Critics Are Lining Up: A look at the proposed aggressive panhandling ordinance:
City council member Tim Burgess chairs the council's public safety committee, a catchall for complaints about crime. A wave of shootings, including the murder of a Seattle cop, and a rise in burglaries at the bottom of the recession only exacerbate the sense that Seattle is heading down a dangerous path. Burgess, a former police officer with widely known aspirations to be mayor, presents a vision for a safer city: more police, more foot patrols, more services, and—before any of those are enacted—an ordinance that would create a $50 fine for aggressive solicitation. Naturally, his proposal has critics.
One Year Later: Eli Sanders wonders how Seattlepi.com is doing:
Hearst Corporation didn't respond to a request for details about Seattlepi.com one year into the project. Neither did the site's executive producer, Michelle Nicolosi. But a number of former Seattle P-I reporters, including one who also wrote for Seattlepi .com, were willing to offer verdicts.
Who Would Jesus House? Cienna Madrid on the reverend who wants to house ex-felons despite the wishes of upset neighbors:
Jeffrey is part of a national crusade of ministers to help ex-offenders reintegrate into their communities. "The role of the church is to help redeem society—my role as minister is to open the door for those who are locked out," he says.
Smart Phones: Charles Mudede's Police Beat on the problem with cell-phone cameras:
To make matters worse, the footage of the sexual assault is already circulating on the web, already being e-mailed, linked, and downloaded. To make matters even worse than that, the footage will be on the web until the end of human civilization.