Seattle Passes Historic $15 Minimum Wage – Taegan Goddard’s Wonk Wire

This is an interesting development – to see the medium and long term effects.. more of the cake to the middle class… presumably more spending and a thriving economy…

http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2014/06/03/seattle-passes-historic-15-minimum-wage/

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum.

New York Times: The vote, “after months of discussion by a committee of business and labor leaders convened by Mayor Ed Murray, will give low-wage workers here — in incremental stages, with different tracks for different sizes of business — the highest big-city minimum in the nation.”

“The vote, economists and labor experts said, accentuates the patchwork in wages around the country, with places like Seattle — and other cities considering sharply higher minimum pay, including San Diego, Chicago and San Francisco — having economic outlooks increasingly distinct from those in other parts of the nation. Through much of the South, especially, the federal minimum of $7.25 holds fast.”

Italian court orders new trial for Amanda Knox

The case reopens..

And the couple might very probably be convicted again – but Amanda could possibly avoid extradiction and not ever have to return to Italy or serve any sentence whatever it ends up being..

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:06 PMItalian court orders new trial for Amanda KnoxThe Seattle Times: Homehttp://www.click2houston.com/image/view/-/1855252/medRes/2/-/maxh/360/maxw/640/-/92c20bz/-/Amanda-Knox-Makes-Final-Plea.jpg

ROME —

Italy’s highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States.

Knox called the decision “painful” but said she was confident in the truth.

The Court of Cassation ruled that an appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American student and her former Italian boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. The exact issues that have to be reconsidered won’t be known until the court releases its full ruling within 90 days.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020641045_apeuitalyknox4thldwritethru.html

Love of music.

Seattlemusic

Great city - great music.

In a bout of inspiration – here’s another nice blog tip/ post about the love of music and life in Seattle, WA. A great personal blog with musings about people and everyday things:

“Recently I’ve encountered this question in various forms: “Have you always been into music?” Initially, I was annoyed. Somehow I was hearing it as a criticism. (“Why don’t you take up sewing quilts or some other respectable interest?”) But then I thought about it, and the honest answer is Yes, I have always been into music. And I don’t see what the problem is. Other people go to NFL games, I go to concerts. Other people watch Ellen, I listen to jango. Other people go to movies, I go to clubs.”

Read on...