News Clips— Movers/Shakers



God, a deity largely ignored by heathen Pacific Northwesterners, suddenly got a ton of attention on Wednesday morning, including pleas for help, unexpected acknowledgements by atheists, and the inclusion of His name in many colorful colloquial phrases.

President George W. Bush gets the timing-is-everything award for his Wednesday morning budget proposal to cut funding for the Project Impact disaster-preparedness program. Bush claimed that the program, which included Seattle among its initial beneficiaries, "has not proven effective."

Many have doubted its earthquake-resistant nature, but the Alaskan Way Viaduct stood tall and true, even as that overrated state Capitol building was cracking and crumbling.

Given the shaking Sea-Tac Airport received, the Third Runway, which would be supported by a 180-foot-tall retaining wall built on sandy ground, isn't looking like such a stroke of genius.

Of the many tales of bravery during the quake, few can match the Sea-Tac air traffic controllers, who dodged flying glass to keep tabs on circling jetliners. They've since been relocated to a trailer to allow for control tower repairs (and to show solidarity with the residents of SeaTac).

Public reaction to the violent Mardi Gras riots ended Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske's honeymoon with the Seattle media. Former chief Norm Stamper sent along a tear gas-stained sympathy card.

Did somebody say "live broadcast?" KIRO TV's Brian Wood took advantage of the quake's appearance during his live feed from City Hall by being the first TV source to announce the tremor. (One drawback: Everybody watching already knew we were having an earthquake.)

Pioneer Square merchants had a rough week: first, several nights of Mardi Gras disturbances; then, an earthquake which severely damaged several historic buildings. At least sales of "I Survived the 2001 Quake" T-shirts should help cash flow.

Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur, on the outs with her newsroom colleagues since crossing the picket line earlier this year, was delighted when several previously silent co-workers suddenly spoke to her. Turns out she was blocking the emergency exit.

Phone companies cleaned up on long-distance charges as out-of-towners exchanged calls with loved ones. MCI and Sprint officials are reportedly working together to arrange another earthquake next month.

City Attorney Mark Sidran has added a ban on earthquakes to his law-and-order platform in his expected run for the mayor's office. Also prohibited under the Sidran plan: mirth, merriment, and gatherings of more than two teenagers.

The owners of the Lusty Lady peep show on First Avenue lost much potential revenue due to the earthquake when four unclothed dancers were forced to flee from an indoor viewing booth onto the street. They received several dollars in tips from passersby.

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