New Randy Rainbow: She Was Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Roy Moore Was 32)

Randy Rainbow is going to get us through this with our sanity intact.

The Morning News: Basic Decency on Trial in Alabama, Fatal Police Shooting in Magnuson Park

U.S. Senator or forgotten forever? We shall find out today.
U.S. Senator or forgotten forever? We shall find out today. SCOTT OLSON / GETTY

In Alabama: Voters will choose between Democrat Doug Jones and a RNC-backed, Trump-endorsed, ultra social-conservative former judge with an alleged history of preying on teenage girls. Roy Moore and co made their final push last night in appropriately bizarre fashion. Wife Kayla Moore attempted to shake off claims of antisemitism by invoking their Jewish lawyer:

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"I Can't Take Back What Happened to My Daughter..."

This man is talking to neighbors and reporters outside a Roy Moore rally. No words.

King County Council Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

The Maleng Regional Justice Center, where juveniles have been detained in the adult jail.
The Maleng Regional Justice Center, where juveniles have been detained in the adult jail. SB

The vote was expected to be unanimous, and so it was (with a couple of absences): Today the King County Council banned solitary confinement for minors at the King County Jail and Maleng Regional Justice Center.

The legislation directly addresses concerns in a recent lawsuit against the county, brought by teenagers charged as adults (known as "auto-decline" cases) and put in solitary confinement in the county's adult jails. The lawsuit argues that all youth placed in adult jails "face a substantial risk of serious harm" because of the significant impact solitary has on developing brains, and because of the lack of educational programming the teens received while imprisoned.

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City Council Passes Limits on Airbnb Units and Other Short-Term Rentals

Regulations to come.
Regulations to come. Airbnb

The city council on Monday passed regulations that will cap the number of residential units a property owner may rent out to vacationers and other visitors through services like Airbnb.

Today’s unanimous vote marked the third ordinance passed by the council in recent weeks intended to slow down the explosion of condos and properties rented out for fewer than 30 days at a time. Council Members Debora Juarez and Kshama Sawant were absent during the vote.

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You’ll Be Seeing Some Very Compelling Work at the Frye Art Museum in 2018, Thanks to the James W. Ray Awards

Veronica Lee-Baik, Giselle Deconstruct, 2017.
Veronica Lee-Baik, Giselle Deconstruct, 2017. TIM SUMMERS

Since 2014, the James W. Ray Awards—administered by The Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium and with support from the Raynier Foundation—has been shelling out the out the big bucks—about $80,000—to three artists working in different genres (like visual art, dance, and literature) in Washington state.

This year, two artists will receive $15,000 each, and one artist will get a sweet chunk of change—$50,000—to live the dream. In addition, all of the recipients will be able to present their work at the Frye Museum, as well. In fact, one of last year’s James W. Ray Award recipients, Tlingit artist Alison Marks, has a fantastic solo show currently on display at the Frye right now.

Anyway, enough context. And the recipients are…

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The 67 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Dec 11-17, 2017

Do you appreciate irony? Do you enjoy joy? If so, writes Christopher Frizzelle, you cant miss the Dina Martina Christmas Show at Re-bar.
"Do you appreciate irony? Do you enjoy joy?" If so, writes Christopher Frizzelle, you can't miss the Dina Martina Christmas Show at Re-bar.

Our music critics have already chosen the 30 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn. Here are their picks for the best events in every genre—from a Chanukah Party at the Fred Wildlife Refuge to the opening of the Hobby Rockers show at Nii Modo, and from Someday We'll All Be Free: A Conversation about Abolition to the Gender Justice Awards. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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The Collage Art of Alexis Hilliard
Alexis Hilliard's dramatic collages create fragmentary, mysterious landscapes populated by bygone figures. This is her first West Coast show.

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"Cat Person," the Short Story That Everyone on the Internet Has Been Talking About for the Last 72 Hours

Its a love story that begins with flirtation over Red Vines at a movie theater concession stand.
It's called "Cat Person," but it begins with a flirtation over Red Vines, and there are no cats in it. Getty Images

Over the weekend, I noticed something unusual on my timeline: people who are usually tweeting about Trump or TV or homelessness or drinking or video games or the contents of their refrigerator were tweeting, instead, about a piece of short fiction. A brand new piece of short fiction. It went online on Friday, and if I'm not wrong, it's in the issue of The New Yorker that arrives in people's mailboxes this week. When was the last time a good old-fashioned short story went viral? And the author was someone no one had heard of.

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Central Washington University Is Investigating Rep. Matt Manweller for Something, But They Won't Say What

Now under investigation.
Wonder what for. WALEG

According to the News Tribune, this morning, Central Washington University put Washington State House Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) on paid leave, took his computer, and told him in a letter that he was under investigation. Manweller is a tenured professor of political science at the university. There's no word yet on why they're investigating him, and none is expected until after the investigation is complete, so stay tuned.

However, if you've been following the news about Manweller lately, you might be noticing a pattern:

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Where to Watch the 2018 Golden Globe Nominees in Seattle

Lady Bird is nominated for four awards.
Lady Bird is nominated for four awards.

The Golden Globe nominations were released this morning, and many of the nominees are currently playing in Seattle theaters—or will be soon. We've rounded them all up below so you can catch up on all the films you have yet to see before the ceremony on January 7. Follow the links for showtimes, trailers, and ticket links.

Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Sexes is about the real-life tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell). It was the most-watched sporting event of its time, and revisiting it now is like two tall glasses of red wine for our abused and blackened souls. Battle of the Sexes is directed by the same husband-and-wife team behind the chirpy Little Miss Sunshine, and you can tell—it’s got the same heart and levity that make you want to cry, not from laughing too hard but because life is sad. It's fun and suspenseful, and rounded out by a delightful supporting cast, including Sarah Silverman and Alan Cummings. Basically, watching a hardworking woman beat an entitled sexist prick on an international stage is glorious, and something I want on instant replay inside my eyelids so I can close my eyes and watch it instead of whatever's actually happening in 2017. ELINOR JONES
Crest (Shoreline)
(Nominated for: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy [Emma Stone] and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy [Steve Carell])

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Cards Against Humanity Sends Thousands of People Checks


Last month, Cards Against Humanity announced a six-part plan to save America. The first part involves thwarting Trump's proposed and very stupid border wall along the U.S./Mexico border. For a mere $15, CAH promised to use your money to purchase land on the border and tie the Trump administration up in a long and protracted eminent domain battle if/when this idiotic wall comes to fruition. The remaining five parts roll out this month, sort of like a handful of "Happy Holidays/Fuck Trump" gifts for America.

The second part was the gift of a podcast, which, let's be honest, is a weird gift. But the third gift has started rolling in and it's the best gift: money.

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Alex Lahey is Obsessed with Songs—But She’s Not Afraid to Let Them Go


The European leg of her world tour complete, Alex Lahey is relaxing in a Boston hotel room, having just arrived from Glasgow the night before. After playing a handful of stateside gigs toward the beginning of the year, the 25-year-old Australian singer-songwriter is poised to hit the road for her first extended trip across America, and she laughs while reflecting on the “bizarre” reaction to her breakout hit, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.”

“It's one of those things you think about for ages and ages, when you're coming up, about how to get that break, or get that little bit of attention,” she explains, “but then the moment I stopped trying? The moment I stopped being so conscious of it? That was the moment it all came together. People were asking, 'how'd you get it on the radio?’ And I was like, ‘I recorded the song and I put it on the Internet.’ That was basically all I did.”

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: The One That Got Away (But Gave Me Her Name and Enough Info That I Was Able to Track Her Down)


I am 48 years old and straight and I met this amazing woman leaving a pub after our respective work end-of-year parties. We had this great conversation. Flirted, even hugged, cuddled and took selfies, all in the street outside the pub. I felt so happy being near her, and I think at least, her smiles indicated she felt the same way too. But I was a bit drunk, very tired and failed to even offer my number or ask for hers. And it's been driving me crazy. I am so angry with myself. I fear it was one of those moments that make or break you. But she did tell me her name and she did tell me she worked for an online sex product store. So I Googled her and now know what company she works for and all the contact info for the company is right there on the site.

Here is the question: can I email the store where she works and say, "Hi, does Haley work there? I met her the other night and was wondering that if she wanted my number can you send her this email?" Is that an email I can send? Or would this be embarrassing for her or — worse yet — stalker-type behavior? Do I give it a go or take the life lesson? Is this romantic? Or is this stalking?

Potential Stalker

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I, Anonymous: Your Kid Gets an "A+" for Privilege


It was our first time attending a Seattle Public Schools board meeting. We listened to you DEMAND services for your gifted daughter who is LEGALLY ENTITLED to an education that matches her enormous intellect—but, tragically, she isn't receiving that at her public school. Your privileged white child has everything, and yet you demand more.

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Trump’s Sexual Harassment Accusers Call for a Congressional Investigation

Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, and Samantha Holvey, women who are uniting for the first time to hold a press conference accusing Trump of sexual harassment.
Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, and Samantha Holvey, women who are uniting for the first time to hold a press conference accusing Trump of sexual harassment. MONICA SCHIPPER VIA GETTY IMAGES

Spurred by the recent #metoo revelations that have brought down some of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, three women held a press conference today with firsthand accounts of alleged sexual harassment by the “grab ‘em by the pussy” president, and are calling for a congressional investigation into the matter.

The women, who first went public with their allegations last year, also wondered why their claims didn’t stop Trump from becoming president in the first place.

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