Seattle was thirsty last night: Day In Day Out festival, which ran at Fisher Pavilion over the course of this weekend, ruled in numerous ways The Stranger will describe in other posts throughout the day, though in the festival's final hours the VIP section ran out of Red Bull, soda, tonic, and hard cider. A friend also reported a beer shortage in general admission. I overheard a bartender say they had seen attendance numbers and ordered mixers accordingly, but apparently the city was just a tad thirstier than anticipated!
At any rate, for my part, I appreciated The National kicking off its closing set with "Don't Swallow the Cap," which contains the line, "If you want / to see me cry, / play 'Let it Be,' / or 'Nevermind.'" The crowd caught the local reference, and all in attendance danced little awkward personal dances in celebration, except for those two girls who did lazy summersaults on an open patch of grass throughout the performance. Did not know that was a thing, but I support it.
Another hot one on deck this week: Thursday could hit 90 degrees, but evening temps will stay cool, The Seattle Times reports. And here you thought summer was over.
Some Seattle stats to keep track of for the next few days. Number of 90°+ days so far in 2022...10. Record 12 days (2015). Record high for August 18th ( Thursday ) 88 (1991). Forecast high 89°. Temps warming each day peaking Thursday. A little cooler Fri. into the weekend. #wawx pic.twitter.com/T9SjbvJyIk— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) August 15, 2022
Woman killed by light rail train: The woman became trapped between the train and the platform at the Mount Baker station on Sunday afternoon, though details remain unclear, The Seattle Times reports.
#HappeningNow #USCG, NOAA, and other partner agencies are responding to a pollution incident west of Sunset Point, Sand Juan Island. A 49-foot fishing vessel sank w/ an estimated 2600 gal diesel/oil onboard. All crew were rescued by good Samaritan. Follow for updates. pic.twitter.com/GhbkarvloN— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) August 14, 2022
9000 block of Seward Park Ave. S.: initial video footage of incident - crews working to get the marina fire under control. PIO on scene. pic.twitter.com/Ljc8xSud0p— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) August 15, 2022
Ferry damage watch: West Seattle Blog reports that no repairs have started on the damaged M/V Cathlamet or the Fauntleroy dock two weeks after the ferry crashed into a structure near that dock. Washington State Ferries says it's still figuring out timelines and costs.
See you later, Seattle. It’s been a real wild ride. Remember: A city’s greatness is measured by how well it cares for its residents; especially our most vulnerable neighbors. Level up!— nikkita oliver (they/them) (@NikkitaOliver) August 15, 2022
The country's drunk uncles are fighting: Late Friday the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin announcing an observed "increase in threats to federal law enforcement" from domestic terrorists following the search of Trump's Floridian palace, reports HuffPost. The cops see most of the threats online, though there was that guy in Cincinnati who took a nail gun to an FBI building before police chased him down and shot him. I'm sure law-and-order types will make Republicans pay for this at the ballot box.
Prepare for more abortion refugees from Idaho: Next Thursday, our eastern neighbor will enact its "near-total ban" on abortions. In the meantime, the state's bounty hunter-enforced six-week abortion ban will go into effect. All of this cruelty comes as a result of a recent judgement from the state's Supreme Court, which ruled that the bans can kick in while legal battles play out, according to the New York Times.
Last year, the Northwest Abortion Access Fund told me that 60% of the people they serve live in Idaho. Abortion advocates expect that number to skyrocket as a result of the ban. If you have the time and the cash, then celebrate the Court's decision with a nice little donation to your local abortion fund.
Salman Rushdie is off the ventilator: The author of The Satanic Verses (and also of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a copy of which currently serves as part of my makeshift "laptop stand") remains in "critical condition" after a man stabbed him during a reading in New York. His son told the BBC that the author's "usual feisty and defiant sense of humour remains intact," however. The cops arrested a 24-year-old named Hadi Matar for the stabbing, which will likely leave Rushdie with nerve damage and one fewer eye.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has released a statement condemning the assassination attempt against Salman Rushdie.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 14, 2022
Secretary Blinken is the first administration official to mention the Iranian government in a statement responding to this attack. pic.twitter.com/nnwLARACbK
If this becomes some kind of bullshit cancel culture thing I'm going to log off forever ... oh fuck:
I guess the idea here is that the Islamists who have targeted Rushdie since 1989 have been reading Tumblr? pic.twitter.com/s6lFLZmIxj— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) August 15, 2022
Oof: "At least" 45 people burned or suffocated to death and 41 others sustained injuries after a fire ripped through a Coptic Orthodox church in Giza, Egypt, according to Al Jazeera. “Suffocation, suffocation, all of them dead,” said one witness. Officials blamed the blaze on an electrical malfunction in a second-floor air conditioner.
Let's end AM the way we began: "Don't Swallow the Cap."