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The Daily Troll: Drones stuck in Seattle? Coal letter slammed. Italy vs. Amanda Knox.

A Kirkland council member departs post haste. Attack on Public Disclosure nominee falters.
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Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox expressed disappointment over the Italian court ruling that ordered a rehearing of the murder case against her. According to her lawyer, Knox doesn't plan to take part in the court rehearing, but will continue to fight the case. A seattlepi.com report, written by a freelancer who's followed the case from the start, described the finding as "stunning." Well, the surprises from the Italian justice system just keep coming.

Kirkland Council member out

Bob Sternoff, a Kirkland City Council member who was facing a variety of business debts and complaints, has resigned. The city's announcement of the resignation this morning said the Kirkland council has 90 days to fill the vacancy; after that, the King County Council could make the appointment. Sternoff owned a number of real-estate businesses and had been forced into receivership, according to the Kirkland Reporter.

Tackling DUIs

A mother and her infant daughter clung to life this afternoon in the wake of the horrific accident that killed the baby's paternal grandparents, while they walked near Eckstein Middle School, according to a Seattle Times report. Bail was just set at $2.5 million.

Since the driver has a history of DUI citations, expect lots of discussion of what to do about drunk driving. And maybe we will even come up with some better solutions. Consider, for instance, two of the ideas posted by two KIRO Radio hosts.

In an over-the-top presentation, suggesting that "once again our legislature has blood on its hands," Dori Monson lays out a reasonable set of progressively tougher sentences for DUI convictions. Dave Ross suggests letting families of repeated DUI offenders petition to take away their driving rights.

In Japan, Ichiro was the star of a 2009 ad campaign selling the first truly 0 percent beer. There's a simple reason the Japanese were actually interested: Fines for even simple, first-time cases can easily run toward $10,000 and breath detectors are so finely tuned that people fear even letting a passenger who has been drinking into a car. 

No drones, no way, no how

Seattle Police today used their website to disavow any interest in using drones. In a cleverly worded post (headline: "We Dronen't Want Any Misunderstanding"), the police said, "We’re done with drones & will continue our focus on public safety and community building." But — and this may be what is behind the posting — the department said returning the drones to the vendor is proving "more complex than expected." 

The police said they are working on the return of the drones with the Department of Homeland Security, which financed the purchase with a grant. The police also said they completely support a recent ordinance restricting surveillance by city departments. Well, yes, perhaps because of the broad exemption for some police activities? 

Last-minute Puyallup slams rejected

At a hearing last week on her appointment to the state Public Disclosure Commission, former Puyallup Mayor Kathy Turner got slammed with last-minute objections from former colleagues, including one who had lost an election to her. The commission is responsible for enforcing state campaign finance laws. Crosscut's John Stang, who covered the earlier hearing, updates us:

Puyallup's former mayor Kathy Turner received a 6-0 endorsement from the Washington Senate's Government Operations Committee Tuesday to be appointed to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Turner's appointment is opposed by Puyallup's current mayor and deputy mayor — Rick Hansen and John Knutsen. They sent emails that contended Turner fought transparency in Puyallup government affairs. Turner put the attacks down to bad blood from previous Puyallup issues. 

"I'm pleased with [the committee's] decision," Turner said today. "It's not over until its over." The committee also recommended approval of former Bellevue mayor Grant Degginger to the PDC. Both recommendations go to the full Senate for final approval.

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