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Seattle Woman Killed By Police, Charleena Lyles, Is the Latest Black Life That Apparently Doesn’t Matter

30-year-old Charleena Lyles called the police yesterday morning to report an attempted burglary in her fourth-floor unit at Brettler Family Place apartments in Seattle. When the two white police officers arrived, they ended up shooting her. She was pregnant, and already the mother of three children. She was also black.

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Angry Seattle Sports Fans Lash Out at Majority-Female Council After Vote Regarding Sports Arena

Angry Sports Fans Lash Out at Majority-Female Council

The Seattle City Council recently voted down a land use ordinance that all but made the construction of a basketball arena impossible. As it turns out, the voting came down along gender lines, and considering the fact that the City Council is made up of a majority of women, the response to the vote has been incredibly, well, misogynistic.

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Conservative Trolls Encourage Men to Enter Women’s Restrooms to Protest Trans Protections

In a shocking yet somehow unsurprising display of absolute ignorance, a group of conservative trolls has started encouraging men to go into women's restrooms and locker rooms in a sort of twisted demonstration against the protections currently in place for transgender people.

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Seattle Aquarium Cancels Octopus Mating Display Over Fears of Octo-Cannibalism

Celebrate Valentine's Day with some good old all-American cannibalism.

This story's just like the label says: the Seattle Aquarium has cancelled their yearly Valentine's Day octopus mating demonstration because they were afraid the male octopus, Kong, is way too big and might eat his mate instead.

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Get a Load of Post-Apocalyptic Seattle in Exclusive Terminator Genisys Art

Strong argument for East Coast living here.

In honor of Terminator Genisys' release on Blu-Ray today, we're excited to share some exclusive art by Annemieke Loomis Hutchins.

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#WeWantWidow Photo Round-Up: Images From the Black Widow Flash Mob

Everyone wants Natasha!

This weekend, a bunch of geeky women, frustrated by the erasure of Black Widow from Age of Ultron merchandise and the hemming and hawing surrounding a Black Widow film, took to the streets in seventeen cities all over the world in a Black Widow Flash Mob designed to raise awareness about the fact that there's a large demand for female characters like Black Widow in the sci-fi/fantasy/genre community. Check out the photos below!

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Seattle Police Will Hand Out Doritos at Hempfest, So How Soon Can We All Move There?

No, officer, I don't know why you pulled me ooOOH COOL RANCH

In a stunning turn of events that sounds like something out of the best Axe Cop storyline ever -- even better than the one when the Ninja Moon Warriors hunt down Vampire Moon Baby Kid-- Seattle police officers are planning to hand out bags of Doritos to attendees of Hempfest, along with information about the state's new pot laws.

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Seattle Public Library Introduces Free Video Streaming Service

No, it's not exactly Netflix grade. But then again, you're not paying for it either.

Want streaming video on your computer but don't love paying for services like Netflix or Hulu? Well good news, skinflint -- if you live in Seattle that is. Seattle Public Library just announced a new service that allows patrons to stream videos and music through a service known as Hoopla for free.

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Seattle Driver Sets New Record for Animal Cruelty by Locking Dog and Pig in Sweltering, Poop-Filled Car

Technically, the car probably wasn't poop-filled before the driver locked these two poor animals inside it.

Well, this is as good a day as any for your annual PSA reminding you not to leave your beloved pets locked in the car this summer. This friendly reminder is spurred on by a gruesome 911 call in Seattle reporting a dog and a pig locked in a car in the midst of the city's heat wave. It gets worse, though. When police responded to the call, they found both animals inside the car, the inside of which was smeared with feces. That was probably mostly the dog, though, as reports indicate that the large pot-bellied pig in the car was dressed to the nines in a pair of sweatpants.

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This Video of the World’s Longest Domino Book Chain Is Charming and Suspenseful All At Once [VIDEO]

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Congratulations to the Seattle Public Library for making the world's longest domino book chain to promote their Summer Reading Program and successfully blowing my mind in the process. The library is careful to assure us in its YouTube video description that none of the 2,131 books used "were harmed during the filming of this video." Darn skippy. Libraries are the best. (via: io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Raccoons Take Over Tower Crane, Delay Construction of Apartment Complex

There's always been something I didn't trust about raccoons. Maybe it's the fact that they're scavengers who have knocked over more of my garbage cans than I care to recall. Or maybe it's just their beady, criminal eyes resting in the domino-masks that denote them as nature's criminals. Whatever the reason, all my suspicions about raccoons were confirmed this morning when news broke that a pair of raccoons -- who are probably terrorists -- have taken over a tower crane in Seattle, scaring off workers and hamstringing construction work on a new apartment complex.

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Just Add Water: Seattle Seahawks Really Do Play Better at Home in Rain and Snow

Hailing from Washington, I can happily confirm that yes, as you may have heard, it rains quite a bit there. Somehow, though, we mostly get by just fine. Now, a University of Washington meteorologist has run the numbers to find that our NFL team has not only found ways to live with the rainy, wet conditions that are par for the course in the Northwest -- they actually thrive in them. The playoff bound Seattle Seahawks are more likely to win home games in rain or snow, and not by just a little.

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Gigabit Squared Bringing Ultra High-Speed Fiber Broadband Network to Seattle

Seattle, Washington is already known for its incessant rainfall and having the honor of being labeled the cradle of all things grunge that defined the '90s generation, but soon it will be adding another feather in its cap once the city will be known for playing host to a sophisticated broadband network. Responding to the citizens' desire for better broadband service, Gigabit Squared (GB2) -- a broadband developer based in Washington -- and Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced an agreement in which the city will be working closely with the company to build a "fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network" (FTTH/FTTB), providing an unparalleled service aimed to benefit Seattle's numerous institutions as well as its residents.

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My First Trip To Emerald City Comicon Or, That Time Khal Drogo Recognized Me

And Fansplosions Abound

I was lucky enough to attend several comic conventions in 2011, the last being New York Comic Con back in October, which meant I was going through convention withdrawal. Big time. For various reasons I had to scale back on the trips this year so I decided my first convention of 2012 would have to be one I never attended. I decided to make the trip to Seattle, Washington for the 10th annual Emerald City Comicon. And now I'm here to tell you all about it. 

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Seattle Library Upholds Man’s Right To Watch Porn On Its Computers

Seattle's Lake City library has been fighting a particularly contentious fight lately, upholding patrons' right to watch pornography on library computers. Well, not that specifically, but rather the right of patrons to access whatever content they like on the library's unfiltered Internet content, LOLcats and porn alike. Naturally, there have been some complaints about the pornography, but things have been astoundingly civil so far.

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Seattle Police Department Uses Twitter Like A Police Scanner

Is Twitter the right forum for an inane list of police complaints generated over the course of a day? Many Seattle residents are considering this question in the wake of an experiment by the Seattle Police Department, who tweeted out all the calls they received for 12-hours the way they would go out on a typical police scanner. The Police Department was trying to show citizens what a typical day of emergency calls coming into the department was like. The social media platform seemed like a good way to reach a lot of people. The only problem was that the police didn't tell any of their twitter followers what they were doing.

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Super‘s Rainn Wilson Meets Real-Life Superhero Phoenix Jones

Together At Last

While promoting their movie Super, about a man who becomes a real-life superhero, actor Rainn Wilson and director James Gunn were visited by actual real-life superhero Phoenix Jones. The panel took place at Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, so the city's resident plebian crimefighter thought he'd stop by with fellow crimefighter Pitch Black to compare notes with Wilson. (Bleeding Cool)

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Is There a Real Life Kick-Ass Roaming Seattle?

Have you seen this masked man, Seattle? First reported in November, a man wearing an exceedingly well-made superhero costume has been stalking the streets of Seattle, looking for crime to fight. Like in Kick-Ass, except real. He calls himself Phoenix Jones, and apparently, he has actually prevented a crime.

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Engineer Deliberately Crashes Car to Save Other Driver’s Life

A remarkable thing happened in the Seattle area earlier this week: When a Boeing engineer named Duane Innes was driving to a baseball game, he saw a pickup truck driving erratically, with the driver slumped over the wheel. With the truck barreling towards a busy intersection, Innes used "basic physics" to save the life of the other driver, who turned out to be an 80-year-old man passed out due to circulatory problems.

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