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Slog PM: 12 Pistols and A Lot More Shit Stolen in Beacon Hill, Britain Identifies Cat Serial Killer

Justice tastes sweet.
Justice tastes sweet. Sergeeva/ Getty Images

Two teens arrested in connection to Burien drive-by shooting: Last night, a 51-year-old woman was shot and killed while working in a chiropractic office. The bullet wasn’t meant for her. A teenager and his father were walking past and are believed to be the intended targets. Two 17-year-olds who are suspected gang members have been arrested.

Lots o’ guns and bad things stolen in Beacon Hill robbery: Who has a dozen pistols? Well, this guy used to but not anymore. In addition to the pistols, the man is also missing 2,000 rounds of ammunition, a pair of silencers, two suppressors, red dot sights, and weapons parts, according to the Seattle Times. 'Cause, uh, they were stolen.


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Kremfest Offers an Extensive, Diverse Trip of Top-Flight Electronic Music and Virtual Reality

Last year’s Kremfest proved that large-scale, underground electronic-music events can thrive in Decibel Festival’s absence.
Last year’s Kremfest proved that large-scale, underground electronic-music events can thrive in Decibel Festival’s absence. TYLER HILL

When Sean Horton ended Decibel Festival after the 2015 edition and then moved to Los Angeles the next year, it left a void in Seattle's electronic-music eco-system. Every September from 2004 to 2015, Horton and his volunteers brought world-class electronic-music talent and cutting-edge video artists to Seattle for marathon days and nights of audiovisual stimulation. We were spoiled.

While events such as Corridor and Debacle Fest have softened the blow of Decibel's departure, it looks as if it's fallen to Kremwerk talent buyer/Kremfest curator Nick Carroll to maintain a semblance of large-scale, underground electronic-music quality control around here. (The region boasts plenty of massive, EDM-oriented parties, but they cater to a more mainstream sensibility.)

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SPD Union Approves New Contract

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Ansel Herz

The Seattle Police Officers' Guild (SPOG), which represents over 1,300 Seattle police officers, has approved their new contract with the city, moving Seattle closer to fulfilling reforms mandated by a federal court. The contract, which has not been released publicly, still needs to be approved by the City Council.

Mayor Jenny Durkan will send the contract to the City Council sometime in October, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

The council overhauled the police accountability process over a year ago, but several of those reforms were delayed because of ongoing negotiations with the city's largest police union. The union has been working without a contract since 2014.

The Seattle Times Steve Miletich reported last month that the union was given 17 percent raises in exchange for agreeing to the reforms, which include bringing more civilian oversight to investigating police misconduct cases and making it easier to fire officers for being dishonest.

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24 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: Sept 20–23, 2018

Joanna Priestleys mesmerizing North of Blue plays at Local Sightings Film Festival.
Joanna Priestley's mesmerizing North of Blue plays at Local Sightings Film Festival.

Festival season is kicking up, and there's a fresh crop of new indies and big hits to choose from. Local Sightings Film Festival begins Friday, which means indie film lovers are starting up their happy dances. As always, there are plenty of arthouse picks (including the compelling Madeline's Madeline) and classics (like Rebel Without a Cause), and we've even thrown in a couple of film classes you might be interested in. Follow the links below to see complete showtimes, tickets, and trailers for all of our critics' picks, and, if you're looking for even more options, check out our film events calendar and complete movie times.

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70mm Film Festival
Put down your phone and surrender to the splendor of actually-epic-scale cinema in the cathedral that is the Cinerama. Not much unites the films in this 13-day festival other than a commitment to MAGNITUDE, but several are essential viewing. I know you’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: Seeing a film in a darkened theater with strangers is a secular sacrament. The fact that you can't pause, talk, text, or tweet until it's over is a feature. Please enjoy it while it's still available. SEAN NELSON
Cinerama
The last film is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Thursday only

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Laurie Saito Is The Stranger's New Publisher!

Congrats, Laurie!
Congrats, Laurie! The Stranger

We are excited to announce that Laurie Saito, The Stranger's general manager, is being promoted to the position of The Stranger's publisher. Saito will be only the second person to assume the role since Index Newspapers president Tim Keck founded the paper in 1991.

Keck broke the news to Stranger staff today by email:

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Buy Your Tickets to These 22 Newly Announced Events Before They Sell Out

Seinfeldian comedian Paula Poundstone will share everyday anecdotes that come loaded with humorous twists in May.
Seinfeldian comedian Paula Poundstone will share everyday anecdotes that come loaded with humorous twists in May.

We all know that many of the biggest Seattle events often sell out well in advance. But it's not a lost cause—if you plan ahead, you can still score tickets for the most popular events. To help you with that, we've rounded up all of the major events that are going on sale in the next couple of days, like Bon Iver & TU Dance - Come Through, Johnny Mathis, and the Moth Seattle GrandSLAM. Can't get tickets? Check out our complete Things To Do calendar for more events.

Note: Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. unless otherwise specified

ON SALE FRIDAY
COMEDY
Jimmy Carr
Fri Nov 30 (10 p.m. show) at Neptune Theatre

Paula Poundstone
Fri May 10 at Moore Theatre

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Weekday Trumpdate: Soft Touches Addition

Good hair day.
Good hair day. Win McNamee/Getty

SIGH. It's my turn to dig into Donald's latest fuck-ups again. Let's get this shit show started, shall we?

On a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Donald said, "For many years countries have been taking total advantage of the United States on trade. Whether they are allies or not, they looked at us really as a bunch of soft touches. That's not what's happening anymore."


Correct! Instead of looking at us really as a bunch of soft touches they are looking at us as a bunch of fucking idiots who somehow let this goon be president. Moving on!

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Why Wasn't the Big Thief Show Previewed, and Other Internal Matters Regarding Music Coverage

Big Thief: Not nearly as good as Big Chief.
Big Thief: Not nearly as good as Big Chief.

The Stranger recently received a letter to the editor wondering why the band Big Thief wasn't previewed in our pages or on our website. After you read it, I'm going to answer the letter-writer's queries and explain how and why things get covered in the section of the paper formerly known as "Up & Coming," now known as "Music Things to Do." You can also find the show previews in this section on our music calendar.

Like many, I have come to rely on the Stranger as my number one resource for sorting through the many great live music options in Seattle and greatly appreciate it's [sic] star-flagging of "not-to-be-missed" performances and events. I was a bit dismayed that this Friday's upcoming performance of Big Thief at the Neptune was not among those highlighted upcoming performances, despite coming off of two stellar albums ranking near the top of many music critics "Best of the Year" lists, among them Pitchfork and NPR. Unless perhaps their previous live sets left something to be desired, I find it almost unfathomable that this one would have not been flagged as a "must- see" performance and that tickets remain unsold. I am not sure if the Stranger is being somewhat "cooler than thou" in not recommending this obvious show but to me it invalidates the whole exercise if this was a conscious editorial decision to not highlight this band coming to town. While there is no accounting for taste, it makes one wonder what criteria are used to alert readers of upcoming events worthy of mention. Being a multiple "Best Album of 2017" should be good enough to get the nod. Keep up the otherwise great eye for what is cropping up in town. Please note I have no special connection to Big Thief and just feel they got unfairly snubbed. This is my Kanye West moment.

Thanks for writing, dear reader. As the editor of Music Things to Do, I have to make many difficult decisions every two weeks about which shows to cover. In any given 14-day period, 300-350 musical events—give or take a dozen, depending on the time of year—are happening in the Seattle area. We have 30 blurbs to dispense for this time span. As you can see, we only have space in every issue for about 10 percent of what's happening. Inevitably, some worthy shows will go unblurbed. This reality makes me sad, but I hope that, if the paper keeps going and/or we don't lose the electrical grid, we'll get around to writing about every blessed act that comes through town—perhaps even Big Thief.

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Navigating a Newly Open Relationship, More Advice for Lonely Gays, and a Cute Pup in an ITMFA Hat

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: A letter writer suggests "let's make racism so gay the racists can't stand it anymore" (no), a letter writer's boyfriend won't let her go to HUMP! without him, no more death-gripping, and this letter writer's group sex with her fiancé is great but she can't come during it and feels guilty after. And, as always, last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

Regarding NOPE:

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The Level of Hypocrisy in These Republican Attack Ads on Kim Schrier Is Unreal

Republicans are slamming her for being a doctor working a fucked up health care system. Meanwhile, their preferred candidate is a rich commercial realtor who made money on foreclosures.
Republicans are slamming her for being a doctor working in a messed up health care system. Meanwhile, their preferred candidate is a rich commercial realtor who made money on foreclosures. Congressional Leadership Fund

The last Republican attack ad against Kim Schrier made my eyes roll up so far into the back of my head that I physically could not watch this new one, but what I hear is more of the same hypocritical nonsense.

The latest ad from Paul Ryan's Congressional Leadership Fund falsely suggests that Schrier "puts profits before patients." To support this alliterative tagline, they rehash an earlier attack about "Schrier's practice" not treating Medicaid kids, and then they implicate her in a lawsuit filed against Virginia Mason back in 2005. The suit accused the hospital of not telling patients that they'd be charged more money for the same procedure just for going to a different VM location. The hospital settled and the patients got their money back. The funny thing here is that both claims have nothing to do with Schrier!

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Lowercase Brewing's Lagers Don't Suck

More lagers and to choose from than ever before.
More lagers to choose from than ever before. Lester Black

What’s the difference between a Mexican lager and an Italian lager?

I had never considered this question until I went to Lowercase Brewing on Saturday and was presented with twelve different lagers to choose from, including lagers of these two nationalities.

The Mexican lager was a bit sweet and malty. It still had the crispness of a bottom-fermented beer, but with more of a round malty body, like a better version of Tecate. The Italian was dryer, without any of the Mexican's malty sweetness and instead a crisp grain profile with a gassy and skunky hop character and a pleasant bitter finish. Like a Peroni, if Peroni tasted good.

Seattle is an IPA town that caters to lagers like they are a necessary but unexciting requirement, most of the better breweries in town will keep a pilsner or a lager of some sort on tap. However Saturday at Lowercase was something special—the brewery was hosting their Lagerfest, which included eight of their lagers plus lagers from Seattle-Lite Brewing, No Boat Brewing, Mirage Beer Company, and Floating Bridge Brewing.

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Love, Gilda, an Affectionate Portrait of a Great Comedian

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I vividly remember watching Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s. All of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players were funny in their own ways, but the rubber-limbed Detroit native was the most gifted physical performer. She also created some of the most memorable characters, from news commentator Emily Litella, a discombobulated version of her beloved nanny, to slovenly rock singer Candy Slice, her unhinged take on Patti Smith.

During her relatively brief lifetime, Radner kept journals in which she recorded her thoughts, which leaned more towards the sober than the goofy. Debut director Lisa D'Apolito uses passages from those journals in combination with home movies, audiotapes, and material from Radner's 1989 memoir, It's Always Something, to shape her affectionate portrait of the comedian.

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Why Do Women Love Murder?

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CASSANDRA SWAN

"Personally, I'm drawn to Jeffrey Dahmer. I guess I'd say that's my favorite murder," says Anna. "I wouldn't go visit his house or anything like that. For me, that's a bit much. I just like reading about him online. And I look at photos sometimes."

Anna is a 28-year-old stay-at-home mom and self-described "murderino"—meaning, a fan of the hit podcast My Favorite Murder specifically and of true crime in general. Dahmer, of course, is the serial killer who raped, murdered, and dismembered at least 17 boys and men. He had four severed heads in his kitchen and two human hearts in the fridge when he was arrested, shortly after one of his intended victims escaped.

"With the Dahmer case, the psychology of it, just trying to get into the mind of someone who does things like that..." Anna says, her voice trailing off. "That's what I'm interested in."

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Contributor to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Khalik Allah, Presents New Hypnotic Doc Black Mother at Northwest Film Forum

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Black Mother

In Black Mother, the New York–based filmmaker and photographer Khalik Allah presents Jamaica in much the same way he presented Harlem in his first film Field Niggas: as a stream of social consciousness. The black bodies he films on the streets, in the alleys, in the churches, in homes, woods, and fruit-rich markets of the island conduct disembodied thoughts about colonial history, food, health, economics, religion, life, after-life, globalized exploitation, and racism. All of these thoughts flow from the body of the black woman. It is their point of origin and also motive force. In this way, Black Mother is like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, a sixty-five-minute exploration of pan-African female blackness that includes images shot by Allah. But the force of feeling in Black Mother is much deeper and even more dangerous than that which courses through Lemonade.

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Despite Ban, Google Is Still Selling Political Ads in Washington State

Google said months ago that it would no longer sell ads aimed at Washington states elections. Its still selling them.
Google said months ago that it would no longer sell ads aimed at Washington state's elections. It's still selling them. Leon Neal / Getty Images

Facing a lawsuit from Attorney General Bob Ferguson and some newly clarified state rules for political ad transparency, Google announced on June 7 that it would stop selling ads aimed at local elections, ballot measures, and state elections in Washington.

Since then, Washington state went through its August primary and barreled on toward the November general election—all, presumably, with no Google ads involved. But records from the state Public Disclosure Commission and local candidates show that despite the company's self-imposed ad ban, Google has in fact sold more than $6,000 in political ads aimed at Washington's elections since it announced the ban on June 7.

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