Archives for April 2016
Bellevue Arts Museum is excited to host Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair from May 20-August 14, 2016. Did you see the fair in the Pacific Northwest? Share your Fashion Fair memories with us!
By sourcing your personal memories and presenting them in the museum alongside the exhibition, BAM pays homage to the remarkable legacy of the Ebony Fashion Fair in the Pacific Northwest. Its impact on an individual and community scale is a testament to the vision and determination of Eunice W. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines.
Please email your stories & photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your materials to the Museum (Any photograph sent to BAM will be scanned and returned in a timely fashion):
Attention: Lucile Chich
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
We look forward to learning more about the Ebony Fashion Fair through your eyes.
Seattle Mariner (7-8) second baseman Robinson Cano pounced on the first-pitch fastball Cleveland Indian’s ( 6-7) closer Cody Allen served him in the top of the 10th inning to break a 7-7 tie that propelled the Mariners to a 10-7 win, and another road series win. The ever bewildering Marines have bagged road series wins against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and now the Indians for a combined 6-3 away record.
All good and well except the Mariners have a 1-5 home record. While the season is young and the rebuilt Mariners have played just two home series against the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, the .170 team batting average at home leaves much to be desired when you compare it to the .255 road average. Fortunately for the road warrior Mariners, they have a three game series against the Los Angeles Angels that begins on Friday before they return home for a three game set against the Houston Astros.
As for the rubber match win over the Tribe, the Mariners showed grit and determination by believing in themselves after giving up a big lead and watching Cleveland’s Mike Napoli blast a two-run homer off Mariner reliever Joaquin Benoit to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the eight inning
“It would have been a great game to win. We kept coming,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. after the game. “Obviously, Nap with a huge hit. It’s kind of fun to watch a guy that’s not playing, sit there for eight innings and be locked in, and then go do what he did. That’s pretty impressive.”
More impressive was Cano’s three run blast against Cleveland closer Allen when you consider Cano was 0 for 7 against Allen entering the game
“I’d never got a hit against him,” Cano told MLB.com after the game. “He’s one of the best closers in the game. This was the time where he gave me the one pitch over the plate.”
The Mariners’ bullpen had allowed just two runs in its last 24 innings prior to Napoli’s game-tying homer off Benoit. Seattle reliever Tony Zych (1-0) was credit with the win while Cleveland’s Cody Allen (0-1) was saddled with loss. Steve Cishek was credited with his third save of the season.
Oakland A’s(2-3) outfielder Chris Coghlan drilled a one-out homer off Seattle Mariners(2-2) closer Steve Cishek in the top of the ninth to give the visitors a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners and kill the home opening buzz for the home side. A raucous crowd of 47, 065 spectators-the largest to see a regular season game at Safeco Field was giddy and in partying mood as the M’s began the official Ken Griffey Jr. countdown to Cooperstown as part of the opening day festivities.
When said favored son Griffey, threw out the the ceremonial opening pitch, the capacity crowd was drunk with nostalgia and anticipation. Unfortunately for the M’s Cishek’s missed fast ball to Coghlan dashed the M’s hopes of winning a third a consecutive game, staying in first place in the American League West for a few more days. The blown save by Cishek was the first run allowed by the bullpen in 2016 and snapped a run of 11 consecutive innings before the fateful pitch.
“That was just a good piece of hitting on obviously way too good a pitch at that part of the game,” Cishek said after the game, “I was trying to elevate a little more and I didn’t get it up there, and he put a good swing on it. I felt great out there. I just didn’t execute that pitch.”
The Mariners bullpen a question mark going into the season. In 2015 the bullpen was ranked 12th in the AL with a 4.15 ERA. Only the Boston Redsox, Detroit Tigers and the A’s had worse bullpens. The outlook dimmed even more during spring training when the injury bug hit and Right-handers Ryan Cook and Evan Scribner were lost to strained lats and left hander Charle Furbush was shutdown because of tendinitis in his left bicep.
Furbush and Scribner were put on the 15-day DL and could be welcome reinforcement sooner than later if all goes well. Cook’s return will be much longer as he was out on the 60-day disable list. The Mariners moved Mike Montgomery and acquired Nick Vincent (1-0) from the Padres as part of the spring training bullpen revamp.
In addition to the blown save, the Marines torrid late inning hitting came to an abrupt end. The M’s 3-4-5 hitters of Robinson Cano, Nelson and Kyle Seager went 1-12 and stranded five base runners. Starter pitcher Taijun Walker had a decent night, giving up seven hits, 2 earned runs, and striking out four batters in seven innings. A’s starter Eric Surkump allowed four hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first Major League appearance since 2013.
Left-hander Rich Hill will be on the mound for the A’s on Saturday for game two of the three game series while Right-hander Nathan Karns will do the same for the Mariners.
If hope springs eternal, a red hot hitting second baseman can only add to ones optimistic view of life. The combination of never quit until the last out and Seattle Second baseman Robinson Cano’s torrid hitting streak of a home run in the first three games of the Seattle Mariners season, finds the M’s with a series sweep of the defending American League West Champions Texas Rangers.
While no one is quiet ready to start talking about playoffs, I mean it’s three game in a 162 game season. Reason to believe sure, talk of best in the West , hmm not so much. The Mariners have plenty of reasons for optimism going into Friday nights 7:10 p.m. home opener against the Oakland A’s.
In addition to Cano’s hitting, the Mariners are scoring late inning runs when behind. Why is this important ? In 2015, the Mariners had just one win in which they entered the ninth inning trailing, according to Stats, Inc . Oddly enough that one win was against the Rangers, on April 19th at Safeco Field.
After losing Mondays season opener to the Rangers 2-3, the M’s won the second game 10-2 after giving up a a two run lead. The M’s scored two runs in the seventh inning to take a two run lead and scored six runs in the eight for the emphatic victory in which Nelson Cruz and Cano each tagged a home run.
In Wednesday’s rubber match between the AL West rivals, Cano continued his baseball bashing act by hitting two home runs and driving in five runs. One of the home runs capped a Seattle five-run ninth inning scoring barrage that capped a 9-5 victory and the three game series.
“It was a good series,” Cano told MLB.com after the game. “Not because of the way I ended up swinging the bat, but the way we ended up coming back, especially in that game, and be able to win the series. That was an exciting ninth inning, but I know we’re that kind of team. In Spring Training, we showed that if we are down by five or six runs, we can come back. We are a team that can compete with anyone.”
Taijuan Walker is scheduled to pitch Friday night when the M’s take on the Oakland A’s in the home opener for the Mariners. Eric Surkmap will be on the mound for the A’s
Protections for victims of human trafficking will be strengthened under a bill introduced by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle. The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously and was recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee.
“This is a simple bill that has very important ramifications,” Hasegawa said. “When we hear about human trafficking, we often think that only means sex trafficking – but our state and nation have a terrible problem with labor trafficking as well. This bill expands the definition of human trafficking to include ‘human labor trafficking,’ which will allow us to help people who have been trafficked, who have had their rights and freedom stripped away, and been forced to work in inhumane conditions for little or no pay. They are essentially modern day slaves in America.”
Under Senate Bill 5342, five new definitions under the state human trafficking chapter will be added, including “forced labor” and “work or service.”
An international non-governmental organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 68 percent who are trapped in forced labor. Roughly 26 percent of the nearly 21 million are children and 55 percent are women and girls.
Due in part to our international border with Canada, dependency on agricultural workers and as a major port of entry to the U.S. from foreign countries, Washington state has a significant human trafficking problem, but is also one of the leaders in tackling the problem through legislation like this bill.
The relentless pressure of the Syracuse Orange(30-7) put an end to the Washington Huskies women’s (26-11) incredible NCAA Tournament run with a dominant 80 to 59 win.The stifling Syracuse caused mayhem and havoc for UW All-American guard Kelsey Plum and her teammates.
“Syracuse, their pressure is very good, they do a very good job of trapping ball screens and rotating on the pass and they’re very athletic. So they touch a lot of passes. They did a great job tonight Plum,” said Plum who finished the game with 17 pts. “And I didn’t do a very good job of handling that pressure.” The Lady dogs were never able to get type of offensive rhythm because of the Syracuse defense. The Orange defense denied Washington the entry pass to ignite it’s offense which caused disarray and discombobulation. Washington made just 4 of 14 shots from the field in the first half.
The poor shooting by Washington and the suffocating Syracuse defense resulted in a dominant performance by the Orange who kept a double digit lead over the
Huskies throughout the contest.
The one bright spot for Washington was the 3-point shooting of Senior Forward Tali Walton, who scored 29 points and made a Final Four record eight 3-pointers
“I just wanted to come out and play like it was my last game, obviously hoping that it wasn’t. But just knowing that it could potentially be my last game and I wanted to do what I could to give my team the best chance to win,” Walton said of her record setting night.
Syracuse will now try to prevent former Big East foe, UConn, from winning a fourth straight national title and finishing another perfect season. UConn(37-0) beat Pac 12- champion Oregon State(32-5) 80 to 51
Clint Dempsey continued his goal scoring spree for club and country on Saturday night and helped the Seattle Sounders (1-3-0, 3 pts) break into the win column for the first time this season after three loses with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact (2-2-0, 6 pts) The 79th minute header by Dempsey from an Andreas Ivanschitz corner brought a loud roar of relief and satisfaction from 39,705 fans who had finally seen the promised land .
“It feels good to be winning both club and country again and this was an important win for us and hopefully we can gain confidence from it, we got a clean sheet and that is big for us and so it was finally nice to get the three points.” Dempsey said after the game.
Dempsey scored a goal in Tuesday night’s USMNT 4-0 trashing of Guatemala in a CONCAF World Cup qualifying match. Dempsey’s goal in that game gave him 49 career goals for the USMNT good enough for second behind Landon Donovan’s all-time record of 57.
The lone goal by Dempsey in Saturday nights MLS contest was the lone bright spot in a game that was truly a dog fight where no one side could get their nose in front of the other. The lack of flow in the game was due to each side never stringing four or more consecutive passes together.
Every time Seattle tried to play the ball wide Montreal clogged the outlet pass to the Seattle player that was waiting for the ball. The result would be an intercepted by the visitors and resulting in a Montreal counter attack that was disrupted by a determined Seattle defense.
Montreal came into the game leading the MLS Eastern Conference and the loss to the Sounders was it’s second consecutive loss in as many games.
“If you take away the first 10 minutes if the game, I thought that we played well in stretches and yes having Didier Drogba playing would have helped but overall I thought we gave it a good effort.” Montreal coach Mauro Biello said after the game. Drogba has been given permission to skip games being played on artificial surface such as Century Link Field.
Despite the loss to the Sounders, the Impact find themselves in three tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution. The Sounders are still cellar dwellers of the MLS Western Conference.