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I love me some David Boardman. After leaving the Seattle Times as their executive editor a year ago, which I eulogized over here, Boardman is now the president of the American Society of News Editors and chairman of the Poynter Institute’s National...
From: The Stranger | By: Dominic Holden | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Film MovementIt's a little...tough Carlos is a fastidious tailor based in Granada, Spain. He lives alone, and doesn't appear to have any friends, but he has a loyal clientele. In addition, there's an elderly seamstress (the droll María Alfonsa Rosso)...
From: The Stranger | By: Kathy Fennessy | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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So there I was just sitting at my station mostly being a sassy bit of eye candy, like every Tuesday morning at 9:30, when a flower delivery guy turns up. NBD, right? The flower guy turns up time to time to deliver happiness for OTHER folks on their birthdays,...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Ansel HerzFrank Montoya, Jr., the FBI's new Special Agent in Charge in Seattle. Yesterday morning, Ansel and I went down to the Seattle FBI's offices on Third Ave for a meet-and-greet with our new Special Agent in Charge, Frank Montoya, Jr. He seemed...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Tod Seelie Tod Seelie is best known for his photos of the floating river rafts made by the artist Swoon, and images of the wild night life of New York and other cities around the world. He's been attacked, arrested, kidnapped and his work has been published...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Force | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Boyhood: Richard Linklater Uses Time as a Special Effect in a Different Kind of Summer Blockbuster by Paul Constant Unless you're willfully uninterested in film, you know about Boyhood's audacious gimmick already. Richard Linklater filmed a movie in...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Welcome to Damn the Weather by Bethany Jean Clement Damn the Weather looks exactly right, and it's got great people involved, and it's brand-new in Pioneer Square; then there's the issue of whether you like the name or not. But first, we must discuss...
From: The Stranger | By: Bethany Jean Clement | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Inside Three Types of New Legal Marijuana Farms by Dominic Holden The first place your legal pot comes from is officially a mystery. When Washington State issued licenses to grow recreational marijuana, a license given to 90 applicants so far, it included...
From: The Stranger | By: Dominic Holden | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Courtesy of Josh FogtKOMO:Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early Thursday, but Burlington Northern Santa Fe says none of the oil spilled. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says a locomotive and buffer car...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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It's worth reflecting on this passage in Deepa Bhandaru's post about Seattle's leading socialist Kshama Sawant and the current CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella:Nadella strikes the corporate world as a kind of Gandhi figure. Tall and trim with buzzed hair...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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FLASH INFOS : AH5017 L'avion se serait crashé à Tilemsi. L'avion se serait crashé dans la région de Tilemsi, à 70km de Gao.— Air Algérie (@Air_Algerie) July 24, 2014• Another Plane Crash: The Air Algerie plane was en route to Algiers from Burkina...
From: The Stranger | By: Bethany Jean Clement | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Follow the Friendship Trail!Have you seen Boating With Clyde, the wonderful television show where local musician Clyde Petersen rides around in a boat with his musician friends while they answer questions and play songs? It's great—see it here. Or...
From: The Stranger | By: Megan Seling | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 tragedy, the Washington Post reports the list of potential actions against Russia has grown a bit longer: Some are venturing a new line of attack: depriving Russia of the privilege of hosting the 2018 soccer...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Hullooooomosexuals! As exhaustively detailed in this week's Homosexual Agenda...well, you know. Bianca Del Rio! The winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6! The evil bitch (um, in a good way?) that unseated our darling Jinkx! Exactly. Well, she is here...
From: The Stranger | By: Adrian Ryan | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Bad Day for Amazon: Amazon's Fire Phone debuted to fairly horrible reviews from the tech blogs. Also, today's Shelf Awareness reported that a survey indicates Amazon's battle with Hachette has hurt Amazon's image: "Of 5,286 book buyers polled by Codex...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Even in today's summer shitpouring rain, I found some sweaty HEAT in this Little Walter side; it's a side I'd NEVER heard before hearing it this morning. Godamn. Little Walter is mostly known for blowing harp for Chess Records, his solo work ("My Babe"),...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Guardian:Lawyers for a convicted killer filed an emergency court appeal on Wednesday to stop his execution, claiming that he was alive and gasping more than an hour after the state of Arizona began the process of killing him. Attorneys for Joseph...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NTSBPUNCTURED This is what happens to DOT-111 tanker cars in oil train derailments, the National Transportation Safety Board has been warning for decades. Last week, I told you about a map showing the "impact" areas of an oil train explosion in Seattle,...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Today at 7 pm at the Project Room City Arts Magazine editor Jonathan Zwickel will host a discussion about Seattle's soul, funk, and boogie scene of the '70s and '80s. A former Stranger music editor, Zwickel wrote the liner notes for Light in the Attic's...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Some recent media coverage has treated the latest flare-up between Israelis and Palestinians as a tit-for-tat battle: a kidnapping for a kidnapping, an air strike for a rocket. This piece cites the conflict and rockets fired by Palestinians as the reason...
From: The Stranger | By: Dominic Holden | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Angelina Babii/ShutterstockWelcome to the week. Revisit the horror in a brand-new Last Days: The Week in Review. MONDAY, JULY 14 This week of one tragic warlike gesture after another leading to a cumulative sense of the end of the world kicks off, fittingly...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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TEEBS AND JON HOPKINS' ELEGANT, ETHEREAL ELECTRONICA (Crocodile) Out of all the brazenly talented artists on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, Teebs (aka Mtendere Mandowa) might be the one who infuses the most beauty into his music. Known for its acute,...
From: The Stranger | By: Kyle Fleck | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Photo by Kelly OPOT POWER: Monkey Grass Farms estimates their electricity bill will be $4,000. Kelly O and I went to Eastern Washington last week to take photos inside three types of newly licensed legal marijuana-growing facilitates: indoor, outdoor,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dominic Holden | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Fast Company has the story...Since 2003, when an astronaut figured out how to snap a clear photo of the view from orbit, hundreds of thousands of amazing urban photographs have piled up in archives. A new website is attempting to find volunteers to identify...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Today the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the fire-torn region in Eastern Washington, which is currently dealing with the largest fire in state history. And while the heavy rains are obviously a good for putting out fires, they're...
From: The Stranger | By: Grant Brissey | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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I am on vacation for all of July. But I've invited Mistress Matisse to handle the Savage Love letters of the day. Mistress Matisse is a writer, a dominatrix and a sex worker’s rights activist. She has a blog here and twitter here. The archive of her...
From: The Stranger | By: Mistress Matisse | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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I hated this movie when I first saw it. The mannered acting (particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis), the disorienting soundtrack, the scorching cinematography, and the big, big story about one of the crazy men who built this country into the mess it is now,...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A movie that’s possibly made by a genius by Charles Mudede I hated this movie when I first saw it. The mannered acting (particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis), the disorienting soundtrack, the scorching cinematography, and the big, big story about one of...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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This morning at 9:30, city council member Kshama Sawant will hold a meeting of her committee overseeing Seattle City Light. Invited to today's meeting? City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco, who's met with some pretty bad press in the last month or so. Council...
From: The Stranger | By: Anna Minard | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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@JohnKerryGood luck, John Kerry. Be careful out there. • Plane Crashes in Taiwan, 47 Trapped, Feared Dead: The number 51 is also out there in terms of fatalities... and 40. The plane was landing on a small island during a typhoon. • MH17: First Victims'...
From: The Stranger | By: Bethany Jean Clement | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Al Jazeera reports: A domestic TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off the west coast of typhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said. The plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR Model 72, crashed...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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From Dani Roderik's book The Globalization Paradox: The creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, after nearly eight years of negotiations and as the culmination of the so-called “Uruguay Round” (the last under the GATT), ushered quite...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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JENNIFER RICHARDJUST FOUR YEARS AGO, everything Joe Fitzgibbon said was so true. Joe Fitzgibbon! Oh my gosh! We fell so hard for you four years ago. You were a "dreamy," "dashing," "swoon"-worthy (subtlety was never our strong suit) 23-year-old lefty...
From: The Stranger | By: Stranger Election Control Board | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Theater Schmeater's First Show in Their New Space Is a Horror Farce by Brendan Kiley Playwright Wayne Rawley is at his best when he's skating a loose line between real tragedy and bizarre fantasy, propelling his characters and story lines forward with...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society Shows How People Have Become Corporations by Charles Mudede Let's begin this book review with a speech delivered by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner. The speech, which was made on June 25 in downtown...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Nat Hentoff Documentary Shows the Weak Side of a Great Jazz Critic by Charles Mudede David L. Lewis's straightforward documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step explores two sides of Nat Hentoff's very long seven-decade...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Friendship Is a Positive Step in the Evolution of Emily Gould by Paul Constant Curiosity will presumably bring lots of readers to Emily Gould's debut novel, Friendship. Gould earned a certain level of internet notoriety (neteriety?) as a star blogger...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A Pot Activist and a Socialist May Go Head-to-Head in Capitol Hill's First City Council Race by Anna Minard Let's be honest: People have been waiting for Seattle's city council races to heat up ever since last fall, when the city's voters approved a...
From: The Stranger | By: Anna Minard | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Why Are People So Worked Up About This Year's Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado? by Brendan Kiley Last Sunday afternoon, a handful of demonstrators from the Japanese American Citizens League showed up at the Seattle Repertory Theatre to...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty Is Already the Best Album of the Year by Charles Mudede After Earth From the very beginning, local hiphop act Shabazz Palaces have been on the cryptic tip. The raps, production, cover art, videos, and performances at galleries...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Pork Knuckles, Jazz, and More: New Places for Stuffing Faces by Bethany Jean Clement BELL + WHETE • Belltown: Somewhat bizarrely, this sibling of Local 360 celebrates the cuisine of the conquering Normans of yore, including "modern interpretations...
From: The Stranger | By: Bethany Jean Clement | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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White Wine Spritzers Blow Your Mind! by Marc Papineau I get a little embarrassed when I expose my soul in this column, as I did in my recent homage to Ales Kristancic and his winery, Movia. Maybe you thought: Who or what the fuck does this guy think...
From: The Stranger | By: Marc Papineau | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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What We Think of Every Single Band Playing This Year's Capitol Hill Block Party ALICIA AMIRI (Fri, 8:45 pm, Barboza Stage) Alicia Amiri's low and smooth voice holds a certain sadness swagger, like Gwen Stefani at her heartbroken best. But we're not talking...
From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Micro-Indie Blues: Eclectic Seattle Label Fin Records Goes on Indefinite Hiatus: Christian Fulghum, owner of the Ballard-based record label Fin, announced that his four-year-old company will go on indefinite hiatus due to financial difficulties. Fin’s...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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AHWORKFORCE HOUSING Tenants protested last week, and sure enough, the deal to sell their building to a for-profit developer fell through. Mayor Murray says he grew up in a working-class family in West Seattle and that his family could not afford to live...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Hot off the presses at King County Elections comes the news that both measures seeking to place a referendum on Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law on this fall's ballot have failed to get enough valid signatures to qualify. The numbers, per King County...
From: The Stranger | By: Anna Minard | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Pronto Cycle ShareAnd here's what the bikes themselves look like!On Monday, Capitol Hill Seattle blog posted a map of the purported planned locations for ten Pronto bicycle share stations on Capitol Hill. It's not quite right, however. "Not only is it...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Take heed, Seattle automobile enthusiasts! Car drivers in other parts of the country are being crushed beneath the bootheels of bicyclists in a terrifying War on Cars, too. In a piece headlined "Bicyclist bullies try to rule the road in D.C.," Washington...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Of all the thoughts currently keeping me up at night (why does my neighbor only skateboard at 4 a.m.? Does that cracking/clomping noise mean he's really good or really bad? Are tootsie rolls really supposed to be chocolate?), the most stressful one is...
From: The Stranger | By: Emily Nokes | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Ramparts EP by GOODWIN Seattle-based Debacle Records today issues the fourth installment of its MOTOR series of unconventional club bangers with GOODWIN’s Ramparts EP. GOODWIN is Scott Goodwin, a former Stranger music intern who moved to Portland about...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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