Seattle’s got a new mayor 😐

This is the podium where Mayor Ed Murray was going to announce his plan for a new Seattle sports arena. He cancelled the press conference when some big news broke. Hours later, he announced his resignation. (📷: KIRO)

Yesterday, a fifth man came forward to say that Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused him when he was a teenager years ago. That man was Murray’s cousin. The Seattle Times published his story at 11 a.m. and two hours later, Murray announced his resignation effective today at 5 p.m. It was a quick end to a five-month back and forth between the mayor and four other men who’ve also accused him of sexual abuse. But there are a lot more questions to ask, and some tough, painful issues to process. 

How did this all start? How are people reacting? And who exactly is in charge of our city now? We rounded up all the best reporting done by our city’s awesome local journalists to answer these and more questions here.

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Yet another plan to build an arena. Just before yesterday’s news of a fifth person alleging sexual abuse by Mayor Murray came out, the mayor was planning to announce a deal he made with an LA-based private development company to renovate KeyArena. The $600 million project has been submitted to the City Council for approval. But with news of Murray’s resignation, this all feels a bit up in the air. (KING5)

Being married pays off. Our favorite FYI Guy Gene Balk looks at data that shows Seattle ranks No. 2 in the country for income of married couples. The median income for wedded folks in our city was $133,000 two years ago. That’s 61 percent higher than the country overall. (The Seattle Times)

Summer is so over. The hot days of summer are nearly behind us, which means we need to spend as much time possible outside before the wet winter takes over. So throw on a flannel, take a look at The Stranger’s list of Seattle’s best fall festivals, and get to planning.


There will be lots to update you on in the coming days. Let us know what questions you have here or via email (just hit reply!) and we’ll do our best to answer them. – The Evergrey


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