Should the Seahawks run no-huddle? Has Shaquem Griffin been benched and what role does he play now? And what’s up with C.J. Prosise? Those are among the questions in this week’s Seahawks mailbag (each of these are questions I got multiple versions of via Twitter or e-mail and I’m just condensing/editing/merging the questions to try to touch all bases of the topic): Q: It seems like the Seahawks have a lot of success when they go up-tempo/no-huddle? Why don’t they do more of that? A: Seattle did indeed jumpstart its offense Monday in Chicago when it went uptempo, first doing so on two plays at the end of the first half on a drive that ended in a field goal, and then again for most of the fourth quarter, when the Seahawks had two long touchdown drives. For the game, the Seahawks ran 18 plays that were no-huddle, gaining 123 yards (which included Russell Wilson’s 19-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett), an average of 6.8 yards per play. Seattle had 153 yards on its … [Read more...] about Seahawks mailbag: Why don’t they go no-huddle more? What happens now to Shaquem Griffin?
It certainly wasn’t a typical midweek gig in an otherwise quiet Columbia City. Fans wrapped around Columbia City Theater on Wednesday night wore their excitement on their faces. As much diverse local talent can be found in the neighborhood’s cozy clubs, it’s not often megastars more accustomed to jam-rocking 20,000-person amphitheaters drop by the low-key neighborhood hangouts for an under-the-radar gig. “Dave Matthews?!” exclaimed one passerby who inquired about the unusually long line. “[Expletive].” The free, invite-only gig was a one-off Spotify-sponsored affair for 200 lucky fans (and their even luckier plus-ones) who are paid Spotify Premium users. Notices posted inside informed fans that the show was being filmed, though it was unclear what the streaming giant plans to do with the footage. Despite being a corporate-sponsored bash, the solo acoustic show was anything but buttoned up, the small-room intimacy and Matthews’ … [Read more...] about Dave Matthews treats Seattle fans to intimate, invite-only Columbia City Theater show
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Among many other protections, the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, provides military taxpayers with relief from double state income taxation.Per SCRA, service members will not be taxed by multiple states when they move to a different state because of military service.In 2009, the Military Spouses Residence Relief Act, MSRRA, expands SCRA’s protections to include military spouses. Under MSRRA, the spouse of a service member neither loses nor acquires a state of domicile or residence for taxation purposes, both income and property, because of a permanent change of duty station. Thus, MSRRA exempts a military spouse’s income and property from being subject to taxation in multiple states.For MSRRA protections to apply, the spouse must: (1) accompany the service member to a duty station outside of the home state, which must be included on military orders; (2) be in state solely to be with the service member; and (3) be … [Read more...] about Residency and income tax relief
For all of the ways Amazon is aiming to get people to use Alexa, the voice-activated software remains perhaps best known as a tool to toggle the radio or play a song. The Seattle company on Thursday made a bid to capture the attention of audiophiles, launching a slate of new Echo devices designed to play music or link with speakers that customers already own. Music is “the anchor tenant for Alexa,” said Amazon devices Senior Vice President Dave Limp at an event held in Amazon’s Spheres. A brand-new device, the bulky-coaster-sized Echo Input, is the first Echo built without a speaker. It’s designed to connect with speakers customers already own. The company plans to sell them in bundles with select speaker makers, including Bose. On their own, the new gadget costs $35. Also new are the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp, devices designed to play nicely with existing sound systems. They cost $200, and $300, respectively. The company Thursday also released updated … [Read more...] about Amazon aims for music lovers with new lineup of Echo devices
Seattle has a tough challenge in providing low-barrier housing for those who are homeless. Due to the current tech boom, housing prices and rents have skyrocketed in this city, leaving many vulnerable individuals displaced and unsheltered. Most urban cities, Seattle included, employ a Housing First strategy in driving down the number of those who are homeless. Housing First is based on the idea that a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is obtaining stable housing, without the barriers that were present in older models. (For instance, under a Housing First model, individuals can be moved into housing without preconditions of treatment acceptance or participation in services.) The idea is that once housing is taken care of, other issues can and should be addressed in a manner that is holistic and caring. Here are some important touchpoints in alleviating the homelessness that is happening in our communities today, and a look at some of the organizations … [Read more...] about Local organizations help alleviate homelessness through compassion