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Police block the scene outside a Walmart in Tumwater where a gunman shot a driver, then was himself shot to death on Sunday afternoon.
KUOW photo/Austin Jenkins

A shooting spree in Tumwater ended in a sun-drenched Walmart parking lot when an armed civilian shot the suspected gunman to death, police said Sunday evening.

Three people were hurt: a teenage boy with minor injuries, another person with minor injuries, and a man who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is now in critical condition, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

Mike McGinn, Bill Radke, Joni Balter, and Rob McKenna at KUOW
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This week, it was off with the head tax. The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the employee tax just weeks after unanimously voting to instate it. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Washington state tribes, forcing the state government to replace hundreds more culverts to save the salmon. And we found out this week the federal prison at SeaTac Airport is currently holding more than 170 women seeking asylum.

Bill Radke makes sense of those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter, host of Civic Cocktail on the Seattle Channel, Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, and Rob McKenna, former Washington state attorney general.

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In the wake of school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida this year, parents are asking: "How do I talk to my child about mass shootings?"

KUOW helped answer that question with a story we did in March.


A two-year-old child from Honduras gets treatment for an ear infection after sleeping in the open in front of the El Chaparral port of entry, in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 30, 2018.
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Kim Malcolm talks with Beth Farmer about the experiences of asylum seekers who are coming to the United States from Central America. Farmer is director of Refugees Northwest.

kid tantrum
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Bill Radke talks with author Katherine Reynolds Lewis about her new book, "The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What to Do About It."

The Seattle City Council brought the short-lived "head tax" into the world last month — and last Tuesday, the council proved that it could take it out too.

James Baldwin, in the documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro.'
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Last week was the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. Bobby Kennedy was remembered as a civil rights advocate, but it's more interesting than that. 

The newly constructed Arbora Court Apartments, with 133 units, is shown on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Seattle. Forty of the apartments have been set aside for families transitioning out of homelessness.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Renters already know that finding an affordable place in Seattle is near impossible. But sometimes local employers do not appreciate how bonkers the rental market really is. 

Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll in 2011.
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What happened during the creation and growth of Mars Hill Church made waves in Seattle and beyond. A charismatic minister, Mark Driscoll, preached in a daring, new way. He sought to make his ministry “culturally relevant,” bringing a hipster attitude to conservative theology. His methods drew people to the church in growing numbers.

Josephine Ensign, director of the University of Washington's Doorway Project for homeless youth
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

There's a lot of money in Seattle these days. Companies like Amazon and Starbucks are based here, and construction has been booming. But our city has one of the biggest homelessness problems in the country.

Our listeners are wondering about that disconnect. And they've been asking us questions about the issue.


Tommy Le's family and attorneys announce their decision to file a $20 million wrongful death and civil rights violation lawsuit against King County, the King County Sheriff's Office and (former) Sheriff John Urquhart in 2017.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

On June 13 last year, a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy fatally shot 20-year-old Vietnamese-American student Tommy Le in the back.

United States goalie Brad Guzan leaps for a shot by Ecuador in the second half of a Copa America Centenario soccer match, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
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Seattle can expect some tough questions in its bid to be one of 10 U.S. cities to host men's World Cup soccer games in 2026:


Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., speaks with the media after testifying before the Senate Law and Justice Committee about Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Olympia, Wash.
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Kim Malcolm talks with U.S. Rep Dave Reichert about why he's opposed to President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum. The tariffs affect imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

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Did you know that Seattle has the second most places of worship per capita in the nation?

We are also the second most religiously unaffiliated city in America. Basically, Seattle has a lot of empty churches. And after June 24th, there will be one more empty church.

That will be the last day of service for the Capitol Hill Presbyterian church.

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Pacific University Professor Jeff Kuess, Reverend Eliana Maxim with the Seattle Presbytery, and Pastor Tyler Gorsline from A Seattle Church about Christian churches in Seattle and what their future looks like in the city. 

Head tax opponents and supporters crowd Seattle City Hall on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks to two businesses that opposed the head tax about what solutions they're hoping to see, now that the head tax has been repealed. What do Seattle businesses need to do now? What's their responsibility?

The author, Alivia Thrift. In her junior year, Livi and her mom struggled to pay rent. She left school so she could work more.
KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

It's graduation season, and while many are donning their caps and gowns, others are taking a different path. Like me.

I've spent the spring trying to learn how getting a GED may impact my future.


Jud Yoho, who sold Craftsman houses at the turn of the century, lived in this 1911 bungalow in Wallingford. The house was recently listed for $599,000.
KUOW File Photo/Isolde Raftery

It's that time of year again when King County sends out property value assessments to homes and businesses.


A container ship at the Port of Seattle.
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The world's biggest cargo ships, some a quarter-mile long, could be docking regularly near downtown Seattle before long.

After four years' study, the Army Corps of Engineers has given the okay to digging deeper shipping channels around Harbor Island at the mouth of the Duwamish River.

Clara Berg, Dana Landon, and Andrew Hoge.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Here we are in balmy June-uary, still clad in waterproof — and arguably unstylish — garb. With our tendency to dress like a "hiking emergency" could break out at any moment (as one listener put it): Is Seattle a fashionable city?

Wellll... it depends on how you define fashionable, said our panel. But Seattle does have something special that's all its own. 

Britta Kauffman speaks to Dr. Paul Sann about a pain in her foot during the Seattle/King County Clinic on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Key Arena in Seattle. Kauffman waited in line starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

How about letting states offer their own universal health care plans?

That’s the goal of a new bill that Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal unveiled this week.


Kailyn Nicholson, center, joins in on a chant led by Emerson Johnson, left, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, inside City Council Chambers at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It was called a head tax, but maybe it should have been called the Robin Hood tax.


The stars-and-bars of the Confederate flag painted onto a Juanita senior's face in 1999. Two years earlier, Juanita students shouted racial slurs at the mostly black Garfield High School football team. They sent an apology banner and students had to atten
KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

The Rebel remains.

Students at Juanita High School, in Kirkland, have voted overwhelmingly to keep their controversial mascot.

KUOW photo/Kate Walters

Seattle’s South Park neighborhood sits on the bank of the polluted Duwamish river, flanked by industry and split in two by Highway 99.

This is a neighborhood uniquely steeped in Hispanic culture and occupied by people with a deep passion for community.

It’s also a neighborhood staring down the barrel of change.


A fish-friendly culvert in Washington state.
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A tie in the U.S. Supreme Court may cost Washington state $2 billion.

The court split 4-4 Monday in a long-running court battle between tribes and the state over salmon-blocking road culverts.


Members of NWDC Resistance chant during the Solidarity Day protest outside of the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
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The dozens of moms jailed in SeaTac didn’t realize what was happening when they were torn from their children.


Savannah Blackwell, a freshman, performs a song during an assembly on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Franklin High School in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Last Friday was the last time Ryan Dela Cruz's classmates saw the 17-year-old student alive.

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Starbucks says goodbye Howard Schultz. Orcas Island says hello Oprah Winfrey. Google says we're done running political ads in Washington state, and Miss America says you don't have to wear a swimsuit to wear the crown.

A two-year-old child from Honduras gets treatment for an ear infection after sleeping in the open in front of the El Chaparral port of entry, in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 30, 2018.
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Update: ICE confirmed to KUOW that 209 people are currently being held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center — 177 of them women. We do not know how many of them are mothers who were separated from their children at the border.

As many as 209 asylum seekers captured near the U.S.-Mexico border have been transferred to a federal prison in SeaTac — many of them women who had their children taken from them by federal agents, immigrant rights attorneys say.


The Union Gospel Mission works with Operation Nightwatch to fill up its spare beds at the end of the night.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle has a hiring clause that prevents it from giving money to organizations that discriminate. But it also appears that the city knew about the Union Gospel Mission’s hiring practices when it contracted with the organization to clear out the Jungle.

The stars-and-bars of the Confederate flag painted onto a Juanita senior's face in 1999. Two years earlier, Juanita students shouted racial slurs at the mostly black Garfield High School football team. They sent an apology banner and students had to atten
KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

A Kirkland high school voted today, Thursday, on whether to drop their mascot: the Rebels.

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