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Office of Governor Jay InsleeGovernor Jay Inslee delivering his State of the State address on January 13. He argues that state legislators must act this session to reform our unfair tax system. On so many fronts, Washington leads the nation. Long before...
From: The Stranger | By: Jay Inslee | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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lev radin / Shutterstock.comI promise this post will be about Marshawn Lynch, but it’s going to take a moment to get there, so bear with me. For a period of time in the mid to late '00s I worked as a marketing coordinator at a mid-sized corporate law...
From: The Stranger | By: Spike Friedman | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Courtesy of Brian DavisSeattle resident Brian Davis calls this Officer Cynthia Whitlatch's "Ferguson screed." It prompted him to file a complaint with the Office of Professional Accountability. Today, after reading this story about Seattle police officer...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Hey! Are you new here? Welcome. Have a seat. Don't sit there, it's wet, sit there. Would you like anything? We don't have that. Would you like something else? Would you like some weed? We have plenty of weed. One more question: Who are you again? Just...
From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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GaudiLab/ShutterstockNo wonder this guy looks so delighted. Yes, You Read That Correctly: "All the income growth between 2009 and 2012 went to the top 1 percent," according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. What about before the recession?...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Hey, Newcomers—Welcome to the Only City in the Country That Isn't Ridiculous and Horrible! Hey! Are you new here? Welcome. Have a seat. Don't sit there, it's wet, sit there. Would you like anything? We don't have that. Would you like something else?...
From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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#CapHillPSA Joins the Growing Public Art Response to Capitol Hill's Affluent Asshole Invasion. Can Posters Make a Difference? by Paul Constant In the city—especially in dense, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods like Capitol Hill—the streets are packed...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Okay, New Starbucks Palace on Pike Street, What the Hell Are You? by Angela Garbes There was probably a time when Starbucks did things small. That time was more than 30 years and 21,000 stores ago. The newest Starbucks—the Starbucks Reserve Roastery...
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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It's Time for Seattle to Become a Gigabit City by Ansel Herz On January 14, President Barack Obama likened a city-run gigabit internet network to the discovery of fire by humankind. "It's unleashing a tornado of innovation," he said. "It's like being...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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LOUIS C.K. LIVE AT THE COMEDY STORE As you may already know, the demonstrably great Louis C.K. has up and released a brand new, hour-long comedy special. It's called Live at the Comedy Store, and you can buy the video and audio editions together for...
From: The Stranger | By: Sean Nelson | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Courtesy of Corinne PuruckerCorinne Purucker, left, said she dated SPD Officer Cynthia Whitlatch, right, from 2004 to 2006. When ex-Tukwila Police Officer Corinne Purucker watched this video on Slog the other day, she recognized Cynthia Whitlatch, the...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Have you heard Jeff Bridges' new ambient album Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes? I love it. It's like having an eccentric space grandfather read to you while you try to fall asleep on mushrooms. Rustling noises, chimes, humming, half conversations... as far...
From: The Stranger | By: Emily Nokes | Friday, January 30, 2015
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I'm a straight man with a bisexual wife, married a little over two years. She got me started listening to your podcast and opened up my mind to alternative relationships. Our arrangement at present is a semi-open kind of thing. She gets some female action...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Ansel HerzWilliam Wingate, 70, was arrested last summer for "walking in Seattle while black." Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said in a statement this afternoon that she feels "shocked and disappointed" at the way SPD Officer Cynthia Whitlatch...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Julianne Moore is probably the best cinematic crier in the business. None of her films are truly complete until she scrunches up her face and lets loose with an unself-conscious bawl. She's a great actress, but there's something about those tears—is...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Stephen Tyrone Williams as Boy Willie and Erika LaVonn as Berniece. Also pictured: a relevant piano. After watching August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, I looked for the source of the play's name. I was puzzled because the title is not connected with any...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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a katz / Shutterstock.comWhat would the far right version of this sign be? "I can't even punch a cop in the face without getting shot?" Remember Cliven Bundy, that anti-American tax-dodger who conservatives held up as a hero for some reason until he...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Raz Simone released one of the most gripping tracks I've heard from a Seattle artist of any genre. A year ago, MTV announced that Seattle native Solomon "Raz" Simone was the first rapper signed (via a partnership with his Black Umbrella venture) to 300...
From: The Stranger | By: Larry Mizell Jr. | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Courtesy of the Participatory Budgeting ProjectPart of Chicago's budget is spent like this—by regular people at the ballot box. Now, some want to bring that kind of participatory budgeting to Seattle. Every year in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre,...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Hey Dan, Long time reader, first time writer. So I have two issues. One, the wife decided she wanted two kids even after I made clear I only wanted one. So now two kids on after she lied about the time frame of "being safe," we don't do anything. Partially...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Christopher Zinovitch, who served as the artistic director of ArtsWest between 2011 and 2013, but had been a strong presence there as an actor and director for 13 years, passed away early this morning. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer over the...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Ansel HerzBrian Davis is an administrative professional who moved to Seattle in 2001. Over the course of the last year, he's lost trust in the Seattle police department's ability to handle cases of racial bias. Yesterday, I wrote about a complaint filed...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Bad news for lovers of adventurous guitar playing: Ex-Harry Pussy axeman Bill Orcutt will not be able to perform Friday January 30 at Georgetown's Machine House Brewery due to illness. Kirsten Thom of Elevator, the crew organizing the event, says that...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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In honor of the Super Bowl this Sunday (and to promote their upcoming special this Friday on Comedy Central), generally hilarious people Key & Peele have resurrected one of their funniest sport bits: Introducing the fictional players of the fictional...
From: The Stranger | By: Wm. Steven Humphrey | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Peshkova/ShutterstockThe answer is being crushed by a TV. When you think about dangerous NFL collisions what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Kam Chancellor ruining an opposing tight end? Marshawn Lynch throwing a helpless defensive back...
From: The Stranger | By: Spike Friedman | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Søren SolkærBelle and Sebastian won't be at the dance party, but their cardigan- and beret-clad fans will. BELLE AND SEBASTIAN DANCE PARTYThurs Jan 29 at 8 pm at VermillionGlasgow’s feelings-pop purveyors, Belle and Sebastian, gently released a new...
From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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lev radin / Shutterstock.comLoretta Lynch attends the funeral for slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu in January of this year. The New York Times yesterday published Carl Hulse and Matt Apuzzo's report on the Senate panel hearings for attorney general nominee...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Reading my mail and drinking my first cup of tea... You had a recent letter from a dude who gets off on other men’s underwear. Here is an idea for him: I live near a university, and go to a thrift store nearby and find lots of American Eagle, Hollister,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Geo Quibuyen Food & Sh*t's Super Bowl party pack includes this 12th Man buko panda cheesecake. West Seattle’s Ma’Ono Fried Chicken & Whisky is offering a Super Bowl Party Pack featuring fried chicken, kalua pork, Filipino garlic rice, potato...
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Warner Bros.Marx's theory of labor is explained with this battery.Almost overnight, Greece has become one of the most interesting places on this planet. The election last weekend ended with a convinving victory for Syriza (or the Coalition of the Radical...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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aastock/ShutterstockIf we're looking to reduce American energy consumption, we need to start thinking about indoor pot grows, too. Could Pot Growers Use a Little Less Energy? "Marijuana growing operations can be major power hogs," reports KUOW. "Now...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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(Sources: "Concussion made officer stomp handcuffed man's head," Dorli Rainey pepper-sprayed, "Dash cam video shows Seattle police officer punching man in the face," developmentally disabled teen hurt by SPD officer, no charges in "Mexican piss" case,...
From: The Stranger | By: Brett Hamil | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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SPD"You swung that golf club at me when I turned the corner," claims Officer Whitlatch, as seen on dashcam video, as she frisks William Wingate and empties the pockets. There was no video evidence to support her claim that he swung a golf club. The SPD's...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The Seattle Police Department has had a rough day. First, there were the revelations of how its officers arrested an elderly black military veteran while he walked through Capitol Hill last summer. This morning, SPD sought to portray how it handled that...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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FESTA/SHUTTERSTOCK ARIES (March 21–April 19): Do you have an entourage or posse that helps you work magic you can't conjure up alone? Is there a group of coconspirators that prods you to be brave and farseeing? If not, try to whip one up. And if you...
From: The Stranger | By: Rob Brezsny | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I'm a 38-year old hetero woman; my best friend is a few years younger and bi. She's been trying to get in my pants for years but no matter how game I am, I just... vaginas don't turn me on. She's been pointing out for a long time that if we have a threesome,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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US Coast GuardAn image of the Noble Discoverer, a Shell Arctic drilling ship that became the subject of eight felony offenses for dumping wastewater overboard and evading other environmental regulations. This is one of the ships that would hang out in...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Tom Petty (and co-writer Jeff Lynne!!) just won a lawsuit Monday against pop singer Sam Smith, as Smith's song "Stay With Me" allegedly plagiarizes Petty's 1989 jam, "Won't Back Down." Okay. Um, after a few track back-to-back listens, I didn't really...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The Kitten Bowl. Let me tell you, folks—it's not easy being an "influencer." You know... the person who has a contrary opinion about something but is eventually proven to be ABSOLUTELY RIGHT (even though no one will ever publicly admit it)? Sigh. Such...
From: The Stranger | By: Wm. Steven Humphrey | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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James Bible"Seattle police department!" a police officer screams in this video, as she pepper-sprays several people. Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian will file a tort claim this afternoon against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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If you see this Les Paul Goldtop reissue #67361, let us know. Guitarist/songwriter Chris Cheveyo of Seattle psych rockers Rose Windows had his favorite guitar stolen from his living quarters yesterday. As he put it on his Facebook page, it's "A '56 Les...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Send Us Your Valentine: And We’ll Publish It—FOR FREE! Ah, love. It can take so many forms: “exciting and new,” “many-splendored,” “a battlefield.” But who cares what poets say? Every Valentine’s Day, we turn The Stranger’s hallowed...
From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Portrait of the artist as a young maestro: Aphex Twin's giving his fans a treasure trove of free unreleased music.After breaking a 13-year silence under his Aphex Twin alias with last year's release of Syro, electronic music godhead Richard D. James...
From: The Stranger | By: Kyle Fleck | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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HOLIDUDE MONDAY, JANUARY 19 This week of waterfront smells, Disneyland measles, and the glorious mouth-droppings of Sarah Palin kicked off with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday commemorating the life of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Levi HastingsThis experimental Seattle Freeze cure is a holistic method designed specifically to overcome the horrific social chill so many newcomers to Seattle report enduring. The Seattle Freeze is a real problem for people who are new to town. How...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Ansel HerzDuring a neighborhood council meeting on January 10, Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, who also works with King County on juvenile justice, defends the county's plans to build a new juvenile detention center. King County is pushing ahead with...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Facebook RockCreek chef Eric Donnelly posted this photo on his Facebook page after my post about his hiphop brunch. On Friday, January 16, I wrote about RockCreek’s “Hip Hop Brunch." I was taken aback by the names of a few menu items, specifically...
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Sydney BrownstoneKing County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, explaining that he has never met a happy sex worker. Prostitutes are victims, according to King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. "Today our goal is to identify women who are...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Headlines don't sell papes. "Any further thoughts on newsletters before we move on?"-Stranger Editor Christopher Frizzelle [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
From: The Stranger | By: Sean Nelson | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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In a note to his readers—and his 30,000 paid subscribers—Andrew Sullivan announces that he is giving up blogging: Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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