Stuckart apologizes to Burke, no prison time for Bergdahl, morning headlines

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City Council President Ben Stuckart has offered an apology to District 1 city council candidate Kate Burke, and pledged to work with Burke to improve the city's sexual harassment policies. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • City Council President Ben Stuckart has offered an apology to District 1 city council candidate Kate Burke, and pledged to work with Burke to improve the city's sexual harassment policies.

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No prison time for Bergdahl
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, was dishonorably discharged from the Army this morning by a military judge in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but received no prison time for desertion and endangering his fellow troops, ending a drama that began in 2009 in war-torn Afghanistan. The judge reduced Bergdahl's rank to private. (via New York Times)

Here there be dragons

Check out this Kickstarter campaign for a card game designed by local teens.

Changing weather
The Weather Station has canceled their Saturday night show at the Bartlett.

About that photo with Bill Clinton...
We dig into the controversy around the photos that city council candidate Kate Burke took with Bill Clinton — and the sexual harassment jokes that cropped up as a result.


IN OTHER NEWS


Stuckart says he's sorry
Last week, the Inlander asked City Council President Ben Stuckart about council candidate Kate Burke's sense that he had been dismissive when she approached him regarding sexual harassment by former city councilman Richard Rush. Stuckart stressed his swift response to Burke's concerns about Rush, and pushed back against her accusations of insensitivity.

But after the story was published, he struck a different tone with the Spokesman-Review. In a statement sent to that newspaper — but not the Inlander — Stuckart apologized:

"I applaud Kate for having the courage to come forward with her story. I am sorry that my conversation with her contributed to feelings of dismissal and hurt,” Stuckart writes. “When the issue first came forward I handled it swiftly and professionally, resulting in Richard Rush no longer being employed by the city. But I now know that I should have been a better listener and more sensitive to her experience.” (Spokesman-Review)

#MeToo in Olympia
Sexual harassment allegations have cropped up against two former Washington state lawmakers, both House Democrats. (Seattle Times)

Disney: Thor losers
Disney, possibly in retaliation for the Los Angeles Times' investigative journalism, refused to allow the newspaper to review the new film Thor: Ragnarok. (Seattle Times)

Wheeeeeee!

The economy is still going gangbusters right now. (New York Times)