The Vandalized Bettie Page Mural Will Come Back Bigger and Better Than Before, This Time With Drag Icon Divine

The mockup for the new and improved Bettie Page mural now features Divine in her Pink Flamingos getup.
Here's the mockup for the new and improved mural. The house will soon feature both Bettie Page and Divine in his Pink Flamingos getup. Two Thangs/Matthew Brennan IV

The Bettie Page mural on the side of a Ravenna house that "some feminists" defaced with gray paint earlier this year will be reincarnated as a double-feature early next week.

Local artist Two Thangs (aka Matthew Brennan IV) is currently restoring the side of Jessica Baxter's home to display two proud, voluptuous personas: kinkster Bettie Page and drag icon Divine.

"I think it's going to rise from the ashes and be even better," Baxter said.

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NPR Believes in Miracles

This is some People-Magazine-level credulousness, NPR:

Humanitarian work alone, however, is not sufficient for canonization in the Catholic Church. Normally, a candidate must be associated with at least two miracles. The idea is that a person worthy of sainthood must demonstrably be in heaven, actually interceding with God on behalf of those in need of healing. In Mother Teresa's case, a woman in India whose stomach tumor disappeared and a man in Brazil with brain abscesses who awoke from a coma both credited their dramatic recovery to prayers offered to the nun after her death in 1997.

Believers believing ≠ miracles or proof of miracles. Attention seekers attention seeking ≠ miracles or proof of miracles. Highly subjective and consequently suspect interpretations of rare-but-not-unheard-of events (spontaneous remission, waking up from a coma) ≠ miracles or proof of miracles.

As for this..

A few miracle stories in recent years have involved non-medical situations, such as when a small pot of rice prepared in a church kitchen in Spain in 1949 proved sufficient to feed nearly 200 hungry people, after the cook prayed to a local saint. More than 95 percent of the cases cited in support of a canonization, however, involve healing from disease. Hard-core rationalists would not be likely to see such cases as evidence of a "miracle," even while acknowledging they have no alternative explanation.

I'm curious how many "hard-core rationalists" NPR reached out to for comment before airing this credulous piece of faith-affirming crap. I'm guessing none. Because alternative explanations are obvious and plentiful. Here are two right off the top of my head: that miraculous pot of rice was faked—there's money to be made off local saints, miracles, pilgrims, relics, trinkets—and, again, spontaneous remission is actually a thing, NPR, a well-documented, non-miraculous, completely-Googleable thing:

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The Morning News: Thousands Show Up for Trump in Everett, Man Found Stabbed Near City Hall

In Everett, Donald Trump promised to win deep blue Washington State and claimed that during his presidency the era of division will be replaced with a future of total unity.
In Everett, Donald Trump claimed he can win deep blue Washington State and that during his presidency "the era of division will be replaced with a future of total unity." nate gowdy

Donald Trump Returned to Washington: Thousands of people—overwhelmingly white; tons of men—stood in line to see the Republican candidate. While many of them made it inside Everett's Xfinity Arena and others were stuck waiting outside, the arena was not full up to its 10,000-person capacity. Among the opening acts: Reince Priebus and Rudy Giuliani.

Trump Hit the Familiar Themes: Jobs, China, NAFTA, immigration, Hillary Clinton. While the crowd roared with boos at every mention of Clinton, their anger was even louder when Trump mentioned Syrian refugees. Trump read the lyrics to the Al Wilson song "The Snake," warning that "bad, bad things" are going to happen if the U.S. allows more refugees in.

Hundreds Protested Outside the Rally and a Few Protesters Were Thrown Out of the Arena: Protesters denounced Trump's sexism and racism, and were surrounded by chants of "Trump, Trump, Trump" when they protested inside the arena.



Meanwhile, inside, Trump told supporters, "You know on television, they said, 'I wonder why he's going to the state of Washington because, you know what, Republicans don't win it, but we're gonna win it. That's why I'm here." Find all of our live coverage right here.

Today, Trump Will Visit Mexico: After months of demonizing immigrants and promising to build a wall on the southern border, Trump plans to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. That decision is drawing criticism inside Mexico.

A Man Was Found Stabbed Outside Seattle City Hall: The stabbing was reported around 3 a.m., but few other details are known.

Hundreds of Rape Kits Sent to State Crime Lab, but Not Enough Money to Test Them: KOMO reports that, according to the King County Sheriff's Office, only 32 of the almost 250 kits sent to the lab, have been tested. After a significant backlog in the past, state law now requires all kits to be sent for testing, but a lack of funding means they're not being processed.

Woman Jumps From Window to Escape Robbery: According to Seattle Police, four armed men entered the woman's home at 9th and Alder and she jumped out a second floor window to escape. She was taken to Harborview.

William Wingate is an elderly black man whose arrest—which happened for no apparent reason—was caught on dashcam video.
William Wingate is an elderly black man whose arrest—which happened for no apparent reason—was caught on dashcam video. Now, thousands of dashcam videos are lost. SPD

Two Thousand Seattle Police Dashcam Videos Deleted: The department blames a "technological glitch." Ansel has details.

In Primaries, Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz Win: "The incumbents won the night in several highly watched races Tuesday night," CNN reports. "CNN projected Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida all won their primary races Tuesday night.

Two Shot in South Lake Union: The two victims were taken to the hospital; police are still searching for the shooter.

Senior Islamic State Figure Reportedly Killed in Syria: Does it matter?

The Stranger Is Rescinding Its Endorsement of Erin Jones: Because of Jones' comments about LGBTQ youth, we're rescinding our primary election endorsement of Jones and will back Chris Reykdal in the general election.


The Stranger Is Reporting Live From the Donald Trump Rally in Everett

*shudder*
This is Trump's first visit since a naked statue of him appeared (and disappeared) in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. ASK

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is hosting a rally in Everett, WA today. The Stranger staffers Sean Nelson, Heidi Groover, Ana Sofia Knauf, and Rich Smith are on the ground, and will be sending us live dispatches of what they see and hear. Follow along right here for updates before and throughout the rally. Like us on Facebook for Facebook Live interviews with attendees.

Follow Stranger staffers as they live-tweet, below:

6:30 Reminder that this is the line in which people are waiting to get into the rally.

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Heidi Groover

5:00 PM
As people line up to see Trump, a separate rally unfolds nearby. There, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson endorses Hillary Clinton.


Spotted at the Trump rally: Protestors!


4:50 PM Here's a reminder of what Trump's last visit to WA looked like:


4:45 PM The team has arrived in Everett, presumably in good shape. We've met some interesting characters already. Say "hi" to Zach:



Savage Love Letter of the Day: My Girlfriend Lives With Her Ex-Boyfriend And That's Not The Problem

Here's my dilemma I need your help with: I started dating my girlfriend back in January 2016, things were going wonderfully until this weekend. She owns her house and rents out rooms to three individuals. One of her tenants is a past boyfriend. I've know about this all along and didn't have any issues with their living arrangements. On Friday night, her ex was home and was super drunk when I arrived at her place. He said he wanted to show me something in his room and we went down to his room and he pulled a knife on me and asked me a bunch of questions about my current girlfriend, aka his ex and current landlord.

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The Walkman Changed Everything: An Interview with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran

Duran Duran
DURAN DURAN Apparently, they are drinking from the fountain of youth. Stephanie Pistel

If you were, in any meaningful sense of the word, alive between 1983 and 1985, you’re likely to have feelings about Duran Duran. The handsome, stylish, funk pop quintet from Birmingham, England, were as big as a band could get back when MTV was redefining bigness for a vacuous age. But after 30 years of vicissitudes, it turns out the most durable part of Duran Duran—unlike almost all of their telegenic early ‘80s New Romantic-adjacent counterparts—was their songs, which still sound bizarrely contemporary and perfect on the radio. The band is still on the road, in support of a strong record, Paper Gods, from last year. Lead singer Simon LeBon spoke to me about it by phone.

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NewsWeed

King County Council Member Wants a Testing Program for Banned Pesticides in Recreational Weed

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The King County Council will meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss an ordinance for a county-wide program to test recreational marijuana for banned pesticides.

Pesticides have become a headache for cannabis growers and conscious consumers over the last year. Although the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board allows growers to use 271 approved pesticides, many of which are naturally-derived products such as neem and thyme oils, some products sold in recreational cannabis stores have still tested positive for prohibited pesticides.

According to a staff report, the King County Board of Health noted that contaminated products sold a recreational cannabis stores "could constitute a significant threat to public health and safety."

King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles wants to make sure contaminated products don't slip through the cracks.

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MusicTech

EOD: This 3D-Printed Acoustic Violin Sounds A Lot Better Than You'd Think

Brian Chans plastic fantastic wonder.
Brian Chan's plastic fantastic wonder. Formlabs

Via Gizmodo

Formlabs engineer Brian Chan has designed an acoustic violin that can made almost entirely with a 3D printer.

In a blog post, Chan explains that he designed two other versions of the violin, based on a Stradivarius, before making one that sounded authentic to musicians. The final product is made of white resin and consists of 26 3D-printed parts that can be produced in just four or five overnight printing sessions on a Form 2 printer. "All of the additional hardware, like strings, screws, and carbon fiber rods are easily obtained," he says. You can read more about how Chan accomplished this amazing feat over on the Formlabs website.

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End of Summer To-Do List: Compete in the Bertha Olympics

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Seth Goodkind

Dig a hole adjacent to Bertha's cutter head near Union Street and First Avenue, then start shoveling earth in a path parallel to Bertha's route. You're only allowed to use a spoon. Will you reach Bertha's end point before the machine does? Who knows! As of late July, Bertha's racked up an estimated $223 million in cost overruns for the state, and has delayed its completion date (for the fifth time in two years) to early 2019. SYDNEY BROWNSTONE

Labor Day weekend is upon us. Read on for more things to do before the sun disappears forever.

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The Stranger Is Rescinding Its Endorsement of Erin Jones and Will Back Chris Reykdal in the General Election

Erin Jones (right) wants to be Washingtons next superintendent of public instruction. But because of her alarming comments about LGBTQ youth, were rescinding our primary election endorsement of Jones and backing Chris Reykdal (left) for the general election.
Erin Jones (right) wants to be Washington's next superintendent of public instruction. But because of her alarming comments about LGBTQ youth, we're rescinding our primary election endorsement of Jones and will back Chris Reykdal (left) for the general election.

In the run-up to the August 2 primary election, the Stranger Election Control Board endorsed Erin Jones in the race for superintendent of public instruction—the top education office in this state.

Members of the SECB were impressed by Jones’s powerful comments about being the mother of black children and her commitment to fighting for equity. We were also excited about the groundbreaking potential of her candidacy, since Jones, if elected, would be the first African American woman to hold statewide office.

But it has since become very clear that Jones is dangerously behind the curve when it comes to understanding LGBTQ issues—and how educational leaders should respond to new state curriculum guidelines related to gender and sexuality.

In addition, during an August 25 interview with The Stranger, Jones declined to answer directly when asked whether she thinks being gay is a sin. And in a late August endorsement interview with Equal Rights Washington (ERW), the largest group advocating for LGBTQ rights in this state, Jones reportedly talked about LGBTQ identity as a “lifestyle.”

Because she has shown such a high degree of unacceptable, harmful ignorance when it comes to the intersection of LGBTQ equality and education policy, we rescind our endorsement of Jones and will be backing her opponent, Chris Reykdal, in the general election.

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MusicArts

Death Cab Are Garbage Pail Kids. Tacocat Are Comic Book Characters. Seattle Rock Is Still All-Ages.

Its no Oozy Suzy, but Death Cab got it easy compared to Morrissey.
It's no Oozy Suzy, but Death Cab got off easy compared to Morrissey.

People in bands are forever claiming to be doing it for "the kids," but two of Seattle's best loved bands have recently doubled down on that commitment by getting captured in caricature form. Death Cab for Cutie is among a small group of big-time bands (including Radiohead, Beck, the Cure, and Arcade Fire) whose names and likenesses have been recast as Garbage Pail Kids. The limited edition, "Best of the Fest" series, available only this week, appears to be a means of squeezing a few more drops of money from the festival season washcloth with the help of gnarly puns and gross drawings. According to Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer, the band was as surprised as anyone that Bashed Ben/Death Cab for Frontman even existed.

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News2016

We're Going to the Trump Rally Tonight. Here's How to Follow Along

Sure, more of this, great.
Sure, more of this, great. JOSEPH SOHM / shutterstock

This shit again. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is back in Washington today to whip his supporters into a frenzy about immigrants, refugees, and Hillary Clinton's failing health. Trump will speak in Everett—a town missing out on some of the region's economic boom—today at 7 p.m. People are already lining up.

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The Story of that Letter from Donald Trump's Doctor Just Gets Weirder and Weirder

This is all of the information the public has gotten about Donald Trumps health.
This is all of the information the public has gotten about Donald Trump's health. Trump Campaign Website

Remember this? The above letter—download Donald Trump's doctor's letter here—is the only information we have about the health of the man who would be the oldest person ever sworn in as president.

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NewsCrime

Two Thousand Seattle Police Dashcam Videos Deleted Because of "Technology Glitch"

Dashcam videos are important because of cases like this.
Dashcam videos are important because of cases like this. SPD

A technological failure led to the destruction of 2,283 videos recorded by patrol cars of police conduct over the course of two days in July, according to Seattle police.

During a press call today, Brian Maxey, the department's chief operating officer, called the loss of the videos "unacceptable."

This is the latest in a series of deletion incidents for the department's in-car video system. There's an ongoing issue of dropped video frames. In 2011, KOMO and watchdog Eric Rachner uncovered the wholesale loss of dashcam recordings.

This time, videos showing 89 arrests, 138 traffic citations, 95 oral warnings, 35 police street stops, 60 crisis contacts, and five incidents involving low-level uses of force between July 13 and 14 were lost.

The department said the "glitch" involved the failure of a server, designed for long-term storage of the footage, to capture videos from a temporary central server before they were deleted.

Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller said technicians were able to recover half of the missing videos, but that it "took time" to figure out what had gone wrong and confirm that many of the clips were irretrievable. Hence the month-long delay between the glitch and the department's disclosure today.

Mattmiller said he didn't know how many hours of footage were deleted.

"There's nothing sinister about this," said Chief Kathleen O'Toole. "This is a technology glitch here. Because we're under a consent decree, because there are issues of public trust in policing, we thought it was important [to be transparent and get this out there]."