THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

This is the day of an only-in-the-NW celebration. 

An annual reminder of who we are as a people, and of where we are on this Earth.

A day evoking epic spectacle, stunning drama, and larger-than-life sights and sounds.


Happy Mount St. Helens Day! 

Oh, and it’s also the opening of another SIFF.


Clear, warm, and supposed to stay that way. Pushing 70 today. Pushing 80 by Sunday.



This day's newsletter was still in the process of being delivered when news came that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, one of the Seattle rock scene's most famous exponents, had died suddenly just after a show in Detroit. Nothing else is known about it at this time. We'll have more about this tomorrow. (NY Daily News)



Former Seattle Times reporter Alex Tizon spent almost all his life living with a secret. 

The woman who’d been his second mom, who’d been “part of his family” since his forebearers came over from the Phillipines, had been sold to them at an early age. Eudocia Tomas “Lola” Pulido worked as a housekeeper and babysitter for no pay, and even had to sleep on the floor. 

None of this was mentioned in Pulido’s SeaTimes obit, based on info supplied by Tizon, when Pulido died in 2011. By this time she’d lived with the adult Tizon for a while. Also by this time, Tizon had left the SeaTimes; he’d become a teacher at the U of Oregon and a contributor to the Atlantic and other national mags.

Earlier this week, the Atlantic posted its current print cover story online: “My Family’s Slave.” In it, Tizon tells what he could have told decades ago but didn’t about Pulido and his family, how he’d known about her life circumstances since he was 11, how he’d brought her to live with him after his parents died, and how this kind of arrangement was something some Filipino families had done for a long time. 

Online response to the article was quick and emotional. Much of it was aimed at Tizon, who’d never previously written about his complicity in keeping her unemancipated. 

One example: Ijeoma Oluo’s take on the story.

Another: Susan Kelleher, who’d written up the original obit based on what Tizon said at the time, and who’s now sorry she hadn’t probed to find the real story: “Tizon lied to me, and through me, to our readers, depriving Ms. Pulido of the truth of her life, and the rest of us an important piece of our history.”

Tizon’s unable to respond to these criticisms. He died in Eugene in March, after his Atlantic editors approved the article for publication.



Headline: “Sawant puts Socialist muscle behind (Jon) Grant and (Nikkita) Oliver.” Where else in the US in the past century could “Socialist muscle” have been a proverbial “thing”? (PI.com) (Slog)

Despite what critics of the city’s proposed “soda tax” insist, “the sugar industry is no friend to the poor.” (Weekly editorial)

A County Council committee is still delaying the opening of “safe injection” sites. (The C Is For Crank) (KING)


Another Seattle-based federal judge dealt another blow to anti-immigrant harassment. This time, it was to let the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (and groups like it) keep providing partial legal help to deportation defendants. (KUOW)


A second ex-deputy, Andrea Alexander, accuses King County Sheriff John Urquhart of “discriminating against female officers.” (SeaTimes)


The old Charlie’s restaurant storefront on Broadway will become a branch of CityMD, CHI Franciscan Health’s chain of “primary care” clinics. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Another startup clinic chain, Qliance, is closing after 10 years. Its “subscription model” didn’t make it fiscally. (SeaTimes)


After years of rumors and bureaucratic jostling, passenger air travel will return to Everett’s Paine Field next year with several daily Alaska Air flights. (KCPQ)


Amazon, whose “it’s always Day One” business model requires perpetual growth to appease shareholders, now wants to be your drugstore. (Ronald Holden) (GeekWire)

After months of off-and-on protests, Amazon’s making “prayer rooms” available to Muslim employees of its security subcontractors. (Seattle Globalist)


“Queer punk duo” PWR BTTM canceled the rest of its current tour, including a Seattle stop, after several women accused its singer of sexual harassment and assault. (Seattle mag)

The Asian-American Portland band the Slants is taking its battle to keep its name to the Supreme Court. (Crosscut)


A bear got stuck up a tree near a Renton elementary school. (Could Stephen Colbert have been right when he said they were after our delicious children?) Wildlife agents used loud noises and “bean bag guns” to try to get the bear to climb down, but he wouldn’t. Finally late Wednesday night, the bear came down from the tree—then promptly climbed up a shorter tree. (KOMO)

Could Seattle be the urban crow capital of North America? (SeattleMet)


“Emergency teachers.” Those are the subs called in when a school can’t find enough certified (or even college-educated) instructors to run all its classes. Their use around the state has doubled in recent years. (SeaTimes)


Seventy-five years ago this week, Tacoma’s Japanese Americans were shipped off to internment camps. Unlike other “Japantowns” in the region, Tacoma’s never really came back. (KNKX)

The glass squares in Pioneer Square’s sidewalks, intended to bring light into the “underground” spaces beneath risen streets, are darned hard to replace. (SavingPlaces.org)


The retired Roosevelt HS drama teacher, who’d come here from Holland and became a citizen 35 years ago, is no longer considered an “undocumented alien” by the feds. But it took an act of Congress to make it happen. (Danny Westneat)

By “investigating” the well-documented, popularly-elected Sound Transit 3 measure, state Senate Republicans have “set hearings on their own incompetence.” (Seattle Transit Blog) (KING)


Sounders FC fell 3-0 at Sporting Kansas City. Gerso Fernandes scored all three goals, in a 13-minute span. Home vs. Real Salt Lake Saturday.

The Mariners’ embattled pitching staff finally came through, winning the series closer against Oakland 4-0. The White Sox are in town starting tonight.

Two members of the UW men’s rowing team are being investigated on accusations of sexual assault. (KING)


Seattle International Film Festival, with far too many attractions to list. (SIFF Egyptian, SIFF Uptown, Cinerama, and various other spots, thru June 11)

Ignite Seattle. (Town Hall)

Evan Flory-Barnes. (Neptune)

“Bad Art Museum Date: A Capella Night,” with Mix Tape, Cascade, Girl Band. (Cafe Racer)

“Uncle Peter’s Stories,” with music by Margaux Bouchegnies. (NW Peaks Brewery Hillman City)

La Luz, Colleen Green, Dude York. (Chop Suey)

Newaxeyes, Youryoungbody, somesurprises. (Barboza)

Action Potential with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. (Kremwerk)

Hoop, Askley Eriksson, Black Belt Eagle Scout. (Timbre Room)

Stephen Lynch. (Showbox)

International Museum Day. (SAM, Henry Gallery, and other spots)

Art exhibit based on Nisi Shawl’s novel “Everfair.” (Push/Pull)

Michael Ruhlman, author of “Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America.” (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Author David Shields with Seattle Times sportswriter Percy Allen. (Couth Buzzard)

Red May presents Jaleh Mansoor on “Marshall Plan Modernism” in post-WWII European art. (Glassbox Gallery)

25th anniversary presentation and party. (Jet City Improv)

“Tax the Rich!” town hall with Kshama Sawant. (Washington Hall)

“Hearing Nature,” sound installation by Nat Evans. (SAM)





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