Who's Defending Al Franken? The Women of SNL.

Sen. Franken and the 1992 cast of SNL.
Sen. Franken and the Season 18 cast of SNL. Getty / NBC

Following the groping allegations against former Saturday Night Live writer/performer and current U.S. Senator Al Franken, 36 of his female SNL co-workers have come forward to… support him.

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Renton Police Recommend Sexual Assault Charge For King County Sheriff John Urquhart

Former deputy Brian Barnes came forward this year to accuse King County Sheriff John Urquhart of groping him in a Renton parking lot in 2014.
Former deputy Brian Barnes came forward this year to accuse King County Sheriff John Urquhart of groping him in a Renton parking lot in 2014. SB

Renton police have found that there are grounds to file a sexual assault charge against King County Sheriff John Urquhart, who lost his reelection bid amid allegations of sexual misconduct ranging from groping to rape from two former deputies. Urquhart also faced criticism for attempting to discredit his two accusers.

Prosecutors declined to file a case against Urquhart last year, when his first accuser, a female former deputy, accused him of rape. At that time, the King County Prosecuting Attorney cited both a lack of evidence and an expiration of the claim under the statute of limitations. But this fall, a second accuser, former King County deputy Brian Barnes, came forward in a piece published in the Seattle Times to accuse Urquhart of having groped him in the parking lot of a Renton restaurant in 2014. The Snohomish County prosecutor is currently deciding whether to file charges.

Today, The Stranger, as well as the Times, obtained the charging documents from the Renton investigators. Commander Daniel Figaro has recommended that Urquhart be charged with "indecent liberties; assault with sexual motivation." In Washington State, the crime of indecent liberties is a felony.

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53 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Nov 21-26, 2017

Santa can do it all: Not only does the jolly man fly across the night sky, he also dives into the depths of the ocean. See Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium starting on Saturday.
Santa can do it all: Not only does the jolly man fly across the night sky, he also dives into the depths of the ocean. See Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium starting on Saturday. Kelly O

It may be a holiday week, but, even after our arts critics recommended 43 great things to do this week and our music critics picked the 23 best concerts, there are still many more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the Doomsday Clock release party to the opening of Laser Sia at the Pacific Science Center, and from a Stranger Things-themed silent disco party to a celebration for what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 75th birthday. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

TUESDAY
GEEK & GAMING
1. Nerd Nite: Sense-ational Cyborgs
This monthly educational series strives to foster an "inebriated, salacious, yet deeply inquisitive vibe." This time, learn about the science behind diabetes with "real-life cyborg" Margaret Urfer and the body's somatosensory system with UW graduate student Kali Esancy.

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What You Should Look for at Black Friday Record Store Day

May the funk be with you, Bernie bro.
May the funk be with you, Bernie bro.

The music industry's bi-annual booster shot—Black Friday Record Store Day—happens Friday, November 24 worldwide, including at several Seattle stores. This year's RSD in April was quite a bit more loaded with treasures than the upcoming Black Friday edition, but there are still enough gems in it to make it worth braving the teeming masses of eBay jockeys, record-flippers, and actual genuine music fans. Check out our list of priority purchases after the jump (here's the full list)... and try to display some decorum around the bins, for a change.

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James Washington Jr.’s Sculpture Will Stay in the Central District

James Washington Jr and the “The Fountain of Triumph.
James Washington Jr and the “The Fountain of Triumph." COURTESY OF THE JAMES & JANIE WASHINGTON FOUNDATION

The corner of 23rd and Union has seen lots of changes over the past few years, and since the MidTown block, which includes Earl’s Barber Shop and the post office, sold in May, more changes are on their way. But one iconic Central District piece of art will remain where it is at the redeveloped MidTown Center—after the twenty-year old sculpture gets a restoration.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Another Lonely Kinkster

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Long time reader, first time writer. I was raised conservative, still am in many ways (not politically), and find it hard to talk about kinks. There are a couple things I really want in a partner and relationship, and I want advice on how to find someone who shares those kinks.

Women who don't shave their legs or armpits turn me on more than anything. It's a sign of rejection of societal norms, of self-confidence, it's beautiful, and it sets off some primitive instinct: "She's ready to mate. Make babies!" This is obviously still rare, which makes it all the better and all the more frustrating. I also love power play like consensual non-consent (CNC), but I'm a total switch, so I really need to feel dominated, too. A woman to slap me around and call me mean names while pegging me, which I had with a girl about eight years ago, just fills that need. It makes me feel owned yet loved, in the sense that a girl who likes receiving CNC would also feel owned yet loved: in a comforting way. Plus receiving anal is all-around amazing. But I gotta be going about this wrong. I start dating, open up after a month or two, and then the girl effectively refuses. I respect that many women don't want this, but I'm looking for someone who does want to play like this, so I end the relationship.

How do I find someone who shares this kink?

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Blade Runner and Bugs

Its whats for dinner in the future.
It's what's for dinner in the future.

Blade Runner 2049 opens with a man who is farming worms for protein. The farm is all machines, a humble home, and one dead tree. Cows, clouds, and crops are gone. This is what human civilization has come down to. Machines that grow bugs. The image of them is meant to horrify us and make the future look as unfamiliar as possible. In our world, we expect our protein from the meat of domesticated farm animals. In the future, they get it from insects. In this respect, Blade Runner 2049 is much like Snowpiecer, but in the former they have become as normal as chickens and pigs are to us, where as in the latter they are "the horror, the horror."

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I Wonder Why Dino Rossi Doesn't Want To Talk About the GOP Tax Bill

I wonder why the Republican doesnt want to talk about the bill that runs a $1.5 deficit.
Probably doesn't have much to do with the $1.5 trillion hole it blows in the deficit. Washington State Senate

Last week the House passed the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which cuts corporate tax rates at the expense of teachers, students, the sick, and the elderly. And that's not to mention the $1.5 trillion deficit it creates in the budget. The Senate is expected to move on an equally odious effort next week while a lot of us are doped out on tryptophan. So far McConnell has been met with little real resistance among Republicans—maybe Susan Collins here, maybe McCain because of the extreme contravention of regular order, but a true wall of three has yet to form. (Btw, here's a few things you can do to add some bricks. And one of them involves caroling! But there's no event in Washington yet. Get on it, Washingtonians!)

Anyway! At a well-attended forum in Cashmere, WA, six of the 10 million Democrats running for congress in Washington's 8th district, a seat vacated by Congressman Dave Reichert, jumped at the chance to talk about how cruel and unjust this bill is. Meanwhile, members of the Washington state Republican delegation can't stop talking about how great and jobsy and jobs this job is for jobs—and getting ratioed to all hell on Twitter while they're at it.

But you know who isn't talking about this bill? Congressional hopeful Dino Rossi. He hasn't publicly said one word about whether he'd support the bill if he were to join Washington's giddy Republican delegation, and he hasn't responded to my request for comment, either.

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Trump Endorses Roy Moore

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump told reporters that he is considering campaigning with embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Moore, who has been accused by at least eight women of sexual misconduct and assault that occurred while they were in their teens and Moore was in his 30s, is running for Jeff Session's vacated Alabama Senate seat in a special election scheduled for next month. He denies the allegations against him.

When asked about Moore by reporters, Trump referenced Moore's repeated denials as well as the time that has elapsed since the accusations.

"Well, he denies. I mean, he denies," Trump said. "I mean, Roy Moore denies it. And by the way, it is a total denial. And I do have to say 40 years is a long time. He's run eight races and this has never come up. Forty years is a long time."

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Homelessness Is as Real as a Theatrical Performance

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The tragedy of homelessness is that, in essence, it has as much reality as a play in a theater. The men and women who sleep in tents or on the sidewalk are as fictional as the characters Othello, or Romeo and Juliet, or the Woman in the Balcony and Man in the Auditorium. The fiction in a theater, however, is produced by the human imagination. The fiction of homelessness is produced not by actual scarcity, but an imposed one. This is why a philanthropic organization or government department or news website (see Puget Sound Business Journal's six-month long investigative report on the crisis, the Price of Homelessness), that attempts to explain the causes of homelessness without at first concluding that it's wholly artificial, that there is no real reason for it to occur in a society that suffers from chronic oversupply and frequent crashes induced by underconsumption and capital surpluses, is saying everything but what needs to be said about American homelessness.

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Ex-Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward's Heart Problems Force His Band Day of Errors to Cancel Tour

The former Black Sabbath timekeepers ticker is on the mend.
The former Black Sabbath timekeeper's ticker is on the mend. billward.com

Hard-rock group Day of Errors, who were slated to perform at the High Dive December 8, have had to cancel their tour due to heart problems suffered by drummer Bill Ward, famous for his decades-long stint with heavy-metal pioneers Black Sabbath. In a note on his website, Ward says he is doing fine and recovering, but is not in any condition to handle the rigors of touring. These shows will not be rescheduled. You can get refunds at the point of purchase.

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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Bring Good News for Lady Bird, Get Out, Lynn Shelton, and More

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.

The Independent Spirit Awards nominees for 2018 were announced today, bringing recognition to the sorts of films that used to fly under the radar, but which are now often considered to be serious Oscar contenders. Two of 2017's most vigorously loved features, Get Out and Lady Bird, show up in multiple categories, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Male and Female Leads respectively, and others. (Though Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig is not nominated in the Best Director category.)

Seattle's own Lynn Shelton is also among the nominees for the "Bonnie Award," named for Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline (American Airlines, which provides the $50,000 unrestricted grant, given to "a mid-career female director." So Yong Kim (Lovesong, For Ellen, In Between Days) Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brothers Taught Me) are also nominated for the grant.

The awards will be held on March 3, 2018, hosted by comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Ava DuVernay is this year's honorary chair.

The full list of nominees is below:

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The Stranger Just Received the Best Letter to the Editor We've Gotten All Year

Looks like a regular envelope, doesnt it? Your eyes deceive you.
Looks like a regular envelope, doesn't it? Your eyes deceive you. CF

No disrespect to this letter writer or this letter writer (wait, yes, a little disrespect to the first one), we just got a letter by mail that will surely be the best letter we receive all year. (Although maybe you can top it, who knows.)

Have a look inside this envelope.

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Seattle Porn Scammer Matt Hickey, Accused of Rape, Pleads Guilty to Three Felonies

Hickey will face sentencing in late December or January.
Hickey will face sentencing in late December or January. JASON REDMOND

Matt Hickey, the former tech journalist who masqueraded as a porn scout to trick women into having sex with him during fake "auditions," on Tuesday pleaded guilty to three felonies and fourth degree assault after six women came forward to accuse him of rape.

He faces up to 34 months in prison for his most serious conviction of indecent liberties, far fewer than he would face for his original rape charges. Still, his guilty plea means that he will have to register as a sex offender.

Hickey has been in jail since October of 2016, after he was extradited from Las Vegas while on the run from accusations that dogged him here in Seattle. Hickey had developed an online female alter-ego to lure young women into fake auditions where they were told they needed to have sex with him in order to find work. Hickey was busted when several women recognized their own experiences in posts that circulated online, and when one woman undertook a sting operation of her own to uncover Hickey's fake identity. Subsequently, an article published by The Stranger outed Hickey as a porn scout scammer.

The Washington State Attorney General sued Hickey over the porn scam, and a judge fined Hickey more than $300,000 in violations of state consumer protection laws.

After these women spoke to The Stranger, most of them going on the record with their full names, several more women came forward to accuse Hickey of raping them after getting them too drunk to consent. Two of the allegations did come from women who were lured to Hickey through his porn scam, but four other rape allegations came from women who met Hickey on dates or considered him a friend. One allegation that stretched back more than a decade had expired under the state's statute of limitations.

Prosecutors filed four rape charges against Hickey.

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UPDATED: GoFundMe Campaign Established for Scott McCaughey's Medical Bills. Go Fund It!

Dont leave our pal Scott out there on the maroon. Chip in if you can.
Don't leave our pal Scott out there on the maroon. Chip in if you can.

As I reported on Friday, NW music legend and mensch-of-the-century Scott McCaughey is in a San Francisco hospital bed, recovering from the stroke he suffered on Thursday while on tour. His condition remains stable and several people who have been at his bedside say he seems to be doing well, all things considered. This is great news and one thing to be thankful for come Thursday.

However, the process of his recovery—which, we call all agree, will be total—is going to be long, and therefore, very expensive. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help defray his medical costs. I urge you to contribute.

The movement to encourage sales of The Minus 5's self-titled masterpiece (a.k.a. the gun album) is also proceeding nicely, but needless to say, nothing's stopping you from contributing to both.