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Fake news? The University of Washington is helping its students call BS

Jul 9, 2018

Interim police chief Carmen Best coulda been a contender - and now she is. Again. After one of the final three contestants, Cameron McLay, withdrew from consideration over the weekend, Best was placed back in the finalist ring.


There's not much clarity about why McLay stepped away, and about the details of his new position (which will still involve working with the mayor's office). Best's original omission from the group of finalists caused an uproar, and the reversal raises a lot of questions. Crosscut's David Kroman came by to answer some of them.

Last night, Seattle Storm pointguard Sue Bird became the leading scorer in the franchise's history. She made time to chat with Bill Radke.

Government reunification of children under 5 should be complete by tomorrow, ruled a Californian federal judge. The government's response? The only way to do that is DNA testing. This has created deep fears of ethical issues, some of which Deborah Ahrens of the Seattle University law school addresses.

How do you sniff out fake news? Maybe, by taking a class at UW. It's called "Calling BS." Its professors Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom walked us through the course's creation and what they hope students come away with.

Have you seen the comedy series Nanette? You'd be hard pressed not to have seen the resistance vs civility debate raging, as political figures on all sides become the targets of public outrage. And you're unlike to see the Montreal International Jazz Festival's show called SLĀV, which was canceled amid a furious backlash over cultural appropriation. Valerie Curtis-Newton is head of the directing program at the UW School of Drama; writer and performer David Schmader joined her to recap the weekend.