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Why Do Young People Join ISIS in Syria?

by Ansel Herz Foreign envoys held peace talks on Syria in Vienna this week. ART production / The Intercept: The primary factors driving Syrian youths toward extremist groups are deprivation and personal trauma stemming from five years of civil war in the country, according to a report from International Alert, a British organization. Show More Summary

Guest Editorial: Washington's $11.5 Million Election Boondoggle

by Tina Podlodowski Should the Washington Republican primary be cancelled? Barbara Kalbfleisch/Shutterstock Washington voters are understandably confused by the ballots sitting on their kitchen tables this week. The ballots for the Presidential...Show More Summary

Police Reports Illustrated: Capitol Hill Shoplifter Suspect Sets the Record Straight

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ICYMI: Samantha Bee on Rise of the Religious Right

by Dan Savage You'll never guess who they hated before they hated gays gaying, abortionists aborting, single mothers mothering, and transgenders transitioning. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The Morning News: Backyard Cottages, Free Pronto Rides, and Bill Bryant Officially Files to Run for Governor

by Heidi Groover Council Member Mike O'Brien wants thousands of new backyard cottages in Seattle. City of Seattle Mike O'Brien Wants More Backyard Cottages: In an effort to increase available rental housing in Seattle, O'Brien announced legislation yesterday to make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages. Show More Summary

This Week on Blabbermouth: Lindy West on Toxic Online Sludge, Arguing With Dan Savage, and Her New Memoir, SHRILL

by Eli Sanders The writer and Internet troll-slayer Lindy West is on the show this week to talk about her great and super funny new book, SHRILL: NOTES FROM A LOUD WOMAN. It came out this week and Lindy’s going to be appearing at Town...Show More Summary

Fox News' Megyn Kelly No Longer Mad at Trump, Now Mad at Trevor Noah

by Wm. Steven Humphrey I think we can all agree that Fox News' Megyn Kelly's interview with Donald Trump was a big parade of KISS ASS. Which is too bad, because her continuing beef with Trump was Megyn's only real shot at credibility—at least for those who don't buy into Fox News bullshit. Show More Summary

How Many People Are Riding the First Hill Streetcar? Now We Know

by Ana Sofia Knauf People are riding this thing after all! SDOT The mystery is gone: People are, in fact, riding the slow First Hill Streetcar. From the Seattle Transit Blog: The past 30 days have seen roughly 75,000 boardings, or 50% higher than the March ORCA-based count. Show More Summary

Science News: Greenpeace Claims UW Fisheries Professors Captured by Fishing Industry, Prestigious Journal Nature Gave Bigfoot Genome Project the Time of Day

by Ethan Linck Greenpeace going after UW fisheries professors. Pakorn Jarujittipun/ Greenpeace Puts UW Fisheries Professors in Its Crosshairs: In a letter to University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce last Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders Supporter Robert Reich: "Work Like Hell" for Hillary Clinton if She Gets the Nomination

by Heidi Groover Will Bernie Sanders supporters be willing to "work like hell" for Hillary Clinton? Alex Garland Former labor secretary and prominent Bernie Sanders supporter Robert Reich has a message for die-hard Berners: If Hillary...Show More Summary

An "Opera of the Mind"—Stuart McLeod’s Music for Guitar Orchestra and Brain Waves

by Dave Segal Stuart McLeod—EEG wiz. Stuart McLeod Stuart McLeod and Brain Trust's May 21 show at the Rendezvous' Jewelbox Theater represents the rare chance to witness Music for Guitar Orchestra and Brain Waves, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Show More Summary

Now Donald Trump Wants us to Talk About Rape

by Matt Baume We still have six more months of hearing why these are the worst two people to have ever lived. a katz / Good news, everyone: when the smalltalk hits a lull today, you'll be able to groan and say, "oh,Show More Summary

Ballard Residents Reminded of Greenwood Explosion After Their Own Gas Leak Scare

by Ana Sofia Knauf NW 64 St is closed and residents evacuated between 20 Ave NW and 22 Ave NW due to gas leak. PSE on scene.— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) May 18, 2016 A Seattle Public Utilities crew struck...Show More Summary

Beyoncé Gave Us Everything Last Night

by Angela Garbes Beyoncé? She flawless. AG Before Beyoncé even took the stage last night, we saw her body—flashes of flesh broadcast on a massive, four-sided tower made of video screens. We saw her holes. An orchid bloomed from out of her mouth. Show More Summary

Neapolitan Crime Bosses Show Respect for a Colleague's Gender Identity

by Dan Savage Giovanna “Gió” Arrivoli was an up-and-coming Neapolitan Camorra crime boss — and a trans man. Assigned female at birth, Arrivoli lived his truth, found a girlfriend, and ran drugs out of a coffee shop called the Blue Moon. Show More Summary

More Complaints of Racial Profiling on Popular Neighborhood Site Nextdoor

by Heidi Groover The New York Times is the latest to report on Nextdoor, where posts like this are sometimes accompanied by descriptors like "light-skinned black female." Nextdoor “There is this automatic fear or suspicion of anyoneShow More Summary

Executive Director of Reel Grrls Speaks Out Against SIFF for Woody Allen Opening Night

by Sean Nelson Will this affect turnout at tonight's SIFF opening night gala? Damiano Poli/Shutterstock Nancy Chang, executive director of Reel Grrls, published an open letter this morning in which she chastised the Seattle International...Show More Summary

There Is No War on Cops: 2015 Was One of the Safest Years on Record for Police

by Ansel Herz The "war on cops" is a myth. shalunts / Remember when Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Ron Smith claimed last August that the Obama administration was waging a "war on cops"? About that: Data released by the FBI on Monday shows that 2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. Show More Summary

If You Live in Capitol Hill and Pledge to Drive Less, You Could Win a Fitbit and Other Shit from King County Metro

by Sydney Brownstone There is no such thing as too much free coffee and tote bags. There is such a thing as too many cars. James Yamasaki Thanks to Capitol Hill Seattle Blog for highlighting this program: Metro is bringing a programShow More Summary

Morning News: Sea-Tac Airport Begins Privatizing Security Checkpoints, Seattle Is Very Good at Road Rage

by Charles Mudede Transportation Security Administration, a unionized agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is underfunded. Arina P Habich/ Austerity Is Behind the Long Lines at Sea-Tac Airport's TSA Checkpoints: Sea-Tac Airport has hired a private contractor to speed up lines at its security checkpoints. Show More Summary

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