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    Casual Friday with Monica Nickelsburg and Zaki Hamid

    This week… A video of a Fox News correspondent talking to Seattle residents went viral. Retail company Target shut down two of their stores in Seattle, citing theft and organized retail crime. And the Federal Trade Commission slapped an antitrust lawsuit on Amazon. KUOW Labor and Economy Reporter Monica Nickelsburg and KUOW Director of Community Engagement Zaki Hamid are here to break down the week.

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    Burien bans camping

    Burien City Council took the latest step in its debate over how to respond to a camp of 40 unhoused people Monday. It banned camping in the city. There are no nearby shelters, which may make relocation difficult for 40 or so residents living outside. Publicola Editor and Publisher Erica Barnett is here to tell us what it could mean.

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    How drug policy is showing up in city council races

    Open drug use is a huge problem in Seattle right now. And the issue is key in the upcoming city council election. KUOW political reporter David Hyde bring us up to speed on how drug policy is figuring into this year’s races.

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    A beginners guide to the Mariners' playoff push

    It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time to be a baseball fan in Seattle. The Mariners have six games left in their season, and every moment counts. If you haven’t been paying attention this season, now is a great time to jump on in! Seattle Now Producer and Sports Correspondent Vaughan Jones is here with a crash course on how to care about the Mariners this week.

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    A test of WA's police accountability law

    Three Tacoma Police Officers are on trial this week facing murder and manslaughter charges in the the death of Manny Ellis. It’s the first test of Washington’s new police accountability law, and the trial will have ripple effects across the state. KNKX reporter Jared Brown is here to explain what’s happened so far and the potential impacts of the trial's outcome.

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    Casual Friday with Bill Radke and Vaughan Jones

    Seattle City Council passed a drug possession law that puts more decisions in the hands of SPD officers, but doesn’t provide any new money for treatment. Portland’s tourism industry is in crisis, according to the president of its tourism bureau. And welcome to the Light Rail life, Bellevue… the city’s light rail doesn’t open until spring, but one station already needs maintenance. KUOW Week in Review Host Bill Radke and Seattle Now Producer Vaughan Jones are here to break down the week.

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    The toll of a homelessness 'experiment'

    In the last year or soa program from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority moved hundreds of people from the streets into housing. This week, the authority said it’s ending that effort. In a minute, Seattle Times reporter Anna Patrick will lay out what happened and detail the broken trust left behind.

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    Trans rights drew this family to Washington

    Some families are having to choose between their home and safety for their family. In states where gender affirming care has been banned, families are moving to where trans rights have more protections. We’ll hear from Seattle Times reporter Tat Bellamy-Walker about a family he followed through their move from Texas to Washington.

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    Making sense of SPD's bodycam video

    The bodycam video of a Seattle Police officer’s callous comments about a young victim is getting national, and international, attention. The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild said Friday that the public has been misinterpreting the video, saying there is more detail and nuance that is not known to the public yet. Seattle Times Columnist and Assistant Managing Editor Naomi Ishisaka is here to discuss the video, and the cultural issues within SPD that have brought us to this point.

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    From restaurant table to garden compost in the CID

    Nine windows at the Wing Luke Museum will need to be replaced after being smashed last week during what’s being called a racist attack. The museum says the man used a sledgehammer. Police made an arrest. The CID has been through a lot over the past few years, but through it all remains a vibrant network of neighbors. Our friends at Soundside took a look at the CID as a community and stopped at the Danny Woo Community Garden to talk about gardening and sustainability with some CID residents.

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    Casual Friday with Vivian McCall and Lex Vaughn

    This week… SPD is all over the news this week, first for those deleted text messages from 2020’s police protests, then for an extremely controversial bodycam video from a police union leader. And things got messy at the Gorge this weekend when two sets of fans showed up on the same night. Stranger queer culture and politics reporter Vivian McCall and Needling Editor-In-Chief Lex Vaughn are here to break down the week.

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    It's time to get boosted again

    The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that everyone 6 months and older get the updated vaccine for COVID-19. Right now there are several variants circulating and infectious disease experts say this latest shot is your best protection. UW’s Dr. Tia Babu explains what you need to know about the latest vaccine.