LGBTQ Commission Calls on Mayor Ed Murray to Resign

The Seattle LGBTQ Commission to Mayor Ed Murray: Claiming homophobic intent to shield yourself from accountability and erase the experiences of survivors of sexual abuse is silencing, manipulative, and morally repugnant.
The Seattle LGBTQ Commission says Mayor Ed Murray's response to sexual abuse allegations has been "harmful and inappropriate." City of Seattle

Seattle's LGBTQ Commission is joining the call for Mayor Ed Murray to resign from office following new information about allegations that he sexually abused teenagers in the 1980s.

Four men have accused Murray of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers. One of those four, Delvonn Heckard, filed a civil suit against Murray, which he later dropped. Another, Jeff Simpson, Murray's former foster son, first came forward with his allegations a decade ago. Recently, the Seattle Times reported on documents that show that a child welfare investigator determined in 1984 that Murray sexually abused Simpson. Murray has repeatedly denied the allegations. In that denial, he has claimed anti-gay political motivation and questioned the credibility of his accusers based on their criminal histories.

"Claiming homophobic intent to shield yourself from accountability and erase the experiences of survivors of sexual abuse is silencing, manipulative, and morally repugnant," the commission wrote in a letter to Murray today.

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Capitol Hill Block Party Highlights, Day 3: Danny Brown, Newaxeyes, Select Level

Danny Brown: This next songs about Adderall and pussy juice. Hell, they all are.
Danny Brown: "This next song's about Adderall and pussy juice. Hell, they all are." Ulysses Curry

DANNY BROWN AT THE MAIN STAGE

Before Detroit's finest MC, Danny Brown (Em who?), even hit the stage, your correspondent got slammed into by a sprinting security guard who was chasing a young man who'd obviously done something very bad. So if my observations for this set come off as a bit scatterbrained, that's why.

Anyway, Brown's DJ Skylar warmed up the crowd with Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," which segued smoothly into the dankly funky "Die Like a Rockstar." Brown and Skylar moved quickly and adeptly through much of the newest album, Atrocity Exhibition (on Warp!), one of the odder hiphop records of recent times, animated as it is by samples from Guru Guru, Delia Derbyshire, Godley & Creme, Pulsallama, and other unlikely sources. Brown's an aesthete of raw-ass tales of debauchery, spit in a frantic yawp that he wields like a weirdly tuned drum. His tracks' rough, off-center productions—did you catch that This Heat sample in "Adderall Admiral"?—somehow still rock a party... or a big festival main stage, as the case may be.

One drawback: There's not much variation to Brown's flow, so it can be wearying to hear it for longer than 40 minutes at a time. But dude is a pro who doesn't waste valuable stage time with crowd-participation BS. He did stoop to telling the crowd to "make some motherfuckin' noise," but mostly he provoked said motherfuckin' noise through the sheer dint of his performance. What a concept.

After the set, as we were walking away from the stage, a beefy white guy shouted, "I'M FUCKED UP!" He wasn't the only one.

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Robots to Livestream Washington's Deep Sea Nightmares

The Upside Down or regular ocean nightmare porn captured by the E/V Nautilus?
The "Upside Down" or ocean nightmare porn captured by the E/V Nautilus? Ocean Exploration Trust

Starting in August, a team of scientists will send two robots to explore the watery depths off the coast of Washington's Olympic peninsula. And we'll be able to watch them do it.

The 2017 Nautilus expedition, led by oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard (made famous by the discoveries of the RMS Titanic shipwreck, among others), will dive into three submarine canyons in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, including two that have never been previously explored. Direct communication with a satellite will broadcast the footage—which often includes camming from the kind of mangled gore porn demons featured in Hieronymous Bosch paintings—live online.

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City Council Unlikely to Impeach Murray, but Drafting a "Succession Plan"

Council Member Lorena González wants the city council to create contingency plans in the event of a voluntary or involuntary vacancy in the Office of the Mayor.
Council Member Lorena González wants the city council to create "contingency plans in the event of a voluntary or involuntary vacancy in the Office of the Mayor." City of Seattle

A week after she called on Mayor Ed Murray to "consider" resigning, Seattle City Council member Lorena González has agreed to support Murray's own proposal for a joint committee to oversee the transition of power to the next administration, a sign of little support among the city council for impeaching the mayor. Still, González is not fully backing away from the possibility of an "involuntary" vacancy in the mayor's office.

"As you know, I cannot legally compel you to resign," González wrote in a letter to the mayor yesterday, "as there is nothing in the Charter that provides Council with that authority nor does the Charter articulate a 'resignation standard' or protocols. The decision to voluntarily vacate the Office of the Mayor remains with you even if I continue to have concerns about your ultimate decision."

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Advertising Cars in Seattle's Bus and Light Rail Stations

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Charles Mudede

You are on a platform in the University Street Station. The train stops. Its doors open. You step inside. It's packed and you have to stand uncomfortably close to someone who is a bit smelly, or creepy, or both. As the train begins to move, you gaze out the window and see a huge banner advertising cars that can be bought with "no guesswork." Maybe this will give you an idea. Maybe it's time to buy a car. This idea might also occur to someone waiting for an always-late bus. He has had it up to here with buses that never run on time. He must take control of his life—but how? He looks up and can't miss the eight huge and colorful banners for Carmax, the largest used-car retailer in the US. Their prices are "upfront." No dicking around with Carmax. The dealer has two locations near him: Puyallup and Lynnwood.

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Family Matters: First It Was a Jail Wing, Then It Became a Respite Center

Kids accused of domestic violence are sent to Family Integrative and Restorative Services (FIRS) to cool down. Then theyre connected to services.
Kids accused of domestic violence are sent to Family Integrative and Restorative Services (FIRS) to cool down. Then they're connected to services. KING COUNTY

This story is one of several presented as part of the Juvenile Detention package.

Paul Daniels, the King County employee who oversaw the implementation of the nation's first respite center for teens accused of domestic violence, needed $44,000 to install a door.

"That was the hardest part," Daniels said, sighing at the heavy-duty, fire-rated slab of metal that wouldn't look out of place shielding a bank vault. But we weren't at the bank. We stood in a former jail wing at the King County Detention Center.

A couple of years ago, Daniels was tasked with converting this lockup to a space more closely resembling a living room. Maintenance workers knocked the locks off the cells. Three artists, including two youths, painted the Seattle skyline over the cold concrete bricks. Out went cafeteria tables and in came couches, recliners, and a washer and dryer.

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The 21 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: July 24-30, 2017

Dont miss Blonde Redhead at Neumos on Wednesday.
Don't miss Blonde Redhead at Neumos on Wednesday.

Capitol Hill Block Party is over and we have all emerged on the other side, ready for more music around town. Our critics have hand-picked their favorite shows this week, and we've got everything from the "Jewish Elvis" (Neil Diamond), to the man solely responsible for keeping Versace in business (Bruno Mars), to Angel Olsen for dramatic weirdos (Aldous Harding). Click through the links below for complete details and music clips, and find even more shows this week and into the future on our music calendar.

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Bruno Mars
A good chunk of Seattleites, or at least those of the sports-enjoying variety, might associate Bruno Mars with Super Bowl XLVIII, where he played at halftime as OUR HAWKS cruised to victory. It’s only worth bringing up a 2014 halftime show because Mars is something like the Platonic ideal of such mass-appeal entertainment—a gifted singer, songwriter, and dancer with a squeaky-clean image who imitates yesteryear’s feel-good radio gold. Mars sang on Mark Ronson’s inescapable “Uptown Funk,” and Mars’s latest album, 24K Magic, channels that same sort of gaudy, shamelessly retro sound. It’s pop music for people who think pop music has passed them by. Dude has some slick dance moves, though. ANDREW GOSPE

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Four Former Seattle Mayors: Ed Murray Should Not Resign

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Four former mayors of Seattle released a letter Monday morning saying Mayor Ed Murray should not resign amid multiple child sexual abuse allegations that have already ended his re-election campaign. Calls for Murray to step down amplified last week after the Seattle Times published a story revealing that an Oregon child welfare investigator in 1984 deemed one of those allegations, made by Murray’s former foster child, to be credible.

The letter, emailed to reporters from former mayor Charles Royer (in office from 1978 to 1990), was also signed by Wes Uhlman (served 1970 to 1978), Norman Rice (1990 to 1998) and Greg Nickels (2002 to 2010). Besides Mike McGinn, who Murray defeated 2013 and is currently running for reelection, the signees represent all the living former mayors of Seattle. The letter reads:

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The Morning News: Distracted-Driving Law Is Now a Thing, Seattle Must Not Ban Distracted Walking

This rather crude statue at the epicenter of Seattles traffic nightmare, the corner of Boren and Denny, has seen a lot of distracted drivers.
This crude statue at the epicenter of Seattle's traffic nightmare, the corner of Boren and Denny, has seen a lot of distracted drivers. Charles Mudede

Washington's Distracted-Driving Law Is Now In Full Effect: The best part about the law is that it bans checking texts or video on your smartphone while stuck forever in traffic. This is the kind of suffering that makes people abandon cars. What are you supposed to do when you are going nowhere? If you happen to be near the corner of Boren and Denny, and inching toward I-5 at rush hour, you can look at the statue in front of the Recovery Cafe. The crude suffering on that statue's face will speak to you.

What Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, said: "If you're on the road, you're off the phone." The first time you are caught holding a phone, you pay $136; the second time within five years, you pay about $234. Seattle Times has a break down of where the money generated by the anti-distraction law will go.

Other forms of distractions, such as "smoking, putting on makeup or eating will also now be a secondary offense"—meaning, you must be stopped for some other offence to be hit with one of those offences. A Republican, Ed Orcutt, tried to make holding a phone while driving a secondary offence. Ain't happening.


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Capitol Hill Block Party Highlights, Day 2: Youryoungbody, Sleepy Genes, Lizzo

More goth synthpop cowboys, please!
More goth synth-pop cowboys, please! Kalina Cimone / CHBP

YOURYOUNGBODY AT THE BARBOZA STAGE

Maybe it's the moodiness of midsummer, or maybe it's the end of Cancer season, but this time of the year always makes me horny for synth-pop. My yearly synth-pop spell has returned this week, the most obvious indicator is that I've been playing Poliça's "Give You the Ghost" on repeat. Another indicator is how blissed out I was when Youryoungbody started their early Saturday set at Barboza. Duh Cripe, the band's chanteuse, sauntered onstage in a black cowboy hat, black goth jeans, and a black tee featuring Shania Twain. Visually, it was all very dark and spooky, from the venue to the performance. And sure, witchiness is trendy right now, but it was Cripe's melancholic sound and swagger that made my little gay heart swell.

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The Top 20 Acts to See at Capitol Hill Block Party Today

See Perfume Genius at 9 pm on the Vera Stage.
See Perfume Genius at 9 pm on the Vera Stage.

The final day of Capitol Hill Block Party, the festival featuring more than 100 local and international music acts in the Pike/Pine corridor, will start up at 2 p.m. On our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, you can see the complete schedule that's sortable by venue and date, find a printable version of the schedule, and read descriptions about and listen to music from every artist. If that's overwhelming, look no further—below, you'll find just our critics' picks for Sunday, sorted by genre. Plus, to make it even easier for you, we've even made you a Spotify playlist for all of these artists* —find it at the end of the list. Don't have tickets yet? You can grab them here.

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Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen just has one of those voices that knocks you down—visceral and versatile, familiar but foreign, public yet private, equally compelling in wail and whisper. And after three increasingly killer records, last year Olsen delivered a proper masterpiece with My Woman. Last time she brought her (killer) band to Block Party, in 2015, people seemed caught off guard. No excuse for that this year. SEAN NELSON
(Main Stage, 8 pm)

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Blabbermouth Podcast: How Can Democrats Use the GOP's Health Care Collapse to Make Their Party Great Again?

It was a catered lunch dress-down with Congress in the White House’s State Dining Room, where Trump shared his disappointment in the Republicans inability to replace or repeal the Affordable Care Act.
It was a catered lunch dress-down on Wednesday with Congress in the White House’s State Dining Room, where Trump shared his disappointment in the Republicans' inability to replace or repeal the Affordable Care Act. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / GETTY

Finally! The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare has collapsed and Amber Cortes, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders are here to pick through the pieces of a shattered long con.

Plus: It’s time to take a brief bow, Resisters. And then it’s time to think seriously, and strategically, about what Democrats should be doing with this opportunity. Right now, only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party stands for something. That needs to change, fast.

After that, Charles Mudede is on to discuss the police shooting in Minneapolis and how it scrambles the reflexive responses to police killings in the era of Black Lives Matter.

And Chase Burns is back to talk about a righteous Teen Vogue tweet storm regarding anal sex and a Mama Vogue misstep regarding genderqueer identity.

Also...

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Capitol Hill Block Party Highlights, Day 1: Sloucher, Thundercat, Mommy Long Legs

Sloucher—brilliantly nonchalant or nonchalantly brilliant? Yes.
Sloucher—brilliantly nonchalant or nonchalantly brilliant? Yes. Ulysses Curry

SLOUCHER AT THE VERA STAGE

I knew my CHBP was going to get off to a good start when Sloucher's guitarist began soundchecking with Three Dog Night's crowning achievement, "Shambala." The drummer's DAMN. T-shirt also portended good things. And one of Sean Nelson's favorite Seattle bands did not disappoint.

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The Top 16 Acts to Check Out at Capitol Hill Block Party Today

Lizzo plays at 7:30 pm on the Main Stage.
Lizzo plays at 7:30 pm on the Main Stage.

Day two of Capitol Hill Block Party, the festival featuring more than 100 local and international music acts in the Pike/Pine corridor, will start up at 2 p.m. On our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, you can see the complete schedule that's sortable by venue and date, find a printable version of the schedule, and read descriptions about and listen to music from every artist. If that's overwhelming, look no further—below, you'll find just our critics' picks for Saturday, sorted by genre. Plus, to make it even easier for you, we've even made you a Spotify playlist for all of these artists* —find it at the end of the list. For more, check out our critics' picks for Sunday. Don't have tickets yet? You can grab them here.

recommendedGet all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. recommended

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Cosmos
Seattle sextet Cosmos won 2016’s EMP Sound Off!, a battle-of-the-bands competition among the Northwest’s under-21 demographic. Often, such awards inspire skepticism, but Cosmos exhibit genuine national-class talent. Their sound’s a brash commingling of rap, funk, jazz, and electronic music, capped by vocalist Campana’s Kanye-esque lyrical bravado. No joke: Cosmos have the potential to become the next BADBADNOTGOOD. DAVE SEGAL
(Main Stage, 2:15 pm)

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The Incest Diary Afflicted Me with as Much Trauma as the Written Word Can Transfer from One Body to Another

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The Incest Diary, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on July 18, is an anonymously written memoir about a woman who was violently and repeatedly raped by her father as a child. The abuse continued into her teenage years and ceased, at least bodily, in her early 20s.

As the author writes in the second paragraph of the book, the characters in father-daughter incest myths were horrified by their father’s sexual advances. But the dark twist on her own narrative is that when she was old enough to run, she didn’t exactly want to.

“My father controlled my mind, my body, my desire,” she explains. And later on: “My father is my secret. That he raped me is my secret. But the secret under the secret is that sometimes I liked it. Sometimes I wanted it, and sometimes I seduced him and made him fuck me.”

The author’s desire for her father is only matched by her urge to kill him, a psychological drama she deftly summarizes: “My father still excites me and he still scares me… I need to be obedient to him and to make him laugh and smile and feel pleasure. I want him to be proud of me. I want him to think that I’m clever. I want him to think that I’m sexy. And I want to savagely mutilate his body and feed his corpse to dogs.”

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