• Operation Blade Runner, a two-month undercover drug sting executed by the Seattle Police Department, netted 29 alleged street-level drug dealers in the Pike/Pine corridor of downtown. Mayor Mike McGinn gushed that this was a "success." But is it such a towering victory? A similar drug sweep in Pioneer Square netted plenty of bodies but scant drugs or cash. Lisa Daugaard, deputy director of the Defender Association, a public defense firm, says McGinn may do nothing more than move drugs "from one street corner to the next."

• Speaking of lagging behind: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna pulled in $1.2 million in May, while Democratic candidate Jay Inslee pulled in a measly $617,179. Confusingly, Inslee campaign manager Joby Shimomura declared, "May was a fantastic month for us."

• Terrible news: Travelers Tea Company, a Capitol Hill staple for India-loving white people and compulsive bell fondlers, is closing its doors forever on July 8. Better news: Its sister business, Thali House Restaurant, will remain open on Beacon Hill.

• Sources say new rules being crafted in city hall will allow private property owners to host homeless encampments for up to six months.

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• That mysterious ownership group that wannabe Sonics owner Chris Hansen talks about will include familiar local names such as Nordstrom, Ballmer, and Amazon, sources close to the Sodo arena proposal tell us. That should calm concerns that the city is being played by a cabal of wealthy outsiders and raise concerns that we're being played by the usual cabal of local insiders.

• A Mitt Romney presidency would be worse for women than the George W. Bush presidency, said NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan on a June 8 visit to Seattle. "Bush never called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade—Romney has called for that," Keenan explained. "Romney also 'absolutely' supports the personhood amendment, which not only outlaws birth control but in vitro fertilization. Romney is far more extreme than Bush."