Murray's latest City Council endorsement
City Councilman Bruce Harrell endorsed Ed Murray for mayor this morning during an event at Murray’s campaign headquarters, where the mayoral contender unveiled his public safety agenda. Harrell told Crosscut that the endorsement was less about Murray’s policy ideas and more about his leadership style. “I’d be hard pressed to say that there’s a part of Ed’s platform that distinguishes him from McGinn,” Harrell said. “[Murray] has developed a history of building relationships in politics and that’s where the mayor has fallen short.”
“[McGinn] operates in sort of a silo,” Harrell added. “Almost every one of his major initiatives, we on the council hear about it at the same time that the public hears about it.” — B.L.
Death penalty back in play
Two King County defendants charged with killing six of their relatives, including two small children, now face the possibilty of the death penalty, something they thought they had avoided. The state Supreme Court today ordered that Joseph T. McEnroe and Michele Kristen Anderson face a capital punishment hearing if they are convicted in the 2007 murder of Anderson's Carnation family members. The court unanimously overruled a King County judge's decision that Prosecutor Dan Satterberg should not have considered the strength of evidence against the couple as a factor in seeking the death penalty.
The justice's decision today ruled that while a prosecutor is only required to consider mitigating factors in the defendants' background (i.e. good deeds they've done or their value within a community), he or she is free to take other factors into account. In fact, the Supreme Court said it encourages a "holistic" approach. As seattlepi.com notes, prosecutors say Anderson felt slighted by her parents, who were among the victims. — J.C.
Back to (cough) school
School districts around the state routinely build near freeways or other major roads, despite strong evidence that air quality there can cause lifelong respiratory problems, asthma attacks and increase absenteeism, InvestigateWest reports. Land prices are frequently lower, and bus access is easier along highways. California has required new schools be located at least 500 feet from major roads to protect student and staff health for a decade. The report, which was done in partnership with KING 5 TV, focuses on plans to reopen the John Marshall building east of Green Lake next year, which is directly adjacent to I-5. A district spokesperson told InvestigateWest that the district has time to consider mitigation measures, such as air filtering, before the planned reopening. — J.C.
The National Weather Service is trying to put a damper on the Northwest. Today's forecast calls for heavy rains beginning late this afternoon and even potential flooding along urban streets and small streams in northwest Washington through Friday afternoon. The Weather Service even went so far as to make Northwest rains the lead headline of its home page. But don't let them panic you about the end of summer: The weekend highs are supposed to be in the mid-70s, with mostly sunny weather from Sunday through Wednesday. — J.C.
An online auction will begin today to raise money to cover expenses for Seattle infant Charlie Cole, who has a rare form of leukemia. As KOMO reported last winter, Charlie has juvenile myelomonocyctic leukemia, which affects 1 in a million children. Charlie, who will turn 1 on Friday, is currently in the hospital but is expected to be released Sunday. You can find out about the auction here. — J.C.
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