DEA raids medical marijuana dispensaries in WA
McGinn's continuing ode to unions
Mayor Mike McGinn appeared at City Hall today with a trio of fast food workers filing complaints with the Seattle Police Department over wages they allege were stolen from them by their employers. One complainants was an employee at a Ballard Taco Bell, who said she was forced to work off the clock while cleaning up after her shifts. Another, a former employee at a Northgate Subway was never given a 30-minute meal break during his five-hour shifts. The third, a former employee of a Capitol Hill Qdoba, never received his final paycheck. The workers are backed by a Seattle group called Good Jobs Seattle, which estimates that low-wage workers in the City of Seattle suffer as much as $100,000 in lost wages every week.
McGinn's appearance is just the latest instance of the incumbent mayoral candidate throwing his weight behind workers' rights issues in the last few weeks. His stance last week against a long-planned West Seattle Whole Foods has energized local media pundits (like Seattle Times' Danny Westneat and Goldy at The Stranger), hungry for controversial material in a relatively hum-drum race. Last-minute maneuvering to shore up labor support in light of poll numbers that favored Ed Murray? Who, McGinn?
Seattle Public Library enters the 21st century
It’s not easy surviving in the one-click-away era of instant gratification that is the 21st century. Books, music and movies are all accessible from the living room, which has rendered bookstores and libraries almost useless. Well, not so fast. According to The Seattle Times, the Seattle Public Library is launching Hoopla this week, a free Netflix-like streaming media service. Hoopla provides access to about 10,000 videos and 250,000 music albums that are available for instant streaming and downloading. After users create a Hoopla account and enter their library information, content can be downloaded on a phone or a tablet or streamed on your computer or through the Hoopla app. Movies and TV shows can be checked out for three days and music is available for one week.
Sounder's Eddie Johnson shows U.S. men’s team who's boss
As odd as it may look, the blonde mini-afro is working for Sounders forward Eddie Johnson. And at this point, whatever is working for him works for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Johnson, who was called up to the national team this week, made an immediate impact for his squad, scoring in back-to-back matches to help the United States into Sunday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. Johnson scored within 14 seconds of getting off the bench in the quarterfinal against El Salvador and then again Wednesday night in the semifinal against Honduras. The forward with the lightning-quick first step is making a strong case for being included on the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
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