Far from Seattle, a few thoughts on ‘American Hustle’ (Movie makes ex-Camden, N.J. mayor Angelo Errichetti seem more laudable than he really was), NewToSeattle.com, December 26, 2013.
Bus video changes Seattle image from potheads to Bravehearts (Clip of passengers overcoming gun-wielding robber gets wide media praise), NewToSeattle.com, December 20, 2013.
Unlike Kiev, Lenin statue still stands in Seattle (Fremont neighborhood is popular tourist attraction), NewToSeattle.com, December 8, 2013.
Seattle’s United Way of King County still gilds the lily (Nation’s biggest UW unit calculates its financial efficiency using a Leave Out Most Of The Bad Stuff formula), NewToSeattle.com, December 5, 2013.
The Largest U.S. Charities For 2013 (United Way, Salvation Army lead the list), Forbes.com, November 25, 2013.
Using The Largest-Charities List To Analyze Any Nonprofit, Forbes.com, November 25, 2013.
For letter-carriers, West Seattle was a dog-gone neighborhood (Neighborhood topped city in canine attacks on postal workers), NewToSeattle.com, November 22, 2013.
In Seattle, how billionaire Newhouse family stays that way (The New Yorker sent out an expiration notice with nearly four years to go), NewToSeattle.com, November 14, 2013.
Post Office exaggerates dog-attack problem in Seattle (Press release ranking city No. 2 nationally included incidents occurring elsewhere, as well as non-bites), NewToSeattle.com, November 12, 2013.
New cancer charity trolling in Seattle spent zilch of collected cash on mission (Of every $100 sent to Cancer Support Fund, only 14 cents went to true charity), NewToSeattle.com, November 8, 2013.
Election leaves dynamic Seattle in quiet mode (Status quo seems to be the message from voters), NewToSeattle.com, November 6, 2013.
In Seattle, voting on an initiative about … initiatives (Measure easing access is being pushed by Tim Eyman, whose living comes from pushing initiatives), NewToSeattle.com, October 25, 2013.
Elusive truths in Seattle-centered battle over GMO food labeling (Panicked food industry pours huge resources into opposition), NewToSeattle.com, October 21, 2013.
In Seattle mayor’s race, candidates try to out-liberal each other (Incumbent Mike McGinn and challenger Ed Murray push progressive agendas), NewToSeattle.com, October 14, 2013.
Stephen Colbert gets a high on pot rules for Seattle (Comedian criticizes recreational marijuana legalization), NewToSeattle.com, October 9, 2013.
Seattle-area charity scores P.R. coup from lack of disclosure (Journal of Accountancy publishes article by World Vision official about gift-in-kind accounting without noting charity’s past GIK controversies), NewToSeattle.com, October 1, 2013.
Postal Service apologizes for hiding Seattle dog-bite reports (Regret expressed after inability to produce simple records forced administrative appeal), NewToSeattle.com, September 25, 2013.
World headline writers gun for Seattle’s Starbucks (New no-guns-please policy becomes media fodder), NewToSeattle.com, September 19, 2013.
Forbes 400 list catches up with New To Seattle (Nordstrom family’s Anne Gittinger officially joins ritzy roster), NewToSeattle.com, September 16, 2013.
Looming spotlight: Seattle suburb vote on $15 minimum wage (City of SeaTac measure may draw national attention), NewToSeattle.com, September 11, 2013.
New pot rules for Seattle are a riot—for now (Will over-regulation of legal wed jack up prices and boost the black market?) NewToSeattle.com, September 5, 2013.
In Seattle, TV humor show might affect issue-less mayor’s race (“The 206” has a real chance to define the two candidates and thus the outcome), NewToSeattle.com, September 2, 2013.
Those bad Seattle drivers get even worse (City falls again in Allstate ranking of cities by frequency of accidents), NewToSeattle.com, August 30, 2013.
Is Seattle really all that much against government snooping? (Amazon.com is trying to do a big deal with the CIA), NewToSeattle.com, August 23, 2013.
Seattle again back in the national news for pot (Doritos-dispensing cops get wide attention), NewToSeattle.com, August 20, 2013.
Brown bags, Bezos and ballyhoo: Another week in Seattle (City election for mayor likely to draw far-flung notice as November nears), NewToSeattle.com, August 7, 2013.
A sign of Seattle: City sells me my name for $5 (But street signage around town remains less than top-rate), NewToSeattle.com, August 2, 2013.
Seattle again tops ‘America’s most miserable sports cities’ (Annual Forbes list measures elusive pro sports championships), NewToSeattle.com, July 31, 2013.
Reddit post about Seattle race relations creates quite a stir (Unkind comments attributed to Central District neighbors trigger illuminating thread), NewToSeattle.com, July 30, 2013.
In Seattle mayor’s race, politics run the gamut from A to A (It’s hard to tell the nine liberals apart on the issues), NewToSeattle.com, July 24, 2013.
Dissimilar Seattle and Detroit make a Top 10 list (Both cities grace a roster of large metro areas with the coolest summers), NewToSeattle.com, July 21, 2013.
More on Seattle and snobbery (Query seeking Seattle neighborhood with few kids draws scorn), NewToSeattle.com, July 15, 2013.
Seattle area had a mirror Roswell Incident—and just as valid (Bogus birds of a feather flock together), NewToSeattle.com, July 9, 2013.
Is Seattle really among ‘America’s snobbiest cities’? (Travel + Leisure ranks the area No. 5 in a tie with Santa Fe), NewToSeattle.com, July 2, 2013
Fracking’s Resilience (With compromise afoot, environmental and political objections to the controversial energy extraction technique are likely to fade), Forward (Journal of the Metal Services Center Institute), July/August 2013.
Police charity ranks among the scuzziest trolling in Seattle (National Police and Troopers Association benefits its members but not the public), NewToSeattle.com, June 26, 2013.
Comcast remains closer to Lake Woebegon than Seattle (Customer service problems persist at cable giant, but lower prices can be extracted), NewToSeattle.com, June 25, 2013.
Another big sales tax refund in Seattle, for all of $4.75 (State coughs up money after Fry’s Electronics and Iolo Technologies tell me to pound sand), New To Seattle.com, June 17, 2013.
Florida newspaper eats my Seattle dirt (Tampa Bay Times describes financial inefficiency of Cancer Fund of America), NewToSeattle.com, June 13, 2013.
Mayor’s race in Seattle: Zzzzzzzz (Crowded field hasn’t done much to create excitement, define issues), NewToSeattle.com, June 6, 2013.
Dubious charity playing in Seattle scores a dubious hat trick (Most of what the Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund raises in cash benefits only the fundraiser), NewToSeattle.com, May 28, 2013.
Seattle again through the eyes of different search engines (More and more, they primarily cater to tourists), NewToSeattle.com, May 22, 2013.
On top retirement place lists, Seattle area is largely MIA (Reasons include high cost of living and taxes), NewToSeattle.com, May 17, 2013.
In Seattle, tensions between dogs and letter carriers (City ranks second nationally in attacked postal workers), NewToSeattle.com, May 15, 2013.
Swindler Billie Sol Estes, Dead At 88, Is Remembered In Verse (Once famous Texas swindler had hard time staying out of trouble), Forbes.com, May 14, 2013.
Iffy charity soliciting in Seattle gets more iffy (Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation to cut the amount of donated goods it claimed to receive), NewToSeattle.com, May 9, 2013.
New Seattle TV humor show is a little light on Seattle humor (“The 206” seeks an audience in an area not known for giggles), NewToSeattle.com, May 6, 2013.
Springtime in Seattle: annual fears about solicitors (Warnings come out about door-to-door visitors), NewToSeattle.com, May 1, 2013.
Monumental Seattle (Part 4) (Public art depicts nothing—or something), NewToSeattle.com, April 26, 2013.
In Seattle, Amanda Knox now draws little attention (Her hometown largely leaves her alone), NewToSeattle.com, April 22, 2013.
Monumental Seattle (Part 3 ) (Did you know about the local tribute to Confederate veterans?), NewToSeattle.com, April 17, 2013.
Seattle pedestrians sometimes forget to push crosswalk button (They wait, then get frustrated when the “walk” light doesn’t flash), NewToSeattle.com, April 11, 2013.
Yakima ad campaign needles Seattle by promising sun (Cheeky radio spot says “lost” spring can be found two hours east), NewToSeattle.com, April 4, 2013.
Folks in Seattle don’t dress for the rain (Umbrellas and raincoats are rarely seen), NewToSeattle.com, April 3, 2013.
Top Places To Retire Rich (New York City, Honolulu and San Francisco, plus a lot of smaller places, make Forbes’ new list of 25 places to retire in stile), with SLIDE SHOW OF THE TOP 25, Forbes.com, April 2, 2013.
Sexy Gates proposal brings more needling Seattle’s way (Call for a better condom draws a lot of notice), NewToSeattle.com, March 26, 2013.
Stamping out bad notaries around Seattle (Loose practices led to dozens of sanctions), NewToSeattle.com, March 19, 2013.
Seattle expects record tourism year: Pot, what pot? (Prospects of massive visitors seeking legal marijuana goes unmentioned), NewToSeattle.com, March 6, 2013.
In Seattle, the usual suspects again (plus two) (Anne Gittinger and Gabe Newell join roster of the world’s richest), NewToSeattle.com, March 4, 2013.
The Conflict Over Conflict Minerals (Regulatory requirements create confusion and disagreement), Forward (journal of the Metals Service Center Institute), March/April 2013.
Big Seattle charity cuts its bogusly high efficiency claim—a bit (United Way of King County is still making it up), NewToSeattle.com, February 28, 2013.
The Best Places To Retire In 2013(List takes into account costs of living, taxes and other factors), with SLIDE SHOW OF THE TOP 25, Forbes.com, February 25, 2013.
Really? Iffy charity says gift will benefit Seattle hospital (Children’s Cancer Recover Foundation spends a whole lot more on fundraising and telemarketing), NewToSeattle.com, February 22, 2013. UPDATED.
Club soda officially declared tax-free in Seattle—7 days late (Washington Department of Revenue finally responds to my formal query), NewToSeattle.com, February 17, 2013.
A song in ‘The Music Man’ suggests ‘Seattle Stubborn’ (Famous tune in local production evokes thoughts of the Seattle Freeze), NewToSeattle.com, February 15, 2013.
The Great Serbian Charity Dispute (Group’s claim it shipped medical supplies to Kosovo worth $1.5 million is hard to document), Forbes.com, February 13, 2013. SEATTLE ANGLE, NewToSeattle.com.
My 68-cent sales tax refund in Seattle (Albertsons gets back to me, more than can be said for the state Department of Revenue), NewToSeattle.com, February 7, 2013.
Best Places For A Working Retirement in 2013(New Forbes list highlights area with healthy economies, affording living and reasonable taxes), Forbes.com, February 4, 2013.
Sales tax confusion in Seattle (Why is club soda hit with the state sales tax but not seltzer water?) NewToSeattle.com, February 3, 2013.
Far from Seattle, Texas boosters have a hero-spelling problem (They add a T to the middle name of Alamo commander William Barret Travis), NewToSeattle.com, January 28, 2013, and since UPDATED.
In Seattle, a sunbreak is to be treasured—for a bit (Brief bursts of sun get big play on weather forecasts), NewToSeattle.com, January 27, 2013.
When it comes to air quality, Seattle avoids the S word (But that “fog” sure packs a punch), NewToSeattle.com, January 19, 2013.
Charity Eyes Quarter-Billion Dollar Write-Down In Value of Goods Handled (After Forbes inquiry, Operation Compassion vows to fix “mistakes of the past” in valuation of noncash gift-in-kind), Forbes.com, January 14, 2013.
How to Take a Closer Look at China (Why due diligence is so tough and so crucial), Forward (Journal of the Metals Service Center Institute), January/February 2013.
Seattle influence in, of all places, Antarctica (More than a dozen features are named for local persons), NewToSeattle.com, January 7, 2013.