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Sports Arena
6:05 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

King County And Seattle City Councils Say Yes To Sodo Arena

Aerial photo of stadiums in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.
(Flickr photo/SDOT)

The King County Council and Seattle City Council both gave the go-ahead for an agreement to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle.

The union that represents Longshore workers plans to file a lawsuit to stop it.

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Developing: Sports Arena
3:21 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

UPDATE: How The Sodo Arena Plan Would Work

A basketball signed by the 2007-2008 Sonics, the last NBA team to play in Seattle. Is another team in the offing for Seattle?
Justin Kraemer Photography

Story last updated by Patricia Murphy on October 15, 2012 at 3:13 p.m.

The Sodo arena plan has had a few twists and turns.  After first being unveiled in February, it was later altered by the Seattle City Council and more recently by the King County Council.

The latest iteration is scheduled to be voted on by the whole King County and Seattle City councils.

Here’s an outline of how it works:

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Books
8:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential Popularity Contests With Robert Merry

Robert Merry's 'Where They Stand.'
(Credit/Simon & Schuster)

Who was the best US president? The worst? Biographer Robert Merry plays "rate the presidents" based on popularity and historical judgment. Here are some hints: Abraham Lincoln's at the top and James Buchanan ranks as one of the country's biggest failures.

Economy
5:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kent Mayor Proposes Layoffs, New Taxes In City Budget

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke.
(Photo/City of Kent)

The Mayor of Kent, Washington is proposing another round of layoffs and new taxes to bridge a $2 million budget shortfall. Mayor Suzette Cooke presented her 2013-2014 budget to the City Council Tuesday. In her opening speech, Mayor Cooke called her budget “as ugly as the economic times we face.”

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