D.C. suspect had Seattle arrest
Update 5:06 p.m. Seattle Police said today that the D.C. Navy Yard shooting suspect, Aaron Alexis, was arrested and questioned after a 2004 incident in which shots were fired into the tires of vehicles at a constrcution site. He later told detectives that he had blacked out because of anger and forgot the incident for a time. He mentioned being disturbed by the 2001 terror attacks in New York; a relative later told detectives that Alexis had participated in rescue attempts on Sept. 11, 2001. No charges were filed. Alexis was staying at a Beacon Hill residence next to the construction site at the time of the 2004 incident. The police also posted documents related to the investigation here. -- J.C.
Murray well ahead of McGinn
A poll for KING5 TV shows state Sen. Ed Murray with a commanding lead over incumbent Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayor's race. The poll puts Murray at 52 percent to McGinn's 30 percent, with 18 percent undecided. This isn't exactly shocking: Some 70 percent voted for one of McGinn's challengers in the primary. But there's at least one ray of hope for McGinn (and a compliment to him and other city leaders): A fraction more people say the city is on the right track than headed in the wrong direction. — J.C.
Mayor McGinn today said he is setting aside $1.5 million in his budget proposal for next year to help address the relatively low pay for women working in city government. The money will help implement recommendations from the Gender Equity in Pay Task Force he set up earlier this year, according to a press release. In an oped on Crosscut today, task force member Jean Godden and her City Council colleague Tim Burgess write that long-term changes will be needed to correct the disparities that have emerged since McGinn had the City Personnel Department look into how equitable pay and employment are. McGinn said racial bias will also be addressed as part of gender equity efforts next year. — J.C.
Two world records were shattered at CenturyLink Stadium last night — along with about 140,000 eardrums. With a minute and 15 seconds left in the first quarter of the Seahawks — 49ers game (which the ‘Hawks won handily, 29 to 3), the record crowd of more than 68,000 fans, aka the Seattle’s 12th man, erupted after defensive end Michael Bennett sacked 49-ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Their cheer sent the needle on the old sound meter up to 131.9 decibels. Almost as loud as a jet plane. But the 12th man didn’t stop there. In the fourth quarter, ‘Hawks fans broke their own record with a 136.6-decibel roar after Marshawn Lynch’s second touchdown of the night. The previous roar record, set during a 2011 soccer match in Istanbul, was a whisper-like 131.76 decibels. Not to be a wet blanket here, but a UW audiologist told KPLU that noise that loud can cause permanent hearing loss. What? — M.B.
Power outages, too
Some of the noise at the Clink was nature's real deal: a thunder and lightning storm that delayed the game for an hour. Associated Press reports the storm also caused power outages and damage from falling trees in scattered parts of the state and Oregon. A power outage may have been viewed as a mixed blessing by Moses Lakes students: School was canceled Monday. But what are you going to do if your cell phone or other mobile device is out of battery power? — J.C.
One bridge up
Washington state transportation crews finished installing the permanent replacement span on the damaged I-5 Skagit River Bridge on Sunday. The bridge re-opened for traffic at 2 p.m., a little later than the state transportation department’s 7 a.m. projection, but, hey, you try swapping one 500-ton temporary bridge span for a 900-ton permanent replacement. You’ll recall that the temp span went in just two weeks after a wide load truck clipped one of the bridge beams last May and sent the structure tumbling into the river. Now, just four months later, the fix is permanent. We applaud and marvel at the efficiency of this job well done — and wonder why the heck we can’t just fix the rest of the state’s at-risk bridges. The National Bridge Inventory rates 50 Washington crossings as either "structurally deficient" or "fracture critical," including I-5 spans across the Lewis and Stillaguamish rivers, and the Capitol Boulevard bridge in Olympia that many state lawmakers cross to get to work. If that’s not an incentive enough to upgrade our bridges, what will it take? — M.B.
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