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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Seattle imposes Sunday pay for parking in Pioneer Square

The city says it's to help merchants. Some business people scoff at the notion, saying it's all about revenue for the city.

KOMO NEWS

Tent City moves with no permission onto public land under I-5

"It's in the hands of the mayor," says one of the Tent City supporters. Police say they will leave a decision up to city leaders.

KING-TV

'Basta!' Italian-Americans plan to strike back at Seattle leaders

A group of activists say they will lobby for recognition of Italian-American heritage and for keeping the new Indigenous Peoples Day, but not on Columbus Day.

Jean Godden confronts age issue head-on

She's been subjected to it for years, including by a part of the media that likes to denounce discrimination of most kinds. 

SEATTLEPI.COM

KeyArena: The financial winner post-Sonics

Officials say they regrouped in a big way after the basketball team left, with the team's owners tossing off insults to the city facility as they decamped to Oklahoma City.

SEATTLE TIMES

Audit faults city social services office on federal grant monitoring

The state Auditor has found the same problems -- uncorrected -- year after year.

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle residents can be fined for putting food in garbage

The City Council has passed a new ordinance to impose a $1 fine if more than 10 percent of the trash is food or other compostables. Officials said they expect to issue few fines but want to remind people of proper disposal practices. 

SEATTLE TIMES

How Seattle's bus service could expand with November vote

A better financial picture at Metro Transit could allow Seattle to do more than just preserve its existing service with money from a proposal on the city's general election ballot.

KIRO-TV

Editorial: Hold City Council accountable for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

The Times Editorial Board writes, "While the Seattle City Council can now raise property taxes without a vote of the people, it no longer has an excuse to duck one of the biggest questions about the future of the parks — what to do about the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo?

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle Zoo euthanizes its only African elephant

Keepers found Watoto suffering from an unexpected illness and her health was declining quickly, officials said. It's the second elephant death there in less than a decade.

SEATTLEPI.COM
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