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Go On A Romantic and Sweet Gay First Date With Music Video 'The Thing I Didn't Know' - WATCH

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To promote his new book, The Thing I Didn't Know, author Brent Hartinger had a novel idea to build interest in his latest work: create a song and music video inspired by the book. With the help of musician Brett Avery and filmmaker Jeremy Ward, Hartinger set off on his journey.

Towleroad readers may recall Hartinger's previous effort, The Geography Club, which was adapted into a feature film. The Thing I Didn't Know continues to follow that book's protagonist Russel Middlebrook as he matures into adulthood:

"Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life—either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore."

When turned into a song and music video, the end result is romantic and endearing. The video stars Hans Iverson as Russel and Randall Brammer as his beau, Felicks.

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At Least 2 Students Injured in Seattle-Area High School Shooting: VIDEO

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A school shooting in Marysville, Washington, just north of Seattle, has reportedly left at least two students injured, with the gunman dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Seattle's KOMO reports:

At least two students were shot. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Witnesses said the shooting took place in the school cafeteria. 

Several shots were fired. Some witnesses reported hearing anywhere from four to six shots.

Video on the developing story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Seattle Teen Assaulted By Robbers At Bus Stop, 'Outed' To Mother By Text

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A 16-year-old in Seattle was waiting for a bus on October 7th at around 4pm when a random group of thugs approached him, beat him up, and stole his phone and backpack that he dropped while trying to defend himself. To make life even more complicated, the teen found once he got home that his mother had received a text from his phone:

I'm gay, you know that

Which...is a weird prank for thieves to pull, but people un-evolved enough to be muggers tend to be the kinds of people that find calling other people "gay" to be both an insult and funny. The teen evidently had a past connection with at least one of the alleged attackers who was a former classmate of the victim. The teen didn't recognize and was unable to describe the other assailants, just that the group of four were all male.


Seattle Man Confesses to Gay Couple's Murder As 'Vengeance' for U.S. Military Role in Middle East

Ali Muhammad Brown, who was arrested last month for the murders of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, has confessed - saying that he committed the murders as an act of revenge against U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. 

Brown also confessed to two other separate murders, according to the King County Porosecutor's Office.

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"My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it," Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day."

"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life."

Police believe Brown used Grindr to lure Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said to a Seattle nightclub before shooting them both at close range.

Brown is currently in custody in New Jersey. Law enforcement officials have said he could face the death penalty for the killings.


Seattle Gay Bar Arsonist Gets 10 Years In Prison, Blames Alcoholism

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Musab Mohammed Masmari — the 30-year-old suspect who plead guilty to the New Year’s Eve arson of Seattle's Neighbours gay nightclub — has been sentenced to ten years in prison, more than double the time requested by the court’s prosecutors and defense.

Though prosecutors alleged that Masmari set the blaze out of anti-gay hatred and intolerance, the Seattle PI says Masmari’s defense ascribed a different reason — alcoholism:

In a letter to the court, Masmari, 31, explained he’d consumed a bottle of cheap whiskey in the hours before he set the fire. He claims not to remember setting it, though he recognized himself on a surveillance video.

“I do not believe that I am a bad man but when I get drunk I have done bad things,” Masmari said in a letter to the court. “I swear that it is my intent to never drink again.”

…“I am sorry for the damage I caused, and I am grateful that no one was hurt,” Masmari said in a letter to the court. “I should have gotten alcohol counseling. … I wish I had.

Masmari will remain in jail until his eventual transfer to a federal prison.


Suspect in Murders of Two Gay Men in Seattle Arrested in New Jersey

Police on Friday arrested Ali Muhammad Brown, suspect in the murders of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, Q13 FOX News reports:

BrownThe West Orange Police Department said officers arrested Brown in the area of the 200 block of Mt. Pleasant Avenue without incident. He was booked at the Homicide Task Force for two open murder warrants from a June 1 double murder in Seattle and an arrest warrant for a carjacking in Point Pleasant, N.J., on June 29.

Brown will be housed at the Essex County Correctional Center and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, the department said.

Brown, who is originally from the East Orange, N.J., area but who has lived in Burien, Kent and Federal Way, is accused of gunning down 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young at 29th and King Street in Seattle on June 1.

Police believe Brown used Grindr to target his victims.


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