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Thursday 12 Feb, 2015

Welcome to the new Troll. Powerball winner? Protest in Pasco.

Four Men injured at SR 99 construction site

at 5:36pm by Cody Olsen

Four men were injured working at the north end of the SR 99 waterfront tunnel near Seattle Center this afternoon. The men fell 25 feet down an elevator shaft around 2 p.m. today. They were initially listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, and are currently being evaluated more thoroughly. One worker had to be lifted out with a rescue basket, but the other three were able to walk out. MyNorthwest.com reported the worst injury as a fractured arm.

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture launches new search engine

at 5:27pm by Cody Olsen

Artists in Seattle rejoice, the search engine you’re looking for has finally arrived. The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture unveiled a new website today, SpacefinderSeattle.org, that seeks to connect artists and art spaces. The project’s goal is to support, strengthen and expand cultural square footage in the city. “This tool makes connections and opens doors many artists may not know about,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s a win for arts businesses and artists.”

The site launches with approximately 200 spaces. including theaters, galleries, cinemas and museums, as well as artist’s studios, rehearsal rooms and offices. “The arts community has been asking for this kind of tool for years and the city was able to make it a reality,” says Matthew Richter, cultural space liaison at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Buzzfeed gets the President to use a selfie stick

at 5:14pm by Cody Olsen

In a push to promote the health care exchange website, healthcare.gov, Barack Obama partnered with Buzzfeed to create the video “Things everybody does but doesn’t talk about featuring President Obama.” In it, our Commander-in-Chief performs a variety of silly tasks, including posing in front of his mirror with sunglasses, using a selfie stick for a portrait and pretending to shoot hoops. Depending on whom you ask the video is either a lighthearted look at the man occupying our nation’s highest office, or an unforgivable exercise in diminishing the office of the Presidency. In truth the video probably falls somewhere in the middle, but the President saying “Thanks, Obama” when his cookie is too big to dunk in his glass of milk is pretty funny.

This isn’t the first time the president has sacrificed some dignity to promote the health care website. Remember that appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakisi?

GOP tackles in-state tuition

at 5:08pm by Cody Olsen

Sixteen Majority Coalition Caucus senators are backing a new bill to limit resident-undergraduate tuition to a percentage of the state’s average wage, depending on the type of institution. Sen.Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor and chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia,  introduced the bill, which they believe will reduce in-state tuition by an average of 30 percent.

“Without affordable college options we are seeing increased student debt that will have ripple effects throughout the economy. Students are delaying major life events like starting a family or buying a home. This bill makes sense for all students and invests in higher education after years of neglect, ” Braun said in a press release.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats issued a press release to criticize the bill for being an unfunded mandate with no money identified to make up for the reduced tuition level. “If this policy were followed with actual dollars to make up the difference to the schools in revenue from lower tuition, then it could be something worth talking about,” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, in the release. However, he complained that the funding for the proposal is not identified.

 

UW names Ana Mari Cauce as interim president

at 4:34pm by Joe Copeland

Ana Mari Cauce, Dean of Arts & Sciences at U.W.
Ana Mari Cauce, Dean of Arts & Sciences at U.W.

The University of Washington regents this morning selected popular provost Ana Mari Cauce as interim president, The Seattle Times reports.  Cauce will take charge March 2.

She will fill the sudden, surprise vacancy created by Michael Young’s decision to take the presidency of Texas A&M — and say he wanted to be there in the spring.

Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com notes that the UW has never had a woman president, but that the most recent interim president was Phyllis Wise. The regents then selected Young. Wise is chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Insee wants to slow e-cigarettes

at 2:33pm by Cody Olsen

Gov. Jay Inslee called on the Legislature to put further restrictions on e-cigarettes Thursday. “It’s too easy and too cheap for teens to buy and use vaping products.” Inslee said, citing the preliminary results of a 2014 Health Youth Survey that show Washington’s 8th and 10th grade students use e-cigarettes more than twice as much as they smoke tobacco.

“Many kids believe e-cigarettes are safer, but scientific evidence suggests they are not. Vaping may expose our children to harmful toxic chemicals such as lead and formaldehyde as well as nicotine,” said John Wiesman, Secretary of Health.

Gregory Conley, a spokesman for the American Vaping Association questions the wisdom of this move, saying e-cigarettes are still far less hazardous than tobacco products. Between 2013 and 2014, the nation “had the largest decline in teen smoking, in history.” Conley says this decrease in smoking in directly related to the increase in vaping. We will have a full report shortly.

Mixed reception for lawmaker's family news

at 2:27pm by John Stang

Three years ago, Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, stood up in the Washington House chamber and spoke passionately about her lesbian daughter and her hopes that her daughter could get married.Walsh was one of two House Republicans who voted for gay marriage in a 55-43 decision to legalize it.

On Thursday, Walsh stood up again — to announce the November wedding of her daughter. The House Democrats and about half of the House Republicans stood and applauded Walsh. Since Walsh’s seat is near the rear of the House chamber, the remainder of the Republicans not only sat silently but also with their backs to their colleague as she made her happy announcement.

Here’s her 2012 speech.

Amazon: We weren't late as often as all that

at 12:33pm by Cody Olsen

Amazon deliveries didn’t always make it on time this Holiday season. GeekWire reported yesterday that a Reuters/Ipsos survey of 1,700 Amazon users indicated that November/December deliveries arrived late for 10 percent of users. Amazon however disputes this claim, saying their internal numbers show significantly better results.

Satisfaction with Amazon prime is still high though — 96 percent of those surveyed by Reuters/Ipsos said they are happy with the service.

Membership losing its cachet?

at 10:26am by Joe Copeland

Bloomberg Business suggests that American Express has a problem: It might be losing the loyalty of the wealthiest. Some don’t even use their AmEx cards for grocery shopping anymore. There’s more competition for the super-wealthy market as American Express targets other demographics, including young tech professionals. Next time we’re at the South Lake Union Whole Foods, we watching to see what card gets used.

Expedia expands again

at 8:44am by Joe Copeland

The Bellevue-based travel giant Expedia is getting more gigantic: It said it’s buying Orbitz — less than a month after putting down cash for Travelocity. GeekWire’s Todd Bishop notes that the deal will need regulatory approval, but there are reports of fierce competition for online travel bookings as Google and others become important players. Expedia’s press release talks about reaching an “even wider set of travelers all over the world” but it has repeated shoutouts to the Orbitz “team”: Will that make some existing staff in Bellevue nervous about consolidation leading to layoffs?

Teen wage idea gets Senate committee OK

at 8:27am by John Stang

The Washington Senate Commerce & Labor Committee green-lighted two bills in a 4-to-3 vote along party lines Wednesday to allow teens to be paid slightly less than the minimum wage for summer jobs and for training.

Committee chair Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsored a summer wage bill to allow employers to pay employees ages 14 through 19 the federal minimum wage from June 1 through Aug. 31 annually. Currently, Washington’s minimum wage is $9.47 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Baumgartner also sponsored a bill to allow teens 16 to 19 to be paid 85 percent of the state minimum wage or the federal minimum wage — whichever is higher — while they are being trained. But his bill does not say how long a training wage period would last. It limits any employer to paying a teen wage to a maximum of 10 percent of workers. Baumgartner said he is willing to work on defining what “training” is.

Baumgarnger said the two bills’ purposes are to enable teens to get jobs in a tight working market. Committee member Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, said that a shrunken teen wage would handicap future college students, who are currently being helped by a tuition freeze at the state’s universities. Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, said, “I believe if you do the work, you get the pay.”

Baumgartner declined to speculate whether the teen wage bills could end up in a deal made with the Democratic-led House, which is pondering whether to pass a $12-an-hour minimum wage bill.

Welcome to the new Troll. Powerball winner? Protest in Pasco.

at 5:00am by Joe Copeland

Updated at 8:12 a.m. With the launch of our new website comes the new, souped-up version of our Daily Troll. To keep you current on the latest Northwest news, we’ve mashed the best of Clicker (our headlines from other publications) and Troll into a new aggregation service that promises the most compelling headlines, stories, quotes, tweets, you name it – not just once a day, but all day long.

Anyone newly rich? It was a busy day at lottery sales counters here and across because the Powerball jackpot roared to $564 million before Wednesday’s night’s drawing. During the night, Powerball officials determined that winning tickets were sold in stores in Texas, Puerto Rico and North Carolina. If you just want to determine if you won (or maybe just came close), the winning numbers 11-13-25-39-54, with the Powerball at 19 and the Power Play at 3.

Some 100 people protested at Pasco City Hall into the evening Wednesday over the police shooting of a 35-year-old man, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, according to the Tri-City Herald. One chant: “Use your training, not your gun.”

Down in Oregon, politics got pretty crazy: The Oregonian reports that on Tuesday Gov. Jon Kitzhaber had planned to resign (on either Thursday or Friday), but then changed his mind Wednesday. Now it’s a new day and who knows how wild it could get with the scandal-plagued governor?

CBS News correspondent Bob Simons died in a New York City car crash (CBS remembrance here). If you caught “60 Minutes” on Sunday, it was Simons who had the excellent segment with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

In the category of “it never gets any easier,” this from Art Thiel:

The weather looks, well, Pacific Northwest-like. Until Saturday. Not much variation between, for example, Oso and Seattle but here are their outlooks from the National Weather Service. No immediate relief in sight for Snoqualmie Pass, where the Summit at Snoqualmie Pass ski resort is closed, at least temporarily, according to KOMO and seattlepi.com. The long-range forecast through next Wednesday has no indication of any snow.

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Wednesday 11 Feb, 2015

Seattle's gentrification gone wild. Having our organic. Dog breeds targetedPolice in Pasco shoot man after confrontation.

Pasco man shot by police

at 4:02pm by Alyssa Campbell

A man was shot and killed in Pasco on Tuesday night, becoming the fourth officer-involved shooting there in the past seven months, according to KOMO News. This time, however, everything was captured on video and watched by onlookers as the scene broke out at a busy intersection. Eyewitness accounts reveal differing stories of what happened, with some recalling that the man was running away when the shots were fired while others claimed that he was about to fight officers with a rock. The officers are to be placed on paid leave while an investigation is carried out.

Local tech industry looking ahead

at 3:55pm by Alyssa Campbell

With all the word on the block of Seattle’s booming tech industry, local tech companies are still saying they have a hard time finding enough talent, often being overshadowed by California’s vibrant tech scene. The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) recently appointed Julie Pham to a position to help bring leaders of the state’s tech industry together. In an interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal, Pham reveals a perspective different from what you might think.

“One of the things we’re working on is how do we show we don’t want to be San Francisco.” Even with all the new Amazon and Microsoft employees moving to Seattle, Pham insists that “there needs to be more [diverse] tech talent here.” She adds that we can’t forget to support the small companies and startups in the region, which are a key part of a “thriving [tech] ecosystem.”

Seattle costs send jobs away

at 3:54pm by Alyssa Campbell

While Seattle has seen a slew of new businesses opening in the city this past year, the locally-based company Cascade Designs plans to move one-fifth of its workforce to Nevada, the Seattle Times reports. They plan to open a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Reno next year. The outdoor apparel company has found Seattle’s real estate and labor costs to be too expensive to continue its expansion locally. Company officials say the new $15 minimum wage will put the company at a competitive disadvantage with other brands that use overseas labor. In spite of all this, Cascade insists that they “want to remain a Seattle company.”

A top organic city

at 3:52pm by Alyssa Campbell

Seattle is hitting the top of lists for rankings of all sorts this week: besides gentrification, there’s our love for organic food. As noted in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle came in seventh on a list put together by Campbell’s Soup of U.S cities with the top consumption and production of organic food. Other cities such as Portland, San Francisco, and Minneapolis came in ahead of Seattle. What methodology was used to decipher which cities were indeed the most organic of them all?

Data on the consumption of organic labelled foods, the number of results for online searches for organic restaurants and grocery stores, the number of local farmer’s markets and the number of USA certified organic producers were all calculated into the matrix. Another interesting trend? Seven of the top-10 organic cities are located in colder climates, including Seattle.

No. 4 in gentrification

at 3:49pm by Alyssa Campbell

A new report released by the Governing Institute finds Seattle to be the fourth most gentrifying city in the United States, preceded only by Portland, Washington D.C., and Minneapolis. While gentrification remains an abnormal phenomenon across the country (only 8 percent of neighborhoods in cities reviewed were found to be gentrifying), the share of eligible neighborhood tracts gentrifying in Seattle has actually increased 10 percent since the 1990’s (from 40 to 50 percent).

The report, entitled “Gentrification in America,” examined census tracts in the country’s 50 largest cities. Neighborhoods were considered “eligible to gentrify” only if they had a median home value and household income within the bottom 40th percentile in 2000 for the metro area. An area qualified as gentrifying if it experienced significant growth in median home values and the percentage of adults holding a bachelor’s degree.

Interestingly, the number of Seattle’s neighborhoods qualifying as ‘eligible’ to begin with (that is, those which remain largely poor with low home values) has decreased since the 1990s from 30 to only 14 since 2000 – illustrating ever-more clearly Seattle’s wealth transformation. A Seattle gentrification map reveals the seven census tracts that gentrified in Seattle and another set of neighborhoods that have, if only for the moment, largely escaped the waves of newcomers and property investment. The newly gentrified areas include Belltown, South Lake Union, a part of Downtown, Licata Springs in north Seattle and parts of High Point, Delridge, South Park and Georgetown.

No stereotyping of dog breeds

at 12:42pm by John Stang

Think of it as profiling by dog breed. At least that’s what Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, believes she is addressing in her bill to forbid a local government from making specific dog breeds illegal.

Yes, we’re talking about pit bulls.

“The best dog I’ve had in my life was a pit bull,”. Appleton told the Washington House Judiciary Committee at a hearing Wednesday She took care of my grandkids.”

She said owners need to be held responsible for the acts of their dogs. But, she said, “We are euthanizing dogs who did nothing wrong because someone called them a ‘pit bull.’ ”

The Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation supported her bill, contending a few localities will forbid non-pit-bull dogs just because they look like pit bulls. The City of Pasco — which forbids certain breeds — indicated it could support the bill if it would allow a local government to order dogs of certain breeds to get certificates of good behavior from the American Kennel Club.

Tuesday 10 Feb, 2015

Medical school passes hurdle. A wine record, tinged white. Council field grows.Hey, Fido, tell Dad to put on that leash!

Dog leash alert

at 4:39pm by Joe Copeland

King County Parks officials have unleashed a crackdown on dogs running without leashs. MyNorthwest says the decision follows reports of more dog fights and pets going free on trails in parks. One spot already targeted for the random checks was one of the most popular: Cougar Mountain Wildland Park. Officials remind dog owners that Marymoor Park has an off-leash area.

In vino auctus (growth)

at 4:36pm by Amy Augustine

It’s been another good year for Washington grape growers, with 2014 setting a record harvest for the third straight year. Federal statistics released this week showed the state’s annual yield at 227,000 tons, about 8 percent over 2013, the Yakima Daily Herald reported. Extreme weather aside, predictions for next year are also optimistic, according to industry officials.

White wine grapes led the market, making up 53 percent of the annual crush, with white riesling leading the bunch with 50,500 tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. White varieties jumped 16 percent in production over 2013, compared with a 1 percent increase for reds. Washington is the second largest wine grape producing state in the nation — California is first.

New council candidate

at 4:21pm by Cody Olsen

Jonathan Grant, director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, is entering the race for Seattle City Council. Grant has been working to curb what he sees as poor treatment of tenants by many Seattle developers. The Slog reports that he will either run against Tim Burgess or Sally Clark for one of the two citywide spots on the council. There are already three challengers already declared for each of those positions. So far, the biggest field of candidates is five, for District 1 in West Seattle-South Park.

“When you go back and look at just the last four or five years on the city council,” Grant told The Slog, “we’ve seen this kind of wholesale deference to developers.”

Getting medical

at 4:19pm by Joe Copeland

Committees in both the state House and Senate today recommended passage of a bill that’s needed for Washington State University to launch a medical school. The higher education committees in both bodies recommended lifting a 1917 state ban on any public medical schools other than the University of Washington. In a statement, Spokane Republican Sen. Mike Baumgartner, sponsor of the Senate measure, said, “My colleagues recognize the increasing need for more doctors in this state and the need to expand our medical education in order to meet that need. I look forward to continuing the discussion and fixing this outdated, nearly 100-year-old law.” “My colleagues recognize the increasing need for more doctors in this state and the need to expand our medical education in order to meet that need.” House sponsor Rep. Marcus Ricelli, D-Spokane, said a new medical school can particularly help rural and underserved communities.

Monday 9 Feb, 2015

The Daily Troll: Stability restored at tent city? Port labor fight could be pricey. Bertha talks go better.Symphony, Stephen Stubbs among local Grammy winners.

Bertha update goes OK

at 1:00am by David Kroman

The Washington State Department of Transportation returned to City Hall Monday to brief the council on the progress of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. While calling the meeting positive may be an overstatement — not much surrounding Bertha has been lately — the briefing was, shall we say, not negative.

When project manager Todd Trepanier sat down, the first thing he mentioned was improved communication protocol between the Seattle Department of Transportation and WSDOT — an obvious response to complaints from city council about poor communication, most notably surrounding a letter that made mention of a hypothetical “catastrophic failure” of Bertha’s access pit. At the last WSDOT briefing, Trepanier suggested limiting access to such letters, setting off a sharp backlash from council members. Trepanier’s assurances Monday that WSDOT and SDOT continue to have “routine and ongoing communication meetings” seemed to satisfy the council.

Trepanier has had little to celebrate in the previous months, so to watch him describe the completion of Bertha’s access pit was to see a man relieved. Now, the agency is waiting for 1,000 cubic yards of concrete, over 100 truckloads, to solidify at the base of the pit — the “cradle” to hold Bertha during repairs.

The council still had its questions, including viaduct traffic, the proximity of the pit to the viaduct, money for extra transit, whether Bertha will eventually be able to bore through all that concrete and the condition of Pioneer Square water mains. Answers rarely got more specific than “we’re working on it.” Also, WSDOT’s David Sowers made mention of minor settlement — one-tenth of an inch — near the Yesler and Western intersection, quickly catching the attention of the council. He went on to explain that this settlement is standard to Pioneer Square.

Grammys hit home

at 1:00am by Alyssa Campbell

As the Seattle Times Reports, composer John Luther Adams was awarded best contemporary classical composition yesterday for “Become Ocean,” whose performance by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra earned a nomination for best orchestral performance. The SSO was further nominated for four other Grammys: best instrumental solo, best engineered performance for two different songs, and for producer of the year. However, following the same tone as the Seahawks, we didn’t quite manage to take all the awards home this year. Other Seattle talents, however, did win, including Pacific MusicWork’s founder Stephen Stubbs for best opera recording and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam for best recording package.

Bennett’s (borrowed) bike goes for $10K

at 1:00am by David Kroman

Let’s dwell on the sweeter days of the Seahawks, shall we? Remember that time, when they were down 16-0 in the NFC Championship versus the Green Bay Packers? And then the entire universe conspired to make them win, including a fake punt for touchdown, a crazy onside kick recovery, a fine-provoking celebration from Marshawn Lynch and a game-winning touchdown by Jermaine Kearse?

When it was over, our beloved Michael Bennett did what many recent protestors probably would love to do — he borrowed an SPD bicycle and took it for a joyride around the stadium. Of course, if a protester pulled that stunt, the reaction would be a bit different. But rather than put Bennett behind bars, the SPD donated the bicycle to be auctioned off. Seattlepi.com reports the bike fetched $10,000 dollars. Half of the money will go toward the Seattle Police Department Foundation’s fight against domestic violence and child exploitation. The other half will go to Bennett’s work to prevent childhood obesity. Unless you’re a Seahawk (especially one with as many communications gifts as athletic ones), Crosscut does not recommend appropriating police gear for charity.

Port closure could cost billions

at 1:00am by Alyssa Campbell

A classic tug-of-war between labor and management has been playing out in West Coast ports since May, threatening to cost retailers up to $7 billion dollars this year after closures and slowdowns. After continuous failures in negotiations over a labor contract between the Pacific Maritime Association (which manages shipping operations at a number of West Coast ports) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the PMA shut down 29 West Coast ports over the weekend, including the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma. The ports reopened today but negotiations seemed to be at a standstill, KIRO-TV reported. If another shutdown were to occur, however, it could cost the United States $2.1 billion a day, according to a report mentioned by the Puget Sound Business Journal today.

Nickelsville leader back

at 1:00am by Alyssa Campbell

The homeless encampment of Nickelsville has apparently escaped the threat of having to move quickly from its current location near the Chinatown International District. The ouster of the longtime leader of the group, Scott Morrow, has been reversed, likely clearing the way for the group to stay put for now.

After Morrow’s ouster by camp residents, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and the Low Income Housing Institute had saidthey would withdraw their support. They said the camp appeared unable to demonstrate responsible self-governance.

In a note to media this morning, Morrow said that he had been reinstated by majority vote as Nickelsville’s leader Saturday. He commented, “Any democracy can be messy, but I’m still a believer in it.” He admitted that he hadn’t “put the time into Nickelsville that it needs and deserves” but promised to be more in touch.

This is not the first time Scott Morrow has run into controversy with his leadership style, but the break in solidarity in Nickelsville also reportedly stems from a strained relationship between old residents and new arrivals in the camp. And the timing was bad: The uproar came just as the City Council is to consider a proposal by Mayor Ed Murray for three new tent cities.

UW gets grant to detect autism

at 1:00am by David Kroman

Scientists have taken only minor steps toward finding the cause of autism. And without a cause, there is certainly no cure. However, we do know that early detection is key to the child’s development. MyNorthwest.com reported Monday that the University of Washington received $3.9 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a method for early diagnosis.

The UW’s Dr. Wendy Stone said, “The current situation for children with autism is that parents often have concerns about their child’s development at an average age of 17 or 18 months, yet the average age of diagnosis in the U.S. is three years or older and it can be a couple of years past that if you happen to be in a minority or under served population.” Their solution is to empower parents to better identify indicators of autism at a young age.

With the grant money, the UW will purchase and distribute tablets to physician offices in Skagit, Lewis, Spokane and Yakima counties. The tablets will have a questionnaire known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers or M-CHAT. Parents will take the tablets home and administer the questionnaire with their child – how their child reacts to certain noises or how they interact with peers. Unlike other tests, the tablet will ask follow-up questions, which can help eliminate false-positives. The grant then goes on to help physicians teach parents simple intervention techniques to improve basic language and filtering skills.

Not enough legislative time?

at 1:00am by John Stang

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is pushing a resolution to evaluate whether the Legislature should change the lengths of its annual sessions. She testified for the resolution Monday in front of the Senate Government  Operations Committee, which is chaired, by Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, is a co-sponsor of the resolution.

Kohl-Welles said: “We need to do something to see if we are keeping up with the needs of our constituents.” Kohl-Welles noted that 21 states with populations smaller than Washington’s meet for longer periods each year. Washington holds 105-day sessions and 60-day sessions on alternating years. The resolution calls for a study of session times, as well as such factors as staffing and facilities, with a report due by Dec.1, 2016. The study group would consist of eight legislators and seven citizens.

Committee member Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, said: “I’m afraid a study like this would say, ‘Gee, we’re not passing enough legislation.’ … Maybe there should be a restriction how many bills that a legislator can submit.” Benton  is one of the more prolific introducers of bills in the Legislature.

Friday 6 Feb, 2015

The Daily Troll: Ana Marie Cauce for UW prez? MSFT drops Xbox prices again. Former Seahawk charged with wage theft.The Daily Troll: Ana Marie Cauce for UW prez? MSFT drops Xbox prices again. Former Seahawk charged with wage theft.

UW provost and vice president interested in Young’s former job

at 1:00am by David Kroman

University of Washington provost and executive vice president Ana Mari Cauce told the Puget Sound Business Journal today that, if the UW board asked, she would accept the job of interim university president. The sudden departure of UW president Michael Young earlier this week caught everybody by surprise, even the university’s Board of Regents. His move to Texas A&M (whom the Seahawks pay royalties for use of the 12thMan) will be Young’s third college presidency in 5 years.

The appointment would not be surprising, as Cauce has worked at the UW for 29 years. She oversees the education, research and service missions of all the UW’s colleges. She also heads resource allocation. After getting a Ph.D in psychology from Yale, much of Cauce’s work has been with adolescent development and at-risk youth. Thanks to his collaborative decision making approach, Cauce said that she was involved in every major decision of Young’s 3-year tenure. — D.K.

Gun owners in Idaho could carry weapons without permit

at 1:00am by Cambria Roth

As Washington Senator Steve Litzow pointed out at Civic Cocktail on Wednesday, “We’ve created a lot of bills in the Senate — not all of them are genius bills.” The Idaho Legislature gave that statement new meaning by introducing a bill Thursday that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in the state without a permit.

KPLU reports that Greg Pruett, the genius behind the bill, said that lawmakers don’t need a permit for their concealed weapons, so citizens shouldn’t have to either. “You’ll find that most gun owners in the state of Idaho are very responsible, especially those who carry,” Pruett said. Members of the House committee voted to introduce the bill with Republicans for and Democrats against it.

Former Seahawk charged with wage theft

at 1:00am by John Stang

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged Sam Adams and Dana Sargent, owners of six former Northwest athletic clubs (including the former West Seattle Athletic Club), with stealing wages and evading taxes. Adams served as a defensive lineman for the Seahawks from 1994-1999. The charges in King County Superior Court are here and here. The pair allegedly failed to pay state taxes, withheld wages from workers, failed to pay workers’ insurance premiums, and failed to pay unemployment insurance, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office.

The attorney general’s press release alleged that the pair failed to pay roughly $446,000 in taxes, $7,166 in earned employee wages, $35,000 for state unemployment insurance and deducted insurance premium payments from paychecks, but failed to pay the insurance company Aetna Healthcare. — J.S.

Is there more paid parking in Seattle nowadays?

at 1:00am by Cambria Roth

Having trouble finding parking in Seattle’s commercial core? Data from Seattle Department of Transportation shows that overall there is more paid parking than there used to be, but parking has been cut in the densest areas. Publicola reports that there are an estimated 500,000 on-street parking spaces in Seattle. Of those, 11,900 are paid on-street parking spaces, about 3,000 more than 10 years ago. However, in the city’s commercial core, the number of paid parking spots decreased from 1,444 to 1,169.

SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan says the lost parking spots are due to transportation projects and private development. “In a growing Seattle, we need to maximize the safe movement of people and goods using our limited right of way, especially in denser neighborhoods,” he said. For example, the Alaskan Way Viaduct project removed street parking and the Sound Transit Light Rail station took parking from Capitol Hill and Pike-Pine. Bike infrastructure also impacted street parking. Thirty spaces were taken away for the 2ndAvenue bike lane and 81 spots for bike share stations citywide. —C.R.

Records requester strikes again

at 1:00am by David Kroman

Local computer programmer Tim Clemans is making a show of public disclosure laws. Last year, he submitted requests for all video recorded by police departments around the state. The request befuddled SPD, leading them to call Clemans in to their office to help them release the footage. On Thursday, he followed up that act with a request for emails on “all subjects,” from 60 government departments. In other words, every e-mail.

Wednesday 4 Feb, 2015

Social media shapeup for police. 'Fifty Shades' and Duck rides. Women shorted on pay.

New social media policy for SPD

at 3:38pm by Cambria Roth

A new social media policy for Seattle police officers is in the works after an officer posted racially charged comments on Facebook last summer in support of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.The statement from officer Cynthia Whitlatch (who was involved in the arrest of a black pedestrian for carrying a golf club on his daily walks) included, “I am tired of black people’s paranoia that white people are out to get them.” The Office of Professional Accountability has received a complaint about the posts; the Police Department has already apologized for the arrest of the pedestrian. Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole told KIRO-TV that the new policy will flag posts that might damage an officer’s ability to serve, put him or her at risk, or harm the reputation of the department and its community relations. “All complaints, whether they’re made to the police department or they’re made to OPA, will go into one system and it will trigger early warnings.” O’Toole will review a draft of the policy on Thursday. — C.R.

Real-life ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ tower

at 3:38pm by Alyssa Campbell

With the film adaptation of the worldwide best selling book "Fifty Shades of Grey" scheduled for release Feb. 13, residents of Seattle’s Escala Tower have already noticed that their luxury condo tower turn into a tourist spectacle, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

While the film does not depict the interior space of the building, permission was given to film view shots from the rooftop of the Escala last fall. The Escala Tower is described as the home of the series’ main character, Christian Grey., which has inspired some fans to attempt to visit the tower ever since the release of the first book in 2011.  Fans, mostly young and middle-aged women, have tried a variety of tactics to get inside the building — from sneaking in past the concierge to calling a real-estate broker to request to spend a night in one of the tower’s penthouse suites. To the anguish of residents, the tower has even become a stop on Ride the Duck tours.Not all residents are complaining, however, with some celebrating the film’s premiere with a tasting of wines personally crafted by book author E.L. James. In 2012, residents were treated to a private book signing. One penthouse in the building recently sold for $6.2 million, and at least one owner has used the book as a selling point for his residence. Will the film inspire a wealthy fan to purchase a penthouse in the building? We will see. — A.C.

Women's pay doesn't pencil out

at 3:38pm by David Kroman

Figures put out by the the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics this week show that Washington women made 79.3 percent of what men did in 2013, 21st in the country and below the 82.1 percent nationwide average. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings here has ranged from between 71.9 percent in 2000 to 79.5 percent in 2007. As Crosscut’s John Stang reported last week, legislators are looking at bridging the pay gap between men and women. Bills introduced by Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island. Senn and Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, would require employers to provide valid reasons for pay disparities. They would also forbid employers from ordering workers not to disclose salaries or sharing pay information with each other. In case you were wondering, the other Washington has the smallest gap — only 8 percentage points different. Louisiana has the largest gap at 34 percentage points difference. — D.K.

PlayStation outsells Xbox

at 3:38pm by David Kroman

Sony has at least one thing to celebrate this year: the sales of their PlayStation video game console. The technology giant behind the controversial movie “The Interview,” about Seth Rogen and James Franco assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, suffered enormously after hackers from North Korea infiltrated their database. But Geekwire reports that Sony sold 7.5 million PlayStation consoles last quarter and 18.8 million on the year. Redmond-based Microsoft's Xbox sold 12.1 million units (continuing a trend of trailing PlayStation for several years). Like the last place finisher in a game of Mario Kart, the Nintendo Wii checked in with 3.9 million units.In the U.S., however, the Xbox outsold Sony in December and November, boosted mostly by a $50 price drop on the console. Notes Geekwire’s Todd Bishop, getting consoles into homes goes beyond gaming. The Xbox, PlayStation and Wii also act as streaming devices. However, they’re facing competition in that realm from cheaper devices like Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV. — D.K.

Seattle in boom mode, the nation takes notice

at 3:38pm by Alyssa Campbell

This week,  The Brookings Institution released a report naming Seattle the second-best metropolitan region in the U.S. for advanced industries (employing 16 percent of the workforce). This places Seattle, as seattlepi.com notes, ahead of even San Francisco as a major employer of this highly skilled, highly educated workforce.

“Advanced industries” includes sectors that Seattle has long been known for — including architecture, aircraft production, computer systems design and medical laboratories. These industries are critical to the nation’s economy, generating 17 percent of GDP in the U.S. In Seattle the average salary of those working in advanced industries in 2013 was almost two times as high as those working in other sectors ($113,160 vs. $63,180).However, as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, an often-noted problem is finding places where all of these new arrivals will live. The real estate market has responded to this newfound demand with a construction boom, leaving Seattle’s skyline dotted with cranes. Is that all good? KeyBank Market President Carol Nelson argues in an interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal, overspeculation in the multi-family residential market is exactly what she fears most. Seattle’s newfound gold rush era won’t last forever. — A.C.

Tuesday 3 Feb, 2015

UW president heads to Texas A&M. Playing those Seattle, Eastside traffic blues. Ready to move on?

UW president on the move

at 2:57pm by Joe Copeland

Updated at 6:50 p.m. University of Washington President Michael Young said this afternoon that he is leaving to become president of Texas A&M, which boasts of being the sixth largest public university in America. 

Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com notes that Young has been at the U, which has so far declined to comment, for less than four years. And he will take over duties in the spring, forcing the UW to name an interim leader. In a statement posted on the university's web site,  the UW Regents chair Bill Ayers said, "The news about UW President Michael Young and Texas A&M University has come as a surprise to the Board of Regents."

In his statement, posted with generous remarks about him from Ayers, Young said, "“Deciding to be a candidate for the presidency of Texas A&M University was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I was not looking to leave the University of Washington, but the allure of the recruitment process led to conversations in which the opportunity to bring new leadership and fresh ideas to another outstanding university presented itself with some force." The part about fresh ideas could leave many others at the UW wondering why they hadn't heard more of those during his low-key tenure here.

For the record, the UW may be slightly smaller in enrollment, but it's 26th best in the world on The Times of London's ranking of universities. Texas A&M clocks in at 141st — right behind the Colorado School of Mines. — J.C.

Travel Blues

at 2:57pm by Cody Olsen

Being frustrated with sitting in traffic is quickly becoming synonymous with Seattle life, so The Stranger’s Eli Sanders decided to give us a quick breakdown of why our travel blues exist. His summary is basically: Seattle is a particularly narrow piece of land, an isthmus located between Lake Washington and the Sound. Sanders notes we are “the fastest-growing large city in America.” Obviously more infrastructure and travel room is needed, but the transportation spending has — at least until recently — focused on freeway projects, rather than increasing our public transit rapidly enough — a bit easier and cheaper in a city so narrow as Seattle.Sanders condemns our Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement spending, saying the budget could have been much more effective in augmenting our public transportation system. — C.O.

Express Lane Tolls

at 2:57pm by Cody Olsen

Tolling the express lanes between Lynnwood and Bellevue starts later this year, and we now have an idea of the pricing. The Seattle Times reports that typical express lane tolls will probably be between 75 cents and $4, but that peak tolls could be as much as $10. The express lane will also be open to cars with at least three occupants free of charge, but the paper notes they must have a good to go account and Flex Pass. Public comments about the toll proposal can be given this evening a Transportation Commission meeting at Bellevue City Hall and at two upcoming Kirkland meetings (as well as online) — details here. — C.O.

Seahawks return: kinda cheery

at 2:57pm by Cody Olsen

On Monday, as Seattle was collectively licking its wounds, the Seahawks returned from Arizona and were greeted at their training center in Kirkland by fans. MyNorthwest.com notes that there’s even a petition going around to still hold a Seahawks rally congratulating the team for making a two back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. It seems that despite an ending that left a horrible taste in our mouths, at least some Seahawks fans remember this team just had two great seasons. No reason the team can’t keep the momentum going, either.  — C.O.

Monday 2 Feb, 2015

Get your pot from a vending machine. Middle income: The endangered class. Super Bowl aftermath.

Marijuana vending machine coming to Seattle

at 3:46pm by Cambria Roth

Forget chips and candy — Seattle is getting its first marijuana vending machine. The vending machine is set to make its debut on Tuesday inside Seattle Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary on South Jackson Street. MyNorthwest.com reports American Green is the company behind the machine, and they say it will verify a user’s age and identity using an ID scanner. Pot vending machines in Colorado have been selling edible THC-infused products since last year. The Seattle vending machine will have medicinal and recreational marijuana flowers, edibles, and pot-related merchandise. You won’t be able to use a credit or debit card, though — only cash or bitcoin is accepted considering pot isn’t legal at a federal level yet. — C.R.

Middle class? What middle class?

at 3:46pm by Alyssa Campbell

While word is out on Seattle’s economic boom around the country, not everyone will be prospering. As KUOW reports, since 2000, fewer than 5 percent of new households in King County are middle income. In fact, the largest demographic expansion is occurring amongst economically disadvantaged households earning less than $25,000 a year — offering a contrasting narrative to Seattle’s yuppification.As has been the case in cities throughout the country, King County’s union culture has weakened in recent years. The Machinists, Boeing’s employee union, struggled to maintain solidarity in response to the company’s threat to remove 20,000 jobs if employees refused to give up their pension.The transition from permanent to temporary and contracted work further threatens the security of the middle class. Large local companies, such as Microsoft, have announced plans to cut a large proportion of contracted workers as they fight to remain competitive on a global scale. — A.C.

Council: Taking attendance

at 3:46pm by Cody Olsen

How do we measure the success of Seattle’s city council members? Since one of their primary responsibility is attending meetings, looking at their attendance record might be a good place to start. The Seattle Times breaks down the attendance of our nine members, showing the percent each one showed up at a meeting they were expected to attend. Three council members broke 90 percent, with four more in the 80s. Helping everyone else to look good: Kshama Sawant at 75 percent and Tom Rasmussen, who’s not seeking re-election, at 69 percent. Maybe there’s a lesson for council watchers of the future: If a member attends less than 70 percent of the time, is he or she getting ready to step down? — C.O.

Locker room conspiracy theories fly after last night's loss

at 3:46pm by David Kroman

There are 30 NFL teams that would love to have been where the Seahawks were last night. And yet something tells me the Hawks and their fans feel worse today than all 30 combined.  I heard once that bronze Olympic medalists live happier lives than silver medalists because while the third place finishers compare themselves to everyone they beat, the silvers only think of the gold they didn’t get. Likewise, for this offseason — and maybe for years — the Hawks will not think of those 30 teams who watched Super Bowl 49 from their couch. They’ll only think of the yard Marshawn Lynch didn’t have the chance to gain.Like a rash that never went away, the locker room divisions everyone talked about when the Hawks were 3-3 came flaring up today. A writer for The Nation, who said he was working from some tweets and text messages from sources inside the locker room and among sports writers, some players are see something of a conspiracy. With contract negotiations for Russell Wilson and Lynch around the corner, s “the call” for Wilson to throw on 2nd and 1 could have been an attempt to establish him, not Lynch, as the face of the franchise. If that pass is completed, Seahawks win and Wilson wins Super Bowl MVP. Whether there’s truth to the idea or not is almost irrelevant: If the conversation is coming from players, it raises questions about what the team will look like moving forward. — D.K.

Defensive coordinator gone 

at 3:46pm by David Kroman

Speaking of personnel moving forward, one person the Seahawks will definitely be without is current defense coordinator, Dan Quinn. The Atlanta Falcons made their formal announcement of his hiring as head coach there today, calling it "an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise and fans," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Reports that Quinn would leave to take the head-coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons had circulated for a few weeks. Quinn landed the job on the success of his Seahawks’ defense, which could go down as one of the best all time. The Falcons, on the other hand, allowed the most total yards in the league this season. It will be interesting to see how Quinn’s defense translates, as it is among the simplest in the league, relying mostly on the athleticism of the players on the field. Will it work in Atlanta? The Atlanta paper included a brief video of Richard Sherman praising Quinn as smarter and willing to listen to his players. — D.K. 

Fans react

at 3:46pm by David Kroman

Here’s a video of reactions to last night’s game. Beware: this may induce PTSD (and you may not want the sound up in some circumstances considering some of the expletives from fans for both sides).

Friday 30 Jan, 2015

Breakup for Seattle Public Schools? Lawmakers look at fantasy sports. Did someone say 'Super Bowl'?

Breaking up the school district?

at 3:10pm by Joe Copeland

A bill from two south Seattle legislators would split Seattle Public Schools into two districts. Democratic Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew are the prime sponsors, and Santos is chair of the House Education Committee. The committee's vice chair, Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, and Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, have also signed on. Santos tells Crosscut's John Stang that the district is simply too large to govern. John Stang has a full story here. — J.C.

Fantasy: Gambling?

at 3:10pm by John Stang

Fantasy football and other fantasy sports might take skill. But are they still gambling? A Senate Labor & Commerce Committee appeared stumped Friday on the gambling question.What is happening is that Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn has a bill to declare fantasy sports, such as fantasy football, a game that requires skill instead of chance. The distinction is that chance is 100 percent gambling, while putting money on a skill-oriented game is …well. … uh … hhhmmm. The committee raised that question, with no one really knowing the answer. In fantasy sports, participants draft real-life pro players, and tabulate their statistics game-by-game or over a full season to determine a winning “team.”Fantasy sports with money stakes is legally allowed in 45 states, which have generally decided it’s not gambling but a contest of skill based on knowing enough to pick players well. The federal government leaves the issue up to to the individual states. Technically, Washington is one of the remaining five.    Labor committee member  Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, said the definition is critical because a gambling legalization bill would require a two-thirds majority of Washington’s House and Senate to pass. Committee chairman Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said: “This committee may return to this issue when we learn more.” — J.S.

Marshawn Lynch speaks...and he's funny!

at 3:10pm by David Kroman

One of the biggest story lines of Super Bowl 49 has been Marshawn Lynch’s defiance of the media. It’s turned into something of a game: Who can get Marshawn Lynch to say something, anything at all.It turns out, the answer is comedian Conan O’Brien. Marshawn and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski went on Conan’s show to play the forthcoming video game ‘Mortal Combat X.’ The results are, well, hilarious. Be warned though: there is some disturbing video game violence involved. — D.K.

Inslee gets loud

at 3:10pm by John Stang

Did you hear it? Today, Gov. Jay Inslee decreed that there would be a “moment of loudness” at noon. We didn’t catch any whiff of it in Pioneer Square, but our Olympia correspondent John Stang was right in the middle of the noise in the state’s capital. Below, Tyler Hawkins, 5, and his mom Shawna shout as loud as they can, along with 350 other people, at noon Friday on the Capitol steps in Olympia in support the Seahawks. His brother Luke, 7 and dad, Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, were also part of the crowd. Statewide shoutouts for the Seahawks are also scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by John Stang) —  D.K.

Your chance to cheer for charity

at 3:10pm by Cambria Roth

Do you think you have a good guess for the final score of Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl game? Do you have a prediction of Marshawn Lynch’s carries in the game? If you guess both correctly, you could win the chance to choose any qualified King County nonprofit organization a donation of $4,900 from The Seattle Foundation. Head to The Seattle Foundation’s Facebook page, enter your guess in the comment section. You have until Sunday’s kickoff to enter. Happy guessing! — C.R.

Sit down, watch the game, with a 12th something?

at 3:10pm by Joe Copeland

Not to doubt the Seattle area enthusiasm for the Seahawks, but there’s no denying that businesses are taking advantage of the Seahawks’ success to better market their products. Hilliards beer has a “12th Can” beer, Dick’s beer has a “12th Man Pale Ale,” we’ve seen 12th man wine, vodka, donuts and basically anything else with room for a label.

Starbucks is the latest brand to jump on the 12th-wagon. “In support” of their hometown Hawks, Starbuck has released a Seahawks Frappuccino. The drink is a “vanilla bean crème beverage blended with blueberries and topped with green tea matcha-infused whip cream,” said a statement from the company. Nothing says loud and proud like “crème” and “matcha—infused whip cream.” — D.K.

Tickets limited to the 1%

at 3:10pm by Joe Copeland

How much are you willing to spend to see the Super Bowl in person? $200? $400? How about $8,548? The last number was the cheapest of some 225 tickets that one seat broker said could be bought as of Friday morning for Super Bowl 49. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Connor Gregoire of SeatGeek.com says the ticket prices have something to do with brokers selling tickets too quickly, too early, so the limited tickets are driving up prices. Whatever the reason, if you don’t have your ticket now, maybe consider throwing a party instead. For $8,548, you could afford to have Canlis cater it. (And as of mid-afternoon, you were looking at more like $10,700 on SeatGeek.) — D.K.

Thursday 29 Jan, 2015

Amazon earnings soar. Neighborhood tone to City Council races. Homeless keep out?

Amazon's amazin' earnings

at 4:28pm by Joe Copeland

Amazon reported its fourth quarter earnings — and they were socko. Several major news outlets said the Amazon profits for the quarter "crushed" analysts' modest estimates. It must be sweet vindication for everyone behind Amazon's aggressive investment-and-growth strategy, which some Wall Street investors had griped about. As Slate put it, "All of a sudden, those investments appear to be paying off."  — J.C. 

City Council races growing

at 4:28pm by Joe Copeland

Seattle's new district election system is supposed to give neighborhoods more representation on the City Council, since seven of the nine members will be elected by their districts. Now, a neighborhood leader is thrown himself into one of the two remaining citywide at-large positions. Bill Bradburd, chair of the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition, today said he is running for Position 9, one of those two spots. Bradburd, who helped lead the districts campaign, said he will work to keep the city "affordable for workers, middle- and low-income families, and renters."Other candidates for Position 9 are current Councilmember Sally Clark, Madison Park Bakery owner Terry Hofman and David Ishii, who has described himself as an artist and poet. So far, multiple candidates have filed in every race except the north end's District 6 (Councilmember Mike O'Brien announced this week) and Downtown to Magnolia's District 7 (Councilmember Sally Bagshaw is running). — J.C.

Keeping the homeless out of Redmond?

at 4:28pm by Cody Olsen

Of the many problems facing the homeless population of Seattle, expensive temporary-use permits can now be added to the list. The Seattle Times reports that Camp Unity a tent city in Kirkland is looking for a new home. But when members of a church in nearby Redmond offered up their location, Redmond city officials informed them there would be a $2,600 temporary use permit. Kirkland charges $226 for the permit and Seattle waives the fee for religious groups. City officials tell The Times’ Lynn Thompson that they are trying their best to respect a religious institution’s constitutional right to help the poor while maintaining the safety of the neighboring residents. — C.O.

Can you hear us, AZ?

at 4:28pm by John Stang

If all Washingtonians yell at once, can they be heard in Phoenix? Inspired by the book “Horton Hears A Who,” Gov. Jay Inslee wants to test that theory as he proclaimed noon Friday, noon Saturday and noon Sunday as statewide  “Moments Of Loudness.””I urge all 12s to build support for the big game by getting LOUD, LOUDER and LOUDEST for 30 seconds each day in preparation to be the best and loudest fans at the Super Bowl” he declared in the formal proclamation issued today. — J.S.

Our art is better than Boston's (sure)

at 4:28pm by Cody Olsen

For any art and culture fanatics feeling a little left out of the Seahawks mania, you now have a stake in Superbowl XLIX. The Seattle Art Museum and New England’s Clark Art Institute each have a valuable painting ready to be loaned out should their city’s team lose. Seattle’s piece is the 145-year-old “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” by Albert Bierstadt, a beautiful tableau of a coast probably familiar to most our readers. While New England’s piece is Winslow Homer’s “West Point, Prout’s Neck,” a 115-year-old rendering of the rocky coast of Maine.While both museums have been playfully confident in their home team’s guaranteed victory, only one can win, the other will loan out their work to the other for a humiliating three months, paying for their piece’s travel expense too. So Seattle art fans, get your 12th man on. — C.O.

Getting our email newsletters?

at 4:28pm by Cody Olsen

Have you signed up for Crosscut’s newsletter but still aren’t getting it? We’ve heard of a number of people having this problem. It sounds like our Crosscut Daily and Troll newsletters are for some reason getting lost in some people’s spam folders. But fret not, there’s an easy fix. 1. Add the following emails to your address book in gmail: daily.newsletter@crosscut.com membership@crosscut.com 2. Check your spam filter to see if any of the above emails have been blocked Simple as that. If you haven’t yet signed up for the Crosscut Newsletter, you can click here. — Crosscut

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