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  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has put forth a plan for consideration in the city’s new budget: the creation of a new Department of Education and Early Learning. 
  • Two Seattle police officers recently proved that the Seattle Police Department’s new use-of-force (UF) policies don’t bind them in emergency situations. 
  • According to Allstate Insurance’s 2014 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” Seattle ranks 173rd out of 200 U.S. cities. The report noted that Seattle drivers were 36 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average. 
  • Next March, King County Metro’s low-income riders will be able to ride for a lower fare of just $1.50. Metro estimates upward of 100,000 people will qualify for the new fare card. 
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant Watoto died last week. Zoo employees discovered the animal collapsed early one morning. After attempts to upright her, they euthanized her. Watoto was 45. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | Music to our ears
    The thrill of that first car while in our teens and all that followed were fresh on our minds when another craze came along: stereophonics. Our favorite music was played on KJR-AM and other popular AM radio stations in the ‘50s. 
  • SEATTLE SOUNDINGS | Schools out?
    As parents and teachers prepared for a new school year, the state Supreme Court quietly agreed in August to hear a case that may prove as influential as McCleary v. State of Washington for the state’s public schools. 
  • In July, more than 200 people from across the city crowded into Ballard Community Center for a unique evening session of Seattle City Council’s Housing Committee. 
  • We have seen the image of mostly black teenagers rushing into a store together, taking anything they wanted and completely overwhelming the store clerk. We have seen other images of black youths snatching cell phones out of people’s hands in broad daylight. 
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  • The Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced last month that it is asking Seattle citizenry to “Tweet Smart” during police activity. 
  • The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would require construction companies bidding on city projects to be based in Seattle and hire Seattle workers. 
  • The July 24 derailment of five of 102 train cars carrying crude oil under the Magnolia Bridge drove home the near-inevitability of even more oil trains coming through Seattle. 
  • The Seattle City Council became the 60th American city to recommend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) change its policy about the lifetime ban against gay and bisexual men donating blood. 
  • With the results of this year’s primary election not yet official, it’s time to focus on the Nov. 4 general election’s controversial proposition: the monorail ballot measure. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | Fine wines indeed in Madison Park
    In the ’50s, there was not the dizzying array of cocktail choices of today. The only beer we had on tap was Olympia and Rainier. Pabst Blue Ribbon and Heidelberg came in bottles, and Budweiser was new, in a 16-ounce can. 
  • It’s July 25, a muggy Friday afternoon. A man in a red shirt stands behind a folding table in the corner of a parking garage underneath an anonymous, glass, cubic, office building in Bellevue. 
  • We have a big problem with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s call for workforce housing in Seattle. 
  • I woke up at 3 a.m. one recent morning. It was as though there was something I needed to understand that was just off the corner of my conscious, and I didn’t know how to pull it into full view. 
  • The July 12 [Madison Park Days] picnic and parade event, sponsored by the Madison Park Business Association, attracted many — both young and old. 
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