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Athens, Ga. rockers Lullwater maintain community standards! (2011 Video Interview, Live Performance)@LullwaterMusic Happy Birthday to Lullwater musician John Strickland! http://www.mrmedia.com/2011/09/athens-ga-rockers-lullwater-maintain-community-standards-interview-live-performance/#.UZIrkYKftJY@LullwaterMusic Happy Birthday to Lullwater musician John Strickland!... more
Wielding their new star power and a heightened budget, thrift shoppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis embark on an international party in the music video for "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton, which was released on Wednesday (Apr. 17).Wielding their new star power and a heightened budget, thrift shoppers Macklemore... more
A mediation hearing aimed at averting a costly lawsuit against the King County Sheriff's Office and the Washington Department of Corrections failed to produce a settlement, according to attorneys who participated. The case involves a 2012 incident where 28-year-old Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times while in bed. Theoharis had not committed a crime--police entered his room to search for weapons after arresting someone else at the Auburn home.
"Unfortunately, no settlement was reached," said Theoharis's attorneys, Erik Heipt and Ed Budge of Seattle, following a lengthy mediation Monday. "Although Dustin had sincerely hoped to avoid the need to file a lawsuit, he may be left with no choice." they said in a written statement.
The Feb. 11, 2012, incident is currently being reviewed by an outside investigator. But official determinations that the officers involved acted appropriately is posing a test for King County's newly elected sheriff and his promise to reform the department's use of force procedures and to increase accountability across the ranks.
It started when team of sheriff's deputies and a Washington Department of Corrections officer entered an Auburn house to arrest a convicted felon who had violated the terms of his parole.
After the team arrested the man they were after, two officers proceeded to search the rest of the home for firearms. They were told that another man -- Dustin Theoharis -- was also in the house in the room he rented.
The officers -- DOC's Kris Rongen and Deputy Aaron Thompson -- fired nearly 20 times after entering Theoharis' room, hitting him 16 times. Miraculously, he survived, but was left with a shattered jaw and shoulder, a fractured spin, and damage to his limbs and organs.
The officers said they fired because they believed Theoharis was reaching for a firearm.
"He looked back and forth at Kris and I and Kris asked him if he had any weapons. And he said yes," Thompson said in a recorded statement describing the shooting.
"Both of us were shouting at him, 'Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Put your hands up!'" Thompson continued. "And he stopped and looked at us and then he jammed his hand like he was reaching. I thought he was probably reaching between the mattress and box spring to get something and that's when we started shooting."
Theoharis did not have any firearms. He may have been reaching for a flashlight, investigators later determined.
Then-Sheriff Steve Strachan defended the shooting. "He [Theoharis] made reference to having three guns, and the deputy and the officer felt threatened."
Full Story: http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/Police-shooting-could-cost-taxpayers-millions-200657821.html
http://youtu.be/xUwqeIui7tkA mediation hearing aimed at averting a costly lawsuit against the King County... more
Pre-Iraq war George Galloway delivers a great speech in Seattle.
http://youtu.be/dm8SInuEi5wPre-Iraq war George Galloway delivers a great speech in Seattle.... more
Dash Cam Video Shows Seattle Police Officer Punching Man In Face Raw footage (Warning: full video contains graphic language)SEATTLE — A Seattle man filed a formal complaint against Seattle police Friday, claiming he was bullied into a beating at the hands of their officers.
Dash cam video taken by an SPD squad car shows Issac Ocak taking sharp blows to the face while other officers held back his arms. (Warning: full video contains graphic language.) Ocak says he was brutally beaten by officers in December 2010 while shopping at Seattle’s Westwood Village.
Once the police dash cam video surfaced, he enlisted the help of attorney James Egan.
“This officer is a bully with a badge,” Egan said.
Egan filed a complaint with SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability, and took the first steps in filing a civil lawsuit against the city. He claims Officer Larry Longley escalated the situation and used excessive force during the arrest.
http://libertycrier.com/front-page/dash-cam-video-shows-seattle-police-officer-punching-man-in-face/?utm_source=The+Liberty+Crier&utm_campaign=46e947108d-The_Liberty_Crier_Daily_News_1_6_2013&utm_medium=emailSEATTLE — A Seattle man filed a formal complaint against Seattle police Friday,... more
The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early this morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-pot-legal-washington-20121206,0,5094608.storyThe crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early... more
(Reuters) - Washington state made history on Thursday as the first in the nation to legalize marijuana possession for adult recreational use, an occasion celebrated by dozens of users near Seattle's famed Space Needle tower amid blaring reggae music and a haze of pot smoke.
The public gathering defied a key provision of the state's landmark marijuana law, which forbids users from lighting up outside the privacy of their homes. And it underscored mixed messages that law enforcement officials have conveyed about the new statute.
Hours earlier, Seattle's city attorney issued a stern warning that pot puffing in public would not be tolerated and that violators faced citations carrying $100 fines.
But the local prosecutor's admonition was contradicted by the Seattle Police Department's own instructions to its officers to limit their enforcement actions to warnings, at least for the time being.
Passed by voters last month as a ballot measure called Initiative 502, the new marijuana law removes criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce (28.5 grams) or less of pot for personal recreational use.
It also legalizes possession of up to 16 ounces (0.45 kg) of solid cannabis-infused goods - like brownies or cookies - and up to 72 ounces (2.4 kg) of weed in liquid form.
However, driving under the influence of cannabis, or imbibing in public places, where the consumption of alcohol already is banned, remains illegal.
"If you're smoking in plain public view, you're subject to a ticket," Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said at a news conference Wednesday. "Initiative 502 uses the alcohol model. If drinking in public is disallowed, so is smoking marijuana in public."
The new law ultimately will permit cannabis to be legally sold and taxed at state-licensed stores in a system to be modeled after those in many states for alcohol sales. The state Liquor Control Board, along with agriculture and public health officials, have until December 1, 2013, to set up such a system.
But for now, it remains a crime to sell, cultivate or even share one's own stash, even though the law allows individuals to purchase a limited amount for personal possession.
'VICTORY FOR HEMP'
Little if any of the law's fine points seemed to matter to the mellow and largely middle-aged gathering of about 100 people near the foot of the Space Needle as the statute took effect at midnight.
Low-key cries of "Yeah!" and "Smoke some weed" and "Anybody got a bong?" rose after a Portland, Oregon, radio personality, "Radical" Russ Belville, finished a 10-second countdown on a bullhorn.
(read the rest at link)(Reuters) - Washington state made history on Thursday as the first in the nation to... more
300 original photos taken within city limits over many years to help preserve the mediums aesthetic. The following is a small window into this temporary world that's constantly being revised in a flux of new symbols. Some of the work only existed for a day before it was written over by other artists or removed by the city.
http://seattlestreetart.com/300 original photos taken within city limits over many years to help preserve the... more
SEATTLE — A dying woman says a a security pat-down at Sea-Tac Airport left her embarrassed in front of crowds of people.
Michelle Dunaj says screeners checked under bandages from recent surgeries and refused to give her a private search when she requested one.
Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, carried a large amount of prescription drugs through Sea-Tac to head to Hawaii for what would be one of the last trips of her life.
She called Alaska Airlines ahead of time to request a wheelchair and to ask how her medicines should be separated for the security line.
“I did everything they asked me to do, so I didn’t think it would be an issue,” she said.
But Dunaj says nothing went right at the security checkpoint.
A machine couldn’t get a reading on her saline bags, so a TSA agent forced one open, contaminating the fluid she needs to survive.
She says agents also made her lift up her shirt and pull back the bandages holding feeding tubes in place. Dunaj needs those tubes because of organ failure.
Full Story: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Dying-woman-humiliated-by-revealing-TSA-pat-down-173235451.html?tab=video&c=ySEATTLE — A dying woman says a a security pat-down at Sea-Tac Airport left her... more
SEATTLE -- A local man claims he wound up facing criminal charges simply because he complained about Seattle police.
Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability promises "no retaliation." But the allegations made in a motion filed on Friday makes that promise appear worthless.
Donald Fuller ran into trouble while walking in downtown Seattle on a Friday afternoon three years ago.
"I was heading up to Steward Street," he said. "I was on my way to do some work for the homeless."
That's when he says two Seattle police officers called him over and said he could get a ticket.
"And I said, 'Ticket? Ticket for what?' And he (the officer) said, 'Jaywalking,'" said Fuller.
That was the beginning of a nightmare for Fuller and of a series of questionable actions by the Office of Professional Accountability -- the very office charged with protecting citizens from police misconduct.
"I think the OPA is a sham," said James Egan, an attorney representing Fuller. "I think the OPA is a shill that actually protects officers."
Three years after Fuller was arrested, charged and convicted of obstruction, Egan has uncovered a web of documents that show Fuller never would have been charged if he had simply never complained.
"Mr. Fuller's mistake was to trust the OPA not to retaliate against him. That's exactly what they did," Egan said.
On March 6, 2009, Fuller was arrested and booked into jail for obstruction, resisting and assaulting an officer. But King County prosecutors refused to file charges.
Then OPA got involved.
Full Story: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/168992646.html
http://youtu.be/inpPRj4LwCcSEATTLE -- A local man claims he wound up facing criminal charges simply because he... more
Fall From Grace video, '18 & Out' from the 2012 album, The Romance Years. The video combines live performance filmed at the famous Neptune Theater in the band's hometown of Seattle, WA with documentary/tour diary footage. Directed by Ryan Short and Produced by King Of Hearts. Follow Fall From Grace at http:fallfromgrace.us and facebook.com/fallfromgracemusic.Fall From Grace video, '18 & Out' from the 2012 album, The Romance... more
I self published a book last year that was an original photographic document preserving the aesthetic of Seattle Street Art.
I'm publishing volume two of the book using the Seattle street art photos that I've taken in 2012.
If you want to be part of Seattle Street Art Volume Two book project... back the effort on Kickstarter (and get some great perks too).
I will be publishing it this summer.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.Thank you for your support!I self published a book last year that was an original photographic document... more
Three live, acoustic songs performed by Kentucky rockers The Ready Stance exclusively on this video episode of Mr. Media. Great stuff from a hot new band! http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=4712Three live, acoustic songs performed by Kentucky rockers The Ready Stance exclusively... more
This is really inspiring. The song is by Kelly Clarkson http://youtu.be/ihGCj5mfCk8
May 01, 2012 Northwest News http://youtu.be/87h7-u8HjSI
Unexplained dolphin strandings continue in Mass.
Congress reaches payroll tax-cut deal
Seattle Arrest Questions Cops’ Use of Dash CamsUnexplained dolphin strandings continue in Mass. Congress reaches payroll tax-cut... more
A Seattle library is making news after refusing to remove a man who was watching pornographic videos on a library computer.
“We’re a library, so we facilitate access to constitutionally protected information. We don’t tell people what they can view and check out,” Seattle Public Library spokeswoman Andra Addison told Seattle PI. ”Filters compromise freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. We’re not in the business of censoring information.”
Seattle PI reports that when library patron Julie Howe saw the man, she asked him to move to another computer. He refused. When Howe asked the librarian to intervene, she also refused.
“She could see the screen from the information desk where we were standing and was sympathetic, but said that the library doesn’t censor content,” Howe wrote in an email published Tuesday on the neighborhood blog, Lake City Live.
“And they can’t be in the business of monitoring what their patrons are doing at any given computer.”
However, in 2010 the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that libraries can do exactly that. The ruling came after the ACLU sued a rural library district that had attempted to filter porn from its computers.
“A public library has traditionally and historically enjoyed broad discretion to select materials to add to its collection of printed materials for its patrons’ use,” the court wrote in its decision. “We conclude that the same discretion must be afforded a public library to choose what materials from millions of Internet sites it will add to its collection and make available to its patrons.”
Howe says she respects, understands and agrees with the freedom of speech laws that protect the man’s right to view pornography, but nonetheless wishes there was a compromise for the library’s other patrons.
“I have had extensive conversations with the library about this incident, as well as with the police and local representatives,” wrote Howe. “The man’s right to access constitutionally protected information is fully protected (which I’m not in argument with), but our right not to be inadvertent viewers is not.”
Other library patrons have complained about similar incidents, including those involving young children who were exposed to pornographic images being viewed by other patrons.
The dilemma was summed up by another library patron, Jessica Christensen, who told Seattle PI, “What I find ironic is that you can’t talk too loudly at the Seattle Public Libraries or you’ll be asked to keep it down so as not to distract the other patrons. You know, the patrons viewing pornography.”
http://www.theinset.com/2012/02/seattle-library-lets-man-watch/A Seattle library is making news after refusing to remove a man who was watching... more
A video interview with and live performance by Athens, Georgia-based rockers Lullwater by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=2693A video interview with and live performance by Athens, Georgia-based rockers Lullwater... more
SEATTLE -- A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.
African-American students, whose primary language is English, perform significantly worse in math and reading than black students who speak another language at home, The Seattle Times reported in Monday's newspaper.
The results were presented at a community meeting at Rainier Beach High School. Michael Tolley, an executive director overseeing Southeast Seattle schools, said at the meeting that the data exposed a new achievement gap that is "extremely, extremely alarming."
The school district for years has analyzed test scores by race, but now is doing a more nuanced breakdown.
District officials have pledged to find out what might be causing this disturbing trend.
But some community members said the administration doesn't appear to be taking the results seriously enough.
"I saw that and I was shocked," Rainier Beach PTSA President Carlina Brown said about the presentation. "I was shocked, and we're not getting a sense of urgency from the district. We need a timeline. Not another committee. We need to know what they're doing and when."
District officials said they need to study the new data further before speculating about the reasons for it or making policy changes in response.
Mark Teoh, the district's data manager, said he has wanted to break down student-achievement data this way for years. http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Alarming-new-test-score-gap-discovered-in-Seattle-schools-135855168.htmlSEATTLE -- A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born... more