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Music therapy; Bodycam video released; Family, friends remember woman hit by police cruiser; CEO survives plane crash; Geno Smith Comeback Player.

Bill introduced to broaden access to music therapy in Washington

A dim prognosis, a motor skills disorder, grief or just stress and anxiety: no matter what the case may be, a quickly growing form of therapy could have you singing a new tune.

Currently in Washington, music therapists are not eligible for state licensure. But on Thursday, Senate Bill 5214 was introduced and there is a new push in the Legislature to change that.

Music therapy is defined by using music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a patient.

"Trained musicians use music in a functional, intentional way to meet therapeutic goals," said Carlene Brown, Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. "So it really does depend on the client." Read more

Video released in fatal beating of Tyre Nichols

Authorities have publicly released video showing five Memphis police officers fatally beating a Black man; the beating prompted murder charges against the five officers and outrage at the latest instance of police brutality in the U.S. 

Tyre Nichols' family members and their lawyers, who saw the footage before it was publicly released, said it shows officers savagely beating the 29-year-old FedEx worker for three minutes in an assault that the legal team likened to the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King. Read more

Family remembers woman killed by Seattle police car as 'brilliant' and 'bubbly'

The family of Jaahnavi Kandula, the 23-year-old woman who was hit and killed by a marked Seattle Police Department vehicle, remembers her as "a brilliant student with a bright future."

Officers responded to a collision at Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street after 8 p.m. on Monday, according to police. Kandula was crossing from east to west in the crosswalk when she was hit.

Officers provided CPR to her until Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and took her to Harborview Medical Center, where she later died. The officer was responding to a "priority one" call at the request of the Seattle Fire Department, according to SPD. Read more

WaFd CEO to return to work after surviving deadly Utah plane crash

A Washington state bank CEO is expected to return to work in February after surviving a deadly plane crash in Utah earlier this month.

Brent Beardall, 51, the Washington Federal CEO, suffered broken bones and lacerations in the Jan. 2 plane crash that killed one and injured two others.

Beardall has made significant progress in his recovery, according to a release, and is undergoing extensive physical therapy in Salt Lake City. He is expected to be discharged as soon as Feb. 10.

“I’m feeling stronger every day, lifted by so much love and support I’ve received over the last few weeks,” Beardall said. “I feel incredibly blessed to be on the mend so quickly and to work with an exceptional team of bankers who have stepped up." Read more

Geno Smith named PFWA Comeback Player Of The Year, Most Improved Player

Ahead of the official National Football League awards ceremony in two weeks, a group of football writers have recognized Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith as the league's Comeback Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player in 2022. 

The Pro Football Writers of America announced Smith's awards on Friday for his resurgence in his 10th NFL season. It is just the third time a player has won the Comeback Player of the Year and Most Improved Player in the same season. Smith joined Ryan Tannehill (2019) and Jon Kitna (2003) for the rare distinction. Read more

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