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    The Daily Troll: Cars vs. wheelchair. Bellevue gun victim as standout at Garfield High. Baristas against recession.

    A wheelchair athlete's training hits an obstacle. The victim of a shooting at a Bellevue bar was a standout while a student at Garfield High School.

    War on wheelchairs?

    The Seattle area has seen a long string of complaints about the supposed war on cars, but in Tacoma (and surrounding area), it seems the war is focused in on an entirely different kind of four-wheeled vehicle — wheelchairs. The News Tribune reports this morning that a Gig Harbor officer issued a traffic warning to a young man, Terry Hoefer, who was training for a wheelchair marathon on public streets.

    There are enough elements of conflict to make for a good story, but there's also an uplifting theme of cooperation and compromise — not to mention the inspiring efforts of Hoefer and his family to prepare for a full marathon after he successfully completed the 2012 Seattle Half Marathon.

    More Tuba Man trauma

    The horrendous 2008 beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael continues to inflict trauma in the Seattle area. Authorities investigating the death of 30-year-old DeShawn Milliken, who was shot early Monday at Munchbar, a restaurant/bar at Bellevue Square, are looking for one of the three people convicted in McMichael's death.

    This afternoon The Seattle Times reported on Milliken's background:

    Milliken was Garfield High School’s homecoming king, student-body vice president, a football star and an honor student. He had a minor part in the Mardi Gras attacks in Pioneer Square in 2001 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and rioting. He was given a one-year deferred sentence, served no jail time and ordered to do 30 days of community service. His attorney and classmates said he was wrongly accused.

    It's a sickening loss and will be even more painful if it turns out that one of the people connected to McMicheal's death was indeed involved.

    Drinking to compromise

    Seattle Weekly today has a wry take on Starbucks' advocacy for a solution to the fiscal cliff standoff in D.C. As Associated Press reported, the coffee giant is asking baristas in the nation's capital to scribble "Come Together" on coffee cups. 

    The Weekly's Matt Driscoll writes:

    And, naturally, the AP also reports that Schultz isn't taking a specific side in the fiscal cliff debate ... he just wants to make sure people aren't too scared to buy coffee. 

    Yes, another Republican-induced recession would be bad for almost every business. Even if some of us would welcome having Starbucks offer afternoon specials as it did the last time the economy tanked.

    Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

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    Posted Mon, Dec 31, 12:54 p.m. Inappropriate

    No wonder you call yourself a troll. Your article is untrue. The young man in the wheelchair was not ticketed for holding up traffic. The problem was his father, who was driving behind him, at wheelchair speed. The father was impeding traffic by driving down a 35 mph road at 5 mph with his flashers on. THAT is what happened. Sheesh.

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