Review: ‘Get Hard’ plays with stereotypes with mixed success

While the stereotypes in “Get Hard” may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing; where black men are disproportionately jailed and white-collar criminals often evade punishment. In this comedy from first-time director Etan Cohen, James (Will Ferrell) is a […]

Tunisians assure Star Wars sets safe from Islamic State

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia’s Star Wars fan club that the sets of his beloved film were under attack by militants — at least according to exaggerated reports in the foreign press. In a country still reeling from a terrorist […]

Driver makes U-turn on I-5, triggers multi-vehicle crash

SEATTLE – A driver who tried to make a U-turn on Interstate 5 triggered a five-vehicle crash early Thursday near Boeing Field that blocked several lanes, the Washington State Patrol reports. No one was seriously injured, but traffic was backed up for over an hour during the cleanup and investigation of the collision. The woman […]

Kitsap prostitution bust: 7 men arrested, one in Navy uniform

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – Seven men were arrested Wednesday night for patronizing prostitutes during an operation trying to combat human trafficking in Kitsap County. “We are going to continue these enforcements,” said Detective Lt. Earl Smith of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, who participated in the investigation. “We are going to continue targeting human trafficking […]

Shock finding: Co-pilot ‘intentionally’ destroyed jetliner

PARIS (AP) – The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard […]

Agree or Disagree with O’Brien’s Stance on Global Trade, the Council Is Relevant Again

It’s hard to place Seattle city council member Mike O’Brien’s politics these days. On the one hand, his Sierra Club urbanism—leading on transit as an eloquent member of the Sound Transit board and, last night, on pedestrian zones—is exactly what the city needs. Meanwhile, his neighborhood populism on linkage fees and aPodments seems confused at […]

PubliCalendar: ‘Best of Enemies’ Premieres Tonight

For Today Best of Enemies Opening Night At first glance, the premise of Best of Enemies seems like cartoonish fiction intent on making a broad moral point: A Ku Klux Klan leader and a strong black woman becoming friends while on a community committee about desegregating schools in the 1970s? Please.  But the story of C. P. Ellis […]

Mayor Murray to Set Affordable Housing Goal

1. Mayor Ed Murray is attempting to repeat last year’s success when he jumpstarted the $15 minimum wage talks by inserting himself into the process and demanding a deal. “A marker will be put down to help anchor the discussion going forward” one insider told Fizz. To date the members of his housing affordability task […]

Tuesday’s prep lacrosse results

Boys Union 13, Sheldon (Ore.) 2 (Trey Chambers, U, 3 goals, 3 assists, 8 ground balls; Ben Morasch, U, 3 goals, 3 assists, 3 ground balls; Jarad McKinney U, 2 goals; Payton Summers, U, 1 goal; Chandler Lindhorst, U, 1 goal; Parker Lindhorst, U, 1 goal; Jonathan Stell, U, 1 goal; Andrew Harrah, U, 1 […]

Mom raps on son’s choice of music

Dear Carolyn DEAR CAROLYN: My young teen son loves rap music. I feel deeply uncomfortable with the misogyny, aggression in the service of revenge, and basic crassness of it. I’ve tried to recognize it as a viable art form, but can’t help but feel appalled at not only the hard, angry sound of it, but […]