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Seattle Police Chief Punched Out of Job?new

Seattle Acting Police Chief John Diaz earned a few points toward a permanent appointment when two Seattle police officers were caught on tape last month kicking a wrongly detained suspect, Martin Monetti, and threatening to "beat the fucking Mexican piss out" of him. Then came the punch that may have knocked him out.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  06-16-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Is State Rep. Matt Shea the Craziest Right-Wingnut in Washington?new

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea is very busy down in Olympia. That's probably why he's been unable to discuss with us why he thinks Obama is Hitler, if not merely Stalin, or explain his belief in the planned takeover of America by a secret Obama army.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-22-2010  |  Commentary

As a Cash-Strapped State Prepares to Cut Services, Billions are Being Doled Outnew

What about all the other sugar out there, the taxes the state of Washington doesn't collect? There's a bureaucratic mountain of them. Over the past two years alone, they have accounted for a record $98.5 billion in potential tax revenue the state never got.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-08-2010  |  Commentary

Can an Apparently Law-Abiding Citizen Be Arrested For Having a Bulge in his Pants?new

It happened to Dustin Warren Harrington around 11 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2005. Police Officer Scott Reiber thought Harrington looked suspicious walking through a neighborhood at night. He then flipped a U-turn and asked Harrington if they could talk.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  12-21-2009  |  Crime & Justice

An Army Sergeant's Case May Help Explain the Surge in Non-combat Deathsnew

In Sgt. John M. Russell's chaotic Army world the morning of May 11, the enemy was closing in. The big Texan had talked of conspiracies, woken up from constant nightmares, and broken down in tears, wishing someone would put a bullet in his head.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  12-07-2009  |  War

Shawna Forde is Lethally Blondenew

How a former teen prostitute and beautician became an influential anti-immigrant crusader -- and alleged murderer.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  07-20-2009  |  Crime & Justice

How Did a Drug Dealer Rack Up 112 Convictions Over 26 Years?new

Along the way, Smooth has compiled a criminal record that's something of a record itself: He has 112 convictions. Not arrests, convictions: 94 misdemeanors and 18 felonies, revolving through the doors of juvenile court to municipal court to district court to superior court to federal court, from traffic and theft offenses and weapons and assault charges to burglary and crack sales.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  06-15-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Students Pitch Budget Cuts to Washington Governornew

Washington students' message to Gov. Chris Gregoire: Cut your friends, not our schools.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  04-06-2009  |  Economy

The Lifting of Seattle's Strip-Club Moratorium Makes Strange Bedfellowsnew

After almost two decades of staving off people seeking to open new strip clubs, Seattle finds itself in the awkward spot of defending them.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  03-23-2009  |  Politics

Gary Locke: A Corporate Champion at Commercenew

Washington's former governor takes to D.C. a record of favors for Boeing and Microsoft.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  03-16-2009  |  Politics

Seattle Mayor Wants $400K for a Better Way to Write You Upnew

Among the projects Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has sought to fund with federal stimulus money is the purchase of $412,540 worth of new devices to issue parking tickets.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  03-09-2009  |  Policy Issues

Post 'Post-Intelligencer'new

As Seattle's oldest daily newspaper braces for a likely print shutdown, the staff hatches plans, the suits huddle, and a digital future looms.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  03-02-2009  |  Media

Could Bill Gates Be the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's White Knight?new

If the Seattle P-I is to survive as a newspaper, it would seem to require a charitable and innovative billionaire. We happen to have a couple of those handy — and Bill Gates seems the more likely of the two.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-10-2009  |  Media

Turf Wars Are Fueling Seattle’s Gang Conflictsnew

In cases of gang-banging, it's often just a verbal insult or a step in the wrong direction that gets bullets flying. Nothing more than an imaginary line through Seattle, some observers say, is at the core of the ongoing feud between Central District and South End gangs.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-10-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Persistence Could Pay $1 Million Dividendnew

A curious Seattle hotelier is still without the Qwest Field details he asked for in 1997.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-02-2009  |  Housing & Development

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