Who's that guy sprinting after the bus?
Mayor Ed Murray is planning to put forward his own plan to save Metro Transit bus service. That word came out via Twitter late Tuesday after Stranger reporter Ansel Herz uncovered the fact that Seattle's mayor had convinced state senator Adam Kline to withdraw his endorsement of Initiative 118 yesterday, which aims to protect Seattle bus service from planned cuts. The new plan is likely coming next week, the mayor's office said. Murray is known as a dealmaker, but Ben Schiendelman, the chief backer of Metro-funding Initiative 118, went to Twitter Tuesday evening to complain, saying the mayor hadn't even returned any phone calls before announcing his own plan.
Richard Sherman: "Staying in Seattle!"
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has reached a $57 million deal to stay with the team for the next four years. He announced the agreement not just with a tweet, but with a posting on his own blog that was headlined "Staying in Seattle!" He writes, "I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement ... There is no other city or team that I would want to play football for." As you'd expect from a Stanford grad, the blog is a winner, too.
Attorney pleads guilty on sex assaults
Seattle attorney Danford Grant pleaded guilty today to four counts of third-degree rape and one of first-degree burglary in connection with attacks on five Seattle women who worked as massage therapists. The Seattle Times reports each count could lead to five years in prison. Grant had been scheduled to go on trial during the morning.
For the fourth time, a human foot has turned up in Washington waters, this time on the Seattle waterfront. The discovery, made by volunteers picking up trash on the north part of Elliott Bay near Pier 86 late Tuesday morning, is part of a larger mystery that involves 15 severed feet, mostly in tennis shoes, turning up in British Columbia and here since 2007. As The Seattle Weekly notes, there are plenty of theories; tsunamis and plane crashes at sea are frequently mentioned as possible sources of the feet. Two of the finds have been connected to suicides.
Taxi app: Prices fall
Watch out rideshare. Flywheel, an app that lets people summon and pay for traditional taxis on their mobile phones, says it is dropping its Seattle rates by 40 percent. Flywheel, which works through local cab company Eastside for Hire, is part of a move by traditional taxi companies to compete with rideshare services like Sidecar and Lyft. Yellow Cab and Orange Cab also now both have their own apps.
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