The small Michigan village that washed away is fighting back
SANFORD, Mich. — The first three days after the flood, after picnic tables and recycling bins went floating past his house, Aaron Lindgren was so broken he couldn’t talk on the phone.“Text me,” he told everyone, because that way a guy who’s spent his life getting things done didn’t have to try to explain the desolation of not knowing how or where to start.Now he’s good. Thursday marked six months since the Edenville Dam breached 10 miles north of Sanford and unleashed millions of gallons of chaos downstream, through Wixom and Sanford lakes and the Tittabawassee River. Earlier this month, his s...
The Detroit News
'I needed to be rescued': Former Seattle teen soccer star says youth coaching safeguards failed to protect her from sexual abuse
SEATTLE — Only while performing on the field could teenage soccer star Amy Carnell escape the turmoil engulfing her life away from it.The attacking midfielder for the Northwest Nationals Stellarz youth select team knew once she headed to the sidelines, her coach, Michael Koslosky, would be there waiting. She’d joined his Mountlake Terrace-based Stellarz in 1997, when she was 13 and he was 40. She claims his personal phone calls, affectionate notes and gifts of trinkets and mixtapes began soon after, along with back massages and leg and thigh rubs by age 14 and sexual touching by age 15.In Sept...
The Seattle Times
Former foster student donates $42,500 to the school that changed his life
SEATTLE — When James Abbott pulls at the threads of his childhood memories, he describes one in particular like a scene from a movie.“A car comes up, you are told to get in the car, and the car drives away. The last picture you have is your mom on the porch crying.”That was the moment when Abbott, who is now 60, left his family and entered foster care.Abbott, who grew up in Snohomish County, Washington, spent most of his high school years with a foster-care family. He was a computer geek in the 1980s, spent his career as a certified public accountant in the 1990s and has worked for Microsoft s...
The Seattle Times
Ex-etiquette: Give thanks for this invitation
Q. My ex’s husband just reached out to invite me to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. We have been divorced for six years and have had our ups and downs. It’s mostly up now. They have been married for three and a half years and have recently added a baby. The kids are with them this year, they know I am alone, and I think it’s their way of extending an olive branch. Should I go? What’s good ex-etiquette?A. Key word? Should. Should is used to “indicate obligation, duty, or correctness.” Based on that, it is neither your obligation nor duty to attend Thanksgiving dinner at your ex’s home. Corre...
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Review: 'The Kids Are Gonna Ask,' by Gretchen Anthony
“The Kids Are Gonna Ask” by Gretchen Anthony; Park Row (416 pages, $14.79)———Delving into one’s family history is all the rage these days. So are podcasts. “The Kids Are Gonna Ask,” by Twin Cities author Gretchen Anthony, combines the two in a shrewd commentary on our viral culture.Seventeen-year-old twins Thomas and Savannah McClair live with their bohemian grandmother, Maggie, on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. The search for their father, whose identity their late mother had never revealed, grows out of a series of podcasts — the “McClair Dinner Salon,” a project that relies on Thomas’ te...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Pearl Jam at 30: The enduring power of Seattle music's cool uncles
SEATTLE — It was only two years ago, but it feels like a lifetime. Seattle had been abuzz for two weeks by the time Pearl Jam took the stage at what was then Safeco Field for the first of two shows in a stadium rock doubleheader raising millions for organizations working with people experiencing homelessness.“About 28 years ago, we played not too far down the street,” a nostalgic Eddie Vedder told the ballpark crowd, easing into a colossal three-hour concert. “Our first show was maybe seven or eight songs and back then it took maybe 30 minutes to cover all the issues. But now we live in a much...
The Seattle Times
'Over The Moon' star, director thrilled to make major Netflix movie based on Chinese legend
The chance to star in a major movie based on a Chinese legend like Netflix’s “Over The Moon” left actress Cathy Ang, well, over the moon.The animated film sees Ang voice a young girl named Fei Fei who builds a rocket ship to travel to space and meet the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e.Ang, who has Chinese Filipina heritage, remembers learning about Chang’e as a kid growing up in Cupertino, California, and is thrilled to introduce a new twist on the story to a large audience.“I was just very excited to be able to share such a part of my heritage and tradition through a mainstream media platform,”...
New York Daily News
A NASCAR fan was bullied for being LGBTQ+ ally. Then he designed Jimmie Johnson's car.
Noah Sweet remembers getting in the car and feeling like he needed to drive away, to suppress his racing thoughts, but he doesn’t remember exactly where he went the evening of Sept. 2. Those hours are a blur.He was later told by his mother, Becky Southwell, that his credit card transactions showed him stopping at a KFC, then at a gas station for coffee. At one point, he made it to Grass Lake, a spot familiar to him and close to Southwell’s home in southeast Michigan. Police officers determined Sweet had driven back-and-forth on I-94, using cell towers to track his phone, which he turned off.Ha...
The Charlotte Observer
Sam Mellinger: The continuing evolution of Patrick Mahomes, leader of men (and the Kansas City Chiefs)
There’s an old line about leadership, especially in sports. The point is made in different ways, but the general gist is that a star needs to make his teammates better but also understand that if things go sideways nobody is blaming the bench players or the slot receiver.They’re coming after the star.That’s an earned burden, fair or not, and half the process can be understanding that fair is irrelevant. Careers can get stuck without it. The balance is delicate.We’ll come back to that point in a bit, but this is all mentioned to talk about Patrick Mahomes.This is an important moment in an impor...
The Kansas City Star
A young mother, a cancer diagnosis, and a year of grieving her loss
MINNEAPOLIS — A year ago last August, Emily Hofher stretched out on the grass of Oak Hill Cemetery in south Minneapolis and struck a sassy pose, propped on an elbow, long legs crossed. She wore a blue dress printed with sailboats, and a jaunty white cap covering where she’d once had hair. Her husband, Rob Raub, snapped a photo.Emily had just picked out the spot where she would soon be interred, when cancer took her life. And she smiled, big and wide, even though she was far from ready to go, being the 44-year-old, newly married mother of a toddler.Emily’s irreverent sense of humor showed up ea...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)