Seattle WeWork residential space sputters and dies: WeLive was the WeWork spin-off nobody asked for. WeWork hatched a deal to use one of Martin Selig Real Estate's projects in Belltown and intended to make it part WeWork co-working space and part WeLive, a co-living space. The vision was a Seattle techie wet dream (and also the plot of Sorry to Bother You, I'm pretty sure): "a vertical neighborhood where communal dinners and shared activities would thaw the ‘Seattle Freeze.'" After the garbage-fire fall that WeWork has experienced, the deal has been dissolved. I wonder how other Seattle WeWork deals are faring. Namely, the WeWork that will be The Stranger's new next-door neighbor on Capitol Hill.
“Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up": Sink your teeth into this testimony from Fiona Hill, the former White House aide who former national security adviser John Bolton confided in. Bolton caught wind of an effort by Rudy Giuliani (President Donald Trump's lawyer), Gordon Sondland (ambassador to the European Union), and Mick Mulvaney (White House chief of staff) to pressure Ukraine for political help. He did not want any part in "whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up." He took the information to Hill with instructions for her to alert White House lawyers. This campaign was spearheaded by Giuliani on Trump's behalf, and Bolton did not trust him one bit.
Chaos after U-District gas leak: The University District was a mess of traffic and delays after a gas leak shut down Northeast 45th Street and surrounding areas for more than three hours. At around 5:15 p.m., the area was reopened. A musician performing in the Neptune that night still had to relocate venues, though. The show was at the Showbox. An upgrade, to be honest.
Lake City pedestrian dies: The community had asked for pedestrian improvements, like maybe a marked crosswalk, to get across the busy arterial that is 125th Avenue Northeast. Despite pleas, no improvements had been made. Maria Banda died crossing the street last month in a hit and run. The suspect still hasn't been found. Meanwhile, the Seattle Department of Transportation is now "fast-tracking" pedestrian improvements.
Dust off your waterproof shoes: The rain is coming. By late afternoon, your sneakers will be squelchers and your loafers will be loofas. I can't think of any more shoe puns at the moment. BUT, the point is that, baby, it's gonna rain. And it is not going to stop all week. Wednesday and Thursday will be the wettest days.
Next 7 days for Western Washington, rain, a little wind, maybe a thunderstorm Friday, big waves along the coast, you know...Fall. #wawx pic.twitter.com/ZWJ1MG9G36
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 15, 2019
Amazon inhales Bellevue real estate: The neighborhood bookseller came, saw, and conquered Seattle. Now it's too crowded, maybe too expensive, and Bellevue has been beckoning. Amazon has two preexisting buildings there, but it has leased three more, planning to build one or two towers, and more, probably, according to GeekWire. That's around 4.8 million square feet of Bellevue.
Russia slides into northeastern Syria: The United States left a security gap after Trump pulled troops from the region. Russia has said that its troops are patrolling between Syrian and Turkish forces and they may be filling the "security vacuum," as the New York Times puts it, that the US left behind. Russia is communicating with the Turkish side. The power balance in the region has done a swift and all-encompassing about-face.
Hunter Biden does an interview: He spoke with ABC about this whole Ukraine thing. He said there was no ethical lapse and no wrongdoing by him or his father. He did acknowledge poor judgment on his behalf.
"If your last name wasn't Biden, do you think you would've been asked to be on the board of Burisma?" @arobach asks.
"I don't know. Probably not," Hunter Biden says. "I don't think that there's a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn't Biden." pic.twitter.com/djhETMI1ce
— ABC News (@ABC) October 15, 2019
A Bay Area quake: The San Francisco Bay Area was shaken by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake at 10:33 p.m. Monday night. The epicenter was in Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill areas. There is no major damage.
Irish people are funny: I have two examples. I think most of them being funny is just their singsongy accents. This first one is a man who died and left a recording to be played at his funeral. It's mostly him screaming, "Let me out!"
Bezos has a plan if the trustbusters come knocking: Jeff Bezos whispered his little secret into an Atlantic writer's ear (probably). He will break up his company himself before anyone forces him to. If it were to come to that, of course. And if it did, his plan would be to "spin off Amazon Web Services." AWS accounted for "13% of Amazon’s total revenue in the second quarter of 2019, but... 52 percent of its $3.1 billion in operating income for the quarter."
DreamWorks prostrates self before China's feet: I have not seen or even really heard of this movie, Abominable, but the latest China versus American company controversy is rooted in this animated film about a yeti. In order to sell the film in China, DreamWorks edited a map of the South China Sea featured in the film with a "nine-dash line" around Taiwan, which perpetuates the Chinese belief that Taiwan is Chinese territory. Vietnam has banned the film on these grounds. Viewers shared shots of the scene of social media and included the red X seen below:
'Abominable,' the animated movie produced by Dreamworks & Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, has been pulled from theaters in Vietnam after viewers noticed a map apparently depicting China's 9-dash line in the East Sea. (Screenshot & 'X' via Zing.) pic.twitter.com/S2OUR6xyu2
— Mike Tatarski (@miketatarski) October 14, 2019
LeBron speaks out: About the tweet heard round the world. LeBron James spoke briefly with the media about the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters. The tweet caused a rift between China and the NBA, while NBA teams, including James's (go Lakers), were in China for preseason games. James did not talk about the situation between the league and the country and simply said that he believed Morey "wasn't educated on the situation." He declined to talk about the substance of the tweet and instead inferred that Morey wasn't thinking about the broader ramifications when he tweeted.
Florida woman breast-cancer-free after vaccine: She tried an experimental vaccine meant to combat early stage breast cancer. She was the first human subject. The vaccine worked. The drug still has a ways to go, but doctors are optimistic.
Irish people are funny, part two: This fella got locked out of his car because his dog stepped on the lock. Er, the latch?
Today's EverOut picks are: A reading with prizewinning author Clyde W. Ford, a show with Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Faye Webster, and a Seattle Queer Film Festival screening of Zen in the Ice Rift. See more on our EverOut Things To Do calendar.