NEWS ROUNDUP
7:30 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Partly sunny today. High near 70. Southwest wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Police shoot and kill bear in Lynnwood neighborhood
  • State is investigating Seattle district's sale of MLK school
  • Chief Seattle's 145-year-old gravesite gets a new look
  • Concert review: U2 lifts off on a perfect day at Quest Field

A bear fleeing capture was killed this morning in Lynnwood

Police have killed a bear they were tracking overnight in a Lynnwood neighborhood, the Associated Press reports. KIRO-TV captured video of the bear fleeing and being killed. Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said the bear was dangerous because it was too close to homes and a nearby school.

KING 5 reported that Officers were tracking the bear in the 64000 block area of 191st St. SW, just north of the Lynnwood Shopping Center.

“Initially the bear was spotted in the county area late last night and was called in by a woman who saw it in her back yard,” said  Sessions. She said the bear was near Lynndale Elementary School. Edmonds School District officials say classes will not be disrupted unless the police department indicates that changes should be made.

Go to KIRO TV for more photos and video of the bear.

The Seattle Times: State investigating sale of MLK school

According to The Seattle Times, an affluent private school in Madison Valley offered to pay as much as $9.7 million for an empty Seattle Public Schools building. However, a well-connected church bought the closed Martin Luther King Elementary School with $2.4 million in taxpayer dollars.

The school district bent over backward to get the school into the hands of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the paper reported.

Chief Seattle's 145-year-old gravesite gets a new look

A bald eagle glided across the brilliant blue sky, a pestering crow giving chase. Below, more than 100 people dedicated a renovated grave site for Chief Seattle.

The beloved elevated-canoe memorial was 35 years old, rotting and needed to come down before it fell on somebody. The focus of its $200,000-plus replacement are two 12-foot-tall cedar poles, carved and painted to tell the famous chief's story. Andrea Wilbur-Sigo of the Squaxin Island Tribe was the main artist.

"It was a real honor to work on this project," she told the crowd as the eagle appeared on cue. "It was a lot of fun."

The story poles, in black and rust paint and natural cedar, show the 600-foot-long Old Man House built by Chief Seattle's father in the mid-1770s. Above that is Chief Seattle as a boy, standing in front of sails. It depicts his sighting in 1792, at about the age of 6, of Capt. George Vancouver's ships that were exploring Puget Sound. The left story pole shows Chief Seattle as a warrior, for his tactics in heading off raids by other Indian groups, and as an older man who gave a famous speech in 1855.

KOMO News has the full story.

U2 lifts off on a perfect day at Quest Field

Rock critic Gene Stout writes: "It isn’t hard to imagine U2 as the first band to play outer space.

Not after seeing the Irish supergroup’s rocket-powered concert Saturday night, June 4, at Seattle’s Qwest Field. They’ve conquered the world, so why not the moon and stars? They’ve certainly earned enough money from the 360 Degree Tour – the highest-grossing in concert history — to launch an extraterrestrial concert, maybe even a rock-star rapture.

The world’s top touring band could have blasted off just on the fumes it emitted during a more than two-hour set in front of more than 60,000 rabid fans, many of whom waited a year to see the group after it canceled a June 2010 show at Qwest after Bono had injured his back."

 

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