December 4, 1999 |
For Mike Miller and Sylver Pondolfino, the real work started months ago, long before the World Trade Organization talks opened this week. It started on the warehouse floor, on coffee breaks, at lunch. Did their fellow United Parcel Service workers know about how an American baby food company was undermining pro-breast-feeding laws in Guatemala, they wanted to know? The two Teamsters Union representatives found the baby food argument their easiest sell.
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October 7, 2001 |
Kakuta Hamisi knows the ivory container and the slim wooden earrings in the Seattle Art Museum's African collection came from his Kenyan homeland. But their history ends there. "I wish I could go back and find who those belong to: I'd give everything back," said Hamisi, who has spent the last two years helping the museum catalog some 2,000 Maasai objects--among them wigs, necklaces and household items--from southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
December 12, 1999 |
Critics of the besieged Seattle Police Department nearly upstaged a rally by supporters at a downtown park Saturday. The police are under fire for their handling of protests during the recent World Trade Organization meetings. "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Police brutality has got to go!" demonstrators chanted as city and law enforcement officials took the podium to thank more than 400 citizens packed into Westlake Park.
January 27, 1999 |
The 133-member World Trade Organization will launch its next round of global trade negotiations Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in Seattle. The home of Boeing Co. beat out San Diego, Honolulu and Dallas to host the WTO ministerial meeting, which is expected to draw between 5,000 and 7,000 trade officials, employees and journalists. Geneva-based WTO holds ministerial meetings annually but has not launched new trade talks since 1986, when the so-called Uruguay Round was started. U.S. Trade Rep.
September 19, 2001 |
Mayor Paul Schell, hoping to avoid being the first Seattle mayor voted out of office since 1956, trailed his top two rivals in early primary returns Tuesday. With about 22,000 absentee ballots counted, City Atty. Mark Sidran had garnered 38% of the vote, to County Councilman Greg Nickels' 25% and Schell's 22%. The absentee ballots that have been counted so far represented 7% of registered voters in the city, said election supervisor Julie Anne Kempf.
September 20, 2001 |
First there were the World Trade Organization protests. Then the ditching of the city's millennium celebration under terrorist threat. Then the Mardi Gras riots, an earthquake, a drought, a controversial police shooting. That took this city up through Tuesday, when Boeing Co. announced it was laying off as many as 30,000 aerospace workers--most of them in the Puget Sound area. It was election day, and Seattle voters gave Mayor Paul Schell the boot.