Grant County fire is burning thousands of acres: It's been dubbed the Powerline Fire, which is misleading since officials are still investigating the cause of the fire that has burned around 5,000 acres so far. Officials are telling nearby residents to be ready to evacuate. No structures have burned yet.
Protesters gathered at Northwest Detention Center: To protest the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids happening nationwide. The protest happened Sunday, the day the raids were planned to start. Some Washington 3 Percenters showed up to show the "other side" of the issue, too. The event was initially planned for Saturday but was rescheduled because Tacoma police shot and killed a man outside the facility who was armed and throwing incendiary devices.
It's a little wet this morning: The air is all fresh and moist. Hopefully it burns off into another perfect day like Sunday.
Planning out the week ahead? A few showers will move through Monday, though most places will remain dry. Another system will bring a chance of showers for Wednesday-Thursday but it's not looking as wet as last week's. #wawx pic.twitter.com/8jtTpF2SBX
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) July 14, 2019
25-year-old woman fatally stabbed in Cal Anderson Park: Police are still searching for a suspect in the 2:45 a.m. stabbing of a young woman on Sunday. An Uber driver who said he witnessed the stabbing while driving by said that it originated from an altercation between a man and two women. There was a crowd of about 10 people at the scene, according to the driver.
Happy Amazon Prime Day: While you enjoy the hottest Amazon deals, its warehouse workers are striking.
Amazon has so deeply integrated itself into our lives thru things like its web hosting that it may be difficult to *completely* boycott today them but you can abstain from using Prime, going to Whole Foods, or using it's services. #PrimeDayAmazon #PrimeDayStrike #PrimeDay pic.twitter.com/5r5NGeiLv4
— Alicia Crosby (@aliciatcrosby) July 15, 2019
Has the cat killer struck again? It seems like it. Last year, Thurston County was plagued by depraved cat murders. Thirteen cats were found brutally mutilated and, despite a $53,000 reward, the case went unsolved. The murders seemed to have stopped. But, nearly one year later, another cat was found murdered and brutalized. There was a piece of the reward flyer attached to its dismembered body.
Council members don't trust mayor's approach to SPD reforms: The Seattle Police Department was found out of compliance with federally mandated police reforms by a US District Court judge earlier this year. Mayor Jenny Durkan is forming a five-person team of consultants to respond to that ruling. Critics, namely Council Members Lorena Gonzalez, Teresa Mosqueda, and Lisa Herbold, fear that this is a means to convince the judge that no changes are needed instead of asking the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) to fix its contract—the source of SPD's accountability deficiencies, according to the judge.
Megan Rapinoe is our governor now: Governor Jay Inslee made her Washingtonian of the Day, but what he probably really meant to do was crown her as governor. That's how that works, right?
It’s not the World Cup, but I was honored to give this great American more hardware for her collection and the title of Washingtonian of the Day.
It was great meeting @mPinoe, and I can’t wait to see the #USWNT team win again — and get equal pay while they do it. pic.twitter.com/2QuPSjxnlj
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 14, 2019
Trump is being textbook racist again: In some tweets, Trump chastized the four young Congress members, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, who are currently engaged in debate with Nancy Pelosi. He sent the hateful tweets containing the most common of racist sentiments on Sunday, the day the nationwide ICE raids were scheduled to start. Only one of the congresswomen he targeted (Omar) was born outside of the United States.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Representative Pramila Jayapal from Washington came to their defense:
.@RealDonaldTrump, you can only HOPE to be as patriotic as we are. @AOC, @RashidaTlaib & @AyannaPressley were born IN America. @IlhanMN & I are proud naturalized citizens, making sure America keeps to our ideals. YOU are expert at racism, xenophobia.. pic.twitter.com/XdWnoLRXeo
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) July 14, 2019
Trump clamps down on asylum protections for Central Americans: The Trump administration is trying to making it nearly impossible for people to emigrate from Central America. A new rule will make it so asylum seekers who passed through another country on their way to the US's southern border are ineligible for asylum protections. While there are some exceptions and the rule will definitely be challenged, Trump is still actively trying to end asylum protections.
Louisiana is still flooded but escapes the storm: Tropical Storm Barry, the storm formerly known as Hurricane Barry, thankfully did not live up to the worst rainfall predictions that were made. Though it started as a hurricane, once Barry made landfall, it was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression. Louisiana is still waterlogged but not catastrophically so.
Wimbledon men's final decided by five sets: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in a historic five-set final. My mom said it lasted five hours. I don't know anything about tennis and I won't pretend to. What I do know is that Woody Harrelson was at the game and, according to the internet, he stole the show.
New James Bond will be black and female: All those white male fans are quaking. Lashana Lynch, who you will recognize from Captain Marvel, was announced as the next 007 on Sunday. She will be the next to helm the franchise after
what's-his-name's Daniel Craig's Bond steps down. The new film will be written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Just in case you forgot how terrifying the ocean is: And by terrifying, I mean wondrous.
ICYMI, there was a blackout in New York: Around 72,000 New Yorkers were out of power for five hours on Saturday during a blackout that has yet to be explained. Carnegie Hall shut down, Broadway plays were stalled, J-Lo had to cancel her show, and citizens were directing traffic. It was a whole thing. The blackout was labeled as a "significant electrical transmission disturbance." This feels like one of those things in a Marvel movie that fucks with New York and all the citizens see is the blackout but really it's some Into the Spiderverse multidimensional shit going on. That's my theory, at least.
I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street. #nyc #Blackout pic.twitter.com/3p9UWtRrel
— Briallen Hopper (@briallenhopper) July 14, 2019
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: Bon Appétit! The Julia Child Operetta (which comes complete with chocolate cake), a new take on the emergence of tech culture from Margaret O'Mara, and your last chance to see Trimpin: Hear & Now.