On July 12, hundreds of tiny flag-draped coffins--each one no bigger than a cell phone--appeared on the brick plaza of the Federal Building at the corner of Second Avenue and Marion Street. The art protest, staged by Randolph Sill (a local artist we've written about before, when he dragged an anti-Bush sign written in Japanese into Safeco Field for a televised Mariners game), included 887 coffins--one for each soldier killed in Iraq to date--spread out in a grid in front of the building. Local teens helped Sill make the coffins. Leif O'Leary, who works in an office building across the street, likened the display to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "There's a level of emotional impact that's so much greater when you can see something represented," O'Leary said. "Each one of those little coffins has this huge tragedy behind it." AMY JENNIGES
Frank Colacurcio Sr., the 87-year-old strip-club magnate who's been embroiled in the "Strippergate" scandal since last year, when he allegedly funneled thousands of dollars in illegal donations to Judy Nicastro's city council reelection campaign, has been charged with assault and patronizing a prostitute. Call it "StripperDate. " The charges, filed in Seattle Municipal Court on June 28, stem from a January 2 incident. At press time, the police report detailing the incident was not available. Colacurcio's attorney, Gilbert Levy--who also represents him in matters related to his strip club, Rick's, on Lake City Way--declined to comment. "I don't mean to be rude. I can't talk about this because it would be improper," Levy said. Colacurcio is scheduled to appear in municipal court on August 2. AMY JENNIGES
This weekend, at least 32 governors from around the country will meet at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle for the National Governors Association's annual meeting, where U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will talk to governors about uninsured Americans, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will discuss crisis preparedness and bioterrorism response. Given the high profile of the speakers, the meeting is under tight security; and Governor Locke has done his own crisis preparedness, pre-authorizing a National Guard deployment, if necessary.
At least three Seattle groups are planning protests downtown. The Put People First! coalition is bringing Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Westlake Plaza, where he'll touch on issues including affordable healthcare, education, and outsourcing. Meanwhile, students plan to march downtown from Capitol Hill, and disability activists will rally at Victor Steinbrueck Park. NANCY DREW