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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

We don’t have Ed Murray to kick around any more. Or rather, we won’t as of New Year’s. But for now, let the free-for-all election silly season begin. 

And I know this provides no real “closure” for sexual-abuse victims for whom Murray’s case brought up painful memories of both the abuse and the denial. And Murray will likely keep pursuing defense tactics that include questioning the character of his accusers.

But at least the business of running the city, and of running for mayor, are no longer caught up in the same maelstrom.

WEATHER

One more day of dry warmth, then rain resumes Thursday.

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L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

At a hastily arranged media event in Alki, Ed Murray said what rumors said he was going to say—that he plans to finish out his term as mayor but not run for re-election. He still denied all allegations of past sex-for-pay with teens, and said he’d continue to fight all charges. But his political career is done: “It tears me to pieces to step away, but I believe it is in the best interest of the city that I love.” (Crosscut) (KUOW) (PubliCola) (Slog) (image: Joshua Trujillo, PI.com, 2013)

As we mentioned previously, Murray’s campaign fund can’t be directly shuttled into a legal-defense fund. (KCPQ)

Erica C. Barnett interviewed Murray Friday, mostly about his term in office and the legacy he hopes to leave.

The SeaTimes has an outline of Murray’s long career in and out of government.

Murray “will be remembered for the lurid accusation made against him, an accusation which he steadfastly denied. But we will be living with what he did to shape civil rights in the state, as well as workplace reform and a reformed Seattle Police Department.(Joel Connelly)

Murray’s ex-colleagues in Olympia recall him fondly. (KING)

One of Murray’s accusers now says he forgives him. (KIRO-TV)

But his chief current accuser, Delvonn Heckard, still wants Murray to resign from City Hall rather than serve out his term. (PI.com)

So does Murray’s predecessor (and one of his would-be successors) Mike McGinn. (KIRO-FM)

A full slate of would-be new mayors (and one would-be returning mayor) keeps increasing. Add former US Attorney (the first openly gay person in such a post) Jenny Durkan, best known from her involvement in Seattle Police reform efforts. Her dad Martin Durkan was a longtime major force in the state government. (KING)

Also, also running: freelance TV/video producer Michael Harris. (KIRO-FM)

But should there also be a tech-industry advocate in the race? (GeekWire)

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FADE AWAY AND RADIATE

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation was put on emergency alert when soil caved in over a tunnel, containing contaminated freight cars that had transported nuclear waste. Some employees were evacuated or told to move indoors. There are no reports of either injuries or radioactive exposure. Gov. Inslee said there’ll be a thorough investigation of the incident. (Oregon Public Broadcasting) (AP) (NPR) (Slog)

Hanford, as we’ve said earlier, is the most contaminated nuclear site in the country. (KCPQ) It’s “the World War II legacy that keeps on leaking.” (Joel Connelly)

IN THE RESISTANCE

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is joining three other states in suing the feds over plans to restart leasing federal lands for coal mining. (Joel Connelly)

A refugee family in Spokane found the words “Get Out” spray-painted on their garage door. (KREM)

O CANADA!

B.C.’s legislative election leaves a virtual tie between the (not-so) Liberals and the near-left New Democrats. The Green Party, winning three seats, may hold the fulcrum of power in the province. (Joel Connelly)

DEVELOPING STORIES

At least one Vietnamese restaurateur plans to stay in the “Little Saigon” stretch of Jackson Street, a place slated for massive upzoning. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Mary’s Place, the women-and-families shelter organization, will get a new, free, permanent home in one of the new Amazon office blocks. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will chair a policing commission in her homeland of Ireland, but continue in her Seattle job. (Slog)

ROLIE POLIE OLY 

The legislative special session’s half done, and they’re nowhere near a budget deal. (KNKX)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Kent couple won an $8.9 million jury award against a man with whom the wife had had an online affair, and who then posted images of her to “revenge porn” sites. (PI.com)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Kids in Washington are facing a needlessly-high risk of catching mumps, because too few of them are getting immunized. (News Tribune)

SUDS

Eighteen years ago, 150 people lost their jobs when the Rainier brewery closed. Now, the Seattle area has 174 different breweries. (KING)

THE NEXT LEVEL?

We now know how many people PopCap Games is laying off: 45, or a quarter of its current staff. (GeekWire)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Seattle Opera, while facing serious staff cutbacks at home, is investing in an out-of-state production of a “techno infused opera” about Steve Jobs. (AP)

UPDATES

Seattle police arrested a 25-year-old Tacoma man on suspicion of harassment, claiming it was he who pointed a “pistol” (really a pellet gun) at two people in Columbia City. (PI.com)

Dr. Johnny Delashaw, the neurosurgeon at the heart of a SeaTimes investigation of questionable practices at Swedish Hospital Cherry Hill, had his license suspended by the state. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The Mariners came back from 4-0 and 9-5 deficits to beat Philadelphia 10-9. The two-game series ends today.

The Thunderbirds lost to Regina 3-2 in the Western Hockey League finals. Game 4 tonight in Kent.

TONIGHT

Amy Goodman. (Town Hall) 

"Science, Fact Checking, and the News." (Town Hall) 

Old Crow Medicine Show performs Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde." (Moore)

Dougie MacLean. (Triple Door)

Brother Ali, Sa-Roc. (Neumos)

Slants, Golden Gardens. (High Dive)

"The Turner House" novelist Angela Flournoy. (Langston Hughes Center) 

"Borne" novelist Jeff VanderMeer. (U Book Store)

“Anything Is Possible” author Elizabeth Strout. (U Temple United Methodist)

“Rebel Mother” memoirist Peter Andreas. (Third Place Books Ravenna)

“Sacred Breath,” writing and storytelling by native writers. (UW Intellectual House)

T&C Second Wednesdays series presents "Collective Curation." (Vermillion) 

Ice Teeth, Oozer, Vampyre, PissWand. (Highline) 

1968 film “Glen and Randa.” (NW Film Forum)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Hypostatize"

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