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Thursday, August 11, 2005

2045 Seattle 

Monorail ain't dead, or anything close to it.



Right On 

The Tacoma-Pierce County Family Justice Center will get a $750,000 infusion from the Feds.

Half the center will be devoted to criminal justice services, with offices for sheriff’s deputies, Tacoma police, city and county prosecutors and advocates who help victims with the criminal justice system.

The other half will house community agencies, including representatives from faith-based programs, counseling agencies and local groups such as Our Sister’s House, the YWCA, the Korean Women’s Association and the Sexual Assault Center.

Those groups will be the primary recipients of Wednesday’s cash, said Eileen O’Brien, Pierce County’s justice services manager. She applied for the grant through the federal Office of Violence Against Women.

The center will have an annual budget of about $600,000, supported primarily by the city and the county, plus funds from Lakewood and the Puyallup Tribe. The new federal grant will be spread over two years. It will make it possible for some center jobs that were planned to be part time to become full time, officials said.



Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Open Thread 




Ridgway's Victims 

There are 4 people who the Green River Killer admitted to killing but didn't put a name to. And police are asking for help from anybody who knows anything.

One thing that raises questions for me is this:

However, in the case of "Bones 20," investigators say they believe that the woman's remains could be as much as 30 years old, making this Ridgway's first-known victim and putting her slaying outside the time frame that Ridgeway gave for his killing spree, said Jensen. Forensic anthropologists estimate that she was between 16 and 26 years old when she died.

However, investigators cannot be certain of the date of her death — she may have been killed as late as 1993 or as early as 1973, said Jensen.

If Ridgway had begun killing in the '70s rather than in 1982, there are other remains from that time period to which he could be tied, said Jensen. Furthermore, he added, it brings into question the legitimacy of what he told investigators over six months of interrogation.

IfRidgewayy had begun killing in the '70s rather than in 1982, there are other remains from that time period to which he could be tied, said Jensen. Furthermore, he added, it brings into question the legitimacy of what he told investigators over six months of interrogation.
So my question is is King County triyng to execute Ridgeway?



Wild Fires 

An interesting site, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.



Drinking Liberally 

Come for Goldy, then realize he's on the other side of the country and stay for an exhausted me. 'Cause I'll totally be there tonight.

...And apparently my Representative, Jim McDermott will also be there. If I had any desire to talk with him again, I'd have probably gone to the Island Earth Fair. Oh well.



Monday, August 08, 2005

Knight-Ridder Buys Newspapers 

The Seattle Weekly reports that Knight-Ridder has acquired The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, and The Idaho Statesman.



Call it Pork or Call it Swine 

But whatever it is, Washington got 111 pieces of it.



912 

I'll officially be on the ballot.



Sunday, August 07, 2005

Not All Whining About the Estate Tax 

Panda's Thumb points me to a good editorial in the Seattle Times that I'd missed.

Intelligent design implies that God did it. That may be true. Certainly, millions of Americans believe so. But intelligent design is not a scientific theory because there is no set of facts that would disprove it. No matter what science says tomorrow, a believer in intelligent design could say, "Yes, that's the way God did it."

These issues are important for students to discuss, as the president said. But where? Presidential science adviser John H. Marburg III, who told The New York Times that intelligent design "is not a scientific concept," said Bush believes it should be discussed as part of the "social context" in science classes.

That's possible, though the better place for intelligent design to "be properly taught" is in an elective philosophy class.



Future Underwater Power Generation 

I like stories like this even though I have no idea how realistic they are.



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