• 65th Anniversary Events65th Anniversary Events

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

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  • 65 years of fascinating voices65 years of fascinating voices

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

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

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

    KUOW / 03.10.2017 02:37
  • Florida rally: Hundreds seek removal of Confederate monumentFlorida rally: Hundreds seek removal of Confederate monument

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Several hundred Black Lives Matter supporters have protested in one small Florida city, demanding the removal of a Confederate monument in front of a courthouse. The protest began Monday evening in the Gulf Coast city of Bradenton. It also drew a smaller number of people who want the monument to stay. […]

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  • Boeing, Northrop get contracts for nuclear missile workBoeing, Northrop get contracts for nuclear missile work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is awarding contracts to Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. for work that could lead to replacement of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The contracts are part of a planned overhaul of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The Air Force said Monday that it gave Boeing a $349 million contract […]

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  • Poll: What do you think of UW’s No. 8 ranking in the AP poll?Poll: What do you think of UW’s No. 8 ranking in the AP poll?

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  • Lawsuit seeks to block public vote on safe-injection sitesLawsuit seeks to block public vote on safe-injection sites

    SEATTLE (AP) — A group of public health experts and others are challenging a proposed King County initiative that would ban safe injection sites for drug users. A lawsuit filed Monday comes days after county elections officials verified signatures for Initiative 27, which would ban supervised sites where people can use heroin and other drugs. Protect Public Health’s lawsuit seeks to invalidate the measure, arguing that public health policy is outside the scope of the initiative process. A spokesman for I-27 called the lawsuit another attempt to disenfranchise voters who want to have a say on the radical proposal. The Metropolitan King County Council can pass the initiative as written or send it to voters, likely in February. An elections official says Aug. 1 was the administrative deadline for the November ballot. Council budget chair, Dave Upthegrove, says he'll oppose county funding for safe injection sites until the public has a chance to vote on I-27.

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  • Feds say brake problems preceded derailment in PennsylvaniaFeds say brake problems preceded derailment in Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal investigators say crews encountered air brake problems before a freight train derailed in Pennsylvania earlier this month, causing hazardous material to ignite and forcing residents from their homes. The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report issued Monday says a crew stopped the CSX Transportation train before the Aug. 2 wreck, […]

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  • List Of Charities Shunning Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort Keeps GrowingList Of Charities Shunning Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort Keeps Growing

    The list of charities and non-profits that have cancelled fund raising events at Mar-a-Lago is continuing to grow. At least 20 groups now have pulled out of galas that had been scheduled for President Trump's country club in Palm Beach, Fla. In announcing the cancellations, many of the groups cited the controversy surrounding Trump's recent comments that "both sides were to blame" for the violence that occurred during a white supremacists' rally in Charlottesville, Va. The withdrawals from Mar-a-Lago began last week when several well-known national charities, including the Cleveland Clinic, American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen, announced they would be finding new venues for their events. The American Red Cross' statement reflected the typical reasons cited. It said it provides "assistance without discrimination to all people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, or political opinions." And because of that mission, its association with the president's country

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  • Mother killed in gruesome elevator accident minutes after giving birth in SpainMother killed in gruesome elevator accident minutes after giving birth in Spain

    SEVILLE, Spain – A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to deliver her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville’s Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when she became caught in an elevator. Per local media, staff wheeled Cortes onto the elevator, but while the doors opened and shut, the elevator didn’t move. They reportedly decided to try another elevator, and as they were moving her out and with the doors open, it started going up. Horrified husband heard "loud blow" as new mum's body was 'cut in half by lift'https://t.co/6HN8zgS5D0 pic.twitter.com/CNebNggDVq — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) August 21, 2017 Precise details are unclear, but part of her body was outside the elevator and part was in, and the BBC picks up reports that suggest she was decapitated. Cortes, whose age is variously given as 25 and 26, was also a mother to 4- and 5-year-old daughters. The Local reports her newborn was not in the elevator with her during the accident, which a regional health minister describes as “quick, unusual, and tragic.” Her family is demanding someone be punished over the death; the elevator was reportedly serviced fewer than 10 days ago. (This mom sued an Oregon hospital for $8.6 million over her newborn’s suffocation death.) This article originally appeared on Newser: Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident More From Newser: Mom Found Son Dead in Room. She’s Blaming Pot A Doctor’s Visit, a Shocking Find: She Had No Vagina Experts: Maybe Don’t Watch Monday’s Solar Eclipse

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  • Parents name baby Eclipse after mom gives birth on day of total solar eclipseParents name baby Eclipse after mom gives birth on day of total solar eclipse

    GREENVILLE, S.C. – A couple decided to name their baby Eclipse in honor of the rare astronomical event marking their little girl’s birth Monday. Parents Freedom and Paul Eubanks welcomed baby Eclipse to the world at 8:04 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. The healthy baby entered the world weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. The decision to legally name her Eclipse was done at the last minute, according to the hospital. Paul and Freedom initially chose the name Violet for her, according to WSOC. “I kind of felt like it was meant to happen, to have her on this day,” her mother told the station. As for a nickname? “We’re probably going to call her Clipsey,” Freedom said. Eclipse has one sibling, an older sister, who’s 2 years old.

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  • At A Breaking Point: Stretched Secret Service Says It Needs Help To Protect TrumpsAt A Breaking Point: Stretched Secret Service Says It Needs Help To Protect Trumps

    The U.S. Secret Service is bumping up against statutory limits on overtime pay, as it struggles to provide protection for President Trump and his globe-trotting family. Agency officials estimate more than 1,000 agents and officers will log more overtime this year than allowed by law. The same thing happened in 2016, and Congress eventually passed a workaround. The agency hoped for some relief once the busy election season was over, but overtime bills have continued to mount. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles said the agency is once again working with lawmakers to ensure that staffers receive the overtime pay they're entitled to. "I am extremely proud of the hard work performed by the men and women of the Secret Service," Alles said in a statement. "As we work to ensure that employees are compensated for the hours they work, the Secret Service continues its rigorous hiring of special agents, Uniformed Division officers, and critical support staff to meet future mission

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  • How this K&L Gates attorney overcame discrimination, self-doubt on her way to the topHow this K&L Gates attorney overcame discrimination, self-doubt on her way to the top

    Pallavi Wahi says women in the industry "have come a long way" in the past 15 years.

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  • 3 N. Seattle brothers, 78, 80 and 82, arrested in child-porn investigation - KOMO News3 N. Seattle brothers, 78, 80 and 82, arrested in child-porn investigation - KOMO News

    KOMO News3 N. Seattle brothers, 78, 80 and 82, arrested in child-porn investigationKOMO NewsSEATTLE -- Three North Seattle brothers, who were arrested last week, have been charged with child-pornography offenses after a search turned up "a home littered from floor to ceiling with child exploitation images, children's clothing articles, toys ...Police: Seattle Children's janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abuseseattlepi.comall 3 news articles »

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  • Wisconsin woman accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old after drugging his slushieWisconsin woman accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old after drugging his slushie

    Tara Gotovnik MILWAUKEE – A 35-year-old Wisconsin woman is accused of drugging a 10-year-old child’s slushie and sexually assaulting him. Tara Gotovnik has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and delivery of a controlled substance. On August 7, the child’s father told police Gotovnik had assaulted his son, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WITI. The boy told investigators Gotovnik put sleeping pills in his slushie, causing him to have double vision and slurred speech, the complaint said.  He said Gotovnik then took off her clothes and told him to perform a sex act on her, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gotovnik allegedly brought out sex toys and used one on the 10-year-old. Afterward, Gotovnik told the boy that they could “go online and make money for doing it,” according to the complaint. Gotovnik was taken into custody the following day, and, upon questioning, she responded, “I don’t remember anything from that night.” However, she did admit to investigators she gave the child Ambien on two separate occasions — including the time the boy said he was assaulted. Police later found sex toys matching the child’s statement and several pill containers inside Gotovnik’s residence, according to the complaint.

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  • Lawsuit filed to block vote on safe-injection sitesLawsuit filed to block vote on safe-injection sites

    Voters won’t get to decide on whether or not to ban safe injection sites in King County until February. RELATED: Bothell councilmember Joshua Freed on why he supports I-27 Protect Public Health’s lawsuit seeks to invalidate Initiative 27, arguing that public health policy is outside the scope of the initiative process. The Metropolitan King County Council can pass the initiative as written or send it to voters, likely in February. An elections official says Aug. 1 was the administrative deadline for the November ballot. King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert introduced a motion on Monday to move up the vote, but it failed. Supporters of I-27 say February may be too late with some pushing to open the safe injection sites by the end of the year.   Council budget chair, Dave Upthegrove, says he’ll oppose county funding for safe injection sites until the public has a chance to vote on I-27. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • 3 brothers aged 78, 79, 82 charged with possession of child porn3 brothers aged 78, 79, 82 charged with possession of child porn

    SEATTLE — Three brothers aged 78, 79 and 82 were arrested at a North Seattle home and charged with possession of child pornography, the Seattle Police Department said Monday. Those charged were identified as Edwin Emery, Thomas Emery and Charles Emery, who police said had lived in the same home in north Seattle for about 50 years. “The defendants have no known conviction history, but are charged with collecting images depicting the misery of sexually abused children to satiate their deeply rooted deviant interests,” the King County Prosecutor’s Office said in court documents. Seattle police said a family member was cleaning the suspects’ home and discovered what she believed to be materials depicting the sexual abuse of a child. She called 911 and North Precinct officers responded. Officers arrived and confirmed the nature of the material. "Among the items in evidence are numerous children’s clothing, including shoes, socks and underwear, all with indications of prior use; images of child sexual abuse and graphic written descriptions of extreme harm to children," a police statement said. The family member explained that she has legal guardianship over Charles Emery, who current lives in a senior residential home for dementia, and that's why she was going through the material at the brothers' home in north Seattle. The family member said he had been abused by two of the three brothers when she was a child. A Seattle police detective said the allegation was being investigated, but said he doubted charges would result from that because it had reportedly occurred too many years ago.

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  • Judge: Michigan lawmakers must turn over records to TeslaJudge: Michigan lawmakers must turn over records to Tesla

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled two Michigan lawmakers must surrender to Tesla Motors Inc. records of their communications with lobbyists over a law barring the electric car maker from selling directly to customers. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody denied efforts by Republican Sen. Joe Hune of Gregory and Republican Rep. […]

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  • Mariners at Braves: Live updates as Seattle opens critical series in AtlantaMariners at Braves: Live updates as Seattle opens critical series in Atlanta

    Fresh off a solid Mariners debut, Andrew Albers (1-0, 1.80 ERA) takes the hill for Seattle, opposite Atlanta's Mike Foltynewictz (10-8, 5.78 ERA).

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  • Rainier Beach’s Nathaniel Kalepo says his UW commitment takes ‘a lot of stress off my shoulders’Rainier Beach’s Nathaniel Kalepo says his UW commitment takes ‘a lot of stress off my shoulders’

    Kalepo, now 6-feet-6 and 315 pounds, says he was surprised at his rapid rise in the recruiting ranks this year.

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  • Ex-Serbian militiaman convicted of lying for US citizenshipEx-Serbian militiaman convicted of lying for US citizenship

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and losing his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it. They say 57-year-old Alexander Kneginich of Crown Point, Indiana, was convicted Friday of fraudulently obtaining U.S. […]

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  • Eclipse watchers: ‘Really, really, really awesome’Eclipse watchers: ‘Really, really, really awesome’

    Reaction to the total solar eclipse in the U.S.: “The show has just begun, people! What a gorgeous day! Isn’t this great, people?” — Jim Todd, a director at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Salem, Oregon. “It made me all teary-eyed. It was just so momentous. Just really cool — and very […]

    The Seattle Times / 51 min. ago
  • Off-duty officer killed, woman hurt in Kansas City shootingOff-duty officer killed, woman hurt in Kansas City shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an off-duty police officer was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in Kansas City’s Westport bar and entertainment district. The Lee’s Summit Police Department has confirmed that the person killed Sunday night on the patio of Californos was Officer Thomas […]

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  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, IDEC will host community update on the Donnie Chin murder investigation on August 23Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, IDEC will host community update on the Donnie Chin murder investigation on August 23

    Donnie Chin (right) dedicated his life to protecting the Chinatown International District. Community efforts since his murder have put pressure on the city to act on public safety concerns. • Photo by Dean Wong Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) and International District Emergency Center (IDEC) will be hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Nagomi Tea House (519 6th Ave S #200, Seattle, WA 98104). The purpose of the meeting is to update the community on the latest information about the Donnie Chin murder investigation and the future plans for IDEC. Seattle Police Deputy Chief Carmen Best will be attending. King County Councilmember  Joe McDermott and Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell have been invited. Donnie Chin was the founder and director of IDEC. He was shot and killed on July 23, 2015 as he was responding to a reported dispute. For more community announcements, click here

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  • With Court's OK, Chile Relaxes One Of The World's Strictest Abortion BansWith Court's OK, Chile Relaxes One Of The World's Strictest Abortion Bans

    A Chilean court dealt abortion rights activists a landmark victory Monday, approving a controversial bill that rolled back parts of one of the world's strictest abortion bans. The bill passed by lawmakers earlier this month — after a years-long campaign by President Michelet Bachelet — added three exceptions to a law that for nearly three decades outlawed abortion in all cases. By a narrow margin, lawmakers rendered abortion legal when the pregnancy results from rape, when the pregnancy endangers the mother's life and when the fetus is unviable. Yet the bill remained in doubt for weeks afterward as its opponents lodged a complaint with the country's Constitutional Court, which weighs in on disputes over a potential law's constitutionality. As The Two-Way reported , the bill's conservative opposition filed a 67-page document arguing that the bill failed to fulfill the constitution's requirement to " protect the life that is about to be born." On Monday, after several days of

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  • 1 climber dies, 1 injured in Mount Baker fall1 climber dies, 1 injured in Mount Baker fall

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and another was seriously injured when they fell into a glacial crevasse while climbing on Mount Baker. The Bellingham Herald reports (https://goo.gl/TDTdiB ) the two men were at the 6,000-foot level on Sholes Glacier near Coleman Pinnacle Saturday afternoon when they apparently slipped and fell. Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo says the man killed was an active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces. Elfo says the man who was hurt was flown by helicopter Saturday to a Bellingham hospital with “significant injuries.” Elfo says local search-and-rescue volunteers and members of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue team helped Whatcom County Sheriff’s officials recover the other climber’s body Sunday.

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  • Search for missing Army helicopter crew suspended in HawaiiSearch for missing Army helicopter crew suspended in Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials announced Monday that they have suspended the search for five Army soldiers who were in a helicopter crash during offshore training in Hawaii last week. Families of the missing soldiers were notified about the search suspension before reporters were told at a news conference and there has been no determination yet […]

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  • PHOTOS: The Day The Eclipse Came To AmericaPHOTOS: The Day The Eclipse Came To America

    Eclipses are among the most predictable events on the planet. This one was known about for many decades before it crossed America earlier Monday. Accordingly, people had been planning eclipse road trips for weeks in advance. They piled into planes and cars and made their way to the 70-mile-wide swath of land where the total eclipse would be visible. They checked online calculators, which told them the time of totality down to the second. And yet for all the certainty, when Americans finally stopped to look up, many were gobsmacked by what they saw. For a couple of minutes, the temperature dropped, dusk fell in midday, and the sun was replaced by a circle of wispy white light — the glow of the solar corona, which is visible only when the moon directly blocks the sun's rays. There were gasps and cheers as the eclipse made its first appearance over Oregon in the midmorning local time. From there it swept across the nation at more than 1,000 miles per hour. In Idaho they watched from

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  • Seattle companies to workers for eclipse: Stop working and go outsideSeattle companies to workers for eclipse: Stop working and go outside

    Worker productivity was low on Monday, and most employers seemed OK with that.

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  • VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areasVA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a visit to Montana that his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans. Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency’s existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans’ homes, Shulkin […]

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  • Texas man set to be executed for killing girl gets reprieveTexas man set to be executed for killing girl gets reprieve

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted next week’s scheduled execution of a man condemned for the rape and slaying of an 11-year-old Dallas girl in 2005. The court said in a brief order Monday it wanted additional review of arguments that 45-year-old Steven Long is mentally impaired. The U.S. […]

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  • Breaking Silences: Dr. Pata Suyemoto, mental health activist, takes the high roadBreaking Silences: Dr. Pata Suyemoto, mental health activist, takes the high road

    Dr. Pata Suyemoto • Photo credit: Leah C-S Photography Dr. Pata Suyemoto is no newcomer to mental health issues. As a Japanese-American teenager, she faced stigma after attempting to take her own life. At 16, her parents were willing to get her medical help for her chronic depression, but there was still the unspoken rule of “no airing of dirty laundry” to anyone else. Her father, who was Japanese American, and her mother, who was Caucasian, faced their own issues. According to Suyemoto, her father never spoke of his internment as a Japanese American in Utah, yet the intergenerational trauma was there. Her mother dealt with her own bipolar illness while Suyemoto was growing up. Suyemoto herself also lives with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). Suyemoto, who has worked as a diversity coach and holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, said that “coming out “ to her students as someone experiencing mental illness was more difficult than discussing her life as a biracial, bisexual, woman. Suyemoto has been interviewed by Psychology Today and The Boston Globe about her perspective on living with mental illness. Today, Suyemoto declares herself a mental health activist, although she abhors the common term “consumer” when identifying her mental health issues. She said she has used both Western medicine and Eastern methodology to embrace her illness, and is also a Reiki Master. She is also an avid bicyclist and teacher, educating others in “everything she loves,” from English, Sign Language, bicycling to art. She is co-founder of the Breaking Silences project, based in Boston, which uses presentations and workshops to demonstrate the stigma young API women face. One ten-minute performance, along with a 30-minute presentation, engage audiences and open up what are normally taboo discussions. “So many people have thanked me for talking about suicide. So many young [API] women are dying by suicide. [API] women between the ages of 15-24 years old have the second highest suicide rate. Native Americans have the highest suicide rate,” Suyemoto said. Part of the performance uses humor to counter the dreaded “conversations” that come up when others see someone struggling with a mental health issue. Suyemoto set the scene in our conversation by demonstrating that often when outsiders see the problem, they say to the person “You look awful!” to which the comeback is “You look awful too!” This segment of the show is called “What not to say.” Also within the 30-minute presentation, Suyemoto discusses the idea of the “model minority” theory, where one minority, specifically API Communities, are pitted against another as “making it” in the mainstream majority population. This “modeling” creates intense pressure, specifically around getting high grades and being “academic” for young API women. This perception of “making it”, according to Suyemoto, does not stop the anguish of young API women who may experience the racism of “othering,” always trying to fit in and wondering if they will make it. Suyemoto explained this via the abrasive questions such as “Where are you from?” “The question, “What are you? “ means you are “othered.” Suyemoto said. If mental illness is also included with these stigmas, even more fear and isolation is involved. “An oppressed group of people do not want to add to the oppression.” Suyemoto said. Suyemoto said she and co-founder Christina Chan started the Breaking Silences project as a fill-in presentation several years ago for the National Organization of Women (NOW) conference. She said they wanted to combine forces in bringing their own experiences to the stage to help others. The two have also created workshops as part of their work. They are also in the process of collecting interviews that share lived experience from API women who have mental health challenges. Suyemoto said she hopes to create a book from these in the future, if she can get the funding. What distinguishes suicide prevention intervention methods for API women versus other women of other cultures? Suyemoto said in order to answer that question, more concrete research is needed on the variety of API needs within communities. But unfortunately, this is not a high priority for government funding. Suyemoto notes that the National American Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED), have aligned in training and funding to present an eight-week course titled “Achieving Whole Health: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Suyemoto teaches this course, which she gears toward API women. Through this course, individuals work together to find a balance in their whole being, a format that Suyemoto says API women are more responsive to than individual visits to a behavioral mental health agency. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) programs, a national evidence-based suicide prevention training, have also benefited from Suyemoto’s awareness. Suyemoto said she helped augment an intervention format that is more applicable to API communities than the standard training given to QPR trainees. Rather than a direct inquiry to a suffering API person, such as “Are you suicidal?” the question should be reframed as something like, “Do you have a close friend you can talk to ?” Suyemoto said this is because culturally in the API communities, it is disrespectful to speak out about difficulties to elders or authority. But a best friend can act in the intervention on behalf of the person suffering. For Suyemoto, the willingness to disclose one’s mental illness is a turning point. She said once a person opens up, there is no turning back, and there needs to be “risk assessment” when making the decision to come out. For her, disclosing her mental illness was part of the healing process. “I was ready,” she said. “I thought about it long and hard. It takes a lot of courage. You have the fear, and do it anyway. You know it’s the right thing.” For more news, click here

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  • Trump address on Afghanistan, annotatedTrump address on Afghanistan, annotated

    President Donald Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 6 p.m. PT, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war.

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  • Ohio Judge Returns Fire After 'Ambush' Outside Courthouse Ohio Judge Returns Fire After 'Ambush' Outside Courthouse

    An Ohio judge traded gunfire with an assailant who shot him outside a county courthouse Monday, before the suspect was killed by a probation officer. Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was walking to his car outside the Jefferson County Courthouse along what's known as Courthouse Alley in Steubenville, Ohio, when he was shot, The Associated Press reports. Prosecutors say the gunman was the father of one of the two Steubenville High School football players convicted of rape in 2012. Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin named Nathaniel Richmond as the shooter. He is the father of Ma'Lik Richmond, who served 10 months at a juvenile detention center after being convicted with a co-defendant of raping a passed-out 16-year-old girl at a party. A visiting judge from another county handled most of the rape case, not Bruzzese, according to the AP. "We're starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work; these subjects were waiting for [him]. He

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  • 'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse - The Seattle Times'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle Times'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipseThe Seattle TimesThe moon covers the sun during a total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Redmond, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren). Sky-watchers everywhere — and millions were expected to peer into the sun — set out lawn chairs and blankets and awaited the first ...Eclipse passes Seattle area, turns day into night across the USKIRO SeattleThe Latest: Seattle man pops question during eclipseThe Daily Progressall 3,813 news articles »

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  • Awe-struck viewers watch total eclipse sweep across US Awe-struck viewers watch total eclipse sweep across US

    Whoops, cheers and cries of astonishment swept across the country today as the first total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years was seen from the United States. “That was the most extraordinary experience. I was flabbergasted,” said John Llewellyn of Boise, who watched the eclipse in Cascade, Idaho. “We always assume the sun is going to be shining, and suddenly the sun is gone. ... I can understand how the ancients thought that it had been eaten by a great space monster.” Eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality, a 70-mile wide swath cutting through 14 US states. Festivals, rooftop parties, weddings, camping trips and astronomy meet-ups popped up nationwide for what NASA expected to be the most heavily photographed and documented eclipse in modern times. Llewellyn watched the eclipse in Cascade, with a few hundred people gathered at a viewing event organized by Northwest Nazarene University. Ari Daniel, NOVA digital producer and

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  • Eclipse 2017: Scenes from Alaska Airlines' flight to totality (Photos)Eclipse 2017: Scenes from Alaska Airlines' flight to totality (Photos)

    Alaska Airlines' made it to totality Monday. The airline hosted around 90 guests for a private charter flight from Portland International Airport destined for a point some 800 miles west of the Oregon Coast where it would greet the heart of the solar eclipse. In the process, the airline's passengers — a mix of media, members of the airline's loyalty program and members of the professional science community — became among the first in the nation to view the eclipse in person. The Seattle-based…

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  • Removing Confederate memorial will not erase Seattle's history of white supremacy - The Seattle TimesRemoving Confederate memorial will not erase Seattle's history of white supremacy - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesRemoving Confederate memorial will not erase Seattle's history of white supremacyThe Seattle TimesThe other is the history of Seattle's unabashed racism and white supremacy. The fact that the memorial makes this racist history visible is the best reason to keep it. White people in Seattle seldom remember our city was founded, in part, on white ...and more »

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  • Suspect In Finland Stabbing Rampage Identified As 18-Year-Old Moroccan Suspect In Finland Stabbing Rampage Identified As 18-Year-Old Moroccan

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    If you ask Guy Consolmagno, science and religion are two things that go together quite nicely. Brother Guy, as he’s known, is a Jesuit priest from Ohio. He’s also the director of the Vatican Observatory based in Rome. We talked with Consolmagno ahead of his trip to Hopkinsville, Kentucky — the town sits smack-dab in the path of totality and has adopted the nickname Eclipseville — where he planned to watch his first-ever total solar eclipse. Brother Guy had a conversation with The World’s religion correspondent, Matthew Bell. Matthew Bell: So, hold on a minute. The Vatican employs an astronomer? Guy Consolmagno: We’ve actually got a dozen of them, and the one joke is that [the Vatican] couldn’t afford a particle accelerator. Astronomy is a great way to use science to introduce people to the idea that the universe is bigger than what’s for lunch, that there’s more to life than your immediate day-to-day needs. And that’s what religion tries to do, as well. The history of the Vatican

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  • PHOTOS: Austinites Take In The Solar EclipsePHOTOS: Austinites Take In The Solar Eclipse

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  • Americans Are Dazzled As Eclipse Turns Day Into NightAmericans Are Dazzled As Eclipse Turns Day Into Night

    Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. “It was a very primal experience, it really was,” Julie Vigeland, of Portland, Oregon, said after she was moved to tears by the sight of the sun reduced to a silvery ring of light in Salem. “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing, nothing like this. Absolutely nothing.” The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams. In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned their necks at the sky and knocked back longneck beers at Nudie’s Honky Tonk bar. Passengers aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean watched it unfold as Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” At the Nashville Zoo, the giraffes started running around crazily in circles when darkness fell, and the flamingos huddled together, though zookeepers aid it wasn’t clear whether it was the eclipse or the noisy, cheering crowd that spooked them. Several minor-league baseball teams — one of them, South Carolina’s Columbia Fireflies, outfitted for the day in glow-in-the-dark jerseys — briefly suspended play. At the White House, despite all the warnings from experts about the risk of eye damage, President Donald Trump took off his eclipse glasses and looked directly at the sun. It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history, with many Americans staking out prime viewing spots and settling onto blankets and lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the line of deep shadow created when the sun is completely obscured except for the ring of light known as the corona. The shadow — a corridor just 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide — came ashore in Oregon and then traveled diagonally across the Midwest to South Carolina, with darkness from the totality lasting only about two to three wondrous minutes in any one spot. The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were Central America and the top of South America. With 200 million people within a day’s drive from the path of totality, towns and parks saw big crowds. Skies were clear along most of the route, to the relief of those who feared cloud cover would spoil this once-in-a-lifetime moment. NASA reported 4.4 million people were watching its TV coverage midway through the eclipse, the biggest livestream event in the space agency’s history. “It can be religious. It makes you feel insignificant, like you’re just a speck in the whole scheme of things,” said veteran eclipse-watcher Mike O’Leary of San Diego, who set up his camera along with among hundreds of other amateur astronomers gathered in Casper, Wyoming. John Hays drove up from Bishop, California, for the total eclipse in Salem, Oregon, and said the experience will stay with him forever. “That silvery ring is so hypnotic and mesmerizing, it does remind you of wizardry or like magic,” he said. More than one parent was amazed to see teenagers actually look up from their cellphones. Matt Nagy, of Laramie, Wyoming, said that the eclipse made him “whoop and holler” and that even his two teenage daughters were impressed: “It takes a lot to get a teenager excited about something.” Astronomers were giddy with excitement. A solar eclipse is considered one of the grandest of cosmic spectacles. NASA solar physicist Alex Young said the last time earthlings had a connection like this to the heavens was during man’s first flight to the moon, on Apollo 8 in 1968. The first, famous Earthrise photo came from that mission and, like this eclipse, showed us “we are part of something bigger.” NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, watched with delight from a plane flying over the Oregon coast and joked about the NASA official next to him: “I’m about to fight this man for a window seat.” Hoping to learn more about the sun’s composition and activity, NASA and other scientists watched and analyzed from telescopes on the ground and in orbit, the International Space Station, airplanes and scores of high-altitude balloons beaming back live video. Citizen scientists monitored animal and plant behavior as day turned into twilight. About 7,000 people streamed into the Nashville Zoo just to watch the animals’ reaction and noticed how they got noisier at it got darker. The Earth, moon and sun line up perfectly every one to three years, briefly turning day into night for a sliver of the planet. But these sights normally are in no man’s land, like the vast Pacific or Earth’s poles. This is the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through such a heavily populated area. The moon hasn’t thrown this much shade at the U.S. since 1918, during the nation’s last coast-to-coast total eclipse. The last total solar eclipse on the U.S. was in 1979, but only five states in the Northwest experienced total darkness. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024. The next coast-to-coast one will not be until 2045. The path of totality passed through 14 states, entering near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 1:16 p.m. EDT, moving over Casper, Wyoming; Carbondale, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee, and then exiting near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. EDT. Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois saw the longest stretch of darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds. Kim Kniseley drove overnight from Roanoke, Virginia, arriving in Madisonville, Tennessee, before dawn to get a parking spot at Kefauver Park. He said he could have stayed home in Roanoke and seen a partial eclipse of 90 percent, but that would have been like “going to a rock concert and you’re standing in the parking lot.” ___ This story has been corrected to show that the giraffes started running in circles during, not after, the eclipse. ___ Associated Press writers Gillian Flaccus in Salem, Oregon; Peter Banda in Casper, Wyoming; Caryn Rousseau in Chicago; Seth Borenstein in Nashville, Tennessee; and Beth Harpaz in Madisonville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of the total solar eclipse here

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  • Navy wants answers after warship, merchant vessel collideNavy wants answers after warship, merchant vessel collide

    As search teams look for 10 American sailors missing after a Navy warship collided with a commercial tanker Monday east of Singapore — the latest in a series of similar incidents in the Pacific — the US defense brass wants answers. Following the collision between the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, and the merchant vessel, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he supports the decision by Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, to conduct a “comprehensive review” of recent US Navy collisions. The aim will be “to determine any of the causal factors, to determine what’s going on — both immediate contributors to this incident but also any related factors.” Watch Video Monday’s crash marked the fourth time this year a US warship has been involved in an accident in Asian waters. Richardson said in a Facebook statement that he has also asked Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of US Fleet Forces Command, to take charge of the investigation, which will include a review of “the process by which we train and certify our forces that are forward-deployed in Japan to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to make them ready for operations and war fighting.” The probe will also examine operational tempo and “trends in personnel, materiel, maintenance and equipment,” he said. “It will also include a review of how we train and certify our surface warfare community, including tactical and navigational proficiency.” Richardson said on Monday that there is no indication at this time that the incident was caused by cyber intrusion or sabotage, but the review will consider all possibilities. “We are looking at every possibility so we are not leaving anything to chance there,” he said. ‘Forceful action’ Richardson also is ordering a one-day pause in operations, allowing fleet leaders and commanders to take measures to “ensure safe and effective operations around the world,” he said. “This is the second collision in three months and is the last in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater. This trend demands more forceful action,” Richardson said. The pause is a one-day safety stand-down that will be done on a rotational basis over the course of a couple weeks, at the discretion of individual commands, a source told CNN. “The emphasis of that is really to take a look at the fundamentals, at the unit and team level, to make sure that we are not overlooking anything … the basic seamanship, airmanship, those sorts of things: teamwork, how we do business on the bridge, the fundamentals,” Richardson told reporters on Monday. “We want to do this pretty briskly. My direction will be about a week we should execute all of this, and then we’ll roll those up and capture any lessons learned and roll those back out,” he said. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said the McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was making its way to a port in Singapore. The collision was reported at 5:24 a.m. local time, east of the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s most congested shipping routes. The Navy reported significant hull damage to the McCain, saying there was flooding in berthing compartments as well as machinery and communication rooms. Following the accident, President Donald Trump arrived at the White House on Marine One and told reporters of the collision, “That’s too bad.” He and Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted that their thoughts and prayers were with the sailors aboard the destroyer. Sen. John McCain joined them and thanked the rescue crews for their service. The destroyer is named for the senator’s father and grandfather, both of whom were Navy admirals. The senator was a captain in the Navy. Pacific naval impact The collision comes at a time of high tensions in the Pacific. The McCain is equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, which has been touted as a possible counter to any North Korean missile launch. A US 7th Fleet spokesman said the McCain is one of 14 Aegis-equipped ships the Navy has forward-deployed to Japan and it plans to add another next year. The US Navy has 84 vessels equipped with the Aegis system. Cmdr. Clay Doss said the United States has a mixture of ships and aircraft available to cover all missions even without the McCain or USS Fitzgerald, the McCain’s sister ship that was damaged in a June collision. The US military and South Korea began 10-day military exercises Monday, as scheduled. The annual drills antagonize Pyongyang, which issued a statement Sunday that military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” The McCain’s last high-profile mission came earlier this month when it performed a freedom-of-navigation exercise near a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea. Search and rescue No fuel or oil was seen on the water near the ship after the collision as it steamed under its own power to Changi Naval Base in Singapore, arriving Monday afternoon, the Navy said. Malaysian officials said their ships and aircraft had joined the search for the missing sailors. The search area encompassed 100 nautical square miles, they said, describing sea conditions as rough, with waves up to 1 meter (3.2 feet) high. In addition to the 10 missing sailors, the Navy said five were injured in the collision. Four of those were flown by a Singapore navy helicopter to a hospital in Singapore, where they were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, the Navy said. US helicopters and Marine Corps Osprey aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America were joining search-and-rescue efforts along with Singaporean ships and helicopters, the Navy said. Rocky year for Navy The McCain collision marks the fourth incident involving a US Navy warship in the Pacific this year. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan. That collision resulted in the deaths of seven US sailors. The Fitzgerald will be transported to the United States for repairs. On May 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was struck by a small fishing boat off the Korean Peninsula. And in late January, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground while trying to anchor in Tokyo Bay. Authorities at Yokosuka Naval Base said the Antietam remains out of action. Experts: ‘Navy is not looking good’ Military experts said the latest incident calls into question the Navy’s training and will likely lead to changes in the Navy’s leadership. “I can almost guarantee you that there will be a tumultuous shake-up in the senior leadership of at least the 7th Fleet and maybe the Navy in general,” CNN military analyst Rick Francona said. “The Navy is not looking good about now, especially when we need those … Aegis-equipped ships for possible ballistic missile defense in a North Korean scenario,” he added. In a report on the Fitzgerald collision released last week, the Navy said it would review its training and qualification procedures. “The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership contributed to the collision,” a 7th Fleet statement said. Oil tanker ‘three times bigger’ Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, said the oil tanker would have been at least three times bigger than the USS John S. McCain. “Oil tankers are huge, and it takes miles for them to change course,” he said. “When you’re going into a congested channel, you’re supposed to be very alert, track ships around you to a very meticulous degree.” The Malacca Strait, which runs between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is the world’s second-busiest waterway, according to the World Economic Forum. The collision took place in waters to the east of the Malacca Strait, US authorities said. At a press conference, Malaysian authorities said both ships were heading toward Singapore from the South China Sea when the collision occurred. They described the area as very busy, with some 80,000 ships passing through it every year. Both ships should have reported to what the Malaysian authorities called a maritime “traffic separation scheme,” essentially air traffic control for ships. Francona said no matter what the tanker did, the faster, nimbler US destroyer should have been able to avoid a collision. “How does a state-of-the-art Navy destroyer — equipped with multiple radar systems and communications gear with a full bridge watch — not see, detect and evade a 30,000-ton slow-moving (10 knots) behemoth?” Francona asked. No injuries on tanker A US Navy official told CNN the McCain had experienced a loss of steering before the collision, but that steering had been regained. Merchant marine websites describe the Alnic MC as a 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said the Alnic sustained damage to a tank at its bow, about 7 meters (23 feet) above the waterline. No one was injured on the tanker, it said, and no oil spill was reported. The vessel is 505 feet long and displaces about 9,000 tons.

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  • Spanish mother killed in gruesome elevator accident minutes after giving birthSpanish mother killed in gruesome elevator accident minutes after giving birth

    SEVILLE, Spain – A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to deliver her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville’s Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when she became caught in an elevator. Per local media, staff wheeled Cortes onto the elevator, but while the doors opened and shut, the elevator didn’t move. They reportedly decided to try another elevator, and as they were moving her out and with the doors open, it started going up. Horrified husband heard "loud blow" as new mum's body was 'cut in half by lift'https://t.co/6HN8zgS5D0 pic.twitter.com/CNebNggDVq — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) August 21, 2017 Precise details are unclear, but part of her body was outside the elevator and part was in, and the BBC picks up reports that suggest she was decapitated. Cortes, whose age is variously given as 25 and 26, was also a mother to 4- and 5-year-old daughters. The Local reports her newborn was not in the elevator with her during the accident, which a regional health minister describes as “quick, unusual, and tragic.” Her family is demanding someone be punished over the death; the elevator was reportedly serviced fewer than 10 days ago. (This mom sued an Oregon hospital for $8.6 million over her newborn’s suffocation death.) This article originally appeared on Newser: Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident More From Newser: Mom Found Son Dead in Room. She’s Blaming Pot A Doctor’s Visit, a Shocking Find: She Had No Vagina Experts: Maybe Don’t Watch Monday’s Solar Eclipse

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  • Dempsey’s Last-Second PK Lifts Sounders Past MinnesotaDempsey’s Last-Second PK Lifts Sounders Past Minnesota

    SEATTLE (AP) — Last moments of the game. Ball on the penalty spot. One shot to win it. Clint Dempsey has been there before and done that. And he came through again. Dempsey converted a penalty kick in the final seconds of stoppage time, lifting the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday night. A corner kick by Seattle’s Joevin Jones floated into the box, and Minnesota’s Jermaine Taylor was called for a hand ball in a scrum of players battling for possession. Dempsey stepped up and drilled his kick to the right side past Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the fourth minute of stoppage. “You practice it in training to step up to make those type of shots,” Dempsey said. “I just wanted to hit it hard and low, and I took it quick to kind of throw him off. He still got a hand to it, so maybe I didn’t hit it as clean as I wanted to. “But I felt comfortable with it, my legs felt good, and I was happy when it hit the back of the net.” The goal was Dempsey’s 11th of the year, and seventh in his last 11 appearances. Referee Ismail Elfath blew the final whistle as soon as Minnesota kicked off. Chad Marshall also scored for the Sounders (11-7-7), who tied a club record by extending their unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3). The team had an identical 6-0-3 mark from May 28-July 16, 2011. Seattle was forced to rally after its club-record shutout streak ended at 421 minutes on a goal by Minnesota’s Ethan Finlay in the 21st minute. Finlay caught up to a well-placed through ball by Ibson, got behind the Sounders’ defense, and easily beat goalkeeper Stefan Frei from 10 yards straight in front. That was his first goal of the year, coming in his debut with the Loons since being acquired from Columbus in a trade on Aug. 9. It also was the first goal conceded by Seattle since the 50th minute of a 4-3 victory over D.C. United on July 19. Included in those 421 shutout minutes was a 4-0 rout of the Loons on Aug. 5 in Minneapolis. “We knew they were going to come out with energy,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “They scored the first goal, bunkered in defensively, and they defended well for large parts of the game. “One of the hallmarks of this team last year was they found different ways to win different games. That mindset hasn’t been lost on this group,” Schmetzer added. Marshall pulled Seattle even in the 31st minute. Nicolas Loderio curled in a free kick from the right wing side of penalty area, just 2 yards up from the goal line. Marshall, stationed at the near post just inside the 6-yard box, nodded it past Shuttleworth into the right corner for his first of the year. The Loons (6-14-4, 22 points) are still looking for their first road win of the season. They are 0-8-2 away from home. “I can’t fault their effort. I was pleased with a lot of aspects of their game tonight,” Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said. “I’m disappointed that the players haven’t got something to show for all of their hard work. They deserved a little bit more than that. As for whether he agreed with the last-second PK call, Heath added, “I’ll have to see it again.”

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  • Record $417 million award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancerRecord $417 million award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used the company’s baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” she said in her lawsuit. Echeverria’s attorney, Mark Robinson, said his client is undergoing cancer treatment while hospitalized and told him she hoped the verdict would lead Johnson & Johnson to put additional warnings on its products. “Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years,” Robinson said. “She really didn’t want sympathy,” he added. “She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women.” Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement that the company will appeal the jury’s decision. She says while the company sympathizes with women suffering from ovarian cancer that scientific evidence supports the safety of Johnson’s baby powder. The verdict came after a St. Louis, Missouri jury in May awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She had blamed her illness on her use of the company’s talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years. Besides that case, three other trials in St. Louis had similar outcomes last year — with juries awarding damages of $72 million, $70.1 million and $55 million, for a combined total of $307.6 million. Another St. Louis jury in March rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer who blamed talcum powder for her cancers. Two similar cases in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said the plaintiffs’ lawyers did not presented reliable evidence linking talc to ovarian cancer. More than 1,000 other people have filed similar lawsuits. Some who won their lawsuits won much lower amounts, illustrating how juries have wide latitude in awarding monetary damages. Johnson & Johnson is preparing to defend itself and its baby powder at upcoming trials in the U.S., Goodrich said.

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  • House Speaker Paul Ryan plans stop at Boeing's Everett complex to talk tax reformHouse Speaker Paul Ryan plans stop at Boeing's Everett complex to talk tax reform

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  • Walking the art aisles—a stroll through Seattle Art FairWalking the art aisles—a stroll through Seattle Art Fair

      Photo courtesy of Seattle Art Fair Even though I’ve been writing about art for years, I still remember what the late Nisei painter, Frank Okada told me. He said he became a painter because he believed the world of art is fair, judged solely by quality, regardless of race. One look at the recent sky-rocketing monetary value of artwork today makes me wonder if what he said can survive. Thanks to Paul Allen and others, Seattle has caught up with the global art scene since 2015. In recent years, the art market has become prosperous, and a calendar can be filled with International Art Fairs happening in major cities year-round in the U.S. and around the world. Unlike venues such as the Venice Biennale or Documenta of Kassel, which bill themselves as presenters of art that is not for sale, the Art Fair is the dealers’ commercial venue. Seattle Art Fair includes many local galleries and galleries from other cities, as well as galleries from the Pacific Rim, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and a few from Europe. Among these nearly 100 galleries, the quality of the art is extremely variable. Overall, the fair has kept up a good standard thanks to local galleries, as well as major galleries from New York and beyond, which bring museum-quality works of art. Running an art gallery is a risky business, but Allan Stone Projects in New York has survived since 1960. The original owner, Allen Stone, used to help stretch canvases for one of his painters, Kazuko Inoue, who came to New York in the 1960s. But that was in the good old days when gallery owners and artists were often friends as much as they were partners in business. The highly-established Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York represents many prominent American artists of the 20th century. The late Filipino American artist Alfonso Ossorio, a friend of Jackson Pollock, is one of them. Ossorio’s work is distinct. He named his assemblage of shell, bone, glass, jewelry, and driftwood with the religious-sounding title of “Congregations.” The work remotely reminds me of a mural by the late Val Laigo, a local Filipino American artist. Bookstein Projects in New York specializes in the “formalism” school of art that came after Abstract Expressionism, and particularly from the students of Hans Hoffman. The artist, Hiroyuki Hamada, came to New York from Japan when he was 18 years old, and has pursued his art under the influence of that American art movement. The name of the Tamarind Institute located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sounds familiar. And it’s no wonder that since it opened in 1960, this institution continues to have an established reputation for its lithography printmaking process. I learned they made a film on Matsumi Kanemitsu (friends called him Mike), which is available on Youtube. He was a Nisei painter who taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1983. And we can’t forget that the Pacific Northwest has rich history of Asian and Asian American art. There are many familiar faces in local galleries: Erica Sanada, Patti Warashina, Calvin Ma & Kyung Min Park at Abmeyer +Wood Fine Art, Jason Hirata & Akio Takamori at James Harris, Diem Chau & Saya Moriyasu & Thuy-van Vu at G. Gibson, Roger Shimomura, Frank Okada at Greg Kucera, Etsuko Ichikawa at Winston Wachter Fine Art, and Gerard Tsutakawa & many prominent historical Asian American artists such as Paul Horiuchi, George Tsutakawa and Johsel Namkung at Woodside/Braseth. Many Japanese and some Korean print artists (such as prominent Korean artist Lee Chul Soo) are represented at Davidson Galleries. Seattle Art Fair is a global art market, where the mega-art dealers of world art join in business. Gagosian Gallery, in New York and beyond, is owned by Larry Gagosian, known as one of the most powerful dealers in the art world. He has guided wealthy art collectors. Pace Gallery, celebrating its 50th year in New York and beyond, represents Maya Lin and prominent Japanese artists Yoshimoto Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto and rising young artists at this fair. David Zwirner in New York & London has a large reputation as well. Born in Germany as the son of an art dealer, Zwirner takes a traditional approach to nurturing artists while surviving fierce competition among other mega art dealers involving large sums of money. He represents singular artists such as Ruth Asawa, On Kawara and Yayoi Kusama. Strangely, the interest for the top contemporary artists in China and South Asia has risen higher in recent years, but they are not represented at this fair. There are galleries that focus on Asian (with Asian American) contemporary artists. Whitestone Gallery in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Hollywood and Taipei celebrates its 50th anniversary. The gallery focuses on artists from the Gutai movement after World War II in Japan, representing many Japanese artists of that generation, including small works by Yayoi Kusama. NanHai Art from Millbrae, California represents Chinese and Chinese American artists, who find their root in traditional Chinese aesthetics. Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore seeks artists who materialize the aesthetic of a more meditative nature. The owner is a descendent of Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. The fair evokes a strange mixture of a belief in art as well as the business end of selling it. Perrotin in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo represents many Asian artists, including Takashi Murakami, and manages a website store to sell products ibncluding books, prints and small items. There are quite a few small-scale art galleries, particularly from Asia, owned and managed by a single person. One owner said his gallery has survived almost entirely due to art fairs. The lone owner of MA2 gallery in Tokyo brought the work of a mature multimedia artist, Ken Matsubara. He creates digital images in water contained in a series of metal bowls entitled, “Moon Bowl.” He contemplates each image and takes a year to perfect it all. The fair can be an overwhelming and mind-numbing experience to the casual visitor unless one is selective and knows what one is looking for. Even though the fair is a moneymaking business, no gallery can survive without having an eye for art. Even at this fair, I never lost my pleasure of the encounter and the discovery of something new through direct communication with art. The fact is that real art exists, indifferent to the powerful influence of its monetary value and the trends that control that value. For more news, click here

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  • Keidel: Will Eight Ounce Gloves Really Matter In Mayweather-McGregor?Keidel: Will Eight Ounce Gloves Really Matter In Mayweather-McGregor?

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  • Contenders And Pretenders In AL Wild Card RaceContenders And Pretenders In AL Wild Card Race

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The Yankees average 5.2 runs scored per game (third best in baseball) and allow 4.2 runs per game (fifth best) for a positive run differential of 0.9. Their Pythagorean Win-Loss record (expected record based on run differential) is 72-51, which means they’ve won six fewer games then they “should have” based on run differential. This can be attributed to their poor record in one-run games (15-21), and if they can improve on this during the rest of the season, they will have no trouble securing a spot and may even be able to win the division. Anaheim Angels (64-60, 2nd Wild Card) – Contender At the end of May when the Angels were sitting under .500 and facing 6-8 weeks without Mike Trout, most thought they were as good as done. But after battling through the month-plus without Trout while continuing to play around .500, they have come on strong in August (13-5 in their first 18 games) and find themselves holding onto the second Wild Card spot. Considering how they were able to weather the storm without Trout and now have their superstar back and playing well, the Angels have certainly made their case as a contender. They also have the backing of experienced long-time manager Mike Scioscia to go along with arguably the best player in the world in Trout and what has been a strong pitching staff, ranking 10th in the league in team ERA. Are the Angels as good as they have been in August? Probably not. Their run differential of 0.0 is middle of the pack, and based on their Pythagorean record (62-62) they’ve actually squeaked out a few more games than expected. In any other year the Angels might not be in contention, but in a year where it looks like a borderline .500 team is going to grab that second Wild Card spot, they have enough to stay the course, avoid a big losing streak and get in. Kansas City Royals (62-61, 1.5 GB) – Contender On May 31, the Royals were 22-30 and the fans and media were already asking questions about what they would do with core players Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain — all of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Many expect that at least one or two of the four would be traded before the Deadline in order to recoup some prospects before potentially losing them outright. But then the Royals got hot, and at the end of a nine-game winning streak they found themselves at 54-47 right before the Trade Deadline. So the Royals stood pat and held on to all of their stars, even making some additions with starter Trevor Cahill, relievers Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer, and outfielder Melky Cabrera. Unfortunately, things haven’t been great since then. Kansas City started August losing eight of 10 and now find themselves out of the playoffs — albeit by less than two games. With a run differential of -0.2, Pythagorean record (59-64) isn’t doing them any favors. Nonetheless, this Royals team has the talent and the playoff pedigree to make a run. Hosmer (.315/.378/.496) and Moustakas (35 homers) are carrying the offense and their bullpen — while not as deep as it was in past playoff runs —is good enough to keep teams at bay. Kansas City should be right in the thick of things through the end of the season. Minnesota Twins (63-59,  t-2nd Wild Card) – Pretender The term “rollercoaster season” aptly fits the Twins. On May 27, Minnesota was 26-19 and one of the early surprise “feel good” stories in baseball sitting atop the AL Central. On July 23, they were just a game above .500 but acquired pitcher Jaime Garcia from the St. Louis Cardinals in an attempt to make a push. More acquisitions seemed to be on the horizon, but on July 30 they found themselves three games under .500 and ended up trading away Garcia and their closer Brandon Kintzler. After looking to be in full sell mode ready to look forward to ’18, the Twins have now won 11 of 15 and sit just a game out of the second Wild Card spot. The red-hot Indians have claimed a nice lead in the Central over both the Royals and Twins, but that second Wild Card spot seems to be open for either team. The Twins, however, don’t appear to be in line to claim that position. The Twins’ -0.3 run differential is one of the worst in the AL and they’ve actually won six more games than expected (57-65 Pythagorean record). Their 4.72 team ERA ranks 24th in baseball and their offense isn’t good enough to make up for that (578 runs, 17th in MLB). This streaky team probably has one more extended losing streak in them, which will keep them out of the postseason. Seattle Mariners (63-62, 1.5 GB) – Contender The ’17 Mariners have been about as mediocre as you can get. They are one game above .500 and rank 15th in runs scored, 16th in team ERA and 15th with a -0.1 run differential. So the question is, do they have a run in them? Despite being average in just about everything, the Mariners do have more star power than some of the other teams in this race. Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager form a formidable middle of the order with hit machine Jean Segura at the top, and the addition of Yonder Alonso and breakout of Ben Gamel gives the bottom of the lineup some depth. Seattle’s biggest issue has been health, and right now their two best starters — Felix Hernandez and James Paxton — are on the disabled list. Hernandez, who hasn’t pitched since July 31, is expected back either at the end of August or early September. Paxton was one of the best pitchers in baseball in the second half with a 5-0 record, 1.88 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings over six starts before hitting the DL on Aug. 11. This is Paxton’s second DL stint of the year, and injuries have been a major issue for the young lefty throughout his career. If King Felix and Paxton can return and pitch at their best come September, the Mariners will be able to push for the Wild Card. Texas Rangers (61-62, 2.5 GB) – Contender Since trading ace Yu Darvish at the Deadline, the Rangers are 11-7 with seven wins in their last 10 games. Texas sticks out from some of these other Wild Card hopefuls because of their offense (628 runs ranks fifth in baseball), which has given them a 0.3 run differential. Unlike the other teams ahead of them (minus the Yankees), their Pythagorean record (65-58) is better than their actual record, and this recent hot streak may have made up for some early tough-luck losses. Texas obviously would’ve been better equipped for a push with Darvish, but Cole Hamels and Andrew Cashner have pitched very well atop the rotation and the offense has caught fire. Behind low-average, high-power hitters like Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli, the Rangers have hit 194 homers, the second most in MLB behind the Houston Astros. Their offense can be very streak, but it could be enough to get them a Wild Card spot if they continue to get decent pitching. Tampa Bay Rays (61-65, 4 GB) – Pretender The Rays had a surprisingly impressive first half, pounding out 133 homers (fourth most in MLB) and staying right in the thick of not just the Wild Card, but the Division race as well. In the second half, however, the Rays have fallen back to earth. Their power has dissipated and they’ve lost 10 of 13 games to fall 11.5 out of the AL East and four back of the second spot. Tampa Bay’s Pythagorean record has them at 61-65, and given their slumping bats they may have run out of luck. The Rays’ pitching staff does give them some hope, with ace Chris Archer leading the way ahead of Jake Odorizzi but, surprising rookie Jacob Faria (3.32 ERA in 13 GS) just hit the DL. Tampa Bay can be and always has been a pesky team that will rarely go away quietly, but they just don’t have the depth to climb ahead of and stay ahead of the rest of this bunch. Baltimore Orioles (60-64, 4 GB) – Pretender Baltimore has been out of the race for much of the year, but they’ve been able to hover around .500 and kind of avoid a long losing streak that would knock them out. After last year’s heartbreaking extra-inning loss in the Wild Card Game, the O’s pretty much stood pat in the offseason and hoped to rely on continued offensive success and the development of young pitchers. While that has happened to some extent, the starting pitching outside of Dylan Bundy has been atrocious. The Orioles’ 4.92 team era is third worst in baseball, and it’s only that low because of their strong bullpen. Their starters have a 5.65 ERA and .285 batting average against this season, both topped only by the Cincinnati Reds. Bundy is the only starter with a sub-5.00 ERA, and even he has had his struggles in the second half. The Orioles can hit with the best of them, but their pitching isn’t just bad, it’s to the point where it will keep them from making any sort of run down the stretch, no matter how hot their offense may get. Toronto Blue Jays (59-65, 5 GB) – Pretender The fact that the Blue Jays are even in the playoff discussion at this point in the season is somewhat shocking after the first half they had. Toronto was 41-47 at the break and were seven games below .500 just 10 days ago, but a recent run of seven wins in the past 10 games coupled with the mediocrity in the rest of the league has kept them in the hunt despite still being three games under .500. The Wild Card Game winners last year have struggled to overcome the loss of Edwin Encarnacion to free agency and Troy Tulowitzki to injury. 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    CBS Seattle / 8 h. 3 min. ago more
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  • Bothell councilmember Joshua Freed on why he supports I-27Bothell councilmember Joshua Freed on why he supports I-27

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  • There Is Still Time To Win Your Fantasy Baseball LeagueThere Is Still Time To Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

    By Sam McPherson It happens to every fantasy baseball owner eventually: At the end of the season, you miss out on a league prize by one measly home run or one stolen base. With a few extra stats here or there, you’re celebrating instead of complaining about injuries, luck and whatnot. However, there’s an easy way to avoid that kind of October misery: Don’t ever give up. Those near-winning finishes almost always are the result of negligence. A smart fantasy baseball team owner will keep her/his eye on the rules and the standings to make sure they’ve maximized every opportunity for the entire six-month season. Yes, that’s no easy feat when we have families, jobs and other things going on. But it’s the price to pay for fielding a winning team most of the time. With just 40 or so games left on the Major League Baseball schedule over the next six weeks, there is still time to win your league. Keep an eye on your position maximums if your league has them, and make sure you aren’t being shortchanged by your roster. Make daily moves if you can to get more plate appearances for your hitters and more innings/starts for your pitchers. Leave no stone unturned in these final six weeks, and you will find yourself much more content at the end of the season than if you did not do so. Players to Get Onto Your Roster Now 1. Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians: The overall numbers are ugly (4.50 ERA, 1.418 WHIP), but focus instead on what he’s done lately (1.51 ERA, 1.206 WHIP since late July). For some reason, Bauer is still hittable despite posting great strikeout rates (38 Ks in his last 35 2/3 innings pitched). Grab him while he’s hot and ride it out for some wins and Ks. He may revert to his ugly side at any time, so keep an eye on him. 2. Dinelson Lamet, SP, San Diego Padres: At this point in the season, it’s about grabbing the hot hand, and like Bauer above, Lamet is hot right now. Since the All-Star break, he is 4-1 with a 3.41 and 37 Ks in 34 1/3 innings. He is doing this on one of the worst teams in baseball, as well. The 1.019 WHIP since mid-July is a bonus. 3. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins: Back on April 17, we suggested dropping him, and it was well deserved then. Now, if you need cheap steals, he’s yours to be had. Since the start of July, Buxton is hitting .356 in 28 games, with eight SBs. You can ignore his overall numbers (which are ugly, due to that slow start), and enjoy the hot streak he is on right now. 4. Cory Spangenberg, UTL, San Diego Padres: He may have eligibility at second, third and the outfield, depending on your league rules. Along with a .278 average, 12 HRs and eight SBs, though, Spangenberg can be a good fill-in guy for your roster that has a hole in it somewhere due to injury, etc. But he’s hitting over .300 since the start of June, and that’s consistency any team can use right now, especially at second base. Players to Sit/Drop This Week 1. Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals: Looks like bad injury news for the Cards closer and his elbow. If you were able to snag him earlier this year, you enjoyed a handful of saves he earned plus those stunning 76 Ks in just 47 2/3 innings. But the 2017 ride could be over for Rosenthal, since getting a “second opinion” on an injury to your throwing arm is never a good sign. 2. Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: After a mediocre first half (just eight HRs and eight SBs), fantasy owners were hoping he would turn it around in the second half. Nope. Polanco hit just .125 this month and is now injured. His 2016 season (22 HRs, 86 RBI, 17 SBs) seems like a distant memory, and if you kept him in your lineup this long, you’re probably in the lower half of the league standings. 3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: It’s hard to remember, but this guy was the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2008 AL Most Valuable Player. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Pedroia hasn’t even been an All-Star selection since 2013, and this season his power is near an all-time low for his career (.406 slugging percentage). Pedroia’s speed is gone now, too (just four SBs). He’s hurt now, as well, so the team will protect him for postseason play. You don’t have that same luxury. 4. Brent Suter, SP, Milwaukee Brewers: He was the flavor of the month in July when he posted a 1.50 ERA over five starts. Now, after three terrible starts (8.16 ERA) in August, he’s on the disabled list with rotator cuff trouble. Uh oh. Hopefully, he’s not still on your roster, but if he is, it’s time to let him go and be thankful for what you did get out of him this summer.

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  • SODA: The tool Seattle is ignoring to fight drug crimeSODA: The tool Seattle is ignoring to fight drug crime

    The City of Seattle could take a cue from Everett in the fight against drug-related crime. SODA regulations aren’t an end-all solution, but they could reduce programs in infamous areas of the city, such as 9.5 blocks, or around the King County Courthouse. RELATED: Arlington passes SODA law to clean up Smokey Point “SODA” stands for “Stay Out of Designated Area.” “We use them a lot,” said Hil Kaman, public health and safety director for the City of Everett. “… They are under the authority of our municipal court judges to order them as a condition of release for people charged with certain crimes, or a condition of a sentence. They essentially say that if you are convicted of these crimes, and there are certain parts of the city we know are drug areas, you have to stay out of those areas.” When a person under a SODA order is found within the restricted area, police can immediately arrest them. “You don’t have to have a primary crime,” Kaman said. “So they look for other areas to spend their time. Hopefully, people change their behavior. But with addiction, many people keep it.” Everett has used SODA orders for at least 10 years, targeted at areas known for heavy drug crimes. Most recently, Arlington passed its own SODA ordinance, and similar methods have been used in Marysville. SODA in Seattle Seattle has the ability to use SODAs right now, but according to a spokesperson for the city’s law department, “they are uncommon.” Consider Seattle’s notorious 9.5 blocks, also known as “stab alley,” which is known as an open-air drug market. Another problem area is around the King County Courthouse, also known as an open-air drug market where jurors report being assaulted while walking to the building. Not to mention, officials have said that in order to get rid of the urine issue there, it would be a “two- to three-times-a-day operation.” Seattle only prosecutes drug traffic loitering charges in its municipal court. Other drug crimes are handled through the King County court system. According Washington law, drug traffic loitering is when a person “remains in a public place and intentionally solicits, induces, entices, or procures another to engage in unlawful conduct…” A captain of a precinct can submit an affidavit to the court, specifying an area that a person convicted of a crime should stay out of. There are exceptions if the person needs to pass through the area to get to work, court, etc. The duration of the order depends on if it is a requirement of pretrial release (it lasts as long as the case continues), or if it is a condition of probation, which could last as long as two years. Though a SODA order is one method of dealing with drug crime, it’s a considerable tactic that Seattle is not taking advantage of. The area around Third Avenue, and Pike and Pine streets is notorious for drug-related crime. There were more than 10,000 calls to police about in the year before cops swept it, making mass arrests to clear out the open-air drug market. Two years later, they did it again. The effort involved undercover narcotics purchases and surveillance to build cases against suspects. SODA in context On the streets in Everett, they call it “getting SODA’d out,” Kaman said. People convicted of drug crimes are well aware of it. He says it’s important to understand that this won’t solve drug crime. After all, Everett still has a drug problem. It’s to be used in concert with other tactics. In Everett, this concert means an embedded social worker, supportive housing, policing emphasis, and work diversion programs (cleaning up litter instead of going to jail). Kaman also said his city is trying to get more access to treatment for drug addiction. “You can arrest all day long,” he said. “With a lot of these folks, if you are shooting up on the street, your addiction has gotten to a point where you are incapable of stopping drugs, despite the fact you are out in public; you cannot take care of your housing and basic food needs. That’s pretty serious. It’s an extreme form of addiction. Arresting people for that activity is not hard.” But for crimes such as drug dealing, or in Seattle’s case drug traffic loitering, a SODA helps remove the source of drugs — the dealers. “When we’ve done special enforcement in high drug areas, the officers will familiarize themselves with who has SODA order and they will be able to take enforcement action,” Kaman said. “Or when they make an arrest and they run their name the way they do for warrants, they learn they have a SODA order.” “I think we have been successful in having certain people stay away from those areas,” he said. “This is part of a multifaceted approach. One part is enforcement. We know that when you have a lot of emphasis on one area, people will move to other areas. So we monitor the data and recently adjusted the boundaries and added new areas.” It seems that cities north of Seattle have started to catch on. It’s about time Seattle did, too.

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  • 3 surprising Seattle restaurant closures — plus 11 more - The Seattle Times3 surprising Seattle restaurant closures — plus 11 more - The Seattle Times

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  • Do cars blocking bike lanes in Seattle ever get ticketed? - The Seattle TimesDo cars blocking bike lanes in Seattle ever get ticketed? - The Seattle Times

    The Seattle TimesDo cars blocking bike lanes in Seattle ever get ticketed?The Seattle TimesAccording to Seattle Municipal Code, 11.72.415, “No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, bicycle, or other device on or adjacent to a trail, path, lane or other facility or way which has been designated for the use of pedestrians, equestrians ...

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  • Democrat, Republican and something in between?Democrat, Republican and something in between?

    There has been a mountain of words written in recent years — and particularly since the 2016 election — about the dysfunctional state of U.S. politics. All the data shows voters are fed up with both parties, Donald Trump and the status quo. I haven’t been alone in speculating that some new third force must inevitably emerge. Well, I am here to report that it already has. The Centrist Project invited me to attend its first “Pioneers Summit,” held last weekend in Philadelphia. This is a Political Action Committee focused on winning elections — not for one party or another, but for independent candidates who believe in the importance of compromise and breaking the political gridlock. They provide independent candidates with the type of support candidates normally receive from political parties: logistics, data, the help of political professionals and, most importantly, money. I understood that that was their objective before I got on the plane to Philly. The question was how real is this? Is the Centrist Project building the kind of infrastructure needed to win? I came away convinced that they absolutely are. I was one of roughly 50 people in attendance. There were nationally known media figures such as William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, Michael Smerconish of CNN, Joe Avlon of the Daily Beast and Matthew Dowd of ABC News. There were a handful of top-flight political professionals, both former Republicans and former Democrats. There was a cadre of major donors who clearly had the capacity to give and raise significant money. We heard from one of the leading organizers of Emmanuel Macron’s victorious independent campaign in France. And most importantly, there we several very impressive candidates and potential candidates in the room, including Bill Walker, the independent Governor of Alaska, Greg Orman, who ran a very competitive race for the Senate in Kansas as an independent in 2014 and is now strongly considering running for Governor next year, and Evan McMullin, who ran for President as an independent last year and is now considering running for the U.S. Senate in Utah. In fact, the Centrist Project has already identified 10 to 15 serious independent candidates who have announced, or are strongly considering running for the U.S. Senate or Governor in 2018, and they are working on expanding that list. Serious? Yeah, this is getting serious. For two days, we talked about the nuts and bolts of electing independents to office. Campaign finance law, fundraising, developing messages. But we also talked about what this new movement is all about. The Centrist Project lays out some basic principles on its website, but in a nutshell, this is the political movement millions of Americans have said they want: fiscally conservative and supportive of free enterprise, but socially tolerant and environmentally progressive. This is a coalition of independent candidates, not a rigid, traditional political party, so not all candidates are likely to agree on all points. But by running as independents, these candidates are united in a determination to change how politics works in this country, to break the stranglehold of the two major parties and cut through the viscous tribal partisanship that prevents anything from getting done. There was one more aspect of this remarkable meeting, and that was the setting and the timing. We met at the beautiful and historic Union League Club in downtown Philadelphia, surrounded by art and artifacts from the Civil War and the struggle to end slavery, including the lectern used by Abraham Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address. On Sunday morning we toured Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution where written. All the while, we were aware of the horrific manifestation of racism and fascism on the streets of Charlottesville, in part an outgrowth of our fractured politics. It was hard not to feel that we were part of something new, important and potentially historic. There are millions of Americans who still support the Republican and Democratic parties. But there are millions more who have been searching for something in the center. Now, finally, that alternative is emerging in a politically realistic way. Unlike existing or previous minor parties, this movement is not driven by an ideology outside the mainstream. On the contrary, these independent candidates intend to occupy the sensible center that both Republicans and Democrats have abandoned. This movement is new. How big will it become? What is its future in Washington State? I can’t say. But it has begun.

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  • Former State GOP chairman denounces President Trump at Seattle rallyFormer State GOP chairman denounces President Trump at Seattle rally

    By Deborah Horne, KIRO 7 It was a first for Chris Vance. “Folks we live in dangerous, frightening times,” Vance told the crowd at Westlake Park. The lifelong Republican was publicly standing up against the President from his own party before a crowd of Donald Trump’s fervent opponents. “We must do what we are doing today,” Vance said. “Use your voice and your vote to say no to this. Things are going in the wrong direction. But we are Americans. We can change it. We can win.” Vance is a former state GOP chairman, state legislator and King County councilmember. He says he can’t stay quiet with Donald Trump in the White House. “It’s troubling every day,” he says, when asked what he plans to do. “I’m never going to be a Democrat. But it’s very hard to get up in the morning and think of myself as a Republican. Stay tuned.” He was among several speakers at this rally. “Can we unite?” Rabbi David Basior of Kadima Reconstructionist Community asked the crowd. “Yes,” they responded. “Can we unite?” he asked again. “Yes!” came the reply. The speakers said they were there to stand in opposition to the President and his white supremacist supporters. “They are disloyal to our constitution,” said Ross Cohen, a veteran.  “They are disloyal to our flag. And they are disloyal to America.” What a difference a week makes.   Last Sunday, Seattle police set off flash bang grenades to keep the peace among these anti-Trump protesters.  Others taunted the scores of officers who were there.  And five people were arrested. The goal on this Sunday was to make a peaceful statement of resistance. “A lot of us have been committing to fight racism,” said Levio De La Cruz, marching, sign in hand. “And how can we fight that without actually confronting those beliefs?” The organizers say they don’t know when they will hold another rally, but they say they plan to keep marching until there is a change at the top. A rally in Seattle was held last weekend, where conservative demonstrators and counterprotesters clashed. At least three people were arrested.

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  •  Dempseys late PK sends Sounders past Minnesota United Dempseys late PK sends Sounders past Minnesota United

    Clint Dempseys last-second penalty kick helped the Seattle Sounders pull out a 2-1 win over visiting Minnesota United on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Defender Chad Marshall also scored for the Sound

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  • After Months of Hype, Northwest Braces for Solar EclipseAfter Months of Hype, Northwest Braces for Solar Eclipse

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After months of hype, it’s almost here. The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States since 1918 is expected to draw up to a million people to Oregon – where the moon’s shadow will first make landfall – and crowds have already begun clogging roadways, campgrounds and hotels for hundreds of miles. A growing wildfire in the central part of the state Friday complicated plans, and authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for about 1,500 people just as thousands more were expected to start arriving. Officials were closely watching another blaze near a Native American reservation. Traffic in central Oregon started picking up Wednesday as 30,000 people poured in for a large festival near the town of Prineville, creating miles-long backups on U.S. 26. Across the Northwest, planners are bracing for more of the same this weekend and into Monday as more tourists arrive. In neighboring Idaho, up to 400,000 people could show up. Major traffic jams also are expected in Washington state as people try to drive south or east to prime viewing locations. Officials have also been grappling with the possibility that cloudy weather, closed roads or coastal fog could prompt eclipse-watchers to change plans at the last minute, throwing traffic into chaos. “It’s tough to say which one is the biggest wild card: traffic, wildfires or weather,” said Cory Grogan, spokesman for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “What we do know is that this is unprecedented, with all our campsites and hotels full and all these people coming in for special private events. It’s going to be probably the most people we’ve ever seen in Oregon.” More than two dozen other wildfires are burning around Oregon, and nearly a dozen of them are in the path of totality, where the moon will completely black out the sun. One of the most troublesome blazes has forced officials to shut down 183 square miles (474 square kilometers) of trails, campgrounds and roads in and around the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area – a prime eclipse-viewing spot. Hundreds of people who intended to camp there or hike up Mount Jefferson to catch a stunning view of totality have had to change their plans. A large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness area is also closed because of the same fire that caused evacuations around the town of Sisters. Campfires are banned on all forestland and at coastal beaches because of high fire danger. Officials are also concerned about an unusually high tide overnight Monday that could surprise eclipse enthusiasts who camp out on Oregon’s beaches. The weather is another unknown, although predictions have firmed up considerably. The forecast looks clear for Monday in Salem and central and eastern Oregon. But the coast – where the moon’s shadow first makes landfall – may experience morning fog or early clouds. That could send sky-gazers scrambling for a new viewing spot and further complicate an already difficult traffic mess, said Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Forty percent of Oregon-bound eclipse watchers are expected to be in place by Monday, but a recent Transportation Department survey reveals cause for concern. About 11 percent of people headed to the central Oregon town of Madras, considered one of the nation’s best viewing spots, are still planning to arrive Monday morning. That number is much too high, Thompson said, adding it could take six hours or more to travel the roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Portland to Salem on Sunday. “We don’t want people to treat this as a game-day event. We’re quite concerned if people think they can pop in Monday to watch the eclipse, then it’s too late,” he said. In Idaho, the path of totality will cross from the western town of Weiser to the community of Driggs on the eastern side of the state. Idaho officials there are warning travelers to keep gas tanks full and pack extra food and water in their vehicles. Local government officials have also been stocking up on rattlesnake venom. Some experts have estimated Idaho could see as many as 370,000 visitors for the eclipse. Weiser is expecting 20,000-plus visitors – a huge influx for a place that normally has just 5,500 residents. To help the public, Oregon officials have activated a 211 phone number for updated information on traffic, weather and wildfires. People hitting the roads can also check the state Transportation Department’s TripCheck website for the latest on traffic. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management will be tweeting regular updates at @OregonOEM. ___ Follow Gillian Flaccus on http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus

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  • Whale Stranded in Western Washington State Beach FreedWhale Stranded in Western Washington State Beach Freed

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say a juvenile gray whale has been freed after being stranded on a remote beach in Washington state. NOAA Fisheries said Saturday that workers freed the 24-foot (7.3-meter) whale during high tide Friday by digging a trench and using a shore-anchored pulley system that was attached to a harness placed on the animal. Officials say the system turned the whale seaward in Olympic National Park and after some uncertain moments, it started swimming. Experts say the whale that was likely stranded Tuesday remained alert and tried to free itself several times during previous high tides. They say the whale is 1 to 2 years old and in fair condition. Several gray whales have been seen feeding in the vicinity of the site.

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  • Snell Shuts Down Mariners; Rays Hit 2 Homers in 3-0 winSnell Shuts Down Mariners; Rays Hit 2 Homers in 3-0 win

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — There was a long stretch early in the season when Blake Snell was the lone pitcher in the Tampa Bay rotation who couldn’t get a win. Now he seems to be the only one who can. Snell allowed just two hits in seven innings for his second consecutive victory, and the Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Sunday. “I wish I would have come together a lot sooner, but I feel really good about where I’m at,” said Snell, the only starting pitcher to win for Tampa Bay in its last 17 games. Kevin Kiermaier and Adeiny Hechavarria homered for the Rays, who snapped a four-game skid and won for the first time in six tries against Seattle this season. Snell, who ended a streak of 16 winless starts with a victory Tuesday at Toronto, gave up a leadoff single to Nelson Cruz in the second inning and another single to Robinson Cano in the eighth. The left-hander retired 12 straight during one stretch. His strikeout of Cruz after Cano’s hit was the key out of the game to Snell, who led 1-0 at the time. “You can’t control what just happened, you can only control what’s going to happen,” Snell reminded himself. “Any at-bat against a really good hitter is going to be a big at-bat, especially when you know with one bad pitch, he can capitalize.” Snell (2-6) struck out eight and walked two, winning consecutive starts for the first time in his career. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 36th save. Cruz’s single extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Kiermaier led off the bottom of the first with a home run against Yovani Gallardo, his eighth of the season. It was the first home run since June 2 for Kiermaier, who missed 61 games with a broken hip. “It’s been a while,” he said, “but to get the team going from the first inning was great. To look back on it, it was a game-winning hit in the first inning, but all the credit has to go to Blake Snell for shutting them down.” Hechavarria’s third home run of the year, second since being acquired from Miami, came with a runner on in the seventh. Gallardo (5-9) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six, as the Mariners had their four-game winning streak stopped. “Key for us, we won the series,” manager Scott Servais said. “We continue to roll. Hopefully we will get over to Atlanta and do it again over there. We got shut down offensively today and you’ve got to tip your hat to Snell.” PUT ME IN, COACH Cruz, the Mariners’ designated hitter, might be reduced to a pinch-hitting role during Seattle’s upcoming interleague series at Atlanta. The slugger has been pleading with Servais to play the outfield, but the manager says Cruz is too hot at the plate to take any risks. “I’m not saying he couldn’t show up out there, but right now the plan is to be available to pinch hit off the bench,” Servais said. “I say that now. Things could change by Wednesday, but I think we’ve got to be smart.” Cruz leads the AL with 100 RBIs. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: After missing two midweek games with a stomach virus, 3B Kyle Seager is “not 100 percent yet,” according to Servais. Seager was given the day off. … RHP David Phelps (right elbow impingement) will throw a simulated game in Atlanta before a determination is made about when to bring him off the disabled list. Rays: Rookie RHP Jake Faria, in the starting rotation since June 7, was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 17) with a left abdominal strain. UP NEXT Mariners: LHP Andrew Albers (1-0) will make his second start of the season Monday night against Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-8) as a 12-game road trip continues with the first of three in Atlanta. Rays: RHP Chris Archer (8-7) faces Toronto RHP Chris Rowley (1-0) on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series. ___ More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

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  •  Grim week at the White House concludes, but problems remain Grim week at the White House concludes, but problems remain

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - The week that ends today, is set to feature as one of the most controversial ones in the new president’s tenure, and there have been many such weeks when the West Wing has

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    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Responding to the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises set to start on the Korean peninsula on Monday - North Korea has fired another warning at America.In an

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    WASHINGTON, U.S. - Approval ratings aside… a new poll set out to measure whether Americans are embarrassed by their leader and discovered some stark findings. According to the ne

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  • Seattle Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit is sure to impress children and adults alikeSeattle Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit is sure to impress children and adults alike

    The Terracotta Warriors exhibit is on display through September 4, 2017. • Photo courtesy of the Pacific Science Center The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor are a national treasure in China. A selection of the warriors are on display at the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center. It’s an exhibit that’s sure to impress adults and children alike. The Terracotta Warriors are an army of clay figures entombed in a gigantic archeological site associated with the First Emperor of the First Imperial Dynasty in Chinese history. The imperial tomb and the terracotta warriors are as revered in China as the Great Wall in Beijing and the boat ride through the Colorful Caves in Guilin, China. The warriors rest at an archeological site in the city of X’ian in Shaanxi Province in central China. An IMAX film accompanies the exhibit of the warriors and artifacts of tools and archery and charioteering.  The film “Mysteries of China” puts forth the story and history of this exhibit to the audience. The tomb of the terracotta clay warriors was first discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well.  They uncovered a piece of the site and took the remnant to a museum. Ensuing efforts concluded that the pieces they found dated back to over 2,000 years in history. Through ongoing excavation efforts and research through scholarship of historical records, they dated the tomb of soldiers and other artifacts to the Qin Dynasty. The Qin Dynasty is credited as the first time China was unified, establishing the foundation for today’s modern China.  Before the ruling figure—Shi Huang of Qin—China in the third century B.C. E. was a collection of warring factions of disparate imperial rulers.  But Shi Huang excelled in war strategies and innovations, dominated his enemies, and founded the first Imperial Dynasty of China, the Qin Dynasty.  He was then renamed as Qin Shihuangdi, meaning the First Emperor of Qin. After the IMAX movie, the audience tours the core of the exhibit, which consists of real Terracotta Warriors from the archeological site in X’ian.  Aside from the clay soldiers, there are artifacts entombed along with the clay army. It’s a fascinating experience seeing these soldiers. For one thing, no two of the soldiers’ faces are exactly alike.  The comportment and facial expressions of each of the approximately 6,000 Terracotta Warriors are ‘unique’.  And the extent of this site almost appears immeasurable.  There are about ten ‘pits’ in the whole archeological site.  The Terracotta Warriors is only one pit among the ten. To date, the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi proper remains untouched, perhaps waiting for the technology and science capable of uncovering his tomb without destroying it in the excavation process. Besides the history, the exhibit takes effort to elucidate the science behind these clay warriors.  It is hypothesized that these soldiers were originally painted with colors.  But as time went on and in excavation, the colors faded away.  The colors on the soldiers, and on the artifacts such as common vessels, are made colorful with chemicals.  For instance, barium copper silicate painted on clay yields the color purple, “Han Purple”.  Another example is Shihuangdi’s personal characteristics.  It is legend that he sought elixirs throughout the kingdom for immortality.  And in the meanwhile until he found the magic potion, he ingested mercury regularly.  Legend has it that he died from mercury poisoning in 210 B.C. Archaeologists and historians studying this site with historical records offer a view of Shihuangdi’s tomb filled with jewels and gold, elixirs and rivers of mercury.  In his legacy, he was able to unify the country and standardize the currency, weight and measurement systems and a establish a writing system for an early China. The ‘mystery’ of this tomb is that after Shihuangdi was buried, the tomb lay unknown for centuries until 1974. The exhibit gears itself towards children’s fascination with the history and the science of the Terracotta Warriors, who come from another time and another culture. Children visiting might also take in the Planetarium shows and the Laser Dome. The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is on exhibit April 8 to September 4, 2017 at the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center.  For more arts, click here

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  • Haruki Murakami’s short stories explores absenceHaruki Murakami’s short stories explores absence

    With the seven-story collection Men Without Women, the wildly popular Japanese author Haruki Murakami returns from a three-year absence to take his fans on a brief but unforgettable exploration of—absence. In each tale, there is a common thread of a woman leaving and creating a chasm that a man struggles to make sense of, if he makes sense of the void at all. Told as a series of vignettes featuring vanishing lovers, identity crises, or middle-aged infidelity—with almost hauntingly spare language even for Murakami—each story is freshly poignant. The opening story takes place in rainy Tokyo (as do most of the stories in this book). A fifty-something widow with a newly minted D.U.I. reluctantly hands over his driving duties to a young female driver. As she gradually wins his trust with her steady gear shifting and lack of superfluous chit-chat, Kafuku, an actor by profession, begins to open up about his latest off-stage act: befriending his late wife’s lover. Kafuku had known about the infidelity yet remained coolly dismissive until her sudden passing, which awakens in him a dangerous obsession to find out why she strayed. Another character in his fifties, plastic surgeon Dr. Tokai is a lifelong bachelor who plays squash and has a knack for selecting good Pinot Noir. His love life, a three-married-women-at-a-time high wire act deftly coordinated by his loyal male secretary, halts abruptly when he fails at not “loving somebody too much.” The doctor shares this news with the narrator—a writer who is presumably Murakami’s alter ego—and laments that he “couldn’t turn back.” Foreshadowing the descent into darkness and the tragedy that follows, he also confides that he’s become consumed by a question, “ Who in the world am I?” After catching his wife in bed with his best friend and leaving her without a word the very next day, Kino opens a neighborhood bar in his namesake. He absentmindedly goes through the motions of daily life, with the exception of a frenzied but emotionless one night stand with a female customer who turns out to be covered in cigarette burns, and the sighting of other strange omens he couldn’t ignore. At the urging of a mysterious regular customer whose name he never learns, Kino leaves Tokyo and shuts in at a nondescript seaside hotel. In a pulse-quickening scene, the now vulnerable Kino, feeling “as if you could see right through to my internal organs, like a freshly caught squid”, is visited by a terrifying and maddeningly persistent late night knocking—with no outside source. Writing stories about absence is, perhaps, necessarily an ambiguous task. Murakami fills each of the seven stories with sometimes odd but evocative details: the clink of ice in a single malt whiskey; a unicorn statue on a daily driving route; a pair of JBL speakers; sing-along Beatles songs like Yesterday; and a sizable dent in the fender of a blue Mazda. These details form an outline around a vast white space of emotion and memories, in which a spouse, a friend, an ordinary life, and a sense of self-knowing once lived, but is now absent from and won’t return to. “Only Men Without Women can comprehend how painful, how heartbreaking, it is to become one,” extols the narrator in the title story. To become one is to be “waiting for someone you don’t know somewhere between knowledge and ignorance. Tears falling on the dry road as you check the pressure of your tires.” And yet, as unknowable as Men Without Women purportedly are to those of us who are not, Murakami succeeds in endearing us to these fictional lost men, compelling us to keep them company long after the story is over, if only in our minds. For more arts, click here

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  • Rabid bat found at Green Lake ParkRabid bat found at Green Lake Park

    A bat that tested positive for rabies at the Washington State Public Health Laboratory was found at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Thursday. The bat was captured by a park visitor as it was being moved by four people on the pathway near the Green Lake boathouse on the east side of the park. Anyone who touched or had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at the risk of contracting rabies. Rabies can be preventable if treatment is given before symptoms appear, but is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. “If you or your child had any contact with a bat at Green Lake Park on Aug. 16 or 17, please contact public health immediately to get information about preventative treatment,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health for Seattle King County said. The office of public health describes contact as touching, being bitten, being scratched or any other bare skin contact with the bat or its saliva. If you believe you were in contact with the bat you are asked to call (206) 296-4774. The office of public health notes that pets could have also been exposed. If your pet might have been exposed you are asked to contact your local veterinarian immediately.

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  • Haniger, Cruz Homer in Mariners’ 7-6 Win Over RaysHaniger, Cruz Homer in Mariners’ 7-6 Win Over Rays

    ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners got early home runs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night, one that brightened their wild-card hopes another notch. “I think every single game from here on out is going to be a huge game for us, so we’re just looking to capitalize on every opportunity,” said Haniger, who staked the Mariners to a 4-1 lead with a grand slam in the third inning. Haniger, who was hit in the face by a pitch on July 29, hit his first career grand slam in his first game back after a three-week stretch on the disabled list. It was his eighth homer of the season. Cruz, who is on an 11-game hitting streak, hit his 31st homer and his seventh in 10 games, raising his league-leading RBI total to 100. It was measured at 371 feet, or 101 feet less than his homer on Friday night. “They all count. It was just far enough,” manager Scott Servais said. “We are riding the broomstick right now, no doubt. Nellie is hot, swinging the bat great, and everybody else is contributing as well.” The Mariners’ fourth straight win left them near the top of a pack of teams competing for a wild card berth with six weeks left in the season. “Every team in the wild-card hunt right now has had its hot streaks and its cold streaks. We’re no different than anybody else,” Servais said. “Hopefully we can ride this hot streak a little longer.” Both home runs came off Jake Odorizzi, who gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Odorizzi (6-7) lost his third straight start. Steven Souza Jr. hit his 26th homer and Lucas Duda hit his fifth for the Rays, who lost for the eighth time in nine games. Logan Morrison added a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, his 29th of the season. The six runs were the most by the Rays in a home game since June 23. They have scored only 30 runs in their last 15 games. “The bats finally came to life. To me that’s the story of the game,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We lost. It stinks, but we needed to see some type of production, some type of positive performance from the offense and I think we provided that right down to the very last out.” Ariel Miranda (8-6) won for the first time in nine starts since June 30, giving up three runs and five hits while striking out five in five innings. Edwin Diaz, the fifth Seattle reliever, pitched the ninth for his 27th save. CATWALK DOUBLE PLAY Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit into the first catwalk double play in the history of Tropicana Field. With Guillermo Heredia on first base in the seventh inning, Zunino hit a towering popup that changed direction as it caromed off a catwalk and dropped into left-center field. Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria dived to catch it. Noticing nobody covering second base, Heredia tagged up and beat Hechavarria’s throw to second, but slid over the bag and was tagged out. RAYS CLAIM PUELLO The Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off outright waivers from the Los Angeles Angels late Saturday and announced they will make a corresponding roster move. Puello, 26, has spent 10 minor league seasons in the Mets, Yankees, Rangers and Angels organizations. TRAINER’S ROOM MARINERS: OF Jarrod Dyson (strained right groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Haniger replaced Dyson on the active roster after a 6-game rehab assignment. RAYS: RHP Matt Andriese, whose Friday night rehab start ended after two pitches when a ball was hit off his shin, will make at least two more rehab starts, according to Cash. UP NEXT Seattle born and raised LHP Blake Snell (1-6) will pitch Sunday’s season finale for the Rays after breaking a 16-start winless streak at Toronto on Tuesday. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-8) will make his fifth career start at Tropicana Field, his first for the Mariners.

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  • Seahawks DE Bennett Sits Again During National AnthemSeahawks DE Bennett Sits Again During National Anthem

    SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Bennett was alone in sitting. He wasn’t alone in support from his teammates. Bennett sat on the Seahawks’ bench before Friday night’s preseason game against Minnesota, the second straight week he remained seated while the “Star-Spangled Banner” was played. Bennett was the only Seattle player on the bench, but he was joined by two teammates standing with him. Center Justin Britt stood alongside with his hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Defensive back Jeremy Lane also stood next to Bennett. Lane sat for the national anthem during one preseason game last year. “It was something me and my wife talked about and discussed. We both wanted to show support to Mike,” Britt said. “I talked to him before, made sure it was all right with him, and of course it was. I feel like what I did, I believe in it. I’m going to continue to educate myself and try to understand why things are going wrong.” Bennett said after last Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers that the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a woman who was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters, solidified his decision. Bennett has received support from his teammates and the Seahawks organization. Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week he believes players should stand for the anthem but supported Bennett. Carroll was even more effusive of Britt’s willingness to show support for his teammate, especially after Bennett suggested this week that the statement he was hoping to make would gain support if white players joined him. “It’s absolutely imperative that guys from both sides of the fence come together and learn and be open and support and these guys are going to show you that,” Carroll said. “They’re working at it. They understand there are issues and concerns that we have difficulty talking about but I know our team is working at it and they’re determined to make things better by the way they share their own connection.” Britt said he may consider sitting with Bennett in the future, but for now plans to continue standing with his teammate during the anthem. “It was very touching for me, a very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt. … To be able to have that solidarity and be able to have somebody who is behind me and somebody who I really trust and to be able to see him put everything on the line to support one of his teammates was a very special moment,” Bennett said. ___ More AP NFL: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

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  • Fant’s Injury Cast Shadow Over Seahawks’ Win Over VikingsFant’s Injury Cast Shadow Over Seahawks’ Win Over Vikings

    SEATTLE (AP) — Just when the Seattle Seahawks were getting settled on its shaky offensive line, it’s once again their biggest question with the regular season approaching. Russell Wilson looked just fine throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and the Seattle Seahawks suffered a significant injury to left tackle George Fant in their 20-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night. Fant suffered a torn ACL in his right knee when he was injured midway through the second quarter. Fant was rolled into by teammate Justin Britt and immediately fell to the turf in pain. The team training staff attended to Fant on the field and placed an air splint around his lower right leg before he was taken away. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Fant will need surgery and expected to be done for the season. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s so unfortunate for George,” Carroll said. “There are other things that follow that but my first thoughts are for George.” Fant’s injury likely means significant changes for Seattle’s offensive line. Luke Joeckel was set to be the starting left guard, but may be an option at left tackle with the entire right side of the line still unsettled. Fant took over at left tackle midway through last season and spent the offseason reshaping his body to be stronger going into this season. Earlier this week offensive line coach Tom Cable said Seattle was set on the left side of the offensive line. Fant’s injury overshadowed what was an otherwise solid performance by the Seahawks. Wilson picked apart a Vikings secondary that played without starting cornerback Trey Waynes and safety Andrew Sedenjo, completing 13 of 18 passes. He hit Kasen Williams on a 1-yard touchdown pass and found Mike Davis on a 22-yard catch-and-run TD late in the first half. Williams continued to make a bid for a roster spot with an acrobatic 27-yard catch, followed by his 1-yard TD on Seattle’s opening drive. He nearly had a second TD but couldn’t haul in a deep pass from Wilson near the goal line in the second quarter. “I’ve been on practice squad for two years now and quite honestly I’m tired of it,” Williams said. Minnesota’s Sam Bradford was 7 of 11 for 95 yards, leading three drives for the Vikings before calling it a night. Taylor Heinicke threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges in the fourth quarter. “It was progress from last week to this week, we moved the ball well,” Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said. “We still have to score in the red zone that was the bad part, but I felt good about the way we were moving the football.” BENNETT SITS: Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem for the second straight preseason game. Bennett was alone sitting on the Seahawks bench during the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But teammates showed support for Bennett with center Justin Britt standing alongside with his hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Defensive back Jeremy Lane also stood next to Bennett. “I’m going to continue talking with Mike and exploring and just continuing to understand. I wanted to take a first step tonight and that’s what I felt like I did,” Britt said. KICKER REVENGE: Walsh took great joy in having success against his former team that released him last season. Walsh made a pair of 52-yard field goals in the second half and made gestures toward the Minnesota sideline after each kick. Walsh pointed at the sideline after his first make and walked toward the bench and appeared to say something after the second. Walsh nearly had three made kicks of beyond 50 yards but a 53-yard attempt in the first half hit the crossbar. Zimmer said he did not see any of Walsh’s gestures. “When they’re out there kind of yelling at you and taunting you on kicks it’s just I’ve been in the league a little while, I didn’t really like that,” Walsh said. “I hope it was in jest because my response was in jest. I could see guys smiling so I hope nobody took it too seriously.” START COOKIN’: Vikings’ rookie Dalvin Cook ran well in the first half against most of Seattle’s starting defense. With the Vikings bringing back Latavius Murray slowly from ankle surgery in March, Cook had seven carries for 40 yards in the first half, including a 15-yarder. Cook also had one reception for 10 yards. KICKIN’ IT: Both of Minnesota’s kickers converted their opportunities in the first half. Marshall Koehn hit from 29 yards in the first quarter and Kai Forbath was good from 51 yards just before halftime. That was the only opportunities for either kicker as the Vikings had only two drives inside the Seattle 40. CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: Davis’ touchdown was his first since signing with the Seahawks in the offseason and he had a unique celebration. Davis ran into the end zone then laid down using the ball as a pillow as his teammates joined him to celebrate. It was the most extensive of any of the touchdown celebrations. ___ More AP NFL: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

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  •  Counter protesters flood Boston during Free Speech rally Counter protesters flood Boston during Free Speech rally

    BOSTON, U.S. - A planned ‘free speech’ rally in Boston was flooded by thousands of counter-protesters on Saturday morning, after the rally took off with several people crowding the city

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  • An extraordinary playscape: The Donnie Chin International Children’s ParkAn extraordinary playscape: The Donnie Chin International Children’s Park

    Donnie Chin International Children’s Park. • Courtesy Photo Extraordinary Playscapes, a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD), shows how designers are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into meaningful, state-of-the-art environments. The Donnie Chin International Children’s Park is one of 30 parks highlighted, including parks from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Joey Ing, the architect who first designed the park, didn’t originally plan to include a dragon in the park. His design incorporated the yin-yang symbol and an umbrella with glowing LED lights to shade parkgoers. But Ing left the design of the centerpiece up to Gerry Tsutakawa, who at the time was just beginning to follow in the footsteps of his father, sculptor George Tsutakawa. In the late ’70s, CID community leaders Bob Santos, Donnie Chin, and others approached the Seattle Parks Department about creating a park for children in the neighborhood. They were looking at a former parking lot at the corner of 7th Avenue South and South Lane Street which was donated to the Parks Department (SPD), possibly by Dennis and Millie Su, according to information from the SPD. From 1980 to 1981, Ing’s park design was finished and opened to the public. It featured a mountain with bridge, walls shielding the park from the street, Gerry Tsutakawa’s inviting dragon, Ing’s glowing umbrella, and bamboo to obscure the bright bubble-gum pink building next door. It became a fixture of the neighborhood, and won Ing an environmental award from King County. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S PARK, 2007-2016 This 0.2-acre parcel is often overlooked by tourists and even most Seattleites, as it’s just off the main drag in the CID. Those casually strolling through the neighborhood might miss it, but the park, which was renamed in 2016 to honor Donnie Chin’s activism and devotion to the neighborhood children, is itself a foundation for community in the CID. But the park has yet another name: it was affectionately called “Dragon Park” by the now-big kids who grew up with it. One such big kid is Liana Woo, who built many childhood memories in Dragon Park. When Woo moved to the CID as an adult, she was dismayed to find that the International Children’s Park of her childhood had fallen into disrepair, and was often host to drug deals. Woo made it her mission to revitalize the park for future generations. She soon met Stella Chao, then Executive Director of the International District Housing Association, who connected Woo to Joyce Pisnanont, who worked at the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) and the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program, a youth-mentorship program. In 2007, Woo and Pisnanont formed the Friends of International Children’s Park (FICP) and co-chaired a steering committee staffed with representatives from the different ethnic groups that live in and utilize the International District. They proposed a renovation of Dragon Park to “bring the children back to Children’s Park,” and brought in Jeff Hou, a UW architecture professor, who worked with the WILD program to mentor youth in design processes. With grant money from the City and community fundraising, the group began what would become a five-year community engagement in park design. Hou and the WILD youth held multiple design-preference sessions with community groups from Legacy House senior housing, Denise Louie Education Center, Donnie Chin, members of the neighborhood at-large including Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino, Latino, and Ethiopian community members, and Ing, who was very welcoming and supportive of the redesign. “I was hoping that it would turn out to be very successful,” Ing said. Hou’s team used visual surveys and translators to bridge the language gap, and soon found clear priorities: Kids wanted to play, teens wanted a place to take their date, and adults wanted … a place to take their date. In 2008, Karen Kiest was hired on to make the redesign a reality. Kiest and her team wanted to honor Ing’s original design, while incorporating the desires expressed by the community. “This is the best project we’ve ever done with community, and it wasn’t because we’re really good at engaging with the community—the community was really engaged,” said Kiest of the process. “And so they had regular meetings that had things that were fun. A lot of them happened in the park.” The park, opened in 2012, is divided into several stages, each offering an entirely different space for parkgoers: a playset for kids, boulders shaded by trees, an accessible ramp circling the park, a walkway that’s open to the street, three new pieces of playful art by Stuart Nakamura, the umbrella, and of course the beloved dragon sculpture, revived by Gerry Tsutakawa. A keen eye might even spot a subtle reimagining of the yin-yang symbol that was originally central in the park. MORE ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY PLAYSCAPES AND CFAD The Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) is a one-year-old Pioneer Square venue formed by the partnership of the Seattle Architecture Foundation, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, Design & Public, and AIA Washington. According to Molly Michals, head of public relations at the Center, the CfAD aims to educate the public on the importance of design as an art form, and to engage the public in conversations about design and architecture in Seattle. “Design shouldn’t be something that happens in an exclusive environment, behind closed doors with a group of experts,” said Lisa Richmond, Executive Director of AIA Seattle and founder of Design & Public. “Design is something that should be happening collaboratively with people who are experts of their own lived experience participating in that process.” The exhibit originally premiered at AIA Boston and was brought here by the Seattle chapter of AIA. Vinita Sidhu led a six-person curatorial team in moving the Boston exhibit here, editing, and expanding it to include parks in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. There are 13 international examples on display, plus 10 Pacific Northwest parks, totaling almost 30 parks from around the world. The exhibit also includes a “History of Play” timeline that takes the viewer from the first German kindergarten to the contemporary designs, which address a need to get kids outside and moving. The Center also invited local artists to create a few playful pieces of art that both adults and kids can interact with. According to Sidhu and Michals, the Seattle team sought parks that exhibited a unique response to play, sustainability, and nature. Sidhu described the 10 chosen Pacific Northwest parks as having strong elements of “nature play”: natural features like native vegetation, rocks and water were incorporated into the designs, encouraging kids to create individualized experiences in the park. The Donnie Chin International Children’s Park stood out to the team because of these elements and its deeply community-focused design process, which incorporated the full spectrum of age groups in the International District, from the Denise Louie daycare center to the seniors at nearby Legacy House. How many people does it take to make a multi-functional park that can serve multiple generations of family members, across multiple language barriers? An entire neighborhood of CID citizen advocates, Seattle designers and architects came together to answer that question from 2007 to 2012. When the Donnie Chin International Children’s Park re-opened in 2012, it was clear that the time was well spent. On any given day, you might see a city employee enjoying their solitary lunch under Ing’s (non-glowing) umbrella, a barbecue potluck, musicians performing, seniors taking a stroll, grandparents eating lunch while their grandkids play in the play area, or kids from nearby. “They can have a slide, things that they can climb on. This is the only children’s park they can walk to,” said Abby Lin, after-school and summer program coordinator at the Chinese Information Service Center a block away. Thanks to its friends and neighbors, the children are back at the Children’s Park. Extraordinary Playscapes runs through September 2 at the Center for Architecture and Design at 1010 Western Avenue. More info can be found here: https://cfadseattle.org/aia-seattle/extraordinary-playscapes.  For more arts, click here

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  • The little-known woman who helped lay the foundation for women’s rights in JapanThe little-known woman who helped lay the foundation for women’s rights in Japan

    Beate Sirota Gordon changed the course for every Japanese woman after World War II, but almost no one knows her contribution or even her name.  In spite of doing this at age 22, her critical role in establishing the foundations of women’s rights in the Japanese constitution remained uncredited and unknown for forty years, and she wanted it that way. Authors Nassine Azimi and Michel Wasserman change this by telling the untold story of this remarkable woman in The Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon. Following the cessation of the war in 1945, Japan was a broken country from years of war and the saturating influence of the military on every aspect of society, including everything from primary education to industry. Yet the opportunity to reinvent the country was at hand. From ground level, a new constitution was to be crafted, and Beate Sirota Gordon was the right person, at the right place, at the right time. Spanning three continents, the story on how this came to be is remarkable in itself. Born in Vienna to Ukrainian Jewish parents who moved to Japan in the 1930’s because her father Leo’s musical career, Beate spent most of her formative young years among the Japanese. When it became time for college in the late 1930, the Sorbonne in Paris was ruled out because of the growing specter of Nazism in Europe, and Mills College in the San Francisco area became her choice, and America her haven when WWII broke out. Before Pearl Harbor, Beate’ fluency in Japanese had not been much more than a novelty in America, but after, it became the rarest of commodities because the ultimate distrust of Japanese Americans and their incarceration. Soon this refugee was enlisted in the war effort, and after the war and wanting to be reunited with her parents in Japan, the only means was to take a military job, and she became a clerk in General MacArthur’s GHQ in Japan. From there, her fate with destiny could finally be realized, being in the right place at the right time. Rather than being a book with a single voice, The Last Boat to Yokohama is really a loosely tied together series of essays and source writings, whose connections sometimes are stretched to their limits. The authors group them in three general topical categories—her parents’ story of coming from Vienna and ending up in Japan for 17 years, including the critical and devastating war years; Beate Sirota Gordon’s contributions to the Japanese Constitution; and finally, her post-war career as a cultural ambassador by introducing the arts of Japan and Asia to the west from her base in New York City. In addition to chapters by the authors, there is a recovered draft of Beate’s mother’s fascinating and unique account of living under house arrest in Japan during the war, a 2012 interview with Beate Sirota Gordon shortly before her passing, and an afterword by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, as well as other tributes. This is a short book, but enough to tell the basics of Beate Sirota Gordon’s story and whet the appetite for readers to find out more by reading her autobiography, The Only Woman in the Room. With these two goals—the authors succeed. However, with their dependence on first-hand accounts, the authors preserve the value of raw history, but at the expense of a more coherent, single narrative and a satisfying whole.  In spite of the book’s fascinating story, it is an imperfect book in execution, but certainly a commendable tribute to a remarkable woman worthy of praise. For more arts, click here

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  • Washington mayors call for removal of Confederate remindersWashington mayors call for removal of Confederate reminders

    By Martha Bellisle, Associated Press Mayors in two Washington cities took action Friday toward removing statues, monuments and signs honoring Confederate soldiers and other leaders in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. RELATED: Seattle mayor requests removal of Lenin, Confederate statues Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called for the removal of a Confederate memorial at the Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill as well as a statue of Vladimir Lenin in the Fremont neighborhood. “In the last few days, Seattleites have expressed concerns and frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city,” Murray said in a statement. “Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities.” Meanwhile, the city of Bellingham has removed signs identifying Pickett Bridge, which was named for Confederate Capt. George E. Pickett. Cities across the county have been removing Confederate symbols and monuments. The U.S. Conference of Mayors said Friday that more than 250 of its members have signed on to a compact designed to combat hate, extremism and bigotry. President Trump has condemned the actions, saying in a tweet: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.” Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville says the city is committed to civil rights for all people. “Bellingham does not tolerate hate speech, white supremacy or the neo-Nazi movement,” Linville said. “We have heard reports of local businesses being vandalized with swastikas and hate speech. This is unacceptable. We need to stand up to hate and take steps toward healing our country and our communities.” The Bellingham City Council asked the administration this week to look into renaming Pickett Bridge with the help of the Historical Preservation Commission, the mayor said. Its actions were an acknowledgment to local citizens and Western Washington University students who were unhappy with a local landmark named in honor of a leader who served during a civil war marked “as the pinnacle of America’s racist history,” Linville said. The Pickett Bridge signs will stay down until the council takes final action, she said. The statues in Seattle are on private property. A petition calling for the removal of the Confederate monument has gathered thousands of names. Murray said his office has contacted the cemetery operator to express concerns about the statue. The granite Confederate memorial states, “In memory of the United Confederate Veterans,” and says it was “Erected by Robert E. Lee, Chapter Number 885. United Daughters of the Confederacy. 1926” “We should remove all these symbols, no matter what political affiliation may have been assigned to them in the decades since they were erected,” Murray said. “This includes both Confederate memorials and statues idolizing the founder of the authoritarian Soviet regime.” Lake View Cemetery closed Wednesday after receiving threats about the monument and said it would remain closed until Monday due to the controversy.

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  • Coming soon to Seattle: Ugly produceComing soon to Seattle: Ugly produce

    This story originally appeared on EarthFix.  A California-based company that sells blemished and misshapen produce is expanding into the Northwest. Imperfect Produce buys so-called ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables from West Coast farms and delivers them to people’s homes at discounted prices. Company CEO Ben Simon said most grocery stores won’t sell scarred plums or oddly shaped eggplants, but they’re still perfectly good food that shouldn’t go to waste. “We have a huge food waste problem in this country,” he said. “We have about one in five fruits and vegetables going to waste at the farm level, and actually about 40 percent of all the food grown in America goes to waste.” Using more of the food grown on farms can help feed hungry people, Simon said. It can also reduce the environmental impacts of food waste, such as the methane emissions that come from rotting food. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. “There’s also all the soil nutrients, gasoline and fertilizers and all the resources that go into growing food that also gets wasted when you waste food,” Simon said. Imperfect Produce offers subscriptions for deliveries of otherwise unsellable fruits and vegetables in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This week, the company expanded its service to Portland and also plans to serve into Seattle in the future. Simon said it’s like an inexpensive CSA — Community Supported Agriculture — that allows you to choose which items you want in your weekly or bi-weekly box of produce. The company is working with around 70 West Coast farms right now and finding plenty of supply – and demand. Over the past three weeks of marketing in Portland, Simon said, the service has added about 1,500 new subscribers. “Awareness about food waste has really blown up,” Simon said. “I think we’ve reached a critical mass where there’s enough demand for a service like this”

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  • Connelly: Trump will get to pick a 9th Circuit judgeConnelly: Trump will get to pick a 9th Circuit judge

    U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Tallman speaks to a July 4 citizenship swearing in at the Seattle Center. Tallman is stepping down as an active 9th Circuit judge next March.

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  • Cruz, Ramirez Lead Mariners Over Rays 7-1Cruz, Ramirez Lead Mariners Over Rays 7-1

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit two doubles and his 30th home run Friday night and Erasmo Ramirez won his first game for the Seattle Mariners since April 1, 2014, a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz’s home run was measured by MLB Statcast at 482 feet, the longest in Tropicana Field history. Ramirez (5-4), who was traded back to the Mariners on July 28 after pitching 2 1/2 seasons with the Rays, gave up one run and two hits in six innings in the first game of the Mariners’ 12-game trip. Hits by Robinson Cano, Cruz, Danny Valencia and Ben Gamel helped the Mariners score three runs in the first off Rays starter Austin Pruitt. Back-to-back doubles by Guillermo Heredia and Mike Zunino and a single by Jean Segura brought in two more runs and made it 5-0 in the third. Cruz’s solo home run off reliever Brad Boxberger drove in Seattle’s final run in the ninth. Pruitt (6-4) gave up six runs and 11 hits in seven innings, throwing 107 pitches in his sixth major league start. Kevin Kiermaier, playing for the first time since fracturing his hip on June 8, led off the sixth with a double off Ramirez and scored Tampa Bay’s run on a ground ball. Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays, who lost for the seventh time in eight games and fell four games below .500 (60-64) for the first time this season. KIERMAIER RETURNS IN LEADOFF SPOT Kiermaier, back in the Rays’ lineup for the first time in more than two months, led off because somebody had to. “Why wouldn’t he be the best option?” asked manager Kevin Cash. “We’ve tried some other guys up there, it just has not clicked for whatever reason.” The Rays center fielder missed 62 games. TRAINER’S ROOM MARINERS: 3B Kyle Seager lost about 12 pounds while missing two games with a stomach virus, and “he still looks pretty thin,” according to manager Scott Servais. … OF Jarrod Dyson (strained groin) said he felt better Friday, but Servais wanted to give him another day off. … OF Guillermo Heredia was in the lineup after negative X-rays on a forearm that got hit by a pitch. RAYS: RHP Matt Andriese (stress reaction, right hip) took a ground ball off his shin and left Friday’s rehab start at Class-A Charlotte after just two pitches. UP NEXT Mariners LHP Ariel Miranda (7-6) will face Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-6) on Saturday night. Miranda pitched the only complete game of his career and Seattle’s only complete game of the season against the Rays on June 4, a 7-1 Mariners victory.

    CBS Seattle / 2 d. 18 h. 41 min. ago more
  • Seattle's cutest open homes from $389KSeattle's cutest open homes from $389K

    The first home, at 707 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., is listed for $389,900. It is in the Central District.

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  • Battling Demons in a Community Looking to Trump for ChangeBattling Demons in a Community Looking to Trump for Change

    ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — In Grays Harbor County, a rural community on the coast of Washington state, the rate at which people die from despair — from drugs, alcohol and suicide — is nearly twice the national average. The county embraced Donald Trump’s call to America’s forgotten corners, and flipped Republican in a presidential election for the first time in 90 years. Many of those caught in the cycle of addiction did not vote; they are either felons or too consumed by the turmoil of trying to claw their way out to be engaged in society. But they, too, hope for a better tomorrow. Here are their stories. ___ AFTER LOSING A LOVE, AN ADDICT HOPES TO START OVER Misty Micheau Bushnell stoops to light a candle at the foot of a cross standing 8-feet-tall in memorial to the boyfriend she’d been with so long she called him her husband. She found him dead here two days earlier, near the tent they shared on a riverbank in Grays Harbor County. She looks out over the calm water. It gets rough sometimes but not today, and she takes that as a sign from her lost love: Peace. Hope. “I believe in that stuff,” she says. She thinks he sent another message, too: It’s drizzling outside. “I think he made the mist for me: Misty.” Shawn Vann Schreck, 42 and an immense man of more than 300 pounds, was so beloved on the streets many called him “Mayor.” He died slowly from heart and lung ailments made worse by infrequent medical care and longtime addiction — problems plaguing far too many in a county that voted for Trump in hopes of turning things around. Bushnell’s father was a logger in Grays Harbor, and she and Schreck met in the sixth grade. With the timber industry in ruins, they both struggled to figure out a future. Schreck couldn’t find steady work, and so he did odd jobs and tried to make do. Eventually, both wound up addicted to methamphetamine and found themselves living by the river in a tent camp, with dozens of others like them. Bushnell thinks Schreck knew he was dying. He took her daughter aside the day before he passed on and told her he loved her, but that he wouldn’t be around much longer to look after her. He said to be safe, and to live better. Bushnell wants to move now and hopes the drugs won’t follow. “That’s what he would want. He would want me clean again.” She keeps some of Schreck’s ashes inside a locket that she wears next to her heart. The rest, she sprinkled in the river. “We will meet each other on the other side,” she says, wagging a finger. “But not too soon.” ___ FIGHTING TO STAY CLEAN, EX-ADDICTS FEAR LOSING COVERAGE Tarryn Vick and her best friend, Anjelic Baker, line up every morning before dawn outside a methadone clinic in the Grays Harbor town of Hoquiam. On this day, the talk among those in line is whether they all might lose their health coverage if Republican lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act. Without insurance, Vick and Baker would likely be unable to get their daily cup of pink liquid that prevents the sickness of withdrawal that strangles so many addicts’ attempts to get clean. “Recovery is like chasing a freight train; it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do,” Vick says. “I enjoy being clean. But I can’t say I could stay clean if I lost insurance. We would all be too sick.” Baker rolls up the sleeves of her sweatshirt to show the toll drugs take: she shot up bad heroin once, and the skin on both arms peeled away, like “someone skinning a banana,” she remembers. The wounds are still open and a half-inch deep, from her elbows to her wrists. She’s been clean now for two years, but she lives in constant agony. Today she cries at the prospect of going back to that life. “Are we going to lose our coverage?” she asks Vick. “Are we going to die?” Vick shrugs, shakes her head and says she doesn’t know. “Every day,” she says, “I wonder more.” Vick was once a nurse, and then, eight years ago, she snapped her Achilles tendon and her doctor prescribed opiate painkillers — the chemical cousin of heroin. Before she knew it, heroin consumed her so quickly and completely she found herself stealing from her own sick mother. Vick promised her mom as she lay dying that she’d beat the addiction. “I whispered that in her ear: ‘I will never go back out and use. You have nothing to worry about. It’s OK to go up to heaven.'” ___ “I DON’T WANT THIS LIFE” Scott Stevens ambles up to an old camper parked in a gravel lot under a tangle of overpasses, carrying a bag of dirty needles to trade for clean ones. The weekly exchange is an initiative of the county health department to keep dirty syringes off the streets and stem the tide of drug-related diseases, like hepatitis C. Stevens carries his Chihuahua, Edgar, and says he plans to never put the little dog down again. Someone recently stole Edgar from him, and they were apart for seven days. He posted signs and online ads. “I was beside myself,” Stevens says. “He’s my little buddy, my best pal.” Stevens is 60 years old. He’s been addicted to heroin for four decades, and lives with Edgar in a tent on the riverbank, down in the brush filled with spiders and snakes. He’s buried more friends than he can count. “I don’t want this life,” he says. “I want to get my life cleaned up again. I’d like to have a job, a house, a way to pay my bills.” He watches all around him as other addicts end up on the riverbank. It’s seems like they’re getting into drugs younger now, he says, and he tries to “let them know what they’re heading into.” He guesses he got started to “escape life’s complications,” then the addiction dug in. He has children and grandchildren who aren’t like him, and he’s proud of that. But he doesn’t see them or call them, because he doesn’t want to lie and he’s too ashamed to tell the truth. So Edgar, this little black dog under his arm, is all he has left. ___ A MAN BATTLES HIS DEMONS, DREAMS OF A FUTURE Forrest Wood threw out his spoons and his needles, and braced himself for the sickness and sadness of withdrawal, because he wanted his life to be better than this. A week later, he told his mom he needed money for the bus. She gave him $7. He pooled the cash with a friend to buy a $20 bag of heroin. Now, he shoots the brown liquid into his vein — and the shame and remorse set in almost immediately. The heroin doesn’t make him happy, he says, just numb. “You know how sometimes when you do something and you know you didn’t do your best on it and you regret a little bit?” he says. “That’s how I feel, just in general. I feel like I’ve breezed through a lot of things, a lot of important things.” He knows his mom waits by the phone, terrified it will ring and the caller will bring bad news. She already lost her brother to an overdose. He died in his truck, a few blocks from the graffiti-covered bridge where Woods just shot up. His mother has battled addiction, too, and stays clean now on a methadone regimen. She recently had a heart attack and requires an oxygen tank. Woods is 24 years old, and he knows he’s wasting time getting high. He’s been in trouble with the law again and again; he’s not allowed to drive, and his court fines have ballooned to $20,000 — a number so insurmountable he wonders how he’ll ever get out from under it. He dreams that someday he might get himself clean, go to college and get a job as a park ranger. He loves animals, and would like to help save engendered species. “I just want to be happy, that’s all,” Wood says. “I’m trying to get myself to feel like I have some sort of purpose, instead of just aimlessly walking around all the time, just wanting to get high.” ___ “IT’S CRAZY HOW THINGS CAN SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL” Just a year ago, Staci Hadley and Deric Hensler had jobs, credit cards, a nice little rental house and a brand-new, king-size bed. Now they live in a beat-up Honda Accord, and they’re searching for a safe place to park and sleep. “Oh, how the mighty have fallen,” Hadley says with a self-conscious laugh. The couple had struggled with drugs for years before getting clean on a methadone program. They started building a better life. Then Hensler lost his job at a concrete plant, and with it his health insurance. They couldn’t get methadone anymore. “It all just dominoed after that,” Hadley says. “It’s crazy how things can spiral out of control.” They relapsed, got evicted, starting pawning their possessions. Now they’re back at the county needle exchange, and repacking the trunk of the Honda they live in, cramming in hampers full of clothes, books — all that’s left of everything they ever owned. The gas tank is almost empty. Their wallets are too, and they don’t know where to go. Hensler can’t go home because his family thinks he’s stolen from them, and he says he has before but not this time. Hadley has two adult daughters and a disabled son in a nursing home, and she knows she’s not the mom they need her to be. “They’re not asking questions because they don’t want to know the answers,” she says. “I feel like I’m letting them down.” A woman staggers by, scabs on her face and her bones protruding through her clothes, and Hadley gasps. It frightens her to think that this cycle might not end and that woman passing by could be a reflection of her future. “They’d rather have drugs than anything else in the world. They have nothing to look forward to,” she says. “I know we’re kind of messed up right now, but this is not my life.” ___ Read more in the Trump Country series: https://apnews.com/tag/TrumpCountry

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  • Taste This, Seattle: Sugar Plum's Golden Ginger Milk Ice CreamTaste This, Seattle: Sugar Plum's Golden Ginger Milk Ice Cream

    A cone of Sugar Plum's golden ginger milk, which sits in this neat little wooden holster to receive its peppery coating. I first came into contact with Makini Howell, a woman on color and the owner of Plum Bistro and its associated operations, via a colleague, who asked if she could give Makini my email sometime late last year.

    Seattle News / 3 d. 2 h. 37 min. ago
  • Seattle man pours coffee on ‘InfoWars’ host Alex JonesSeattle man pours coffee on ‘InfoWars’ host Alex Jones

    SEATTLE – Alex Jones, a radio host of “InfoWars” and conspiracy theorist who has alleged the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, took to the streets of Seattle this week. Videos on Facebook and Twitter show Jones walking around downtown and talking to people on the sidewalk about recent events surrounding President Donald Trump. Some people ignored Jones’ provocative questions while others engaged, many condemning his program and website that’s considered as fake news. But one encounter – streamed on Periscope Friday morning – ended with coffee thrown onto Jones. Some people on Twitter have questioned whether the incident was staged. The video shows, while in downtown, Jones was walking along sidewalks on Third Avenue near Pine Street talking about the terrorist attacks in Spain. Jones became irritated when a man near the Macy’s building started giving him obscene hand gestures. Jones chased the man, called him a coward, and then turned the other way. A few minutes later – just after Jones had mumbled “trendy cowards” – a man yelled, “You’re trash.” Jones and the man got into each other’s faces and exchanged heated words. As Jones turned to the camera and said, “This is what they’ve turned people into. A literal slave of system,” the man unscrewed his mug and threw coffee on him. The man then held his coffee mug out as if he was going to hit Jones, but then he turned and walked away toward South Lake Union. “I have to get back to work, where they’ll have more coffee,” the man said. Video: I’m attacked with boiling coffee on the streets of Seattle – Skip to 3:40 to see it all https://t.co/7NPoBa0nH2 — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 18, 2017 Alex Jones in Seattle KIRO 7 News learned Jones is possibly in Seattle for a family getaway and that his wife went to school in the area. Recently, Jones was repeatedly asked by reporter Megyn Kelly to admit he was wrong to call the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut, a hoax. Kelly was criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who has also called the Sept. 11 attacks an inside job and promoted the false story that a pizza place in Washington, D.C. was the site of a child sex ring. She has defended her decision by noting that his influence has grown with the rise of President Trump, who has praised Alex Jones and appeared on his radio program. There’s been some grumblings on social media about whether Jones would talk about the renewed calls to take down the Vladimir Lenin statue in Fremont. On Thursday, Mayor Ed Murray said he wants the statue removed, and also wants a Confederate monument removed from grave sites at Lake View Cemetery — even though both are on private property.  

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  • Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

    In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump’s coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art — not the Troll but the Vladimir Lenin statue, of which I am not a fan. I understand its ironic intent, or how some see it as a Cold War trophy now in an ignominious retirement, but, as I wrote six years ago, I can’t help but think of his murderous repressions that left millions dead. I would be happy to see it melted down for some useful purpose — like to make more LimeBikes. (Footnote: One of my ancestors was a historical revisionist who melted down a statue of King George III to make bullets for the Continental Army.) As it happens, I am writing this from the former Soviet Union state of Kazakhstan, which before the Russian revolution was a Russian colony where fights between empire and indigenous peoples took place. It also has a long history as a land of conflict involving Gengis Khan, Atilla the Hun and Tamerlane, among others. Invasions, massacres and ethnic conflict are nothing new. The Soviet era was relatively brief, but it left its mark — even before Joseph Stalin imprisoned millions, Lenin put tens of thousands into the first modern concentration camps and let at least 3 million people die in famines. The main language is Russian, and many Kazakhstanis are of Russian descent. Kazakhstan also has a long history as a place where Russians were exiled — in the pre-Soviet era, Dostoyevsky spent five years imprisoned here gazing out at the barren steppe. Today, the Soviet Union isn’t enshrined in statues of Lenin but a tourist guide offers tours of a former camp for women, the wives of supposed traitors, banished into the Soviet gulag. The tour promises the “excursion will leave you with an indelible mark on your memory … about life of the people repressed in the Soviet period.” In other words, Fremont’s joke is probably not so funny to those who suffered under the Soviet yoke. Still, unlike Mayor Ed Murray, I wouldn’t ask for Lenin to be taken down simply because it’s offensive. If I tried to eliminate everything from Seattle that offended me as a citizen and as a person who writes about Northwest heritage, well, I’d be a very busy man and nuttier than Kim Jong Un. Charlottesville has also reignited outrage against our own Daughters of the Confederacy monument at the historic Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill. The Northwest is rife with homages to the Confederacy and those who aided and abetted it. We have taken care of some problems — such as the re-designation of King County from Southern slaveholder William Rufus DeVane King to Martin Luther King Jr. But other tributes remain. A United Confederate Veterans memorial found at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district. Credit: Travis S. via Flickr  In the 1920s, the Daughters of the Confederacy were busy restoring the “honor” of their fathers in markers all over the country, right in time for the KKK revival, a parallel effort to mainstream and rehabilitate Southern “nobility” and the “Lost Cause.” The Lake View monument reflects that era. On the other hand, private markers on private land, especially memorials in cemeteries, are problematic from a tear-down standpoint. One could argue, in fact, that the best place for any Confederate monument is a graveyard. I have two ideas on this score. One, instead of defacing or removing the Lake View memorial, outrage could perhaps be channeled into preserving and tending to the Grand Army of the Republic burial ground for Union vets right next door. These men, imperfect as all humans are, nevertheless fought to end slavery, not to preserve it. My second idea is more personal. I would like to be buried in Lake View — this is where my immigrant grandparents are buried, not to mention many locals of all stripes, from Doc Maynard to Denise Levertov, from Bruce and Brandon Lee to Walt Crowley. If the cemetery real estate has not gone up as fast as most Seattle land, I could do this: I could get a plot near the memorial and have my marker engraved with an arrow pointing to it and saying, “Fuck these guys.” OK, it’s late at night in Kazakhstan and I’ve been drinking vodka. But at the moment, I’m thinking actions like this might help solve the issue of tolerance for history feeling like complicity. Even in death, we should have the right to free speech, especially on our headstones. If you are interested in this story, you might also be interested in some of Knute Berger’s other coverage of the history of racism and Nazis in the Pacific Northwest: The Northwest’s uneasy relationship with fascism, Dec. 10, 2015. The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor, Aug. 12, 2015. When Nazis walked the streets of Seattle, March 10, 2016. (Start of a six-part series) Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868, March 20, 2017. How to deal with fascists — lessons from history, Jan. 13.

    Crosscut / 3 d. 4 h. 31 min. ago more
  • Charge: Girl molested by neighbor 'didn't want him to be mad'Charge: Girl molested by neighbor 'didn't want him to be mad'

    A 12-year-old girl was followed in her Seattle apartment building and groped by a neighbor who persisted in asking her suggestive questions, charging documents say. A 12-year-old girl was followed in her Seattle apartment building and groped by a neighbor who persisted in asking her suggestive questions, charging documents say.

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  • 7 things to do this weekend: August 18-207 things to do this weekend: August 18-20

    Joyful Days: Chief Seattle Days – Friday to Sunday, August 18-20. This event honors Chief Seattle, a former leader of the Suquamish people. This event is expected to have a pow wow, canoe races, a 5K run and much more. Details here. City Fun: Snoqualmie Railroad Days – Friday to Sunday, August 18-20. The annual event celebrates the town’s origin of logging and railroad. Attendees will find arts, free wagon rides, a model train show and even timber sports shows. There will also be a field of fun for kids. The event will be held at the Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie. Details here. Festive Mood: Ballard Burrito Fest – Saturday, August 19, 11a to 6p Food and fun will be rolled together at this event. There will be food vendors, plenty of lawn games, kids’ activities and more. Also at the event will be plenty of live music. This event will take place at the Ballard Commons Park in Seattle. Details here. Community Excitement: Celebrate Woodinville Festival – Saturday, August 19, 8a to 5:30p. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, the parade, arts, exhibitors and plenty of other activities. Some activities will take place at Woodin Creek Park, Wilmot Creek Park, and the parade will be on 175th St. in Woodinville. Details here. Educational Fun: Viking Days – Saturday & Sunday, August 19-20, 10a to 5p. This event highlights Nordic foods, entertainment, and other happenings. There will be a couple of stages showcasing entertainment and plenty of sausage and other good tasting treats. Location: 30145 NW 67th Street, Seattle. Details here. Positively Paint: Festival of Artists at Work – Saturday & Sunday, August 19-20, 10a to 5p. Booths and more booths at this event with more than 100. The Port of Everett Marina will be a place for painting, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. Also, there is expected to be live music, entertainment and plenty of food. Location 1700 West Marine View Drive, Everett. Details here. Native Jubilee: In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival – Saturday, August 19, 10a to 5p. This event encompasses the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum coming together for a day of fun and activities. Enjoy singing, dancing, drumming, indigenous food, and other activities. Both museums are expected to offer free admission, according to the event site. Location: Tacoma. Details here.

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  • Civil War in the Northwest?Civil War in the Northwest?

    As the debate rages over what to do with statues and memorials honoring Confederates in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, many people in the Pacific Northwest this week have been wondering why there would be any kind of Civil War monuments here at all. Q and A: How the Lenin statue got to Fremont “So how does the State of Washington, which (I believe) didn’t exist during the Civil War, have a Confederate Memorial?” wrote one commenter on Facebook a few days ago. The truth is, Washington history and Civil War history are intertwined, and, in some cases, even inseparable. And, most Civil War monuments were dedicated in the 20th century, long after the war was over. Some say they were meant to intimidate blacks during the “Jim Crow” era, while others say the timing was simply because aging Civil War vets – including those who had moved to the Pacific Northwest – were dying off, and their families were seeking to honor them. Here are a few recent stories from MyNorthwest and other local outlets that provide a glimpse into how our state’s history influenced, and was influenced by, the Civil War. Washington State was named by Confederate sympathizer General McClellan failed in the Cascades Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens died a heroic death as a Union General Why there are so many Confederate monuments in Seattle Wrestling with the ghosts of Confederate monuments President Buchanan helped secure Oregon Country The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery on Capitol Hill More from Feliks Banel

    MyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 7 h. 21 min. ago more
  • First ever Ballard Burrito Fest on SaturdayFirst ever Ballard Burrito Fest on Saturday

    Ballard's first Burrito Festival is tomorrow , descending on Ballard Commons Park with food trucks, burrito contests, a beer garden, and family-friendly activities. Organized by Seattle nonprofit The World is Fun, the Burrito Fest is not only to celebrate burritos, but also to draw awareness to food insecurity.

    Seattle News / 3 d. 7 h. 23 min. ago
  • Art history book reveals the underappreciated genius of Hokusai, creator of iconic “Great Wave” imageArt history book reveals the underappreciated genius of Hokusai, creator of iconic “Great Wave” image

    There is not a more iconic image of Japan than Hokusai’s “Great Wave.” Appearing on everything from coffee mugs to socks, it is parodied as often as the Mona Lisa and it defines the way the world thinks about Japanese art. Even though many know Hokusai because of the “Great Wave,” few know the many layers of his genius and the wide breadth of his artistic endeavors. Sarah E. Thompson seeks to change this by offering a glimpse of Hokusai’s extraordinary output in Hokusai, published by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This book was originally intended to accompany an exhibition at the MFA, and the art selected for the exhibition and book was drawn from the museum’s extensive collection, which includes 150 paintings, 1,200 woodblock prints, and 360 illustrated books. The book focuses on 50 central works and each is exceptional and unique. For those who only know Hokusai’s most famous landscape wood block prints, the selection of art will be a revelation. Naturally, there are ample prints, but also paintings, toys, lanterns, sketch book-like illustrations, and manga. Exemplary are the printed sheets that included parts intended to be cut out by the purchaser and pasted on a board-like diorama or static pop-up book. Both uncut sheets and their fully constructed versions are shown. Even more fascinating is the artist’s stylistic range that invites comparisons to the range found in Picasso’s or Leonardo da Vinci’s art. In a sense, this is not a complete surprise, given the spectrum of jobs he had, and Hokusai’s voracious borrowing from other artists. Truly he was a creative genius with many faces, and turning the pages of this book surprises and satisfies the eye and mind. Hokusai is not coffee table book, exhibition catalog, or a textbook, but a rather a stand-alone compilation with the best qualities from all of these. In spite of its modest dimensions and relatively short length, Hokusai is remarkably satisfying. Exhibition catalogs are too often notoriously unwieldly, dense in text, and short in showing the art itself. Most end up untouched and hold little interest to others. Coffee table books are seductive in their glossy beauty, but rarely engage beyond a visual indulgence or two. Thompson’s book wisely avoids these problems with a smart design and clean format, and which is both strong in word and generous in reproductions. There is plenty of amazing art to view, and it is all well presented. The feel of the original wood block art is maintained in the matte finish in a lovely Italian printing. Also, when art is referenced in the text, examples are thoughtfully provided. The included essays are succinct, readable, and insightful on Hokusai’s life and the underlying artistry in the art itself.  In one instance, the geometric patterns and structural forms in Hokusai’s art are explained elegantly in the text and illustrated with printed plates from Hokusai’s own guide to painting.  In another, the connection between calligraphy and his painting style is illustrated. Accompanying the uncropped images, corresponding enlarged detail reproductions often fill pages edge to edge on double pages, making complete use of the book’s 8 X 10 inch format. These not only show the precision and genius of Hokusai’s artistry, but also they mimic the experience of viewing the art in person, as one would step in close to view details. Clearly, this seemingly modest book is successful in its purpose in presenting the artist’s depth and it exceeds expectations. And much like the art of Hokusai, Sarah E. Thompson’s Hokusai is lovingly designed and beautifully executed, and it invites many repeated visits. For more arts, click here

    The International Examiner / 3 d. 7 h. 40 min. ago more
  • Moving toward a safer CID: Survey results show improved safety, continued systemic barriersMoving toward a safer CID: Survey results show improved safety, continued systemic barriers

    Councilmember Lorena González (far right) listens as Valerie Tran of InterimCDA and Jamie Lee of SCIDpda present on the Chinatown International District public safety survey at City Hall on August 9, 2017 • Photo by Travis Quezon Public safety in the Chinatown-International District (CID) has dominated community conversations in the past two years since International District Emergency Center founder and community leader Donnie Chin was murdered in July 2015. Recent findings from the 2017 Chinatown International District public safety survey indicate improved perceptions of safety and cleanliness compared to last year. However, data also shows that many people don’t report crimes, and most respondents experience safety-related stress and anxiety. This shows that persistent systematic barriers remain. The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation Authority (SCIDpda) and InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA) conducted the survey this spring and analyzed the results with Seattle University. On August 9, Jamie Lee, SCIDpda IDEA Space Program Manager, and Valerie Tran, InterIm CDA Healthy Communities Program Manager, presented findings and recommendations to the City Council Committee on Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans. “I want to be supportive and continue to be supportive of this really important public safety work,” said Lorena González, chair of Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee, at the meeting. “I am really excited about making sure it continues to be sustainable. … We are seeing trends moving in the right direction.” Next, Lee and Tran will present the survey findings to the Public Safety Steering Committee and the neighborhood public safety meeting on August 15, and to the CID Forum on August 22. Improvement, but still more work to do The survey’s key findings included improved perceptions of neighborhood safety and cleanliness. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they “agree” or “somewhat agree” that the neighborhood is safer than one year ago (a 19 percent increase from 2016) and 64 percent of respondents indicated trust in police. However, findings also showed that many respondents still do not report when they witness violent or non-violent crime. Also, trust in police varies based on English language proficiency, and most respondents (68.4 percent) continue to experience stress or anxiety due to feeling unsafe in the neighborhood. The top reasons for not reporting crimes were not believing the police would follow up, not wanting to get involved, and thinking the police couldn’t do anything. Because public safety has been at the forefront of community conversations, people may view safety as improving because it’s being addressed, Lee said. “I think we still have a long way to go in terms of moving policing to responding to community needs and concerns, versus 911 being the method of doing it,” Lee said, adding that the process of improving public safety takes time. Although trends indicate that safety perceptions are improving, 62 percent of respondents (the same percentage as last year) said they “somewhat disagree,” “disagree,” or “neither agree nor disagree” about whether streets and public areas are safer. Survey demographics show perceptions of neighborhood safety are improving Recommendations Recommendations from InterIm CDA and SCIDpda included continuing efforts to support community-police relations, maintaining support for street cleaning and sanitation, supporting community-gathered data and analysis, supporting existing neighborhood health and social service providers, and encouraging trainings on homelessness, mental health and chemical dependency in the CID. “From one year to the next, you’re going to see slight improvements but that is not justification to stop a recommendation,” Tran said. “Some of these have been working but let’s think further on how we can continue implementing these recommendations.” Another recommendation was to support the CID public safety task force and action plan. “Especially with the mayoral administration changing, we wanted to make it clear to the council that it’s up to them to carry on the public safety action plan,” Tran said. “With a lot of the different planning initiatives that are happening in the CID lately, it’s important that public safety continues to rise to the forefront of community conversations.” Increased police presence is only one way to improve safety and perceptions of safety, Lee said. “We are hoping that [the next mayor] will take time to learn about the groundwork that has happened over the past two years and how that’s important to gain momentum, not only for making change but for making the community believe that change can happen.” Survey demographics show many still do not report crimes when they witness them City funding This year, the survey had 423 responses in English, Vietnamese, and Chinese—about 100 more responses than last year. Findings will be translated into Chinese and Vietnamese and distributed across the neighborhood in the coming weeks, in the hope of reaching everyone who completed the survey. Last year, the survey was only disseminated electronically and in English. Survey administers received funding from the City this year, unlike in previous years. The City provided $20,000 per year in funding to support administering culturally-competent CID public safety surveys for 2017 and 2018. The funding recognized the importance of the survey’s data in informing the city’s policy decisions on CID public safety issues. Funding was also provided by the BUILD Health Challenge. Lee and Tran said the funds allow for more in-depth questions and data analysis as well as resources to translate the survey, distribute it door-to-door to every business in the CID, and examine how the data relates to other work. Survey demographics show trust in police varies based on English language proficiency Context matters Tran and Lee said it’s important to be aware of how results are impacted by the time of year the survey was conducted and how community concerns and events leading up to the survey influence the outcome. “When we did the 2016 survey, I think there was a lot of emotion, anxiety, and stress following [Donnie] Chin’s murder and that was at the height of the encampment, so people had a lot of public safety concerns,” Tran said. “This year, the survey was taken after the encampments had been cleared out and a lot of different public safety initiatives had been put in place.” For example, Tran said, people may perceive improved cleanliness because the encampments under the I-5 freeway in the CID have since been removed as a response to task force recommendations. And responses could have been different if the survey questions were distributed after the announcement that the Navigation Center would be situated in the Little Saigon neighborhood. “I think a lot of things happen each year that changes people’s perceptions,” Lee said. “If we look at next year, there might be different reasons people respond the way they do.” Survey demographics indicate many respondents feel anxiety or stress related to neighborhood safety Community efforts lead to city involvement After Chin’s death, community organizers urged the City to respond to the neighborhood’s public safety concerns. A CID Public Safety Task Force was formed and met for seven months before sending recommendations to Mayor Ed Murray. The 2016 public safety survey results informed Murray’s action plan for the CID. The 2016 survey found that many people witness crime but do not report it, that non-violent crime is pervasive, and police-community relations need improvement. The survey also found that most residents report feeling anxiety and stress related to neighborhood safety, and that cultural factors play a role in residents not reporting crime. Survey respondents also noted that the CID lacks a safe place to go in case of emergencies. The survey also found gaps in Seattle Police Department crime data from 911 calls. Recommendations included recognizing alternative types of community data related to safety, establishing times for police and community members to interact, developing a culturally-responsive protocol for police-community relations, and investing in CID mental health services and long-term plans for neighborhood public spaces. Due to community efforts and task force recommendations, Lee noted that 2017 funding was secured for the survey, sanitation in the CID, staffing for public safety coordinator Sonny Nguyen, the Danny Woo Community Garden, and Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Police Department positions that work closely with the CID to address public safety issues. “Nobody can replace Donnie [Chin] and it needs to be us as a community working together to address public safety,” Lee said. For more news, click here

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    A man was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a truck while walking eastbound on State Route 512 in Pierce County. Check the traffic map The Washington State Patrol reports the fatal crash occurred east of Canyon Road. The left lane of eastbound State Route 512 is closed for an investigation. There is about a two-mile backup.

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  • Myths and truths about the 2017 solar eclipseMyths and truths about the 2017 solar eclipse

    If there is one major thing that Phil Plait wants you to know about the 2017 solar eclipse, it’s this: Don’t look at it. “Even though the moon blocks most of the sunlight up until the moment of totality, there is still enough light to damage your eye,” Plait told Seattle’s Morning News. “So don’t look at the sun up until totality – until the moon completely blocks the sun.” RELATED: Where to watch the eclipse in Washington Plait is known as the Bad Astronomer (emphasis on those first two letters of Astronomer). When the sun is entirely blocked — known as totality — then you can look at the eclipse. Even then, Plait says there is a myth that people cannot look at the event when it is in totality. “There’s a lot of misconceptions floating around about this,” he said. “Basically, at any time, any day, the sun is bright enough to damage your eyes if you look at it. During an eclipse, though, people tend to look at the sun more. During the day you don’t usually look at it. It’s too bright, and you squint and your eyes water up. People can wear protective glasses to watch the moon as it moves in front of the sun, but Plait has a warning there as well. “Be careful because there are people out there selling fake eclipse glasses that do not block enough sunlight or the right kind of sunlight and can damage your eyes,” he said. It’s important to note that in Washington state, there will be no total eclipse, only a partial eclipse. So eye protection will be needed throughout the event. “The sun is very bright and it turns out that even blocking most of it, you don’t see much of a change,” Plait said. “It just gets a little bit darker, and you are used to that during the day anyway if a cloud goes in front of the sun.” 2017 Eclipse tips The event on Aug. 21 within the 10 a.m. hour (depending on where you are) will be the first total eclipse seen in America since 1979. The full shadow will fall from the Oregon coast to South Carolina. While the moon will block the sun for most of North America, it will only totally block the sun through part of Oregon. Washington will only see a partial eclipse, so eye protection is needed. Check NASA’s website for tips on proper eye protection. The Seattle area will get about 92 percent coverage. Beware: There are fake eclipse glasses being sold. You can look at the full eclipse with binoculars or a telescope — we’ll say again full eclipse; during totality — but be careful. Once any sliver of sunlight appears, it can be magnified through those devices. During a full eclipse, it is dark enough to see stars and even a couple planets such as Jupiter and Venus. Only the corona (the sun’s atmosphere) is visible during a full eclipse. This is about as bright as the moon in the night sky. Many are traveling to Oregon to get the full eclipse view. So if you are planning on driving far enough to get into the full shadow, be aware that others have the same idea and roads could be clogged. Roads into Oregon were already becoming jammed on Thursday with travelers trying to get into the path of the shadow on Monday. Gas stations were even running out of gas.

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  • Fatal shooting at Skyway bowling alleyFatal shooting at Skyway bowling alley

     Two men were killed after a shooting outside a Skyway bowling alley early Friday morning. King County deputies told KIRO 7 News that Skyway Park Bowl was packed with people listening to a band and bowling. Some witnesses reported hearing several gun shots and running from the building. Deputies arrived to around 12:45 a.m. and found two men with gunshot wounds in a back alley, where people commonly go to smoke. One man was dead. Another man was sent to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died. The circumstances around the shooting are still under investigation. Deputies are investigating whether a suspect is on the run or if the two men got in an argument before shots were fired.

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  • What a park in the ID tells us about urban lifeWhat a park in the ID tells us about urban life

    The expanded Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown International District (ID) is now open to the public. Not in the official sense with ribbon cutting and speechifying. But in the sense that the construction fences are finally down and people can freely meander about the place.   For many weeks this new City park, located at King Street and 6th Avenue South in Seattle’s ID, was virtually finished. But it sat, sequestered behind a chain link fence, just tantalizingly out of reach. It seems that a contractor error had affected the lighting, without which the City did not feel it would be safe at night. Corrected now, the park is fully accessible, albeit not fully finished. A grandly scaled red, polygonal archway will be installed near the corner of 5th Avenue South and King sometime over the coming weeks.   The new part of Hing Hay doubles the size of the previous park. That space — a classically designed square with a formal, traditional pavilion — has long been a favorite in the community for festivals and folks doing their morning tai chi.  Hing Hay served as a centerpiece of the ID and was part of a collection of unique parks including Kobe Terrace, a few blocks north and the Donnie Chin International Children’s Park that is several blocks east. In recent years, the park had been showing signs of age and wear; this project has restored the old and brought in an entirely new energy.   The new addition also replaces an old bunker of a building occupied by a post office with its loading docks facing the street, hardly a positive contribution to the district.   The Chinatown International District has been seeing lots of changes. New housing is being built. Older buildings are being renovated. There are new shops and cafes. A singular sour note is the plethora of massage places that seem to populate every block, with their identical “Open” neon signs.   If nothing else, this new park is remarkable in that its design and construction revealed a large, stunning Zelkova tree that was largely obscured by the loading dock of the post office occupying the site for decades. Almost as if by magic, this gorgeous, full-canopied tree seemed to appear and anchors the seam between the old and new parts of the park.   The new part of Hing Hay is a splendid visual counterpoint to the previous classic one. Its serpentine walls and swirling pathways create small outdoor rooms to sit, chat, or have lunch.  Kids seem to enjoy cavorting on the bright red diminutive metal terraces that are topped with wood decking. The designers worked with community members to develop whimsical patterns that were incised into the vertical metal facets. At night the patterns vividly glow from interior red lights. The visual effect of red upon red is simply ethereal at night. Detail shot of light sculptures in Hing Hay Park.   There is a large central space occupied by moveable tables and chairs that can be readily converted into performance space. This element was sought by the community and the design, lead by MIG/SvR and the Chinese firm Turenscape responded with obvious enthusiasm. The entire park can be transformed into an amphitheater, with sinuous terraces surrounding the stage. The soon-to-come arch will frame the performers, not unlike a traditional proscenium stage. Ever since the Nippon Kan Theatre closed more than ten years ago, the ID has been missing a major venue for live performances. It now joins the Theatre Off Jackson as one more performance venue. On Wednesdays, through Sept. 6, the park is hosting free lunchtime stories about the neighborhood in a program co-sponsored by the Wing Luke Museum and InterIM CDA. The $3 million price tag included renovation of the older portion, which needed some touching up after several decades of use. The Park is fully accessible with its gentle winding pathways. For the more energetic, an exercise station and a ping pong table are perched on the upper level. Running along one side is a wall painted bright yellow with red steel buttresses, providing a simple, vivid backdrop for the complex composition of the space. It’s fascinating to see this public space so heavily used as if there had been a long pent up demand. Tables are often full and couples pushing baby prams stroll about the pathways. For such a relatively small space, the amount of activity is striking. It’s clear that people value pure community spaces; Hing Hay has been revived with a new set of users and an elevated role in the district.   In recent years, both the City and its neighborhoods have been learning an important lesson about public spaces. It’s not enough just to design a pretty place and cut the ribbon. It needs to be filled with programming, managed like any public venue and subtly supervised. Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director of the Seattle Parks Foundation observes that “The new Hing Hay Park lives up to its promise as the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown International District. It’s a triumph of community-led design.”   On a recent warm Sunday afternoon, the park was fairly teeming with people — from toddlers scrambling over the red terraces to teenagers trying out the exercise equipment and seniors engaged in animated conversation. Most of the tables and chairs were filled and people were ambling out the pathways — all within a space that’s smaller than one-quarter of a block.   The expanded Hing Hay Park vividly demonstrates how much people value having urban open space right in the heart of the city. Civic organizations like the Seattle Parks Foundation have been singing this tune for years. Here is the proof. This story has been amended to clarify information about the Theater Off Jackson.

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  • Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

    Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view on the state of race relations in America. After all, at the time a black president held what is arguably the most powerful position in the world. As I drove cross country to the Midwest to begin my work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I wondered whether St. Louis would be as segregated as I had heard. Just how bad could this rust belt city be? “Whose Streets?” is a new documentary focused on Michael Brown, the black teenager fatally shot by Ferguson police in 2014. The documentary aims to give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the months-long protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of Brown’s death, which vaulted the Black Lives Matter movement to national prominence. It’s an impressive debut by St. Louis artist and filmmaker Damon Davis and co-director Sabaah Folayan.   As a writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I reported in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, through the uprising that ensued after Brown’s death. I had heard rumors that a movie was in the works. I was skeptical. Amidst the chaos, too many, it seemed, were trying to capitalize on a young man’s death. Davis and Folayan, however, are themselves activists; one viewing of the movie makes that clear. In a statement about the film, Davis and Folayan explain why they decided to make it in the first place. One key reason: The “dehumanization of Mike Brown” and the frequent portrayal of African Americans as one-dimensional thugs  or criminals. The movie hopes to counter that narrative of dehumanization. Through a striking array of news footage, social media snippets, interviews and, most of all, on-the-ground footage, it succeeds. The film rings true to what many of my former colleagues and I lived through, with characters recognizable to a St. Louis audience including Brother Anthony Shahid, a Muslim who pointedly made a habit of walking around with stuffed animals of dogs — police dogs. St. Louis, as the film points out in an early scene, is where the historically significant Dred Scott case was first heard. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually took up the landmark case and ruled in 1857 that Scott, a slave who had petitioned for his freedom, was not a U.S. citizen. After quickly reminding viewers of the city’s tight hold on slavery, the film moves on to August 9, 2014, the day police shot and killed Brown. The implication is obvious: St. Louis hasn’t changed much over the decades.      Like many others, I first heard about Brown’s death via Twitter. Social media was key during the Ferguson uprising. Many of those involved in the protests were young and their primary way of communicating with one another and the world was through tweets, photos, and videos. In the film, specific tweets viewed by sometimes dozens, hundreds and even thousands of people flash on the screen. The first is a tweet by @TheePharoah: I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG.  @TheePharoah is referring to Brown. Zeroing in on the kind of inhumanity African Americans endure on a daily basis, a shot of Brown’s mother, who cries out about her son being left on the street to bleed for hours, is featured next. The main goal of the film is achieved by juxtaposing scenes like this with portrayals of ordinary black families. A black lesbian couple, for example. One of the unlikely heroines of the film is Brittany Ferrell, a nursing student and a single mother. The movie includes her modern day love story. Ferrell meets her future wife, Alexis Templeton, during the upheaval in Ferguson. Protesters marching in the streets with signs and chanting fight songs, sometimes blocking traffic — I vividly remember images like these.  But watching the film, I was most affected by the most unremarkable scenes — black mothers and fathers playing with their children — which made me realize how little of this I typically see on the big screen. Throughout, the film amplifies pictures and words the directors wished others — namely, the mainstream media — would have paid more attention to. “Remember you all stood for this,” shouts one woman to the police. “I don’t want you all killing my child because she walked out the door.” Snapshots of police looking like soldiers at war with rifles and tanks in the streets appear. “This is not Iraq. This is St. Louis,” another woman lectures the police. “You guys are the aggressors.” At the same time, filmmakers Davis and Folayan acknowledge neither Brown nor the protesters were perfect. Footage of looting and Brown’s alleged convenience store theft is also included in the film. “Whose Streets?” ends on a hopeful note. Regarding black liberation, Ferrell acknowledges she “might not ever live to see what that really looks like.” But she and others know the life-lasting bonds they’ve already formed and that the next generation will continue to fight. Ferrell’s own daughter chants: “We have nothing to lose but our chains.” “Whose Streets?” could have made more obvious choices in who it decided to feature: Deray Mckesson, for example, who is perhaps the most well-known of Ferguson protesters. But it didn’t, and that’s all the more reason to see it.  “Whose Streets?” plays at the Northwest Film Forum Aug. 18-31. 

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  • Free carwash next Thursday at Brown BearFree carwash next Thursday at Brown Bear

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  • Design Review Changes? City Council briefing focuses on new...Design Review Changes? City Council briefing focuses on new...

    If the city's Design Review process is dramatically overhauled, as currently proposed, it could cut one or two months off the time it takes a development to get through the permitting process. The speed-it-up aspect was touted at the start of the mayor's announcement earlier this month that the proposal was ready to go public.

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  • It’s official: I-27 to ban safe injection sites is on the ballotIt’s official: I-27 to ban safe injection sites is on the ballot

    King County elections officials have validated enough signatures to put I-27 on the ballot, according to proponents. “We are gratified to have finally cleared this hurdle and for I-27 to have officially qualified for the ballot,” said Joshua Freed, a Bothell council member who spearheaded the initiative effort. “Voters deserve to have their say on government-sponsored heroin injection sites before Executive Constantine rushes to build them. We urge the King County Council to put I-27 on the November ballot at their meeting on Monday.” RELATED: Options vanishing for second safe injection site I-27 aims to ban safe injection sites in King County. The county currently has two sites planned — one in Seattle, and another site that has yet to be located. Supporters of safe injection sites argue that they will provide medical attention to addicts without the fear of being arrested for using illegal drugs. But considerable opposition to safe injection sites mounted in the form of I-27. Cities in King County have also preemptively passed resolutions banning the sites. Which ballot I-27 will show up on is unknown, however. November is the next election, but the deadline to get on that ballot has passed. The King County Council will have to vote to make an exception for I-27 to get it to voters in November. Otherwise, it will appear on a special ballot in February 2018. King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert reportedly plans to put a resolution up for a vote in favor of putting I-27 on the November ballot, according to KOMO. Freed also spoke up about a number of signatures that were not counted by officials. “In addition, we remain alarmed that nearly 5,000 voters were disenfranchised by the clerk’s unconstitutional action of rejecting 454 petitions, and thus denying these voters their voice,” Freed said. “We urge the council to restore these voters’ rights and act decisively to ensure that future citizen initiatives are never again jeopardized by voter disenfranchisement.”

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  • One Night People's Park Block Party next weekOne Night People's Park Block Party next week

    Next Wednesday, August 23, there will be a block party to encourage support for more public, green spaces in Seattle. It's called the One Night People's Park Block Party, organized by Seattle Green Spaces Coalition and Groundswell NW and funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhood's Small Sparks Fund.

    Seattle News / 3 d. 23 h. 31 min. ago
  • Looking for work? First-ever Westside Job Fair set for September 6Looking for work? First-ever Westside Job Fair set for September 6

    Imagine not having to cross the Duwamish River to get to your job. There are just a few ways to make that dream come true - telecommute, start your own business, or get a West Seattle job.

    Seattle News / 4 d. 4 h. 3 min. ago
  • Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?

    While the Rainier Beach neighborhood has long been a thriving center for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, many community members are worried about preserving connections amid rising real-estate prices, gentrification and the economic challenges for many elders who immigrated here. Most community members now live miles from here, many in more-affordable cities like SeaTac, Tukwila, Kent, even Tacoma, according to Habtamu Abdi, an East African community leader. And while many still come here to run businesses, worship or just get together, there’s worry about maintaining connections to the neighborhood. Community members have been working for more than a year to create a housing project for seniors and other low-income residents at the Ethiopian Community Center, a square, one-story building with a playground and large parking lot. But the going hasn’t been easy, despite signs of interest from city and other political leaders. A proposal from City Councilmember Kshama Sawant to put more than $4 million into the project received two hearings from the City Council but not the kind of money she sought. And an effort to put state funding into helping get the project going has been tied up political wrangling around the state’s stalled capital construction budget. The stresses of gentrification and housing affordability are not readily apparent. The Ethiopian Community Center sits a block from a church with signs in English and Amharic. And on either side of Rainier Avenue in south Seattle, immigrant-owned grocery stores, restaurants and shops display signs in Amharic. The nonprofit Ethiopian Community in Seattle aims to build a housing complex of about 120 units for low-income seniors and families. It would be situated on what’s now the parking lot of the present community center, itself a property the community came together to buy in 2010. “It feels bad when your kids want to play by Lake Washington [near Rainier Beach] or play in the parks but they can’t do so because the family lives away from here — that really hurts,” Abdi says. “Gentrification is real — it’s not something theoretical.” With the first generation of Ethiopian immigrants in Seattle nearing retirement age, the project is intended to help the seniors, by providing living spaces for them in the upper levels of an expanded, multi-story complex. According to Abdi, the project is necessary for Ethiopians to stay in Seattle. “It’s not [us] demanding for a shining, skyscraper building in Rainier Beach — no, it’s about survival,” he says. “It’s about making sure that members of our community can afford to live close to their community center, close to their churches, close to their mosques, close to their schools and small businesses.” Menbe Tadesee makes espresso while visitors converse at the Ethiopian Community Center in Rainier Valley, Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The Community Center is designed to be a gathering space, and it serves hundreds of community members, according to Abdi. There’s a computer lab where new immigrants can learn computer skills, a room where kids can get after-school tutoring, a cafe, meeting rooms and more. Inside, it’s decorated with paintings, photos and maps reflecting Ethiopian culture and history, and it’s packed with informational brochures, fliers and posters. In 2010, the year the community built the center, the Ethiopian population in Seattle was between 25,000 and 40,000 — one of the largest such communities in North America. The Ethiopian presence in Seattle dates back to the 1970s, a period when thousands of people left Ethiopia for all corners of the world, fleeing murderous and oppressive regimes, war and drought. Political turmoil continued in the ’90s, and with it the migration of Ethiopians to places like Seattle. When Ethiopians first settled here, Abdi says, they chose the Central District, Yesler Terrace and other places close to downtown. But, as he explains, “Today, most of those people and most of those neighbors are gone, because of the high cost of living. They were pushed back south to where we are today, Rainier Valley.” And now, community members are being pushed further south still. One morning this spring, a few dozen Ethiopian community members came to the City Council chamber carrying signs with the green, yellow and red of the Ethiopian flag, asking the city for help in funding the housing project. There were first-generation immigrants and their children, and some elders testified using limited English. “Ethiopians have lived in this area for many years, and have always been self-sufficient,” said Ezra Teshome, a businessman and longtime Ethiopian community leader, during public comment. “But now the time has come for the city to really provide the support and help because they can’t find housing in the Seattle area. Families are being separated. … This funding is critical.” The community members were pushing for a budget amendment from Sawant, which ultimately failed to pass, picking up only one second from Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who represents Council District 2 and Rainier Beach. Sawant’s proposed amendment would have called for an end to the city’s sweeps of homeless encampments, and to divert the money that would have been used for sweeps throughout various city departments — an estimated $4.3 million — toward the Ethiopian community’s affordable housing project. Liya Rubio, program coordinator for the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, told the Council that it’s painful to see elders coming to the community center and asking for housing. About the only solution that can be offered now is to suggest that people put their names in for federal housing assistance, which entails a lengthy and uncertain wait. Another man testified, “It wasn’t long ago when I lived in a housing project and lived in my car for a year and a half hoping that one day I would make it successful.” Ethiopian Community Services helped support him, he said. He was able to earn two degrees, graduate from the UW, and now works as a technology consultant at Microsoft. Though the project failed to secure the substantial $4.3 million sum, Abdi says the community is undeterred and will continue to work with the City in securing funding. The project was recently approved for $50,000 from the Office of Planning and Community Development, from its yearly budget of $200,000 set aside to assist similar community-driven projects in their preliminary design and development stages. An overall view of the lot where proposed new housing would be built at the Ethiopian Community Center in Rainier Valley. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut) The whole project will cost $32 million at a rough estimate, Abdi says. The biggest funding challenge, Abdi says, will be the ground floor, which will cost $5 to $6 million. This floor will function as a community center, with the upper levels providing housing. While the city Office of Housing will likely be able to find ways to help fund the residential units, it can’t release any funding until the project demonstrates a viable source of funding for the first floor. Another possible source of seed money will depend on whatever comes out of the state’s tangled capital budget negotiations, currently stalled by a dispute over well building in rural areas. State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, who represents Rainier Beach and much of south Seattle, has proposed $400,000 for the project in the budget. Abdi says his fingers are crossed that negotiations will allocate it toward the project. “I believe that the best way to address displacement is making sure that the community are controlling and shaping the development,” Saldaña says of the proposed state funding. “One thing that’s really remarkable about the Ethiopian community in Seattle is they haven’t gotten many handouts in the past … They’ve already made significant investments over the last 20, 30 years, and not only to better their community and to build thing their community needs, but also being a real contributor to the broader community as well.” For now, pre-development and design will proceed, in partnership with nonprofit developer South East Effective Development (SEED). Community members will continue meeting with department leaders, City Council members and maybe the mayor, to advocate for more funding, Abdi says. For Abdi, the success of the project depends on the community stepping forward. “I strongly believe government by itself cannot be a solution,” he says. “We need to work harder to make sure people can live wherever they want to live.”

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

    Rebirth Brass Band In their home city of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band has been playing the Maple Leaf every Tuesday night since 1983. And, for a sizeable part of the year, they pack their schedule between these Tuesdays, showing other cities why they’re legendary. Here in Seattle, we’re lucky that they’ve been coming at least once a year, packing the Tractor and putting on a performance unparalleled in its talent and energy. They return this week for two shows, not a moment too soon for a night of cathartic, wailing brass. If you go: Rebirth Brass Band, Tractor Tavern, Aug. 17-18 ($25)—N.C. Korean Fried Chicken Dinner Eastlake (my new neighborhood) is not exactly a Seattle food destination but of our handful of great dining options, Babirusa is the crown jewel. Cozy and casual, Babirusa — named for an Indonesian pig — boasts a menu that changes daily, featuring local produce and protein done up in inventive ways. This weekend is Babirusa’s Korean Fried Chicken Dinner where $28 will get you two pieces of expertly crafted Korean fried chicken, and unlimited sides. You don’t want to miss these sides: White kimchee with Asian pear and turnip, braised burdock root, scallion pancakes and even more. I recommend pairing the food with a cocktail and then walk along Lake Union, exploring the many parklets of Eastlake. If you go: Korean Fried Chicken Dinner, Babirusa, Aug. 19-20 ($28)—N.C. Whose Streets? It’s one thing to read or hear the words “militarized police” but it’s another to see it unfold before you, to understand what is meant by “militarization” and the effects it has on the citizens the police have vowed to protect and serve. Such is the vitality of the documentary, Whose Streets? which brings an on-the-ground perspective and refreshed importance to the Ferguson demonstrations of 2014. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis not only capture the unfolding violence in real-time, but they also follow three citizen-activists trying to live day-to-day in an oppressive society. The documentary was shown at this year’s SIFF and, lucky for us, returns to the Film Forum for a near two-week run. Go, go, go! If you go: Whose Streets?, Northwest Film Forum, Aug. 18-30 ($10)—N.C. gimme shelter An open call about shelter — is it something physical? emotional? is about gentrification or even, immigration? — solicited dozens of artworks that have been curated into this just-opened juried show at the Columbia City Gallery. The paintings, sculptures, videos and installations are playful, sobering and imaginative. Full disclosure: I was invited to help jury the exhibit along with Billy Gaylord (artist/architect, Bonfire Gallery) and John Sutton (artist, SuttonBeresCuller). We’ll be announcing Best in Show and our own personal favorites at an opening party at 6 p.m. Saturday. If you go: gimme shelter, Columbia City Gallery, through Sept. 24 (free)–F.D.     The Woman Who Married A Bear Native youth perform this traditional Tlingit story in the culmination of Red Eagle Soaring’s two-week intensive summer youth theater program. The 22-year-old theater group empowers American Indian and Alaska Native youth through the performing arts. There will be food by chef Ramon Shiloh. If you go:  The Woman Who Married A Bear, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, Aug. 18  (free)–F.D.    

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  • Long-delayed Lander Street overpass will at last be builtLong-delayed Lander Street overpass will at last be built

    Port Commissioner John Creighton: "We've been talking about this for 20 years," says Creighton, announcing that a $123 million Lander Street overpass will finally be built. Shippers bringing cargo to the Port of Seattle face 4 1/2 hours of delays due to railroad traffic each day.

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  • Advocates want to take down Seattle's own Confederate memorialAdvocates want to take down Seattle's own Confederate memorial

    Among the headstones at Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill is a Confederate memorial. It was erected in 1926 by the Seattle chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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  • ATTENTION, ARTISTS: West Seattle Art Walk's looking for youATTENTION, ARTISTS: West Seattle Art Walk's looking for you

    The West Seattle Arts Council is currently seeking artists to submit their work for the upcoming Q4 digital and printed Art Walk promotional materials. This includes the printed walking map postcards and posters that will be displayed around West Seattle.

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  • Shakeup among Seahawks over CharlottesvilleShakeup among Seahawks over Charlottesville

    This story previously appeared on Sportspress NW. Add two more to the long list of people anguished over the grim, non-sports news of the weekend: Oday Aboushi and Pete Carroll. One was crushed to see his college hometown awash in hate and blood, the other surprised to see a player he thought he knew well fuel a national controversy by, without notice, sitting out the national anthem. Aboushi, a University of Virginia grad who started at right guard Sunday in the Seahawks’ exhibition win after Charlottesville was churned by racial violence Saturday, said, “It happened in what I thought was the happiest place on earth. It was really shocking. “Charlottesville was maybe the best four years of my life. The city was all about love and peace and unity — what UVa stands for.” As the Seahawks stood Sunday for the national anthem at Stubhub Center in Carson, California, one sat down — defensive end Michael Bennett, a protest gesture Carroll, who prides himself on anticipating events, didn’t know was coming. “This was a little bit of a surprise,” said Carroll, who admitted he didn’t agree with the gesture. “I love our country and think we all should stand when the flag is up,” he said, but he remained supportive of Bennett. “He’s in a great place and will do great work well after his time in football; it’s easy for me to support him. I think we should all be standing up.” To illustrate how the non-sports developments from the national fracture creep into sports, wide receiver Doug Baldwin seemed to side with Bennett. “I thought he did an excellent job … in his response after the game,” said Baldwin, who has worked as a liaison between community groups and police on social justice matters. “I was really proud of him. And I think we, as a society, should be proud.” Will Baldwin think about joining Bennett, who said Saturday he plans to continue the anthem sit-out on Friday when the Seahawks host the Vikings at the Clink? “Absolutely,” he said. “We are going to have a conversation here shortly. We try to do things as a team and as a family. We will see how we can support Mike in this situation.” Baldwin’s disclosure suggests the team may revisit a similar circumstance from last season, when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick touched off a national furor by sitting for the anthem before a 49ers game. The Seahawks held a team meeting to discuss a response and came up with a unity gesture of locking arms during the anthem, which some outside the team criticized as pointless. Asked the purpose of an anthem protest, Baldwin said, “I think that everybody has the right to the freedom of speech, right? So whether you agree with it or not — that’s irrelevant. Individuals have the right to the freedom of speech … taking a seat for something that they deem important, right? “We’re sitting here having a conversation about whether it’s important that a guy stands or sits, when the topic is inequality or injustice. I look in the stands and some of our games both home and away and I see people who are drunk with their hats still on [during the anthem and] yelling. How come you guys aren’t talking to them? How come there’s not a discussion about that?” He said his teammate, “is taking a reasonable and peaceful approach to something that is [vitally] important to our society and the health and wellness of our communities.” Carroll said he and Bennett have talked twice, and praised his star pass rusher for his world view and actions. “We’ve been working a long time together, on and off the field, in great depth,” he said. “He’s really dedicated the past few years of his life to what’s going on around the world. He’s traveled everywhere to try to understand people’s issues and concerns. “It’s captured his heart. He’s doing everything to help where he can. I support the heck out of his issues and concerns.” Seattle Seahawks offensive guard Oday Aboushi (73) stands alongside teammate linebacker D.J. Alexander during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Meanwhile, Aboushi, born in Brooklyn as the ninth of 10 children to Palestinian immigrant parents, was trying to grasp what happened in a part of his world. He is among the few practicing Muslims in the NFL. Muslims were among the minorities castigated by white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville, which prompted a counter-protest. The clash left one person dead and 19 injured after a man suspected of pro-Nazi allegiance drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters. Aboushi was stunned at the contradictions. “We had a big international section,” Aboushi said of Virginia during his four years there through 2012. “Everyone was treated the same, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew — everyone was given the same opportunity. “[Ethnicity] was never an issue. We were part of a team with players from all backgrounds, places and countries. Being a tolerant school like Virginia, they look for people who are different. Being the same isn’t always a cool thing there.” He supported Bennett’s post-game explainer about his anthem sit-out. Bennett, by the way, was scheduled to be interviewed Wednesday by Jake Tapper on CNN. “To happen in Charlottesville in 2017 — definitely shocking, eye-opening,” he said. “It showed that we have a long way to go. It’s not up to anyone but us to change. “Like Mike [Bennett] said, we have to understand that people are different, but it doesn’t mean they’re bad. Because you eat something different, you dress a different way, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily bad. He’s right to step up and take on issues, and learn the differences.” Given the daily drama in Washington, D.C. — that so far appears to be invigorating the white nationalist fringe — the impacts on sports, teams and players are impossible to avoid, as Aboushi noted. Carroll typically revels in the handling of social issues among young players, and sounded determined to avoid corrosive consequences. “We are not scattered and disconnected,” he said. “By the same token, these are young men growing up trying to find their message, their heart. I couldn’t support that more.” But Carroll doesn’t like surprises, even from players he respects. Then again, he and Aboushi join most of the rest of the world in seeking respite from surprise.

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  • He was already mourning. Then his brother was shot by police.He was already mourning. Then his brother was shot by police.

    This is a story about a fatal police shooting and the loved ones who are left behind. It’s become a familiar one in Seattle in recent months, one that’s played out in the news. But this story starts with a family’s agony that, in fact, precedes the killing. Seven months before his brother was shot and killed by Kent police officers, Ephraim Nelson, 21, was on the floor giving CPR to his mother. She’d only just reported feeling strange less than 24-hours before she collapsed in the middle of the night. She was fine the day before. But by the time her son got to her, she’d already died of sudden heart inflammation caused by a freak viral infection. After his mother’s death, it was mostly just Nelson and his younger brother Eugene sharing their South Seattle home. Their father died more than a decade earlier when the boys were six and five. Ephraim Nelson’s “father figure” mentor had also died just months before his mother.  The brothers had a half-brother in New Orleans, Ri-Chard Clark, whom they hardly knew. But for the most part, Nelson recalls, “it was just Eugene, mom and me.” The two brothers — a year apart in age but roughly the same height with the same shaped face and the same hair cut, close on the sides and longer on top — dealt with their mother’s death differently. Brother Eugene avoided coming home, spending as much time as he could with friends. He was just “existing” and not living, says Y. Monet Miller, Eugene’s fourth-grade teacher and de facto godmother.  Nelson says he didn’t feel as strong as his brother, giving in more to the grief. “I was just hurting,” he says. “She was the only person I really had.” But you can’t hear it in his voice, which doesn’t once waver, even while explaining that he tries to “stay away from the dark” now because anytime the lights are out, he sees his dead mother, her “tongue all puffed.”  Andre Taylor and his wife Dove are seen at Othello Park with Y. Monet Miller, de facto godmother, and Ephraim Nelson, who is the brother of Eugene Nelson, who was killed by Kent Police Department earlier this month. And now Nelson has another death to deal with. Last week, police officers shot his brother Eugene in Kent’s East Hill Neighborhood. According to the Kent police department, he had approached his ex-girlfriend’s business in a Kent strip mall, violating a no-contact order set as the result of a fourth-degree domestic violence assault charge. When confronted, the department says he fled in a stolen vehicle, dragging an officer and a police dog who tried to stop him.  Two officers fired, killing Eugene. The officer and the dog sustained minor injuries. Court records show there was a $25,000 warrant for Eugene’s arrest; he’d swiped the keys from a BMW dealer when the manager wasn’t looking. It was another tick in a growing list of legal troubles for the 20-year-old, mostly theft charges and what his family describes as a complicated relationship with his ex-girlfriend. But Nelson and those closest to him describe Eugene as a young man with so much more depth to him than what’s on file at the King County courthouse — giving, strong, intelligent, “silly.” “He was a caring person,” Nelson says. “He would always give you his last. If he had five dollars in his pocket and you wanted a Dick’s burger that cost three something, he’d give that to you.” For the most part, during an interview at The Way of Holiness Church of God in Christ, a hole-in-the-wall on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Rainier Valley, Nelson’s face is steel. He keeps his eyes trained on his hands, which are resting in his lap. His face is stubbled, but braces make him look young. Ephraim Nelson (right), brother of Eugene Nelson, 20, who was killed by Kent Police Department last week is seen with Andre Taylor during a meeting at The Way of Holiness Church in Rainier Valley, Seattle on Monday, August 14. It’s only when Nelson talks about life moving forward without Eugene that he cracks. “He could almost read my mind,” he says. “When you’re with someone that long, [his death] really takes a piece out of you.” “It just doesn’t feel right,” he says, “Imagine your mom, your brother, everyone is gone. I have Ri-Chard [his half-brother], but inside I still feel alone. It still feels kind of dark.” *** In the days after Eugene’s death, Nelson and Miller have become part of a growing and organized circle of families who have lost loved ones to police shootings and who provide support and council to other survivors. Last Friday, they met with Katrina Johnson, whose cousin Charleena Lyles was killed in North Seattle in June, and Sonia Joseph, whose son Giovonn Joseph-McDade was also killed by Kent police officers that same month. The pair also met with Andre Taylor, the founder of Not This Time, an advocacy organization for police accountability. It was created after his brother, Che Taylor, was shot and killed by Seattle police officers in February 2016. They also have the support of the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Eugene became a Muslim three years ago, his brother explained.  Eugene fully embraced Islam in high school, attending a mosque in the Rainier Valley, Nelson says. He started picking up bits of Arabic and Somali, eavesdropping when he could on young Somali kids who thought he couldn’t understand what they were saying. He gained the community’s trust, says Nelson. So much so, in fact, that Nelson’s Muslim co-worker at his security job with Amazon would occasionally mistake him for Eugene. Y. Monet Miller, 4th-grade teacher and de facto godmother of Eugene Nelson, at The Way of Holiness Church in Rainier Valley on Monday, August 14. News stories about Eugene’s killing have not depicted who the young man was, Miller says. She acknowledged he may have made some wrong choices but says there was much more to the young man she knew and had known since he was a boy. She remembers the first time she met Eugene, in the fourth grade. “I didn’t birth Eugene, but from the first time I met him I knew he was mine,” she says. “When I first met him, he never did his work. I asked him why he wasn’t doing his work and he said, ‘Because they already say I’m stupid so why should I do my work?’ And all kinds of lights and flames went off in my head because no one’s that way. I told him from that point on that that wasn’t who he was and I was gonna be there with him and make sure he becomes a successful human in life.” She kept her promise. Sometimes, when Eugene’s mother was having troubles with him, she’d call Miller and Miller would take him off her hands. Even as Miller traveled for professional conferences, she’d speak with the family over the phone, checking in on Eugene. In recent years they were working together to get him his GED. He’d gotten into some stuff, yes, but Miller says she knew “he had the potential for greatness.” And when Eugene was shot, she rushed to the scene. “I would not leave the crime scene until he was no longer there,” she says. Eugene would know, she says. Photograph of Eugene Nelson and Y. Monet Miller at the funeral service for his mother Monica Francis Martin this past January.(Courtesy of Y. Monet Miller) Eugene’s funeral will be soon. Afterwards, Miller and Nelson will be faced with the same question other families in their situation have had to ask: What’s next? Will they become public figures at police shooting press conferences as others have done? Miller seems interested in helping push for new initiatives for young people. She wants to start a group for young men that meets weekly, where they can talk about crime and law enforcement and their futures. For Nelson, it’s less clear. The ordeal of this past year is something few people can comprehend. He will keep working as a security guard on the night shift. And he says he will try to build a relationship with his half-brother Ri-Chard, who moved up from New Orleans after Nelson’s mother’s death. The two plan to get an apartment together. “No one I know personally has been through what I’ve been through,” says Nelson. “It’s just a journey that I’m gonna have to figure out on my own.” This story has been updated to reflect a change in timing for the funeral service. It had earlier been planned for Wednesday, but has been put on temporary hold.   

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  • Public Works Seattle: Groundbreaking Program Announced At Seattle RepPublic Works Seattle: Groundbreaking Program Announced At Seattle Rep

    Seattle Rep ertory Theatre has announced details for Public Works Seattle, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theatre initiative aimed at creating theatre of the people, by the people, and for the people of the region. Adapted from the nationally recognized model built by New York City's prestigious The Public Theater , the program seeks to engage audiences in new ways by making them creators and not just spectators.

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  • How the 3rd-place finisher changed the mayor’s raceHow the 3rd-place finisher changed the mayor’s race

    Attorney Nikkita Oliver’s campaign for mayor began quietly last winter, developing out of low-key meetings in the wood-floor backroom of the Central District’s 109-year-old Washington Hall. Spurred by the angst following Donald Trump’s election, activists hashed out what they could do locally. But as her candidacy went public, the enthusiasm, particularly among young people and people of color, was more energetic and noisy than quiet, beginning with an over-capacity crowd for her kickoff and ballooning all the way to an election-night party that more closely resembled a concert. Oliver’s campaign ended Tuesday, as King County Elections certified the election results for Seattle’s mayoral primary. Although it was clear last week that the Nov. 7 general election would be between urban planner Cary Moon and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, it is now official. The enthusiasm, it turned out, fell just 1,170 votes short of pushing Oliver to the next round. But back in Washington Hall on Tuesday, with some of the same people who sat with her at the beginning of her campaign, Oliver was positive. “It’s been said that when we organize, we win,” she said. “But what this campaign has really proven is that when we organize, we thrive. And thriving is what winning is.” Turning to the general election, Oliver pledged that both she and her Seattle Peoples Party would be a continuing presence, hosting community listening sessions and hosting a mayoral forum. She did not endorse Moon, viewed by some as the more likely heir apparent to Oliver’s voters, saying neither candidate had yet shown that their actions matched their words. “Some candidates were able to spend $90,000 of their own wealth while talking about income inequality as their way of running the race and yet have no ground game, no real community relationships,” she said, a reference to Moon. “If I regret anything, it’s not calling that out sooner.” And while Oliver herself acknowledged the law does not allow her to run as write-in after losing the primary, she did not rule out that someone from the Peoples Party could launch a write-in mayoral campaign. Her party’s vision, she said, was of “a Seattle where wealthy and white folks are not simply willing to put the ideas of people of color and low-income people at the forefront, but they get out of the way and allow us to be the ones to take the lead toward liberation. This is the Seattle we’re working toward.” During her campaign, Oliver built an astonishing presence on social media, amplified by celebrities like Shaun King, Macklemore, Sarah Silverman and Michael Bennett. She spurred organic viral hashtags — #NikkitaBecause and #NobodybutNikkita. And in her wake, she leaves the Peoples Party, which seems likely to carry forward into future elections, even though Oliver’s loss leaves it without its own candidate this year, at least for the moment. In the campaign leading up to the Aug. 1 vote, Oliver was trying to upend expectations for a summer primary, which historically leans heavily toward richer, older, whiter voters, very few of whom were ever going to cast their ballots for a young, mixed-race, queer renter (Oliver listed her net worth as zero on her financial disclosure form). As analyst Ben Anderstone recently pointed out, changing the voting demographics of an election is a tall order. That Oliver did as well as she did is impressive in its own right. To her supporters, it’s a sign of her strengths now and, at just age 31, the future. “She’s such a uniquely brilliant and caring person,” said King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, who was an early supporter of hers. “Her commitment to grassroots organizing and the mass of working class and low-income people is really genuine in her.” “She reminds me of me: her genuine commitment to African-American liberation.” “I’ve seen her care for the community for a really long time,” Mira Kraft, 27, said at her election night campaign party. “She has the best interest of Seattle in her heart and the ability to bring that to fruition.” Despite Oliver’s defeat, her presence will hang over the coming general election. The Meaning of Nikkita Oliver drove the conversation at a forum last week on race in the mayoral primary sponsored by the South Seattle Emerald. Even with Cary Moon in the audience, who bested Oliver by less than 1 percentage point, it felt at times like Oliver had in fact won. “I’ve never had so many conversations about race with so many white people,” said Michael Charles, campaign manager for Bob Hasegawa in the Japanese-American lawmaker’s bid for mayor. As a result of Oliver’s campaign, as well as Hasegawa’s, he said, “I think a lot of people had to check their privilege.” At the forum, the marching orders for Moon were clear: Bridge the gap to Oliver’s people. “This coalition between Cary and Nikkita’s people could be powerful,” said city council candidate Hisam Goueli, who was eliminated in the primary. But it’s not a given. As was on display Tuesday, there’s a skepticism that Moon, wealthy and white, can capture an iota of the spirit generated by Oliver. Moon, however, will have to win backing from many who wanted Oliver if she hopes to compete: Her opponent, Durkan — who is also wealthy and white — beat the rest of the field by more than 10 percentage points. Durkan’s campaign is powered by more than a half million dollars, if you include independent expenditures. And she’s swept up the endorsements of business, labor and national, mainstream Democrats.  In a statement Tuesday — marking the first time she spoke openly about moving on to the general election — Moon seemed to acknowledge her need for Oliver’s voters. “The Peoples Party and Nikkita Oliver’s campaign amplified the voices of those who often feel Seattle is no longer for them, and engaged thousands across Seattle in this important election,” it read. “Our city is stronger for their work. I am inspired to hear the Peoples Party will continue to grow in power and engage in local politics.” Narrative strands for the November race have already begun to emerge along lines that could engage Oliver’s supporters: establishment vs. outsider; experience vs. newcomer; pragmatism vs. radical change. In the months leading up to the election, Moon has not hesitated to jab at Durkan, although often without mentioning her by name. After Durkan won the endorsement from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Moon released a statement of her own, celebrating that she’d been turned down. In a June candidate forum, Moon said, “It’s not OK anymore to be socially progressive, but economically centrist,” a clear reference to Durkan. “We see where that leads.” And on election night, she spoke of her willingness to work with the Peoples Party if Oliver won the primary. Durkan and her supporters, on the other hand, will pitch her as a progressive, but one who is able to bring together disparate groups, like labor and business. Like much of Durkan’s message, it will likely be the most closely mirrored continuation of departing Mayor Ed Murray’s, who was proud of his ability to set the table for both the SEIU’s David Rolf and the Chamber’s Maud Daudon.  The Peoples Party will live on. Oliver said they will work to support the initiative to change policing practices in Washington State, I-940, and to combat I-200, which forbade affirmative action policies in the state. They will also continue to hold community listening posts during the campaign and hold a party assembly this fall. And, she said, the party will host a mayoral forum during the campaign between Durkan and Moon — with Oliver as moderator. As for future elections, she said they “will absolutely be running future candidates.” Could that be Oliver again? “That will be up to the party’s structure.”

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  • Capitol Hill Community Post | Garage Sale Day - 'No garage, no problem!' August 27, 2017Capitol Hill Community Post | Garage Sale Day - 'No garage, no problem!' August 27, 2017

    The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites all local treasure seekers and thrifty hipsters to enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting that promises something for everyone. On Sunday, August 27th, residents all over Capitol Hill will populate their front lawns, apartment stoops and Cal Anderson Park with heirlooms, antiques and bric-a-brac for sale as a part of the "8th ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY" from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event, no garage is no problem! Seattleites are invited to join their Capitol Hill neighbors to shop for five hours of bargains, both in Cal Anderson Park and around the neighborhood.

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  • Police: Seattle Children’s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abusePolice: Seattle Children’s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abuse

    Charles, Edwin and Thomas Emery lived together in a Green Lake-neighborhood home covered "floor to ceiling with child exploitative images, children's clothing articles, toys and movies," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson said in charging papers. Gregson noted that the investigation into handwritten notes describing the murder of children is ongoing.

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  • Bear causes motorcycle crash near Lake QuinaultBear causes motorcycle crash near Lake Quinault

  • Portraits of Seattle eclipse spectatorsPortraits of Seattle eclipse spectators

    Portraits of people watching the 2017 solar eclipse.

  • Connelly: Pediatrician Kim Schrier takes leave of practice to take on ReichertConnelly: Pediatrician Kim Schrier takes leave of practice to take on Reichert

    A popular Issaquah pediatrician, Dr. Kim Schreier, takes a leave from her practice to take on Republican Congressman Dave Reichert.

  • Not totality, but totally cool: Seattle takes in solar eclipseNot totality, but totally cool: Seattle takes in solar eclipse

    Thousands of Seattleites gazed skyward Monday morning, donning cardboard glasses or employing homemade viewers to get a one-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the near-total solar eclipse.

  • Employee finds dead body in room at N. Seattle motelEmployee finds dead body in room at N. Seattle motel

  • Photos: Thousands attend Hempfest 2017Photos: Thousands attend Hempfest 2017

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  • Warning: Rabid bat found at Green LakeWarning: Rabid bat found at Green Lake

    Public health officials are warning that a rabid bat was found at Green Lake Park on Thursday and say anyone who came in contact with a bat on Wednesday or Thursday should contact Public Health immediately.

  • D.B. Cooper: More new evidence of parachute believed foundD.B. Cooper: More new evidence of parachute believed found

    A team of investigators digging at a site somewhere in the Northwest mountains unearthed a second piece of what they think is evidence of infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper.

  • Federal Way officer opens fire after stolen car rams cruiserFederal Way officer opens fire after stolen car rams cruiser

    A Federal Way officer opened fire overnight after a car stolen earlier in the week from Redmond rammed his cruiser.

  • Paul Allen crew finds wreckage of historic WWII cruiserPaul Allen crew finds wreckage of historic WWII cruiser

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says an expedition crew on his research vessel, R/V Petrel, has located the historic USS Indianapolis in the North Pacific Ocean.

  • Connelly: A 91-year-old Boy Scout, Dan Evans, gets a namesake wildernessConnelly: A 91-year-old Boy Scout, Dan Evans, gets a namesake wilderness

    A 91-year-old Theodore Roosevelt Republican, ex-Gov. Dan Evans, gets 1,371 square miles of Olympic wilderness named after him.

  • Photos: The last total eclipse in the U.S.: 1979Photos: The last total eclipse in the U.S.: 1979

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  • Amanda Knox to return to Italian city where she was imprisoned for murderAmanda Knox to return to Italian city where she was imprisoned for murder

    Seattle's Amanda Knox says she is preparing to return to Perugia, Italy, the city where she was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the November 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.