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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:41 PM
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning.
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning. 
  • Two Seattle police officers recently proved that the Seattle Police Department’s new use-of-force (UF) policies don’t bind them in emergency situations. 
  • According to Allstate Insurance’s 2014 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” Seattle ranks 173rd out of 200 U.S. cities. The report noted that Seattle drivers were 36 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average. 
  • Next March, King County Metro’s low-income riders will be able to ride for a lower fare of just $1.50. Metro estimates upward of 100,000 people will qualify for the new fare card. 
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant Watoto died last week. Zoo employees discovered the animal collapsed early one morning. After attempts to upright her, they euthanized her. Watoto was 45. 
  • The Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced last month that it is asking Seattle citizenry to “Tweet Smart” during police activity. 
  • The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would require construction companies bidding on city projects to be based in Seattle and hire Seattle workers. 
  • A MODEST PROPOSAL | The Unicorn Prizes
    I did it. I outwitted Google, eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. On July 28, 2014, at 6:17 p.m., the Internet as we know it ended. The World Wide Web is no longer a bestower of all things. 
  • In this difficult-to-find, “public” auction of foreclosed Seattle homes, a couple dozen protesters — with voices, tambourines and noisemakers echoing off the parking garage walls — surround the auctioneer, leaning in and making the auction impossible. 
  • In July, more than 200 people from across the city crowded into Ballard Community Center for a unique evening session of Seattle City Council’s Housing Committee. 
  • We have seen the image of mostly black teenagers rushing into a store together, taking anything they wanted and completely overwhelming the store clerk. You have seen other images of black youths snatching cell phones out of people hands in broad daylight. 
  • For privacy, I’ll call her “My New Friend.” We met in a grief-counseling session. It’s not been a year since I lost my mother. 
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  • The July 24 derailment of five of 102 train cars carrying crude oil under the Magnolia Bridge drove home the near-inevitability of even more oil trains coming through Seattle. 
  • The Seattle City Council became the 60th American city to recommend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) change its policy about the lifetime ban against gay and bisexual men donating blood. 
  • With the results of this year’s primary election not yet official, it’s time to focus on the Nov. 4 general election’s controversial proposition: the monorail ballot measure. 
  • July has been a month of traffic news and blues in Seattle. Officials have made progress on some decisions, while traffic still seems to grind to a halt whenever an accident, event or a little summer rain happens. 
  • The Seattle School Board has appointed retired Marysville School District Superintendent Larry Nyland as the interim leader of Seattle Public Schools, effective Aug. 1. He will serve until June 2015. 
  • On a hot, summer Sunday, Mr. Franklin stopped his new, black Dodge Charger in the alley. I was working on the hedge that borders three sides of the lot. Old Paint, my ancient Nissan pickup, blocked the roadway as I trimmed the hedge back.  
  • My opponents believe that my optimism about the future for African Americans in America is my Achilles heel, but I believe it’s my strength. When you stop believing change is possible, you stop being a change agent. 
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