• Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently met with retired four-star general Peter Chiarelli, when Carroll reportedly started badgering the former army vice chief of staff with questions about whether the 9/11 attacks had been faked by the US government, according to a report on Deadspin. "Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about," claims Riki Ellison, the former NFL linebacker who arranged the meeting, and was reportedly there in the room.

• At a Monday press conference on last weekend's disturbing double stabbing in Pioneer Square, Mayor Mike McGinn slammed the state legislature—and, by proxy, his mayoral challenger, state senator Ed Murray—for failing to adequately fund mental health beds. "We view this as an emergency," he said, and vowed to start looking at ways Seattle can fund its own mental health services, perhaps via a dedicated tax source. Reached for comment, Murray said it's "unfortunate" that the mayor "doesn't understand what the legislature did this year when it enacted Obamacare," and he lauded the state legislature for getting the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare expansion approved. What the mental health funding in the Affordable Care Act will mean, says Murray, "may be the most significant thing in mental health funding since the Lyndon Johnson administration... And it's unfortunate the mayor doesn't understand that."

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• Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess also wasted no time using the tragedy for political rhetoric. "Yet another example of how my city has surrendered our streets," he wrote on Facebook. "We should be outraged."

• A SurveyUSA poll of 503 likely Seattle voters conducted last weekend shows mayoral challenger Murray creaming McGinn 52 to 30 percent if the election were held today. Both men got about 30 percent of August's primary election vote, but while Murray now appears to be picking up support, McGinn looks stuck with his base. recommended