"The Times' loss notice represents a sad moment for Seattle and for journalism. The advantage of two daily newspapers is a rare state of affairs today, and the temptation is great to rewrite the JOA [joint operating agreement], in the hope we will somehow preserve both. But this we may not do. Whatever the ultimate outcome of this litigation, on this question, the agreement is clear and not subject to the interpretation urged by [Seattle Post-Intelligencer owner] Hearst. We reverse and remand, with instructions to enter summary judgment on this issue for the Times, declaring that the force majeure clause does not preclude consideration of strike losses for purposes of the escape clause of the JOA." —Washington State Court of Appeals Judge Anne Ellington, in a unanimous opinion in Hearst's lawsuit against the Seattle Times Co., which is seeking to close the P-I or re­negotiate terms of the JOA (Monday, March 22)

"From what I heard, he sounds like a good dude. He's sort of really into education." —Quami Wallen, University of Washington sophomore, on the hiring of Mark Emmert as the 30th president of the school (Seattle Times, Saturday, March 20)

The War

Army Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, whose mother lives in Seattle, was among the first U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan, killed by friendly fire in December 2001. Last week, Army 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams, 24, of Seattle, became one of the last to die in Iraq as the war there reached the end of its first year. His March 16 death was the 563rd U.S. troop fatality in Iraq. Another 100 have died in the "war on terrorism" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Adams also was the 27th fatality among troops with ties to Washington (see the War Dead page at Ages 19 to 36, they have left behind 20 children and 12 widows. You like to think it all has a purpose, and not the one that Richard Clarke, the former top antiterrorism adviser, outlined this week on 60 Minutes: "[Don] Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq. And we all said . . . no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. . . . I thought he was joking." The U.S. troop toll in Iraq is 580 and counting. No joke. RICK ANDERSON


I don't want to soil the peaceful vibe from what was a well-attended, sun-splashed event. But the screeching woman who spoke at the start of Seattle's anniversary antiwar march last Saturday, March 20, was truly dreadful. I've been going to rallies for 25 years, and hers was among the most off-putting speeches I'd ever seen. No info on the war, not even information on the march—just a desperate-sounding half-hour harangue of pointless, tired left slogans. "We've got to stop this war! (Pause) The People! United! Will never be defeated! (Pause) The People know the truth! And that's why the People will stop this war, because the People will never be defeated! (Pause) Stop this war! Stop this war! . . . " And so on, and on, while the People milled about and generally ignored her. Speakers who have something to say in an entertaining way can help folks feel at home and get more involved. Dull, cliché-ridden speeches are one more reason why the People keep getting defeated. GEOV PARRISH

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