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Slog PM: Buckle up, the Gun Nuts Are Gonna Sue; More Noodles and Beef

This guys going to see us (the state of Washington, not The Stranger) in court!
This guy's going to see us (the state of Washington, not The Stranger) in court! GETTY

UW Medicine closing down laundry facility in Mount Baker: The move will put about 100 unionized employees out of work. Mount Baker laundry cleans the linens for UW hospitals. Most of the employees—94 percent—are people of color and 89 percent are immigrants, reports the Seattle Times. The facility is slated to close in March because of budget shortfalls.

City Council votes to reduce the Navigation Team: Mayor Durkan proposed expanding the task force in charge of removing homeless encampments. There was funding in her budget allocated toward new positions. A proposal by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda advocated for cutting those positions and putting that money toward wage increases for homeless service workers. It passed 6-3 in a preliminary action.

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Seattle Has the Highest Number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Urban Areas, According to New Study

Abigail Echo-Hawk, chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board and director of the Urban Indian Health Institute.
Abigail Echo-Hawk, chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board and director of the Urban Indian Health Institute. She authored the study along with Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant, PhD-c). Courtesy of Urban Indian Health Institute

A new study from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute identified 506 cases of missing and murdered American Indian women and girls across 71 cities going back to the early 1940s. Forty-five of those cases were located in Seattle (and 25 of them were in Tacoma), making Seattle the city with the highest number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls included in the study.

After issuing public records requests, scouring media reports and missing persons databases, and interviewing family members of the victims, the researchers—Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant, PhD-c) and Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee)—also found 11 cases of missing or murdered Native women who were not included in law enforcement records. UIHI stresses that the number of the cases they gathered is likely fewer than the actual number, citing the group's "limited resources" and poor data collection by the cops.

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KEXP Yule Benefit: Moby, with members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, December 6th at McCaw Hall

On Thursday, December 6th at McCaw Hall, musician and activist Moby will showcase the breadth of his career with an orchestral performance, featuring his many hits, accompanied by members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, with Emil de Cou conducting. This is Moby’s second-ever performance with a full orchestra, and currently no other performances of this kind are scheduled. Proceeds from this special evening will benefit KEXP’s programming. Supported in part by Lyft and Umpqua Investments.

Tickets available now HERE

Your Ultimate Guide to Where to Eat Out For Thanksgiving 2018 in Seattle

Flout tradition with Wild Gingers turkey marinated in five-spice and turmeric and stuffed with sticky rice.
Flout tradition with Wild Ginger's turkey marinated in five-spice and turmeric and stuffed with sticky rice. Wild Ginger

Whether the only thing you know how to make is reservations, or you simply don't feel up to the daunting task of cooking dinner for a crowd, we've got you covered. We've compiled all the places serving Thanksgiving dinners (like Tilth and RN74). Note: We advise you to make your reservations as soon as possible, as many of these locations may already be fully booked and deadlines are fast approaching for pickup orders. Call ahead to make sure. For more Turkey Day options (including concerts and fun runs) check out our complete Thanksgiving calendar.

13 Coins
As an argument in favor of your spending the holiday with them, beloved 24-hour restaurant 13 Coins offers simply that they've "been roasting turkeys for 50 years," which is hard to debate. Tuck into a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a pumpkin-spiced bundt cake from their swanky black booths and high-backed leather chairs, available at the Pioneer Square, SeaTac, and Bellevue restaurants.

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30 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: Nov 15-18, 2018

Widows is a damn fun thriller from an artsy director.
Widows is a damn fun thriller from an artsy director.

You've got many options for movie thrills this weekend, from Steve McQueen's spectacularly cast Widows to the creepy/comedic classic Beetlejuice. For artsier fare, don't miss Frederick Wiseman's new documentary on small-town America, Monrovia, Indiana. Follow the links below to see complete showtimes, tickets, and trailers for all of our critics' picks, and, if you're looking for even more options, check out our film events calendar and complete movie times listings.

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Beautiful Boy
I’ve never been a parent or a junkie (yet!), but I found a lot that resonated in Beautiful Boy, a low-key film based on a pair of interconnected memoirs from father and son David and Nicolas Sheff. David (Steve Carell) chews himself up over son Nic’s (Timothée Chalamet) spiral into meth and heroin addiction, asking what he could have done to prevent it and wondering how he can fix it. Nic, meanwhile, copes with not only his body’s betrayal but with the disappointment he feels, both self-directed and from his patient, confused father. From Beautiful Boy’s perspective, Nic is really only guilty of having a curious mind, while David, a good father in every recognizable way, might have simply waited too long to show his beloved son some tough love. The performances make the whole thing sing. Carell and Chalamet both do expectedly good work, and they’re matched by Amy Ryan as Nic’s mother and Maura Tierney as his stepmother. Beautiful Boy is driven by the real-life horror of watching a loved one succumb to drugs, but it’s a family drama devoid of most of the genre’s manipulative qualities, substituting them with honesty, empathy, and fully drawn human beings. NED LANNAMANN
Meridian 16 (Regal) & Oak Tree

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Top 8 Things to Inspire Your Inner Artist this Fall

The best part of fall is that the night comes faster and things to do get a little more... dramatic. Whether your taste in evening entertainment is high brow or kid-friendly, here's 8 places to save the next time you venture out in the dark in Seattle.

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Fremont Brewing and Alaska Airlines Partner to Spread Hop Magic Around the World

TSA will hopefully mandate that all fruit-forward IPAs are served in appropriate glassware
TSA will hopefully mandate that all fruit-forward IPAs are served in appropriate glassware Courtesy of Fremont Brewing

Terrible in-flight beer selections have doomed multiple plane trips in my life to total sobriety. I am simply unable to spend $10 on 12 ounces of swill like Coors Light or Budweiser. I just can't do it, no matter how hard the kid behind me is repeatedly kicking my seat.

This sober situation is no longer going to be a problem for me on Alaska Airlines flights. Starting tomorrow, all trips over an hour in duration will be stocked with Fremont's Lush IPA, that white-canned, fruit-forward IPA loved by many in Seattle.

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Maybe There Wasn't a Blue Wave Washing Across the Country, but There Were Big Wins in Washington State


Many people felt disappointment after last week's election. Hopes for an enormous blue wave to sweep all the bums out of Congress didn’t happen, but somehow, there was also relief that things didn't go disastrously wrong. After those first impressions, however, what's left are clear signs that Democrats did very, very well. In fact, the results in Washington State were exceptional.

What's emerged is a dramatic shift in Democratic control of our state legislature. Democrats will gain at least two seats in the State Senate and seven or eight seats in the State House. So the new Democratic majority will be 27-22 in the State Senate and 56-42 in the State House, and those are minimum numbers. The margins may yet grow wider in the coming weeks, as there are four additional pickup opportunities for the Dems, all of which are still too close to call. And those races are really close. Republican and Democratic candidates are separated by less than 300 votes out of more than 65,000 cast in each race. Every vote matters.

This will transform Washington State government, where many decisions that matter a lot to all of us get made. Democrats will now have powerful leverage to take real action on clean energy, gun safety, and school funding, in a way they never have before.

We get drawn all the time into national news, but Washington's legislature controls big issues that we all care about.

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Buy Your Tickets to These 40 Newly Announced Events Before They Sell Out

Weird Al Yankovic will provide blistering accordion solos and timeless parodies of Top 40 songs at the Paramount this August.
"Weird Al" Yankovic will provide blistering accordion solos and timeless parodies of Top 40 songs at the Paramount this August.

We all know that many of the biggest Seattle events often sell out well in advance. But it's not a lost cause—if you plan ahead, you can still score tickets for the most popular events. To help you with that, we've rounded up all of the major events that are going on sale in the next couple of days, like Robyn, Ronny Chieng, Judge John Hodgman, and "Weird Al" Yankovic, plus things that have just gone on sale, like the Backstreet Boys. Can't get tickets? Check out our complete Things To Do calendar for more events.

Note: Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. unless otherwise specified

Judge John Hodgman
Wed Jan 16 at Neptune Theatre

Ronny Chieng
Sat March 30 at Neptune Theatre

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Seattle-Based E-Waste Recyclers Charged with Conspiracy

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against Total Reclaim Inc., a Seattle-based recycling firm that lied to consumers about where their e-waste was going.

Total Reclaim, which is owned by Craig Lorch and Jeffrey Zirkle, is one of PNW's largest e-waste processor and recyclers, and the company's customers included the City of Seattle and UW, both of which paid Total Reclaim millions of dollars to recycle e-waste products like computers, monitors, and printers. E-waste is particularly hazardous, and, if mishandled, can expose workers and others to toxic materials, including mercury, which can cause organ and nerve damage as well as other adverse effects.

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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: "While Black," Low-Key Club Banger of the Year, by Sly Soul Singer SassyBlack

SassyBlacks new record oozes Voodoo vibes.
SassyBlack's new record oozes Voodoo vibes. Crane City Music

SassyBlack, "While Black" (Crane City Music)

Former THEESatisfaction member SassyBlack continues her strong solo career with a new EP due out soon on local hiphop powerhouse label Crane City Music, Wakanda Funk Lounge. SassyBlack (aka Catherine Harris-White) proved herself to be one of the region's most perceptive observers of the queer WOC romantic experience on works such as No More Weak Dates and New Black Swing.

On Wakanda Funk Lounge, SassyBlack celebrates her self and blackness in general without coming off as conceited—a not inconsiderable feat. The title alludes to the fictional sub-Saharan African nation in Marvel Comics' Black Panther, reflecting Harris-White's staunch fandom of the artform. The music here's minimalist yet seductive, not a million mattresses away from D'Angelo's Voodoo in its languorous mood, albeit much more concise in song length. "While Black" is a gently crackin' and snappin' bit of pink-lit funk that could be the most low-key club banger of the year. "Rockin' never stoppin'/Beautiful, luxurious, abundant, centered, knowing" is a refrain worth repeating, sotto voce, in the ear of a lover—potential or otherwise.


BuzzFeed Slapped with "Outrageous" Restraining Order for Reporting on Noodles and Beef

The Seattle dom Noodles and Beef said a BuzzFeed reporter made him feel not safe.
If the phrase "Noodles and Beef" doesn't mean anything to you, start here. The Stranger

On November 5, the same day The Stranger published its "Death of a Kinkster" investigation, Dylan Hafertepen appeared in King County District Court filings seeking a restraining order against a BuzzFeed reporter who was working on a story about him.

Hafertepen, aka Master Dylan, is the Seattle dom who was known for years online as Noodles and Beef. Court filings allege that the BuzzFeed reporter, Blake Montgomery, went too far in trying to contact Hafertepen, including showing up in person at Hafertepen's residence in the Chinatown-International District. A BuzzFeed report published today states that their reporter was indeed "arrested and jailed" after attempting to talk to Hafertepen in person. However, BuzzFeed Director of Communications Matt Mittenthal tells The Stranger that Montgomery's arrest was "an outrageous and disproportionate response to a reporter doing his job."

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Reader Advice Round-up: Blue Quicksand, One Penis Policy, and Please Send Pics Immediately


Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: Bonus poopgasms, a letter writer fell in love with one guy but wound up with another, a guy wonders how bad would it be for him to hook up with the former stepdad of a woman he briefly dated, and a man saw something very disturbing on the internet—now what? And, of course, last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

About something that came up on last week's Lovecast:

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Katie Herzog's 10 Rules for Blogging

The author at a coworking space for bloggers.
The author at a coworking space for bloggers. NKS_Imagery/Getty

The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. Except for Pansack, Seatackled, and RainDrop. They are definitely adversaries.

Blogging that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown is worth $75 (80 you provide your own photo).

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Savage Love: Bound and Gagged

Joe Newton

I've always wanted to tie girls up, but I can never convince a woman to let me. Lately, I've been exploring "bondage singles" sites online, but I'm totally new to this. How do I know which ones I can trust? There are hundreds of profiles, but it's hard for me to believe I can really just answer an ad, meet a girl in a hotel room, and tie her up. It can't be that simple, can it?

The Internet's Enticing Dates

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Kate Wallich's Industrial Ballet Holds Up

The ratio of black clothing onstage and in the house was roughly 1:1.
The ratio of black clothing onstage and in the audience was roughly 1:1. Stefano Altamura

Kate Wallich + The YC's Industrial Ballet, which nearly filled the Moore Theatre for the second time in two years Tuesday night, begins before it starts.

As people wait in line for tickets outside, a "Goth Mob"—performers dressed in black cloaks and white make-up—descend upon the crowd, striking poses and looking very artfully tired, which is the way of goths. Eventually the mob slinks inside the theater. They drape themselves over the balcony railings and peer out from beneath the arches flanking the stage, lording over the audience like fashionable vultures as spooky-screechy industrial music pours out of the speakers. This mysterious pre-show sets the mood. Things are going to get dark. And doomy. But in a cool way. In a goth-cool way. And there's going to be a lot of loud sounds.

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Oh God, Trump Did Something Good

Even bad men can do good things every once in a while.
Even bad men can do good things every once in a while. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Never thought this is something I'd say, but Donald Trump did something not terrible on Wednesday by announcing his support for bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation that will target criminal recidivism by helping prisoner adjust to life after prison and might even shorten sentences for some drug offenders.

From NPR:

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