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Today I Got Pulled Over for Driving While Black

It happened on I-5, near Tacoma. That's him writing my ticket. Ijeoma Oluo Today I got what many in the black community call a “DWB.” Driving While Black is the act of getting behind the wheel while excessively pigmented, leading to a much higher chance of being stopped, ticketed, searched, and arrested than white people. Show More Summary

Free Will Astrology for the Week of July 22

FESTA/SHUTTERSTOCK CANCER (June 21–July 22): Charles Darwin is best known for his book The Origin of Species, which contains his seminal ideas about evolutionary biology. But while he was still alive, his best seller was The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms. Show More Summary

The Best Thing To Do Every Day This Week, Starting Tonight

An entire festival devoted to the character who may or may not be an actual cat is just one of your options WED JULY 22READING'Antigolf' Release PartyThis is going to be one of those readings where the audience will laugh very hard, but at different times. Show More Summary

Medics Sue Seattle Police Over Excessive Use of Force and Use of Blast Balls on May Day

Police aim less-than-lethal weapons at protesters on May Day. Alex Garland Two medics, including one veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, are suing the Seattle Police Department alleging excessive force and suppression of theirShow More Summary

It Seems The Stranger's Spells for Edge of the Circle Books Backfired (Or: Thanks for the Dumpster Blaze, Magic Rich)

This is what happens when you let inexperienced wizards named Rich Smith do magic. SB At 4:41 this morning I woke up to the smell of burning garbage. I walked over to my second-floor window, which was open, and looked down into the alleyway between my apartment building and the one next door. Show More Summary

'Our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs'

From Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book Between the World and Me, in light of Brian T. Encinia arresting Sandra Bland because Sandra Bland refused to put her body at his disposal: At this moment the phrase "police reform" has come into vogue, and the actions of our publicly appointed guardians have attracted attention presidential and pedestrian. Show More Summary

I Love Television: Do You Know Who I Am??

I could’ve put down my pen and let the birds in my throat ?y—charming the globe with my musical ejaculations. Guys! I'm on vacation this week, so attempt to enjoy this vintage I Love Television™ column from way back in 2006! —Humpy Most people can only be successful in one career. Show More Summary

Maybe Sandra Bland Died "Because White Men Can't Police Their Imagination"

That's a line from the poet Claudia Rankine's book Citizen. It's printed facing a page of names of black men who've died at the hands of police. Clearly, black women are dying, too. Mary Seton Many armchair commenters are arguing over when the "inciting incident" occurred. Show More Summary

Obama Administration Gives Green Light for Shell to Drill Two Wells in the Chukchi Sea

A shot of the Polar Pioneer sneaking out of Elliott Bay. Now Shell's Arctic drilling operation is waiting on... Portland. Kelly O From FuelFix: The Obama administration on Wednesday gave Shell permission to bore two new exploratory wells...Show More Summary

Jeff Bezos's Space Company Is Now Taking Sign-Ups for Rocket Ship Rides

Would seeing this from a Blue Origin spacecraft change who you are? Vadim Sadovski/Shutterstock Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos's spaceflight company, Blue Origin, launched its first rocket ship (a vehicle that both the Huffington Post and Mashable compared to a penis) to a height 307,000 feet above the earth. Show More Summary

Sandra Bland Is Dead Because She Believed in Her Rights as an American

Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia forces Sandra Bland out of her car with a weapon. YOUTUBE/TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY The video of the July 10 arrest of the black American woman, Sandra Bland, who died on July 13 in a Texas jail...Show More Summary

In Food News: Seattle Loses a Beloved Chef, Sizzle Pie Coming to Capitol Hill, and Shingletown Opens in Ballard

Chef Tyler Moritz (right), with Aleks Dimitrijevich, at their restaurant La Bête in 2010. Kelly O First, some news that I hate to report: Yesterday, local chef Tyler Moritz died after his fight with stage 4 bladder cancer. Moritz was...Show More Summary

Decibel Festival Announces Lineup, and Some of It Is Amazing

This morning Decibel Festival director Sean Horton and his team announced the full lineup for its 12th annual edition of electronic music and digital arts, which happens September 23-27. The 95 stylistically diverse acts will be playing 30 showcases in 10 venues located in Capitol Hill and downtown. Show More Summary

Free Pride Glasgow: "We made a mistake, and we apologise."

Good news, Jinkx! Kelly O After first announcing that they were banning all drag acts from performing at their event and then announcing that trans and non-binary drag acts would be allowed but not cis drag acts, today Free Pride announced...Show More Summary

Mike O'Brien and the Mayor Have a New Oil Train Safety Resolution. But Will It Actually Protect Us?

The oil train safety resolution isn't bad. But it isn't comforting, either. Seattle City Council The US Department of Transportation predicts an average of 10 crude oil or ethanol derailments a year over the next 20 years. Two trains...Show More Summary

To Kill a Mockingbird Will Never Be the Same

At a party recently, a woman told me that she was afraid to read Harper Lee's new book because she—like Jennifer Love Hewitt and many other people—had named one of her children Atticus. I was not surprised to hear this. Americans treat...Show More Summary

Why We're Endorsing Kshama Sawant for City Council District No. 3

Council Member Kshama Sawant Kelly O Comrades! Let us take another step forward in the righteous, people-powered, scent-free struggle to overthrow the greedy capitalists and create a Socialist utopia on Puget Sound, a place where a giant state apparatus will ensure that you have no concerns. Show More Summary

Boring Report: The Red Wall Around the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Comes Down

Yesterday afternoon, most of the wall was gone. Christopher Frizzelle That same corner this morning. Christopher Frizzelle Closer up. Christopher Frizzelle [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Teenagers Having Less Sex, Popping More Morning-After Pills

Jezebel: Teens are simple creatures. Teens love a few things. Teens love: social media platforms so new they’re invisible to the naked eye of an adult; experimenting with mood-altering substances; cheap hair dye; trolling; and also the morning-after pill. Show More Summary

The Morning News: Rich White People Dominate Election Contributions in Seattle, Questions Raised About Edits to Sandra Bland Dashcam Video

People who have homes with views like this one dominate election contributions in the city, according to a new study. Edmund Lowe Photography/Shutterstock The Biggest Funders of Seattle Politicians, white people with homes that have views of the water, according to a new report from Sightline. Show More Summary

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