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Office of Governor Jay InsleeGovernor Jay Inslee wants the state's biggest polluters to pay. California did it. So did nine states on the opposite coast. Now, Governor Jay Inslee has a plan to make Washington State's worst polluters pay for their carbon...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Jamie Chung won best actress at the Seattle International Film Festival for her portrayal of a sex-trafficking victim—
a character purportedly based on real life. Eden is a 2012 film about a suburban teenage girl kidnapped from her hometown in New...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Kelly OWill this be your next workplace? We knew the Harvard Exit had been sold. We knew that developer Scott Shapiro was behind the sale. But we weren't entirely sure what Shapiro had in mind for the space until Puget Sound Business Journal's Marc Stiles...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Eli SandersSome have questioned the scale of police response to recent protests. Here, officers guard SPD headquarters as protesters arrive on Dec. 6. Council Member Kshama Sawant has questions for the Seattle Police Department. Among them: "How do overwhelmingly...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Kelly OA kitchen and pantry at Nickelsville, a homeless encampment forced to leave its West Seattle location last year. Mayor Ed Murray says he’ll propose a new law next month allowing homeless encampments on a “limited number of unused, vacant lots...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Friday, December 19, 2014
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After a considerable amount of fact-gathering and research, we've determined that the evening of December 31 has the potential to be remarkably lively, especially for a Wednesday. At the Unicorn, the members of TacocaT will be DJing the hits of your...
From: The Stranger | By: Krishanu Ray | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Courtesy of the 5th AveNow you have to go to New York to see it. Earlier this week, the 5th Avenue Theatre announced that Something Rotten!—a new musical comedy about an arrogant Shakespeare—had dropped out of the coming season and was going directly...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comDr. Ben Carson will be your one-stop shop for campaign hilarity. Two pieces of business from future presidential candidates: 1. All-but-certain Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul is boldly going...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Once-near-universally loved comedian/actor Bill Cosby’s had a rough year, as anyone’s who looked at the internet or read the news realizes. His reputation’s currently swirling around the toilet and only his wife and daughter have stepped forward...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Friday, December 19, 2014
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This extra-special double-wide edition of Never Heard of 'Em is brought to you by Stranger music editor Emily Nokes and Stranger editor in chief Christopher Frizzelle dancing around the office together laughing and singing as much of "Absolutely Cuckoo"...
From: The Stranger | By: Anna Minard | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Courtesy of the artistGala Bent's Stable Form in Green, Two in Green, I Still Get a Thrill, and Wings. Phyllis Hatfield's premise for her new project, Fell From the Sky, is simple: She's giving seven King County artists $2,000 per year for three years...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Friday, December 19, 2014
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I'm a 28-year-old straight man and my wife is a 31-year-old mostly straight woman. We have been married for four years. I recently discovered the lovecast and your column, and my wife and I have been voraciously consuming back episodes ever since. It...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Ansel HerzOn December 8, a senior photographer for the Seattle Police Department snapped pictures of a small crowd of peaceful protesters. The previous week, protest organizers at U-Village said they felt unsettled by men who they believed were undercover...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Friday, December 19, 2014
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John BeckGood Bar: Cold Beer. Happy Hour. 'Nuff said. SuikaOccupying the space long held by 611 Supreme on Capitol Hill, Suika is the Seattle outpost of a Vancouver-based izakaya bar, offering snacks meant to accompany a night of drinking. As of now,...
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Mat Hayward/Shutterstock.comBumbershoot: Safe for now Today, One Reel and the international music and sporting event promoters Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG Live) signed a deal to keep the Bumbershoot festival going. This partnership—which includes...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Kelly OAllowing tent cities is "crisis response," says the mayor's task force on homelessness. A task force looking at how to deal with homelessness in Seattle right now is recommending that the city legalize homeless encampments. “It’s a crisis...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Friday, December 19, 2014
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DFree / Shutterstock.comGeorge Clooney tried to convince Hollywood to show their support for Sony, but everyone was too scared to sign a goddamned letter. The FBI has announced that North Korea is behind the cyberattacks on Sony. Up until this announcement,...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Just before Christmas, the president traditionally gives an open-ended press conference with no single particular subject in mind. The media will probably ask questions about the Sony hack, Cuba, and other non-communist-related topics, too. It's scheduled...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Tibanna79/ShutterstockJay Inslee wants to tax your vaping. Watch your e-cigs: Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a capital gains tax, a cigarette tax increase, and an e-cigarette tax. Combined with yesterday's proposed cap-and-trade program, the governor says...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Friday, December 19, 2014
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From: The Stranger | By: Callan Berry | Friday, December 19, 2014
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He's in it for like three-eighths of a second. Near David Remnick. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Originally posted on December 4, 2013. I'm a bi woman in my mid-20s in a great monogamish relationship with my straight boyfriend. We occasionally invite other women into our sex life, which is really enjoyable for both of us. He isn't threatened by...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, December 19, 2014
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We did a live taping of the Savage Lovecast at Seattle's Neptune Theatre. More questions were submitted—anonymously, on index cards—than we could answer during the Q&A segment. So I'm answering some of the questions we didn't get to in this week's...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Stranger reader Julia Kingrey asks we take a moment to reflect on the perpetually inoperative escalator on the corner of Broadway and Pine and has now, alas, been replaced: Important breaking news that I have yet to see covered in your august publications!...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Friday, December 19, 2014
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HOOP DREAMS Not pictured: Arthur Agee’s hands. In the first few minutes of the three-hour documentary Hoop Dreams, you see something that no longer exists: Robert Taylor Homes. These modernist towers were built in the '60s and managed by the Chicago...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Seattle ChannelDavid Boerner, the Seattle police intelligence auditor, in a rare in-person appearance before the City Council in 2013. Over the phone yesterday, Boerner told me: "If you don't trust me, then you should get a new auditor." In this week's...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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miker / Shutterstock.comA protester holds a sign at the Change the Mascot Rally last month in Minneapolis. Amy Schatz at Re/Code says a petition to relabel the name of Washington DC's football team as an obscenity has been rejected by the FCC. If the...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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It's a big news day for Kathleen Hanna. The riot-grrrl catalyst and riveting frontwoman for Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and the Julie Ruin has a new song for your ears, "Blueberry Island," from the forthcoming limited-edition 7-inch on Federal Prism. It's...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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YUNG LEAN Sprouting up now through the crisp, white Swedish ice into the thicket of the hiphop world is the replica-rap of Yung Lean. Direct from Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden, 18-year-old Jonatan Leandoer Håstad and his Sad Boys crew are charging...
From: The Stranger | By: Trent Moorman | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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There goes the art, hauled out the front door of Seattle's tallest skyscraper yesterday. Dan Webb was the artist who made it specifically for the lobby at Columbia Center in 2005. "Are the monkeys going away?" asked an older woman in a business suit...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Pro-tip for Christian dads: Sex-shame your daughters they'll grow up to sex-shame you. And kids? Your parents want to fuck other people. Some of your parents have fucked other people. And one day, when you're all growed up and married yourself, you'll...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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This just keeps getting more and more ludicrous. Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. The movie theaters,...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Maria Dryfhout / Shutterstock.comMitt Romney's religion won't let him watch R-rated movies, but he still wants Sony to release The Interview. America has spoken, and we all agree that Sony's cowardice has embarrassed the nation. I can't find a single...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Ahahahahahahahahaha. A sample: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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This morning, Sarah Koenig broadcast the 12th and final episode of "Serial," the podcast that's driven more than 1.5 million listeners wild over the last few months. I am not pleased with it. Are you? Discuss in comments. Meanwhile, for those of you...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Sent this week to I, Anonymous: I was really proud when Washington legalized gay marriage. It was really touching to see couples who had spent years as second-class citizens fighting for their rights. People marched, waged legal battles, came out, refused...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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VIA JOHN HELMIEREMinister John Helmiere in 2011, after he was allegedly hurt by police during a protest at Harbor Island. Minister sues in federal court over alleged punch from police officer: "A Seattle minister bloodied during a violent clash with...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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By now we're all aware how our government chose to use torture in attempts to extract information from those they deemed terrorists. Well, it should be no surprise music was incorporated into their techniques of information extraction. In some cases,...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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s_bukley/ShutterstockNot pictured: Seth Rogen's actual emotional state In the past several hours, this story has developed from pretty intriguing to weirdly interesting to downright fascinating. Variety is now reporting that “Sony Pictures has no further...
From: The Stranger | By: Sean Nelson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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FESTA/Shutterstock SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): "A savage desire for strong emotions and sensations burns inside me: a rage against this soft-tinted, shallow, standardized, and sterilized life." So says Harry Haller, the protagonist of Hermann Hesse's...
From: The Stranger | By: Rob Brezsny | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Originally posted on October 30, 2013. Two years ago, I found a letter in my sister's car informing her that the blood she gave during a charity blood drive had tested positive for HIV. I didn't say anything to her at the time, because it was a really...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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INSUFFICIENTLY AWESOME? MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 This week of detailed torture, impassioned protest, and yet another batch of allegations against Bill Cosby kicks off in cyberspace, where today a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace posted an online...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The StrangerSome people are saying the downtown Seattle tunnel project is 70 percent done. That's bullshit. The tunnel is not 70 percent dug, and the overall viaduct replacement project is nowhere near 70 percent complete. Remember on Monday, when the...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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You're not going to see this movie on Christmas or, probably, anytime soon. (Click to enlarge.)Holy shit. I knew the movie theater chains were a bunch of wimps, but I can't believe Sony caved like this. In light of the decision by the majority of our...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Kickstarter. We have an ambivalent relationship with it here at The Stranger. It provides seed money for projects we're interested in—like Jason Webley's Margaret Rucker spectacle at the Moore last weekend—but if we post about one campaign, people...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Black Mirror Do I look rich to you? Do I look like the kind of pee-hole Richie Rich Lamborghini-driving jag-off who can afford to buy all of my readers presents? NO, I DO NOT. That's why this gift-giving season, I'm taking "The Little Drummer Boy" approach—which,...
From: The Stranger | By: Wm. Steven Humphrey | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Courtesy of the artistClyde Peterson. Innovator. I don't want to do too much throat-cleary description of Clyde Peterson, the Seattle artist who won one of two $25,000 Arts Innovator Awards this year from Artist Trust. Right over here you can read what...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Movie poster for The Interview. (Click to enlarge.)As I told you yesterday, a group calling itself "Guardians of the Peace" has threatened terrorist actions against any movie theater showing the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview, which is...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Hello again! It's time for another ticket giveaway, this time to day two of Dancer and Prancer's joy-filled Xmas Extravaganza with glittery headliners all the way from Oakland: Shannon and the Clams! The second show (happening this Friday, December 19,...
From: The Stranger | By: Emily Nokes | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Kacie Michelle FoustGuitar phenom Hayden Pedigo pulled some strings to get several amazing guests on his excellent Five Steps LP. Hayden Pedigo is a 20-year-old guitar prodigy from Amarillo, Texas, who recently released one of the year’s best albums...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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