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    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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    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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  • Tillerson offers a peek at secret plan to seize nukes if North Korea collapsesTillerson offers a peek at secret plan to seize nukes if North Korea collapses

    The Trump administration indicated last week it had already provided assurances to China’s leadership that if U.S. forces landed in North Korea to search for and deactivate nuclear weapons, the troops would do their work and then retreat.

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  • Earl Thomas says maybe injured Bobby Wagner shouldn’t have played; Wagner says to ‘keep my name out yo mouth’Earl Thomas says maybe injured Bobby Wagner shouldn’t have played; Wagner says to ‘keep my name out yo mouth’

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  • Noah Dickerson, Jaylen Nowell make sure Huskies hang on against Loyola MarymountNoah Dickerson, Jaylen Nowell make sure Huskies hang on against Loyola Marymount

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  • Trump says he is not considering firing MuellerTrump says he is not considering firing Mueller

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  • Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport crippled by power outageAtlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport crippled by power outage

    Please wait for the video to start. A power outage at the world’s busiest airport left thousands of passengers stranded in dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac, as a ground stop for Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International disrupted air travel across the United States. The outage affected all airport operations. Georgia Power said the cause has not yet been determined, though it may have involved a fire that caused extensive damage in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility. The fire impacted substations serving the airport. Atlanta is the heart of the US air transport system, and the disruption led to flight delays and cancellations across the country. More than six hours into the outage, power was restored to one of seven concourses. The utility said it expected full power to be restored by midnight. Watch Video Here are the latest developments: – Nearly 1,000 flights to and from Atlanta have been canceled, according to Flightradar24. – Southwest, American and United airlines canceled operations in and out of Atlanta for the rest of Sunday. – More than 900 Delta mainline and regional flights have been canceled and 48 flights were diverted to other airports. – Flights headed to Atlanta are being held on the ground at their departure airport. – Inbound flights to Atlanta are being diverted, US Customs and Border Protection said. The blackout cut power in the terminals, leaving passengers stranded in the dark as they stood in line at gates and security checkpoints. Brittny Dettro said she was waiting to board a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee when the power went out in Terminal B. She shot this image at 1:10 p.m. ET. People used flashlights on their phones to see where they were going, said passenger Heather Kerwin, an Atlanta resident bound for New York. “There were a few emergency lights on, but it was really dark — felt totally apocalyptic,” she said. “I decided to get the hell out of there.” Some passengers told CNN that airport and airline staff offered no updates as hours passed, leaving people scanning their phones and tablets for information. Stores stopped serving food and passengers were evacuated to alleviate crowding. The outage left passengers sitting in planes on the tarmac for hours. Jodi Green’s Delta flight from the Bahamas landed at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday. As of 7 p.m. she was still on the plane. Green said the pilot told passengers that other flights that had ran out of fuel were evacuated before theirs. Despite the circumstances, she said, order prevailed. “People are calm, laughing, joking,” she said. “I’m amazed I’ve been able to sit here and not lose my mind.” The ground stop led Southwest Airlines to cancel all operations in and out of Atlanta for the rest of the day, spokesman Brian Parrish said. Customers are being offered re-bookings without fare differences, he said. United and American Airlines also suspended operations to and from Atlanta for the rest of Sunday. Delta, which has its headquarters and largest hub in Atlanta, canceled more than 900 Delta mainline and regional flights as a result of the ground stop. Meanwhile, Atlanta Police urged people to stay away from the airport. “We have no injuries, no one is harmed, everyone is safe, everything is orderly,” Sgt. Warren Pickard said. “What we need the public to understand right away is that we need everyone to refrain from coming to the airport.”

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  • Seattle Seahawks suffer most lopsided defeat in CenturyLink Field history - Field GullsSeattle Seahawks suffer most lopsided defeat in CenturyLink Field history - Field Gulls

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  • Possible 10-day suspension for deputy who drew gun on motorcyclistPossible 10-day suspension for deputy who drew gun on motorcyclist

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  • $10K dropped into Salvation Army collection kettle in Portland$10K dropped into Salvation Army collection kettle in Portland

    PORTLAND, Ore. — The Salvation Army received quite a surprise in a collection kettle at a Fred Meyer in northeast Portland Wednesday: $10,000 in cash. One hundred $100 bills were dropped into the kettle at 3030 Northeast Weidler Street. It’s believed to be the largest cash donation ever put in a single Salvation Army kettle in the Portland area, KPTV reports. “It’s incredible,” said Marcos Marquez with The Salvation Army, Portland Moore Street Corps. “Whoever did this knows the good that will come of it; and while we do not know who put the money in the kettle, since the money was all in cash, they should know that we are very grateful to have received such a generous donation.” The Salvation Army said it has raised funds with bell ringers for more than 130 years in Portland and nearly 40 percent of the funds used for the organization’s year-round services comes from the six weeks its red kettles are out. The Salvation Army said wherever money in kettles is gathered is where it will be used, so the $10,000 donation will be used for services in Portland.

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    PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland mom says she bought a can of baby formula from Walmart that wound up being flour. The formula in question is now subject of an FDA investigation and considered by Enfamil to be consistent with a type of retail return fraud. That mother, whom FOX 12 is calling Jane, asked to conceal her identity. Her company does business with Walmart and she’s fearful speaking out might somehow hurt that company. Still, she wants to share this story because she’s concerned other tainted cans of formula might still be out there. Jane tells FOX 12 she walked into the Delta Park Walmart in north Portland in July looking to buy baby formula. She wound up purchasing a 22-ounce can of Enfamil Premium Newborn Powder. Jane said she did not notice anything wrong with the packaging, so she wound up feeding that formula to her 3-week-old daughter. “It seemed really strange because it wasn’t mixing with the water and in fact when you let it sit for too long it was like cement at the bottom of the bottle,” said Jane. The new mom said she had never purchased formula before, but felt something wasn’t right about that powder. She contacted Enfamil to get their advice and was told to send it back to them right away. About a month later, she got word that formula was instead flour. “I mean, just learning about that, I was in shock,” she said. In an email to Jane, an Enfamil employee said the tested powder appeared to be wheat flour and the pouch appeared to be resealed with a resin used in hot glue gun sticks. The email goes on to say there is no flour at the company’s production facility, so employees can’t explain how flour got into that sealed container. Enfamil’s parent company, Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) tells FOX 12 based on its findings this is likely a case of retail return fraud. A complaint has since been filed with the US Food and Drug Administration. Tampering with formula is considered a federal crime. “After talking to the FDA agent assigned to case, she told me the most logical explanation would be that a customer purchased the baby formula at Walmart, took it home, meticulously removed the stickers poured the bag of formula out and replaced it with flour so that she or he could return it, get money back and still have product.” FOX 12 obtained a copy of the FDA’s investigative report into this incident. That report is heavily redacted. Administrators say that’s because certain details in this document may compromise an ongoing criminal investigation. Still, FOX 12 found the FDA has identified similar cases in multiple states across the country involving different varieties of Mead Johnson Nutrition products. “I have so many sleepless nights thinking about other families who are going through this and may not even know about it,” said Jane. MJN tells FOX 12, under its return policy retailers can accept customer returns on formula, but for safety reasons that formula is not supposed to be resold. Instead, retailers can return that product to them for a full credit, or refund. As for what may have gone wrong at the Delta Park Walmart, that’s all still under investigation by the company and the FDA. “It’s sickening,” said Jane. “I just want to be sure that this never happens to anyone else and that if it has already happened that they get to the bottom of this, that’s all I want.” A representative with Walmart corporate communications tells FOX 12 that Walmart does accept customer returns on baby formula, but she would not comment on what happens to that formula after it is returned. That representative claims once staff was made aware of the situation at the Delta Park Walmart, employees examined their supply of Enfamil, but she could not comment on when that was, how employees checked their supply, or if any additional cans were found to be tampered with. Walmart’s official statement from Tara Aston, Senior Manager of National Media Relations is this: “Our customers deserve to shop without worrying about the foods they purchase, and we have policies and procedures in place to help ensure the safety and quality of the products we sell. We take this situation seriously and are continuing to look into what happened.” Answers that bring little comfort to Jane. “My daughter was 3-weeks old when this happened,” said Jane. “This was newborn baby formula, it could have been provided to the most indefensible people out there who cannot communicate they are hurt or sick.” Fortunately, Jane said her daughter seems to be just fine, she was only fed the tainted formula twice. Anyone who thinks they may have purchased a can of tampered formula from Walmart, or anywhere else in the area, Enfamil does want to hear from them. Contact Enfamil at either 1-812-429-6399 or toll-free at 1-800-222-9123. Choose menu option 1 (Product Quality or Safety Concern). Customer service representatives are available Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Central Standard Time, excluding holidays.

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  • Washington state cancels Atlantic salmon farm lease after fish escapeWashington state cancels Atlantic salmon farm lease after fish escape

    SEATTLE — Washington state officials have canceled an Atlantic salmon farm lease belonging to a company that also operates another salmon farm where more than 160,000 adult fish escaped into the Puget Sound last summer. Public Lands State Commissioner Hilary Franz says the decision is final with no room for negotiation, The Seattle Times reported in a story on Sunday. Franz said the Washington Department of Natural Resources will work with Cooke Aquaculture Pacific and other state agencies to complete an orderly shutdown and removal of the farm in Port Angeles. The company also operates a fish farm at Cypress Island where the escape occurred in August. In a news release Sunday, Franz said that after the fish escape she directed her staff to inspect every net pen in the state to make sure the company was meeting its contract and that the state's waters were safe. "It is now clear that Cooke has been violating the lease terms for its Port Angeles net pens," Franz wrote. "In light of this violation, and in fulfillment of my commitment to protect our lands and waters, I am terminating the lease." Franz said the farm is outside the boundaries of its lease and causing a navigation hazard. She also said the company has failed to maintain the salmon farm in a safe condition, posing the risk of another fish escape. The farm currently holds about 700,000 Atlantic salmon. Cooke Aquaculture Pacific spokesman Joel Richardson told the newspaper in an email that the company learned of the lease termination on Friday and is "evaluating their request." Richardson wrote that the notice from the Department of Natural Resources "came as a surprise given the extensive improvements we have been undertaking to the site to ensure compliance, and our efforts to work with DNR to address self-identified issues in a cooperative manner." Of the fish that escaped in August, officials say more than 105,000 remain unaccounted. The Upper Skagit tribe has been catching Atlantic salmon more than three months after the escape some 40 miles up the Skagit River, considered one of the state's Pacific salmon strongholds.

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  • 7-year-old’s heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires flood of donations7-year-old’s heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires flood of donations

    EDINBURG, Texas – A 7-year-old Texas girl’s Christmas wish list has hundreds of people donating after her first-grade teacher shared her humble requests on Facebook. Ruth Espiricueta told KGBT one of her students at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Crystal Pacheco, wrote the letter after a lesson about the difference between wanting and needing something. “I have binde (been) good this day,” Crystal wrote. “This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet.” Espiricueta said she was moved to share the letter after asking Crystal why she thought she wanted food but needed a blanket. “Well, I get to eat at school – sometimes I may not have at home, but I get to eat at school. A blanket I have one, but it’s not warm enough,” her teacher recalled Crystal saying. Espiricueta posted a photo of the letter to Saint Nick on Wednesday, writing: This makes me very sad. When your students ask for food, blankets, or a bed instead of toys As a teacher it breaks my heart when I hear them ask for things that we sometimes take for granted. Hopefully I will be able to fulfill at least one of their Christmas wishes Sine then, hundreds of blankets and other items have been donated to the school, according to KRGV. The school shared a post from one person who says she was touched by the photo and brought toys and blankets but didn’t realize that they were for a girl, not a boy. Nashley Nicole wrote on Facebook: “The heart of this little girl is SO BIG, i didn’t expect to actually meet her but for some reason they asked me to wait and brought her to me. She opened her gift and had the BIGGEST smile in her face, no concern that It was boy stuff! Just a genuine happy smile! God Bless this princess for life, now she has my heart forever!” The school also posted photos of some of the donations, writing, “God bless all the people who donated blankets and toys for the children.” Crystal’s mother told KGBT, “I’m just very emotional and proud of my children, because I raise them to appreciate the little that we have.”

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  • ‘Kitty Bitty’ the stowaway cat from Georgia found in California 5 months later‘Kitty Bitty’ the stowaway cat from Georgia found in California 5 months later

    LOS ANGELES – A feline stowaway discovered riding aboard a big rig in California's Riverside County turned out to belong to a Georgia family who has been missing him since the Fourth of July, officials said Friday. A cat who had been missing from Georgia for six months was discovered riding along with a long-haul trucker in Riverside County. He is seen here in a Jurupa Valley animal shelter on Dec. 15, 2017. (Credit: KTLA) The tabby, named Kitty Bitty, was apparently along for the long haul as a truck driver for Pepsi made the trip out west, according to John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. “We can only surmise he somehow ended up over at a Pepsi facility in the Georgia area, not too far I believe from where this owner lives, and somehow jumped on the back of a truck or on a pallet,” Welsh told KTLA. “Somewhere in that truck the cat was undetected for quite some time.” It’s unclear for how long he was traveling cross country but, because he is so skinny, Welsh believes he was in the truck for at least a few days. He was also suffering from dehydration when he was found but was soon revived with veterinary care. The feline is currently being housed at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. But Animal Services staff are pooling their own money so that he can be flown home to Georgia ahead of the Christmas holiday, Welsh said. Animal Services officials were tipped off to the missing pet's whereabouts by the truck driver. Kitty Bitty's owners were then identified thanks to a tag he had certifying that he received his rabies vaccine. His Georgia family had assumed the worst possible fate befell their pet and were ecstatic to learn he was alive and safe in California following his six-month adventure, Welsh said. This isn't the first time a commuting cat has been discovered by Riverside County Animal Services officials, according to Welsh. A South Carolina cat aboard a U-Haul van was previously turned over to authorities following a state border inspection in Blythe. That pet was also flown back east aboard a jet. “We’re always pleased when we can get the cat back to the owner, even if it takes a cross-country flight to get the cat back home,” Welsh said.

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  • 'We Feel Like Home': Displaced Puerto Ricans Celebrate Traditional Christmas Parranda'We Feel Like Home': Displaced Puerto Ricans Celebrate Traditional Christmas Parranda

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  • From 'This Is Us' To 'Master Of None,' The Year's Groundbreaking TV ShowsFrom 'This Is Us' To 'Master Of None,' The Year's Groundbreaking TV Shows

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  • Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Fly to Seattle for Date and "Are Doing Great" - E! OnlineJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez Fly to Seattle for Date and "Are Doing Great" - E! Online

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  • Gov. Inslee budget addresses teacher pay, carbon tax, orcasGov. Inslee budget addresses teacher pay, carbon tax, orcas

    By Essex Porter, KIRO 7 Gov. Jay Inslee is putting a carbon tax on the table as he lays out his budget for next year. If necessary, the money will go for court-ordered salary increases for teachers. Lawmaker to ‘ignore’ Supreme Court on McCleary Inslee, on Thursday, proposed an additional $950 million for teachers in next year’s budget. Because the State Supreme Court says teacher pay must be sufficient beginning Sept. 2018 instead of Sept. 2019 as the Legislature was planning. The governor says money will come from the state’s rainy-day fund and he proposes a tax on carbon to refill that fund over the next four years, if economic growth doesn’t do the job. “This is a way to get it done to use the reserves that are available in a responsible way, to also having a backstop which is a carbon pricing plan,” said Inslee at a news conference announcing his budget. Supreme Court rules Legislature still failing to fund basic education Senate Republican Mark Schoesler responded, “I am concerned about his willingness to raid the state’s reserves. How is that fiscally responsible? I also worry how the governor’s as-yet-unveiled ‘carbon pricing plan’ would affect family jobs in Washington.” Republican leaders often say they can fully fund education without new taxes. Asked why he can’t, Inslee responded, “Cause I don’t make stuff up. I don’t have phony math. I don’t want to be too judgmental about Republicans right now because I’ve also complimented them because they did manage to find some really great progress on education.” Inslee will also devote more than $100 million to Western State Hospital and a mental health system struggling with homelessness and the opioid crisis. He’s devoting an additional $50 million to pay the bills run up in fighting this year’s wildfires. Inslee is also adding $3.1 million to help orcas survive in Puget Sound. “We know this, unless we intervene aggressively and quickly we could witness the demise of this iconic symbol of the state of Washington.” The overall budget totals $44 billion. Inslee says he’ll release details of his carbon tax or fee in January.

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  • College Basketball Games To Watch: UNC Takes On UT In KnoxvilleCollege Basketball Games To Watch: UNC Takes On UT In Knoxville

    By Steve Silverman Teams are preparing for their conference schedule at this point of year, but the next couple of weeks will see a menu of notable interconference games and holiday tournaments. Once the conference schedules begin in earnest, the games become more competitive and entertaining, but interconference games may be the most informative when making end-of-season judgments about which teams belong in the NCAA tournament and where they should be seeded. Saturday, December 16 Virginia Tech (9-1) at No. 8 Kentucky (8-1), 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2 This is a matchup that should include quite a bit of interconference pride with Virginia Tech representing the ACC and Kentucky serving as the standard bearer in the SEC. Most teams that play at Kentucky are going to have to overcome some degree of nerves and anxiety, but that’s not the way Buzz Williams coaches. If his team is on point, playing on the road will not bother Virginia Tech a bit. Even if the unranked Hokies are going to overcome the home-road intimidation factor, there’s the little matter of talent. Virginia Tech is an overachieving team, and they are led by senior guard Justin Bibbs, who is averaging 17.5 points per game and connecting on 60.0 percent of his shots from the floor. Sophomore forward Kerry Blackshear is not the type to back down. At 6-10 and 260 pounds, he is tough and physical, and he is averaging 13.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have their usual array of big-name freshman stars, and if you haven’t seen freshman forward Hamidou Diallo, watch him here. Diallo is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is joined on the front line by freshman Kevin Knox, who leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.2 points per game. Oklahoma (7-1) at No. 3 Wichita State (8-1), 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2 The Sooners are an exciting, high-scoring team that has a chance to make a statement against highly ranked Wichita State. Oklahoma comes to Charles Koch Arena in Wichita with the leading scorer in the nation. Freshman Trae Young is a phenomenal player who has seemingly made an adjustment to big-time college basketball with ease. Young is averaging 28.8 points a game, and he is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 86.3 percent from the free-throw line. Young is not just a gunner, either. He is constantly looking to make the spectacular pass and is averaging 8.8 assists per night, but he is also turning the ball over nearly four times per game. Junior guard Christian James is a fine complement to Young as he is scoring 12.8 ppg and connecting on 48.8 percent from the field. The only loss on the Shockers’ ledger is a one-point defeat to Notre Dame, and Gregg Marshall’s team has rebounded nicely since then by winning four straight games. Two of those wins came against Baylor and Oklahoma State, and sophomore guard Landry Shamet is leading Wichita State with an average of 16.3 points per night while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Shamet had a foot injury during the summer and there was some talk that he might not be ready to perform at a high level at the start of the season, but those fears were unfounded. Senior forward Darral Willis Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game. Sunday, December 17 No. 7 North Carolina (9-1) at No. 20 Tennessee (7-1), 3 p.m. ET, ESPN The Tar Heels may have lost Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Nate Britt from last year’s national championship team, but Roy Williams has a formidable cast once again. North Carolina’s only defeat was an 18-point trouncing at the hands of No. 2 Michigan State, and this is their first game against a ranked opponent since then. Junior forward Luke Maye has stepped up this year and is averaging 19.9 points and bringing down 10.5 rebounds per night. Senior wing Theo Pinson is a do-it-all type who is handing out 4.4 assists per game and averaging 9.4 ppg. Rick Barnes’ Vols lost a tough nine-point decision to top-ranked Villanova, but his charges have won four straight since then and one of those victories came against North Carolina State. Forward Grant Williams had an impressive freshman season and he is building on that performance as a sophomore. Williams leads the Vols with 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and Barnes counts on him to get the job done on the offensive boards. He is joined on the frontline by 6-4, 235-pound Admiral Schofield, who is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Wednesday, December 20 Evansville (8-2) at No. 4 Duke (11-1), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Give credit to Evansville head coach Marty Evans for swallowing hard and scheduling a road game at Duke. The Purple Aces have performed well to this point, but now they are walking into a level of Coach K’s inferno since the Blue Devils are coming off an 89-84 defeat at Boston College. Dru Smith is averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 assists per game for Evansville, and swingman Blake Simmons is scoring 11.1 points per game. Evans brought in freshman guard Noah Frederking to become a key leader, and he is trying to adjust to the pace of big-time college basketball. The Blue Devils not only lost their last game, they will have had 11 days to think about it. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski was unhappy with the Devils’ defensive effort in that game, so expect a complete reversal here. Freshman Marvin Bagley III may be the best player in the nation by the end of the season, and he is scoring 21.3 points per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the floor. Grayson Allen is having an excellent season too, averaging 17.2 points per night.

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  • State lawmakers discuss how the legislature affects Asian Pacific IslandersState lawmakers discuss how the legislature affects Asian Pacific Islanders

    Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos of the 37th District (third from right); to her left, Michael Itti, Executive Director of the Washington state Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) • Photo by Sam Le The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) hosted a Legislative Report Back with state legislators and community leaders on December 7, to discuss bills in the 2017 legislative session that are important for Asian Pacific Islander communities. Around 60 people attended, rotating through five small discussion circles with Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37th), Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-33rd), Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-11th), Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Director Deborah Jacobs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Directing Attorney Tim Warden-Hertz. The legislators and organization leaders answered questions from participants, presented their priorities for the upcoming year, and discussed the status of bills introduced last year. “What goes on in your backyard is just as important as what goes on in Washington D.C.,” said Michael Itti, executive director of CAPAA, introducing the event. Itti highlighted issues and bills of interest to the Asian Pacific Islander community, including the Voting Rights Act, McCleary decision on education funding, and health equity for Marshall Islanders. Sen. Hasegawa, vice chair of both the Labor & Commerce and Financial Institutions & Insurance committees, said that with both houses of the Legislature now controlled by Democrats, they will be “able to get some good stuff done.” However, Hasegawa also cautioned that it will be important to finish the next legislative session on time. This 2017 Legislature went into three special sessions over disagreements about the budget. One of Hasegawa’s main goals for the 2018 session is to create a publicly owned bank. Currently only one state, North Dakota, has its own bank. Washington state banks with U.S. Bank, and Wall Street gets to reinvest the state’s money and charge fees on it, Hasegawa said. “We lose control of our own tax revenue.” Sen. Bob Hasegawa of the 11th District (fourth from right) • Photo by Sam Le Rep. Gregerson said it’s important that more Asian Pacific Islanders run for political office. Voter turnout would be higher if there were more diverse candidates, she said. “People identify with those who look like them.” Gregerson sponsored the House version of the Voting Rights Act, which would make it easier for disenfranchised communities to take local governments to court, and for cities to switch from electing mostly at-large politicians to voting districts. The hope is that electing representatives by district–as Seattle does for seven of its nine City Council seats–will allow for more minority representation. Similar bills have been considered since the ACLU won a lawsuit against the city of Yakima for voter suppression in 2014. While the city is around 40 percent Hispanic, it had never elected a single Latino to the City Council in the 37 years its electoral system had existed. The ruling stipulated that City Council candidates would only need to win a majority of their geographically-based district, instead of an at-large majority. The Washington state voting rights bill stalled in the Senate after passing the House this year, but could be reintroduced. Warden-Hertz of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project said there was room to make a difference locally despite the negative rhetoric nationally surrounding immigration issues. “There’s reason to be gloomy but there’s also a lot of energy for organizing,” he said. Warden-Hertz listed priorities for the organization including the Keep Washington Working Act, which would limit how much data law enforcement could collect regarding immigration status, and prevent federal agencies from using state resources to arrest undocumented immigrants. Another priority for the organization is to procure state funding for legal defense, so that people facing deportation who can’t afford a lawyer can still receive legal representation. The organization is also focused on responding to a potential increase in deportations of Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants, as the Trump administration pressures other countries to accept more deportees, Warden-Hertz said. “They’re looking for all these little things they can do to deport more people.” Rep. Mia Gregerson of the 33rd District (center) • Photo by Sam Le OLEO Director Deborah Jacobs discussed the shooting of Tommy Le in explaining the role of the police oversight committee of King County. Le, 20, was killed by King County deputies who shot him twice in the back. While the King County Sheriff’s office originally reported that Le was holding what they believed was a knife, a spokesperson later said that Le was holding a pen when he was killed. An inquest into Le’s death is scheduled for May, but Jacobs said it’s an insufficient process that needs improvement. “Even though you have a public airing, it doesn’t get you what you want,” she said. The OLEO also tracks data on use of force, gives feedback to the sheriff on policy, and certifies investigations on their thoroughness and fairness. “We go through [finished investigations] with a fine-tooth comb,” she said. Rep. Santos, who chairs the House education committee, said the McCleary decision–the 2012 State Supreme Court finding that Washington was failing its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education–would be a high priority for 2018. The Legislature approved a plan allocating additional funding to K-12 education, but the court said it will still be short roughly $1 billion before the 2018 deadline. Santos said the state should stop funding education based on how long a student spends in class, calling this a system created for an 18th century agrarian society. Instead the state should focus on competency and mastery, she said. Lawmakers discussed the importance of greater civic engagement and representation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in leadership. Hasegawa said he feels burdened as one of the only people of color in the state Senate. The Voting Rights Act will help address the issue of representation, he said. Santos said it’s important for people to cultivate an “ethos of service,” and that running for office should not be the end goal. “People whose objective is to run for office, it’s all about them,” she said. They tend to use the office as a stepping stone and move on, instead of serving the needs of their constituents. But many Asian-Americans, particularly women, have a cultural inhibition to activism and politics, Santos said, quoting the Japanese saying: “The nail that sticks up gets hammered.” “We have a community responsibility to create the understanding that running for public office is a step for public service…not ego,” said Santos. Knocking on doors and asking for money is harder to do for yourself than on someone else’s behalf, said Rep. Gregerson. Young people can get their start in public service by first identifying an issue or organization they’re passionate about. The legislature will convene on January 8 for the 60-day 2018 session. While this is a shorter session for a non-budget year, the legislature last year did not pass a capital budget, which funds new construction and improvement projects, including schools. You can read CAPAA’s 2017 list of bills to track, many of which may be reintroduced in the next legislative session, here.  For more news, click here

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  • Fantasy Football Week 15 Starts And SitsFantasy Football Week 15 Starts And Sits

    By Matt Citak If you are reading this, that means your fantasy football season is still alive. You are one win away from making your league’s championship, and CBS Local Sports is here to help you make it to the big game. The NFL came out of Week 14 relatively healthy, with the injury to Carson Wentz being the only significant one to occur (for fantasy purposes). For those fantasy owners who had been riding Wentz’s stellar play all season, don’t fret. There should be several solid QB streaming options for you to choose from this week. Remember, you only need to win two more games in order to make it to the Promised Land aka a fantasy championship. With that in mind, here are CBS Local Sports Week 15 Starts and Sits. Starts QB: Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings What else does Keenum have to do before people start considering him an actual fantasy option? Going up against one of the best defenses in the league last week in the Carolina Panthers, the veteran quarterback threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while adding five rushes for 40 yards. It marked Keenum’s third consecutive outing with at least two touchdowns and 225 passing yards, and the fifth time in the last six games he’s accomplished this feat. Keenum has been playing the best football of his life this season, and will keep it up this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed an opposing quarterback to finish with over 18 fantasy points in three straight games, including two against rookie quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Mitchell Trubisky. Keenum will lead the Vikings to a big victory in a game Minnesota needs to remain in the hunt for a first round bye. Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images QB: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars Yup you are reading this correctly- Bortles is on this week’s start list. Just look at his last two games. Against the Colts in Week 13, Bortles completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 27 yards on the ground. You can argue that the Colts defense is awful, which would be a valid argument. But Bortles followed that performance up with 268 passing yards (with a 66.7 completion percentage), two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Seahawks in Week 14. Seattle lost Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, but they still have a solid defense. The Jaguars take on the Texans and their No. 26 ranked pass defense this week, making Bortles a legitimate streaming option for those looking for a replacement for Carson Wentz or Marcus Mariota. QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers Garoppolo has only started two games since being acquired by the 49ers, but he has provided San Francisco with a lot of hope. The 26-year-old quarterback has thrown for 627 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in those starts and has completed 65.7 percent of his passes. Those aren’t the most amazing stats, but considering he was just traded to San Francisco a month and a half ago, the 49ers will take it. Garoppolo has shown a ton of poise in the pocket, and seems to be developing a nice chemistry with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (see more below). The Titans aren’t the easiest matchup, but with Marcus Mariota banged up, the 49ers could find themselves with good field position throughout Sunday’s game. Garoppolo offers nice streaming appeal in Week 15. RB: Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens After not being able to find the end zone in any of his first nine games with the Ravens, Collins has been on a tear over the last four weeks. The second-year back has scored in each of his last four games (five touchdowns total) while finishing with at least 57 yards from scrimmage in each as well. But the last two weeks have been especially impressive for the back out of Arkansas. In matchups against the Steelers and Lions, Collins has racked up 33 carries for 195 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, along with four receptions for 69 yards, and has looked untouchable with the ball in his hands. The Ravens will play the winless Browns this week, with Baltimore needing a win to remain in the playoff picture. Cleveland has allowed an opposing running back to score double digit fantasy points seven times in the last six games, and just allowed rookie RB Jamaal Williams to finish with 27 fantasy points. Game flow should play in Collins’ favor this week, and should lead to another strong outing for the Baltimore running back. Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images RB: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers Speaking of Williams, how can you not start the rookie after his last three games? Williams has picked up 228 yards and three touchdowns on the ground during that span, while adding 13 receptions for 148 yards and an additional two touchdowns. Keep in mind that all of those stats came with Brett Hundley as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. The big news this week is the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers’ starting lineup, which should do wonders for the team’s offense. With Rodgers under center, Williams has a chance to finish his rookie campaign off in epic fashion. The Panthers are by no means an easy matchup, but with Rodgers back on the field, Carolina will be unable to stack the box expecting the run. Williams has also proven his abilities as a receiver, and could pick up a lot of the looks that Ty Montgomery was getting earlier in the season. The rookie could end up being a borderline RB1 for the final two weeks if Rodgers can stay healthy. RB: Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks Davis has been able to do something that no other Seattle running back had been able to do following the injury to Chris Carson in Week 4- bring some stability to the Seahawks’ running game. Davis has two consecutive games of 15+ carries for 60+ yards, and while that may not sound that impressive, it came against two of the NFL’s best defenses in the Eagles and Jaguars. The Week 15 matchup between the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams figures to be a high-scoring affair, and with the Rams rush defense struggling like it has all season, Davis is in a great position to go off. Los Angeles ranks 28th in rushing yards allowed per game (124.1) and tied for 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed (12). As long as he can recover from the rib injury he suffered towards the end of the Jaguars game, Davis should make a solid RB2 against the Rams on Sunday. WR: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers This should be obvious with the way he performed with Hundley under center, but in case you were considering getting cute and benching Adams this week, don’t. The fourth-year receiver has posted 19 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games with Hundley as quarterback, including securing 10 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14. Adams is one of the only members of the Packers’ offense that actually produced more with Hundley than with Rodgers. Let’s be clear though- Adams was the only pass-catcher to truly succeed with Hundley running the offense. Adams still caught touchdowns in three of the five games he played with Rodgers as the quarterback, and should revert back to WR1 value now that his MVP signal-caller is back. Forget about the matchup against the Panthers and fire Adams up in your lineup. WR: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns If you somehow haven’t realized this already, I’m going to lay it out in simple terms: Josh Gordon is an every-week fantasy starter. Gordon enjoyed his first touchdown in nearly four years this past Sunday when he caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. This comes one week after he reeled in four receptions for 85 yards against the Chargers’ incredibly stingy secondary. From those two games alone, Gordon has jumped all the way up to No. 23 in fantasy points per game among wide receivers. The 26-year-old is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound monster that has already proven he can easily soar over defenders to make a catch. This week’s matchup against the Ravens may seem tough on paper, but Baltimore has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers since Week 10. As long as the offensive line can give Kizer some time in the pocket, Gordon is in a good position to have his first huge game since returning to the league. Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images WR: Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers The connection between Goodwin and Garoppolo is real. Since the latter took over as the team’s starting quarterback two weeks ago, the former has ranked 12th among wide receivers in fantasy points. Goodwin has caught 14-of-20 targets for 205 yards over the last two games, and while he hasn’t scored a touchdown with Garoppolo yet, that is bound to change as the quarterback becomes more accustomed with Kyle Shanahan’s offense. The Titans have been allowing a lot of fantasy points to wide receivers over the last six weeks, which bodes well for Goodwin’s fantasy outlook this week. Look for Goodwin to produce as a WR3 with high upside this week. TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys Witten has scored a touchdown in each of Dallas’ last two games. However, those touchdown catches were his only receptions in each game… The veteran tight end’s production has been very inconsistent this season. Witten has just one reception in four of the Cowboys’ last six games. But in each of the other two contests during that span, the 35-year-old recorded seven receptions. A few of those one-reception games can be blamed on Dallas’ overall struggles on offense since losing Ezekiel Elliott, but still, starting Witten does not come without risks. But his Week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders is an appealing one, as Oakland has allowed a tight end to catch at least six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in three of their last five games. Starting Witten would definitely be a gamble, but it’s one that could end up paving your way to your league’s fantasy championship game. Credit: Elsa/Getty Images TE: Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders Cook is coming off one of his best outings of the season, catching 5-of-6 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Oakland’s 15-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It certainly was a promising sign for the veteran tight end, but after two consecutive one-reception outings, it may seem tough to trust Cook. But the 30-year-old’s matchup in Week 15 makes him a solid play at a position that hasn’t provided many consistent options this season. Dallas is averaging five receptions for 53 yards allowed per game to opposing tight ends, and are allowing tight ends to catch 68.6 percent of their targets this year. The Raiders are still in the playoff hunt, but need a win over the Cowboys on Sunday night to keep them afloat. Look for them to exploit Dallas’ weaknesses, which could mean a big night for Cook. Sits QB: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans This is Mariota’s third season in the NFL, and prior to Week 1, many people believed the quarterback out of Oregon would take a big step in his development this year and possibly join the elite group of quarterbacks. Well we are 14 weeks into the season, and that is certainly not the case. Mariota enters Week 15 having thrown for 2,582 yards and just 10 touchdowns to go along with 14 interceptions. His Passer Rating of 76.9 is the lowest of his short career, and his recent injuries are likely to cause that number to drop even more before the end of the season. Mariota has not thrown for 185 yards in any of Tennessee’s last three games, and has a 3:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four contests. Mariota still has a bright career ahead of him, but he is not going to lead you to your fantasy league’s championship game this year. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers If Mariota ranks No. 1 on the list of this season’s disappointing, young quarterbacks, than Winston is a close No. 2. Appearing in just 10 games thus far, Winston has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,475 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while fumbling the ball away four times. The Buccaneers have a nonexistent run game, which forces the offense to lean heavily on Winston’s arm. The third-year quarterback has shown flashes of his potential this season, but has been unable to perform well on a weekly basis. This has made him incredibly frustrating for fantasy purposes. Tampa Bay will welcome the Falcons to town on Monday night, and with Desmond Trufant leading the secondary, Atlanta’s defense has looked much improved lately. I would not want my fantasy season coming down to the arm of Winston this week. QB: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins Don’t get me wrong, Cutler looked downright impressive against the Patriots on Monday Night Football. The former Vanderbilt quarterback threw for 263 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champions. The veteran dismantled New England’s defense, but don’t think that necessarily means his performance will carry over to Week 15. Miami will face off against the Bills at New Era Field on Sunday. Since Week 10, the Bills have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. In fact, they have only allowed one quarterback to reach 20 fantasy points all season (Winston in Week 7). And as we saw last week, there is always a chance for extreme conditions when playing in Buffalo in December. Stay away from Cutler this week. RB: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans One could easily argue that no player has been affected more by the torn ACL to Deshaun Watson than Lamar Miller. Over his last four games, Miller has not averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry, all while receiving 15-22 carries in each of those games. With Tom Savage under center, teams have been stacking the box against Houston, and it’s hard to think that will change this week against the Jaguars. Jacksonville comes into this Week 15 matchup with the league’s top-ranked pass defense, and with guys like Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Barry Church in the secondary, the Jaguars can afford to put an extra guy or two in the box. Jacksonville is going to force the Texans to throw the ball and win the game on the Savage’s arm. Even if he receives 20+ carries, Miller could be in for a very long day. Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images RB: Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans With the way Mariota and Murray have been playing this season, it’s very surprising that the Titans are 8-5 and currently hold the first Wild Card spot. The veteran running back has run for just 552 yards this year, and his 6.0 yards per carry in Week 13 was the first time he averaged over 3.3 yards per carry since Week 5. Adding to Murray’s gloomy outlook is the fact that he and Derrick Henry eat into each other’s snaps and touches. While Murray played on 47 of the Titans’ 60 offensive snaps in their loss to Arizona this past weekend, it’s his younger teammate that has scored a touchdown in two consecutive games. The 49ers have given up just 3.7 yards per carry to running backs since Week 8, and have done a solid job at limiting opposing running backs altogether during this stretch. Murray is a very risky play this week. RB: Giovanni Bernard/Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals As of right now, it’s unclear whether or not Mixon will make it back onto the field in time for Cincinnati’s Week 15 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. But whether it’s the rookie or Bernard leading the way for the Bengals on Sunday, you should avoid this situation at all costs. Minnesota is allowing the fewest running back fantasy points per game this season. Yes, Jonathan Stewart scored three touchdowns against them last week, but prior to that surprise performance, Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell were the only two running backs to reach double digit fantasy points against the Vikings in the last seven games. Bernard has looked great filling in for Mixon over the last game and a half, but he is unlikely to carry that momentum into this daunting matchup. I’m avoiding all Bengals besides A.J. Green in this one. WR: Robby Anderson, New York Jets Anderson has surprised everyone this season, catching 52 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in the first 13 games of the season. But all of that production came from the arm of Josh McCown, who broke his hand last week and will be forced to watch the rest of the season from the sidelines. Next up for the Jets is Bryce Petty, who has looked awful every time he has stepped onto the field in his short NFL career. To make matters worse, the Jets face the Saints in New Orleans in Week 15. New Orleans has given up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the last two months. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley lead the Saints’ new-look defense, and will likely torture Petty throughout Sunday’s contest. Anderson has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, but will be difficult to trust in the fantasy semifinals. Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Evans’ fourth season in the NFL can be described as nothing short of a bust. The 6-foot-5 receiver has caught just 55 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns, and has been unable to hit the 100-yard mark even once all year. Evans hasn’t found the end zone since Week 7, which was also the last time he had more than six receptions in a game. Tampa Bay’s last two games have been some of the worst for the big receiver, as he combined for four receptions for 58 yards on 11 targets. The problem with those numbers is that they came with Jameis Winston back under center. Evans will need to be targeted more than 5.5 times to make a difference, and that might be difficult this week. The Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, meaning Evans will see plenty of coverage from Desmond Trufant. While he did catch 6 passes for 78 yards against Atlanta a few weeks ago, his production has been too inconsistent to rely on. You likely aren’t benching Evans, but expectations should be lowered for this matchup. WR: Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins Doctson was supposed to take over the Redskins offense after Terrelle Pryor and Chris Thompson were both placed on injured reserve. While he has been able to reach the end zone a couple of times in the three games since, he has not topped 35 receiving yards while totaling just eight receptions during that span. With the Redskins taking on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, there’s a good chance Doctston sees shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Peterson is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and has shut down some of the league’s best wide receivers. Doctson does not fall under that category, and will be in for a very rough day if Peterson does indeed shadow him. TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Olsen’s return to the field excited many fantasy owners, myself included. But in the two games the talented tight end has appeared in since returning from a foot injury, he has only been able to catch 1-of-4 targets for a measly 10 yards. It might be tough to bench Olsen because of his name alone, but a win this week takes you into your league’s championship. With his fantasy floor being as low as it is, the 32-year-old is very hard to trust this week. Add in the fact that the Green Bay Packers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy PPR points per game to opposing tight ends, and this seems like a week to leave Olsen on your bench. The one good sign is that Carolina used Olsen on 92 percent of their offensive snaps last week. If he can put up a solid performance on Sunday, then he would be a strong play next week at home against the Buccaneers. TE: Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins Davis had a stellar stretch from Weeks 3 through 7 where he either caught a touchdown or 65+ receiving yards in four consecutive games filling in for the injured Jordan Reed. However he has not had much luck since then. Davis caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown last week, making it only his second touchdown of the season and his first since Week 3. In his last three contests, the veteran tight end has been targeted just nine times, catching four of them for a mere 41 yards (including receiving zero targets against the Giants on Thanksgiving night). Davis has simply been too inconsistent lately. With the possibility of him finishing with one or zero catches, it would be a big risk starting him in such an important week. Credit: Elsa/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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  • CBS Sports’ Bill Cowher On Week 15 Patriots-Steelers MatchupCBS Sports’ Bill Cowher On Week 15 Patriots-Steelers Matchup

    By Matt Citak Week 15 provides us with one of the best matchups of the season, as the New England Patriots will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. This late-season clash between the AFC’s top two teams has a lot riding on it, as the winner will likely get home-field advantage and the No. 1 seed in the conference. New England enters this game with a 10-3 record after the Miami Dolphins upset the AFC East-leading Patriots, 27-20, on Monday night, snapping an eight-game winning streak. While it’s tough to blame one area of the team, it was clear that the Patriots’ offense was overmatched by the Dolphins’ defense. New England is tied with New Orleans for a league-leading 400 total yards of offense per game, but mustered only 248 total yards of offense. Tom Brady was sacked just twice, but ended up on the ground many times, as the Dolphins found ways to blitz and get to the All-Pro quarterback. Brady wound up completing 24-of-43 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, finishing with an uncharacteristically low passer rating of 59.5. However in Week 15, the Patriots will get tight end Rob Gronkowski (suspended) back on the field, which should help put the whole offense back on track. Not only does Gronkowski open up the passing game for Brady and the other pass-catchers, but he is great in both run and pass protection. Bill Belichick will be thrilled. While New England failed to win their ninth consecutive game last week, the Steelers extended their own a hot streak. Pittsburgh clinched the AFC North after coming back from a 31-20 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat their division rival Baltimore Ravens, 39-38, on Sunday night. It was an amazing performance by both offensive units, combining for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense. Ben Roethlisberger led the offensive attack for the Steelers, finishing the game with 506 passing yards and two touchdowns. His performance, one of the strongest of his 14-year career, made him the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times. Pittsburgh was also aided by big outings from Antonio Brown (11 receptions for 213 yards), Le’Veon Bell (125 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns), and Chris Boswell (4-4 on field goals, 3-3 on extra points), as Pittsburgh’s “Killer B’s” attack stepped up in a big divisional showdown. This Week 15 battle between two of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL is sure to be among the most exciting games of the 2017 season. Pittsburgh is looking for revenge after the Patriots beat them 36-17 in last year’s AFC title game in Foxborough. In nine career games (including the postseason) against the Tom Brady-led Patriots (Brady missed the 2008 contest), Roethlisberger is 2-7, with the last win occurring back in 2011. THE NFL TODAY analyst Bill Cowher weighed in on this week’s Patriots-Steelers matchup, which will be called by CBS’s lead broadcast team, featuring play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo, and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. >>WATCH: The NFL ON CBS All Access – Try It Free Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – 4:25 PM ET Sunday – CBS CBS Local Sports: The Patriots are coming off one of their weakest offensive performances in recent memory. What does their Monday-night loss show about the importance of Rob Gronkowski to the offense? Bill Cowher: He’s a weapon that brings balance to their offense. It was an unusual night for Tom Brady and his inability to convert third downs, which never allowed the offense to get in sync. That was as rare of a third-down performance as you are going to see from a Tom Brady-led offense. Rob Gronkowski is back, and he will be another weapon for Brady, especially in the red zone and particularly on third downs. He will be a big lift to an offense that needs it at this point. CBS Local Sports: We know Tom Brady will come into this game looking for a big bounce-back performance. But after gaining just 25 yards on 10 rushes against Miami, how important is it for New England to establish the run game against Pittsburgh? Bill Cowher: With New England, their run game can come from the short-passing game as well. You never know what you’re going to get with the New England offense under Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. It could be no-huddle. It could be a fullback in the backfield. That’s the one thing you know… from Pittsburgh’s standpoint, you have to be ready to respond and adjust, because there are things you are going to see that you’re not prepared for. That’s… who New England is. They design a game plan, week in and week out, which can vary differently. These two teams have a familiarity with each other. It will be interesting to see the chess match unfold and how patient one team can be. Making adjustments will be a big key to being successful. Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images CBS Local Sports: Ben Roethlisberger just threw for over 500 yards on his way to an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. How will he keep up this level of play against New England’s defense, which has looked much improved over the last two months? Bill Cowher: New England’s defense has gotten better since Week 2. They played very well during the team’s eight-game winning streak that came to an end on Monday night. From Ben’s standpoint, he has to be patient. He has a healthy offensive line. He will get JuJu Smith-Schuster back this week in the slot. Martavis Bryant will play opposite Antonio Brown. Again, they have a familiarity with each other. The key will be Ben’s approach to this game. He must be patient enough to run the ball when needed. At the same time, he can find AB. But he also has other weapons, as well. The one thing Ben has been doing a really good job of is spreading the ball around. He’s been patient, hitting check-downs and moving the chains. The patience will be a big part of it, and situational football will play a large part in being successful. [He’ll have to] convert third downs and score touchdowns in the red zone, and not settle for field goals. CBS Local Sports: There is no doubt that emotions will be running high for the Steelers on Sunday. But after racking up six penalties for 101 yards in Sunday night’s win over Baltimore, how will Mike Tomlin keep his team focused and disciplined in this weekend’s matchup? Bill Cowher: It’s a football team that plays with a lot of emotion. They know the importance of this game. These are two of the top teams in the AFC, and, quite frankly, they could meet again in the playoffs. The winner of this game could determine where that game is played. Everyone knows what the implications are with this game. But at the same time, the ability to stay focused and control your emotions has a lot to do with it. These are two good teams, and you can’t beat yourself with foolish penalties. You have to respond and overcome the ones that happen before the whistle. Playing good situational football, being aware of where you are on the field, and not letting emotions get the best of you will be a big part of this game. This is a football team that’s been very focused. We saw the response after the injury to Ryan Shazier, who’s been very inspirational to this football team. So we’ll see. The most important thing for both of these teams is to play with discipline, focus, and be ready to try to seize each opportunity as it comes. Again, you don’t want to turn the football over, and you have to play good situational football. 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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  • More than 2.5 million travelers will pass through Sea-Tac Airport over holidaysMore than 2.5 million travelers will pass through Sea-Tac Airport over holidays

    Sea-Tac Airport expects more than 2.5 million travelers to pass through its doors between Dec. 15 and Jan. 2, 2018, making it the most crowded holiday travel season it will have ever experienced. Sea-Tac will be America’s ninth-busiest airport during the holiday season, according to the Port of Seattle. An estimated 2,507,200 travelers will arrive, depart, or connect through the airport. RELATED: Sea-Tac turning to robots to speed up travel times “The busiest time is really the morning,” said Perry Cooper with Sea-Tac Airport. “That’s when the majority of our flights are outbound … we have our first lines begin from 4-4:30 in the morning as people are looking at 5:30-6 a.m. flights to get out on. You’ll see checkpoint lines busy up until noon.” Most traveled days will be: Friday, Dec. 22: 157,800 travelers Thursday, Dec. 21: 154,900 travelers Friday, Dec. 15: 152,500 travelers Least traveled days will be: Sunday Dec. 31: 99,700 travelers Monday, Jan. 1: 108,700 travelers Sunday, Dec. 24: 109,200 travelers The projections are considerably larger than just one year ago when the Port of Seattle estimated that about 135,000 travelers would move through the airport on each of its busiest days. That was the sixth consecutive year that the airport hit a new high record for travelers. If 2017 beats that, it means the airport hits a new record. While the holidays are busy, the busiest time to travel through Sea-Tac is during the summer season.

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  • Aaron Murray: Georgia’s Best Defense Against Oklahoma Will Be Their OffenseAaron Murray: Georgia’s Best Defense Against Oklahoma Will Be Their Offense

    Ryan Mayer The college football bowl season kicks off this Saturday afternoon with the Celebration Bowl, featuring Grambling and North Carolina A&T. After that, the 39 bowl games featuring FBS teams kick off and it’s two-plus straight weeks of postseason college football action. Football will be played on every day of the week (outside of New Year’s Eve) leading up to the College Football Playoff semifinal games that will take place on New Year’s Day. There will be plenty of discussion over the next couple weeks about which bowl match-up is the best, and who has the edge in the semifinal games. To help break it down for you, we caught up with former Georgia Bulldogs QB and current CBS Sports college football analyst, Aaron Murray. Quarterback McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights. (Credit: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) >>MORE: Get Your 2017 College Football Bowl Picks CBS Local Sports: Bowl season is here, as you look across the slate of games outside of the two semifinal match-ups, which bowl sticks out to you as the most intriguing? Aaron Murray: The one that I’m really looking forward to is the UCF-Auburn game. This UCF team has shown that they are a really good football team by going undefeated this year, 12-0. But [it is] going against an Auburn team that is still one of the best teams in the country. They’re big, they’re fast, they’re physical. This UCF team is going to get a chance to prove why they, in years to come, may be… one of those teams [to get] into a playoff eventually. They’ll have their chance to prove why they belong with the big boys when they play Auburn in Atlanta in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. CBS Local Sports: Glad you mentioned UCF, because they were part of the coaching carousel this year, with Scott Frost moving to Nebraska and Josh Heupel taking over in his stead. What did you think of the hire? Aaron Murray: I love it. Everyone ended up in a great place. Obviously, Scott Frost did a tremendous job in his couple of years at UCF, taking a team that had 0 wins in 2015, getting them to six wins last year and then going undefeated this year. The turnaround there is awesome, and he (Frost) has left some great players behind. They (UCF) are stacked with talent on both sides of the football. For a new coach, that’s what you want. You want to come to a team that’s undefeated; that’s not a bad gig to come in to. Then you add in the fact that you’re in Florida, with the amount of talent that is in that state. You look around Florida too, and Florida State is a little bit down, Florida is a little bit down, Miami is getting better and better, but they’re in a good spot right now to recruit some guys, maybe some of the second-tier guys that people may not give a chance. You can get them there. There’s just so much talent all throughout the state of Florida that they’re going to be in a good spot with that new coaching staff coming in. Baker Mayfield, quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners. (Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) CBS Local Sports: Is there a player that you’re particularly excited to watch this bowl season? Aaron Murray: For me, I’m interested to see Baker Mayfield, what he does after winning the Heisman. Everyone always says there’s a little bit of a Heisman curse or jinx or whatever it is. Just the amount of media and distractions that he’s having to deal with this week and next week leading up to their game versus Georgia. I’m interested to see how he handles it. That’s one of the big things for him, not so much what he does on the football field and playing-wise, but rather some of his antics off the field and during games. There’s going to be a lot of distractions. A lot of people grabbing him, dragging him from one place to the next. He has to make sure he stays focused because he’s going against a really talented Georgia defense. Interested to see how he handles the whole spotlight. He’s been in the spotlight, but now you’ve got that Heisman on your back a little bit, and that just makes the bullseye a little bit bigger. CBS Local Sports: Let’s get to that game, the Bulldogs won the SEC championship by dominating Auburn on the ground. How do you think that rushing attack will do against a Sooners defense that has acquitted itself well in big games this year? Aaron Murray: The Sooners defense has played well in big games. It’s funny, because you watch some games with Oklahoma — the Oklahoma State game in particular — and it looks like 7-on-7 out there, throwing it back and forth. It was comical. But then, you look at the fact that they played TCU well in both games, giving up 20 points and 17 points respectively. West Virginia, they gave up 31, but that’s a high-powered offense for West Virginia, so that’s pretty good. And, early in the year, they shut Ohio State down. You just don’t know what you’re going to get from their defense. They haven’t faced an offense like Georgia yet this year. Both teams defensively haven’t faced the types of offenses they’re going to see in this game before. Oklahoma really hasn’t faced a ground-and-pound team like Georgia. Most of the Big 12 teams are going to spread you out and pass the ball. Georgia is more traditional, get in the I-formation, run it and then go play-action from there. On the flip side, Georgia defensively really hasn’t seen a spread offense, vertical passing game like Oklahoma has. Auburn is a little bit similar, but they’re still heavy run-first with Kerryon Johnson to set up the play-action, and let Jarrett Stidham throw it from there. So both defenses are going to have a challenge because they really haven’t seen it much this season. The good thing is they do have a month to prep and get ready for these unique offenses. For Georgia, the biggest key for them… their best defense against Oklahoma is going to be their offense. Can they stay on the field? Can they run the ball? Can they eat up the clock? Because it’s hard, with Baker, the Sooners offensive line, and the speed they have at receiver, to really slow that offensive powerhouse down once they’re on the field. Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers, left, and head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images) CBS Local Sports: In the other semifinal, it’s the rematch. The third time we’ll have seen Clemson play Alabama in the College Football Playoff, but this time it’s in a semifinal as opposed to the national championship game. What do you see when you look at this year’s version of both teams? Aaron Murray: I tell you what, Alabama is a scary football team right now. They should be healthier, I don’t know how completely healthy they will be. And teams nowadays aren’t really ever completely healthy this time of year. But, they had the week off, they didn’t have to play in the conference championship game. They have the shortest distance to travel for a bowl game, only having to head down to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. And they’re hungry. They have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, so they’re going to be a dangerous football team. But Clemson, besides the Syracuse game, they’ve looked really good. Kelly Bryant has gotten better and better each week as a passer. He had a tremendous game throwing the ball against Miami, who has a really good defense, a team that has been getting turnovers all year long, especially interceptions. Bryant looked great against them. It’s going to be fun. The big difference is going to be how Hurts plays for Alabama. Can he play the type of mistake-free football that he’s played all year with only the one interception? Can he utilize his legs is another big question. For both of these defenses, it’s about how can you contain these quarterbacks and keep them in the pocket and make them beat you with their arms. If either one of them gets out of the pocket, and can break down a secondary to where they’re having to say, ‘do I stay with my coverage, or do I get off my coverage to go try and stop a running quarterback?’ That really puts those guys in a predicament. It’s all going to be about containing those guys, and both of these teams have tremendous front fours.

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  • Woman hit and killed by car while walking in RedmondWoman hit and killed by car while walking in Redmond

    A 70-year-old woman was killed while walking in Redmond on Friday morning. Redmond police say the woman was hit by a car in the 11400 block of Avondale Road around 4 a.m. All lanes of Avondale Road have reopened after two hours of closures. KIRO 7 reports the woman was not walking in a crosswalk when she was hit. Police believe the driver, who remained at the scene, was not impaired at the time of the incident, according to KIRO 7.

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  • How breastfeeding led to another lawsuit from a Seattle police captainHow breastfeeding led to another lawsuit from a Seattle police captain

    The city tried to settle the lawsuit quickly and quietly, but the police veteran who brought the case turned the offer down. Now Seattle is somewhere it would prefer not to be: facing another retaliation lawsuit from within its police department. This time, the case involves a woman who believes she was discriminated against for pumping breast milk; a then-lieutenant who offered her help; and a captain who is accused of blocking his promotion for doing so. Captain Greg Sackman, a 20-plus-year veteran, filed the suit. Without a settlement, the case is set to go to trial Feb. 5 in King County Superior Court.  It will be the second time the Seattle Police Department’s internal tensions will be aired publicly since a 2016 retaliation lawsuit against Chief Kathleen O’Toole ended in a $2.8 million verdict against the City.  Both cases offer a look inside a police department that’s often painted as monolithic but is, in fact, marred by politics, drama and discontent that can be found in any large organization.  And while the alleged incident occurred several years ago, the resolution of the case arrives at a time when the treatment of women in the workplace is being scrutinized at an all-time high. The case started in 2014. Sackman was then a lieutenant in the city’s North Precinct and Tami Domico had been working as an administrative assistant in the precinct for seven years.  According to the claim, Domico complained to Sackman that she was experiencing “hostility and discrimination. . .due to her recent pregnancy” from her then-Captain David Emerick. Sackman suggested she be reclassified to a different position, which he apparently believed would help her get out from a hostile work environment, according to the claim. Emerick — Domico’s boss — was away on vacation, but when he returned to the precinct he became angry, according to court documents. He allegedly called Domico “lazy” and criticized her for “spending time pumping breast milk, among other things.”  Using breastfeeding as a reason to not promote someone is illegal. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, “Any employee who is breastfeeding her child shall be provided paid breaks to express breast milk for her nursing child each time the employee has such a need, for up to one year after the child’s birth. Such lactation breaks must be of reasonable length and frequency.” Domico told Sackman she felt she was being discriminated against and told Sackman she planned to file an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against Emerick. Sackman, according to court documents, said he felt “duty bound” to be a witness on Domico’s behalf. Domico’s discrimination complaint was upheld in 2015, according to court documents. “The EEO investigation specifically lauded Sackman for having been the only member of management to seek a solution by suggesting the job reclassification to help Ms. Domico,” Sackman’s lawyer, Alex Higgins, wrote in court documents. Sackman, according to his claim, says Capt. Emerick repeatedly retaliated against him because he supported Domico and her discrimination suit. He also began losing out on meaningful assignments and chances to serve in leadership positions, he says.  Most salient, when a promotion opportunity became available, Sackman alleges he was intentionally passed over, despite ranking fourth in his civil service exams. In recent court filings, Sackman also adds that he believes his status as an Army veteran is being used against him.  Sackman has something of his own personnel history. In 2007, the City awarded $185,000 to a man whom Sackman had arrested, punching and kicking him as he did. He avoided discipline only because the 180-day statute of limitations had expired. The City Attorney’s Office would not comment on pending litigation. But in its court filing, the City denied Sackman’s accusations. “The City undertook all employment actions at issue for legitimate, non-retaliatory reasons,” it reads. Sackman was later promoted to Captain of the North Precinct. (Among his duties: tours to a small group of activists and journalists.) Both Domico and Emerick, the captain, continue to work in the department. Going to trial is a risk for Seattle. In 2016, the City faced — and lost — what appeared to have been a winnable case in court. A sergeant and captain argued retaliation for complaining about overtime distribution. The City believed it had proof both employees had made racist comments and fostered a hostile work environment. But a jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the City to pay nearly $3 million. City Attorney Pete Holmes has since fired the private counsel who lost that case, which is being appealed. As O’Toole prepares to depart her post, that 2016 jury verdict is a stain on her largely celebrated tenure as police chief. In the Sackman case, his lawyer, Higgins, argues that the department woke up to his retaliation claims following that 2016 case, promoting him to Captain in order to protect the city. “In December 2016, [Sackman] was finally promoted to Captain — into a largely redundant position, which we believe is a litigation defense strategy,” reads one court filing. With that $3 million verdict still lingering in the minds of city officials, the City has tried to settle the Sackman case, according to several police department sources. Lawyer Higgins declined to specify the proposed settlement amount. But sources told Crosscut it was believed to be between $100,000 and $150,000 and that it included that Sackman retire from the department. But Sackman rejected the settlement, sources said. In a letter filed in court, Sackman’s attorney points to other similar cases in King County where plaintiffs were awarded up to $260,000 for emotional distress. “The City faces substantial liability in this case,” Higgins wrote. Higgins declined to be interviewed for this story. Although Sackman’s complaint is against the City of Seattle and doesn’t specifically name O’Toole, promotions ultimately come from the top and O’Toole, therefore, finds herself caught up in the case. Sackman’s lawyer, Higgins, in court documents, argues failure on the part of the Chief. “Despite Lt. Sackman’s attempt to discuss the retaliation with the Chief of Police O’Toole, Deputy Chief Carmen Best, and Assistant Chief Steve Wilske, the SPD has failed to articulate a satisfactory explanation as to why he is the only highly-ranked lieutenant who has not been promoted over the last three years.” In a text message, O’Toole said she had “lots to say” on the case, but that her lawyers had asked her not to comment. Barring a new settlement, Sackman’s case will go to trial after O’Toole has left her position and Deputy Chief Carmen Best has taken over the reins as interim chief on Jan. 1.

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  • These bikes were made for SeattleThese bikes were made for Seattle

    Seattle’s new, more casual bike-share programs, Spin, LimeBike and Ofo, seem to have caught on. Their tangerine, green and yellow bikes began appearing all over town last summer, often at the end of customers’ rides. You can jump on one for $1 and leave it anywhere, and people have done that. I saw a lot of bikes clustered in my neighborhood, Madison Park, where riders apparently cruised down from Capitol Hill to the beach, then bused back up, rather than break a sweat. Bikes were left in parks, at the beach, on streets and on parking strips. Some Seattleites got even more creative, leaving bikes in trees, next to railroad tracks, on stairs and in heaps on sidewalks, locations some have described as “vexing.” It would be easy to take this cavalier treatment as a sign of failure, or further evidence of why we Americans can’t have nice things. Public amenities in Seattle are frequently trashed or tagged with graffiti — from news boxes to bus shelters. This contrasts with what you often see in cities in, say, Japan or Korea, where things like high-tech street-corner vending machines are commonplace and not vandalized. Still, the casual treatment of Seattle’s bikes seems like a sign of success. First, we’re riding these bikes, unlike the bikes that were part of the ponderous, station-bound Pronto system that failed here. Second, the casualness with which people are using the new system is a breakthrough. We have endured so many serious and sometimes obnoxious efforts to promote bike riding in Seattle — road diets, the “war on cars” and self-righteous bike anarchists who block drivers, for example — that cycling has taken on the air of an arrogant cause, instead of something that’s fun, useful and ordinary. Bikes have often been freighted with the zeal of advocacy, which has generated unnecessary backlash, such as the ridicule endured by our former cycling mayor, Mike McGinn, dubbed “Mayor McSchwinn.” But the new approach — grab a bike and go, leave it once you’ve arrived at your destination, wherever that is — is what friends of mine did during the first months of the new system, and the ease of use is far better than a scolding. My pals extolled the ease and utility of biking on a whim. The success of the approach has not gone unnoted. CNN ran a story headlined “How Seattle Morphed from Bikeshare Failure to Industry Leader in Five Months.” The new bike sharing makes cycling accessible rather than exclusive. It doesn’t insist that cyclists belong to some morally superior class of planet citizen we should all aspire to join. It’s for regular folks. The new attitude of bike advocacy reminds me a bit of those who sought to create more tolerance for pot — before the marijuana legalization initiative. That is, to normalize it. At first, Seattle voters insisted that the police stop arresting pot users; such civic pressure even convinced the Seattle Police Department to approach the subject with humor, as when its officers passed out bags of Doritos at Hempfest one summer (after legalization). Lighten up was the message. In the case of bikes, toning down evangelism is a start, but embracing the casual use of bikes — for example, by not insisting riders wear helmets — is a good start. Easing regulations — or informally ignoring them in this case — makes sense, although helmets still are a good idea. My good friend Steve Scher is alive because he was wearing one in a run-in with a car he had last year. Still, it should be an adult safety decision. Traveling overseas, I’ve been struck by how, in cities that have embraced bikes, there is very little fetishizing of them. Bikes are ordinary; people wear street clothes when riding them, not high-tech spandex. Bikes are ridden not as a statement, but to get somewhere easily in the course of daily life. One of the benefits of walking and biking is the way it connects you to place and space. Your muscles are literally shaped by the topography, and there’s a better sense of energy expended and its relationship to living in an urban environment. Last August, I visited an expo in Astana, Kazakhstan, where the theme was the future of energy, and many of the pavilions there featured exhibits where visitors could tap into their own leg-power potential as an energy source. In one exhibit, you could ride a stationary bike in a virtual race against a world champion cyclist. In another, pedaling children turned the parts of a colorful and vast kinetic sculpture. Using your legs gives you a sense of power and proportion. Walking and biking are part of the essential human energy required to keep a city moving. That was more evident in Seattle’s early development when the bicycle was a disruptive urban technology. Between the 1890s and early 1900s, bikes helped to transform Seattle into a modern city. Residents could move more freely all over town. Seattle had some 25 miles of dedicated bike trails by 1900. It was cheaper to own a bike than a horse, and much less of a headache to care for. The bike craze of that era also led to major road and sidewalk improvements. By 1910, however, with the arrival of the first automobiles, the cityscape turned to an auto-centric model. Not until the 1970s bike revival, with projects like the Burke-Gilman Trail, did bikes again return and contribute to reshaping the city with more bike lanes and trails. It’s worth noting that one major legacy of the turn-of-the-century bike craze is our boulevard system, which followed and paved those early bike paths. Now, a new generation is rediscovering human power in reshaping and navigating the city. I think the commitment to making biking ordinary will be rewarded. One fun thing to note from the expo: While the 1960s promised us Jetsons-style flying cars — a promise that thankfully has not yet materialized — the Czech Republic Pavilion exhibited an actual working flying electric bike. Its speed and distance are limited, but who knows what will be possible in the future? Perhaps the next iteration of Spin, LimeBike and other bike-share programs will offer us a way to pedal ourselves into the air to race against Amazon’s drones. Expect more bikes left in trees. This story was first published in the November edition of Seattle Magazine.

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  • FOLLOWUP: Mayor Durkan signs Sound Transit partnering agreement for...FOLLOWUP: Mayor Durkan signs Sound Transit partnering agreement for...

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  • WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017

    By Chuck Carroll The WWE Clash of Champions card features the return of Daniel Bryan to a match for the first time since his retirement. No, he’s not wrestling. But it is a gigantic step forward for the former champion, whose concussion history forced a premature retirement, to be in the ring as a referee. Bryan has been adamant that he will wrestle again one day. Will it be in WWE? That is up to the company doctor to decide. For now, we’re being teased with that possibility, as the seeds have been planted for a feud with SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon. The commish was already set to referee the tag match featuring Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn when Bryan inserted himself as the second referee in the interest of fairness. The card also features an interesting women’s championship lumberjack match between Charlotte Flair and Natalya, with all eyes on the destructive trio of Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan outside the ring. For the men, AJ Styles will defend the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal with the Singh Brothers sure to play a role. Clash of Champions marks WWE’s final pay-per-view of 2017, and every one of the blue brand’s championships will be on the line. After this, we have to wait until January 28 for the Royal Rumble. Hopefully WWE will end the year on a high note. It’s time to make the WWE Clash of Champions predictions. As always, Rolling Stone’s Aaron Oster and TV Insider’s Scott Fishman are joining me. Oster’s domination continued at Survivor Series, where he went a perfect 8-0 to pretty much lock up the pick title for the year. Meanwhile, Scott and I already have a New Year’s resolution to redeem ourselves. Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports Pick Record: 70-49 (59% correct) Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine Pick record: 69-48 (59% correct) Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast Pick Record: 77-33 (70% correct) Sami Zayn (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images) Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as guest referees Chuck: This match has two huge plots to follow. First, if Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn lose, they’re fired from not just SmackDown, but all of WWE. Second, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan’s simmering feud will get a little hotter as they both guest referee this match. WWE is teasing that Bryan is backing Owens and Zayn while McMahon is firmly in Orton and Nakamura’s corner. The best way to accomplish everything is to have McMahon try to screw Owens and Zayn out of a win. Bryan then, in the impartial interest of fairness, will make sure that doesn’t happen. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Aaron: There is no way that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are getting fired, particularly now that the Yep shirts are instantly going to become the biggest merch movers in the company. Yet, it’s too obvious that Daniel Bryan ends up helping them, right? Granted, sometimes the obvious thing is what’s best for storylines. I can’t shake the feeling though that this isn’t going to go down exactly how people expect. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Scott: With Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon both serving as referees, one is bound to make a difference in this match. I’m going with Bryan because it would be natural for him to align with Owens and Zayn. Perhaps, Bryan can accidentally cost Orton and Nakamura the match if they don’t want to go full heel. But they seem to be going in the direction of Bryan versus McMahon in some setting. Whether it means in the ring or not remains to be seen. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn >>MORE: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Superstar Randy Orton >>MORE: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE’s Kevin Owens WWE Championship AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal Chuck: Jinder Mahal left AJ Styles laying on Tuesday’s go-home show, which tells you everything you need to know about this match. Styles will retain with some shenanigans from The Singh Brothers. I’ve slowly warmed to having Jinder as a credible contender on SmackDown and am hopeful that he won’t fade into oblivion following this match. It would be a shame to lose all of the momentum built this year. Pick: AJ Styles Aaron: I know some people think that AJ only held the title so he can face Brock and could drop it back here. What happened with the shows in India, with them having to combine the shows and then having Jinder lose in his home country, illustrates a lack of faith in him. So, I have AJ retaining here. That being said, it’s not a huge lock that he goes into Mania as champ like many believe. Pick: AJ Styles Scott: There really isn’t anything to be gained at this point having Styles lose the championship to Jinder Mahal. Although they could be squeezing the rivalry for all its worth into the Royal Rumble if they do a non-finish. With WWE’s tour of India concluded and Triple H defeating Mahal at the live event, that is very telling heading into this match. Pick: AJ Styles >>MORE: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal Charlotte Flair (Photo Credit: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images) SmackDown Women’s Championship – Lumberjack Match Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Natalya Chuck: Every time these two wrestle it is must-see TV. Their chemistry in the ring is something that cannot be taught. But this isn’t the pure match we’re accustomed to seeing them in. Every woman on the roster will gather outside the ring and serve as a lumberjack. So, I am making a bold prediction on this one. Both Charlotte and Nattie are laid out by Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. I can see a scenario where Carmella capitalizes and cashes in her Money In The Bank. But for this match… Pick: Charlotte (then Carmella) Aaron: I can’t figure out what’s happening with the Riot Squad. They show up unheralded as mirror images of Absolution, get taken out by Naomi singlehandedly, and just don’t look strong right now. This match is more about them than the match itself. The question is just how it plays out with them as lumberjacks. I’ll say Charlotte retains, but it could end up being a no-contest. Pick: Charlotte Scott: With Ruby Riott essentially having Charlotte’s number, there seems to be a program in the making involving her and the current champion. For that reason, I’m going with Charlotte retaining the gold against Natalya. There is also Carmella lurking, which means you can never rule out a cash-in. Pick: Charlotte >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling The Usos and The New Day (Photo Credit: Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images) SmackDown Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English Chuck: SmackDown’s tag division is still dominated by The Usos and The New Day. Rusev and Aiden English are gaining ground, but do you want them carrying the titles into the new year? Probably not. The same goes for Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable. So that narrows the choice down to two teams, and I do believe we’ll see the titles change hands. Plus, you have to figure New Day will have some fun ringing in the new year with gold around their waist. Pick: The New Day Aaron: Who are the winners here? All of us, because we get to celebrate Rusev Day! But, as much as he should win, he won’t. The Usos continue their reign here, with a chance of Benjamin and Gable getting a short run, especially if The Bludgeon Brothers are entering the scene. Pick: The Usos Scott: As much as I would like to see Rusev and Aiden English celebrate Rusev Day with a championship, I’m choosing Usos to retain. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable would make for a fun upset. I’d love to see it, but it’s doubtful. At the same time, New Day doesn’t need the gold to be over, and neither do the Usos. But there is a potential feud against the Bludgeon Brothers that I can see happening, with the Usos turning back into fan favorites. Pick: The Usos Dolph Ziggler (Photo Credit: Foc Kan/WireImage) United States Championship – Triple Threat Match Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler Chuck: Baron Corbin is getting better with each passing month. I’m still not sold that he’s connected with the audience enough to be a longterm holder of any title. The wise move would be to move the strap, and I’d like to see Bobby Roode get his due here. It’s also a possibility that the title will change hands again before the Royal Rumble, given there’s more than a month between now and then. Pick: Bobby Roode Aaron: Baron Corbin asked a good question during this build: why is Ziggler in this match? And why has Ziggler gone back to having an entrance? I assume it’s so Ziggler can eat a pin, but it could go either way as far as who wins. My gut says that if Roode were going to win, he would have pinned Corbin. So I’ll say Corbin retains. Pick: Baron Corbin Scott: The triple threat stipulation allows for Roode to win the match and keep Corbin looking strong by not taking the pin. The company remains high on the “Glorious One,” and I believe winning gold is the next step in his ascension. Pick: Bobby Roode Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers Chuck: How great was the one jobber’s scream in the match against Harper and Rowan on SmackDown? The shriek was legendary. He won’t become the next James Ellsworth, but his high-pitch legacy will live on. As for this match… Picks: The Bludgeon Brothers Aaron: Bludgeon Brothers win, and props to Juan Francisco de Coronado for winning the week with that epic scream on Tuesday. Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers Scott: The Bludgeon Brothers have been dominant, and I see that continuing against Breezango. At the same time, I can see the Ascension trying to lend a helping hand. Don’t think this one will last long, in any case. Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers Kickoff Match Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley Chuck: The split of the Hype Bros has been coming for months. Prior to Zack Ryder’s return from injury, Mojo Rawley was coming into his own as a singles competitor and is now positioned to pick up where he left off. His stock can rise quickly, which is why it’s puzzling this match was relegated to the kickoff show. Frankly, Breezango vs. Bludgeon Brothers should be here instead. Pick: Mojo Rawley Aaron: I hope the Hype Bros breakup actually serves a purpose and there’s a plan for one of these two. And my gut says if there’s a plan for one of them, it’s for Mojo. I do have doubts that there’s an actual plan though. Pick: Mojo Rawley Scott: The breakup of the Hype Bros was needed for both Ryder and Rawley. Rawley won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania and can use a win over Ryder to cement his singles run. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ryder team up with his former Edgehead partner Curt Hawkins at some point. Pick: Mojo Rawley 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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  • Paulie Malignaggi: ‘Joshua Vs. Klitschko Was Best Fight Of 2017’Paulie Malignaggi: ‘Joshua Vs. Klitschko Was Best Fight Of 2017’

    By DJ Sixsmith Boxing had an incredibly interesting year. But ‘interesting’ only begins to describe the sweet science in 2017, with all the surprising, unexpected, and, of course, entertaining events that happened in and around the boxing ring. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fought possibly the most anticipated fight ever, with a buildup and payday to match. Anthony Joshua went to Wembley Stadium and took down Wladimir Klitschko in what some argue was the best heavyweight fight in many years. And Errol Spence Jr. lived up to the hype, taking down Kell Brook to win the IBF welterweight title. Paulie Malignaggi, Showtime boxing analyst and former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champion, was ringside for much of the action. He reflects on his favorite fight of the year, what he’ll remember about the Mayweather-McGregor super fight and the fighters to watch in 2018. CBS Local Sports: What was the biggest thing you learned about the world of boxing this year? Paulie Malignaggi: Expect the unexpected, and anything is possible. I don’t think I learned that, but it was certainly reiterated this year. We had a fight where the most popular fighter on the planet and former number-one pound-for-pound fighter in Floyd Mayweather fought the biggest draw in Mixed Martial Arts in Conor McGregor, and that was totally unexpected. This year reiterated that boxing won’t go away and won’t die. Boxing had a very strong year. Every year will not be a great year, but there will be years like this one, when people get excited about boxing, especially those people who follow the sport closely. CBS Local Sports: Mayweather vs. McGregor stole all the headlines in 2017. What was your favorite fight of the year? Paulie Malignaggi: Mayweather vs. McGregor wasn’t the top fight, it was the top draw. The best fight of the year that I saw was Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko. That was probably the most amazing event I’ve ever been a part of. That took the cake. It beat Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, it beat Mayweather vs. McGregor. That was their Mayweather vs. McGregor in the UK. What an amazing experience. On top of the insane amount of hype and press coverage it got, the fight actually lived up to the expectations. Without a doubt, that was my favorite moment from a very exciting year in boxing. CBS Local Sports: It was a big year for Anthony Joshua. Which boxer took the biggest jump in their career this year? Paulie Malignaggi: There are a lot of guys you can mention. You can mention Errol Spence Jr. winning the IBF welterweight title. I don’t know if it was a jump, because a lot of people expected that from him. Errol Spence Jr. finally lived up to the hype and joined the elite in the welterweight division. Anthony Joshua solidified himself with a win over Klitschko. He is for real, even though there was always a question mark about him. There’s a lot of hype around him and deservedly so. He’s a very good fighter and great personality. CBS Local Sports: You mentioned the fighters who stood out this year. Who should we keep our eyes on in 2018? Paulie Malignaggi: Now that Errol Spence Jr. has won the welterweight title, there’s really a chance for him to solidify himself and set a precedent that he is the dominant force in the welterweight division. I’m sure Keith Thurman will have something to say about that. We’re going to see how hungry Keith Thurman is, because he’s made a lot of money and is living very well. You get to a point in your career when you are a little bit more settled in. Thurman’s reign at the top will definitely be tested by the young phenom Errol Spence Jr. That’ll be interesting to see. >>MORE: Errol Spence Jr. Discusses Next Steps As IBF Welterweight Champion CBS Local Sports: You said Mayweather vs. McGregor was the biggest draw of the year. Five years from now, what will you remember most about this fight? Paulie Malignaggi: Just the amazing amount of coverage it got. I don’t think the fight will ever go in the annals of [boxing] history. There wasn’t anything in particular from the fight to remember. The insane amount of hype and buildup was a lot of fun. We will probably remember that more than the actual fight. It will also be remembered for how we all felt going into the fight. Everybody was excited about it and the unexpected possibilities. CBS Local Sports: Finally, why will boxing continue to be relevant across the mainstream-sports spectrum? Paulie Malignaggi: I think boxing will always remain popular, because people will always be interested in watching a good fight. While not every fight is a great fight, when you have a good fight, nothing can match it. When you have an insane boxing event, nothing can match it. You can put people in a stadium to watch a soccer match or a baseball stadium, and if a fight breaks out, everybody’s head turns toward the fight. People are always attracted to any kind of combat or any kind of fighting. If we can keep generating major fights, like the great matchups we had in 2017, you can just never get rid of the sport.

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  • ‘Survivor’ Castoff Ashley Nolan: ‘We Should Have Been on Ben Patrol At All Times.’‘Survivor’ Castoff Ashley Nolan: ‘We Should Have Been on Ben Patrol At All Times.’

    CBS Local – Who leaves a dominant player like Ben alone to search for an idol? These remaining castoffs of “Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” do. That’s partially why this week’s castoff – Ashley Nolan – had her torch snuffed. Here’s her unique perspective (as told to CBS Local’s Adam Bloom and Samantha Bennet) on the goings-on behind the scene as well as the moment she realized her game was done. AB: Do you think it would have made sense for the group to follow Ben – or maybe you were following Ben – while he was looking for an idol? Was anybody else looking for an idol as well? A: That’s the biggest question. Everyone looks at their TV and says, “What are you guys doing letting this guy look alone?” We should have taken shifts more than we did but I think we were following him. It’s just hard when the guy is getting up going stealth mode in the middle of the night. I look back at that last tribal after Lauren when he went to go get water. They don’t show it – I did follow him that night. I tried to talk about the tribal because I was thinking that – he should not go get water alone. He just played an idol and we don’t know if it’s already back. I was looking for idols. I don’t know about anyone else – they didn’t show that – because I didn’t have any luck finding them. We should have been on Ben patrol at all times. I don’t have an excuse for that one. SB: Why did people want to wait to get Ben out? He seemed like an obvious threat, but it seemed like there were other people that everyone was gunning for first. A: For us, when Lauren had won the reward and brought Devin and I in on it – we all decided to be an alliance together. I remember Lauren talking about it out in the open and bringing Ben in on it and we thought, “What the heck is she doing? We don’t need or want Ben. Ben needs to go.” I don’t know why he was brought into that. It ended up working for a little bit – he got to do the double agent thing and that was helpful to extent. But I know in my head – and you saw – I wanted him out sooner than everyone else was planning on. Ben needs to go – what are we doing? It’s interesting – you get a group of people and opinions are all so different even though he’s clearly the threat. You found this one after the last tribal, “He needs to go. This should have happened a long time ago.” It’s just weird how it all works out. AB: Were you surprised that people went along with Chrissy’s plan to get you out? A: Surprised? Yes. I was surprised then because I really did not think that I was going to be the bigger threat. There’s a lot of talk about Chrissy wanting to be the last woman standing and she had a thing about getting the other girls out. In all honesty, I hadn’t had game talk with Chrissy ever. Since the merge, we hadn’t talked at all. Then at the family reward, I blew off her offer to gang up with them so I could see that she saw me as giving her the cold shoulder. So she didn’t know what my plan was – if I was coming for her next. So I think that was her way of splitting up Devin and I. That’s what gets me is that they picked Devin at the last reward but she had just tried to work with me at the family reward. I denied her so she’s like, “Okay now I have to try for Devin” and it worked. I think it made sense that she wanted me out but I don’t think I was the biggest threat. I was a little bit surprised. SB: Your strategy always has to change as things change. What was your strategy going into the game and how did it change over time? A: I have to admit to you, I don’t think I had much of a strategy going into the game. It was, “I’m just going to feel this out.” I’ve never played “Survivor” before. You can say you have a strategy all you want but every conversation, things just happen that you never expect. I did whatever I felt was best, I have to say. I didn’t really have much of a strategy. As the game went on, it evolved based on the person. It was based on the reactions I was having with Devin. We would come up with a plan. “Let’s just stick with it, please!” But nothing’s ever that easy so my strategy was just roll with the punches the best I could. AB: I know Devin had an original alliance with Ryan but his alliance with you seemed way more powerful and the reward challenge selection of Ryan could not have been enough to break Devin in your alliance. As a viewer, it felt like we were missing something. What do you think was another key moment where you missed out securing Devin?” A: What they don’t show a lot of is that Mike actually was so desperate to find somewhere to get in that he wanted to split Devin and I up. Mike was telling Devin and I two different stories – telling Devin that I was planning on flipping on him and telling myself that Devin was going to flip on me. I didn’t want to believe it – apparently Devin did. I think, too, part of it was – the closer you get to somebody and playing the game, you start realizing how good they really are. You start getting insight into how their brain is working and how well they’re playing the game. I think that happened between Devin and I when I came to him wanting Ben out. I came to him at another point wanting Lauren out and he started realizing, “Oh Ashley is playing this game better than I thought. Maybe she’s not the person I want to go to the final three with.” On top of that, Mike’s telling him that I wanted to get him out and he believed it. So I think that’s something that isn’t shown. It wasn’t as simple as sharing a cheeseburger with these guys like, “You know what? Ashley’s old news.” It was more intricate than that. He had to play offense instead of defense at that point. AB: Would you want to play the game again? A: In a heartbeat, yes. It’s so funny because when you’re out there so miserable and you’re like, “I don’t even know why I played this in the first place. This sucks!” But then as soon as you get a meal or two in you, you think, “Oh my gosh I want to go back.” You forget so quickly the bad stuff and you remember how wonderful it all was.

    CBS Seattle / 3 d. 7 h. 49 min. ago more
  • Touting record against Trump, AG Ferguson challenges FCCTouting record against Trump, AG Ferguson challenges FCC

    As big internet service providers rejoiced over the FCC’s vote to eliminate net-neutrality protections, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson was preparing to challenge the decision. The Latest: Internet providers applaud repeal “Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not. Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country. We are 5-0 against the Trump Administration because they often fail to follow the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument that with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act — again.” The FCC voted 3-2 to overturn the Obama-era rules that were designed to prevent internet providers from showing favoritism to some websites and apps over others. “Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses,” Ferguson said. “I was proud to stand with Gov. Inslee yesterday when he announced that Washington state will step up to protect consumers in light of this disappointing federal action. I commend him for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to that end.” AT&T Senior Executive Vice President Bob Quinn said the company won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on a site’s content.

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  • This Week In College Basketball: Wildcats Back At Top Of RankingsThis Week In College Basketball: Wildcats Back At Top Of Rankings

    By Steve Silverman Villanova has staked its claim to the top spot in the college basketball rankings, and the Wildcats may just be able to stay on top for quite a while. Head coach Jay Wright saw his team move into the top spot after Duke lost its first game of the season, dropping an 89-84 decision at Boston College last week. The Blue Devils had a rather shoddy defensive effort against the Eagles that is atypical of a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team. Boston College connected on 31-of-61 shots overall (50.8 percent) and an amazing 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats are not likely to go undefeated this season, but a look at their schedule reveals they are not likely to get a major test until January 10, when the 10th-ranked Xavier Musketeers come calling. Villanova’s biggest win to this point was an 88-72 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga earlier this month. The Wildcats have the ability to take apart excellent teams, and there’s a certain level of confidence that goes to a program that has a recent national championship (2016). Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.5 points per game and connecting on 62.9 percent of his shots from the floor, while Mikal Bridges is right behind Brunson with a 17.1 points per game mark. Three other Wildcats are averaging in double digits. While the Wildcats moved to the top spot, they jumped over the Michigan State Spartans, the No. 2 team in the nation. Tom Izzo’s team continues to roll with a 9-1 record. However, the Spartans may have been overlooked for the No. 1 spot because they are in the soft part of their schedule. After that handled North Carolina and Notre Dame with ease at the end of November – both victories were 18-point beat downs – the Spartans are not likely to have another tough game until they host Maryland in early January. Miles Bridges is Michigan State’s go-to guy and is averaging 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per night, while Nick Ward is scoring 13.7 points per game and 64.1 percent. Wichita State (8-1) is the new No. 3 team, while Duke (11-1) slipped to the fourth spot. Keep your eye on the Arizona State Wildcats (9-0), as they garnered five first-place votes. College coaches getting ready to take a much-needed stance The FBI investigation into payoffs in college basketball that led to Rick Pitino’s firing at Louisville before the start of the season is having major ramifications with the sport’s leaders. College basketball coaches are getting involved in an effort to clean it up. The National Association of Basketball Coaches has formed a committee that will ultimately make recommendations to the NCAA Commission on College Basketball. This would not be news if the coaches involved were at small schools with low profiles, but this committee includes Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Izzo and Villanova’s Wright. These coaches are not only the heads of their own college programs, they have intimate knowledge of what’s going on throughout the sport. They are in a position to make the best and most important recommendations about stopping — or at least curbing — cheating. Izzo said the key to the committee’s success is having full and honest discussions and not allowing self-interest on the part of the coaches to determine the course of action that is recommended. Izzo said coaches have to figure out what’s best for the sport and the student-athlete, and act accordingly. Few said coaches have to take a hard line and speak out about cheaters and rule breakers when they know that major violations have taken place. The committee is off to a good start in determining what has to be done to clean up the sport. The onus is on the coaches to keep their eyes open and not let hangers-on influence their programs while they look the other way. That kind of behavior has gone on for decades, and it can no longer be tolerated. It never should have been in the first place. Keep your eye on Tennessee and Texas A&M There are a number of surprising teams thus far in college basketball, and few expected much from the Tennessee Volunteers (7-1) this season. The No. 20 Vols were predicted to be among the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference, but Tennessee has beaten Purdue and North Carolina State, and played an excellent game against top-rated Villanova before losing. Tennessee has four players who are averaging in double figures, and the most important may be 6-7 power forward Grant Williams, who is averaging 16.1 points and a hefty 7 .3 rebounds per game. The 245-pound sophomore plays a physical game, and most of the key plays run through him at crucial moments. The Texas A&M Aggies (8-1) lost 15 games a year ago and seemed to suffer a new injury every week. They have moved into the No. 9 spot in the AP poll because they have pinned double-digit defeats on USC, Oklahoma State and Penn State. This is a team that plays aggressive defense on an every-night basis by pounding interior scorers and having the quickness to get out and defend three-point shooters. Junior forward DJ Hogg is scoring 15.7 points per game while bringing down 6.9 rebounds on a nightly basis. Senior guard Duane Wilson makes the offense run and he is handing out 4.1 assists per night while scoring 10.9 points per game. Leading the way As we hit the middle of December, statistical achievements are starting to have a lot more meaning than they did early in the season. We talked about Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young leading the nation in scoring last week. He is still atop that list, averaging 28.8 points per game for the Sooners. Niagara’s Matt Scott is second in scoring with 25.4 points per game. While Young is a high-profile recruit and a future star, senior guard Erick Neal of Texas-Arlington is not. However, he is worth knowing, because he leads the nation with 9.4 assists per game, and senior guard Emmett Near of St. Mary’s of California second in that category with 9.1 per night. Powerful junior forward Jordan Murphy of Minnesota and junior center Jessie Govan of Georgetown are the nation’s leading rebounders with 9.4 boards per night, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston of Michigan State has made 25-of-41 three-point attempts and leads the nation by connecting on 61.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

    CBS Seattle / 3 d. 9 h. 24 min. ago more
  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes south of PortlandMagnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes south of Portland

    Thousands of people reported feeling a magnitude 4.0 earthquake south of Portland Wednesday evening. Check the Earthquake Tracker The quake was recorded 7.5 miles south of Molalla, Oregon — about an hour’s drive from Portland, according to the USGS. It occurred just before 5:30 p.m. By early Thursday morning, 4,255 people reported feeling the quake. People quickly took to social media after feeling the quake. Oregonians thinking it's the big one when the #earthquake hit pic.twitter.com/QkwbQMTdCZ — kelley (@kelleygrantt) December 14, 2017 #earthquake when you have a 4.0 and people from SoCal be like pic.twitter.com/7u5SGpofLS — Mr. T Ferguson (@morris_kr) December 14, 2017 #earthquake shook the entire house, scared the cats, and rattled all of the windows. pic.twitter.com/2YyiWPbeYn — Rachel Griffith (@ParaHorseGirl) December 14, 2017 According to the Earthquake Tracker, a magnitude 1.8 was recorded in Camano about two hours later. On Thursday morning, a magnitude 2.3 quake was recorded in Lynnwood.

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  • Five years after Sandy Hook, what is Washington doing about guns?Five years after Sandy Hook, what is Washington doing about guns?

    Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some state lawmakers see a chance to finally pass key gun-control and safety measures that have eluded the other Washington. With Democrats’ new one-seat majority in the state Senate, plus control of the House and governor’s office, they anticipate a “historic session” on gun issues, said Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D–Seattle, speaking Tuesday at a press conference announcing the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s 2018 legislative priorities. Pedersen will chair the Senate Law & Justice Committee when the Legislature begins its two-month session Jan. 8. “I view this as one of my main charges in [the] Senate Law & Justice [Committee], to do something about addressing gun violence,” Pedersen told Crosscut. But, he admitted, “the bar is low” given how little the Legislature has accomplished in past years. Top priorities for the Alliance and their allies in Olympia include bills to incentivize safe storage of guns and to require a license to buy semi-automatic firearms, similar to requirements for concealed pistols. They also want to ban “bump stock” devices that make semi-automatic rifles fire nearly as fast as fully automatic weapons, and which contributed to the high death toll in the Las Vegas shooting in October. The tide in Olympia is shifting in favor of modest gun-control measures, advocates say. Much of that change has been led by voters, who in recent years have shown more appetite for gun-control policies than their elected leaders. In 2014 and 2016, sizable majorities passed statewide initiatives extending background checks to include private firearm sales, and allowing family members and police to seek court orders to keep guns away from those at risk of harming themselves or others. “It is time for us elected officials to stand up and take leadership in this role,” said state Sen. Manka Dhingra, the Eastside Democrat whose November victory flipped control of the Senate. Dhingra said she’ll sponsor gun legislation next session, including a bill that would keep guns away from those charged with a crime who have a history of violence. Such changes in gun laws will be led by the wave of women elected to state and local offices in recent years, said state Rep. Nicole Macri, a Seattle Democrat who joined the House last year. “We know that local communities have elected these strong women leaders for a reason — they want to improve the quality of life and improve safety in their communities,” Macri said at the Alliance event. Macri will be introducing a bill that overturns the state’s so-called preemption law, which prevents local governments from enacting gun laws that are stricter than state statutes. State Rep. Nicole Macri speaks at an Alliance for Gun Responsibility press event. Credit: Matthew B. Thompson Gun-rights advocates say an aggressive push by Democrats could backfire in the next election, potentially endangering Democratic seats in rural and more pro-gun districts. “You’re talking about laws that could have a profound effect on a large segment of the Washington state population,” said Dave Workman, communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which shares a building and leadership with the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation. “You run a risk of incredible backlash over that.” Safe storage legislation — or “dangerous access prevention,” as the bill’s sponsors call it — is one Democratic priority that gun-rights lobbyists have blocked for more than a decade. Modeled after a Florida law, HB 1122 seeks to prevent both children and people convicted of a felony — and anyone else prohibited from owning a firearm — from accessing guns stored in people’s homes. Last year’s bill provided for criminal penalties under some circumstances, but Sen. Pedersen said he is open to considering regulatory approaches or civil penalties. Workman thinks such a law is unenforceable. “You can’t legislate against stupidity,” he said. Reducing the risk of gun suicides, which make up 80 percent of gun deaths in Washington, is the goal of two additional bills lawmakers will reintroduce next session. More than 36,000 people in the U.S. died from firearms injuries in 2015, a significant increase from the prior year. One bill (SB 5441) that has made the rounds in Olympia for at least three years would temporarily restrict gun access for people who have been involuntarily held for mental health treatment for 72 hours, not just those who have been involuntarily committed for more than 14 days. Pedersen admits that the measure is a “big stretch” due to National Rifle Association (NRA) opposition, even though similar bills had bipartisan support in the past. The second bill (SB 5553) would allow people to voluntarily add their names to the list of those prohibited from purchasing a firearm. “I’m hopeful that will give people who know that they have mental health issues an opportunity to take a preventive measure to prevent them from getting access to firearms in a crisis,” Pedersen said. He called it a “Libertarian idea,” co-sponsored by two Republicans, which has the votes to pass out of committee. If the “voluntary waiver” law passes, it would be the first in the nation. For now, the two sides of the gun debate aren’t talking, though both assert they are open to dialogue. “I don’t know any gun guys who wouldn’t be willing to sit down and talk to somebody about some of these issues,” said the Citizens Committee’s Workman. “They’ve just never been given the opportunity.” Pedersen said he spoke with the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation last year about his voluntary waiver bill. “I implored them to give me comments on that bill and to tell me what would make it acceptable from their perspective, and they did not do that,” he said. “And I told them that if they chose not to do that last year,” Pedersen continued, “that I was frankly not going to be as interested in their concerns about the bill if I were the chair of the committee and had the ability to run it through.” This story has been updated to clarify that the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms shares a building and leadership with the Second Amendment Foundation.

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  • An undocumented nurse has a message for Donald TrumpAn undocumented nurse has a message for Donald Trump

    Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Esparza says it wasn’t easy to come to the United States. She was bullied because she spoke broken English, and she had to adjust to an entirely new culture. Born in Durango, Mexico, Esparza’s mother moved her and a younger sister to Quincy, Washington in 2005 to be closer to her father, who worked as a farm laborer. Despite the culture shock and language barrier, Esparza excelled in the classroom. In eighth grade she was given a summer scholarship to the NASA Space Academy in Alabama. While she dreamed of becoming a nurse, her undocumented status made it difficult because she couldn’t obtain federal financial aid to attend the University of Washington. With the odds stacked against her, she enrolled at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and was accepted into the school’s nursing program. In 2015, she graduated, and because of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, she was able to become a registered nurse in Wenatchee, Washington. Finally, she had stability. She wouldn’t be in constant fear of deportation. Cue Sept. 5, when the Trump Administration announced that it would rescind DACA, and gave Congress six months to come up with a replacement for the program. “It was frustrating to think that for the last two years, I’ve been contributing to my community, paying taxes, being the best citizen that I can be,” Esparza said. “It’s heartbreaking to think that I might lose my job or that my family might be separated again.” DACA provides protection against deportation for more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents. In Washington state, there are about 17,000 DACA recipients. After Trump’s announcement, Esparza felt a need to speak out for herself and on behalf of all DACA recipients. So she wrote a letter to the President and posted it on Facebook: “Dear Donald Trump,” she began. “Taking DACA away has been upsetting, frustrating and heartbreaking to say the least. But with or without DACA, I will continue to be the best nurse and person that I can be today.” The rest of the letter is full of power, passion and hope that she will have the opportunity to continue to serve her community. She still dreams that one day she will have the chance to become an American citizen. The letter was part of our inspiration to tell Esparza’s story, once again. Since 2013, KCTS 9 has followed her journey. First in a segment called “I’m a Dreamer,” which was part of the KCTS 9 documentary “Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington.” Then again in a 2015 piece, “Dream Come True,” which recounted her story of becoming a nurse. Will “Dear Donald Trump” be the final story? We will see. As politicians duke it out on the national stage and try to come to a solution to replace DACA, Esparza’s future is unclear. The clock is ticking, and Congress has until March to come up with an answer. In the meantime, Esparza and others are left to wonder if they will get the opportunity to stay out of the shadows.

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  • What Neil Gorsuch could mean for Indian CountryWhat Neil Gorsuch could mean for Indian Country

    This story was originally published on High Country News. During the Senate hearings that put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court this year, Democrats made it clear they were leery of his conservative judicial record. Gorsuch was confirmed in April along party lines, and no Western Democrat voted in his favor. But Gorsuch has a strong background in Indian law and a record of recognizing tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and, those concerns notwithstanding, his nomination may well represent a potential positive development on big cases in Indian Country. In a court dominated by East Coast justices, Gorsuch is from the West, the source of many Indian law cases. He grew up in Denver, where he later spent 10 years as a circuit court judge. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, headed the Environmental Protection Agency under Ronald Reagan, and his stepfather, Robert Burford, directed the Bureau of Land Management during the 1980s. “Western experience is lacking in the current makeup of the court,” Native American Rights Fund attorney Richard Guest wrote of Gorsuch’s nomination, “and is a vitally important perspective.” Gorsuch is also well acquainted with Indian case law. On the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Harvard-educated Gorsuch presided as a judge over five Western states and 76 tribal nations. According to the Native American Rights Fund, which supported his nomination, Gorsuch ruled favorably for tribes 57 percent of the time on cases ranging from jurisdiction and religious freedom to tribal sovereignty. His opinions show an appreciation of history and context, important tenets of Indian law, says John Dossett, general counsel of the National Congress of American Indians, who first met Gorsuch at an NCAI function 10 years ago. Gorsuch’s opinions often read like a primer on the history of the tribe in question and are firmly couched in an understanding that, as he has written, “ambiguities in the field of trust relations must be construed for, not against, Native Americans.” This is well understood in federal Indian law. However, the field is not at the forefront of law education; just three states require knowledge of it to pass the bar exam, and no current Supreme Court justice is well versed in it. Gorsuch values historical context and often delves into the exact words of treaties. That “textualist” approach involves looking at the objective meaning of the text, rather than interpreting its intent. In Indian law, “if you go back to the original text, the tribes come out pretty good,” Dossett says. Not all have such a positive view. Robert Anderson, law professor at University of Washington, says that many of Gorsuch’s past rulings on tribal affairs were “open and shut” cases. Gorsuch may receive such glowing reviews, Anderson says, because people compare him to Antonin Scalia, the justice he replaced. (According to an analysis by the Native American Rights Fund, Scalia voted against tribes 86 percent of the time.) Anderson points to a case involving the Navajo Nation, in which Gorsuch’s written opinion determined that disputed lands were not considered Indian Country. “My assessment is that in the one case where things were really contested, in a matter regarding sovereignty, he went with the anti-tribal view,” Anderson says. This is important because the Supreme Court produces precedent-setting decisions that guide the courts below. Still, Gorsuch’s experiences as a Westerner and his understanding of Indian law and history could prove advantageous for Indian Country. In early December, the Supreme Court had yet to decide whether to hear or decline 12 Indian law cases — substantial cases, including fishing rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act and sovereign immunity. The court has already turned down a case about the groundwater rights of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California. That is seen as a win for the tribe because it means the 9th Circuit Court’s last decision stands. The tribe’s chairman, Jeff Grubbe, applauded the decision, saying it made the tribe’s water rights a matter of “settled law.” In the past, tribal litigants have avoided bringing cases to the Supreme Court because of its record of deciding against them; in the last three decades, tribal interests have lost 72 percent of cases. While having Gorsuch on the bench may not change that entirely, he may bring some depth and breadth to tribal affairs and pull other justices in his direction. Of course, this all depends on whether he sticks to his track record and apparent principles. Despite the partisan politics overshadowing his confirmation, Gorsuch pushed back against the notion that judges are “politicians in robes,” and should instead “apply the law impartially.” As more cases come before the Supreme Court, legal experts in Indian Country will be watching closely for opportunities. “Nobody really knows how he’s going to decide cases in the future,” Dossett says. “But we also know that he’s a justice with his own mind.”

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  • Body cam video shows moments Seattle officers fatally shot robbery suspectBody cam video shows moments Seattle officers fatally shot robbery suspect

    The Seattle Police Department has released body camera video that shows the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by officers in a popular park. RELATED: Body cam video shows SPD interaction before man’s death A woman was taken into custody. The shooting stemmed from a string of incidents that happened after a reported robbery at Forever 21 in the Northgate Mall about 10 p.m. Monday. Shoplifting suspects flee to apartment complex Police said the two were shoplifting, and when a store manager confronted the couple, the man displayed a handgun, causing the manager to back away. The man and woman then fled to an apartment complex near the mall. When the apartment manager saw what he thought was a suspicious car in the parking lot, he went to investigate. Smartphone video shows the exchange between the apartment manager and the suspects. The suspects shouted profanities at the manager, who asked them to move their cars. As the suspects finally walked away, the man fired his gun into the ground toward the manager. The manager reported the incident to police as the couple drove away in an Audi. Police chase ensues, ends at Magnuson Park The gunman then drove off and the woman contacted police sometime after leaving the apartment complex. They found her at Holman Road and took her into custody. When officers noticed the man watching her at Holman Road, a car chase began with Seattle police. During the pursuit, the man fired multiple gunshots at officers in the 100 block of  Northeast 80th Street. No officers were hurt. The pursuit continued as the driver entered Magnuson Park and came to a stop near the boat ramp. Body camera video [graphic warning at 3:55] shows the suspect ran from his car and into tall grass in the park. Police yell “put your hands up … You’re going to get shot … Don’t reach.” But the man started reaching toward his pocket, apparently brandishing a handgun. Officers opened fire. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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  • Where to see the Geminids meteor showerWhere to see the Geminids meteor shower

    Clear skies over Seattle mean you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Geminids meteor shower Wednesday night. According to Space.com, the best time to look up is 2 a.m. local time, but you might start seeing meteors as early as 9-10 p.m. To find the sweet spot, Space.com recommends finding Gemini, for which the meteors are named after, in the constellation Orion. Scan just to the left of Orion. The meteors will look like they’re streaming away from Gemini, but Space.com says you’ll see them and their tails streaking across the night sky the farther out you look. Star gazers recommend finding a spot with little light from the city and giving your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to the dark.

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  • 2 teens shot behind King County Aquatic Center2 teens shot behind King County Aquatic Center

    Federal Way Police arrested two 18-year-old suspects after a shooting that left two 17-year-old boys injured in a parking lot behind the King County Aquatic Center Wednesday morning. The shooting happened around 9:40 a.m. after police say the victims met up with the suspects, which led to an altercation and gunfire. KIRO 7 News flew over the scene, where yellow taped closed in part of the parking lot as police investigated. Both victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Hospital officials said both were in intensive care, with one listed in critical condition and the other in serious condition. “Right now we’re not looking for anybody else additional, we believe we have everybody that was there,” said Cathy Schrock of Federal Way Police. Schrock said her agency always shares ballistics information with other agencies to figure out if there’s a connection to other crimes, such as last week’s shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School. “That’s definitely something that’s on everyone’s mind when you talk about school age or teenage high school age victims or suspects,” Schrock said. “We’re definitely going to be looking at that and that’s why the forensic evidence is going to be so important.” The King County Aquatic Center opened 1990. It contains an Olympic-sized pool for swimming, diving and water polo.

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  • Dire warning about downtown Seattle traffic once tunnel opensDire warning about downtown Seattle traffic once tunnel opens

    Traffic flow into Downtown Seattle will inevitably change when the new tunnel opens. It has been suggested that drivers accessing downtown will use the new Alaskan Way surface streets. There’s a problem with that, however, as construction on the expanded surface streets won’t begin until after the viaduct is demolished in 2019 and won’t be finished until after the tunnel opens. Former state representative Larry Seaquist issued this warning during a Washington State Transportation Commission meeting: “The impact of actually opening the tunnel without the surface network fully in place, and the other considerations around it, are almost certain to create several years of transportation chaos.” According to a recent analysis, approximately 14,000 vehicles could divert to Seattle’s surface streets once the viaduct is demolished, KIRO Radio’s Chris Sullivan reports. That is not solely because the tunnel will be tolled. The new tunnel will have no downtown exits or on-ramps. RELATED: Tolls or not, drivers will divert from tunnel Steve Abendschein, a project manager for the Santec consulting firm, told the commission that the tunnel’s design will be the primary reason people will avoid it. He says a $1 or $2.50 toll will not push thousands of drivers out of the tunnel. The final toll rates won’t be set until at least September 2018. The most popular tolling option right now is charging drivers $1 for overnight use; $1.50 during off-peak daytime hours; $1.75 for peak morning use; and $2.50 for peak time in the afternoon and evening. The new tunnel will be “substantially” complete by the end of October 2018 with a target open date of January 2019 — a recently revised date. The demolition of the viaduct could begin in early 2019. “We anticipate right now with that schedule, to start substantial demolition in early 2019,” Joe Hedges, Alaskan Way Viaduct administrator with the Washington State Department of Transportation, recently said. “We might do some selective demo to help ourselves out a bit (before 2019).”

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  • Redmond poet laureate wields her verses for civic engagementRedmond poet laureate wields her verses for civic engagement

    Artist Shin Yu Pai stands outside Redmond City Hall as her poem, “heyday” is projected onto the building. The presentation was shown on December 2 • Photo by James McDaniel For artist Shin Yu Pai, places carry a tangible relationship to people that words are insufficient to describe. “I’m very interested in place-making, our relationship to place, our relationship to belonging, to land,” Shin Yu said. “And the way in which I approach that is directly dealing with the history of the land, which expresses itself through some kind of materiality.” The city of Redmond’s fourth poet laureate, and the first person of color to receive the honor, Shin Yu said her two-year term was a great opportunity to serve her community. In some ways, the role was about “looking at poetry as a tool for civic dialogue and engagement,” she said. “For me, this honor has been one that has largely taught me about working with the community in terms of looking at poetry as a form of public art and the sort of approaches that are necessary in order to create that kind of work. So it’s been a very powerful opportunity in terms of letting me test ideas that I had, and doing some bigger projects than I would be able to do on my own.” Shin Yu received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington, where she specialized in oral history. She has served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum and was a Stranger Genius Award nominee for literature in 2014. Her visual art has been exhibited all over the country, including the American Jazz Museum, The International Printer Center, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Now she can add Redmond City Hall to that list. Shin Yu’s final work as Redmond’s poet laureate was displayed as part of the Redmond Lights holiday festival on December 2. The piece, titled “heyday” and created with designer Michael Barakat, celebrates the history of the city’s woodland stewardship, is a video projection that was projected onto the outside of Redmond City Hall. Shin Yu also has a show of chlorophyll prints on display at the Redmond Senior Center through December 20. After working with so many mediums, from embroidery to balloons, Shin Yu said it was time to end her poet laureate position with a bang. “I thought at the end of my laureateship, I would like to go big, I would like to distribute poetry in a way that lots and lots of people could see and access in a way that’s different than spoken or read poetry,” Pai said. Shin Yu’s list of artistic inspirations include painters Joseph Cornell and Jackson Pollock, singer and performance artist Yoko Ono, and poet Leslie Marmon Silko. Inclusion and tolerance are important themes in her work, and they often address current local events.   Last year, the black owner of a Redmond consignment shop, Leona Coakley-Spring, discovered a Klu-Klux Klan robe and hood left behind by a man dropped off a bag of dresses at her store. In response, Shin Yu hosted a booth at Redmond’s So Bazaar earlier this summer where she taught visitors how to embroider poetry by Langston Hughes, Stacey-Ann Chin, and textual fragments curated from the city’s Cultural Inclusion Resolution. For Shin Yu the event was an opportunity to organize a community response to the incident. “It was a really heavy event that I felt compelled to respond to in some way,” Pai said. “The whole experience really spoke to me. I felt that it was very important to actually embroider that text in fabric to invoke the texture of that actual event and experience.” Shin Yu Pai at Redmond’s So Bazaar with a project she and Maura Donegan embroidered in response to a hate crime in Redmond • Photo by James McDaniel Medium matters a great deal in Shin Yu’s work, as illustrated in one of her most recent collaborations, “Animating Archives: Contemporary Chlorophyll Prints.” Created with artist and photographer Megan Bent, the exhibit explores the natural history of Redmond through a series of chlorophyll prints, each made from native leaves overlaid with black and white photographs of the city’s 19th-century community. The idea for the project, Shin Yu said, came to her while she was digging through Redmond’s historical archives wanting to better understand the city’s legacy. She came across black and white images of Redmond loggers and mill workers. “I got this idea that wow, it would be really cool to reproduce these archival images that most people don’t have the opportunity to see or come into contact with,” Shin Yu said. “By overlaying them on plant matter that were sourced or gathered from or around the city of Redmond, so that this history that is invoked through the image could also connect in a concrete way the history of the land and place through the materiality of the plant matter.” For Shin Yu, photographer Bent’s collaboration worked well because she is a kindred spirit who shared Shin Yu’s passion for visual storytelling. “We were just really intrigued by each other’s work just in terms of the photographic processes that we were both exploring,” Shin Yu said. “We were very much the kind of individuals to share what those processes are because you can learn them on your own. There was this camaraderie, knowledge sharing, and collegiality.” Looking ahead into next year, Shin Yu will be working on a manuscript chronicling her many public art and book art projects, including her work for Redmond. The book is slated for fall of 2018. Update: This piece has been updated to clarify that the visual poem “heyday” was displayed once on December 2 and is no longer on display For more arts, click here

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  • Value Village’s parent company sues Washington AGValue Village’s parent company sues Washington AG

    The Bellevue company that operates hundreds of thrift stores in the U.S, Canada, and Australia, including Value Village, is suing the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. RELATED: Citizen activist says he will sue AG According to The Seattle Times, TVI Inc., which runs Value Village, Savers, and other thrift stores filed a lawsuit Monday against Ferguson for demanding more than $3 million to settle a three-year-old investigation. Ferguson’s office launched an investigation in which TVI says was very cooperative. The company refused demands to post signs telling people how much the company pays charities for their goods that they later sell for profit. TVI Inc. says Ferguson’s request to disclose how much of their profit from sold goods goes to charities is a violation of their free-speech rights. The company says Attorney General Bob Ferguson originally sought a $5.1 million penalty, which the company declined. Almost a year later, Ferguson’s office reduced the penalty but admitted the amount was “untethered” to an actual violation of the law. The for-profit company pays charities to collect used clothing and items to sell for a profit at their stores.

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  • America’s Best Sledding HillsAmerica’s Best Sledding Hills

    By Laurie Jo Miller Farr When all you really want to do is slide downhill fast in the snow in the good old fashioned way, there’s nothing better than a great sledding hill. While giant tubing parks with organized lanes now blanket the downhill scene, here and there you can find just plain hills for old school-style sledding. Bundle up, look out for the trees and don’t overlook the precaution of wearing goggles and a helmet. Firecracker Sledding Hill Town Park 500 East Colorado Ave. Telluride, CO 81435 (970) 728-1144 www.telluridenordic.com Near the free ice skating rink in Telluride Town Park, Firecracker Hill is the ideal sledding hill, complete with Rocky Mountain views. Located on the southern side of Town Park, the hill’s approach along Nordic ski trails is marked off with orange cones, says Telluride Tourism Board. Telluride Nordic Association is a nonprofit organization involved with education and enhancement of Nordic winter sports for all ages and abilities in this famous ski region of Colorado. From snow shoes to hockey skates, Telluride Nordic Association rents, sharpens, waxes, mounts, repairs, and teaches. They also rent sleds if you need one. (Also for sale at Ace Hardware on Main Street.) The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 125 Arborway Jamaica Plain Boston, MA 02130 (617) 524-1718 www.arboretum.harvard.edu Since it’s a 280-acre park owned by Harvard University, let’s assume this is a highly intelligent choice. However, it’s not for beginners. Arnold Arboretum turns into the great white way when Boston wakes up to snowy conditions. Two hills have lovely views; the one called Peters Hill at Walter and Bussey streets is one of the highest and longest at about 350 feet. The other, Weld Hill, has some 60-degree inclines, so this one is best suited to experienced sledders, dare devils, and know-it-alls. Theodore Wirth Park 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55422 (612) 355-7757 www.minneapolisparks.org When it comes to having fun on snow, take it from the folks in Minnesota. Once the snowflakes accumulate, this city park is an admission-free winter wonderland for sledding and tubing. Within the park, Sunset Hill is a favorite and the designated sledding hill at Columbia Golf Club is one of the steepest hills in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your own sled or rent a snow tube. When it’s time to warm up, it’s good to know that the bar and grill inside the historic Wirth Chalet has sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, snacks, and hot beverages. Also, there’s free Wi-Fi, restrooms, lockers, and a shop that sells stocking caps and gloves. Related:  America’s Best All-Season Mountain Resorts Granlibakken Tahoe 725 Granlibakken Road Tahoe City, NV 96145 (800) 543-3221 www.granlibakken.com Bring your own saucers and the whole family for good times on this tube-free, toboggan-free hill at Tahoe. Alternatively, get a ticket for the day which includes equipment rental at this slope that’s suitable for smaller kids on plastic sleds, too. Children under 3 go sledding for free. Parents are recommended to have each person on their own saucer and to link the child to the parent with the adult’s legs. Straight sleds are allowed (although discouraged for safety reasons) and inflatable sliding devices are not permitted. At an elevation of 6,350 feet above the northwest shores of Lake Tahoe, this 95-year-old family-owned resort also has ski slopes, cross country terrain, and a lodge. Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave. East Ashford, WA 98304 (360) 569-2211 www.nps.gov/mora If you like wilderness, pristine scenery, and abundant snowfall with your sledding hill, consider venturing into a national park where winter sports are allowed. Once the minimum five feet of snow has fallen (to protect vegetation), usually by Christmas, the snow play area and sledding hill at Mount Rainier’s Paradise is open for fun. It’s a long winter seasons, with an average of 50-plus feet of snow annually. Tire chains are a must. The park encourages the use of soft sliding devices such as flexible sleds, inner tubes, and saucers. There are no hard toboggans or runner sleds are permitted. The elevation is 5,400 feet in the southwest corner of the park near the new Paradise Jackson Visitor Center. Use the park’s Nisqually entrance, about 87 miles from Seattle and about 65 miles from Tacoma. Related: Top 5 Winter Travel Tips

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  • Week 15 NFL Picks: Patriots, Steelers Battle For The Top Of The AFCWeek 15 NFL Picks: Patriots, Steelers Battle For The Top Of The AFC

    Ryan Mayer Well, well, well. Once more we get a Patriots-Steelers match-up with big implications. Now, it’s not quite the same as last year when the two met for the AFC Championship Game. But, the top seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is on the line. Pittsburgh’s offense, Antonio Brown in particular, has been explosive over the past four weeks. In that span, Brown has caught 39 passes for 627 yards and six touchdowns. The Steelers have won all four games. One thing that Bill Belichick has made his living on over the years however, is taking away the other team’s best weapon. So, it wouldn’t shock me to see Brown’s run of hot play to cool down a bit this weekend. One thing is for sure. We’ll see points put up. In the last four meetings, the average combined point total is 57.7. So, sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy the fireworks from Heinz Field this Sunday. To the tiers. No way we can lose – locks of the week: As you can guess, these will be the stone-cold locks of the week. The games I’m so confident about that I’d wager my life’s savings on them, if I had a life’s savings to wager. Feeling pretty… pretty good: Not quite willing to bet the farm on this batch, but as Mr. Larry David would say, ‘I’m feeling pretty… pretty good’ about these games. Heads or tails: These are your true toss ups: they can go one way or another, and you should pick with caution, even after heeding my expert advice. All lines courtesy of Sportsline. All times Eastern. Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (), Thursday, 8:25 p.m. Level of Confidence: Feeling Pretty Pretty Good. ATS & Straight up: Broncos The Broncos seemed to finally snap out of it last week against the Jets. The defense was once again ferocious and the offense was at least competent against New York. The defense was the star, giving up just 100 yards total to the Jets and they should be able to handle a Colts attack that has scored 20 or fewer points in five straight games. No Way We Can Lose…Locks of the Week Credit: John Grieshop/Getty Images Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (-5.5), Saturday 4:30 p.m. ATS: Bears Straight up: Lions Mitch Trubisky had his best performance of the season last week against the Bengals, completing 25 of 32 attempts for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He gave the Lions all they could handle the last time these teams played with Detroit escaping with a 27-24 win. Expect a similar game here. The Lions win to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, but the Bears make ’em sweat it out. San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (+1.5), Saturday 8:25 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Chargers The Chargers are the hottest team in the NFL right now. Winners of four straight while giving up 13 or fewer points in each of their last three games. Philip Rivers struggled the first time these two met, throwing three interceptions, but I’d expect him to have a much better outing this time around, especially considering the fact that he hasn’t thrown more than one interception in any other game this season. Chargers take over the AFC West lead. Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Green Bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers (-5.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Packers So you’re telling me that Aaron Rodgers is back and you’re giving me five and a half points? Look, Carolina’s defense has been solid, but this feels like a Rodgers comes back and rips off three straight wins to get Green Bay into the playoffs situation. Give me the Pack. Feeling Pretty…Pretty Good Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-11), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Jaguars Jacksonville’s defense is dominant and now they face a Texans team likely down to their 3rd-stringer in T.J. Yates? Seems like a recipe for disaster. Oh, and when these teams met in the first game of the year, the Jags racked up 10 sacks. They may not hit that number this time around, but the defense should continue to roll. Cincinnati Bengals @ Minnesota Vikings (-10.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Vikings Injuries are piling up for Cincinnati, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Adam Jones is on IR, while Vontaze Burfict, Dre Kirkpatrick, Shawn Williams and Carlos Dunlap are all questionable to play this Sunday. That doesn’t bode well as they prepare to face a Vikings offense that has scored 20 or more points in eight of its last nine games. Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks (-2), Sunday 4:05 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Rams Seattle got the best of Los Angeles at the Coliseum in a defensive struggle, 16-10, earlier this season. Both teams are coming off tough losses last week, but the Rams always seem to find a way in recent years to beat Seattle when you’re not expecting them to. With the injuries on Seattle’s defense and the Rams offense exploding for 35 points in a loss last week, the Rams feel like the right side here. Tennessee Titans @ San Francisco 49ers (-2), Sunday 4:25 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Titans The 49ers have played well with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, looking much more competent on offense and the defense benefiting from not having to spend the entire game on the field. But, even with an injury to Marcus Mariota, this Titans running game should be able to control the game and get Tennessee a win. Heads or Tails…Toss Up Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills (), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Dolphins The Bills scraped out a 13-7 win last week in a blizzard, but QB Nathan Peterman was lost to a concussion. If neither he or Taylor can go, that leaves the QB duties to Joe Webb. That doesn’t inspire confidence. The Dolphins seem to have found a new play maker in RB Kenyan Drake and WR Jarvis Landry continues to be his reliable self. I said earlier in the season I wouldn’t pick the Dolphins to win again. I’m going back on that statement here. Watch them make me look stupid again. Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (+7.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Giants Straight up: Eagles The Eagles game plan will look a bit different with Nick Foles under center than it did under Carson Wentz. I’d imagine a lot heavier load will be placed on their trio of running backs, LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Those three, plus a solid defensive performance should be enough to carry Philly to a win here against a Giants team that just wants to get the season over with. Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins (-4.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Cardinals Straight up: Redskins Washington got blasted by the Chargers out in L-A after getting worked by Dallas the week prior. We’ve noted the Redskins walking wounded roster in this space before, and it hasn’t gotten much better. The Cardinals are nearly as banged up. This game feels like a low-scoring affair, decided by a late field goal. New York Jets @ New Orleans Saints (-16), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Jets Straight up: Saints The Jets lost starting QB Josh McCown to a broken hand last week against the Broncos. That means in steps either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. Hence, the 16 point line here. Neither guy inspires much confidence. The Saints sustained a bunch of injuries in Thursday night’s game against the Falcons and are far from full strength. They’ll win, likely comfortably, but 16 seems too high. Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns (+7), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Browns Straight up: Ravens Poor, poor Browns. Everything seemed to be on track for a win last week. Deshone Kizer was playing well, Isaiah Crowell put up over 100 yards and Josh Gordon had his first TD since coming back. Then, they fell apart. This week, they’ll face a much more difficult Ravens defense, albeit one that just gave up 506 yards passing to Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday night. Once again, Cleveland stays in the game before falling at the end. Credit: Justin Berl/Getty Images New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers (+3), Sunday 4:25 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Patriots New England had one of those hiccups they always seem to have against the Dolphins on Monday night. They may have been looking ahead to this week. Can you blame them? The Steelers offense has been clicking on all cylinders while the defense clearly misses injured LB Ryan Shazier. This could be a high-scoring affair, but the Patriots seem to have Pittsburgh’s number in this series winning each of the last four meetings. Dallas Cowboys @ Oakland Raiders (+3), Sunday 8:30 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Raiders The Cowboys stayed alive for the playoffs with their win last week, but it took a late surge to beat a bad Giants team on the road. Now, they face a Raiders team that got embarrassed early by the Chiefs before coming back late. Oakland’s been hard to figure out this year, and their defense has been abysmal, but they’re still in the playoff race. But, they badly need wins. Desperation wins the day here and the Raiders get the win. Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6), Monday 8:30 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Falcons The Falcons, thanks to their win over the Saints and the Seahawks loss to the Jaguars, took over the 6th and final playoff spot last week. With Seattle having a tough match-up at home against the Rams on the docket, this game in Tampa is a perfect opportunity to maybe put a bit more distance between themselves and the pack behind them. Atlanta took home a 34-20 win just a few weeks ago, and I’d expect more of the same here. Last Week ATS: 10-6 Straight: 9-7 Overall ATS: 99-97-7 Straight: 133-74

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  • Are there lessons to be learned in Oregon’s school funding strategy?Are there lessons to be learned in Oregon’s school funding strategy?

    Washington’s highest court offered a ruling last month suggesting, at last, the state’s school funding woes could be in its past. At the same time, Oregon approaches the ten-year anniversary of its own school funding lawsuit, one that found our southern neighbors were also failing to pay for education. But education groups in Oregon, as well as the state’s own education commission, say the state has continued to fail to fully fund public education in the state. And in Washington, some remain unconvinced that the funding structure put forth by the Legislature last summer will truly cover the cost of schools. “I envision in the future it’s going to be each of these groups saying, ‘I let it play out and here are the facts on the ground,’” said Tom Ahearne, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the landmark McCleary school funding case. At a time when school financing is changing dramatically in Washington state, its neighbor to the south offers a very different and, at least at the moment, a more generous example of how to fund schools. Oregon’s per pupil spending is higher than Washington’s, and growing. Plus, the state dedicated about $1 billion more in spending than Washington state’s Legislature. But the Washington Legislature answered the Supreme Court’s funding question with a property tax levy swap, which will hike the state levy rate for things like teacher salary, while capping local levies for extra activities, including extended school days, additional courses or early-learning programs. The plan is expected to inject $7.3 billion in state money into schools. Some of the richest districts in the state reside in King County, which means households there will bear more of the brunt for funding education. Washington’s new system will impose higher property tax bills on residents of Seattle and many other more affluent areas of the Puget Sound region, where property values are higher, to support state education funding. There’s no equivalent in Oregon, where property taxes are raised locally and spent locally. “What Oregon does kind of differently from most states is a blanket ‘Here is money for schools,’” said Toya Fick, executive director of the nonprofit Stand for Children Oregon. “We have very tight local controls.” The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last month that the funding plan will meet the mark for constitutional compliance once fully implemented — but the full rollout doesn’t come until 2019, meaning the state failed to meet the court’s 2018 deadline. That leaves the state, for now, $1 billion short of paying for schools, according to the Supreme Court’s ruling. But experts say Oregon’s own property tax cap — albeit one more stringent than Washington’s — has crippled districts’ ability to fund classrooms. Measure 5, a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1990, caps property taxes dedicated for school funding at $5 per $1,000 in assessed property value per year. Property taxes for other purposes are capped at $10 per $1,000 in assessed property value per year. Summer Stinson, the president of grassroots school funding campaign Washington’s Paramount Duty, got her political start in 1990 as a student at Oregon State University protesting Measure 5. The ramifications, Stinson said, were swift. “I don’t think Oregon has ever fully recovered from Measure 5,” she said. The equation of paying for state schools was suddenly swapped. Where about 70 percent of school funding came from local dollars and 30 percent from the state, now the reverse is true: about 70 percent comes from the state’s general fund and 30 percent from local dollars. That squeezed other state programs — dollars that once went toward social services, colleges and state police were allocated toward schools. And even then, public schools faced substantial cuts. Stinson recalls talking to underclassmen who didn’t have the same enrichment opportunities in high school that she had: wood shop, home economics, metal work. “Think of all the structure that required,” she said. “The building, the room, the investment in the equipment, hiring teachers who focus on those things. Those are really valuable skills.” And subsequent years imposed further limits. Measure 47, later clarified by Measure 50, limited the growth of a property’s assessed value to 3 percent maximum per year. Advocates for the later measures said limiting property value growth would prevent local governments from artificially inflating property values to raise revenue. Fick of Stand for Children called the state’s property tax model “crazy.” She understands property owners worry about possibly swinging property tax bills, especially in the rapidly gentrifying Portland-metro area, but she said Measure 5 also takes away the power of local governments to collect resources. “You’re leaving resources on the table, unless we change the constitution via another vote,” Fick said. Furthermore, there’s no sales tax in Oregon. Instead, the state depends on a personal income tax for revenue. That means in times of economic strife, Oregon’s schools are less resilient against shrinking budgets. Oregon gained notoriety in 2003, when the New York Times reported on 84 of the state’s school districts closing early when money ran out. On the flip side, school funding has grown in recent years in the state as the economy has grown. Oregon’s per pupil spending exceeds Washington’s, at $12,519 compared to $10,829 in 2016, according to a report by the National Education Association. Furthermore, the teacher union reported, Oregon’s per pupil spending is projected to grow much faster than Washington’s this year. The state is projected to spend $13,230 on students this year, a 5.7 percent increase, compared to $10,895 in Washington — less than 1 percent. But Michael Wiltfong, Oregon’s school finance and facilities director, said even with the $8.2 billion the state is expected to spend on schools over the next biennium, it still falls about $2 billion short of the $10.5 billion needed to fully fund education. “Until we change the revenue sources in Oregon, we never will,” Wiltfong said. Year after year, the state’s school formula is challenged in the Legislature, he said. But after all is said and done, it remains the same. “I think they’re satisfied with how the formula works,” Wiltfong said. Whether Washington’s overhauled school funding formula elicits legal challenges remains to be seen. “Time will be the judge of whether it’s adequate or not,” said Ahearne, the McCleary attorney. Seattle Public Schools criticized the plan, filing an amicus brief highlighting what the district called “substantial flaws” that will fail to fund special education programs and teacher compensation. And while the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the formula would fully fund education, those who have been fighting for a decade believe that, like in Oregon, the fight isn’t over yet. “We have talked a lot about McCleary because that was a strong vehicle for daylighting these issues,” Stinson said. “There’s unfinished business and work to be done.”

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  • In the era of #MeToo, Reichert can take a stand for victimsIn the era of #MeToo, Reichert can take a stand for victims

    Congressman Dave Reichert has made standing up for the rights of crime victims a hallmark of his Congressional career. Building on his experience as King County Sheriff, he has frequently spoken out for victim rights, strong policies and funding for victims. He is a long-standing member of the Congressional Victim Rights Caucus, which advocates for and protects programs that provide critical services for victims. Yet on the federal tax bill, which has the potential to erode much of what he has worked for, our Congressman is strangely silent. Now is the time for Reichert to stand up for victims of crime, especially sexual assault and domestic violence. Two provisions in the tax bill will, if passed, reduce funding for organizations in King County that provide critical services to victims of sexual and domestic violence as well as their families. This comes at a time when awareness of sexual assault is at an all-time high, and, as a result, more survivors seek help and support. Calls to the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) spiked the last few months, and are running about 26 percent higher overall than at this time last year. By significantly increasing the deficit, which this tax bill will do, there will be forced cuts in federal spending for services to victims, such as the Victims of Crime Act. Congressional leaders have said they will waive the provision that forces these cuts, but so far, that has not happened, and there is no timeline for that to take place. Given his strong background as a victim advocate, Reichert can and should speak up now to prevent these cuts. In King County alone, over $14.5 million in new federal funding was received in 2016 to support services to all crime victims. Some of this funding helped KCSARC to respond to an additional 800 more victims this year. If cut, the timing couldn’t be worse: we can’t imagine turning away 800 survivors of sexual assault, just as they are mustering the tremendous courage it takes to dial our resource line and tell someone their story. And yet, without strong words of support from Reichert, that could be the case. In addition to increasing deficits and risking programs that help victims of crime, this tax bill will eliminate the deduction many individuals get when they donate to nonprofit charities. All of the organizations in King County that assist victims of crime — including sexual assault and domestic violence — rely on private donations to match government grants. Dropping that deduction puts an additional burden on nonprofits like ours who must raise private funds in order to meet a critical public need that governments are not equipped to take on. The House bill also eliminates the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and nonprofits from endorsing and opposing political candidates. Nonprofit organizations like KCSARC are effective in part because we cannot endorse political candidates. Removing the Johnson Amendment will only further the hyper-partisan atmosphere. We urge Reichert to be vocal about maintaining the Amendment. As Reichert concludes his 12-year tenure in Congress, speaking up now on behalf of victims would be memorable. We urge him to maintain funding for services and take a firm position against cuts. There has never been a more important time to stand up for victims.  

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  • On a beautiful and remote NW beach: TrashOn a beautiful and remote NW beach: Trash

    The story of a piece of litter doesn’t end at your curbside. Every year, millions of tons of trash find their way down storm drains and rivers to the ocean. Ocean currents take over from there, carrying man-made stuff thousands of miles away to far-flung corners of the planet — even to places otherwise thought to be untouched by people. And that makes marine debris difficult to clean up. Here’s what you need to know about the trash that’s piling up on Pacific Northwest beaches and around the world’s oceans. How much marine debris is in the ocean? Marine debris includes just about everything people might discard, but the vast majority of trash in the ocean is plastic, which takes hundreds of years to break down. An estimated 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, putting the total number of ocean-going plastic pieces in the trillions. This debris includes consumer goods, like plastic water bottles, and industrial equipment, like abandoned fishing gear. Every country pollutes, but according to the Ocean Conservancy, about two-thirds of plastic junk in the ocean comes from five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Some of it sinks but much of it gathers in a convergence zone of ocean currents called “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” or gets deposited along shorelines. How does this affect you? Large plastic debris can break down into small plastic particles known as microplastic. Then it can be ingested by organisms at the bottom of the food chain, and work its way up to our dinner plates. In the Pacific Northwest, scientists are already finding these microscopic plastics in shellfish. While the consequences of microplastic ingestion are still being studied, the amount of plastic in our oceans keeps rising. By 2050, scientists expect plastic in the ocean to outweigh fish in the ocean. “My concern is that we have a latent reservoir of products in the ocean that is basically our future supply of broken down microplastics,” said Peter Ross, an ocean pollution researcher at the Vancouver Aquarium. Larger ocean trash can kill marine wildlife, destroy habitats and transport invasive species between countries. A 2017 study found that 300 different species have crossed the Pacific Ocean on marine debris sent eastbound by the 2011 tsunami that struck Japan. What does the tsunami have to do with it? The tsunami, which killed thousands of people, also released an estimated 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Some of that debris traveled across the ocean to the shores of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, where the marine debris is still being discovered today. The disaster prompted cleanups along North America’s west coast. In Alaska and British Columbia an unprecedented effort required at least a $1 million from the Japanese government to cart off about 1 million pounds of debris — about half of which likely came from the tsunami. “The tsunami helped bring awareness to the issue,” said Peter Murphy, who helped lead that cleanup for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, at the time. “But this is just a drop in the bucket.” So, what else can be done about it? Some U.S. states have adopted marine debris “action plans,” outlining ideas for plastic cleanup plans. One company, The Ocean Cleanup, has pledged to deploy new technology that will be responsible for “the largest cleanup in history.” But most activists say that humans can’t collect their trash as quickly as they lose it, so the focus should be on prevention. Developing countries have pledged billions to invest in waste management systems to help prevent oceanbound waste. Locally, regulatory efforts have targeted single-use products like plastic bags and straws.

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  • As taxes rise, we can’t forget our youngest residentsAs taxes rise, we can’t forget our youngest residents

    America does less to prepare its youngest children to enter kindergarten than nearly all other countries in the world with advanced economies. Two nationally respected scholars — Ajay Chaudry and Chris Weiland — are presenting findings Wednesday at Seattle City Hall from their research that shows just how far behind we are as a nation in preparing our children for a productive and satisfying life. While we have taken steps here in Seattle and King County to rectify this gloomy outlook, much remains to be done. Consider these facts from Chaudry’s and Weiland’s research. Nearly half of children in our country enter kindergarten without the skills they need to thrive. For black children, it’s more than half, and for Hispanic kids it’s 60 percent. The educational achievement gaps we see in primary-school children are present before they enter kindergarten and they persist. In Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality, Chaudry and Weiland, along with Taryn Morrissey and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, lay out the predicament we face as a nation and suggests how we might respond. Their conclusion: Invest early in the lives of children with high quality programs designed to enhance brain development, prepare kids for kindergarten and support parents. Why does this matter? Because our children deserve a strong and fair start in life. And with that strong and fair start, our children will be prepared to lead, to fuel innovation, to sustain the economy and to advance our civilization. The United States falls far below our leading competitor countries with advanced economies in spending on early childhood care and education. The United States ranks near the bottom of developed countries in the share of the gross domestic product spent on early childhood programs. The authors of Cradle to Kindergarten recommend several action steps designed to rectify our national disgrace of not preparing our children — paid parental leave, reliable guarantee of child-care assistance for working families, universal high-quality education beginning at age 3, and an overhaul of the federal Head Start program to begin at birth and provide continuous development services to our most vulnerable children. These steps are crucial to lowering the number of children who walk through the kindergarten door already behind. Next year, Seattle’s mayor and city council will consider renewal of the Families and Education Levy, designed to provide extra academic support for children falling behind, and the crucial Seattle Preschool Program for our 3- and 4-year-old children. Both of these special tax levies should be renewed with a keen focus on quality and academic outcomes. The challenge will be the rising property tax burden, especially this next spring when the new property tax statements arrive in our mailboxes with the state’s McCleary-case education boost included. Those statements will create a shock among Seattle property owners. But, no matter how much more we spend on our K-12 education system, it will be for naught if nearly half of our children arrive at the kindergarten door already behind their peers. The compelling case for early investments — from cradle to kindergarten — is being presented at City Hall. Let’s hope we can rally ourselves to do what’s right for our kids so they get the strong and fair start they — and we — deserve. The future of Seattle will be stronger and more secure if we do.

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  • Where to Celebrate HanukkahWhere to Celebrate Hanukkah

    Hanukkah, the weeklong Jewish Festival of Lights, is filled with food, games, music, and merriment. This year, it begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 and continues until the evening of Wednesday, December 20, and there are lots of different ways to celebrate in Seattle, whether you observe the holiday or want to learn about new cultural traditions.

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  • Showtime for new West Seattle nonprofit Mode Music and Performing ArtsShowtime for new West Seattle nonprofit Mode Music and Performing Arts

    There's a new mission for the space on the north side of the North Delridge building that's home to Mode Music Studios and The Skylark : Mode Music and Performing Arts is a new nonprofit arts organization that introduced itself to the community with an open house this past Sunday - co-founded by Erin Rubin and Kristina Rowell . Rubin is proprietor of Mode Music Studios, which is two doors south and will continue its core business of music instruction; Rowell is a veteran performing-arts instructor.

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  • Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups For NFL Week 15Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups For NFL Week 15

    By Matt Citak As we get closer and closer to the end of the 2017 NFL regular season, the stakes continue to rise in the fantasy football world. Week 15 represents the semifinals for most fantasy leagues, which means if you are reading this article, you probably made your league’s final four. Now that you have made it this far, let’s try to help get you into the championship. While you likely aren’t going to bench any of the starters you’ve been playing all season, it’s vital to have some guys on your bench that you’d feel comfortable plugging into your lineup just in case. As we see every year in the NFL, and just witnessed with Carson Wentz, injuries happen. It’s best to be safe and have a solid backup ready to go, in case of an emergency. With that in mind, here are CBS Local Sports’ Week 15 top waiver wire pickups. QB Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars If you were one of the unfortunate fantasy owners to lose Carson Wentz on Sunday, the thought of having to start Bortles in your league’s semifinals is probably your worst nightmare. But looking at his stats over the last three weeks, the Jaguars quarterback has actually been a very viable fantasy option. Bortles has picked up at least 18 fantasy points in each of his last three games, and is coming off a performance against the Seahawks where he completed 18-of-27 passes (66.7 percent) for 268 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. While Seattle’s defense took a hit with the injuries to Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, that’s still a noteworthy outing. Jacksonville takes on Houston this week, with the Texans ranking in the top 5 in most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season. You might not want to trust Bortles in such an important matchup, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Bortles is certainly a streaming option in Week 15. Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images RB Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals Williams has taken advantage of his two recent starts, carrying the ball 36 times for 170 yards (4.7 yards per carry) while filing in for the injured Adrian Peterson. Those numbers aren’t out of this world, but how many other running backs on the waiver wire do you see averaging 18 carries a game over the last two weeks? Exactly. Peterson is still recovering from a neck injury that has forced him to miss the last two games, and as we have seen in the past, teams are often extra cautious when it comes to neck injuries. This could mean at least one more start for Williams in Week 15 against Washington, and potentially a fourth consecutive start in Week 16 against the Giants. Of course you should keep an eye on the injury report to see how Peterson is progressing, but if he remains sidelined, Williams will be a solid play. Credit: Norm Hall/Getty Images RB Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks I spoke about snagging Davis off of the waiver wire last week, so hopefully you followed my advice. If not, fingers crossed that he’s still available. For the second straight game, Davis got at least 15 carries and ran for over 60 yards, finishing with 66 yards and an average of 4.4 yards per carry. Davis has shown the most consistency from the running back position since Seattle lost rookie back Chris Carson in Week 4, and seems to have solidified his role in the Seahawks offense with three games left on the season. Davis could provide you with some much-needed running back depth, and with Seattle’s next two matchups against the Rams and Cowboys, could prove to be quite valuable for the final stretch of the fantasy season. While Davis suffered a rib injury during the team’s Week 14 loss to Jacksonville, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that the back was “moving around pretty good today.” Be sure to monitor the injury this week. Credit: Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images WR Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars Westbrook is another player that found his way onto this list last week, and after his strong performance on Sunday, he’s even more of a priority add this week. The rookie wide receiver caught 5-of-8 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks, marking the second week in a row that he finished the game with at least five catches for 75 yards. Westbrook looked like Jacksonville’s most talented wide receiver in the preseason, and through his first four regular season games, his stellar play has carried over to the contests that actually count. The rookie has been targeted 33 times in four games, with at least eight in each of the last three. Bortles’ improved play has certainly helped Westbrook a ton, and with Jacksonville facing Houston and San Francisco in their next two games, the pair has a good chance of keeping the good times rolling in the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs. Westbrook should be one of the top adds for anyone in need of a wide receiver. Credit: Logan Bowles/Getty Images RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants Talk about a team that’s hard to trust. New York has had a miserable season, and while some players like Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard had plenty of fantasy value earlier in the season, they haven’t provided us with a solid fantasy performance in weeks. In fact, no one on the Giants has recently, except for Gallman. In the first game since Ben McAdoo’s firing, New York gave their rookie running back an extended look in their loss to the Cowboys, and Gallman came out of the game as one of the lone bright spots for the struggling Giants. The rookie out of Clemson took 12 carries for 49 yards while adding seven receptions for 40 yards, easily one of the most promising games we’ve seen from a Giants’ running back all season. New York’s season is over, but the only thing they have left to do over these last three weeks is evaluate their young players. This could lead to a few more high-volume games for the rookie, which makes him a smart add for anyone wanting to take a flier on a running back. Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images TE Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles Burton’s fantasy value relies squarely on whether or not Zach Ertz returns from a concussion this week. In the two games that Ertz has sat out, Burton has caught 9-of-12 targets for 113 yards and two touchdowns, making it easy for Eagles fans to forget that they have been playing without their starting tight end. The injury to Carson Wentz obviously affects all of Philadelphia’s pass-catchers, as the second-year quarterback seemed to be on his way to an MVP season. But backup quarterback Nick Foles has always loved targeting his tight ends, with 25 percent of his career touchdowns going to the tight end position. Philadelphia will travel to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants in Week 15. New York has been atrocious against opposing tight ends this season, making Burton a great play if Ertz is unable to make it back on the field. This is another situation where you must be checking the injury report every day for updates on Ertz. Credit: Jeff Gross/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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  • Lawmaker wants to end Washington's ban on rent controlLawmaker wants to end Washington's ban on rent control

    Washington cities are prohibited from regulating rent prices, but one lawmaker wants to change that. Democratic state Representative Nicole Macri says she'll propose a bill in 2018 to end the rent control ban.

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  • Boomer Esiason: ‘Door Is Wide Open For The Minnesota Vikings’Boomer Esiason: ‘Door Is Wide Open For The Minnesota Vikings’

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