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'Wildfire' Author Embedded With Elite Firefighters, Remains Optimistic Despite Challenges

Summer this year in the Pacific Northwest is once again expected to be hotter and drier than normal. That means higher potential for wildfires from July through September. Just in time for the heat, a new book on fighting and managing those fires is out from local publisher, Mountaineers Books. It’s focused on an elite wildland firefighting force in Boulder, Colorado.

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Following two days of raucous heckling and disruption from Portland demonstrators, a regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily shuttered, the agency announced Wednesday.

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A previous version of this story was inadvertently published early Wednesday. The text of that story, which contained a factual error, has been deleted. That story incorrectly said students at Denny International Middle School had been pulled out of social studies class for math tutoring. This story reflects the correction and adds comments from Denny's principal.

Representatives in the Seattle teachers’ union have voted to call for a two-year moratorium on standardized tests, building on a history in Seattle of protesting over this issue.

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Crews have been working inside a warehouse near the Olympia airport every day since a June 9 fire destroyed the Aberdeen Museum of History.

The fire was inside the Aberdeen Armory building, finished in 1921 and gifted to the city in 1981. It housed the museum and other organizations. Much was lost, including exhibits on the upper floors.

New hardline immigration policies from the federal government have led to backlash nationwide. And in Oregon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an occupation on its hands.

President Trump and administration officials are walking a fine line on family separation at the border.

They argue they don't like the policy, but that their hands are tied — and instead are pointing fingers at Congress to "fix" it.

There may be good reason for that — the policy (and it is a Trump administration policy, despite the Homeland Security secretary's claims to the contrary) is unpopular.

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Amazon’s cloud based real time facial recognition product, called Rekognition, has come under fire from civil liberties groups. They’re petitioning the company to stop selling it to police departments and other government entities.  Some shareholders have are also signed a letter to the company expressing concern.

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Pierce County Council members are likely to vote Tuesday to ban sites where people can inject drugs under medical supervision. 

So-called "safe injection sites" are operating in Canada and under consideration by a few U.S. cities as a way to stem a tide of opioid overdoses.

The sites are part of a strategy called "harm reduction," which acknowledges drug users are going to use and looks for ways to prevent them from dying, even while their addiction remains active.

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Scientists have been trying to tease out what happens in the brain when a kid is learning something new. At the University of Washington, researchers have just published their findings on what happens to children with dyslexia when they get intensive help with reading.

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A suspected gunman is dead after a shooting spree in Tumwater that injured at least two people.

The alleged shooter fired multiple shots inside a crowded Walmart, sending customers fleeing.

He then tried to hijack two cars in the parking lot, where he was shot and killed by an armed bystander, according to Tumwater police.

The gunman had shot the man while attempting to hijack his car. 

The carjacking victim was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

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This week on Jazz Northwest we feature highlights from Mercedes Nicole’s recent concert at the Seattle Art Museum. The concert was part of the monthly series presented by Earshot Jazz in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum.  Mercedes Nicole sings a selection of songs inspired by some of her favorite singers from Billie Holiday to The Drifters and Gregory Porter. She is accompanied by Craig Hoyer, piano, Rachael Contorer, bass and Larry Vincent Jones on drums. The concert was recorded on June 7 at The Seattle Art Museum.

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Cole Schuster of 200 Trio
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Seattle's Hometown 200 Trio

Just a couple years after bringing guitarist Cole Schuster and bassist Greg Feingold from the Berklee College of Music to Seattle, drummer Max Holmberg and the 200 Trio have certainly endeared themselves to their new hometown.

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Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in concert at Kirkland Performance Center
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Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Big Band Brubeck And Desmond

Highlights from Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra concerts featuring music of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond are featured this week on Jazz Northwest. The concert includes some of the most renowned compositions of Brubeck and Desmond including Wendy, In Your Own Sweet Way, Take Five and The Duke.

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