West Seattle runner attacked
Seattle police say that a man attacked a West Seattle runner as she was jogging in the 5400 block of California Avenue SW shortly after 5 a.m. She screamed and the man quickly ran off. She followed up with a chalk drawing on the sidewalk to warn other women. Great, neighborly idea — and well reported by the West Seattle Blog.
The Republican-led Senate Majority Caucus Coalition released a proposed budget today that they called "bipartisan." Democratic senators did work with them on it, with the Republicans quoting Democratic Sen. Jim Hargrove as saying it was “the most transparent bipartisan process that’s ever happened.”
But Gov. Jay Inslee criticized the proposal harshly: “The Senate proposal to address our basic education obligations is funded in large part through cuts to vital services for children, families and vulnerable adults — exactly what I have said we must not do." The Herald's excellent political reporter Jerry Cornfield notes that the majority coalition can't guarantee it actually has a majority willing to vote for the plan. Oh.
Crosscut's John Stang is preparing a full report.
Liquor control board vs. pot bars
The state Liquor Control Board this morning said it plans to adopt new rules to head off the smoking of marijuana in bars. Gov. Jay Inslee, who is trying to keep the federal government from squashing the state's initiative-approved regulatory scheme for distributing marijuana, had been upset by a report that at least two bars were attracting customers by allowing pot.
Seattle officer charged
City Attorney Pete Holmes today said he has charged a Seattle police officer, Chris Hairston, with misdemeanor assault during an incident last September. It's a complicated situation: The supposed victim had allegedly assaulted Hairston's wife, Katherine Hairston, also a Seattle officer, when she and another officer responded to a report of several people drinking alcohol in public near Seattle Central Community College. Chris Hairston, assigned to a K9 unit, arrived and allegedly assaulted the suspect in the assault on his wife. The man later entered a guilty plea to assaulting Katherine Hairston.
At the same time, Holmes announced there would be no charges against another Seattle officer, Clayton Powell. In August, Powell allegedly shoved a suspect who had spit on him and later taunted the suspect in a holding cell. Holmes called the behavior "extremely troublesome."
Chris Hansen, Steve Ballmer and others this afternoon told an NBA committee how great it'd be to bring a team here. Trouble is, Sacramento had a group making their own pitch. It'll be spun all sorts of ways, particularly by the elected officials in the delegations, but NBA.com blogger Scott Howard-Cooper has a nice analysis. His bottom line: The proposals are so close that we should expect two more weeks of tension before a final decision. Even Seattle's own Art Thiel says Sacramento did a fantastic job in its post-pitch press conference.
Things got even tighter when NBA commissioner David Stern told media that the league owners may need to continue studying the proposals even beyond the expected April 19th decision point. Thiel is preparing a Crosscut column on the NBA discussions. So how long does the tension drag on? Here's something to keep up the morale of would-be Sonics fans while they wait.
2,000 Tacoma jobs
Tacoma's News Tribune reported this morning that a deal appears imminent to bring 2,000 State Farm insurance jobs to the downtown core. One sweet aspect for Tacoma: It would fill the headquarters building that Russell Investment left when it decamped to Seattle. The News Tribune story said State Farm has been expanding and opening regional headquarters around the country.
Daily World cutting back
Aberdeen's Daily World newspaper will cut back its print edition to three days a week. Beginning June 1, home delivery of the paper will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The announcement, first posted late Tuesday afternoon, tries to paint a rosy picture: more digital emphasis, advertising will hold steady, but be concentrated in the larger print editions, and seven days a week of news still — online. A community can hope, can't it?
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