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Seattle: America’s hardest working city?

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.” Well, maybe that used to be true, but nowadays, if you really want put your money where your mouth is and work your tail off to get ahead, you’ll need to move to Seattle, aka America’s Hardest Working City.

What’s this you say, New Yorkers? I’m crazy? You might be half-correct. After all, I am the guy who writes stories about the value of fictional homes such as Hogwarts and Tony Stark’s mansion. But in this case, I think I’m right on the money.

A while back over the Fourth of July weekend, I got to thinking about what traits make America, you know, so American. One that kept sticking in my head was the idea of the American work ethic. Full Story. David Cross, Motovo

Well duh. It rains all the time and they have all that coffee. What else is there to do besides work? How do you think CdA or Boise would rate in terms of hardest working cites?

NFL Reaches Settlement With Refs

The NFL’s regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn’t have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration across the league and among its fans — the NFL and the officials’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June. The deal follows Seattle’s chaotic last-second win over Green Bay on Monday night in which the replacement officials struggled. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore on Thursday night. The seven-man crew working the game is led by referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year NFL veteran/Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo of replacement refs botching last-second call in Seattle-Green Bay game Monday)

Question: Can you think of anything — anything! — more important than the NFL reaching a settlement with its regular officiating crews?

Cancer Survivor To Swim Topless

Jodi Jaecks, 47, has pressed for months to swim topless in a city pool after her double mastectomy made wearing swim tops painful. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department has reversed a decision by its aquatics manager and decided to allow Jaecks to swim topless in a public pool. Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams says there's nothing to alarm the public, so the department decided to make an exception to its dress policy for public pools. Seattle Times story here. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz)

Question: Do you see anything wrong with the decision to allow breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks to swim topless in a Seattle public pool?

Obama in Seattle

President Barack Obama greets former Washington Rep. Jay Inslee, who is currently a Democrat running for governor, after Obama arrived in Seattle, Thursday, May 10, 2012.

SEATTLE — Barack Obama acknowledged he hasn’t been a perfect president as he asked some , supporters to help him win another term and ask themselves a different question than the tradition standard an incument faces of “are you better off than you were four years ago?”

The question he wants to frame the election: “Will we be better off if we keep moving forward?” More here.

Are we moving forward under Obama and will we keep moving forward if he's re-elected?

Seattle Protects Public Breastfeeding

It’s already against Washington state law to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but the Seattle City Council on Monday specifically made it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing moms to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas. The council unanimously approved a measure that adds a mother’s right to breastfeed her child to a list of civil protections, such as race, color, disability and religion – allowing the city’s office of civil rights to enforce the law and educate the public about the issue/AP. More here. (AP photo: Johanna Goldhammer, 6 months, sits on the lap of her mother, Camie Goldhammer, chairman of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition, at Seattle City Council on Monday)

Question: Should a mother's right to breastfeed in public be added to civil protections in Idaho?

Seattle Superhero Tossed In Slammer

While self-proclaimed crime fighter Phoenix Jones contends he was breaking up a fight, Seattle police arrested the leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement early Sunday after he allegedly doused a group of people with pepper spray. The costumed Jones, 23, was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault just before 3 a.m., accused of using pepper spray on four people who were treated by medics, according to a Seattle police report. Jones — whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor — spent a little over seven hours in the King County Jail before posting $3,800 bail Sunday afternoon, according to jail records and Kimberly Mills, a spokeswoman for Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes/Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: If you could be a superhero, what name would you choose for yourself & what would your costume look like?

Seattle, Portland Best Coffee Cities

Travel & Leisure ranks Seattle & Portland as one-two on its list of “America's Best Coffee Cities,” with San Francisco, Providence, RI, and New York City rounding out of the Top 5. Of Seattle, Travel & Leisure writes: “No surprise—the home of Starbucks is the mother ship for coffee-loving AFC voters. But there is more than just that familiar logo here—you’ll find plenty of indie coffeehouses all over the city, as well as espresso shacks and carts on street corners and in parking lots. All that caffeine gives the locals an edge, but in a good way: they ranked No. 2 for smartest locals in the AFC. And while colder months seem like a great time to enjoy that hot cup, the Emerald City took last place for winter visits.” Complete list and discussion here.

Question: How does Coeur d'Alene — or your Inland Northwest town — rank in terms of a “coffee city”?

TV Crew Helps Cops Nab CdA Fugitive

A Seattle television crew helped police nab a Coeur d’Alene fugitive who failed to report back to North Idaho authorities following a day-long furlough. Seattle Police say they arrested Ferrell David Arnold, 32, in a park where people were setting up for an outdoor festival called Hempfest. Minutes before the arrest, KOMO 4 News photojournalist Peter Mongillo and reporter Lindsay Cohen spotted who they believed was Arnold walking with a group of friends along a bicycle trail in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park. As police officers rode by on bicycles, Mongillo recorded Cohen as she asked Arnold a few questions. As the interview concluded, Cohen asked Arnold for his name and where he was from, which he replied, “David Arnos” and said he was from Coeur d’Alene/Jared Richardson, KXLY. More here.

Obama Visit Shakes Up Seattle

President Barack  Obama and Sen.  Patty  Murray, D-Wash., left, take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle earlier today. Story here. Also: Seattle was hit by sonic booms when fighter jets scrambled to intercept a pilot who’d flown his plane inside a restricted area set up around Boeing Field for the president’s visit here. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Question: Do you view the president’s visit to Seattle as a sign that veteran U.S. Sen. Patty Murray may be in trouble this fall?
 

High Noon: Portland 6th For Pot Use

Marijuana smokers gather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Tuesday. Marijuana legalization advocates lit up across the country during the annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from “420” - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

In a ranking by The Daily Beast for 4-20 (or Holiday High Day Tuesday), Portland ranked No. 6 in the nation for pot smoking, one behind San Franciso and one ahead of my old college town, Chico, Calif. Seattle ranked No. 8. And the town that leads the marijuana-use pack? Eureka, Calif. You can find all the rankings here.

Question: How can Portland rank tops when it comes to depression and No. 6 when it comes to getting high on grass?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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