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The Big Read: Boom and bust - how tech hubs are killing Middle America.

As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Global Financial Crisis, Seattle's was about to take off.In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Hard-hit by opioids, a city struggles with hardcore homeless.

EVERETT, Wash. — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Another Human Foot Washes Ashore in Canada. That Makes 13.

A man walking his dog on Vancouver Island found a leg with a foot in a black sneaker on a beach. The authorities are trying to get a DNA sample from it.

- International NY Times - US

It's a rich area with massive homes, and a Vancouver councillor wants to house students there.

Some of the homes are empty. And crumbling.

- Global News - CA

'Should I Be Worried?': the $100,000 question that Vancouverites paid for.

The question confounds city residents, but it makes plenty of sense to some.

- Global News - CA

Protesters burn Israeli flags in Vancouver.

Pro-Palestinian protesters burn Israeli flags during demonstration against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands.

SEATTLE — The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated the company's rights...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis .

SEATTLE, Dec 13 — PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company...

- The Malay Mail - MY

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks.

SEATTLE - PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

To fend off hackers, local governments get help from states.

The city of Mill Creek, Wash., has only 55 full-time employees and just one of them—James Busch—is responsible for handling information technology and cybersecurity. He worries about the growing sophistication of hackers and cybercriminals and the city computer network's vulnerabilities.

- PhysOrg - NL

FlowPlay overhauls Vegas World, ditches Adobe Flash for Haxe.

When Adobe decided to retire its Flash software, it was a big moment for FlowPlay. Fortunately, the Seattle maker of social games had anticipated the demise of Flash, which is scheduled to end in 2020. And today, FlowPlay is announcing it has converted its flagship social casino game, Vegas World, to an open-source, ...

- VentureBeat - US

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

SEATTLE - PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

Victory! Court Orders U.S. Military to Immediately Halt Ban of Transgender Troops

Today, a federal court in Seattle ordered an immediate halt to the Trump Administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The ruling came in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the ban and prevents the ban from being ...

- Human Rights Campaign - US

Vancouver approved a condo project, in part, because it had rentals. They cost $5,400/month

And that's for a 450-square-foot unit.

- Global News - CA

The Billionaires Betting On Space Travel

The space race is on for some of the biggest names out there. Leading technology giants like Amazon.com, SpaceX, Microsoft, Virgin Group, Google, and Facebook are all getting in on the action. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's second richest man after Microsoft's Bill Gates, is funding rocket company Blue Origin to the ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Vancouver school apologizes after banning Hanukkah

Vancouver School Board apologizes after local elementary school blocks Hanukkah decorations but allows Christmas trees.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

The Latest: 3rd judge blocks military transgender ban

SEATTLE — The Latest on courts blocking the president's efforts to keep transgender people from enlisting in the military :5:20 p.m.A third federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

What's the biggest hurdle a high-school coach faces?

Kyle Gray knows basketball. But in a crowded conference room on a sweltering July afternoon in Yakima, Wash., no one attending a clinic seemed to care about that. They wanted to know only one thing from the Edmonds Community College men's basketball coach: How do you deal with parents?

- Stars and Stripes - US

NFL player tries climbing into stands when fans throw drinks at him — and ESPN pundit backs him up

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson tried climbing into the stands Sunday in Jacksonville after fans threw drinks at him following his ejection at the…

- TheBlaze.com - US

After Fans' Taunts, Ejected NFL Player Goes Into Stands

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 in Florida on Sunday, and it resulted in what ESPN calls an "ugly ending" after tense final minutes between the opposing teams. Per USA Today , defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was thrown out of the game toward the end of the fourth...

- Newser - US

Will s US-born Hassidic rapper represent Israel at Eurovision?

Watch: From Seattle to Jerusalem to the Eurovision? Rapper 'Nissim' competes for chance to represent Israel at Eurovision song contest.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Dian Fossey: Alone in the forest until the brutal end

Ian Redmond can still recall the first time he saw Dian Fossey among gorillas.

- Stuff - NZ

Barred owls are invading Vancouver and feasting on the city's rat problematic rat population

The bird population in the city can ebb and flow and there appears to be a population of younger owls 'that are looking for a hunting area'

- National Post - CA

Toronto FC looks to capture their first MLS Cup title against Seattle

Toronto FC looks to capture their first MLS title on Saturday in a rematch of last year's final against the Seattle Sounders.

- Global News - CA

New Microsoft US campus to get world-class cricket field

San Francisco/New Delhi, Dec 9 Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, who learnt leadership values and survival instinct while playing cricket in India, now wants his workforce to replay his past at the company's upcoming revitalised campus. As part of a plan to overhaul its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington State, ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Seattle mayor pushing for free community college program

- Education Week - US

Director Bryan Singer denies sex assault on teen in 2003

Director Bryan Singer has been accused in a lawsuit filed in Seattle of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago.

- Hawaii News Now - US

Vancouver looks to support 'legacy businesses' to sustain Chinatown's character

The City of Vancouver is looking at how to help keep longstanding businesses from being displaced.

- Global News - CA

Blinded by Her Husband, She Fights for Justice

After years of abuse in Bangladesh, Rumana Monzur defied stigma and expectations, earning two degrees in Vancouver, Canada.

- New York Times - US

Former Amazon analyst gets 6 months for insider trading

SEATTLE — A former Amazon financial analyst has been sentenced to six months in prison and a $2,500 fine after admitting he tipped off a college friend to details about the company's upcoming first-quarter earnings report in...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Vancouver - the New Amsterdam for Lovers of Marijuana

In front of the British Columbia Provincial Court in downtown Vancouver, a city that regularly holds top positions in the world's best places for life, there is a farm market dedicated to marijuana or "craft cannabis," as traders love to determine, reports profit.bg.  Cannabis is illegal in Canada, but not for long. In ...

- Novinite - BG

NHL boss Gary Bettman announces league will consider Seattle expansion bid

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.Bettman said the expansion fee has been set ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Rick Zamperin: Seattle is nice, but NHL should return to Quebec City

The NHL is talking about expansion again, but hockey fans north of the border shouldn't get too excited.

- Global News - CA

A judge is forcing Whole Foods to reopen its failed 365 store

Reuters A judge is forcing Whole Foods to reopen a 365-branded store that it closed in October, after the property owners sued the grocery chain. This marks the second recent ruling in which a major chain has been forced to reopen closed stores. A judge has ruled in a separate case that Starbucks must keep operating 77 ...

- Business Insider - US

She Leapt From Ferry Believing She Was Dying. She Wasn't.

Diagnosed with a terminal illness at 52, Mya DeRyan saw no use in medicine. After spending several months with her adult son, the British Columbia woman departed his Vancouver home, leaving a note reading, "My body hurts, my heart is full. It's time. I love you." DeRyan then boarded a...

- Newser - US

'X-Men' director accused of sexually assaulting a minor

Hollywood director Bryan Singer, best known for his four successful “X-Men” movies, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003. According to court documents filed Thursday in Seattle, in the northwestern state of Washington, Singer is accused of sexual...

- The Raw Story - US

Director Bryan Singer accused in lawsuit of assaulting teen

SEATTLE — Director Bryan Singer has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago.The lawsuit filed in Seattle claims Singer demanded sex from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman during...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

Frederick Darren Berg, 55, on Wednesday walked out of the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater Satellite Prison Camp, where he was serving a 18-year sentence for what is considered the state of Washington's biggest Ponzi scheme, the Seattle Times reported, citing the U.S. Marshals Service. Berg pleaded guilty in a Seattle federal ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Bryan Singer sued over alleged sexual assault of 17-year-old boy on yacht

"X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer was accused Thursday of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy on a yacht near Seattle in 2003.

- FOX News - US

Why a lone Good Samaritan stepped up in a Vancouver attack on Muslim teen

'Hate crimes and racism exist in Canada': When Noor Fadel experienced an alleged Islamophobic attack, only Jake Taylor intervened—bonding the pair The post Why a lone Good Samaritan stepped up in a Vancouver attack on Muslim teen appeared first on Macleans.ca.

- Macleans.ca - CA

'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Assault

The director has been accused of forcing himself on a 17-year-old boy during a party aboard a yacht in Seattle in 2003.

- NPR - US

Bryan Singer Accused of Raping 17-Year-Old Boy in 2003

Bryan Singer was sued Thursday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in Seattle in 2003. The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, accused the director of forcing him to perform oral sex. According to the suit, which was filed in state court in Seattle, the director then forcibly performed oral sex on ...

- Variety - US

Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault of 17-year-old

X-Men director Bryan Singer was sued Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a report from Variety. The suit, filed Thursday in Washington state Superior Court, alleges that Singer, now 52, was at a yacht party hosted by tech investor Lester Waters in Seattle when he allegedly ...

- Mashable! - US

Man who bilked $100M from investors flees California prison

SEATTLE — A Washington state man who bilked investors out of more than $100 million in a Ponzi scheme has escaped from a federal prison in central California, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.Prison officials said Frederick...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

En Garde!

By incorporating sports into the curriculum for balanced student development and supporting those who aspire to become professional athletes, the ESF has produced an array of sporting talents over the years, such as swimmers, rugby players, fencers and more. Vivian Kong Man-wai, who represented Hong Kong in fencing at the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist dies

SEATTLE — JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state who went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served, has died at age 74.McKee passed away Nov. 18, said...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest US patients

Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market. Yet none of the plans cover all the complex medical care needed for his seven-year-old son, Gabriel. Born with an ext...

- The Raw Story - US

Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients

Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market. The Brookharts' insurer, Regence BlueShield of Washington, said in June it would exit the Obamacare markets in 2018, citing unsettled marketplaces ...

- Yahoo! News - US

From Seattle to Shanghai, Starbucks Brews Success

Starbucks is a giant in the global coffee market, and it is getting even bigger with the world’s largest Starbucks store, which opened this week in Shanghai. Faith Lapidus reports.

- Voice of America - US

U.S. 9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban

Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law. During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration argued...

- Los Angeles Times - US

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