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My first time writing longer than a tweet on my cell phone. A disjointed world on a little screen

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:49
I rarely read novels and I think it shows in the way I write. I appreciate the concept of novels and I’m glad there are people out there taking the effort to churn them out, but why should I have to be one of the ones wading through them? Why can’t other...

Unrigged solutions

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:45
Daniel Newman and George O’Connor show there’s art to fixing things Finally, a nonfiction book with concrete, actionable solutions ordinary people with busy lives can take! I’ve mentioned in past reviews that I’ve taken a break from reading nonfiction books. This is in part because I often feel that 99 percent of each book...

He was the one and only

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:26
How many people do you know who’ve held the same job, or done the same anything, for 24 years? His vendor badge number was 133. To put that in perspective, the next vendor badge number that’ll be given out is 14,471. This world is full of nice people, but there’s only one Robert Wotjkiewicz. “Nice” is the most common word people use to describe Robert, but other words come close: “sweet,” “kind,” “friendly,” “cheerful.” Actually, the most common word might be “so,” as...

Book details how to avoid car camping tickets

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:13
No one likes to get parking tickets. They’re expensive, inconvenient and can result in court and towing costs if not dealt with. But when your car is also your home? Then, tickets can be downright dangerous. A team of students, a professor and vehicle...

Chalk it up for love

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:01
More than 50 community and Black Lives Matter members turned out to a “Chalk About Love” event in Shoreline Aug. 6 to show support for Kailyn Jordan, 13, and her family, who have allegedly been the recipients of a series of racially motivated threats...

A sad goodbye | March for justice

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 08:40
A sad goodbye People gathered in Auburn on Aug. 6 to mourn Jesse Sarey — killed at the hands of an Auburn police officer — and demand answers and justice. Sarey was 26 years old, the son of immigrants from Cambodia and a foster son to Elaine Simons, an...

Budget fallout

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 08:27
City Council budget cuts force dramatic SPD response The Seattle City Council cut millions out of the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) 2020 budget over the objections of Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best Aug. 10, capping off months of tense negotiations and terse, public exchanges. Within hours of the...

How can Democratic lawmakers meet the urgent needs of this time?

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 07:59
As we close out the second month of sustained protest against anti-Black racism and police brutality, organizers are working to turn the protests’ energy into legislative action. From demands to defund the police and invest in communities to calls to cancel...

Vendor profile: Canada Jones

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:36
Canada Jones is the kind of man who keeps candy in his pockets for sharing and refers to the rain as “liquid sunshine.” His positive attitude is contagious, and he makes a point of bringing joy to those around him. “I have a way with people with just the...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:33
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 10 Welcome To El: An Intimate Night of Comedy with El Sanchez Online; choose your time, $6-$22 tinyurl.com/y4lhvjvl In late February, El Sanchez found themself performing an intimate comedy show in Fremont. This show was filled with new material that...

To the Seattle Police Department, every day is the 4th of July

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:31
I never go to police riots anymore. There was a time when if I heard there was a police riot goin’ on, I simply had to be there to see it with my own eyes. It was like going birding. “There’s a scarlet tanager where? I can be there in ten minutes! To the...

When you live outside, everyone is in your house

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:28
The wind tickled my cheek as I took a sip of a locally-crafted ale in a compostable cup. I was marveling at what a tiny joy it was to have a pint on a patio on a warm July evening — socially distanced, mask ready to go — when a fleet of at least a dozen...

How much have we evolved?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:27
Pundit Christopher Ryan says we're heading in the wrong direction Most of us have heard the story of human civilization, which goes something like this: About 10,000 years ago, humans invented agriculture, which allowed us to settle and for the first time to have spare time to invent new technologies that allowed far...

The politics of legitimacy

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:41
How federal regulation affects the credibility of alternative medicine When doctors and health care practitioners post online about patients who’ve recovered successfully from COVID-19, their posts are consistently blocked and removed from public view. The Federal Trade Commission as well as other regulatory authorities and...

Rally demands public education changes

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:24
It was sunny and hot the afternoon of July 31, the kind of weather that Seattleites wait all year for but the coronavirus has largely ruined. That didn’t stop more than 100 people from gathering in the plaza of the Rainier Beach Community Center — masked...

Benefits gap

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:22
Congress allowed a supplemented unemployment benefit to expire at the end of July, taking $600 per week out of the pockets of jobless Americans struggling to find work in the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. The enhanced unemployment...

Fights heat up in budget exchanges over funds for COVID and police

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:20
Promises to defund the Seattle Police Department (SPD) by half and provide coronavirus relief to households in need may be temporarily scuppered in a dynamic period of negotiations as the City Council was forced to contend with the limits of its own...

The homeless outreach that the Navigation Team once provided has degenerated into an empty optics of force

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:54
There was a time — back when the Navigation Team was focused on relationship building and run by the seasoned homeless outreach workers at REACH — when it seemed like Seattle’s approach to unsheltered encampments might be on the right track. But that time...

Homegrown Costco should cut ties with Cargill to end environmental destruction

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:44
Coronavirus can bring to light many of the major changes our society needs. Let’s not let it distract us from ongoing issues that demand our attention — like the destruction of planet Earth. Right now, corporations like Costco are leading the rest of...

Untold fight for Black women's voting rights

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 09:57
In anticipation of Martha Jones' book 'Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All' This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States constitution, granting women across the country access to vote — or so the textbooks have said. Martha S. Jones , a historian, educator and author of...

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