|Front Row Center 2017-2018 SeasonKUOW / 01.06.2018 00:21 more|
Join KUOW’s Marcie Sillman as she pulls back the curtain on the creative process, giving participants a glimpse of why and how an artist creates work, and we hope, a greater appreciation for the rich and diverse cultural community in our region. Never miss a show! Sign up for the Front Row Center e-newsletter to receive exclusive offers to spectacular performances and exhibitions.
|65th Anniversary EventsKUOW / 10.02.2018 00:55 more|
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
|Tell us your favorite KUOW momentKUOW / 08.02.2018 01:44 more|
|65 years of fascinating voicesKUOW / 08.02.2018 01:40 more|
Listen to snippets from some of our most thought-provoking guests from the last 65 years of KUOW.
|New season of KUOW's 'Ask A' seriesKUOW / 03.10.2017 02:37 more|
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 __.'
|Saudi festivities stress unity amid political, economic woesThe Seattle Times / 16 min. ago more|
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country’s founding 87 years ago. The King Fahd stadium has previously been reserved for male-only […]
|Shark fin bans might not help sharks, scientists sayThe Seattle Times / 43 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As lawmakers propose banning the sale of shark fins in the U.S., a pair of scientists is pushing back, saying the effort might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill this year designed to prevent people from possessing or selling […]
|The Russia Investigations: Bad Week For Manafort, Social Networks In The Hot SeatKUOW / 56 min. ago more|
Last week in the Russia imbroglio : Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, got some bad news; members of Congress put social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, under the interrogation lights; and with all these many lawyers now running around — the meter is running too. Much more below. The Russia story is so vast, has been running for so long — and may continue for so much longer — that NPR journalists have been getting an update inside the newsroom every day to try to keep them in step. On the theory that other readers also might find the reports useful, here's a version of our newsletter called "The Daily Imbroglio," which also includes a look back at events from the past week you might have missed. Reports: U.S. Government Surveilled Manafort ... Sometime ... Somewhen Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was under U.S. government surveillance at some point, according to reports this week — although they do not agree as to the particulars.
|Pakistan says Indian fire in Kashmir kills girlThe Seattle Times / 56 min. ago more|
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a young girl and wounding two other people. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said the shooting took place late Saturday, in violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement. There was no immediate comment from India. The two […]
|British actor, director Fiennes gets his Serbian passportThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — British actor and director Ralph Fiennes has received a Serbian passport from the Balkan country’s president after he was granted citizenship earlier this month. President Aleksandar Vucic handed the passport to Fiennes at a meeting Sunday in the Serbian presidency building in Belgrade. Vucic says “we Serbs are happy to have […]
|Berliners to vote on future of city’s Tegel AirportThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 21 min. ago more|
BERLIN (AP) — Berliners are being asked to decide on the future of their Tegel Airport, which is due to close when a much-delayed big international airport opens near the German capital. Some 2.5 million people were eligible to vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to keep Tegel operating in northwestern Berlin. Tegel was […]
|Iraq’s Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrestThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 35 min. ago more|
KALAK, Iraq (AP) — “For the sake of the sacrifices and blood of the martyrs, let’s all say yes for Kurdistan independence,” reads a large billboard in the center of Kalak, a small town in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. “Independence is not given, it’s taken!” reads another banner hanging below a cluster of red, green, […]
|Iranian Guard drills near Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendumThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 40 min. ago more|
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has begun a military exercise in the northwestern Kurdish region near the Iraqi border ahead of a Kurdish independence referendum in the neighboring country. The Guard’s website did not say how long the drill will last, only that airborne and missile units will participate in the exercise. […]
|After German vote, Europe can turn to patching euro’s flawsThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 45 min. ago more|
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Sunday’s national election in Germany will sound the starting gun for a renewed debate on fixing flaws in Europe’s shared currency to prevent future crises. France’s new president Emmanuel Macron has made it clear he is willing to push for change to strengthen the euro and is expected to make proposals […]
|Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American NewsKUOW / 1 h. 55 min. ago more|
They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. But for Ray Halbritter, it was more a case of, "if you want something done at all." Halbritter, the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, wasn't seeing stories by or about Native Americans in mainstream media outlets, and on the rare occasion those places did try to write about indigenous people, the stories often got distorted. So, in 2011, he acquired Indian Country Today — a 30-year old weekly newspaper that centered the voices of indigenous journalists. From there, he helped transform ICT into a multi-platform digital media network, which he says reached more than a million readers each month. For the next six years, the journalists at ICTMN wrote about some of the most pressing issues rocking Indian Country, from the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline to presidential politics to murdered and missing indigenous women. They also celebrated indigenous communities by profiling Native athletes, doctors and actors. But on Sept
|Take it from one who was bullied, Jackson: Never let your condition or haters define youThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 55 min. ago more|
I know what you’re going through is a lot worse. My bullies never threw rocks at me. They never called me a monster or a freak because of a genetic condition. But know this: When people who only know your face try to tell you who you are, why should you listen?
|Biggest Flash Points In The Graham-Cassidy Health Care BillKUOW / 1 h. 56 min. ago more|
If Senate Republicans vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, it would affect the health care of pretty much every American. Here's a recap of four key flash points in the health overhaul debate with links to NPR coverage over the past six months, and our chart laying out how the Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration in the Senate addresses those issues compared with the Affordable Care Act. Pre-existing conditions. One of the biggest issues in the repeal/replace debate has been coverage for pre-existing conditions, genetic risks and chronic illness. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurers could deny coverage to people with diseases like diabetes or charge them much higher premiums. The ACA requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions without charging more. The GOP bills passed or proposed would give states the power to waive that requirement. People with disabilities or chronic diseases , people who have had cancer, and parents of children born with
|Thousands rally across Catalonia for independence from SpainThe Seattle Times / 1 h. 58 min. ago more|
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of Catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in Barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from Spain. Many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the Oct. 1 independence vote that the Spanish government calls illegal and has pledged […]
|Turkish FM visits 2 Turks jailed in the US for May brawlThe Seattle Times / 2 h. 3 min. ago more|
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s top diplomat has visited two Turks imprisoned in the United States for their alleged involvement in an infamous brawl that has raised tensions between the two countries. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that he visited Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim late Saturday and said he passed on “our nation’s love and […]
|Bali volcano eruption fears spark exodus of more than 35,000The Seattle Times / 2 h. 27 min. ago more|
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — More than 35,000 people have fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will erupt for the first time in more than half a century as increasing tremors rattle the region. The numbers Sunday from disaster officials are more than double previous estimates and are continuing […]
|UN official: Global community must step up Rohingya aidThe Seattle Times / 2 h. 40 min. ago more|
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is “the most urgent refugee emergency in the world” right now. Filippo Grandi told reporters in the Bangladeshi town of Cox’s Bazar that the needs of the more than 430,000 people […]
|Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep PlayingKUOW / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN7YqNOOc_0 Last year, Harrison Browne was done with the National Women's Hockey League, retiring at age 23 in order to undergo hormone therapy and surgery as part of his physical gender transition. But earlier this month, Browne, a transgender man, made a surprising announcement: He would delay his medical transition to sign with the New York Riveters and play another season in the National Women's Hockey League . The league doesn't require that players identify as female, but says they must not be using hormone therapy if they are transgender men, meaning people who are designated female at birth but identify as male. Browne's tough decision sheds new light on how the strict line between male and female in the world of sports is blurring, as society grapples with new norms of gender identity. Before the 2016 season began, Browne went to the NWHL to tell them he was transgender and wanted to go by male pronouns and the name Harrison Browne. This kind of
|PHOTOS: A 4-Year Mission To Present A New Vision Of BeautyKUOW / 3 h. 4 min. ago more|
Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc spent nearly four years shooting portraits of — and collecting stories about — women from around the world. The product of her vision — and her travels to 50 countries — can be seen in her book The Atlas Of Beauty , hitting shelves Tuesday. The project, she says, began as something "very genuine and sincere" that she financed, initially, with her own savings — and by being frugal in her backpacking adventure. She later crowd-funded, including a Facebook campaign in March. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navaro spoke with the 31-year-old via phone from Berlin about her photography. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Interview Highlights This book is called The Atlas Of Beauty. What is beautiful to you? What kind of beauty were you trying to evoke? That's a very long story, actually. I'm going to try to make it short. You know nowadays the word usually has a little bit of a bad meaning in the end. And everything that's related to beauty is just
|Ferragamo breaths fresh air into summer with outdoor showThe Seattle Times / 3 h. 21 min. ago more|
MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are breathing fresh air into Milan Fashion Week, quite literally. Many fashion houses are showing their collections outdoors this season, or at least throwing open the windows on their grand palazzi venues, betting on Mother Nature with open-air shows. The late summer-early fall weather has cooperated fully. Angela Missoni’s 20th […]
|Seattle Thunderbirds win opener after raising WHL championship banner - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 5 h. 37 min. ago more|
Tri-City HeraldSeattle Thunderbirds win opener after raising WHL championship bannerSeattle TimesThe Seattle Thunderbirds raised their first-ever Western Hockey League championship banner and then won their season opener, 4-3 over the visiting Tri-City Americans. Share story. By. Jim Riley. Special to The Seattle Times. Team captain Turner ...Tri-City falls to Seattle in season openerTri-City Heraldall 7 news articles »
|Trump Embroiled In 2 Controversies About Professional Sports, Race And CultureKUOW / 6 h. 22 min. ago more|
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JMnfmxA_Qo In the span of less than 24 hours, President Trump catapulted himself into the center of two racially-charged controversies involving professional sports, reigniting criticism that he is divisive and insensitive — a month after Trump struggled with criticism of his multiple remarks in response to violence in Charlottesville, Va. The president was stumping for Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., at a campaign rally Friday night, when he used a segue in his speech that was supposed to convince voters that continuing to have Strange in the Senate would make all Alabamans winners — an argument with emotional appeal in a state known for its fierce love of football. And, while he was on the subject of football, Trump took the opportunity to expound on his thoughts regarding NFL players, like Colin Kaepernick, who last year began kneeling during the national anthem in protest over perceived social injustices against African-Americans. Trump's take: It's
|Truck driver plows into West Seattle home - KOMO NewsGoogle News / 6 h. 41 min. ago more|
KOMO NewsTruck driver plows into West Seattle homeKOMO NewsSEATTLE -- Crews responded early Saturday morning after a box-style truck drove through a yard and hit a house on the 4000 block of Southwest Thistle Street in West Seattle. Crews reportedly responded to the incident about 2 a.m. Saturday in the ...Truck Crashes Into West Seattle HousePatch.comall 5 news articles »
|Seahawks players blast Trump over remarks; Carroll, team voice support - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 6 h. 42 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesSeahawks players blast Trump over remarks; Carroll, team voice supportSeattle TimesReceiver Doug Baldwin released a lengthy statement via ESPN's Josina Anderson and ESPN Seattle 710's Gee Scott, stating in part: “I'm not surprised by Trump's comments. He has shown, since the beginning, his dehumanized nature. To think he would be ...Seattle Seahawks star: Trump's behavior is 'unacceptable'The Hill (blog)Seahawks players respond to Trump's condemnation of anthem protestKIRO SeattleSeahawks stars respond to Donald Trump's NFL player rantseattlepi.comall 23 news articles »
|Burlington community quietly marks one year since mall shooting that claimed five livesQ13 FOX / 6 h. 43 min. ago more|
BURLINGTON, Wash. - The city of Burlington is marking one year since the Cascade Mall shooting that left five people dead. Heart-shaped balloons wave across the sign of the Cascade Mall where one year ago today, five people lost their lives inside the Macy’s department store. The names of those victims were written on a sign at Macys next to a bouquet of white flowers in a glass case. The display sits on floor tiles with the hashtag Skagit Strong. “We’re still dealing with it,” said Burlington mayor Steve Sexton. Sexton says Skagit Valley showed its strength during this last year. He says although it has been a tough journey for families and the first responders, this community has come a long way. “It’s shown us we really need to lean on each other when times get tough like that, it’s how we got through it, really,” said Sexton. Police say one year ago 20 year old Arcan Chetan walked into the Macys department store shooting four women and one man. The youngest victim a 16 year old teenager who was also a cancer survivor. Chetan was captured by police 30 hours later. Last April, Chetan committed suicide while at the Snohomish county jail. His family says he had psychiatric problems. “There’s some level of disappoint that he hasn’t gone through the process and achieved a level of justice at the end of the case but at the same time there might be a sense of closure because it is over,” said Rosemary Kaholokula, chief criminal deputy prosecutor for Skagit County. “In my personal opinion, he’ll see his justice greater than any man can level upon him,” said Sexton. This tight knit community may never know why this happened, but one year later, Sexton says this community is not alone in this kind of grief, it’s a painful reminder for him to simply love those around you. “Hug your kids, kiss your wife, all them you love them and watch out for each other, still. the world hasn’t changed much since then,” said Sexton.
|Bremerton police say man aimed gun at them before he was shot during standoffQ13 FOX / 7 h. 8 min. ago more|
BREMERTON, Wash. — Authorities in northwestern Washington state say police shot a 36-year-old man who pointed a handgun at officers surrounding a house during a standoff. The Bremerton Police Department in a statement says officers opened fire at about 8 a.m. Saturday when the man placed his arm through a window and pointed a handgun at officers. Police say they entered the residence about 30 minutes later and found the man with wounds to his wrist and hip. Police say he was conscious and alert and transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma. Police say they also recovered a handgun Authorities say the standoff started at about 5 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a domestic violence report, and the man refused to come out. Police say other family members had already left.
|RSL vs Seattle: What we learned - RSL SoapboxGoogle News / 7 h. 59 min. ago more|
RSL SoapboxRSL vs Seattle: What we learnedRSL SoapboxEverything went RSL's way today. The only thing that could have been better would have been a loss for Houston, but a draw for them isn't so bad. We snapped Seattle's lossless streak. We looked magnificent doing it. Back in June I thought any hope for ...Assistant coach Tyrone Marshall sees parallels between RSL, SeattleSalt Lake TribuneReal Salt Lake bests in-form Seattle to move into 5th placeDeseret NewsRECAP: Seattle Sounders come up short in 2-0 road defeat to Real Salt LakeSoundersFC.comKSL.comall 34 news articles »
|In wake of Trump comments, Seahawks ‘fully support our players’ use of freedom of speech’Q13 FOX / 8 h. 18 min. ago more|
SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahaws issued a statement Saturday night defending their players’ right to protest, one day after President Donald Trump said NFL owners should “fire” players who kneel during the national anthem to advocate for civil rights. “We fully support our players’ use of their freedom of speech and peaceful action to highlight the existing racial and other divides in our country,” reads the statement signed by Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “Our players completely respect the military and veterans of our country; however, they believe these issues need to come to the forefront.” A statement from Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin pic.twitter.com/vGzMj0TFmz — Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 24, 2017 Dozens of professional athletes spoke out Saturday, denouncing Trump’s comments at a rally in Alabama on Friday, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.” Trump doubled down on his comments Saturday, announcing that Stephen Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams after Curry indicated he didn’t want to come. U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! — LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017 Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has sat on the bench during the national anthem for every game beginning in the preseason. Justin Britt and Thomas Rawl have stood by in support at times, while Cliff Avril has twice sat with Bennett at the end of the anthem. Several more NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.” On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” Trump tweeted. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” The National Football League and its players’ union angrily denounced Trump’s statements. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players,” the league commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted: “We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports.” Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night become the first major league baseball player kneel during the anthem. Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout on Saturday before a game against the Texas Rangers. Maxwell’s teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. Seahawks owner Paul Allen retweeted the Seahawks’ tweet supporting the players.
|Interstate 405 toll lanes turning 2 years oldMyNorthwest.com / 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
The Express Toll Lanes on Interstate 405 will be 2 years old on Sept. 27. Ed Barry, head of the toll division at the Washington State Department of Transportation, said, “We think it’s going well.” David Hablewitz of stop405tolls.org had a very different take. “It’s just as bad as it was from the beginning,” he said. The state law that authorized the toll lanes requires they generate enough money to pay for tolling operations. It’s easy to check that box as the lanes brought in $38.6 million in the first 21 months. But WSDOT is falling short in a second provision. It requires speeds of 45 miles per hour at least 90 percent of the time during peak commutes. The latest numbers, as of June, show overall those speeds are reached only 81 percent of the time. “The fact that we’re not meeting the goal says what we’ve been saying since day one, these aren’t going to make things better,” Hablewitz said. If it were not for one word in the law, the state would have to shut down the tolls. That word is “and.” The law says after two years if the revenue “and” speed performance measures are not met, “the express lanes project must be terminated as soon as practicable.” Barry said despite missing the speed target set by the federal government, “we don’t think any federal highway dollars are at stake.” Barry said a northbound shoulder lane in Bothell is improving traffic flow, and that speeds in the areas with two-lane sections for the toll lanes exceed the 90 percent goal. Final numbers for the first two years of tolling are expected later in the year.
|Oakland A’s rookie catcher is first MLB player to kneel during anthemQ13 FOX / 9 h. 43 min. ago more|
OAKLAND, Calif. — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout on Saturday, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell’s teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. From the @sfchronicle’s Santiago Mejia, here is A’s rookie Bruce Maxwell becoming the first MLB player to take a knee for the anthem: pic.twitter.com/q8QVY9hW15 — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 24, 2017 The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.” Maxwell’s protest comes after President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes.
|Seahawks furious over Trump’s ‘SOB’ rantCrosscut / 10 h. 25 min. ago more|
We learned this week that Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett was among the co-authors of a well-reasoned, respectful letter to the NFL seeking a partnership for an awareness month on social justice. Congratulations to Bennett and his NFL colleagues. It worked. Awareness is suddenly global. Just not in the civil fashion they intended. Of his own reckless volition, President Donald Trump Friday finally crisped Twitter’s #sticktosports hashtag by wading into a pool of oil with his oral flamethrower, publicly calling Bennett a son of bitch for his protest of the national anthem. Said Trump to loud applause at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.'” After profanely castigating peaceful political dissent by NFL players, Trump suggested owners were negligent for not punishing them, and told fans to throw away their ticket money by walking out of games if players protest. Then, just for kicks, he encouraged more head-knocking violence despite all sports and the military having accepted the medical science explaining traumatic brain injury, and through his own insatiable vanity, mis-characterized the drop in NFL TV ratings. For a leader focused on failing on North Korea, failing on health care, failing on climate change, failing on Iran and failing to stop Russia’s war on the American political system, it is remarkable that he had time to fail the one prominent U.S. industry that is reliant on inclusiveness and diversity for its success — major spectator pro sports. The NFL workforce is 70 percent African American. The NBA is about 90 percent. Major league baseball is dominated by players of Latino heritage. South Korean golfers nearly own the LPGA tour. As white as the National Hockey League is, it needs green-card owners from Europe nearly as much as Major League Soccer needs them from around the world in the most popular sport of all. Trump’s red-meat panderings to a crowd of his no-matter-what supporters did almost nothing to move the needle for him, but they inflamed many fans as well as participants, who, with limited success, have been attempting to keep their eyes on the ball. The rant provoked a predictable social-media firestorm that will probably have a physical embellishment Sunday when NFL players decide how to respond at stadiums across the country. Here’s Bennett’s response: My mom is a beautiful lady she has never been a bitch — Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 23, 2017 Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman offered this in a Saturday morning tweet: The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! — Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017 Even Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has a seventh-degree black belt in tut-tutting, had to clear his throat: “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.” Using the word “unfortunate” was insipid, but Goodell walks a tight rope. Eight of his bosses, the team owners, donated $7.25 million to Trump’s inauguration. Three threw in $1 million apiece: Jerry Jones of Dallas, Robert Kraft of New England and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, whom Trump named ambassador to the United Kingdom. Obviously, they’re entitled to support any politician, but Trump’s pointless interjection has roiled many in the owners’ labor force, potentially to distraction. None of the owners are so foolish to attempt to halt free expression. But now the disruption has amped the intensity to the point where it can divide teams and fans in the stands, and stimulate boycotts on both sides, Trump’s rant implicitly permits his supporters to become agitators, and forces coaches and front-office staffs to devote time to managing the fallout. Certainly some fans will put teams and NFL sponsors on notice: Where do you stand on Trump’s sports condemnations? Imagine how the owners see their investment in Trump now. If African Americans don’t seek redress of grievances on a stage where they have great influence, where do they go? If Bennett doesn’t take action after he is pinned and handcuffed, for no good reason, to a Las Vegas sidewalk with a cop’s firearm pointed to his head, what does he do? Fired? This isn’t a lame reality-TV show, but Trump keeps playing the presidency as one because he has zero awareness of, or concern over, anyone or anything that does not generate ardor for him. A peaceful, silent anthem gesture has no measure of disrespect compared with Trump’s desecration of the presidency.
|Two teens shot in South Seattle | KOMO - KOMO NewsGoogle News / 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
KOMO NewsTwo teens shot in South Seattle | KOMOKOMO NewsSEATTLE - Police are investigating after two male teen, ages 14 and 19, were shot and crashed in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood Friday night.2 shot in Columbia City; police looking for suspects | The Seattle TimesSeattle TimesTwo teenagers shot in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhoodQ13 FOX2 people injured in South Seattle shooting | KING5.comKING5.comU.S. News & World Reportall 13 news articles »
|Italian Festival held at Seattle Center - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 11 h. 18 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesItalian Festival held at Seattle CenterSeattle TimesKids have a blast learning to toss pizza dough at the 30th annual Italian Festival at Seattle Center on Saturday. The event is just for children and takes place again Sunday at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. The festival, which continues from 10:30 a.m. Sunday ...
|Cleveland Indians rebound from Friday's loss with 11-4 victory over Seattle Mariners - cleveland.comGoogle News / 12 h. 8 min. ago more|
cleveland.comCleveland Indians rebound from Friday's loss with 11-4 victory over Seattle Marinerscleveland.comSEATTLE - It's hard to call Carlos Carrasco a slump buster. When a team hasn't lost more than two games in a row since the end of July, there are no slumps to bust. But everything is relative and when the Indians lose a game these days, it constitutes ...Mariners give up 5 runs in the 9th, lose to Indians 11-4MyNorthwest.comCleveland Indians stay hot, pound Seattle MarinersUPI.comFrancisco Lindor's 33rd homer leads Cleveland Indians over Seattle Mariners 11-4WKYC-TVall 92 news articles »
|Trump’s comments about anthem draw widespread ire from sports starsQ13 FOX / 12 h. 12 min. ago more|
SOMERSET, N.J. — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry’s White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a “bum.” Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players’ union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he’s sent. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. “He’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,” James said. “We all know how much sports brings us together. … It’s not something I can be quiet about.” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. “The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,” Myers said. “So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.” Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team’s first practice of the season: “These are not normal times.” As a candidate and as president, Trump’s approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists’ protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump’s latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.” Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.” On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president’s comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country “needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,” and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump’s comments as “callous.” “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president’s behavior is “unacceptable and needs to be addressed.” The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! — Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017 #Seahawks WR @DougBaldwinJr official statement to me on Donald Trump's remarks on national anthem protests in the @NFL. pic.twitter.com/pPA6ZR6UcB — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 23, 2017 In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it’s “not the same game” because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. “No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,” DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. “No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.” Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men’s basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has “taken indecency to a new low.” “I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,” he said. “Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.” Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won’t have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. “Michelle Obama said it best,” Green said. “She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.” ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story.
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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: In Oklahoma, neighbors of a deaf man shot to death by police Tuesday night say the officers ignored their shouted pleas that the man couldn't understand their commands. All week, protesters have gathered in and around St. Louis to mark their anger at the acquittal of a police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man back in 2011. All across the country, citizens are demanding that the police do a better job of protecting public safety and civil rights at the same time. But what would that look like? How could and how should police departments change? A new documentary called "The Force" tries to answer that question. Filmmaker Peter Nicks and his team spent two years with the Oakland Police Department as the department tries to implement changes aimed at getting the department released from federal oversight imposed after years of civil rights abuses. Here's former chief Sean Whent. (SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "THE
|Far-Right German Group Sees Last-Minute Bump In Polls Before Sunday's ElectionKUOW / 12 h. 55 min. ago more|
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Germany holds its Parliamentary elections tomorrow. And if polls are correct, it seems Angela Merkel is heading for an easy victory. It would be Merkel's fourth term as chancellor. But as usual in Germany, she will have to find allies to form a coalition government. Although they won't be part of it, it is likely she will have to contend with a new factor in German politics, AfD, a group of right-wing populists who are expected to enter the German Parliament for the first time. We wanted to hear more about all of this, so I'm joined now in studio by Simon Schuetz. He's a political reporter with Germany's newspaper Bild. It is the most-read newspaper in Germany, but he's actually on a fellowship which brought him to NPR. Simon, thank you so much for speaking with us. SIMON SCHUETZ, BYLINE: Hi, Michel. Thanks for having me. MARTIN: So why do Germans like her so much? Even after 12 years, they would like her to return as
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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going back to politics now, at least we think it's politics. We want to talk about the late night host Jimmy Kimmel, who's made headlines in both political and entertainment news this past week when he spent a good chunk of time on three different episodes of his show criticizing the latest efforts by GOP senators to replace the Obama administration health insurance initiative the Affordable Care Act. Jimmy Kimmel accused one of the GOP bill's co-sponsors, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, of lying when Cassidy said the bill met a standard Cassidy had called the Jimmy Kimmel test. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!") JIMMY KIMMEL: There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you. It's called the lie detector test. You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime. MARTIN: Kimmel also pushed back against President Trump when the president defended Cassidy on Twitter. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!") KIMMEL:
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The Boston GlobeIn Seattle, Amazon is blessing and burdenThe Boston GlobeThanks in large part to Amazon's unrestrained growth, Seattle is in the middle of a building boom that makes Boston's largest-ever construction surge look almost laughable. So when the company announced it would build a second headquarters, it seemed ...and more »
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|Soufend Art Show and Block Party a statement on gentrificationThe International Examiner / 20 h. 36 min. ago more|
Artist Royce The Choice performs at the Soufend Art Show and Block Party on August 20, 2017. • Photo by Eric Hermosada On August 20, local art collective Paradice Avenue Souf (the ‘th” in “south” is replaced with an ‘f” for an artistic edge) held it’s second annual Soufend Art Show and Block Party, a family friendly event held in Rainier Valley on the intersection of Rainier Ave. S and S. Holly St. in Seattle. The event was open to the public free of charge. Equal parts performance and visual arts, the audience was treated to shows by local greats such as legendary beat maker Derek Brown aka Vitamin D, who is credited with composing the title track to the hit show Power, songstress Moni Tep aka JusMoni (IG: @saffroniaa), and a dance by the Washington Diamonds Drill Team. Visual artists and vendors also lined South Holly Street including artist and designer Reynalin Ignacio’s Made by Reynalin line (IG: @madebyreynalin) of customized women’s accessories and home goods and urban clothing designer Water.Official (IG: @water.official) who curated a pop-up shop from within the trailer of a UHaul. Facade Facepainting, Seward Park Clay, and Paint and Smoothies by Tomi Teav were also on deck to give kids an interactive art experience. Highlighting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, an array of food was also available with vendors such as Seattle’s Best BBQ Skewers serving Khmer-style beef sticks, Filipino inspired pastries by Hood Famous Bakeshop (IG: @hoodfamousbakeshop), and Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Event patrons at the Soufend Art Show and Block Party on August 20, 2017. • Photo by Bunthay Cheam The event was the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Harry Clean, aka Harry Baluran (IG: @harry_clean), who is also the co-founder of Paradice Avenue Souf, a multimedia artist studio located in Rainier Valley. “The Soufend Art Show started from an idea my friend Jordan Nicholson and I had about having a little art show at King Donuts (R.I.P.) about three years ago. This art show would feature artists from the Soufend (we like replacing the ‘th’ with an ‘f’).” Baluran and Nicholson initially had plans to hold the inaugural event at the iconic King’s Donut in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, “A year later I decided to proceed with this idea but unfortunately King’s Donut got sold to new owner so I felt that it just wouldn’t be right doing it there anymore.” That led Baluran to reach out to the friend and owner of Cafe Avole, Solomon Dubie, about holding the event in the vicinity of his shop on Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street. “The concept of the Soufend Art Show and block party is that three South Seattle visual artists get featured in an art exhibition inside Cafe Avole while a small scale festival is held outside with vendors, live performances, and art workshops,” he said. This year’s event featured multimedia artists Zue Lian Cooper (IG: @zookoopa), Anand Alder (IG: @nandaethekid), and Yassa (IG: @yasmincreative). Baluran’s purpose for this annual event is tied to a more grand vision he has for the community he grew up in where he stresses those in privileged positions to help others succeed. “I grew up in low income immigrant household so these values and morals have been embedded in my since a kid. Stick together, survive, and help your people succeed. I made sure that this value system was part of the event by featuring well-known artists and also up-and-coming artists.” Big Ben the Barber. • Photo by Bunthay Cheam An even bigger issue on Baluran’s mind is the change he’s experienced in his neighborhood and what’s he sees as an assault on the culture that has made Rainier Valley one of most culturally diverse in the United States. “My neighborhood is not what is used to be. Culture is dying. People of color (POC) are being forced to move south to cities like Kent and Tukwila. We created this beautiful diverse neighborhood and now it is being taken away from us.” In a May 2017 article, The Stranger, citing a July 2016 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, stated that over 1,000 people move into Seattle each week, making it the ninth-fastest growing metro area. Enticed by a booming local economy spurred by growth in some of the biggest companies on the Fortune 500 list including Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Boeing; Seattle has become a beacon for transplants and this has had a collateral effect on the city, especially in neighborhoods historically populated by communities of color. Cranes have become a common fixture in Downtown Seattle, and to a degree in neighborhoods where new zoning changes made by city officials look to supplement the high housing demand brought on by the rapid pace of people moving to the city. This housing shortage has also caused people to look southward into traditional POC communities where Seattle’s housing discrimination history has red-lined and confined the city’s people of color. As gentrification changes these neighborhoods, rising property values have driven many families, especially those with fixed income, further out into South King County in places such Renton, Kent, and Auburn where housing is more affordable. Perry Paints doing live painting. • Photo by Nam Nice “We created this beautiful diverse neighborhood and now it is being taken away from us. It’s like if you cooked a bomb ass breakfast then someone breaks into your house and eats it. Yeah you can make another meal but you have to start all over and what if you used the last of your money to buy the ingredients plus your kids are hungry.” Balarun said. Despite what seems to be an inevitable change along the Rainier Avenue corridor, Baluran remains optimistic he has the resources and leadership to blunt the adverse effects of gentrification by unifying those that have lived there for generations and teaching newcomers about the area’s history so as to keep its culture thriving. The art show and block party is part and parcel to that strategy. “The Soufend Art Show and Block Party is us saying, ‘Yeah we’re still here. And we’re not going anywhere. This is our land, this is our raggedy #7 bus. This is our food, you can have a taste but don’t forget who it belongs to,” he said. Show headliner Moni Tep, stressing the benefits of these types of community gatherings, added: “I think the Soufend Art Show and Block Party was unique in the way that it brought our communities together, like how it would’ve looked, even 10–15 years prior. Gentrification has taken its course through parts of the city that us people of color, call home—but when we party, it’s like a testament that we’re always going to be here. You can move bodies, but it’s harder to move spirit.” Baluran has his sights set on a bigger event for 2018, “next year will have the same vibes but will bigger. More vendors and more activities. And also a car show,” he said. Musician Davey Tsunami (IG: @daveyvision24k), who was a performer on the lineup, agreed, stating that the event was “unification at its highest form, we all sang, danced, laughed and enjoyed the food especially being Khmer to represent our culture in our own community was amazing. I enjoyed every second of it and I can’t wait til next year.” True to his multidisciplinary nature, Baluran also plans to not only host the event but to participate in a different way. “Currently, I’m working on music so I can bless the stage next year,” he said. For more news, click here
|New 6.2 quake centered in southern MexicoQ13 FOX / 22 h. 13 min. ago more|
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says the new earthquake to strike Mexico had a magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the southern state of Oaxaca. That’s the region most shaken by a magnitude 8.1 quake that hit on Sept. 7. It also swayed buildings in Mexico City, which is trying to recover from a magnitude 7.1 temblor that struck on Thursday, killing at least 295 people. It’s not immediately clear if the new quake caused damage or injury.
|Seismic activity detected near North Korean nuclear siteQ13 FOX / 22 h. 21 min. ago more|
(CNN) — Seismic activity was detected Saturday near the site of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, but it is not known whether a nuclear test caused the development. The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity. North Korea has one nuclear test site — Punggye-ri. A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck at 4:29 a.m. ET Saturday 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, the US Geological Survey said. The depth of the earthquake was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). “This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests,” the USGS said. “We cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event. The depth is poorly constrained and has been held to 5 kilometers by the seismologist.” Saturday’s detection comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump engaging in an escalating war of words. Two South Korean officials at the Korea Meteorological Administration told CNN that their analysis so far suggests Saturday’s seismic activity around the nuclear site was not caused by an explosion or a collapse of the site. “We assess that there is a slim possibility that it was caused by a collapse,” said Park Jong-shin, one of the officials. “Our analysis shows that it was a natural earthquake. However, we are carrying out a further analysis because there are concerns that it might have been a man-made earthquake.” Another official at the the Korea Meteorological Administration’s command center said it is believed to have been a natural earthquake. “Seismic waves from a natural earthquake have a distinct pattern,” the official said. “The waves we have detected from the latest earthquake have a similar pattern to that of natural earthquakes. What we detected today (was) clearly different from wave patterns that would have been created as a result of an explosion or a man-made earthquake.”
|Powerful performances and rough passion bring intensity to Afterglow, ...Seattle News / 23 h. 10 min. ago more|
I saw the musical, Bandstand during its final week but instead of another musical like Hello Dolly, Dear Evan Hansen, or even Hamilton, I had much anticipation for an Off-Broadway show that is now the talk of the country and which has now been extended for two more months. As the synopsis on the Afterglow website states: 'Afterglow is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships.
|Federal Way Police searching for stolen RV containing show dogsQ13 FOX / 1 d. 7 h. 24 min. ago more|
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Federal Way Police are asking for the public’s help to find a stolen RV filled with show dogs. The 22-foot Winnebago with License #AKD5438 and pens in the back was taken from the Sportsman’s Warehouse at about 8:15 p.m. Friday and last seen headed toward Hwy 18. Inside, there were 11 dogs in the RV including a 130-pound doberman which is why it is so surprising the crook stole it. The owners were headed to Port Orchard for a show. The owner said there was 11 to 12 dogs inside the RV. If you spot it, call 911 immediately.
|Trump: NFL owners should fire players who protest the national anthemQ13 FOX / 1 d. 9 h. 59 min. ago more|
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- President Donald Trump criticized some in the National Football League Friday night at a rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem. Trump added that if fans would "leave the stadium" when players kneel in protest during the national anthem, "I guarantee, things will stop." Trump said NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!" "For a week, (that owner would) be the most popular person in this country. Because that's a total disrespect of our heritage. That's a total disrespect for everything we stand for," Trump said. Last year, Colin Kaepernick -- formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, but currently without a team -- drew national attention for refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in August 2016. His protest spurred both support and backlash. Following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate soldier statue, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told CNN he would follow suit. "I can't stand for the national anthem," Bennett said. "I can't stand right now. I'm not going to be standing until I see the equality and freedom." Bennett sits during the national anthem before every game. Trump also took aim at NFL efforts to prevent concussions. "They're ruining the game, right?" he said. "They're ruining the game."
|Two teenagers shot in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhoodQ13 FOX / 1 d. 10 h. 55 min. ago more|
SEATTLE — Two males, ages 14 and 19, were shot in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood Friday night, authorities said. Police said the shooting occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Alaska Street. The two victims drove to South Edmunds Street, where a two-vehicle collision occurred. The victims were then rushed to Harborview Medical Center, police said. The Seattle Fire Department said the two victims were ages 14 and 19 and they were in stable condition. Light link rail was temporarily halted. No suspects have been arrested. No other details were immediately available. This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
|Russians tried to hack Washington state elections, feds sayMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 13 h. 13 min. ago more|
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list. Kim Wyman: I’ve never seen a winning candidate question an election The AP contacted every state election office on Friday. While not all of them responded immediately, those that said they were targeted were Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security Friday told Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman that Russian hackers attempted to access Washington state election systems prior to the 2016 General Election – and failed, state officials said Friday. The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia. The Wisconsin Election Commission, for example, said the state’s systems were targeted by “Russian government cyber actors.” Federal officials said that in most of the 21 states, the targeting was preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems. The targets included voter registration systems but not vote tallying software. Officials said there were some attempts to compromise networks but most were unsuccessful. Only Illinois reported that hackers had succeeded in breaching its voter systems. Colorado said the hacking wasn’t quite a breach. “It’s really reconnaissance by a bad guy to try and figure out how we would break into your computer,” said Trevor Timmons, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state’s office. “It’s not an attack. I wouldn’t call it a probe. It’s not a breach, it’s not a penetration.” The disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel probes whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and associates of Donald Trump. Trump, a Republican who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, has called the Russia story a hoax. He says Russian President Vladimir Putin “vehemently denied” the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.
|Sold: Former 'Lamborghini' building on Broadway will be repositioned by new ownerBizjournals.com / 1 d. 13 h. 59 min. ago more|
The owner of Fremont Foundry Events bought the building where the vegan restaurant/metal club Highline operates.
|New KVRU station manager Sharon Maeda shares her vision for Rainier Valley RadioThe International Examiner / 1 d. 14 h. 4 min. ago more|
Sharon Maeda. • File Photo KVRU 105.7 FM just finished testing its signal on September 16. The community radio station off of Rainier Ave is all set to start providing diverse programming by and for Rainier Valley residents. Sharon Maeda is the station manager and has a rich vision for KVRU; a station with multicultural music programming, airwaves filled with the languages heard around the valley and a forum for youth to talk about and understand important topics like immigration and identity. Maeda has spent more than 40 years working in community radio. She was compelled to contribute to the media and radio industry after noting what a strong reach the media had on school children she taught as an elementary school teacher. She went back to school, gaining a Masters in Filmmaking, hoping to make an impact in bringing important voices to the media and telling stories that might otherwise be pushed under the rug. “Right now, given what is going on in the country and the rise of the openness of hate groups and all of that it’s all the more important that people in a diverse community like the Rainier Valley need a place to share their culture, to share their stories, to learn from each other and hopefully create a better society,” said Maeda. KVRU is funded by SEED Seattle, a local nonprofit that is involved in affordable housing, arts education and economic development for Southeast Seattle. Maeda sees the organizational support behind the station as a way to incorporate various facets of the community into the station’s programming. Maeda points out the station’s physical location beneath an affordable housing complex with many elderly residents who will have plenty of stories to reflect on from their lives. “They [SEED] already have ongoing relationships with different segments of the population and my vision is that all the different voices in other languages, across youth, LGBTQ communities, women, men, elders, people who are scholars, and experts on subjects, but also everyday people who just have a personal story to tell [get involved],” said Maeda. Apart from a storytelling and community engagement platform, Maeda would also like to see the station become a safe space for important and often challenging questions faced by the young people of Rainier Valley. She points out issues like ethnic identity, movements like Black Lives Matter and how policy changes might affect Dreamers (recipients of DACA). “Once we get programming under control I want to have the station become a place where youth can talk through those issues, and get to understand each other,” she said. “You know why Black Lives Matter or who is a Dreamer and who is not a Dreamer and what’s it like to be a Dreamer and never know from day to day whether your family is going to be scooped up and deported.” Because radio only requires a voice, the airwaves can be a space to retain some anonymity while still tackling challenging topics like the ones posed by Maeda, thereby becoming a “vehicle for safe sharing.” Maeda also hopes for the station to broadcast poetry and spoken word and other literary arts programing. She has what she calls a “crazy idea” for an on-air book club: “We read … some passages from a book and we try and get other people to read the book and we have a book club discussion except it’s in the studio and on the air.” KVRU will be streaming sample programming starting September 17 through October 5, featuring interviews, music, public affairs programming, and interviews with local community organizations. Starting October 5, KVRU will officially begin its month-long launch celebration. The first day will be dedicated to programming about and by First People’s. Each day after that in October will be dedicated to a specific theme. Maeda says that programming will play in six-hour cycles and during October this will help to understand what the station’s prime time might be. “That also gives us an opportunity for listeners to let us know If they are hearing the program and we can kind of figure out which day parts are more popular because we know that in this neighborhood people are not necessarily going to work nine to five and come home after that,” she said. Along with programming, KVRU already has events planned for the next couple months. On September 26, the station will be registering voters on site in honor of Voter Registration Day. On October 7, the station will host an open host, with performances and speeches played live on air. On October 18, KVRU will cosponsor a Mayoral Candidate forum with candidates Jenny Durkin and Carrie Moon at the Rainier Arts Center. The event is in the hopes that Southeast Seattle residents can bring concerns and questions to candidates before November elections. For more information, visit kvru.org. For more news, click here
|Washington could lose up to $110 billion in health care funding under Graham-Cassidy planBizjournals.com / 1 d. 15 h. 26 min. ago more|
The Republican health care proposal is estimated to reduce federal health care spending supporting Washingtonians by $110 billion by 2036.
|Star Trek: Discovery Premieres This Sunday At 8pm On CBSCBS Seattle / 1 d. 15 h. 35 min. ago more|
(CBSLA) – One of the most anticipated shows of the Fall lineup premieres Sunday night on CBS. “Star Trek: Discovery” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. Suzanne Marques of our sister station KCBS-TV/Los Angeles was on the red carpet at the show’s star-studded premiere Tuesday night at the Arclight Cineramadone in Hollywood. She spoke to the star, and the show’s first ever black, female lead, Sonequa Martin-Green. “I’m quite overwhelmed. I really am!” Set a decade before the original series, Sonequa plays first officer Michael Burnham. She’s human, but in a surprise twist, is revealed as Spock’s stepsister. “What I’ve always loved about this show, is Trek has always been about hope for the future. If you see we are all of different races and colors, and that’s the most important thing!”, said Martin-Green. After Star Trek: Discovery’s television debut, you can find the second episode immediately on CBS All Access! CBS All Access is available on many platforms, so it’s easy to sign up. Go to cbs.com/allaccess to create an account. A subscription will set you back $5.99 a month for limited commercials and $9.99 a month to go commercial free. You’ll also have access to “The Good Fight,” NFL on CBS, plus thousands of episodes from new shows to fan favorites!
|Reporter Tracy Vedder sues Sinclair Media's KOMO-TVBizjournals.com / 1 d. 16 h. 23 min. ago more|
The former star investigative reporter is seeking back pay and other damages for emotional distress and lost employment opportunities after she was let go in January.
|Remember that Speculation Tax Jenny Durkan Has Been Attacking Cary...Seattle News / 1 d. 16 h. 39 min. ago more|
On Thursday afternoon, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan unveiled her housing affordability platform. The platform promises more vouchers for struggling renters and more tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.
|Keidel: Will Falcons Or Lions Stay Undefeated?CBS Seattle / 1 d. 17 h. 45 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel It’s hard to glean season-long nuggets from two weeks of play. But based on data gathered since the NFL expanded its playoffs to 12 teams, those who start 0-2 have a 12 percent chance of playing in January. Conversely, teams that start 2-0 have an over 60 percent chance to make the postseason. Only two such clubs are playing each other this Sunday, and it wasn’t a game anyone circled before the season started. But there’s no denying that the Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions game is worthy of our attention. In the turbulence of this young season, these are the only 2-0 clubs facing each other in Week 3. And if we can add one more stat into the mix, teams that start 3-0 make the playoffs 73 percent of the time. >>WATCH: The NFL on CBS All Access – Try It Free Atlanta, who few expected to bolt out of the gate this well, has already scored 57 points. The catchphrase outside of Atlanta was Super Bowl hangover. We knew that it existed, and we knew it would plague the Falcons, who didn’t just lose a Super Bowl to the Patriots, but also gagged up the biggest lead in history. Even non-Falcon, heck, non-football, fans have memorized two numbers since February… 28-3. That’s Atlanta’s lead, of course. In the second half. They blew the doors of Brady, Belichick and all the alleged mystique they brought with them to big games. Only Eli Manning was allowed to beat the Pats. You know the rest, and so does every Falcon who returned for the 2018 season. But if there is any hangover, it certainly hasn’t hit QB Matt Ryan, who leads the NFL with nearly 10 yards per pass attempt. “Matty Ice” has completed 69 percent of his passes so far, and while he has just two passing TDs (0 INT), he has a gaggle of gifted runners around him who have scored three TDs on the ground. Atlanta has looked crisp, focused and quite potent, particularly during their Sunday drubbing of the depleted Packers to open their glittering new stadium. The Falcons are pretty much a carbon copy of last year’s team. Only one NFC club has scored more than Atlanta — Detroit, which has dropped 59 points in just two games. Matt Stafford is still playing his dazzling best, which proves what most of us outside of Detroit already know — he’s worth every dime of his record-breaking, $135 million deal that includes $92 million in guaranteed money. Lions fans have given him the sardonic handle, “Pad Stat-Ford,” but you’d love to hear who they’d rather have under center, and why. >>MORE: Keidel: Matthew Stafford Deserves Record Contract Stafford broke the NFL record last year with eight fourth-quarter comebacks, and this year has completed 71 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and one interception. But so far, Detroit has not relied entirely on Stafford’s blessed right arm. Though the Lions were 30th in the NFL in rushing last year, averaging a paltry 83 yards per game, they sliced the stout Giants defense, on the road, for 138 yards. Between their newfound running attack, which will pry open the play-action, and Atlanta playing without pass-rushing ace Vic Beasley, the Lions are poised to put up some points. When two teams with the same record square off, you expect the home club to be favored. But the Falcons visit Ford Field as three-point favorites, which speaks almost entirely to reputation. Atlanta just played in the Super Bowl, while the Lions have never appeared in one. The Lions are considered a joke, a forlorn franchise, with any fast start far more mirage than some kind of revival. So this is the perfect time for Detroit to stamp its arrival, during the marquee matchup of the week, against the defending NFC champs. You won’t find two quarterbacks playing any better than the two men named Matt. And, at least for a week, the Detroit Lions can win a game and claim the ephemeral throne as supreme team in the NFC, if not the NFL. And restore the Roar. Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel.
|Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Medina manse sells for a record-breaking $23.4 million (Photos)Bizjournals.com / 1 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
A spectacular waterfront Medina estate called “The Southampton” has set a record on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service after being listed at $24.8 million for only 30 days. “It sold at $23.375 million, and that makes it the highest price ever paid for a listing on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service,” says luxury broker Tere Foster with Team Foster at Avenue Properties, who had the listing. Inspired by some of the affluent estates in the oldest and largest summer colony known as…
|We just experienced warmest and driest summer ever recorded in Seattle - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 1 d. 19 h. 15 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesWe just experienced warmest and driest summer ever recorded in SeattleSeattle TimesMeteorologist Doug McDonnal, of the National Weather Service in Seattle, said the stretch from June 21 (the first day of summer) to Sept. 21 (the last full day of summer) is going down in the record books as being tied for the hottest since 1894 ...
|Praying Bremerton coach takes religious liberty case to next levelMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 19 h. 47 min. ago more|
A former Washington high school assistant football coach has appealed a court decision denying his request to be given back his job. The Kitsap Sun reports former Bremerton High School assistant Joe Kennedy sued the school district after he was placed on paid leave in 2015 when he refused an order to cease praying on the football field following games. Kennedy’s contract was not renewed in 2016. A three-judge panel on Aug. 23 declined Kennedy’s request for a legal injunction that would have required the district to reinstate him to the position while his lawsuit made its way through the courts. Kennedy’s lawyers on Wednesday made a legal request for a hearing in front of the full circuit (called an “en banc” review) in the appeals court.
|CBS Sports’ Jay Feely On Week 3 Browns-Colts Matchup, MoreCBS Seattle / 1 d. 22 h. 1 min. ago more|
By Matt Citak The Cleveland Browns, after a strong Week 1 performance in which they almost came back to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, were not as sharp against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. The Baltimore defense created five turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble from rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. The Ravens beat the young Browns team rather easily. Kizer did not look as good in his second career NFL game as he did in his debut, though the migraines he experienced in the second quarter could be partly to blame. The Browns defense put together a solid performance last week, limiting Joe Flacco to just 217 yards passing, with two touchdowns and one interception. Cleveland actually gained more total yards than Baltimore (386 to 337), but the turnovers proved to be too difficult to overcome. The Indianapolis Colts have been forced to start the 2017 season without their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. This has led to two consecutive Colts’ losses, with the second coming at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals in overtime. Indianapolis’s Week 1 quarterback, Scott Tolzien, was benched for backup Jacoby Brissett, who looked significantly better against the Cardinals defense. Brissett completed 20 of 37 passes for a career-high 216 yards, and added 22 yards rushing. With Luck out again, the Colts will rely on Brissett to lead them to their first win of the season. Indianapolis traded for Brissett less than three weeks ago, and the young quarterback is still learning his way around the Colts’ offense. With another week of practice under his belt, the 23-year-old quarterback looks to improve on last week’s performance. NFL on CBS analyst Jay Feely will be calling the Browns-Colts game with Beth Mowins, who in her NFL on CBS play-by-play debut, becomes the first woman ever to call an NFL game in the Network’s history. Feely weighed in on Sunday’s intriguing AFC match-up. >>WATCH: The NFL on CBS All Access – Try It Free Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts – 1:00 PM ET – CBS CBS Local Sports: How do you think DeShone Kizer has played in his first two NFL games? Jay Feely: He obviously had a better first game than he did in the second game when he played Baltimore. But that defense has not made life easy for anybody, like Andy Dalton. But overall, if you watch DeShone Kizer, you’re impressed with how big he is, how strong he is, his decisiveness in throwing the ball. He’s showed toughness and resilience. He’s not afraid at all to make the hard throws. He doesn’t shy away from taking a chance down the field and doing it definitively. Overall he has impressed me. He’s been better than I thought he’d be, and they have hope because of him. And that’s one of the greatest things a franchise like the Browns can have: hope. CBS Local Sports: What do the Colts need to do in order to survive until they get Andrew Luck back? Jay Feely: They need to start running the ball better. They’ve only rushed for 75 yards per game, which is 24th in the NFL. They have a guy like Frank Gore, and another back in Marlon Mack. They have to look at Jacoby Brissett, because it looks like they’re settled at quarterback until Andrew Luck comes back. Jacoby Brissett played a relatively good game against the Arizona Cardinals. He wasn’t spectacular, but until the last play for the Colts in overtime, when he threw the interception, he was efficient, he protected the ball. Overall he was 20 of 37 for 216 yards. While those numbers don’t jump out at you, he did a good job in managing that team. Now the playbook can expand, and Rob Chudzinski can look at what he did successfully in New England and at NC State, and begin to incorporate more of those things. And that’s something Rob Chudzinski has talked about often in regard to himself in that he creates a game plan adjusted to the guys and what they do well. Fit in the x’s and o’s. As they begin to become more comfortable with each other, that’s what he and Jacoby Brissett will be able to do. CBS Local Sports: Has the Cleveland defense shown signs of improvement from last season? Jay Feely: Yes, they definitely have. They’ve been aggressive. They’re putting their safeties back, and they did that against two teams that like to go long… Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Playing their safeties 20-yards deep, not allowing the home run balls over the top. In fact, when Joe Flacco tried to do that, he threw deep and Jason McCourty picked him off. Overall, they’ve looked better, although they were pounded against Baltimore. The Ravens were successful running the ball, which is something the Browns have to fix. But they have a lot of young parts. They don’t have their best player in Myles Garrett, the first overall pick, in there. So that is a hindrance to them, not having that presence and speed off the edge and that ability to rush the passer. But there are a lot of pieces that they can build on, and there are a lot of young pieces. This whole team is the youngest team in the NFL. So there’s going to be growing pains But you have to trust your young guys, bring them along as quickly as you can and understand there’s going to be growth. CBS Local Sports: Both teams have started the season 0-2. Which team is more desperate for a win? Jay Feely: There isn’t one of these teams that is more desperate than the other. Anytime you start 0-2, you know the percentages and what that means for making the playoffs. Indianapolis, when you look at Chuck Pagano’s time there, they’ve had a lot of success. Including the playoffs, he’s 52-36 in his record there. So they expect to be in the playoffs. They expect to be there, and obviously not having your franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck changes things, as they would for any team. But because of that expectation level, staring at 0-3 for them, as opposed to looking at 0-3 for Cleveland, is a little different. Cleveland knows they’re the youngest team in the NFL, and they’re growing and trying to find the franchise quarterback and trying to grow these young players. But nobody in the NFL is okay with losing, and no one in the NFL is okay starting at 0-3. There is no security in the NFL, whether you’re a player or a coach. You understand that you’re judged on wins and losses, and you know that your job security is dependent on that. Credit: Justin Berl/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears – 1:00 PM ET – CBS CBS Local Sports: What will the Bears defense need to do to slow down Pittsburgh and their “Killer B’s” attack? Jay Feely: It’s tough. They should take a page from Cleveland’s playbook a little bit and where they played their safeties. They said, ‘We can live with Ben Roethlisberger checking down, and we’re not going to let him go deep to his bevy of receivers. We’re not going to let him throw the home-run ball. We’re going to make him be patient. We’re going to make him do eight, 10, 12-play drives. And at some point, hopefully, we can get a sack fumble or an interception and make a couple of big plays. But we’re not going to let them get those huge chunk plays.’ If Chicago is smart, which I believe they are with that coaching staff, they’ll play a similar defense. You’ll see that throughout the year. Until Pittsburgh proves that they can run the ball again, and proves that their run game will be a force, teams will try to take away the deep balls and make them put together long, extended drives.” Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers – 4:25 PM ET – CBS CBS Local Sports: What do the Bengals need to do to get their offense going? Jay Feely: You’ve got to find a way to get Andy Dalton comfortable, and that starts with running the ball. They have three good running backs, and need to decide who they want to be their bell cow. Who’s going to tote the rock for them, and who are they going to trust and rely on? Once the running game gets going, that will open things up for Andy Dalton and that passing game. They have way too much talent to be struggling as much as they have offensively. You see that when they make a change at offensive coordinator two weeks into the season. Marvin Lewis made a decision based on that fact, that there’s too much talent there to be struggling as much as they are offensively. You can’t get behind in this division, where you have Pittsburgh and Baltimore. You can’t afford to fall behind this fast, this early. Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Memo: Seattle cop bragged that ‘mini Mafia’ controlled off-duty contractsMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 23 h. 4 min. ago more|
As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one cop proudly called his fellow officers a “mini mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city. RELATED: Seattle cops off-duty work comes under investigation Officer Mac Gordon, a 31-year veteran of the force, described in specific detail how the officers’ union worked to keep Seattle police administrators in the dark about off-duty work; how the off-duty staffing companies such as Seattle’s Finest overcharge and “squeeze” building owners; and how no one in town has the power to stop any of it. In describing lucrative, off-duty security work for Seattle City Light, for example, Gordon allegedly said, “Yeah, we would really break some bones if those (jobs) were messed with. Those jobs are a minimum of four hours (billed) and most are done in an hour and a half.” Gordon’s comments are contained in a four-page memo sent to investigators by Rob McDermott and Andrew Finley, co-founders of Bluecadia, a start-up that sought to work with the Seattle Police Department administration to track off-duty cop employment. Read the memo here The memo is central to an ongoing FBI investigation into officers’ alleged strong-arm tactics toward business and building managers and price-fixing of off-duty jobs in traffic control or construction site security. Finley and McDermott were interviewing Gordon in an attempt to find out why they could not get traction within the department for their software to track off-duty hours. And according to the April 4, 2017 memo, Gordon gave them an earful, telling them bluntly that officers and the union would block any tracking of off-duty contracts. Months later, this memo would be among the documents the FBI turned to begin its investigation. Gordon, who could not be reached for comment, told The Seattle Times that he was using exaggerated, joking language for show. And he denied saying that it was practice to “squeeze” building managers, telling the Times that the line in the memo, “is an absolute lie.” “That is about as far away from the truth as you can get,” Gordon told the Times. Finely said it is Gordon who is lying. “This is exactly what happened,” said Finley who was a sheriff’s deputy for 17 years with Pierce and King counties. “I was a cop; I know how to take notes.” Police union leaders and supervisors with Seattle’s largest off-duty staffing companies – Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security — have characterized the memo and Finley and McDermott’s subsequent comments as the lies of bitter businessmen who could not get their startup idea off the ground. But three longtime cops contacted by KIRO Radio agreed that the union resisted any outside effort to control off-duty work. The three officers, all who agreed to speak if they were not identified, said Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security INC. ran most of the off-duty police work in Seattle. And all three echoed Finely and McDermott’s claims five or six senior officers make most of the decisions about who got off-duty work and who didn’t. Said one 10-year-veteran of the force, “If you were on the outs with them, you didn’t get work. Simple.” Off-duty work is as vital and sometimes lucrative sideline for rank-and-file police in pricey Seattle. The construction boom, traffic pressures, and busy stadiums have created an almost unlimited need for off-duty cops in recent years. Finley said at his peak, he put in hundreds of extra hours annually to augment his income as a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy. And in that county, same as in Seattle, administrators didn’t track overtime hours. In both places, the lack of oversight has led to problems. In the Finley-McDermott memo, Gordon outlined “management fees” received by officers who controlled off-duty staffing in downtown parking garages: “He went further to explain that most large underground parking garages in the city have officers working them. He said most cops are paid around $300 a month to ‘manage garages even before they even work one hour of off-duty.’ He quoted the $300/month is a fee for simply managing the location. According to Officer Gordon, as managers, some cops earn $1200 to $1500 a month without working a single (off-duty) shift.” The FBI is believed to be looking at charges including price-fixing, racketeering and, potentially, unreported income, sources close to the investigation said. Seattle Police Chief Katherine O’Toole agreed that off-duty work is a problem in the department. “Apart from and prior to receiving these allegations, SPD managers have long identified secondary employment as a significant risk when reviewing department business practices,” O’Toole said in a statement. “Although it would be entirely inappropriate for me to share facts specific to an ongoing inquiry, I want to emphasize, as I have consistently, that we take all allegations against SPD personnel very seriously.”
|Another legislative loser: Hugo House in SeattleCrosscut / 1 d. 23 h. 55 min. ago more|
Fiction writers — novelists, short storytellers and aspiring novices — tend to be white in Seattle. To Sonora Jha, Hugo House’s writer-in-residence, writers of color have been underrepresented. While she is now seeing more diversity within classes at Hugo House, its mission could be the latest victim of gridlock in Olympia. The fallout of the Washington State Legislature’s failure to pass a $4 billion capital budget last summer, has created worry for the organization. “Hugo House is kind of like an extended living room. … It’s more than a gathering place, it’s about making local connections,” said Jane Wong, a former Hugo House instructor and a poet. “It’s not a bubble, but a familiar space for new writers, emerging writers … It has this warmth to it.” The recent struggles for Hugo House all trace back to a 2016 Washington Supreme Court decision — the so-called Hirst ruling — which blocks landowners from digging new wells if they can’t prove it won’t threaten nearby stream levels needed for fish. The ruling essentially halted construction of homes and businesses in many rural areas. In 2017, Washington Senate Republicans threatened to deny the state budget’s passage for $4 billion worth of construction-related projects if House Democrats wouldn’t give them the deal they wanted on the Hirst issue. The House Democrats’ final offer fell short of what the GOP wanted. This resulted in the GOP’s refusal to pass the $4 billion capital budget. That proposed budget included $900 million for statewide school fix-it work, $130 million for work at the University of Washington and several other Seattle projects that range from classical music venues to a Filipino community center. Those stalled Seattle appropriations also included roughly $1 million to help build a new Hugo House. Hugo House building is being constructed in its old location in Capitol Hill. Three Seattle authors — Linda Breneman, Frances McCue and Andrea Lewis — founded Hugo House in 1996 as a place to nurture writers. They named the establishment after Seattle poet Richard Hugo, who died of leukemia in 1982. The original Hugo House resided across from Cal Anderson Park in a building built in 1902 that had previously held a funeral home and a theater. “It was a cool Victorian building, but it was falling apart,” said Tree Swenson, executive director of Huge House. The old Hugo House had wasted space and tended to flood. For now, the organization resides in First Hill, next to the Frye Art Museum. The old structure was torn down and is set to be replaced by a six-story condominium building, with the first floor dedicated to Hugo House. Whether or not they move back hinges on if they receive enough funding. The first floor will have six classrooms instead of four, a modern auditorium and will be designed to accommodate more students and event attendees simultaneously. A limited liability corporation of Hugo House supporters will own the new structure. Hugo House has raised about $4.8 million for construction, but it still needs slightly more than $1 million to start the work. That happens to be the amount the Legislature was supposed to appropriate before the state capital budget stalled. Tree Swenson at the new Hugo House building. Another “million is a pretty heavy lift for us…We don’t have deep-pocketed donors. We’re more of a grassroots organization,” Swenson said. Consequently, a move-back date in early 2018 has been delayed indefinitely, and plans to expand classes and accommodate more students are in limbo as well. Hugo House had been going through a growth spurt. In 2014, it served 2,125 writing students of all types — doubling its 2012 figure. It also hosts about 100 literary events a year. “There nothing remotely like this in the city…It strengthens the community. It creates awareness around what is happening with local literature,” said Peter Mountford, a former Hugo House writer-in-residence and published novelist. The students ages range from the teens to 80-year-olds — a much wider spread than students in college creative writing classes. Many Hugo House students also tend to be more interested and invested in these classes compared to some college students who take creative writing as an English requirement, said Wong, who has taught at Pacific Lutheran University and now Western Washington University. Many writers who attend classes and events are looking to connect with other writers. “Writing is one of the most solitary of the arts,” Swenson said. Writers say Hugo House fosters the back-and-forth of ideas, criticism and encouragement — especially when writers hit inevitable mental blocks. It also allows for beginners to dip their toes into writing. “Hugo House is a great [place] get away from the solitude and bounce ideas off people,” Mountford said. “It keeps me fresh as a writer.” No end is in sight on the deadlock regarding the Hirst ruling and the capital budget. So far, each party has been unmovable and persistent in criticizing the other side on the issue. While Democrats have a decent chance of taking control of the Washington Senate in a November special election for the 45th District in Seattle’s northeastern suburbs, the Senate GOP would still hold a trump card. Even if the Democrats passed a capital budget, the Legislature would still need 60 percent approval of the bonds needed to finance that package. The Democrats significantly fall short of that percentage in both chambers. So for now, Hugo House’s future will hang on whether the two sides — with track records of endless deadlocks — reach a compromise on both the Hirst and capital budget issues.
|The state with a big tax problem? OursCrosscut / 2 d. 0 h. 10 min. ago more|
Washington state’s vibrant and diverse economy doesn’t hint at it. Neither does Seattle’s red-hot construction and tech boom, nor the sheer wealth of some of our residents. You’d never know it by the tens of thousands of people moving to Puget Sound for the plentiful jobs and outdoorsy lifestyle. But, Washington has a tax problem. It simply can’t seem to raise enough money to fund basic services. Especially not in ways that feel fair to most people or even meet what courts say are the fundamental expectations for important services. Three times in a row (Washington has a budget session every two years), the Legislature has ended at an impasse over taxes and funding. In 2017, legislators blew through three special sessions and came close to a government shutdown before finally passing an operating budget but calling it quits without a capital budget for long-range construction and maintenance projects. The state Supreme Court famously had to step in and force the Legislature to spend billions more on K–12 education. The state is under a similar court order to improve mental health services, and the Department of Social and Health Services is in chaos and underfunded. Washington’s spending on higher education is less than recession levels and state environmental and salmon restoration programs are threatened. Conservatives generally say there is enough tax money, and that it’s a question of spending priorities, but the Legislature hasn’t been able to agree on cuts that would bring services in line with spending. And Republican leadership has worked with Democrats on compromises that address — at least partially — the requests for additional money for services. Liberals and progressives say Washington is simply not producing the tax revenues required to service a state with 7.2 million inhabitants. And progressives and conservatives alike agree that the state’s tax system is in desperate need of repair. The problem? There are several. First, our tax system is an antique. It was created during the Great Depression, when the state had to cope with falling property taxes. Washington relies more heavily on high sales taxes than any other state, and 77 percent of its revenue comes from a consumption tax of one kind or another. But that tax base is shrinking as a part of the state’s $477 billion economy. People don’t buy taxable goods like they did 20 years ago. The purchase of taxable goods, as a percentage of personal income in Washington state, has declined by almost 20 percentage points since 1980, a full 10 percentage points in the five years following 2007’s market crash. We are a service economy, and services are not normally taxed as sales. Consumers are also buying online, where taxes are not always collected. “It’s a Ford Pinto in a Tesla world,” is how Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, describes the state’s tax system. “We have an economy today that is wealth-oriented, and is service-sector-oriented — the two aspects that we don’t really tax.” Secondly, our system is inadequate. It can’t raise enough money — at least not without accepting reductions in what is expected of government. “We [Washington] are on a course from being a relatively high-tax state to a being low-tax state, on par with some of the southern states,” says economist Dick Conway, whose firm, Dick Conway and Associates, has analyzed and forecasted Washington’s economy for over 35 years. That’s a real change in how Washingtonians think of their state. From 1995 to 2015, however, Washington slid from being 11th highest among states to 36th place in effective state and local tax rates as a percentage of personal income. In a recent analysis of Washington’s tax system, Conway places the blame — in part — on ballot initiatives (later ruled unconstitutional) that hindered the Legislature from raising taxes for nearly 20 years, but also on the inadequacy of the sales tax. Conway estimates that Washington, by taxing below the national norm for states, missed out on $4 billion in fiscal year 2015 tax revenues alone (the most recent year he examined), and perhaps as much as $27 billion since 2005. In contrast, consider Minnesota. With a population and GDP 30 percent less than Washington’s, Minnesota state’s budget is 5 percent larger. Or Colorado, with a GDP and population also 30 percent less, Colorado’s state budget is 20 percent larger than the Evergreen State’s. Both Minnesota and Colorado are among a majority of states that combine an income tax with a smaller sales tax in a more broadly-based tax system. The state also loses out with the Business and Occupation Tax (B&O), another consumption tax applied to a business’s gross receipts. The B&O tax, says analyst Paul Guppy, with conservative-leaning Washington Institute for Policy Studies, is “probably the biggest problem in our tax system. The most complicated, the most unfair, the most regressive. Because businesses have to pay the tax even when they lose money.” The most astounding part of the B&O is that many industries pay so little of it. In an effort to spur investment, various state leaders over the years have carved out exemptions for the biggest drivers of the state economy — aerospace, technology, timber and agriculture — loopholes worth billions of dollars in tax revenue. That’s typical of our broken tax system, says Sen. Carlyle. “We have high rates, narrowly applied, with hundreds of exemptions.” He believes a more sound system would have lower rates, more broadly applied with few exemptions. Which brings us to the third challenge: equity. Not only are we not bringing in enough money, but our antique tax structure is grossly unfair. Washington has the most regressive tax system in the country, according to Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan think tank that works on state and federal tax policy issues. Sales taxes hit lower income households the hardest, with the poorest 20 percent of the population having 16.8 percent of their income sucked out by state and local taxes, versus the top 1 percent paying a mere 2 percent. Even conservatives agree. “Our tax system is regressive,” says Paul Guppy. “So the deal is, the higher your income, the better the deal.” But Guppy doesn’t believe there is a shortage of tax revenues, citing a recent growth in sales tax revenue from an expanding economy. That idea is fueled by proponents of government growth, he says. But we’re still left with the question of how to rebuild the state’s capacity to pay for basic services, and though many in the Legislature feel that they’ve addressed the McCleary education mandate with billions more in spending, the Supreme Court has yet to agree. It’s no wonder that some louder voices are talking about a state income tax, long considered the third rail of state politics. Opponents point out that the state constitution only allows income to be taxed uniformly — no graduations, no exemptions. Seattle has recently challenged this notion, with the City Council unanimously passing a city income tax that will address incomes over $250,000. Observers believe the bill is certain to tee up a court challenge. Meanwhile, taxpayers seem to be losing their patience with the current policy, which is not only broken on the state level, but promotes a system of government à la carte — hundreds of independent taxing districts piling on local sales or property taxes without accountability or transparency. King County’s Proposition 1, a tiny sales tax increase for arts access, was defeated in August, a sure sign that the local governments adding on to the state tax has reached its limit. Now, many Washington residents seem to be focusing on rising rates, on fairness and equity, and another basic question: What do we gain by luring business with promises of tax breaks and zero income tax, even while a regressive tax code prevents us from necessary investments in K–12 schools, taking care of our most vulnerable, higher education and the environment? This story originally appeared on KCTS 9 IN Close.
|On Bainbridge Island, female photographers take the spotlightCrosscut / 2 d. 0 h. 25 min. ago more|
There are many exquisite images in Women in Photography, the current exhibition at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, but it’s not any single photograph or even one artist that makes this exhibit remarkable. This is a show that places the definition of “curating” under a magnifying glass and examines every fractal edge. It blends boundaries, highlights diversities and celebrates a coherence that is both figurative and real. The co-curators ― Linda Wolf, an internationally known Bainbridge Island photographer; Greg Robinson, chief curator at the museum; and Amy Sawyer, the museum’s curatorial associate — have fused the show into the museum space in a way that captures a visitor’s eye before they even step into the building. Meghann Riepenhoff’s enormous one-of-a-kind scrolls hang behind the windows that help define the museum’s façade, challenging passers-by to wonder what else they might find within these walls. Once inside, anyone expecting to see textbook examples of photographs may be puzzled by Riepenhoff’s art, which uses one of photography’s earliest processes, the cyanotype, to create one-of-a-kind images that look more like paintings than photographs. She creates her images by coating paper with basic photographic chemicals, then laying the paper on seashores to let waves wash over it. This process initiates a chemical reaction that she has chosen to let go unabated. Meghann Riepenhoff – Littoral Drift Continuum #13 (1) Inside the main gallery, the exhibit bursts into full view: nearly 100 physical prints of all shapes and sizes, three Instagram feeds, and two video pieces. It may sound overwhelming, but there is a solidarity to the whole that invites one to linger and revel. The ten women in the show are all from the Puget Sound area, and each has found a way to claim a personal vision for what it means to live here. C. Davida Ingram’s performance video Procession presents white-clothed African-American women making their way through Seattle’s King Street Station, starting and ending with one or more figures looking at the world from the building’s uppermost reaches. There is no narrative to the video, but the message seems to be “We’ve walked in a world where whiteness surrounds us, but we move gracefully through it on our way to the top.” On the opposite side of the entryway are Megumi Shauna Arai’s eye-catching photos/ink painting series. Partially created in the gallery by inviting visitors to use large sumi ink brushes to paint over her photographs, the works assault our normal concepts of photography, with ink purposefully splashed and dripped on the walls. The black squares are in stark contrast to Ingram’s identity video, but both pieces seem to be investigating the same concept: what makes us who we are? Mary Randlett is known for her quintessential black-and-white landscapes of the Northwest, but here she presents a more painterly side with prints that resemble ink wash paintings. They’re a perfect contrast to Arai’s bold ink washes, but both have a common ancestry rooted in ancient artistry. Janet Neuhauser provides yet another reminder of photography’s history with softly focused pinhole landscapes that are at once Northwest-specific and every place. There’s something about the long exposures she used that produce a timeless quality―blurred waters, indefinite edges, vistas emptied of people or other signs of civilization. Part of the new generation of photographers, Ashley Armitage has 52,700 followers on her Instagram account. Many of her photos are of her friends, who become knowing partners in her art by allowing their lives and their bodies to be shown without the filters of commercial society. Her work honestly portrays the female form without conforming to common beauty standards that hide body hair, rolls of flesh, stretch marks, and other features found on millions of women and girls. Marilyn Montufar’s portraits are often extensions of her life―lovers, friends, fellow travelers―but also of life writ large. Her work explores human nature and the lives of communities that were once on the edges of society. Her photos depict seemingly ordinary people with an authenticity that renders them in a distinctly personal way. Marilyn Montufar, Tony in Bed, color print, 2011. Some of the most arresting images in the show are Heather Boose Weiss’ large, square prints in which mystical lights of unknown sources captivate otherwise darkened lands and skies. It’s hard to tell if she just happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness these lighting events or if she was able to create some of them by design. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Weiss has imbued her images with what Minor White called equivalence―something that acts as a metaphor beyond what is being shown. Featured throughout the exhibit are photos of two matriarchs of Puget Sound photography, Marsha Burns and Linda Wolf. Burns is a long-time master of stylized portraits and portrait-like images, and in spite of her longevity, she’s sadly under-recognized except by those who follow art photography. Burns is represented by either very large portraits or small scenes that expose their subjects but leave it up to the viewer to find the meaning. In both, there is an intimacy of the relationship between the viewer and the photographer that accentuates her ability to transform people into corporal emblems of individuality. Co-curator Wolf has rightfully included her own works in the exhibit and we’re the better for it. Best known for her photos of musicians, she’s chosen to show here the remarkable breadth and depth of her work. At different times she’s been a street photographer, a portrait artist, a creative director and an activist. There a consistency throughout all of her work, though: an intelligence in her vision that obliges us to first appreciate the good in the world around us. In 1981, Wolf was one of the founders of Women in Photography International, the first organization to intentionally promote the careers of women in photography. She told me, “Back then we had to fight for every scrap of recognition we could get, and in some ways, things haven’t changed that much.” This show is both an elegant expression of the long history of women photographers in the Northwest and a glimpse of new artists creating directives that reflect 21st-Century visions. That the curators could blend those two forces so well into a single space makes this a show not to miss. Women In Photography continues at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art through October 1.
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|WWE Insiders Pick No Mercy 2017CBS Seattle / 2 d. 10 h. 53 min. ago more|
By Chuck Carroll John Cena vs. Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman. Just as WWE is hyping, No Mercy is serving up two WrestleMania-worthy matches Sunday night. The double-billing is unusual for this time of year, as historically the pay-per-views between SummerSlam and Survivor Series (sometimes all the way to Royal Rumble) have seemingly just been cobbled together for the sake of having a show. During this stretch, WWE is usually playing long ball and setting up for the Royal Rumble and ultimately WrestleMania. This year, however, although WWE may be playing long ball again, they’re also focusing on their short game with mega-matches. Is it that they’re refusing to cower to the almighty NFL for viewers this season? Perhaps, but it also provides incentives for viewers to order the WWE Network and bolster subscriber levels while ensuring current subscribers get their $9.99 worth. No Mercy will also feature the in-ring return of Bayley who has been sidelined since late July with a separated shoulder. She reappeared this past Monday on RAW in her hometown of San Jose, California to be put on the card. The former RAW Women’s Champion will have a chance to ascend back to the top of the division in a fatal 5-way match for the title. >>LISTEN: The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond weekdays 7-9 a.m. We’ll also see a SummerSlam rematch between Finn Bálor and Bray Wyatt, as well as Enzo Amore going after the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. For the first time in forever, I was the pick leader on the last show. At SummerSlam, I accurately prognosticated eight of 12 matches while Scott Fishman and Aaron Oster each got seven correct. All of this pales in comparison to a guy who turned a $3.36 wager into a $45,600 windfall with a flawless bet sheet. The Wrestling Observer is now reporting several online betting sites are now contemplating removing pro wrestling altogether. Based on percentages, Aaron maintains his overall lead for the year with Scott in second place and me trailing behind. Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports Pick Record: 49-42 Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine Pick record: 55-36 Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast Pick Record: 55-27 (Note: Did not pick Royal Rumble) Braun Strowman (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images) Universal Championship Match Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman Chuck: I must say that I’m torn here. I really expect that Brock Lesnar will be the Universal Champion at SummerSlam. However, that doesn’t preclude WWE from doing a title change or two beforehand. My concern is that WWE has a history of building up these monsters and then abruptly killing their momentum (see: Ryback). My suspicion is that Lesnar keeps the gold for now, while Strowman continues destroying everything in site on Monday nights. Pick: Brock Lesnar Scott: I think there is room for another chapter with Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. I believe the “Monster Among Men” will be getting a run with the gold. I just don’t think it will be on this night. With John Cena and Roman Reigns on the same card, I can see WWE going with an inconclusive finish of some sort. Expecting lots of carnage in this one. Perhaps, a stepping stone to a TLC match at the pay-per-view of the same name. Pick: Brock Lesnar Aaron: This is a classic head vs. heart debate. In my heart, I believe Braun Strowman should be champion. They have caught lightning in a bottle to the point where Braun Strowman is the single most captivating person in wrestling right now. There is no reason for him not to be champion. However, my head says that Brock Lesnar is Brock Lesnar, no matter how hot anyone else is, and he’s not losing until WrestleMania. I’m almost hoping at this point that Lesnar gets himself DQ’d if Strowman isn’t going to win the title. Strowman taking a pin wouldn’t destroy him, but it would be wrong. So here’s hoping that my head is wrong. Pick: Brock Lesnar >>MORE: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar >>MORE: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Giant Braun Strowman John Cena (Photo Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for WWE) John Cena vs. Roman Reigns Chuck: WWE has allowed backstage politics to spill over into the ring, and it’s been fun to have real-life intertwined with wrestling fiction. To the point, like him or hate him, Roman Reigns is the future of WWE. The big knock on him has been his sub-par mic skills, but he’s taken great strides since verbally sparring with John Cena. Cena is again headed off to do other projects, but I don’t think that necessarily means he’ll lose here. Having him continue to “bury talent” extends this feud to another day… even if it’s not anytime soon. FYI, Cena is not advertised for RAW the next night. Pick: John Cena Scott: This is another match I assume would happen again down the line. If Roman Reigns loses here, it adds more intrigue and reason for there be another match. He would want to prove that he can get that elusive victory over the franchise player. Reigns wants the torch to be passed, but Cena isn’t ready to relinquish it. Maybe we get an Undertaker sighting as a follow-up from WrestleMania? Pick: John Cena Aaron: This match could easily go either way, simply because losses don’t matter to either of them. For Cena? He pretends they don’t happen and then cuts a promo about how you’re not a man until you lose to him. For Reigns? He’ll just win in the future, and maybe could even have a redemption angle out of it. While the redemption angle is a strong possibility, Cena’s schedule is what tips this towards Roman Reigns in my mind. We don’t know if he’ll be here through the fall, and, if not, what’s the point in him winning? Thus, I’ll give this one to Reigns. Pick: Roman Reigns >>MORE: 16 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Superstar John Cena Bayley and Alexa Bliss (L-R) (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) RAW Women’s Championship Fatal 5-Way Match Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma Chuck: I’m half wondering whether we don’t see the first sighting of Asuka here. It wouldn’t surprise me one way or the other. When she does arrive, there is a strong likelihood she’ll immediately be thrust into the title picture. After all, the championship is what cemented her legacy in NXT. It would make sense that she goes against the best woman on the roster, and right now that’s the current champ. Pick: Alexa Bliss Scott: I really don’t want to see another women’s title change, so I’m picking Alexa Bliss. All the same WWE could easily go in the Bayley direction with a frustrated Sasha Banks angry they would input her in the match at the last minute. However, with Nia Jax getting the singles win on RAW, it could make the argument that she would get a one-on-one match at the next PPV. Pick: Alexa Bliss Aaron: Rushing Bayley back adds an interesting wrinkle to this match. They have to have something big planned for her on Sunday, right? Otherwise, what’s the point of putting her in the match? It doesn’t have to be a win, but there needs to be a big moment. However, I don’t think it’s a win. To me, the question becomes if it’s time for Nia or not. With Asuka looming, the Nia-Asuka title match seems like the logical destination. But does Nia need to win here for that to happen? I don’t think so. Alexa wins through some chicanery, with Nia winning sometime later in the fall. Pick: Alexa Bliss Sheamus and Cesaro (L-R) (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) RAW Tag Team Championship Match Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (c) vs Cesaro & Sheamus Chuck: I don’t see any splintering coming yet between the two members of The SHIELD. So, my money is on them retaining the titles. Interference from Gallows and Anderson is a strong possibility. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose Scott: I think there is still juice in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as a tag team. And I don’t like to see a championship play hot potato, so I’ll go with the champs. With the Hardy Boyz and Gallows and Anderson in the wings, a big TLC match would be fun at that event. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose Aaron: This is another tricky one because to me, the finish doesn’t matter. I fully expect the tag titles to be on the line next month between these two teams, the Good Brothers and the Hardyz in a TLC match. Thus it really doesn’t matter who the belts are on. However, I don’t think they put the titles on Ambrose and Rollins just to have them drop it a month later, so I’ll say they retain here. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt Chuck: Demon or not, you have to like Finn Bálor in this match. Do you really need to extend the feud to a third pay-per-view? As much as I’ve enjoyed their battles, a rubber match doesn’t seem necessary here. Thus, the Bálor Club will go home happy. Pick: Finn Bálor Scott: I can see Bray Wyatt getting his victory back and maybe doing it with some sort of shenanigans. It’s a long shot, but I think it would be interesting if it were Goldust. Someone who has seen the Wyatt light. WWE also likes PPV-match trilogies. So a win for Wyatt gives reason for another match. Pick: Bray Wyatt Aaron: The big feud leads to…. a standard singles match? Didn’t we see this match on RAW before SummerSlam? I don’t really get it. I actually think a loss here would be rather damaging to Finn Bálor. Yes, “The Demon” has always been portrayed as more powerful. But a loss would make it seem like Finn Bálor without the paint is weak, and raise the question why he doesn’t just always wear the paint. So he should win this, fully establishing that he doesn’t need the paint to win. Pick: Finn Bálor WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore Chuck: Enzo is perilously close to jumping the shark. As was the concern when he was thrust into the singles picture, his gimmick is growing tiresome without Big Cass. However, WWE’s goal is to elevate viewership of the slumping cruiserweight division and 205 Live. For the time, Enzo remains popular enough to accomplish that if given the gold. Pick: Enzo Amore Scott: It’s really a flip of the coin when it comes to the Cruiserweight Championship. I, for one, wanted Tozawa to keep the title if they were going to dethrone Neville and give it a go with the Titus Worldwide member, but instead it was a short reign. Pick: Neville Aaron: I have no idea what they’re doing with Enzo. Presumably he’s on 205 Live to give it a boost since he sells shirts and people care about him. Yet, since moving to 205 Live, they’ve slowly been stripping away everything that makes him likable. He cheats, to the point that faces are calling him out on TV. He’s been put in positions where guys just run him down constantly. And when he does cut promos, they’ve been getting annoying enough that he’s starting to lose crowd response. Quite frankly, the most logical finish with this new character is for Enzo to get intentionally DQ’d as he low blows Neville in front of the ref. Neville wins this. Pick: Neville Intercontinental Championship Match The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan Chuck: The storyline with Jason Jordan being the illegitimate son of Kurt Angle isn’t panning out quite as well as WWE had hoped. But that hasn’t slowed Jordan’s push, and he’s surpassed every in-ring expectation. Despite losing, he had phenomenal showings in successive weeks in matches with John Cena and Roman Reigns. Nonetheless, the Miztourage gets involved here and costs the General Manager’s son a win. Oh, it’s true. It’s damn true. Pick: The Miz Scott: After weeks of putting up a fight and coming up short, the tide started to turn on RAW. If WWE is really going forward with the Jordan push, this is a prime opportunity to do that. The Miz has elevated the Intercontinental Championship so well that a victory over him would mean something. Pick: Jason Jordan Aaron: Standard wrestling logic would say that Jason Jordan shouldn’t win here, that he should get screwed over and get his rematch at TLC. However, nothing about Jason Jordan has been standard. They’ve just put him into situations without doing the work to back it up, so there’s a part of me that wonders if they’ll skip a few steps here as well. I’ll trust that they wouldn’t rush him into this though, as him winning the IC title would get a pretty bad reaction on Sunday night. Pick: The Miz Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.
|Kent School District is running out of toilet paperMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 11 h. 50 min. ago more|
Can you spare a square for Kent? The Kent Education Association, the school district’s teacher’s union, is calling out for help — its schools are running out of toilet paper. A flier handed out in the Kent School District. (KIRO 7) Not just toilet paper, most any paper product: construction paper, facial tissue, copy paper, paper towels. RELATED: Budget passes in Olympia at last minute, includes education funding According to a flier distributed at all Kent schools, teachers are accepting donations of the paper supplies — toilet paper is listed first. The flier also prominently displays a roll of toilet paper with the words “the end is near” written on the last few squares. The flier states: Due to the Kent School District budget crisis, some schools have been unable to purchase paper goods! Educators are working to take some of the pressure off of the school’s budget by collecting necessary PAPER supplies. Paper donations are being accepted at all schools in the district between October 9-12. The school district confirmed with KIRO 7 that it began the school year with a $7 million dollar hole in its budget. Superintendent Calvin J. Watts told KIRO 7 that the shortfall is the result of not correctly calculating student enrollment. He said it is not the result of misusing district funds.
|Culture News: Seattle's 'Nazi Ceramicist' Is Back,...Seattle News / 2 d. 12 h. 42 min. ago more|
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|SPD hate crime unit reviewing transgender attack in Capitol Hill restaurantSeattle News / 2 d. 14 h. 53 min. ago more|
Police say a transgender woman was beaten and bloodied inside a Capitol Hill restaurant over the weekend in a late night attack being reviewed by the city's hate crime officials. According to the Seattle Police report on the early Sunday incident, officers found the victim with blood on her face and chest, and a cut above her eye after the attack inside the popular late night hangout Rancho Bravo.
|Lynette Finau recognized with Excellence in Education AwardThe International Examiner / 2 d. 15 h. 38 min. ago more|
Lynette Finau is both an English teacher and a commissioner on CAPAA. • Courtesy Photo This year at the Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Lynette Finau with the Excellence in Education Award. Lynette Suliana Sikahema Finau was raised in Mesa, Arizona after her family’s immigration from the Island Kingdom of Tonga as a young child. She started college at Brigham Young University but graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture, Literature, and the Arts from UW. She has a dual Master’s Degree in Education and in Education Leadership and Change. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change Program. With teaching endorsements in English Composition, Literature, and History, Finau is one of very few certificated Pacific Islander teachers in WA State. She’s taught in the Marysville and Tukwila school districts and is currently an English teacher at Spanaway Lake High School in the Bethel School District. Recognizing the expansion of globalism and ethnic diversity of students in the classroom, and the persistent discrepancies in the racial and ethnic composition of the student body and the teaching force, Finau is conducting Grounded Theory research on Reflective Leadership; the mirroring effectiveness (role model) of teachers reflecting the culture of the students and the power dynamics of student identity and academics as her dissertation. It is designed with the intention to help increase the number of teachers of color as an essential component toward closing the achievement gap. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in 2013, Finau is currently serving a second term as a Board Commissioner for Washington State’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) to assist in creating a culture where full participation and social equality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are achievable. The International Examiner sat down with Finau to discuss diversity in education. International Examiner: What do you think is the most important issue for Pacific Islanders today? Lynette Finau: The most important issue, to me, is the education of Pacific Islander students in a constant evolving process of living in a multicultural, multiethnic society, yet still limited with skills and tools needed to be successful in school. IE: Why did you decide to become a teacher? Why are you drawn to working in education? Finau: I chose teaching as a profession because it is the only career that would keep me close to my children and be well-informed on resources available to help them. Little did I know that what started as a target toward helping my own children extended to all Pacific Islander students. I’m drawn to education, especially middle school and high school, because somewhere along this difficult stage will and should be the turning point for them to recognize what is in store for them in the future, their place in it, and what skill sets they need to excel. Leadership is extremely important to them at this stage. IE: Tell us a little bit about your thesis. How does the lack of diversity in the teaching force affect teachers and students of color? How will increasing teachers of color help close the opportunity gap? Finau: Since entering the teaching profession, I have been astounded by the lack of teachers of color represented in the education system, given how global classrooms are today. Students of color are the demographic majority in the United States. In contrast, minority teachers make up less than 20% of the teaching force. The number of teachers of color, nationwide, is in no way in parity with the number of students of color. Add to this mismatch are the disparities in achievement gap between race and ethnicity. This lack of Reflective Leadership (as I call it) for students of color, stirs my interest to examine major existing statistics, explore arguments, and critique analyses on the state of diversity in the teaching force. I am examining and analyzing the literature on research and scholarly work on students and teachers’ perceptions on identity and using Grounded Theory methodology on my experiences as a PI teacher and the effect it has on PI students. There is limited research and scholarly work to indicate that lack of Reflective Leadership in the classroom contributes to the achievement gap for students of color, and in particular Pacific Islander students. My goal is to add my own scholarship and research to this under researched area of inquiry as a tool towards narrowing the achievement gap. PI teachers are a rarity in the education system, yet PI student enrollment has increased nationwide in the past 30 years and unfortunately, a high percentage of the PI student population exists within the achievement gap. With this continued underservicing and underrepresentation in the teaching force, how can we ensure that students of color succeed in the classroom? Increasing the number of teachers of color as mirrors or role models is one of many factors that can contribute to narrowing the achievement gap and the vision gap. This is the gap that can arise in how students of color view themselves as future professionals. After all, it is difficult for students to be what they cannot see. Students need mirrors. They need to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and see teachers who reflect back to them their language, their culture, their ethnicity, their religion, and their experiences. In the teaching profession, there are not enough mirrors for students of color, especially when there is a clear relationship between teacher quality, diversity and student success. IE: What would you say to young people of color who think they might be interested in teaching or working in education? Finau: The old adage of being the change you want to see never diminishes. I tell my students everyday that what they see and experience in school that they believe needs to change in order for them to excel will not happen if they just talk and complain about it. Don’t be intimidated by the process. In essence, once students of color are charged by the confidence and recognition that there are power dynamics in their identity and academics—that will be the driving force for them to go into education and be that leader and change they want to see. For more community stories, click here
|Joan Yoshitomi honored with lifetime achievement awardThe International Examiner / 2 d. 15 h. 44 min. ago more|
Joan Yoshitomi. • Courtesy Photo The International Examiner continues to recognize the outstanding achievements of Asian Pacific American leaders through the Community Voice Awards. This year, Joan Yoshitomi will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the public sector and her dedication to advocating for civic engagement and representation. Joan Yoshitomi retired in 2006 after working in the public sector for more than 24 years. She has served in the education field for the Renton and Seattle School districts, and the Washington State Department of Education. Before retiring, Yoshitomi was Director of Operations of policy and fiscal analysts for education reform and legislative liaison for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). During this time, she managed $13 million in After School Program Federal Grants, as well as a $650,000 WA State grant to fund comprehensive cultural competence and anti-bias education programs for educators and students. Yoshitomi has been a passionate advocate for civic engagement and representation throughout her career, helping numerous candidates prepare to run for office. She was first involved with electing former State Senator Jim McDermott because of his progressive stance on education and health care issues. Yoshitomi later served as Chief of Staff for former King County Executive Gary Locke. Currently, Yoshitomi is active in the community as the Co-Chair of the National Board of The Center for Asian and Pacific American Women. The International Examiner caught up with Yoshitomi to talk about her current work and longtime involvement in education and politics. International Examiner: Could you please tell us about what you have you been up to lately? Joan Yoshitomi: Since I’ve retired I have mainly done volunteer work and spent time with my family. I serve on two boards: Chinese Information and Service Center and am Co-Chair of the national organization The Center for APIA Women. I have most recently been advisor for several local political campaigns and organize “meet and greets” for Asian Pacific Islanders (API) new to the greater Seattle area. IE: You were heavily involved in education—what drew you to the field? What did you find most rewarding about working in education? Yoshitomi: I found that I could be passionate about the issues relating to educating children. Whether it was lobbying in Olympia for bilingual education, training teachers, principals, or working with school districts around the issues of changing demographics. The most rewarding was working with teachers who are committed to understanding the dynamics operating in children’s lives. These teachers are concerned about teaching, but also what the barriers are to learning for each child. They were a pleasure to work with because they looked at the whole child and are always open to learning new strategies. IE: Even though you’re retired, you’re still very involved with political campaigns: What motivates you to keep working on campaigns? Yoshitomi: I was mentored by a woman who taught me that if you want to make change you first need to be involved at the grassroots level. So I got involved in local campaigns. Today I am encouraged by all the young APIs who are considering running for office in this political environment. There are so many things to learn about campaigns from the rules to the new strategies of operation. I hope to learn and do whatever I can to help candidates have successful campaigns. IE: What advice would you give your younger self? Yoshitomi: Ask more questions. I always felt I had to know the answers, but with maturity I’ve learned it’s okay to ask questions and have others help you. For more community stories, click here
|Sameth Mell honored for excellence in social justiceThe International Examiner / 2 d. 15 h. 58 min. ago more|
Sameth Mell. • Courtesy Photo For the 2017 Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Sameth Mell for the Excellence in Social Justice award. Sameth Mell is a Cambodian American cultural strategist, activist, and a practitioner of social justice. Mell was born in a refugee camp on the borders between Cambodia and Thailand. His family escaped the Khmer Rouge regime and was sponsored to Seattle in the mid 1980s. Growing up in a single-parent household, impacted by war and struggling with PTSD and secondary trauma, he sought to reconcile his identity by marrying the passion he has for community and organizational development and arts with policy impact through his work. Mell currently works full-time at Mt. Baker Housing Association; advocates on legislative issues with Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color (CIRCC); and leads RAJANA Society, an arts and civics project focusing on civic engagement and bridging cultural divides with the Cambodian Diaspora. He serves on the board for Seattle Sihanoukville Sister City Association, is a Co-Chair of the Financial Education Partners Network of Seattle and King County, and is the youngest of 13 members appointed to serve on the newly-formed King County Immigrant and Refugee Taskforce. Mell is also a steering member of the HDC Recruiting Diversity Taskforce, working to increase diversity in the housing industry. The International Examiner sat down with Sameth Mell to discuss Southeast Asian communities, activism, and advocacy. International Examiner: What is the most important issue right now for Southeast Asian communities? Sameth Mell: Immigration is very important. We are facing a divided nation and the anti-immigrant & refugee rhetoric that is being discoursed is very damaging to our hyper marginal communities of color, especially to the Southeast Asian communities. It hurts the Southeast Asian communities when we are hearing of how the current administration is holding 800K DACA Dreamers politically hostage. The impact of how fear redesigns itself into our communities is a challenge for us to address. The policies that are affecting the Cambodian American communities are continuing to become more prominent. Most recently, the Cambodian government has decided to no longer accept any more Cambodian deportees, and in response to this statement, the Federal government is imposing visa sanctions on Cambodia. Not accepting deportees is a step in making sure we do not tear families apart. This change required years of organizing and advocacy work from Southeast Asian Freedom Network, 1LoveMovement (nationally & in Cambodia) and Southeast Asian Resource & Action Center, in order to get Cambodia to finally stall the process. Cambodia’s PM just issued a statement for the U.S. to pull the Peace Corps out of Cambodia, and now there are people who are searching for “American spies” in Cambodia. Cambodia also just shut down more than 16 media platforms, two of which are Voice of America Cambodia and the Radio Free Asia. The ramifications of the United States policies are felt worldwide. What comes out of the White House has the ability to impact various regions around the world. We can no longer say that Southeast Asian communities are somehow not impacted geo-politically as much as it is locally by the rhetoric that is perpetuated. We have to understand that Southeast Asian communities have all been impacted by war and U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. That’s why we comprise of the largest refugee resettlement in the history of the U.S. from the 1970–80s. It’s important to acknowledge that as we think of the patterns of migration and poverty, we also need to recognize the role U.S. policies have in perpetuating these cycles. Clearly, the current administration is not making it easier for communities to progress, thrive, and propel positive inroads for immigrant success. We feel this sentiment in Seattle and King County as we have been hearing more bias related crimes reported and more folks are feeling unsafe in their interactions with the police, and predominantly in white occupied spaces. IE: How did you get involved in activism and advocacy? Mell: I was sort of thrust into this space as I have always been enormously pulled into issues that I felt were unjust and unfair, and naturally the organizing came along with the action. In high school I participated in the Asian Pacific Islanders Rising Above Program (APIRA) from ACRS. I volunteered as a mentor to the middle school students at Denny Middle School. APIRA peer leaders discussed identity politics, our history, strengths and leadership building activities. This program planted a seed in which I continued to interrogate and delve deeper into what it means to be a refugee-born Cambodian American queer man living in a hegemonic society that is predominantly facilitated by white culture. It was challenging to learn to create authentic engagement between my community and who I was with the limited direction we had. Cambodian communities were still picking ourselves up from a decade of war and genocide. And throughout college I felt the community imperative to connect deeper with my roots by being more involved in arts and social justice. We’ve done work in bringing together awareness of the Khmer Rouge Genocide and went beyond that to display the talented artists and members of our community who are doing great work around social justice, trauma and healing. While organizing with CIRCC, I became more interested in advocating for education policy, funding and housing. CIRCC has been a crucial growing point for me where I can be solution-oriented and have the creative control on how my ideas can evolve. Now, I am very interested to see how we can support the linking up of ideas, people, and priorities to create leverage and increase decision making opportunities by providing participatory design programs and projects. Policy is an important modality to help us design tools for more community focused solutions. IE: What issues are important to you and what motivates you to keep working on those issues? Mell: Housing & Environment is very important. I work at Mt. Baker Housing Association, where we work to develop affordable housing. There is a huge shortage of housing stock in our region and its becoming apparent that communities of color are being pushed outside of Seattle. Seattle’s boom, if not carefully crafted, can mean that many of our communities will no longer be able to afford to stay in Seattle. Most currently, we are working on a first of its kind project in utilizing MTCA funds to clean up contaminated property sites so that housing can be built. Many developers may not want to touch contaminated properties because they will have to source the clean-up funds. Mt. Baker sees this challenge as an opportunity to build more affordable housing to help ease some of the pressure of housing needs in our region. … IE: What advice do you have for young people who want to become activists and advocates? Mell: The best way to learn is to delve into what ignites your passion. If there is an area of interest that continues to bother you and you want to make a difference, then find out about who is doing what, where, and how. Link up with coalitions, the broader community, and meet folks who are doing things that you are interested in. Volunteer to be part of a work group, coalition work, or just doing more organizing with your peers. I believe that naturally, you will find what feels right, at the right time. This is a lifestyle. … It’s not just work, it’s something that you’ll have to refine and craft as you go along. But there will always be people and situations along the way who somehow manage to inspire you to do and to give more. For more community stories, click here
|Rita Meher recognized with Excellence in Arts AwardThe International Examiner / 2 d. 16 h. 5 min. ago more|
Rita Meher. • Courtesy Photo The International Examiner continues to recognize the outstanding achievements of Asian Pacific American leaders through the Community Voice Awards. Rita Meher will be honored with the Excellence in Arts Award for her work in filmmaking and leading the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival. As a filmmaker for more than 15 years and one of the founders of Tasveer, Rita Meher works to strengthen communities and dispel negative perceptions of South Asians by curating thought-provoking events in a post-9/11 world. Through Tasveer, she brings greater understanding on commonly misunderstood issues in South Asian countries, creates a strong platform for marginalized voices, and sparks dialogue on taboo issues among local South Asian communities. Tasveer’s mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling. Before diving full-time into Tasveer in 2012, she worked as a freelance video producer and editor in various local TV stations. Meher edited the award-winning Bangladeshi documentary Threads and made her first short film, Citizenship 101, based on her own immigrant experience. She was named Seattle Globalist of the Year in 2015, and a Rising Star by Northwest Asian Weekly. Meher was born and raised in India, and lived in Japan for four years. She is fluent in Hindi, Odiya, and Japanese. The International Examiner sat down with Meher to discuss her involvement in filmmaking and the South Asian community. International Examiner: The South Asian community is so diverse, how do you keep up with what’s going on in these communities? Rita Meher: Yes, it is very diverse and we work hard to find information and what’s going on in the community. So one way we do that, for example, in our festival is to focus on a different South Asian country every year. For example, this year we’re focusing on Nepal and working with Nepali organizations. There are about seven Nepali organizations we’re aware of and we go out and meet with them and find out their interests and ask them to get involved. Another way we keep up is we regularly do outreach to different organizations in different communities. IE: You have plenty of experience in filmmaking now but what originally drew you to the arts and filmmaking specifically? Meher: My background is in literature and I worked as a Japanese translator and interpreter in Japan. When I came here in 1998, I couldn’t find any Japanese-related work and it created a career crisis for me. I started to explore other options and I thought about going into computers or website building or something else or go back to school, meanwhile I was working at United Airlines and traveling and doing translations for customer service. But in 2001 when 9/11 happened, there was something personal that happened I really wanted to dig into with that incident, and my good friend said “why don’t you make a film” about my experience with that incident. I thought that was a brilliant idea and picked up my camera and put together a crew and put together a film on my incident. It wasn’t a grand incident, it was very small and monumental—I was yelled at on the street to go back to my country and that moment shook me and made me question my sense of belonging—should I go back or stay here? I made a film and that process set me on the path to get me more involved in film; editing became my career. I went back to Bellevue College to learn editing and filmmaking professionally. Filmmaking and doing something creative was always in the back of my head. IE: Tasveer’s website mentions that you founded Tasveer because of negative depictions of South Asians in the media. How do you think those depictions were affecting South Asian communities and how did you hope Tasveer would challenge them? Meher: What we set out to do was create awareness of our identity and who we are as an immigrant population and South Asian community. We started making films on all subject matters so we can create engagement on that subject matter. We brought a film on Muslim women’s perspectives. We made a film from a Muslim woman’s perspective: what a Muslim woman is going through living here; wearing the veil or not. We want to create engagement around that and try to chip at the ignorance and things like getting yelled at. We just want to create an awareness of our culture and our identity and Islamophobia and show films on Islamic culture and films on what the Sikh community was going through because nothing like that was available until we started doing it. There were no such screenings held anywhere and we can’t wait around for someone else. We create the space and people come, people ask questions and have a dialogue around perceptions of South Asians and South Asian identity. IE: You founded Tasveer in 2002—what has changed since then in regards to filmmaking and the sociopolitical climate? Meher: If you consider filmmaking and production value, it has gone from 0 to 10—now really good quality films are being produced. It’s also easier to get films from overseas and even having access to filmmakers and their contact information has been so much easier and through social media. That’s been great for us. Sociopolitical climate—we do feel we have made some kind of impact in the community and bringing awareness to matters that aren’t seen through other films besides Bollywood. We advocate for the South Asian LGTBTQ community. No films were shown and there was no platform for the LGBTQ community to showcase their films and it wasn’t showing up anywhere. We kicked off our organization during Pride Month and curated LGBTQ shorts—it was a challenge for our own community to be accepting and come to see these films and have a dialogue. In 2008, when our festival was dedicated to LGBTQ subject matter, people got upset and community volunteers dropped out from our organizing team and only a few members would come to showings. From 2008 to now, the community is so accepting. Just next week we’re doing a program on LGBTQ subject matter and it’s so much more acceptable and I think we have a hand in that and making it a more open subject matter and not taboo. I think subjects related to domestic violence and women we started showing and bringing and sharing stories and people would say, “I didn’t tell my husband I’m coming to this film,” or, “I’m not telling my family I came,” secretly back in 2005, 2006, and 2007; now it’s a big thing—we’ll have a dialogue and it’ll be sold out in a few days. We have seen good changes; however, with the new administration and new government it feels like 9/11 all over again. There are so many cases of hate crimes and just talking about the South Asian community, they’re being targeted because of the way we look and racial profiling and there was the Kansas City shooting so there’s still a lot of work to do. IE: What advice would you give to young people who want to create social change and use the arts to do so? Meher: What we would like to say to young people is to be bold and not be scared to voice their opinions. That’s what the new generation is all about and they’re doing that but to keep doing that and come out and participate and see a film that’s different that you don’t see on Netflix and to create your films, too. I like it how more young people are picking up cameras and creating their own work. IE: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Meher: One thought: even though we say we’re focusing on South Asian community here, it’s a welcoming space and it’s all of our stories and things we talk about transcend to other communities so we look forward to others to come in and use this space to engage with the community. For more community stories, click here
|Fantasy Football Week 3 Starts And SitsCBS Seattle / 2 d. 17 h. ago more|
By Matt Citak The 2017 NFL season has been rather unpredictable thus far. From a slew of injuries to significant fantasy football players, to rookie running backs bursting onto the scene, to average veteran quarterbacks suddenly looking like studs, it feels like we have seen it all in the first two weeks of the season. And yet, we still have 15 weeks to go. Strap in folks, it’s going to be an interesting season. Here are Week 3’s Fantasy Football Starts and Sits. Starts QB: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers The season has not started the way Newton would have liked. While leading Carolina to a 2-0 record against the 49ers and Bills, the quarterback has amassed only 399 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception through two games. It is clear the shoulder he had surgery on during the offseason is still not 100%, but each week Newton looks a little more comfortable on the field. This week, Newton has the pleasure of facing New Orleans and their Swiss cheese secondary. The Saints have given up 25.5 and 30.8 fantasy points to Sam Bradford and Tom Brady, respectively, and have surrendered league highs in completion percentage, passing yards, and touchdowns on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Newton has done well when targeting his receivers downfield, and with Greg Olsen out for a while, he will need to rely on his receivers a lot more. The Saints couldn’t be a more perfect matchup to get Newton back on track. QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions Stafford did not put up a monster game against the Giants on Monday, but a big reason for that was the game script. The 29-year-old attempted just four passes in the second half due to Detroit having the lead and New York’s stifling pass defense. Still, Stafford threw for two touchdowns on a 71.4 completion percentage, and has a very appetizing matchup this week. The Lions will welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Detroit on Sunday in what should be a very high-scoring affair, and I fully expect Stafford and Matt Ryan to put on a show. Stafford’s six touchdowns is currently tied with Trevor Siemian for the league lead, and the Lions QB is likely to add a few more to his total against a weak Atlanta secondary. QB: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins Let me preface this by saying I would only start Cutler if you’re looking for a streaming option at quarterback this week. That said, Cutler has a fantastic matchup as he faces his new divisional rival, the New York Jets. The Jets allowed over 19 fantasy points to both Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr in the first two weeks of the season, with the latter completing 82.1 percent of his passes for three touchdowns. At this point in his career, Cutler is certainly not as good as Carr. But even so, the 34-year-old threw for 230 yards with a 72.7 completion percentage against the Chargers and their surprisingly solid secondary last week. Cutler is still rather new to the Dolphins offense, and should continue to improve the more he gets accustomed to the system. The Jets have allowed the fifth-highest rate of touchdowns per drive this season, which means Cutler and the Dolphins offense should have a field day on Sunday. Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images RB: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns If you’re like me and drafted Crowell early in your fantasy football drafts this year, you have to be disappointed with his performance thus far this season. 27 carries for 70 yards is hardly what you want to see out of one of your starting running backs. However, it’s important to keep in mind that while those numbers are rather awful, Crowell was facing two of the league’s better run defenses in the Steelers and Ravens. But in Week 3, the Browns go on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts, and are actually favored for the first time since Week 14 of the 2015 season. If the Browns are able to control time of possession, Crowell should get a heavy workload on Sunday. While the start of his season has not been pretty, this week starts a three-week stretch where he gets to face the Colts, Bengals, and Jets. Look for Crowell to begin his season turnaround on Sunday. RB: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots Gillislee is currently leading the league with four rushing touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season. It is very clear that he has taken over for LeGarrette Blount in the Patriots offense, which is great news if you have Gillislee on your team. During his career in New England, Blount averaged over a touchdown and 14.5 fantasy points per game when the Patriots have won by a touchdown or more. New England enters Week 3 as two touchdown favorites over the Houston Texans, which should mean plenty of opportunities for Gillislee to score. The bruising running back is also leading the league in carries inside the 5-, 10, and 20-yard lines, just like Blount did last year. If the Pats build up a big lead as expected, they will likely turn to Gillislee to help close out the game in the second half. Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images RB: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions Riddick has done nothing on the ground to impress this season, carrying the ball 10 times for 19 yards. However he has made his presence felt in the passing game, as he has racked up nine receptions for 44 yards in big wins over the Cardinals and Giants. The Lions will face their toughest matchup thus far this season on Sunday with the Falcons coming to Detroit. But it’s Atlanta’s offense that should worry the Lions, not its defense. The Falcons defense led the league in receptions and receiving yards allowed to backs last season, and through two weeks, have surrendered 14 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns to Tarik Cohen and Ty Montgomery. Riddick is tied for second on the team with 10 targets. In a PPR league, the pass-catching back is a strong option in what should be a shootout on Sunday. WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers Similar to Newton, the start of the season has not gone as well as Benjamin would have hoped. After putting up a dud of a game in Week 1 with only one reception for 25 yards, the 6-foot-5 receiver bounced back with a solid effort against Buffalo in Week 2, catching six passes for 77 yards. A lot of Benjamin’s success rides on the health of his quarterback, and as noted above, Newton is slowly inching closer to being 100 percent recovered from shoulder surgery. Benjamin is a little banged up himself, as he is already dealing with a knee injury along with soreness in his ribs. A matchup against the Saints is just what the doctor ordered, for both Benjamin and Newton. New Orleans has already surrendered 13 or more fantasy points to three different receivers this season. Look for Benjamin to become the fourth, especially with Olsen out. WR: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins With the Dolphins making their 2017 debut in Week 2 due to Hurricane Irma, Parker was forced to open the season with a dreadful matchup against Casey Hayward and the LA Chargers. Even so, Parker was able to reel in four of nine targets for 85 yards against one of the league’s toughest shutdown corners. Cutler showed in his Dolphins debut that he is not afraid to throw the ball up to Parker down the field and let his big receiver jump up and get it (evidenced by Parker’s impressive leaping grab in which he leaped and reached over Hayward to make the catch). Parker received a ton of praise from the Dolphins coaching staff throughout the offseason, and got his season off to a good start in Week 2. This week he faces a Jets defense that just allowed Michael Crabtree to catch six of six targets for 80 yards and three touchdowns. Expect a big game from Parker. WR: Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns Higgins is a perfect example to show that anything can happen in the NFL. The 22-year-old receiver was cut by Cleveland right before the start of the season and found himself on the Browns practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster prior to last week’s game against the Ravens, and responded by catching seven receptions on 11 targets for 95 yards. With Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Higgins has gone from practice squad to the Browns’ number one receiver in just two weeks. In their first game together, DeShone Kizer showed an obvious level of trust with the young receiver, as his 11 targets was four more than anyone else on the team. Higgins gets the Colts in Week 3, who have allowed Cooper Kupp and JJ Nelson to each score at least 13 fantasy points in the past two games. Although you probably had not heard of him before Sunday, Higgins could be worth a start this week. Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images TE: Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers While Bennett’s eight receptions for 90 yards through the Packers’ first two games is far from stellar, the numbers show that the fantasy points should start coming. Bennett is third among the league’s tight ends with 17 targets, trailing only Jason Witten and Zach Ertz. Wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson were both hurt in last week’s loss against the Falcons. Even if both return to the field on Sunday, they will be limited at best. Rodgers will have to lean on his new tight end, along with Devante Adams, with his top two receiving options hobbled by injuries. Bennett is due for a breakout performance, and with the hapless Bengals coming to Lambeau Field on Sunday, this week could be the time. TE: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts I had Doyle in the “Sit” section last week, and boy was I wrong. With Jacoby Brissett under center instead of Scott Tolzien, Doyle caught eight of eight targets for 79 yards in the Colts’ Week 2 overtime loss against the Cardinals. The tight end served as Brissett’s safety valve, and should continue to do so until Andrew Luck can return to the field. This week the Colts take on a Browns team that has been abused by tight ends over the first two games of the season. Both Pittsburgh’s Jesse James (six catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns) and Baltimore’s Benjamin Watson (eight receptions for 91 yards) had strong performances against this Cleveland defense, and Doyle should follow suit. The Colts tight end could end up being the top fantasy performer in this game. Sits QB: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Wilson has not looked good thus far this season, and his Week 2 performance against the 49ers looks better than it actually was. Wilson finished the game with 198 passing yards on a 59.0 completion percentage, with one touchdown and 34 yards rushing. While the San Francisco defense is certainly improved from last year, it’s hard to imagine they are THAT good. This week the Seahawks face the Tennessee Titans, who were the NFL’s most blitz-heavy defense last season and led in pressures per game. Wilson put up his poor performance last week with the 49ers pressuring him 21 times, or 46.7 percent of his dropbacks, and that was without starting linebacker Reuben Foster. With Seattle’s offensive line struggling as much as it has been, along with the strong possibility that they will be without starting tight end Jimmy Graham, I’m staying away from Wilson this week. QB: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles This has less to do with Wentz and more to do with his matchup this week. As much as the Giants have been struggling this season, their defense is still one of the league’s best. New York held Dak Prescott and Stafford to 18 fantasy points or less in the first two contests, and only Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Ben Roethlisberger have scored more than 20 against the Giants’ defense since the start of the 2016 season. While the matchup will be less daunting if cornerback Janoris Jenkins is unable to take the field, Wentz will be in for a long day regardless. While the second-year quarterback looks like he could finish as a top 10 QB this season, I would not feel comfortable with him in my starting lineup this Sunday. Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images QB: Eli Manning, New York Giants With the way they have played in the first two weeks, it’s hard to trust anyone on the Giants right now (save for Odell Beckham Jr.). The offensive line has looked beyond atrocious, and unless New York pulls off a trade for an offensive tackle, it’s hard to imagine Manning being a viable fantasy option at any point this season. The Eagles defensive line has looked good to start the year, and should have no issues getting pressure on Manning early and often. After Detroit sacked him five times on Monday night, the Eagles defensive linemen are likely licking their chops at the thought of this matchup. Unless Ereck Flowers can suddenly learn how to block, Manning should be in for a rough day. RB: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans If you drafted Murray in the early rounds of your draft, I hope you picked up Derrick Henry later on. Henry has outplayed the veteran back through the first two games, gaining 5.9 yards per carry compared to Murray’s 3.3. Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury, which likely has played a large role in him earning Pro Football Focus’ third-worst grade among running backs so far this year. Even if he plays on Sunday, Murray will be going up against Seattle and their elite defense. The Seahawks ranked second in the league in yards per carry allowed last season, and did a great job at limiting Ty Montgomery (2.8 yards per carry on 19 rushing attempts) in Week 1. If you have another solid option at running back, I’d keep Murray on the bench until he can prove he is healthy and still effective. RB: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears I know I know, Howard and Murray were both drafted as top 10 running backs with the assumption that they would be able to start basically every week throughout the season. Benching a back like that is tough, but at the end of the day, is likely the smartest option. Howard has seen his workload decrease pretty significantly with the emergence of Tarik Cohen. Cohen has already proven to be a better option for the Bears on passing downs, but he’s also been more explosive than Howard running the ball in the first two games. Add in the fact that the Steelers have limited Isaiah Crowell and Dalvin Cook to 66 total yards or less in each contest this year, not to mention Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury, and you realize that this is a nightmare matchup for the talented second-year running back. Howard might be tough to sit, so if you do keep him in your lineup, don’t expect a big game. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images RB: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints The timeshare in the Saints backfield has been incredibly frustrating for anyone that drafted Ingram on their fantasy team. Through the first two games of the season, Ingram has actually looked good in his limited touches. The 27-year-old back has carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards (4.9 yards per carry) while adding nine receptions for 78 yards. However until New Orleans can admit that signing Adrian Peterson was a bad idea, Ingram will be tough to trust for fantasy purposes. Peterson has looked ineffective with his 14 carries, yet Sean Payton continues to give him the ball. Ingram is one of the Saints’ best offensive players, but until they move on from Peterson, starting the former Alabama running back is a definite risk. With the Saints facing the Panthers and their top run defense this week, it’s best to stay away from any New Orleans running back. WR: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings If Sam Bradford is forced to miss his second consecutive game, and the Vikings put Case Keenum out there at quarterback, then I am avoiding all of Minnesota’s receiving options this week. Diggs was fantastic in the season opener, catching seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. But in Week 2 with Keenum at QB, the receiver’s numbers dropped to two receptions for 27 yards and no touchdowns. Tampa Bay certainly isn’t the toughest matchup in the NFL, but they have improved on the defensive side of the ball from last year. Keenum spread the ball around against the Steelers last week, targeting Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, and Laquon Treadwell six times each. This does not bode well for Diggs’ fantasy outlook. If Bradford can’t go on Sunday, Diggs is likely better off on your bench. WR: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys Bryant started the 2017 season with two very tough matchups against Janoris Jenkins and the Giants and Aqib Talib and the Broncos. Despite going up against two of the league’s top shutdown corners, Bryant has managed nine receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown thus far. In Week 3, Bryant has the unfortunate luck of having to battle against another one of the NFL’s top corners in Patrick Peterson. Peterson ranks best among all cornerbacks in fantasy points allowed per route in coverage over the last three seasons, and the last time these two teams played, Peterson held Bryant to just two catches on 10 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown. The best chance Bryant has of recording even a decent fantasy game is if he can somehow find the end zone. Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images WR: Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans Matthews figured to play a large role in the Titans offense this year after his strong campaign in Nashville last season. While that has not been the case through the first two games of the season, I do expect him to eventually get a lot more looks from Marcus Mariota. However that may not be the case this week against the Seahawks. Seattle has allowed fewer than 159 yards per game to opposing receiving corps since the start of last season, thus making the entire Titans receiving crew poor plays this week. I like the rapport between Mariota and Matthews, and fully expect the receiver, along with Corey Davis, to put together solid seasons. But don’t expect that to begin in Week 3. TE: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals Even though the tight end position has been rather weak this season, Eifert has to be one of fantasy football’s bigger busts so far. The tight end has managed to catch only four passes on five targets for 46 yards. Throughout his career, the only knock on the talented tight end has been his inability to remain on the field. Well, we’re only two weeks into the season and Eifert is already dealing with knee and back injuries. The entire Cincinnati offense has looked awful in 2017, which led to the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese last week. Other than A.J. Green, it will be very difficult to trust any other Bengal until the team shows some signs of improvement. The struggles of the offense, along with his nagging injuries, make Eifert an easy player to bench this week. Credit: John Grieshop/Getty Images TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys Don’t get me wrong, Witten has looked amazing this season. The 35-year-old has 17 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns through the season’s first two games. Yes, Witten is still producing like a top tight end despite being one of the oldest at the position in the NFL. But in Week 3, the Cowboys take on the Cardinals, who have been very stingy against opposing tight ends since the start of last season. Over the last 18 games, Arizona has allowed only two touchdowns to a tight end, and only one tight end has scored double digits in fantasy points in a standard league over that span. With the lack of depth at tight end this year, it will probably be hard to bench Witten, despite the tough matchup. Just don’t expect another huge game from the veteran tight end this week. Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to email@example.com.
|Share the Shore: Why these reminders are up along AlkiSeattle News / 2 d. 17 h. 17 min. ago more|
Seal Sitters' "Shore the Shore" banners have recently been installed by Seattle Parks & Recreation along a section of Alki Avenue. Just a reminder that we are now entering what traditionally has been the busiest months for harbor seal pups to rest and warm up on West Seattle beaches.
|Amerigroup Washington to receive Community Business AwardThe International Examiner / 2 d. 19 h. 3 min. ago more|
As part of the 2017 Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Amerigroup Washington for the Community Business Award. Amerigroup Washington is a local healthcare provider. They take a “whole person care” approach to healthcare, meaning they aim to build meaningful relationships in the community and create extra services to improve health care for their members. Over the past five years, they have served over 150,000 members receiving Washington Apple Health Medicaid benefits. Amerigroup believes healthcare only starts with the best doctors, but to really improve health outcomes healthcare must invest in addressing social determinants of health. Amerigroup works closely with local organizations to address housing and homelessness, education, supportive employment, behavioral and emotional health, food insecurity, social justice, and more. Amerigroup plans to continue to invest in diverse communities and do their best to make Washington happy and healthy for everyone. The International Examiner caught up with Associate Vice President of Amerigroup Washington David Escame to talk about Amerigroup’s work in the community and plans for the future. David Escame. International Examiner: What is “whole person care” and how does that set Amerigroup apart? How does Amerigroup work to address social determinants of health? Escame: We believe healthcare only starts with the best doctors and health systems. But to truly advance healthcare we have to address social determinants. This includes housing and homelessness, education, supportive employment, and social justice issues. It was through our work with the Seattle Jobs Initiative we became the only health plan to pay for GED testing. Through our work with the Seattle Indian Health Board, we are the only health plan to offer traditional healing benefits including smudging, circle share, storytelling, and sweat lodge. Through our work with International Community Health Services, we are the only health plan to pay for acupuncture. Whole person care also means investing in the communities we serve: from launching “Muckleshoot First Food—A Breastfeeding Campaign”—a culturally appropriate peer lactation program that incorporates traditional practices into a WIC program—to investing in the Downtown Emergency Service Center to turn the old smoking room into “Nurse Mary’s Clinic.” The old smoking room is now a place for healing and health. These are just two examples of several we are working on. IE: What is Amerigroup most proud of in terms of its work in the past year? Escame: As we pursue Fully Integrated Managed Care in Washington State, which includes both physical health and mental health, I was overwhelmed to have over 100 well-respected nonprofit organizations recognize us with letters of support. One specific program would be our partnership with the Union Gospel Mission and the More Love Project to launch the first shower van in Seattle. The shower van has already been able to offer hundreds of showers to people suffering homelessness in the encampments. IE: What are some of Amerigroup’s goals for the future when it comes to work in the community? Escame: We will continue to work with our friends and neighbors and find out the best way to drive healthcare forward. Nothing about us without us is the lens we use to respond to the needs of our members. You will see us doing even more in areas including housing and homelessness, supportive employment, and jail diversion and jail transition programs. IE: Given the changes that may be coming to the U.S. healthcare system, how should people be thinking and planning in terms of their healthcare coverage? Escame: Stay informed and get involved. Be active in preserving programs like Medicaid and CHIP. If you have coverage, educate yourself on the benefits you are eligible for. Get the most out of your health plan. For more community stories, click here
|Diem Ly honored with Tatsuo Nakata Leadership AwardThe International Examiner / 2 d. 19 h. 17 min. ago more|
Diem Ly. • Courtesy Photo As part of the 2017 Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Diem Ly for the Tatsuo Nakata Leadership Award. Diem Ly is the Director of Community Investment for Comcast NBCUniversal, focusing on corporate philanthropy, diversity, and inclusion, and public relations across Washington State. Ly has 10 years of experience working in community relations, journalism and media, and social justice issues. She serves on the board of directors for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS), and Seattle Goodwill. Prior to her current role, she worked as first an Assistant Editor then Editor in Chief of the International Examiner from 2007 to 2012; as a Morning News Writer for Northwest Cable News; and a PTSD researcher for the Veterans Affairs of Puget Sound. Ly graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Science degree, studying neuroscience and psychology. The International Examiner caught up with Ly to discuss leadership and her involvement in the community. International Examiner: As a former editor of the IE, what do you think is most important for ethnic newspapers like the IE in their efforts to cover their communities today? Diem Ly: In a word, collaboration! Community newspapers are built on being a unique voice for an underrepresented group and while there are collaborations within a group, there are far-reaching benefits to partnering broadly and experimentally. I’m not talking about a one-off opportunity for a grant-funded project, but seeing collaboration as a thread woven into an organization’s way of thinking and acting. Imagine the resource-and-knowledge-rich benefits of a public-private partnership. Or the policy impact of a civic partnership to engage a community and political leaders. Or from a nuts and bolts perspective—imagine the cost-savings on sharing office space with other organizations [where] you can share resources, talent, and industry best practices with. Building on our collective talents, expertise, and resources, community media can stretch past the shores of a “survivor” or insular model towards being the critical voice and beacon of knowledge we need today. The belief that there are barriers to collaborate due to time, capacity, funding or trust, will result in the worst possible thing to become in community media today—irrelevant. IE: You graduated from UW with degrees in psychology and neuroscience: what drew you to a career in journalism and community relations? Ly: People and storytelling fascinate me. So, once I was introduced to the International Examiner as a wannabe radical student at the University of Washington, a trajectory toward journalism was inevitable. Growing up, I loved storytelling and writing. [When I was eight years old], I wrote a full length novel. In 8-year-old terms, that’s like, 10 pages. In middle school, I worked with my best friend, Stephanie, on an overcomplicated storyline with the aim to submit the draft to a popular writer for teens at the time, R.L. Stine. The author wrote back, essentially saying, “Thanks. And nice try, girls.” At the UW, I co-wrote a script with my Vietnamese best friend, Tammy, reinterpreting the popular play, The Vagina Monologues, from an API woman’s perspective. Following college, I had a stint as a PTSD researcher at the Veteran’s Administration. But while the science of people and behavior fascinated me, ultimately a life of data and analysis didn’t. So, I dusted off the old notebooks and started writing again. I contacted the International Examiner Editor in Chief at the time who was—astonishingly to me—a Vietnamese woman just a few years older than myself. As a girl growing up in the ‘burbs of Snohomish County, wishing to be blond and blue-eyed, and who experienced a delayed sense of pride and understanding in my API identify, this was … cool. She mentored me until the torch was eventually passed to lead the IE. Community relations and philanthropy wasn’t a far cry from my responsibilities as an executive director of a nonprofit media organization. After years of pitching the merits of the Examiner and opportunities for sponsorship and partnership—I wanted to be on the other side of the table. I believed there needed to be not only more APIs visible in corporate philanthropic roles in a region bustling with API communities, but ones who understood our local history and the people who shaped it. Someone who knew current issues at stake and how they can help shape funding priorities and redefine public-private partnerships to make an impact. And, one who knew what it was like to work at a nonprofit. I’ll admit, the transition from a nonprofit, community worker in the Chinatown ID to a corporate employee wasn’t easy—but it redefined to me what an advocate can be and from where they can lead change from. You can also be an advocate and ally in the corporate halls of a Fortune 50 company. And indeed, having launched or supported six employee resource groups at Comcast NBCUniversal for Women, Black, APAs, LGBTQ, Veterans, and Hispanic employees, funding over $3.5M to over 50 nonprofits across the State in 2017 alone, building collaboration spaces in Seattle for people to use for free, and now serving as a co-chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Council to encourage conversation that leads to action—I’m finding another way to be an advocate. I hope that’s an example for others. IE: You’re quite involved as a board member for ACRS, Goodwill, and ULMS: why are these organizations important to you and how do you support these organizations as a board member? Ly: In my role in community relations and philanthropy, I’ve never been one to just sign a check once a year. I like to be involved in organizations and help identify and pave the way for their success and those they serve. That said, to serve on three boards is pretty daunting. Participating in board meetings, committee meetings, board retreats, and fundraising events are just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been an informal ambassador for ACRS, Seattle Goodwill, and the Urban League for years before I joined the boards. I believe in the mission and the people pounding the pavement each day in service to others. Most striking to me is the impact and efficiency in all three organizations. They hold themselves to a high standard, define their success metrics and plan accordingly to reach it, evaluate and re-evaluate to ensure maximum impact, and hold themselves accountable if it is not. In fact, they’ve gifted me more than what I could gift them. I’ve learned to work with intention and values, and be dedicated to improvement and impact because of them. Plus, they’re fun people! IE: What does “leadership” mean to you? How would you describe a successful leader? Ly: Leadership has been a journey for me, honestly. I’ve been thrust into multiple leadership roles without the experience or training I would’ve preferred and have always learned the hard way. Through example and having had the privilege to work with legacy-building leaders—I’m talking about the leaders that make the most hardened professional cry at their departure—this is what I’ve learned. Leaders ask lots of questions. Because the best leaders know what they don’t know. Leaders know how to empower and engage each individual on a team regardless of where the employee is in the pecking order. In fact, sincere leaders are known to ask for everyone’s opinion and raise the voice of the quietest. That said, a leader doesn’t care about your current title either—rather they care about where you want to go. And they care—really care—about helping get you there. For more community stories, click here
|NFL Week 3 Picks: Raiders Continue Their Winning WaysCBS Seattle / 2 d. 19 h. 25 min. ago more|
Ryan Mayer Things have started to stabilize a bit now in the NFL as through two games, we’re starting to get a feel for how good, or bad, each team will be this season. Along with that understanding, came a better week for us picks-wise as we went 9-7 against the spread and 11-5 straight up. Not bad right? Well, we’re still striving for better and as we enter Week 3 of the NFL season that’s the hope. If you’re new to the column, we like to separate our picks into three different tiers. They are as follows. No way we can lose – locks of the week: As you can guess, these will be the stone-cold locks of the week. The games that I’m so confident about that I’d put my life’s savings on them if I had a life’s savings to wager. Feeling pretty… pretty good: Not quite willing to bet the farm on this batch, but as Mr. Larry David would say, I’m feeling pretty… pretty good about these games. Heads or tails: These are your true toss ups: they can go one way or another and you should pick with caution even after heeding my expert advice. Now, we haven’t been great on our locks of the week so far (4-4 overall ATS, but 3-1 last week) so, we’re going to continue to try and improve those just in case you know, you’ve decided to bet a few cookies on these locks of the week. Off we go! All lines courtesy of CBSSports.com. Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers (+2.5), Thursday 8:25 p.m. ATS & Straight Up: Rams Confidence Level: Feeling Pretty…..Pretty Good The Rams have looked…surprisingly competent in their first two games of the season. After a terrible start to last year (particularly on offense) that ended with Jeff Fisher being fired, Sean McVay has come in and made this offense look at least average. That may not seem like a huge compliment but, considering the fact that Jared Goff didn’t look like an NFL QB last year and now he does, it’s quite an improvement. The defense was always going to be nasty and with Wade Phillips at the helm, they’ve been good. That said, they did get gashed by the Redskins on the ground last week and that’s the one thing the 49ers can actually do on offense. Carlos Hyde is an effective back who can run on even the best defenses (evidenced by last week’s 124 yards against the Seahawks), so he could have a big day. That said, the 49ers offense outside of Hyde has been horrible (no touchdowns this season) and the defense has been just okay. I’ll take the Rams on the road by at least a field goal. Locks of The Week…No Way We Can Lose Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (+6), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Dolphins There’s a theme starting to emerge with the Jets this season; one that shouldn’t surprise you based on the team’s expectations coming into the year. They’re going to lose a lot of games. So, picking against them straight up will be pretty fruitful. But, against the spread, they are technically 0-1-1 since they pushed in the first game against the Bills by losing by exactly nine points. That all said, the Jets looked awful last week against a good Oakland team. The Dolphins, on the flip side, looked pretty good against a solid Chargers team. Jay Cutler still concerns me, but at this point, if the line against the Jets is anything less than a touchdown, I’m highly considering it. In this case, give me the Dolphins. Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills (+3), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Broncos I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Denver’s defense will have any trouble stopping the Bills, particularly considering what they did to a usually dominant Cowboys offense last week. Trevor Siemian isn’t going to throw for four touchdowns, but the Bills scored three points last week against the Panthers. Yeah, I’ll take Denver. Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins (+3), Sunday 8:30 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Raiders The Raiders have looked every bit the AFC contender that people were expecting them to be coming into the season. Even the defense has looked solid, though they did give up 20 points to the lowly Jets last week. The Redskins, meanwhile, are still searching for their rhythm in the passing game, but they did manage a highly efficient running game last week against the Rams. This seems dangerous to continue picking favorites. If this game was earlier in the day, with the Raiders flying cross-country, I might expect a little sluggishness. But, on prime-time, with a chance to really plant their flag as contenders after a 3-0 start, I think the Raiders will show out, taking this one by a touchdown, maybe more. Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans (-2.5), Sunday 4:05 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Titans I picked against the Seahawks against the spread last week because of their offensive line. I’m going to continue doing that here. Last week, they were at home, facing the lowly 49ers, and it still took them until the fourth quarter to score their first touchdown of the season. They escaped with a 13-9 victory. Now, they fly into a couple time zones over to face a Titans team that found its stride in the second half against the Jaguars last week. The Seahawks gave up 124 yards rushing to Carlos Hyde and San Francisco last week, which likely has DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry licking their chops this week. Additionally, Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are probably pretty excited at facing the offensive line that has done things like this in the first two weeks. Seahawks offensive line looking good this year pic.twitter.com/n6ipyQFHNF — Jack Gaydos (@JackGaydos) September 11, 2017 Feeling Pretty….Pretty Good Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5), Sunday 9:30 a.m. ATS & Straight up: Ravens Our first London game of the year! Get excited! Anybody? Bueller? Okay, okay, you’re right, the London games are usually terrible and this one’s not even on regular TV. It’s streaming for free on Yahoo. Ignoring the early 9:30 a.m. start time and just looking at the two teams, the Ravens defense has looked dominant in the first two weeks while the Jaguars looked much improved in Week 1 before coming back down to Earth in Week 2. The biggest problem for the Jags will continue to be Blake Bortles, especially against a Ravens defense that has already racked up eight turnovers this year. It will likely be your typical sloppy football game, but I still expect the Ravens to cover. New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Giants Straight up: Eagles The Giants offensive line seems to be in a race with the Seahawks for which group can get their quarterback hurt first. Ereck Flowers alone gave up three sacks on Monday night against what is not exactly a ferocious pass rush in the Detroit Lions. This Eagles front has proved to be one of the league’s best through the first two weeks, tied for 4th in the league with eight sacks. But, while the Eagles defense may be able to get to Eli Manning, the recent history between these two games suggests a close game. Each of the last three meetings have been decided by five points. That, combined with a Giants defense that should give the Eagles offense some problems, is why I’m taking the Giants, despite their issues, against the spread, with the Eagles winning. New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers (-5.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Saints Straight up: Panthers The Panthers defense has looked like the real deal in the first two weeks allowing just three points in each of their games. But, it’s worth noting that those two games have come against two of the league’s worst scoring offenses in the Bills (25th) and the 49ers (31st). The Saints aren’t either of those offenses and should be able to score some points in this one. The question is whether their defense will be able to stop the Panthers. The good news for me in picking the Saints ATS is that the Panthers lost a major offensive weapon when Greg Olsen broke his foot last week. The reliable tight end has been Cam Newton’s safety blanket over the years and now Newton, who hasn’t looked full strength yet, will have to go it without him. Both teams score in the 20’s, the Panthers come out on top, but the Saints are within a touchdown. Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears (+7), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Steelers I’m hesitant about this pick. The Steelers offense still hasn’t looked right, even in putting up 26 points against the Vikings last week. They did get a big day out of Martavis Bryant, which was nice to see, but Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t exploded the way we’re used to. Missing all of preseason seems to be hurting him at the moment. The other problem I have here is Ben Roethlisberger. His home/road splits over the past couple years have been dramatically different. His QB rating drops about 15-20 points on the road versus home. Now, the reason I’m sticking with Pittsburgh is because the Bears looked just awful last week against Tampa Bay. Mike Glennon’s final numbers didn’t come out looking awful (31/45 301 1 TD 2 INT), but the touchdown came in garbage time and one of the interceptions was a pick six. With Jordan Howard still struggling with a shoulder injury, the Bears offense largely falls on Glennon and well, we saw how that worked out last week. Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals (+3), Monday 8:30 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Cowboys The Cowboys got blown out last week in Denver and there’s been plenty of discussion this week about how good they actually are and whether or not they’ve taken a step back this year. Let’s not overreact. We’ve seen many a team get dominated by that Broncos defense over the years. Sure, the Broncos found the “blueprint” for beating the Cowboys, which is, stopping the running game while also having corners physical enough to disrupt Dallas’ receivers. You know how many teams are capable of doing that? Not many. The Cardinals defense, in theory, should be able to, but they gave up 35 points to a Lions offense that can’t run the ball at all and 13 points to the Colts and Jacoby Brissett last week. This isn’t the same dominant unit we’ve seen in previous years and, the offense is a mess. Cowboys on the road by a touchdown. Houston Texans @ New England Patriots (-13.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS: Texans Straight up: Patriots I always get worried when lines are set at two touchdowns or more. Rarely are teams in the NFL that bad that they’re not able to keep the score within two touchdowns. For example, last week we had a pair of 13.5+ point lines and only one of the favorites covered. This week, the Patriots are coming off a beatdown of the Saints and playing a rookie QB at home. So, I get why the line is so high. But, the Patriots injuries have continued to pile up, last week Gronk injured his groin on top of the injuries already incurred by Danny Amendola and Dont’a Hightower. Plus, the Texans defense is much, much better than the Saints D. Brady and Belichick have had plenty of success against Bill O’Brien teams, but that was with Julian Edelman and Amendola in the fold. Yes, I think Watson will struggle because Belichick eats rookie QBs for breakfast, but I just don’t think the Pats offense is going to go crazy like it did last week. Heads or Tails….Toss Up Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions (+3), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Falcons This is one of the more fun match-ups of the week. Two high-flying offenses (both Top 10 in PPG) against two relatively unproven defenses. Atlanta’s defense looked good last week against the Packers, but Green Bay was missing its starting tackles. The Lions looked good against the Giants, but well, we already covered how bad the Giants offense has been. It really comes down to which offense you think will be more effective and less turnover-prone in this game. Historically, Matt Ryan has been slightly less likely than Stafford to thrown interceptions (2.2% INT rate vs. 2.5%). I also trust DeVonta Freeman and the Falcons running game more than Ameer Abdullah (history of fumbles) and the Lions rushing attack. I’ll take the Falcons on the road. Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts (+1.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m. ATS & Straight up: Browns The Browns struggled last week against a good Ravens defense. Deshone Kizer looked like a rookie QB in that one, turning the ball over five times. You’re going to have ups and downs with rookies. That said, Kizer gets a much easier task this week against a Colts defense that is pretty porous, allowing 381 yards per game. The Colts offense looked more competent under Jacoby Brissett last week, but still, I’ll take the Browns to get their first win. Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers (-8.5), Sunday 4:25 p.m. ATS: Bengals Straight up: Packers I know, I know. The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown yet! How could you pick them to cover the spread? A couple reasons. One, the Packers injury questions. Seriously, look at their injury report. Secondly, after A.J. Green’s comments following last Thursday’s game against the Texans, I think there’s going to be a steady diet of throws sent his way this week and I’m not sure there’s a guy on the Packers who can cover him. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Packers win by a touchdown, but picking them to win by two possessions is a little much with their two tackles, Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels and Jordy Nelson nagged by injuries. Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers (+3), Sunday 4:25 p.m. ATS: Chargers Straight up: Chiefs Poor Phillip Rivers. To steal a line from Dan Le Batard, Rivers perpetually finds himself in a situation where he’s down four with the ball late in the game, and the Chargers never find a way to win. Each of the first two weeks, they’ve had a shot at a field goal to tie of win the game and both have been missed. The Chiefs, meanwhile, came back down to Earth a little bit last week after their explosion in Week 1 against the Patriots. Their defense hasn’t been as crisp as in year’s past as they’ve given up 27 and 20 points respectively in each of the first two weeks. I expect the Chiefs to pull it out, but it’ll be a close one once more. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 p.m. Straight up: Buccaneers There’s no line on this game at the moment on CBS Sports or Sportsline, so we can’t pick ATS. But, with the QB uncertainty in Minnesota, I’ll take the Buccaneers. Last Week ATS: 9-7 Straight up: 11-5 Season Record ATS: 15-15-1 Straight up: 20-11
|Finally, someone is resurrecting Olympia brewery prideMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 20 h. 47 min. ago more|
Watching the land around the Olympia brewery sit idle in Tumwater is like watching the hot rod you grew up driving decay under a tarp in someone’s front yard. In this case, the front yard is along I-5. The site once produced Olympia Beer, and others, but has been static and silent, producing nothing for nearly 14 years. Now, someone is finally returning heritage to Tumwater, right around the Olympia brewery. RELATED: Treasure trove discovered in old Boeing wind tunnel “We are very excited to announce a new production facility that will be opening in late 2018 in Tumwater, Washington,” Justin Stiefel told KIRO Radio. Steifel is the CEO, co-founder, and master distiller at Heritage Distilling Company, which hails from Gig Harbor. It has produced spirits since 2012, becoming the state’s largest independent craft distillery, and winning more awards each year than any other craft operation in North America. Heritage wants to take that success and expand across the street from the old Olympia brewery, and it won’t be alone. “In addition to our distilleries, there will be a few other producers, breweries, South Puget Sound Community College will have a presence there including two- and four-year classes,” Stiefel said. “There will be an amphitheater for outside events. And it all overlooks the Deschutes River and the old Olympia brewing site.” The new facility will not be on the brewery site, rather just south of the property. Olympia brewery pride The Oly brewery was a point of pride and tradition living in the Olympia and Tumwater area. I went to high school not far from it. My teachers spoke fondly of working summers at the facility, inspecting kegs and watching Oly stubbies come off the line. My senior pictures — as with nearly all high school grads each year — were taken along the Deschutes River just below the main facility. For a time, it was hard to go to any pizza shop or bar in Olympia without an Oly ad hanging on the wall or posters of the beer with Evel Knievel or Clint Eastwood. But they were images of another time, when Olympia was among Washington’s beer royalty. For decades it rose to popularity along with Rainier and Heidelberg in Tacoma — what Stiefel calls the “great grandfathers” of the Washington state brew scene. “Tumwater holds a special place in many people’s hearts in Western Washington and really the Northwest because it really started the evolution of craft beer back in the ’40s and ’50s,” Stiefel said. “It was home for Tumwater Brewing and for the Olympia Brewing Company. Our new facility is going to be part of the craft brewing and distilling center in Tumwater.” Olympia beer hasn’t been produced on the site for years. In fact, the building hasn’t produced a drop since 2003. Olympia Beer was sold to one company, then another, before coming under the ownership of Pabst in the late 1990s (it’s now made in California). The large Oly sign seen from I-5 was taken down, and we watched a Miller sign go up in its place. Miller tried to make a go at it, producing Henry Weinhard’s there for a time, but that didn’t last long. The Miller sign, too, eventually came down leaving a faint, vacant stain where a legacy was once on display. Since then the property has sat lifeless, and the pride it once produced was relegated to novelty t-shirts found at local bars. There were rumors of a water bottling plant going into the facility in 2007, but that too went flat along with the economy. A new era There is now a chance to brew up — or distill — some of that old Oly pride. According to The Olympian, the plan is to construct up to 40,000-square-feet of buildings at a site just south of the brewery. Heritage, along with Sandstone Distillery of Tenino are the first tenants. South Puget Sound Community College will also occupy a portion. Cideries, breweries and even restaurants will reportedly come along in the future. “This will be the first time that product is being distilled in Tumwater, legally, since prohibition,” Stiefel said. “The evolution of this concept in Tumwater really came about from the City of Tumwater, City of Olympia, and South Puget Sound Community College. They wanted to reinvigorate brewing activity and introduce distilling activity into this part of Thurston County — and remind people that Tumwater was the epicenter of brewing for a long time.” The effort to reinvigorate the imbibe industry in Tumwater has taken years. Part of the project is to offer educational programs in brewing and distilling. South Puget Sound Community College has already got its training programs lined up. The state Legislature recently provided funding for the classes, Stiefel said. “This is going to be a nationally recognized program for people around the country to come and learn about brewing and distilling,” Steifel said. It will also be the next step for Stiefel. In his own way, he has been moving toward this his entire life. He studied chemical engineering in college, but he was studying long before that. “I did my first batch in seventh grade in Spokane,” Stiefel said. “I grew up watching M*A*S*H* and I was always fascinated by what BJ Hunnicutt was doing in their tent. So I set up my own still in seventh grade and I got an A on that project.” “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would open a full distillery,” he said. “It wasn’t legal in Washington. It didn’t become legal until 2009. But the evolution of the industry has grown that fast because Washington has a tremendous history in winemaking, brewing and now Washington is leading the charge when it comes to craft spirits.” The Olympia brewery facility still remains vacant. There remains hope it will, too, be resurrected one day. It’s not known if a new company sign will now be prominently displayed on the old building, facing I-5. But what is known, is that heritage will live on in Tumwater. Heritage Distilling Company is an advertiser with KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest. No advertising dollars are related to this column.
|Seattle has a brand new sports teamMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 20 h. 53 min. ago more|
As of this month Seattle has a new professional sports team that is part of a national, professional league. If you were hoping for basketball or hockey, sorry. If you’ve been eager for new blood in town, then say hello to the Seattle Seawolves — the city’s major league rugby team. RELATED: KeyArena group’s transportation plan not nearly “aggressive” enough The Seawolves were confirmed this month as part of Major League Rugby. The team is now hiring its staff and getting ready for the league’s inaugural season in 2018. The team recently hired Curry Hitchborn as its new development director. If the Seawolves are anywhere near as fierce as Hitchborn’s beard, then Seattle has quite a feature. We are proud to announce @CurryHitchborn as our Rugby Development Director! Get to know the newest team member: https://t.co/Sx4w74rS9Q pic.twitter.com/5gYpetuzMo — Seattle Seawolves (@SeawolvesRFC) September 20, 2017 The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Football Club was officially formed earlier in 2017, coming together over the past few months. The team’s Facebook page is pretty fresh, and its Twitter page was started in April. The team is backed by a Seattle-based investor group with Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner at the helm. The Seawolves will be part of a new rugby league that will also include teams from: Glendale, Colo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Salt Lake City, Utah. According to the Seattle Seawolves’ website: Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and one of the most popular sports in the world, as evidenced by the strong reception it received at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Rugby’s rising domestic growth and wide-reaching global fan base combine to create a unique environment for a professional league to succeed in the American market. While hundreds of local clubs have helped the sport to take hold in the U.S. during the past decade, Major League Rugby is poised to unite these fans under a common banner as rugby enters the American sports mainstream.
|Summer likely to be driest on record in SeattleMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 21 h. 3 min. ago more|
This summer could be the driest on record if we don’t get a total downpour between Thursday and the fall equinox on Friday at 1:02 p.m. RELATED: Cliff Mass explains La Niña winter As of around 7 a.m. on Thursday, the rainfall total for the summer was up to 0.51 inches at Sea-Tac, according to the National Weather Service. The driest summer on record was in 1910, when 0.58 inches of rain fell, according to the Weather Service. On Wednesday, University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass wrote that he was “entirely confident” that we would break the record for the driest summer. Mass, however, points out that the driest calendar summer on record was in 1988, when 1.28 inches of rain fell. Though the years don’t sync up, both the Weather Service and Mass agree on the amount of rain that has fallen. So whichever record year is looked at, we will beat it, as long as the rain holds off long enough. Mass points out that much of Washington state saw less than 25 percent of average precipitation since June 21. He illustrates why this has occurred and writes, “an anomalous upper-level wave pattern, with high pressure over the west and low pressure over the east.” Along with the possibility of a new weather record in Seattle, comes the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. You’ve likely noticed by now that the days are getting shorter; this has been happening since June 21. Sunrise on Thursday was 6:55 a.m. Sunset at 7:08 p.m. The days will only get shorter until after the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
|Kahn: The Year Of The Long BallCBS Seattle / 2 d. 21 h. 4 min. ago more|
By Andrew Kahn On Tuesday, Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a season, when Alex Gordon belted the 5,694th long ball of the year, breaking the previous high mark set in 2000. Here’s a look at how we got there (all stats through Tuesday’s games). Giancarlo Stanton has done more than anyone to contribute to the record, hitting 56 homers. He clubbed 18 in August alone, during which he hit 11 bombs in a 12-game stretch. His 53rd broke a camera and his latest smacked the Marlins sculpture. Aaron Judge leads the American League with 44 taters. He’s the Sultan of Statcast, holding the season highs for exit velocity—121 mph on a homer on June 10—and home run distance, a 495-foot blast the next day. Surprisingly, his third-deck dinger at Citi Field was measured at just 457 feet. By exit velocity, Judge has the four hardest-hit homers of the year. Another rookie, Cody Bellinger, has 38 round-trippers, part of a season record for cumulative rookie homers (according to ESPN). In total, nine rookies have at least 20 bleacher burners and more are likely to join them. Gordon and Albert Pujols are among the worst everyday players in baseball this year, but they’re both a special part of this record. Gordon, as previously mentioned, hit the record-setter, and Pujols connected for his 600th career homer earlier this season. There were other individual milestones that contributed to the unprecedented big fly barrage: Nelson Cruz, Curtis Granderson, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Braun reached 300 career homers (Robinson Cano is at 299 through Tuesday); Brandon Phillips, Andrew McCutchen, and Mark Trumbo got to 200; and Jose Abreu, Logan Morrison, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Charlie Blackmon, Daniel Murphy, Josh Reddick, Jacoby Ellsbury, Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena, and Howie Kendrick reached the century mark. Pitchers got in on the act, including one of the most unlikeliest sluggers, Jon Lester, who hit his first career four-bagger on the same night he notched 2,000 career strikeouts. It wasn’t on the same level as Bartolo Colon’s blast last year, but Colon has allowed 25 ding dongs this season. The “leaders” in that category are Rick Porcello and Ariel Miranda, who have both allowed 35. Sometimes, players have gone yard without leaving it. Michael Taylor hit an inside-the-park grand slam earlier this month. Adam Rosales runs as if he’s trying for the feat even when he clears the fence. Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez didn’t have to run at all when they hit four home runs in one game. It was only the second time in MLB history that it was done twice in the same season. Yes, balls have flown over fences more than ever this year. Bernie Brewer has been busy in Milwaukee. Citi Field’s Apple has resembled an elevator in a New York City office. And the Miami marlins have spent so much time jumping out of the water it’s amazing they’re still alive. Despite the record-setting number of home runs, the Angels Baseball Foundation is still waiting for a $1 million donation from Sherwin-Williams. On Tuesday, Justin Upton put a ball into the paint can in left-center—on a bounce. Remember, though, there’s still more than a week left in the season. The sport can build on its home run record and set another—for most strikeouts in a season. Andrew Kahn is a regular contributor to CBS Local. He writes about baseball and other sports at andrewjkahn.com and you can find his Scoop and Score podcast on iTunes. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn
|Rick Neuheisel: The Key For Vanderbilt Is Balance, Big Plays Against TideCBS Seattle / 2 d. 22 h. 55 min. ago more|
Ryan Mayer Prior to the season, if I had told you that Alabama’s visit to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores would be in the national spotlight, you probably would have thought I was crazy. However, after three weeks of the season, both teams are 3-0, and Derek Mason has his group playing the stingiest defense in the country allowing just 13 total points on the year. Alabama, is playing its typical stingy style of defense, allowing 13.3 PPG, but they’ve dealt with their share of injuries in the linebacking corps. So, entering Saturday, you have a pair of undefeated teams who rely on their defenses and ball control to win games. As all eyes turn towards Nashville this Saturday afternoon, we caught up with Rick Neuheisel, college football studio analyst for College Football Today, to discuss the match-up between the Tide and Commodores. CBS Local Sports: After initially struggling in that 24-7 win over Florida State to start the year, the Alabama offense has started to wake up the past two weeks, albeit against lesser opponents. What have you seen that you like so far from the Tide? What do they still need to fix? Rick Neuheisel: They are not trying to be an explosive entity. They play within themselves, and their focus really is to be careful with the football. They’ve got a host of great running backs; add Najee Harris to what they already had a year ago and, you’ve got a pretty formidable group toting the rock. And, they’ve got a quarterback who’s also an incredible ball-carrier. So, in terms of the forward pass, while there may have been a bunch of people who thought Brian Daboll was going to come and “Tom Brady-ize” Jalen Hurts, that wasn’t going to be the case. They’re going to play close to the vest, because they still, despite all those injuries to the linebacker position, have a really outstanding defense. That’s how you win games. The 24-7 victory over Florida State was probably the perfect game for a guy like Nick Saban. He’s a defensive guy at heart. He loves to play that swarming defense, play really sound in the kicking game, beat the other team in the turnover department and walk out of there with a convincing win. That’s exactly what they did against a really good Florida State team, and that’s what they expect to do against Vanderbilt. CBS Local Sports: Speaking of swarming defenses, Vanderbilt has had exactly that through the first three weeks, allowing just 13 points. What’s been the biggest difference for the Commodores this year from what you’ve seen? Rick Neuheisel: Their defensive coordinator/head coach Derek Mason is really, really good. He was doing this while he was at Stanford for David Shaw. He is a first-rate defensive coordinator. He’s got great ideas. He knows how to recruit to his defense with respect to long athletes, athletic guys that can wreak havoc at a variety of spots. This game, to me, they have to have the kind of performance they had last week against Kansas State. They have to make Alabama go long fields. They’re going to have to limit Hurts in the run department. And then, they’re going to have to find a way to get Ralph Webb going. Right now, Ralph Webb is averaging less than three yards per carry, and they’re not going to win if Ralph Webb doesn’t make some plays and get some first downs with his legs. CBS Local Sports: You mention Ralph Webb, is that the key match-up in this game? The Vanderbilt offensive line against that intimidating Alabama front seven? Rick Neuheisel: It is. And also, the passing game. Kyle Shurmur is off to a good start. But it’s almost a tip of the cap to Nick Saban that Derek Mason realizes that, despite the fact that Shurmur’s completing 70 percent of his passes, they can’t over-do it. They can’t overtax their offensive line against that pass rush. I mentioned that all those linebackers are down for Alabama, so that might limit their pass rush from the outside. But there’s still some formidable guys inside that can push that pocket and make things hard for Shurmur. Vanderbilt needs some measure of balance, [with] a couple of big plays, and throw in a short field by virtue of a mistimed turnover for Alabama. That’s the recipe for a Commodore victory. CBS Local Sports: Bama-Vandy’s not the only big SEC game this weekend. There’s also a showdown of the bulldogs in Athens as Mississippi State takes on Georgia. What do you make of Dan Mullen’s squad so far? Rick Neuheisel: Well, everybody has talked about Nick Fitzgerald in the preseason and for good reason. The guy had over 1,300 yards rushing last year, and we’ve seen what Dan Mullen can do with athletic quarterbacks. Go back to Tim Tebow, go back to Dak Prescott. Heck, you can even go back to Alex Smith at Utah. He (Mullen) has really built a reputation when he’s got an athletic quarterback and can put in run-pass-option kind of things. We see the matriculation of these guys as they grow in his system. But, maybe the biggest difference at Mississippi State is the addition of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Todd Grantham would win the Frank Broyles award given to the outstanding assistant coach every year based on the way that defense has played. Jeffrey Simmons, a guy who was recruited to be a linebacker, is playing in that defensive front; he looks outstanding. I don’t know that anybody would have believed it, but they absolutely beat LSU in the trenches. That’s where LSU usually wins games. We’ve been longing for the forward pass at LSU for some time, but you don’t have to usually worry about them in the trenches. And yet, the guys with the cowbells (Mississippi State) whipped them up front. So it’ll be a really interesting game ‘twixt the hedges, as it’s Bulldogs against Bulldogs. CBS Local Sports: You mention the trenches being important, and Georgia is known for its run game with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. What do you expect from that match-up as they go up against this stout Mississippi State front? Rick Neuheisel: They’re going to run the ball, that’s who they are, and those two guys are terrific. While they may not have the glossy numbers, go back to the game at Notre Dame where they were both in that 60-70 yards range. If they get those kind of numbers and provide some security blanket for the young freshman quarterback, who doesn’t look like a freshman — it doesn’t look too big for him — and they get the same kind of pressure that they were able to put on Brandon Wimbush, then you’ve got a formula for victory. The home crowd is going to play into this deal. There’s going to be a lot of emotion. Georgia fans were a little bit irritated when they looked at their season tickets, [and] there wasn’t a big home game. Well, they got what they wanted. But be careful what you wish for, as here comes a really potent team with a quarterback that can flat out fly. This is going to be a whale of a game in Athens. CBS Local Sports: I know it’s early in the season, but does this game feel like one that decides who is that second-place team in the SEC right now behind Alabama? Rick Neuheisel: Clearly the winner of this game will be talking about Atlanta. Both will have to go through Alabama to get it done, whether it’s in Atlanta (Georgia) or before they can get to Atlanta (Mississippi State). To win an SEC championship, you’ve got to go through the boys in Tuscaloosa. But there’s no question that the winner of this game, especially if they do so impressively, will be talking about big-time aspirations come November.
|Engineers to ask Seattle City Council for mandatory earthquake retrofitsMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 23 h. 1 min. ago more|
On Feb. 28, 2001, the ground beneath Seattle shook with such violence many buildings were red-tagged as unsafe to inhabit. Check the earthquake tracker In the 16 plus years since, engineers with the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections has compiled a list of Seattle’s more than 1,100 buildings in danger of causing damage — even death — because of unreinforced masonry that could crumble during a quake. However, even after those buildings were identified, there has been no mandatory requirement for property owners to retrofit them. That may soon change, according to Jon Siu, DCI’s principal engineer and building official. “Bottom line, it’s necessary because we’re trying to preserve lives,” Siu told KIRO 7 on Wednesday. Siu, who spent 33 years working as an engineer for the City of Seattle, said there have been many discussions during those three decades about how to prevent earthquake damage. So far, there has been no action, in part because of the high cost. “All this work is likely to raise rents,” Siu told KIRO 7, “so we have to balance the needs of those people as well as the needs of keeping them safe.” In the next few months, Siu and his team will present a proposal to Seattle City Council members that would require building owners to upgrade their property if it is considered dangerous. BF Day Elementary in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood would be one of the priority buildings – forced to make the upgrades within seven years — because of its age and because it holds more than 300 school-age children. “They need to get children out of those structures and take them down, and put up safer buildings,” said Bill Steele, communications director for the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Steele has been interviewed many times over the past 20 years about the area’s high earthquake risk and the importance of retrofitting buildings to better protect occupants in the event of a quake. He said thousands of single-family homeowners have made their own changes but believes statewide mandatory enforcement is necessary. “There’s only two ways these buildings get taken out of service,” Steele said. “One is by an earthquake, and usually there are casualties associated with that. The other is by mandatory requirements. Neither one is easy. They both cause pain.” Siu acknowledges his proposal will be costly for property owners and possibly a tough sell politically. “The financial cost is huge,” he said. Most owners “won’t be able to afford this.” He also acknowledged there’s a high likelihood citizens will be displaced from their homes while the work is done, and might not be able to afford higher rents once they are retrofitted, putting more pressure on the city’s homelessness crisis. Siu also doesn’t know whether he’ll have full city council support. “I don’t have a good indication of that, we do have some council members who have been tracking our progress,” he said. Siu plans to brief the council on the engineers’ proposal sometime this fall and hopes to have mandatory requirements in place by early next year.
|After Trump, an uprising among women in rural WashingtonCrosscut / 2 d. 23 h. 55 min. ago more|
This past March, two police officers were standing on either side of the entrance to the firehouse in White Salmon, giving out numbers to count how many people were attending a city council meeting on one of the most controversial topics residents had seen in years. With a renovation to the town’s city hall underway, meetings had to be conducted in a small, fluorescently-lit room, where more officers were stationed inside. With White Salmon’s population of just 2,500, the 60 who showed up was notable, especially on a spring night when a brutal wintry mix pelted the town in southcentral Washington’s Klickitat County. Many came in opposition, but even more had come in support of a proposal spearheaded by a newly energized group of women. After the 2016 presidential election, the women organized and asked the city council to issue a public statement that White Salmon was a safe city for immigrants. It wasn’t a “Sanctuary City” declaration, but a reaffirmation from the city that it wouldn’t discriminate. White Salmon Mayor David Poucher had delayed the vote for two meetings and sought legal counsel to rewrite the group’s original declaration. This night, though, the city council members would vote on the new declaration, a somewhat watered down version of the original. As people filtered into the room, some wore “Make America Great Again” hats; one wore a “Killary for Jail” T-shirt. “It brought out the old guard, the Republicans that I remember from 30 years ago,” says Michelle “Mike” Mayfield, a co-founder of the group, the Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network. “They felt threatened by it.” A few came from neighboring towns to speak against the declaration. In the public comment, one woman lamented, “Illegals bring STDs into the community.” Local pastors, some of the women and even a 16-year-old boy spoke up in support of the declaration. But an ongoing theme emerged in the public comment and was reaffirmed by council members’ statements: We don’t need this because we already don’t discriminate. The immigrants shouldn’t feel scared. The White Salmon City Council voted the declaration down, 3-2, with only Councilmembers Tao Berman and Kimberly Hoppus voting in favor. But in Bingen, just one town over, the declaration passed with no issue, and was embraced by Mayor Betty Barnes, who went on to translate it for Latinos, who make up about 25 percent of the local population of 700 people. It was a defining moment for the women who had pushed the resolution forward, and it turned an idea into a full-on movement, seeking to bring new perspectives into local government in a county where Republicans have long held sway. Where is Klickitat County? Klickitat County sits along the Columbia River at the southern edge of the state and in a lot of ways it is a microcosm of the United States today. It’s a long county, about 100 miles from one end to the other, and only has a few towns from east to west: Goldendale, Lyle, Bingen and White Salmon. The biggest is Goldendale, which has a population of 3,500. There is an east-west, blue-red divide. Klickitat’s so close to Oregon that it’s often working across two states (all of the media, except for local papers, comes from Oregon). “I would say from the east side of the county all the way to about Lyle, which is just before White Salmon, you’ll have mostly Republican activism,” says Susan Kelsey, the Klickitat County Republicans’ vice chair. “Then it switches over to Democrat and we’ve seen a real surge in activism since President Trump came into office.” To get to White Salmon from Seattle, you have to take I-5 down to Portland, get on I-84 and cross a rickety metal bridge over the Columbia Gorge. The small town sits across from Hood River, Oregon, up high with incredible views of the Gorge. The area is known for its windsurfing: In the early 1980s, windsurfers came in and started buying up houses. The animosity between the locals and windsurfers, or “boardheads” as they were called, began. “There are always winners and losers … what happened here was like what happened everywhere — the timber industry declined greatly and family-wage jobs disappeared,” says Shelley Baxter, a local Democrat. At one point, the county had the highest unemployment rate in the state of Washington, but then it was buoyed by the arrival of Insitu in 1994, which designs, develops and manufactures customized, unmanned aerial systems. The company, which was bought by Boeing, is headquartered in Bingen. The sleek, modern building looks out of place, sitting next to the gorge with mountains framing it. Today, affordable housing is hard to come by and property values have tripled as the company has expanded and brought in more jobs. Just this year, Baxter says, there have been 115 new housing permits in White Salmon — a hefty increase from previous years. The county went 53.9 percent for Trump and has a long history of voting Republican, but with newcomers comes change. Politically, that change is mainly impacting the west side of the county. With Klickitat County divided in three districts, White Salmon is in the county commission’s District 1 and tends to lean blue, while the other two go red. Still, because the entire county gets to choose county commissioners, District 1 has elected a male Republican commissioner for as long as anyone can remember. Many candidates in the area run as independents even though they are Democrats, but that usually doesn’t result in a win, either. “I think a Democrat would have a hard time running here and I think we would do better if we could find moderate Republicans to win elections,” one woman pointed out. “Democrat is a bad word around here.” Republican Vice Chair Kelsey has a hunch that part of why rural counties lean Republican is because the party is less pushy. “It’s less intrusive, less regulations, most families are generational and they are used to taking care of themselves,” she says. Kelsey sees the new movement of women of the Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network as activists trying to take control of the area, and she and other local Republicans aren’t just sitting back. As with the White Salmon City Council controversy, they’re coming out and making their opinions known. “Many [Republicans] feel that we can make our own decisions and I think sometimes the activists come in and try to take over, and tell you what you can and can’t do, from the perspective that they know better,” Kelsey says. The constant push-and-pull in the county has stifled some of the new Columbia Gorge network’s big plans. City council: women running Back at the City Council meeting, Amy Martin, 28, was getting angry as a few council members stood up and spoke about why they wouldn’t support the declaration. One council member said the entire room should make personal declarations. “The council’s mind was made up before they walked in that room and there was nothing that was going to change their votes,” Martin says. “I was upset with the lack of message they gave back. Here I am sitting with a majority of people who showed up and wanted it to go through and we were ignored.” Not feeling heard, and hoping she could make a change on a local level, Martin channeled her anger into a 2017 run for the White Salmon City Council. Never one to shy away from a debate or sharing opinions, Martin doesn’t see herself as a politician. In fact, she says she finds the word “icky.” Southern bred and a former chef whose favorite food to cook is “anything that warms your heart and fills your belly,” Martin gives off something of a cool-biker-chick-with-soft-edges vibe. Living in Virginia, she’d go shoot guns once a week and spend as much time outside as possible. When she moved to White Salmon four years ago, the outdoors stuck, but outings at the local gun range got to be too much with what she remembers as “anti-Obama, stand up your rights, Trump is the savior” rhetoric. She moved to White Salmon on a whim from the South and this past winter, finally broke down and got a puffy jacket, a sign that she is here to stay for a while. White Salmon is a community she loves, but she fears what it could become. “We have no policy on short-term rentals and I think we need to hone in on affordable housing and availability so we aren’t faced with a housing crisis,” Martin says. “In the last couple months I’ve seen housing prices shoot up, and I have friends who’ve been looking for houses for over a year and can’t find anything.” It wasn’t just Martin who got fired up after the city council meeting. Marla Keethler, 37, was pissed off too. During last November’s election, Keethler was on a road trip from New York City to White Salmon. She and her husband, Ryan, had decided to move to a place with a slower pace where they could immerse themselves in the community. When Trump won, she was in Omaha, Nebraska, where she says the mood was celebratory. At a Starbucks the next day, a man was reading a brand new copy of Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal.” They walked into a McDonald’s and caught two employee’s mid-conversation, talking about how excited they were that Obamacare was going away. A week later, settling into her new life in White Salmon, she met a woman at the grocery store who told her about the new group of women that was forming. As she attended their meetings, she began to get into a groove and felt like part of the community. Then the inclusivity declaration happened, and for the first time, she felt resistance to new people, like herself. “Both sides talked about how this was a place where everyone knew their neighbors, but having come in as a newcomer, I found some circles that welcomed me,” Keethler says. “But I had to put myself in situations to find those connections. “The new growth scares some of the older residents, but I hope that if I am elected to city council, we can make it more about inclusion and getting people to meetings, but then grabbing a drink or coffee afterwards.” Keethler says that being a newcomer is an obvious flag she carries and she won’t be running away from it. She isn’t the kind of person to run away from anything, as you’ll figure from a simple conversation with her. Keethler is a straight-shooter. She spent 15 years in sports television, and in a male-dominated industry she says she often had to shout louder than everyone else. “I would say something as an idea and watch somebody repeat it and because they were a guy, it would be heard differently. They could lose their cool and that was applauded, but if I lost mine, it was seen as inappropriate or too combative,” Keethler says. It was not being heard, once again, that fueled her run for the city council. “It wasn’t a conversation where you felt like the city council was listening to what the room was saying,” she says of the spring meeting. “It felt like the minority versus the majority, and the city council voted the exact opposite of what the majority of the room was. So you walked away feeling like this wasn’t a conversation in a community, and the city council should be a reflection of what the community is.” There are currently three women running for city council. If all three succeed, there would be a 4-1 female majority for the first time in the town’s history. Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network The spurring of women into action here since the 2016 election is part of a larger regional and national trend. Amplify Washington, an organization that recruits and provides training to people of color, women, young people and LGBTQ candidates for office, said the number of people interested after the election has exploded. They typically do six trainings a year all over Washington and Oregon, and get 35 people to attend on average. So far in 2017, every training has sold out and there are plans to do 23. Seattle will elect a female mayor for the first time in 91 years and it isn’t the only city. The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat wrote recently that we’re on our way to the “year of the woman” in Western Washington politics. Emerge America, which focuses on training Democratic women to run for office, says they’ve seen an 87 percent increase in women applying for their training programs. Since election day, 24 states reached out about opening new affiliates, including Washington, which ended up raising funds and training women in the shortest amount of time the organization says it has ever seen. In White Salmon, the women organizing at the hyper-local level have created a movement that is shaking things up. The Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network founders Mayfield and Kirsten Dennis, were both looking for support after the election, so they separately invited friends to dinner. Soon, after being introduced by mutual friends, they brought everyone together to talk through what had happened and what they could do. A closed Facebook page was created, and as they received request after request to join, they realized women wanted a place to get involved and take a stand. When they organized the first meeting in December, more than 100 women showed up, and the Facebook group is now over 2,000. “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Dennis says. “In our group there are a lot of the older women who went through this [organizing] in the ’60s and are like, ‘we are doing this again?’ And then a lot of young people … we hear that comment a lot, that they’ve never seen this many people want to be this active. Women here are very motivated.” Over the summer, attendees dwindled slightly, but the core group remained engaged despite the blowback they received for introducing the inclusivity declaration at the city council meeting. While they are sometimes described as a “liberal activist group,” the members want to be nonpartisan; they say it’s impossible to get anything done toting “Democrat” on their backs. A few Republicans have attended meetings, but there aren’t any plans in the works to run Republican candidates. “Tensions are high, and it can be hard to find common ground,” Dennis says. “We don’t want anything we try to do to be seen as immediately really negative. We are trying really hard to avoid certain words or else we won’t make the kind of impact we want to make.” Sitting at a brewery, a few of the women would say something and then immediately look behind themselves to see if anyone had heard. It’s a small town and people talk, so the messaging can get twisted. Som Republicans in the area thought the inclusivity declaration was a sanctuary city declaration. Words like “liberal” and “progressive” are off limits and rather than “regulation,” many Network members use “protection.” They’re walking a fine line, and it becomes more clear with every meeting or rally they organize to try to force change. Stirring up the sheriff If you walked into Sasha Bentley’s home, you’d know right away that she is a traveler. Before settling down in White Salmon two years ago, she and her husband, Chris, traveled to every country in Southeast Asia except East Timor and Brunei. Normally, she says she wouldn’t consider herself a local after only two years in one place, but with how quickly she has become entrenched in the White Salmon community, she is rethinking that. Upon first meeting, you might wonder if Bentley, 29, is in a bit over her head — but there is a deep intensity bubbling just beneath her surface. After the election, she spontaneously decided to run for the Klickitat County Democratic Party chair in a reorganization meeting, and she won. From that moment on, she has been ruffling feathers in the county. In early March, she too learned how Klickitat County reacts to activism. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) introduced nine model state and local law enforcement policies and rules to support and protect immigrants. Bentley wanted to know if the sheriffs in Klickitat or neighboring Skamania County to the west would adopt any of them, so she planned a discussion between the local law enforcement and the community. It was again well attended by many Republicans in MAGA hats and Trump gear. A local gun and fish club wrote in its newsletter that members needed to attend to protect their rights, despite it being solely about immigration. Things quickly turned tense. In an exercise, attendees wrote down an outcome they wanted to see from law enforcement. After the reading of one note that said “The ACLU out of our county,” several people clapped. The White Salmon Enterprise wrote, “Multiple members of the audience were hostile and disrespectful to others throughout the discussion, often speaking over facilitators and issuing personal opinions while others spoke.” When asked if he would institute any of the nine policies, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer said he wouldn’t be “letting the ACLU bully me into doing what they want.” It was similar to the inclusivity declaration. The sheriffs and some in the crowd wondered: Why do we need to declare we will follow some of these policies if we already do a good job of treating immigrants fairly? “The big argument from the sheriffs was that they already do this,” Bentley says. “What I don’t understand is: A declaration is just saying you do it and you’ll continue to do it so it should be easy. If you do it already, then why not just declare it?” The meeting ended up discouraging Bentley from arranging public events, but also opened her eyes to the dynamics of local politics. It did reaffirm she would be in the county for the long haul. She started a nonprofit called Klickitat Advocacy, where immigration is a priority issue. A few days after Trump’s early September announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, Bentley was at it again, organizing a Defend DACA rally along Highway 14 near White Salmon. She and more than 20 others showed up and held signs saying, “We support DACA” and “Defend DACA” — all as smoke from wildfires burning on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge engulfed them. “After the election and all of Trump’s policies, I knew I needed to start some kind of local nonprofit,” Bentley says. “I had to do something.” It will soon be a year since the presidential election. The women will organize a forum-style candidate’s night as the November city council election approaches. They’ll be campaigning for both Martin and Keethler in an attempt to sway the council in their favor. Regardless of whether they win or not, the future in Klickitat County seems likely to be more female than it ever has been.
|5 things to do in Seattle this weekendCrosscut / 3 d. 0 h. 1 min. ago more|
Local Sightings Film Festival Celebrate films from all over the Pacific Northwest at the 20th annual Local Sightings Film Festival. The festival kicks off Friday night with Early Mistakes- Live! (think more illuminative bloopers and the stories behind them, featuring local talent), followed by a free opening night party. Dozens of shorts and features, including the docs Hype! and No Man’s Land (about the Bundy family occupation of national lands in OR) will be shown on the big screen. Special presentations to look forward to at this year’s festival include the Indigenous Showcase: Sandra Osawa Retrospective (artists in attendance!) and an all-forum consuming and interactive performance by local dance artists zoe| juniper. And that’s just this first weekend! Check out the full schedule here. If you go: Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, Sept. 22-30 ($12)–N.C. Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off Last year on a flight, I sat next to a guy who worked in Deadhorse, Alaska, near the Arctic Circle for part of the year. At the annual Alaska State Fair, they celebrate the accomplishments of the locals –including growing the largest pumpkin. Because of the proximity to the Arctic Circle, summer days are VERY long and the pumpkins are, appropriately enough, VERY large. “I saw a picture of my coworker’s family with the pumpkin,” he told me of the 1,469 lb winning beast, “and his ENTIRE FAMILY was sitting on the pumpkin.” This weekend, head to Elysian Brewery in Georgetown for our own local pumpkin weigh-off, sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, where local growers compete for the largest pumpkin. Spectators can enjoy pumpkin painting, food trucks, a music performance by folk-icana band The Hasslers, and, of course, Elysian beer on tap. And, note: next weekend’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will take place at the Seattle Center, with over 80 pumpkin beers on tap and 100% of proceeds going to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Elysian Brewery in Georgetown, Saturday 9/23 from 12-4, Free If you go: Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Elysian Brewery, Sept. 23 (free)–N.C. Dirty Dancing Movie Party Maybe it’s the soundtrack? Maybe it’s the relatability? Maybe it’s the acting. . .? All right, it’s definitely the soundtrack. And the fact that Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Jerry Orbach all hit peak sex appeal at exactly the same time: 1987. Regardless, for many people (including me) Dirty Dancing has staying power. As part of the 2nd Annual (nationwide!) Art House Theatre Day, SIFF will be showing the low-budget-turned-cult-classic at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Watermelon Bellinis will be available at the concession stand, and festivities will include singing along to music videos AND a watermelon carrying contest, followed, of course, by a showing of Dirty Dancing on the big screen. Here’s something to help you prepare: If you go: Dirty Dancing Movie Party, SIFF Cinema Uptown, Sept. 24 ($14)–N.C. Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond What does it mean to be a dancer of a certain age? Writer Emmaly Wiederholt and photographer Gregory Bartning explore the question in their new book, a three-year creation that includes interviews with 50 dancers aged 50 to 95. Among the interviewees are a handful of locals: Rubina Carmona, Mark Haim, Shirley Jenkins, Wade Madsen, Tara Stepenberg, Christian Swenson, Iris Tansman and Deborah Wolf. The book’s author and photographer and some of the local dancers will be in attendance. If you go: Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond, Cornish College of the Arts, Sept. 24 (Free)–F.D. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Roy Choi, the “street cook” creator of the gourmet Korean taco, is profiled in this new children’s picture book. Food ethnographer and book co-author June Jo Lee talks about how Choi revolutionized street food. She’s the co-founder of READERS to EATERS, the book’s publisher that aims to promote literacy through stories about food. If you go: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, University Book Store in Seattle’s U-District, September 23 (free)–F.D. Correction: This column has been updated; the film Lane 1974 is not being screened as part of Local Sightings. This article is made possible with support from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
|Tickets On Sale NOW for The 13th Annual HUMP! Film FestivalSeattle News / 3 d. 11 h. 33 min. ago more|
If you're wondering why there hasn't been a "Savage Love Letter of the Day" this week-or if you've seen me stumbling around Capitol Hill in a daze-it's because the HUMP! Jury met all day on Monday and Tuesday, watched and re-watched every one of this year's HUMP! submissions, and then locked ourselves in a conference room without food or water until we could finalize the list of films that will be featured at the 13th Annual HUMP! Film Festival.
|Bharti Kirchner’s ‘Season of Sacrifice’: A deftly-plotted South Asian detective novel set in SeattleThe International Examiner / 3 d. 13 h. 8 min. ago more|
Bharti Kirchner’s seventh novel Season of Sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery, is an engaging mystery that launches a series with an Indian-American detective, Maya Mallick. A former nutritionist turned detective, Maya is just beginning her career as a PI, working for a boutique all-woman Kolkatta based detective agency. Her boss in India notes that with the Indian American community growing in the United States, there is now a market for detective work that is transnational that can help Indo-Americans take care of their headaches including pre- and post- matrimonial investigations. However, Maya’s first major case occurs because she is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She witnesses the self-immolation of two women whose brutal act is presented as a political protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. Maya is horrified when she realizes that one of the victims is Sylvie, her close friend, who is a biomedical scientist of Tibetan origin. Maya’s investigations take her into the world of malaria vaccines, Russian industrial espionage, ancient Bengali healing practices with a sinister history, and the life of an Indian meditation teacher and guru in Seattle. She must also deal with her complex feelings for her former lover, Justin, a cop, and delve into the family politics of her best friend, Veen, who is also Sylvie’s adopted sister. Along the way, Maya is helped by an assortment of colorful and eccentric characters. Her mother, Uma, who is her confidant and collaborator; Hank, her assistant; Cal Chodron, a volunteer at a vaccine trial agency; Atticus Biswas, an accountant and her client. Like J.A. Jance’s J.P. Beaumont novels that make Seattle and its history a central feature, so does this novel. Kirchner captures everyday life in Seattle as well as its cultural geography. What is also refreshing about this novel featuring a South Asian American detective is that it is not locked into the typical narrative of immigrant fiction where characters are caught between two competing worlds and struggle to balance the two. Maya is a cosmopolitan who easily navigates multi-ethnic Seattle and is comfortable in her skin. Detective fiction is popular amongst South Asian readers many of whom grew up reading Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. There are also popular South Asian detective novels by Satyajit Ray and Vikram Chandra and novels with South Asian detectives written by Tarquin Hall and H.R.F. Keating. Kirchner whose Tulip Season was her first foray into the genre joins Sujata Massey and her Rei Shimura series with an ethnic woman as investigator. Detective novels by Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton among others that feature strong woman PIs have a popular following; Maya Mallick will be of interest to that audience. Kirchner’s novel is deftly plotted; the reader is intrigued by Maya Mallick. Since this novel launches a series, there are hints in the background narrative of potential future directions for Maya and her sleuthing. The novel will definitely find a following amongst those interested in detective and ethnic fictions. Bharti Kirchner will read from ‘Season of Sacrifice’ at Elliot Bay Books on September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and at University Bookstore in Seattle on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. For more arts, click here
|‘The Who and The What’ explores American Muslim female identityThe International Examiner / 3 d. 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
From left to right: Alaji (Mahwish) and Monika Jolly (Zarina). • Photo credit: Michael Brunk Pratidhwani has been serving the South Asian American community since 2003, and has now teamed up with local theatre company ArtsWest to bring another play by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar to the Seattle stage. The two companies will co-produce Akhtar’s The Who and the What at ArtsWest’s location in West Seattle. The play centers on the character of Zarina, a young Muslim woman, who must balance her views on the role of women in Islam with the conservative traditions of her family and her faith. ArtsWest’s managing director Laura Lee says her company has been interested in Akhtar’s work for quite a while. “Our Artistic Director, Mathew Wright, has been a fan of Ayad Akhtar’s work for a long time,” she said, “and this particular play has been on his radar for the last couple of years.” It was just a question of timing. “At ArtsWest, we choose a narrative, a question, a thread for our seasons and so we have been waiting for the right moment to produce this play, with the right people,” Lee said. “This year we are looking at the question of Identity and this then becomes a perfect fit.” Lee describes the Pratidhwani-ArtsWest partnership as a natural one. “When we chose to put this play in our season, we knew that we needed and wanted Agastya Kohli and Pratidhwani to be part of bringing this story to life,” she said. “The leadership of ArtsWest is white, and we recognize that we do not have the lenses to see all that must be seen to make this play authentic, real, and representative of the characters and this story.” The two companies have shared the workload according to their resources. “Pratidhwani has infused this production with a wealth of experience and information, from subtle nuances on the type of spice box that may be found in a Pakistani kitchen, to the correct pronunciation of language, to the understanding of the importance of the marriage certificate in a Muslim wedding,” Lee said. “Their presence is found throughout the actual bringing-to-life of the story and ArtsWest has provided the funding to produce the work, and has incorporated it into our offerings for our season subscribers and our single ticket buyers.” This partnership presented a great opportunity for local director Samip Raval. “I was very interested in this family’s dynamic and a story of an immigrant father in constant search to connect with his daughters,” Raval said. “So much of this play speaks to immigrants and first generation Americans, but I also believe so much of the relationship between these characters can illuminate in a family the motives behind our battles to understand each other.” Raval brings to this project extensive prior experience with Akhtar’s work, having performed in three productions of Akhtar’s play Disgraced. “For me, idea of working on another one of his plays felt very refreshing, and especially one that centers on a female character,” Raval said. Actor Monika Jolly, who plays the role of Zarina, agrees. “To see such a strong American woman, who just happens to be Muslim and Pakistani, was a huge draw for me in terms of auditioning for this role,” said Jolly, who previously portrayed Zarina in a prior production of The Who and The What in San Diego. “I think the most interesting thing about her is her strength and vulnerability that exists together at the same time throughout her journey.” The complexities of family are a large focus of the play’s narrative. “I loved that this play is about a family that loves each other so much,” Raval said, “and yet still has an entire world of learning to undergo before truly understanding each other.” Actor Abhijeet Rane shares this interest. “While I am not a Muslim, the challenges of being an immigrant with two daughters is very real for me,” said Rane, who plays Afzal, the father of Zarina. “I saw a lot of my kids when understanding the personalities of the characters, and I often think about how I would react if the situation were to occur for real in my life.” To explore these challenges, the cast had to build strong connections with each other. “With Samip’s guidance,” Jolly said, “based in a positive style of direction instead of a fear-based one that some directors rely on, I was really able to explore and play and connect deeply with the other actors.” Raval elaborates on this teamwork goal. “So much of our job is about playing together,” he said. “Each character, no matter how intelligent or justified, is desperate for something that is very human, very primal. Much of this play lives in the intellectual powers between the characters.” Rane asserts that this family conflict is not exclusive to Muslims alone. “In the final scene, in the epilogue, Afzal confronts the reality of choosing between his faith and his daughter,” Rane said. “His struggle to overcome the obstacle that is his faith is one felt by millions of people around the world of all religions. Blind faith blinds us to all. But change gives hope, and the ability and willingness to change can be a force for good.” The artists believe this is an important part of the current national conversation. “I think it is important, especially right now with what is going on all around us, for audiences to see a Muslim American family that is just like them, wanting the same things—love, happiness, a great life for their children,” Jolly said. “I think it is the way that we will be able to heal as a community, as a nation—to see our similarities, instead of our differences.” ArtsWest’s Lee concurs that this community-building is the real goal. “Theater is an art form of collaboration,” she said, “and it is there that we all become so much more than the sum of the individual parts.” ‘The Who and The What’ will be presented from September 7 to October 1 at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle. For more information, visit www.artswest.org/theatre-plays/the-who-the-what. For more arts, click here
|AG Bob Ferguson sues Tacoma’s immigration jailCrosscut / 3 d. 15 h. 15 min. ago more|
Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the private prison company that runs Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), where hundreds of detainees are held awaiting immigration proceedings. The lawsuit alleges that GEO Group, Inc., the second-largest private prison provider in the country, has for years violated Washington State’s minimum wage law, paying its workers $1 per day or in some instances, with snacks and extra food. At a press conference in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, Ferguson noted that the state’s minimum wage law requires that workers be paid at least $11 an hour. “Let’s be honest about what’s going on,” Ferguson said. “GEO has a captive population of vulnerable individuals who cannot easily advocate for themselves. This corporation is exploiting those workers for their own profits.” Ferguson explained that the state minimum wage law is clear: Only inmates who reside in, say, a state, county, or municipal detention center would be exempted from earning the minimum wage. “In contrast with a jail or prison, which houses people involved in the criminal justice system and are operated by state or local governments, detainees at NWDC are held in a private, for-profit facility pending civil immigration proceedings,” reads a press release. In a statement, GEO said it “strongly refutes the baseless and meritless allegations made in this lawsuit.” The company argued “the minimum wage rates and standards associated with the program,” which it referred to as a volunteer worker program, “are set exclusively by the federal government.” In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, detainees are shown resting on bunks inside the “B” cell and bunk unit of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Ferguson said many of the detainees at the detention center are being held for minor infractions, such as traffic violations; the work they perform include cleaning, laundry and serving food. Although the work is performed on a so-called volunteer basis, Ferguson said many of the detainees feel compelled to participate. If no one volunteers, “guards will sometimes pick detainees to perform the work,” attorneys said in a press release. According to Ferguson and other Washington attorneys, GEO Group has run the Northwest Detention Center, the fourth largest immigration detention center in the country, since 2005. Attorneys also say that GEO, a company based in Florida, has been working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the 1980s. In 2015, ICE renewed GEO’s contract for the detention center through 2025. The company projected the detention center would bring $57 million in revenue every year if operated at full capacity. GEO Group runs more than 100 correctional and detention facilities in the country and has faced a variety of lawsuits, including a class-action lawsuit by current and former detainees at a Colorado facility, which alleges forced labor. Detainees in Tacoma have for years protested the living conditions at the center by participating in numerous hunger strikes. Ferguson said he expects GEO to pay back the millions in profits it’s earned “off the backs of exploited workers.” “GEO has to follow the law,” Ferguson said. “And that’s not happening here.”
|Mercer Island limits size of single-family homesMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 15 h. 48 min. ago more|
It was a discussion that could only happen on Mercer Island. “Can we have houses built bigger than 12,000 square feet on the waterfront?” After consideration, the Mercer Island City Council passed new regulations that limit the size of new homes built on the island to no more than 40 percent of the lot. Those for the new ordinance say it is aimed at limiting how large mega-mansions can be. Those against the ordinance, including builders, say the rules, along with new laws on trees, are too restrictive. The new ordinance limits the scale of new homes and many expansions on the approximately 7,000 single-family lots on the island. The council also added language that directs the city to take another look at the rules in a few years and make any necessary adjustments. KIRO 7 contributed to this story.
|Parking 'fact-finding mission,' park plan, more @ Junction Neighborhood OrganizationSeattle News / 3 d. 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
When SDOT 's last major review of West Seattle Junction parking resulted in this July 2009 announcement that it wouldn't recommend metered parking, you could almost hear a huge collective sigh of relief. That review had begun more than a year earlier, and months after the no-paid-street-parking news, ended with what we described at the time as "a relatively minor set of changes" - some tweaks to time limits.
|AG Bob Ferguson sues country’s second-largest private prison companyMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 16 h. 54 min. ago more|
The Washington state attorney general is suing the operator of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma for wage violations. Attorney General Bob Ferguson says some detainees get paid either $1 or receive snacks. The Department of Labor joined the suit, saying workers should be paid the state’s $11 minimum wage. The suit claims the center has been barely paying workers since at least 2005. RELATED: Washington AG Ferguson vows to fight Trump over DACA Ferguson says that’s because the detention center is a for-profit facility and not state run, they are not exempt from the state’s minimum wage laws. That means anyone they employ, detainee or not, must get at least $11 per hour. The GEO Group, a Florida-based company, owns and operates the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Detainees since 2005 did laundry, cooked, cleaned and performed other work but were only paid $1 per day and in some cases did not receive that much because they were paid in food or snacks, the lawsuit said. “The law is clear. They should have been paid the state’s minimum wage at the time they were working,” Ferguson told reporters in Seattle. GEO denied the claims, saying the center has a volunteer work program and minimum wages rates and standards specified exclusively by the federal government under standards set for detainees in 2011. The company in an emailed statement said it “refutes the baseless and meritless allegations made in this lawsuit, and we intend to vigorously defend our company against these claims.” Ferguson said the 2011 standards required GEO to pay detainees at least $1 day for their labor, but said the company was also required to follow Washington’s minimum wage laws and that detainees that provide labor were protected as “employees.” The state’s minimum wage ranged from $7.35 an hour in 2005 to $11 an hour now. The detention center opened in 2004 with 500 beds and now has 1,575, making it the fourth largest immigration detention centers in the U.S., according to Washington state officials. People are held at the center while facing deportation or other immigration proceedings. The lawsuit seeks a court order for GEO to comply with Washington minimum wage laws and to give up profits that it allegedly made by underpaying detainees. The amount is expected to be millions of dollars, Ferguson said. Ferguson said state officials would look into whether it would be possible to pay the former detainees back wages if it wins monetary damages in the case, but said it would be challenging to track them down. State officials will probably ask a judge to put any money awarded into a fund that would support people who are detained at the center and to people in the community near the center who may have been unable to find employment because the detainees were paid less than minimum wage. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|Showtime Boxing Announces Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Heavyweight Title Fight Set For November 4thCBS Seattle / 3 d. 18 h. 2 min. ago more|
Ryan Mayer WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder has successfully defended his title five times since winning it by unanimous decision in a 2015 bout with Bermane Stiverne. The last title defense was in February of this year against Gerald Washington when Wilder won by TKO in the 5th round in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Since that fight, there’s been questions about who Wilder would fight next. Well, we now have our answer. Today, Showtime Boxing announced that Wilder will return to the ring in early November and put his belt and undefeated record on the line when he squares off with fellow unbeaten heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This will be Wilder’s second title defense at the Barclays Center and the first time that Ortiz has fought there. The two fighters appeared at a press conference today announcing the fight and weighing in on what to expect come November 4th. “Wilder-Ortiz will be the 23rd live boxing fight on Showtime this year. They’ve been big fights, not just a big name fighting a nobody. 16 times we’ve featured an undefeated fighter against another undefeated fighter. But, we may have saved the best for last,” said Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza in his opening remarks. “We’ve got two Top 5, maybe Top 3 heavyweight fighters in the world, depending on which rankings you look at, fighting each other. Their combined record is 65-0 with 60 knockouts. I know Deontay wants to unify the division, and the fans and the media want to unify the division. The only way to do that is to have the best fight the best and that’s what’s happening on November 4th.” Wilder, known for his outspoken personality, wasn’t shy about what fans should expect come November, predicting that he will end the fight early via knockout. “I am the best, I am the toughest heavyweight in the division. I don’t care what anybody else has going on in their country. You have to come through me,” said Wilder. “On November the 4th, Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz, it’s going to be a hell of a fight. This is going to be a crazy fight. And it’s going to be a fight that it definitely ain’t going to go the distance. I’m thinking about three rounds. Come that night, it might be in the first round, you never know.” Ortiz couldn’t make it to the press conference in New York due to inclement weather related to the hurricanes that have been sweeping through the Caribbean region over the last few days. However, he did make an appearance via phone and through a translator, volleyed right back at Wilder over his expectations for the fight. “He says Wilder does a lot of talking that Wilder sounds nervous and he thinks he’s (Wilder) taking the fight because there’s nobody else to fight,” said Ortiz’s translator. “He does feel that Wilder’s not going to come out and knock nobody out in the first round or the third round. He feels that Wilder’s going to be doing a lot of running and that he should be careful about what he says about knocking somebody out because he’s (Wilder) going to do a lot of running and embarrass himself.” The trash talking is sure to only intensify as the two fighters gear up for the November 4th fight night when the fight will be presented live on Showtime beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, available to all Showtime subscribers. You can watch the full press conference below.
|Seattle startup uses Airbnb to cover down payments on homesMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 18 h. 20 min. ago more|
Seattle home buyers may have a new tool to fight skyrocketing prices in the region thanks to the new tech startup Loftium. “We definitely hit a nerve,” Loftium co-founder Yifan Zhang told Seattle’s Morning News. “Down payments are a major barrier, the largest barrier to homeownership for young people.” RELATED: Are we in another real estate bubble in Washington? The solution that the Seattle startup promotes came to Zhang as she was buying her own house in Seattle. “My husband and I bought a townhouse in Beacon Hill and we started renting out one of the bedrooms on Airbnb,” she said. “We were amazed that one bedroom was enough to cover the mortgage on an entire three-bedroom townhouse. And Beacon Hill is not central Seattle. So when we started looking at the numbers, we realized a lot of homes in a lot of neighborhoods in Seattle and other cities generate enough income from this extra bedroom to pay that down payment in just one to three years.” That’s how Loftium works. The company will help out with a down payment on a home. In return, the new homeowner agrees to rent out a room on Airbnb and split the revenue 70-30 with Loftium. This arrangement lasts 12-36 months. “We can predict with relative accuracy how much any given bedroom in any given home in the Seattle-metro area can bring in on Airbnb over a fixed period of time,” said co-founder Adam Stelle. “Our goal, of course, is over that time, to make our money back as well as a little bit of a buffer.” Loftium at work Stelle says this is not a loan, rather a straight revenue share program. It is aimed at closing a gap that has grown wider and wider in Seattle as home prices shoot through the roof, while millennials are weighed down by high costs of living. “All of our friends who were buying homes in their mid-20s were people who have access to family, and family wealth and are essentially getting gifts from their family,” Stelle said. “And our friends who didn’t have that, they have to wait another five to ten years. And in a market like Seattle, with houses appreciating like they are, you might not be saving enough to even keep up.” “If you look at data, people are working hard and part of the reason people want to live in cities is there is more opportunity, there are more jobs,” he said. “So really, we are just trying to fill a gap here that is caused by the student loans and high rental prices.” There’s definitely a desire for a program like this, Zhang said. Within a day of opening the startup to buyers, they had more than 1,000 contacts in the Seattle region. One of those people was Laura Coe, a financial manager for Microsoft. Loftium helped her with a down payment between $20,000-25,000 for her Capitol Hill house. She’s renting out a room for about 12 months to pay it off. She admits, she was skeptical of the entirely new form of financing. “I’m like, ‘OK, what’s the catch,’” she said. “Turns out, they just want to help young, new home buyers in Seattle get into the real estate market.”
|Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Rams And 49ers Look To Rebound From LossesCBS Seattle / 3 d. 19 h. 31 min. ago more|
By Kevin McGuire The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers each get a short week to try and brush off a loss from Sunday as they prepare for an NFC West battle on Thursday night by the bay. The Rams appear to be improving with their offense in 2017, while the 49ers are in a serious struggle to reach the end zone. Can San Francisco end their touchdown drought to start the year and get a win in division play? Or will the Rams get out of northern California with a winning record? Do the Rams have the best offense in the NFC West? So far, the answer is yes. The Rams have already put 66 points on the scoreboard in the first two games of the season. The rest of the NFC West has combined for 72 points. The 49ers have contributed just 12 points to that total, with kicker Robbie Gould doing the honors with four field goals. The 49ers offense was expected to be a long way from being competitive, but not being able to score a touchdown until Week 3 at the earliest is proof this offense is in desperate need of players in skill positions. The Rams put up 46 points in their season opener against the Colts and scored 20 points on Sunday against Washington. It took the Rams until Week 5 to hit at least 66 points scored last season. Rams optimistic about Aaron Donald As expected, the Rams activated Aaron Donald from the exempt list before last week’s game against Washington. Though he played limited snaps following a preseason hold-out, Rams head coach Sean McVay has suggested Donald should be good to go for a heavier workload on Thursday night. If Donald is at full speed, he can be disruptive on the line of scrimmage and slow down any attempt to run the football the 49ers may try with Carlos Hyde. 49ers without safety Eric Reid The 49ers were given some good and bad news about safety Eric Reid following Sunday’s game against Seattle. On the one hand, Reid will not require surgery on his injured left knee. On the other hand, he will need time to get his knee in game shape, and that means he will be out of action for Thursday night. It is unknown how much time Reid will miss, but his absence will make defending the pass more difficult for San Francisco against Jared Goff and the Rams. The 49ers will continue using Jimmie Ward in Reid’s absence. Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, a first-round draft pick, is working his way back from an ankle injury as well. Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer and college football editor for The Comeback and host of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow McGuire on Twitter and like him on Facebook.
|2017 College Football Week 4 Games To Watch: TCU-Oklahoma State, Battle Of Bulldogs In AthensCBS Seattle / 3 d. 19 h. 55 min. ago more|
Ryan Mayer What a wild week in college football Week 3 was. Three Top 25 teams knocked off by unranked squads (#18 Kansas State, #19 Stanford and #25 UCLA), and a USC-Texas double overtime game that featured plenty of drama. Oh, and a converted Hail Mary that broke the hearts of Tennessee fans everywhere. The play. The sights. The sounds. @GatorsFB will remember this for a long, long time. pic.twitter.com/lMyJXmYZTf — SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 16, 2017 (Sorry ‘Vols fans) Heading into Week 4, the schedule may not look as enticing as it did last week, but there’s still potential for some fun on Saturday afternoon/evening. With that in mind, these are the five top games to keep an eye on this Saturday. #1 Alabama @ Vanderbilt- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS (CBSSports.com) Normally, Alabama vs. Vanderbilt wouldn’t get the national spotlight. The Commodores haven’t beaten the Tide since 1984 and in the last two meetings, the Tide have outscored Vandy 58-10. Granted, these two don’t meet often. The last match-up came in 2011, when James Franklin was still the Vanderbilt head coach. Prior to that, it was 2007, Nick Saban’s first year as the Tide head coach. You know the deal with Alabama. They’re led by Jalen Hurts and the punishing running back trio of Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and Najee Harris. The defense is your typical Alabama group, stingy (13.3 PPG) and tough to run against (85.0 ypg). As for Vanderbilt, head coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason has the ‘Dores playing inspired defense, having allowed just 13 points through three games. They passed their biggest test so far when they held an explosive Kansas State offense (55 PPG entering the contest) to just seven points. The running game with Ralph Webb hasn’t really gotten going (149 yards on 58 carries 2.6 YPC) so far, but QB Kyle Shurmur is completing 70 percent of his passes and he has eight touchdowns with no interceptions. The Tide are still immensely more talented, as evidenced by the 18.5-point spread, but this is more interesting than we though it would be preseason. #16 TCU @ #6 Oklahoma State- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN This is the first of multiple big match-ups to come in the Big 12 over the course of the fall. The Cowboys offense has been virtually unstoppable so far, averaging 54 points per game. That number could be even higher, but they’ve relaxed in the second half of most games due to their big leads. TCU has also racked up the points so far, checking in just a couple of spots behind OK State at 49 points per game. While the offenses will be the story heading into the game, both defenses have performed fairly well so far this year. They’re separated by just a couple of points per game allowed on that side of the ball as well as the Horned Frogs are allowing opponents just 14.3 PPG and the Cowboys allow 17.3. This is Mike Gundy’s first real test of the season (sorry Pitt fans, you know it’s true), while Gary Patterson’s group shut down Arkansas in Week 2. Still, the Cowboys are getting 11 points at home. If you like offensive fireworks, this game is for you. Also, you get a look at one of the leaders in the Heisman race, Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph. #17 Mississippi State @ #11 Georgia- 7:00 p.m. Saturday, ESPN A battle of the Bulldogs in Athens. As usual, Dan Mullen has his team playing well above the media’s expectations and they dominated LSU last week in Starkville. Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs survived a close call in South Bend with their freshman QB and then dominated FCS Samford last week. Both of these teams rely on efficient, punishing running games and physical defenses. Both rank in the Top 30 in rushing offense and defense. Georgia’s defense actually ranks in the Top 5 in the nation in run defense, while Mississippi State checks in at 27th. It’s the inverse on offense. Mississippi State’s running game checks in at 11th averaging 297 yards per game while Georgia is 29th at 230 YPG. The biggest edge that Dan Mullen has is at QB, where junior Nick Fitzgerald has begun to emerge as a potential Heisman candidate racking up 783 total yards and 12 total touchdowns. He wrecked LSU last week with 268 yards and four total touchdowns in their 37-7 romp. Georgia’s true freshman Jake Fromm has been solid, but he hasn’t been asked to win a game for the ‘Dawgs yet. The odds-makers have UGA as the 4.5-point favorites entering the game, and this could be a very close game. #4 Penn State @ Iowa- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC This is the first game of the season where we’ll see Penn State on the same field with an opponent capable of beating them (again, sorry Pitt fans). James Franklin’s group has dominated their soft early schedule as you would expect them to, but now they open conference play with the typically physical Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes haven’t faced world-beating squads so far either. They demolished Wyoming in their opener, barely escaped Iowa State on the road, and then took apart North Texas last week. Their star on offense is running back Akrum Wadley who has proven to be a threat in the running, passing and return game so far this year similar to Nittany Lions star Saquon Barkley. That’s not to say Wadley is on the same level as Barkley, but he provides a similar sort of versatility out of the backfield for the Hawkeyes. The real question comes defensively for the Hawkeyes in how they try to stop/limit a Penn State offense that can explode at any time. Between Barkley, QB Trace McSorely, WR DaeSean Hamilton and TE Mike Gesicki, the Lions have a multitude of weapons that can break a big play at any time. Finding a way to limit those explosive plays and forcing Penn State to grind out possessions will be the key for the Hawkeyes pulling the upset. That said, they’re 12.5-point underdogs at home. #7 Washington @ Colorado- 10:00 p.m. Saturday, FS1 Finally, we head to the West Coast for a rematch of the Pac-12 title game. Chris Petersen’s Huskies have picked up right where they left off last season. So too, has Mike MacIntyre’s group. Both enter the game at 3-0 and, like some of the match-ups above, this is the first real test of the season for these teams. The names for the Huskies are largely the same as last year on offense with QB Jake Browning, RB Myles Gaskin and WR Dante Pettis leading the way. The defense had some key contributors move on with Budda Baker, Sidney Jones, and Kevin King all departed to the NFL from the secondary. While Colorado lost program passing leader Sefo Liufau, Steve Montez has stepped in and looked good so far, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 858 yards and six touchdowns. In the Pac-12 title game, the Huskies were able to force Liufau into three interceptions that really changed the game. Montez will have to avoid those backbreaking turnovers if the Buffs are going to exact revenge at home in Boulder. They enter the game as 11-point home underdogs.
|With nothing but ‘horror stories’ available, Seattle parent creates needle websiteMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 20 h. 24 min. ago more|
Lauri Watkins is raising her 9-year-old son Oscar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood where part of their daily life includes trips to Cal Anderson Park. It’s a park that has become notorious for drug use. RELATED: Mother spends weekends picking up used syringes “In 2015, there were three overdoses over the course of one weekend in the park,” Watkins said. “So, that’s our park and he’s seen some stuff.” Piles of used needles are a continuing problem and something she first experienced with her son years ago. “I don’t remember whether I saw it first or we were together … He was around three or four and I thought, OK, let’s have this conversation because I don’t want him touching it.” But she admits she didn’t know exactly how to handle it back then. “I didn’t know what to do with it. I feel terrible admitting it, but the first dozen times [I saw] a needle [I was] like, OK, let’s not touch it and kept walking and I didn’t deal with the problem. And now, I’m like, great, I left it for other people.” Last year, a pathway at Lowell Elementary — her son’s school — was closed down because of issues with waste, including needles. That’s when she realized just how big an issue this was. Watkins points out that schools send home packets of information about nutrition and other issues families may face. Why not send home information about needles, too? During a PTA meeting, the school district gave an update on the cleanup efforts and measures being taken, such as installing fencing, to keep drug users off the path. But Lauri had another question: Is the issue being talked about at school? “I kind of got that look like, oh gosh, that’s a thing we should do, isn’t it?” Watkins took to the Internet, hoping to find something quickly. After a few hours, she realized there was no “one-stop shop” for information on dealing with used needles. There were just hundreds of “horror stories” about children finding them. Watkins, being a believer in taking action when she sees a problem, took the matter into her own hands. She did more research and compiled it all on her website See A Needle. It launched just in time for the school year. The site includes the basics on what children should do if they find a needle. It also includes information for adults and additional resources. Watkins knows not all parents are going to want to address these issues with their children. She says that as long as their children know enough not to touch the needles, their parents are protecting them. Lauri says she would like to see information like what’s on the website in school districts. But for now, she just wants to get the word out.
|Disney's ALADDIN Flies to The Paramount Theatre Next MonthSeattle News / 3 d. 21 h. 8 min. ago more|
Casting has been announced for the Seattle engagement of Disney's Aladdin. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre on Thursday, October 12 for a limited engagement through Sunday October 29. The Media Opening Night is Friday, October 13 at 8pm.
|‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Behind-The-Scenes PreviewCBS Seattle / 3 d. 21 h. 28 min. ago more|
Stark Trek: Discovery launches September 24th at 8:30 PM ET/PT with a broadcast premiere on CBS and will also be made available on-demand through CBS All Access. All subsequent episodes, including episode two which will be made available immediately following the broadcast premiere, will be viewable exclusively on-demand for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S. with a new episode released weekly on Sundays after 8:30 PM ET. The show’s first season will be split into two chapters, with the first chapter wrapping up in November 2017 and chapter two debuting in January 2018. See above for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing Star Trek back to life. Discovery marks a return to television for the iconic series for the first time since 2005 when Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air. This chapter in the universe will take place about ten years before the events of the original Star Trek series and follows first officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the rest of the crew aboard the USS Discovery. Taking over as the series’ main antagonist the Klingon T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) seeks to unite the Klingons to wage war against the United Federation of Planets. Discovery will boldly go where no other trek has gone before as Michael Burnham will be the first protagonist in the series who is not a starship captain. “To see a character from a different perspective on the starship—one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context,” said Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman. Another interesting wrinkle is the complete overhaul for the appearance of the Klingon race. Discovery‘s Klingons will feature an “evolved” look with different colored skin, more pronounced facial ridges and will be totally hairless. Star Trek: Discovery launches September 24th at 8:30 PM EST on CBS before moving over to CBS All Access for all future episodes. Check your local listings for more information.
|NB I-5 in Tumwater closed by fuel spillMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 21 h. 41 min. ago more|
All lanes of northbound I-5 are closed in Tumwater because of a fuel spill caused by a disabled semi. The fuel spill occurred near US 101 at about 4:15 a.m. Traffic is being detoured via northbound US 101 and then back onto I-5. The Department of Ecology has been called to the scene and a cleanup is in progress.
|Just another immigrant here, Mr. BannonCrosscut / 3 d. 23 h. 55 min. ago more|
On a recent TV interview, Steve Bannon, former White House adviser and representative of the Force’s dark side, disputed the notion that America was a nation built by immigrants. During a “60 Minutes” segment with Charlie Rose, Bannon insisted that America was “built on our citizens,” not immigrants. When Rose said, “We are all immigrants,” save for Native Americans, Bannon dismissed that idea as a “leftist” notion. Bannon’s claim is like a butterfly denying it was ever a caterpillar. At root, the vast majority of us in America come from immigrant stock, Bannon and his 19th century Irish refugee ancestors included. But the 21st century Know Nothings want us to delete that memory from our personal and collective hard-drives. Fortunately, that idea is being resisted. At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, the finishing touches are being put on a new permanent exhibit, four years in the making, on Washington’s immigrants and migrants. I recently got a brief sneak pre-preview preview of “Washington My Home,” scheduled to open this fall. A large exhibit space features a floor-to-ceiling, backlit photo gallery, using images from historic and contemporary portraits, of the state’s immigrants and migrants. The exhibits talk about the struggles and prejudice people have faced, contains the stories of family origins — including Native American histories — and features interactive displays that encourage visitors to think about where they came from and what life in Washington means to them. There’s a display of original shoes of various immigrant groups, a moving exhibit that urges us to walk in other people’s shoes, metaphorically if not literally. This is a message lost on many people today, whether Bannonites or Internet trolls or enthusiastic participants in today’s “call out” culture” so ready to shame others. Our histories are complex, diverse, and putting yourself in another’s place can be rehumanizing not dehumanizing. The backlit photo gallery in the museum has the subtle effect of stained glass church windows. Our diversity of origins and journeys can also be a glory to behold, from the determination of African American pioneers to the wheat-farming Volga Germans, to the brave endurance of the Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Migrants and immigrants are “us.” You might be a seventh generation American-born citizen, but don’t forget where you came from, or the contributions everyone has made and continues to make. It caused me to reflect on my own background, and how immigration has both been a source of pride and a kind of gentle shame. Having the name Knute embarrassed me as a child. My nickname was “Skip,” but I yearned to have what I thought of as a regular name, because “Knute” was so ethnic. Why couldn’t I have been Tom or Bill? My paternal grandfather was a Norwegian immigrant who came here around 1910, my grandmother a Scottish immigrant who came, via Canada, in 1914 after they met and married in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were poor. They met on a wealthy timber baron’s yacht where granny was a maid and my grandfather — Bestafar, Norwegian for grandpa —worked in the engine room. He became a very successful mechanical engineer, the classic immigrant story of working one’s way up by being an innovative entrepreneur. He invented and manufactured logging and marine equipment — winches and fairleads — and held a number of patents for hauling things like anchors and timber. During World War II, his gear was adopted by the U.S. Navy for use on landing craft to help make amphibious landings like D-Day successful. If that wasn’t helping to build America, I’m not sure what is. In the 1940s, my grandfather was voted into the Rainier Club, a proud achievement, a sign to him that he had reached the pinnacle of success. I’ve seen his original club application where his sponsor described him as “sober and industrious. Speaks English without marked accent.” The author’s immigrant grandfather: Enjoying his role in building America. Credit: Courtesy of Berger Family He was proud of his Scandinavian heritage — I was in my teens before I learned that uffda was not an English word. When I was little I assumed that May 17, Norwegian Independence Day, was an American holiday. But he also wanted to belong to the mainstream of Seattle business and social life. Remembering your roots and being an American are not mutually exclusive, and for many people an essential ingredient to their ambition. As the grandchild of immigrants, I am an immigrant too. Just check my genes. While I’m proud to call myself a Northwest native — someone who was born here — I understand that immigration and migration are literally in my DNA. According to the genetic testing site 23andMe, I am less Norwegian than I thought I was, but I am 99.9 percent European: My genes are those of immigrants. I have passed them on to ever more complex variations in the coming generations. My immigrant genes, for better or worse, are alive and transforming America as we speak. My kids and grandkids are immigrants too. Immigration’s central role in American life is no leftist conspiracy. It’s a cultural, historical and biological fact. Steve Bannon’s America is fiction.
|The good and very bad of Cantwell-backed energy billCrosscut / 4 d. 0 h. 10 min. ago more|
The Puyallup tribe has filed a lawsuit against Puget Sound Energy to stop a $275 million LNG facility in Tacoma. They argue that the LNG facility would breach their fishing rights as guaranteed by the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854, negatively impact the health of their communities and pose a significant public safety threat to a densely populated urban area. The Puyallup are far from alone in their opposition to LNG: The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to the siting of LNG facilities in or near tribal lands and major population centers. And grassroots groups have been holding frequent protests at the site of the construction, including one last month in which almost, nearly 100 protesters sat in front of bulldozers in order to prevent pipeline from being laid. Yet, even as the Puyallup sue to stop the project, PSE, an Australian-owned corporation, continues laying pipeline on Puyallup land, indicating that when it comes to environmental racism the gas industry is as culpable as the rest of the fossil fuel industry. Tomorrow, there will be a regionally coordinated action that will see protesters visit at least 12 Puget Sound Energy offices across Washington. Stating their opposition to the project, Puyallup tribal Chair Bill Sterud has complained, “The Puyallup Tribe has received complete disregard of the consultation obligations … when attempting to address the Tacoma LNG plant and its associated pipelines proposed to be constructed within and adjacent to the Puyallup Reservation in Washington.” It is a disregard in the consultation process that has echoes of Standing Rock. Puyallup tribal Councilmember David Bean has pointed out that if there was an explosion at the facility, I-5 would be within the blast zone. The fear of an explosion is not a difficult one to understand; it is less than two years since Seattle witnessed a gas explosion that damaged much of the heart of Greenwood. As all this goes on, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have teamed up to write an omnibus energy bill, the Energy and Natural Resources Act 2017. The bill would do some good things: it would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the country’s most successful conservation program; it would provide support for state and local governments efforts on energy efficiency and for further research development of alternative energy technologies. Nevertheless, the Energy and Natural Resources Act 2017 would be a disaster for our ability to curtail climate change — and our ability to stop projects like the Tacoma LNG. Over 350 green groups — including 350.org, Food and Water Watch, and Friends of the Earth — have signed on to a letter expressing explicit opposition to the bill. Bill McKibben has described it as “a shameless giveaway to the polluting oil and gas industry.” Sen. Bernie Sanders has complained that the bill will “make us more more reliant on fracking for natural gas for decades to come.” The main reason for the concerted opposition to the bill is that the Energy and Natural Resources Act 2017 would facilitate the expansion of the gas industry — in Murkowski’s summary of the bill she states that it will “streamline pipeline permitting, facilitate LNG exports” — and gas is an absolute disaster for our climate. A crucial fact that Sen. Cantwell seems to be having a very hard time accepting. Yes, as executives from the gas industry are fond of pointing out, it is true that, when burned in a new, efficient power plant, gas emits 50 to 60 percent less carbon dioxide than a typical new coal plant. But that is only part of the story. Gas production leaks huge amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that, over a 20-year period, is up to 86 times more potent in creating global warming than carbon dioxide. This is not a side point. This is the whole story when it comes to gas: Countless studies, including from the National Academy of Sciences, have found that the methane from fracking virtually eliminates any beneficial impacts of gas production, causing the Union of Concerned Scientists and others to state that if the U.S. electricity grid transitions from its reliance on coal for power production to using mostly natural gas, there would be virtually no reduction in emissions as a result. Even more concerning, most of these studies only look at methane leakage at the source of extraction: natural gas also leaks when distributed. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reports 45 incidents within New Jersey’s natural-gas distribution network alone over the last 20 years — five of which were deadly. In Boston, several studies have found high concentrations of methane in the atmosphere as a result of natural gas, posing a threat to human health and contributing to climate change. Besides climate change, there are huge concerns around the air and water pollution caused by the gas industry: water contamination from fracking has been documented in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico to name just a few. Others have found that gas development can affect local and regional air quality, including resulting in an increase in pollutants known to cause “respiratory symptoms, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.” Air pollution, water pollution, climate change, environmental racism: These are the defining qualities of the gas industry. And it is with these concerns on their mind that a dozen organizations recently called upon Sen. Cantwell to host a town hall to answer questions about the Energy and Natural Resources Act 2017. With top climate scientists telling us we have but three years in which to dramatically reduce our emissions, we must end fossil fuel use as soon as we possibly can. That’s a goal that assuredly will not be met by a bipartisan energy bills that further enables gas infrastructure. Sen. Cantwell should discuss with her constituents their fears that the bill she is championing will create even more LNG fights in Washington state, and beyond.
|Taking the classism out of classical musicCrosscut / 4 d. 0 h. 18 min. ago more|
This story originally appeared on KCTS9.org. “Do you brush your teeth every day?” Quinton Morris asks four students in a small Maple Valley studio. “You’re teenagers,” he teases as eyes roll, “some of you probably don’t.” “Playing with the metronome is like brushing your teeth,” he says. Morris isn’t teaching high school health. He’s teaching beginning violin. And he’s drilling the basics — scales, hand placement, finger position and playing with a metronome every day. The violin is a notoriously difficult instrument to play well and — for beginners — there are many sour notes and crooked bows. “You need a lot of practice to become good at it,” says student Brian Nguyen. Many beginners start in public school string classes. But often the best learning takes place with a private teacher, who can zero in on strengths and weaknesses and hone potential early on. But not all students can afford private lessons. Cue Quinton Morris, associate professor and director of chamber and instrumental music at Seattle University. “There is this kind of negative connotation that you only take private lessons if you have a lot of money, if you are privileged to have two parents in the household, if you are white or if you have really good grades,” Morris says. Morris has set up studios in South King County through the nonprofit organization Key To Change, offering low-cost private or small-group violin instruction and financial aid to budding musicians. “He wants to deposit back into young people the kind of investment he received,” says Vivian Phillips, Seattle Arts Commission chair. “He was educated, to a large part, in South King County, so he’s going back to his roots.” Morris is an advocate for public school music teachers, and sees his efforts as bolstering beleaguered arts and music programs. “It’s not uncommon for an orchestra teacher to have between 40 to 60 students in their orchestra classes with no assistant, no aides or help, and that’s what I hope the Key to Change studio can do — provide lessons for those students in the orchestra teachers’ classrooms.” Not that Morris needs more on his plate. In addition to teaching duties at Seattle University, he lectures and performs all over the world. He is a frequent collaborator with arts and civic groups. He’s also the director/producer of Breakthrough, a film about Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the 18th-century violinist and first-known classical composer of African ancestry. Morris played Saint-Georges in the film, traveling to five continents for film-screenings and to perform Saint-Georges’s music in live settings. Today, as one of very few African American violin professors in the United States, Morris believes that representation is crucial. “When I got to high school, I was the only African-American violinist, not only in my school orchestra, but also in the youth symphony program here in Seattle.” He hopes to reach young African Americans and other students of color who may feel shut out of classical music’s traditionally European and white culture. The Breakthrough project and Saint-Georges, long-studied by Morris, is an opportunity to show students that black artists and musicians, although underrepresented, have been part of the classical tradition throughout history. Above all, Morris believes that the discipline learned through mastering an instrument offers invaluable life lessons for young students. “It boosts their self -confidence, their self-esteem, it provides them with critical thinking skills,” he says. “You’re learning all of those key qualities that a successful adult on this planet needs to have.”
|Disability commission recommends safe consumption sitesSeattle News / 4 d. 1 h. 51 min. ago more|
Shaun Bickley, chair of the Public Safety Committee for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, discusses his support for safe consumption sites at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Capitol Hill Jin-Ah Kim is a recovering opioid addict who only got clean when every single person when knew cut her off. She detoxed on her daughter's floor, miserable and cold.
|Bobby Moynihan On ‘Me, Myself & I’ – “Funny, Heartwarming, Half-Hour Long”CBS Seattle / 4 d. 15 h. 24 min. ago more|
Me, Myself & I, is coming to a television near you starting on September 25th at 9:30 PM EST. CBS’ newest comedy tells the story of Alex Riley, an inventor from Chicago who gets uprooted to Los Angeles at a young age and has to adjust to a whole new life. Alex’s life on the show unfolds in three different periods all at once as we see him experience age 14, age 40 and age 65. Bobby Moynihan takes the reigns as 40-year-old Alex. Moynihan spoke with CBS Local’s Matt Weiss to discuss how he got involved with the project, “sharing” a character and what it’s like portraying a Bulls fan as an east coast native. MW- Hey Bobby, how’s it going? BM- Hey, how are you? MW- Doing good! Monday, September 25th, Me, Myself & I premieres on CBS at 9:30 eastern, you play Alex Riley a guy from Chicago who gets transplanted to Los Angeles. The show is pretty unique and ambitious in that it features Alex in three different periods of his life played by three different actors. What was it about this project that caught your eye? BM- When I first read the script that Dan Kopelman wrote I just kind of fell in love with it. It is a pretty lofty premise with these three different timelines but the way that it was written was so seamless and so wonderful. Its really, really funny and full of heart and I just enjoyed the script so much that I was on board. Then I met with Dan and the people on board and I kind of fell in love with them and here we are! MW- Now I know you’re a northeast guy and I am as well, is it difficult for you play a Bulls fan? BM- [laughs] Yea, I’m a diehard Giants fan because of my father so that’s it. It doesn’t even cross sports, you’re only a Giants fan in the Moynihan household. MW- Sounds like a bit of a struggle. BM- Oh yea. MW- The show’s three different time periods all run within the same episode so Jack Dylan Grazer plays the 14-year-old Alex, John Laroquette plays the 65-year-old Alex and then you, of course, play Alex at 40. What’s it like sharing a character with these other actors? BM- It’s interesting. It’s hard because we’re never on camera together but we’re all playing the same person so we try to meet up before hand and have a couple little nods to the fact that we’re playing the same person. A couple little gestures or some mannerisms that we all do the same. The character of Alex is so well written that we just hit the ground running as far as the tone of it. We just try to connect them as much as possible because we will never work together on camera unless we get to like season six, jump the shark and do some weird dream sequence or something [laughs]. MW- Was that a spoiler? BM- No, I don’t think so, I think they’re actively trying not to do that [laughs]. MW- Well that makes sense. There will be another familiar face to many in the audience on Me, Myself & I because Jaleel White is on the show. BM- Yea, yea, yea he’s the best. MW- What’s your experience been like working with him? BM- He’s the greatest! He’s a really smart, talented, wonderful, funny man and a good dad. He’s teaching me a lot about the sitcom world and he’s a complete pro, he’s been in the business for a while. A lot of my scenes are with Jaleel, he plays my best friend I’m living in his garage with my daughter. We hit it off swimmingly and he’s really, really super fun to work with. MW- If you could learn sitcoms from anyone… BM- …you might as well do it from Urkel! MW- [Laughs] Exactly. Alex is an inventor on the show, are there any inventions you’ve ever thought of that you feel like could be a million dollar idea? BM- Probably but they’re all probably pretty stupid. I’d feel pretty ignorant if I had something that good and I didn’t use it or even worse having something that’s ridiculous and thinking it’s great [laughs]. MW- Me, Myself & I, three different phases of one man’s life. Can you give me three phrases to describe the show? BM- Funny. Heartwarming. Half-hour long [laughs]. MW- Nailed it, well Bobby thanks so much for talking to me today and good luck with the premiere! BM- Awesome, thanks man. Take care! Me, Myself & I premieres Monday, September 25th at 9:30 PM EST. Check your local listings for more information.
|Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3CBS Seattle / 4 d. 16 h. 36 min. ago more|
By Rahul Lal Fantasy owners lose their minds when it comes to picking up the right guy. Certain players fall victim to rumors of decreased touches or are put on the waiver wire after one rough week. For example, I woke up mid-week to find Jonathan Stewart sitting on the waiver wire in a 12-team league where the next best running back is a third stringer who gets 15 snaps a game. After getting 15 carries this week, Stewart’s role is safe and his new fantasy owner has a potential starter who was picked up for a bench player. The moral of the story is that it’s very important to play the wire but don’t get too cute, don’t get too ambitious. Patience is a virtue and fantasy football is the biggest test of that patience. Below are a few of our favorite waiver wire pickups for week 3 and they are separated by the three categories of Add Now, Worth A Look, and finally Deep League Add. Javorius Allen (Baltimore Ravens, RB) Confidence Level: Add Now If Buck Allen hasn’t been picked up in your fantasy league yet, it’s time to do so. When Danny Woodhead went out, most predicted he would take over Woodhead’s role in the offense which presents standalone fantasy value. What most didn’t expect was for Allen to out-carry Terrance West and out-snap West 43 to 16. There’s a clear shift coming and Allen’s ability to double as both a runner and pass-catcher bodes very well for him moving forward. Allen is now a weekly flex play especially in PPR leagues where he’s a good bet for three-to-five catches and 30 yards a week. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Rashard Higgins (Cleveland Browns, WR) Confidence Level: Add Now Corey Coleman could be dealing with a broken hand and Kenny Britt has been irrelevant thus far making Higgins Deshone Kizer’s new favorite target. He was called up from the practice squad just last week and thrust into the third wide receiver spot immediately. This resulted in 11 targets, 95 yards, and seven catches. As we typically see from rookie quarterbacks, they tend to lean on one receiver heavily and Higgins’ role can expand as Kizer gets more comfortable throwing the ball. With the Browns consistently playing from behind, Kizer is going to have to throw the ball quite a bit and the organization is going to look to make him a key part of their offense as he’s another young weapon to develop. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Jermaine Kearse (New York Jets, WR) Confidence Level: Worth A Look I get it – it’s hard to trust a Jets player with fantasy value but he’s seemingly the number one option on a team that will be trailing a lot this season. As long as Josh McCown is throwing the ball, Kearse should get plenty of targets. Fantasy owners shouldn’t fall in love with Kearse but he’s absolutely worth a look as he presents as much touchdown appeal as anybody in that offense and could merit flex appeal in many weeks. In his 14 targets this season, Kearse has secured 11 catches and two touchdowns for 123 yards. The numbers aren’t eye-popping but the chemistry should only grow for the former Seahawks receiver. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) J.J. Nelson (Arizona Cardinals, WR) Confidence Level: Worth A Look I’m not high on Carson Palmer as I think his game is showing serious signs of regression. I’m part of the minority who thinks they could offer a pick to grab Alex Smith in the offseason and officially move on. That being said, John Brown is dealing with an injury and is unlikely to return to a full role any time soon. Larry Fitzgerald is still in Arizona but with David Johnson out and a group of subpar replacements, the entire offense is being affected. Nelson will have weeks like his massive week 2 but he’ll likely have many weeks of fantasy irrelevance if the Cardinals’ offense is completely slowed down. Palmer has only thrown two touchdowns to his four interceptions this season and, without a touchdown, it could be tough to trust Nelson enough to merit a flex start. Pick him up but don’t expect consistent play out of him until we see an uptick in Palmer’s numbers. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Evan Engram (New York Giants, TE) Confidence Level: Worth A Look The Giants are very high in their new tight end. Investing a first round pick in a tight end isn’t easy but the Giants may have found a gem in their big receiver. Engram is a superb route runner who excels in the red zone and reeled in a touchdown grab on Monday night. His seven targets paced the Giants with Odell Beckham getting five and Brandon Marshall turning his five targets into only one reception. Behind Beckham, Engram may be their best red zone target and presents very real TE1 potential this season. Rhett Ellison opened up as the starting tight end but Engram has already become a better blocker and is light years ahead of Ellison as a pass-catcher. This Giants team will be throwing a lot this year, and should rely heavily on Engram to produce inside the 20 yard line.
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