Race , now in its 13th edition. Lisbon will be the first stop, before the teams head south to Cape Town. When the teams — from countries including Spain, the Netherlands, China, and even one from the U.N. — finish in The Hague next June, the boats and the sailors will be battered. This year, the race — which has been run since 1973 — is returning "back to our roots" and sailing the Indian and Pacific oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. That means the teams will battle some of the world's biggest waves and roughest waters, and contend with freezing temperatures and icebergs. In past editions, boats have crashed ,

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  • Only handful of homeless people have transitioned from Seattle's ... - KOMO NewsOnly handful of homeless people have transitioned from Seattle's ... - KOMO News

    Only handful of homeless people have transitioned from Seattle's ...KOMO NewsSEATTLE - Montana transplants Juanita and Kenny Todd had been living on the streets of Seattle for three years, moving from one homeless camp to another.and more »

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  • New storm: It’s going to be a soaker for most from Saturday to midday SundayNew storm: It’s going to be a soaker for most from Saturday to midday Sunday

    SEATTLE -- We're getting one more big storm Saturday before we finally see some relief around the Pacific Northwest. "Hazards on Saturday will include wind, heavy rain, standing water on roadways, gusty winds, localized flooding, spotty power outages and the risk of mudslides," Q13 News Meteorologist Time Joyce said Friday night. The rain is expected to be especially heavy for the South Sound on Saturday afternoon. Tacoma and points south could get nearly 2 inches of rain from this storm. Seattle may get just more than an inch, and Bellingham may see even less. Flash Flood Watch in effect for the Norse Pk burn scar in Pierce Co. Burn scars lack vegetation & repel water, raising risk of flash flood. — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 20, 2017 A winter weather advisory has both been expanded and extended.  The advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m for the western slopes of the Cascades and until 7 p.m. Saturday for the eastern slopes of the Cascades. About 4 to 10 inches of snow is expected for locations above 4,000 feet. The snow level will go up to 8,000 feet by Saturday night and stay above pass level for most of next week. Here is Tim's forecast: Saturday: Soaking rains move in from the south and stay with us all day long. Windy/breezy conditions look likely for many locations as the jet stream takes aim right at Western Washington. The front will drop back south late in the evening on Saturday. High temps in the mid 50s. Sunday: looks a bit soggy with some showers more likely for the morning versus the afternoon. Mudslide risk will be elevated after all our Saturday rains. Highs getting close to 60 in some spots. The Sounder playoff match against Colorado looks to have some showers, but more for the beginning of the match than the end. Next week: A nice break from the parade of storms. Morning fog could be an issue in some areas, but nice afternoon sunshine with some temps near 60 degrees. Midweek, we could have a few showers– mostly for the coast and the mountains. LANDSLIDE RISK EXTREME  IN MANY PARTS OF PUGET SOUND  Beautiful fall colors in Snoqualmie.(Photo sent in by Brittany Barbosa)  

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  • Judge tosses $417 million award against Johnson & Johnson in cancer claim caseJudge tosses $417 million award against Johnson & Johnson in cancer claim case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago. Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive. The decision will be appealed even though Eva Echeverria has died, said her attorney, Mark Robinson Jr. “We will continue to fight on behalf of all women who have been impacted by this dangerous product,” he said in a statement. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used the company’s baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” she said in her lawsuit. Her attorney contended that documents showed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of talc and ovarian cancer for three decades. The company said it was pleased with the ruling. “Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease — but it is not caused by the cosmetic-grade talc we have used in Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades. The science is clear and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder as we prepare for additional trials in the U.S.,” spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement. Similar allegations have led to hundreds of lawsuits against the New Jersey-based company. Jury awards have totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. However, on Tuesday a Missouri appellate court threw out a $72 million award to the family of an Alabama woman who has died, ruling that the state wasn’t the proper jurisdiction for such a case. The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred.

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  • Police: Man in SeaTac shoots, kills wife and then shoots himself but survivesPolice: Man in SeaTac shoots, kills wife and then shoots himself but survives

    SEATAC, Wash. — A man who was in the process of divorce shot and killed his wife Friday night and then shot himself but survived, the King County Sheriff’s Office said. The man is at Harborview Medical Center and is expected to survive, the sheriff’s office tweeted. The incident took place in the 16000 block of 39th Lane South in SeaTac, the office said. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.     

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  • Seattle's Bat Man runs to the rescue of damaged Ken Griffey Jr ... - Seattle TimesSeattle's Bat Man runs to the rescue of damaged Ken Griffey Jr ... - Seattle Times

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  • Port of Seattle election preview: Peter Steinbrueck vs. Preeti Shridhar for open Position 4 - Seattle TimesPort of Seattle election preview: Peter Steinbrueck vs. Preeti Shridhar for open Position 4 - Seattle Times

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  • Groom dies during Maldives honeymoon: ‘He just dropped in the water’Groom dies during Maldives honeymoon: ‘He just dropped in the water’

    A mystery-turned-tragedy in the Maldives, with a newly married Irish man dead and his bride plunged into a “nightmare.” People reports that Andrew Roddy, 30, had been snorkeling in the Indian Ocean Tuesday while on his honeymoon with Gill Campion, two weeks after their wedding. The two were reportedly swimming near dolphins when Roddy suddenly vanished under the water. “I turned around and Andrew was gone,’ [Campion] said, and she didn’t know how it happened because they were near each other at the time,” Roddy’s mother says Campion told her, per the Irish Independent. She adds that Roddy, her only child, was a good swimmer. The Dublin man and Campion, whom friends described as “inseparable” to the Irish Sun, had been together for five years after meeting at work at a financial services firm. Relatives tell the Sun Campion was able to get Roddy’s body to shore once she found him and was helped by others on the beach, but Roddy couldn’t be revived. A woman who ID’d herself as a friend of Roddy’s mom says they’ll have to wait for an autopsy to find out what happened. “He just dropped in the water,” she says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean he drowned.” Meanwhile, family members have headed to the Maldives to be with Campion as she awaits permission from the Maldives government to transport her husband’s body home; that process could take up to two weeks, per reports. (A man was accused of drowning his wife on their honeymoon.) This article originally appeared on Newser: Groom Dies on Honeymoon: ‘He Just Dropped in the Water’ More From Newser: If This Is Malala, She’s Taking a Lot of Heat for This Photo Airline Sued for Giving Man Bubbly That Wasn’t Champagne US Tourists Who Visited Cuba Think They Got Hit, Too

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  • ATF-police sting turns into shootout along busy highway in Kent; 1 suspect shot, seriously woundedATF-police sting turns into shootout along busy highway in Kent; 1 suspect shot, seriously wounded

    KENT, Wash. — A joint ATF and local police sting aimed at illegal gun sellers turned into a shootout near busy Pacific Highway South on Friday afternoon, when two suspects tried to rob two undercover officers, Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said. The incident began just before 5 p.m. near South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South. "We had undercover officers who met up with some suspects that were selling illegal guns," Thomas said. "The suspects attempted to rob our undercover officers. A shootout ensued, where several shots were fired. The suspect was hit and is on his way to Harborview with life-threatening injuries. "A passenger in the suspect vehicle then got out with a gun in his hand and ran from the scene and ran out onto Pacific Highway South, where he was hit by a car," Thomas said. That suspect was placed into custody, but was also taken to the hospital to be checked out for non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The man who was shot is about 19 or 20 years of age, Thomas said, and he was selling weapons out of his car. No one else was injured. Thomas said two males suspects and two undercover officers were involved in the incident. Asked if the sting-gone-wrong in such a busy area had placed the public in danger, Thomas said, "We don't get to pick and choose and schedule these things." He added that South King County is averaging about 58 shootings a month, and that police are trying to do everything they can to get illegal guns off the streets.    

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  • Woman arrested for repeatedly slapping 1-year-old at day careWoman arrested for repeatedly slapping 1-year-old at day care

    NEW YORK – A teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly slapping a 1-year-old girl on multiple occasions at a Long Island, New York day care. Jeanine Sammis, 36, was caught on camera slapping a 1-year-old toddler on the back of her head on different occasions in late September, according to Nassau County police. Police said a worker at the day care recorded Sammis after witnessing the alleged abuse. Grace Pok's daughter attends KinderCare and she found the allegations upsetting. "I feel terrible for the baby's mom." KinderCare issued a statement to WPIX and said, "We take all concerns about our teachers and staff seriously and follow a very specific protocol anytime a concern is raised." That included contacting police and Child Protective Services. KinderCare said Sammis worked for the Northern Boulevard location since August 2015. She quit last week to work somewhere else. Police said the baby was not injured. Friday afternoon no one answered the door at Jeanine Sammis' Hewlitt, Long Island home. The Nassau County District Attorney's office said she did not yet have a lawyer. Sammis was charged with attempted assault 2nd degree and endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on an appearance ticket and is expected back in court Tuesday.

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  • Mom, 1-year-old son’s limbs severed after attempting to crawl under trainMom, 1-year-old son’s limbs severed after attempting to crawl under train

    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A woman and her 1-year-old son both lost limbs after they tried to crawl under a train in Georgia Thursday afternoon, WXIA reports. The incident happened around 3 p.m. in Clayton County as the woman, identified as 28-year-old Kate Brown, walked home with her children. While attempting to cross train tracks, she tried to crawl underneath a stopped Norfolk Southern freight train. Police say two of her children were able to safely crawl across the railroad tracks but the train started moving while Brown and the baby were underneath. That’s when Brown’s leg and her son’s arm became pinned and severed by the train. They were taken to local hospital for surgery. The limbs could not be saved.

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  • Missing U.S. soldier’s body was found nearly a mile from deadly Niger attack, officials discloseMissing U.S. soldier’s body was found nearly a mile from deadly Niger attack, officials disclose

    WASHINGTON — Army Sgt. La David Johnson was found nearly a mile from the central scene of the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers — including Johnson — and wounded two other American soldiers, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of the incident said Friday. Officials who have spoken to CNN have cautioned that as the investigation continues, new information is likely to emerge and their understanding of what happened could change. The Pentagon is still looking at the exact circumstances of how and when Johnson became separated from the 12-member team as they were ambushed by 50 African fighters, originally described by the Pentagon as Islamic extremists but now labeled ISIS. But it is emphasizing that the search for Johnson began immediately and dozens of U.S. forces were quickly moved to Niger’s capital, Niamey, to be ready to go into the field, which some did. Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters on Thursday that U.S., French and Nigerien forces “never left the battlefield” until Johnson was found. The entire Green Beret-led team has been interviewed about when they last saw Johnson, officials said. Johnson’s body was recovered in a remote area of the northwestern African country by Nigerien troops nearly 48 hours after he was discovered to be missing in the wake of the attack, according to U.S. officials. Details of what happened remain murky two weeks after the incident in Niger as investigators work to determine precisely what happened, a U.S. official has told CNN. Experts working for Africa Command are trying to establish an hour-by-hour timeline of what happened as part of a comprehensive investigation that includes all the military branches and elements of U.S. intelligence agencies that were involved in the mission. Several U.S. officials are also now clarifying key points from initial reports of the ambush. CNN previously reported that the French Mirage jets that arrived overhead within 30 minutes of the firefight to fly low passes in an attempt to disperse the attackers did not have permission to drop bombs. But on Friday, U.S. officials said that French jets did have authority to bomb but did not because pilots could not readily identify enemy forces in this firefight and did not want to risk hitting U.S. and Nigerien troops. Officials also said Friday that some of the latest reporting indicates the ambush began when the troops were inside their unarmored vehicles following a meeting with local leaders, but they are trying to firm up that detail amid previously conflicting information regarding the location of the troops at the time of the attack. The U.S.-Nigerien team had stopped in a village so the Nigeriens could pick up supplies — including food and water — then they had a meeting with village elders. There have been reports that some type of tracking beacon was emitting a signal possibly from Johnson. On Friday, officials said this is a detail they are still trying to verify — it could have been one of the vehicles tracking devices that was emitting the signal.

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  • FOLLOWUP: 3 charged with murdering Derek Juarez-Lopez in Westcrest ParkFOLLOWUP: 3 charged with murdering Derek Juarez-Lopez in Westcrest Park

    The three suspects arrested in the September stabbing death of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez are all now charged with first-degree murder: 18-year-old Jonatan Islas-Martinez , 17-year-old Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio , and 16-year-old Diego S. Carballo-Oliveros , all three of whom live in West Seattle. The charging papers say that Carballo-Oliveros already was facing charges of robbery and attempted robbery in an unrelated case, and was due in court the day after the murder that led to these charges.

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  • Ranked: Washington's 100 Fastest-Growing Private CompaniesRanked: Washington's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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  • Reader Q&A: Jenny Durkan, candidate for Seattle mayor, answers your questions - Seattle TimesReader Q&A: Jenny Durkan, candidate for Seattle mayor, answers your questions - Seattle Times

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  • Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Where does a builder of mega-mansions live? On a houseboat near FremontPatti Payne's Cool Pads: Where does a builder of mega-mansions live? On a houseboat near Fremont

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  • Early-morning noise in northeast West Seattle: Mechanical problem at NucorEarly-morning noise in northeast West Seattle: Mechanical problem at Nucor

    First thing this morning, several people asked us about a loud noise heard from North Delridge to Pigeon Point in the 4 am hour, described as crashing-type sounds. Most thought it was coming from the Nucor steel mill, so we checked with them first.

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  • First Hill Lions to host workshop on safe needle disposalFirst Hill Lions to host workshop on safe needle disposal

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  • Life Science Washington spins out commercialization arm as state support wanesLife Science Washington spins out commercialization arm as state support wanes

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  • Is Seattle property crime really that bad?Is Seattle property crime really that bad?

    City attorney candidate Scott Lindsay caused a stir this week after he claimed that Seattle has the worst property crime in the nation. It prompted skeptics to look closer at the data, however. RELATED: Less talk and more RVs on Seattle private property Property crime includes reports of burglary, car theft, and vandalism. Lindsay claims that Seattle has four-times the property crime rate of New York, and 2.5 times the rate of Los Angles. He cites recently-released FBI statistics for 2016 which state Seattle has 5,488 property crimes per 100,000 residents. “The data shows that while Seattle has very low rates of violent crime compared to other cities, Seattle has the highest property crime rate per capita of any major city in the United States,” Lindsay writes. The Seattle Time’s FYI Guy Gene Balk wrote a column to counter the assertion, “No, Seattle doesn’t have the nation’s highest rate of property crime.” He reached out to Lindsay and reports that the candidate aimed to compare Seattle with other peer cities with Fortune 100 companies. Balk looks at it another way. He attempts to define what a “major city” is, and whether Seattle tops them all in property crime. Only if by ‘major’ U.S. cities you mean the top 20. Because even if you look at the 25 largest cities, Seattle drops back to No. 2, after Memphis. In my column, when I refer to major U.S. cities, I typically look at the 50 largest in population — Seattle drops down to sixth place by that measure … I choose to look at the top 50 to capture a broader range of cities. Who wouldn’t consider Washington, D.C., or Boston a major U.S. city? Neither rank in the top 20. Considering Balk’s lineup of America’s 50 largest cities, Seattle comes in at 8th for burglary, 7th for larceny theft, and 19th for motor-vehicle theft. If we focused in on Washington state, Spokane and Tacoma have much worse property crime than Seattle — 7,688 per 100,000, and 6,550 per 100,000 respectively — despite their lower population numbers. However you choose to look at it, while Seattle may or may not have the worst property crime in America, it still ranks high. It’s at least the sixth highest in the nation if you go by Balk’s assessment. Beyond property crime Just south of Seattle, the Tacoma News-Tribune is reporting that its city takes the lead in Washington when it comes to violent crime; using the same FBI statistics. Four types of crime make up the violent statistics, according to the FBI: assault, murder, robbery, and rape. Again, population plays a role. Seattle may have had more murders in 2016, the newspaper points out, but Tacoma has fewer people in town — meaning more murders per capita. Meanwhile, Tukwila may be breathing a sigh of relief — the King County city usually makes headlines each year when such stats come out, indicating it tops national crime lists. Looking at the big picture, the FBI reports that violent crime in America went up by 4.1 percent in 2016; the second year in a row that it rose. Despite the numbers in Washington state, property crime went down nationally for the 14th straight year in a row; down by 1.3 percent in 2016. It’s worth noting what the FBI has to say about its own “Crime in the United States” report. It warns against using the numbers to come up with rankings. Caution against ranking: Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use the figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing crime data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.

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  • Boeing supplier GE Aviation needs to boost engine production to hit delivery targets, analyst saysBoeing supplier GE Aviation needs to boost engine production to hit delivery targets, analyst says

    Aerospace analysts worried Friday that GE Aviation is still far below what it needs to meet its full-year goal of engine production, some of which are for the Boeing 737 Max.

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  • Holland partners on a Denny Triangle residential tower with Cornish and Recovery CafeHolland partners on a Denny Triangle residential tower with Cornish and Recovery Cafe

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  • The Amazon groveling is turning into a sportThe Amazon groveling is turning into a sport

    The deadline for Amazon’s HQ2 bidders has passed with a flurry of embarrassing promo efforts by North American cities groveling to serve. Now that Amazon has established which cities they are, they need only negotiate a price — that is, what price the winning city will pay for the honor of hosting the Big A. There is something unseemly about the whole thing. Jeff Bezos is one of the richest men in the world, driven to new heights in the Trumpian stock bubble, yet his company has turned the continent’s great cities and townships into competing clown-ships. Calgary says it will wrestle a bear for Amazon. Tucson sent a cactus (since rejected). New Jersey promises $7 billion in tax breaks. A town in Georgia offered to give the company 345 acres of land and name the new site “Amazon, GA.” How much will a city give away? How much will they pay to play? How much will their taxpayers subsidize? The bidding frenzy itself is a kind of spectator sport. And “sport” is the word. Amazon is adopting tactics not unlike those of professional sports franchises and leagues that pit cities and suburbs and states in bidding wars over teams and publicly financed facilities. How many billions will you give our billionaires? Amazon is now playing that game. Maybe sports journalist Art Thiel is the best person to be reporting on this. I recently visited Ed Lazowska who holds the Bill & Melina Gates Chair at the University of Washington’s Computer Science Dept. We sat in his office at the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering on the UW campus and talked about the shortage of computer whizzes. We’re not turning out enough graduates to meet the demand, even though the UW is attracting students from all over the world. Estimates are that we’ll be producing less than half of the state workforce needed in computer sciences by 2018-23. That shortage is reflected in the kinds of offers kids are getting. UW computer science graduates are being treated like athletes now. They can make a six-figure salary right out of school, and many are receiving signing bonuses from tech companies. Lazowska says those bonuses range from $25,000 to $100,000, plus stock and other benefits. That’s big money for a smart kid with a bachelor’s degree. That’s an instant down payment for a house or condo — even in this pumped-up market, generated instantly before a finger has been lifted. Who needs to save for 15 to 19 years like a teacher? Seattle has lessons to teach, and apply to itself, in light of how Amazon and tech are changing the city. First, a city is best when it incubates and innovates. Starbucks, Nordstrom, Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon are essentially home grown. To me, it’s better to have empty garages and warehouses for startups than to prostrate ourselves to lure companies with public largess that is better used elsewhere. Remember: Bezos chose to put Amazon here because of who we were, not the other way around. We didn’t swear to rename Seattle Bezosville. Second, Seattle drew the line at bending over backwards for rich sports owners. It took a while to learn that lesson, but we did. In doing so, Seattle is now considered a leader in ensuring that private investors — as in proposals for a new “Sonics” arena — privately finance such projects and in insisting they help fund solutions to issues like transportation. Let the billionaires pay to play that is the message Seattle should send to Amazon if it tries to leverage its HQ2 into future subsidies or tax concessions here. So, we seem to have figured out sports, but we have larger problems. Lazowska worries about the direction — or rather, lack of direction — Seattle and Washington State are taking in solving some fundamental problems here. He says tech companies find it easier to recruit to Seattle because we don’t have the extreme affordability issues — yet — of the Bay Area. We have time, he says, to capitalize on that advantage, if we’ll take it. He quickly ticks off problems we still need to, and have time to, solve: We have one of the most regressive, antiquated tax systems in the country. Fix it. We need to improve and fund K-12 education. We’re not doing enough in higher ed to support and train for the current and coming economy. And there’s the affordability crisis which is threatening what was once a major urban asset: mixed neighborhoods where housing was available to all income levels — kids of all classes going to the same schools, playing in the same playgrounds, parents drinking in the same bars. “We don’t want to become the next Silicon Valley,” he says, “we want to be the next Seattle.” That is the real threat. Not Amazon moving to Seattle, but failing to build on the strengths that got us here, and solving the systemic issues in the tax system, education, housing and affordability that are contributing mightily to the woes of affluence. Seattle has no apologies to make for Amazon seeking greener pastures. But we’ll be sorry if we don’t remember what our assets are, and focus on fixing what needs to be fixed.

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  • Keidel: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl Rematch Not A PreviewKeidel: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl Rematch Not A Preview

    By Jason Keidel It feels like we’ve heard the football cliche ‘Super Bowl hangover’ more than ever this year. Perhaps it’s because we just had our first overtime Super Bowl. Perhaps it’s because of the way it ended. Perhaps it’s because the Atlanta Falcons blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl history. Perhaps it’s because the game was so winnable and yet they let it slip through Matt Ryan’s fingers. Perhaps it’s because the Falcons have lost games they should have won, and won games they should have lost. Whatever the reasons, the questioning will reach fever pitch this Sunday night at Foxborough, when the Patriots host the Falcons. Neither team is that good, really. The Patriots are a story in extremes, scoring at will while yielding yards at historical rates. Considering Bill Belichick is not only considered the greatest coach of his generation, but also made his bones as a defensive coordinator, it’s astonishing to see the Pats ranked dead-last in defense, hemorrhaging 440.7 total yards per game. Worse than the Browns, 49ers… anyone. At least Atlanta is a modest 10th in the NFL, surrendering 312.4 total yards per contest. >>WATCH: The NFL on CBS All Access – Try It Free In fact, out of all NFL teams that have played six games, the Pats have given up more points (159) than anyone except the Titans and Browns. Their aggregate defensive numbers are more than troubling; they will probably keep them from this year’s Super Bowl, unless big holes are plugged. Both teams can move the ball, for sure. The Pats (4-2) are first in total yardage (412.0) while the Falcons are fifth (378.4). And Atlanta at least tries to be balanced, averaging 120.6 yards on the ground per game, which is 11th in the league. New England makes no pretense, with 310 of their 412 yards coming through the air. If there’s an oddity in either offense, it’s the fact that the Falcons haven’t found Julio Jones in the end zone. Arguably the best wideout in the sport — who likely would have won Super Bowl MVP had Atlanta won the game — Jones has not been so silenced to start a season during his dazzling career. Through five games, Jones has just 25 receptions, none longer than 34 yards. Whatever the 3-2 Falcons are now, they need to get the ball to their best player if they want to even sniff the Super Bowl this season. Both teams have showed craters in their playoff armor. Atlanta is almost schizophrenic, whipping the Packers (with Aaron Rodgers) while losing to the Miami Dolphins, at home, in their last game, an ugly affair in which they blew a 17-0 lead. Likewise the Pats were smoked on opening night, at home, by the Kansas City Chiefs,. They also lost to the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. 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But she savors the challenge and applauds Penick’s non-traditional approach. “We’re doing a mix of combat, dance and expressive physical movement, instead of ye olde sword,” said Imoru, whose rehearsal regimen includes workouts at boxing gyms.  “It’s a fusion – impressionistic, expressionistic, not what we think of as swordplay. But we are really throwing each other around.” Penick calls it “a new kind of stage violence. The weapons are not big swords but guns, knives and hand-to-hand combat. My approach as a choreographer is always to start with story and relationship. Because I’m starting from a place where a female character and actor moves authentically, they move more successfully. It’s more true to their natural impulses, and it keeps them safer.” Another goal is conveying the psychological and social relationships and attitude in the play from a fresh, female perspective. “This is where you feel the effects of our production the most,” stressed Penick. For instance, when interpreting the role of the general’s wife Virgilia, “we looked a lot at what it means to be an army spouse in wartime, and what it takes to keep a smile and strong face when your spouse goes off to battle.” Many audience members, accustomed to all manner of experimental takes on Shakespeare, may quickly buy into an ancient/modern Rome occupied and run solely by women.  But how will longtime Shakespeare buffs respond to this thoughtfully crafted, but somewhat radical approach to “Coriolanus”? “The more all-female work the better,” Joshi declared. “It’s creating opportunities and making people see the potential in it. And there’s no one right or wrong way to do Shakespeare.” But it may be a leap too far for some, as suggested in the show’s ironic subtitle. Carey says it was inspired by an overheard conversation in which one male actor said to another, “You fight like a bitch, bro!” That’s one sexist insult that the women behind “Coriolanus” hope to turn into a compliment.   If you go: “Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch” plays through Nov. 18 at 12th Avenue Arts.

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  • Are farm-raised salmon a ‘pollutant’?Are farm-raised salmon a ‘pollutant’?

    If an Atlantic salmon swims free in the Pacific, is the fish itself a form of pollution? This little koan has a lot of legal and political resonance since the collapse of Cooke Aquaculture net pens in late August set a couple hundred thousand Atlantic salmon loose in Puget Sound. The Duvall-based environmental group Wild Fish Conservancy has a straight-forward answer to whether Atlantic salmon are pollution: yes. A day after the pen disaster near Cyrpess Island, the Fish Conservancy gave 60-day notice that it intends to sue Cooke under the federal Clean Water Act. The group’s Portland-based attorney, Brian Knutsen, explains that the complaint will say that among other things, the company negligently allowed Atlantic salmon to enter Puget Sound. Cooke defends its operations. The issue of whether Atlantic salmon should be allowed at all has previously been before a federal court in Seattle, where Cooke ultimately escaped being barred from operations but only after a new federal review. The Wild Fish Conservancy sees the Cypress Island pen collapse as underlining and reviving the questions it had already raised in court about the presence of Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound and Salish Sea waters. “Raising Atlantic salmon on the West Coast has always struck me as unbelievably stupid,” says Carl Safina, a professor of nature and humanity at Stony Brook University. Safina — if the name sounds familiar, he once hosted a 10-part PBS series called “Saving the Oceans with Carl Safina” — says, “The lessons of introduced species were there way before Atlantic salmon were moved [to the West Coast].” The Wild Fish Conservancy will argue that — as at least one court has already concluded — non-native salmon are indeed pollutants. Legally, that’s not as much of a stretch as it might sound at first. For example, if a freighter discharges ballast water in a U.S. harbor, there’s a limit to how many non-native organisms the water can legally contain. Referring to ballast water cases, attorney Knutsen says, “I think it’s already established that … non-native species are pollutants under the Clean Water Act.” The escape was a huge event — and not in a good way. Cooke Aquaculture, which bought all eight of Puget Sound’s Atlantic salmon net pen operations from Icicle Seafoods last year, initially said 4,500 fish had escaped, only to have to keep revising the estimates upward. In an Oct. 4 press release, Cooke said that it had accounted for 200,927 fish, including 145,851 fish recovered from the damaged structure, and 49,892 fish recovered through the company’s fish buy-back program, under which fishing operators were paid for hauling in Atlantic salmon. But, since the nets are believed to have been holding 305,000 fish, that means more than 100,000 Atlantic salmon could still be unaccounted for. Some people had assumed, reassuringly, that even if Atlantic salmon got out, they wouldn’t go far. That turned out to be wishful thinking; fugitive salmon soon turned up miles away. By now, they have been caught everywhere from the far Northwest reaches of Vancouver Island to the Pacific Coast and south Puget Sound. Some people worried loudly that the escapees would displace, compete with and even eat young wild fish. Has that happened? Nobody knows, although Cooke has said there’s no evidence of it. Under the circumstances, it took people by surprise when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Oct. 3 that it had given approval for Cooke to  move a million Atlantic salmon from an on-land hatchery to net pens in Puget Sound. The agency noted that it had no authority to withhold approval. Gov. Jay Inslee said he was disappointed that Cooke had chosen to proceed despite a request from his office to withdraw its permit application. The state Department of Natural Resources said holes in the nets and corrosion of the structure at Cooke’s Rich Passage farm off Bainbridge Island put it in default of its lease. If the company doesn’t repair and replace the faulty pen segments within 60 days, DNR may cancel the lease. Cooke said it was already complying fully with the terms of its permit. Stay tuned. Net pens operate in a tangle of regulatory authorities that includes the state departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Agriculture and Ecology, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, plus counties and cities that issue shoreline permits. They also benefit from a state law that orders state agencies to “foster” aquaculture and exempt them from water quality standards. Still, the EPA had to approve the Washington exemptions, and under the Endangered Species Act, it had to consult at least informally with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service about potential impacts on listed salmon and orcas. A finding that fish farms could threaten the recovery of those species would have triggered a formal consultation and required a biological opinion. At first, the agencies didn’t decide anything. The Wild Fish Conservancy went to court. In 2008, they quickly decided that the pens wouldn’t threaten listed species at all. The conservancy challenged that. United States District Judge John Coughenour granted the organization’s motion for summary judgment, observing that the federal agencies had disregarded their own science. “When making decisions that require them to ‘use the best available scientific and commercial data available,’” the judge observed, “the Fisheries Service and the EPA failed to use recovery plans that the Fisheries Service itself describes as containing the ‘best scientific evidence available.’” He set aside their approval of Washington’s water quality standard exemptions and ordered them to take another look at whether a formal consultation was required. The federal agencies had, among other things, simply ignored the government’s own orca recovery plan, which noted “compelling evidence that sea lice … are transmitted from salmon farms to wild salmon.” The orca plan said that concerns over net pens “center primarily over 1) marine net-penned Atlantic salmon transmitting infectious diseases to adjoining wild salmon populations, and 2) escaped Atlantic salmon becoming established in the wild and competing with, preying on, or interbreeding with wild Pacific salmon.” In quoting these passages, however, Coughenour noted that the plan “ultimately concludes that improved fish-farming techniques have largely ameliorated these dangers.” The feds did reconsider. They didn’t change their minds. Then, a year later, a deadly fish infection called Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) broke out in net pens off Bainbridge Island, forcing the owners to kill a million pounds of fish ahead of schedule. WFC went back to court, asking a judge to order another reconsideration in light of the outbreak. That case is still working its way through the court. It could get in front of a judge next year. On Oct. 4, Cooke — which is a defendant-intervener in the ESA litigation — announced that it had concluded the “initial phase” of its response to the pen collapse. “We deeply regret the failure at our Cypress Island farm over the summer, and we are taking every responsible step we can to make the situation right,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific. In a statement that seemed relevant to the question of whether Atlantic salmon should be treated as pollutants, he added, “On the positive side, there is no evidence that any of the escaped fish from the Cypress Island incident are occupying native fish habitat or depleting native fish food supplies.” None of more than 500 recovered salmon seemed to have eaten; their stomachs were empty, he said. The Lummi Nation, which has fished in the area forever, wasn’t buying it. Chair Tim Ballew II complained in a press release about the company’s holding back on the state Ecology Department’s requests for interviews with Cooke staffers. Ballew also suggested there’s nothing successful about a “recovery effort that leaves more than 100,000 invasive fish in our treaty protected waters.” Some net pen critics say they don’t object to raising Atlantic salmon on Pacific shores; that is, in tanks on land. There, non-native salmon pose no risk of escaping or transmitting disease. Professor Safina considers dry land the only place they should be raised. In fact, genetically modified salmon are only allowed to be raised in dry-land tanks. (Several tons of GMO salmon are currently being sold, with no labeling, in Canada.) The problem is that raising fish on land puts financial pressure on a company. According to one study, raising Atlantic salmon in tanks on land instead of net pens has about the same production costs but produces only half as much return on investment. “We grow Atlantic salmon from egg to smolts in modern, recirculation, land-based facilities in Atlantic Canada, Maine and Washington,” says Cooke’s vice president for communications, Nell Halse. “We also grow our broodstock [parent fish] for their entire life cycle on land.” Based on the company’s experience, she says, “We do know that it is not currently possible or environmentally sound to move all commercial salmon farms from the ocean to land.” However, she said, “We can’t fully predict where the industry will go in the future.” It’s also hard to predict how society, in Washington and elsewhere, will assess the costs. Yes, it’s cheaper for a company — and, ultimately, for a person buying fish in a grocery store — to farm the fish in public waters. But, to Safina, “The cost to the larger system, to wild salmon and everything relying on wild salmon, is enormous.”

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  • You’ve heard of Humans of NY, now meet the creatorYou’ve heard of Humans of NY, now meet the creator

    In 2009, Brandon Stanton moved to New York with a couple of suitcases, a camera, and the goal of photographing 10,000 New Yorkers. “I was so in love with photography at the time,” the 33-year-old recalls. “I wanted to find a way to make just enough money that I could photograph all day long.” In a city known for its reticence, Stanton interviewed the young and old, lifelong New Yorkers and people who’d come to the city from all over the world, and captured moments that brought them pride, pain and joy. Stanton began sharing his street portraits on his Humans of New York blog and soon realized that what people connected to were the stories of others – moments of intimacy and truth encapsulated in a photo and a quote. One-by-one, people from New York and beyond connected with Stanton’s compelling portraits and shared them on social media. A community was created — more than  18 million people follow the project on Facebook – which led to a book deal and then another one;  Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories topped bestsellers lists. Stanton’s project has since inspired others –a Humans of Seattle series, for example  –and it’s inspired more people to seek connection in the world. Seven years later, HONY is still just one man with a camera; Stanton has traveled to Uganda, Macomb County, Michigan and a West Virginia federal prison to record other people’s stories. Recently, he’s turned his lens to Dreamers and others affected by DACA (The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), his project encouraging an act that feels increasingly rare: listening. Stanton will be speaking at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Sunday. He was reached by phone in New York while working on his Humans of New York: The Series. On what he wanted to be when he grew up: I wanted to be a marine biologist; I thought a marine biologist was someone who went out and looked for little treasures. And the first thing that attracted me to photography was that it [also] felt like a treasure hunt — I enjoyed the process of going outside every day and discovering beautiful things and capturing them. A lot of that joy of discovery still exists in HONY today. I walk outside every single day and I don’t know what I’m going to find, who I’m going to find, what their stories are going to be. On his interview style: My goal when I stop someone on the street is to get into a conversation and have it seem as little like an interview as possible. I only have a handful of prepared questions [What is your proudest moment? What are you most afraid of right now? What do want to be when you grow up? Who is the most influential person in your life?] that I use and I hope to forget those as soon as I can and really start listening. “We were pretty poor back in Mexico. My parents were divorced. Mom did the best she could. She was always a hustler. She’d sell jewelry, or food, or anything that she could. But a lot of nights there still wouldn’t be enough to eat. We’d survive on tortillas and salt. I was only eight when we came to America. So I was too young to understand. I think my mom thought she could make some money and bring us home. She thought she’d learn English, and maybe start a business. But it was so much harder than she expected. We moved so much looking for work. She’s fifty and she still cleans houses every day. Every year she gets more worn down. She’s been getting sick a lot lately. But she can’t afford to stop. She never will. Right now I’m in school. I always thought I had to be the best student because I’m undocumented. I thought I’d go to law school, or graduate school. But now I’m not so sure. My mom would literally destroy her body to make that happen for me. How could I allow that to happen? I’m a Dreamer. And everyone loves the Dreamers because we’re a perfect package to sell. But why am I the only one who gets the chance to feel safe? Whenever I hear ‘I stand with Dreamers,’ I always think about my mom. I’m not willing to throw her under the bus. I’m not willing to be a bargaining chip to make her seem like a criminal. Everything people admire about Dreamers is because of our parents.” Photo by Brandon Stanton On his favorite interviews: The interviews I like the most are with people who disagree or with people who have views that are different because those are the most challenging and the most interesting. My goal is to ask as many questions as possible and to help that person give the most articulate and powerful expression of their viewpoint as possible. On specific projects such as “the Inmate Stories” series and “Syrian Americans” series: I tend to go where the story is, if there’s a certain population that might have some need or relevancy at the time, whose stories need to be told. I take the HONY interview style and put some slight confines around it — the interviews still have this dose of unexpectedness but within a certain population, whether those be people on a pediatric cancer ward or refugees or inmates. And as a result, themes and common threads naturally arise from them. But I try not to put a message on it. My goal is to let the stories speak individually and let people draw whatever conclusions they would like to. On the project’s impact:  What’s been created is a very empathetic community but I think that is a by-product of the people who follow the work, and hopefully a by-product of myself, as opposed to a pointed aim of the work. There’s something inherent to hearing about the inner lives of other people that fosters empathy. But that’s something inherent in the storytelling, and I always focus on the storytelling, not the empathy. And the better I get at storytelling, the more empathy that’s naturally drawn out. Because I feel like once we truly understand people it’s harder to judge them. On why he continues the work: It’s different every single day. It’s endlessly creative. Lately, I’ve been sitting in front of a computer a lot (doing video editing), but normally it’s very physical too. Basically, it’s how I’d spend my time if I could choose to spend my time in any way possible. And not only do I get to do it but people support me, and they watch what I do. So it’s doubly wonderful. “We met six months ago at a dance night. His wife passed away three years ago. I’d been married for thirty years and gotten divorced. It was just nice to have someone to talk to. We have so much in common. My ex-husband only wanted to stay home and watch TV. But we do all sorts of things together: walk around the city, go to museums, travel.”“Have sex.”“Hush.”“What? We’re still young.” (St. Petersburg, Russia). Photo by Brandon Stanton On what it takes to launch a project: The HONY that later became so successful looks nothing like the HONY I set out to do. So many people are waiting for their idea to be perfect before they get started, they’re waiting for their idea to be so perfect that everyone tells them it’s a good idea, and there’s no risk involved — and that moment never comes. I think the key is to begin working, begin doing what inspires you every single day, and trust that you’re going to become who you need to be and your idea is going to become what it needs to be along the way. This interview has been edited and condensed.

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  • How Amazon Took Seattle's Soul - New York TimesHow Amazon Took Seattle's Soul - New York Times

    New York TimesHow Amazon Took Seattle's SoulNew York TimesSEATTLE — I live in the city that hit the Amazon jackpot, now the biggest company town in America. Long before the mad dash to land the second headquarters for the world's largest online retailer, Amazon found us. Since then, we've been overwhelmed by ...Seattle mayor's love letter to Amazon: 'We have no intention of swiping left on you'GeekWireWhat would happen if Amazon brought 50000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle.Chicago TribuneSeattle's growth shows Amazon's HQ2 will be a mixed blessingThe HillSeattle Times -KING5.com -Curbed Seattleall 838 news articles »

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  • Zeeks Pizza begins delivering crowlers on October 24thZeeks Pizza begins delivering crowlers on October 24th

    Not long ago we told you about the beer delivery program at Zeeks Pizza that allows you to order beer along with your pizza. Delicious, cold craft beer delivered to your door at or below grocery store prices.

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  • Seattle Weekly braces for dramatic changesSeattle Weekly braces for dramatic changes

    Last August, the publisher of the Seattle Weekly approached the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Mark Baumgarten, and told him, “We’ve got to do something about the Weekly.” The decline of revenue, which began after the dot-com bust of the early 2000s and accelerated with the Great Recession and the growth of the Internet, had caught up to the paper. “We weren’t seeing a path forward as far as revenue went,” Baumgarten said in an interview on Thursday.  The newspaper is not folding. But the changes will be dramatic, transforming it from an alt-weekly into what Baumgarten describes as a “community news weekly” — a product that will look less like what currently sits in the red boxes across town and more like the small papers in Kent, Bellevue and Renton. Come this Wednesday, gone will be the magazine-style covers, replaced instead by a broadsheet paper, with stories that begin beneath the masthead and continue inside. The Seattle Weekly covers will be styled more like the Kent Reporter. Coverage will change as well. The Weekly’s publisher, Sound Publishing, owns a network of 49 newspapers around the region, 17 of which are in King County (including Seattle Weekly). Under Baumgarten’s leadership, the company will establish a “King County News Desk,” based out of Bellevue where the 17 King County papers will share “production support, product development and [will] facilitate knowledge and content sharing.” “For that work, we need to bring Seattle Weekly into the fold of those other community weeklies,” Baumgarten says.  As a result, Seattle Weekly will go down to an editorial staff of only three — an editor, a Seattle reporter and a King County reporter. There will be no offices, only co-working space and field work. Baumgarten declined to go into specifics about personnel, although he acknowledged that City Hall reporter Casey Jaywork, arts and comix writer Kelton Sears and arts director Jose Trujillo are all leaving. In a post on Twitter, news editor Dan Person said his last day with the paper will be Oct. 25. Baumgarten will begin as the Weekly’s editor before moving into a more prominent role coordinating the coverage between papers. He says there are opportunities for other staff members — both editorial and marketing — within the new system, although not everyone is interested. “This is a restructure and within that restructure there are new positions being created and old positions being shut down,” he says. “In some cases we offered [Weekly employees] a new position in the new structure — some accepted and others didn’t.” Baumgarten acknowledges, “Certainly there is something lost here. Let there be no doubt.” The editorial team at the Weekly will be writing and reporting stories for Seattle Weekly. There will be more focus on the county, although the Weekly will still produce Seattle-specific content. Reporters will be in constant communication with the local reporters at the 16 other King County papers. The Weekly reporter will write the county-level stories and provide “factsheets” to the local reporters, the intention being the community news reporters can focus exclusively on their own cities and not duplicate county-level reporting. Baumgarten used the recent debate around safe drug consumption sites as an example: the Weekly’s county reporter may write about the King County Council’s deliberations, while the satellite papers will write about the impact in each community, such as recent votes outlawing the sites in Bellevue, Renton, Kent and others. The papers will share the stories. “We gain from the boots on the ground in these outlying communities and they gain from our coverage,” he says.  Where the old Weekly published a single 3,000-4,000 word feature and two to three news stories, the new paper will publish five to six shorter news stories. The hope is the beefed up county coverage will produce more advertising revenue. Baumgarten says he has been mulling over how to use Sound Publishing’s broad reach to the Weekly’s advantage over the last year, but the financial difficulties served as a “catalyst.” The Seattle Weekly was started by David Brewster in 1976 (Brewster is also the founder of Crosscut). The paper remained under local ownership until 1997 when it was sold to Stern Publishing, which ran, among other alt-weeklies, the Village Voice out of New York. Until the dot-com bust, the Weekly was very successful, with an Eastside edition, weekly papers that routinely topped 70 pages, a distribution near 100,000 and a news staff of around 25 writers and editors. In one year in the late 90s or early 2000s, recalls Crosscut columnist and former Weekly editor-in-chief Knute Berger, the paper made $1 million in profit through advertising. But with the rise of internet advertising, the Weekly began to struggle, as did many newspapers. Unlike its competitor, The Stranger, which turned to ticket sales to supplement lost advertising revenues, the Weekly has never quite found its footing. The paper sold to the New Times in 2005. Sound Publishing purchased the alt-weekly in 2013. Since then, staff size has slowly reduced. In late 2015, Sound Publishing laid off six staffers, including longtime City Hall reporter Ellis Conklin and food writer Nicole Sprinkle. The changes to Seattle Weekly come amid vast shifts in the media landscape and on the heels of news the LA Weekly is being sold with layoffs possible. Locally, layoffs at The Seattle Times have become an annual occasion; KOMO news, under ownership of Sinclair Broadcast Group, recently let go of 10 staff members; TV station Northwest Cable News shuttered; and The Stranger recently shifted to a bi-weekly model.  This story has been updated to include Dan Person’s announcement on Twitter he is leaving.  Correction: A previous version of this story stated Seattle Weekly sold to the New Times in 2000. It was actually sold in 2005. Further, Jose Trujillo was the arts director, not arts editor.

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  • Hollywood in Magnolia a againHollywood in Magnolia a again

    By reporter Steven Smalley Maybe you saw the white tent on The Boulevard flapping in the wind yesterday. Or perhaps you sat in the line of traffic this morning on 15th near the golf course.

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  • Fantasy Football Week 7 Starts And SitsFantasy Football Week 7 Starts And Sits

    By Matt Citak With another week of the 2017 NFL season behind us, it seems like this year has seen more devastating injuries to significant fantasy players than ever before. Aaron Rodgers is the latest to fall victim of the injury bug when he suffered a broken collarbone against the Vikings, likely ending his season. Rodgers joins the likes of Dalvin Cook, Odell Beckham Jr., Tyler Eifert and others who will be watching the remainder of the season from the sidelines. We are only in Week 7, which means we are about halfway done with the fantasy football season. Although you might have lost one (or more) of the players mentioned above, it is still too early to give up on your season. That being said, here are CBS Local Sports’ Week 7 Fantasy Football Starts and Sits. Starts QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons There is no doubt that Ryan has been a disappointment this season. Through five games, the quarterback has thrown for 1,357 yards on a 65.9 completion percentage, but has only six touchdowns to go with six interceptions. Talk about a Super Bowl hangover… Ryan actually has less fantasy points in five games than Tyrod Taylor, Trevor Siemian, and Case Keenum. That’s rough. But if there were ever a time for him to turn his season around, it would be this week. Ryan gets a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl in Week 7 when Atlanta heads to New England for a Sunday night matchup against the Patriots. New England is allowing an average of 28.3 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Look for Ryan to force the ball to Julio Jones and finally finish with more than 20 fantasy points for the first time this season. QB: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills Taylor hasn’t been great this season, but facing the Buccaneers and their struggling pass defense at home coming off a bye is enough to cure any player’s early-season struggles. The 28-year-old QB has scored 21 points in each of his two home games this season, and dating back to the 2016 season, has averaged just over 21 fantasy points in his last 10 games in Buffalo. Taylor is aided by his rushing stats, as he averages the second-most rushing attempts per game among quarterbacks with 6.4. Add in the fact that he will be facing Tampa Bay, who’s defense ranks fourth-worst in passer rating allowed (104.0) and has surrendered an average of 22.8 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, and all signs point to Taylor having a strong performance on Sunday. Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images QB: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams Goff has been another frustrating fantasy player to own in 2017. After scoring at least 18 points in three of his first four contests, Goff has combined for just 17 fantasy points in his last two games. Keep in mind though that those two games were against Seattle and Jacksonville, who have two of the strongest pass defenses in the NFL. The young quarterback gets a plus matchup this week against a Cardinals defense that has surrendered at least 26 fantasy points to four of six opposing quarterbacks this season. Sammy Watkins will see a lot of Patrick Peterson, so look for Goff to target Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who have both proven to be able to step up when needed. If you’re looking to stream a QB this week, don’t shy away from Goff. RB: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins His struggles from Weeks 3-5 led to many people doubting he could have any success this season, but Ajayi showed this past Sunday that he is still a very talented running back. The Dolphins fed the ball to their lead back 26 times against the Falcons, and he turned that into 130 yards (5.0 yards per carry). Ajayi has now gotten 53 touches over the last two weeks, more than double the amount of touches he had in Weeks 2 and 3 (26 total touches). The volume is there, and although the Dolphins offense is not blowing anyone out of the water, they have started to show signs of improvement. The Jets may have shut Ajayi down in their Week 3 matchup, but New York has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, including Ajayi’s dud in their first meeting. Don’t bench Ajay this week. RB: James White, New England Patriots White could be in for a huge game with a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night Football. While he certainly does not play a large role in the run game, the fourth-year back is incredibly important in the passing game. Tom Brady has targeted White 28 times over the past three weeks, which ranks as the sixth-most among ALL players during that span. Atlanta’s defense has struggled mightily in stopping running backs from racking up receiving stats – the Falcons allow a league-leading 14.4 receiving fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. He hasn’t accrued more than five carries since Week 1, but his receiving stats make him a strong play, especially in PPR leagues. Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images RB: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals It seems as if Larry Fitzgerald shared the location of Arizona’s secret fountain of youth with Peterson as soon as he touched down in Glendale. In his first game with the Cardinals, Peterson wowed with 134 rushing yards on 26 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. The veteran running back looked like his old, explosive self, and all of a sudden is very much in the fantasy picture. The Cardinals face a Rams defense in Week 7 that has been surprisingly strong against the pass, ranking 11th in the league in opposing passer rating. However, they have struggled against the run, allowing 4.72 yards per carry, which comes in at the sixth-worst mark in the NFL. Arizona is going to give Peterson a lot of carries again this week, and if the blocking can hold up, the 32-year-old could be in for another big game. WR: Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins Since DeVante Parker went down with an injury early in Miami’s Week 5 win over the Titans, Landry has been a target machine. Over the last two games, both Dolphins victories, Jay Cutler has targeted Landry 24 times. The receiver out of LSU has caught 13 of those targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns, which represents half of his touchdown production for the entire 2016 season. With Parker still not practicing this week, it seems unlikely that he will be ready to go for Miami’s AFC East showdown with the New York Jets on Sunday. This means the Dolphins will lean heavily on Landry yet again, who by the way has scored at least 16 fantasy points in a standard league in two of his last four contests against the Jets. WR: Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles When Jeffery signed with the Eagles during the offseason, many thought it would lead to a true breakout campaign for both him and Carson Wentz. While the quarterback has been great, the same cannot be said about his No. 1 receiver. Jeffery has caught only 24 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns in six games, but a large reason for that has been his brutal cornerback schedule to start the year. The 6-foot-3 receiver’s luck will likely change on that front this week, as it looks like Josh Norman will not suit up on Monday. In a game that is expected to be a shootout, Jeffery has the chance to go off and finally reward his frustrated fantasy owners. Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images WR: Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers Don’t look now but since Greg Olsen’s injury in Week 2, Funchess ranks eighth among all players in targets with 35. Unfortunately that did not result in much production last week, as the young receiver caught just three of nine targets for 36 yards against a soft Eagles secondary. This week’s matchup  is just as good, if not better, than last week’s. The Panthers travel to Soldier Field to take on the Bears this Sunday. Chicago has struggled to cover wide receivers lined up to the right of the quarterback, giving up the third-most fantasy points per game in that category. Funchess averages around 46 percent of his routes on the right of Cam Newton. With Kelvin Benjamin banged up, Funchess could see double-digit targets for the second time this season. TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets Seferian-Jenkins has been great ever since he got back on the field following his suspension. The tight end has caught 23 of 29 targets for 152 yards and two touchdowns in only four games. Among the league’s tight ends, ASJ ranks third in targets per game, first in targets inside the 10-yard line per game, and fifth in fantasy points per game. Miami has not been able to defend the tight end this season, and have allowed three different tight ends (in five games) to score at least seven fantasy points. ASJ may be the only trustworthy option in the Jets’ passing game. Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings Rudolph has seen his role in the offense increase ever since Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending knee injury. Over the last two games, the big tight end is averaging a whopping 9.0 targets per game, 33.0 routes run per game, and has stayed in to block on only 8.3 percent of his passing snaps. In comparison, before Cook’s injury, he averaged 3.8 targets per game, 25.5 routes run per game, and blocked on 20.3 percent of his passing snaps. Facing a Ravens defense that has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, Rudolph is in line for another big game. He will be covered by safety Tony Jefferson, who leads all safeties with four touchdowns allowed in his coverage this season. Sits QB: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders When he went down with a back injury in Week 4, Carr was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Yet after missing just one game, the fourth-year quarterback was back on the field against the Chargers in Week 6. Carr didn’t look like his normal self, throwing for only 171 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in a Raiders loss. Oakland has a short week this week as they take on the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. Carr’s career numbers against Kansas City are another reason to avoid starting him this week. In his six career games against the Chiefs, Carr has yet to top 13.3 fantasy points or have a passer rating above 81.1. Despite having a good matchup, I’d probably give Carr at least one more week before firing him up in my lineup. QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Winston scared fantasy owners last week when he left in the first half of Tampa Bay’s 38-33 loss to the Cardinals and did not return. However he was able to avoid a serious injury, and signs are pointing towards him taking the field this Sunday. Even so, I would still stay away from Winston this week if possible. The Buccaneers are traveling to Buffalo to face a Bills team fresh off their bye. Buffalo’s defense has also allowed just 9.0 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, including games against Cam Newton and Matt Ryan. Sean McDermott, the former defensive coordinator of the Panthers and now head coach of the Bills, seems like he knows how to handle the QBs in his former division. This matchup worries me for Winston. QB: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals Dalton has looked like a new quarterback ever since the Bengals switched offensive coordinators after Week 2. Dalton has thrown for 826 yards, with a 70.8 completion percentage, seven touchdowns and two interceptions in Cincinnati’s last three games, with the Bengals winning two of those three contests (the lone loss came in OT to Green Bay). He’s averaged 23.3 fantasy points per game during that span. But that trend is going to end this week, as the Bengals will take on the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday. Pittsburgh’s defense has been amazing against the pass this season, limiting opposing quarterbacks to just 10.3 fantasy points per game. Dalton is an easy fade this week. Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images RB: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders Despite coming off his best performance (13 carries for 63 yards, 4.8 yards per carry) since Week 1, it’s hard to trust Lynch right now. The veteran back ranks 26th in the NFL in carries per game and 53rd in targets per game, as he has yet to have more than 13 total touches in any of Oakland’s last five contests. The matchup against Kansas City on Thursday Night Football is actually a good one – the Chiefs have allowed the sixth-most rushing fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. However, the volume is simply not there, meaning Lynch’s fantasy production is almost entirely dependent on touchdowns.  The gameflow will likely work against Lynch this week, as the Chiefs could easily go up big early-on. Start him if you must, but I’d look for another option at RB this week. RB: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots Talk about a tease. After bursting out of the gate with four touchdowns in the first two games of the season, Gillislee has been a huge disappointment since. The back has yet to find the end zone since Week 2, nor has he topped 52 rushing yards. You would be hard-pressed to find a running back more dependent on touchdowns than Gillislee. Through New England’s first six games, Gillislee is yet to be targeted in the passing game. You read that right- in six games, he has zero targets. The 26-year-old running back had a bad fumble against the Jets last week, which landed him in Bill Belichick’s doghouse for most of the rest of the game. With it looking like Dion Lewis may have leapfrogged him on the depth chart, Gillislee should remain on your bench this week. RB: Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers Would you believe me if I told you that in addition to surrendering just one rushing touchdown this year, the Saints defense has allowed only one running back to rush for more than 70 yards? Well believe it or not, it is true. This does not bode well for Jones, who has actually looked very good this season. But when you consider the injury to Rodgers, and the likelihood that New Orleans will stack the box against the Packers this weekend, Jones looks like a player to stay away from in Week 7. Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images WR: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts Despite being the most talented player in the Indianapolis offense, Hilton was targeted only four times in the Colts’ Monday night loss to the Titans. He was only able to catch one of those four targets for 19 yards, which turned this into a nightmare for fantasy owners. Things are unlikely to get any better this week as the Colts will battle the Jaguars and their elite pass defense. Jacksonville ranks third in the league with 166 passing yards allowed per game, led by the superb play of corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Hilton is likely to garner shadow coverage from Ramsey this week, who ranks as Pro Football Focus’ No. 3 corner in the NFL. He may be tough to bench, but fade Hilton if you can. WR: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams Watkins’ presence in this section is quite simple – he is expected to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson. Peterson has shut down some of the league’s top wide receivers, and Watkins falls quite short of that category. The Rams No. 1 receiver has totaled just two receptions for 28 receiving yards over his last three games, with Goff only targeting him six times. Watkins has no business being in any fantasy lineups this week. WR: Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers Whether or not the rumors are true that he requested a trade out of Pittsburgh, Bryant does not deserve to be starting in fantasy lineups. The 6-foot-4 receiver has not had more than 48 receiving yards since Week 2, and has also been held out of the end zone during that span. Not only is he not producing, but he is also beginning to play less and less. Rookie Juju Smith-Schuster has played on 35 more snaps and has 50 more receiving yards than Bryant over the last four weeks. The Bengals are giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, meaning Antonio Brown is the only Steeler receiver that should be starting for fantasy owners in Week 7. TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys Witten has had a very up and down season. After two strong performances to start the year, the veteran tight end disappointed in Weeks 3 and 4, combining for just two receptions for 12 yards. Then in Dallas’ Week 5 loss to the Packers, Witten led the Cowboys with 10 targets, catching eight of them for 61 yards. This week, Dallas travels to San Francisco for a battle with the 49ers. While that may sound like a good matchup on paper, the 49ers have actually been incredibly stingy against opposing tight ends. Tight ends have scored 5.4 fantasy points per game fewer than their expectation against San Francisco, who has shut down Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Reed this year. The targets may be there for the veteran, but I am not optimistic on Witten this week. TE: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins Reed has been one of the biggest busts in all of fantasy football this season. Appearing in four of Washington’s five games, the tight end has managed to catch only 18 passes for 142 yards while being held out of the end zone. Since missing Week 3, Reed has not seen more than five targets from Kirk Cousins, and still does not appear to be 100 percent. Washington’s Week 7 matchup against the Eagles on Monday Night Football could end up being a shootout, so there is a chance this could be the game that Reed finally goes off. But until he proves himself, Reed is staying on my bench. Credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to mcitak@cbs.com.

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  • The past is present in Amy Tan’s latest bookThe past is present in Amy Tan’s latest book

    Amy Tan, author of such best-selling titles as The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement is a popular author in the Seattle area, widely celebrated for her fictional work. She’s made frequent visits to the area’s bookstores for promotional purposes and also spoken at Seattle Arts and Lectures. What some of her fans might not be aware of is the fact that Tan also excels in nonfiction writing, that she has composed numerous essays for magazines, anthologies, and collections. With her most recent offering, Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir, Tan takes the opportunity not only to share her life’s journey but also to exhibit her nonfiction prowess to a wider audience. Although billed as a memoir, this book is not a straightforward, single-threaded narrative. Rather it is a collage of essays, letters, e-mails, journal entries, and other memorabilia, delivered with a certain exuberance. As the book opens Tan transports us to her childhood in San Francisco, where her father is an electrical engineer and also an evangelical minister. Her mother has left an abusive marriage and three daughters in Shanghai and married Tan’s father. Somehow these two people manage to raise their children and also help their relatives in China; but the going isn’t easy. Among the many battles Tan has to fight in her early years is one her family thrusts on her. She’s unfavorably compared to her brother Peter, who is considered a genius. Not long after that, the family is traumatized when both Tan’s father and Peter die within six months of each other. Now Tan has to contend with her moody, suicidal mother, with whom she already has a difficult relationship and who in later years will develop Alzheimer’s disease. These struggles, however, don’t thwart Tan from pursuing her dreams. “From an early age, I believed I had an extra amount of imagination,” she said. At first she gravitates toward visual art and draws pictures from the stories in her head. But lacking encouragement from her teacher, she turns away from it and eventually dedicates herself to writing. Despite her success, Tan doesn’t find it easy to craft a novel. In fact, each proves to be more difficult than the previous one. Music helps keep her settled at her desk. She might use a particular piece of music to construct a scene, although it does so much more. “By allowing my imagination to run with the music, it acts as a purgative in clearing my mind of cluttered thoughts,” Tan said. When The Joy Luck Club hits the best-seller lists, Tan also experiences the negative aspects of success. “Praise, I had learned, was temporary, what someone else controlled and doled out to you, and if you accepted it and depended on it for happiness, you would become an emotional beggar and suffer later when it was withdrawn,” she said. At present, with more than 10 titles under her belt, Tan lives an eventful life. Yet her past continues to haunt her. Well into the narrative, she laments the passing away of her mother and wishes she was alive. “I would know all the ways I had misunderstood her, all the ways I wish I could have known her, all the ways I could have told her that I knew what she had endured,” she said. Amy Tan discusses her new book with Laurie Frankel on October 25 at 7:00 p.m. Central Seattle Public Library’s Microsoft Auditorium. 1000 Fourth Ave. (206) 386-4636. Co-presented by the Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Bharti Kirchner’s seventh novel, Season of Sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery is now out in hardcover and as Kindle edition.  For more arts, click here

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  • How many Seattle homes could be underwater by 2100? [Updated ... - Curbed SeattleHow many Seattle homes could be underwater by 2100? [Updated ... - Curbed Seattle

    Curbed SeattleHow many Seattle homes could be underwater by 2100? [Updated ...Curbed SeattleWe're better off than many cities—but it's still an issue that could hit lower-income homeowners more than many.and more »

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  • Opinion: Latest Navigation Center meeting shows a pattern of failure to engage our communitiesOpinion: Latest Navigation Center meeting shows a pattern of failure to engage our communities

    The City of Seattle held a community engagement meeting on the Navigation Center on September 26, 2017. • Courtesy Photo On Tuesday, September 26, the City of Seattle convened the latest in a series of overdue, yet meaningless efforts at community engagement regarding the Navigation Center homeless shelter. Once again, people have come to and left a meeting without feeling that the city is listening or responding to their concerns. For many of us who attended, it wasn’t much of a surprise. The City’s lack of concern for Little Saigon fits a pattern. At this point, considering what has happened at the past several meetings, it wasn’t a surprise that so few Little Saigon locals and business owners attended this one. Looking back to previous meetings, we can see the pattern. At the June 9 meeting, many attendees with limited English ability were confused, because they had expected an opportunity to voice their concerns and have their questions answered. Instead, no one from the city was present. CID Public Safety Coordinator Sonny Nguyen and Friends of Little Saigon Executive Director Quynh Pham did their best to answer questions and present a contingency plan for dealing with the opening of the new Navigation Center, but it was clear that the local community was not ready to accept the fact that the City had gone ahead with this plan without answering their questions. As if this were not enough, the June 29 meeting left the community even more upset. The City posted flyers around the area inviting us to a “Navigation Center Community Meeting,” which they also promoted as an “information forum regarding the new Navigation Center.” But when community members arrived they discovered that the event was actually a celebration of the opening of the center. Staff from the homeless  services organization the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) were prepared to thank partner organizations, but were unable to answer questions regarding public safety from community members. The City essentially threw DESC under the bus and let them deal with the anger and frustration that has been building up. For many of us, this last meeting felt like the last straw. The City arranged the meeting, but after all the build-up to it, the meeting landed with a resounding thud. When I was preparing to write this article I went back to review my notes from that evening, but I had barely written half a page, mostly noting a few things about the attendees, since the meeting itself was so devoid of meaningful content. Part of the problem was the format. The meeting was conducted using a circle style. I have seen this style used very effectively for conflict resolution in small groups. And I mean no offense to any Native American tribe or culture that uses this format when I say that it was just not appropriate for this particular meeting. This was a public meeting with more than 60 people. Even when everyone had just one or two minutes to introduce themselves, that section still ate up more than an hour of our time. We didn’t need every single person in the room to introduce themselves. We needed a small group of individuals from the community to present collective grievances, and we needed to hear an actual response from the city government, including concrete and actionable promises for future engagement. Catherine Lester, Director of the Human Services Department for the City of Seattle, spoke on behalf of Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, but her presence provided little reassurance for the attendees. I actually had a chance to speak with Deputy Mayor Kim at the Seattle JACL leadership seminar at Keiro Northwest the following Saturday, and I asked her about this issue. I really did want to hear her perspective on the issue before I wrote this, because I do have a great deal of respect for her. To me, she seemed to feel that there really was no value in having a real community forum on the Navigation Center, and the funny thing is, I do agree in some ways. It’s too late now, considering that the center is already running at capacity at this point. The time to hold that forum was a year ago. Deputy Mayor Kim tried not to imply that she was thinking purely in terms of benefit to the city, but in the end, I could not help feeling that this was what she meant. A larger community forum, she worried, would turn into a session of simply bashing the City, without much of a meaningful exchange of information. But perhaps this is also something the community needs—an opportunity to express its anger directly to its government. Maybe it would motivate the City to actually change its attitude, and do more to work with the local community. Something else to note is that Quynh Pham and others at Friends of Little Saigon have been doing their utmost to maintain ongoing conversations with the City, but have been frustrated by a lack of reciprocation. The City’s response to FLS announcing the Navigation Center Community Response Plan was lacking, to say the least. (The plan is available here: www.thestranger.com/images/blogimages/2017/07/12/1499895215-nav._center_community_response_plan_6.30.17.pdf) Having a homeless shelter is not the problem. In fact, we need innovative solutions to Seattle’s growing problem of homelessness, but the process of implementing those solutions needs to involve local community. Perhaps it’s an issue of government bureaucracy. Or perhaps it’s that our community, as always, is not really a priority. For more opinions, click here

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  • WWE Insiders Pick TLC 2017WWE Insiders Pick TLC 2017

    By Chuck Carroll If you would have told me a week ago that the WWE TLC card featured Kane, I would have said you were crazy. But there he is, in the main event no less. It was just a few weeks ago that I asked Kane whether he would be returning to WWE and he said, “never say never.” Anytime a wrestler says that, you know something is up. If you were to have bet The Shield would face The Big Red Monster, Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro, and The Miz in a five-on-three handicap match in their return bout, you would have become a millionaire many times over. Nobody made that bet. Nobody. Who could have possibly predicted that this would be where WWE was going? Yet, it makes all the sense in the world. Sheamus and Cesaro have recent history with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, while a signature win over Strowman would help cement Reigns atop the WWE heap. Like it or not, he is the next John Cena, with an equal chorus of deafening boos and thunderous cheers. But where does Kane factor into all of this? The speculation is that the storyline will unfold to reveal he’s seeking vengeance for The Undertaker’s loss at WrestleMania. The Miz seems to be the odd man out, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he and Curtis Axel settle into a feud after Mr. Perfect’s son was passed over in favor of Kane in the match. Keeping with the monster theme, does anyone really know quite what to expect when Sister Abigail debuts? Her appearance has been shrouded in mystery, with Bray Wyatt wearing a vail of sorts during her promos. My hat is off to WWE for picking October to do this match. Finn Balor’s Demon versus Sister Abagail is very fitting for Halloween. Elsewhere, Enzo Amore has gone full-blown heel and will try to reclaim the WWE Cruiserweight Championship when he faces Kalisto. Mickie James is also out to wear the gold once again. A win over Alexa Bliss would make her a seven-time WWE Women’s Champion. Whoever wins that match will likely go on face Asuka, who’s making her main-roster debut against Emma. So who will win? Aaron Oster of Rolling Stone and I have been tapping into a network of sources to get some answers. Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald is off traveling the world, but did manage to send picks for a few of the matches. >>LISTEN: The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond weekdays 7-9 a.m. Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports Pick Record: 60-46 Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine Pick record: 63-43 Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast Pick Record: 65-32 (Note: Did not pick Royal Rumble) Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns (L-R) (Photo Credit: JP Yim/Getty Images) Tables, Ladders & Chairs 5-on-3 Handicap Match The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, Cesaro & Sheamus Chuck: This is actually one of the most difficult matches to pick on the card. Logically, it would make more sense for The Shield to lose in their return match to continue storylines heading into Survivor Series and ultimately WrestleMania. But at the same time, it’s The Shield returning. Would WWE really gamble on squashing a reunion that was years in the making? Nope. Look for Curtis Axel to get involved in the finish. Pick: The Shield Scott: I’m sure with tables, ladders, chairs and Strowman around that this will be a fun match. The Shield really turned a lot of heads during the early days within the TLC environment. I don’t see Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose losing here right after reuniting. Although stranger things have happened, but all signs point to a happy ending, to the “Hounds of Justice” leaving victorious. Pick: The Shield Aaron: I’ll give WWE credit here. They’ve concocted a scenario where it’s plausible that The Shield loses. Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus are an easy win for The Shield. Strowman changes things though. I’m not sure exactly what Kane changes, but a 5-on-3 does make the odds even higher. The Shield will have to overcome the odds in this one. Yet, I can’t shake the feeling that they didn’t reunite The Shield to have them lose their first match. Hopefully they do it in a way that keeps the heels looking strong, particularly Braun Strowman. Pick: The Shield >>MORE: 19 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Star Seth Rollins >>MORE: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Giant Braun Strowman Alexa Bliss (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) RAW Women’s Championship Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James Chuck: Mickie James deserves a ton of respect for what she’s accomplished in her career; capturing six women’s championships is no easy feat. But at this point in time, it is her job to help elevate those coming up in the ranks. She knew this would be the deal when she returned to WWE earlier this year. Plus, everyone is clamoring for an Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka championship match. Pick: Alexa Bliss Scott: Mickie James and Alexa Bliss have done a great job building up interest for their championship match. James, in particular, has been strong on the microphone, holding her own against “Five-Feet of Fury.” It’s nice to see the veteran be given the opportunity. That said, Bliss is clearly on the path to facing the incoming Asuka. It’s only inevitable. Pick: Alexa Bliss Aaron: Mickie James has been great over the past month (and pretty much always, but she’s taken it up a notch lately). While I wish the storyline revolved around something besides age, she’s been great, and the crowd is firmly behind her. I can certainly see a situation where WWE gives her a short final run with the women’s title. However, I think there’s too much going on in the women’s division to mess around with token title reigns. Everything is pointing towards Asuka, and the progression from the title should help move towards that direction. Even if Alexa gets the belt right back, it would seem to stall that progression. Thus, she retains here. Pick: Alexa Bliss The Demon vs. Sister Abigail Chuck: I’m going to miss the promos these two have been cutting leading into this battle. They’re very much a departure from WWE’s typical formula on the mic. Despite the fact the card reads Sister Abigail vs. The Demon, this is Bray Wyatt versus Finn Balor, round two. With Balor capturing the first meeting, it seems that Wyatt is due here to kick the can down the road a little longer. Maybe we haven’t seen the last of those promos after all. Pick: Sister Abigail Aaron: I love the supernatural. I love camp. I hate everything about this. Camp, in its very nature, needs to be somewhat light, and entertaining in an over-the-top way. That’s not what they’re doing here. Instead, it’s goofy snapchat filters and bad voice modulators. I hope this is the end. And the only way I can see that happening is if Finn Balor beats Bray Wyatt once and for all. A Sister Abigail win just would continue things. Also, it comes down to this: what has more staying power, The Demon or Sister Abigail? The answer is clearly The Demon, so don’t risk messing that up here. Pick: The Demon Kalisto (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) WWE Cruiserweight Championship Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore Chuck: If you’ve been following wrestling news over the past week and half, you know that the real story here isn’t that Kalisto is champion. It’s that Neville allegedly walked on WWE after being told he would be losing to Enzo Amore once again. A company official emphatically denied that rumor when I inquired. They said it was “100% false.” However, Neville is still nowhere in sight. Enzo was never supposed to lose the belt, so he’s probably going to get it back here. Pick: Enzo Amore Scott: It’s not the first time Kalisto has won gold. Unfortunately, when he won the United States Championship, he lost it immediately. That kind of tainted the moment for the masked performer longterm. Now WWE has another shot at elevating Kalisto along the same underdog lines of Rey Mysterio. A win here would go a long way in doing that. Pick: Kalisto Aaron: Kalisto’s title win was very odd. We know that there were off-screen circumstances that swirled around it, and it was done in a messy way. Why would you have the man who was going to put Enzo in his place win in an underhanded way? It makes me think that Enzo’s run on top is going to continue. Maybe Kalisto is going to dethrone Enzo again down the line, after a suitable chase. But Enzo will win the title back here, so somebody, whether it’s Kalisto or someone else, will get that big pop when they eventually win. Pick: Enzo Amore >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling Asuka vs. Emma Chuck: I’ve pointed out many times that WWE has a history of having big names lose in their debut match. However, this will not be one of those times. Asuka built an enormous following in NXT and relinquished the title with an unblemished record after being injured. A loss here would be more surprising than Goldberg’s “blink and you missed it” win over Brock Lesnar at last year’s Survivor Series. Pick: Asuka Scott: The good news for Emma is she got her second straight Pay-Per-View match. The bad news is it’s against one of the most dominating female performers of all time. These two have met before in NXT, as Emma proved a good opponent for Asuka, who was new to the company. She is being utilized in a similar role. Sorry, Emma. This is all about solidifying Asuka. Pick: Asuka Aaron: C’mon. It’s Asuka. The only question is if this will be even mildly competitive, or if this is going be to a Goldberg-esque performance. I’m going with Goldberg-esque, personally. Pick: Asuka Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick Chuck: Pretty much all of 205 Live is being built around Enzo Amore right now. So this match feels almost like a throwaway, despite a wealth of talent in the ring. Just for grins, I’m going with good guys here to balance out heel Enzo’s win. Pick: Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann Aaron: This is one of those matches where it doesn’t really matter who wins, so it’s hard to pick. I’m just glad that the cruiserweight division is getting two matches on the main card. By the way, the video they played before their segment on RAW… why couldn’t they have done that over the past year? Anyways, I’ll go with the heels winning here, just because Swann and Alexander got over on them on RAW and 205 Live this week. Pick: Gentleman Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick Alicia Fox (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox (Kickoff Match) Chuck: Alicia Fox is so underrated! Her over-the-top psycho tantrum character is phenomenal. We saw her snap on Monday Night RAW and assault Sasha Banks and a referee backstage after losing to her once again. Does she get a win here? I want so badly to say yes, but… Pick: Sasha Banks Aaron: I’d love to see an Alicia Fox win here, especially since Sasha won on RAW. However, I think that Alicia’s backstage assault will serve as her “win” in this feud. Either way, hopefully she gets more of a push after this. Pick: Sasha Banks Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.

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  • Fo’ Real: Internalized Racial Oppression then and now, Part 1Fo’ Real: Internalized Racial Oppression then and now, Part 1

    Photo from Pixabay Seattle, 1994 Alice: I think APAC (Asian Pacific AIDS Council) should go to this workshop we’re putting together. Bob: About what? A: Race. For people of color (POC) and those working in POC communities. B: Why? A: Because your group would benefit greatly by it. B: Went to one already. People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Eugene. 1983. A: What did you think about it? B: Okay. Was president of Portland JACL. Thought it would be good for Portland JACL. But after, I thought it wouldn’t work out too well. Mostly Asian attendees. Was interesting but I didn’t think the trainers knew much about Asian Americans. A: Well, this one will be different. I’ll be doing parts of it. B: Who else? A: Kenneth Jones & Guadalupe Guajardo. Western States. B: Still can’t. Don’t have any money. A: Well, I’ll get you some passes. Seabrooke, 1994 “I-R-O, I-R-O, I-R-O, Internalized Racial Oppression,” he shouted. “Join me, I-R-O, I-R-O … as the crowd followed. Kenneth Jones was leading the charge. “I want you to remember this, because you need to be aware of it, if you want to be an effective worker in communities of color.” This was a little livelier than the People’s Institute, no doubt, and his explanation of IRO, which I interpreted as an inferiority complex based upon treatment by the dominant culture, was okay, but I thought it should have been a lot stronger. I was drifting away from him, my mind wandering when I heard, “knowledge of your I-R-O will keep you from getting stupid, then angry. You have to throw away your own personal feelings of being not as good as white folks, because you are as good as, maybe even better than, white folks.” And again, he caught my attention. Dad’s admonition throughout his lifetime, “Bob, don’t get angry. You always lose when you get angry.” One of Dad’s favorite “Do-as-I say, not-what-I-do” lines. And Dad had always emphasized “you have to talk like haoles, talk like Tom & Toki (my older brother and sister).” Kenneth did not remain talking about IRO for all of his time. It was my mind that was wandering. But I connected with him again as he had more practical advice also, admonishing the executive directors in the attendance that employees need a good pay and benefits plan, because they would have to go up against folks who didn’t have to worry about their kids getting three square meals or whether they are sick and need a baby sitter. I was drawn into this discussion because Alice and I had learned about two-three weeks earlier that she was pregnant. I was thinking about needing a (steady) paying job myself. San Francisco, 1985 Hawaiian style “Who you?” after being introduced to each other by Baishakunin (matchmaker) Lia Shigemura. “What you do? You know, your job,” I ask. “I’m a consultant,” says Alice. “What’s that? What consultants do?” “I tell people what to do.” “People pay you to tell them what to do?” “Yes. I ask questions. I listen to what is said and not said,” she said thoughtfully. “Then I tell them what to do. I like telling people what to do. Perfect job for me.” She paused, smiled, then  asked, “What do you do?” Knowing that she was going to listen to what I said and didn’t say, I answered, “People pay me to do what they want me to do. For them.” “Is that working out for you?” “Not so good. Think your way bettah. You tell them what to do, and they pay you too? “Yes.” “You must be pretty good, then.” “I am.” (So cool. A non-profit organization consultant. Good fun. No giggling, shrinking violet; I think to myself, this lady one Nesan fo’ sure. And pretty damn smart. Thank you, Lia.) Seabrook, 1994 Alice takes her turn after the short morning break and says in her bright but serious tone, “How to deal with yourself in a world of crap is a major part of coming to terms with internalized racial oppression.” I had a good laugh, as did a lot of others in the group. And it started me thinking of all sorts of stuff that happened in Portland when I entered Reed College. Portland, 1963 A serious threat with a straight razor in a Woodstock barber shop, a “just keep your Jap hands off of her,” while I was helping a little girl get back on her tricycle, got my attention. The way they were talking to me signaled something totally different, that they had a cultural pass to say whatever they wanted to with impunity. And at Reed, even minor comments like, “What language do they speak in Hawai‘i,” “I never heard that accent before,” or “You talk English funny” comments bugged me. You know, just enough to make you think you not good enough. Language is very important. Sometimes, embarrassing. The worst: Humanities 110, a glorified Western Civ class. Lecture and small group conferences. Listen to one lecture, then break up into conferences to discuss reading and lecture materials. In freshmen orientation, we were counseled to contribute in conferences early on, because most who don’t, carry that on till the end of the term. Conference leaders (professors) were supposed to encourage students to participate. We were discussing Plato and Socrates, when I heard: “Mr. Shimabukuro, what do you think about that?” “Anything,” I said to myself, “that’s what they said. ‘Just to break your silence. You’ll feel better, break the ice.’ “ So I blurted out, “Socrates, he’s a pretty horny man.” Everyone w’en burst out laughing. Even the professor. “That’s a good one,” he said, continuing to laugh. In the Hawai‘i of my youth, “horny” meant “conceited,” as in, “Bob so horny, he t’ink he smahter than everybody else,” or “vain,” as in “You’re so horny, you probly t’ink dis song is about you,” (with apologies to Carly Simon). I wanted to crawl under the table, hide somewhere. Found out later what “horny” in mainland English was. Guess Socrates really was a horny man. Like a friend once told me, “Socrates and Alcibiades, I wrote that on a lot of bus depots across the country.” That’s one Reed College kine joke. Back to Seabrook 1994 I was still partially connecting with what Alice was saying about IRO, but felt it was not addressing the concerns that I had about my personal situation. The Portland stuff did, but the Hawai‘i part seemed different. I decided that IRO was not my problem. What I had was more like Internalized Colonial Oppression. Thankfully, neither Alice nor the rest of the folks laughed when I said that. We had a brief discussion about that. After this session was over, a woman from Africa, came up and said that’s the way she felt too, so we formed an ICO caucus. After pau college, I thought about the following “small kid time” incident often. In Portland. In Los Angeles. And in Seabrook. I was in the third grade, Sam was in fourth, and Roy was at R. L. Stevenson Intermediate. Ann was in first grade. I have no idea where Ned was, he was not with Mom. We didn’t have enough food for Mom to make our lunches. Maybe she thought Toki and Roy could fend for themselves, but Mom told me that it was pay day, and she would pick up Dad’s check, cash it and buy us some hamburgers, and bring them to school for us. At school, started to cry. No lunch. No money to buy lunch. Standing in line waiting for Mom. Mom sees me in line, hands me one of those hamburgers (Wikiburger, cheapie ones that all the kids like, but no adult would eat). I was so relieved, the only time other kids were jealous of what I had for lunch. Mom said she had to take Sam his lunch, so she hurried off. Talking with Sam later in Seattle, I asked him if he remembered that day that Mom brought us hamburgers and he said, “Yes, I cried because I was so upset and embarrassed about being so poor I couldn’t have lunch, and then I cried again because I was so relieved that Mom had brought me lunch.” When I told him, “Me, too,” we both started laughing and crying at the same time. Both of us wondered what Mom must have thought. Seabrook, 1994 After Lunch Sister Guadalupe Guajardo tries to get everybody seated for her session. I thought APAC was the rowdiest group there so I was about to get everybody to quiet down, when R starts yelling, “Oh, oh, here comes the Sister with a ruler in her hand! Sit down everybody! And keep your hands off the table!“ “WHAP!” goes the ruler. “That’s right,” orders the Sister! And she had everyone’s attention. We all had a laugh and quieted down. And listened. I don’t remember how she framed IRO but I know I listened. And carefully kept my eye on the ruler. Seattle, 2017 Bob Shimabukuro: “Zenwa, you ever hear about IRO?” Zenwa Shimabukuro: “Not the Oppression part. But the ‘Internalized Racism,’ part, yeah.” “Well, what does it mean?” I was trying to get a sense of what it means now. “Internalizing our own racial stereotypes.” (To Be Continued …)  For more opinions, click here

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  • College Football Week 8 Games To Watch: Big Ten Titans Clash In Happy ValleyCollege Football Week 8 Games To Watch: Big Ten Titans Clash In Happy Valley

    Ryan Mayer Last week was the gold standard for why we love college football. Every year, we cruise along the first several weeks thinking we know everything and we start to get lulled into a sense of security. Then, right around mid-October to early-November, usually on a week where there aren’t a lot of Top 25 match-ups, an avalanche of upsets happen. Maybe we should have known Clemson and Washington State were going to go down last Friday since it was Friday the 13th. But, that’s not even where the craziness ended. All told, seven Top 25 teams went down to un-ranked foes and five teams were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. As a fan of pure chaos when it comes to college football and college basketball, I really enjoyed last Saturday. Fans of those teams probably did not. However, it’s worth remembering that right around this time last year, Clemson lost to Pitt, we thought that was it for them in the Playoff race, and they ended up as national champs. It’s October, still a long way to go. With that, it’s on to the top games to watch this week. One note, if you find yourself wondering just how sideways Tennessee’s season has gone, go ahead and look at the line for their game against Alabama this week. It’s nuts. Quarterback Riley Ferguson #4 of the Memphis Tigers. Credit: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) #25 Memphis @ Houston (-3), Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN) Some sweet, sweet Thursday night college football action for you to start your weekend. Two of the top teams in the American squaring off in a battle that could end up deciding the West Division down the line. If you haven’t gotten the chance to watch Memphis’ offense yet, here’s your opportunity. The Tigers are one of the most potent attacks in the nation rolling up 40 points per game with particular explosiveness through the air. Quarterback Riley Ferguson averages 7.7 yards per attempt and not one of his receivers is below 10.2 yards per catch. The Tigers have hung 48 on UCLA, 70 on UConn and handed Navy their first loss of the season by putting up 30 points on the Midshipmen. Houston’s defense presents a tough challenge for the Tigers. The Cougars have star lineman Ed Oliver back from injury and he can be quite a disruptive force in the middle of the line. Combined with linebacker Matthew Adams (57 tackles 4.5 TFL), the Tigers offensive line will have to work to protect Ferguson. Memphis has played mostly shootouts this year, and Houston has the offensive talent to match it, it’s just consistency that’s been missing from the Cougars attack so far this year. McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights. Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images #20 UCF @ Navy (+7.5), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN) Get ready to hear the name Scott Frost a lot for the next several months. The Knights head coach has turned this program around from 0-12 the year before he took over in 2015 to now an undefeated 5-0 and the 20th ranked team in the country. They’ve done it on the back of an offense that is the highest scoring unit in the country producing 50.3 points per game combined with a defense that has been one of the nation’s stingiest allowing just 16.3 PPG (16th). That isn’t a combination you often see from up-tempo, spread offense teams, because the defense is often on the field for so many plays that they eventually tire out. UCF’s average time of possession per game is 29 minutes (77th) and they’ve grinded out possessions with a running game averaging 226.6 yards per game. The offense runs through the ridiculously efficient McKenzie Milton who’s completing 70 percent of his passes and has 15 TDs to just 2 interceptions. Navy’s defense has a tough task on its hands, but the offense could help it out if the triple-option attack is able to limit the number of possessions UCF gets by grinding out long drives. Navy leads the nation in time of possession at 36 minutes per game and rushing at 397 yards per game. They’re coming off a loss to Memphis and playing at home in Annapolis, so there’s definitely potential for a rebound win. But, UCF’s defense, led by 2016 American DPOY Shaquem Griffin, is stout against the run, allowing just 110.2 yards per game. Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images #11 USC @ #13 Notre Dame (-3.5), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC) It feels like it’s been awhile since these rivals played each other when they were both ranked highly. This year’s game has a little something extra to it as both teams enter with one loss and this game feels like a potential elimination game for the College Football Playoff. It would be tough for the loser to get into that top four spots at the end of the year. Notre Dame has quietly been one of the most dominant running teams in the country, ranking 5th while racking up 308 yards per game on the ground. The attack has been led by Josh Adams who is averaging nine yards per carry this season. But, the Irish have varied their ground attack in Brian Kelly’s system with four other guys also getting 20 or more carries so far this season. The Irish have won based on their rushing attack and stingy defense as the team ranks in the Top 15 in both scoring offense (40.8 PPG) and defense (16.8 PPG). For USC, much of the hype has of course been around QB Sam Darnold. After struggling early in the year, Darnold has started to find his form in recent weeks with six touchdowns and just one interception in his last two games while throwing for over 600 yards. The accuracy issues have still plagued him, but he’s been better at taking care of the ball. Ronald Jones continues to give the Trojans a potent rushing attack, and the defense has been solid. They’ll be tested by this Irish rushing attack and this should be another entertaining installment of this classic rivalry. Saquon Barkley #26 of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images #19 Michigan @ #2 Penn State (-9.5), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC) Welcome to the biggest game of the week. Happy Valley will play host to ESPN’s College Gameday prior to this Big Ten clash at night and the atmosphere will be insane. Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 at the Big House last year, a game that many pointed to as the reason the Nittany Lions were left out of the Playoff. Now, at home, Penn State has a chance to exact some revenge. You’ve likely heard about Penn State’s main weapon at this point, running back Saquon Barkley. The junior is an athletic freak who is in the race for the Heisman Trophy this season amassing 1,044 total yards and eight total touchdowns through six games. He does everything for the Nittany Lions, including returning kicks, and is the driving force behind the offense. He’ll face a stout Michigan defense however, one that is sixth in the nation against the run allowing just 85.8 yards per game. This next three games for Penn State is a potential Heisman winning stretch for Barkley if he shows out with Michigan at home, Ohio State away and Michigan State away. As much as has been said about Barkley and the offense, Penn State’s defense deserves some love too. They’re currently the stingiest unit in the country allowing just nine points per game while ranking ninth in total yards allowed at 285.2. That’s not good news for a Michigan offense that has struggled mightily this year, ranking 79th in scoring (27.2 PPG) and 86th in total offense (376.3 YPG) and are relying on their previously backup QB in John O’Korn. Michigan’s defense should keep them in this game, it’s just a question of whether the offense can do enough to pull the upset.

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    Ryan Mayer San Diego State entered the season as the favorite to win the Mountain West Conference and a potential front-runner for the Group of Five bid in the New Year’s Six bowl games. Everything was running smoothly for Coach Rocky Long’s squad through the early portion of the season as they upset Stanford and Arizona State on their way to a 6-0 record and a #19 ranking in the Top 25 heading into last weekend’s match-up with Boise State. Then, things came apart for the first time this season. The Aztecs fell behind quickly as the Broncos jumped out to a 21-0 lead thanks to a punt return TD, fumble return TD and a passing TD from Brett Rypien. They never recovered, falling 31-14. Particularly surprising was the Aztecs running game, which had entered averaging 228 yards per game behind star back Rashaad Penny, before putting up just 83 yards on 39 carries last week. After that loss, the MWC now seems to be wide open with four teams currently undefeated in conference (Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming and Fresno State). To get some perspective on the MWC and whether or not that SDSU lost knocked them out of NY6 contention, we spoke with CBS Sports Network analyst Aaron Taylor. The former Green Bay Packer and San Diego Charger offensive lineman is also part of the committee that presents the Joe Moore Award for best offensive line in college football each year. He gave his thoughts on which teams have had the best offensive line play so far this season. CBS Local Sports: A tough loss for SDSU last week that knocks them from the ranks of the unbeaten, what did you see that was the biggest cause for the loss? Aaron Taylor: It was what I didn’t see from the Aztecs in that game a week ago against Boise State that was so concerning: the lack of physicality. I was shocked at how un-physical they looked and how dominated they were at the point of attack particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, they played well in the first half and then kind of wore down as the second half came to an end. But, I think they got shell shocked by being down two touchdowns so quickly and non-offensive touchdowns at that in a special teams touchdown and a strip six. It was hard for them to recover. But, if you take those two early touchdowns away, it was a 17-14 game and they were more than in it. They for whatever reason, were not ready to play that night and they paid a dear price for it. CBS Local Sports: They turn around this week and welcome an undefeated in conference Fresno State team to Qualcomm, how do they rebound against a good Bulldogs team? Aaron Taylor: Coach Rocky Long will have their attention this week for sure. When I put the tape on and was watching Fresno State I can see why they’re 3-0 in conference play. They’re playing outstanding defense compared to a year ago when they were minus nine in turnovers to this year where they’re plus seven. Five of the last six games they’ve had a plus-two or better turnover margin in terms of takeaways. They’re physical, they’re fast, they’re running to the football, they’re tackling extremely well. Their defensive line is well-coached, an active group with their hands and leverage. They’re a fun bunch to watch and they present very similarly to what Boise State showed SDSU a week ago. That’s a match-up that’s really interesting to see is how well San Diego State, particularly on the offensive line, will respond to what I think is a very underrated defensive front seven. CBS Local Sports: Looking at the conference as a whole, it seems to be wide open with four teams that have undefeated conference records. In the end, who do you think comes out of on top? Aaron Taylor: That speaks to the strength and the parity of this conference. Going into the preseason everybody assumed it was going to be San Diego State and Boise State out of the West and Mountain divisions respectively, but it’s proven to be a little bit different than that. Fresno State has emerged, Colorado State has emerged on the Mountain side, there’s some parity there. It’s going to be an interesting year from that standpoint because it’s going to come down to possibly to the very end with all of these undefeated teams playing each other. That’s going to make for, not only an interesting watch, but hopefully, for a team that has a chance to make some noise at the end of the year being the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six. Although, with San Diego State’s loss, being nineteen at the time and undefeated, it’s going to be really hard for another team to be able to climb out of that because they were undefeated across the board not just in conference. CBS Local Sports: On that note, if it isn’t SDSU that emerges from the conference and it’s one of these other teams, do you see them as still having a shot at being the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six considering the strength of teams like USF and UCF out of the American Conference? Aaron Taylor: The American certainly seems to be the leader of the pack right now for that bid. USF and UCF are both undefeated and ranked at the moment. Scott Frost has done a magnificent job at UCF. It’s going to be hard for a Mountain West team to overcome that, they’re going to need some help. The good news is UCF and USF play each other at the end of the year so one of those teams is going to be eliminated. The best case scenario is that everybody has a loss and then San Diego State coming out of the Mountain West as a champion has a really good, compelling resume with wins over Arizona State and Stanford out of the Pac-12. Especially when you consider the way Arizona State and Stanford have been playing the last couple of weeks. Those wins are going to look better and better. Then, if Boise finishes strong, a one-loss Mountain West champion with their loss to an eight or nine win or even ten win Boise team, that’s a compelling resume to potentially to outweigh what’s coming out of the American if they were to have a one-loss champion as well. CBS Local Sports: You’re part of the group that gives out the Joe Moore Award each year to the best offensive line in the country, which team or teams have impressed you so far with their offensive line play? Aaron Taylor: It remains to be seen who has the best line in the country because I think, a lot like last year, teams are just starting to hit their stride. We just released our mid-season honor roll and there were 21 teams on there. All of them did something well, but none of them did everything well and the teams that did certain things better than the others didn’t do it as consistently as they will need to to earn this award. It takes time for offensive lines to come together. A year ago, we saw an Iowa team come out of nowhere the last three games of the season and put three games back-to-back against Top 25 competition that was as good a film as we had seen all season and they ended up winning the award as a result. This year, it remains to be seen. Ohio State is quietly getting better. Notre Dame plays with some power and they’ll have a great test with USC. Clemson has looked good at times. Of course, Alabama coming out of the SEC is a team to keep your eye on. Auburn was looking good for awhile but they didn’t look as good against LSU. The thing that’s going to separate this year’s winner is how they play in November. Football is won and lost when it matters most and these offensive lines have to be at their best when it matters most, which is these next four weeks when we enter the final third of the regular season. CBS Local Sports: Among those offensive lines that you’ve studied this year, is there a team that doesn’t get talked about as much that has really impressed you with their film? Aaron Taylor: There were several. If you put on Western Kentucky, they’ve got something to them now. They come off the ball, work extremely well as a group and you can tell that they’re well-coached because of their footwork and hand placement and their recognition of stunts and twists in games. They’re a well-coached group. SMU, believe it or not, even with their style of up-tempo, spread, hurry-up offense, still has some physicality to them. I like to say that they swing the lead pipe. There might not be as much lead in it as other teams have but, they have a want-to, a tenacity there. Same with TCU. Those are some of the offensive lines from some of the non-traditional power schools and pro-style offenses that caught the attention of some people. The Naval Academy did as well. a lot of people think that Navy, because they run the triple-option, that they’re going to cut block and not take people on. But, I can show you reels of film and play after play of them base blocking, combination blocking at the point of attack. They’re walking defenders three or four yards back because they’re coming off and running their feet and accelerating on contact. Those are some of the units that stuck out. Every year it’s like this. There’s schools we look at and we acknowledge and we recognize, but the cream sooner or later rises to the top. That said, we value and appreciate the Western Kentuckys as much as we do the Alabamas.

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    CBS Local – Last night’s episode of ‘Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers’ introduced us to a new twist in the game: the secret “disadvantage.”  We talked to the castoff who felt the brunt of that disadvantage, former NFL player Alan Ball. Here’s his unique perspective (as told to CBS Local’s Adam Bloom and Samantha Bennet) on sharing an island with Joe, and that surprising tribal council. Castoff: Alan Ball SB: We’ve seen a lot of advantages on “Survivor” but last night was the first time you saw a disadvantage. How does that feel to be part of that “Survivor” history even though it didn’t turn out so well for you? A: It sucked! They rolled something out and I’m the one that goes home as a result – I mean it obviously sucks. But it was cool. When that came out – I felt right then that this is so crazy that I’m probably going home right now. Before they played the idol – when I heard Devon read the disadvantage – things are shaping up for me to go home. This is getting strange – I’m going home. That’s when I started to feel that. AB: I recall in your post game in the interview – you had speculated that Devon might have had something to do with that advantage, but now you see how it played out. How did he make you feel? A: I felt Devon was a good guy. It eased me on thinking he wasn’t. My suspicion was Devon was somebody that we had the same goal and that was getting rid of Joe and Desi. When he read it – it was like I didn’t know where he was at. So this could go either way going into tribal. When he read that disadvantage – it didn’t put me at ease because I knew it was going to hurt me. But at the end of the day watching the show – it made me feel better that I knew I could trust Devon going in. So I felt at ease with the fact that I was right about who he was and how he was playing the game. It put me at ease in a sense of who he was. SB: It seemed like last night had two tribal councils – the actual official one and then the crazy stuff that happened on the beach. For us on the couch watching TV seemed really crazy – but it must have been nuts in person! A: Yeah it’s tough for them to show everything that goes on in that little amount of time. Tribal was intense but the conversation on the beach was more intense. I was known as the crazy guy and as I’m sitting there – I’m not even the one being crazy. Most of the time – I get all of the ruckus started if I want to. It was getting away from me! That’s why at the end I walked off – I’m like look – I can’t even handle this one. This is getting out of reach for me and it was intense. I think those couple of days after we switched tribes were intense. I was annoyed the entire time – Joe was so annoying. It was all weighing me down and when they got to tribal all of that weight just came out. No matter what happened – I was voting for Joe. I didn’t care at that point. This tribe isn’t going to last with him and I in it – I can’t take him anymore. He has to go or I have to go so we have to figure it out and the votes are going to lie how they’re going to lie. AB: I loved the way you handled it at the beach where you confront Joe saying: ‘Who do you want then?’ A: He threw it out there. It baffled me. How do you bring something up and expect everybody else to roll out all of the information that you want them to roll out but you sit there and not say anything? So if you’re going to start this conversation – you keep it going. No one else had anything to say but you. At the end of the day – talk about it. Say what you want to say – say how you feel. Don’t beat around the bush – say what you feel because I’m going to say what I feel no matter what. Don’t sit up and say you’re like me and you say what you feel – then you beat around the bush – because you’re not like me if that’s the case. So say what you feel! AB: I thought handled that beautifully. A: Thank you! SB: Unfortunately, your time on “Survivor” was cut short but what was your favorite part about playing this game? A: There’s so much. It was definitely a fun game – I didn’t expect it to be that fun. My favorite part was just being out there. A lot of times in our everyday lives we don’t realize how blessed and fortunate we are. We keep a cell phone on our person at all times. We always have access to things that we want. We’re always able to do the things that we want to do. Just to be put out there and not be able to do the things that you want to do but instead do the things that you can do to make things work if that makes sense. That tranquillity of being out there being away – the nights were beautiful. I’ve never watched a moon go from one side of the sky to the other side of the sky. I’ve never been in a situation where the moon was my light for the night and sitting by the fire. I think those moments for me were the best because the world just slowed down. 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  • Seattle says goodbye to beloved Cafe RacerSeattle says goodbye to beloved Cafe Racer

    For 14 years it was a favorite hangout in the University District. A place many thought of as a second home. It was also the site of one of the most tragic events in Seattle history. Wednesday night was the final last call at Cafe Racer, and hundreds of Seattleites were there to say their goodbyes. RELATED: Beloved Seattle cafe ‘crushed’ by ever-growing costs There was an overflow crowd at the light green coffee shop and bar on Roosevelt just hours before it closed its doors for good. Just inside the front door was Ron Daley, playing his guitar and singing as he’d done so many times in jam sessions over the last decade. “I have memories of Drew and Joe when they played here, and I played with them from time to time. So, I just wanted to come down and sing a little bit tonight.” Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese — known better by their stage and nicknames, Shmootzi the Clod and Meshuguna Joe — were regular performers at Cafe Racer until a mentally ill man, who often got kicked out of the cafe, got kicked out again late one morning in May of 2012, pulled a gun, and opened fire. Five people in the cafe were shot. Four died, including Drew and Joe. The shooter fled and ended up shooting and killing another woman at 8th and Seneca about a half an hour later in a carjacking. Once police realized the two shootings were related, there was a massive manhunt across the city. The shooter was finally spotted in West Seattle around that afternoon and took his own life. The shootings rocked Seattle. Some Cafe Racer regulars said they stopped coming after the shooting but felt they needed to stop by one last time. Daley says it was too special of a place for musicians like him not to be a regular. “It’s an artists hang out. It’s not all artists that hang out here, it’s a lot of weirdos … everybody feels at home in here. That’s what I’ve always liked about it.” While most patrons remember the tragic shooting well and admit it was on their minds Wednesday night, for the most part, they were there to remember the good times. Some people said they met their significant others at Racer; one learned her friend was having twins and got to see the ultrasound at the bar, while others met roommates or just life-long friends. Griffin Boyd had been coming for the Racer Sessions for years — hosting a Sunday night jam session where all are welcome. “It’s really sad to see Racer go. I mean it’s been such an integral part of the Seattle DIY music community,” Boyd said. “It’s one of the more special art spaces in Seattle.” Devon Riley says Cafe Racer gave him insight into what the Seattle art music scene was. “It was immediately this very welcoming community. It was really cool. I was scared of improvising the first time I came here and after every Racer session there is just improv. I got up on stage and was like there is no way I can match these guys and there was no vibe of this is a competition. It was just like, hey, welcome aboard.” John Harrison also loved coming to the Racer sessions, which served as an improvisational showcase for local musicians to show what they’ve been working on, followed by a big, open jam session. He says everyone was welcome on stage, whether they were just learning an instrument or had been playing for years. Kitchen manager Royce Aydel says Racer always had something for anybody. “It’s the only place you can go that has opera one night, and then it has a harpsichord the next night and then it has punk rock and then it has a science-fiction reading.” Beyond the music and the jam sessions, it was also a community. Aydel says, “We’re a family. If there is something wrong we take care of each other. If there is something right then we enjoy it together.” Harrison says there’s a huge community of regulars who thought of Cafe Racer as their second home, “and it’s really sad when that kind of thing has to go away.” But owner Kurt Geissel says he had no choice. A mix of family and financial issues made it impossible for him to keep the doors open, so he put the Racer up for a sale a year ago to see if he got any bites. He did, but none that went through. So this week he decided it was time to close. As for what he’d like people to remember about Cafe Racer, Geissel says, “Just the love, the joy. How it helped change their lives or how it inspired them to do things. That’s what you want to do with your life is leave a mark on community, family, whatever. Cafe Racer has done that and I don’t take all the credit for it, I do not because every person that walks through the door has contributed to it.” RELATED: Public rallies to keep Cafe Racer afloat Giessel still hopes someone will buy it and continue with the Cafe Racer community. But, as of Thursday, the doors of Cafe Racer are closed.

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  • Deadline looms for cities to make Amazon HQ2 pitchesDeadline looms for cities to make Amazon HQ2 pitches

    Thursday is the deadline for cities to deliver their pitch for Amazon’s HQ2. RELATED: Reading between the lines of Amazon’s HQ2 On Wednesday, Tacoma presented their proposal, packed up in a cardboard box labeled “confidential.” Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammier pointed out that Tacoma has great site locations, a ready-made data center, and class-A office space. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland told KIRO 7 that the city is close enough to Seattle for easy collaboration, but far enough apart so that it has its own personality. Other cities in Western Washington have made their pitches as well. Snohomish and King counties offered up their collective regions along with the Tulalip Tribes. Meanwhile, city leaders across the country gave their pitches to the retail giant as the deadline neared. That includes the mayor of Toronto, which topped an analysis by GeekWire for the cities Amazon is likely to select. “The Toronto Region is also home to the most diverse workforce in the world … we welcome more than 100,000 immigrants each year,” Toronto Mayor John Tory told GeekWire. “Our federal government recently introduced the Fast-Track Visa For Technology Talent and Canada’s Global Skills Strategy makes it easier for Canadian businesses to attract the talent they need to succeed in the global marketplace.” Amazon says its new headquarters needs quick access to an international airport and mass transit, excellent site options, and the ability to attract a global workforce. But, per their agreement with the company, city leaders didn’t divulge where they could build if chosen. Amazon says all cities are being considered. However, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer business told a crowd at the Geekwire Summit that, “Not everybody wants to live in the Northwest.” That led to the company issuing a clarification. “We will give serious consideration to every HQ2 proposal we receive from across North America, including from communities across the Pacific Northwest,” Amazon told KING 5. The company says it will bring as many as 50,000 jobs and $5 billion to whatever city it chooses. The company will make the decision sometime next year.

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  • Police: University Of Washington Student Sexually AssaultedPolice: University Of Washington Student Sexually Assaulted

    SEATTLE (AP) — Police at the University of Washington say a female student was sexually assaulted in her dorm room and her attacker is at large. KOMO-TV reported the attack happened at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a residence hall on the northeast part of campus in Seattle. The student told police she didn’t realize someone was behind her when she opened the door to her room and that a man followed her inside and assaulted her. Police say the woman didn’t know her attacker. He is described as in his late teens or early 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build. Police say he had a thin mustache and was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses. Anyone with information about the crime or suspect is asked to call the University of Washington Police Department at 206-685-8973.

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  • Five Things You Missed: Yankees, Dodgers One Win from World SeriesFive Things You Missed: Yankees, Dodgers One Win from World Series

    By Andrew Kahn The Cubs fought off elimination on Wednesday to force tonight’s Game 5. Clayton Kershaw will face Jose Quintana at Wrigley Field. The Yankees won their third straight to take a 3-2 lead against the Astros. That series moves back to Houston, with Game 6 on Friday. 1. No place like home No team in the American League had a better home record than the Yankees this season (51-30). After Wednesday’s 5-0 win over the Astros, New York is now 6-0 at Yankee Stadium in these playoffs. The atmosphere in the Bronx has been undeniably electric. It’s easy to cheer positive results, but the Yankee fans have remained loud and encouraging when things haven’t been going so well. Joe Girardi said this series has been as loud as he’s heard this park, which opened in 2009. Chase Headley compared it to a college football game, with fans going crazy throughout. It helps that the Yankees have taken advantage of the homer-friendly environment. They hit five home runs in the three games at Yankee Stadium this series; the Astros have not hit any. Of course, the series goes back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday. The Astros have also not lost at home yet this postseason (4-0), and the Yanks were the only playoff team to post a losing record on the road this year. Home field advantage in the World Series is based simply on regular season record; the Yankees would start on the road no matter their opponent; Houston would have the edge over Chicago but not Los Angeles. 2. Turner’s time Entering yesterday’s game, only two players with at least 90 postseason plate appearances had a better OPS than Justin Turner: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Turner is behind only Gehrig in on-base percentage for anyone with more than 60 plate appearances. This is the same player who was nothing more than a solid utility man for the Mets for three years before they gave up on him. The 32-year-old has become a star in Los Angeles. Turner hit a walk-off home run in Game 2 and reached base four times yesterday, adding another home run. It’s been a team effort for the Dodgers in this series and all season, but Turner is their best hitter. 3. Baby Bombers The Baby Bombers—Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Greg Bird—have certainly not been overwhelmed by October’s bright lights. The trio drove in four of the Yankees’ five runs on Wednesday. Judge and Sanchez were right in the middle of New York’s big comeback in Game 4. With the Yanks down 4-0, Judge homered to lead off the seventh, and Sanchez hit a sac fly. Judge’s double tied it the next inning and Sanchez’s double gave them the lead. Bird walked three times in the game. They are young (25 or under), large (Sanchez is the shortest at 6’2”; Bird the lightest at 220), and love playing together. They have not performed flawlessly—through 11 playoff games, the trio has struck out a combined 56 times, with Judge accounting for 24—but what Yankee fans once viewed as the future core has proven to be a very productive present. 4. Seager’s subs Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager getting left off the NLCS roster because of a back injury could have been a devastating blow. His replacements have made sure it hasn’t been. Charlie Culberson played short the first two games against the Cubs. He hit a sac fly to tie Game 1 and later doubled and scored a run. He doubled and scored the tying run in the fifth inning of Game 2. Chris Taylor filled in with right-handers on the mound, homering and tripling in Game 3 and drawing a couple of walks in Game 4, while playing very good defense. Seager, last season’s Rookie of the Year, could return if the Dodgers make the World Series. 5. Not done yet That the Dodgers were unable to pull off the sweep last night was not surprising. In the wild card era, only two teams have swept their way into the World Series (the Royals in 2014 and the Rockies in 2007). They’ll send Kershaw to the hill to try and win their 23rd pennant, which would tie them with the Giants for most in National League history. The Cubs will likely need their starter, Quintana, to go deep in the game to give them a chance. Their best reliever, Wade Davis, is unavailable after throwing 48 pitches last night, and the rest of the bullpen has been shaky. The potentially good news for Chicago is that its star hitters, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, are a combined 4-for-29 in this series with no extra-base hits. Bryant in particular has been struggling (eight strikeouts in 14 plate appearances), but if he and/or Rizzo can get right in a hurry they could carry the offense. Houston has been swallowed by the Yankees’ momentum but their aforementioned success at home is comforting. Plus, the Astros will have one of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound in Justin Verlander. The late summer acquisition threw a complete game against the Yanks in Game 2. Of course, their bats will have to be better to win two in a row. The best offense in the regular season has stalled a bit in this series; the Astros have scored just nine runs in five games. Josh Reddick has been in the two-hole for four of the games and is 0-for-17. Andrew Kahn is a regular contributor to CBS Local. He writes about baseball and other sports at andrewjkahn.com and you can find his Scoop and Score podcast on iTunes. Email him at andrewjkahn@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn

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  • City Gives a Break to Airline Catering Company Found to Be Stiffing WorkersCity Gives a Break to Airline Catering Company Found to Be Stiffing Workers

    Nine months ago, the City of Seattle found that LSG Sky Chefs, a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, failed to pay workers the right minimum wage at its West Seattle facility. Seattle's newly formed Office of Labor Standards issued a heavy mandate: The company would have to pay $335,000, most of that in back pay and damages directly to the workers.

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  • Homes evacuated in Edmonds after mudslide causes gas leakHomes evacuated in Edmonds after mudslide causes gas leak

    More than a dozen homes were evacuated in Edmonds Thursday morning after a mudslide slammed into a house and caused a natural gas leak. RELATED: Thousands without power after first big storm of the season Snohomish County fire said a slide of 50 feet by 100 feet hit a home on North Meadowdale Beach Road near 73rd Place West just after 4 a.m. Everyone in the home got out OK, according to fire officials, but the natural gas leak has caused the fire department to evacuate about 17 homes on 73rd and 74th Streets. No injuries were reported. The gas leak was secured around 6:30 a.m., according to Edmonds police.

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  • Reporter’s notebook: The mayoral candidatesReporter’s notebook: The mayoral candidates

    Two mayors ago, Jenny Durkan was a somewhat well-known former-U.S. Attorney with lots of insider connections and Cary Moon was an anti-tunnel activist with a byline in The Stranger. Now Ed Murray, the once shoo-in incumbent, is a disgraced ex-mayor.  Bruce Harrell has stepped in and exited as the city’s top official.  Tim Burgess — now actually signing Murray’s own proposals into effect (as Murray watches) — currently holds the mayoral reins. In 19 days, the public will cast votes for either Durkan or Moon; whoever claims victory in the Nov. 7 election will be Seattle’s first female mayor in 89 years. With ballots dropping Wednesday (Oct. 18), the media has handed down its endorsements (Find those in Crosscut’s election guide). And Durkan and Moon, in public forum after public forum (three last Monday; four just yesterday), have laid out the bulk of their policy proposals (Free community college, more vouchers for housing, more childcare facilities, says Durkan; Examine real estate speculation, pursue income tax, create a freelance worker’s bill of rights, says Moon). Both campaigns have finger pointed: Durkan’s campaign likes to say how Moon is unqualified; Moon’s likes to hammer on Durkan’s large corporate support and “insider label.” Is there anything left to say? Some thoughts, Reporter’s Notebook-style. 1. Dissatisfaction reigns at City Hall. Welcome new mayor. When Monica Simmons, Seattle’s City Clerk, swears in either Durkan or Moon, she’ll be ushering in the boss of more than 11,000 city employees. And with those employees comes a long-festering dissatisfaction. Crosscut has reported on the city’s struggling IT department and its staff dissatisfaction and has also spoken with employees from Seattle City Light and Human Resources who feel similarly frustrated. Compounding that issue is the haze of scandal left behind by Murray that has left some staffers demoralized and let down. Both candidates pledge to right those relationships. Durkan points out she inherited the U.S. Attorney’s office from John McKay after he was fired under odd circumstances. “There were huge morale issues,” she says. “Whoever the new mayor’s coming in, every employee needs to know they’re valued.” Moon says employees from Seattle Public Utilities and the Department of Transportation have jumped out of their trucks to tell her how hard it’s been under the former executive office. “Right now what we have, in some ways, the head’s disconnected from the body,” says Moon. “There are a lot of insiders in the mayor’s office that are not working with the departments. They’re not taking advantage of the untapped potential of all the brilliant city employees.”  So how will they handle it?  “I think the mayor’s office has to be very skilled at what the departments do, very good people managers and very good at politics,” says Moon. “Listening and empowering people who worked in city departments is essential.” “It’s hard work,” says Durkan. “City government can be more efficient, we can be smarter, we can retool things, but at the end of the day these people are working really hard.” Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan stands for a portrait in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. 2. So you want to be the boss. But how will you lead? Speaking of employees, Ed Murray’s temper was legendary. When Crosscut and other media outlets reported on a series of highly charged text messages Murray sent to Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, it set off discussion about whether that was something voters should care about. (Sidenote: There are plenty of politicians with legendary tempers who have gone on to lead successful careers). Durkan, for what it’s worth, comes with a reputation for driving her employees. “I drive people hard because I expect a lot of them, but I never ask people to do more than I do,” she says. But, she adds, she’s no Ed Murray. “I think it’s a huge fault,” she says of how he ran his office. “And there are other elected officials that have that reputation and I don’t understand why they do it and why they think it works. It’s not that you’re not human and you get mad and lose your temper.” But, she says, “as a common practice, most people are good people trying to do good work.”  When asked about Murray’s office, Moon talks more about “untapped potential.” She also blames the office for resting too much on its haunches. “I think they settled into an overly conservative, let’s-not-take-a-risk approach because it might not work to solving problems,” she says. “And I think we have to push through that.” 3. The experience factor The question of experience has dominated the race, although what “experience” means is not well-defined. It breaks into two kinds, depending on who’s asking: elected and managerial. Moon has received more scrutiny for her perceived lack of experience than Durkan, although both do have managerial experience: Moon at her family’s Michigan respirator factory; Durkan as U.S. Attorney. Neither candidate has ever held elected office.  In interviews with Crosscut, Durkan leans heavily on her time as a U.S. Attorney, comparing the pace there to the mayor’s office and often pointing out her work negotiating the settlement agreement to overhaul the Seattle Police Department. Her camp loves the How Experienced Are You? question because they believe there’s no contest between the candidates.  Moon admits her resume as a “gadfly and urban thinker” is “weird.” “Like a lot of women, my resume is not packed with full-time jobs because I had obligations as a single mom,” she says. “When you have such family obligations, you don’t always have specific full-time jobs. I took advantage of the fact that I inherited money and that I was married to someone who makes enough money for both of us to do a deep dive into public service.” But is this question even a fair one? Some suggest no.  Crosscut columnist Knute Berger points out how former-mayor Charley Royer had neither elected nor extensive managerial experience, at least not of an organization anywhere near the size of the City of Seattle — but he went on to serve three terms as mayor. Murray and former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman each had elected experience in the state Legislature, but staffs in Olympia are small and a lawmaker’s job offers little in the way of managing a large organization. Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn had not been elected to office before and was well-known mostly in environmental activism. What prepares one to be mayor? McGinn acknowledged he had to learn on the job. But even as an elected official, Murray’s transition had rough spots: His staff saw incredible turnover and reorganization throughout his first two years, the churn calming in his third. 4. Dispatch from a senior living facility At a senior living facility in Wallingford last week, Cary Moon was slated to speak at 1:30 p.m., although there was some miscommunication around timing so she arrived at 1:38, which was oddly conspicuous in the schedule conscious apartment complex. The room to hear her was full. Attendees were, of course, older and almost exclusively white, but Moon’s message of social justice and lifting up marginalized communities did not waver from what she has been championing all along on the campaign trail. And she was rewarded: She received nods of approval that the $160 million North Precinct police station was bloated and one woman asked her what she was going to do about the “NIMBY problem.” She also encountered new and difficult questions, notably from a man with his arm draped across a padded chair. “This is not a gotcha question,” he said, before asking where her two teenage children attended school. It was a gotcha question; he seemed to know the answer in advance. Moon’s kids attend Seattle Academy, a private school on Capitol Hill. “I can explain,” she said. “The option we were offered was in Wallingford. There was no way I was going to make that trip twice a day to get my kid to school (Moon lives downtown without a car). And so we weren’t offered an option that worked for our family and we had the ability to go to private school. We wanted to stay in the public school system but like a lot of families we weren’t offered a choice that worked for us. … When you have the choice it’s really easy to send your kid to private school. It’s a tragedy that we need to fix.” For Jim and Donna Boyles, who’ve recently moved from Portland, Maine, Moon’s frank answers were enough to steer them away from Durkan. “We heard about what Jenny had done,” said Donna, and she was “impressed with her connections.” But Moon gave them specifics they liked, they explained. After her visit, the couple said they were “definitely leaning toward Cary.” Mayoral candidate Cary Moon photographed at Greenwood Park in Seattle. 5. Money matters Money is always an issue in local political races, but this year arguably more so because both campaigns have fodder for their cannons. Durkan’s people like to point out that Moon is largely self-funding her own campaign; the last filing report shows Moon making up to $141,000 in personal contributions. Another point Durkan’s campaign likes to make: Durkan has 3,471 individual donors while Moon only has 716. For a candidate (Moon) who, after narrowly defeating community hero Nikkita Oliver in the primary, pledged to foster grassroots support, this is a sharp blow. But where Durkan argues this is evidence of her broad support, Moon casts it as insider, establishment politics. “I’m not a professional politician with access to all the donor lists from Mayor Murray,” Moon said at a Monday debate at Seattle University. Moon argues that Durkan is getting bankrolled by corporations: She held a press conference Tuesday just to point that out. The Chamber of Commerce’s PAC, funded by large corporations such as Amazon, Vulcan and Comcast, transferred a half-million dollars into an independent expenditure campaign for Durkan. 6. Who will win the activist vote? Jenny Durkan is not embraced by Seattle’s activist community. Her corporate money, her attorney’s office’s aggressive approach to May Day protestors and illegal medical pot shops, and her early clashes over police reform with former mayor Mike McGinn and the Community Police Commission are frequent points of contention. But she’s unwilling to hand the People’s Candidate title over to Cary Moon so easily. In July, when asked why she was so disliked by some on Seattle’s left (for a time on social media there was #JennyonebutDurkan hashtag floating around), she wouldn’t give an inch. “I think the more they learn about me, the more they’ll like me. I think of all the candidates, I have the most established track record of criminal justice reform of anyone, period and have done more to divert people from the criminal justice system for decades.” In an interview in August, she further argued the divide between her and the left was not racial, but generational. Her endorsements include high-powered, professionals of color who have broken barriers including Ron Sims, Norm Rice, Gary Locke, Preet Bharara and Bruce Harrell. Wrote Locke, Sims and Rice in a joint letter of endorsement: “Jenny was with us when we faced the real outcome of the ‘war on drugs’—as a criminal defense attorney she saw first-hand the devastating impacts on people of color and their families.” Who has done more on behalf of marginalized Seattlelites took the spotlight briefly last Monday at a debate at Seattle University after Moon pledged to include people “of all races” in city government. Durkan challenged her: “Part of me wants to say, ‘When did you get woke?’ Because I’ve been working on these issues for 20 to 30 years in this city.” Moon replied she had, in fact, been working in the community for decades, if not in the same circles as Durkan. And she’s been endorsed by the who’s-who of grassroots Seattle: The Transit Riders Union, Upgrade Seattle, Seattle Subway, Our Revolution WA and Democracy for America. (Notably lacking is Oliver’s Peoples Party.) On Wednesday, Durkan scored one more high-profile endorsement: former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, who wrote: “She’s a proven progressive leader who has been addressing the undeniable inequities in policing, juvenile justice, and criminal justice for decades.”  Both mayoral candidates agree on the problems the city faces: Housing, homelessness, police, transportation, revenue streams. As a result, much of the election has turned into a referendum on experience vs. innovation vs. pragmatism vs. cooperation vs. equity. Ballots are due Nov. 7. The winner will have three short weeks to prepare to take office on Nov. 28, at which point it will not only mark the the beginning of a new administration but the final, clean break from the chaos left behind by Murray.

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

    Ignite Seattle As the largest open submission public speaking event in The Pacific Northwest, Ignite Seattle brings to the stage 16 people to present their own 5-minute talk on a fascinating topic. This time, look forward to “4 Signs Your Loved One is a Birder,” “Leading the Majority Minority,” “Robots are Not Coming for Your Job” and “We’re All Going to Be Okay,” among others. Perfect for those short of attention and high in curiosity, this event — which comes only three or four times a year — will inspire you and make you aware of the many things people are working on in Seattle. If you go: Ignite Seattle, The Egyptian, 8 p.m. Oct. 19 ($5) Duwamish Native Arts and Crafts Market When white settlers came to Seattle in 1851, there were over 90 Duwamish longhouses dotting the area, many along the then-sparkling Duwamish River. The last Duwamish longhouse was burned to the ground in 1894 and for the entire 20th century, the Duwamish were without one. In 2009, however, the new Duwamish Longhouse opened, acting as an important gathering place, history museum, art gallery and the Duwamish Tribal Office. Starting this weekend, and monthly through the end of the year, the Duwamish will be holding an arts and crafts market. While the exact vendors are a mystery, there will be 16 booths offering a variety of handmade items, along with food. Head down to the Duwamish Longhouse (in West Seattle, along W. Marginal Way) to learn about the history of the Duwamish, purchase gifts this holiday season and support the resiliency and spirit of this tribe. If you go: Duwamish Native Arts and Crafts Market, Duwamish Longhouse, Oct. 20-22 (Free) Wyeth at the Movies In celebration of Thursday’s opening of the exhibit Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, the Seattle Art Museum will host a special showing of the 1978 Terrence Malick film “Days of Heaven.” Wyeth’s work, spanning from 1937 to his death in 2009, is both breathtaking and contemplative, his watercolor capturing the sense of place and story that have earned him a spot among the American masters. I, for one, CANNOT WAIT to see this exhibit. Thursday evening’s pairing with Terrence Malick is brilliant and perfect; both artists create moody art exploring nature and humanity, and stir their audiences unlike no other. If you go: Wyeth at the Movies, Seattle Art Museum, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 ($9) The World of Extreme Happiness Hard not to be swayed and intrigued by the publicity photos for this production: a young brown woman looking defiant while holding a mop. It grabbed my attention and then I learned about the play, which is written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and tells the story of a Chinese girl named Sunny working as a janitor in a Chinese factory. Society’s values when it comes to women vs. men; the treatment and aspirations of lowly workers; rural vs. urban residents; economic inequities — all these subjects thread their way through the storyline. If that wasn’t enough, the production is directed by Desdemona Chiang, whose talent has made her one of my go-to favorites. If she’s involved in a production, count me in. If you go: The World of Extreme Happiness, Bathhouse Theater, through Nov. 5 (Tickets start at $17)–F.D.  SPL’s One-Day Cookbook Sale For me, few things compare with the delightful, meditative act of paging through cookbooks and getting inspiration, or the joy of giving the perfect cookbook as a gift. With the dark and rainy season coming, it’s the perfect time to expand your cookbook collection, and support Seattle Public Library at the same time. Donated cookbooks, hand-selected and individually priced starting at $4 will overtake Ethan Stowell’s Capitol Hill restaurant Tavolàta for the early half of the day during this one-day sale, which I recommend pairing with brunch nearby (perhaps at Stateside?). If you go: SPL’s One-Day Cookbook Sale, Tavolàta, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21   This article is made possible with support from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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  • 5 Awesome Spots For Your Seattle Adventure5 Awesome Spots For Your Seattle Adventure

    True adventures right outside Seattle continue as three teams dig in deeper during their day trips on this episode of The Emerald Race. One team takes a thrill ride in a rally car while others explore a hand-crafted tipi. And you can’t leave Seattle without experiencing the great beer and wine to come from the city. Novelty Hill/Januik Winery 14710 Redmond-Woodinville Road NE Woodinville, WA 98072 (425) 481-5502 www.noveltyhilljanuik.com Little known facts: Not only is Washington State is the nation’s second top wine producer, but 50% of Washington wines score 90+ points in Wine Spectator. And they only keep getting better and better. Well known for its excellent Merlot that turns perceptions of the varietal on its head, Daily Meal has named Novelty Hill/Januik as one of America’s 101 best. Come sip and savor for yourself at the public tasting room, or book a private tasting for you and your group. A glass of Merlot, anyone? Sweetlife Farm 9631 Summer Hill Lane NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (206) 842-6577 www.sweetlifefarm.com How cool is an authentic tipi made of animal skins on wooden poles, complete with a smoke flap to protect you from the rain? While some folks just dream of the good life, Sweetlife Farm proprietors and proud tipi owners Nancy and Bob Fortner show us how to live it. Make an appointment to explore this self-made and self-sustaining farm for a brief escape from the city life. It’s an easy ferry ride across the Puget Sound. Chateau Ste. Michelle 14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072 (425) 488-1133 www.ste-michelle.com Get a taste of the French countryside at this wine chateau with beautiful grounds, vineyards, and a lovely wine tasting room.  Chateau Ste. Michelle is the state’s oldest and most prestigious wine maker, as well as one of the world’s leading producers of Riesling. Fifty years ago, Chateau Ste. Michelle started pioneering the craft here and today, skilled winemakers combine Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation for some award-winning reds, whites, and sparkling wines. Bainbridge Island Brewery 9415 Coppertop Loop NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (206) 451-4646 www.bainbridgebeer.com For the past five years, a father and son team have been crafting great beer and innovative brews right on Bainbridge Island. Stinging nettles? Wild mushrooms? Huckleberries? Thai palm sugar and lemongrass? When you come around to taste a few beers in the lineup made from locally sourced ingredients, you’ll understand why Bainbridge native son and brewmaster Russell Everett says he just can’t pick a favorite one. DirtFish Rally School 7001 396th Dr SE Snoqualmie, WA 98065 (866) 285-1332 www.dirtfish.com At the base of the Cascade Mountains, sits a rally car driving school that has also doubled as the Sheriff’s Department on Twin Peaks. Located on the former Weyerhaeuser property, here you can get the thrill of driving a real rally car. While DirtFsh teaches people from 15 to 85 how to drive, but there’s nothing ordinary about this driving school. DirtFish teaches car control, confidence, and safety behind the wheel, through advanced driving techniques built from the roots of rally. Go for it if you dare!

    CBS Seattle / 2 d. 12 h. 11 min. ago more
  • Amazon HQ2 would 'fundamentally alter' potential Canadian city candidatesAmazon HQ2 would 'fundamentally alter' potential Canadian city candidates

    An Amazon Echo Dot is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 in Seattle.

    Seattle News / 2 d. 13 h. 12 min. ago
  • Musings from the Laundromat | Just breatheMusings from the Laundromat | Just breathe

    When I started to write this column last week, I was on fire about the underreported near bombing of a North Carolina airport. My Queen Anne book club had just read The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan centered on two families affected by a bomb detonated in a Delhi shopping area, so the topic was freshly on my mind.

    Seattle News / 2 d. 17 h. 25 min. ago
  • Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power In Western WashingtonStorm Leaves Thousands Without Power In Western Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say over 54,000 customers were without power as a wind and rain storm blew through Western Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle on Wednesday issued high wind warnings on the coast and north of Seattle from Everett to Bellingham while wind advisories were issued from Seattle to south of Centralia. The weather service says a wind gust up to 44 mph was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday evening. Authorities were reporting downed trees and power lines throughout the region including one that was blocking two lanes of Interstate 5 south of Seattle. News outlets reported fire crews had to cut part of a tree that fell and pinned a man in Tacoma before he was taken to a local hospital. The Skokomish, Skagit, Stillaguamish and Nooksack rivers were all at risk for minor flooding.

    CBS Seattle / 2 d. 19 h. 31 min. ago more
  • Man Accused Of Drowning 6-Year-Old Boy Has Bail Set At $1MMan Accused Of Drowning 6-Year-Old Boy Has Bail Set At $1M

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A 19-year-old man accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy in a bathtub and putting his body in a dumpster has had bail set at $1 million. News outlets report 19-year-old Andrew Clayton Henckel from Kerrville, Texas, appeared in court north of Seattle Wednesday. Authorities say the body of Henckel’s nephew, Dayvid Pakko, was found Tuesday after an overnight search. Documents say the boy was drowned. Documents say Henckel was in Lynnwood visiting relatives and was caring for the boy on Monday. According to a probable-cause statement released Wednesday, detectives say the 19-year-old suspect “admitted  to filling a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning and killing” the child. The Seattle Times reports that during Wednesday’s court hearing a defense attorney said the suspect is on the autism spectrum. Snohomish County detectives said in documents that Henckel does not report a formal diagnosis and is not taking medication.

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  • 3 arrested in West Seattle slaying of teen3 arrested in West Seattle slaying of teen

    Police arrested two teens and one adult Tuesday in the September slaying of a 15-year-old boy who collapsed outside a West Seattle greenbelt with stab wounds. Police arrested two teens and one adult Tuesday in the September slaying of a 15-year-old boy who collapsed outside a West Seattle greenbelt with stab wounds.

    Seattle News / 2 d. 21 h. 43 min. ago
  • Tommy Le was shot twice in back, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition meets with King County SheriffTommy Le was shot twice in back, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition meets with King County Sheriff

    Tommy Le’s uncle makes a speech for Tommy on the Public Forum on July 19, 2017 .• Photo by Cathy You King County Sheriff John Urquhart met with two dozen leaders from the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) on October 11 to answer questions about the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Burien resident Tommy Le on June 13 and to announce that King County Executive Dow Constantine had decided to seek an inquest into Le’s death. Le, a high school senior, was shot by King County police who responded to several 911 calls from Burien residents who reported that a man had been threatening people and wielding a sharp object. According to police, Le refused commands to drop the object. He was shot three times by a deputy before being transported to Harborview where he died. The shooting has sparked community outrage after it was revealed that Le was holding a pen, not a knife as earlier reports had indicated. Last month, Le’s family announced they would be pursuing a $20 million civil rights claim against the County. Le’s attorney noted that an autopsy did not reveal the presence of drugs or alcohol in Le’s body. The autopsy also confirmed that Le had been shot twice in the back and once in the wrist. “I can’t tell you why the officer didn’t wrestle him to the ground and take that pen out of his hand,”’ Urquhart told the APDC members last week. “That’s what I would have done. But we still need to hear from the officer about what was going through his mind. That will take place during the inquest.” Last Thursday, Constantine ordered an inquest after the Prosecutor’s office reviewed “investigative materials” from the Sheriff’s office. Inquests are routinely convened for any deaths involving a member of law enforcement. At the October 11 meeting, held at the Nisei Veterans Committee Hall, Urquhart faced a barrage of questions from skeptical API community members who asked why fatal force was needed to subdue Le and whether responding officers had received adequate police training. APDC chair Dorothy Wong said, “I’m tired of hearing cops saying, ‘I fear for my life.’” Others echoed her sentiment, recommending that officers receive more extensive crisis intervention training that is thorough, cultural sensitive and up-to-date. Urquhart said he agreed with the recommendation for more training. “I can’t change the system,” he said. “It takes the community to push for this requirement.” Urquhart confirmed that the first toxicology report did not reveal evidence of drugs in Le’s body, “but we’re still waiting for the final report.” For more news, click here

    The International Examiner / 2 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more
  • Noodles of Longevity: Tsue Chong Company celebrates 100th anniversaryNoodles of Longevity: Tsue Chong Company celebrates 100th anniversary

    Tim Louie excitedly discussed Husky football and pointed out that it was “Purple Friday” as he posed in front of the company sign on October 13, 2017. The words “Tsue Chong” in English translate to “Gather, Prosperity,” according to Louie.• Photo by Grace Madigan The odds that you’ve eaten one of the Tsue Chong Company’s products are the same as the odds of you getting a fortune cookie at the end of your meal at a Chinese restaurant. The Chinatown International District has changed a lot over the years but the Tsue Chong Company remains a staple of the community. Gar Hip Louie came to Seattle in the late 1800s in search of a better life. It was around this time that the Chinese Exclusion Act was in place, making Chinese immigration to the states very difficult. In 1886, about 1,500 citizens banded together to chase their Chinese neighbors out of Seattle. It left the city devoid of a strong Chinese community for a while. Fast forward more than a century and the Tsue Chong Company has just celebrated 100 years of business. The company is now run by Tim Louie, the great grandson of Gar Hip Louie. Tim Louie has grown older with the company. Louie said that it’s funny that he is now hiring employees younger than him, whereas when he started out everyone was older. “This was my daycare,” Louie says. “When I was growing up I started working part time, in high school I was doing deliveries for my dad.” Louie devoted himself full time in 1984 after studying business and graduating from the University of Washington. Tsue Chong Company products are bought by everyone from small mom and pop shops in the International District to large distributors who distribute to the greater Pacific Northwest. Along the way, competitors have popped up, but Tsue Chong has endured. Louie credits much of the success of the company to his predecessors who were able to establish such a solid business that had the legs to last so long. “I don’t take them for granted, I really appreciate their hard work,” Louie said. The Tsue Chong Company employs 36 people; 30 working production, five customer service, and one maintenance man. The majority of them emigrated from Toishan, the same Chinese province that the Louie family is from and most of them got their jobs through word of mouth, according to Louie. Louie recalls one particular employee—who just retired after 50 years with the company—who started when Louie was just four years old. “This was his life; this was his family. He said, ‘Don’t let me retire, let me do something. Let me come down here to stay active.’ That’s exceptional isn’t it?” Louie said. This story of that particular employee is not so uncommon in the company. Louie says many of the employees start at the company when they’re young and stay for many years. Yee Ng (right) stands with Mei Weng (left) in front of the machines that steam the noodles on Friday, October 13, 2017. Weng was hired by Louie’s mother who attended the same church as she did and found out she needed a job. • Photo by Grace Madigan Two of these employees are Yee Ng—who has been working at the company since 1985 when she came to the U.S. from Toishan—and Mei Weng, who has been with the company for 22 years. Together they oversee the fresh noodles through the steaming process. Ng explains that it’s hard work, but she enjoys it because it’s active and allows her to be on her feet. The Tsue Chong Company relies on their reputation they’ve built over the years providing products to what Louie estimates to be nearly all of the International District restaurants. “We’re very blessed. I don’t have a sales or marketing team. It’s all word by mouth. The history and legacy, people are just so loyal that by word of mouth they come to us asking for business,” Louie said. Harry Chan, the owner of Tai Tung, is one of the loyal customers of the Tsue Chong Company’s products. “It’s consistent and the customers are happy about it,” Chan says. The two families and businesses go way back. Tai Tung opened in 1935 and is one of the older restaurants that still exists from its era. Louie fondly refers to Harry Chan as “Uncle Harry.” Louie points out that their family was lucky in that having a business in manufacturing allowed them to have 9-to-5 jobs. For those who have worked in the industry, restaurant hours are much harder and unforgiving. The Tsue Chong Company has had several locations over its 100 years. Gar Hip Louie opened the original shop on South Jackson Street, but as it grew it moved to 8th and King St. and finally where it stands now at 8th and Weller Street. • Photo by Grace Madigan Ron Chew, the former director of the Wing Luke Museum adds that many families that started restaurants were able to see future generations become more upwardly mobile and take higher skilled jobs thus, leading to the closure of many restaurants. One of the company’s best-selling products, according to Louie, wasn’t added to their repertoire until the ’50s. The recipe that they use today has not changed since its inception. Louie’s grandmother Eng Shee Louie was the driving force behind the fortune cookies, noticing their rising popularity and then developing the recipe. Chew recalls working as a busboy at the popular Hong Kong restaurant on Maynard Avenue in the late ’60s and early ’70s. “We would eat piles of fortune cookies in the back,” Chew reminisces. His father was the head waiter at the restaurant which has since gone out of business. One of the favorite items at the company’s retail store are the huge bags of the “unfortunate cookies,” fortune cookies that did not come out to standard that are available to the public. Recent recognition for their 100th anniversary has made Louie reflect on what the community means to him and the company. Louie described the small chop suey restaurants started by families that provided his own great grandfather a business opportunity and how thankful he is for that. “This is our neighborhood and we want to help. I just call it my community family and you’re always there to help family.” For more news, click here

    The International Examiner / 2 d. 22 h. 7 min. ago more
  • Down an alley in Belltown, find Kentucky vibes at CommonwealthDown an alley in Belltown, find Kentucky vibes at Commonwealth

    For a couple known mostly for their tapas and Spanish gin-and-tonics, Cory and Amanda Chigbrow have taken quite the detour with their latest bar. Their new project, Commonwealth, sits in a sleepy part of Belltown with an entrance along a forlorn alley and a bar stacked with the amber glow of whiskey.

    Seattle News / 3 d. 0 h. 4 min. ago
  • Report: 5K Puget Sound homes under water if sea rises 6 feetReport: 5K Puget Sound homes under water if sea rises 6 feet

    A new report by Zillow shows how 1.9 million homes nationwide would be underwater if sea levels rise by 6 feet over the next 100 years. Locally, the prediction would be for 5,000 underwater homes across Puget Sound. RELATED: Can we discuss climate change or is it insensitive? “Outside the climate community there’s not necessarily that awareness,” Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas told KIRO 7 on Wednesday. “So one of our aspirations is to bring awareness of the risk of climate change to the real estate community and to homebuyers.” Zillow used two data sources for the sea level predictions — from NOAA and Nature journal of science. The report found one third (32 percent) of those homes nationwide would be in the bottom third of home values. In the Puget Sound region, the numbers skew more towards higher end homes. But Terrazas said some communities with more modest homes would be hard it. “Places like Aberdeen on the coast, or Bremerton across the sound, there are people of more modest means living in these exposed areas,” Terrazas said. “For those homeowners it is a bigger challenge to build the infrastructure necessary.” The major construction on the new Seattle seawall wrapped up this August. That’s the type of project to protect against rising sea levels. The Zillow economists pointed out that most cities have the capability to add this protection. Most homeowners do not. The communities with the most homes that would be underwater are Fox Island (7.5 percent of all homes), Fife (6.9 percent), and Stanwood (6.3 percent).

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  • Popular Science hypes Sound Transit I-90 bridge projectPopular Science hypes Sound Transit I-90 bridge project

    It’s not even finished, but Sound Transit’s East Link light rail over Lake Washington is already winning praise. Popular Science notes it as one of 2017’s most important innovations in engineering. “From one-rail roller coasters to a fax machine for DNA, these are modern marvels of industry and design,” Popular Science writes in a recent article. RELATED: Sound Transit’s Lynnwood extension $500 million over budget The magazine notes a range of impressive scientific feats, such as a robot arm that can build copies of itself. Or a floating wind farm off of the coast of Scotland that produces enough power for 20,000 homes. Right alongside these achievements is Sound Transit’s current East Link light rail project that will take passengers over the I-90 floating bridge. The extension is not reality yet, just a plan and a construction project at this point. The gumption to place light rail tracks on a moving, floating bridge was enough to impress technology editors at Popular Science. Rails need to stay straight, but floating bridges bob and sway with the water beneath. Not a good match? Not a problem for Sound Transit’s new project. On this East Link Bridge—which will be completed in 2023—steel platforms and flexible bearings will let light-rail tracks stay in line. By 2030, 50,000 commuters a day will ride 148,000-pound trains at full speed across the water from Seattle to Mercer Island, Washington. But advances in mass transit or even environmental progress pales in comparison to the engineering success that Popular Science awarded its grand prize to — a single-rail roller coaster. The new amusement park rides will take passengers on single-seat, open-air cars on a whipping ride that uses less steel and parts than previous roller coasters. Maybe it’s not too late to redesign the East Link bridge portion to incorporate this roller coaster tech and really impress the folks at Popular Science. Check out the rest of the magazine’s notable advances in tech, from robot sea snakes to innovative sports stadium roofs. East Link Sound Transit promotes that a light rail line has never been extended across a floating bridge. To design the current project, engineers accounted for six different types of motion — up and down, back and forth, and side to side. Part of the solution to a moving foundation is a “track bridge.” The track bridge includes bearings and plates that adjust according to the level of Lake Washington. Two bridge designs were tested in Colorado for the Sound Transit project. A range of data was collected, and one design won out — allowing a train to cross the lake at 55 miles per hour. Multiple parts of the East Link line are under construction. It will connect Seattle with Bellevue and beyond. The bridge portion is expected to open in 2023.

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  • City Light CEO may lose his bonus for goodCity Light CEO may lose his bonus for good

    For Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis, his days as the only City of Seattle department head eligible for a bonus — technically, “performance pay” — may be numbered. In ongoing budget discussions in the Seattle City Council, Councilmember Lisa Herbold wants to eliminate the extra pay option for Weis, already the highest paid City employee. He earns $340,000 per year. Herbold has had concerns about the possible salary bump — up to $30,000 a year pending a performance review — since Weis was sworn in as City Light’s head in March 2016, suggesting at the time that the council ax it from his contract. But lacking support, Herbold nevertheless voted to approve Weis’ contract as it was written, pledging to return to it in the future. In June, the question resurfaced following a Crosscut report that Weis had given himself perfect marks in his annual performance review, attached to a letter reminding then-mayor Ed Murray of his eligibility for the “performance pay.” This came at a time when the rest of City Light’s leadership team was not eligible for their performance money because of the department’s ongoing struggles with reduced revenue.  Following the report, Herbold became concerned that the performance review merely evaluated the basic functions of Weis’s job — not on Weis’ performance specifically or whether he’d exceeded his job requirements. She was also concerned that Weis had been allowed to fill out his own evaluation. Under state law, public employees can only receive additional pay if they are deemed to have exceeded performance expectations. Anything else may be considered a bonus or reward, which is illegal for public employees. In response, the city told Herbold that Weis’ evaluation was not, in fact, the performance review tied to extra pay and that the city had never worked out the details of how performance pay would be determined. The result is Weis will not receive extra pay at the end of this year. In a budget meeting Tuesday, Herbold expressed her outstanding concerns about how the performance review process was structured and reiterated what she called the “need to appropriately define program standards.” “The reason I’m bringing this up now in the context of the budget is the City Light CEO’s current contract with the mayor will be under re-examination under the new executive,” she said, referring to the upcoming election between Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan for mayor.  Although City officials have said the performance review obtained by Crosscut did not count, Councilmember Debora Juarez on Tuesday nevertheless said, “Mr. Weis unilaterally determined through his own matrix that he should get a bonus pay but that was not in the contract.” A spokesperson for Herbold said there was “general support” for the proposal among council members, although Herbold had not had wide-ranging conversations with her colleagues, save for a hallway heads up to Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who heads the council’s energy committee.  Through a City Light spokesperson, Weis declined to comment on Herbold’s proposal.

    Crosscut / 3 d. 1 h. 43 min. ago more
  • So how many #metoos is enough?So how many #metoos is enough?

    Somewhere out there is a magic number — a threshold that, once crossed, means that maybe Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby or the next as-yet-unnamed powerful person, really is a sexual predator. After all, reporter Ronan Farrow had to corroborate the stories of thirteen different women before the Weinstein story was published by The New Yorker. It took 35 accusers posing for the cover of New York Magazine before people could see Bill Cosby as a sexual predator. It took an unimaginable statistic — 1 in 5 — before we began to believe that campus sexual assault is a problem worth addressing. This same magic threshold, once crossed, leads many to express their shock and declare their solidarity with victims of sexual violence, never before having seriously considered the extent of the problem. Perhaps it is the unfortunate existence of this threshold that led social media users, in response to the outcry over Weinstein’s long history of sexual violence and predation, to identify themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault with two simple words: “me too.” Though the “me too” movement was started by activist Tarana Burke in 2007, the recent social media phenomenon was sparked by a tweet from actress Alyssa Milano, who revealed that she, too, has been a victim of sexual assault or harassment and she encouraged others to do the same.  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were flooded with people (often, but not always, women) identifying themselves as victims, some sharing intimate stories of abuse and assault. The purpose of the campaign has been to reveal how widespread sexual assault and harassment really are and to make the problem visible to those who would deny it. But the problem, as it turns out, is not only the problem of “not seeing.” It’s the problem of not seeing until we have “enough” verification. Because before the threshold is reached — whatever that magic number is — we too often conclude that any one of Bill Cosby’s accusers was really just after money, or that a rape victim was “asking for it,” or that Anita Hill was trying to get ahead when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. It’s good that people might now be willing to acknowledge the pervasiveness of sexual violence and predation in our society, but who knows whether it will be enough to change the equally pervasive disbelief and victim-blaming that keeps individual victims silent. If we try to recall instances when a single victim was believed, most of us are probably hard-pressed to identify high profile individual cases of sexual assault or harassment. In fact, only a few readily come to mind. There is the Central Park Jogger, whose 1989 case became sensational when five young men of color — all of whom were eventually exonerated — were accused of raping and brutally beating the victim.  The victim was young and white, and there was clear physical evidence of rape. The accused — all non-white and all described as engaging in a gang-related behavior called wilding — were the perfect scapegoats. There is Cheryl Araujo, whose 1983 gang-rape in a New Bedford, Massachusetts tavern called Big Dan’s, became the basis for the film “The Accused.” And more recently, there is former Stanford student Brock Turner, who was discovered by two passers-by while he was sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. In each case, we believe rape happened not because the victim said so, but because someone else did:  the doctors who treated the Central Park Jogger, the bystanders in Big Dan’s tavern who saw Araujo’s rape and the students who caught Turner in the act. Anita Hill’s problem, it seems, is that she didn’t have witnesses to her experience. In truth, victims are rarely trusted on the strength of their own voices alone, and this is a problem because most sexual assault and harassment happens one-on-one, behind closed doors, uncorroborated by others. Our culture tells us that these are cases of “he said/she said,” and there is nothing to be done.  After all, as a dear friend asked me the other night: in the face of two contradictory and unverifiable stories, “what would you have us do?” I would have us believe that victims of sexual harassment and violence should be trusted without requiring outside verification or substantiation in numbers. That we are not believed (because, yes, #metoo), is the single most important factor that protects sexual predators and allows them to continue to terrorize their victims. When victims are not believed, when they are presumed to be manipulative or conniving or dissembling, the costs of reporting become too high and sexual predation continues. And I would have us recognize that, underlying our inability to see the sexual violence that is all around us — and if there is one thing that #metoo makes clear, it’s that it is all around us — is our willingness to believe predation has happened only when victims come out in droves or when eye-witnesses can verify that, yes, this time, it really did happen. #Metoo is a powerful context in which those who have not been able to say they were victimized can recognize that they are not alone. But it has the power, too, to reinforce the same old story: we will believe that sexual harassment and sexual assault really happen once we’ve hit the magic number or found a truly trustworthy witness. As long as that is the case — as long as we continue to disbelieve the victims of such painful abuse and trauma — sexual predation will continue.

    Crosscut / 3 d. 2 h. 7 min. ago more
  • City of Seattle applies race-equity analysis to sweepsCity of Seattle applies race-equity analysis to sweeps

    File photo. Two police officers post a notice with information about the upcoming sweep of the Field encampment in SODO.

    Seattle News / 3 d. 2 h. 17 min. ago
  • Seattle’s streetcar connection questioned days before groundbreakingSeattle’s streetcar connection questioned days before groundbreaking

    Just days before crews were scheduled to break ground on Seattle’s next streetcar project, council members were still questioning whether it makes sense. The Center City Connector Streetcar project will, according to the Department of Transportation, connect the two existing streetcar lines and link more than “a dozen” city neighborhoods. The vision for the 1.2-mile connection is to provide an easy link to downtown and give people another option to get around. Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for Oct. 18 with advance utility relocations. But during a Select Budget Committee Session, several council members voiced concerns over the costs of the project, projected ridership numbers, and just how beneficial the streetcar would be. “Is it beneficial to have service with finite routes?” councilmember Kirsten Harris-Talley asked. She wondered if it would be better to just pump more money into buses. The project is estimated to cost about $177 million; higher than initial estimates before utility work was considered. In July, the council authorized the Seattle Department of Transportation to accept grants for the streetcar connector. According to a council memo, that includes $50 million from the Federal Transit Administration and $7.3 million from the Puget Sound Regional Council. The federal grant includes another $25 million in the future — the funding is subject to federal appropriations. In September, The Seattle Times reported that if all the federal funding was approved, the approximate $94 million would come from taxes and utility bills. Council members asked if a streetcar connection would really draw as many riders as SDOT anticipated. Earlier this year, it was reported that SDOT expects 22,000 riders per day when the connection is made. By 2035, the department estimated ridership would soar, with daily ridership reaching 30,000. That, as 770 KTTH’s Jason Rantz pointed out, would be a 470 percent increase from current ridership. The First Hill Streetcar, which began operating last year, saw total ridership of 840,049 — below the 1,238,942 projection. Councilmember Mike O’Brien said he was concerned about the lack of dedicated right-of-way for streetcars. For example, the South Lake Union streetcar shares a lane with vehicles on Fairview Avenue N., where traffic backs up from Mercer Street. There were also questions over how beneficial the streetcar system actually is to residents, versus being a “tool for economic development.” With several council members sounding skeptical of the streetcar project, others, including councilmember Rob Johnson, warned of the ramifications if it was scrapped. “Rarely do we have circumstances where [the federal government] wants to contribute so much,” he said, adding that it’s “not an insignificant” contribution. Johnson says there could be a “ripple effect” on future projects if the council passes on the money. You can watch the entire discussion below at the 42-minute mark.

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  • Expert: Seattle homeless response has been too little, too lateExpert: Seattle homeless response has been too little, too late

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  • ‘Victorian Internet’ hits Seattle October 1864‘Victorian Internet’ hits Seattle October 1864

    A cannon was fired in downtown Seattle at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of Oct. 26, 1864. The occasion was the arrival of the first message to reach the city via telegraph. RELATED: Brigade terrorized the Northwest in the 1970s It came to the Yesler Building, a small wooden structure at the southwest corner of Commercial Street and Mill Street, nowadays better known as First and Yesler. “A courier from the front reports Price in full retreat, closely pursued by our forces,” it reportedly read. “Sherman was pushing Hood and rather trying to coop him up in the valley and starve him to death.” It was Civil War news that arrived that day, and it was already about 24 hours old. But it was a game-changer. No longer would messages be restricted to travel at the speed of horse, boat, or even train. Local newspapers could now publish news from afar that was just days old, rather than weeks or even months after the fact. A place like far-off Seattle in Washington Territory could begin to feel like it was connected to the United States. Daniel Walker Howe is professor emeritus at UCLA and author of “What Hath God Wrought, The Transformation of America, 1815-1848” from Oxford University Press. He says that beginning in the 1840s and thanks to a number of inventors such as Samuel Morse, the telegraph destroyed time and distance, and made the world smaller, and life better. Effects of the telegraph “Enthusiasm for the telegraph was quite universal,” Howe said. “The telegraph appealed to a whole lot of different elements in American culture and society of that time. People love it because it demonstrates scientific progress. And in the 19th century, they’re aware of a lot of scientific progress being made, and they’re quite enthusiastic about it, and they believe in progress in general with justification.” In the mid 19th century, Howe said, “life is improving for a lot of people, especially if you were free and white and living in the United States.” But most importantly, according to Howe, the telegraph mobilized capital, which was absolutely critical to the growth of a place like tiny, remote Seattle in the 1860s. “It became ever so much more practical to raise money to invest in factories or any kind of economic activity,” Howe said. “It makes a huge difference if you know what stocks are selling for and what the prices of commodities are in New York, even though you’re out in Washington Territory.” Before the telegraph allowed for near-instantaneous communication to financial centers in San Francisco and points east, Howe said “if you look and see who had invested in business enterprise, you will see that the investors usually lived pretty nearby and they wanted to invest in an enterprise that they can really trust, which means maybe it has to be run by their brother-in-law or their cousin.” Howe says connection via the telegraph meant “you can have genuinely publicly-held companies” and that investors could “compare the performance of one company with another.” It’s easy to forget that Seattle’s destiny as the economic capital of the Northwest wasn’t a sure thing circa 1870. According to census figures, Seattle had a population of just 1,100, while Olympia had 1,200 and Walla Walla had 1,400. Meanwhile, Portland, Oregon had a whopping 8,300 residents. The only true metropolis on the West Coast at this time was San Francisco, which had a population of more than 150,000. And it was San Francisco where the transcontinental telegraph had first arrived in October 1861, as part of a federally-subsidized project of the private company called Western Union. Telegraph makes its way north In 1863, a group of local investors in Portland saw the value in connecting with San Francisco (an earlier effort, around 1855 or 1856, had tried and failed). The new concern built lines as far south as Eugene, but then ran out of money and sold out to the California State Telegraph Company, a smaller West Coast rival of the larger Western Union. With this new infusion of resources, crews worked from the north and south and met up at Roseburg, Oregon in early 1864, with telegraph service beginning in Portland sometime around March 1, 1864. Next, the company set its sights north, aiming for New Westminster, which was then the capital of British Columbia (the capital would move a few years later to Vancouver Island). Seattle, rather than Olympia, was picked to be one of the main stations along the line. Professor Howe says that in the 1860s, the federal government recognized the value in connecting all of the United States and even the remote corners like Washington Territory, especially during the early years of the Civil War. “The government wanted the people in the far northwest to feel an immediate sense of being an American and being involved in the wartime struggle,” Howe said. “It’s very clear that the government wanted the telegraph to be reinforcing these feelings.” According to Howe, this policy came straight from the top, from President Lincoln himself. Lincoln, Howe says, was a devoted consumer of, and advocate for, the telegraph. “He was the one who kept insisting that he must be in telegraphic contact with his armies and his generals, and learning what they wanted to do and telling them whether to do it or not,” Howe said. “And [Lincoln] is the single most clear explanation for why the Union Army made so much more use of the telegraph than the Confederate Army did. It took the Confederate government in Richmond much longer to learn about what was going on the battlefront, because they were still using conventional communications like guys on horseback, galloping along.” RELATED: KIRO Radio accidentally saves American history Howe says that the wartime information in the first message to reach Seattle back in October 1864 likely originated directly from battlefronts; in this specific case, from Missouri and Tennessee. One local history book says the message came through Portland, via Kansas City and New York. At each of those cities along the way, a telegraph operator would’ve had to receive the message, and then re-send in Morse code via telegraph key. “Of course, it would have had to be transmitted from the battlefront to Washington and thence to New York even before those transmissions occurred,” Howe said, which explains why it took a full day to get here. The 1860s were a time of consolidation, and the California State Telegraph Company sold out to Western Union in 1865, as Western Union came to monopolize the telegraph industry in the United States. Tom Standage, author of a seminal 1998 book about the telegraph and its similarities to the web called “The Victorian Internet,” says this was a perfectly natural state of affairs, then and now. Introducing Western Union “You’ve got a big, fast-growing country, and you’ve got the need for one part of the country to communicate with another, [and] you’ve got a system where lots and lots of private companies spring up to meet that need, and you’ve got all of these different networks,” Standage said. “And that all becomes a bit of a mess, and they gradually all get balled up into this enormous monopoly Western Union by the end of the 19th century.” “Western Union argues that actually it’s great to have a monopoly, because people aren’t wasting time competing with other companies, they just get on with serving customers,” Standage said. Ironically, Standage says, “This is the same sort of argument we heard from Internet giants more recently.” It’s hard to quantify how much the telegraph contributed to Seattle’s economic growth in the 1860s and beyond, but it’s easy to see the impact of the rapid delivery of news from afar. Less than six months after the city was connected, it took just hours for word to reach Seattle on the afternoon of Saturday April 15, 1865 that the man largely responsible for the spread of the telegraph across the United States, had died at the hands of an assassin. Thanks to the telegraph, Seattleites, like Americans everywhere, could mourn the death of President Lincoln in near real-time. More from Feliks Banel

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  • Welcome to Seattle! Oh, what, you’re leaving?Welcome to Seattle! Oh, what, you’re leaving?

    The great writer Wallace Stegner, who once lived in rural Redmond, wrote about settlers in the American West. He said they came in two types, the boomers and the stickers. Boomers came for the boom and then moved on, while stickers came with the intent to dig in and stay. That came to mind reading this Seattle Times story about a survey of newcomers and old-timers in King County. Of newcomers, nearly half (48 percent) think they’ll be out of here in five years or less. These are not stickers. For them, Seattle isn’t an end-point, rather a steppingstone to somewhere else. That makes some sense when you think about tech workers who might want to add Amazon to their resume before moving on to the next job or startup. Plus, much of that workforce is global. It is also in the nature of the tech biz to be self-focused—even Bill Gates, a local, was slow to take local politics and charity seriously, and he came from a family steeped in civic engagement. Another interesting stat: In this survey, only half as many newcomers as long-timers read local newspapers in print or online. That’s partly a change in habits I’m sure—lots of people get their news from Reddit or Twitter links and don’t think of their media consumption in terms of “newspapers.” But it might suggest that they don’t consider local news that relevant to their work or social life, or even their conception of neighborhood, which might be defined more by affinity groups than the people who actually live next door. I was recently interviewed by KIRO-TV about my response to the survey as a Seattle native, and was asked if the nature of people moving here had changed. I think the newcomers now are young, more international and embrace city life. They are pro-growth and think the city is on a good, upward arc. I also guess that they are ambitious professionally. Seattle has also become a kind of model city people want to live in, like Portland, Austin or Denver. Sure, we’re pretty with all the mountains and stuff, but it’s the city people are now attracted to. This contrasts with the people who moved here in, say, the 1980s and early ‘90s, at least in my experience talking with arrivals or people who fantasized about coming here. Back then, the people drawn to Seattle usually voiced a discontent with urban life and wanted to live in a city with more “balance,” less formality, structure and no “rat-race.” Being closer to nature was also a draw. Newcomers now want a different kind of urban life—they’re energized by growth. The old Seattle of escape is now the city of urban and high-tech opportunity. A city that once invited “sticking” is now booming, and attracting like people. The newcomers who “stick” will have a lot to say about where we end up. It’ll be interesting to survey them in 15 years and see how they think it turned out. Unless they’ve all moved on. This column ran in the September issue of Seattle Magazine.

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