Sex offender arrested
Michael Sean Alexander, the violent sex offender who fled Canada for Seattle, has been arrested. Police are investigating whether he was involved in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy in West Seattle, who told police that a man had given him wine, then grabbed and sexually assaulted him. Apparently, he was able to run away after pulling a knife on his assailant. The police began looking at Alexander as a suspect in the incident after arresting him early this morning in a West Seattle alley, where they had reports of a man yelling. Alexander had a knife and appeared to be intoxicated, according to police. It was only last Thursday that police found Alexander in Seattle. Dear Canada: ... oh, never mind.
Mayoral money race
Mayor Mike McGinn remains reasonably competitive with challenger state Sen. Ed Murray in fundraising as the two enter the final two weeks of the Seattle mayor's race. Publicola finds that Murray raised $33,800 to McGinn's $20,700 last week. Since money isn't everything for a candidate like McGinn, who relies significantly on the enthusiasm of volunteers, that isn't a huge gap. But if it were to translate into voting results, well, Murray could win easily — as a number of polls have said.
Biking: Learning from how others see us
"It takes courage to ride between motorized traffic... and you can't trust drivers to follow the rules." So declares a crotchety Dutchman taking on the urban American biking experience from his pulpit — or video — on the Seattle Transit Blog. We never seem to tire of comparisons between bicycling in American cities and the Netherlands, where you'll find children and grandparents riding in lanes separated from traffic by raised curbs and rows of trees. But comparisons usually come from starry-eyed Americans who've vacationed in Amsterdam, and this one is worth watching for its Dutch perspective.
The task force studying the future of Woodland Park Zoo's elephants will issue its final report this evening at a 6 p.m. meeting. The task force was formed after an investigative Seattle Times report highlighted the elephants' harsh living conditions and a Times editorial recommended moving the three elephants to a sanctuary. Crosscut's Eric Scigliano, who has written extensively about the issue, will have a story later. — J.C.
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