“Why is the SPD always involved in controversy?”
I was asked this question about a month ago by someone visiting the city. They were both concerned and intrigued by the amount of national notoriety our police force has received, especially given the fact that Seattle is not a particularly large city.
I explained to them that less than 20% of SPD officers live in the city. I explained that the overwhelming majority of them are suburbanites and ruralites, tasked to police an environment and a people with which they have little off-duty familiarity. When you throw in the fact
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Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Rally in Westlake Park
If you think it’s expensive to live in Seattle now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
In perhaps the single largest repayment of bribes Seattle has ever seen, today, the City Council KY-ed the sphincter of every middle-and-lower-class Seattleite, bent them over, and spread their cheeks wider than the town’s ever-growing income gap.
Oh yes, my fellow middle-class urbanites, we’re about to get loved from the backside by every hipster hotel builder from here to Timbuktu, and it’s only going to be about half as fun as it sounds.
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This morning, a KOMO/King 5 helicopter crashed next to the Space Needle, and two lives were lost. Both casualties were employees of KOMO News.
A third man, struck in his car by the helicopter, is in critical condition at Harborview.
Earlier this year, a Federal Court ruled that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights that journalists have. Believe it or not, the issue was actually up for debate.
Unfortunately, some states still only afford full protection, such as shield laws, to journalists working for mainstream news outlets.
This is frightening, and today’s front page of the Seattle PI remind us why.
Folks, I am not joking, that is the true and present homepage of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Remember that the next time you hear the phrase “reputable media outlet”. Remember that the next time politicians argue for special
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Three people – including two off-duty Seattle firefighters – are being investigated for an assault on a homeless man Saturday night.
Police say a woman and the two firefighters were walking through Pioneer Square when they came upon the victim, who was sleeping under the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near 1st Ave. S. and S. Main St.
Witnesses said the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him. One of her companions hit the victim with a stick and the third suspect joined in.
A man who says he witnessed the incident said he heard
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Badass. Just … badass.
“Promise me something”, I remind my daughter nearly every week, “when you become Mayor of this town 20 years from now, you’ll install an escalator on Pike Street, and name it after me … the Rex is a Lazy Ass Memorial Escalator … or something to that effect.”
She always agrees, but between you and me, I think she’s just humoring me.
Fortunately, the point may be moot.
Matthew Roewe, of Via Architecture, said the demolition of the viaduct will take out about 1,200 waterfront parking spaces. But the Convention Center has 1,200 parking
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A fossilized mammoth tusk discovered in a Seattle construction site was retrieved Friday evening from a 30-foot-deep pit to the sound of cheers and clicking from people taking pictures.
Scientists and construction crews used a crane to retrieve and hoist the tusk, which was placed on a pallet, encased in plaster and covered in blankets, to a waiting flat-bed truck. The tusk headed to its new home a few miles away at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington ‘s Seattle campus, where it will be preserved, studied and eventually put on
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“I am very concerned and disappointed by this verdict,” said Cantwell. “I am confident there will be an appeal to closely re-examine today’s decision. It is very troubling that Amanda and her family have had to endure this process for so many years. I will continue to closely monitor this case as it moves forward through the Italian legal system.”
Yesterday, Amanda Knox, wealthy white girl from West Seattle was convicted of murder.
You remember, Amanda Knox?
The girl whom, after being accused of murdering another affluent white-ish girl, threw a black man under the bus. The girl whose
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At least no officers or “civilians” were hurt.
You know, “civilian” being loosely defined as some hapless suburbanite who finds herself inexplicably caught on the wrong side of the Seattle city line.
Remember, over 80% of Seattle Police officers live somewhere other than Seattle.
And now you know why.
According to the SPD, the citizens of Seattle are not even human.
If you think about it, it really does explain a lot.