|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
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|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.
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|Survey finds geopolitical, cyber threats key concerns in ’18The Seattle Times / 1 min. ago more|
GENEVA (AP) — The World Economic Forum says a new survey found more than nine in 10 experts are expressing concerns about worsening economic or political confrontation between world powers, as “charismatic strongman politics” increasingly affects geopolitics. The WEF, perhaps best known as the organizer of the annual Davos conference that convenes next week, cites […]
|Future of Catalan crisis at stake as new parliament convenesThe Seattle Times / 3 min. ago more|
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A new Catalan parliament is meeting following a foiled secession attempt last year and amid looming questions about the role that fugitive and jailed politicians will play in the chamber’s separatist majority. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in October dodging a Spanish judicial probe over the illegal […]
|Behavioral healthcare center worker charged in teen’s deathThe Seattle Times / 4 min. ago more|
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say an employee at a behavioral healthcare center has been charged in connection with the death of a teenager who was a patient at the facility. A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office news release says 47-year-old William P. Herndon, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was indicted on Jan.11 on charges […]
|Apple supplier denies charges of unsafe, unclean conditionsThe Seattle Times / 11 min. ago more|
SHANGHAI (AP) — An Apple Inc. supplier in eastern China has denied allegations by a New York rights group that its workers toil for ten-hour shifts in loud, polluted conditions, without proper overtime pay or adequate safety protections to make MacBook and iPhone parts. The manufacturer was responding Wednesday to a report by China Labor […]
|Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion to Yemen following appeal to save the local currency from ‘complete collapse’The Seattle Times / 11 min. ago more|
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion to Yemen following appeal to save the local currency from ‘complete collapse’
|UK citizens ask Dutch court to protect post-Brexit EU rightsThe Seattle Times / 12 min. ago more|
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A group of British citizens who live in the Netherlands has gone to a Dutch court in a bid to retain their EU citizenship rights after Britain completes its divorce from the bloc. In a case that could have far-reaching consequences for some 1 million Britons currently living in European Union countries […]
|Burberry shares down sharply on disappointing holiday salesThe Seattle Times / 14 min. ago more|
LONDON (AP) — Burberry shares are down over 6 percent in early trading after the luxury fashion house reported disappointing retail sales for the holiday season. The company says Wednesday same-store sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 rose 2 percent from a year earlier. That “looks a bit drab” compared with the 7 […]
|Hundreds pay respects to slain Kosovo Serb leaderThe Seattle Times / 25 min. ago more|
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — People in a northern Kosovo town have been paying their respects to the Serb politician who was gunned down in an attack that raised fears of instability in the Balkans. Hundreds lighted candles outside the headquarters of Oliver Ivanovic’s political party in Mitrovica, where unknown attackers opened fire on him on […]
|Former German death camp guard’s clemency appeal rejectedThe Seattle Times / 31 min. ago more|
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard’s bid for clemency, removing the final barrier to him serving his sentence for accessory to murder. Lueneburg prosecutors’ spokeswoman Wiebke Bethke said Wednesday her office had rejected former SS sergeant Oskar Groening’s clemency request filed earlier this week. She said regulations prevented […]
|European car sales increase for 4th straight yearThe Seattle Times / 37 min. ago more|
MILAN (AP) — Car sales in Europe rose for the fourth straight year in 2017, topping 15 million units for the first time in a decade. The ACEA association of European carmakers said Wednesday that car sales rose by 3.4 percent last year, from 14.6 million in 2016. Italy and Spain tallied the strongest gains, […]
|Police mobilize against protesters in French airport disputeThe Seattle Times / 41 min. ago more|
PARIS (AP) — Police are deploying extra forces to western France as the government prepares to decide whether to build an airport that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests. Anarchists, farmers and environmental activists have occupied a vast area around Notre-Dame-des-Landes, outside the city of Nantes, to resist the proposed airport. Protesters […]
|Stopped for Miami Beach python show, woman faces deportationThe Seattle Times / 44 min. ago more|
MIAMI (AP) — A woman whose python posed with tourists strolling through Miami Beach is now fighting deportation after Florida wildlife authorities stopped her for illegal display and called immigration officials to check her status. The Miami Herald reports that Maria Valdez Moreno received a warning from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers investigating […]
|Netanyahu says US Embassy to move to Jerusalem this yearThe Seattle Times / 45 min. ago more|
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’s certain that the U.S. Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, much sooner than Trump administration officials have estimated. Netanyahu told Israeli reporters traveling with him in India on Wednesday his “solid assessment” is that the American Embassy “will be moved far […]
|7 dead as Myanmar police open fire to disperse protestersThe Seattle Times / 49 min. ago more|
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival, killing seven people, officials said Wednesday. The protesters in Rakhine state marched through the ancient city of Mrauk-U and ransacked a government building on Tuesday after authorities banned the anniversary celebration of the founding of the […]
|No Closer To DACA Deal, Republicans Push Plan B To Keep Government OpenKUOW / 1 h. 10 min. ago more|
President Trump and congressional Democrats appear no closer to a deal on protecting "Dreamers" from deportation, but GOP lawmakers are working on a Plan B that would — if approved — prevent an election-year shutdown of the government, extending funding at least another month. A continuing resolution is due to expire this Friday, but Republicans have proposed kicking the can down the road once more with an extension on stop-gap funding through Feb. 16. Democrats have threatened a no-vote on any spending resolution that does not include an extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. However, Republicans hope that by including a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and high-end employer-subsidized health care plans and a six-year reauthorization of the children's health program, or CHIP, they can get enough Democrats to come on board. Rank-and-file Republicans seem to like the deal and are hoping for a vote on Thursday, just ahead of
|Ex-CIA Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Exposing U.S. Spy Network In ChinaKUOW / 1 h. 52 min. ago more|
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer is under arrest on charges of illegally retaining highly classified information relating to the U.S. spy network in China – including notebooks containing lists of informants and details of their operations, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a naturalized U.S. citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, was taken into custody Monday night at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. An investigation of the former CIA case officer began in 2012, five years after he left the agency, the Justice Department says. He began working at the CIA in 1994 and had a top-secret clearance. A court affidavit says that in 2012, while Lee and his family were in Honolulu during a layover en route from Hong Kong to the U.S., the FBI executed a court-authorized search of his hotel room. There, agents found and photographed the contents of two small books that contained handwritten notes "pertaining to, but not limited to, operational notes
|Since pot legalization, driving under influence has steadily risen, state saysQ13 FOX / 2 h. 41 min. ago more|
SEATTLE — Washington State Patrol troopers say whether you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s equally dangerous to yourself and others on the road. “People have misconception of marijuana and use of marijuana. Some drivers believe they are a better driver under influence of marijuana, but statistics show you are twice as likely to kill yourself or someone else while under influence of marijuana,” said WSP Trooper Brooke Bova. Since marijuana became legal in Washington state, statistics show driving under its influence has steadily gone up. Statewide, of the 503 fatal crashes in 2016, 105 of them were caused by drivers who tested positive for marijuana, according to the Washington Safety Transportation Commission. “We don’t have a breath test for marijuana or drugs,” said State Patrol Trooper Chase Van Cleave. Seahawks' Jeremy Lane allegedly told trooper 'I was more high than anything' after DUI arrest Van Cleave says if troopers pull over a driver they suspect is impaired, they’ll administer the standard field sobriety test. Van Cleave says if he decides to arrest a driver for drug impairment, a judge needs to give the go-ahead on a search warrant for things like blood tests, to confirm the suspected drug use -- a process that can take a few hours. “Then we move on to a search warrant so we can draw blood legally so we can submit that in for testing to show us what is in the blood that is impairing the person,” said Van Cleave. Troopers say just like with alcohol, marijuana affects each person differently, depending on all kinds of factors, including how much they smoked or ingested, how recently they used the drugs and how often they use it overall. “You feel like you’re OK or normal to go out and drive and do things, but in reality, you’re not. There are chemicals in that that just affect the body and it impairs the ability to drive safely,” said Van Cleave. He adds that the use of marijuana isn’t the issue, it’s what people do while they are high that can come with serious or deadly consequences. “If you choose to use it (marijuana), we’re OK with that -- just don’t operate a vehicle. It’s not the fatal crashes, but the serious injury ones, you don’t have to die for it to be life-changing,” said Van Cleave.
|WSU Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Dead of Apparent Suicide KUOW / 3 h. 55 min. ago more|
Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died. He was 21. Police in Pullman, Washington, confirmed they were called to an apartment Tuesday afternoon where they found Hilinski. He had not shown up for football practice earlier in the day.
|What Stories Do You Want From Code Switch In 2018?KUOW / 3 h. 59 min. ago more|
Hey fam — Code Switch is planning a full year of stories about the complex ways that race, identity and culture play out in peoples' lives, across the country and around the globe. And to make sure our coverage is the best it can be, we want some feedback from you. So tell us what you loved and hated in our past year of coverage. Tell us which stories left you satisfied, and which left you wanting more. And tell us what you're dying to hear about in 2018. To share your thoughts, email us at CodeSwitch@npr.org, or fill out this form. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
|Home of the Day: Eagle Shores Water View Home in Sammamish: Open House Sunday, January 21st 1pm - 4pmBizjournals.com / 4 h. 17 min. ago more|
By Marie Abbruzza, Broker Home of the Day is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Seattle's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click on the gallery image to view today's featured property. 19732 NE 32nd Place, Sammamish, WA 98074 | $2,050,000 Beautiful, light filled 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home with spectacular panoramic views, top quality features and finishwork; 150’…
|Collecting Lichen To Save The Last Caribou In The Lower 48KUOW / 4 h. 29 min. ago more|
The last herd of caribou found anywhere in the lower 48 states is in the Pacific Northwest. To be clear, this caribou herd is tiny . “Today, these are the last 11 that occupy habitat in the Lower 48.”
|WSU community stunned, grieves after QB Tyler Hilinski’s apparent suicideQ13 FOX / 4 h. 57 min. ago more|
PULLMAN, Wash. — Police said Tuesday night that Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a news release, police said officers were called to the Aspen Village Apartments at about 4:30 p.m. to “check on the welfare of a Washington State University (WSU) football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day.” “Officers arrived and found Tyler Hilinski, 21 years old, deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found,” police said. “Pullman Police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner’s Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death,” police said. WSU head football coach Mike Leach said in a written statement, “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” His brother posted this tweet: Please keep my family in your prayers tonight. — Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) January 17, 2018 Hilinski, of Claremont, Calif., was a redshirt sophomore on the football team this past season and was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. Hilinski started Washington State's Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State -- and went 39-of-50 for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception -- after Luke Falk was unable to play due to a wrist injury. On Tuesday night, WSU President Kirk Schulz tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family." The university's interim athletic director, John Johnson, said, "The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all. Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Ty you were a great teammate, friend, brother anything we needed you to be. You brought smiles to the people around you. I am sorry I could not be there for you when you needed a smile for yourself. Love you man. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/LmNC1ZLNZi — Skyler Thomas (@Sky_Dolla_Sign) January 17, 2018 Johnson said the entire football team was brought together earlier Tuesday night and informed of the tragedy. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services. "The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as long as needed," Johnson said. The university said all WSU students needing immediate assistance can contact the 24/7 WSU Crisis Line at 509-335-2159. Staff and faculty can received assistance at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) State toll-free number at 1-877-313-4455. Former WSU star quarterback Ryan Leaf tweeted, "I'm so f------ angry, I can't stop crying. Every human life is precious. All I wish is that I could've been in that apt in Pullman, looked that amazing young man in the eyes & said you're loved Tyler! I'm just like you & I've been here & there is hope, hugged him & never let go." Fellow quarterback John Bledsoe also wrote on Twitter , "God, let Tyler find peace. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight. Heaven received a very special person." Our heartfelt condolences go out to Tyler Hilinski’s family, friends and the entire Washington State community. https://t.co/q26mLLHsMd — Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) January 17, 2018
|Daughter charged after man’s body found encased in concrete inside crawl spaceQ13 FOX / 5 h. 14 min. ago more|
BRIGHTON, Colo. -- The daughter of a man whose body was found inside a Colorado home has been charged with first-degree murder, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Dayna Jennings, 44, was arrested Wednesday in the death of her father, 69-year-old William Mussack, whose remains were found inside a home in the 10000 block of Eliot Circle in Federal Heights. Court documents say his body was found in the crawl space encased in concrete and Jennings admitted to pouring that concrete. Although those documents do not list a cause of death, it does say family members believe Mussack was drugged because of a prior incident where he was found unconscious for 15 hours last December after taking a bite of a hamburger Jennings gave to him. Jennings has been charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human body. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 15 in Adams County District Court. Family and friends had been searching for Mussack for two weeks and notified authorities in late December. Police executed a search warrant on the home on Wednesday where Mussack's body was found. The Federal Heights Police Department said Jennings and Mussack shared a house. Neighbors said Jennings' boyfriend also lived at the home. Authorities have not said when they suspect Mussack was killed.
|Growing Vancouver Sets Sights On New Elementary SchoolKUOW / 5 h. 33 min. ago more|
Vancouver Public Schools announced plans Tuesday to open a new elementary school in the heart of downtown. The K-5 school was described by the district as a school of choice, or a magnet school, similar to Vancouver School of Arts and Academics or Vancouver iTech Preparatory. The new facility will accommodate up to 500 students with programs focusing on arts and innovation. The new elementary school will be built on a parcel of land owned by Killian Pacific adjacent to the citys library downtown. Its also one of the projects that was included in a $458 million bond voters approved last February. Having a downtown school as the population grows really is essential to serve the needs of the community, said Todd Horenstein, the districts assistant superintendent for facilities. We were looking for something in the core of the city to accommodate new residents and families, he said. According to the city, more than 1,200 new multi-family apartments and condos are in the works for the
|Flashing light, loud ‘boom’ over Michigan may have been a meteorQ13 FOX / 6 h. 21 min. ago more|
DETROIT — A flash that lit up the sky and a loud “boom” noise recorded Tuesday evening by southeast Michigan residents may have been caused by a meteor, officials say. Several residents reported the incident from Ann Arbor to Detroit, with some saying they felt the ground shake, according to WJBT. Meteor/Fireball over Detroit tonight. I caught the light on my Nest Cams. #meteor #metrodetroit pic.twitter.com/OeAXC2fAB7 — Todd (@T_Slisher) January 17, 2018 Dispatch centers in West Michigan say they also received reports of a flash of light in the sky. Reports were made in Barry, Ionia and Ottawa counties. The National Weather Service tweeted that there was no thunder or lightning in the area, and that it was likely caused by a meteor. The are continuing to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for confirmation Tuesday night. After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor. #miwx — NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018 #Meteorite or #meteor over #Clarkston #Michigan tonight at 20:08:30 local time #science #astronomy @NASA @wxyzdetroit @Local4News @CNN pic.twitter.com/Zrq6NhcKPA — Tim (@tflyer85) January 17, 2018 Freaky bright flash in the sky…must be a meteor. To cold for lightning…both cameras picked it up. pic.twitter.com/4SpnL9s8la — (@MelTXD) January 17, 2018 When you realize that light in the sky might have been a #meteor. pic.twitter.com/rMafHjIfEr — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) January 17, 2018 This is a developing story
|Girl lying next to grieving grandfather in heartbreaking photo dies of cancerQ13 FOX / 6 h. 27 min. ago more|
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A young girl, whose battle with cancer was shared widely after a photo with her weeping grandfather was posted on Facebook, has died, according to a statement on the family's tribute page. "Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings this evening," the statement read. "Her nickname was Princess Bel and she could light up any room. She loved Hello Kitty and her birthday was December 10. She was a princess with the strength of a warrior and she will NEVER be forgotten." In December, 5-year-old Braylynn was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. The child's family was told she may live for a year, but in early January she entered hospice after experiencing complications. Braylynn's family posted updates about her fight against cancer on Facebook. But a gut-wrenching photo of Braylynn with her grandfather earlier this month was shared around the world. Braylynn's maternal grandfather suffers from ALS. When he saw Braylynn in the hospital, he broke down. Parker wrote on Facebook, "In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father. Both of my heroes, gone, within the same year..." Braylynn's family has set up a GoFundMe page for medical and funeral expenses that has raised over $75,000. The family will post funeral arrangements once they have been made.
|High school wrestler with Down syndrome completes ‘undefeated’ seasonQ13 FOX / 6 h. 34 min. ago more|
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - For many high school athletes, the end of their senior season is bittersweet. Some will be remembered for their records, but few will have inspired teammates more than Ohio teen Cedric Lehky. Starting in the 8th grade, Lehky was invited to be a part of the North Royalton wrestling team. Although he has Down syndrome, he has never been viewed as having limitations. "If we sprint he sprints. If we do push-ups, he does push-ups. If we do sit-ups, he does sit-ups. It's all the same so in that regard we try to say you are a wrestler, and when he is in here he's just a wrestler. His name is 'Ced,' coach Sean Folk told WJW. During his high school career he has been embraced by teammates and classmates and voted as the Homecoming King. Among his wrestling teammates, he has been an inspiration. "He's a big part of this team. When our morale is at the lowest when we are cutting weight, you know our energy is at its lowest, he brings us up," said Aaron Hertel. On Friday, Lehky wrestled his final match and, like so many matches before it, he did so to the cheers of parents, fans and members of both teams. It was his final time on the mat, 'pinning' a cooperative opponent and ending what can be viewed as an undefeated season. "They would all come up and high-five him and sit down and talk to him and I thought that was really nice too. It wasn't just the North Royalton wrestlers but it was also the other teammates," said his mother, Jeanette Brinkley. "Some kids came down and sat right next to him and they had some conversations and they were genuinely just happy that Cedric was there and talking to him," she added. Brinkley says she can see the impact her son has had, not only at the school where he is somewhat of a celebrity, but outside of the school as well. "Just to give hope to any other parent with special needs. He does everything that everyone else would do and I just never had any expectations that he well exceeded and it's beyond amazing."
|Seattle area: We just experienced a wildly warm, record-breaking series of days in January - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 6 h. 49 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesSeattle area: We just experienced a wildly warm, record-breaking series of days in JanuarySeattle TimesPeople of all ages get a great view of The Brothers peaks, part of the Olympic Mountains, from Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times). Thermometers on Monday, for instance, tallied the highest temperature ever recorded by the ...
|Jayapal says she’ll skip State of the Union because she ‘refuses to dignify’ TrumpQ13 FOX / 7 h. 12 min. ago more|
SEATTLE – Rep. Pramila Jayapal issued a statement Tuesday saying she plans to skip President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address later this month in protest of the president. “I join other distinguished members, including Rep. John Lewis, in refusing to dignify a president who has used the platform of the Oval Office to fan the flames of racism, sexism and hatred—most recently with his vulgar condemnation of Haiti and other African countries,” Jayapal wrote. Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Seattle and some outlying areas of King County. She’s been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, and co-sponsored legislation to censure him last summer after he said the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., were “also very violent.” “… My highest contribution—in these extraordinary times and circumstances where President Trump is himself breaking all established precedents to serve very narrow and self-serving interests—is to stand up to declare that I profoundly disagree with his approach and his unacceptable behavior,” Jayapal wrote. “His path is dangerous. His path is destructive. His path cannot be normalized. I will not normalize it.”
|Tukwila man held on $2 million bail in ‘body-in-luggage’ murder caseQ13 FOX / 7 h. 20 min. ago more|
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — A 37-year-old Tukwila man is being held on $2 million bail for allegedly killing his cousin and stuffing his remains in a suitcase. The Seattle Times reports a judge on Saturday found probable cause to hold the man on investigation of murder. King County prosecutors say formal charges are expected Wednesday. Q13 News policy typically does not name a suspect until formally charged with a crime. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t released the victim’s identity or cause of death. He is identified as the cousin and roommate of the victim in a probable-cause statement outlining the Tukwila Police’s case. On Jan. 10, the statement says the suspect’s brother called police and asked them to conduct a welfare check on his brother in their apartment. The officers found him to be “relatively calm.” Documents say the next day, a woman living in the building reported finding human remains in a suitcase that had been left in a covered breezeway.
|Bannon subpoenaed after declining to answer key questions during House hearingQ13 FOX / 7 h. 24 min. ago more|
Watch Video WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious House Intelligence Committee interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts. Bannon confirmed to the House intelligence panel that he was issued a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. He was also slapped with a new subpoena on Tuesday from the committee itself, according to Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the committee’s Russia probe, and committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, who still signs off on subpoenas. After being hit with the congressional subpoena Tuesday for refusing to discuss the period after the campaign, Bannon was still not forthcoming during the questioning that followed, sources said. Lawmakers had been questioning Bannon for roughly 90 minutes when questions began on the transition, several sources said. Shortly into that line of questioning, Bannon was cut off by his lawyer, according to the sources. At that point, the interview stopped and the committee issued a subpoena to force him to divulge this information. GOP leaders of the committee would not rule out holding Bannon in contempt for failing to provide information. Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Steve Bannon’s testimony is running into problems over whether he can invoke executive privilege for events that occurred during the transition. “I certainly think that the committee respects executive privilege, it’s when does that attach is the question that’s sort of dominating the day,” Rooney said. “At what time does that attach — during the transition or during the actual swearing-in?” In the testimony, Bannon downplayed his comments published in Michael Wolff’s book, saying it was “hyperbole” when he described the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and members of the Trump campaign with Russians as treasonous and unpatriotic, two sources said. Bannon joined the campaign after the June 2016 meeting and shed little light on the meeting with Russians, the sources said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the White House was not concerned with what Bannon might say to Congress or special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. But she did not say whether the White House directed Bannon not to answer certain questions. “As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material,” Sanders said. “This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades. We’ve been cooperating fully with these ongoing investigations and encourage the committees to work with us to find an appropriate accommodation in order to ensure Congress obtains information necessary to its legitimate interests.” Conaway declined to tell CNN while the meeting was ongoing whether the panel would hold Bannon in contempt if he failed to divulge key information under subpoena. Bannon is one of several key Trump associates coming before the panel this week, including Corey Lewandowski and senior White House aide Rick Dearborn, who two sources said is testifying Wednesday.
|The Record: Tuesday, January 16, 2018KUOW / 7 h. 35 min. ago more|
So you're eating breakfast on Oahu and your phone vibrates. It’s a text, and it says "Emergency Alert. Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." What you would you do next? KUOW's Ann Dornfeld will tell you what she did, and it involves Whole Foods.
|Our reporter was in Hawaii for the missile alert mishapKUOW / 7 h. 54 min. ago more|
KUOW's Ann Dornfeld tells Bill Radke about hunting for shelter from an incoming ballistic missile with her family on their second day vacationing in Oahu. For more than half an hour on Saturday, people thought Hawaii was about to be hit by a missile after officials mistakenly sent an emergency alert warning of an attack.
|ICE moves to deport well-known NW activistKUOW / 7 h. 55 min. ago more|
Over the years, Seattle area activist Maru Mora-Villalpando has staged many protests to speak out for undocumented families and for immigrants held in the Tacoma detention center.
|Google's laying undersea cables to fight Microsoft and Amazon in the cloudBizjournals.com / 7 h. 56 min. ago more|
Alphabet's Google is commissioning three new submarine cables in hopes of speeding up Internet service across the globe and competing more aggressively against cloud providers Amazon.com and Microsoft Corp. The company has four submarine cables online, with another seven in the works. The latest three, dubbed Curie, Havfrue and HK-G, are expected to go online in 2019, the company said on Tuesday. More than 90 percent of the world’s Internet bandwidth is transmitted via a network of more than…
|Northwest Companies Raise Real Dough With New Virtual Currencies Amid WarningsKUOW / 7 h. 57 min. ago more|
A quartet of young companies from the Seattle area have raised tens of millions of dollars by tapping into a hot tech trend. They've invented new virtual currencies and sold digital coins to the public. These token sales are largely unregulated and are sparking increasingly frequent government warnings.
|Tommy Le family sues King County for officer-involved shootingMyNorthwest.com / 8 h. 52 min. ago more|
A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the family of Tommy Le who was shot and killed by a King County Sheriff’s deputy last summer. “The reason the Le family has filed this lawsuit is that they want to bring out the truth of what happened and they want justice for Tommy,” said Jeff Campiche, the family’s attorney. RELATED: Police shooting inquests put on hold The family of Tommy Le, a 20-year-old Vietnamese-American student, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the King County Sheriff’s Office. Le was expected to graduate from high school on June 14, 2017, but he was shot and killed by a deputy in Burien that same day. The deputy claims that Le lunged at him with a knife. But that knife turned out to be a pen. To further complicate that story is the fact Le was shot twice in the back. “It’s hard to be shot in the back if you are lunging at the police officer,” Campiche said. The lawsuit states that Le was 5’4″ tall, weighed 120 pounds, and had never been arrested for a crime in the past. The lawsuit notes that all three deputies present at the time of the shooting were much larger than Le. Two of the deputies attempted to use a stun gun on him while the third fired a gun. Lawyers for the family say deputies were being racially selective and may not have shot if Le had been white. They also argue that sheriff’s deputies did not have proper training to de-escalate the situation and use less-than-lethal methods of force. “There is a type of racial selective use-of-deadly force in this country, and it is clear that far less white people are shot by the police,” Campiche said. “You ask yourself: Would the police have shot a kid in Magnolia — a white kid in Magnolia under these circumstances? Probably not.” Attorneys for the Le family also question why it took weeks before the department admitted Le only had a pen and had been shot in the back. The suit names the deputy involved in the shooting, former Sheriff John Urquhart and County Executive Dow Constantine. King County’s prosecutor is not commenting at this time. Lawyers for the family say they’ve reached out to the sheriff’s office and county executive for answers, but those requests have gone unanswered. An inquest into Le’s shooting was put on hold this month, along with four other deadly force cases, including: Isaiah Obet, Damarius D. Butts, Eugene D. Nelson, and Charleena Lyles. County Executive Constantine halted inquests to allow a reform committee more time to come up with possible changes to the process. MyNorthwest contributed to this article.
|Michigan father of two deported after living in U.S. for 30 yearsQ13 FOX / 8 h. 55 min. ago more|
DETROIT – A family is torn apart after immigration officials deported a Michigan father who had lived in the United States for three decades, according to WXYZ. Jorge Garcia came to the United States illegally with his parents when he was 10 years old. He’s now 39. He arrived one year before he could qualify under DACA. He has a wife and two children who are United States citizens. Monday morning, the Garcia family had a family friend drive them to the airport, where they had been told Jorge would be deported. Cindy Garcia said the moment didn’t feel real until the ICE agents stepped up to take him. “That’s when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it it wasn’t much that we could do,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said she and her husband have been working since 2005 to help Jorge become a legal citizen. He’s regularly checked in with ICE agents and filed extensions. “In total we’ve given immigration over $125,000,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said some bad legal help set them back and they’ve never had a clear path to citizenship for Jorge. Which means they’ve been checking in for years, hoping to find a solution. “We’ve never done anything without the permission from immigrations, because anytime we leave the city you have to tell them where you are going,” said Cindy Garcia. The last time the family checked in with immigration agents in November, they told them Jorge would have to leave on January 15th. Cindy said agents said because Jorge doesn’t have a criminal record, he could stay through the Christmas holiday. Cindy said, 12-year-old Jorge Jr. and 15-year-old Soleil are devastated. “It’s a nightmare, they’re sad, they’re depressed, they don’t really comprehend everything that’s going on, all they know is their dad is gone and they don’t know when they’re going to see him again,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said she is working on getting Jorge back to the U.S. but it’s going to be at least 18 months until she get a hearing with consulate. Late Tuesday, ICE defended its action in the Garcia case. ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said that everyone in violation of immigration laws may be arrested, detained and — if found removable by final order — removed from the United States.
|Seahawks fire defensive coordinator Kris Richard, linebackers coach Michael Barrow - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 9 h. 24 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesSeahawks fire defensive coordinator Kris Richard, linebackers coach Michael BarrowSeattle TimesThe announcements officially solidify the major positions on Seattle's coaching staff heading into the offseason. There could be more changes to other parts of the staff but the big three jobs that had been speculated about have now all been settled ...Seahawks Announce Changes To Coaching StaffSeahawks.comSeattle Seahawks officially hire new coordinatorsKitsap SunFinally, Seahawks officially fire Kris Richard, finalize massive overhaul of top assistantsThe News Tribune (blog)ESPN -Niners Nationall 96 news articles »
|Police investigate reported gang rape of teen in Ballard park - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 9 h. 40 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesPolice investigate reported gang rape of teen in Ballard parkSeattle TimesAn anonymous "crime alert" was posted in the park, detailing the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl on Jan. 5. A Seattle police spokesman said the incident wasn't reported to police until this past weekend. Share story. By. Sara Jean Green ...Ballard sexual assault fliers: Seattle police respond to questionsKIRO Seattleall 2 news articles »
|Mayor Durkan says Chris Hansen's Sodo arena isn't deadBizjournals.com / 10 h. 8 min. ago more|
Politically, the Sodo arena remains a long shot, but Seattle's new mayor says Chris Hansen's group still can move forward in its pursuit of bringing the Sonics back to the city.
|Celgene is reportedly in talks to buy Juno TherapeuticsBizjournals.com / 10 h. 17 min. ago more|
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|Boeing forms new business with car seat giant Adient to fill void in airplane seats marketBizjournals.com / 10 h. 23 min. ago more|
After supplier problems delayed aircraft completions, Boeing has formed a new aerospace company with automotive seat giant Adient. The new venture, Adient Aerospace, will make seats to be installed on new Boeing airplanes and for retrofit projects to upgrade older jets made by Boeing, Airbus and other commercial airplane manufacturers. Adient controls 50.01 percent of the new company. Boeing owns 49.99 percent. The companies will each get a proportionate share of profits and cash flow, Boeing…
|Fast-growing NanoString hires new finance chiefBizjournals.com / 11 h. 7 min. ago more|
NanoString's stock price has declined about 50 percent since October, when it announced third-quarter revenue would fall short of expectations. But despite job eliminations, the biotech now has 480 employees, up from 400 in March.
|SmartSheet acquisition will bring 'chatbots' to business customersBizjournals.com / 11 h. 9 min. ago more|
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|Brandon Marshall On Vikings-Eagles NFC ChampionshipCBS Seattle / 11 h. 14 min. ago more|
By Matt Citak What a weekend of excitement in the NFC Divisional Round. First the Eagles put on a defensive show, limiting the Falcons to just 10 points en route to an upset win over Atlanta. Then the following day in Minnesota, we saw four lead changes in the final three minutes of the game, which ended with the “Minneapolis Miracle” and the Vikings booking themselves a trip to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship. In what will go down as one of the craziest games in NFL Postseason history, the Minnesota Vikings have made it back to the NFC Championship for the first time since the 2009 season, thanks to a last-second, 61-yard touchdown catch from Stefon Diggs. The miraculous season continues for Case Keenum and the Vikings, as the journeyman quarterback completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 318 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Minnesota’s 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. However Minnesota couldn’t get much going on the ground, as Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined to carry the ball 27 times for just 84 yards (3.1 yards per carry). The Vikings ranked seventh in the league with 122.3 rushing yards per game during the regular season, and will once again have their hands full on Sunday, as Philadelphia finished the year with the NFL’s top-ranked rushing defense, allowing just 79.2 rushing yards per game. The Eagles may have the league’s top rushing defense, but the Vikings defense is quite impressive in its own right. Minnesota’s defense ended the regular season ranked first in the NFL in total yards allowed (275.9) and points allowed per game (15.8), while finishing second in both passing yards allowed (192.4) and rushing yards allowed per game (83.6). The Saints had some success moving the ball against the Vikings defense on Sunday, as New Orleans gained 358 total yards on the day. But 278 of those yards came from the arm of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Minnesota did a tremendous job of limiting the running back pair of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, as the league’s best rushing duo combined for just 68 yards on 21 carries (3.2 yards per carry). The Eagles run game had been one of the best throughout the regular season, but Philadelphia’s drop in quarterback play from Carson Wentz to Nick Foles has had an affect on their rushing attack. The Philadelphia Eagles rode the superb play of their defense to a 15-10 upset win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons, who averaged 364.8 total yards per game during the regular season, were able to muster just 281 total yards of offense against Philadelphia’s defense. The Eagles were able to hold Matt Ryan in check, limiting last year’s league MVP to 210 yards and one touchdown on a 61.1 completion percentage. Philadelphia also did a good job of getting pressure on Ryan, finishing the game with three sacks and 11 QB hits. Atlanta did find some success running the ball against the NFL’s top rush defense, as Tevin Coleman was able to take 10 carries for 79 yards. However starting running back Devonta Freeman was completely shut down in Philadelphia, gaining only seven yards on 10 carries. Things won’t get any easier for Philadelphia this weekend, as the Vikings ranked within the top 11 in the NFL in total yards (356.9), passing yards (234.6), rushing yards (122.3), and points per game (23.9) during the regular season. While most believe this game will come down to the performance of the two defenses, the Eagles will need their offense to carry some of the load on Sunday. Philadelphia had one of the most successful rushing attacks throughout the regular season, averaging 132.2 rushing yards per game. But that was not the case in the Divisional Round against the Falcons. Running backs Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement combined to carry the ball 25 times for just 78 yards (3.1 yards per carry) last weekend, as the running game was shut down in the most crucial of moments. Atlanta dared Nick Foles to beat them with his arm, and luckily for Philadelphia, the 28-year-old quarterback came through. Foles completed 76.7 percent of his passes for 246 yards against Atlanta’s solid pass defense, helping move the Eagles up and down the field to get them in scoring position. Philadelphia will need Foles to limit his mistakes against the Vikings, who will be looking to take advantage of any bad decision the quarterback makes on Sunday, if the Eagles want to win their second consecutive game as the underdog at home. INSIDE THE NFL guest analyst Brandon Marshall weighed in on this weekend’s NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Eagles. Marshall, along with Ray Lewis, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and James Brown break down this and other NFL storylines all season long each Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime’s Inside The NFL. Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles – 6:40 PM ET Sunday CBS Local Sports: Atlanta had mixed results running the ball against the Eagles last weekend- Tevin Coleman found a lot of running room, while Devonta Freeman was completely shut down. How will the Vikings be able to establish the run game against Philadelphia’s top-ranked run defense? Brandon Marshall: The thing that makes the Vikings offense special is the offense [itself]. It’s not their passing attack or running game [specifically]- it’s all interconnected. It all works together. The passing plays look like running plays, and the running plays look like passing plays. A lot of teams will run an action pass, but they set up that play by using a running play that looks like that to get the defenders to step up to the line of scrimmage. [This is done] in order to get the space behind the linebackers and even the secondary at times. The thing that makes the Vikings offense special is the offense, and how everything looks the same. CBS Local Sports: Minnesota allowed Drew Brees to throw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. How will the Vikings defense limit Nick Foles, who completed 76.7 percent of his passes for 246 yards against the Falcons? Brandon Marshall: That’s Drew Brees. One thing that we know is that Drew Brees throws it all over the field. Coach Payton and the Saints are not afraid to do that, and everyone knows that. Brees is special. This weekend is a totally different scheme and totally different ballgame. It will be a challenge for the Eagles to find holes in Minnesota’s defense. They run a lot of zone. They even play man-to-man. It’s going to be important for them to figure out what Minnesota’s doing pre-snap. If Nick Foles can do that, he’ll have a good chance of finding some holes. But it will be extremely hard [against the Vikings defense]. Credit: Abbie Parr/Getty Images CBS Local Sports: How can the Eagles defense slow down Case Keenum and this Minnesota offense that seems to be firing on all cylinders? Brandon Marshall: The game is not going to be won on the offensive side of the ball. It’s going to be a defensive battle [with two of the NFL’s best defenses]. Case Keenum, when he’s called on, makes some huge plays. He’s done it all year. But it shouldn’t be difficult for the Eagles to put a great game plan together to slow him down. CBS Local Sports: With the Eagles looking for their second consecutive upset win at home and the Vikings coming off the “Minneapolis Miracle,” does either team have an edge in momentum leading up to this NFC Championship showdown? Brandon Marshall: Not in momentum, but Philadelphia definitely has the edge [overall] because they have the home field advantage. They’re home, and [Lincoln Financial Field] is probably one of the most difficult places to play in the National Football League. 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.
|Delta adds and expands flights to and from Amazon.com citiesBizjournals.com / 11 h. 18 min. ago more|
Increased service to cities with significant Amazon.com operations were among the new and expanded routes Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Tuesday. Delta is upgrading summer-only flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to year-round service, the Business Journal's sister publication in Atlanta reports. That Kentucky airport is where Seattle-based Amazon is building its new $1.5 billion cargo jet hub, which will have room for 100…
|Former Washington governor, King County executive John ... - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 11 h. 24 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesFormer Washington governor, King County executive John ...Seattle TimesJohn D. Spellman, Washington's 18th governor and the first King County executive, has died at age 91.and more »
|Tick-tock, legislators: Millions for affordable housing at risk as deadline looms in OlympiaBizjournals.com / 11 h. 29 min. ago more|
In an odd twist, the fight centers around a controversial 2016 state Supreme Court case dealing with water rights.
|Seattle-area immigrant activist says she faces deportation - SFGate (blog)Google News / 11 h. 29 min. ago more|
SFGate (blog)Seattle-area immigrant activist says she faces deportationSFGate (blog)SEATTLE (AP) — A longtime activist for detained immigrants in the Seattle area said Tuesday she herself is now facing deportation, and she accused federal agents of targeting her because of her political work. Maru Mora-Villalpando, a native of Mexico ...Activist Maru Mora-Villalpando says ICE using deportation threat as 'intimidation tactic'Seattle Timesall 8 news articles »
|Amazon patents apparel-making machine for customized clothes (Images)Bizjournals.com / 11 h. 47 min. ago more|
The machine is the latest in a long line of inventions Amazon has been working on to allow shoppers to order perfect-fitting clothing online.
|As Amazon's Spheres near opening day, website launches to showcase unique Seattle structures - GeekWireGoogle News / 11 h. 57 min. ago more|
As Amazon's Spheres near opening day, website launches to showcase unique Seattle structuresGeekWireAmazon Spheres The Spheres on the Amazon campus in Seattle. (Amazon Photo). Five years after they were first proposed as an indoor space filled with plants and tall trees, The Spheres at the base of the tall towers on Amazon's downtown Seattle campus ...
|Is Seattle's homeless crisis the worst in the country? - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 12 h. 15 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesIs Seattle's homeless crisis the worst in the country?Seattle TimesProject Homeless is a Seattle Times initiative that explores the causes of homelessness, explains what the Seattle region is doing about it and spotlights potential solutions. It is funded by the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Campion Foundation ...
|Gov. Inslee continues carbon tax sales pitchMyNorthwest.com / 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that his new carbon tax bill is about job creation. Inslee’s 2018 State of the State speech “This project is about building jobs, including in rural areas,” he said. “So this is an investment strategy as much as it is a revenue strategy.” Speaking Tuesday morning during a Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee meeting, Gov. Inslee says that Washington state is following the lead of other states countries around the world. “I am comforted also to know that the things we are proposing have been successfully implemented in many, many, many countries and states which have successfully reduced carbon pollution while growing their economy.” While that may be true, it is important to remember that one of the leading revenue strategies over the next 20-plus years recommended by the Puget Sound Regional Council is a carbon tax on fuel, the Daily Herald first reported. The state needs about $40 billion to meet the Puget Sound region’s infrastructure needs, including maintaining I-5 and preserving bridges. Gasoline prices could increase 6 to 9 percent if the bill is passed and would raise $3.3 billion in revenue over four years. State Senator Doug Erickson says a carbon tax would raise fuel prices by about 20 cents in the first day.
|Latest NBA Power RankingsCBS Seattle / 12 h. 46 min. ago more|
Warriors keep winning and keep the top spot in this week's NBA Power Rankings. How is your team doing?
|Cheaper car tabs could mean cuts to more than just Sound TransitMyNorthwest.com / 14 h. 2 min. ago more|
State lawmakers are debating whether or not to give drivers relief from hefty car tabs related to Sound Transit 3. But just how much relief they might give depends on how much funding they are willing to cut to ST3. RELATED: Lawmakers consider car-tab payment plans, traffic cameras Car tabs help pay for the $54 billion ST3 plan that will expand the light rail system to cities like Everett and Tacoma. However, many drivers are upset about the amount their car tabs increased and the ways in which those increases are being calculated. “Sound Transit uses an outdated formula to calculate your tabs. It is incredibly favorable to Sound Transit and not so for drivers,” KIRO Radio’s Chris Sullivan told Dave Ross. “The legislature approved a new car valuation standard in 2006, one that was more favorable to drivers. But Sound Transit chose not to use it under ST3. So cars less than 10 years old are taxed at a way over-inflated value.” Instead of using a valuation standard like the Kelley Blue Book, Sound Transit bases its calculations more on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of a car, Sullivan said. A bill introduced last year by Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-Federal Way) proposed calculating fees more fairly and then providing refunds or credits to drivers who previously had to pay more under the old system. If fees are reduced, however, that means less money for ST3. Lawmakers are worried that reducing funding could mean delays to light rail expansion and other projects. And ST3 isn’t the only thing that might suffer should car tabs become cheaper. “They might also get rid of the $500 million Sound Transit has put into education funding,” Sullivan said. “As you might remember, that was the last-minute deal that lawmakers put in to actually get Sound Transit ST3 on the ballot.” “That’s what Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is planning on using, of that $500 million in education funding, to pay for free community college for students.”
|Gun control advocates in Washington have a fight on their handsMyNorthwest.com / 14 h. 46 min. ago more|
Gun control advocates are hoping the shift in the balance of power in Olympia can help them get a handful of new gun laws passed this session. Possible answer to the opioid epidemic It’s clear they’re still in for a fight with Republicans, the NRA, and other gun-rights groups. A hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee on five gun safety bills, including a ban on bump stocks, limits on high capacity magazines, enhanced background checks for assault weapons, new laws requiring safe storage of guns, and undoing what’s known as the state preemption law, which allows cities and counties to make their own gun regulations. The hearing drew a crowd of approximately 1,000 people, with hundreds signing up to have their say. Some of the most passionate testimony was about the proposed ban on bump stocks — a modification that allows some semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. It was a modification used during the Las Vegas massacre last summer that left 58 people dead. “The bump-stock modification on the AR-15 that murdered Carrie [a Seattle resident] increased the gun’s rate of fire to nine rounds per second. Thinks of that. A 30-round magazine could be emptied in just over three seconds. Nobody stood a chance,” Carrie’s sister, Ann-Marie Parsons, said. Parsons begged lawmakers to pass the bump stock ban, enhanced background checks on assault weapons, and limits on high-capacity magazines; as did Emily Cantrell and Kyle Helms, a Seattle couple who survived the Vegas shooting. “Assault weapons took multiple lives that night. I did my best to keep one of the victims alive, but he was shot in the heart, and although he was conscious he did not make it in the end,” said Helms. Cantrell described the terror of the experience. “We were sitting ducks with no way to fight back. We ran. We dived. And with each new round of bullets pouring down on us my emotions changed from being scared to having complete hatred to whoever was doing this, to wondering when we were all going to die.” Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell testified in support of the bills, suggesting the enhanced background checks on assault weapons could have made a difference in the 2016 Mukilteo house party shooting, that killed three teens and severely injured a fourth. “It should not have been so easy for this angry 19-year-old to purchase an assault rifle. An assault rifle that he didn’t intend to use for hunting animals. It was an assault rifle that he used with the intention of hunting humans, and that’s exactly what he did. It certainly should not have been easier for the gunman in that case to buy a rifle than it was for him to purchase a firearm.” But those testifying in favor of the new bans and limits were met with equal force from those against the proposals. That included Alan Gottlieb with Bellevue-based Citizens for the Right To Keep and Bear Arms, who says they all go too far — even the bump stock ban. “This bill prohibits possession of so-called trigger devices that allegedly increase the rate of fire of some semi-automatic firearms. While the bill references bump stocks, it goes far beyond those devices.” Gottlieb says the proposal to ban the sale of new magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is also an overreach. “The greater impact of the magazine ban would be on handgun owners. More than half a million Washington residents are licensed to carry a concealed handgun for their personal protection and the preferred firearm is a semi-automatic pistol. The most popular selling handguns these days almost all have capacity magazines over 10 rounds.” An NRA rep who showed up echoed those criticisms. Gottlieb and that representative spoke against the bill to undo the state preemption law, which would let cities and counties come up with their own regulations, and a safe storage bill, which would require gun owners to keep their weapons locked up to keep kids and criminals from getting a hold of them. If a person not allowed to have a gun gets a hold of it and uses it in a crime the gun owner could be charged and sued. The ban on bump stocks is the only one of the five bills with any Republican co-sponsors. It’s not clear right now whether any will make it all the way to the governor’s desk. Democrats have just a one-vote majority in the Senate and two votes in the House. At least one Democratic Representative Brian Blake tells The Seattle Times he’s against all the bills.
|Suspect arrested for murder after body found in Lake City house fireSeattle News / 14 h. 53 min. ago more|
Police surround a home in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood where officers are investigating a possible homicide after a fire on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Police surround a home in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood where officers are investigating a possible homicide after a fire on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
|2 people killed in separate collisions on train tracks in Monroe ... - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
Seattle Times2 people killed in separate collisions on train tracks in Monroe ...Seattle TimesThe first two deaths on BNSF Railway train tracks in Washington this year were logged within 10 minutes of each other — coincidentally — on Tuesday, according to the company's...and more »
|Keidel: Joy And Pain In MinnesotaCBS Seattle / 15 h. 58 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel If these NFL playoffs have provided us an acute reminder, it’s that not all losses are the same. Especially in New Orleans, where fans must feel knifed in the kidneys — or more vital organs — after arguably the worst loss in playoff history, in Minnesota on Sunday. If you didn’t see the play, Stefon Diggs ran an out pattern about 25 yards down on the right. He leaped for Case Keenum’s pass, would surely be tackled inbounds, then game over. With no timeouts left, the Vikings were at the mercy of an unforgiving clock, with too many yards to go. If you did watch the replay a few times you notice that not only did Marcus Williams whiff on Diggs, he also managed two swipe the legs out from the nearest defender, Ken Crawley, who may have had a chance to jump on Diggs had his teammate not flipped him like a bowling pin. Diggs landed, turned, planted his right hand on the ground to keep from falling, kept his right foot an inch from stepping out of bounds, saw no defenders, then dashed into history. And so a surefire, 24-23 win morphed into the most haunted 10 seconds since the Immaculate Reception. Imagine the savage swing in emotion, on both sides. But particularly for New Orleans, which was dominated in the first half. Minnesota jumped on the Saints and looked to be much the better team, up, 17-0. Then the Saints found their mojo, as did their future Hall-of-Fame QB Drew Brees, who led a furious charge to take that lead with 25 seconds left. The Saints went from ambushed and shellshocked, to crawling back, to muscling ahead, to wondering how cold it would be in Philadelphia this coming weekend. To Diggs. In the earlier game that day, the favored, hometown Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 45-42. But the Steelers gagged that game well before the clock drained dry, from awful fourth-down calls to a scalp-scratching onside kick with two timeouts and 2:18 on the clock. Jacksonville was just hungrier, better prepared, and better coached. >>MORE: Commentary from CBS Local Sports Voices The Saints churned their way back to the top, only to have their guts ripped out by a secondary that was so surprisingly good this year, and a catalyst for this year’s team revival. For about a decade, the Saints were little more than a cover band with a great singer, Drew Brees and the Afterthoughts. Then the Saints built a complete team with by far the best 2017 draft in the sport. Only to have that happen. And it begs, the question, one we’ve surely fielded from our friends or spouse or parents. Why do we put up with this? We love sports for the zero-sum finality of the final score. But we also sign up for this, the journey, the mood swings, the pain and pleasure and mystery, to have one side sure of loss and the other sure of gain, only to have 10 seconds jammed into a gridiron blender, and have the impossible poured onto the field. Neither franchise nor fanbase will forget a game like that. The stories will be passed like a baton down the generations. Where you were sitting, standing, shrieking, or crying when Diggs spun around and saw a free field before him, and the attendant horror and hysteria that came with that gallop to the goal line. Why do we not only tolerate this, but also love it, and need it? Why are we so tethered to a team swathed in a particular color, to a group of men who don’t know us, who say they play for fans but really bleed for the billions the NFL spends in collective salaries? As Chazz Palminteri said to the boy in A Bronx Tale, don’t bother to root for Mickey Mantle; he doesn’t pay your monthly nut. Why did I pack a Terrible Towel – an original, cotton fossil from 1978, when the Steelers had just three Super Bowl rings – to a party with other grown men who grew up with our beloved black & gold, only to sit in abject, brooding silence while the Jaguars tore us apart? We won’t admit it, but the pain is part of it. Part of the paradox, where pain and pleasure are the twin-cogs in the sports experience. We watched these games with our dads, and then become our dads. The Saints used to be the Aints, a team playing before a freckling of fans, many wearing paper bags on their heads. Then they got really good, won a Super Bowl, and were perilously close to playing in another. Just 10 seconds away. Only to see those 61 yards gobbled up by the Vikings. And as great as the Vikings and their fans feel, they have been to four Super Bowls and lost them all. They are one win from playing the first home game in the Super Bowl. But the chances are they will either lose in Philadelphia, or at home, in February. We won’t admit it, but after we gripe about the players and coaches who cost us a Super Bowl run this year, we will be back next year. The players change. The coaches change. The colors won’t. Neither will the pain, nor will our lifelong, masochistic need for more of it. 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.
|Procession route for fallen Pierce County deputyMyNorthwest.com / 16 h. 6 min. ago more|
Governor Jay Inslee has ordered flags lowered across Washington state on Wednesday to honor Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney, who was killed in the line of duty last week. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is understaffed McCartney was shot to death responding to a burglary call in the small Pierce County community of Frederickson on Jan. 8. The procession for Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney is set to begin at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at 11 a.m. and end at Pacific Lutheran University on Wednesday. The sheriff’s department says no public parking will be available at Pacific Lutheran University. There will be shuttles from the Church of All Nations. The procession route is as follows: Leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord North Gate East on 112th Street S. South on Steele Street S. South on Spanaway Loop Road S. East on Cross-Base Highway (State Route 704) North on Pacific Avenue West on Tule Lake Road S. North on Yakima Avenue S. West on 124th Street S. Arrive at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium
|Two perspectives on the controversial Seattle income taxMyNorthwest.com / 16 h. 40 min. ago more|
Supporters of the controversial Seattle income tax are convinced it will survive. Those in opposition to the tax are confident it will fail. At a recent King County Council Regional Policy Committee meeting, King County leaders heard arguments on both sides. John Burbank, executive director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, and Jason Mercier, Director of the Washington Policy Institute, discussed the issue and answered the committee’s questions during the meeting. “Mr. Burbank and I are both optimistic,” Mercier said. “He is optimistic that his provision will prevail and I am optimistic that the state Supreme Court will do the same thing that it has for the last 90 years (knock it down).” RELATED: Seattle paid $50,000 to outside groups preparing its income tax The Seattle income tax has already run afoul of state law in King County court. But proponents are aiming the case at the state Supreme Court where they believe the court will change its legal interpretation. Pro-Seattle income tax John Burbank and the Economic Opportunity Institute do more than just support the income tax. In fact, the organization is largely behind crafting it for Seattle leaders. Burbank argues that the state’s system of taxation is lopsided and unfair. “The most telling indicator is that if you are in the top 1 percent, you’ve already met your state and local tax obligation for the whole year as of today,” he said. “If you are in the bottom 20 percent, you will be working into March to meet your state and local tax obligations.” Burbank said that the income tax problem began in 1932 when Washington residents voted 70.2 percent in favor of a progressive tax, but the state Supreme Court invalidated that decision in 1933. The court ruled 5-4 that income was property, therefore subjecting it to strict rules. Washington could impose an income tax now, but it would be a uniform 1 percent. Seattle, however, wants to set a different rate for different income levels. “It’s time that we dismantled a century-old discriminatory tax system that weighs heavily on low-income and working-class residents and particularly people of color while enabling the affluent to skip out on significant contributions to public services,” Burbank said. “That is what we hope the legal findings of the state Supreme Court will enable.” Anti-Seattle income tax Opposite Burbank is Jason Mercier, the director of the Washington Policy Institute. Mercier notes that since the court decision in the 1930s, there have been six constitutional amendments to allow graduated income taxes — all have been rejected. There have also been four separate ballot measures to get around the law with an excise tax — they were also rejected. “There have been 10 straight votes rejecting a statewide income tax,” Mercier said. “What’s a little bit new to this now is what is occurring at the local level. We also had an effort similar to Seattle’s in Olympia a few years ago. Just like with Seattle that did go to court … it was allowed to go to a vote and voters still rejected that measure.” Despite residents’ rejection of this form of taxation, Mercier says that the city is attempting to go around them via the courts. He argues that changes to taxation should be done through elected representatives in the Legislature, not by judges. Two questions about the Seattle income tax Algona Mayor Dave Hill wanted clarification on who will pay the tax, which is a 2.25 percent tax on single people earning more than $250,000 and couples earning more than $500,000. But what if they work in Seattle and do not live in the city? In short, if you don’t live in Seattle at least half of the year, you are not subject to the tax. “Let’s say you work at Amazon and you live on Bainbridge Island — you are not paying this tax,” Burbank said. “That would actually bring up a question: Would this actually encourage people to move to your town?” he added. “It’s a funny thing because 2.25 percent above $500,000 is not really a lot of money. Especially when you consider moving costs, closing costs, selling one house, buying another house, and then sitting in traffic for an hour or two hours a day versus living in Seattle.” A second question was posed by King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who said she was very disturbed by Washington’s regressive tax system; that the top-earning residents can easily pay off their tax burden within days, while the rest take months. Despite the two men having differing opinions on the issue, how can this be remedied? “I have understood that we have the most regressive tax system in this country, do you believe that is accurate?” Kohl-Welles asked. “I would say that according to the information from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, we do have the most regressive tax system in the country,” Burbank said. “And the Legislature made it even more regressive with their passage of an increase in the property tax to fund K-12 education.” Mercier had two recommendations. “The first one is to stop making it worse,” he said. “Don’t exacerbate the problem by passing new excise taxes that have disproportionate impacts; the soda taxes and things of that nature. The second thing is rather than inject new forms of taxation that are high in volatility, target your relief. We’ve seen this with an act in Olympia with the working family rebate.”
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|Alaska Airlines announces destinations for new service from Paine FieldMyNorthwest.com / 17 h. 26 min. ago more|
Alaska Airlines has announced the destinations for its daily service out of Everett’s Paine Field. When commercial service begins at the airport this fall, Alaska will offer 13 daily nonstop departures to eight cities including Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Send KIRO Radio’s traffic reporters your complaints, questions Flight frequencies for each city and departure and arrival times will be announced later this year, subject to government approval, the airline said. Alaska says fares from Everett will be similar to what passengers now pay at Sea-Tac Airport. Propeller Airports and Snohomish County are currently building the new, state-of-the-art terminal designed to serve a market of a million people living in North King County and Snohomish County. It’s expected to be completed by July. The 29,000-square-foot terminal will have two gates and areas for check-ins and security screening. The decision to allow commercial flights out of Paine Field has been well received by those who say it’s about time they have a local airport in Snohomish County. Check latest traffic conditions “It would be so much more convenient now to have an airport right here,” said pilot Brainard Lee. But others say the potential noise and congestion are concerning. “My mom has lived up there for four years, and yes, we’ve heard all four years, yes, traffic has gotten worse because we have more airline traffic coming in,” said Everett resident Jackie. Alaska says its flights will increase air traffic at Paine Field just 6 percent. United Airlines will also be operating commercial flights out of Paine Field this fall. There is no word yet on potential destinations for its six daily flights.
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|Best Healthy Breakfasts In SeattleCBS Seattle / 17 h. 47 min. ago more|
By Karen Ulvestad Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day to maintain a healthy weight, and to maintain focus on tasks through-out the day. Seattle offers many options for healthy and nutritious breakfast options for Seattlelites. Many options are vegetarian or vegan, though there are restaurants that offer amazing Pacific Northwest influenced healthy cuisine. These restaurants focus on fresh ingredients, in-house preparation, and satisfying their customers’ palettes for great taste. Silent Heart Nest 3508 Fremont Place N. Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 633-5169 www.silenceheartnest.com Silent Heart Nest is a vegetarian restaurant that serves healthy breakfast meals in the Fremont district of Seattle. The restaurant opened in 1986 in the University district, and moved to Fremont 2 years ago. The menu items consists of all meatless items, many gluten-free options, and egg entrees. Many of the menu items can be made vegan, and all “meat” options are made from soy. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Bounty Kitchen 7 Boston St. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 695-2017 www.bountykitchenseattle.com Bounty Kitchen focuses their menu around fresh, organic ingredients, and all menu items are made in-house. This restaurant is located on Queen Anne. Their brunch menu is served all day, and includes many gluten-free options. The specialty of this restaurant is great tasting food through using old-fashioned cooking techniques, blending flavors, and creating nourishing meals. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Sunlight Cafe 6403 Roosevelt Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 522-9060 www.sunlightcafevegetarian.com The Sunlight Cafe uses only organic ingredients to create their amazing vegetarian / vegan cuisine. The restaurant is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Seattle, opening in 1976. The food focus is on freshly made with the best ingredients available. Their food does not include any processed ingredients, including white sugar, white rice, and white flour. The idea is to create healthy, nutritious, and affordable food for their patrons. Many options are gluten free, or can be made vegan. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, and wi-fi is available. Related: 5 Healthy Breakfasts For Weekday Mornings Bacco Cafe 86 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 443-5443 www.baccocafe.com Bacco Cafe is truly a Pacific Northwest gem located at the Pike Place Market. Their food is focused on local foods, such as salmon and dungness crab. The food is filled with Seattlelites favorite flavors, and crafted into an amazing blending of flavors. The breakfast menu includes salmon benedict, dungness crab omelette, and breakfast burritos. The restaurant is open 7 days a week. Fit Bar Superfood Cafe 2222 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 420-7197 www.fitbarcafe.com Fit Bar Superfood Cafe focuses their menu around the superfoods acai and pitaya. This is the place to find nutrition filled smoothies and bowls. Their menu items focus on nutrition, and the healing properties of superfoods. They blend ancient traditional foods into a modern cuisine, to bring a healthy menu to their patrons. This restaurant is open 7 days a week. There is a second location on the east side. It is located in Renton. Related: Ask A Seattle Expert: Easy Breakfast Meals For Kids
|Sounder service interrupted by incident near King Street StationMyNorthwest.com / 18 h. 12 min. ago more|
A pedestrian was hit and killed by a freight train near the King Street Station Tuesday morning. Check the Traffic Map The Seattle Department of Transportation says the investigation is blocking the westbound right lane of South Jackson Street between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. The incident has interrupted Sounder north line train service. Sound Transit suggests riders take regularly scheduled bus service. Everett – Seattle: •ST Express route 510 departing Everett Station bay C1 approximately every 10-15 minutes. Mukilteo – Seattle: • Community Transit route 417 at the Ferry Terminal departing at 5:49 am, 6:21 am, 6:51 am, 7:21 am, and 7:53 am. Edmonds – Seattle: • Community Transit route 416 at Bay 2 departing at 5:45 am, 6:15 am, 6:34 am, 6:55 am, and 7:42 am. Everett – Mukilteo: • Take Everett Transit route 18 at Bay D2 Everett – Edmonds: • ST Express 532 to Ash Way P&R • Transfer to Community Transit 116 Mukilteo – Edmonds: • Take Community Transit route 113 at Hwy 525 & Front St. to Lynnwood Transit Center • Transfer to Community Transit route 116 at Bay C2
|How this Seattle community is talking about raceMyNorthwest.com / 18 h. 36 min. ago more|
How do you get a community to talk about race? It’s a touchy subject, but one that Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood doesn’t have a problem discussing. “I feel as if sometimes we are moving toward a more progressive understanding, and then we move back toward ‘this is your fault’ and the shaming and blaming arena,” Nafasi Ferrell with the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association told KIRO Radio about the general conversation around race in America. “It’s shifting in certain areas with certain groups, but overall we are trying. We are trying to work with each other to understand it better.” RELATED: Seattle celebrates MLK Day 2018 DNDA is hosting a series of discussions about race and related issues. Its first event was Jan. 13. Seven more will be held between now and November. The first event went better than some may expect for a discussion about race. In fact, depending on how you look at it, it might have gone too well. Farrell doesn’t think there will be any problems with attendance at future discussions. “Our biggest thing is to limit the number of white folks who actually do show up,” Ferrell said. “The last event we did on the topic of race, we had 75 folks attend, and only 10 people of color came. Everyone else was white, and mostly women. Most of the people we got that want to be a part of this work have been white. So it’s about expanding the voice.” “We haven’t had an issue in Delridge of white folks not showing up,” she said. “It’s been about more white folks and fewer people of color showing up. We have the opposite of the problem. We know tons of white folks will attend the ‘creation of whiteness’ event, but it’s not just for white folks. It’s for people of color to understand how whiteness was created in the United States and what that means for the conversation around race.” For example, Farrell points to a recent encounter with a woman in Seattle. “I was talking to a community member from Somalia the other day,” she said. “She mentioned to me that this conversation around race is ‘between you Americans.’ She tried to separate herself from this larger community … just because the normal dialogue of race has been between blacks and whites, others feel like they can’t be a part of it. That was very alarming.” For the Delridge discussions, there is an effort to make sure that the talks don’t focus on the black and white binary common to America’s civil rights history. Farrell said that the goal is to have a larger conversation, to include a range of voices. “I think many people are like, ‘Where do we start?’ It starts with us,” Farrell said. “It really starts with us taking a step; of us taking initiative as community members to have the dialogue. It also is helpful when we have spaces made available for us to do that. That is what the purpose of this series really is. To provide a space for community members to come together … to really have these deep conversations around race and how race affects these specific topics that we are going to cover within the series.” “And also how it relates to their stories, and their lived experiences …” she added. “When we talk about race we have to talk about it as if is something separate of ourselves, but we are living through the process of understanding it, of living the past history. If we don’t give validation to our own stories and our own history we can’t move forward as a collective then we can’t move forward on the discussion on race.”
|Law banning nuclear disaster planning could be overturnedMyNorthwest.com / 18 h. 52 min. ago more|
A 34-year-old Washington state law banning any preparation for a nuclear attack could be overturned within the next few weeks, according to one of the sponsors of the bill. Seattle’s long history of anti-nuke activism Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) told KIRO 7 Saturday’s false alarm in Hawaii — where text messages were sent by the state, falsely warning of a missile attack — should convince lawmakers that a plan and a warning system should be a matter of urgency which should not be constrained by state law. “It can be changed in two weeks. But, the governor and the Democrats need to move this bill forward,” said Miloscia, who has been trying to overturn the law for a year. Miloscia said North Korea is on pace to develop a missile which could reach the Pacific Northwest coast within five years. In 1984, the Legislature’s vote was a symbolic way of putting Cold War-era nuclear disaster preparation in the rear-view mirror. The language that became law was a direct rebuke to the old fears of a Soviet threat to the U.S. — which lawmakers figured was over. The law says emergency planning for natural disasters shall “not include preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack.” Dom Felix grew up in the Cold War era, and he says Saturday’s false alarm alert in Hawaii should serve as a real warning to the people of Western Washington to have a real plan in case we ever face a real nuclear attack. “We should have a plan,” he said. “I mean that seems like a no-brainer to me. I sat through classes when I was in school and we had nuclear readiness classes and part of being able to react well is you’ve got to know it’s coming.” In the 1950s and 60s most parts of Washington State had a clear plan and places to shelter — even bunkers built inside of Seattle bridges in case of nuclear disaster. When can we talk about preparing for a nuclear attack? A shelter in North Seattle under the southbound lanes of I-5 on the Ravenna bridge — which is now used by WSDOT for storage — was a state of the art prototype for the country in the early 1960s with a capacity of 200, outfitted with decontamination showers lined with layers of concrete. “The language in the statute prohibits us now from planning for evacuations,” said Robert Ezelle, with Washington State Emergency Management. “What happens if all the sudden we hear it over the TV, and your news broadcasts it?” asked Miloscia. “What happens there? Panic in the streets? People jumping into sewers? That’s unconscionable that we’re not prepared in Hawaii and it’ll be unconscionable if it happens here.”
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|ICE targets prominent immigration activist for deportationCrosscut / 20 h. 16 min. ago more|
As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington a notice that it is initiating deportation proceedings against her. Maru Mora Villalpando, 47, known nationwide as an immigrant leader and a key organizer of protests at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, received a notice to appear in immigration court, a first step toward deportation. “I believe that ICE sent me this letter and started deportation proceedings against me because they are not so much against my immigration status, but against my political work,” Villalpando said in her first interview since receiving notice from ICE. “This is political oppression. That’s what they’re doing. ICE is finalizing the transition from law enforcement into a political-oppression apparatus.” Villalpando is one of several well-known activists recently targeted by ICE. Last week, for example, ICE detained Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. His arrest sparked protests that led to the arrest of 18 people. That same day, ICE also picked up Eliseo Jurado, the husband of Ingrid Latorre, who is fighting deportation as she takes sanctuary in a Colorado church. Jean Montrevil, co-founder of the New Sanctuary Coalition, was also detained. Villalpando received her letter from ICE last month, just before the Christmas holiday. “I don’t see my case as an isolated case. I see it as part of the movement,” Villalpando said. “We call it a war,” she continued. “Since this guy took office, this is a war against immigrants,” Villalpando said, referring to President Donald Trump. Maru Mora Villalpando from Crosscut on Vimeo. In a statement, Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Villalpando had “been charged by ICE with being unlawfully present in the United States, and her case is currently under legal review.” “All those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to enforcement proceedings, up to and including removal from the United States,” O’Keefe said. Villalpando, an outspoken and oft-quoted immigration activist who has appeared on news shows such as MSNBC and Democracy Now, has been an advocate in the region for approximately two decades. She has protested not only the current administration but former President Barack Obama’s deportation policies as well. “Obama took office and had the chance to change things for immigrants and he didn’t. He just created a bigger machine of detention and deportation and left the keys of that huge machine to a new regime,” Villalpando said. Earlier this year, she participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center intended to call attention to the living conditions there. Those conditions, she and other activists said, included having people in detention work for as little as $1 a day. In September, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the private prison company that runs the detention center, GEO Group, for violating Washington state’s minimum wage law. Villalpando grew up in Mexico City, the youngest of nine children. Her grandfather was a socialist and a union leader who frequently participated in protests in the 1950s and 1960s. “He believed everything should be for the workers, so much that he didn’t have money for his own family,” Villalpando said. Liberation theology, a religious movement in Latin America that focused on aiding the poor, emboldened Villalpando. In 1985, when Villalpando was a teenager, a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City. Villalpando witnessed people on the streets helping one another and was motivated to do the same. By the time she reached high school, Villalpando was eager to help the workers who were participating in a strike to shut down the school. But Villalpando wasn’t the only family member who was politically active. Villalpando’s sister ran for local office and members of the ruling political party — Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI — broke into her home. Then in 1994, one of Mexico’s presidential candidates was assassinated in Tijuana. Villalpando felt she had to escape the oppressive political atmosphere. After arriving in the United States in the early 1990s, Villalpando settled in Ballard and worked odd jobs, starting with one that involved pasting labels on pasta jars. At the time, Villalpando was married and in 1997 she had her first and only child — Josefina. Before long, Villalpando was volunteering with Casa Latina, a Seattle-based Latino advocacy group. Eventually, she was hired as an ESL coordinator. Ultimately, however, Villalpando felt more radical advocacy was needed. That’s when she launched Latino Advocacy, which helps different groups push for immigrant rights. When Western Washington University admitted her daughter, Josefina, the pair and Latino Advocacy moved to Bellingham. Villalpando first revealed she was undocumented in 2014, creating her own headlines. “I was sick and tired of people thinking I was a U.S. citizen and treating me different. They would treat me as the advocate. And I was like, ‘No, I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody. I’m speaking on my behalf. This is my life,’ ” Villalpando said. “To me, it was important to say undocumented people need to speak for themselves.” Now that she is under threat of deportation, Villalpando is employing her organization’s own resistance training, which has been helping others who have previously been in the same situation. In a small, black filing box labeled “ARCHIVO” she has organized documents that prove who she is, as well as paperwork establishing her many years living in the United States. She’s also built a rapid response team that is prepared to come to her aid if ICE knocks on the door. The idea is “to be mentally prepared to fight back,” Villalpando said. “The law is designed to keep us detained and deport us. We cannot rely on the law because the law is against us. We need to rely on the community. Make ICE’s job difficult.” Some immigration advocacy groups have filmed and observed detention attempts, to ensure that legal and constitutional rights are observed, and in some cases have formed human barriers around people whom ICE might be targeting. Villalpando believes ICE might have obtained her home address through the Washington’s Department of Licensing. The Seattle Times recently reported the agency regularly shares personal information with immigration officials. Villalpando said she has no plans to slow down. “To me, there’s a rush right now. I am in a rush. I wanna make sure that whatever I can give to the movement, I give.” Maru Mora Villalpando from Crosscut on Vimeo.
|As Seattle housing prices soar, Section 8 vouchers don’t help as much as they used toCrosscut / 20 h. 22 min. ago more|
For Brian Graap and Kari Forbes, there wasn’t much time. The Section 8 housing voucher they’d improbably secured was set to expire and after three months of looking for an apartment, the only thing they’d heard from potential landlords was “No.” The couple — in their mid-30s, engaged but with no date for a wedding — had been living together on the streets, homeless, while Forbes was pregnant. Graap, a marine electrician by trade, was addicted to heroin and meth. Both had criminal records — Graap for theft and drug charges; Forbes for a DUI. When their daughter, Kandace, was born, Child Protective Services turned her over to Forbes’ mother, which made getting clean and finding a stable place to live even more important. They wanted to regain custody of their child. Graap succeeded in kicking his addiction in August 2016 and the couple got in touch with several local organizations for help with obtaining a Section 8 voucher to subsidize their rent. Section 8 is a federal program administered by local housing authorities. Recipients of the vouchers generally pay no more than 30 percent of their income, the vouchers covering the rest, capping out at what is considered a “fair market rent” for that area. That the couple had succeeded in securing a housing voucher was cause for celebration: The average wait time in the country is two and a half years, and that’s just for people who have managed to get on the list. Other qualified applicants must wait until their local housing authority opens up the application period just to enter the queue. In Seattle, that’s unlikely to happen for at least another three years, when the current waitlist is cleared, according to Seattle Housing Authority spokesperson Kerry Coughlin. But as competition in Seattle and King County increases and housing prices soar, the power of housing vouchers is diminishing. Year after year, fewer Section 8 holders in the area are successfully leasing housing before their vouchers expire, with Seattle, in particular, seeing a dip in success rates among voucher holders. For Seattle Housing Authority, only 44 percent of voucher holders succeeded in finding housing at the end of 2017. That’s down from 57 percent in 2013. The King County Housing Authority had a 70 percent success rate in 2017, which is actually an improvement from 2016, thanks to a concerted focus on improving the success rate. But before then, spokesperson Rhonda Rosenberg said, that number “used to be a lot higher.” After moving in with Forbes’ mother, the couple won back custody of Kandace, a pigtailed two-year-old who’s shy of strangers. But their housing search was dragging on, month after month. Graap estimates they were rejected 5-6 times by potential landlords, but Forbes quickly interrupts to say it was much more than that. At one point, they thought they’d been accepted to an apartment in Factoria, getting so close to leasing it that the King County Housing Authority came out to inspect the apartment to make sure it checked out. But then they were abruptly turned down by the landlord, which Graap believes was the result of their background checks. As the voucher expiration date approached, Forbes says it was “absolutely” getting stressful. Those who fail to find housing before the voucher expires must re-apply, which inevitably puts them at the back of a long line. Both the Seattle Housing and King County Housing Authorities are tasked with doing the best they can with what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives them. And that means experimenting with ways to keep the waitlist in check while also maintaining a reasonable success rate for those who do receive a voucher. “You’ve only got so many dollars, so we’re trying to figure out the most efficient ways to target those dollars,” says King County Housing Authority spokesperson Rosenberg. “People think housing authorities are a Subway franchise or something, with the same business models, but it’s not like that.” Until March 2016, the vouchers administered through the Seattle Housing Authority expired after only 60 days. But the agency changed that to 120 days, with two 30- day extensions, giving tenants 180 days to use a voucher. Meanwhile, the KCHA gives clients 240 days to find a place to live. But with a finite number of vouchers, extending the expiration date risks extending the waitlist. “Do you [spread] this around so you serve the same number of people but everyone pays a little more?” wonders Rosenberg. “Or do you serve fewer people but give more money? We’re always constantly reviewing that. There’s no easy answer. There’s no magic bullet. You only get what you get from HUD.” In both Seattle and King County’s tight housing markets, success rates are among the top concerns for both housing authorities. It is such a concern, in fact, that in its brief to incoming Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (obtained through a public records request), the Seattle Housing Authority listed the “reduced purchasing power of Housing Choice Vouchers in the Seattle market” as the most pressing issue facing the housing authority. In addition to the dropping success rates, SHA is also noticing more requests from tenants to move to new apartments — a 27 percent increase from 2016 to 2017. In its brief to Durkan, the housing authority says this is likely due to a landlord increasing rent and pushing the residence beyond what the person or family can afford, even with a voucher. SHA spokesperson Coughlin says there are a number of reasons why success rates might be dropping, including more denials by landlords due to criminal or credit records. Theresa Curry Almuti, the Homeless Prevention Supervisor with Solid Ground, says factors such as criminal records, credit histories and past evictions often raise the barrier for voucher holders. “Even in places like Seattle or Bellevue where it is illegal for landlords to not rent to a prospective tenant based on the fact that they have a Section 8 voucher, in my experience some landlords will still find other ways not to accept those tenants,” she says. But overall, the working assumption is that the region’s housing prices are simply eclipsing the subsidies provided through Section 8 vouchers — and the affordable housing stock is decreasing. Housing prices in King County are up 15 percent from a year ago, according to Zillow, and the median monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is more than $2,000. In addition to making it harder for voucher holders to use their vouchers, those who find a place have a harder time staying. SHA estimates voucher holders are rent burdened 30 percent of the time for one-bedrooms, 43 percent of the time for two-bedrooms and 30 percent of the time for three-bedrooms. The King County Housing Authority’s success rate is higher due, in part, to the longer shelf life of its vouchers. The agency also serves a broader geographical area, including in a cheaper housing market. KCHA also has a tiered system, whereby families who want to live in more expensive cities like Bellevue get a larger subsidy than families eyeing less expensive areas. The ending of their search for housing is a happy one for Graap and Forbes: They found a place near downtown Bellevue, an apartment with a balcony and a view of trees. They pay $1,900. Being from Wisconsin, Graap has decorated the place with Green Bay Packers gear. The couple’s landlord liked them in their first face-to-face meeting and didn’t bother with a credit or background check, said Forbes. Now that they’re settled, Graap hopes to find work as an electrician, while Forbes hopes to return as an insurance agent. They know they’re lucky. Forbes says she has a friend with three children who still hasn’t found a place to use her voucher and is worried it will expire. And with a proposed $6 billion cut to HUD, funding for housing vouchers could get tighter.
|Inslee had a goal to cut carbon emissions. Where are the results?Crosscut / 20 h. 27 min. ago more|
Washington state is on track to reduce carbon emissions from transportation by 17 percent by 2020, meeting a goal set by the governor. The 2014 data from Results Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee’s lean-management agency, would appear to offer good news. Four years later, though, we have no idea how we are doing because the data have not been updated since then. Cutting Washington’s CO2 emissions is the governor’s top priority. He calls climate change “the cataclysm that is coming” and “an existential threat” to the state. To meet that threat, he has offered several policy and regulatory approaches. Importantly, he also pledged to embed CO2 reduction in state government’s everyday work, putting his priority on agencies’ day-to-day agenda. Inslee made lean management — which focuses on delivering quantifiable results — a central piece of his 2012 campaign, promising to set goals and be held publicly accountable. After he was elected, he created Results Washington, a program to set targets and track progress. The governor told John Bernard, author of “Government That Works,” that “holding ourselves accountable for results to the citizens of Washington isn’t politically expedient, but it clearly is the right thing to do.” Targets designed to reduce CO2 emissions feature prominently for Results Washington, including goals labeled “sustainable energy & a clean environment.” Meeting those carbon-dioxide reduction targets would reflect his commitment to fight climate change. But his record is abysmal. Not only is his administration failing to meet the targets, key metrics are simply ignored. For those of us who support the goal of reducing energy’s environmental impact, this is frustrating. In 2013, I testified in support of the governor’s first climate action legislation, which prioritized policies that offered the greatest environmental benefit for every taxpayer dollar. As a conservative interested in protecting the environment, I recognize that improving energy efficiency is good for the environment and helps us send less of our money to countries like Russia and Venezuela. But since then, the governor seems to have sidelined environmental effectiveness in favor of hyperbole, displacing the rigorous approach promised by Results Washington. Bernard, who helped Inslee create Results Washington, tells me he is also disappointed by what he sees. “The original intent and design of Results Washington was to drive an aggressive agenda of results with specific targets,” says Bernard. “This takes leadership from the governor to set those targets and challenge his leaders to take action that moves the needle, and then to follow up doggedly. From what I have observed this is not happening at nearly the level it could and should. For the governor to achieve the environmental policies he is so passionate about, he has to grab the steering wheel and drive the agenda.” Ultimately, the failure to meet these targets demonstrates that politicians have a limited understanding of how to achieve the goals they identify. It is one more indicator that the real success in reducing environmental impact comes from individuals looking to do more with less in a free market, not stagnant government planning. Not serious about results Successful lean management requires regular updates. That doesn’t appear to be happening with the climate targets. The governor hosts semi-regular meetings designed to hold agencies accountable for meeting the targets. Since they began in early 2014, there have been 38 meetings. The spokesperson for Results Washington told me the meetings, which are publicly broadcast, put pressure on staff to perform. When asked if he felt meetings were enough to promote accountability, he said, “Yes, I think they do.” There is, however, a problem. According to the Results Washington page, the governor has never held a meeting to review the “sustainable & clean energy” goals. Not once. In fact, the governor’s staff doesn’t even appear to be familiar with the goals. Last year, the governor spoke at the University of Washington during his “Climate Town Hall” series. His staff distributed a flier highlighting a pledge to put 75,000 plug-in electric vehicles on Washington state roads by 2020. But that contradicts the governor’s goal of 50,000 vehicles by 2020. I asked a Results Washington spokesman if the target had changed. They responded, writing: “It was a mistake. 50K is the correct number.” The governor’s own office didn’t even know, or take the time to check, the target. Further, the state is not on track to meet even the 50,000 plug-in electric vehicle target, let alone 75,000. A lack of attention or even basic familiarity with the goals suggests an unserious attitude toward carbon reduction. The political value of the promises, not results, is the thing that seems to matter. Failures on sustainable & clean energy Failure characterizes the carbon reduction goals. There are ten metrics monitored by Results Washington to “reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.” Three are main goals related to emissions from transportation, electricity and buildings. Seven are sub-categories intended to facilitate the overall goal. The sub-goals were chosen by experts, or at least supposed experts, who decided what was necessary to meet the major goal. What becomes clear is that the experts are significantly off the mark. For example, the “clean transportation” goal has three component targets, measuring “vehicle greenhouse gas emissions,” “vehicle fuel efficiency” and “Washington Plug-In Electric Vehicles.” Success in these three areas should add up to meeting the overall clean transportation goal of reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles by 17 percent in 2020. The state, however, is failing to meet all three complementary targets. Washington is 15 percent below the June 2017 target for plug-in electric vehicles and is not on track to meet the target by December 2020. At the current rate, the Inslee administration will miss its target by more than 7,500 cars. For others, not only is the state missing the target, there is no plan to improve. In July 2017, the air quality program manager for the Washington Department of Ecology reported on the goal of increasing the average miles per gallon of Washington’s passenger and light-duty truck fleet to 23 mpg by 2020. The action plan to achieve this goal says only: “To be determined.” In the case of “average GHG [greenhouse gas] emission per vehicle mile travelled,” Washington state is missing the target and the trend is actually in the wrong direction. Of the seven sub-goals identified as key to meeting our carbon-reduction targets, Washington is failing in six. The failure of state planning The notion of setting goals and holding government agencies accountable is sound. As Bernard notes, there is bipartisan support for this approach. For that system to work, though, goals must be thoughtfully developed, continuously monitored and adjusted as new information is available. When it comes to cutting carbon, the Inslee administration is failing in all those areas. The failure is evidence that politicians and government agencies don’t have the incentives to identify the most effective strategies to help the environment. As Inslee noted, accountability isn’t politically expedient. This is why goal-setting in Results Washington is important. Those goals are only meaningful if the governor follows through, keeping the data up to date and checking in to stay on track, which he has not done. It is time for the governor to spend less time making political statements overseas and more time paying attention to the failures right here in Washington state.
|Are local breweries killing local bars?Seattle News / 1 d. 0 h. 11 min. ago more|
Have you been to Seattle's Ballard neighborhood lately, where it seems there's a brewery on every corner? On Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons, weekday happy hours, and just about any other time of any other day, the brewer taprooms are bustling. Down the street at the local bar, well, I have no idea what's happening at the local bar, because whenever I'm in Ballard I'm at a brewery taproom.
|West Seattleite Claudia Castro Luna, city's first Civic Poet,...Seattle News / 1 d. 4 h. 32 min. ago more|
West Seattle poet Claudia Castro Luna has just concluded a huge week, and her two-year term as Washington State Poet Laureate hasn't even officially begun yet. Consider last Monday: She read two poems at the inauguration ceremony for four citywide elected officials, including West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez : That same day, she started her fourth year working at Denny International Middle School , teaching poetry to Spanish-immersion students, a four-week series in conjunction with the Jack Straw Cultural Center , where the students will record their poems at the end of the series.
|Seattle police investigating woman's death as suspiciousSeattle News / 1 d. 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
Seattle Police Department Detective Mark Jamieson says officers responded at 10:15 a.m. Monday to a Lake City residence to check the welfare of someone who lives there. Jamieson says as officers were knocking on the door, they heard what sounded like a smoke alarm inside.
|FOLLOWUP: PCC-site project update, one week after demolition startSeattle News / 1 d. 11 h. 10 min. ago more|
One week after we showed you the long-awaited start of demolition at the former West Seattle PCC Community Markets site - which will become the Luna Apartments /new PCC mixed-use development - we have updates. A spokesperson for site owner/developer Madison Development Group sent an official announcement this morning that the project is under way.
|Death investigation shuts down part of Seattle’s Lake City WayMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 13 h. 37 min. ago more|
SEATTLE – A Seattle police death investigation has shut down both directions of Seattle’s busy Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast 107th Monday. Fire crews were called to a small fire in the 2500 block of NE 107th at about 10:30 a.m. that was controlled with a small amount of water. Seattle police officers were then called to the scene for what they said was a death investigation. Police went to do a welfare check about 10:15 a.m. and saw smoke. They found a woman stabbed to death and backed out until they could get a search warrant. The woman and the fire were in the basement. Video from Chopper 7 shows SWAT officers and vehicles, numerous police officers and crime scene tape in front of Hansen Lamp and Shade nearby. There is also a scene at a home nearby where two people came out with their hands up, but were not seen being taken into custody. A Seattle police bomb squad van is also at the scene, where a robot was deployed to enter a building.Officers will not say if they are searching for a suspect.
|Gov. Inslee ‘angered’ over DOL providing private information to fedsMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
The revelations that the Washington State Department of Licensing has been providing federal immigration authorities with private information to undocumented immigrants has “shaken and angered many communities,” Gov. Jay Inslee says. Washington contracted to green nonprofit On Monday, Inslee issued a statement regarding DOL’s practices, which it says it is taking immediate action on. The recent revelations about our state Department of Licensing’s failure to safeguard certain information from federal immigration officials has shaken and angered many communities. It has angered me. I issued an executive order nearly one year ago saying we would do all we could to protect Washington’s immigrants and refugees from blatantly discriminatory enforcement and deportation efforts. DOL fell short in meeting those expectations, and for that I apologize. “Working with my office, DOL today announced important immediate actions that will ensure a stronger, clearer policy moving forward. DOL will not turn over personal information for immigration-related investigations to federal immigration authorities without a court order signed by a federal judge or magistrate or under the requirement of state or federal law. It is clear that under the Trump Administration, ICE and other federal immigration authorities are operating with very different – and destructive – intentions than in recent years. Our policies and practices must be adapted to reflect that terrible reality. “My commitment to helping all Washington families thrive and be safe from discrimination is stronger than ever. Washington’s state agencies will not be used to help tear loving families apart or intimidate targeted populations. I will support legislative efforts to further support immigrant and refugee families, including HB 2308, proposed legislation that will help provide resources for at-risk Dreamers. “I understand what’s at stake in getting this right, and the ramifications of what it means when we get it wrong. I expect every employee in every one of my state agencies to understand this as well. In this time of fear and uncertainty, our families are counting on us. The department announced it will no longer release information to federal immigration authorities without a court order unless required by law. The DOL accepted the resignation of Deputy Director Jeff DeVere, who was responsible for overseeing the executive order signed by Gov. Inslee designed to prevent this very thing from happening. The changes come after it was reported that the department was providing private information to federal authorities as often as 30 times a month, The Seattle Times reports.
|9JKL’s Liza Lapira: ‘I’ve Been Living The Life Beyond My Dreams’CBS Seattle / 1 d. 18 h. 16 min. ago more|
“9JKL” is a show about life in New York City and it’s filled with native New Yorkers like Liza Lapira. Lapira is from Queens and plays Eve on the CBS sitcom. Her character happens to live just footsteps away from her mother and father in law. “9JKL” returns to CBS tonight and the show gave Lapira an opportunity to work again with star Mark Feuerstein and executive producer Dana Klein. Lapira chatted with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about how she became an actress, why she wanted to be on “9JKL” and life in New York City. DJ Sixsmith: How did you get your start in acting? Liza Lapira: I actually started out with singing. Then I did a high school play that was a musical. Then after that, I just wanted to act. I went to school and started doing theatre and then I moved to Los Angeles in 2004. DS: You’ve been in TV shows like “NCIS” and “Dexter” and movies such as “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Fast & Furious.” How would you describe your career up to this point? LL: Lucky. A lot of people have given me chances when they didn’t have to. A lot of people thought outside the box, even though the part was supposed to be for someone blonder or with bluer eyes. All that aside, it’s been fun. I’ve been living the life beyond my dreams. It’s been great. DS: When you were first approached about “9JKL”, what was appealing about the script? LL: The people involved were the first thing that was appealing. I had worked before with Dana Klein on another pilot. It didn’t get picked up, but we did it two years before this one. I had work with Mark Feuerstein on his show, I had guested on “Royal Pains.” They were the first attractive things about the project. I read the script and it was super funny and that was it. I knew I wanted to do it. DS: How has your character Eve grown on “9JKL”? LL: She started out a little bit more timid of Judy. She was a little bit more reticent to say anything. Towards the end of this upcoming episode, they start to come together a little bit more. Also, Eve is super vain. I like to think of Andrew and Eve as the narcissistic, vain, but lovable couple next door. Eve less so, Andrew my TV husband thinks he’s pretty great. That goes episode to episode. I’m more vain and less vain depending on the episode. In tonight’s episode, we still think we’re pretty great. We’re going to a black tie event, but it’s is less about who we are and more about who’s going to take care of our child. DS: Speaking of tonight’s episode Heavy Meddling. What can people expect when they tune in? LL: They can expect Elliott Gould being really funny. The character that he plays is a lovable dullard. He’s smart clearly as a lawyer and was successful before he retired, but he’s clueless when it comes to everyday common sense. That worries even Andrew because there is no one to watch our child. We have to show up to this event and we have to train and re-train Elliott’s character about how to take care of another human life. Elliott’s character asks at one point if he should leave the baby alone in the bathroom. He claims the child will want privacy. The kid is six months old man. Also, the other storyline is around guest star Andrea Anders. She’s a new love interest for Josh and we find out later it was all a manipulation. Everyone will see tonight. DS: What makes the experience on this show different from your experience on other TV shows you’ve done in the past? LL: A lot of things. I love that this show is such a New York show. There are basically all New Yorkers on it. It’s a New York situation. I’m standing in a New York building talking to you now. I found out that I was going to talk to you today and I didn’t have time to go home, so I just ducked into a random building. I’m in the hallway of a random office building. Stuff like that happens. You move back home to where real estate is really precious and you don’t let go of things that you buy. Josh’s parents own the three apartments and their kids live there. I play someone who lives 10 feet away from my mother in law. Mark and David Walton play sons of an overbearing mother, who is footsteps away from where they sleep at night. That’s a very unique situation. It’s not that weird for New York actually. What I love about the show is the family. There’s something very family oriented about the show. Even if we fight, at the end of it all, we love each other. Comedy is delightful and hopefully people enjoy it. DS: Finally, you grew up in Queens. What are you favorite things about New York City? LL: Walk around. I live in LA now and if you want to buy a soda, you have to get in the car. My culture is to get up, roll out of bed, go outside and buy an apple, take the train and do your thing. I like the diversity. The city smushes you into people that you normally wouldn’t come into contact with, especially on the subway. The subway is basically a trip around the world. I love the food, although LA has game as well. I was seeing family in Queens the other day and I made a pit stop in another part of Queens where my family doesn’t live in Jackson Heights. Instead of going back to Manhattan, I got the good Indian food. It was the hole in the wall, delicious stuff I was raised on. Forget everything I said and just remember I love eating. Watch “9JKL” tonight at 9:30pm EST/PST on CBS.
|Details of MLK march in downtown SeattleMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 18 h. 50 min. ago more|
Thousands of people have packed into downtown Seattle on Monday afternoon to march on MLK Day. That following a celebration at Garfield High School. RELATED: “We give up so much of who we are…” The group will head north on 23rd to Union Street, head west to 14th, north to Pine and then west on Pine to Westlake Park on Fourth Avenue. The day is wrapped up with a free community meal at the Garfield Commons from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check the Traffic Map
|Last call for healthcare, which might be cheaper than you thinkMyNorthwest.com / 1 d. 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
The deadline to sign up for a healthcare plan this year through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is Jan. 15 at midnight. According to the exchange’s chief marketing officer Michael Marchand, some plans might actually be more affordable than you think. “There are tax credits available for those who are up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, which for a family of four is actually like $96,000 household income,” Marchand told Dave Ross. “There have been people who have been able to get health insurance coverage for as little as $50 or $100 or even less.” RELATED: Washington insurance commissioner blames Trump for premium hike Plan prices increase every year, Marchand said. This year is no different in that regard. But in 2018, subsidies have also increased. Healthcare subsidies “Without the federal government providing cost-sharing reductions, the insurance carriers in our state loaded those costs onto silver plans. The silver level plans are the same plans that are used to dictate the tax credit. So as a result, while silver plans increased, tax credits increased,” Marchand said. Basically, as money paid into mid-level healthcare plans go up, so do the subsidies that help people pay for those plans. “For someone who maybe was in a silver plan last year, they may find themselves able to buy a gold plan, buy up, which actually provides them better coverage and also lowers deductibles and other costs,” Marchand said. This may not be the case in other states though, Marchand explained. Now that the federal government has ended cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, states that depend on federal marketplaces (Washington’s is state-run) may suffer. “I think it’s very interesting for us here in Washington state because we were very aggressive in a bipartisan manner to get our exchange formulated and set in place to provide something that works best for the residents here,” Marchand said. “So we’re a little more stable than I would say some of the other states that maybe didn’t take any action and have relied on Healthcare.gov to date.” According to Marchand, about one in four Washington residents use the state exchange to buy health insurance. Despite the uncertainty surrounding health insurance in the future, he said he believes the marketplace in Washington will continue to function as planned. Although the deadline to enroll is Monday, people with special circumstances like employment termination, divorce, or a new child, will be able to enroll at a later date. “Save for that, midnight on Monday is last call,” Marchand said.
|Steelers Team Grades: Pittsburgh Eliminated As Defense Couldn’t Stop JaguarsCBS Seattle / 2 d. 5 h. 34 min. ago more|
By Daniel Benjamin The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 season came to an abrupt end with a 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs at Heinz Field. The Steelers dug themselves a 14-0 first-quarter hole and couldn’t really overcome the deficit, no matter how hard they fought. Mistakes and the defense’s inability to stop the Jaguars offense were key components in the loss. Pittsburgh finishes the season with a 13-4 record. Offense: C Roethlisberger had a historic afternoon, setting franchise playoff records with 58 attempts, 469 yards, and five touchdown passes. He also made some big-time plays late in the contest, but he can’t escape some of the blame for his team’s loss. It was his two turnovers, an interception, and fumble, that allowed the Jags to get 14 points off of turnovers. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell also had big games. Brown finished with seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns as he consistently beat corner A.J. Bouye. The first came when he got into Bouye and caught a 23-yard touchdown on a corner route and on the second touchdown, he got inside Bouye and kept them on his backside as Roethlisberger delivered a 43-yard strike. Overall, Brown caught a pass against four different defenders and racked up over 20 yards after the catch. Bell totaled 155 yards from scrimmage, marking the ninth time he has accumulated 100 scrimmage yards. He tallied 67 yards coming on 16 carries and 88 yards on 9 catches. His eight-yard touchdown run was spectacular as he took a backward lateral from Roethlisberger to the house late in the game. Tight end Vance McDonald also had a huge game, hauling in a career-high 10 passes for 112 yards. Defense: F The 45-points that the Steelers surrendered is tied for the most in the franchise’s playoff history. Pittsburgh did hold the Jaguars under 400 yards of total offense. The Steelers’ multitude of mistakes didn’t help the defense, but their big problem was their inability to get off the field. They permitted the Jags to go 9-of-15 on their final offensive snap of the drive and were 5-for-5 in scoring touchdowns in the red zone. The Steelers defense did an average job against the pass, though they were sub-par against the run, and the defense also didn’t record a sack or force a turnover. Safety Sean Davis did a fantastic job helping stop the run. Davis recorded a team-high 12 tackles with nine being of the solo variety. Cornerback Joe Haden also had an excellent game, allowing no catches while also breaking up a pass. Special teams C- Chris Boswell was as steady as ever, making all six of his extra point attempts. Boswell wasn’t as precise on his kickoffs, as only three of his seven kickoffs were for touchbacks. Plus, his onside kick late in the game was horrendous. Punter Jordan Berry was a non-factor though he messed up a pouch punt opportunity and had the ball end up in the end zone. Reserve safety Robert Golden came up with the biggest specials team play early in the fourth quarter. Golden got a piece of a Josh Lambo punt and the kick ended up travelling 15 yards, giving the Steelers’ possession at the Jaguars 48-yard line. Coaching: F The Steelers coaching staff was thoroughly out-coached throughout the day. The team came out flat and they didn’t make the necessary adjustments. Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley made several mistakes. While the decision to go for it on fourth and 1 from the Jags’ 21 was correct, as they were down 14-0, the play call was not. Instead of running straight ahead, the Steelers ran a sweep to the right and Bell was dropped four a four-yard loss. To make matters worse, right tackle Marcus Gilbert was injured on the play. In all, the Steelers were 4-for-6 on fourth down, which included two touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns were on fourth and 1 and the conversions came on big plays. That does not mean that the play calls were correct. The Jaguars converted both of the Steelers’ failed fourth down attempts into touchdowns. After denying Brown, the Jaguars marched 75-yards on 11 plays. Jacksonville then went 61-yards on five plays following Rothlisberger’s inability to connect with Juju Smith-Schuster on a deep pass on fourth and 1 from the Jags’ 39-yard line. Defensively, coordinator Keith Butler did not make any adjustments. The Steelers remained in zone coverage on several third and longs and got burned. The Steelers, the league-leaders in sacks, did not record a sack and allowed the Jaguars to convert 8-of-14 third-down opportunities as well as a late fourth-down play that ended with fullback Tommy Bohannon in the end zone with the ball. Perhaps the biggest coaching gaffe was with 2:14 left in the game when, immediately following Bell’s touchdown to cut the deficit to 42-35, Tomlin chose to attempt an onside kick despite having two timeouts left and the two-minute warning. The kick failed as Boswell’s kick bounced up and hit special teams ace Tyler Matakevich for illegal touching. The Jags turned the mistake into three points, which gave them a 10-point lead (45-35).
|Ijeoma Oluo on the love — and anger — of MLKCrosscut / 2 d. 8 h. 45 min. ago more|
This is a transcript of a speech delivered Friday, Jan. 12, at the 45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by Seattle Colleges, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. Like many black children, I was raised with tales of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of that narrative — at home, in school, in television and in film — centered around Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence in his fight for racial equality. He was a peaceful man, people said, no matter what, he never struck back. As I became older, my image of the great Dr. King became more nuanced. I started to see him as more than a man with a dream, as more than a man who didn’t strike back. But for many, and for much of the broader narrative of our culture, Dr. King has remained little more than a gentle man with a dream. Dr. King wouldn’t have been that demanding, people say. MLK wouldn’t have been so angry. He was a nonviolent man, remember? And as this past year has had us debating whether or not, in 2017 and 2018, it is OK to punch Nazis, and whether or not Black Lives Matter marches are terrorist acts, the idea of Martin Luther King as the paragon of peaceful protest is invoked more than ever. But what was nonviolence, really, to Dr. King? Was that all he was? Was peace his only goal? At a time when those marching to protest the extrajudicial killings of black men, women and children are called thugs; at a time when swastikas are being spray-painted on local synagogues and schools; at a time when families are being torn apart to satisfy the desires of a xenophobic voting base; at a time when armies of anonymous strangers can find you online and tell you that they hope you die without any recourse, while discussing the issue of white privilege will have you banned from social media, can we can look at the work of Dr. King and look at the world we live in today, and ask: What is violence in 2018? And in this new world, what does nonviolence actually look like? MLK would be ashamed of you. When I hear these words from someone trying to silence my fight for racial justice and equality, it feels like a body blow. This is not the pain of shame or regret. This is the pain of something that I deeply love — and I deeply love the life and legacy of Dr. King — being abused. Ijeoma Oluo Dr. King was a brilliant leader, a loving husband and father, a man of great faith. But he was, first and foremost, a human being, man with very human thoughts and feelings, successes and failures. I also heard he was really funny. In his autobiography, he wrote of his early experiences with the violence of racism — both emotional and physical violence. He described many times the anger he felt at experiencing such inhumane treatment. That anger that motivated him to act, just as his father’s anger at watching his father before him suffer the injustices of racism, motivated him to leave sharecropping, finish his education and become a minister. It was after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott that Dr. King came to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and the deliberate practice of nonviolence. It was the success of Gandhi’s tactics that first drew him in, and he quickly found that the principles of nonviolent resistance also suited his morals and commitment to loving his neighbor. He became convinced that nonviolence was not only the most effective way to combat oppression, it was the only way to do so without becoming an oppressor in your own right in victory. As Dr. King said, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.” But Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence was not a commitment to passivity. It was a commitment to direct confrontation with the violence of oppression. And Dr. King recognized that violence beyond the physical. In responding to outcry over rioting of angry and frustrated black youth, Dr. King pushed back against the idea that riots were the violence that society needed to be outraged over. He said: “Day-in and day-out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; and he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civic services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison.” While Dr. King was committed to a life and mission of nonviolence, this does not mean that everyone saw his actions as peaceful. And I think it is important to remember that while King and millions of other black people endured physical, financial and emotional abuse at the hands of white supremacy, it was his direct action to confront that oppression that was labeled too destructive, aggressive and even violent. So much so that he was labeled an “enemy of the state” by the FBI. Sitting in a Birmingham jail, being kept in solitary confinement for leading peaceful resistance to racial segregation, Dr. King decided to respond to white preachers who had chastised him for such “untimely” and “extreme” actions. He said: “You deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry that your statement did not express a similar concern for the conditions that brought the demonstrations into being. I am sure that each of you would want to go beyond the superficial social analyst who looks merely at effects, and does not grapple with underlying causes. I would not hesitate to say that it is unfortunate that so-called demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham at this time, but I would say in more emphatic terms that it is even more unfortunate that the white power structure of this city left the Negro community with no other alternative.” Throughout his work, Dr. King was blamed for “inciting” the violence that met him and fellow protesters in the streets. And as black people throughout the country joined his fight, it was the dissatisfaction of black Americans with the abuses against them that became the main problem for many white Americans. It is said that even Robert Kennedy, in a moment of frustration over the rising protests of black Americans, exclaimed to his brother, then-President John F. Kennedy: “Negroes are now just antagonistic and mad and they’re going to be mad at everything. You can’t talk to them. My friends all say [even] the Negro maids and servants are getting antagonistic.” And even now, in 2018, the complaint of Robert Kennedy sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Are not those of us marching for black lives also labeled as irrationally angry? Is not our anger over systemic poverty, job discrimination and lack of representation also viewed by many as the bigger threat to society than the abuse and oppression that we face? What do we face? Recently there has been rising concern in the medical and scientific community over an issue that has been of extreme concern to the black community for many years: the alarmingly high maternal death rate of black women. As doctors and scientists have looked at why black mothers are dying at three times the rate of white mothers, many have come to see that evidence points to one possible major contributor: racism. Not just the racism of doctors who do not listen to black patients, who do not believe their pain. Not just the racism behind lower levels of access to preventative care, balanced nutrition and safe and stable housing. Doctors and researchers are pointing to the long-term cumulative emotional effects of living with systemic racism — effects that poison both the body and mind. This is the fear at every traffic stop. This is the struggle to find out why your child has been sent to juvenile detention by the educators that are supposed to nurture and protect them. This is the pain of smiling through countless office jokes that serve up your humanity for laughs. This is the struggle to pay rising rents while working a job that doesn’t think you are management material, and knowing that a bank will never give you a mortgage. And as we march in the streets to save our kin from state violence, we are called thugs. When we fight for better representation, we are called greedy. When we demand clean drinking water, we are called impatient. And yet we still fight. And as was done throughout our entire history of struggle, many try to dismiss us. Many say that the real problem is that we are so angry. Why are you so angry? Dr. King wasn’t angry. Be more like him. Dr. King was a man of love. His love was oceans deep and wide. This was love not only rooted in his faith, but in his community, his family and his people. And all of Dr. King’s life he saw those that he loved so much abused, degraded and killed by their own nation. And when he saw that, he was angry. When he was 14 and forced to give up his seat on a bus and stand for a 90-mile bus ride because a white man had entered the bus and decided that seat was going to be his, Dr. King was angry. When he saw peaceful protesters brutalized by fire hoses and police dogs, he was angry. And when he saw the light go out of the eyes of his brothers and sisters when they gave up hope of ever achieving any measure of success, security or safety in this society, he was very angry. When Dr. King led his peaceful demonstrations in Birmingham and was jailed, and witnessed his friends and fellow activists who were also arrested for their peaceful protest abused by cops, and then he received word that he had been condemned by white church leaders for supposedly inciting this mistreatment — when he heard of these church leaders praising the police who had abused him and his brothers and sisters for maintaining “order,” he was angry. He wrote to them,“I wish you had commended the Negro sit-inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of the most inhuman provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes.” Now I don’t know if you all caught that, but that’s “black preacher sending a long letter that names names and will tell you who you are but in a way that will still get published” — angry. This is not anger over an insult or snub, this is not anger over a dispute or spurned pride. This was an anger born from love. Righteous, pure love. This is an anger that fights to keep love, and those that you love, alive. Dr. King wrote about his relationship with anger as he reached out to those church leaders who refused to see exactly what he and so many others were fighting for: “I have not said to my people, ‘get rid of your discontent.’ But I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channelized through the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. Now this approach is being dismissed as extremist. I must admit that I was initially disappointed in being so categorized. But as I continue to think about the matter I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love?” Dr. King was angry, but he worked hard to never forget why. He was angry because he loved. And because he loved, he moved mountains. When you see students protesting when their local school hosts peddlers of hate, bigotry and violence with open arms, and you wonder why they are so angry, I can tell you. They are angry because the racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and transmisogyny being hosted by the institutions charged with nourishing and educating them is doing them real harm. And they love themselves, and they love each other. When you see people of color demanding better representation in films, movies, novels, history books, and you wonder why they are so angry, I can tell you. Because when I take my young son to see a movie and nobody looks like him, he is told that he doesn’t exist. He is not a hero and he is not worth saving. He is not slated for adventure or greatness. His story isn’t worth being told. His dreams aren’t worth having. And when he asks me why there are no brown people in this movie, just like in the last movie and the one before that, when I see him limiting his dreams to what society has told him is the best he, as a boy who does not exist in our tales of greatness, can hope for, I am angry. Because I love him. I am angry. My brothers are angry. My sister is angry. Many of you are also angry. There is a lot to be angry about. We are angry at the countless ways that those that we love are being harmed every day. When people are trying to dismiss your anger, when they try to fault your anger. When they try to treat your anger over violence being done against you and those you love as violence itself, and they invoke the name of Dr. King and his commitment to nonviolence in an attempt to shame you, ask them this: How do you define violence? What I am fighting for, what we are all fighting for, is for a life of nonviolence. Not only freedom from physical violence. A life free from the all-encompassing violence of systemic oppression. We are fighting for freedom from the violence of the school-to-prison pipeline, from the the violence of food deserts, from the violence of undrinkable water, from the violence of teacher bias. And those who would envision themselves as allied with black Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx Americans, Indigenous Americans, Pacific Islanders and more at the crosshairs of white supremacy. Those who would envision themselves as allied with Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence must join us in our commitment to fight the violence of a discriminatory justice system, to fight the violence of the racial bias of our medical system, to fight the violence of systemic poverty, to fight the violence of erasure. And to fight the violence of taking our beloved heroes and community leaders and reducing them to little more than a speech about a dream in order to further diminish us all. We fight this harm — you fight this harm — because you love. You love your kin, your community, your people, and you love your humanity. You love so much that even when all seems against you, even when hate and bigotry has been voted into our highest offices of government — you are still here. You are angry and tired and hurting — and you are still here. Because you love. And when it seems to be too much. When the harm and the anger over that harm threaten to overwhelm you, threaten to turn you into someone you do not want to be, reach in deep and find the love at the heart of it all. Or better yet, don’t reach in, reach out. The love is right in front of you, it’s right next to you, in this room. This community is why. This is what you are fighting for. Continue to fight. Continue to work to deconstruct the everyday violences that threaten those you love. And while we fight, let’s remember the love that guides us. Let’s fight together, but let’s also take time to care for each other and heal each other. To nourish the love that will nourish us. And know that our fight is as righteous and as true as Dr. King’s was. Because it is the same fight. And it is the same fight because it is the same love. It is the same love he had for us and still has for us. A love that cannot be extinguished. And as long as it exists, so does the fuel to the fire that we need to one day reach the future that was beyond even the dreams of our most iconic dreamer.
|Salt & Straw is giving away free ice cream in Seattle on SundaySeattle News / 2 d. 10 h. 5 min. ago more|
The Portland-based ice creamery announced that it would be opening its long-awaited and first Seattle stores in February, one in Capitol Hill and one in Ballard. As if Seattle weren't excited enough about the possibility of Salt & Straw closer than the three-hour drive to Portland, the ice cream makers are handing out free ice cream in Ballard in front of their upcoming store at 5420 Ballard Avenue N.W. according to MyBallard.com .
|Patriots Team Grades: Titans Outmatched And Routed As Pats Head To AFC Championship GameCBS Seattle / 2 d. 18 h. 3 min. ago more|
By Danny Cox By the end of the first quarter of Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round playoff game, the Tennessee Titans led 7-0 after a very well-organized 11-play, 95-yard drive led by Marcus Mariota. From that point on, the New England Patriots absolutely dominated the game on both sides of the ball and it was no contest. By the end of the day, the Pats won the game 35-14 and secured themselves a spot in next week’s AFC Championship. Offense: A The Patriots were down early but scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take full control of the game, but Tom Brady still kept passing the ball. Brady was 35-of-53 passing for 337 yards and three touchdowns with not a single sack or turnover to be found. His primary target on the day was Danny Amendola, who had 112 yards on 11 receptions. Rob Gronkowski finished with 81 yards and one touchdown on six receptions while Dion Lewis tore this game up. Not only did Lewis have 62 yards on the ground, but he also added 79 yards on nine receptions. Defense: A+ NFL fans have said for all eternity that “defense wins championships,” and if that is to be believed, the Patriots are on their way to another ring. Tennessee was held to just 267 yards of total offense while quarterback Marcus Mariota finished the day battered, bruised, and completely beaten. Mariota ended up with 254 yards passing, but he was sacked eight times by New England with Geneo Grissom and rookie Deatrich Wise chalking up two each. The defense of the Patriots was simply relentless against the running game, as Derrick Henry could only amass 28 yards on the ground. Special Teams: C+ If there was any part of the New England Patriots that didn’t absolutely obliterate the Titans, it was special teams, but they really didn’t need to. Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola had decent days in the return game, but nothing that blew things open. Ryan Allen had a good day punting the ball as he had a long of 57 yards and pinned the Titans inside their own 20-yard line on two occasions. Stephen Gostkowski hit all five of his extra points, but he missed his lone field goal attempt. To be fair, it was a 53-yard attempt at the end of the first half with a good wind blowing through. Coaching: A Things were kept quite simple for Bill Belichick as he stood on the sideline with his jacket bundled up over half of his face. He let Tom Brady and company do their thing on offense while the defense was ordered to antagonize and torment anyone in the offensive backfield of the Tennessee Titans. Sure, the offense racked up a lot of points, but it was the defense that took control of this game and earned the victory. Up Next: There is only one more victory needed for the New England Patriots to return to the Super Bowl, but it will have to come in the AFC Championship over the Jacksonville Jaguars or Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortunately, New England already knows that they don’t have to travel anywhere for next week’s game as they have home-field advantage over anyone they may have to play. The road isn’t going to get any easier, but tonight’s victory shows they’re ready for anything.
|Eagles Grades: Defense Pitches Second-Half Shutout, Nick Foles Gets Job Done Vs. FalconsCBS Seattle / 2 d. 18 h. 7 min. ago more|
By Kevin McGuire The Philadelphia Eagles are heading to the NFC Championship Game after beating the Atlanta Falcons in a hard-fought 15-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Despite being the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the Eagles were a home underdog against the defending NFC champions. Nick Foles is still a far cry from Carson Wentz at quarterback, but he overcame a shaky beginning and managed to avoid making any critical mistakes, just as needed. Here’s how the grades came in for the playoff victory. Offense: B Nick Foles completed 23 of 30 passes and took just one sack, but he was off the mark on some key throws and was without a touchdown pass. He did come up with a crucial fumble recovery just outside the goal line though, which led to three points for the Eagles. The running game thrived at times with Jay Ajayi rushing 15 times for 54 yards, and the Eagles mixed things up with the running game by getting Nelson Agholor involved at times. There is still some work to do with cleaning up how the offense runs with Foles at the helm, but that never came back to haunt them in this game, thanks largely in part to the job of the defense. Defense: A+ The only touchdown scored by Atlanta came in the second quarter after a special teams gaffe gave Atlanta the football deep in the red zone. And just when it looked as though the defense would get off the field, a costly penalty gave the Falcons a fresh first down and Matt Ryan made a miraculous play to keep a play alive for a touchdown. Julio Jones was nearly unstoppable, which was to be expected, but the Eagles defense earned the win by preventing Atlanta from making enough big plays. The Eagles got the game-deciding fourth-down stop in the final minutes just outside the end zone. Special Teams: B The major blemish on the night was a punt return mistake when a punted ball hit an Eagles player in the foot and then hit another player that was blocking. Atlanta recovered the ball and scored a touchdown moments later. The return game had little impact, which has generally been the case for much of the season. Jake Elliott missed his lone extra point attempt too, but he made up for it with a clutch 54-yard field goal toward the end of the first half to cut the Atlanta lead to 10-9. Elliott was three-for-three on field goal attempts for a crucial nine points. Punter Donnie Jones remained steady with two punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Coaching: A Doug Pederson had to have a mistake-free day on the sideline, and he may have gotten it. Pederson mixed in a few new wrinkles with the offense, which was essential to allow Nick Foles to keep his composure. The first series for the Eagles was a disaster, but the rust and nerves were knocked off and Pederson kept the offense on the same page to work the clock and keep some drives rolling with the run-pass-option for Foles. Pederson’s use of timeouts was fantastic in the fourth quarter as well, and his decision to throw the challenge flag put Atlanta in a fourth down spot near midfield (the Falcons converted for a first down, but it was a challenge that should have been made and it worked out). Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz should also be given props for the way the defense played as well, holding the Falcons to just 10 points. Up Next: The Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game next week. All that is left to determine is the opponent. That will be either the Minnesota Vikings or the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles have not played either team this season, so the matchup will be a fresh one for both teams involved. The Eagles are 2-2-3 all-time at home in the NFC Championship Game. Whoever the opponent ends up being, the defense will have to carry over this performance and Foles and the running game will have to avoid critical mistakes if the Eagles are going to make an improbable run to the Super Bowl. 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.
|An out-of-this world Q&A: middle schoolers chat with astronautsCrosscut / 2 d. 20 h. 16 min. ago more|
Science teacher Candace Barich’s classroom is a beehive. It’s loud. It’s middle school. Students are making electromagnetic motors today.“Today is goggles on!” she says. “If I have mine on, you have yours on.” The class at John Sedgwick Middle School in rural Port Orchard is part of West Sound STEM Network, where science-minded students across Kitsap County, Washington, have a chance to dive deeply into technology and engineering programs with educator-scientists. Their mission this week: to cook up questions for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Only 20 students among several thousand across Kitsap will be chosen to ask a question via video link, and the pressure is on to come up with a good one. Barich’s students have focused on climate change. “Their biggest interest has been glaciers and how they’re melting,” she says, explaining that the class has been studying evidence from ISS’ photo history. “It’s dramatic.” Riley, a seventh-grader, explains that humans have put too much carbon dioxide into the air and declares, solemnly: “The earth is getting a bit unstable.” Riley’s question was chosen. “What changes on our planet can you see from space? What does this tell about where I should live when I grow up?” Barich notes the long-range thinking from a seventh-grader. “My students are deeply concerned about climate change,” she says. “They own it. They know this is their future.” Science teacher Candace Barich helped students brainstorm questions to ask astronauts aboard the ISS. In a class across the hall, teacher Theresa Johnson has students experiment with gas expansion with 2-liter bottles of soda, doctored with salt. Corbin, in grade eight, will ask: “What happens with carbonated beverages in microgravity? Can astronauts even drink them?” And at Chief Kitsap Academy, a Suquamish tribal school, Jane Darrah-Traub’s students have been baking bread to study cellular respiration. Two students were chosen. Sixth-grader Shayla will ask if bread will rise the same way if baked in zero gravity. And Lucas, also in sixth grade, has a practical one: “How do you wash the outside of the space station?” In mid-December, hundreds of students descend on the Galaxy theaters in Gig Harbor, where the live hookup is projected on the massive IMAX screen. After a sound check with both mission control Houston and the International Space Station, U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei appears, bigger than life, floating in an ISS cabin, a hand-mic floating under his chin. The earth mic is turned over to the students. Candace Barich says her kids range from being so excited “they can’t see straight” to being scared to death. “It’s intimidating! Astronauts are beyond cool.” The astronaut’s answers? Where will Riley need to move? Vande Hei, having three months residency under his belt, has been able to notice only seasonal change but has seen enormous dramatic color where rivers deposit sediment into the ocean. How would bread rise in space? After consulting fellow crewman Italian Paolo Nespoli, who used to be a baker, Vande Hei thinks the process would be the same because the stickiness of the dough would confine the gas pockets. Washing the exterior of ISS? No astronaut has been assigned that task. No cleaning needed, Lucas. And Coke in microgravity? No. Just no.
|Memorial planned January 20th for Frank L. Keller, 1924-2017Seattle News / 3 d. 5 h. 46 min. ago more|
Next Saturday, family and friends will gather to remember Francis "Frank" Keller . Tonight, they're sharing the story of his life - from statewide political involvement to a woodworking hobby that inspired a public artwork you've likely seen: Born on May 1, 1924, in Mitchell, South Dakota, he attended a one-room school house and worked on his parents' farm until he left home as a teenager.
|Planned Parenthood counterprotest: 6,000 interested, 75 attendSeattle News / 3 d. 10 h. 9 min. ago more|
A group of several dozen pro-choice demonstrators moves across the street to block anti-abortion protesters from intimidating patients at Planned Parenthood in Capitol Hill on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. A group of several dozen pro-choice demonstrators moves across the street to block anti-abortion protesters from intimidating patients at Planned Parenthood in Capitol Hill on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.
|Children's Film Festival Seattle welcomes all families Jan 25-Feb 10Seattle News / 4 d. 5 h. 37 min. ago more|
Northwest Film Forum is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for its 2018 edition of Children's Film Festival Seattle - the largest and most respected festival of its kind west of the Mississippi. Dedicated to children and their families and celebrating its 13th edition, the festival will stretch out over the course of two weeks, from its opening night on January 25 to its closing afternoon awards ceremony on February 10, with most screenings at Northwest Film Forum , in the bustling heart of Capitol Hill.
|Steelers Injury Report: Mike Tomlin Expects Steelers To Have Full Squad Against JaguarsCBS Seattle / 4 d. 9 h. 1 min. ago more|
By Daniel Benjamin The Pittsburgh Steelers will enter their AFC divisional round playoff game with a full squad according to head coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers (11-3) entered the week with a couple of injury concerns, but that number quickly grew with corner Artie Burns and defensive end Stephon Tuitt suffering injuries during Wednesday’s practice. Javon Hargrave also suffered an injury this week. However, all three players were full practice participants on Friday. Burns and Tuitt missed Thursday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday. Burns hyperextended his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, but always planned on playing against the Jaguars (11- 6). “Once I just make it through the week as healthy as I can and be prepared for Sunday,” Burns told Penn-Live. Burns underwent an MRI on Wednesday that revealed no major damage. It was a non-contact injury. Burns, rated as the 51st corner by Pro Football Focus this year, led the team with 13 passes defensed to go along with one interception. The 2016 first round selection also registered 54 tackles, including 47 solos this year. He has yet to miss a game in his career. Tuitt suffered an elbow injury on Wednesday, but the player said the injury was minor in nature and had always expected to play on Sunday. The 24-year-old end compiled 25 tackles and three sacks to go along with six tackles for losses in 12 games this season. He is rated as PFF’s 15th best interior defensive lineman in the league. Hargrave was a new addition to the team’s injury report on Thursday after missing practice with a back injury. The extent of the second-year nose tackle injury was never disclosed. If Hagrave’s back flares up and he is unable to go, it would be a huge setback for the Steelers as his likely matchup against Jacksonville’s center Brandon Linder is one of the key battles to watch. Hargrave, PFF’s 48th rated interior lineman, had his best game of the season against the Jaguars (Week 5), compiling 10 tackles in the game. For the season, he registered 31 tackles along with two sacks in 16 games, including 12 starts. Reserve defensive linemen Tyson Alualu or LT Walton would likely replace Hargrave in the lineup if something unexpectedly prevents him from playing. Alualu, who made five starts this year, has had one of the best seasons of his career in his inaugural season with the Steelers. He registered 39 tackles and a career-high 4 sacks. His most productive game of the season came in Week 17 against Cleveland when he racked up eight tackles and two sacks. Antonio Brown misses practice on Friday Brown returned to practice for the first time since injuring his calf in the Steelers’ Week 15 game against the Patriots. Brown was a full practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday, but Tomlin sent the star receiver home on Friday due to an illness. Tomlin did tell reporters, as he was divulging Brown’s illness, that Brown had “looked really good in practice.” He is officially listed as questionable for the game, although he is expected to play. Brown torched Jacksonville the last time the teams faced each other in Week 5, hauling in 10 passes on 19 targets for 159 yards. He had four receptions for 10-plus yards, including a long of 49-yards. Jacksonville Jaguars injury report Jacksonville also appears to be relatively healthy. The Jaguars have listed just two players, linebacker Blair Brown and wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, on the injury report. Both players were limited in practice on Friday and are officially listed as questionable. That is really good news for the Jags, who had several key players dealing with injuries during the week. The most prominent players were starters on the defensive side of the ball: CB Jalen Ramsey, LB Paul Posluszny, LB Telvin Smith, DT Abry Jones and reserve corner Aaron Colvin. Brown is a reserve linebacker who has appeared in 13 regular season contests, making two starts. He racked up 15 tackles and a half sack in those games. Brown was credited with five stops against Buffalo in the Wild Card game last week. Mickens has yet to play this season. Steelers full injury report WR Antonio Brown, Calf/Illness. Questionable.
|Eagles Playoff Injury Report: Dannell Ellerbe Questionable For Playoff Matchup Vs. Atlanta FalconsCBS Seattle / 4 d. 11 h. 2 min. ago more|
By Kevin McGuire Two members of the Philadelphia Eagles defense are listed as questionable for Saturday afternoon’s NFC Divisional Round playoff matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Starting middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who has taken over the role for Joe Walker due to a season-ending injury, is officially listed as questionable for the Eagles this weekend. His potential absence could become a serious concern for the Eagles against the Falcons offense if he is not available on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The good news is Ellerbe may be expected to play. He was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring but was able to go through a full practice on Thursday as the Eagles prepared for their matchup this weekend. Going through a full practice two days before the game seems promising for Ellerbe’s chances to play Saturday, and the Eagles may need him. If Ellerbe is unable to play, the Eagles will run thin at linebacker and will have to shift some players around. In that case, outside linebackers Najee Goode or Kamu Grugler-Hill could get some playing time in the middle. The only other Eagles player listed as questionable is rookie cornerback Sidney Jones. Jones was finally activated for the regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered prior to the NFL Draft. Unlike Ellerbe though, Jones is more in question for Saturday after being limited in practice all week. It makes sense the Eagles would be extra careful with their second-round draft pick considering he was already coming off a serious injury. A hamstring injury may not be catastrophic for Jones, but there is no reason to risk hurting Jones any further this season if it can be avoided. If the Eagles happen to win this weekend, Jones could be in better shape for the NFC Championship Game. Otherwise, all eyes will be focused on getting Jones in full health for the offseason workouts and minicamps leading up to training camp over the summer. The Eagles are pretty set in the secondary even without Jones, and his possible absence is likely more to be a depth issue than anything else given his limited playing time. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are in good shape and not expected to miss any playing time, although Mills is listed with an ankle injury despite putting in full practices. The second string cornerbacks, Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas, are also not listed on the injury report. Defensive end Brandon Graham has practiced through an ankle injury and should be expected to be fine for Saturday. Running back Jay Ajayi (knee) should have no problem playing in the game after putting in full practices this week. The combination of Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount should be a big feature of the Eagles’ offense this week. Offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai continues to be fully available despite a mild knee concern. QUESTIONABLE LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) 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.
|Don’t Expect Many WWE Legends In Women’s Royal RumbleCBS Seattle / 4 d. 11 h. 14 min. ago more|
By Chuck Carroll The Royal Rumble is known for surprises. You never know what WWE Superstar from the past will come through the curtain. We’ve seen the likes of the Honky Tonk Man, the Boogeyman, Kevin Nash, Road Dogg, and the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper lace up their boots one more time to enter the over the top rope battle royal. And who can forget the year all three faces of Mick Foley competed. Even Drew Carey made a memorable appearance years before taking over hosting duties of The Price Is Right from Bob Barker, who is a WWE legend in his own right. And there’s a strong chance there will be some other participants this year that will make you say, “I’ve been wondering where that guy has been.” But what about the women’s match? What surprises can we expect? The truth is the biggest surprise is that the match is finally happening. It’s long overdue, and WWE should be commended for giving the women in their locker room an equal playing field with the men. They have proven repeatedly that they can compete and deliver storylines on the same level as their male counterparts, and the WWE Universe has embraced them as such. When they were given the opportunity to have the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match last year, they hit a home run — twice. The Rumble should be no different. The 30-woman match is a reward for those in recent years who have kicked the “Divas” moniker to the curb and ushered in the women’s revolution. Charlotte Flair, Paige, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Naomi, Bayley, Asuka, Carmella, Natalya, Nia Jax, and Alicia Fox, among others, are the reason for this is happening. Others paved the path for them, but it is this generation of talent that has taken the division to once unimaginable heights. It would be stunning if nearly every woman currently on the main roster isn’t one of the 30 competitors to enter the ring. >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling This match is about making history not reliving it. Therefore, don’t expect it to be dripping in nostalgia. To bring back a who’s who of women from yesteryear would be a mistake on WWE’s part and diminish what the company is hoping to achieve. And no, that’s not a knock on the likes of Trish Stratus, Lita or Beth Phoenix, who would do quite well on today’s roster. But that doesn’t mean the inaugural event will be completely void of twists. You can bet there will be a few “oh wow” moments when the clock hits 0. Even then, it may be current roster members who have been absent for a while. The Bella Twins perhaps? Mike Johnson at PWInsider is also reporting that WWE officials have discussed bringing Michelle McCool and Molly Holly to Philadelphia. None of them are confirmed so there may be even fewer nostalgia spots than that. According to The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, the rest of the card will be rounded out by women from NXT. He reports that WWE is expected to bring up as many as nine wrestlers from Orlando to let them be part of the historic event. NXT… next. Fitting. This match is about looking to the future and not to the past. Exactly how it should be. 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.
|College Basketball Games Of The Week: UNC-Notre Dame Highlights A Big WeekendCBS Seattle / 4 d. 13 h. 1 min. ago more|
By Steve Silverman Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks. Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images Saturday, January 13 Kansas State (12-4, 2-2) at No. 12 Kansas (13-3, 3-1), 12 noon ET, ESPN The Big 12 is the best basketball conference in the nation this year, and while this conference is almost always the domain of the Jayhawks, that may not be the case this year. Kansas has plenty of talent and will be near the top of the conference and almost certainly a two or three seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Jayhawks will be tested almost every game among by their conference opponents. That includes this game against in-state and archrival Kansas State. The Wildcats would like nothing better than to come in Lawrence and steal a win from the Jayhawks. Guard Barry Brown is coming off a career-high 38-point game against Oklahoma State, and he is leading Kansas State with an average of 16.9 points per game. Forward Dean Wade has the size at 6-10 to be a factor on the boards. He is averaging 14.6 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per night. The high-scoring Jayhawks (86.6 points per game, 13th in the nation) are led by guards Devonté Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who are averaging 18.1 and 16.9 points per game respectively. Center Udoka Azubuike is averaging 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per night. Look for the Wildcats to push hard in this game, but Kansas will have too much for the visitors in the second half. Jalek Felton #5 passes to teammate Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images Saturday, January 13 No. 20 North Carolina (13-4, 2-2) at Notre Dame (12-4, 3-1), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN The North Carolina Tar Heels may be the defending NCAA champions, but they have not looked like they will be at a similar level this season at tournament time. Roy Williams’ team has had a number of hiccups already, but there is still plenty of time to turn their season around. They have an opportunity to right themselves on the road against a tough opponent. Key road wins will do more for a team’s confidence than anything else, and while Notre Dame is tough at home, the Irish don’t have star forward Bonzie Colson (broken foot) in the lineup. The Tar Heels lost back-to-back road games to Florida State and Virginia, but they rebounded with a 30-point win over Boston College. Forward Luke Maye is averaging 18.2 points per game and pulling down 10.2 rebounds per night. Senior guard Joel Berry is averaging 17.6 points per night, but he is shooting just 38.8 percent from the field. The Irish are trying to survive without Colson, and that will be tough against strong opponents like the Tar Heels. Colson was averaging a team-high 21.4 points per game, and senior guard Matt Farrell is averaging 15.4 points per game. Farrell is getting support from fellow guard T.J. Gibbs, who is scoring 14.6 points per night. This could be one of the most exciting games of the week and the matchup between Williams and Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey is like a chess match between two grandmasters. Shannon Evans II #11 of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Credit: Chris Coduto/Getty Images Wednesday, January 17 No. 11 Arizona State (13-3, 1-3) at Stanford (9-8, 3-1), 11 p.m. ET, Pac12 The Sun Devils were on a roll through the end of the non-conference portion of the schedule, as they won their first 12 games of the season. However, when Pac-12 play started, Arizona State has lost three of its first four conference games. Head coach Bobby Hurley needs his team to turn it around, and do it quickly. They will get a chance against the Cardinal. Stanford has had nearly the opposite kind of season as the Sun Devils, as the Cardinal struggled in the non-conference portion of the schedule but have won three of their first four conference games. Guard Tra Holder is Hurley’s go-to scorer, averaging 20.9 points and 4.0 assists per game. Fellow guard Shannon Evans II is contributing 17.1 points per night, but his .376 shooting percentage is an issue. Stanford is led by forward Reid Travis, who is averaging 20.4 points and 17.5 rebounds per game. The Sun Devils will have to keep an eye on freshman guard Daejon Davis, who is averaging 9.9 points per night and connecting on 53.1 percent of his shots from the field. Sunday, January 14 Army (10-6, 3-2) at Navy (12-6, 3-2), 2:30 p.m., ET, CBSSN This clash between the two service academies may not have the glamour and tradition as the battle on the gridiron, but the clash on the basketball court may have even more significance. Not only do both service academies have winning records this season, they are also in the same conference. So, this game will have a lot to say about the standings of the Patriot League. The Army-Navy game in football has no significance as far as conference standings are concerned since Army is an independent and Navy is in the American Athletic Conference. Army has won five of its last seven games prior to playing the Midshipmen, and Jordan Fox is leading the Black Knights in scoring with 14.9 points per game. Matthew Wilson, a 6-9 forward, is adding 12.5 points per night and connecting on 59.1 percent of his shots from the field. Navy has won three of its last four games, and the Middies are led by senior guard Shawn Anderson, who is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per night. Fellow guard Bryce Dulin is contributing 11.3 points per night and junior guard Hasan Abdullah is also averaging in double figures at 10.7 points per game. Navy leads the all-time men’s basketball series between the two service academies, 78-49.
|Keidel: NFL Divisional Round PredictionsCBS Seattle / 4 d. 13 h. 6 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel Wild card weekend was merely a preamble to this, the most delicious weekend of the NFL year. In the Divisional Round, the eight best teams play four games over two days to unveil pro football’s final four. We went 2-2 last weekend, which is unacceptable. Let’s do better, in order of games played. Atlanta Falcons (11-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) Saturday, January 13, 2018, 4:35 pm ET This is the first time since 1975 that a conference’s top seed is an underdog at home, with Vegas inserting the Falcons as a three-point favorite. We all know that’s because Eagles starting QB and MVP candidate Carson Wentz injured his knee in December. Nick Foles looked great when he first replaced Wentz, then reminded us why he’s not a starting QB in the NFL. Consider this from NJ.com. In the 13 full games Wentz started, the Eagles were among the best third-down teams in the NFL, with 50 percent of Wentz’s completed passes resulting in a first down, second-best in the league. Under Wentz the Eagles were the best in third-and-short and third-and-long. Since Foles assumed the helm, however, the Eagles are converting just 23 percent of the time on third down. Foles hasn’t completed a third-down pass that resulted in a first-down since the third quarter in Week 15 against the Giants. Not only that, the Eagles have lost four-straight playoff games, including two in Philadelphia. And if you’re hoping for some frigid, windy, and inhospitable weather to tilt the scales toward the home team, it looks like they will play during the rare, January day around 50 degrees. The Falcons surely and officially overcame their Super Bowl hangover when they whipped the Rams in Los Angeles last weekend. The Eagles’ fourth-ranked defense is too good to be whipped, but not too good to be beat. Especially since they will be on the field all day. Prediction: Falcons win, 20-13 >>MORE: Boomer Esiason On NFC Divisional Round Matchups Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Tennessee Titans (10-7) @ New England Patriots (13-3) Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:15 pm ET The Patriots are an absurd 20-4 at home in the playoffs, with the vast majority of those wins coming under the blessed gridiron tandem of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Since 1966, teams that are favored by at least 13.5 points — the Vegas number for this game — are 19-3 overall (not against the spread). The Titans are an overachieving team that made a miraculous comeback in Kansas City last weekend, crawling off the mat to nip the Chiefs, 22-21, a game they trailed 21-3 at halftime. You can say the Chiefs gagged, but don’t trivialize the toughness or temerity we saw from Tennessee. It’s just a shame they have to play this game next. Last week was the second time in NFL history that a starting QB (Matt Ryan) was older than his opposing head coach (Sean McVay). Now we have the widest chasm in age between starting quarterbacks, with a 16-year gulf between Tom Brady (40) and Marcus Mariota (24). Even better, Brady has more Super Bowl rings than Mariota, Nick Foles, Blake Bortles, and Case Keenum have playoff starts — combined. Add the fact that the Pats are playing at home, can sniff another AFC title, and are just better than the Titans on every level, and you have the obvious. Prediction: Patriots win, 30-16 >>MORE: Commentary from CBS Local Sports Voices Le’Veon Bell (Photo Credit: Tim Warner/Getty Images) Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) Sunday, January 14, 2018, 1:05 pm ET The Jaguars are the only team ever to win twice at Pittsburgh in the same year. They are looking to repeat. Also, there have been 16 occasions when an NFL team has won by at least 20 points then faced the same team again in the playoffs. The first-time winners are 14-2 the second time. But Jags QB Blake Bortles is one of a very few quarterbacks to complete at least 20 passes in a playoff game, for fewer than 100 yards, and win. Jacksonville may have a lovely defense, but their offense crawled during their soporific, 10-3, win against an average Buffalo Bills team that backed into the playoffs. The last three playoff games the Steelers lost, their stellar RB Le’Veon Bell either didn’t play or left the game early because of injury. This year he had a career high in rushes and touches the ball an average of 27 times per game. The Steelers gleefully welcome back All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown, who missed the last two games because of a calf injury. By all accounts, Brown looks healthy, mobile, and agile. But for all of Brown’s splendor, the heartbeat of the Steelers’ offense is Le’Veon Bell. And for all the “Sacksonville” talk, the Steelers actually got the opposing QB more often than the Jaguars, 56 times to 55 for the Jaguars. Not that Pittsburgh’s defense is better, but their offense is light years beyond Bortles & Co. Plus, the Steelers are at home, and are looking to avenge that 30-9 drubbing the Jags dropped on the them in October. Pittsburgh went 10-1 after that game. Make it 11-1. Prediction: Steelers win, 24-19 >>MORE: CBS Sports’ Bill Cowher On AFC Divisional Round Matchups Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram (Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) New Orleans Saints (12-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (13-3) Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:40 pm ET In the Super Bowl era, there have been only three cases of an undrafted quarterback throwing for 1,000 yards to an undrafted wide receiver in one season. The first two are Jon Kitna and Mike Furrey and Tony Romo and Miles Austin. The third? The breakout duo of QB Case Keenum and WR Adam Thielen. Seriously. There are clashing stats regarding the home-team Vikings. Since 1990, Minnesota failed on three occasions to make the Super Bowl with a first-round bye, losing at home in 1998, 2000, and 2009. Yet the last two teams to flaunt the NFL’s best defense statistically — surrendering the fewest points and fewest yards — have reached the Super Bowl. Vegas has the Vikings as five-point favorites. Most NFL power indexes give the Vikings a 65 to 70 percent chance to win the game. The Panthers stopped the Saints newfound nuclear running attack of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Which leaves the ball in Drew Brees’s hands. How’s that a problem? The Vikings may have a better club, and may be at home, but beyond the hometown noise, there’s no other home-team advantage, since the game is being played indoors. And while it’s true that New Orleans has just one road playoff win in franchise history, there’s just something special about these Saints. Dare we say Super? Prediction: Saints win, 23-20 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.
|Podcast: As Seattle faces an even worse traffic nightmare, do...Seattle News / 4 d. 16 h. 50 min. ago more|
What is the 'period of maximum constraint' for Seattle-area traffic? Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom joins The Overcast politics podcast this week to explain. Anyone driving, biking, riding or walking through Seattle over the next few years will be living through what transportation planners have dubbed "the period of maximum constraint."
|Uncertain future for a local Salvadoran family in Trump’s AmericaCrosscut / 4 d. 20 h. 16 min. ago more|
In a small, lime-colored house, on a White Center street lined with modest homes, live three generations of a family whose roots trace back to El Salvador. Inside, portraits of daughters and grandchildren plaster purple walls. A sign that reads “BELIEVE” hangs in the living room. On another, a poster of the Space Needle. A large TV sits crammed between toys. A tight-knit family occupies the house. William Ardon is the patriarch. He is 52, a father, grandfather and a Glacier Fish Company employee who inspects seafood for a living. He’s worked for the Seattle-based company for the last seven years. He lives with his wife, the woman who had been his longtime partner and whom he married on Dec. 15 in a nearby courthouse. (The couple surprised their children with the news on Christmas). Two daughters and three grandchildren share the tiny home. The other day, Ardon’s son Hector, who lives close by, stopped to visit. Hector, 26, is a recipient of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Now, after more than a decade, the Ardon family’s living situation could soon radically change. Not only because of the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA, which would effectively deport Hector. But the scrapping of another immigrant-protection program earlier this week could dramatically affect them. Temporary Protected Status, otherwise known as TPS, was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. The status allows individuals, from countries where ongoing conflict, environmental disaster or other extraordinary circumstances make it too dangerous to return, to legally remain in the United States. That was the case for William Ardon. Ardon came to the United States in 1991, fleeing the violence of the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War, which killed tens of thousands. “I had no choice but to come,” Ardon said in Spanish, near tears while sitting on his living room couch. He’s managed to stay in the country due to TPS, which he was granted in 2001 after a pair of devastating earthquakes struck El Salvador. “The immigration system needs fixing,” he said, “but I don’t think the response should be separating families and traumatizing children.” According to the Center for American Progress, a public policy research institute based in Washington, D.C., more than 300,000 people nationwide benefit from Temporary Protected Status. Most TPS holders are from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. Here, in Washington state, approximately 2,900 people have TPS, the majority of whom are from El Salvador. In addition, there are about 3,000 U.S.-born children in Washington state whose parents benefit from the program. The Center for American Progress estimates that approximately $149 million would be lost from state GDP annually without TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. Proponents of ending the TPS program argue it was always meant to be temporary and that reforms are needed to ensure there are clearer guidelines for when protections should be offered and extended. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said that, after careful consideration, it concluded Salvadorans could return to their home country because “the original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist.” But critics say doing away with TPS serves as yet another sign that the Trump administration is unsympathetic to the plight of immigrants. The administration’s decision arrived just weeks after more than 45,000 Haitians lost protections granted after the country’s 2010 earthquake. Experts say others in the program, such as Hondurans and Syrians, may soon lose protections as well. Critics also cite the administration’s attempts at enforcing a Muslim ban and the recent termination of the Central American Minors program, which allowed children fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status in the United States before leaving home, as other examples of the administration’s disdain for people of color. In a statement, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, said it was “unfathomable that the administration would deport people back to one of the most dangerous parts of the world.” (Jayapal is sponsoring a bill dubbed the ASPIRE Act, which would allow TPS holders to apply for permanent residency.) Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, argues the current administration fails to recognize that immigration officials should focus on criminals or dangerous individuals, rather than the immigrant population at large. “In the end, there’s really no review,” he said. “It’s just anybody they can round up.” Legal experts say TPS holders who hope to remain in the country face limited options. Some may attempt to gain refugee status or asylum, but experts caution the administration has made those paths even more limited and difficult. The administration dramatically lowered the cap on the number of refugees the country would accept this year to 45,000, less than half of the maximum of 110,000 allowed in 2016. Others might attempt to gain a green card. On Thursday, the national immigration debate once again triggered headlines after Trump, according to the Washington Post, referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.” That characterization was made by the president in a discussion with senators and House members about protecting immigrants. Although the White House didn’t deny the president had used that language, on Friday Trump tweeted: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.” Hector Ardon, son of William Ardon, with his daughter at William’s home in White Center on January 10. Hector is a recipient of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Back in White Center, Ardon called out to his granddaughter as she pranced around the living room. Her father, Hector, and his sisters listened as grandpa praised his granddaughter’s intelligence. “For me, it doesn’t make sense that something like this should happen,” Ardon said, referring to the administration’s decision to end the TPS program. “Even my 11-year-old grandson asks me why this is happening. Psychologically, it’s already affecting him.” Ardon can legally remain in the country until September 2019. He says he plans to talk to an immigration lawyer but remains concerned about the future of his family, especially his children. “What hurts me is the possibility that my family might be separated.” Son Hector’s fate hinges on the salvation of a different immigration program — DACA — which a federal judge recently ruled must continue until lawsuits over the administration’s effort to end it are resolved. But anyone who returns to El Salvador, Ardon maintains, faces a precarious life surrounded by violence.
|SOS: NOAA funding cuts would hurt coastal WashingtonCrosscut / 4 d. 20 h. 21 min. ago more|
Mike Cassinelli is the owner of Beacon Charters in Ilwaco, at the mouth of the Columbia River. Mike makes his living taking recreational anglers fishing for salmon and sturgeon, but never sends a boat out before checking the weather. The Washington coast doesn’t often get catastrophic storms, but we do deal with some of the world’s most persistently rough weather. Like every other coastal mariner, Mike relies heavily on NOAA-funded weather monitoring to make it safely back to port. Coastal communities also rely on the agency’s tsunami warning system. However, NOAA isn’t just about weather: The agency is also the central hub for salmon restoration funding, shoreline planning and maintaining our valuable shellfish industry, to name just a few of its other responsibilities. In short: NOAA is an inextricable part of life on the Washington coast. As of right now, there is no federal budget to pay for NOAA and other agencies during the current fiscal year. Instead, Congress has begun executing an increasingly common budgetary maneuver: passing short-term funding extensions — in D.C. parlance, continuing resolutions — of the old budget. There have been three so far, with the current one set to expire on Jan. 19. This is more than an exercise in bumbling bureaucracy. Continuing Resolutions prevent federal agencies from planning ahead and may lead to important projects and initiatives being put on hold. In the scrum of last-second lawmaking, there is concern that the issues core to Washington’s coastal communities — and coastal communities across the country — will fall by the wayside. As members of Congress negotiate over federal funding and revenue, they need to remember to properly fund agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that protect coastal economies, public safety and the environment. Salmon and habitat restoration projects on the Washington coast are core components of our natural resource-dependent economy, supporting a broad range of family-wage jobs in an area with unemployment rates among the country’s highest. Restoration work has opened more than 715 miles of habitat to spawning, rearing and migration over the past eight years. The work also improves the resiliency of our roads and bridges in the face of flooding. The Coast Salmon Partnership — a coalition of coastal counties, cities, tribes, ports, businesses, watershed councils and conservation groups — works with the NOAA-administered Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund to restore and protect Washington state’s strongest remaining wild salmon populations and the watersheds they call home. And for every $1 million spent on watershed restoration, over $2 million is generated in total economic activity. You could tell a similar story about anywhere on the U.S. coastline: Our circumstances may be different, but we all rely heavily on NOAA. Yet way back in March, when the federal budget debate began, the Trump Administration proposed massive cuts to the agency’s budget. The House of Representatives’ budget called for deep cuts as well. Fortunately, the Senate has offered a budget package to preserve NOAA funding near its current levels. U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Vancouver, and the state’s two U.S. senators, Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, have all spoken out against cuts to NOAA weather monitoring, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and other programs coastal communities rely on. As Congress reconvenes this month to sort the budget out once and for all, I hope they and other representatives from Washington stand strong and rally support for NOAA’s much-needed funding. They should put the prosperity of our coastal towns ahead of politics and fight to maintain funding for this critical agency. Mike Cassinelli just left his seat as the mayor of Ilwaco. He recalls stories from the old days, before NOAA installed their state-of-the-art weather buoys, when crabbers would leave port in the winter and never return, swallowed up by a rapidly developing storm. Now, thanks to the buoys, mariners know when it’s safe to go out and when it’s not. Ilwaco lies on the Long Beach Peninsula, on the north bank of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific Ocean. Credit: Sam Beebe/EcoTrust Similarly, highly trained pilots navigate vessels around the treacherous sand bar at the Columbia River’s mouth using NOAA weather models and buoys. Without them, the river’s multibillion dollar shipping industry would grind to a halt. From the mouth of the Columbia River to the Atlantic seaboard and the hurricane-hit Gulf Coast, our lives and livelihoods are at stake. That’s true regardless of which stretch of the United States coastline you occupy. Cuts to the critical programs NOAA supports would cost jobs, lead to more maritime accidents and put lives at risk. Washington’s coastal communities rely on abundant fisheries and well-managed coastlines.
|Sea levels will rise, and maps show which Seattle neighborhoods are in dangerSeattle News / 5 d. 0 h. 1 min. ago more|
Jack Block Park seems like an unlikely leisure spot, tucked among railroad tracks and Port of Seattle cranes. But it also provides a panoramic view of West Seattle, downtown and Harbor Island.
|What MIGHT elevated light rail look like in West Seattle? See one...Seattle News / 5 d. 2 h. 11 min. ago more|
Though Sound Transit has stressed that nothing's final, it's envisioning the future West Seattle light-rail line as elevated. If you've found it difficult to imagine what that MIGHT look like, "Avalon Tom " wants to help.
|Biznotes, Whittaker Edition: Update on Mod Pizza ; plus, another new tenantSeattle News / 5 d. 9 h. ago more|
MOD PIZZA: The "individual, artisan-style pizza and salads" restaurant is now planning to open its West Seattle location in early February. That's according to Charlotte Wayte , who also sent word that they're having two hiring events at the future restaurant, for 30 job openings: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, January 20th, and Sunday, January 21st.
|One inquest reform that should happen nowCrosscut / 5 d. 20 h. 21 min. ago more|
King County Executive Dow Constantine should be commended for pausing all pending inquests into in-custody deaths, and convening a panel to look at reforming King County’s inquest process. The panel — a group of smart people which, however, does not yet include anyone who has been active in seeking inquest process changes — is slated to report back to the Executive in March. However, there’s no need to wait on the panel to make one essential change: providing legal counsel for the families of those who were killed by police. This has been an obvious problem for a long time. When no one else stepped forward to correct it, King County Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rod Dembowski and Dave Upthegrove offered to address this gap with an ordinance ensuring legal counsel for families. The ordinance passed out of committee on Tuesday and is scheduled for a vote of the full Council on Jan. 29. What is an inquest? It’s an independent investigation into the cause of any death that occurs in the custody of a law enforcement agency that most counties have the coroner do in a closed proceeding. Until recently, only King County performed inquests in public and with the active participation of the families of those killed, which is an important value we hope is retained in any new process. (Last year, Franklin County responded to community demands for transparency in the high-profile police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, and held a public inquest in that case.) Though it needs reform, the value of King County’s public approach to inquests is that facts surrounding a death in police custody are brought forward openly, and witnesses can be asked questions to shed light on what led to the death. The inquest is widely, but inaccurately, thought to be a forum in which a jury decides whether a killing was lawful or justified. That question presently is not asked at an inquest, which is now limited to illuminating what happened and why. One important issue for the Executive’s panel is how an inquest process might better dovetail with the requirement of Initiative 940 (“De-Escalate WA”), if adopted by voters later this year, for an independent investigation that can help establish whether police use of deadly force happened in good faith. That requirement might mean the inquest needs a wider scope, looking at police training and policies and how they were applied to the incident. No matter how the inquest process is changed, however, the County Councilmembers are right to take action to provide for legal counsel to the families of the person killed. So long as officers and the governments that employ them have lawyers — at the public’s expense — advancing their point of view in these proceedings (which they surely will, no matter what other changes are made to the inquest process), the families need an equal playing field. The family of the person killed in government custody has a right, under the existing inquest rules, to participate in the proceeding. The rules of evidence apply, witnesses are cross-examined, and professional and expert witnesses testify. The city or county that employed the officer who used deadly force has a lawyer — as do the individual officers. Like in a criminal trial, it is extremely difficult for a lay person to hold their own in this intimidating, technical environment. That barrier is heightened in an inquest, since the subject matter — the recent death of a loved one — is highly traumatic. It’s not realistic, fair or humane to expect family members to ask the questions they need answered when they are the only party in the room without a lawyer. Few families who are affected in deadly force cases can afford to retain a lawyer on their own. Only a third of families in recent years have been able to arrange legal representation. In some cases, lawyers who expect to win damages after a wrongful death civil suit may offer to assist the family in the hopes of building a civil case. However, this is not the primary purpose of an inquest, and where the facts are murky (exactly the situation where an inquest is meant to shed light) the private bar generally has not stepped forward. A few lawyers provide these services pro bono (for the public good) — but they are tapped out, and in any event, that is not a system for ensuring an inquest proceeds in a way that is respectful, orderly and constructive. The inquest right to counsel ordinance could be called “Sonia’s Law.” Last month, Sonia Joseph, the grieving mom of Giovonn Joseph McDade, who was killed by Kent police officers earlier this year, attended the first day of the inquest into her son’s death in King County District Court in Kent. She had no lawyer for months, and was quoted $25,000 by skilled lawyers with inquest experience. After community groups eventually scrambled to put together funds to hire an attorney, the judge refused to reschedule the inquest to allow that lawyer to get prepared. If the proposed King County Council ordinance had been in place, this would never have happened — her lawyer would have been assigned right away and could have been as prepared as the lawyers for the City of Kent and the police officers who shot her son. Instead, Sonia Joseph was humiliated when she asked to address the judge about how vulnerable and unprepared she felt without a lawyer. The judge threatened to remove her if she kept talking (further example of how diminished the family role is without a lawyer, since lawyers may at any time ask to address the court). Ultimately, she left, and declined to “participate” when she had no meaningful role. She’s making the point we’ve been trying to make since this time last year: without counsel, inquests are re-traumatizing, marginalizing experiences for grieving families. On Tuesday, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, the King County Department of Public Defense and a senior advisor to Executive Constantine told the Council in very clear terms that they support this legislation. Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rod Dembowski also spoke eloquently about why they’re committed to legal counsel for families. The families who testified about their past or pending experience in the inquest process said afterward how good it felt to see elected leaders acknowledge what they’ve been facing on their own. On Jan. 29, the Council has a chance to take one important step toward making the inquest process fairer to families and more useful to the public. We’re grateful to the Councilmembers for hearing the families and taking action.
|5 things to do in Seattle this weekendCrosscut / 5 d. 20 h. 31 min. ago more|
Making Chocolate with Dandelion Chocolate Maybe it’s something reserved for those in the industry (I work at Theo Chocolate) but I have the biggest chocolate crush on Dandelion Chocolate. Since 2010, the San Francisco-based bean-to-bar chocolate factory has been passionately making chocolate that is beautiful and striking in both appearance and flavor. Now, they’ve written their first book, “Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to Smore,” a book for the aspiring chocolate maker. While you can find their single-origin chocolate bars locally if you’re looking, this will be a super special night. Half of the author team, Dandelion Executive Pastry Chef Lisa Vega and Communications Manager Molly Gore, will be at Fremont’s Book Larder to talk about the brand-new book and sign copies. If you go: Making Chocolate with Dandelion Chocolate, Book Larder, Jan. 15 Puget Soundtrack: Postcard from the Badlands presents “Moon” In the latest edition of Puget Soundtrack, themes of “recurrence, simulation, isolation, wonderment, silence and space” inspire a new music ensemble Postcard from the Badlands’ live score to the 2009 sci-fi film “Moon.” The film follows an astronaut nearing the end of a three-year solo moon mission, played by the brilliant Sam Rockwell (recently awarded the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). With sparse dialogue, gorgeous, otherworldly landscapes and a hearty dose of inner strife, it’s a movie that can only be enhanced by the pensive, already-cinematic sound of Postcard from the Badlands. If you go: Postcard from the Badlands presents “Moon”, Northwest Film Forum, Jan. 11 ($16) Nordic Lights Film Festival Each year, the Nordic Lights Film Festival brings a collection of contemporary films out of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Sápmi. Like the Nordic countries themselves, the festival’s films span from dark (Iceland’s “The Homecoming”) to light (the heartwarming Norwegian documentary “Siblings Are Forever” and the Swedish satire “The Square”), all showing us the many stories coming out of an increasingly diverse Scandinavia. While festival passes are sold out, you can still get tickets to individual films. As always, if you can’t decide, I recommend the shorts program, showing Friday night at 7 p.m. — it’s like tapas, giving you the opportunity to try a little of everything. If you go: Nordic Lights Film Festival, SIFF Cinema Uptown & SIFF Film Center, Jan. 11-14 La Colonial Pop-up Chef Joseph Bayley’s career is often talked about in relation to his 2009 win on the TV show “Chopped,” but what he did before (cooking on a ship near Alaska and baking cookies in Antarctica) was just as, or more, interesting. And what he’s done since (training in Spanish cooking in San Sebastián) hasn’t been too dull either. At this pop-up and preview of his hopeful 2018 Central District restaurant, Bayley takes over the kitchen at Cortona Cafe. He’ll cook up six à la carte dishes — like Buko meatballs in a coconut cream sauce and the Filipino soup pork sinigang — that draw on his Spanish training and Filipino heritage. Offerings are intended to be seasonal and hyper-local so we can all be delighted and surprised. If you go: La Colonial Pop-up, Cortona Cafe, 7 p.m. Jan. 12-13 Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward Seattle Arts and Lectures continues an all-star season with two-time National Book Award Winner and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Jesmyn Ward. Her 2017 book “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is a portrait of one family’s struggles, both relateably painful and beautifully told. According to The Atlantic, the book established her “as one of the most poetic writers in the conversation about America’s unfinished business in the black South.” I can’t wait to hear Ward speak; she not only writes stunning fiction but is also the editor of the vital 2016 essay collection “The Fire This Time,” which is envisioned as a response to James Baldwin’s 1963 book “The Fire Next Time.” If you go: Jesmyn Ward, Benaroya Hall, Jan. 17 ($10-60)
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We’ve all read horror stories about dangers lurking online, yet we still call for rides, meet dates and leave passwords or other intimate details in plain sight with the help, or hindrance, of our digital devices. But what if the machines that connect us with the world turned against us? Even worse, what if the threats leapt off the screen and terrorized us in real life? In 2014, this worst-case scenario played out for video game developer Zoë Quinn — and then some — when she found herself at the center of Gamergate. Gamergate is the dangerous chaos that unfolded after Quinn’s ex-boyfriend launched an online siege against her. In what Quinn’s website calls a blog post “cobbled together from private information, half-truths and outright fictions,” he set in motion a movement with a “rallying cry” for hordes to go after her. Her accounts were attacked, she was doxed (her personal information was released online), her private photos were stolen, and she received death and rape threats. Instead of fleeing the male-dominated gaming world, Quinn has used her experience as a platform to speak about sexual harassment, hate speech and technology. Since Gamergate, she has testified about online abuse at the United Nations. She recently published a memoir about her experience, “Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate.” And Quinn’s most famous online game, Depression Quest, has been played by more than 2 million people. On Feb. 3, Zoë Quinn will speak at the Crosscut Festival, a two-day event that will bring together some of the best minds and biggest names in the Northwest. Rising political star Julián Castro will headline the festival. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum will also be among the more-than-70 speakers and panelists. For a full schedule of events, and to buy tickets, go to www.crosscut.com/festival. Buy Tickets to the Crosscut Festival The Festival, to be held at Seattle University, will put elected officials, business leaders and cultural luminaries onstage with journalists from more than a dozen news organizations from around the region. It’s the Northwest’s answer to the New Yorker Festival or the Aspen Ideas Festival. We expect 1,500 people to attend, including hundreds of Washington college students. Zoë Quinn will be part of a panel that discusses the tech industry’s struggle to attract a more diverse workforce, along with David Harris, startup advocate for Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, and entrepreneur Susie Lee, founder of Siren. The panel will be moderated by award-winning journalist Ruchika Tulshyan, author of “The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace.” Other panels in the day-long track on business and tech will explore the impact of Amazon on Seattle, business leaders who moonlight as social justice warriors, and the implications of climate change for the Northwest’s economic future. Here’s a small sampling of the other speakers who will be taking part: Former Obama speechwriter David Litt Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Attorney and political activist Nikkita Oliver Columnist for The Atlantic David Frum For a full schedule of events, and to buy tickets, go to www.crosscut.com/festival. Buy Tickets to the Crosscut Festival Special thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kerry and Linda Killinger Foundation and all of our other sponsors for making the event possible. The Northwest has been hungry for a gathering like this. We anticipate that it will become an annual happening that you will not want to miss. From the entire team at Crosscut, we hope you’ll join us!
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