The calm after the storm
Things got slightly out of hand last night in the University District and Pioneer Square, where late-night Super Bowl revelry turned to thrown bottles, broken glass and burning furniture. Crosscut's Bill Lucia has more today on the damage caused by revelers, but all in all things seemed to have gone remarkably well, considering how many thousands upon thousands of extremely intoxicated and adrenaline-filled fans were packing the streets of our fair city. Kudos to the Seattle Police Department for peacefully reining it all in when things got of hand and for watching over a city enthralled with its newfound sports success. SEA-HAWKS! SEA-HAWKS! — B.A.
Amanda Knox's judge: Impropriety involved?
The guilty verdicts handed down to Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for murder last week came as a blow. But the pair are bouncing back this week. Sollecito's lawyers, according to a story by the Associated Press, have leveled allegations of impropriety against ruling Italian judge Alessandro Nencini and are requesting disciplinary action. Apparently, Nencini made some comments about Sollecito's defense strategy to Italian media which indicated that he might not have been quite as impartial as his profession demands. Disciplinary action could include fines or a transfer for judge Nencini. No word yet on how that might affect the ongoing case. — B.A.
Hundreds are expected to gather at the Henry Jackson Federal Building this evening to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands development. The protest comes just days after the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which concluded that oil from tar sands will be extracted, shipped and burnt regardless of whether the pipeline is built. According to a press release from 350 Seattle, over a million Americans oppose the pipeline, which would carry 181 metric tons of carbon each year. The protest will begin tonight at 6 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour. — M.C.
Today in Olympia
- Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, introduced a bill that would exempt public works projects performed or financed by non-profits from prevailing state wage laws. Prevailing wages on public projects have been one factor blocking the Legislature's long-deadlocked transportation talks.
- Sens. Maralyn Chase, D- Shoreline, and Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, introduced clones of three House bill to set minimum annual teacher salaries, a $15 minimum wage for non-teaching school employees and restore a long-suspended cost-of-living annual pay increase for teachers. All three are expected to meet Republican opposition.
- Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, introduced a bill Monday to create a bipartisan committee of legislators, state agencies and industry stakeholders to advise on development of Washington’s new cannabis industry. The market, which is expected to pump almost $2 billion into the state economy over the next five years, will be complicated by the coordination and differentiation of the medical and recreational markets.
- A bill by Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, would create a ferry advisory committee to provide input on fares and system management to the Washington Transportation Commission and Washington Department of Transportation. — J.S.
Ballard Lock closures
We doubt most of you are captaining boats through the locks during the week, but in case you've got a mid-week nautical jaunt in mind, be aware that both the small and large Ballard locks will be closed at different times on Tuesday and Wednesday. As the Ballard News-Tribune reports, the large lock will be closed Tuesday from 8 am - noon and the small lock will be closed from noon Tuesday through the end of the day Wednesday for diver repairs. — B.A.
Bezos' tips his Post hand
Amazon's Jeff Bezos has started making moves with the Washington Post, which he bought in August for $250 million. The New York Times says the Post has significantly upped its budget and is ushering in a new round of newsroom hires at the urging of its new owner. According to The Times' Ravi Somaiya, Bezos has been acting mostly as a mentor to the D.C.-based news team, which worked closely with him to create an expansion proposal that focuses on producing long-run growth.
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