Blue Moon Sit-Down

Plus: A group for modern veterans and the popularity of really old Mercedes Benz cars among environmentalists.

The City

Blue Moon Tavern owner Gus Hellthaler and mayoral nightlife honcho Jordan Royer are reporting that a confab last week between the two parties went well. Says Royer: "We're gonna work things out with Gus and make sure that the Blue Moon remains a great, historic tavern in Seattle." Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis, state Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, and historian Walt Crowley also were present. But what about City Attorney Tom Carr, who has threatened to oppose renewal of the Moon's beer-and-wine license due to alleged illegal activity in and around the legendary bar? "His name was never mentioned," says Hellthaler. Says Ceis: "The city attorney, as an independently elected official, has expressed his own view regarding the license renewal. It is my hope that if we reach an agreement with Gus, it will be one that all can support." MIKE SEELY


Nothing against the VFW or American Legion. But leadership of the National Gulf War Resource Center thinks a more contemporary approach is needed to serve today's veterans. Hence, the birth last week of VMW—Veterans of Modern Warfare, headed up by President Julie Mock of Seattle. "We felt it was time to create a voice of, by, and for veterans of the current wartime era, which began in 1990," says Mock, a disabled veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and a resource center leader. Any veteran or active-duty member with one or more days of active duty after Aug. 2, 1990, can join the service group. "We needed a direct voice for veterans of the current generation," says VMW Vice President Cheyne Worley, including those suffering wounds most common to Iraq—limb loss and brain trauma. RICK ANDERSON


WinFS, the relational file system that was supposed to make Windows Vista revolutionary but then was set aside for more work, is dead, apparently, though Microsoft isn't exactly saying so. Officially, the technology is being integrated into the coming release of Microsoft's SQL Server product (code named Katmai). But the original idea, to make it easier to find and manage files in Windows, will not be developed for the desktop. CHUCK TAYLOR


The Guardian of the U.K. says it's pushing into "America," and nominal Seattleite Michael Kinsley, founding editor of Slate and a Washington Post columnist, as well as a not-so-distinguished former Los Angeles Times editorial-page editor, is going to be the Brits' editor at large here starting in September. CHUCK TAYLOR

The Environment

Once an icon of mink coat, cigarette-with-the-windows-up, Reagan-era prosperity, early 1980s Mercedes Benz cars have experienced an intriguing renaissance of sorts as the car of choice for the anti-Bush, neo-hippie biodiesel set. As demand for new, higher-mileage biodiesel-compatible cars outstrips supply, the old Bennies—whose traditional diesel systems require no conversion and have zero complication with the alternative fuel—are easing their way to the pumps without a hitch. Says an employee of Dr. Dan's Alternative Fuelwerks in Ballard: "It's been pretty steady. They seem to be almost exclusively early-'80s Mercedes. People who want to run this fuel will just take any decent vehicle they can find." MIKE SEELY

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