Ken Bunting dies at 65
3:50 p.m: Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor Kenneth F. Bunting died on Sunday after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing tennis in Columbia, Mo. He moved there to be executive director of the national Freedom of Information Center in 2010. Bunting, 65, had been the P-I’s top editor 12 years ago, serving as managing editor and then executive editor. In the final years before the paper ceased publication in 2009, he was associate publisher and a member of the editorial board, where he was known for his passionate concern for community welfare, incisive thinking and brilliant knowledge of politics. His wife, Juli, told national media writer Richard Prince that a memorial service will likely be held in Seattle.
Local show picked up by .TV startup
3:25 p.m: The makers of a Seattle-originated web series, Real Adult Feelings, are excited about being featured on a new online service, Pluto.TV. Never heard of it? The New York Times' Bits blog gave Pluto favorable attention last month, saying it curates its content in ways that could be helpful for viewers. Crosscut's Rustin Thompson wrote about the series last year in his Viral Video series (formerly called "Digital Prospector"). Here's a recent episode with a Seattle theme.
Democrats shuffle candidates on Eastside
3:00 p.m: Up-and-coming state Democratic Rep. Cyrus Habib of Kirkland could be moving up to the state Senate after just one term in the House. The 32-year-old attorney will replace ex-Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride in the race for the 48th District Senate seat that maverick Sen. Rodney Tom is leaving at the end of the year, seattlepi.com reports. McBride has agreed to run for the House seat that Habib won in November 2012, making him the first American of Iranian heritage to be elected to a state Legislature. Habib is a graduate of Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar.
Bertha: Big delay estimate
1:20 p.m: The Washington State Department of Transportation says tunneling on the Seattle waterfront may not resume until March of next year. A WSDOT tweet reported that tunnel-boring contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, is still hoping to finish the tunnel in time for its planned November 2016 opening. At least one Twitter follower responded rather succinctly: "LOL". WSDOT officials told news crews that STP will be digging the pit needed to repair the stalled machine between July and September. John Stang will have a full report shortly.
Election: Transit decision
1:20 p.m: The vote on King County Proposition 1 is coming down to the wire. Will voters choose to protect Metro Transit from possible service cuts while adding to road and bridge funding? Or will they decide that more Metro reforms and efficiencies must come first?
The deadline for postmarking ballots in the April 22 election on Metro Transit, road and bridge funding is Tuesday. Ballots can also be deposited at accessible voting centers, pickup vans and county ballot dropoff sites as late as 8 p.m. Tuesday. All the details, including voting pamphlet statements about the measure and a Lake Washington School District bond issue, can be found here. We'll be covering the election results beginning Tuesday evening.
Previous Crosscut stories on the election include:
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