Seattle Parks and Recreation

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After sharp criticism from advocates for the homeless, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, Seattle's plan to ban smoking in public parks has been softened to reflect concerns it would unfairly target the homeless and minorities.

Under the new proposal from the Seattle Parks Department, a violator will get a warning for lighting up instead of a $27 fine. Two or more warnings could lead to an arrest. Using e-cigarettes and vape pens would still be allowed.

A breast-cancer survivor has won the right to swim without a top in Seattle’s public pools. 

Jodi Jaecks has been seeking permission to swim topless since February, saying swim tops irritated the scars from her double mastectomy.  The Seattle Times reports the city put off her request for months but made a decision yesterday after The Stranger reported her story