It’s illegal to set off fireworks in Tacoma, Seattle and most other cities in the region. But, every 4th of July, so many people ignore the law there’s little police can do. They say calling 911 about violations just overwhelms the emergency system.
A case involving protesters, U.S. Army Stryker vehicles and backpacks, that’s right backpacks, is being heard in a federal courtroom in Tacoma. The civil rights trial comes nearly six years after the actual protests took place at the Port of Tacoma.
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The "no backpack" directive can be heard on this video from the March 2007 protests at the Port of Tacoma.
Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:
Push to Preserve Iconic Seattle PI Globe
Warnings of Phone Scams
Plea Deal for JBLM Soldier Likely for Afghan War Crimes
It's About the PI
Some Seattle City Council members are concerned the iconic globe atop the seattlepi.com offices on the city's central waterfront may go away if it's not protected. They're considering landmark status for neon-lighted orb that has been spinning for 63 years. It has survived the company's shift from daily newspaper to a smaller, online-only venture.