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

Westlake Center closes early after protests mar tree lighting

Mayor Ed Murray visited after the ceremony with young carolers whose performance was disrupted.

KOMO NEWS

Police Chief says protester was heavily armed

The weapons included a semi-automatic rifle.

SEATTLE TIMES

Viet Shelton, Mayor Ed Murray's new communications chief

"Viet Shelton will take over in February as new communications director for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, after two successful years as Washington, D.C., spokesman for U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash," writes Joel Connelly.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Requests for SPD records dropped

A computer programmer, who says there are flaws in plans to give police body cameras, dropped his wide-ranging request for public documents and agreed to meet with officials about his concerns.

SEATTLE TIMES

Sawant takes a trip to jail to support workers

She says her five hours behind bars won't dissuade her from further efforts.

SEATTLE TIMES

Murray loses another press aide

Press Secretary Jeff Reading, a longtime confidant of Ed Murray, is leaving less than a year into the administration. Murray earlier lost the deputy press secretary, who has filed a racial discrimination complaint.

PUBLICOLA

Mian Rice, son of ex-mayor, is running for City Council

The Port of Seattle official is seeking a north end seat.

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (SEATTLE)

Transportation activist is latest challenger to Jean Godden

Rob Johnson, executive director of Transportation Choices Coalition, will run for the City Council's District 4 position.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Police to examine handling of property crimes

The review follows a Danny Westneat column with damning details of inattention to car break-ins.

SEATTLE TIMES
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