Police Blotter 3/18

Prowl of the weekA side window was bashed in the night of March 5 to get into a vehicle parked in a garage in the 100 block of Second Ave. N. Stolen were a rolling backpack that contained two three-ring binders, a macro camera lens worth $1,000 and a special-edition Lance Armstrong Hewlett-Packard laptop worth $1,500. The victim, who lives in Illinois, told police he was in town doing research for the FBI.

Wilken's Watch

Death penalties, pundits and Paris

Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, granted a stay of execution to Cal C. Brown, a self-confessed torturer-murderer of 22-year-old Holly Washa.

DeBell to speak at school reassignment meeting

Seattle Schools board president Michael DeBell will speak tomorrow night about the progress the district is making on its reassignment plan, a plan that would ultimately put an end to students choosing to attend any of the district's 10 comprehensive high schools.

Our world with 6-legged frogs

From the Bluff

My dream is coming true, and I'll tell you how. In the recent "Frontline" documentary "Poisoned Waters" (view it on its Web site) the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, along with Puget Sound, were profiled. Watching this two-hour documentary is life-altering because it stretches for good your awareness of sinister happenings beneath the surface of our waters. Let's just say that in 20 years there will be nothing to look at on your whale-watching tour.

Marjorie Rodman Stapp

Marjorie Rodman Stapp passed away in the early morning of May 11, 2009 after spending a Mother's Day with her loving family.

Not a fan of the rant

Dear Mr. Dillon [Mike Dillon, publisher],I left you a phone message but I feel it is important to follow up in writing as well. I am aghast that you allowed Mr. Folger's "Rant" to be published (5/20/09). The author purports to believe that he might be the only person wanting to cut in line for a few "pumps" of coffee, of course free. What if there were five people like him who felt so entitled? A request for coffee is not the same as a request for a spoon, and to assume it should be free because it would otherwise be thrown out, well the same could be said about your newspaper.

Rant leaves reader speechless

Regarding "Inside View - Quick Rant", I am nearly speechless. As I understand it, this customer expects to be able to cut to the front of a line to get a free refill of coffee, (which in most coffee shops you have to pay for), and is offended that the barista continues to help the person in front of him. This arrogant and entitled VIP then proceeds to fault the barista's "Attitude." Don't look now, Sir, but most of us reading this piece are going to be quite clear about who has the attitude problem.

Mark your calendars

Editorial 6/10

As spring eases toward summer, several noteworthy community events are on the horizon.

Chamber recognizes member achievements

The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of four of its member businesses at its 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon at Ponti Seafood Grill on June 18.

Bulletin 7/8/09

Magnolia's Summerfest Event is going Green! Sustainable Magnolia and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce are working together to bring recycling to Summerfest this year, July 31 and Aug. 1, on the Community Center fields and West Smith Street. Volunteers are needed. The volunteer shifts are only two hours and then you are off to enjoy Summerfest. For more info. e-mail

News Trivia

A blend of the here and there

1. Which school in Magnolia is getting a new principal this year?

Police Blotter 7/29

Marking their territoryIn the 2500 block of First W., multiple residents have discovered that someone has keyed their cars. The link to the cases? It seems that the gouges appear only after the cars have parked in front of one particular house.

A lack of common sense in Gates case

Editorial 7/29

Had Henry Gates Jr., the esteemed Harvard professor of African-American history, produced his identification instead of thinking the act was beneath him, perhaps the paper tiger of a situation that was the talk of the nation last week would never have arisen.

The fragility of freight mobility in viaduct quandary

The Right Side

Freight, and the ability to move it efficiently, is vital to the Port of Seattle, if one is to believe the Port's news releases, not to mention common sense.

Police Blotter 8/5

Down...and outEarly Sunday, July 26, an officer was on his way to another call when he happened upon a crowd in the 3400 block of Gilman Ave. W. After clearing people from the scene he found a victim lying unconscious in the street next to a "significant" amount of blood. Medics transported the man to Harborview for treatment.Witnesses stated that the victim had been talking with a white male in his 20s with wavy blond or strawberry hair who suddenly took a swing at him. The suspect left the area before the officer arrived.