First of all, we would like to say that we hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday! We realize that it's the unofficial start of summer and party season, but be careful because cops will be out in force, so if you're going to party, don't drink and drive!
In today's edition, we're going to look at some of the stories our local news thought were important.
Local News' Top Stories
- Fire destroys a former school in Lynnwood
- Fire in a downtown Seattle building; no injuries
- Investigation continues into what caused a fire at a factory in Chehalis
- Latest census data shows differences between Eastside and Seattle residents
- Gary Locke's prescription drug plan has been struck down
- Convicted Algerian terrorist, Ahmed Ressam is apparently cooperating with federal authorities in hopes of getting a reduction in his sentence
- Transcripts from the 2/27 Mardi Gras riots show police seemingly knowing about acts of violence and ignoring them
- Gardening tips
- Frontpage story from the Seattle Times: controversy in Redmond area resulting over strawberries
- And roughly 20 minutes into KIRO's 4 PM broadcast was mention about the President's tax cut package passing both the House and Senate
- A parade of fiberglass pigs took place today in downtown Seattle between Westlake and the Pike Market
And now, the major stories you either didn't hear about, or were totally glossed over by our local broadcasts:
- President Bush's 10 year, $1.35 billion tax cut has passed both the House and Senate today. This is Bush's first major political victory and represents the largest tax cut since President Regan's back in 1981
- Rescue workers have ended their search for survivors in a deadly builing collapse during a wedding reception in Israel, which has killed 25 and injured hundreds. 10 people have been arrested so far including the building's owner, contractors, engineers, and some involved in the building's renovation.
Authorities are investigating whether this was a cover-up and a real crime because a wall and some columns were removed. In addition, the method one of the builders had developed was banned in Israel on the basis that it wasn't safe. Authorities are looking into the possibility that it was this method which caused the crash.
- A car bomb exploded today in Jerusalem
- Florida wildfires caused by lightening 10 days ago and scorching 54,000 acres to date, are still raging smoke from the fires are now threatening the air quality of cities up to 300 miles away!
- Janet Reno is still considerating whether to run for Governor of Florida. Current Governor, Jeb Bush says he'll decide next month whether to run again
- 43 people injured, 2 seriously in a stampede during a soccer match in Israel
- Congressman Joseph Moakley, who has cancer and has served 15 terms in Congress says he won't seek a 16th term. He was hospitalized on Monday
- Both humerous and serious story of the day: Oregon Congressman David Wu, an Asian, appears to have been the victim of racial profiling by the Department of Energy. He was denied building access and repeatedly questioned about his being a US citizen, despite having shown them his Congressional pass. The Administration's Energy Secretary said he will look into the matter.
You'd think that being a Congressman and having a Congressional pass would suffice in documenting that you're a citizen--Wen Ho Lee he's isn't.
Who cares about pigs on parade!!!! And why is it that our local news had time for coverage of that, when they missed many of the day's major stories!
Worse yet, was the fact that some of our local stations, like KOMO 4 and KING 5 devoted more time to this, than the building collapse in Israel! And KING 5, during their 5 PM broadcast even put the pig story immediately before it.
Now we ask you: Is a pig parade really a news story?
And come on! interviewing people's reactions and providing detailed coverage on the artist who built many of these!
Newsflash people, it's not that important!!!