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    The Daily Troll: Long-awaited cat reunion. Harrowing Portland transit ride. Burien's exclusive state lake.

    An open train door shocks Portland MAX riders. As he prepares for a big speech, Mayor Mike McGinn speaks to anti-coal protesters. Five years on, a feline reunion.
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    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute. Art work by Noel Franklin

    The cat came back

    Nearly five years after disappearing as a kitten, an Everett cat named Ginger and its owner have been reunited, thanks to a microchip scan. As soon as it returned home, the cat started following its now-22-year-old owner, Alex Bismore, around the house as if nothing had happened, according to The Herald. Bismore hasn't received any explanation of how the scanning occurred, but the cat had been taken in by a man with a number of cats living three miles away.

    AP has already picked up the story; a good sign that Ginger better get ready for the TV cams that will make her a national story.

    Protesting coal train

    Climate change protests against the proposed Keystone Pipeline continued over the weekend and today in D.C. Here in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn appeared Sunday at a rally against the proposed development of ports to ship coal to China according to seattlepi.com. The mayor said the increased train traffic from a proposed Bellingham-area development would hurt the city's ability to keep port-related traffic moving.

    That might be a job destroyer for Seattle — especially given the port's struggle to compete with Tacoma.

    Mayor's big speech

    With the Presidents Day holiday, local governments shut their doors. Seattle City Hall will get back to work with a big event on Tuesday: Mayor Mike McGinn's annual State of the City address. Crosscut will stream the speech live beginning at 2 p.m. 

    Lake Burien: For their pleasure only

    Neighboring property owners are working hard to permanently prevent public access to state-owned Lake Burien, in the heart of south King County. The Seattle Times Erik Lacitis describes the struggle between the lone activist trying to establish public access to the lake and the response of the 'We-have-friends-in-City-Hall' property owners, who live on its banks.

    Property owners argue that public access would pollute the state's lake. Lacitis quotes a blog item by a lakefront property owner: "Over the years, the people of Lake Burien have been generous to invite their children's friends to swim with them." It's unknown how many other state-owned lakes may be surrounded by private property and lack access. The state government might like to check that out — and do something on behalf of the public in Burien and statewide.

    TriMet sliding doors

    Passengers on one of Portland's MAX had an interesting few minutes after a door on the train failed to close while it sped between stops. One rider tells The Oregonian, "I almost darn near fell out of the open door when the train took off." The Oregonian reports that the rider, Michael Lentz, repeatedly tried to alert the driver. TriMet says today that it's investigating the cause of Friday's incident.

    Thanks to a cellphone camera, the incident is unlikely to be swept under the rug. The video contains (not too surprisingly) some profanity — and a please, don't ever do this on a moving train moment: A passenger sticks his head out the door.


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

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    Posted Mon, Feb 18, 4:25 p.m. Inappropriate

    There are probably a lot more inaccessible pieces of public land than we think. Just think of the encroached-upon waterways and street ends in Seattle, for a start.

    Can't the state compel an easement so that the public can access Lake Burien? I know it has the power of eminent domain, but I'm sure there's no money in the state parks budget to purchase a lot right now.

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