Marysville stands together: Students gathered at #MPHS for the first time since the shootings. http://t.co/9didTHG06S pic.twitter.com/jasY9keTno
— The Herald (@EverettHerald) October 27, 2014
Gia Soriano, 14, Dies from Injuries Sustained in Marysville Pilchuck High School Shooting: Soriano's family announced that they donated her organs and asked for space and time to grieve, according to the Everett Herald. Three teens remain in the hospital, all in critical or serious condition.
More Than 150,000 Customers Lost Power in the Puget Sound Region This Weekend: Did you feel your doors and windows shaking, and wander the neighborhood looking at downed branches in the morning? Did you have to eat by candlelight? Well, most power is now restored, though Mercer Island schools are starting hours late this morning due to "ongoing power issues." The storm also caused multiple sewage overflows.
Police Standoff in Puyallup Last Night Shuts Down Businesses, Highway: Police in Puyallup "received a report of a man with a handgun in the parking lot of [a] Denny's restaurant," reports KOMO News. After an hours-long search and standoff in which multiple businesses and a church were evacuated and nearby roads closed, "the suspect was located in the bushes and taken safely into custody."
Dude in Burien Allegedly Steals Canoe, Goes Out in Storm, Has to Call 911 for Rescue: According to police, a twentysomething guy snuck onto beachfront property on Saturday night in the height of a crazy storm, stole someone's canoe, grabbed a shovel as a paddle, then paddled (shoveled?) out into the cold, gusty, stormy water. The Coast Guard eventually rescued him, "adrift in Puget Sound near Seahurst," according to KIRO 7. He was booked into jail.
California Billionaire Dumps $$$$$$ into Northwest Elections: Tom Steyer is pouring millions into races across the country through his environmentally focused super PAC. Up here, they're aiming for "pro climate action" majorities in the state legislatures of Washington and Oregon.
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- Gay marriage celebrations at Seattle City Hall.
Methodist Pastor Who Officiated His Gay Son's Wedding Allowed to Remain a Pastor: Frank Schaefer of Pennsylvania was initially defrocked in a church trial for the egregious anti-Christian act of loving and accepting his own son, but the church has since reversed course, sort of. According to the Associated Press this morning, "The Judicial Council of the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another gay marriage. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general."
Boko Haram Kidnaps More Children in Nigeria: "Heavily armed Boko Haram gunmen invaded the town of Mafa in Borno state Friday and Saturday and seized 30 boys and girls," reports CNN.
South Africa Mourns the Captain of the National Soccer Team: Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed in a home-invasion robbery near Johannesburg.
Liberian Women Start Social Media Campaign: To hit back against Ebola-related stereotypes and stigma.
"Is the Affordable Care Act Working?" The New York Times takes a long, careful, in-depth look at the answer to that question.
What Are You Doing This Saturday in Seattle? Is It PUNISHING DOMINIC HOLDEN FOR LEAVING US??! You're goddamn right that's what you're doing. Dom may have left The Stranger, and he may be leaving Seattle for stupid, stupid New York City, and he may have downed all your power lines and stolen that canoe, but that doesn't mean he's done here. The mayor, a drag queen, the city attorney, a pot activist, and half his former coworkers will muster their finest mockery and seething resentment on Saturday so we can send him off the way he deserves: in a warm bath of brutal, brutal criticism. Buy your tickets right here while you still can, humans! (Note: It's a benefit for Real Change!)