Slippery characters enter mayor's race
Have Seattle politics suddenly gone all Minnesota State Fair? Darigold has flown in renowned butter sculptor Linda Christensen, to carve larger-than-life likenesses of Mayor Mike McGinn and Sen. Ed Murray out of pure butter. This is a departure from her usual work making butter busts of dairy princesses around the country. Men — political men at that — posed a few challenges for Christensen. She gave them disheveled ties to make them look as if they were in campaign mode. She had to work hard to get McGinn's unshaven face just right. She noted that both candidates have protruding lower lips and carving them correctly is key to getting their faces right. She's done her job well. Murray's butter statue looks even livelier than the real candidate! The busts will be placed behind podiums and appear at each candidate's election-night party. Voters for the "Better Butter Mayor" candidates at Darigold's Facebook page until Nov. 1. — K.B.
Ed Murray, left, and Mike McGinn/Photo courtesy of Darigold
Is the 747 becoming the dinosaur of jumbo-jets?
Boeing 747 production is hardly sky-high. The company is cutting manufacturing targets for the once-chic, Everett-made jumbo jet and will only produce 18 of the planes in the next two years, The Associated Press reported on Thursday. The reasons for the drop in production: Airlines prefer newer two-engine planes, which get better gas mileage compared to the four-engine 747, and there aren’t enough passengers on most flights to fill the plane’s 380 to 560 seats. Boeing officials told AP that they see a market for the 747 in Asia. Unveiled in the 1960s, the plane quickly became a symbol of a golden age of air travel, when the inflight peanuts flowed as freely as the alcohol and there was overhead baggage space for all. Boeing said the decline in demand for 747s will not affect the company’s finances. Currently, Boeing has a 4,787 backlog in orders for other planes — mostly 737s. The article also mentions that the two Air Force One 747s, which have transported Presidents for nearly 30 years, are ripe for replacement. Unlike most commercial airlines, The Air Force is on the market for a four-engine model and Boeing has said it’s interested in filling the order. — B.L.
Patty Murray stakes-out budget turf, says cuts for poor are a no-go
With federal budget negotiations beginning next week, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says she’ll push to keep funding in place for programs that help the poor, such as food stamps, Head Start and housing assistance, KUOW reports. Murray outlined her budget priorities during a speech at a Seattle food bank on Wednesday. As Crosscut's Greg Shaw wrote last weekend, Murray, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan, who holds the same job in the House, are responsible for heading a committee to hammer out a budget deal before Dec. 13. — B.L.
Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, the newest ship to join the organization's peaceful fight for mother earth, is in Seattle on a tour of the West Coast, from Vancouver, B.C. to San Francisco. The captain and crew will be greeting the public and offering free tours this weekend at Pier 66, where it's docked (it made its first waves this week when it was spotted off the shore of West Seattle).
The ship, which features 180-foot masts and 13,500 feet of sails, is said to be — naturally — one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever made. The ship is used for conducting scientific research, hosting world leaders, and undertaking direct action — including missions like the one that landed 28 activists and two journalists in a Russian prison last month on piracy charges — since downgraded, with no apparent attempt at self-parody by the Putin crowd, from piracy to "hooliganism".
By inviting the public on board, Greenpeace hopes to build support for the organization and raise awareness about the importance of creating marine reserves in the Bering Sea, the stretch of ocean between Russia and Alaska that's key to Seattle's commercial fishing industry (profiled in Crosscut's Thanks for All the Fish series). Creating protected areas could help ensure the marine life continues to thrive there and down the West Coast. — E.M.
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