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Plus: 10 new books from Seattle authors to read right now.
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⚾️ Old habits die hard — the Mariners are back to being mediocre

Plus: 10 new books from Seattle authors to read right now.

It’s Wednesday, folks.

As of Monday afternoon, about 70% of adults 16 and older in King County have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Wondering how each area in the county is doing in terms of vaccination rates? You can check out FYI Guy Gene Balk’s handy graphic and see that Mercer Island has the highest percentage of residents at least partially vaccinated at 87%, while parts of south King County like Auburn and Enumclaw have less than 50%. 

If you know someone in King County who hasn’t been vaccinated, you can direct them to the county’s COVID-19 resources page where they can find the nearest vaccination site. 

Let’s get to the news. 

4 things Seattle is talking about

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📱Mayor Jenny Durkan turned in re-created texts to KUOW. The public radio station submitted a record request for Durkan’s text message from June 5 to 10 to find out what led to SPD’s decision to abandon the East Precinct. The texts they received five months later turned out not to be the mayor’s actual texts but a re-creation taken from her chief of staff and deputy mayor’s cell phones, as revealed in an anonymous email sent early last month. (KUOW)

  • Related: This revelation comes as The Seattle Times published an article last week detailing how the mayor’s office mishandled multiple public records requests after finding nearly a year’s worth of Durkan’s texts were missing. KUOW’s request was one of 48 made as of Nov. 6, 2020. 

💵The city continues to struggle over how to spend money on public safety. In unsurprising news, councilmember Tammy Morales and the committee she heads are at odds with the mayor. Morales heads the Community Economic Development committee which is tasked with freeing up $30 million that the community would decide how to allocate for policing alternatives. (Crosscut)

⚾️In more unsurprising news, the Mariners are once again reminding fans why we don’t hold our breath. As usual, the team started off strong with a record of 13-8, but they’ve since fallen back into familiar patterns and currently sit at 18-17. (The Seattle Times)

  • Related: If you’re looking for more hopeful sports seasons, the Storm kick off their regular season on Saturday against the Las Vegas Aces. Due to renovations at Climate Pledge Arena, they will play their home games at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

📚Looking for your next read? Try one of these books from local authors. The author of the bestseller “The Boys in the Boat” is releasing a new book that tells the stories of four Japanese American families whose sons served in the army in World War II. If that’s not your thing, there are also three different books that touch on Amazon and our city’s existential identity crisis. (Seattle Met Magazine)

😋 A sweet celebration

Photo courtesy of Sweet Alchemy

This month is AAPI Heritage Month and we are celebrating with the Intentionalist by giving away some nom-worthy ice cream collab by the AAPI-owned Fuji Bakery and Sweet AlchemyEnter here for your chance to win a pint of the limited edition Opera-tunity Knocks–inspired by Fuji Bakery’s Opera Cake, featuring coffee ice cream, chocolate ganache, and ladyfingers. 

Tomorrow

🎷Hear the Tritone Jazz Trio from Bellarmine Preparatory School in KNKX's latest jazz offerings (Online)

🍻Celebrate women in beer at Optimism' GRL PWR Beer Fest(Capitol Hill)

Friday

📚Seattle Art Book Fair: Makeready spans three weekends in May and explores the process of making an art book from start to finish through conversations, studio visits, workshops, and more.(Online)

Saturday

☠️Come aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge and celebrate Figurehead Brewing's new India Pirate Ale (Magnolia)

🎵Get your fill of live music with this drive-in concert featuring headliner, Mashall Law Band (Carnation)

🎸Tune in for MoPOP's annual 21-and-under music showcase — Sound Off! (Online)

Sunday

⛩️Witness real-life tales of transformation in this story night about crossing a threshold(Online)

⚽️Cheer on the Sounders as they take on Los Angeles Football Club (Pioneer Square)

Wednesday, May 19

📈Join local tech leaders for a deeper look at effective strategies to address racial inequities internally at companies and out in the community.(Online)

One more thing …

On Thursday we’re hosting a virtual workshop with our sister publications in Portland, Miami, Orlando, and Pittsburgh to discuss the documentary “Listen Courageously” with the film’s director. The event will focus on how we can come together and listen to people with opposing viewpoints from our own. If you'd still like to register for the event you can email hello@theevergrey.com and we'll get you signed up.

In related news, Braver Angels is an organization with a similar goal as the documentary and Evergrey co-founder Mónica Guzmán announced last week that she is their new Digital Director. You can check out Braver Angels' work and see how to get involved on their website

And lastly what I've been up to this past week:

🍴 Cooking: Pork stir fry

 📺  Watching: A Black Lady Sketch Show

 🎧  Song on repeat: MorMor — “Waiting on the Warmth”

Be back tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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