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					                                                                             FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                 SUNNY AND HOT
                                                                                                                                                                                                 High, 93. Low, 65.

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        HEAT DROPS BY                                                                                                                                                          Legalize
                                                                                                                                                 Hot numbers
                                                                                                                                                      Seattle records,
                                                                                                                                                                               pot? No
     Warning issued as temperature hits year’s high
                                                                                                                                                                               even at
                                                                                                                                                                                 EVENT USUALLY A RALLY
                                                                                                                                                            77                 FOR MARIJUANA MEASURES
                                                                                                                                                                                     Opponents say I-502
                                                                                                                                                                                    doesn’t go far enough
                                                                                                                                                                               BY EMILY HEFFTER
                                                                                                                                                                               Seattle Times staff reporter
                                                                                                                                                                                  A historic vote this November on
                                                                                                                                                           93                  legalizing marijuana may seem like
                                                                                                                                                          Record               the perfect backdrop for Seattle’s
                                                                                                                                                                               Hempfest at Myrtle Edwards Park,
                                                                                                                                                           96                  but activists will unfurl their pot-
                                                                                                                                                          (1977)               leaf flags Friday amid unprecedent-
                                                                                                                                                          Normal               ed political infighting.
                                                                                                                                                           76                     The pro-marijuana movement in
                                                                                                                                                                               Washington state is so splintered
                                                                                                                                                       SATURDAY                that Hempfest organizers are stay-
                                                                                                                                                                               ing neutral on the legalization mea-
                                                                                                                                                                               sure, Initiative 502.
                                                                                                                                                                                  For months, a faction of pot ac-
                                                                                                                                                                               tivists has been campaigning
                                                                                                                                                                               against the initiative. And on Satur-
                                                                                                                                                         Forecast              day at Hempfest, activists for and
                                                                                                                                                           81                  against the initiative will square off
                                                                                                                                                                               in a panel discussion.
                                                                                                                                                          Record                  Things are so fractured that
                                                                                                                                                           88                  Hempfest director Vivian McPeak,
                                                                                                                                                                               a critic of I-502, said several staff
                                                                                                   ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
                                                                                                                                                          Normal               members would have left the or-
Rich Harrison, a recent University of Washington graduate, center, soaks up sun with friends at a packed Madison Park                                                          ganization if it had taken sides on
Beach on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle.                                                                                                         76                  the measure.
                                                                                                                                                                                  “It’s painful and it’s frustrating,”
                                                                                                                                                         SUNDAY                McPeak said. “For Hempfest it’s
      BY JACK BROOM                              Threat of thunderstorms                       Relief from the scorching tem-                                                  been sort of like navigating shark-
      Seattle Times staff reporter                 is a big concern to those                 peratures is expected Saturday,                                                   infested waters.”
         Hot.                                    fighting Taylor Bridge fire > B1              when Sea-Tac’s high is forecast at                                                   Hempfest, which began in Volun-
         That’s the outlook around the Pu-                                                   81.                                                                                                   See > HEMPFEST, A15
      get Sound area Friday, as the likeli-     at Seattle-Tacoma International Air-           But Saturday also brings a chance                         Forecast
      hood of a second straight day in the
      90s has prompted a continued “ex-
                                                port, the official recording station.
                                                   That’s 17 degrees higher than nor-
                                                                                             of thunderstorms. Dennis D’Amico,
                                                                                             Weather Service meteorologist, said
      cessive heat warning” from the Na-
      tional Weather Service and a call
                                                mal for the date, but below the rec-
                                                ord of 98, set in 1967. Friday’s high
                                                                                             thunderstorms could start early in
                                                                                             the day in the central and southern
                                                                                                                                                           88                  With asylum,
      from local officials to limit exposure
      to the heat and to check on vulner-
                                                is expected to approach 93. The rec-
                                                ord for the date, 96, was set in 1977.
                                                                                             Cascades, and spread to all of West-
                                                                                             ern Washington by evening.
                                                                                                                                                                               Assange faces
      able neighbors and relatives.
         The Seattle area recorded its hot-
                                                   Southwest Washington sizzled
                                                Thursday, with highs of 100 in Van-
                                                                                               Two days in the 90s might not
                                                                                             constitute a heat wave in much of                             76                  tricky exit
      test day of the year Thursday, with a
      high of 94 recorded in late afternoon
                                                couver and Castle Rock, 98 in Che-
                                                halis and 95 in Olympia.
                                                                                             the country, but in Western Wash-
                                                                                                                      See > HEAT, A15
                                                                                                                                                      Source: National
                                                                                                                                                      Weather Service          to Ecuador
                                                                                                                                                                               BY HENRY CHU
                                                                                                                                                                               Los Angeles Times
                                                                                                                                                                                  LONDON – Britain doesn’t want
                                                                                                                                              Desmond Jack-                    him. Ecuador does. Therein lies a

   Gun violence shatters
                                                                                                                                              son and Sherry                   very large rub.
                                                                                                                                              Soth were both                      A tense diplomatic faceoff grew
                                                                                                                                              fatally shot,                    uglier Thursday after Ecuador said
                                                                                                                                                                               it was granting political asylum to

   circle of young friends
                                                                                                                                              Jackson out-
                                                                                                                                              side a Sodo                      Julian Assange, founder of the
                                                                                                                                                                               whistle-blowing WikiLeaks website
                                                                                                                                              club in Febru-                   who has been holed up for the past
                                                                                                                                              ary, Soth at a                   two months in its embassy in Lon-
       ‘ T W O A M A Z I N G P E O P L E ’ | Deitrick Johnson lost two friends to gunfire,
                                                                                                                                              South Seattle                    don’s upscale Knightsbridge neigh-
    something he has seen too much of in his life. He is helping to organize events
                                                                                                      PHOTO COURTESY OF DEITRICK
                                                                                                                                              party July 1.                    borhood.
       to honor his friends and wants to find a way to break this deadly cycle.                                         JOHNSON                                                   Officials in Quito say Assange
                                                                                                                                                                               faces political per-
   BY SARA JEAN GREEN                                                                                                                                                          secution for re-
   Seattle Times staff reporter
                                                                                                                                                                               leasing confiden-

            eitrick Johnson met Desmond Jackson on the                                                                                                                         tial documents
            school bus in fifth grade.                                                                                                                                         embarrassing to
               Once, they hid their most-prized Pokémon                                                                                                                        the United States
   cards in their socks when they sensed their elementary-                                                                                                                     and other govern-
   school contraband was about to be confiscated. Soon af-                                                                                                                     ments, and de-
   ter, Johnson moved to another school and the two lost                                                                                                                       manded that he be
   touch.                                                                                                                                                                      given safe passage
      Years later, when he started working at the Northgate                                                                                                                    out of Britain. The WikiLeaks
   Target, Johnson introduced himself to co-worker Sherry                                                                                                                      British govern-        founder Ju-
   Soth, a “cool-looking Asian girl” sporting Air Jordans.                                                                                                                     ment says it is        lian Assange
   The teens became fast friends.                                                                                                                                              duty-bound to
      When Johnson accompanied Soth to her senior prom                                                                                                                         ship Assange to Sweden, where
   at Ingraham High School, they bumped into Jackson.                                                                                                                          he’s wanted for questioning on ac-
   The trio, along with other friends, began hanging out to-                                                                                                                   cusations of sexual assault.
   gether most weekends.                                                                                                                                                          The impasse has left the anti-se-
      That ended on Feb. 12 when Jackson, 22, was gunned                                                                                                                       crecy campaigner a virtual prisoner
   down outside a Sodo nightclub. Soth, 21, was fatally                                                                                                                        in the office where he has been co-
   shot as she was leaving a South Seattle house party                                                                                                                         cooned since he jumped bail June
   July 1.                                                                                                                                                                     19, beyond the reach of Scotland
      Their killings are among 22 in the city so far this year,                                                                                                                Yard.
   two more than in all of 2011. They are also among Se-                                                                                                                          That, in turn, has sparked lively
                                                                                                                                DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
   attle’s roughly 60 unsolved homicides since 2000.                                                                                                                           discussions over the next moves in
      Beyond the numbers, Jackson and Soth’s homicides            Deitrick Johnson is helping to organize events this Saturday to honor two of his                             a bit of absurdist diplomatic theater
                                             See > GUNFIRE, A14   friends who were killed this year and to raise awareness of gun violence.                                                        See > WIKILEAKS, A12

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