|Front Row Center 2017-2018 SeasonKUOW / 01.06.2018 00:21 more|
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In celebration of our 65th Anniversary, KUOW is producing a wide range of events featuring your favorite local and national programs! This list is being updated constantly, so check back frequently. Sign up for our event e-newsletter so you never miss a KUOW event! Sign Up Now Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM The Cloud Room Free | Please RSVP Take a break from screens and join KUOW for our first-ever podcast listening party! Come and listen to a few episodes of the How to Be a Girl podcast, then dig deeper with thoughtful discussion afterwards. How to Be a Girl is produced by Marlo Mack about her life with her transgender daughter. It stars the two of them — a single mom and her nine-year-old transgender daughter — as they attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl. FREE snack foods will be provided. This event is presented in partnership with University of Washington’s Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Friday, March 3, 2017 | 8:00 PM The Neptune
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|New season of KUOW's 'Ask A' seriesKUOW / 03.10.2017 02:37 more|
One reason we’re seeing such polarization in American society is that we’re not talking to each other. We’re wrapped up in our own cocoons and echo chambers. In an effort to combat this, KUOW is launching a series of person-to-person conversation events we call 'Ask A __.'
|Trial moved for man accused of killing girlfriend’s daughterThe Seattle Times / 4 min. ago more|
MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been moved to Linn County for a man accused of punching to death a 2-year-old girl in Iowa County. A judge agreed in a ruling filed Friday that pretrial publicity had marred Cody Stevenson’s chances for a fair trial in Iowa County. He’s pleaded not guilty to a […]
|Are you watching, Germany? Dutch still trying to form a govtThe Seattle Times / 4 min. ago more|
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — If Angela Merkel wants to see how tough it can be to form a multiparty government, the German chancellor need only look across the border at the Netherlands, where four-party coalition talks are still grinding on more than six months after the election. Day after day, the leaders of the […]
|Ugandan lawmakers in brawl over ‘life presidency’ billThe Seattle Times / 5 min. ago more|
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A fight broke out in Uganda’s parliament Tuesday amid efforts to introduce legislation that could extend the president’s decades-long hold on power. After opposition lawmakers accused a colleague on the government side of carrying a gun, a brawl broke out in which lawmakers pushed and punched each other. A motion is […]
|Relatives: Toddler who fatally shot father has asked for himThe Seattle Times / 8 min. ago more|
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives say a St. Louis toddler who killed his sleeping father while playing with a gun has been asking “for his daddy.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police say the 2-year-old accidently shot 27-year-old Darrion Noble in the neck Saturday afternoon. No other adults were home. Three children — a […]
|2 more plead guilty in state health benefits scamThe Seattle Times / 9 min. ago more|
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Two pharmaceutical sales representatives in New Jersey have pleaded guilty for their involvement in a $50 million state health benefit program scheme. Prosecutors say Judd Holt, of Evesham, and George Gavras, of Moorestown, pleaded guilty on Monday of heath care fraud in federal court in Camden. They face up to 10 […]
|2 inmates assault 2 guards at reopened Kentucky jailThe Seattle Times / 11 min. ago more|
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates have assaulted two guards at a Kentucky jail that reopened earlier this month following a riot in August. WSAZ-TV reports that Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods says the two guards are recovering after suffering minor injuries to their faces at the County Detention Center on Monday. […]
|Alabama teen arrested on murder, burglary chargesThe Seattle Times / 13 min. ago more|
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teen wanted on a murder charge has been arrested. WSFA-TV reports that 19-year-old Anfernee Sledge was arrested Sunday and faces multiple charges, including murder, auto burglary and burglary of a residence. Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham says Sledge is connected to the death of a 16-year-old in a high-speed […]
|Jury convicts woman accused of keeping sister in closetThe Seattle Times / 14 min. ago more|
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a mid-Michigan closet has been convicted of charges including unlawful imprisonment. A Shiawassee County jury on Monday also found Candy Lawson guilty of vulnerable adult abuse and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits that were intended for her […]
|Man on trial for weapons theft confesses during trialThe Seattle Times / 16 min. ago more|
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump has admitted at trial that he committed the crimes. Joseph Jakubowski took the stand Monday in Madison, saying he robbed Armageddon Supplies near Janesville April 4 and […]
|Homicides down significantly in MinnesotaThe Seattle Times / 16 min. ago more|
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New data from the FBI shows a significant drop in the number of homicides in Minnesota. While violent crime remained relatively unchanged, homicides dropped about 25 percent from 2015 to 2016, per 100,000 residents. Minnesota’s rate of decline was third nationwide, behind North Dakota and Connecticut. Last year, there were 101 homicides […]
|ATV operator, 92, dies in log-hauling crashThe Seattle Times / 17 min. ago more|
WALLAGRASS, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a 92-year-old ATV operator in Maine has died after attempting to haul a trailer with a large log down a hill. Maine game wardens say Gerard Belanger, of Wallagrass, had been cutting wood with his son on his woodlot Monday. Belanger was trying to move logs from the woodlot […]
|NY launches $2.5M competition for canal improvement ideasThe Seattle Times / 20 min. ago more|
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching an effort to improve the New York State Canal System by holding a competition that will award up to $2.5 million to entrants who come up with the best ideas. The Democrat made the announcement Monday as the World Canals Conference got underway in Syracuse. Cuomo […]
|Pennington County commissioner fined for violating ordinanceThe Seattle Times / 24 min. ago more|
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pennington County commissioner who disagrees with government oversight of septic systems has been convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance. Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee after a five-hour trial on Monday was found guilty by a judge and fined $200 for maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system […]
|Ex-correctional officer sentenced to 8 years in fatal crashThe Seattle Times / 27 min. ago more|
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia correctional officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for killing a Midlothian father of two in an alcohol-fueled crash last year. Matthew Pernell gave emotional testimony in court Monday before he was sentenced in the death of 46-year-old Alonza Jefferson Jr. Pernell said he would trade […]
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|Drafted to fight for freedom at home in VietnamCrosscut / 57 min. ago more|
Before coming to the United States, Kim Pham was an officer in South Vietnam’s army during the Vietnam War. Here is his story, as told to his daughter Julie Pham. They came to Seattle as refugees from Vietnam in 1979.
The first time I was a refugee, I was 4 years old.
The First French Indochina War had already started by the time I was born in 1950 in Ninh Binh-Thanh Hoa, a heavily Catholic Northern province in Vietnam. When I was 4 years old, the Geneva Accord split the country in half and people could choose to migrate north or south.
Although I couldn’t remember anything at that time because I was a child, my family told me the communists were terrorizing the north. Everyone was afraid of them. So when there was an opportunity for us to go south, we took it.
We eventually settled in Saigon. I went with my parents, my older sister, my older brother and my younger sister. Through family connections, my father got a great job working for USAID, an American news agency that published the beautiful magazine, Thế Giới Tự Do (The Freedom World).
I began to understand the concept of war when I was 10 years old as I started to recognize the fighting as warfare and from reading the USAID materials. I studied at Lasalle Taberd, one of the elite French-Vietnamese schools for boys in Saigon. My uncle, Frère Adrien Pham Ngoc Hoa, was the principal and one of founders of Lasalle University before 1975. When I was 16 years old, I started to really think about the war because being drafted was only a few years away.
All able men in South Vietnam were drafted. It was not a matter of if, but when.
We knew it was our responsibility to fight for freedom and democracy in the South. The other side was a dictatorship. They were coming from the North to the South and killing people. But we also knew that fighting for this freedom would likely mean sacrifice and death. Every day, I’d see the flags and coffins in the streets, people dying and crying and bombings. Just because we knew it was the right thing to do didn’t make the prospect of death to an 18 or 19 year old any less scary.
The draft was certain. If I could pass the baccalaureate test, then I could become an officer. The first time I took the test in 1969, I failed. And then I got my draft notice and started infantry training.
Knowing how my scared my parents were, I studied hard at night and I took the test again. Being able to go into the officer corps was the difference between life and death. When you know you’re about to die, you have to continue to push through. The second time, I passed.
The day I entered the military, my family was very sad. I felt like I was waiting to die, like I was someone with cancer. As a 19-year-old, I didn’t know much about the world and all I could think about was dying. I knew fighting for the freedom of people in the South came with an expensive price — the cost of our lives. In war, we all wanted to do something courageous, but we also wanted to be away from danger as much as possible. I had friends who died.
Being an officer meant I could be stationed in Saigon. I could go home at night. I selected serving in the Navy. At the time, there were only two fields of study that military officers could take while also serving: Law and Humanities. The other fields would have required us to be there during the day. I went to law school starting in 1971. In the classroom, I met many other naval officers and my future wife.
Once I knew I’d been accepted into the officer class, I worked to get accepted into the press corps, which was considered an honor. In high school, instead of music or sports, I chose to write and report part-time for a Saigon newspaper and it prepared me well.
As a press officer, I had to gain the trust of our readers and to prove we were right to fight the North. My job was to show people the horror of communism, so they would know that even if they died in war, it was for the right thing and an honor.
I loved my job. I read a lot and interviewed many people who were anti-communist. I also interviewed North soldiers who were prisoners of war, and I empathized with them. I knew their parents were also worried about them. When we met one-on-one, I didn’t feel they were my enemies.
In early 1975, I got married. By that time, many troops from the North were invading the South. Saigon was chaotic at the time. There were bombings often, including suicide bombings. There were communist spies everywhere. They lived among us. There was a lot of fear and paranoia. I remember communists trying to trap the president of the law school.
Although there was terror in the streets, there was still a belief the Americans would protect us. I shared this faith that the Americans would save us with many other Southerners. Though they pulled out their troops in 1972, we believed they would still help us. We were all wrong.
By April, we knew the end was near. Many people wanted to get to the Navy ship, but the road from home to the port was destroyed. We had planned to leave on the morning of April 30, but we couldn’t find a way. For us to have made it in time to the ship to escape Vietnam, we would have had to have gotten there the night before. By noon on April 30, 1975, Saigon fell. I was at the Navy headquarters, but my family was still at home.
We were one day too late. All the ships left straight for Guam. When it’s time to sink a ship, the plug gets pulled and water fills the ship. I felt like I was a ship whose plug had been pulled out and I was sinking. That moment was so hard. Many committed suicide.
In the two months that followed the Fall of Saigon, everyone was selling their possessions like a big garage sale. Drawers, tables and all sorts of furniture were out on the streets. Newly wealthy communists were coming in and buying things from the Southerners.
Then all the South Vietnamese officers were rounded up by the Communist government and we were told we’d go to study for 10 days. We now refer to where we were taken as re-education camp. We were then put into a big Molotov trucks, covered with canvas. It was hard to breathe. We had to try to poke holes through the canvas to breathe. There were 40 people on each truck. It was an eight-hour ride. That was the start of prison.
Ten days became 15 days, then one month, and then we knew we had been cheated and lied to. It was very hard. We barely had any clothes or food and we slept on the ground. Every four to five months, we were moved to another site. Some committed suicide. My wife was allowed to visit every three to six months. The communists would send a letter out and give them a date and the site and they were allowed to bring a package no more than 10 kilograms [about 22 pounds]. They would get one hour to visit.
Every month or two, we would be forced to write down all the things we did wrong, and denounce people. For those who denounced a lot of people, they would be praised. They thought they would get to go home earlier, but they didn’t. We held this hope the Americans would save us. Eventually, with the Humanitarian Operation resettlements, the United States did bring many former political prisoners and their families to America.
I was released after three years. I didn’t trust anyone. I was afraid they were communists. But because I was afraid of being sent back, I found a way to pay for passage on a boat to escape. I fled from Vietnam in 1979 with you and your mother. We were the first ones in our family to leave. Coming to the U.S., I was a refugee for the second time in my life.
I haven’t been back to Vietnam since. Thinking about Vietnam makes me feel so sad. Today, I am still a reporter serving my community. I started the Northwest Vietnamese News with your mother in 1986 in Seattle to serve Vietnamese people here in the Northwest.
I know there are many Americans who protested the war, and who still believe it was wrong. As a South Vietnamese officer who directly witnessed a lot of suffering, I believed then and I still believe we were fighting for what was right.
I’ve lived through many disappointments in my life. Northwest Vietnamese News gives voice to those who escaped Vietnam for the U.S. in search of the freedom and democracy we couldn’t achieve at home.
Watch the new documentary series “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
|White House Reiterates Email Policy After News Of Officials Using Private AccountsKUOW / 58 min. ago more|
News that at least six current or former senior members of the Trump administration have used private email accounts as they conduct official business has prompted the White House to clarify its policy. "All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts." Private email use by public officials was a hot topic in the 2016 presidential race — and one which then-candidate Donald Trump used to accuse rival Hillary Clinton of breaking federal laws after she used private email to handle official business as secretary of State. The New York Times reports that at least six current or former high-profile members of Trump's administration have "occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters." NPR's Tamara Keith reports for our
|Can copper, coal save towns near Mount St. Helens?Crosscut / 1 h. 26 min. ago more|
This story originally appeared on KUOW/EarthFix.
Mining operations almost always touch off environmental opposition.
So, when there’s talk of an open-pit mine in the shadow of one of America’s most active volcanoes, in a place where heavy rains can slough toxic mine waste into rivers, controversy is bound to tinge the conversation.
That’s the case in southwest Washington, where the Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper near Mount St. Helens.
Opponents say this is the worst possible place to have an open-pit mining operation. They’re worried it could spell disaster for municipal drinking water and imperiled steelhead. The Forest Service and the company say those fears are premature.
But there are many who would welcome a new extractive industry to a place where timber no longer flexes the economic muscle it once did. Thirty miles from the potential mine location is the town of Morton, Washington, which was once a booming logging town. Now, it’s hard to find a job there.
That lack of employment is shaping the conversation about the potential mine.
“We’re for it. We need work out here for our people,” Shirley Rothleutner said during a shopping trip to the Morton Country Market.
“It would probably be a good thing because it would bring revenue back into the town,” agreed another local Margaret Fyfe. “It’s basically either the grocery store or the bank. Everybody else has pretty much moved out of the area to go and find jobs.”
Others are worried about the potential costs.
“There’s poisons that come out of the mines,” said Philip Veal, a local resident and veteran whose military career exposed him to the impact of mining in other parts of the country. “And they devastate the trees, and that’s what we’re up here in Washington and Oregon for.”
The Green River is a gene bank river, which means it’s important for the survival of wild steelhead.
In 2011, the Forest Service allowed the Canadian company Ascot Resources to drill 11 holes in the Green River Valley of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The company found enough minerals to keep exploring, so it submitted a proposal to drill 64 holes over 900 acres, to check if there’s enough copper and gold to justify a full-scale mine.
“All that we’re trying to achieve here is the very first step on the ladder to letting the people of Washington know whether they have a significant copper deposit within their community,” says Bob Evans, an Ascot Resources executive.
In late August, the Forest Service gave the company permission to drill those additional holes, and now the public has until Oct. 4 to weigh in.
The Wilderness Society just named the Green River Valley one of the 15 places in the U.S. it considers “too wild to drill” — in part because of the Green River, which feeds into the Cowlitz River.
Steve Jones fishes that river. He says it’s too important to the conservation of threatened steelhead to allow a mine to threaten their survival.
“I mean, we’re under court order to try and restore this species,” Jones says. “Why would we want to degrade a river where fisheries managers have said there’s a real high-quality gene bank we need to conserve? So why would we put a mine beside that?”
Jones points to a 2014 disaster at a gold and copper mine in British Columbia. It involved a dam holding back tailings — toxic waste from the mine. The dam broke, and the tailings rushed into nearby lakes and creeks.
Jones is worried about having a tailings dam 12 miles from the crater of the most active volcano in the Pacific Northwest and upstream of the drinking water for two cities.
And, besides the volcano, there’s the region’s abundant rain to consider.
“We have so much more water in this part of the world,” says David Chambers, a mining expert at the Center for Science and Public Participation. “With all the water on and in the tailings when the dam failed (in BC in 2014) — and the water didn’t really have anything to do with the failure—but, once it failed, the water had a lot to do with the damage.”
Jones and his allies are fighting mineral exploration in part because they’re worried that finding gold and copper would make it hard to put the brakes on a potential mine.
But Gar Abbas, the district ranger for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s Cowlitz Valley, says that argument is wrong: mining exploration doesn’t automatically lead to mining.
“There’s a picture of a large open-pit mine being proposed here, and that is a false picture at this time,” he says.
Back on the Cowlitz, Jones lands a cutthroat trout. He brings it to shallow water to show me before pulling the hook out of its mouth and letting it swim away.
Jones says outdoor recreation could be the future of Morton’s economy.
And, if the Forest Service doesn’t change its mind about the exploration permit, he says he and other opponents are ready to take the question back to the courts.
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|Target Raises Its Base Pay, Tries To One-Up Its CompetitionKUOW / 2 h. 18 min. ago more|
It's an understatement to say the holiday shopping season is crucial for retailers. The holiday shopping season is very, very, very (I could go on but you get the point) important for retailers. "For some retailers, the holiday season can represent as much as 30 percent of annual sales," the National Retail Federation says . "Overall last year holiday sales represented nearly 20 percent of total retail industry sales." One key to a retailer's success is an effective pool of workers and employees that stick around after they've been hired. In an effort to get an edge in the retail holiday thunderdome, Target announced on Monday that it would raise its minimum hourly wage from $10 to $11 next month and then to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. The company says the new rate would apply to all staff as well as the 100,000 temporary workers it plans to hire this holiday season. Retailers are getting it from all sides. The New York Times reports: "Target and its competitors are contending with
|Learning 2016's Lessons, Virginia Prepares Election CyberdefensesKUOW / 2 h. 52 min. ago more|
This fall's statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey are the first big test of security measures taken in response to last year's attempts by Russia to meddle with the nation's voting system. Virginia was among 21 states whose systems were targeted by Russian hackers last year for possible cyberattacks. While officials say the hackers scanned the state's public website and online voter registration system for vulnerabilities and there's no sign they gained access, state authorities have been shoring up the security of their election systems. One of the most drastic steps was a decision by the Virginia Board of Elections earlier this month to order 22 counties and towns to adopt all new paper-backed voting machines before November. The board decided that the paperless electronic equipment they had been using was vulnerable to attack and should be replaced. "Got thrown a curve ball," says David Bjerke, director of election in Falls Church, a city in northern Virginia that was among
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|Trump's Brand Is On The Line In Alabama Senate RaceKUOW / 3 h. 57 min. ago more|
President Trump's brand faces a major test on Tuesday in the Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff. His preferred candidate is Luther Strange, the incumbent senator who has consistently trailed in the polls to firebrand conservative Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice. Trump was just in Alabama stumping for Strange on Friday, where he landed himself in controversy, calling for the firing of NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem. If Strange were to lose in a state where Trump has an approval rating in the low 80s, it could embolden a wing of conservative activists who have endorsed Moore, from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. But if Strange were to pull off the win, it would show that Trump's brand still eclipses anyone else in the conservative movement. The seat was vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has taken sides with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in this fight, endorsing a
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|Crews rescue person trapped in second story of commercial fire in EverettQ13 FOX / 7 h. 28 min. ago more|
EVERETT – Firefighters rescued a person trapped in the second story of a three-alarm commercial fire in Everett on Monday night.
Everett fire responded to the fire at a furniture store in the 2900 block of Broadway Ave. at around 10 p.m. At 10:35 p.m., officials said they’d upgraded to a three-alarm fire and had assumed a defensive posture, and at 10:50 they said it appeared the building had collapsed in on itself.
Just after 11 p.m., they said there was one confirmed rescue, and that the person who was rescued didn’t need first aid.
At least three buildings were damaged.
Officials said there were live wires down in the area, and asked the public to avoid the area.
1 confirmed rescue at this point. Unknowned number of apartments. Live power lines preventing access east side
— Everett Fire WA (@EverettFire) September 26, 2017
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|Full federal court to hear appeal of ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Brendan DasseyQ13 FOX / 7 h. 37 min. ago more|
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court will consider arguments Tuesday over whether detectives tricked a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” series into confessing and whether he should go free in a case that puts police practices in the spotlight.
Oral arguments in Brendan Dassey’s case are before all 12 judges of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. Dassey’s lawyers and state attorneys are each expected to speak for half an hour and answer the judges’ questions. A ruling may not come for weeks or months.
Dassey, now 27, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. He was 16 when he told detectives that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s junkyard in Manitowoc County.
A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction last year, ruling that detectives took advantage of Dassey’s youth and cognitive disabilities to coerce his confession. In June, a three-judge panel from the appellate court upheld the magistrate’s ruling, agreeing that detectives coerced Dassey into confessing.
State attorneys asked the full 7th Circuit to review the case, arguing that the ruling upended long-accepted police interrogation techniques.
Dassey has remained in prison while the state appeals.
Avery was sentenced to life in prison at a separate trial. He’s pursuing his own appeal in state court.
Both Avery and Dassey contend police framed them because they wanted revenge against Avery for filing a lawsuit against Manitowoc County over his wrongful imprisonment for a sexual assault he didn’t commit.
Their cases gained attention in 2015 after Netflix aired “Making a Murderer,” a series examining Halbach’s death that spawned widespread conjecture about Avery and Dassey’s innocence.
Authorities who worked on the cases said the series was biased.
|Dallas sportscaster delivers powerful monologue, says anthem protests not about disrespecting flagQ13 FOX / 8 h. 27 min. ago more|
DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys, along with owner Jerry Jones, took a knee before the national anthem on Monday night. Now, a sportscaster in Dallas is getting national attention for his commentary on the anthem and the NFL.
Dale Hansen has spent the last 34 years at WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas. He has earned several awards — but he is more recently known for his commentaries.
Hansen has spoken out on gun control, racism, and homosexuality. His most recent “Hansen Unplugged” segment deals with national anthem protests.
Here are some excerpts from his segment on Monday night:
“Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it’s an American’s right… but not this protest, and there’s the problem — the opinion that any protest you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped. Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60s had no right to protest an immoral war.”
“The young, black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem. They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racists among us to say otherwise. They, and all of us, should protest how black Americans are treated in this country. And if you don’t think white privilege is a fact, you don’t understand America.”
“It has not gone unnoticed that Trump has spoken out against the Mexicans who want to come to America for a better life, against the Muslims, and now against the black athlete. But he says nothing for days about the white men who marched under a Nazi flag in Charlottesville, except to remind us there were good people there. And when he finally tried to say the right thing, not one of them was called an S.O.B. or should be fired. We have white men in America who waive the Nazi flag and the Confederate flag, and he’s concerned about taking a knee because it disrespects this flag. We use that flag to sell mattresses and beer. We wear it as a swimsuit. We wrap our bald heads in a flag bandana and stick it in our pants, because we disrespect that flag every day.”
“Maybe we all need to read the Constitution again. There has never been a better use of pen to paper. Our forefathers made freedom of speech the First Amendment. They listed 10, and not one of them says you have to stand during the national anthem. And I think those men respected the country they fought for and founded — a great deal more than the self-proclaimed patriots who are simply hypocrites — because they want to deny the basic freedom of this great country… a country they supposedly value, and cherish so much.”
|Seahawks’ Bennett: ‘It’s about us taking a stand for equality’Q13 FOX / 8 h. 43 min. ago more|
(CNN) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Monday that he didn’t understand why President Donald Trump would “stoop so low” as to say that NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who stages a protest during the National Anthem.
“I just couldn’t fathom that would come from the leader of America,” Bennett told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “At the same time, I knew that it would be something that would unite us as players.”
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans remained in their locker rooms during the National Anthem.
Bennett explained what went into his team's decision to not appear in the stadium for the anthem.
"We wanted to be able to find a way not to put anybody in the limelight," Bennett said. "We made a decision as a team to stand for what we believe in."
The Pittsburgh Steelers also decided as a group to stay in their locker room during the National Anthem at their game with the Chicago Bears. But Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva broke with his team and walked out of the tunnel for the National Anthem.
Villanueva was a captain and an Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and received several medals for his service, including the Bronze Star. On Monday, he apologized for "throwing my teammates under the bus."
"I thought, that shows America - that's freedom to express what he believed in, he expressed what he believed in and that's what it really about," Bennett said. "What's the difference between a guy kneeling for what he believes in and what he did standing up for what he believes in? We're all saying the same thing."
Bennett went on to defend the message behind players protesting during the national anthem.
"It's about us taking a stand for equality in America, all the people that's being discriminated against right now," Bennett said. "People - you know, they think we're attacking military, that's not true, we believe in the military. And we do so many things with the military, from working with families, to working with the kids and doing camps, and our families have been in the military."
Cooper asked Bennett how his views on inequality might have been impacted by a recent encounter he had with Las Vegas police. In August, Bennett said police unfairly singled him out, threatened him with a gun and detained him briefly after he attended a prizefight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.
"It just makes me know that everything that we're talking about, every issue that we bring up, there's a reality for any one of us at anytime," Bennett said. "And it happened to me and it can happen to anybody. But at the end of the day, I don't hate law enforcement. I don't hate any police officers. But I think there's people out there that could judge -- will judge you on the color of your skin."
Asked what message he had for the President, Bennett said he would like to work with him on social justice, but continued to push back against Trump's attacks on his right to protest.
"I would love to sit down with the President and talk about these issues and be able to find a way to fix them," Bennett said.
"For him to say that it's a privilege and we shouldn't speak on what we believe in because we're making money," he added, "I mean, he was a rich man too, and all of a sudden, he's speaking on what he believes in, and still stood up for what believes in and he's the President of the United States. So, what makes him different from us?"
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|Florida man admits to pouring scalding water on 2-year-old childQ13 FOX / 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
DADE CITY, FL (WFTS) — Pasco County deputies arrested a Dade City man on Sunday after he admitted to pouring scalding water on a toddler.
Deputies arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Lee Howard for child neglect.
Investigators said Howard had custodial supervision of the two-year-old girl at the time of the incident.
The girl suffered second-degree burns on her scalp, torso, arm, buttocks and leg.
Howard first told deputies he thought the child was burned by a lighter that exploded while he was sleeping, but he later admitted to pouring hot water on her on Saturday.
The child was airlifted Sunday to a local hospital because Howard neglected to take the victim for medical care on Saturday.
Howard is booked at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
|Unlike in Seattle, Portland’s off-duty police hours are tracked and limitedMyNorthwest.com / 10 h. ago more|
While the FBI investigates Seattle police for years of chronic and potentially criminal mismanagement of officers’ off-duty hours, a nearby department has become a national model for the effective administration of moonlighting cops’ time: Portland.
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Seattle’s sister city to the south doesn’t allow off-duty cops to contract through private companies for extra money from security or traffic control jobs. Instead, off-duty hours are managed through the police department and city itself. Hours are restricted and paid through city payroll. And every business in town is charged the same rate for off-duty police time.
Officer Tom Perkins, a 28-year-veteran of Portland’s police department, said that city’s police officers’ work is carefully watched from the moment a company decides it wants to hire off-duty officers.
“We work with the city to manage all of it,” Perkins said. “We are required to.”
In Seattle, off-duty police officers generally work through private, cop-run companies such as Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security who control much of the market for lucrative, part-time hours in parking garages, sporting venues and construction sites. The current federal investigation centers on claims by local businesses that employees of those staffing companies have used strong-arm tactics to secure off-duty work contracts; that they overcharge and price-fix; and that they hide payments and don’t track hours, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
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In Portland, when a business owner or manager wants to hire an off-duty cop, he or she calls the police department. The officers’ union determines the specifics of the request – number of officers, the location and number of hours needed — and it creates a contract, Perkins said. It then sends the contract to the precinct commander who oversee that region of the city. The precinct commander – who is not a union member – then approves or rejects the contract.
If approved, it is sent to the business owner or manager for his or her signature. The contract then is returned to the union where the job is posted for interested officers.
“It comes back to my office,” Perkins said. “And I post the job on my website. Officers go on our website and if they want to work, they sign up and say they are interested in working.”
The website – the Portland Police Department developed its own software – then automatically ranks officers based on when they last had off-duty work. This allows officers without recent off-duty work to get to the front of the line, Perkins said.
“And then I will select the officer,” he said.
When the job is completed, the cop will fill out a standard overtime form and submit it to the department. The overtime hours are added to their checks. The department, through the city, then bills the customer.
All Portland police get paid the same, top-scale overtime rate of $62-an-hour for off-duty work, Perkins said. The city, in turn, bills every customer the identical rate of $86.70 an hour, according to city records. The extra fees cover insurance, workers compensation, use of the patrol car and processing of the contract, Perkins said.
Unlike Seattle, the number of off-duty hours are limited to an additional 20 hours of off-duty work weekly, under Portland Police Department regulations. (The PPD will allow more than 20 hours if the officer is off and not working regular hours on a given week.) Perkins said more than half of the 870 officers in the department regularly sign up for off-duty work.
Seattle police administrators declined to comment on any comparisons with Portland’s police department. Privately, they have acknowledged the off-duty problem and blame it, in part, on the Police Officer’s Guild’s historic resistance to tracking off-duty hours. In a press release last week, Chief Katherine O’Toole said her department will work with federal authorities.
|DACA enrollees eligible for application-fee assistance, Inslee saysQ13 FOX / 10 h. 14 min. ago more|
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that Washington state residents currently enrolled in a federal program for young immigrants will soon be able to apply for financial assistance to pay the application fee for an extension of their status.
Inslee said Monday that those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children — can apply for scholarships to help pay the $495 fee for the two-year extension of their status in the United States.
Inslee says that nearly 18,000 people in the state are part of the program. No state funds will be used for the application fees, instead, they will be covered by private donation and administered through the Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco.
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|Former Lyft driver arrested after allegedly raping passengerQ13 FOX / 10 h. 17 min. ago more|
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A former Lyft driver accused of raping an Indiana woman was arrested Friday in Indianapolis, according to the Lebanon Reporter.
Nour Baber Mahmoud Albadri, 22, has been charged with rape, criminal confinement and two counts of sexual battery.
The incident occurred early in the morning on Sept. 16. Court documents obtained by the Reporter say Albadri was transporting a 23-year-old woman when he pulled his vehicle over just outside of Zionsville and allegedly raped her.
The victim was able to capture part of the incident on her cellphone, according to the Reporter. After the rape, Albadri then allegedly drove the woman back to her home in Zionsville.
Albadri was taken to the Boone County Jail after his arrest Friday. His bond is set at $250,000 due to the judge’s fear the Jordanian national would flee the country.
A Lyft spokesperson provided the following statement to the Reporter:
“These allegations are horrific and very upsetting. There is no tolerance for behavior like this in the Lyft community, and we take these claims very seriously. As soon as we were made aware of his incident, we immediately deactivated the driver’s account. We have reached out to the passenger to offer our support and assistance, and have been in communication with authorities.”
Albadri faces up to 27 years if he’s convicted.
|Tacoma double-murder suspect named to FBI’s most-wanted listQ13 FOX / 10 h. 40 min. ago more|
The FBI is adding accused Tacoma double-murder suspect Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
He is accused of killing 18-year-old Camille Love and wounding her brother on Feb. 7, 2010.
“She was my only daughter. I was the first person to hold her when she was born,” said William Love.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Mederos.
“He just comes from behind us and gets in the lane next to us, speeds up to us, gets beside us and he just started shooting,” Joshua Love told Washington’s Most Wanted in 2010. “She wasn’t moving. I grabbed the side of her face and I was like, Cami, Cami. She had a blank look on her face.”
The two innocent victims were not involved in gang activity and police say he targeted them solely because of the color of their vehicle. He is also accused of killing a 21-year-old man when he shot him on March 25, 2010.
"Pucho" may be in Mexico. He speaks both English and Spanish. He is known to have ties to the states of Guerrero and Morelos in Mexico. In Mexico, he may be known as “Santiago Mederos Villalba.”
Acting United States Marshal Jacob Green said "We are committed to bringing justice for the victims and their families. I would like to thank the public ahead of time for any assistance that may lead to the capture of this murder suspect."
On Dec. 2, 2010, Mederos was charged with murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree in the Superior Court of Washington for Pierce County, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Sept. 30, 2016, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Mederos in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, in Tacoma, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The Tacoma Police Department is investigating the murders and other criminal activity. The FBI is assisting with the international investigation. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed the charges as part of this collaborative effort to seek justice for the victims.
“We have an all-star team of investigators and prosecutors working together because we are committed to bringing a cold-blooded killer to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Jay S. Tabb, Jr., of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “The Tacoma police did an exceptional job of investigating these horrific shootings, and we’re now offering a large sum of money because it is imperative that we get the murderer off the streets and provide closure for the families of multiple innocent victims.”
“Our investigation revealed that Santiago Mederos is responsible for the homicide of two victims in the city of Tacoma,” said Chief Don Ramsdell of the Tacoma Police Department. “Since 2010, Mederos has evaded prosecution by possibly fleeing to Mexico. Adding Mederos to the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list as well as increasing the reward for his capture will be a substantial step toward his capture and prosecution of these crimes. I want the victims’ families to know that we will not stop searching for Mederos until we can bring him to justice.”
Mederos is the 515th person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, and the 10th specifically sought by the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. Mederos is the first FBI Seattle Field Office subject added to the list since 1987, when Darren Dee O’Neall was captured after four months on the list.
The FBI’s Seattle Field Office added its first “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive,” Henry Clay Tollett, in 1950, the same year the list was created. Since then, 483 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 161 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
Individuals with information concerning Mederos should take no action themselves, but should instead immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency.
For possible sightings outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI’s Seattle Field Office can be reached at 206-622-0460. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City can be reached at 011-52-55-5080-2000.
Tips can also be provided online at tips.fbi.gov. Additional information concerning Mederos, including his wanted poster and the FBI’s
list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” can be found by visiting the FBI’s Internet home page at http://www.fbi.gov.
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|Multilevel-marketing consultant in debt after promised 100% refund from LuLaRoeQ13 FOX / 12 h. 52 min. ago more|
SEATTLE — The American dream has turned into a nightmare for some people who are trying to run their own business through a multilevel-marketing company.
Several women who signed up to work with LuLaRoe, a popular women’s clothing company, found themselves struggling to survive as they quickly plunged into debt.
Jaclyn Reifsnyder paid $6,400 dollars in June of 2016 to join the company, which allowed her to work from home. The plan was to buy inventory and then sell it at a profit.
She says when she first started, the company only had about 5,000 sales people. She says the first few months her sales were great.
“I’d post a picture of an item on Facebook, and it would sell within hours,” Reifsnyder said.
Seven months later, Reifsnyder, says she noticed her sales started to decline. She said LuLaRoe continued to hire more consultants, over-saturating the market.
That’s when she realized things weren’t going the way she planned.
“I couldn’t keep buying new inventory when the stuff I had didn’t sell,” Reifsnyder said, “but LuLaRoe kept urging me to buy more so I could sell more.”
Reifsynder said the company required her to purchase 30 new items a month to remain an active consultant. The cheapest way to stay "active" costing her usually $500-600 a month.
"One of their mottos is buy more, sell more. The more you buy the more you’re going to sell," Reifsynder explained. "So girls are buying and buying and buying. I tried to buy as much as I could, but then it also scared me because I didn’t want to be stuck with a room full of clothes."
In July, Reifsnyder realized she wanted out and terminated her contract in July 2017. She had $7,000 worth of inventory she was planning to return.
At the time, LuLaRoe’s policy was to buy back 100 percent of their consultant’s inventory. In her contract termination email in July 2017 the company stated her "cancellation request has been processed" and stated in capital letters, "EFFECTIVE APRIL 25TH, 2017: INDEPENDANT FASHION RETAILERS, WHO WISH TO CANCEL THEIR RETAILER AGREEMENT, WILL BE REFUNDED 100% OF THE WHOLESALE AMOUNT. ASIDE FROM THE 100% REFUND, LULAROE WILL ALSO PAY FOR YOUR RETURN SHIPPING LABEL."
Reifsynder was told the labels would arrive in ten days but they never came. Instead, while she waited weeks for mailing labels to be sent to her, the policy changed.
When Reifsynder followed up with contract services about not receiving the labels, she received this emailed response, "Beginning in April, we waived some of the requirements of the existing policy to exercise flexibility with Retailers during a period of rapid growth and expansion. We were so happy to have been able to offer free shipping for a short time. Going forward the policy will be adhered to as originally written in 3.16.3. Thus, free shipping on returns offer is no longer available and shipping is the responsibility of the Retailer."
Now, under the new policy, the company would only buy back 90% of the inventory and consultants had to pay for shipping labels and the shipping itself. They also wouldn’t take any inventory that was over a year old, something Reifsynder says she had a lot of.
Reifsynder said she knows she’ll come out losing in the end and has decided to keep selling what she has at wholesale prices, just to get rid of her inventory.
Still, she considers herself lucky, "I know tons of girls that are in the same boat as me," said Reifsynder. "Another girl I know has $30,000 worth of inventory that she’s going to be stuck with. So I’m on the good end at only $7,000."
Q13 News contacted another consultant who said she was able to get 100 percent of her inventory refunded before LuLaRoe revoked its policy, but she says it took almost 4 months to get it all done.
Several other consultants have complained about the company’s policy and have started a petition gathering signatures to create a class-action lawsuit. Many said they’ve filed complaints with the attorney general’s office.
LuLaRoe has a failing grade with the Better Business Bureau. As of Monday, the company had 281 negative ratings out of 677 total customer reviews.
LuLaRoe issued the following statement:
“LuLaRoe provides a fair and generous path to Independent Fashion Retailers who want to exit the business. Last week, we simply reiterated a long-term written policy that each Retailer agreed to when he or she signed up. We had temporarily provided a waiver on some of the policy requirements between April and September 2017. While initial inventory packages are designed to provide sufficient inventory to help Retailers succeed, Retailers should absolutely never put their personal financial situation at unreasonable risk to establish or operate their Retailer business."
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|Highlights of the Burgess budget for SeattleMyNorthwest.com / 14 h. 15 min. ago more|
Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess presented his budget to the city council Monday after one week on the job. The Burgess budget calls for Seattle to better engage major employers while increasing funding for a range of initiatives.
“Forty percent of of our workers have no access to a workplace retirement savings plan,” Burgess noted before announcing a major aspect of the proposed budget — a city retirement program.
“In the wealthiest nation in the world, this is not good news because retirees without savings will not be able to participate in Seattle as they should … these are people that work hard at our restaurants and hair salons and auto repair shops,” he said. “Legislation I am submitting to the council will create the Seattle Retirement Savings Plan.”
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The Burgess budget is now in the hands of the city council. A new budget is expected to be passed before the end of the year.
Highlights of the Burgess budget
City retirement plan: Proposed legislation creating a retirement savings plan for workers whose employers do not offer any such programs. When workers change jobs, the plan will follow them. Workers can determine how much they contribute. Burgess said it will help 200,000 Seattle workers with no retirement savings plans.
Fire department funding: An increase in funding for staffing at the dispatch center, as well as another aid car. The proposed budget doubles the number of firefighting recruiting classes.
Families and Education Levy and Seattle Preschool Levy: Both levies expire in 2018. Burgess is asking the council to put replacement levies on the next ballot. The proposed budget also expands the Parent-Child Home Program using funds from the newly established sweetened beverage tax.
Homelessness response: An increase to funds for homelessness programs, raising spending to $63 million in 2018. This will fund an additional outreach team (a total of two) and an outreach position at Seattle Public Libraries. The new outreach team will focus on people living in vehicles.
Domestic violence: The budget funds a unit in the city attorney’s office that oversees local gun forfeitures (such as when a domestic abuser is ordered to turn over their firearms), and adds detectives to enforce the program. It also funds advocates that engage with victims of sexual assault, and assists children, teens and adults experiencing sexual violence.
The Seattle budget and Amazon
Burgess said he met with King County Executive Dow Constantine following Amazon’s announcement to place a second headquarters in another city.
“We received a jolt a few weeks ago when one of our local companies announced plans to open a second headquarters,” Burgess said. “…we will respond to the Amazon challenge in partnership with King County and other municipal and county governments in our region.”
“We will not only respond to Amazon; we will also form a strategic partnership with others in our region to focus on economic stability and growth,” he said. “Jobs matter, and government can help create an environment where businesses can launch and soar, where workers and their families can benefit, where our children can learn the skills needed in the 21st century, and where we can raise the tax revenues necessary to care for our people and implement the values we dearly hold.”
Amazon’s aim for a second headquarters — HQ2 — in North America comes with certain requirements. It has to be near a major international airport, for example.
The online shopping giant expects to spend $5 billion on the new headquarters which will house up to 50,000 jobs. Seattle officials have indicated that they want those jobs to stay in the Puget Sound region.
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|Mayor Burgess presents 2018 budget, both the good and the badCrosscut / 15 h. 58 min. ago more|
In what will likely be his most important job of his 71 days as mayor, Mayor Tim Burgess delivered his proposal for Seattle’s new budget to the City Council on Monday, at once acknowledging his interim-status while also pledging to push the city forward.
While the bulk of the 2018 budget was drafted when former-Mayor Ed Murray was still in office — city Budget Director Ben Noble said Monday “99 percent” is the same as what Murray would have delivered — Burgess has had a week to put his own stamp on the $5.6 billion document before the council gets its chance to adjust and approve.
The gritty details of the budget are buried beneath more than 800 pages and thousands of line items and many of the less-flashy specifics will come out in council meetings over several weeks. But there are several immediate highlights, including a proposed city-run retirement program, more money for police accountability, funding to increase recruitment of firefighters, an expansion of the city’s homelessness funding, and money to enforce domestic-violence laws.
There’s also a not-so-pleasant surprise the budgeting office needs to plan around: litigation costs related to lawsuits on behalf of or against the city will be $13.4 million over what was budgeted for in 2017, $12 million of which has already been spent and an additional $1.4 million to cover costs in the city’s pipeline.
The budget will also include an additional $500,000 for victims of sexual abuse, a clear nod to the pain caused by the accusations against Mayor Murray. As a council member, Burgess was quiet on the allegations until a fifth man, Murray’s cousin, came forward, prompting Murray’s resignation and paving the way for the appointment of Burgess.
Burgess sought to reach out to abuse victims in his speech Monday. “To survivors, I want you to know your city government stands with you,” the new mayor said. “We will support you. We will walk with you on that path toward healing.”
The $500,000 tagged for sexual-abuse victims will fund more outreach and referral services for survivors, as well as advocacy work.
The proposed retirement account would benefit approximately 200,000 private employees in Seattle who do not currently have one. The burden on employers is low — they would not need to contribute any of their own money — and would only require they enroll employees into the city’s plan and deduct payments from their paychecks. Employees can opt out if they choose.
Workers will not likely have the option for several years, however; Burgess’ budget sets aside $200,000 to conduct a feasibility study and legal analysis of the proposal in 2018. There appears to be some question about the legality of the program, but Burgess told The Times he believes he and City Attorney Pete Holmes have a path.
Burgess’ budget also continues what has been an upward climb in funding to combat homelessness, bumping homelessness funding to $63 million, up about $3 million from last year and capping a 60 percent increase in funding from 2013. This year’s funding will go primarily toward adding extra outreach workers to people living in their vehicles, as well as making permanent a coordinated outreach center for people living on the streets. The funding would also go toward better tracking populations living on the street as well as performance metrics for providers.
Burgess’ budget will also provide $162,000 to enforce a recently passed Washington state law that mandates perpetrators of domestic violence must surrender their firearms.
As a former police officer, Burgess has always had a strong voice on matters related to public safety. That was the case again, Monday: He pledged to set aside money to expand the Seattle Fire Department’s recruiting class to fill longstanding vacancies, add a new ambulance and fund a backup dispatch center.
For police, Burgess continued a funding plan, begun by Murray, to add 200 more police officers by 2021 and bookmarked money for more 911 communications center staff, which has been plagued by staffing and operational challenges.
Burgess also set aside money for civilian-led police accountability measures, proposing an additional $150,000 a year for the Community Police Commission to add staff and $1.5 million for the soon-to-be-established Office of Inspector General.
Thanks to the recently passed tax on sugary beverages, Burgess got to play around with an additional $14.8 million in his budget. That money will be set aside for education and food-justice programs, including a program to match food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets, the 13th Year program to offer free community college to graduating high school seniors, the city’s universal pre-K program and other, similarly focused programs.
With Councilmember Lisa Herbold leading the way and his wife, Jolene, at his side, Mayor Tim Burgess arrives at City Council chambers to deliver a his proposed budget. Credit: Matt Mills McKnight
The less fun part of the budget is the $13.4 million dollar left behind by high litigation costs. Some of these overruns can be seen in Monday’s budget proposal; others the council will have to confront when it passes a supplemental budget next summer. Either way, this budget was written in anticipation of surprise deficit.
The less fun part of the budget is the $13.4 million dollar left behind by high litigation costs. Some of these overruns can be seen in Monday’s budget proposal; others the council will have to confront when it passes a supplemental budget next summer. Either way, this budget was written in anticipation of a surprise deficit.
Last year, the council approved just over $11.25 million to cover costs surrounding “anticipated, pending or actual judgments, claims payments, advance claims payments, and litigation expenses incurred while defending the City from judgments and claims.” In other words, lawsuits, either on behalf of or against the city, and their attendant costs.
But the actual expenditures will be closer to $25 million.
In an interview, Noble called this the “biggest single financial challenge we faced” in assembling a proposed budget. Fortunately, he said, revenue last year slightly outpaced forecasts, which means there won’t be significant cuts to existing programs. “It’s more of a question of what was not included in this year’s budget,” he said.
Additionally, Noble said department heads have been asked to underspend their budgets where possible, which Noble said was “most specifically attributed to this” — the $13.4 million. That may result in vacant positions going unfilled or certain supplies not being ordered.
Despite the large tag on the city’s total, $5 billion budget, the vast majority of those expenses are eaten up covering basic functions of city government, specifically utilities and transportation costs. That leaves less than a quarter of the total budget for the general fund — $1.2 billion last year — which the council can tweak. But more than half of the general fund is spent on public safety costs; an additional 15 percent is on administration costs.
Subtract all of these expenses and suddenly an unexpected $13 million overrun is significant.
The overrun is most likely the result of several things. The city, for one, is fighting several high-profile lawsuits, including on behalf of its income tax ordinance, the effort to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize, and a suit brought by the ACLU against the city for its policies on evicting homeless encampments, although Noble said those weren’t necessarily the most significant drivers of the spike.
There have also been several large settlements that have been either recently resolved or are soon to come down the pike, including to the family of a woman killed on the Second Avenue bike lane in 2014 and another woman who died last year when her bike wheels were caught in the tracks of the First Hill streetcar line.
Noble also says officials will look at how the City Attorney’s Office is using outside counsel, which has the potential to be more expensive than in-house work. “I think there is an opportunity that we may develop a sense about whether we have the right balance of in-house counsel and out-of-house counsel,” he said. “There are certainly high stakes cases where it makes sense [to bring in outside counsel]. But I also need to make sure we have a good roster of in-house counsel.” Examples of when the City Attorney’s Office have used outside legal help include the ACLU case, as well as lower-profile cases, such as that of a man arrested on Aurora for soliciting sex from an undercover officer.
Attorney Joe Groshong with the City Attorney’s Office acknowledged Monday the expenses for 2017 are high, especially because most of the costs are coming directly out of the general fund. And while he said that outside counsel costs for the year are not altogether different than years past, he did say the City Attorney’s Office could benefit from more lawyers in-house.
But Groshong added he’s not overly concerned about the causes. “It’s important to know that sometimes bad things happen in bunches,” he said, blaming the budgeting process, which is built off of five-year averages, more than any one thing. “The way that we budget for the judgment and claims fund…we’re either going to have money left over or not enough. It’s about 50/50 as to when we have money left over versus when we’re over budget.”
Noble had a similar take, saying the city’s model for predicting litigation costs based on five-year averages is clearly flawed, susceptible to being blown up whenever several large cases crop up at once, especially if litigation costs have been relatively low over the previous five years.
In the future, Noble said, he’d like to tweak how that pocket of funds is allocated by becoming more attuned to the city’s pace on litigation. Noble learned of the overruns during the summer, but it may have been helpful to know even earlier.
Updated at 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 25.
|Announcement: Navigation Center public meeting on Tuesday, September 26The International Examiner / 16 h. 19 min. ago more|
There are plans by the City of Seattle to turn the Pearl Warren Building at 606 12th Ave. S. into a Naviagation Center. Mayor Ed Murray announced the plans in Feburary 2017. The Navigation Center is a 24-hour, low-barrier shelter designed to connect homeless individuals to services and transition them to permanent housing • Photo by Cathy You
The city is hosting a follow-up meeting for the community to discuss the Navigation Center, a new, low-barrier, 24-hour shelter for the homeless at the Pearl Warren Building at 606 12th Ave S, near the Little Saigon neighborhood. The public meeting happens Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Summit Sierra School (1025 S. King St). Updates and information can be found at the Friends of Little Saigon website at friendsoflittlesaigon.org.
Further reading on the Navigation Center:
A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday
Open letter concerning the new Navigation Center
CID residents, task force surprised at Navigation Center scheduled July 12 opening
Announcement: Mayor pauses Navigation Center for community engagement
#SeaHomeless: Does the CID have a NIMBY attitude toward the homeless? It’s complicated
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|Keidel: Refs Cost Lions A Win Over FalconsCBS Seattle / 16 h. 30 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel
The normal NFL preamble is rife with point spreads, fantasy calculations and team-color preparations.
Except this weekend, when football took a more poignant place in the national dialogue, with a social media squabble started by the White House, of all places. President Trump, a football fan and failed football owner — if your memory reaches back to the USFL — called out NFL players who knelt during our national anthem.
This spawned all manner of retorts, none of them lauding the president for his insight. Teams went as far as to skip the national anthem en masse, staying in the locker room until the coin toss. The NFL itself issued a statement, branding Trump’s twitter attack “divisive” among other things. Presidents love to latch onto football, which has usurped baseball as our most consumed sport. But it’s usually to seize upon the fervor and fandom, to melt into the Americana, not to question the integrity of the players, or to advise teams on how to discipline them.
But no matter Trump’s goals or the shared response from the league, Sunday football morphed into what it’s largely been for the past 30 years — the best darn sport this nation produces.
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From last-minute wins in Philadelphia and New England, to upsets in Chicago and Buffalo, the NFL was in midseason form. The RedZone Channel was whizzing through games and scores, with its screen-in-screen aplomb. (How about a nod to Scott Hanson? He may not be viewed as a broadcaster, but the RedZone conductor has perhaps the toughest TV job in the league.)
And in the spirit of protest spawned on Saturday, only one team on Sunday has a real right to protest or petition the league in the name of justice — the Detroit Lions.
It’s not uncommon for referees to get a call wrong. That’s what instant replay is for, and why those silly red napkins are stuffed into the socks of every head coach. What is rare is for a team of zebras to blow two calls — and the game.
First, with eight seconds left, Lions QB Matthew Stafford zipped a ball to Golden Tate, who was crossing from Stafford’s left toward the goal line. Perfect pass. Caught in stride. Tate ducks a defender, reaches the ball past the goal line.
All was fine at Ford Field, until it wasn’t. The refs, as the league mandates, had to check the replay on all touchdowns. (Remember, the refs called it a TD on the field, so they had to be convinced by “incontrovertible” proof to the contrary.) After a few moments of aching suspense, the refs overturned the call, asserting that Tate’s knee touched the ground before the ball crossed the goal line.
A lousy call, but the Lions would surely run another play with just the length of a football between them and the goal line, and victory.
Nope. The refs, again citing NFL legalese, declared there must be a 10-second run-off after the last play, which, by definition, ends the game. That sent the Lions, their fans, the media and the masses into a dizzy digestion of recent events.
not able to be denied or disputed:
After 20 times watching the replay, I cannot say with bedrock certainty that Tate’s knee touched the turf before the ball crossed the goal line. If the refs had ruled the runner down before the goal line, then stick with it. But you did not see incontrovertible proof that Tate was down before the touchdown.
But even if the refs got it all wrong — twice — how can they blow it again by running 10 seconds off the clock over a procedure that is not under the Lions’ control? Had the refs blown it the first time and said Tate didn’t score, then Detroit had a timeout to burn, and could have stopped the clock and nudged the ball into the end zone on the next play.
No matter how you view the original call, the refs goofed, and their gaffes cost the Lions a vital football game. The 10-second runoff presupposes that the play on the field dictates it, not league procedure or referee incompetence.
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Teams always preach the gospel of economy, the prudence of protecting the ball, assuring us that teams lose games as much as they win them, through boneheaded penalties and costly turnovers. But how do you plan for refs stealing a game from you?
If you’ve followed American team sports over the years, you know that petitions are largely symbolic and cosmetic, a right teams occasionally exercise to no real end. Now the Lions (2-1) have to deal with the three-pronged reality fact that they lost a game that they really won, lost it at home and lost it to the Falcons (3-0). Atlanta, who was in the last Super Bowl, figure to play past December, so this game could have all kinds of playoff implications, including tiebreakers and home-field advantage. Should they play each other, imagine this game being the difference between it being played in Atlanta or Detroit.
We sports fans love to moan about bad calls, but rarely, if ever, do we have the kind of beef Detroit has today. And they’ll have to live with it, since they surely won’t get justice from league headquarters.
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.
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|Kevin James And Leah Remini Reunite For Season 2 Of ‘Kevin Can Wait’CBS Seattle / 17 h. 14 min. ago more|
Emmy Award winning actor Kevin James is back for season two of his latest project Kevin Can Wait tonight at 9 PM EST, only on CBS. Kevin Can Wait stars James as a retired Nassau County police officer on Long Island, New York. This season promises to deliver new characters and major changes for several of the show’s returning cast members.
CBS Local’s Matt Weiss spoke to James about Kevin Can Wait‘s sophomore season, his return to stand-up and the best place to get a hamburger.
MW- Hey Kevin, how’s it going?
KJ- Good Matt, how are you?
MW- Doing great! Now as a Long Islander myself the fact that Kevin Can Wait takes place right in Massapequa, 15 minutes from my house is pretty neat.
KJ- Long Island is the best right? I love it.
MW- Absolutely, me too. As someone who actually lives where the show takes place I love how authentic everything is from the characters to the locations. Are there specific people from your life you base the plotlines and characters on?
KJ- It was all plotted that way to come back to Long Island and to really make it as authentic as possible from the pizza places to All American Burger to all these hot spots that I loved growing up and got to experience. Also Long Island comedians, Chris Roach and Jim Breuer coming back out is awesome. These local guys make it so much more fun and being able to use them lends an authenticity to the show. These guys are from here they speak this way and we eat at these restaurants, we go to these places.
MW- When you said All American my stomach growled, there’s nothing like it.
KJ- Isn’t that place the best? You’re speaking the truth.
MW- Kevin Can Wait isn’t your first project with CBS of course, you had a long and successful run with The King Of Queens and now your former castmate Leah Remini is joining you once again as a series regular. What’s it been like to work with her again?
KJ- It’s great, she’s family so there’s a comfort level. She did a couple of episodes last season and it just puts you at ease, you just have fun. It makes going to work really, really enjoyable.
MW- How does Leah’s character change the dynamic of the show in season two?
KJ- I go back into the work force and her character becomes my boss, then eventually we become partners. It really gives a well needed drive to the show that it felt like it needed. It gives a real boost. We’ve shot so many funny episodes already, we’ve shot about five episodes so far so it’s really great.
MW- Seems like your character, Kevin Gable, has some personal changes on the horizon as well in addition to going back to work, including a wedding for his daughter in episode one…
KJ- Yea there’s a lot of big changes you’ll see this year.
MW- Switching gears a bit, you also have a number of live comedy shows coming up in the next month or so, what’s the difference between writing for stand-up versus writing for a sitcom?
KJ- You know, a lot of it goes hand in hand. It’s just about finding these situations in life, whether it’s through my kids, family or friends, whatever it is. I’ve always been more of an observational comedian so I try to find the funny little nuances and little things in life that make me laugh that people can relate to. When we notice something we write it down and we bring it up and people say, ‘yea I do that too,’ that’s how we make that connection.
MW- Your special, Sweat The Small Stuff, is one of my favorite stand-up routines of all time.
KJ- Oh man, thank you, thank you. I haven’t done one since then and that was like 2001. I’m doing a new special on October 28th and 29th at the Beacon Theater in New York and I haven’t done it in awhile so I’m excited about this one.
MW- One last question before I let you go, Kevin Can Wait, season two – can you describe this season in three words?
KJ- Big. Edible. Energy. Big, edible, energy – that’s what I would say.
MW- Sounds like audiences are going to eat it up. It was great to talk to you and good luck with the new season!
KJ- Great to talk to you too pal, take care!
Kevin Can Wait season two premieres September 25th at 9 PM EST on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.
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|#WeBelong: Welcome to the 12th Tasveer South Asian Film FestivalThe International Examiner / 17 h. 29 min. ago more|
This year at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, we take on the theme “We Belong” and our country focus is Nepal. #WeBelong here regardless of whether we are third generation, second, first, or newly-arrived immigrants simply because this is where we live and experience our day-to-day lives. #WeBelong is reflected throughout this year’s festival programming. This is our counter to the hate rhetoric as well as the xenophobic attacks on South Asians and people of color in the country that have led to an unsettling fear among our communities. We hope to be part of the healing process when we come together, speak up, tell our own stories, and celebrate our South Asian solidarity.
Keeping the tradition of focusing on a South Asian country through our festival, we picked Nepal this year. I am personally excited about this festival because I love Nepal, especially because of its wonderful people. This year through our stunning artwork, films, panels, and programs, we bring out the intricacies and diversity in the culture and people of Nepal. Last year, we celebrated Bangladesh and this year we focus on its neighboring country. It has been a couple of years since the tragic earthquake in Nepal; in that time, much change has occurred there. The country has gotten back on its feet, with tourism growing and new art flourishing, so the timing feels right for Tasveer to play a role in bringing an update to our Seattle community by telling those stories through the work of the filmmakers who will be part of this Festival.
Founded as a grassroots art organization, Tasveer provides a platform for South Asian voices through films, workshops, monologues, talks, and panel discussions. The Festival aims to initiate a dialogue that bridges ideas, individuals, and communities by creating a deeper understanding of self in relation to the society. The organization employs films as a powerful tool to highlight marginalized communities, clarify misconceptions, and broaden perspectives, thereby leading to happier and healthier communities.
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TSAFF 2017 is almost here and you’re going to love what you see! We received a record number of film submissions this year—more than 180 features, shorts, and documentaries. Once the films were in, the programming committee set to work to create a spectacular program with over 50 films, representing 11 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, United Kingdom, and the United States. Among our selections, you’ll find stories that will make you laugh, cry, and think, and move you to appreciate the world in new ways.
We invite you to join us on a journey to Nepal, as we focus on this beautiful country and its people with 13 films. We’ll open the festival with Bijuli Machine, directed by Navin Awal, an optimistic, coming-of-age story of young engineering students putting their minds together to solve important problems in their community.
#WeBelong, the theme of our festival, is not a question but a proud statement. As we began planning this year’s festival, our country was just starting to grapple with the aftermath of a very divisive election. Immigrants once again find their sense of belonging challenged, amid a climate of hate and fear. Tasveer was born during a similar wave of palpable hate after the attacks of 9/11. We knew we needed to create a platform to explore the experiences of immigrants, especially the struggle to belong. As part of TSAFF, we have a special program that brings four films telling the stories of different struggles and triumphs in the quest to belong. We know the program and discussion after will serve as a much-needed vehicle to explore our personal and collective experiences as a community.
We’ve taken the festival program to a new level this year thanks to partnerships with film and community organizations. Members of Trikone NW joined the programming committee to help select queer and other films. We’re extremely proud of our outstanding line-up of 10 LGBTQ films that include stories of love, empowerment, pride, and perseverance. We also partnered with the Himalayan International Film Festival to bring two films from Tibet for the first time at TSAFF. We also joined forces with the Chicago South Asian Film Festival to leverage the resources of two nonprofit film organizations with a similar focus and limited resources to bring more and better South Asian films and artists for Seattle and Chicago audiences!
New this year, aspiring local film makers will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-day film making workshop with Nepali filmmaker Subarna Thapa. We’re especially excited about a first ever Virtual Reality Experience Booth at TSAFF, which will push the boundaries of traditional film programming. Continuing the TSAFF tradition, festival goers will be able rub elbows with over 20+ filmmakers and film cast members who will be in attendance. So get your VR headsets on and join us on this seven-city film adventure this October 6th–15th!
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|Fo’ Real: Sunrise at HaleakalaThe International Examiner / 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
Sunrise at Haleakala. • Photo by Collin Grady
The following is republished from the October 5, 1994 issue of the International Examiner.
I was standing close to the summit of Haleakala crater on Maui, 45 minutes before sunrise. The fiery red streaks of pre-dawn light radiated off the clouds at the crater’s edge, turning them into a river of molten lava blanketed by the clear, dark sky. A few stars twinkled high overhead, while a hundred flashbulbs blinded from cameras of other sunrise watchers.
Twelve years ago, about a dozen tourists had joined me at the mountain top. This morning they had multiplied to over a hundred. Most of them, like Alice and I, had woken up about 3:00 a.m. in order to see the sunrise from Haleakala, 10,000 feet above sea level.
I stared off in the distance, talking story with myself. My uncle had shuffled off purposefully into the dark. Since this was his third time here in the past few months, I figured he had found his ideal spot to watch the day break. Or maybe he just wanted to leave us lovebirds alone.
In Honolulu, Alice and I had added on a quick two days in Maui to visit my relatives. “We don’t be travelling very much after this,” I had told her. “We may as well go to Maui too.”
She didn’t need much convincing. She had never been to Maui, and in the 90-degree, 48 percent humidity weather in Honolulu, she didn’t need to be reminded that she was almost due. Her hands and feet had swollen more in Honolulu and Keaau on the big island. We had also talked about all the infants on the crowded flight to Hawai‘i who had been crying and screaming at takeoff and landing. The thought of changing diapers on an airplane made me groan.
As the sun crept higher, the sky began to glow. The silhouetted crater and blazing red clouds reminded me of a poster in my room. “Railroad sunset,” by Edwards Hopper. Same colors. Same streaks across the sky. Day’s end. Daybreak. Sleep, awakening. Death, birth. So much time spent worrying about the ends, not enough about the middle.
Alice flashed me a smile. “Here, Bob,” she said handing me her camera. I snapped a photo of her against the backdrop of the sunrise. The chilly morning had revived her after the heat of the past few days. Now, as I tried to get my arms around her enlarged tummy, I thought of visits to my aunties’
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I sit up on the futon Sam and I wen’ put next to the sofa fo’ sleep. I slowly roll over to the sofa, put my arm on the seat, lay my head on my arm. Slowly, I wen’ breathe in, breathe out.
“You okay?” Sam asked, waking up.
Thought about asking him fo’ turn on the light so I could read. Decided not to. When I have asthma attack, lotta times I sit crosslegged on the floor, jus’like all the ol’ folks, ‘cept I go rest my head on the low table or sofa, and read till I fall asleep.
But no can read now, and get 3-4 hours before sunrise. Mo’bettah I get some sleep right away. But hard. Third time already I get asthma attack this school year and only November. Going miss another math quiz. Teacher already wen’ ask how come I get sick on quiz day. Geez. J’like I getting sick on purpose. No fair. Nothing fo’ do but wait. I wonder how long goin’ take fo’ get over this time.
“You okay?” Sam ask again.
“Some more asthma. Go back sleep. Wake you if need help.”
“Yeah,” I tell him. Really not sure, but no like bother him. Think about school for little while, then wen’ fall asleep. When I wake up, all sweaty. Was really hot. I like go shiko but hardly can move, was so hard breathe.
“Eh, Sam, wake up,” I say, just loud enough so he hear me. Talk soft because otherwise use up too much air fo’ talk. Better save air.
“Gotta go shiko,” I tell him when he wake up.
“Okay,” he said, got up and grabbed my arm. He always so cheery and willing fo’ help. Me, always so grumpy, especially when no can breathe.
He pull me up. I lean on his shoulder. We go down the hall to the toilet. He broad. Lots of shoulder fo’ lean on. Strong back. He walk slowly fo’ me. We walk like this: Wheeze, gasp. Take one step. Wheeze, gasp. Take another. All the way to the toilet.
When asthma not so bad, lean over, rest my hand on the toilet tank, go shiko. When real bad, gotta sit down on the toilet seat, leave the toilet door open and lean my head on the door knob. Real shame when you gotta shiko j’like one girl. This time was real bad.
Sam wen’ sit down on the stairs and wait. Funny kind house. Get three steps to one store room. Some room because nobody like one bedroom you gotta go through the toilet to get to.
“You going to school tomorrow?” Sam asked, a little sleepy.
“Don’t know. See how I feel in the morning. Pau already. Help me back.”
And we go back: Wheeze, gasp. Take one step. Wheeze, gasp, take another.
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“It’s in the genes, you know,” cousin Machan said. My aunts, uncle, and cousin were talking about my childhood asthma.
“Grandma had bad asthma too.”
“My sister had asthma,” Alice answered. “My Bachan also.”
I was thinking about what could be in store for this child and us, when the sun cleared the cloud bank. Clear, bright, refreshing. Like waking up after a week’s illness able to breathe fine. Breathtaking. Good kind of breathtaking. Optimistic.
As we turned to leave our vantage point, my uncle came up, “Nice, yeah?”
“Real nice,” I answered.
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|Did viewers really boycott Sunday’s Seahawks game?MyNorthwest.com / 19 h. 50 min. ago more|
With the Seahawks opting to remain in the locker room Sunday during the national anthem, many people on social media said they would boycott watching the game against the Titans.
So, did they?
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KIRO 7 compared the first two Seahawks games this year to Sunday’s game.
The first two games of the year posted a 40.7 household rating. Sunday’s game posted a 34.5, for a decrease of 15 percent.
The ratings were down even more in the ages 25 to 54 demographic, with the first two games posting a 32.7 share in that group. Sunday’s game posted a 24.1 share for a decrease of 26 percent.
Colin Kaepernick was the first to draw attention to not taking a knee during the national anthem. Other players followed, including the Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, saying they were expressing the United States’ unfair treatment of people of color. Some cited racial inequality, others pointed specifically to police brutality.
But the topic exploded when President Donald Trump suggested that National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged spectators to walk out in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,'” Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
His comments continued in the following days on Twitter.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” Trump said in a Sunday morning tweet.
After Trump made his remarks, Seattle Seahawks players responded.
“The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed,” Richard Sherman wrote. “If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!”
By Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the Titans, both teams declined to take the field Sunday.
|Even sexting teens can be charged with child pornographyMyNorthwest.com / 22 h. 9 min. ago more|
A sexting case could not only be a warning for teens sending risque photos but could result in strict consequences for minors in the future.
The Washington State Supreme Court upheld a child pornography conviction of a 17-year-old boy caught sexting a woman. The teen involved created and sent the photo on his own. It has begged a question that led to the Supreme Court: Can a minor be charged with child pornography if they are the child and they are creating the material?
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“So we have a 17-year-old boy who made a very bad decision to take a picture of himself in a state of arousal and sent it to a 22-year-old woman, not realizing that when he did this he was creating and disseminating child pornography under state law,” said former state Attorney General Rob McKenna.
The boy has Asperger’s. According to the Spokesman Review, he had been harassing the woman for a year with anonymous phone calls before sending the photo. The photo in question came with the message: “Do u like it babe? It’s for you.”
The state laws around child pornography are designed to protect children from being victims, McKenna notes.
“In this case, according to (the boy), he was technically the victim, but he also was the one who took the picture so the law shouldn’t apply to him,” McKenna said. “But the law doesn’t say that if the individual who is depicted in the photography actually took the picture, they are off the hook. It’s not the way the statute is written.”
The boy was convicted on charges of child pornography for sending the photo. The case went all the way to the state’s Supreme Court. This month, that court upheld the conviction with a 6-3 decision. The boy had argued that the law infringes upon the right of free expression under the First Amendment.
“Three of the Supreme Court justices were clearly uncomfortable applying this law to the young man because they argued that this is not what the law was intended for,” McKenna said. “But the other six Supreme Court justices said, ‘Well, this is the way the statute is written.’ They voted to affirm his conviction.”
“I think what we are seeing here is an example of the court doing its job of applying a statute as they find it,” he said. “They looked at the intent of the Legislature as well … legislative intent here was clearly to go after and discourage images of children in sexual situations.”
The boy ended up serving 30 days in jail and community service for the sexting incident.
The decision could affect future sexting cases and be applied to sexting between minors in any situation.
“The statute says that any person who creates and then disseminates an image of a child in this way, and the statute is very detailed about what the image must contain in order to constitute child pornography,” McKenna said. “But any minor who does this is a natural person in the definition of the statute.”
Another example, McKenna notes, is from Thurston County during his time as attorney general. It’s a different situation but again involves minors spreading sexual photos. The prosecutor moved to charge a teenage boy who engaged in sexting with a willing girl.
“He was disseminating the image of her … she sent a nude photo and he spread it around,” McKenna said.
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|With One Week Left, Diligent Fantasy Baseball Owners Are About To Be RewardedCBS Seattle / 1 d. 0 h. 40 min. ago more|
By Sam McPherson
This is it, fantasy baseball owners: The last week of the Major League Baseball season has arrived, which means it’s no time to give up if your league championship is on the line. Hopefully, you followed advice given here all season, and you’re about to be rewarded for your due diligence. After all, that’s what it takes to win a six-month fantasy sports season. Believe it or not, because MLB plays 162 games over six months, this really is the “easiest” fantasy sport to win.
Injuries always impact everyone’s rosters, but in fantasy baseball, you have the chance—on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your league rules—to overcome injuries. Yes, it’s very possible that Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper’s injury that cost him the final two months of the season also hurt your chances to win; some players are irreplaceable. But fantasy baseball is the most forgiving when it comes to surviving injuries to star players, and if you’ve stayed on top of your roster every day and every week, you’re going to be happy next Sunday night.
Players to Get Onto Your Roster Now
1. Jon Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies: A Colorado starter? Yes! He is 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA since the start of August, and the Rockies are pushing for a playoff spot in the final week of the season. Did we mention the 61 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings, too? Gray has very good stuff, and it’s clear he can pitch in Coors Field or in Wrigley Field. He has at least one start left this season, so it could be yours for the taking.
2. Mike Minor, RP, Kansas City Royals: Once upon a time, he was a promising young starter for the Atlanta Braves, but after missing two full seasons with injury, Minor resurfaced this year in the Royals bullpen. He is now the closer, and cheap saves can be had in the final week of the season. Minor has posted a career-best mark of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 2017.
3. Daniel Mengden, SP, Oakland Athletics: In his three September starts, the A’s pitcher has given up just two earned runs in 22 innings, while striking out 15 batters. One of those starts came against the Houston Astros, too. Mengden could get two starts in the final week of the season, so he’s worth a look in your league if you need quality starts late in the year.
4. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B/OF, Detroit Tigers: He will be one of the team’s building blocks going forward, and Castellanos has put together his best MLB season yet this year. He had 69 extra-base hits coming into Sunday’s action, and he also had established career-high marks in doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, stolen bases and walks. Grab him for the final week if you need some instant offense.
Players to Sit/Drop This Week
1. Jose Martinez, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: We recommended picking him up a few weeks ago, but now he has a sprained thumb, and that means iffy hitting for the final week of the season. The Cards are chasing the Rockies for a playoff berth, and they can’t afford any sub-par plate appearances. Martinez may not play well or effectively over the final week of the season now.
2. Doug Fister, SP, Boston Red Sox: He has given up 14 earned runs in his last 11 1/3 innings pitched, which is never a good sign for a 33-year-old pitcher. The Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot already, but they may not want to chance giving Fister the ball one last time anyway. There are better pitchers out there on waivers if you need a spot start this week.
3. Matt Kemp, OF, Atlanta Braves: The team states Kemp will only pinch hit for the rest of the year, so you can drop him now after he missed eight straight starts with a hamstring problem. The Braves have nothing to play for, and Kemp is owed close to $44 million through 2019 still. There is no need to push him back into the startling lineup.
4. Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles: It’s been an uneven year for Britton, the Baltimore closer. His hits allowed are up, and his strikeout rate is down. His knee has been problematic all season, and the Orioles have a solution for replacing him. Drop him and find some last-week saves somewhere else (see above).
|Worth millions: Seattle mayoral candidates discuss their wealthCrosscut / 1 d. 0 h. 57 min. ago more|
In a neighborhood expensive even by Seattle standards, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan’s partner, Dana Garvey, is building a house. When it’s finished, the couple will have the opportunity to move out of their rented downtown condo and into the three-bedroom, five-bathroom residence. It will be well over 5,000 square feet with an 800-plus square foot garage and a hot tub with a cabana.
After purchasing the property in 2015 for more than $4 million, Garvey quickly demolished the house that was there and began construction on a new one. The current valuation is now more than $7.5 million, according to property records.
Durkan’s campaign finance disclosure form does not include the value of the house under construction in her own personal wealth because it is owned by Garvey. The couple is not married; Durkan is therefore not required to disclose Garvey’s financial assets. The couple has been together since the ’90s and have two teenaged children.
No other city has seen housing prices rise as quickly and dramatically as Seattle’s, leaving thousands of poorer residents behind. People considered low-income now spend more than half their paychecks on rent, according to a Zillow study, and nearly half of Seattle renters spend more than a third, the de facto watermark for an overly-burdensome rent. By one report’s estimate, to afford a one-bedroom apartment, a person earning minimum wage would need to work 87-hours a week.
Even as Seattle has enjoyed a boom in high-paying jobs, homelessness has continued to climb and once working class and low-income neighborhoods have been gutted.
Amid this crisis of inequality, the two candidates for mayor, Durkan and Cary Moon, are routinely characterized as white, rich women. Each is well-aware that their wealth may not necessarily be a selling point for their candidacy at a time when residents are being squeezed out of the city’s tech boom, and both pledge they are working to build the trust they need.
But can those bearing the brunt of the housing crisis trust that a candidate on the winning side of the inequality gap will best represent their needs?
“If I were a voter I’d be asking that same question, ” Durkan says.
When Durkan filed the financial disclosure forms required of candidates for office, she listed her personal wealth as $5.75 million. Had she stayed employed at Seattle law firm Quinn, Emmanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, her net worth would have likely increased; Durkan confirmed in a recent interview that her yearly salary was due to climb to upwards of $2 million.
Durkan declined to specify her partner’s net worth, but allowed that, combined, she and Garvey were doing quite well. Garvey worked for McCaw Cellular before it was sold to AT&T and also ran her own, successful business, setting up local cell towers. In the early 2000s, Garvey bought Whidbey Island’s most expensive property for $3.4 million and last May, the couple sold their previous home for $4.3 million after Garvey had already purchased the new property.
(At Durkan’s request, Crosscut is withholding naming the neighborhood where the new property is located as well as certain details that may identify its location. As a former U.S. Attorney, Durkan has received death threats; those threats, she explained, have exempted her from listing on her financial disclosure form the address of a downtown condo that she and Garvey rent while their new house is under construction.)
Moon lists her assets at $4.1 million, including a condo near Pike Place Market with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. The condo is valued at $1.8 million according to Zillow.
For most of the 2000s, Moon worked as an advocate for transit-friendly infrastructure, most notably as a co-founder of the People’s Waterfront Coalition. She also worked as an urban planner under the business name Landscape Agents, which is really just Moon.
A large portion of her wealth comes from Moon’s family business in Michigan — Pro-Tech Respirators — which manufactured respirators for factory workers. The business benefitted in the ’70s as OSHA cracked down on air-quality and asbestos concerns and in a resume posted online, her brother Michael Moon boasted the business grew by 325 percent while under his watch. SEC documents show the business was consistently profitable.
Moon helped run the operation with her father from 1991 to 1994 before he sold it in 1995 to Bacou USA, a French manufacturing company. Moon told Crosscut she believed the sale to be for around $10 million. The SEC documents from the time say it was $6.8 million; Moon spokesperson Heather Weiner said the SEC number does not include the more than $3 million that went to the 100 or so employees who worked for her father. Many of those workers were laid off by Bacou shortly after the purchase, despite what Moon says were promises to the contrary.
After both of her parents died, the remaining money was divided between Moon and her six brothers and sisters, giving her about $1 million in 2014.
Combined with the salary of her husband — Mark Reddington, who is a partner at LMN Architects — Moon has self-financed the majority of her campaign, contributing $111,521 of the $201,422 she’s raised over the course of her campaign. Like Durkan, she also has two teenage children.
Durkan has raised $619,000 for her campaign but has only contributed $400 of her own money.
A candidate’s wealth brings numerous advantages to a political race. For one, neither Durkan nor Moon has needed to work during the campaign, which Durkan points out is in contrast to some of the challengers both candidates faced in the primary election.
“I think you could see, even in this election for mayor, how many times would we be starting a forum and either Bob Hasegawa would be late because he was coming from Olympia because he was trying to discharge his duties or Nikkita (Oliver) would be coming in late because she’s trying to get from her job,” said Durkan. “…It’s incredibly important to be able to get to have taken time off from my job to do this full-time. It gives me an advantage.”
In the primary, Moon allows that she was able to get the word out about her campaign without a significant number of volunteers because she relied on her own financial contributions.“With 21 candidates and the fairly short amount of time, it’s pretty hard to build a grassroots volunteer network,” she said.
“Nikkita and the Peoples Party were brilliantly successful at that. They worked so hard to achieve that,” she said. In the primary, Moon narrowly beat Oliver, the candidate who campaigned the loudest on issues of racial justice and economic equity. Moon says she understands why some voters may balk at her win. “I’m sure they were very frustrated at the injustice of the different track I was able to take. So I own that inequity. I see it and we all need to fix it.”
Beyond campaigning is, of course, governing. As her mayoral candidacy was coming to an end, Oliver delivered a harsh assessment that Seattle — struggling with homelessness and faced with workers who can’t afford to live here — would be choosing between two rich candidates for mayor. “The two candidates in the general election are two wealthy white women…” said Oliver, pointing out how some of her campaign rhetoric about social justice was increasingly being echoed by both Durkan and Moon in later stages of the primary. But those issues, Oliver maintained, were embraced by her campaign because they were personal. “It’s important that those ideas that the party and myself brought to this election are birthed out of our lived experiences. Those are not lived experiences those two candidates share.”
Moon, who would need to pick up a large portion of Oliver’s voters in order to defeat Durkan, says she’s prioritizing her campaign around proving herself as someone attentive to issues of race and class. “I’m reaching out to communities in the south-end as the highest priority of where I spend my time in this campaign,” she said. “Because I know I need to build trust and I know I need to establish accountability to these folks.”
Durkan too says she’s listening and will continue to listen. She said she grew up modestly in once-rural Issaquah, in a big family, which meant they all had to work hard to make their way. She says her actions are what qualify her to represent Seattle’s poor and working class, pointing to her work in a public defender’s office, in prisons, living in an Alaskan Native community and working on behalf of people she describes as having been “wronged by the system.” “I know I don’t live their lives,” she said. “But I’ve sat with and listened to people to know that they are really suffering. For them, living in a city is literally a matter of survival. It is not about ‘Will I have enough money for some luxury or some nice item?’ It is about ‘Will I have enough money to pay rent, to buy food, to support my kids?”
“All I can tell them is, ‘I will listen, I will feel with you and I will never quit listening.’”
|Road Trip: Eastern Washington comes to SeattleCrosscut / 1 d. 1 h. 4 min. ago more|
With masses of millennials seeking a profusion of opportunities in urban living, Seattle came in a few years ago at No. 10 densest among the 50 largest cities in the U.S. It’s grown since that 2014 finding, which showed nearly 8,000 people per square mile.
But it’s not for everyone. My home, Lincoln County, averages 4 people per square mile, and there’s only 10,350 of us in what you might call our rural bubble, which lies just west of Spokane County.
Bursting out of our bubbles and connecting across the two sides of the state were the themes of Knute Berger and Matt McKnight’s Crosscut “Road Trip” series, which followed Highway 2 from west to east across Washington. Berger and McKnight’s Lincoln County segment accurately captured my landscape and people, and inspired me to bring fresh eyes to a recent Seattle day trip.
Seattle is familiar territory for anyone from Eastern Washington involved in statewide organizations. In the 1990s, that meant I took 560-mile round trips monthly via Interstate 90 to attend evening training meetings for Washington’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team. To attend the team’s first-ever reunion, flying won out over another road trip.
While Eastern Washington belongs to fly-over country, Seattle is “fly-in” country for some of us. Sea-Tac International Airport presents a world-class first impression, with the soaring terminal featuring music, art, shopping and eating experiences.
Amazon’s spheres were on the list of touristy things to do before the evening reunion, and that meant navigating to South Lake Union. Airport car rental fees are notoriously high, and parking in Seattle is ridiculously expensive when you’re used to $10 maximum for all day at the Spokane International Airport Garage. No rental car for me.
Before Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail, the express bus was the perfect choice for fly-in trips. It’s faster and cheaper than the train, but not as metro-cool. Seattle is all about cool.
Public transit is perfect for people-watching to spot fashion trends before they fly over the Cascades. Shredded jeans became ubiquitous in Seattle before Spokane got on board. Might be generational rather than an urban-rural reaction, but it cracks me up to see people wearing pants that would be stuffed in the rag bag at home. Or maybe I could start selling ranch-aged jeans — perhaps with a certificate of authenticity autographed by the rancher.
When the Link arrived at the Westlake Mall late on a Sunday morning, the sidewalk felt busy although noticeably reduced from the typical Monday to Friday pace. The most surprising sight was the number of homeless people boldly staking out campsites on courtyards and sidewalks. It’s just not something you see in a rural county, ever. After the beautifully orchestrated first impression at Sea-Tac, the first impression of the city itself is depressing and a little intimidating.
Friends had arranged for lunch and a tour of the Amazon campus. Steve and Joan moved into South Lake Union nearly 11 years ago, three years after Amazon first turned a profit and three years before Amazon consolidated operations in the formerly low-key neighborhood. Our plan was to meet at a pizza restaurant next to Whole Foods. While millennials might view the pizza spot — Tutta Bella — more as a good, safe option for taking their parents or their kids, it was all very urban cool.
From Westlake, Google Maps plotted a walking course to Tutta Bella. The digital voice said, “Head east.” East is not obvious when the sun is obscured by tall buildings and you’re used to checking the sun as a compass. Asking directions would be decidedly un-cool. It took trial and error, a re-crossed street, but I eventually found my friends at a window table.
Joan said it was fresh fig season and we should have the special, a Calabrese pizza with extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, goat cheese, prosciutto, figs and a balsamic reduction. Figs were a new experience, but it was delicious. Except for the olive oil, none of those ingredients would make the menu back home.
The Amazon campus was a puzzle, since it didn’t feel like a campus. The exterior of every tower was different and Joan knew them all by name, although there didn’t seem to be any signs. Her daughter has worked in several different buildings as part of Amazonia. Apparently variety only exists on the exteriors: Joan’s daughter told her the interiors are very industrial, typical cubicle layouts, with little variation from building to building.
The Amazon spheres add a sculptural element to the street, an urban surprise. Although destined to become an iconic background for photos, including ours that day, they struck me as sad. The unnatural and carefully controlled nature inside the double walls of the spheres will never capture the awesome breadth of a wild sky over an Eastern Washington ranch.
Joan pointed to a cart on the plaza and casually said there would be no free bananas today. It was a total non sequitur. She had to explain: Amazon buys bananas, then pays people to stand on the street and give away bananas. For free. Crazy. For those who don’t live in South Lake Union, a cheaper Prime membership would be appreciated. Or maybe send some free bananas with the next order.
Back near Westlake Mall, we glimpsed a desultory parade. Steve dismissed it as the regular Sunday afternoon protest march. It would have been interesting to connect, but he steered us clear and we hustled to meet my ride to the reunion.
Our group of alumni from the Disaster Medical Assistance Team — called DMAT WA-01 — met that evening at Jack’s BBQ, reminiscing about the kinds of bonds built during disasters. First responders are mission-focused. In a disaster area, we never asked anyone’s religion or politics or anything other than what they needed and how could we help. We told stories about people, places and problem solving together. Those are the ties that bind a team together.
In the course of ordinary life it’s safer to steer clear. In a disaster, there is no clear place to steer. When the Cascadia Fault finally gives way, neighbor will have to help neighbor. Eastern Washington will come to the aid of Western Washington. We will be bound together. And the best reason for breaking out of all our safe little bubbles is summed up by the motto for the Quakex ’97 regional earthquake drill:
“The last place you want to meet for the first time is during a disaster.”
|The leader connecting communities through techCrosscut / 1 d. 1 h. 6 min. ago more|
David Harris is a dot connector.
In 2009, Harris was feeling unfulfilled with his job at Microsoft so he left to become STEM Integration Program Manager at Technology Access Foundation, a nonprofit with a public school in Federal Way that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. There, he collaborated with local STEM companies and professionals to connect teachers and students of color to workshops, field trips, classes and internships.
Crosscut first met Harris in June of 2014, when he presented a winning idea at the Community Idea Lab. The question at the time that finalists had to answer was: How can we use our tech boom as an asset to improve inequality and engagement in King County?
Harris presented his idea for a Central District Hackathon, and it was backed by an investor on the spot. Harris, a homeowner near 23rd and Jackson, wanted to bridge all of the worlds he was involved in – the tech world, the startup community, downtown and the historically African-American Central District.
Hack The CD, as it became known, happened in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and about 40 people over those three years pitched different ideas to start new businesses, from tech to T-shirt companies.
Harris is the winner of Crosscut’s 2017 Courage Award in Technology. He and five other winners will be honored on October 12 at the Crosscut Courage Awards Breakfast.
When Harris thinks of the successes that keep him going, he points to companies like Key Tech Labs, a nonprofit founded by brothers Adam and Andrew Powers. Their goal is to bring emerging technology to underprivileged areas, and they teach youth to repair and upgrade technology themselves. The Powers say at least 30 percent of the people they’ve interacted with were because of Harris and it has been key to their organization’s growth.
“He always knows someone and can point you in the right direction,” Adam Powers says. “He is a leader, and with so many in the tech field wanting to sit next to a computer and not talk to people, we don’t have enough leaders who will step up in front of the mic and say ‘Follow me.'”
Harris grew up in Detroit before moving to Seattle in 2006. He says it was like coming from another country: Everything from the weather to culture and demographics was completely different. Detroit is 83 percent black, while nearly 70 percent of Seattle’s population is white. His advice for the new techies moving here is to understand the place, meet people and, only then, offer up skills and resources.
“I think understanding history and context is No. 1 in understanding where Seattle is as a city right now,” Harris says. “I had to learn about the Central District, Seattle and its history. That is especially important for people who aren’t from here. … By bestowing your point of view on top of something and not understanding those it affects, it’s a waste.”
Today, as a Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle, Harris continues to connect the dots for many in the tech community. He helped get Seattle designated as a TechHire community, part of a national initiative started by President Barack Obama that seeks to open training and employment opportunities to underserved communities. Locally, the program targets women, people of color and formerly incarcerated individuals with the aim of having 2,000 people trained and placed in tech jobs by 2020.
“It’s great to see the light bulbs click on and speak to people about different opportunities they didn’t know about,” Harris says. “That is what I think is really transformational, has a huge impact. And having access to those careers can change people’s lives.”
Adam Powers says that when many organizations roll out programs for people of color, they always hold events in Seattle. But Harris brought awareness meetings down south, closer to Tacoma, to make it easier for individuals to get there and find out more about TechHire.
“So far, Key Tech Labs has run over 15 classes, six events and worked with over 500 kids — all thanks to him and not only his encouragement, but his opening opportunities and being part of the solution,” Powers says.
With a view of the future that is always thinking 10 to 20 years down the line, Harris is intentional in the work and projects he takes on.
“I want,” Harris says, “this place where I live to be a place where I would love for my kids and grandkids now. And I want to create the communities and the city that we want to see.”
The Courage Award in Technology is sponsored by Comcast.
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|Titans See 33-27 Win Over Seahawks As Proof They Can CompeteCBS Seattle / 1 d. 11 h. 54 min. ago more|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe they can play with the NFL’s best this season, and a big win over the Seattle Seahawks is just the latest proof to back them up.
The Titans scored 24 points in the second half and ran over the Seahawks for 195 yards Sunday for a 33-27 victory . They’ve now won two straight for their best start since opening 3-1 in 2013.
“These are the games we talk about,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. “Playoff teams and championship teams. If you beat them, that puts you in a good spot going through the season. We know what type of team we are. We know we can play with the big dogs. Now we just have to crush the rest of the people in our way.”
Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, while DeMarco Murray ran for 115 yards, including a 75-yard TD run as the Titans (2-1) rallied with 21 straight points after the Seahawks took their last lead at 14-9.
“It really is a measuring stick for us moving forward, playing a team like that with a great defense and a great QB,” Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo said.
The Seahawks (1-2) finally got their offense scoring touchdowns, with Russell Wilson throwing for 373 yards and four touchdowns, but now their hard-hitting defense is struggling to stop the run. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was surprised to see his Seahawks give up three touchdowns all 24 yards or longer.
“Right now, it’s kind of spotty and not consistent enough,” Carroll said. “We’ve got a big challenge, and we’ve got to get together.”
Here are some things to know about the Titans’ win over Seattle:
JOINT ANTHEM DECISION
The Titans and Seahawks texted each other in agreeing to remain in their locker rooms during the national anthem in protest of President Donald Trump’s comments about NFL players. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk was with her players inside the locker room during the anthem, and Meghan Linsey, a runner-up on “The Voice,” took a knee when she finished singing. Then Wilson and Mariota each linked an arm or two with teammates as the teams came onto the field.
“Well, 45 can say what he wants to say,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. “He can tweet whatever he wants to tweet. We’re here to play football. For a long time we’ve been united, playing with one another, all races, and that’s all we’re trying to show is that we’re united in here.”
TOO MANY PENALTIES
The Seahawks finished with 11 penalties for 98 yards, including one with 11 seconds left when the Titans lined up to punt the ball back. Once the flag was thrown, the Titans started signaling first down in celebration. Cornerback Richard Sherman was flagged for pass interference, wiping out an interception by Kam Chancellor. Sherman said he tried to ask the official what he did wrong and was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I thought that was a poor call, and it had a huge impact on the game because that’s a turnover,” Sherman said.
The Seahawks cornerback hit Mariota on the sideline at the Titans bench in the second quarter, prompting a scrum that resulted in a pair of unnecessary roughness penalties to each team. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he wasn’t surprised Sherman was not ejected but liked how his players defended Mariota without anyone being ejected.
Murray’s TD run came as he zig-zagged through the Seahawks, and it was the longest against Seattle since Frank Gore had an 80-yarder in 2009 — before Carroll was hired in January 2010.
Titans rookie Adoree Jackson returned a punt 80 yards in the second quarter , or so he thought. Officials flagged the Titans for an illegal block above the waist, though Mularkey said it was a clean block. “I feel bad for him and us,” Mularkey said.
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|Opinion: DACA—We are a nation of immigrants, we need to support each anotherThe International Examiner / 1 d. 18 h. 39 min. ago more|
Protest in support of DACA (against its rescission) at Trump Tower in New York City on September 5, 2017. • Photo by Rhododendrites
Today is September 5, 2017 and the day that the United States attorney general declared the rescinding of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. DACA allowed children brought to this country by parents seeking refuge from war torn and oppressive countries to have an opportunity at a better life, through education and employment.
But what does today really signify? It signifies the stagnant state of discrimination that we thought we have transcended, the ignorance of the “superior” few dictating to the “inferior” many through misapplication and abuse of authority. Year after year, generation after generation, it’s the same game with a different name, the same genre with a different title, the same agenda with different players, thus, the same results.
When will our political leaders realize that America never was a “white” country. There were already indigenous tribes peacefully inhabiting this land.
The truth is, this country was established through the same desire and necessity to be free from an oppressive dictator, which was then, the king of Great Britain. Through force this land was conquered, and through the intelligence and unity of the 13 colonies was the constitution ratified.
The difference now from then, was that the colonies had the benefit of formal education, which greatly contributed to their success.
Today, most immigrants arrive without the benefit of formal education and find themselves surrounded by a very educated society, which you would think would be supportive and accepting.
After all, our founding fathers are technically immigrants. And it’s absurd that our political leaders would not extend the same grace to immigrants today.
I was born in this country, in Tacoma, WA, and so were my parents. My mother and father were born to my immigrant grandparents in Camden, NJ, who came to this country from China, Italy, Africa, the West Indies, and South America to name a few.
I am a proud descendant of immigrants, and whether people choose to accept it or not, chances are, unless you are a direct descendant of the native people who already inhabited this continent, you are a descendant of immigrants as well.
When will we as a people (human race) see each other as equal?, whether we come from the east or west, the north or south, we are all endowed with the spirit of our creator, regardless of color or creed, gender or ethnic background, we all have the responsibility to live in harmony with one another, and to aid our fellow inhabitants in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
How do we take personal responsibility for the condition of our lives, and the condition of our communities, and our country? We do it by taking personal responsibility for our own thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
Our country is as divided as it is because we each are a part of the collective consciousness that makes up its life force, and through our active participation or lack thereof, we either help toward bringing balance and liberation to ourselves and our communities, or continue to repeat the cycle of social discrimination, and racial inequality.
I, myself, used to be very ignorant and unaware of not only my actions and potential, but also the major issues that effect and face not only our immigrant brothers and sisters, but our fellow Americans as well. I have realized through the lessons of my life thus far, including my time spent incarcerated, that the only true way to change our circumstances is to change ourselves, and that by transforming the way we think and the way we view each other and our future, we can change the course of this beloved country and our experience within and through evolution.
For what good do we do, if we identify and become aware of the problems, but don’t seek to find a solution or contribution to the same.
The power is in the people, and the government only maintains power through the consent of the governed. If we don’t like what we see, and what has always been, we have to change our government and the people we place therein, until we can come together as a common people. I hope that in these words you may find inspiration, courage, and support to become more involved in the push for equality, balance, and peace. You are not alone, even those of us who have transformed and awoken to our higher purpose, who are yet still incarcerated. We walk with you toward a better experience for this country and our world.
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Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T.) was started by a group of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) men who were at one time incarcerated in the Washington state prison system. F.I.G.H.T. is a direct outgrowth of the organizing that many of us did through different API groups in different prisons. This organizing built deep bonds of unity among us. Together we learned about our own diverse cultures and political histories, life experiences, and perspectives. We also created cultural celebrations featuring various forms of traditional arts, like language, music, and dance.
Upon being released, we stayed committed to continuing to support each other, whether inside or outside of the prison system. We support both current and formerly incarcerated APIs through mentoring, advocacy, outreach, and political education. We encourage each other to embrace positivity, compassion, strength, hope, confidence, and building healthy lives and healthy communities, while breaking the cycle of mass incarceration. For more information, visit www.fightwa.org.
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|T-Birds Open Season With Win Over Tri-CityCBS Seattle / 2 d. 6 h. 19 min. ago more|
KENT, September 23, 2017 — The 2016-17 WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbirds opened the 2017-18 season with a 4-3 win over the Tri-City Americans in front of a sellout crowd of 6,104 at accesso ShoWare Center Saturday night.
The T-Birds celebrated their Western Conference Championship and WHL Championship with a special pregame banner raising ceremony.
Sami Moilanen, Zack Andrusiak, Elijah Brown and Jake Lee scored for Seattle and Austin Strand had three assists.
Matt Berlin made 31 saves on 34 shots to get the win for the T-Birds.
Tri-City took a 1-0 lead on a five-on-three power-play goal by Jordan Topping at 5:47 of the first period. Morgan Geekie and Nolan Yaremko had the assists.
The T-Birds came right back and tied the game 1-1 at 9:33 of the first period. Nolan Volcan brought the puck off the right boards and into the top of the right circle. Volcan took a slap shot that Moilanen tipped past Tri-City goalie Beck Warm.
Seattle went in front 2-1 at 10:41 of the first on a goal from Andrusiak. Donovan Neuls passed the puck from the left boards to Andrusiak in front of Warm. Andrusiak beat the goalie low for the tying goal. Strand had the second assist on the goal.
The Americans tied the game 2-2 at 17:38 of the first on Topping’s second goal of the game. Roman Kalinichenko and Geekie had the assists.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 16-9 in the first period.
The Americans took a 3-2 lead on a shorthanded goal by Parker AuCoin at 2:23 of the second period.
The T-Birds tied the game 3-3 at 7:01 of the second on Brown’s first goal of the season. Strand passed the puck to Brown on the left wing to create a two-on-one break. Brown skated into the left circle and beat Warm over the left shoulder with a hard wrist shot.
Seattle outshot Tri-City 12-9 in the second period. Tri-City led 25-21 in shots after two periods.
The T-Birds took a 4-3 lead 48 seconds into the third period on Jake Lee’s first career goal as a T-Bird. Lee beat Warm from the right circle with a wrist shot while the teams were playing four-on-four. Strand and Neuls had the assists.
The Americans pulled Warm with a minute left in the game to try and tie the game. Berlin was up to the task and kept the Americans at bay.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 34-29 in the game.
Warm had 25 saves on 29 shots.
The T-Birds next game is Friday, September 29, against the Prince George Cougars at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.
Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Tri-City, Topping 1 (Geekie, Yaremko), 5:47. 2, Seattle, Moilanen 1 (Volcan), 9:33. 3, Seattle, Andrusiak 1 (Neuls, Strand), 10:41. 4, Tri-City, Topping 2 (Kalinichenko, Geekie), 17:38. Penalties – Coghlan, Tri (interference), :32. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Katzalay), 2:50. Tyszka, Sea (hooking), 5:15. Fuller, Tri (roughing), 8:08.
Second period – 5, Tri-City, AuCoin 1, 2:33 (sh). 6, Seattle, Brown 1 (Strand), 7:01. Penalties – Coghlan, Tri (interference), 1:51. Volcan, Sea (roughing), 3:50. Neuls, Sea (roughing), 3:50. Sawchuk, Tri (roughing), 3:50. Fuller, Tri (roughing), 3:50. Lee, Sea (high-sticking), 11:14. Tyszka, Sea (hooking), 19:12.
Third period – 7, Seattle, Lee 1 (Strand, Neuls), :48. Penalties – McNelly, Sea (kneeing), 9:12. James, Tri (cross checking, roughing-served by Johnson), 12:01. Krebs, Tri (major-fighting), 12:01. Moilanen, Sea (major-fighting), 12:01. Volcan, Sea (roughing), 12:01. Coghlan, Tri (game misconduct), 20:00. Topping, Tri (double minor-roughing, game misconduct), 20:00. Yaremko, Tri (game misconduct), 20:00. Bargar, Sea (game misconduct), 20:00. Moilanen, Sea (game misconduct), 20:00. Tyszka, Sea (roughing, game misconduct), 20:00. Volcan, Sea (cross checking), 20:00.
|No. 7 Washington Overcomes Slow Start To Beat Colorado 37-10CBS Seattle / 2 d. 6 h. 34 min. ago more|
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The No. 7 Washington Huskies warmed up in the cold rain without their shirts , then went out and undressed the Colorado Buffaloes in a 37-10 rout Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 title game.
The Huskies collected a trio of interceptions, a blocked punt that led to a touchdown, a pick-6, five sacks, seven tackles for loss and a 202-yard, two-touchdown performance by running back Myles Gaskin.
“Anytime you get that many turnovers in a game, you’ve got a chance to do something special on offense,” said Huskies QB Jake Browning, who was just 11 for 21 for 160 yards. “We usually get all the stats and TDs but we played really well on defense and capitalized on some opportunities.”
Yet, the Buffs (3-1, 0-1) were still within a TD of the Huskies (4-0, 1-0) with three minutes left in the third quarter.
That’s when cornerback Myles Bryant’s 35-yard interception return for a touchdown made it a two-score game and ignited a 20-0 finish that sent much of the shivering crowd streaming for exits.
Jordan Miller had two interceptions, one in the end zone, as the Huskies overcame a slow start to finish with a rout reminiscent of last year’s 41-10 blowout of the Buffs in the conference championship.
Despite pointing to this rematch ever since, the Buffaloes made too many mistakes to close the gap, including several fumbled snaps and a too-early slide on third down by quarterback Steven Montez that led to a punt — which was blocked.
Colorado trailed 10-7 at halftime and was still within a touchdown late in the third quarter before the Buffs unraveled.
Washington would end up outscoring the Buffs 27-3 after the break, sparked by Quinten Pounds coming down with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Browning between two defenders.
“The guy made an unbelievable catch on the post route,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. “I still don’t know how he caught it. It was an unbelievable catch.”
Pounds said Huskies coach Chris Petersen “always says when the ball is in the air compete for it and go get it like it’s your last, so that’s pretty much what happened.”
Pounds never realized he was getting sandwiched by two defenders.
“No, all I saw was the ball,” he said. “That’s what I was focused on.”
James Stefanou barely cleared the crossbar from 49 yards out to pull Colorado to 17-10.
Montez then tried to hit Bryce Bobo on a slant but Bryant stepped in front and his 35-yard pick-6 gave Washington a 24-10 lead.
“You can’t have three turnovers and expect to win the game,” Montez said. “That’s on me, and I got to take that.”
The Huskies turned this one into another blowout with a 6-yard TD run from Salvon Ahmed and a 57-yard scoring scamper from Gaskin in the fourth quarter.
Miller had two first-half interceptions as the Huskies built a 10-7 lead. His first one led to the go-ahead field goal and his second one came in the end zone with a minute left in the second quarter.
The Huskies fell behind 7-0 when Colorado went 75 yards on its opening drive and capped it with Philip Lindsay’s 1-yard TD run .
TURNING POINT: Montez slid too early on a third-and-3 scramble, coming up a yard shy of the sticks and forcing a punt, which was blocked by Vita Vea and recovered by Levi Onwuzurike at the Colorado 12.
The game was tied at 7 four plays later when Gaskin scored from a yard out .
“I’ve got to try to run them over or make them miss or do something to get that first down,” Montez said.
ONLY BLEMISH: About the only things that didn’t go right for the Huskies were the kicks. Senior Tristan Vizcaino missed two short field goals and an extra point. He was wide right from 32 and 41 yards and missed the extra point wide left with a line drive following Gaskin’s long touchdown run.
INJURY UPDATE: The Huskies lost wide receiver Chico McClatcher to a left leg injury in the third quarter. McClatcher had four catches for 44 yards and a 15-yard run before being carried off the field.
MacIntyre’s son, Jay, was held out, and his father said after the game that he has a sprained foot that he hurt last week and doctors don’t think surgery is necessary.
WET WEATHER: The rainstorms produced bad field conditions that meant that Ralphie the Buffalo couldn’t do her traditional pregame run around Folsom Field. So, Chip the Mascot did the honors instead, drawing cheers as he rumbled from one end zone to the other with Ralphie’s regular handlers in tow.
The drizzle and 45-degree temperatures with a wind chill of 40 didn’t bother the Huskies’ “Big Skills” players — linemen, linebackers, tight ends — who warmed up shirtless.
“Yeah, we thought it was going to be a downpour all night and they kind of pride themselves on playing in that type of environment,” Petersen said. “Even though being from Seattle we really don’t play in it that much. Every time we get a chance to practice in it we’re excited.”
Washington: Visits Oregon State on Saturday for another night kickoff.
Colorado: Visits UCLA for their second straight night game Saturday.
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|Interstate 405 toll lanes turning 2 years oldMyNorthwest.com / 2 d. 9 h. 58 min. ago more|
The Express Toll Lanes on Interstate 405 will be 2 years old on Sept. 27.
Ed Barry, head of the toll division at the Washington State Department of Transportation, said, “We think it’s going well.”
David Hablewitz of stop405tolls.org had a very different take.
“It’s just as bad as it was from the beginning,” he said.
The state law that authorized the toll lanes requires they generate enough money to pay for tolling operations.
It’s easy to check that box as the lanes brought in $38.6 million in the first 21 months.
But WSDOT is falling short in a second provision.
It requires speeds of 45 miles per hour at least 90 percent of the time during peak commutes.
The latest numbers, as of June, show overall those speeds are reached only 81 percent of the time.
“The fact that we’re not meeting the goal says what we’ve been saying since day one, these aren’t going to make things better,” Hablewitz said.
If it were not for one word in the law, the state would have to shut down the tolls.
That word is “and.”
The law says after two years if the revenue “and” speed performance measures are not met, “the express lanes project must be terminated as soon as practicable.”
Barry said despite missing the speed target set by the federal government, “we don’t think any federal highway dollars are at stake.”
Barry said a northbound shoulder lane in Bothell is improving traffic flow, and that speeds in the areas with two-lane sections for the toll lanes exceed the 90 percent goal.
Final numbers for the first two years of tolling are expected later in the year.
|Seahawks furious over Trump’s ‘SOB’ rantCrosscut / 2 d. 11 h. 27 min. ago more|
We learned this week that Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett was among the co-authors of a well-reasoned, respectful letter to the NFL seeking a partnership for an awareness month on social justice.
Congratulations to Bennett and his NFL colleagues. It worked. Awareness is suddenly global. Just not in the civil fashion they intended.
Of his own reckless volition, President Donald Trump Friday finally crisped Twitter’s #sticktosports hashtag by wading into a pool of oil with his oral flamethrower, publicly calling Bennett a son of bitch for his protest of the national anthem.
Said Trump to loud applause at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.'”
After profanely castigating peaceful political dissent by NFL players, Trump suggested owners were negligent for not punishing them, and told fans to throw away their ticket money by walking out of games if players protest. Then, just for kicks, he encouraged more head-knocking violence despite all sports and the military having accepted the medical science explaining traumatic brain injury, and through his own insatiable vanity, mis-characterized the drop in NFL TV ratings.
For a leader focused on failing on North Korea, failing on health care, failing on climate change, failing on Iran and failing to stop Russia’s war on the American political system, it is remarkable that he had time to fail the one prominent U.S. industry that is reliant on inclusiveness and diversity for its success — major spectator pro sports.
The NFL workforce is 70 percent African American. The NBA is about 90 percent. Major league baseball is dominated by players of Latino heritage. South Korean golfers nearly own the LPGA tour. As white as the National Hockey League is, it needs green-card owners from Europe nearly as much as Major League Soccer needs them from around the world in the most popular sport of all.
Trump’s red-meat panderings to a crowd of his no-matter-what supporters did almost nothing to move the needle for him, but they inflamed many fans as well as participants, who, with limited success, have been attempting to keep their eyes on the ball.
The rant provoked a predictable social-media firestorm that will probably have a physical embellishment Sunday when NFL players decide how to respond at stadiums across the country. Here’s Bennett’s response:
My mom is a beautiful lady she has never been a bitch
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 23, 2017
Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman offered this in a Saturday morning tweet:
The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017
Even Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has a seventh-degree black belt in tut-tutting, had to clear his throat:
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Using the word “unfortunate” was insipid, but Goodell walks a tight rope. Eight of his bosses, the team owners, donated $7.25 million to Trump’s inauguration. Three threw in $1 million apiece: Jerry Jones of Dallas, Robert Kraft of New England and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, whom Trump named ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Obviously, they’re entitled to support any politician, but Trump’s pointless interjection has roiled many in the owners’ labor force, potentially to distraction.
None of the owners are so foolish to attempt to halt free expression. But now the disruption has amped the intensity to the point where it can divide teams and fans in the stands, and stimulate boycotts on both sides. Trump’s rant implicitly permits his supporters to become agitators, and forces coaches and front-office staffs to devote time to managing the fallout.
Certainly some fans will put teams and NFL sponsors on notice: Where do you stand on Trump’s sports condemnations? Imagine how the owners see their investment in Trump now.
If African Americans don’t seek redress of grievances on a stage where they have great influence, where do they go? If Bennett doesn’t take action after he is pinned and handcuffed, for no good reason, to a Las Vegas sidewalk with a cop’s firearm pointed to his head, what does he do?
Fired? This isn’t a lame reality-TV show, but Trump keeps playing the presidency as one because he has zero awareness of, or concern over, anyone or anything that does not generate ardor for him.
A peaceful, silent anthem gesture has no measure of disrespect compared with Trump’s desecration of the presidency.
|Soufend Art Show and Block Party a statement on gentrificationThe International Examiner / 2 d. 21 h. 37 min. ago more|
Artist Royce The Choice performs at the Soufend Art Show and Block Party on August 20, 2017. • Photo by Eric Hermosada
On August 20, local art collective Paradice Avenue Souf (the ‘th” in “south” is replaced with an ‘f” for an artistic edge) held it’s second annual Soufend Art Show and Block Party, a family friendly event held in Rainier Valley on the intersection of Rainier Ave. S and S. Holly St. in Seattle. The event was open to the public free of charge.
Equal parts performance and visual arts, the audience was treated to shows by local greats such as legendary beat maker Derek Brown aka Vitamin D, who is credited with composing the title track to the hit show Power, songstress Moni Tep aka JusMoni (IG: @saffroniaa), and a dance by the Washington Diamonds Drill Team.
Visual artists and vendors also lined South Holly Street including artist and designer Reynalin Ignacio’s Made by Reynalin line (IG: @madebyreynalin) of customized women’s accessories and home goods and urban clothing designer Water.Official (IG: @water.official) who curated a pop-up shop from within the trailer of a UHaul.
Facade Facepainting, Seward Park Clay, and Paint and Smoothies by Tomi Teav were also on deck to give kids an interactive art experience.
Highlighting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, an array of food was also available with vendors such as Seattle’s Best BBQ Skewers serving Khmer-style beef sticks, Filipino inspired pastries by Hood Famous Bakeshop (IG: @hoodfamousbakeshop), and Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Event patrons at the Soufend Art Show and Block Party on August 20, 2017. • Photo by Bunthay Cheam
The event was the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Harry Clean, aka Harry Baluran (IG: @harry_clean), who is also the co-founder of Paradice Avenue Souf, a multimedia artist studio located in Rainier Valley.
“The Soufend Art Show started from an idea my friend Jordan Nicholson and I had about having a little art show at King Donuts (R.I.P.) about three years ago. This art show would feature artists from the Soufend (we like replacing the ‘th’ with an ‘f’).”
Baluran and Nicholson initially had plans to hold the inaugural event at the iconic King’s Donut in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, “A year later I decided to proceed with this idea but unfortunately King’s Donut got sold to new owner so I felt that it just wouldn’t be right doing it there anymore.”
That led Baluran to reach out to the friend and owner of Cafe Avole, Solomon Dubie, about holding the event in the vicinity of his shop on Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street. “The concept of the Soufend Art Show and block party is that three South Seattle visual artists get featured in an art exhibition inside Cafe Avole while a small scale festival is held outside with vendors, live performances, and art workshops,” he said.
This year’s event featured multimedia artists Zue Lian Cooper (IG: @zookoopa), Anand Alder (IG: @nandaethekid), and Yassa (IG: @yasmincreative).
Baluran’s purpose for this annual event is tied to a more grand vision he has for the community he grew up in where he stresses those in privileged positions to help others succeed.
“I grew up in low income immigrant household so these values and morals have been embedded in my since a kid. Stick together, survive, and help your people succeed. I made sure that this value system was part of the event by featuring well-known artists and also up-and-coming artists.”
Big Ben the Barber. • Photo by Bunthay Cheam
An even bigger issue on Baluran’s mind is the change he’s experienced in his neighborhood and what’s he sees as an assault on the culture that has made Rainier Valley one of most culturally diverse in the United States.
“My neighborhood is not what is used to be. Culture is dying. People of color (POC) are being forced to move south to cities like Kent and Tukwila. We created this beautiful diverse neighborhood and now it is being taken away from us.”
In a May 2017 article, The Stranger, citing a July 2016 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, stated that over 1,000 people move into Seattle each week, making it the ninth-fastest growing metro area.
Enticed by a booming local economy spurred by growth in some of the biggest companies on the Fortune 500 list including Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Boeing; Seattle has become a beacon for transplants and this has had a collateral effect on the city, especially in neighborhoods historically populated by communities of color. Cranes have become a common fixture in Downtown Seattle, and to a degree in neighborhoods where new zoning changes made by city officials look to supplement the high housing demand brought on by the rapid pace of people moving to the city. This housing shortage has also caused people to look southward into traditional POC communities where Seattle’s housing discrimination history has red-lined and confined the city’s people of color.
As gentrification changes these neighborhoods, rising property values have driven many families, especially those with fixed income, further out into South King County in places such Renton, Kent, and Auburn where housing is more affordable.
Perry Paints doing live painting. • Photo by Nam Nice
“We created this beautiful diverse neighborhood and now it is being taken away from us. It’s like if you cooked a bomb ass breakfast then someone breaks into your house and eats it. Yeah you can make another meal but you have to start all over and what if you used the last of your money to buy the ingredients plus your kids are hungry.” Balarun said.
Despite what seems to be an inevitable change along the Rainier Avenue corridor, Baluran remains optimistic he has the resources and leadership to blunt the adverse effects of gentrification by unifying those that have lived there for generations and teaching newcomers about the area’s history so as to keep its culture thriving. The art show and block party is part and parcel to that strategy. “The Soufend Art Show and Block Party is us saying, ‘Yeah we’re still here. And we’re not going anywhere. This is our land, this is our raggedy #7 bus. This is our food, you can have a taste but don’t forget who it belongs to,” he said.
Show headliner Moni Tep, stressing the benefits of these types of community gatherings, added: “I think the Soufend Art Show and Block Party was unique in the way that it brought our communities together, like how it would’ve looked, even 10–15 years prior. Gentrification has taken its course through parts of the city that us people of color, call home—but when we party, it’s like a testament that we’re always going to be here. You can move bodies, but it’s harder to move spirit.”
Baluran has his sights set on a bigger event for 2018, “next year will have the same vibes but will bigger. More vendors and more activities. And also a car show,” he said.
Musician Davey Tsunami (IG: @daveyvision24k), who was a performer on the lineup, agreed, stating that the event was “unification at its highest form, we all sang, danced, laughed and enjoyed the food especially being Khmer to represent our culture in our own community was amazing. I enjoyed every second of it and I can’t wait til next year.”
True to his multidisciplinary nature, Baluran also plans to not only host the event but to participate in a different way.
“Currently, I’m working on music so I can bless the stage next year,” he said.
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|Powerful performances and rough passion bring intensity to Afterglow, ...Seattle News / 3 d. 0 h. 12 min. ago more|
I saw the musical, Bandstand during its final week but instead of another musical like Hello Dolly, Dear Evan Hansen, or even Hamilton, I had much anticipation for an Off-Broadway show that is now the talk of the country and which has now been extended for two more months. As the synopsis on the Afterglow website states: 'Afterglow is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships.
|Something Rotten is far from foulSeattle News / 3 d. 8 h. 49 min. ago more|
The show, originally to have had its world debut in Seattle, was bypassed directly from workshops to Broadway, and the work was not in haste. A simultaneous homage to the works of Shakespeare and musical theatre, it is easy to see why the musical was nominated for the Tony for Best Musical.
|Dark comedy 'Happy, Happy, Happy' takes the cakeSeattle News / 3 d. 13 h. 16 min. ago more|
Photo courtesy of Macha Theatre Works: Jenn Ruzmna and Lisa Every wrote and will star in 'Happy, Happy, Happy,' Oct. 13-28 at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. Playwrights and actors Jenn Ruzumna and Lisa Every didn't have a comedy in mind when they sat down to write the script for what would later be called "Happy, Happy, Happy."
|Russians tried to hack Washington state elections, feds sayMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 14 h. 15 min. ago more|
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.
The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list.
Kim Wyman: I’ve never seen a winning candidate question an election
The AP contacted every state election office on Friday. While not all of them responded immediately, those that said they were targeted were Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security Friday told Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman that Russian hackers attempted to access Washington state election systems prior to the 2016 General Election – and failed, state officials said Friday.
The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia.
The Wisconsin Election Commission, for example, said the state’s systems were targeted by “Russian government cyber actors.”
Federal officials said that in most of the 21 states, the targeting was preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems. The targets included voter registration systems but not vote tallying software. Officials said there were some attempts to compromise networks but most were unsuccessful.
Only Illinois reported that hackers had succeeded in breaching its voter systems.
Colorado said the hacking wasn’t quite a breach.
“It’s really reconnaissance by a bad guy to try and figure out how we would break into your computer,” said Trevor Timmons, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state’s office. “It’s not an attack. I wouldn’t call it a probe. It’s not a breach, it’s not a penetration.”
The disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel probes whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and associates of Donald Trump.
Trump, a Republican who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, has called the Russia story a hoax. He says Russian President Vladimir Putin “vehemently denied” the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.
|New KVRU station manager Sharon Maeda shares her vision for Rainier Valley RadioThe International Examiner / 3 d. 15 h. 5 min. ago more|
Sharon Maeda. • File Photo
KVRU 105.7 FM just finished testing its signal on September 16. The community radio station off of Rainier Ave is all set to start providing diverse programming by and for Rainier Valley residents. Sharon Maeda is the station manager and has a rich vision for KVRU; a station with multicultural music programming, airwaves filled with the languages heard around the valley and a forum for youth to talk about and understand important topics like immigration and identity.
Maeda has spent more than 40 years working in community radio. She was compelled to contribute to the media and radio industry after noting what a strong reach the media had on school children she taught as an elementary school teacher. She went back to school, gaining a Masters in Filmmaking, hoping to make an impact in bringing important voices to the media and telling stories that might otherwise be pushed under the rug.
“Right now, given what is going on in the country and the rise of the openness of hate groups and all of that it’s all the more important that people in a diverse community like the Rainier Valley need a place to share their culture, to share their stories, to learn from each other and hopefully create a better society,” said Maeda.
KVRU is funded by SEED Seattle, a local nonprofit that is involved in affordable housing, arts education and economic development for Southeast Seattle. Maeda sees the organizational support behind the station as a way to incorporate various facets of the community into the station’s programming. Maeda points out the station’s physical location beneath an affordable housing complex with many elderly residents who will have plenty of stories to reflect on from their lives.
“They [SEED] already have ongoing relationships with different segments of the population and my vision is that all the different voices in other languages, across youth, LGBTQ communities, women, men, elders, people who are scholars, and experts on subjects, but also everyday people who just have a personal story to tell [get involved],” said Maeda.
Apart from a storytelling and community engagement platform, Maeda would also like to see the station become a safe space for important and often challenging questions faced by the young people of Rainier Valley. She points out issues like ethnic identity, movements like Black Lives Matter and how policy changes might affect Dreamers (recipients of DACA).
“Once we get programming under control I want to have the station become a place where youth can talk through those issues, and get to understand each other,” she said. “You know why Black Lives Matter or who is a Dreamer and who is not a Dreamer and what’s it like to be a Dreamer and never know from day to day whether your family is going to be scooped up and deported.”
Because radio only requires a voice, the airwaves can be a space to retain some anonymity while still tackling challenging topics like the ones posed by Maeda, thereby becoming a “vehicle for safe sharing.”
Maeda also hopes for the station to broadcast poetry and spoken word and other literary arts programing. She has what she calls a “crazy idea” for an on-air book club: “We read … some passages from a book and we try and get other people to read the book and we have a book club discussion except it’s in the studio and on the air.”
KVRU will be streaming sample programming starting September 17 through October 5, featuring interviews, music, public affairs programming, and interviews with local community organizations. Starting October 5, KVRU will officially begin its month-long launch celebration. The first day will be dedicated to programming about and by First People’s. Each day after that in October will be dedicated to a specific theme.
Maeda says that programming will play in six-hour cycles and during October this will help to understand what the station’s prime time might be.
“That also gives us an opportunity for listeners to let us know If they are hearing the program and we can kind of figure out which day parts are more popular because we know that in this neighborhood people are not necessarily going to work nine to five and come home after that,” she said.
Along with programming, KVRU already has events planned for the next couple months. On September 26, the station will be registering voters on site in honor of Voter Registration Day. On October 7, the station will host an open host, with performances and speeches played live on air. On October 18, KVRU will cosponsor a Mayoral Candidate forum with candidates Jenny Durkin and Carrie Moon at the Rainier Arts Center. The event is in the hopes that Southeast Seattle residents can bring concerns and questions to candidates before November elections. For more information, visit kvru.org.
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|Star Trek: Discovery Premieres This Sunday At 8pm On CBSCBS Seattle / 3 d. 16 h. 37 min. ago more|
(CBSLA) – One of the most anticipated shows of the Fall lineup premieres Sunday night on CBS.
“Star Trek: Discovery” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Suzanne Marques of our sister station KCBS-TV/Los Angeles was on the red carpet at the show’s star-studded premiere Tuesday night at the Arclight Cineramadone in Hollywood. She spoke to the star, and the show’s first ever black, female lead, Sonequa Martin-Green.
“I’m quite overwhelmed. I really am!”
Set a decade before the original series, Sonequa plays first officer Michael Burnham. She’s human, but in a surprise twist, is revealed as Spock’s stepsister.
“What I’ve always loved about this show, is Trek has always been about hope for the future. If you see we are all of different races and colors, and that’s the most important thing!”, said Martin-Green.
After Star Trek: Discovery’s television debut, you can find the second episode immediately on CBS All Access!
CBS All Access is available on many platforms, so it’s easy to sign up. Go to cbs.com/allaccess to create an account.
A subscription will set you back $5.99 a month for limited commercials and $9.99 a month to go commercial free.
You’ll also have access to “The Good Fight,” NFL on CBS, plus thousands of episodes from new shows to fan favorites!
|Remember that Speculation Tax Jenny Durkan Has Been Attacking Cary...Seattle News / 3 d. 17 h. 40 min. ago more|
On Thursday afternoon, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan unveiled her housing affordability platform. The platform promises more vouchers for struggling renters and more tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.
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|Keidel: Will Falcons Or Lions Stay Undefeated?CBS Seattle / 3 d. 18 h. 46 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel
It’s hard to glean season-long nuggets from two weeks of play. But based on data gathered since the NFL expanded its playoffs to 12 teams, those who start 0-2 have a 12 percent chance of playing in January. Conversely, teams that start 2-0 have an over 60 percent chance to make the postseason.
Only two such clubs are playing each other this Sunday, and it wasn’t a game anyone circled before the season started.
But there’s no denying that the Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions game is worthy of our attention. In the turbulence of this young season, these are the only 2-0 clubs facing each other in Week 3. And if we can add one more stat into the mix, teams that start 3-0 make the playoffs 73 percent of the time.
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Atlanta, who few expected to bolt out of the gate this well, has already scored 57 points. The catchphrase outside of Atlanta was Super Bowl hangover. We knew that it existed, and we knew it would plague the Falcons, who didn’t just lose a Super Bowl to the Patriots, but also gagged up the biggest lead in history.
Even non-Falcon, heck, non-football, fans have memorized two numbers since February…
That’s Atlanta’s lead, of course. In the second half. They blew the doors of Brady, Belichick and all the alleged mystique they brought with them to big games. Only Eli Manning was allowed to beat the Pats. You know the rest, and so does every Falcon who returned for the 2018 season.
But if there is any hangover, it certainly hasn’t hit QB Matt Ryan, who leads the NFL with nearly 10 yards per pass attempt. “Matty Ice” has completed 69 percent of his passes so far, and while he has just two passing TDs (0 INT), he has a gaggle of gifted runners around him who have scored three TDs on the ground. Atlanta has looked crisp, focused and quite potent, particularly during their Sunday drubbing of the depleted Packers to open their glittering new stadium. The Falcons are pretty much a carbon copy of last year’s team.
Only one NFC club has scored more than Atlanta — Detroit, which has dropped 59 points in just two games. Matt Stafford is still playing his dazzling best, which proves what most of us outside of Detroit already know — he’s worth every dime of his record-breaking, $135 million deal that includes $92 million in guaranteed money. Lions fans have given him the sardonic handle, “Pad Stat-Ford,” but you’d love to hear who they’d rather have under center, and why.
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Stafford broke the NFL record last year with eight fourth-quarter comebacks, and this year has completed 71 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and one interception. But so far, Detroit has not relied entirely on Stafford’s blessed right arm. Though the Lions were 30th in the NFL in rushing last year, averaging a paltry 83 yards per game, they sliced the stout Giants defense, on the road, for 138 yards. Between their newfound running attack, which will pry open the play-action, and Atlanta playing without pass-rushing ace Vic Beasley, the Lions are poised to put up some points.
When two teams with the same record square off, you expect the home club to be favored. But the Falcons visit Ford Field as three-point favorites, which speaks almost entirely to reputation. Atlanta just played in the Super Bowl, while the Lions have never appeared in one. The Lions are considered a joke, a forlorn franchise, with any fast start far more mirage than some kind of revival.
So this is the perfect time for Detroit to stamp its arrival, during the marquee matchup of the week, against the defending NFC champs. You won’t find two quarterbacks playing any better than the two men named Matt. And, at least for a week, the Detroit Lions can win a game and claim the ephemeral throne as supreme team in the NFC, if not the NFL. And restore the Roar.
Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel.
|Praying Bremerton coach takes religious liberty case to next levelMyNorthwest.com / 3 d. 20 h. 49 min. ago more|
A former Washington high school assistant football coach has appealed a court decision denying his request to be given back his job.
The Kitsap Sun reports former Bremerton High School assistant Joe Kennedy sued the school district after he was placed on paid leave in 2015 when he refused an order to cease praying on the football field following games.
Kennedy’s contract was not renewed in 2016.
A three-judge panel on Aug. 23 declined Kennedy’s request for a legal injunction that would have required the district to reinstate him to the position while his lawsuit made its way through the courts.
Kennedy’s lawyers on Wednesday made a legal request for a hearing in front of the full circuit (called an “en banc” review) in the appeals court.
|CBS Sports’ Jay Feely On Week 3 Browns-Colts Matchup, MoreCBS Seattle / 3 d. 23 h. 2 min. ago more|
By Matt Citak
The Cleveland Browns, after a strong Week 1 performance in which they almost came back to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, were not as sharp against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. The Baltimore defense created five turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble from rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. The Ravens beat the young Browns team rather easily. Kizer did not look as good in his second career NFL game as he did in his debut, though the migraines he experienced in the second quarter could be partly to blame.
The Browns defense put together a solid performance last week, limiting Joe Flacco to just 217 yards passing, with two touchdowns and one interception. Cleveland actually gained more total yards than Baltimore (386 to 337), but the turnovers proved to be too difficult to overcome.
The Indianapolis Colts have been forced to start the 2017 season without their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. This has led to two consecutive Colts’ losses, with the second coming at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals in overtime. Indianapolis’s Week 1 quarterback, Scott Tolzien, was benched for backup Jacoby Brissett, who looked significantly better against the Cardinals defense. Brissett completed 20 of 37 passes for a career-high 216 yards, and added 22 yards rushing.
With Luck out again, the Colts will rely on Brissett to lead them to their first win of the season. Indianapolis traded for Brissett less than three weeks ago, and the young quarterback is still learning his way around the Colts’ offense. With another week of practice under his belt, the 23-year-old quarterback looks to improve on last week’s performance.
NFL on CBS analyst Jay Feely will be calling the Browns-Colts game with Beth Mowins, who in her NFL on CBS play-by-play debut, becomes the first woman ever to call an NFL game in the Network’s history. Feely weighed in on Sunday’s intriguing AFC match-up.
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Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts – 1:00 PM ET – CBS
CBS Local Sports: How do you think DeShone Kizer has played in his first two NFL games?
Jay Feely: He obviously had a better first game than he did in the second game when he played Baltimore. But that defense has not made life easy for anybody, like Andy Dalton. But overall, if you watch DeShone Kizer, you’re impressed with how big he is, how strong he is, his decisiveness in throwing the ball. He’s showed toughness and resilience. He’s not afraid at all to make the hard throws. He doesn’t shy away from taking a chance down the field and doing it definitively. Overall he has impressed me. He’s been better than I thought he’d be, and they have hope because of him. And that’s one of the greatest things a franchise like the Browns can have: hope.
CBS Local Sports: What do the Colts need to do in order to survive until they get Andrew Luck back?
Jay Feely: They need to start running the ball better. They’ve only rushed for 75 yards per game, which is 24th in the NFL. They have a guy like Frank Gore, and another back in Marlon Mack. They have to look at Jacoby Brissett, because it looks like they’re settled at quarterback until Andrew Luck comes back. Jacoby Brissett played a relatively good game against the Arizona Cardinals. He wasn’t spectacular, but until the last play for the Colts in overtime, when he threw the interception, he was efficient, he protected the ball. Overall he was 20 of 37 for 216 yards. While those numbers don’t jump out at you, he did a good job in managing that team. Now the playbook can expand, and Rob Chudzinski can look at what he did successfully in New England and at NC State, and begin to incorporate more of those things. And that’s something Rob Chudzinski has talked about often in regard to himself in that he creates a game plan adjusted to the guys and what they do well. Fit in the x’s and o’s. As they begin to become more comfortable with each other, that’s what he and Jacoby Brissett will be able to do.
CBS Local Sports: Has the Cleveland defense shown signs of improvement from last season?
Jay Feely: Yes, they definitely have. They’ve been aggressive. They’re putting their safeties back, and they did that against two teams that like to go long… Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Playing their safeties 20-yards deep, not allowing the home run balls over the top. In fact, when Joe Flacco tried to do that, he threw deep and Jason McCourty picked him off. Overall, they’ve looked better, although they were pounded against Baltimore. The Ravens were successful running the ball, which is something the Browns have to fix. But they have a lot of young parts. They don’t have their best player in Myles Garrett, the first overall pick, in there. So that is a hindrance to them, not having that presence and speed off the edge and that ability to rush the passer. But there are a lot of pieces that they can build on, and there are a lot of young pieces. This whole team is the youngest team in the NFL. So there’s going to be growing pains But you have to trust your young guys, bring them along as quickly as you can and understand there’s going to be growth.
CBS Local Sports: Both teams have started the season 0-2. Which team is more desperate for a win?
Jay Feely: There isn’t one of these teams that is more desperate than the other. Anytime you start 0-2, you know the percentages and what that means for making the playoffs. Indianapolis, when you look at Chuck Pagano’s time there, they’ve had a lot of success. Including the playoffs, he’s 52-36 in his record there. So they expect to be in the playoffs. They expect to be there, and obviously not having your franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck changes things, as they would for any team. But because of that expectation level, staring at 0-3 for them, as opposed to looking at 0-3 for Cleveland, is a little different.
Cleveland knows they’re the youngest team in the NFL, and they’re growing and trying to find the franchise quarterback and trying to grow these young players. But nobody in the NFL is okay with losing, and no one in the NFL is okay starting at 0-3. There is no security in the NFL, whether you’re a player or a coach. You understand that you’re judged on wins and losses, and you know that your job security is dependent on that.
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears – 1:00 PM ET – CBS
CBS Local Sports: What will the Bears defense need to do to slow down Pittsburgh and their “Killer B’s” attack?
Jay Feely: It’s tough. They should take a page from Cleveland’s playbook a little bit and where they played their safeties. They said, ‘We can live with Ben Roethlisberger checking down, and we’re not going to let him go deep to his bevy of receivers. We’re not going to let him throw the home-run ball. We’re going to make him be patient. We’re going to make him do eight, 10, 12-play drives. And at some point, hopefully, we can get a sack fumble or an interception and make a couple of big plays. But we’re not going to let them get those huge chunk plays.’
If Chicago is smart, which I believe they are with that coaching staff, they’ll play a similar defense. You’ll see that throughout the year. Until Pittsburgh proves that they can run the ball again, and proves that their run game will be a force, teams will try to take away the deep balls and make them put together long, extended drives.”
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers – 4:25 PM ET – CBS
CBS Local Sports: What do the Bengals need to do to get their offense going?
Jay Feely: You’ve got to find a way to get Andy Dalton comfortable, and that starts with running the ball. They have three good running backs, and need to decide who they want to be their bell cow. Who’s going to tote the rock for them, and who are they going to trust and rely on? Once the running game gets going, that will open things up for Andy Dalton and that passing game. They have way too much talent to be struggling as much as they have offensively. You see that when they make a change at offensive coordinator two weeks into the season. Marvin Lewis made a decision based on that fact, that there’s too much talent there to be struggling as much as they are offensively. You can’t get behind in this division, where you have Pittsburgh and Baltimore. You can’t afford to fall behind this fast, this early.
Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Memo: Seattle cop bragged that ‘mini Mafia’ controlled off-duty contractsMyNorthwest.com / 4 d. 0 h. 5 min. ago more|
As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one cop proudly called his fellow officers a “mini mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city.
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Officer Mac Gordon, a 31-year veteran of the force, described in specific detail how the officers’ union worked to keep Seattle police administrators in the dark about off-duty work; how the off-duty staffing companies such as Seattle’s Finest overcharge and “squeeze” building owners; and how no one in town has the power to stop any of it.
In describing lucrative, off-duty security work for Seattle City Light, for example, Gordon allegedly said, “Yeah, we would really break some bones if those (jobs) were messed with. Those jobs are a minimum of four hours (billed) and most are done in an hour and a half.”
Gordon’s comments are contained in a four-page memo sent to investigators by Rob McDermott and Andrew Finley, co-founders of Bluecadia, a start-up that sought to work with the Seattle Police Department administration to track off-duty cop employment.
Read the memo here
The memo is central to an ongoing FBI investigation into officers’ alleged strong-arm tactics toward business and building managers and price-fixing of off-duty jobs in traffic control or construction site security.
Finley and McDermott were interviewing Gordon in an attempt to find out why they could not get traction within the department for their software to track off-duty hours. And according to the April 4, 2017 memo, Gordon gave them an earful, telling them bluntly that officers and the union would block any tracking of off-duty contracts.
Months later, this memo would be among the documents the FBI turned to begin its investigation.
Gordon, who could not be reached for comment, told The Seattle Times that he was using exaggerated, joking language for show. And he denied saying that it was practice to “squeeze” building managers, telling the Times that the line in the memo, “is an absolute lie.”
“That is about as far away from the truth as you can get,” Gordon told the Times.
Finely said it is Gordon who is lying. “This is exactly what happened,” said Finley who was a sheriff’s deputy for 17 years with Pierce and King counties. “I was a cop; I know how to take notes.”
Police union leaders and supervisors with Seattle’s largest off-duty staffing companies – Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security — have characterized the memo and Finley and McDermott’s subsequent comments as the lies of bitter businessmen who could not get their startup idea off the ground.
But three longtime cops contacted by KIRO Radio agreed that the union resisted any outside effort to control off-duty work.
The three officers, all who agreed to speak if they were not identified, said Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security INC. ran most of the off-duty police work in Seattle. And all three echoed Finely and McDermott’s claims five or six senior officers make most of the decisions about who got off-duty work and who didn’t.
Said one 10-year-veteran of the force, “If you were on the outs with them, you didn’t get work. Simple.”
Off-duty work is as vital and sometimes lucrative sideline for rank-and-file police in pricey Seattle. The construction boom, traffic pressures, and busy stadiums have created an almost unlimited need for off-duty cops in recent years.
Finley said at his peak, he put in hundreds of extra hours annually to augment his income as a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy. And in that county, same as in Seattle, administrators didn’t track overtime hours.
In both places, the lack of oversight has led to problems. In the Finley-McDermott memo, Gordon outlined “management fees” received by officers who controlled off-duty staffing in downtown parking garages:
“He went further to explain that most large underground parking garages in the city have officers working them. He said most cops are paid around $300 a month to ‘manage garages even before they even work one hour of off-duty.’ He quoted the $300/month is a fee for simply managing the location. According to Officer Gordon, as managers, some cops earn $1200 to $1500 a month without working a single (off-duty) shift.”
The FBI is believed to be looking at charges including price-fixing, racketeering and, potentially, unreported income, sources close to the investigation said.
Seattle Police Chief Katherine O’Toole agreed that off-duty work is a problem in the department.
“Apart from and prior to receiving these allegations, SPD managers have long identified secondary employment as a significant risk when reviewing department business practices,” O’Toole said in a statement.
“Although it would be entirely inappropriate for me to share facts specific to an ongoing inquiry, I want to emphasize, as I have consistently, that we take all allegations against SPD personnel very seriously.”
|Another legislative loser: Hugo House in SeattleCrosscut / 4 d. 0 h. 56 min. ago more|
Fiction writers — novelists, short storytellers and aspiring novices — tend to be white in Seattle. To Sonora Jha, Hugo House’s writer-in-residence, writers of color have been underrepresented. While she is now seeing more diversity within classes at Hugo House, its mission could be the latest victim of gridlock in Olympia.
The fallout of the Washington State Legislature’s failure to pass a $4 billion capital budget last summer, has created worry for the organization.
“Hugo House is kind of like an extended living room. … It’s more than a gathering place, it’s about making local connections,” said Jane Wong, a former Hugo House instructor and a poet. “It’s not a bubble, but a familiar space for new writers, emerging writers … It has this warmth to it.”
The recent struggles for Hugo House all trace back to a 2016 Washington Supreme Court decision — the so-called Hirst ruling — which blocks landowners from digging new wells if they can’t prove it won’t threaten nearby stream levels needed for fish. The ruling essentially halted construction of homes and businesses in many rural areas.
In 2017, Washington Senate Republicans threatened to deny the state budget’s passage for $4 billion worth of construction-related projects if House Democrats wouldn’t give them the deal they wanted on the Hirst issue. The House Democrats’ final offer fell short of what the GOP wanted.
This resulted in the GOP’s refusal to pass the $4 billion capital budget. That proposed budget included $900 million for statewide school fix-it work, $130 million for work at the University of Washington and several other Seattle projects that range from classical music venues to a Filipino community center.
Those stalled Seattle appropriations also included roughly $1 million to help build a new Hugo House.
Hugo House building is being constructed in its old location in Capitol Hill.
Three Seattle authors — Linda Breneman, Frances McCue and Andrea Lewis — founded Hugo House in 1996 as a place to nurture writers. They named the establishment after Seattle poet Richard Hugo, who died of leukemia in 1982.
The original Hugo House resided across from Cal Anderson Park in a building built in 1902 that had previously held a funeral home and a theater.
“It was a cool Victorian building, but it was falling apart,” said Tree Swenson, executive director of Huge House. The old Hugo House had wasted space and tended to flood.
For now, the organization resides in First Hill, next to the Frye Art Museum. The old structure was torn down and is set to be replaced by a six-story condominium building, with the first floor dedicated to Hugo House. Whether or not they move back hinges on if they receive enough funding.
The first floor will have six classrooms instead of four, a modern auditorium and will be designed to accommodate more students and event attendees simultaneously. A limited liability corporation of Hugo House supporters will own the new structure.
Hugo House has raised about $4.8 million for construction, but it still needs slightly more than $1 million to start the work. That happens to be the amount the Legislature was supposed to appropriate before the state capital budget stalled.
Tree Swenson at the new Hugo House building.
Another “million is a pretty heavy lift for us…We don’t have deep-pocketed donors. We’re more of a grassroots organization,” Swenson said.
Consequently, a move-back date in early 2018 has been delayed indefinitely, and plans to expand classes and accommodate more students are in limbo as well.
Hugo House had been going through a growth spurt. In 2014, it served 2,125 writing students of all types — doubling its 2012 figure. It also hosts about 100 literary events a year.
“There nothing remotely like this in the city…It strengthens the community. It creates awareness around what is happening with local literature,” said Peter Mountford, a former Hugo House writer-in-residence and published novelist.
The students ages range from the teens to 80-year-olds — a much wider spread than students in college creative writing classes. Many Hugo House students also tend to be more interested and invested in these classes compared to some college students who take creative writing as an English requirement, said Wong, who has taught at Pacific Lutheran University and now Western Washington University.
Many writers who attend classes and events are looking to connect with other writers. “Writing is one of the most solitary of the arts,” Swenson said.
Writers say Hugo House fosters the back-and-forth of ideas, criticism and encouragement — especially when writers hit inevitable mental blocks. It also allows for beginners to dip their toes into writing.
“Hugo House is a great [place] get away from the solitude and bounce ideas off people,” Mountford said. “It keeps me fresh as a writer.”
No end is in sight on the deadlock regarding the Hirst ruling and the capital budget. So far, each party has been unmovable and persistent in criticizing the other side on the issue.
While Democrats have a decent chance of taking control of the Washington Senate in a November special election for the 45th District in Seattle’s northeastern suburbs, the Senate GOP would still hold a trump card.
Even if the Democrats passed a capital budget, the Legislature would still need 60 percent approval of the bonds needed to finance that package. The Democrats significantly fall short of that percentage in both chambers.
So for now, Hugo House’s future will hang on whether the two sides — with track records of endless deadlocks — reach a compromise on both the Hirst and capital budget issues.
|The state with a big tax problem? OursCrosscut / 4 d. 1 h. 12 min. ago more|
Washington state’s vibrant and diverse economy doesn’t hint at it. Neither does Seattle’s red-hot construction and tech boom, nor the sheer wealth of some of our residents. You’d never know it by the tens of thousands of people moving to Puget Sound for the plentiful jobs and outdoorsy lifestyle.
But, Washington has a tax problem.
It simply can’t seem to raise enough money to fund basic services. Especially not in ways that feel fair to most people or even meet what courts say are the fundamental expectations for important services.
Three times in a row (Washington has a budget session every two years), the Legislature has ended at an impasse over taxes and funding. In 2017, legislators blew through three special sessions and came close to a government shutdown before finally passing an operating budget but calling it quits without a capital budget for long-range construction and maintenance projects.
The state Supreme Court famously had to step in and force the Legislature to spend billions more on K–12 education. The state is under a similar court order to improve mental health services, and the Department of Social and Health Services is in chaos and underfunded. Washington’s spending on higher education is less than recession levels and state environmental and salmon restoration programs are threatened.
Conservatives generally say there is enough tax money, and that it’s a question of spending priorities, but the Legislature hasn’t been able to agree on cuts that would bring services in line with spending. And Republican leadership has worked with Democrats on compromises that address — at least partially — the requests for additional money for services.
Liberals and progressives say Washington is simply not producing the tax revenues required to service a state with 7.2 million inhabitants. And progressives and conservatives alike agree that the state’s tax system is in desperate need of repair.
The problem? There are several.
First, our tax system is an antique. It was created during the Great Depression, when the state had to cope with falling property taxes.
Washington relies more heavily on high sales taxes than any other state, and 77 percent of its revenue comes from a consumption tax of one kind or another. But that tax base is shrinking as a part of the state’s $477 billion economy.
People don’t buy taxable goods like they did 20 years ago. The purchase of taxable goods, as a percentage of personal income in Washington state, has declined by almost 20 percentage points since 1980, a full 10 percentage points in the five years following 2007’s market crash. We are a service economy, and services are not normally taxed as sales. Consumers are also buying online, where taxes are not always collected.
“It’s a Ford Pinto in a Tesla world,” is how Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, describes the state’s tax system. “We have an economy today that is wealth-oriented, and is service-sector-oriented — the two aspects that we don’t really tax.”
Secondly, our system is inadequate. It can’t raise enough money — at least not without accepting reductions in what is expected of government.
“We [Washington] are on a course from being a relatively high-tax state to a being low-tax state, on par with some of the southern states,” says economist Dick Conway, whose firm, Dick Conway and Associates, has analyzed and forecasted Washington’s economy for over 35 years. That’s a real change in how Washingtonians think of their state.
From 1995 to 2015, however, Washington slid from being 11th highest among states to 36th place in effective state and local tax rates as a percentage of personal income. In a recent analysis of Washington’s tax system, Conway places the blame — in part — on ballot initiatives (later ruled unconstitutional) that hindered the Legislature from raising taxes for nearly 20 years, but also on the inadequacy of the sales tax.
Conway estimates that Washington, by taxing below the national norm for states, missed out on $4 billion in fiscal year 2015 tax revenues alone (the most recent year he examined), and perhaps as much as $27 billion since 2005.
In contrast, consider Minnesota. With a population and GDP 30 percent less than Washington’s, Minnesota state’s budget is 5 percent larger. Or Colorado, with a GDP and population also 30 percent less, Colorado’s state budget is 20 percent larger than the Evergreen State’s.
Both Minnesota and Colorado are among a majority of states that combine an income tax with a smaller sales tax in a more broadly-based tax system.
The state also loses out with the Business and Occupation Tax (B&O), another consumption tax applied to a business’s gross receipts.
The B&O tax, says analyst Paul Guppy, with conservative-leaning Washington Institute for Policy Studies, is “probably the biggest problem in our tax system. The most complicated, the most unfair, the most regressive. Because businesses have to pay the tax even when they lose money.”
The most astounding part of the B&O is that many industries pay so little of it. In an effort to spur investment, various state leaders over the years have carved out exemptions for the biggest drivers of the state economy — aerospace, technology, timber and agriculture — loopholes worth billions of dollars in tax revenue.
That’s typical of our broken tax system, says Sen. Carlyle. “We have high rates, narrowly applied, with hundreds of exemptions.” He believes a more sound system would have lower rates, more broadly applied with few exemptions.
Which brings us to the third challenge: equity. Not only are we not bringing in enough money, but our antique tax structure is grossly unfair.
Washington has the most regressive tax system in the country, according to Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan think tank that works on state and federal tax policy issues.
Sales taxes hit lower income households the hardest, with the poorest 20 percent of the population having 16.8 percent of their income sucked out by state and local taxes, versus the top 1 percent paying a mere 2 percent.
Even conservatives agree.
“Our tax system is regressive,” says Paul Guppy. “So the deal is, the higher your income, the better the deal.”
But Guppy doesn’t believe there is a shortage of tax revenues, citing a recent growth in sales tax revenue from an expanding economy. That idea is fueled by proponents of government growth, he says.
But we’re still left with the question of how to rebuild the state’s capacity to pay for basic services, and though many in the Legislature feel that they’ve addressed the McCleary education mandate with billions more in spending, the Supreme Court has yet to agree.
It’s no wonder that some louder voices are talking about a state income tax, long considered the third rail of state politics. Opponents point out that the state constitution only allows income to be taxed uniformly — no graduations, no exemptions. Seattle has recently challenged this notion, with the City Council unanimously passing a city income tax that will address incomes over $250,000. Observers believe the bill is certain to tee up a court challenge.
Meanwhile, taxpayers seem to be losing their patience with the current policy, which is not only broken on the state level, but promotes a system of government à la carte — hundreds of independent taxing districts piling on local sales or property taxes without accountability or transparency. King County’s Proposition 1, a tiny sales tax increase for arts access, was defeated in August, a sure sign that the local governments adding on to the state tax has reached its limit.
Now, many Washington residents seem to be focusing on rising rates, on fairness and equity, and another basic question: What do we gain by luring business with promises of tax breaks and zero income tax, even while a regressive tax code prevents us from necessary investments in K–12 schools, taking care of our most vulnerable, higher education and the environment?
This story originally appeared on KCTS 9 IN Close.
|Fishermen's Fall Festival is on SaturdaySeattle News / 4 d. 5 h. 8 min. ago more|
This Saturday, September 23 is the annual Fishermen's Fall Festival in Fishermen's Terminal. Now in its 29th year, the festival is a celebration of the Pacific fishing fleet returning to Seattle.
|Is the Seattle Police Union Really Stopping Pete Holmes from Winning a Big Labor Endorsement?Seattle News / 4 d. 11 h. 29 min. ago more|
Incumbent city attorney Pete Holmes and challenger Scott Lindsay faced off at a candidate forum in Capitol Hill last night. After a two-hour marathon of mostly polite debates between candidates for mayor and city council, the sparks went off during the Holmes/Lindsay portion.
|WWE Insiders Pick No Mercy 2017CBS Seattle / 4 d. 11 h. 55 min. ago more|
By Chuck Carroll
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman. Just as WWE is hyping, No Mercy is serving up two WrestleMania-worthy matches Sunday night. The double-billing is unusual for this time of year, as historically the pay-per-views between SummerSlam and Survivor Series (sometimes all the way to Royal Rumble) have seemingly just been cobbled together for the sake of having a show. During this stretch, WWE is usually playing long ball and setting up for the Royal Rumble and ultimately WrestleMania. This year, however, although WWE may be playing long ball again, they’re also focusing on their short game with mega-matches.
Is it that they’re refusing to cower to the almighty NFL for viewers this season? Perhaps, but it also provides incentives for viewers to order the WWE Network and bolster subscriber levels while ensuring current subscribers get their $9.99 worth.
No Mercy will also feature the in-ring return of Bayley who has been sidelined since late July with a separated shoulder. She reappeared this past Monday on RAW in her hometown of San Jose, California to be put on the card. The former RAW Women’s Champion will have a chance to ascend back to the top of the division in a fatal 5-way match for the title.
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We’ll also see a SummerSlam rematch between Finn Bálor and Bray Wyatt, as well as Enzo Amore going after the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
For the first time in forever, I was the pick leader on the last show. At SummerSlam, I accurately prognosticated eight of 12 matches while Scott Fishman and Aaron Oster each got seven correct. All of this pales in comparison to a guy who turned a $3.36 wager into a $45,600 windfall with a flawless bet sheet. The Wrestling Observer is now reporting several online betting sites are now contemplating removing pro wrestling altogether.
Based on percentages, Aaron maintains his overall lead for the year with Scott in second place and me trailing behind.
Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports
Pick Record: 49-42
Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine
Pick record: 55-36
Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast
Pick Record: 55-27 (Note: Did not pick Royal Rumble)
Braun Strowman (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Chuck: I must say that I’m torn here. I really expect that Brock Lesnar will be the Universal Champion at SummerSlam. However, that doesn’t preclude WWE from doing a title change or two beforehand. My concern is that WWE has a history of building up these monsters and then abruptly killing their momentum (see: Ryback). My suspicion is that Lesnar keeps the gold for now, while Strowman continues destroying everything in site on Monday nights. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Scott: I think there is room for another chapter with Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. I believe the “Monster Among Men” will be getting a run with the gold. I just don’t think it will be on this night. With John Cena and Roman Reigns on the same card, I can see WWE going with an inconclusive finish of some sort. Expecting lots of carnage in this one. Perhaps, a stepping stone to a TLC match at the pay-per-view of the same name. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Aaron: This is a classic head vs. heart debate. In my heart, I believe Braun Strowman should be champion. They have caught lightning in a bottle to the point where Braun Strowman is the single most captivating person in wrestling right now. There is no reason for him not to be champion. However, my head says that Brock Lesnar is Brock Lesnar, no matter how hot anyone else is, and he’s not losing until WrestleMania. I’m almost hoping at this point that Lesnar gets himself DQ’d if Strowman isn’t going to win the title. Strowman taking a pin wouldn’t destroy him, but it would be wrong. So here’s hoping that my head is wrong. Pick: Brock Lesnar
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John Cena (Photo Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for WWE)
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
Chuck: WWE has allowed backstage politics to spill over into the ring, and it’s been fun to have real-life intertwined with wrestling fiction. To the point, like him or hate him, Roman Reigns is the future of WWE. The big knock on him has been his sub-par mic skills, but he’s taken great strides since verbally sparring with John Cena. Cena is again headed off to do other projects, but I don’t think that necessarily means he’ll lose here. Having him continue to “bury talent” extends this feud to another day… even if it’s not anytime soon. FYI, Cena is not advertised for RAW the next night. Pick: John Cena
Scott: This is another match I assume would happen again down the line. If Roman Reigns loses here, it adds more intrigue and reason for there be another match. He would want to prove that he can get that elusive victory over the franchise player. Reigns wants the torch to be passed, but Cena isn’t ready to relinquish it. Maybe we get an Undertaker sighting as a follow-up from WrestleMania? Pick: John Cena
Aaron: This match could easily go either way, simply because losses don’t matter to either of them. For Cena? He pretends they don’t happen and then cuts a promo about how you’re not a man until you lose to him. For Reigns? He’ll just win in the future, and maybe could even have a redemption angle out of it. While the redemption angle is a strong possibility, Cena’s schedule is what tips this towards Roman Reigns in my mind. We don’t know if he’ll be here through the fall, and, if not, what’s the point in him winning? Thus, I’ll give this one to Reigns. Pick: Roman Reigns
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Bayley and Alexa Bliss (L-R) (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
RAW Women’s Championship Fatal 5-Way Match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma
Chuck: I’m half wondering whether we don’t see the first sighting of Asuka here. It wouldn’t surprise me one way or the other. When she does arrive, there is a strong likelihood she’ll immediately be thrust into the title picture. After all, the championship is what cemented her legacy in NXT. It would make sense that she goes against the best woman on the roster, and right now that’s the current champ. Pick: Alexa Bliss
Scott: I really don’t want to see another women’s title change, so I’m picking Alexa Bliss. All the same WWE could easily go in the Bayley direction with a frustrated Sasha Banks angry they would input her in the match at the last minute. However, with Nia Jax getting the singles win on RAW, it could make the argument that she would get a one-on-one match at the next PPV. Pick: Alexa Bliss
Aaron: Rushing Bayley back adds an interesting wrinkle to this match. They have to have something big planned for her on Sunday, right? Otherwise, what’s the point of putting her in the match? It doesn’t have to be a win, but there needs to be a big moment. However, I don’t think it’s a win. To me, the question becomes if it’s time for Nia or not. With Asuka looming, the Nia-Asuka title match seems like the logical destination. But does Nia need to win here for that to happen? I don’t think so. Alexa wins through some chicanery, with Nia winning sometime later in the fall. Pick: Alexa Bliss
Sheamus and Cesaro (L-R) (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
RAW Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (c) vs Cesaro & Sheamus
Chuck: I don’t see any splintering coming yet between the two members of The SHIELD. So, my money is on them retaining the titles. Interference from Gallows and Anderson is a strong possibility. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose
Scott: I think there is still juice in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as a tag team. And I don’t like to see a championship play hot potato, so I’ll go with the champs. With the Hardy Boyz and Gallows and Anderson in the wings, a big TLC match would be fun at that event. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose
Aaron: This is another tricky one because to me, the finish doesn’t matter. I fully expect the tag titles to be on the line next month between these two teams, the Good Brothers and the Hardyz in a TLC match. Thus it really doesn’t matter who the belts are on. However, I don’t think they put the titles on Ambrose and Rollins just to have them drop it a month later, so I’ll say they retain here. Pick: Rollins & Ambrose
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Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
Chuck: Demon or not, you have to like Finn Bálor in this match. Do you really need to extend the feud to a third pay-per-view? As much as I’ve enjoyed their battles, a rubber match doesn’t seem necessary here. Thus, the Bálor Club will go home happy. Pick: Finn Bálor
Scott: I can see Bray Wyatt getting his victory back and maybe doing it with some sort of shenanigans. It’s a long shot, but I think it would be interesting if it were Goldust. Someone who has seen the Wyatt light. WWE also likes PPV-match trilogies. So a win for Wyatt gives reason for another match. Pick: Bray Wyatt
Aaron: The big feud leads to…. a standard singles match? Didn’t we see this match on RAW before SummerSlam? I don’t really get it. I actually think a loss here would be rather damaging to Finn Bálor. Yes, “The Demon” has always been portrayed as more powerful. But a loss would make it seem like Finn Bálor without the paint is weak, and raise the question why he doesn’t just always wear the paint. So he should win this, fully establishing that he doesn’t need the paint to win. Pick: Finn Bálor
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore
Chuck: Enzo is perilously close to jumping the shark. As was the concern when he was thrust into the singles picture, his gimmick is growing tiresome without Big Cass. However, WWE’s goal is to elevate viewership of the slumping cruiserweight division and 205 Live. For the time, Enzo remains popular enough to accomplish that if given the gold. Pick: Enzo Amore
Scott: It’s really a flip of the coin when it comes to the Cruiserweight Championship. I, for one, wanted Tozawa to keep the title if they were going to dethrone Neville and give it a go with the Titus Worldwide member, but instead it was a short reign. Pick: Neville
Aaron: I have no idea what they’re doing with Enzo. Presumably he’s on 205 Live to give it a boost since he sells shirts and people care about him. Yet, since moving to 205 Live, they’ve slowly been stripping away everything that makes him likable. He cheats, to the point that faces are calling him out on TV. He’s been put in positions where guys just run him down constantly. And when he does cut promos, they’ve been getting annoying enough that he’s starting to lose crowd response. Quite frankly, the most logical finish with this new character is for Enzo to get intentionally DQ’d as he low blows Neville in front of the ref. Neville wins this. Pick: Neville
Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
Chuck: The storyline with Jason Jordan being the illegitimate son of Kurt Angle isn’t panning out quite as well as WWE had hoped. But that hasn’t slowed Jordan’s push, and he’s surpassed every in-ring expectation. Despite losing, he had phenomenal showings in successive weeks in matches with John Cena and Roman Reigns. Nonetheless, the Miztourage gets involved here and costs the General Manager’s son a win. Oh, it’s true. It’s damn true. Pick: The Miz
Scott: After weeks of putting up a fight and coming up short, the tide started to turn on RAW. If WWE is really going forward with the Jordan push, this is a prime opportunity to do that. The Miz has elevated the Intercontinental Championship so well that a victory over him would mean something. Pick: Jason Jordan
Aaron: Standard wrestling logic would say that Jason Jordan shouldn’t win here, that he should get screwed over and get his rematch at TLC. However, nothing about Jason Jordan has been standard. They’ve just put him into situations without doing the work to back it up, so there’s a part of me that wonders if they’ll skip a few steps here as well. I’ll trust that they wouldn’t rush him into this though, as him winning the IC title would get a pretty bad reaction on Sunday night. Pick: The Miz
Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.
Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.
|Kent School District is running out of toilet paperMyNorthwest.com / 4 d. 12 h. 52 min. ago more|
Can you spare a square for Kent?
The Kent Education Association, the school district’s teacher’s union, is calling out for help — its schools are running out of toilet paper.
A flier handed out in the Kent School District. (KIRO 7)
Not just toilet paper, most any paper product: construction paper, facial tissue, copy paper, paper towels.
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According to a flier distributed at all Kent schools, teachers are accepting donations of the paper supplies — toilet paper is listed first. The flier also prominently displays a roll of toilet paper with the words “the end is near” written on the last few squares.
The flier states:
Due to the Kent School District budget crisis, some schools have been unable to purchase paper goods! Educators are working to take some of the pressure off of the school’s budget by collecting necessary PAPER supplies.
Paper donations are being accepted at all schools in the district between October 9-12.
The school district confirmed with KIRO 7 that it began the school year with a $7 million dollar hole in its budget. Superintendent Calvin J. Watts told KIRO 7 that the shortfall is the result of not correctly calculating student enrollment. He said it is not the result of misusing district funds.
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Police say a transgender woman was beaten and bloodied inside a Capitol Hill restaurant over the weekend in a late night attack being reviewed by the city's hate crime officials. According to the Seattle Police report on the early Sunday incident, officers found the victim with blood on her face and chest, and a cut above her eye after the attack inside the popular late night hangout Rancho Bravo.
|Lynette Finau recognized with Excellence in Education AwardThe International Examiner / 4 d. 16 h. 40 min. ago more|
Lynette Finau is both an English teacher and a commissioner on CAPAA. • Courtesy Photo
This year at the Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Lynette Finau with the Excellence in Education Award.
Lynette Suliana Sikahema Finau was raised in Mesa, Arizona after her family’s immigration from the Island Kingdom of Tonga as a young child. She started college at Brigham Young University but graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture, Literature, and the Arts from UW. She has a dual Master’s Degree in Education and in Education Leadership and Change. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change Program. With teaching endorsements in English Composition, Literature, and History, Finau is one of very few certificated Pacific Islander teachers in WA State. She’s taught in the Marysville and Tukwila school districts and is currently an English teacher at Spanaway Lake High School in the Bethel School District.
Recognizing the expansion of globalism and ethnic diversity of students in the classroom, and the persistent discrepancies in the racial and ethnic composition of the student body and the teaching force, Finau is conducting Grounded Theory research on Reflective Leadership; the mirroring effectiveness (role model) of teachers reflecting the culture of the students and the power dynamics of student identity and academics as her dissertation. It is designed with the intention to help increase the number of teachers of color as an essential component toward closing the achievement gap. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in 2013, Finau is currently serving a second term as a Board Commissioner for Washington State’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) to assist in creating a culture where full participation and social equality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are achievable.
The International Examiner sat down with Finau to discuss diversity in education.
International Examiner: What do you think is the most important issue for Pacific Islanders today?
Lynette Finau: The most important issue, to me, is the education of Pacific Islander students in a constant evolving process of living in a multicultural, multiethnic society, yet still limited with skills and tools needed to be successful in school.
IE: Why did you decide to become a teacher? Why are you drawn to working in education?
Finau: I chose teaching as a profession because it is the only career that would keep me close to my children and be well-informed on resources available to help them. Little did I know that what started as a target toward helping my own children extended to all Pacific Islander students. I’m drawn to education, especially middle school and high school, because somewhere along this difficult stage will and should be the turning point for them to recognize what is in store for them in the future, their place in it, and what skill sets they need to excel. Leadership is extremely important to them at this stage.
IE: Tell us a little bit about your thesis. How does the lack of diversity in the teaching force affect teachers and students of color? How will increasing teachers of color help close the opportunity gap?
Finau: Since entering the teaching profession, I have been astounded by the lack of teachers of color represented in the education system, given how global classrooms are today. Students of color are the demographic majority in the United States. In contrast, minority teachers make up less than 20% of the teaching force. The number of teachers of color, nationwide, is in no way in parity with the number of students of color. Add to this mismatch are the disparities in achievement gap between race and ethnicity.
This lack of Reflective Leadership (as I call it) for students of color, stirs my interest to examine major existing statistics, explore arguments, and critique analyses on the state of diversity in the teaching force. I am examining and analyzing the literature on research and scholarly work on students and teachers’ perceptions on identity and using Grounded Theory methodology on my experiences as a PI teacher and the effect it has on PI students. There is limited research and scholarly work to indicate that lack of Reflective Leadership in the classroom contributes to the achievement gap for students of color, and in particular Pacific Islander students. My goal is to add my own scholarship and research to this under researched area of inquiry as a tool towards narrowing the achievement gap.
PI teachers are a rarity in the education system, yet PI student enrollment has increased nationwide in the past 30 years and unfortunately, a high percentage of the PI student population exists within the achievement gap. With this continued underservicing and underrepresentation in the teaching force, how can we ensure that students of color succeed in the classroom? Increasing the number of teachers of color as mirrors or role models is one of many factors that can contribute to narrowing the achievement gap and the vision gap. This is the gap that can arise in how students of color view themselves as future professionals.
After all, it is difficult for students to be what they cannot see. Students need mirrors. They need to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and see teachers who reflect back to them their language, their culture, their ethnicity, their religion, and their experiences. In the teaching profession, there are not enough mirrors for students of color, especially when there is a clear relationship between teacher quality, diversity and student success.
IE: What would you say to young people of color who think they might be interested in teaching or working in education?
Finau: The old adage of being the change you want to see never diminishes. I tell my students everyday that what they see and experience in school that they believe needs to change in order for them to excel will not happen if they just talk and complain about it. Don’t be intimidated by the process.
In essence, once students of color are charged by the confidence and recognition that there are power dynamics in their identity and academics—that will be the driving force for them to go into education and be that leader and change they want to see.
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|Joan Yoshitomi honored with lifetime achievement awardThe International Examiner / 4 d. 16 h. 46 min. ago more|
Joan Yoshitomi. • Courtesy Photo
The International Examiner continues to recognize the outstanding achievements of Asian Pacific American leaders through the Community Voice Awards.
This year, Joan Yoshitomi will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the public sector and her dedication to advocating for civic engagement and representation.
Joan Yoshitomi retired in 2006 after working in the public sector for more than 24 years. She has served in the education field for the Renton and Seattle School districts, and the Washington State Department of Education. Before retiring, Yoshitomi was Director of Operations of policy and fiscal analysts for education reform and legislative liaison for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). During this time, she managed $13 million in After School Program Federal Grants, as well as a $650,000 WA State grant to fund comprehensive cultural competence and anti-bias education programs for educators and students.
Yoshitomi has been a passionate advocate for civic engagement and representation throughout her career, helping numerous candidates prepare to run for office. She was first involved with electing former State Senator Jim McDermott because of his progressive stance on education and health care issues. Yoshitomi later served as Chief of Staff for former King County Executive Gary Locke. Currently, Yoshitomi is active in the community as the Co-Chair of the National Board of The Center for Asian and Pacific American Women.
The International Examiner caught up with Yoshitomi to talk about her current work and longtime involvement in education and politics.
International Examiner: Could you please tell us about what you have you been up to lately?
Joan Yoshitomi: Since I’ve retired I have mainly done volunteer work and spent time with my family. I serve on two boards: Chinese Information and Service Center and am Co-Chair of the national organization The Center for APIA Women. I have most recently been advisor for several local political campaigns and organize “meet and greets” for Asian Pacific Islanders (API) new to the greater Seattle area.
IE: You were heavily involved in education—what drew you to the field? What did you find most rewarding about working in education?
Yoshitomi: I found that I could be passionate about the issues relating to educating children. Whether it was lobbying in Olympia for bilingual education, training teachers, principals, or working with school districts around the issues of changing demographics. The most rewarding was working with teachers who are committed to understanding the dynamics operating in children’s lives. These teachers are concerned about teaching, but also what the barriers are to learning for each child. They were a pleasure to work with because they looked at the whole child and are always open to learning new strategies.
IE: Even though you’re retired, you’re still very involved with political campaigns: What motivates you to keep working on campaigns?
Yoshitomi: I was mentored by a woman who taught me that if you want to make change you first need to be involved at the grassroots level. So I got involved in local campaigns. Today I am encouraged by all the young APIs who are considering running for office in this political environment. There are so many things to learn about campaigns from the rules to the new strategies of operation. I hope to learn and do whatever I can to help candidates have successful campaigns.
IE: What advice would you give your younger self?
Yoshitomi: Ask more questions. I always felt I had to know the answers, but with maturity I’ve learned it’s okay to ask questions and have others help you.
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|Sameth Mell honored for excellence in social justiceThe International Examiner / 4 d. 17 h. ago more|
Sameth Mell. • Courtesy Photo
For the 2017 Community Voice Awards, the International Examiner will recognize Sameth Mell for the Excellence in Social Justice award.
Sameth Mell is a Cambodian American cultural strategist, activist, and a practitioner of social justice. Mell was born in a refugee camp on the borders between Cambodia and Thailand. His family escaped the Khmer Rouge regime and was sponsored to Seattle in the mid 1980s. Growing up in a single-parent household, impacted by war and struggling with PTSD and secondary trauma, he sought to reconcile his identity by marrying the passion he has for community and organizational development and arts with policy impact through his work.
Mell currently works full-time at Mt. Baker Housing Association; advocates on legislative issues with Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color (CIRCC); and leads RAJANA Society, an arts and civics project focusing on civic engagement and bridging cultural divides with the Cambodian Diaspora. He serves on the board for Seattle Sihanoukville Sister City Association, is a Co-Chair of the Financial Education Partners Network of Seattle and King County, and is the youngest of 13 members appointed to serve on the newly-formed King County Immigrant and Refugee Taskforce. Mell is also a steering member of the HDC Recruiting Diversity Taskforce, working to increase diversity in the housing industry.
The International Examiner sat down with Sameth Mell to discuss Southeast Asian communities, activism, and advocacy.
International Examiner: What is the most important issue right now for Southeast Asian communities?
Sameth Mell: Immigration is very important. We are facing a divided nation and the anti-immigrant & refugee rhetoric that is being discoursed is very damaging to our hyper marginal communities of color, especially to the Southeast Asian communities. It hurts the Southeast Asian communities when we are hearing of how the current administration is holding 800K DACA Dreamers politically hostage. The impact of how fear redesigns itself into our communities is a challenge for us to address. The policies that are affecting the Cambodian American communities are continuing to become more prominent.
Most recently, the Cambodian government has decided to no longer accept any more Cambodian deportees, and in response to this statement, the Federal government is imposing visa sanctions on Cambodia. Not accepting deportees is a step in making sure we do not tear families apart. This change required years of organizing and advocacy work from Southeast Asian Freedom Network, 1LoveMovement (nationally & in Cambodia) and Southeast Asian Resource & Action Center, in order to get Cambodia to finally stall the process. Cambodia’s PM just issued a statement for the U.S. to pull the Peace Corps out of Cambodia, and now there are people who are searching for “American spies” in Cambodia.
Cambodia also just shut down more than 16 media platforms, two of which are Voice of America Cambodia and the Radio Free Asia. The ramifications of the United States policies are felt worldwide. What comes out of the White House has the ability to impact various regions around the world. We can no longer say that Southeast Asian communities are somehow not impacted geo-politically as much as it is locally by the rhetoric that is perpetuated.
We have to understand that Southeast Asian communities have all been impacted by war and U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. That’s why we comprise of the largest refugee resettlement in the history of the U.S. from the 1970–80s. It’s important to acknowledge that as we think of the patterns of migration and poverty, we also need to recognize the role U.S. policies have in perpetuating these cycles. Clearly, the current administration is not making it easier for communities to progress, thrive, and propel positive inroads for immigrant success. We feel this sentiment in Seattle and King County as we have been hearing more bias related crimes reported and more folks are feeling unsafe in their interactions with the police, and predominantly in white occupied spaces.
IE: How did you get involved in activism and advocacy?
Mell: I was sort of thrust into this space as I have always been enormously pulled into issues that I felt were unjust and unfair, and naturally the organizing came along with the action. In high school I participated in the Asian Pacific Islanders Rising Above Program (APIRA) from ACRS. I volunteered as a mentor to the middle school students at Denny Middle School. APIRA peer leaders discussed identity politics, our history, strengths and leadership building activities. This program planted a seed in which I continued to interrogate and delve deeper into what it means to be a refugee-born Cambodian American queer man living in a hegemonic society that is predominantly facilitated by white culture.
It was challenging to learn to create authentic engagement between my community and who I was with the limited direction we had. Cambodian communities were still picking ourselves up from a decade of war and genocide. And throughout college I felt the community imperative to connect deeper with my roots by being more involved in arts and social justice. We’ve done work in bringing together awareness of the Khmer Rouge Genocide and went beyond that to display the talented artists and members of our community who are doing great work around social justice, trauma and healing. While organizing with CIRCC, I became more interested in advocating for education policy, funding and housing. CIRCC has been a crucial growing point for me where I can be solution-oriented and have the creative control on how my ideas can evolve. Now, I am very interested to see how we can support the linking up of ideas, people, and priorities to create leverage and increase decision making opportunities by providing participatory design programs and projects. Policy is an important modality to help us design tools for more community focused solutions.
IE: What issues are important to you and what motivates you to keep working on those issues?
Mell: Housing & Environment is very important. I work at Mt. Baker Housing Association, where we work to develop affordable housing. There is a huge shortage of housing stock in our region and its becoming apparent that communities of color are being pushed outside of Seattle. Seattle’s boom, if not carefully crafted, can mean that many of our communities will no longer be able to afford to stay in Seattle. Most currently, we are working on a first of its kind project in utilizing MTCA funds to clean up contaminated property sites so that housing can be built. Many developers may not want to touch contaminated properties because they will have to source the clean-up funds. Mt. Baker sees this challenge as an opportunity to build more affordable housing to help ease some of the pressure of housing needs in our region. …
IE: What advice do you have for young people who want to become activists and advocates?
Mell: The best way to learn is to delve into what ignites your passion. If there is an area of interest that continues to bother you and you want to make a difference, then find out about who is doing what, where, and how. Link up with coalitions, the broader community, and meet folks who are doing things that you are interested in. Volunteer to be part of a work group, coalition work, or just doing more organizing with your peers. I believe that naturally, you will find what feels right, at the right time. This is a lifestyle. … It’s not just work, it’s something that you’ll have to refine and craft as you go along. But there will always be people and situations along the way who somehow manage to inspire you to do and to give more.
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|Rita Meher recognized with Excellence in Arts AwardThe International Examiner / 4 d. 17 h. 7 min. ago more|
Rita Meher. • Courtesy Photo
The International Examiner continues to recognize the outstanding achievements of Asian Pacific American leaders through the Community Voice Awards. Rita Meher will be honored with the Excellence in Arts Award for her work in filmmaking and leading the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.
As a filmmaker for more than 15 years and one of the founders of Tasveer, Rita Meher works to strengthen communities and dispel negative perceptions of South Asians by curating thought-provoking events in a post-9/11 world. Through Tasveer, she brings greater understanding on commonly misunderstood issues in South Asian countries, creates a strong platform for marginalized voices, and sparks dialogue on taboo issues among local South Asian communities. Tasveer’s mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling.
Before diving full-time into Tasveer in 2012, she worked as a freelance video producer and editor in various local TV stations. Meher edited the award-winning Bangladeshi documentary Threads and made her first short film, Citizenship 101, based on her own immigrant experience. She was named Seattle Globalist of the Year in 2015, and a Rising Star by Northwest Asian Weekly. Meher was born and raised in India, and lived in Japan for four years. She is fluent in Hindi, Odiya, and Japanese.
The International Examiner sat down with Meher to discuss her involvement in filmmaking and the South Asian community.
International Examiner: The South Asian community is so diverse, how do you keep up with what’s going on in these communities?
Rita Meher: Yes, it is very diverse and we work hard to find information and what’s going on in the community. So one way we do that, for example, in our festival is to focus on a different South Asian country every year. For example, this year we’re focusing on Nepal and working with Nepali organizations. There are about seven Nepali organizations we’re aware of and we go out and meet with them and find out their interests and ask them to get involved. Another way we keep up is we regularly do outreach to different organizations in different communities.
IE: You have plenty of experience in filmmaking now but what originally drew you to the arts and filmmaking specifically?
Meher: My background is in literature and I worked as a Japanese translator and interpreter in Japan. When I came here in 1998, I couldn’t find any Japanese-related work and it created a career crisis for me. I started to explore other options and I thought about going into computers or website building or something else or go back to school, meanwhile I was working at United Airlines and traveling and doing translations for customer service.
But in 2001 when 9/11 happened, there was something personal that happened I really wanted to dig into with that incident, and my good friend said “why don’t you make a film” about my experience with that incident. I thought that was a brilliant idea and picked up my camera and put together a crew and put together a film on my incident. It wasn’t a grand incident, it was very small and monumental—I was yelled at on the street to go back to my country and that moment shook me and made me question my sense of belonging—should I go back or stay here? I made a film and that process set me on the path to get me more involved in film; editing became my career. I went back to Bellevue College to learn editing and filmmaking professionally. Filmmaking and doing something creative was always in the back of my head.
IE: Tasveer’s website mentions that you founded Tasveer because of negative depictions of South Asians in the media. How do you think those depictions were affecting South Asian communities and how did you hope Tasveer would challenge them?
Meher: What we set out to do was create awareness of our identity and who we are as an immigrant population and South Asian community. We started making films on all subject matters so we can create engagement on that subject matter.
We brought a film on Muslim women’s perspectives. We made a film from a Muslim woman’s perspective: what a Muslim woman is going through living here; wearing the veil or not. We want to create engagement around that and try to chip at the ignorance and things like getting yelled at.
We just want to create an awareness of our culture and our identity and Islamophobia and show films on Islamic culture and films on what the Sikh community was going through because nothing like that was available until we started doing it. There were no such screenings held anywhere and we can’t wait around for someone else. We create the space and people come, people ask questions and have a dialogue around perceptions of South Asians and South Asian identity.
IE: You founded Tasveer in 2002—what has changed since then in regards to filmmaking and the sociopolitical climate?
Meher: If you consider filmmaking and production value, it has gone from 0 to 10—now really good quality films are being produced. It’s also easier to get films from overseas and even having access to filmmakers and their contact information has been so much easier and through social media. That’s been great for us.
Sociopolitical climate—we do feel we have made some kind of impact in the community and bringing awareness to matters that aren’t seen through other films besides Bollywood. We advocate for the South Asian LGTBTQ community. No films were shown and there was no platform for the LGBTQ community to showcase their films and it wasn’t showing up anywhere. We kicked off our organization during Pride Month and curated LGBTQ shorts—it was a challenge for our own community to be accepting and come to see these films and have a dialogue. In 2008, when our festival was dedicated to LGBTQ subject matter, people got upset and community volunteers dropped out from our organizing team and only a few members would come to showings. From 2008 to now, the community is so accepting. Just next week we’re doing a program on LGBTQ subject matter and it’s so much more acceptable and I think we have a hand in that and making it a more open subject matter and not taboo. I think subjects related to domestic violence and women we started showing and bringing and sharing stories and people would say, “I didn’t tell my husband I’m coming to this film,” or, “I’m not telling my family I came,” secretly back in 2005, 2006, and 2007; now it’s a big thing—we’ll have a dialogue and it’ll be sold out in a few days.
We have seen good changes; however, with the new administration and new government it feels like 9/11 all over again. There are so many cases of hate crimes and just talking about the South Asian community, they’re being targeted because of the way we look and racial profiling and there was the Kansas City shooting so there’s still a lot of work to do.
IE: What advice would you give to young people who want to create social change and use the arts to do so?
Meher: What we would like to say to young people is to be bold and not be scared to voice their opinions. That’s what the new generation is all about and they’re doing that but to keep doing that and come out and participate and see a film that’s different that you don’t see on Netflix and to create your films, too. I like it how more young people are picking up cameras and creating their own work.
IE: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Meher: One thought: even though we say we’re focusing on South Asian community here, it’s a welcoming space and it’s all of our stories and things we talk about transcend to other communities so we look forward to others to come in and use this space to engage with the community.
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|Fantasy Football Week 3 Starts And SitsCBS Seattle / 4 d. 18 h. 2 min. ago more|
By Matt Citak
The 2017 NFL season has been rather unpredictable thus far. From a slew of injuries to significant fantasy football players, to rookie running backs bursting onto the scene, to average veteran quarterbacks suddenly looking like studs, it feels like we have seen it all in the first two weeks of the season. And yet, we still have 15 weeks to go. Strap in folks, it’s going to be an interesting season.
Here are Week 3’s Fantasy Football Starts and Sits.
QB: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
The season has not started the way Newton would have liked. While leading Carolina to a 2-0 record against the 49ers and Bills, the quarterback has amassed only 399 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception through two games. It is clear the shoulder he had surgery on during the offseason is still not 100%, but each week Newton looks a little more comfortable on the field. This week, Newton has the pleasure of facing New Orleans and their Swiss cheese secondary. The Saints have given up 25.5 and 30.8 fantasy points to Sam Bradford and Tom Brady, respectively, and have surrendered league highs in completion percentage, passing yards, and touchdowns on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Newton has done well when targeting his receivers downfield, and with Greg Olsen out for a while, he will need to rely on his receivers a lot more. The Saints couldn’t be a more perfect matchup to get Newton back on track.
QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford did not put up a monster game against the Giants on Monday, but a big reason for that was the game script. The 29-year-old attempted just four passes in the second half due to Detroit having the lead and New York’s stifling pass defense. Still, Stafford threw for two touchdowns on a 71.4 completion percentage, and has a very appetizing matchup this week. The Lions will welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Detroit on Sunday in what should be a very high-scoring affair, and I fully expect Stafford and Matt Ryan to put on a show. Stafford’s six touchdowns is currently tied with Trevor Siemian for the league lead, and the Lions QB is likely to add a few more to his total against a weak Atlanta secondary.
QB: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins
Let me preface this by saying I would only start Cutler if you’re looking for a streaming option at quarterback this week. That said, Cutler has a fantastic matchup as he faces his new divisional rival, the New York Jets. The Jets allowed over 19 fantasy points to both Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr in the first two weeks of the season, with the latter completing 82.1 percent of his passes for three touchdowns. At this point in his career, Cutler is certainly not as good as Carr. But even so, the 34-year-old threw for 230 yards with a 72.7 completion percentage against the Chargers and their surprisingly solid secondary last week. Cutler is still rather new to the Dolphins offense, and should continue to improve the more he gets accustomed to the system. The Jets have allowed the fifth-highest rate of touchdowns per drive this season, which means Cutler and the Dolphins offense should have a field day on Sunday.
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RB: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
If you’re like me and drafted Crowell early in your fantasy football drafts this year, you have to be disappointed with his performance thus far this season. 27 carries for 70 yards is hardly what you want to see out of one of your starting running backs. However, it’s important to keep in mind that while those numbers are rather awful, Crowell was facing two of the league’s better run defenses in the Steelers and Ravens. But in Week 3, the Browns go on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts, and are actually favored for the first time since Week 14 of the 2015 season. If the Browns are able to control time of possession, Crowell should get a heavy workload on Sunday. While the start of his season has not been pretty, this week starts a three-week stretch where he gets to face the Colts, Bengals, and Jets. Look for Crowell to begin his season turnaround on Sunday.
RB: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
Gillislee is currently leading the league with four rushing touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season. It is very clear that he has taken over for LeGarrette Blount in the Patriots offense, which is great news if you have Gillislee on your team. During his career in New England, Blount averaged over a touchdown and 14.5 fantasy points per game when the Patriots have won by a touchdown or more. New England enters Week 3 as two touchdown favorites over the Houston Texans, which should mean plenty of opportunities for Gillislee to score. The bruising running back is also leading the league in carries inside the 5-, 10, and 20-yard lines, just like Blount did last year. If the Pats build up a big lead as expected, they will likely turn to Gillislee to help close out the game in the second half.
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RB: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
Riddick has done nothing on the ground to impress this season, carrying the ball 10 times for 19 yards. However he has made his presence felt in the passing game, as he has racked up nine receptions for 44 yards in big wins over the Cardinals and Giants. The Lions will face their toughest matchup thus far this season on Sunday with the Falcons coming to Detroit. But it’s Atlanta’s offense that should worry the Lions, not its defense. The Falcons defense led the league in receptions and receiving yards allowed to backs last season, and through two weeks, have surrendered 14 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns to Tarik Cohen and Ty Montgomery. Riddick is tied for second on the team with 10 targets. In a PPR league, the pass-catching back is a strong option in what should be a shootout on Sunday.
WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Similar to Newton, the start of the season has not gone as well as Benjamin would have hoped. After putting up a dud of a game in Week 1 with only one reception for 25 yards, the 6-foot-5 receiver bounced back with a solid effort against Buffalo in Week 2, catching six passes for 77 yards. A lot of Benjamin’s success rides on the health of his quarterback, and as noted above, Newton is slowly inching closer to being 100 percent recovered from shoulder surgery. Benjamin is a little banged up himself, as he is already dealing with a knee injury along with soreness in his ribs. A matchup against the Saints is just what the doctor ordered, for both Benjamin and Newton. New Orleans has already surrendered 13 or more fantasy points to three different receivers this season. Look for Benjamin to become the fourth, especially with Olsen out.
WR: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
With the Dolphins making their 2017 debut in Week 2 due to Hurricane Irma, Parker was forced to open the season with a dreadful matchup against Casey Hayward and the LA Chargers. Even so, Parker was able to reel in four of nine targets for 85 yards against one of the league’s toughest shutdown corners. Cutler showed in his Dolphins debut that he is not afraid to throw the ball up to Parker down the field and let his big receiver jump up and get it (evidenced by Parker’s impressive leaping grab in which he leaped and reached over Hayward to make the catch). Parker received a ton of praise from the Dolphins coaching staff throughout the offseason, and got his season off to a good start in Week 2. This week he faces a Jets defense that just allowed Michael Crabtree to catch six of six targets for 80 yards and three touchdowns. Expect a big game from Parker.
WR: Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
Higgins is a perfect example to show that anything can happen in the NFL. The 22-year-old receiver was cut by Cleveland right before the start of the season and found himself on the Browns practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster prior to last week’s game against the Ravens, and responded by catching seven receptions on 11 targets for 95 yards. With Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Higgins has gone from practice squad to the Browns’ number one receiver in just two weeks. In their first game together, DeShone Kizer showed an obvious level of trust with the young receiver, as his 11 targets was four more than anyone else on the team. Higgins gets the Colts in Week 3, who have allowed Cooper Kupp and JJ Nelson to each score at least 13 fantasy points in the past two games. Although you probably had not heard of him before Sunday, Higgins could be worth a start this week.
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TE: Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers
While Bennett’s eight receptions for 90 yards through the Packers’ first two games is far from stellar, the numbers show that the fantasy points should start coming. Bennett is third among the league’s tight ends with 17 targets, trailing only Jason Witten and Zach Ertz. Wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson were both hurt in last week’s loss against the Falcons. Even if both return to the field on Sunday, they will be limited at best. Rodgers will have to lean on his new tight end, along with Devante Adams, with his top two receiving options hobbled by injuries. Bennett is due for a breakout performance, and with the hapless Bengals coming to Lambeau Field on Sunday, this week could be the time.
TE: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
I had Doyle in the “Sit” section last week, and boy was I wrong. With Jacoby Brissett under center instead of Scott Tolzien, Doyle caught eight of eight targets for 79 yards in the Colts’ Week 2 overtime loss against the Cardinals. The tight end served as Brissett’s safety valve, and should continue to do so until Andrew Luck can return to the field. This week the Colts take on a Browns team that has been abused by tight ends over the first two games of the season. Both Pittsburgh’s Jesse James (six catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns) and Baltimore’s Benjamin Watson (eight receptions for 91 yards) had strong performances against this Cleveland defense, and Doyle should follow suit. The Colts tight end could end up being the top fantasy performer in this game.
QB: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson has not looked good thus far this season, and his Week 2 performance against the 49ers looks better than it actually was. Wilson finished the game with 198 passing yards on a 59.0 completion percentage, with one touchdown and 34 yards rushing. While the San Francisco defense is certainly improved from last year, it’s hard to imagine they are THAT good. This week the Seahawks face the Tennessee Titans, who were the NFL’s most blitz-heavy defense last season and led in pressures per game. Wilson put up his poor performance last week with the 49ers pressuring him 21 times, or 46.7 percent of his dropbacks, and that was without starting linebacker Reuben Foster. With Seattle’s offensive line struggling as much as it has been, along with the strong possibility that they will be without starting tight end Jimmy Graham, I’m staying away from Wilson this week.
QB: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
This has less to do with Wentz and more to do with his matchup this week. As much as the Giants have been struggling this season, their defense is still one of the league’s best. New York held Dak Prescott and Stafford to 18 fantasy points or less in the first two contests, and only Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Ben Roethlisberger have scored more than 20 against the Giants’ defense since the start of the 2016 season. While the matchup will be less daunting if cornerback Janoris Jenkins is unable to take the field, Wentz will be in for a long day regardless. While the second-year quarterback looks like he could finish as a top 10 QB this season, I would not feel comfortable with him in my starting lineup this Sunday.
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QB: Eli Manning, New York Giants
With the way they have played in the first two weeks, it’s hard to trust anyone on the Giants right now (save for Odell Beckham Jr.). The offensive line has looked beyond atrocious, and unless New York pulls off a trade for an offensive tackle, it’s hard to imagine Manning being a viable fantasy option at any point this season. The Eagles defensive line has looked good to start the year, and should have no issues getting pressure on Manning early and often. After Detroit sacked him five times on Monday night, the Eagles defensive linemen are likely licking their chops at the thought of this matchup. Unless Ereck Flowers can suddenly learn how to block, Manning should be in for a rough day.
RB: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
If you drafted Murray in the early rounds of your draft, I hope you picked up Derrick Henry later on. Henry has outplayed the veteran back through the first two games, gaining 5.9 yards per carry compared to Murray’s 3.3. Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury, which likely has played a large role in him earning Pro Football Focus’ third-worst grade among running backs so far this year. Even if he plays on Sunday, Murray will be going up against Seattle and their elite defense. The Seahawks ranked second in the league in yards per carry allowed last season, and did a great job at limiting Ty Montgomery (2.8 yards per carry on 19 rushing attempts) in Week 1. If you have another solid option at running back, I’d keep Murray on the bench until he can prove he is healthy and still effective.
RB: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
I know I know, Howard and Murray were both drafted as top 10 running backs with the assumption that they would be able to start basically every week throughout the season. Benching a back like that is tough, but at the end of the day, is likely the smartest option. Howard has seen his workload decrease pretty significantly with the emergence of Tarik Cohen. Cohen has already proven to be a better option for the Bears on passing downs, but he’s also been more explosive than Howard running the ball in the first two games. Add in the fact that the Steelers have limited Isaiah Crowell and Dalvin Cook to 66 total yards or less in each contest this year, not to mention Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury, and you realize that this is a nightmare matchup for the talented second-year running back. Howard might be tough to sit, so if you do keep him in your lineup, don’t expect a big game.
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RB: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
The timeshare in the Saints backfield has been incredibly frustrating for anyone that drafted Ingram on their fantasy team. Through the first two games of the season, Ingram has actually looked good in his limited touches. The 27-year-old back has carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards (4.9 yards per carry) while adding nine receptions for 78 yards. However until New Orleans can admit that signing Adrian Peterson was a bad idea, Ingram will be tough to trust for fantasy purposes. Peterson has looked ineffective with his 14 carries, yet Sean Payton continues to give him the ball. Ingram is one of the Saints’ best offensive players, but until they move on from Peterson, starting the former Alabama running back is a definite risk. With the Saints facing the Panthers and their top run defense this week, it’s best to stay away from any New Orleans running back.
WR: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
If Sam Bradford is forced to miss his second consecutive game, and the Vikings put Case Keenum out there at quarterback, then I am avoiding all of Minnesota’s receiving options this week. Diggs was fantastic in the season opener, catching seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. But in Week 2 with Keenum at QB, the receiver’s numbers dropped to two receptions for 27 yards and no touchdowns. Tampa Bay certainly isn’t the toughest matchup in the NFL, but they have improved on the defensive side of the ball from last year. Keenum spread the ball around against the Steelers last week, targeting Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, and Laquon Treadwell six times each. This does not bode well for Diggs’ fantasy outlook. If Bradford can’t go on Sunday, Diggs is likely better off on your bench.
WR: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant started the 2017 season with two very tough matchups against Janoris Jenkins and the Giants and Aqib Talib and the Broncos. Despite going up against two of the league’s top shutdown corners, Bryant has managed nine receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown thus far. In Week 3, Bryant has the unfortunate luck of having to battle against another one of the NFL’s top corners in Patrick Peterson. Peterson ranks best among all cornerbacks in fantasy points allowed per route in coverage over the last three seasons, and the last time these two teams played, Peterson held Bryant to just two catches on 10 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown. The best chance Bryant has of recording even a decent fantasy game is if he can somehow find the end zone.
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WR: Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
Matthews figured to play a large role in the Titans offense this year after his strong campaign in Nashville last season. While that has not been the case through the first two games of the season, I do expect him to eventually get a lot more looks from Marcus Mariota. However that may not be the case this week against the Seahawks. Seattle has allowed fewer than 159 yards per game to opposing receiving corps since the start of last season, thus making the entire Titans receiving crew poor plays this week. I like the rapport between Mariota and Matthews, and fully expect the receiver, along with Corey Davis, to put together solid seasons. But don’t expect that to begin in Week 3.
TE: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Even though the tight end position has been rather weak this season, Eifert has to be one of fantasy football’s bigger busts so far. The tight end has managed to catch only four passes on five targets for 46 yards. Throughout his career, the only knock on the talented tight end has been his inability to remain on the field. Well, we’re only two weeks into the season and Eifert is already dealing with knee and back injuries. The entire Cincinnati offense has looked awful in 2017, which led to the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese last week. Other than A.J. Green, it will be very difficult to trust any other Bengal until the team shows some signs of improvement. The struggles of the offense, along with his nagging injuries, make Eifert an easy player to bench this week.
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TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Don’t get me wrong, Witten has looked amazing this season. The 35-year-old has 17 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns through the season’s first two games. Yes, Witten is still producing like a top tight end despite being one of the oldest at the position in the NFL. But in Week 3, the Cowboys take on the Cardinals, who have been very stingy against opposing tight ends since the start of last season. Over the last 18 games, Arizona has allowed only two touchdowns to a tight end, and only one tight end has scored double digits in fantasy points in a standard league over that span. With the lack of depth at tight end this year, it will probably be hard to bench Witten, despite the tough matchup. Just don’t expect another huge game from the veteran tight end this week.
Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to email@example.com.
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|NFL Week 3 Picks: Raiders Continue Their Winning WaysCBS Seattle / 4 d. 20 h. 27 min. ago more|
Things have started to stabilize a bit now in the NFL as through two games, we’re starting to get a feel for how good, or bad, each team will be this season. Along with that understanding, came a better week for us picks-wise as we went 9-7 against the spread and 11-5 straight up. Not bad right? Well, we’re still striving for better and as we enter Week 3 of the NFL season that’s the hope.
If you’re new to the column, we like to separate our picks into three different tiers. They are as follows.
No way we can lose – locks of the week: As you can guess, these will be the stone-cold locks of the week. The games that I’m so confident about that I’d put my life’s savings on them if I had a life’s savings to wager.
Feeling pretty… pretty good: Not quite willing to bet the farm on this batch, but as Mr. Larry David would say, I’m feeling pretty… pretty good about these games.
Heads or tails: These are your true toss ups: they can go one way or another and you should pick with caution even after heeding my expert advice.
Now, we haven’t been great on our locks of the week so far (4-4 overall ATS, but 3-1 last week) so, we’re going to continue to try and improve those just in case you know, you’ve decided to bet a few cookies on these locks of the week.
Off we go! All lines courtesy of CBSSports.com.
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers (+2.5), Thursday 8:25 p.m.
ATS & Straight Up: Rams
Confidence Level: Feeling Pretty…..Pretty Good
The Rams have looked…surprisingly competent in their first two games of the season. After a terrible start to last year (particularly on offense) that ended with Jeff Fisher being fired, Sean McVay has come in and made this offense look at least average. That may not seem like a huge compliment but, considering the fact that Jared Goff didn’t look like an NFL QB last year and now he does, it’s quite an improvement. The defense was always going to be nasty and with Wade Phillips at the helm, they’ve been good.
That said, they did get gashed by the Redskins on the ground last week and that’s the one thing the 49ers can actually do on offense. Carlos Hyde is an effective back who can run on even the best defenses (evidenced by last week’s 124 yards against the Seahawks), so he could have a big day. That said, the 49ers offense outside of Hyde has been horrible (no touchdowns this season) and the defense has been just okay. I’ll take the Rams on the road by at least a field goal.
Locks of The Week…No Way We Can Lose
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (+6), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Dolphins
There’s a theme starting to emerge with the Jets this season; one that shouldn’t surprise you based on the team’s expectations coming into the year. They’re going to lose a lot of games. So, picking against them straight up will be pretty fruitful. But, against the spread, they are technically 0-1-1 since they pushed in the first game against the Bills by losing by exactly nine points.
That all said, the Jets looked awful last week against a good Oakland team. The Dolphins, on the flip side, looked pretty good against a solid Chargers team. Jay Cutler still concerns me, but at this point, if the line against the Jets is anything less than a touchdown, I’m highly considering it. In this case, give me the Dolphins.
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills (+3), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Broncos
I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Denver’s defense will have any trouble stopping the Bills, particularly considering what they did to a usually dominant Cowboys offense last week. Trevor Siemian isn’t going to throw for four touchdowns, but the Bills scored three points last week against the Panthers. Yeah, I’ll take Denver.
Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins (+3), Sunday 8:30 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Raiders
The Raiders have looked every bit the AFC contender that people were expecting them to be coming into the season. Even the defense has looked solid, though they did give up 20 points to the lowly Jets last week. The Redskins, meanwhile, are still searching for their rhythm in the passing game, but they did manage a highly efficient running game last week against the Rams.
This seems dangerous to continue picking favorites. If this game was earlier in the day, with the Raiders flying cross-country, I might expect a little sluggishness. But, on prime-time, with a chance to really plant their flag as contenders after a 3-0 start, I think the Raiders will show out, taking this one by a touchdown, maybe more.
Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans (-2.5), Sunday 4:05 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Titans
I picked against the Seahawks against the spread last week because of their offensive line. I’m going to continue doing that here. Last week, they were at home, facing the lowly 49ers, and it still took them until the fourth quarter to score their first touchdown of the season. They escaped with a 13-9 victory.
Now, they fly into a couple time zones over to face a Titans team that found its stride in the second half against the Jaguars last week. The Seahawks gave up 124 yards rushing to Carlos Hyde and San Francisco last week, which likely has DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry licking their chops this week. Additionally, Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are probably pretty excited at facing the offensive line that has done things like this in the first two weeks.
Seahawks offensive line looking good this year pic.twitter.com/n6ipyQFHNF
— Jack Gaydos (@JackGaydos) September 11, 2017
Feeling Pretty….Pretty Good
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5), Sunday 9:30 a.m.
ATS & Straight up: Ravens
Our first London game of the year! Get excited!
Okay, okay, you’re right, the London games are usually terrible and this one’s not even on regular TV. It’s streaming for free on Yahoo. Ignoring the early 9:30 a.m. start time and just looking at the two teams, the Ravens defense has looked dominant in the first two weeks while the Jaguars looked much improved in Week 1 before coming back down to Earth in Week 2.
The biggest problem for the Jags will continue to be Blake Bortles, especially against a Ravens defense that has already racked up eight turnovers this year. It will likely be your typical sloppy football game, but I still expect the Ravens to cover.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Straight up: Eagles
The Giants offensive line seems to be in a race with the Seahawks for which group can get their quarterback hurt first. Ereck Flowers alone gave up three sacks on Monday night against what is not exactly a ferocious pass rush in the Detroit Lions. This Eagles front has proved to be one of the league’s best through the first two weeks, tied for 4th in the league with eight sacks.
But, while the Eagles defense may be able to get to Eli Manning, the recent history between these two games suggests a close game. Each of the last three meetings have been decided by five points. That, combined with a Giants defense that should give the Eagles offense some problems, is why I’m taking the Giants, despite their issues, against the spread, with the Eagles winning.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers (-5.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Straight up: Panthers
The Panthers defense has looked like the real deal in the first two weeks allowing just three points in each of their games. But, it’s worth noting that those two games have come against two of the league’s worst scoring offenses in the Bills (25th) and the 49ers (31st).
The Saints aren’t either of those offenses and should be able to score some points in this one. The question is whether their defense will be able to stop the Panthers. The good news for me in picking the Saints ATS is that the Panthers lost a major offensive weapon when Greg Olsen broke his foot last week. The reliable tight end has been Cam Newton’s safety blanket over the years and now Newton, who hasn’t looked full strength yet, will have to go it without him. Both teams score in the 20’s, the Panthers come out on top, but the Saints are within a touchdown.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears (+7), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Steelers
I’m hesitant about this pick. The Steelers offense still hasn’t looked right, even in putting up 26 points against the Vikings last week. They did get a big day out of Martavis Bryant, which was nice to see, but Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t exploded the way we’re used to. Missing all of preseason seems to be hurting him at the moment. The other problem I have here is Ben Roethlisberger. His home/road splits over the past couple years have been dramatically different. His QB rating drops about 15-20 points on the road versus home.
Now, the reason I’m sticking with Pittsburgh is because the Bears looked just awful last week against Tampa Bay. Mike Glennon’s final numbers didn’t come out looking awful (31/45 301 1 TD 2 INT), but the touchdown came in garbage time and one of the interceptions was a pick six. With Jordan Howard still struggling with a shoulder injury, the Bears offense largely falls on Glennon and well, we saw how that worked out last week.
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals (+3), Monday 8:30 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Cowboys
The Cowboys got blown out last week in Denver and there’s been plenty of discussion this week about how good they actually are and whether or not they’ve taken a step back this year. Let’s not overreact. We’ve seen many a team get dominated by that Broncos defense over the years. Sure, the Broncos found the “blueprint” for beating the Cowboys, which is, stopping the running game while also having corners physical enough to disrupt Dallas’ receivers.
You know how many teams are capable of doing that? Not many. The Cardinals defense, in theory, should be able to, but they gave up 35 points to a Lions offense that can’t run the ball at all and 13 points to the Colts and Jacoby Brissett last week. This isn’t the same dominant unit we’ve seen in previous years and, the offense is a mess. Cowboys on the road by a touchdown.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots (-13.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Straight up: Patriots
I always get worried when lines are set at two touchdowns or more. Rarely are teams in the NFL that bad that they’re not able to keep the score within two touchdowns. For example, last week we had a pair of 13.5+ point lines and only one of the favorites covered.
This week, the Patriots are coming off a beatdown of the Saints and playing a rookie QB at home. So, I get why the line is so high. But, the Patriots injuries have continued to pile up, last week Gronk injured his groin on top of the injuries already incurred by Danny Amendola and Dont’a Hightower. Plus, the Texans defense is much, much better than the Saints D. Brady and Belichick have had plenty of success against Bill O’Brien teams, but that was with Julian Edelman and Amendola in the fold. Yes, I think Watson will struggle because Belichick eats rookie QBs for breakfast, but I just don’t think the Pats offense is going to go crazy like it did last week.
Heads or Tails….Toss Up
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions (+3), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Falcons
This is one of the more fun match-ups of the week. Two high-flying offenses (both Top 10 in PPG) against two relatively unproven defenses. Atlanta’s defense looked good last week against the Packers, but Green Bay was missing its starting tackles. The Lions looked good against the Giants, but well, we already covered how bad the Giants offense has been.
It really comes down to which offense you think will be more effective and less turnover-prone in this game. Historically, Matt Ryan has been slightly less likely than Stafford to thrown interceptions (2.2% INT rate vs. 2.5%). I also trust DeVonta Freeman and the Falcons running game more than Ameer Abdullah (history of fumbles) and the Lions rushing attack. I’ll take the Falcons on the road.
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts (+1.5), Sunday 1:00 p.m.
ATS & Straight up: Browns
The Browns struggled last week against a good Ravens defense. Deshone Kizer looked like a rookie QB in that one, turning the ball over five times. You’re going to have ups and downs with rookies. That said, Kizer gets a much easier task this week against a Colts defense that is pretty porous, allowing 381 yards per game. The Colts offense looked more competent under Jacoby Brissett last week, but still, I’ll take the Browns to get their first win.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers (-8.5), Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Straight up: Packers
I know, I know. The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown yet! How could you pick them to cover the spread? A couple reasons. One, the Packers injury questions. Seriously, look at their injury report.
Secondly, after A.J. Green’s comments following last Thursday’s game against the Texans, I think there’s going to be a steady diet of throws sent his way this week and I’m not sure there’s a guy on the Packers who can cover him.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Packers win by a touchdown, but picking them to win by two possessions is a little much with their two tackles, Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels and Jordy Nelson nagged by injuries.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers (+3), Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Straight up: Chiefs
Poor Phillip Rivers. To steal a line from Dan Le Batard, Rivers perpetually finds himself in a situation where he’s down four with the ball late in the game, and the Chargers never find a way to win. Each of the first two weeks, they’ve had a shot at a field goal to tie of win the game and both have been missed.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, came back down to Earth a little bit last week after their explosion in Week 1 against the Patriots. Their defense hasn’t been as crisp as in year’s past as they’ve given up 27 and 20 points respectively in each of the first two weeks. I expect the Chiefs to pull it out, but it’ll be a close one once more.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Straight up: Buccaneers
There’s no line on this game at the moment on CBS Sports or Sportsline, so we can’t pick ATS. But, with the QB uncertainty in Minnesota, I’ll take the Buccaneers.
Straight up: 11-5
Straight up: 20-11
|Finally, someone is resurrecting Olympia brewery prideMyNorthwest.com / 4 d. 21 h. 49 min. ago more|
Watching the land around the Olympia brewery sit idle in Tumwater is like watching the hot rod you grew up driving decay under a tarp in someone’s front yard.
In this case, the front yard is along I-5.
The site once produced Olympia Beer, and others, but has been static and silent, producing nothing for nearly 14 years. Now, someone is finally returning heritage to Tumwater, right around the Olympia brewery.
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“We are very excited to announce a new production facility that will be opening in late 2018 in Tumwater, Washington,” Justin Stiefel told KIRO Radio.
Steifel is the CEO, co-founder, and master distiller at Heritage Distilling Company, which hails from Gig Harbor. It has produced spirits since 2012, becoming the state’s largest independent craft distillery, and winning more awards each year than any other craft operation in North America. Heritage wants to take that success and expand across the street from the old Olympia brewery, and it won’t be alone.
“In addition to our distilleries, there will be a few other producers, breweries, South Puget Sound Community College will have a presence there including two- and four-year classes,” Stiefel said. “There will be an amphitheater for outside events. And it all overlooks the Deschutes River and the old Olympia brewing site.”
The new facility will not be on the brewery site, rather just south of the property.
Olympia brewery pride
The Oly brewery was a point of pride and tradition living in the Olympia and Tumwater area. I went to high school not far from it. My teachers spoke fondly of working summers at the facility, inspecting kegs and watching Oly stubbies come off the line. My senior pictures — as with nearly all high school grads each year — were taken along the Deschutes River just below the main facility.
For a time, it was hard to go to any pizza shop or bar in Olympia without an Oly ad hanging on the wall or posters of the beer with Evel Knievel or Clint Eastwood. But they were images of another time, when Olympia was among Washington’s beer royalty. For decades it rose to popularity along with Rainier and Heidelberg in Tacoma — what Stiefel calls the “great grandfathers” of the Washington state brew scene.
“Tumwater holds a special place in many people’s hearts in Western Washington and really the Northwest because it really started the evolution of craft beer back in the ’40s and ’50s,” Stiefel said. “It was home for Tumwater Brewing and for the Olympia Brewing Company. Our new facility is going to be part of the craft brewing and distilling center in Tumwater.”
Olympia beer hasn’t been produced on the site for years. In fact, the building hasn’t produced a drop since 2003. Olympia Beer was sold to one company, then another, before coming under the ownership of Pabst in the late 1990s (it’s now made in California). The large Oly sign seen from I-5 was taken down, and we watched a Miller sign go up in its place. Miller tried to make a go at it, producing Henry Weinhard’s there for a time, but that didn’t last long.
The Miller sign, too, eventually came down leaving a faint, vacant stain where a legacy was once on display. Since then the property has sat lifeless, and the pride it once produced was relegated to novelty t-shirts found at local bars.
There were rumors of a water bottling plant going into the facility in 2007, but that too went flat along with the economy.
A new era
There is now a chance to brew up — or distill — some of that old Oly pride. According to The Olympian, the plan is to construct up to 40,000-square-feet of buildings at a site just south of the brewery. Heritage, along with Sandstone Distillery of Tenino are the first tenants. South Puget Sound Community College will also occupy a portion. Cideries, breweries and even restaurants will reportedly come along in the future.
“This will be the first time that product is being distilled in Tumwater, legally, since prohibition,” Stiefel said. “The evolution of this concept in Tumwater really came about from the City of Tumwater, City of Olympia, and South Puget Sound Community College. They wanted to reinvigorate brewing activity and introduce distilling activity into this part of Thurston County — and remind people that Tumwater was the epicenter of brewing for a long time.”
The effort to reinvigorate the imbibe industry in Tumwater has taken years. Part of the project is to offer educational programs in brewing and distilling. South Puget Sound Community College has already got its training programs lined up. The state Legislature recently provided funding for the classes, Stiefel said.
“This is going to be a nationally recognized program for people around the country to come and learn about brewing and distilling,” Steifel said.
It will also be the next step for Stiefel. In his own way, he has been moving toward this his entire life. He studied chemical engineering in college, but he was studying long before that.
“I did my first batch in seventh grade in Spokane,” Stiefel said. “I grew up watching M*A*S*H* and I was always fascinated by what BJ Hunnicutt was doing in their tent. So I set up my own still in seventh grade and I got an A on that project.”
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would open a full distillery,” he said. “It wasn’t legal in Washington. It didn’t become legal until 2009. But the evolution of the industry has grown that fast because Washington has a tremendous history in winemaking, brewing and now Washington is leading the charge when it comes to craft spirits.”
The Olympia brewery facility still remains vacant. There remains hope it will, too, be resurrected one day. It’s not known if a new company sign will now be prominently displayed on the old building, facing I-5. But what is known, is that heritage will live on in Tumwater.
Heritage Distilling Company is an advertiser with KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest. No advertising dollars are related to this column.
|Seattle has a brand new sports teamMyNorthwest.com / 4 d. 21 h. 55 min. ago more|
As of this month Seattle has a new professional sports team that is part of a national, professional league.
If you were hoping for basketball or hockey, sorry. If you’ve been eager for new blood in town, then say hello to the Seattle Seawolves — the city’s major league rugby team.
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The Seawolves were confirmed this month as part of Major League Rugby. The team is now hiring its staff and getting ready for the league’s inaugural season in 2018. The team recently hired Curry Hitchborn as its new development director. If the Seawolves are anywhere near as fierce as Hitchborn’s beard, then Seattle has quite a feature.
We are proud to announce @CurryHitchborn as our Rugby Development Director! Get to know the newest team member: https://t.co/Sx4w74rS9Q pic.twitter.com/5gYpetuzMo
— Seattle Seawolves (@SeawolvesRFC) September 20, 2017
The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Football Club was officially formed earlier in 2017, coming together over the past few months. The team’s Facebook page is pretty fresh, and its Twitter page was started in April. The team is backed by a Seattle-based investor group with Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner at the helm.
The Seawolves will be part of a new rugby league that will also include teams from: Glendale, Colo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
According to the Seattle Seawolves’ website:
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and one of the most popular sports in the world, as evidenced by the strong reception it received at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Rugby’s rising domestic growth and wide-reaching global fan base combine to create a unique environment for a professional league to succeed in the American market. While hundreds of local clubs have helped the sport to take hold in the U.S. during the past decade, Major League Rugby is poised to unite these fans under a common banner as rugby enters the American sports mainstream.
|Summer likely to be driest on record in SeattleMyNorthwest.com / 4 d. 22 h. 4 min. ago more|
This summer could be the driest on record if we don’t get a total downpour between Thursday and the fall equinox on Friday at 1:02 p.m.
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As of around 7 a.m. on Thursday, the rainfall total for the summer was up to 0.51 inches at Sea-Tac, according to the National Weather Service.
The driest summer on record was in 1910, when 0.58 inches of rain fell, according to the Weather Service.
On Wednesday, University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass wrote that he was “entirely confident” that we would break the record for the driest summer. Mass, however, points out that the driest calendar summer on record was in 1988, when 1.28 inches of rain fell.
Though the years don’t sync up, both the Weather Service and Mass agree on the amount of rain that has fallen. So whichever record year is looked at, we will beat it, as long as the rain holds off long enough.
Mass points out that much of Washington state saw less than 25 percent of average precipitation since June 21. He illustrates why this has occurred and writes, “an anomalous upper-level wave pattern, with high pressure over the west and low pressure over the east.”
Along with the possibility of a new weather record in Seattle, comes the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
You’ve likely noticed by now that the days are getting shorter; this has been happening since June 21. Sunrise on Thursday was 6:55 a.m. Sunset at 7:08 p.m.
The days will only get shorter until after the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
|Kahn: The Year Of The Long BallCBS Seattle / 4 d. 22 h. 5 min. ago more|
By Andrew Kahn
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a season, when Alex Gordon belted the 5,694th long ball of the year, breaking the previous high mark set in 2000. Here’s a look at how we got there (all stats through Tuesday’s games).
Giancarlo Stanton has done more than anyone to contribute to the record, hitting 56 homers. He clubbed 18 in August alone, during which he hit 11 bombs in a 12-game stretch. His 53rd broke a camera and his latest smacked the Marlins sculpture.
Aaron Judge leads the American League with 44 taters. He’s the Sultan of Statcast, holding the season highs for exit velocity—121 mph on a homer on June 10—and home run distance, a 495-foot blast the next day. Surprisingly, his third-deck dinger at Citi Field was measured at just 457 feet. By exit velocity, Judge has the four hardest-hit homers of the year.
Another rookie, Cody Bellinger, has 38 round-trippers, part of a season record for cumulative rookie homers (according to ESPN). In total, nine rookies have at least 20 bleacher burners and more are likely to join them.
Gordon and Albert Pujols are among the worst everyday players in baseball this year, but they’re both a special part of this record. Gordon, as previously mentioned, hit the record-setter, and Pujols connected for his 600th career homer earlier this season.
There were other individual milestones that contributed to the unprecedented big fly barrage: Nelson Cruz, Curtis Granderson, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Braun reached 300 career homers (Robinson Cano is at 299 through Tuesday); Brandon Phillips, Andrew McCutchen, and Mark Trumbo got to 200; and Jose Abreu, Logan Morrison, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Charlie Blackmon, Daniel Murphy, Josh Reddick, Jacoby Ellsbury, Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena, and Howie Kendrick reached the century mark.
Pitchers got in on the act, including one of the most unlikeliest sluggers, Jon Lester, who hit his first career four-bagger on the same night he notched 2,000 career strikeouts. It wasn’t on the same level as Bartolo Colon’s blast last year, but Colon has allowed 25 ding dongs this season. The “leaders” in that category are Rick Porcello and Ariel Miranda, who have both allowed 35.
Sometimes, players have gone yard without leaving it. Michael Taylor hit an inside-the-park grand slam earlier this month. Adam Rosales runs as if he’s trying for the feat even when he clears the fence. Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez didn’t have to run at all when they hit four home runs in one game. It was only the second time in MLB history that it was done twice in the same season.
Yes, balls have flown over fences more than ever this year. Bernie Brewer has been busy in Milwaukee. Citi Field’s Apple has resembled an elevator in a New York City office. And the Miami marlins have spent so much time jumping out of the water it’s amazing they’re still alive. Despite the record-setting number of home runs, the Angels Baseball Foundation is still waiting for a $1 million donation from Sherwin-Williams. On Tuesday, Justin Upton put a ball into the paint can in left-center—on a bounce. Remember, though, there’s still more than a week left in the season. The sport can build on its home run record and set another—for most strikeouts in a season.
Andrew Kahn is a regular contributor to CBS Local. He writes about baseball and other sports at andrewjkahn.com and you can find his Scoop and Score podcast on iTunes. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn
|Rick Neuheisel: The Key For Vanderbilt Is Balance, Big Plays Against TideCBS Seattle / 4 d. 23 h. 57 min. ago more|
Prior to the season, if I had told you that Alabama’s visit to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores would be in the national spotlight, you probably would have thought I was crazy. However, after three weeks of the season, both teams are 3-0, and Derek Mason has his group playing the stingiest defense in the country allowing just 13 total points on the year. Alabama, is playing its typical stingy style of defense, allowing 13.3 PPG, but they’ve dealt with their share of injuries in the linebacking corps.
So, entering Saturday, you have a pair of undefeated teams who rely on their defenses and ball control to win games. As all eyes turn towards Nashville this Saturday afternoon, we caught up with Rick Neuheisel, college football studio analyst for College Football Today, to discuss the match-up between the Tide and Commodores.
CBS Local Sports: After initially struggling in that 24-7 win over Florida State to start the year, the Alabama offense has started to wake up the past two weeks, albeit against lesser opponents. What have you seen that you like so far from the Tide? What do they still need to fix?
Rick Neuheisel: They are not trying to be an explosive entity. They play within themselves, and their focus really is to be careful with the football. They’ve got a host of great running backs; add Najee Harris to what they already had a year ago and, you’ve got a pretty formidable group toting the rock.
And, they’ve got a quarterback who’s also an incredible ball-carrier. So, in terms of the forward pass, while there may have been a bunch of people who thought Brian Daboll was going to come and “Tom Brady-ize” Jalen Hurts, that wasn’t going to be the case. They’re going to play close to the vest, because they still, despite all those injuries to the linebacker position, have a really outstanding defense. That’s how you win games.
The 24-7 victory over Florida State was probably the perfect game for a guy like Nick Saban. He’s a defensive guy at heart. He loves to play that swarming defense, play really sound in the kicking game, beat the other team in the turnover department and walk out of there with a convincing win. That’s exactly what they did against a really good Florida State team, and that’s what they expect to do against Vanderbilt.
CBS Local Sports: Speaking of swarming defenses, Vanderbilt has had exactly that through the first three weeks, allowing just 13 points. What’s been the biggest difference for the Commodores this year from what you’ve seen?
Rick Neuheisel: Their defensive coordinator/head coach Derek Mason is really, really good. He was doing this while he was at Stanford for David Shaw. He is a first-rate defensive coordinator. He’s got great ideas. He knows how to recruit to his defense with respect to long athletes, athletic guys that can wreak havoc at a variety of spots.
This game, to me, they have to have the kind of performance they had last week against Kansas State. They have to make Alabama go long fields. They’re going to have to limit Hurts in the run department. And then, they’re going to have to find a way to get Ralph Webb going. Right now, Ralph Webb is averaging less than three yards per carry, and they’re not going to win if Ralph Webb doesn’t make some plays and get some first downs with his legs.
CBS Local Sports: You mention Ralph Webb, is that the key match-up in this game? The Vanderbilt offensive line against that intimidating Alabama front seven?
Rick Neuheisel: It is. And also, the passing game. Kyle Shurmur is off to a good start. But it’s almost a tip of the cap to Nick Saban that Derek Mason realizes that, despite the fact that Shurmur’s completing 70 percent of his passes, they can’t over-do it. They can’t overtax their offensive line against that pass rush.
I mentioned that all those linebackers are down for Alabama, so that might limit their pass rush from the outside. But there’s still some formidable guys inside that can push that pocket and make things hard for Shurmur. Vanderbilt needs some measure of balance, [with] a couple of big plays, and throw in a short field by virtue of a mistimed turnover for Alabama. That’s the recipe for a Commodore victory.
CBS Local Sports: Bama-Vandy’s not the only big SEC game this weekend. There’s also a showdown of the bulldogs in Athens as Mississippi State takes on Georgia. What do you make of Dan Mullen’s squad so far?
Rick Neuheisel: Well, everybody has talked about Nick Fitzgerald in the preseason and for good reason. The guy had over 1,300 yards rushing last year, and we’ve seen what Dan Mullen can do with athletic quarterbacks. Go back to Tim Tebow, go back to Dak Prescott. Heck, you can even go back to Alex Smith at Utah. He (Mullen) has really built a reputation when he’s got an athletic quarterback and can put in run-pass-option kind of things. We see the matriculation of these guys as they grow in his system.
But, maybe the biggest difference at Mississippi State is the addition of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Todd Grantham would win the Frank Broyles award given to the outstanding assistant coach every year based on the way that defense has played. Jeffrey Simmons, a guy who was recruited to be a linebacker, is playing in that defensive front; he looks outstanding. I don’t know that anybody would have believed it, but they absolutely beat LSU in the trenches. That’s where LSU usually wins games.
We’ve been longing for the forward pass at LSU for some time, but you don’t have to usually worry about them in the trenches. And yet, the guys with the cowbells (Mississippi State) whipped them up front. So it’ll be a really interesting game ‘twixt the hedges, as it’s Bulldogs against Bulldogs.
CBS Local Sports: You mention the trenches being important, and Georgia is known for its run game with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. What do you expect from that match-up as they go up against this stout Mississippi State front?
Rick Neuheisel: They’re going to run the ball, that’s who they are, and those two guys are terrific. While they may not have the glossy numbers, go back to the game at Notre Dame where they were both in that 60-70 yards range. If they get those kind of numbers and provide some security blanket for the young freshman quarterback, who doesn’t look like a freshman — it doesn’t look too big for him — and they get the same kind of pressure that they were able to put on Brandon Wimbush, then you’ve got a formula for victory.
The home crowd is going to play into this deal. There’s going to be a lot of emotion. Georgia fans were a little bit irritated when they looked at their season tickets, [and] there wasn’t a big home game. Well, they got what they wanted. But be careful what you wish for, as here comes a really potent team with a quarterback that can flat out fly. This is going to be a whale of a game in Athens.
CBS Local Sports: I know it’s early in the season, but does this game feel like one that decides who is that second-place team in the SEC right now behind Alabama?
Rick Neuheisel: Clearly the winner of this game will be talking about Atlanta. Both will have to go through Alabama to get it done, whether it’s in Atlanta (Georgia) or before they can get to Atlanta (Mississippi State). To win an SEC championship, you’ve got to go through the boys in Tuscaloosa. But there’s no question that the winner of this game, especially if they do so impressively, will be talking about big-time aspirations come November.
|Engineers to ask Seattle City Council for mandatory earthquake retrofitsMyNorthwest.com / 5 d. 0 h. 3 min. ago more|
On Feb. 28, 2001, the ground beneath Seattle shook with such violence many buildings were red-tagged as unsafe to inhabit.
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In the 16 plus years since, engineers with the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections has compiled a list of Seattle’s more than 1,100 buildings in danger of causing damage — even death — because of unreinforced masonry that could crumble during a quake.
However, even after those buildings were identified, there has been no mandatory requirement for property owners to retrofit them.
That may soon change, according to Jon Siu, DCI’s principal engineer and building official.
“Bottom line, it’s necessary because we’re trying to preserve lives,” Siu told KIRO 7 on Wednesday.
Siu, who spent 33 years working as an engineer for the City of Seattle, said there have been many discussions during those three decades about how to prevent earthquake damage.
So far, there has been no action, in part because of the high cost.
“All this work is likely to raise rents,” Siu told KIRO 7, “so we have to balance the needs of those people as well as the needs of keeping them safe.”
In the next few months, Siu and his team will present a proposal to Seattle City Council members that would require building owners to upgrade their property if it is considered dangerous.
BF Day Elementary in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood would be one of the priority buildings – forced to make the upgrades within seven years — because of its age and because it holds more than 300 school-age children.
“They need to get children out of those structures and take them down, and put up safer buildings,” said Bill Steele, communications director for the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
Steele has been interviewed many times over the past 20 years about the area’s high earthquake risk and the importance of retrofitting buildings to better protect occupants in the event of a quake. He said thousands of single-family homeowners have made their own changes but believes statewide mandatory enforcement is necessary.
“There’s only two ways these buildings get taken out of service,” Steele said. “One is by an earthquake, and usually there are casualties associated with that. The other is by mandatory requirements. Neither one is easy. They both cause pain.”
Siu acknowledges his proposal will be costly for property owners and possibly a tough sell politically.
“The financial cost is huge,” he said. Most owners “won’t be able to afford this.”
He also acknowledged there’s a high likelihood citizens will be displaced from their homes while the work is done, and might not be able to afford higher rents once they are retrofitted, putting more pressure on the city’s homelessness crisis.
Siu also doesn’t know whether he’ll have full city council support.
“I don’t have a good indication of that, we do have some council members who have been tracking our progress,” he said.
Siu plans to brief the council on the engineers’ proposal sometime this fall and hopes to have mandatory requirements in place by early next year.
|Tickets On Sale NOW for The 13th Annual HUMP! Film FestivalSeattle News / 5 d. 12 h. 35 min. ago more|
If you're wondering why there hasn't been a "Savage Love Letter of the Day" this week-or if you've seen me stumbling around Capitol Hill in a daze-it's because the HUMP! Jury met all day on Monday and Tuesday, watched and re-watched every one of this year's HUMP! submissions, and then locked ourselves in a conference room without food or water until we could finalize the list of films that will be featured at the 13th Annual HUMP! Film Festival.
|Mercer Island limits size of single-family homesMyNorthwest.com / 5 d. 16 h. 50 min. ago more|
It was a discussion that could only happen on Mercer Island.
“Can we have houses built bigger than 12,000 square feet on the waterfront?”
After consideration, the Mercer Island City Council passed new regulations that limit the size of new homes built on the island to no more than 40 percent of the lot.
Those for the new ordinance say it is aimed at limiting how large mega-mansions can be. Those against the ordinance, including builders, say the rules, along with new laws on trees, are too restrictive.
The new ordinance limits the scale of new homes and many expansions on the approximately 7,000 single-family lots on the island.
The council also added language that directs the city to take another look at the rules in a few years and make any necessary adjustments.
KIRO 7 contributed to this story.
|Parking 'fact-finding mission,' park plan, more @ Junction Neighborhood OrganizationSeattle News / 5 d. 17 h. 14 min. ago more|
When SDOT 's last major review of West Seattle Junction parking resulted in this July 2009 announcement that it wouldn't recommend metered parking, you could almost hear a huge collective sigh of relief. That review had begun more than a year earlier, and months after the no-paid-street-parking news, ended with what we described at the time as "a relatively minor set of changes" - some tweaks to time limits.
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