Want to house a homeless person? Eight Seattle families are currently participating in the BLOCK project, a nonprofit that houses homeless people by building homes for them in people's backyards. There was a lot of interest when the project first kicked off in 2017. According to the Seattle Times, 130 families signed up to be participants, but only nine have had homes installed, and only four have residents living in them. The project is slow but it's a solution, its founders say.
Major crash blocks all lanes of northbound I-5: Near Lakewood. While the left shoulder has been opened and some traffic is trickling by, the Washington State Department of Transportation is urging people to delay their travels due to the severity of the crash. There was a semitruck fire at around 1 a.m., and emergency vehicles were on the scene. At around 3:50 a.m., an SUV crashed into the scene. It had previously been pursued by Thurston County Sheriff's deputies.
The SUV that entered the scene was previously being pursued by Thurston County. TCSO had terminated the pursuit and the vehicle continued north on I5. The driver and passenger from the SUV were transported with serious injuries. No other reports of injuries at this time. 3/3 pic.twitter.com/L7ltjJWxR0
— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) November 18, 2019
Fresno football party turns deadly: Around 35 people were at a backyard football viewing party in Fresno, California, on Sunday when one or more suspects snuck in and opened fire. Ten people were hit. Three died at the scene, and one died later at the hospital. The other six were injured with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects are still at large.
Robbed in 60 seconds: American Mary, the Ballard pot store, was the victim of a smash and grab. Thieves broke a storefront window using a sledgehammer, jumped inside and started clearing out cases of product. They stole thousands of dollars' worth of goods and were on the run in less than a minute.
A Jay Inslee burrito:
I simply cannot stop watching @JayInslee wrap himself up in this cocoon of safety. (This isn’t weird, btw. Washington state is something like, 200% tree and it could catch fire at any moment. We all carry our safety cocoons on our persons at all times) pic.twitter.com/ziSXjpxO1Z
— Meagan THEE Hatcher-Mays (@importantmeagan) November 17, 2019
Bremerton National Airport could get an expansion: Washington State is looking into another airport to relieve congestion at Sea-Tac Airport. Bremerton National Airport was used by pilots in World War II and now services lots of private pilots. It's got a runway and heaps of land. It's high on the list for possible expansion. But, hear me out, what if we didn't get another airport and instead invested in high-speed rail? Eh? Eh?
It will be soggy today:
💦 WETTEST DAY IN A MONTH LOOMS 💦
A slow-moving rainmaker will lumber into the region after lunchtime, dropping up to 0.75” of rain on #Seattle. This should make for our soggiest day since Oct. 19, when 0.96” fell.
— Seattle Weather Blog (@KSeattleWeather) November 18, 2019
John Legere will step down: It's the end of the Legere era at T-Mobile. Come May 2020, Legere will no longer be CEO. He will pass the torch to Mike Sievert, T-Mobile's president and chief operating officer. Legere, rumored to be in talks to join the scandal-heavy WeWork, has refuted claims that he's ever had talks with the tech company.
Shit is crazy in Hong Kong right now: Hong Kong Polytechnic University looks like a battlefield right now. Protesters have held the campus for a week and prevented police from entering. But now, riot police have blocked all but one exit and are raining tear gas and rubber bullets down on protesters. There's only one way out, they're telling protesters, put down weapons and surrender and you can leave. Protesters assume that if they do this, they will be arrested. While all of this is happening, the Hong Kong High Court struck down a ban on wearing masks in public, saying it violates the territory's constitution.
In Hong Kong, the city's Polytechnic University has hundreds trapped inside as police crack down on the campus using tear gas and water cannons, @RamyInocencio reports https://t.co/SZurCroOAc pic.twitter.com/qir9IxYGPY
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 18, 2019
Iran's role in Iraq revealed in leaked spy cables: Wowza. An anonymous source sent around 700 pages' worth of secret cables to the Intercept because he or she "wanted to let the world know what Iran is doing in my country Iraq.” The documents show "work by Iranian spies to co-opt Iraq’s leaders, pay Iraqi agents working for the US to switch sides, and infiltrate every aspect of political, economic, and religious life."
Headline of the week already? Fox News host tells stunned co-hosts he "wanted to be black" as a youth, and that he "had all the gear."
Missouri man's body found in his wife's freezer: He died December 30, 2018. His 67-year-old wife had kept his corpse in the freezer in her bedroom ever since. Police were tipped off by a witness who told them the woman was keeping her dead husband on ice. She has been charged with abandonment of a corpse. No foul play is suspected.
No sign of vaping ban from Trump: Despite a strong message that he would ban flavored e-cigarettes in the wake of the vaping health crisis, President Donald Trump has made no moves to do so. That's because he was informed it would impact his polls in 2020.
Kanye spoke at Joel Osteen's church on Sunday: Come for the part where Kanye tells the televangelist and his base that Satan has taken all the good artists. Stay for the part where Kanye says the media is tricking our children with hidden images in order for them to become consumers.
Prince Andrew tries to shed Epstein ties: In a rambling and contradictory account during an interview, Prince Andrew tried to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein and the claims he had sex with underage girls. Andrew has been pictured with a then-17-year-old girl who has now accused him of having sex with her. He said he didn't remember the photo being taken and did not have sex with her because that night he had taken his children to a pizza restaurant and was at home with them after. This was his proof that he didn't have sex with any underage women:
"If you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody,” the prince explained. “You have to … take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget it’s very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.”
Today's EverOut picks are: A talk with renowned anthropologist and author Alpa Shah, an evening of ornate jazz with the Cinematic Orchestra, and a night out with Alabama Shakes powerhouse Brittany Howard. See more on our EverOut Things To Do calendar.