Sarkisian back to USC
The University of Washington has lost Husky's head coach Steve Sarkisian to the University of Southern California. Sarkisian had been an assistant coach at USC before he was hired to rescue the troubled UW program. Even many UW supporters suspected Sarkisian would use his time in Seattle to build a resume for a return as USC's head coach. Suspicion confirmed. — J.C.
Election maps: Sawant Country defined!
Kshama Sawant is the big winner in the release of detailed voting maps from the Nov. 5 election. As The SLOG's Goldy reports, the new city council member completely cleaned up in one of Seattle's new council voting areas, District 3, which includes Capitol Hill and the Central District. Although Madrona and some other wealthier neighborhoods in the district voted against her, she racked up more than 58 percent of the vote overall. Rather than being a one-termer, Sawant probably just needs to focus on citywide issues and avoid any cranky, verbose ideologue tendencies to assure herself a seat from the new district. (Publicola has a good look at the larger, citywide divide in voting by income.) — J.C.
Dems in Seattle and Everett are fast-tracking the replacement of state legislators. In Seattle, the Democrats' 43rd District precinct committee officers will meet on Tuesday to select both a new state senator (to replace incoming mayor Ed Murray) and a new state representative. The second opening depends on state Rep. Jamie Pedersen receiving the formal nod as Murray's replacement. Before the vote on a new state rep, the 43rd District Democrats will hold a forum for the candidates: Scott Forbes, Cristina Gonzalez and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw. In Everett, six people have already filed for the state House vacancy created by last week's selection of Rep. John McCoy to fill a Senate seat. The party will make its choice on Dec. 10. Its selections must be ratified by the county councils but that is usually a formality. — J.C.
Amazon drones on for "60 Minutes"
Amazon’s newly announced drone delivery program seems targeted at those of us who, once we order something, receive a tracking number and obsessively hit refresh until we see the package on our doorstep. Amazon might have some trouble in the small Colorado town of Deer Park where voters are about to decide whether to issue drone-hunting licenses. Of course there are challenges: Training backup drone pilots can't be cheap, and sending individual delivery vehicles from a warehouse to your house might not be all that efficient. Amazon could move their fulfillment centers (motherships) to the sky, and on future Cyber Monday's swarms of flying machines will invade your airspace, target your house and leave a discounted Kindle on your doorstep. Here's the embarrassingly gee-whiz "60 Minutes" interview where Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's drone delivery plan. The drone part starts at about the 11-minute mark. — A.S.
Google Glass etiquette
A Seattle man set off alarms with a Silicon Valley blogger when he complained about being asked to put away his Google Glass device by a server at Capitol Hill's Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge. The ValleyWag says the customer went to Facebook to suggest that the server be fired for acting without clear authorization from the restaurant (even though a sister lounge has a policy against the invasive "face computers.") Maybe we should all be protected against — or at least forewarned about —sharing restaurant space with patrons wearing face-based recording devices. — J.C.
City puts bridge traffic on (de)ice
With everyone desperate to avoid Seahawks traffic, several accidents clogged the West Seattle Bridge. Could it have been the de-icer that the Seattle Department of Transportation was applying to the roadway? SDOT told The Seattle Times it was switching from de-icer to sand because de-icer can cause temporary slipperiness, especially for vehicles that are speeding. — J.C.
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