Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes along with four members of the City Council are criticizing Mayor Mike McGinn over his opposition to their choice for an independent monitor to oversee the city's police reform efforts. Their statement released on Wednesday accuses McGinn of "obstruction and stall tactics" in his opposition to one finalist for the job, L.A.-based consultant Merrick Bobb. The city has had 10 months to select a monitor; the deadline is just a week away. We hear more from Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich.
Plus, the BBC's James Cook gives us an update on Scotland's push for independence; we hear about a new assessment of the world's most endangered primates; KUOW's Marcie Sillman talks with ACT Theatre's Kurt Beattie about the world-premiere stage adaptation of "Ramayana"; and we speak with Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute about The Seattle Times unusual decision to buy ads in its own paper in support of gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and the campaign to approve same-sex marriage.