Hindu Stand Up…and to find out the punch line you’ll have to pay a visit September 7 to the Parlor Comedy Club to see a quartet of Asian-Indian residents perform at the first Hindustand-up event. The team will bring their unique cultural perspective to the stage while raking up some laughs.

The four comics are taking aim at their Indian heritage routing it through the “unique, absurd and insane things that are part of Indian culture,” according to a release. And yes, one of them is a software geek.

The four comics – Yogi Paliwal, Milan Patel, Imran G and Rohit Jhangiani – have a varied background in the local scene stretching up and down the coast as well through mediums like television and the stage. You can explore some of their backgrounds below:

Yogi Paliwal is a standup comedian based out of Seattle. He has performed around the country at comedy clubs, theatres and festivals including the San Francisco and Seattle Sketch Fest.

Milan Patel performs comedy regularly at a the Steve Pool Comedy Showcase at the Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Capitol Hill, and is also involved with running an Open-Mic comedy night in Seattle

Imran G hits the stage with intensity and clever quips that keep his audience roaring with laughter. The Seattle native has performed from coast to coast, including the NBC Standup for Diversity Showcase.

Rohit JhangianiRohit is a software geek ‘n’ entrepreneur by day and a standup comic by night. His humor has a technical twist spiced with some desi flavor. He has performed at various Indian events in the Seattle area

For more information check out their Facebook. Tickets available here.

Parlor is located at 700 Bellevue Way NE #300, Bellevue, WA 98004

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Construction is full steam ahead for a new furniture store looking to launch its brand with the opening of Interiors Within at 13131 NE 20th St #B, Bellevue. Through August the location had undergone its own interior redecoration with the help of designers turning the vacant space with sparse activity to a regular construction effort as private crews come and go. Should open this month.

A design team at the location will assist customers with professional interior design services in the Western Washington area, according to their webpage. These services include accessories, consulting, furnishings and textures brought together to line up with your interior design ambitions. Their style promotes customer engagement.

“Interior design at a professional level is not something easily picked up by reading a few books,” their site reads. “The amazing things that can be done with a room with the right colors and furniture takes experience and product knowledge to bring a vision to fruition.”

furrnituuureSome of the designers you’ll find on-hand at the location include: Belle Meade, Harden, Curations, CR Laine as well as Classic Leather.

You’ll also be able to purchase drapes and accessories.

For more information you can visit their website. The Dispatch will report back when doors open.

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The Bellevue Police Department  is investigating a stabbing that occurred Sunday afternoon at the Overlake Burger King where a man in his mid-late thirties  65 was fatally wounded. A 38 year old suspect was apprehended shortly following the incident.

Only one assailant is believed to be involved.

The circumstances behind the stabbing are being investigated.

The Burger King is located adjacent to 520 in Overlake at 14620 NE 24th St.

Update 8/18: The victim initially reported to be in his mid-late thirties was actually 65, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

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The Bellevue Police Department (BPD) today declined to release the police report on the incident – that would describe the circumstances and the police response, as well as how Marshawn Lynch was named in a police report — in downtown Bellevue that sparked erroneous claims against the Seahawks’ running back.

In a rare public relations move, BPD released information on Monday stating an investigation into Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was underway for allegations of assault and property damage – rare in the sense that information surrounding an active criminal investigation is, generally, held closely by authorities. A BPD rep says releasing the police report could compromise the ongoing investigation.

“This letter is to acknowledge your request for a copy of Bellevue Police case report 14-39520. The record you have requested is exempt from public disclosure because it is part of an open, active investigation,” said Melissa Johnson, BPD Support Specialist. The full letter is available below.

Since the circumstances surrounding the case are being kept under wraps; how is it that an innocent man was named in such serious allegations?

A single tweet on Twitter it appears.

LynchThe first tweet to mention Lynch being arrested was by dvainio – the account has been stripped of content since writing. The allegation: “Breaking News: Marshawn Lynch arrested Sunday night in Bellevue, report coming.”

The Bellevue Reporter in an article on Lynch state contacting BPD following the tweet for information. Dvainio later apologized stating he received inaccurate information from a BPD source.

The culmination of social media misinformation and news media inquiries – it’s unclear what other organizations, if any, requested the information – resulted in the August 11 release naming Lynch as a possible suspect in assault and property damage investigation.

“We received a media request for information about this investigation, so we made the decision to release the information to all outlets at the same time via a news release,” said Officer Seth Tyler, BPD Public Information Officer. “Also, there was inaccurate information that was being reported that we wanted to correct.” Lynch was cleared yesterday of any involvement in the investigation by BPD.

The key component to the release of this information relies on the definition of “personal privacy.” According to Washington Administrative Code 42.56.050 –  public records act — it applies as follows:

A person’s “right to privacy,” “right of privacy,” “privacy,” or “personal privacy,” as these terms are used in this chapter, is invaded or violated only if disclosure of information about the person: (1) Would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and (2) is not of legitimate concern to the public. The provisions of this chapter dealing with the right to privacy in certain public records do not create any right of privacy beyond those rights that are specified in this chapter as express exemptions from the public’s right to inspect, examine, or copy public records.

While points one and two are certainly debatable regarding the release of information, what’s more questionable are the benefits derived from the August 11 release of the information other than to dispel the rumors of a handful of Twitter users who had tweets including “Marshawn Lynch” “arrested’ and “Lynch” “arrested” without first completing an investigation. So here’s how the communication breakdown, breaks down:

  • On August 11, dvaino releases tweet claiming arrest of Lynch. Bellevue Reporter (possibly other media sources) request information based on tweet, and BPD issues press release.
  • On August 12, the Seattle Seahawks organization called the claims ‘bogus.’ They state: “While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus.”
  • On August 13, he is cleared of charges by BPD.
  • On August 14, we still don’t know the circumstances surrounding Lynch’s name being attached to the case, but his name alongside the words “assault” and “property damage” have flooded the internet over the last 72 hours on webpages that collectively receive nearly a quarter billion unique visitors a monthYahoo! Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report. The Dispatch’s coverage of the incident was cited by Bleacher Report.

In denying the Dispatch’s request for a police report the BPD cite WAC 42.56.240(1):

Specific intelligence information and specific investigative records compiled by investigative, law enforcement, and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person’s right to privacy;

It’s unclear why this provision is not applicable to the initial release naming Lynch as an alleged suspect.

14-39520 Disclosure Request – Garrett-Singh(1)

(Image: Therapeutic Health Services)

(Image: Therapeutic Health Services)

During a June meeting of the Bellevue Human Services Commission (HSC), CEO of Therapeutic Health Services (THS) – a non-profit chemical dependency and mental health treatment center — Norman Johnson appealed with commission members for additional funding after $1.12 million dollars was lost from their clinics following the switch over to the Affordable Care Act, he claims. Their Overlake location is currently full and requiring additional staffers, according to meeting minutes of the HSC (PDF).

Commissioner Bruels inquired if Mental Illness and Drug Dependency funding for THS was going away due to the Affordable Care Act. “Johnson allowed that it is,” according to the minutes.

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The Bellevue Police Department has just put out a release clearing Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch of any wrongdoing in a alleged assault and property damage investigation — the Dispatch covered that here:

The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation.

The Seattle Seahawks released a statement shortly following the news of the investigation calling the claims ‘bogus.’ The Dispatch has filed a records request on the incident to determine how and why Lynch’s name was mentioned in the police report.

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Food-Truck-Snackdown-flyerThe Dispatch recently reported on the food truck round-up coming to downtown Bellevue this Thursday, and not to be beat, Crossroads Mall will host their 2nd Annual Eastside Food Truck Snackdown this afternoon at 4 PM.

The trucks will return for a second round of servings on September 30. Food trucks bring festivities, and those details are presented below via Bellevue.com:

Dip into the Northwest’s finest street food flavors at the 2nd Annual Bellevue Food Truck Snackdown (#BvueSnackdown). In addition to its weekly lineup of local farmers and food vendors, on August 12 from 4-7pm (and again September 30) the Crossroads Farmers Market will showcase the area’s hottest street food vendors, including Buns on WheelsThe Ultimate MeltFez on Wheels,Street TreatsWhidbey Island Ice Cream314 PieVeraci Pizza,Off The RezLumpia WorldHawaiian Shaved Ice and more.

The food trucks and vendors will serve their fare to the sounds of live local music, and customers can pick up fresh produce at the market after dinner or walk off their indulgences with a stroll through beautiful Crossroads Park next door. There’ll be a “Kids’ Tent” with fun activities, a balloon performer and live music by Zack Stokes.

Admission is free to the general public, and selected Farmers Market vendors will stay open until 7pm for this event.

The Bellevue Food Truck Snackdown is produced by Crossroads Shopping Center and sponsored by Bellevue.com.

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The Mills Canyon Fire in the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington began on Jul. 8, 2014 from an unknown cause has consumed 18,065 acres to date. (Image: U.S. Forest Service)

“The Mills Canyon Fire in the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington began on Jul. 8, 2014 from an unknown cause has consumed 18,065 acres to date.” (Image: U.S. Forest Service)

If you’re barbecuing or dealing with anything flammable be wary. We’ve hit a Red Flag warning in Bellevue. The notice addresses the high heat and the potential for abundant lightning.

The Bellevue Fire Department just put out the following information — that follows a statewide burning ban put into effect earlier today.

RED FLAG WARNING – BELLEVUE AREA: Red Flag Warning in effect from 5 PM this afternoon until 5 PM Tuesday for scattered to ABUNDANT lightning. This Red Flag Warning directly impacts Bellevue and surrounding areas, along with much of western and central Washington. Thunderstorms are expected to develop first along the Cascade Crest this afternoon, spreading north and west by tonight.

The risk for thunderstorms is expected to remain over the watch area through Tuesday evening. Erratic outflow winds with gusts up to 30 MPH are possible. Lightning in dry fuels can cause multiple fire starts. Given the recent stretch of hot and dry conditions, any fires that develop could spread rapidly.

We ask our citizens to keep in mind the increased dangers from open flame; sparks caused by equipment or accidents and discarded cigarettes.

Please contact the Bellevue Fire Department at 425-452-6995 with any questions or concerns or 911 with any emergency needs.

Outside of Bellevue a burn ban was announced by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

“All indicators are that we’ll continue to have high heat, low humidity, and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, in a release. “We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”

The burn ban covers all DNR fire protected lands, and levies fines against those who ignore it. These include campground fires.

The ban will run through September 30 on all DNR property not including federally owned parcels.

Crews began rolling early Saturday morning for the shoot of a Kia Motors commercial near Overlake Medical Center, and had police escorts through the day to keep things safe as the cinematographic efforts traversed Bellevue with some cars including strangely mounted camera systems.

Filming of the commercial will continue tonight. BPD nabbed some visuals of the day Bellevue went Hollywood:

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