Right On, Howard Schultz: "We are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas," the Starbucks CEO says in this open letter.

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More Detail About Washington Navy Yard Shooter's Mental State: "A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls," the New York Times reports. He heard "voices speaking to him through the wall, flooring and ceiling."

Seattle Stabbing Suspect: He "had previously been committed to a California mental hospital," Seattle Times reports.

France Bans Beauty Contests for Girls: "France's upper house of parliament has voted to outlaw beauty contests for girls under 16 years old under threat of prison sentences and fines in an attempt to halt the 'hypersexualisation' of youngsters," The Guardian reports.

Boring Report: "The stranded Highway 99 tunnel machine should restart within a few days, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, now that longshore workers have agreed to halt picketing on the waterfront," Seattle Times reports. "A struggle between unions — longshore versus building trades, for four jobs per shift moving muck — has delayed the project for about a month."

All He Wanted Was to Get Married Before He Died: A sad story out of Illinois.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Let's just put James Franco on the cover of every classic book, ever.

Speaking of Book Covers: Here's what the new Lydia Davis collection will look like.

FBI: Releases new crime stats for Seattle.

Seattle School District: Redrawing its maps.

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New Photos of Saturn: "There has yet been no greater visual survey of a planetary system in the outer solar system than Cassini's imaging of the bodies in the Saturn environment," NASA says. Here's an image Cassini took June 15, 2013, released last week. What's that bright spot? Read this Slate piece.

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