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Remember Those People Who Wanted to Turn the Viaduct into an Elevated Park?

It’s not gonna happen, guys. The viaduct is no High Line. JOSHUA BOULET When no one in this city can agree on what to do about Bertha, or the tunnel, or cost overruns, there's a certain solace in standing in the shadow of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and staring into a truth we all know: That thing has to come down. In Kate Martin's Fremont living room, not even that is certain...

Rudy Giuliani's Racist Anti-Obama Comments Are a Desperate (and Successful) Plea for Attention

"Let's see...should I say something about the White House not being white anymore? No, I got it! I'll bring up his dead mother! That'll score me a slot on CNN for sure." Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock.com The only reason anyone still remembers Rudy Giuliani's name is because he happened to be mayor of New York City during 9/11. Show More Summary

Da Pino, Home to the Crankiest Italian Restaurateur in Seattle

Pino Rogano may suggest you try his house-made salumi and sausages. Kelly O My boyfriend likes really bad Chinese food—the beige and greasy kind, served in karaoke bars and bowling-alley card rooms. So early on in our relationship, when...Show More Summary

Seattle Sax Freak Skerik on His New Band DRKWAV, Miles Davis’s Electric Era, and the Bardo

DRKWAV (Skerik, far left): "Everything we were playing was like some dark soundtrack to some weird movie, with beats. " Royal Potato Family Records Seattle jazz-funk-punk saxophonist Skerik is one of the busiest and most interesting musicians in Seattle. Show More Summary

Seattle's Three Biggest Earthquake Hazards, Reviewed

This is an illustration of plate subduction. On a horror scale of Adam Sandler films, this is only Just Go with It. Vitoriano Junior / Shutterstock.com If your palms aren't sweaty already with thoughts of the teetering Viaduct, please know that there isn't an earthquake that will hammer us. Show More Summary

Advice to the Viaduct from Other Seattle Landmarks

Sorry you're having a hard time, kiddo. Advice from the Space Needle I'd just like to say how sorry I am that you're having such a hard time, kiddo. If it's any consolation, there was a time when I was rather unpopular myself. I know it may be hard to believe now that I'm Mr. Show More Summary

The Morning News: Pastor, Airport Worker, and Kshama Sawant Will Go to Trial in April for Protesting

Pastor John Helmiere, Socrates Bravo—who works for a contractor that handles bags for Alaska Airlines—and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant appeared at a pretrial hearing Thursday on disorderly conduct charges. Courtesy of Working...Show More Summary

Why a 2003 Ad for Saturn Cars Makes the Case for Public Transportation

A car ad that shows all of the space cars take up! Screenshot from YouTube "Sheet Metal" is a curious but very informative 2003 automobile advertisement. Saturn Corporation, which no longer exists (its parent company, General Motors,...Show More Summary

Police Reports Illustrated: Throwing Skittles While White

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We Got Some Rare Face-Time with Bertha's Contractor (And Her Dusty Rescue Pit) Today

That's dust and steam rising from Bertha's rescue pit, where the machine's cutterhead began to emerge earlier today. Kelly O Bertha's cutterhead fully broke through 20 feet of concrete in the rescue pit's south wall today. To celebrate,...Show More Summary

Blue Cheer's Demo of "Doctor Please" Is Speed-Freak Voodoo

It's hard to imagine seminal '60s long-haired biker group Blue Cheer actually OUT-Blue Cheer-ing themselves, right? Well, dig this brutal demo version of "Doctor Please." I'd reckon this is as close to hearing them play LIVE in 1967 as we'll ever get, and, god damn, it is fucking heavy. Show More Summary

This City Council Candidate Didn't Like $15 and Now He Doesn't Want to Talk About It

Dave Montoure owns West 5 and gave $1,000 to an effort to put $15/hour minimum wage on the ballot for a possible repeal vote after it had already been approved by the council and mayor. Now, he wants a seat on the city council. Courtesy...Show More Summary

Previously on The Bachelor (Part Two): Chris Weirds Out the Women's Families, Jade's Huge Damning Secret Revealed

Jade's brother, alluding to HER DEEP DARK PAST. Now that the contestants have spent some time in Chris's desolate hometown of Arlington, Iowa, episode 8 has Chris meeting the families of the women he's in a group relationship with. In no other setting is it more apparent how completely insane the premise of The Bachelor is. Show More Summary

Savage Love: Daddy Issues

Joe Newton My father is 65 years old and has been a devoted husband to my mother who has been battling a medical condition for the past 30 years—a condition that prevents her from engaging in sexual activity of any kind. He has not had sex in all this time and is desperately frustrated. Show More Summary

Netflix's New Richie Rich May Be Your New WORST THING EVER

For some reason I never had any trouble with Richie Rich comics growing up. Maybe it was because of his pudding face, maybe it was because Richie never seemed to draw any attention to the fact he had all that money, and always looked a little surprised by it. Show More Summary

The Police Who Punched Man and Accused Him of Assault Were Never Disciplined

SPD Officer Larry Longley punches Isaac Ocak in the face. YouTube On Tuesday the Seattle P-I reported: "If not for an in-car video, Isaac Ocak might be known as a violent criminal instead of a victim of excessive force." Ocak was pummeled by Seattle police on December 29, 2010, in an incident caught on dashcam video. Show More Summary

Why It's So Cold Between the Viaduct and the Waterfront

Construction on the seawall project, right next to the viaduct. Kelly O The first thing that came to my mind while walking the length of the waterfront between the viaduct and Elliott Bay the other day was the Department of Homeland Security terror drill that happened in Sodo in 2003. Show More Summary

Seattle's Newaxeyes Set to Discombobulate at Kremwerk's Disco Droppings Monthly Tonight

Newaxeyes plan to kick "Assange" tonight at Kremwerk. Kelly O One of the great things about Seattle quartet Newaxeyes is their stylistic elusiveness, their ability to fit into so many sonic contexts—and then create distinctive, compelling music that thwarts categorization. Show More Summary

Republican Political Group Calls Jeb Bush "Unelectable," Posts Video of Jeb and Hillary Clinton Acting Chummy

The fact that Jeb Bush once said a kind word about Hillary Clinton renders him unfit for elected office, a Republican group argues. American Spirit / Shutterstock.com I'm relieved to see that not everybody on the Republican side is embracing Jeb Bush. Show More Summary

Bertha Is Crowning. Next Stop, Rescue Pit.

Bertha's cutterhead is down there somewhere in all that steamy afterbirth. This was taken at 2 p.m. today. Washington State Department of Transportation Bertha's eaten her concrete. A little after noon today, the Washington State Department...Show More Summary

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