Senator Obama Visits Seattle this Friday, Woodland Park Zoo Auctions Orangutan’s Art on Ebay: SeattleIAM
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Senator Barack Obama to Appear in Seattle this Friday
From the political blog Strange Bedfellows, Joel Connelly gives us some details on Senator Barack Obama’s upcoming Seattle visit this Friday. It is Obama’s third visit to Seattle and the venue is the biggest one yet. “The rally comes a day before Washington's precinct caucuses, a showdown between Obama's surging campaign and support built over years of appearances by Sen. Hillary Clinton and husband Bill.” This visit comes about 12 hours after Hilary Clinton’s scheduled Thursday night appearance on the Seattle waterfront.
Obama has a history of scheduling free or low-cost events. During his last visit in December, he did hold “a pricey fundraiser in The Highlands, but also rocked with a SoDo concert.” Obama is drawing increasingly larger crowds. “Nearly 20,000 people turned out in St. Louis, and 18,000 heard Obama in Denver.” Even in one of America's "reddest" states, the Idaho Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University garnered 13,000 supporters. The post urges you to RSVP through Obama’s website if you’d like to attend. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
Watson Shines in Sonics Win against Kings
From Seattle Sonics Blog, Gary Washburn reviews the Sonics’ stellar win over the Kings last night (105-92). The big star was Earl Watson with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 33 minutes. “Those long, rainbow jumpers that fans usually groan when he releases the ball were dropping through Wednesday.” After Watson “raced to the basket to grab rebounds to start the fastbreak… the Sonics scored 19 fastbreak points and that opened up the entire game.”
Washburn writes in his post that he was also “impressed with Kevin Durant, who took just 12 shots but scored 17 points and added five assists.” Durant is learning that you don’t have to “score 35 to help the team win.” He was a great complement to Watson and “was the first one off the bench congratulating the guard after he reached those milestone numbers.” Chris Wilcox had his 12th double-double in just 25 minutes, “playing with more passion” and “teasing” the organization with his potential.
Will Jim Mora Prove to be the Right Choice for Seahawks?
From the Seahawks Blog, Danny O’Neill writes that there had always been a strong feeling that if Jim Mora were “still on the staff when Mike Holmgren decided to call it quits, well, he'd be the logical choice.” Recently, Holmgren did decide to leave (after this year) and Mora “is not only the logical option, he's the official one.” There’s a lot of “I told you so” going around but there’s also a lot of moaning due to the fact that the win totals have been declining each season.
O’Neill counters that Mora's previous tenure “wasn't too shabby,” with a “winning record in the regular season, 26-22.” He also “reached the conference championship game his first year.” Our blogger also points out in his post, that NFL history shows coaches usually improve in their second NFL job. You can look to this past Super Bowl. “Tom Coughlin won it and the Giants are the second team he's been head coach with after previously working in Jacksonville.” Bill Belichick of the Patriots also has done well in his second head-coaching gig.
Woodland Park Zoo Raises Money through Orangutan’s original Art
Over at Metroblogging Seattle, Zee Grega tells of an astonishing development at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. A 40 year old orangutan named Towan is one of five orangutans who love to create art “with non-toxic paint and, usually, their tongues.” The Seattle Times recently did an article on Towan, who is unique “in that he prefers to use a paint pen and also that he doesn't tear up his work like the other apes.”
Grega writes that the zoo is raising funds to support the International Conference of Zookeepers by “putting two of Towan's paintings up for auction on Ebay.” The auctions end on Friday, Janurary 7, so get your bid in soon if you're interested in one. Links to the two auctions, as well as the Times article, are available in the post.
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