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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:47 AM
Recent news reports have Seattleites wondering whether our police will be able to keep our downtown core — and, ultimately, the rest of the city — safe from increasing crime.
  • Recent news reports have Seattleites wondering whether our police will be able to keep our downtown core — and, ultimately, the rest of the city — safe from increasing crime. 
  • The Seattle City Council will vote on Oct. 6 to decide whether to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Other cities have already made the choice to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and it’s time for Seattle to join them. 
  • Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove introduced legislation this month to require King County Sheriff officers to wear cameras, prompted by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Nothing makes someone trust you more than when you promise him or her something and then you keep your promise.
  • As parents and teachers prepared for a new school year, the state Supreme Court quietly agreed in August to hear a case that may prove as influential as McCleary v. State of Washington for the state’s public schools. 
  • If the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) goes through with its recently announced plan euphemistically, called “Stepping Forward,” the agency would instantly turn into the city’s biggest rent gouger. 
  • There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who knows she is beautiful and desirable. She has a confidence to her walk that makes the timid get out of her way and the bashful enviously watch her walk through a crowd that parts at her approach. 
  • On Sunday, Aug. 24, the Sony PlayStation network crashed. A denial of service attack by hackers — two groups claim victory — brought it down.  
  • The following poem was written in response to the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | September 2014
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit  
  • 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. 
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