Dance Dance Revolution on Capitol Steps: Capitol Hill Seattle posts video of a field trip down to Olympia for dancers from the Century Ballroom. The video features at least 50 dancers performing the Shim Sham on the steps of the Capitol building to protest the dance tax. The tax cost the Capitol Hill dance hall $92,000 in taxes this year, $20,000 of which still needs to be paid.
Boxing Gold Comes Home to Seattle: Queen Underwood and Jen Hamann, both with ties to the Central District, brought home featherweight and lightweight gold medals, respectively, from the USA Boxing Championships over the weekend. The Central District News reports that Queen Underwood, a 2012 Olympian, bested the world champion Tiara Brown.
Almost a Year Later, No Use-of-Force Charges for Bungled Arrest: City attorney Pete Holmes will not be pressing charges against SPD officer Clayton Powell for misdemeanor assault following an allegedly "bungled" arrest in the South End last summer, according to the Rainier Valley Post. The possibility of charges followed a report that accused Officer Powell of responding to a suspect who allegedly spit on him by pushing the suspect and pulling his hair. Later, in custody, the officer is reported to have taunted the young man and acted as if he would strike the suspect. The city's use-of-force expert said that while charges were unlikely to go anywhere, Officer Powell's fitness for continued service should be evaluated.
Bertha Begins Drilling the 99 Tunnel this Summer: West Seattle Blog has some great pictures of the unloading of the wonder-of-engineering that is "Bertha" (why is it that everything big has to be named Bertha?), the deep-bore drilling machine.
Fire Alarm Wake-Up in Ballard: Around 5 a.m. this morning, a fire at a multiplex apartment at 62nd Street in Ballard resulted in second-degree burns for a 50-year-old woman and $200,000 in other damages. MyBallard reports that the Seattle Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire, which was attributed to unattended candles, in short order, by around 5:30 a.m.