News Gleams: Update on Homeless Encampment Shooting and Pagliacci Pizza in Columbia City?

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Pagliacci Pizza potentially coming to Columbia City

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Columbia City Historic District Review committee will consider two building proposals. One proposal is for the Hastings Building on Rainier and Ferdinand, which formerly housed Carol Cobb Salon, to now contain a Pagliacci Pizza restaurant.

Proposed exterior alterations to the building include structural and masonry repairs, the addition of seismic rosettes, rebuilt storefronts and new window/door openings. Internal alterations include the addition of a new steel-framed, glass canopy, and the addition of accordion or sliding storefront windows on a portion of the east façade.

More information on that meeting can be found here.

(Thank you to Scott Amick for his reporting)


SPD Continue to Investigate Homeless Encampment Shootings

The two people killed in Tuesday night’s homeless encampment shooting, in an area known as “The Jungle” near Airport Way and South Atlantic Street, have been identified as 45-year old Jeannine Brooks and 33-year old James Q. Tran by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Of the three others who were seriously wounded in the attack, one man remains in serious condition, but is breathing on his own after surgery, and two women were upgraded to satisfactory condition and have moved out of intensive care. All are currently at Harberview Medical Center.

Police continue to search for two suspects involved in the shooting, and believe it resulted from “low-level drug dealing” according to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

Police are asking anyone with any information about the case to call SPD’s Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.


Community Café to detail Rainier Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Program

The Rainier Beach International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be hosting their first community café of 2016 at new holly gathering hall this Saturday, Jan 30th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the New Holly Gathering Hall.

A central goal of the café will be to introduce the value and relevance of the IB program to all members of the southeast community. Ultimately, organizers hope the café will inform students, parents, and IB ambassadors of how to best prepare and support current and future IB students. All are welcome to learn! Please join us, lunch will be provided. The program is currently only funded through 2017, which has peaked the concern of many parents in the area.

The café is presented by Rainier Beach High School, East African Community Services, C.A.R.E. Center (Culturally Appropriate Responsive Education), and African Youth United.

The IB program was recently featured in a report on KPLU.


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