Much ado about May Day
Upated at 8:43 p.m. May Day protests in Seattle went peacefully with the exception of a final one in the early evening. As Jordan Royer reported, police felt they were well prepared for events. And the vast majority of the demonstrators wanted to keep it peaceful — as most do every year. Joel Connelly on seattlepi.com praises the peaceful, well-organized marches and speakers in Seattle, Spokane and Yakima advocating for immigration reform.
For about a half-hour beginning shortly before 8 p.m., there were arrests and pepper spray following reports of people throwing things at police. They were a part of the final march, which originated around Seattle Central Community College. KING5 reported that one woman officer appeared to have suffered a leg injury. Crosscut's Tom James has been covering the demonstrations and will have a story and photos later.
In David Stern we trust
NBA Commissioner David Stern says "public trust" was a factor in the league committee's decision to recommend Sacramento for a franchise over Seattle. Stern says the committee took Sacramento's community support into account, rather than basing their decision solely on market size and potential revenue.
One potential workaround was highlighted by Nick Eaton on seattlepi.com. He notes that Chris Hansen's Seattle-based group could technically buy the Kings and only temporarily keep them in Sacramento a la the Oklahoma City group that said it wanted to keep the Sonics here. We wouldn't wish that kind of NBA-branded "public trust" on anyone.
Fatal bike accident
Updated at 5:15 p.m. A bicyclist died in a collision with a semi-truck on East Marginal Way at S. Hanford Street. Witnesses told KING 5 that the truck had cleared the intersection when the bicylist hit the rear tires; other reports said it wasn't immediately clear exactly how the accident occurred. Seattle Police said the cyclist was in his mid-50s. The accident was reported around 7:15 a.m. An updated Seattle Times report has good material exploring some of the traffic difficulties for cyclists at the intersection and along Marginal Way.
Newcomers face off in Bellevue race
At least two challengers will seek the Bellevue City Council seat held by longtime member Don Davidson. Vandanna Slatter, a clinical pharmacologist, has decided to target Davidson's seat, Bellevue Patch reported today. Slatter has raised $36,000, according to state Public Disclosure Commission filings. Another challenger for the seat, business owner Lynne Robinson, has raised $25,000. Davidson hasn't reported any donations. Both challengers have public office experience. Robinson is a Bellevue Parks Commissioner and Slatter served on the state Board of Pharmacology.
Two other incumbent council members, Kevin Wallace and Mayor Conrad Lee, don't have any declared opponents yet. Wallace leads all fundraising with $42,000. Slatter had earlier said she might challenge him.
What's that yellow thing in the sky?
Whether May Day is your thing or not, May 1 brought sun for the Northwest to celebrate. Of course, as this video suggests, knowing what to do with sun can be a challenge in Seattle.
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