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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

You can't keep a good Pride Parade down. 

Not with crazy heat. 

Not with hostile reactionary forces in charge in DC.

But something did managed to hold the parade in place, for a bit. (See below.)

WEATHER

Cooling down into the mid 70s.

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NOT JUST A SUNDAY 'OUT'-ING

Black Pride Matters folk staged a brief sit-in along the parade route. It lasted 30 minutes, “a minute for every year Charleena Lyles was alive.” (South Seattle Emerald) (KCPQ) 

Seattle Pride organizers had held a forum on Thursday to discuss racial/ethnic issues within the LGBTQ communities. (KING) (SeaTimes)

Meanwhile, Joel Connelly calls Pride a touch of warmth that thaws the alleged “Seattle freeze.”

The founder of a group called “Queers for Christ” stopped by in Seattle as part of a dual tour: to speak at “gay-welcoming” churches, and to visit every National Park and Monument. (Capitol Hill Times)

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SAY HER NAME

Seattle Police released statements from the officers who shot Lyles, along with images of the knife she was allegedly brandishing. It’s a standard kitchen knife. (SeaTimes)

Turns out one of the officers did have a “Taser”® device, which he’d left un-charged-up, in his locker. (SeaTimes)

A public defender who’d worked on Lyles’ behalf had "raised concerns” about police treatment of her two weeks before the shooting. (Slog)

The City Council will hold a hearing into the Lyles case, 6 p.m. tomorrow at the UW’s Kane Hall. (Slog)

Councilmember Sawant wants an “independent, community-based investigation” into the incident. She says she doesn’t trust the SPD’s current internal-investigation system. (Slog)

Geov Parrish lists steps that can/should be taken in response to the tragedy; he warns, however, not to expect “justice” to be served.

POLICING THE POLICE

In Burien, King County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man they claimed was brandishing a knife. A week later, the sheriff’s office confirmed the “knife” was really just a ball-point pen. (Weekly) (KCPQ)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Seattle School Superintendent Larry Nyland believes the Legislature may very well come up with a sudden budget deal, with five days to go before a partial state-government shutdown. (KING)

A shutdown could affect nearly 20 state agencies, plus school districts. (KING)

Trans rights activists want the state to investigate the current “bathroom bill” initiative petitions, to see if they’re misinforming potential signers. (Slog)

A judge ordered the state to pay a $100,000 sanction. It’s for withholding email evidence, relating to a suit that claims the state failed to protect a seven-year-old girl from “years of extreme physical and emotional abuse.” (KNKX)

THE RACE IS ON

The Fremont Arts Council’s issued a fuller official statement on the Solstice Parade “gate crashers” who pranced around with giant racist-stereotype puppet costumes. They’re still not naming who did it. (Slog) 

In further creep-osity, part of the costume surfaced outside the parade’s workshop building, with a “Black Lives Matter” sign propped up against it.  (Charles Mudede)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Supersonic flight: physically possible, commercially impractical; or so goes the ol’ conventional thinking. But some folk want to bring it back for scheduld passenger service. They’re investing in research on how to minimize those noisy sonic booms, at least over populated areas. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

Amazon may face a rival bidder for Whole Foods. Such a company might not want to keep Whole Foods’ stores, just to keep Amazon from getting them. (KING)

BIZ

CenturyLink’s been hit with a class-action suit on behalf of the landline phone and broadband provider’s Washington customers. At issue: allegedly deceptive and fraudulant billing practices. (KING)

WHAT’S PAST ISN’T PAST

Seventy years ago this week, an Idaho airplane pilot named Kenneth Arnold claimed to have seen strange objects flying in the skies near Mt. Rainier. It was the birth of the postwar “flying saucers” mania. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

Despite being down a man due to a red card just before halftime, Sounders FC came back with a stoppage-time goal by Clint Dempsey to tie Portland 2-2. At San Jose Wednesday.

The Mariners dropped two of three to league-leading Houston, losing Sunday 8-2. Two home games vs. Philadelphia start tomorrow.

The Storm fell to San Antonio 85-82. At Washington Tuesday.

TONIGHT

“Optimism is Essential for Social Change” with Betsy Hartmann. (Town Hall)

Barbara Bonner on “Inspiring Courage.” (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Playing for Change Band, Lee Oskar. (Jazz Alley)

NY Chamber Music Festival presents violinist Elmira Darvarova and pianist Zhen Chen. (Town Hall)

Collide-O-Scope series presents “Pride-O-Scope” video shorts. (Re-bar)

Moldy Figs (CD release). (Tula's)

“Curioser and Curioser,” evening of improv violin with Emily Ravenscraft. (Two Bells)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Strabismic”

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