Seattle mayor resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation


Seattle mayor resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation
  1. Seattle mayor resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation
    cnn.com
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after new sexual abuse allegations surfaced against the embattled mayor. Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. He said he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday so his "personal issues" would not interfere with the administration of city…
    U.S.

(CNN)Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after new sexual abuse allegations surfaced against the embattled politician.

Murray, a Democrat and the city's first openly gay mayor, said he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday so the scandal would no longer overshadow his office. The mayor's announcement comes after his cousin gave an interview with the Seattle Times alleging abuse, the latest in a series of similar accusations. The cousin is the fifth person to publicly accuse Murray of child sexual abuse since a lawsuit was filed against him in April. Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. Previously, he called them part of a political effort to stymy his progressive agenda and support for LGBTQ and immigrant rights. "While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public's business," he said in a statement. Read More "To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation." Council President Bruce Harrell will become mayor upon Murray's resignation. Harrell has five days to decide to hold the position for the remainder of Murray's term, which ends in December. Murray, 62, was elected in 2014 after 18 years as a state lawmaker. In his statement Tuesday, he touted his accomplishments from his political career. As an openly gay state legislator, he sponsored Washington state's historic marriage equality law and a landmark bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. As mayor, he raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, passed ambitious affordable housing legislation, and laid the groundwork for a city-owned sports and entertainment arena. He was a party to a lawsuit filed in March on behalf of the city against the Trump administration over its executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. But, in light of the latest allegations, he said it was clear it is best for the city for him to step aside. He withdrew from the Seattle mayor's race in May, after a lawsuit accused him of repeatedly raping a man about 30 years ago. Murray denied the allegations, saying he never heard his accuser's name before the lawsuit. But he said he was dropping his re-election bid so the scandal would not overtake…
  1. Good News Bible Clubs Thrive as After School Satan Clubs Decline

    Cbn.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:59 cbn.com
    As after school clubs named for Satan are closing down, clubs that teach kids about God are on the rise.  Good News Clubs, sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, plan to increase the number of clubs they have in public schools across the …
  2. A new draft of the Republican health-care bill would reportedly let Alaska and Hawaii keep ObamaCare

    Theweek.com - US
    09.21 / 18:54 theweek.com
    Republicans have just days left to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with only 50 votes and no Democrats. With two no votes already — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — "undecided" Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) could cast the decisive vote against it. As a result, one Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal Review on Thursday that the bill's sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), are potentially considering "buying" Mur…
  3. Missouri couple indicted in death of woman's teen daughter

    SFgate.com-National
    09.21 / 18:52 sfgate.com
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri husband and wife have been indicted in the killing of the woman's biological teenage daughter, who had recently moved in with them after spending most of her life with an adoptive family in Minnesota. Rebecca Ruud, 39, and Robert Peat Jr., 31, are charged in the indictment returned Wednesday with first-degree murder and an alternative count of child abuse resulting in the killing of Savannah Leckie. Investigators say Savannah had started living w…
  4. Hogan plans to widen I-270, I-495 and BW Parkway

    SFgate.com-National
    09.21 / 18:52 sfgate.com
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday announced $9 billion in projects to add lanes to Interstate 270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to ease congestion in the traffic-choked suburbs of the nation's capital — a plan that includes toll lanes. Hogan said the plan to add four lanes to all three roads "will substantially and dramatically improve our state highway system and traffic throughout the region," while benefiting millions of Mar…
  5. The Latest: Investment chiefs defend process, transparency

    SFgate.com-National
    09.21 / 18:52 sfgate.com
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on campaign contributions and investment decisions by the state of New Mexico (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Officials who oversee a multibillion-dollar retirement fund for New Mexico's public educational employees are denouncing any suggestions that political contributions have influenced investment decisions. Officials with the Educational Retirement Board on Wednesday took issue with an online report that raised questions about political donations made by …
  6. Wisconsin mother says profanity toward son is free speech

    SFgate.com-National
    09.21 / 18:51 sfgate.com
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether a mother's profane tirade against her 14-year-old son for burning popcorn amounted to free speech. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 44-year-old Ginger Breitzman argued this week that her language wasn't inciting violence or a true threat, and therefore is protected speech. Breitzman was charged with disorderly conduct following a 2012 incident where she screamed at her son while he was talking t…
  7. From the archives: Account of famed Riggs-King match heightens Tampa mob intrigue

    Tampabay.com-Top News
    09.21 / 18:51 tampabay.com
    With Friday's opening of "Battle of the Sexes" — the movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell about Billie Jean King's landmark 1973 tennis win over Bobby Riggs — we thought there might be renewed interest in this 2013 Peter Jamison story from the Tampa Bay…
  8. Arrests made in Spring Hill bank robbery; suspect admits to others

    Tampabay.com-Top News
    09.21 / 18:51 tampabay.com
    SPRING HILL — Two men from Alabama were arrested Wednesday after Hernando County deputies said they robbed a Spring Hill…
  9. Clearwater Marine Aquarium receives $500,000 gift

    Tampabay.com-Top News
    09.21 / 18:51 tampabay.com
    CLEARWATER — The R.O. Jacobson Foundation donated $500,000 on Tuesday to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's major…
  10. Seventh Jersey City cop pleads guilty in off-duty work scheme

    New Jersey - Time News
    09.21 / 18:51 nj.com
    David Ortmann, 53, faces up to five years in prison at sentencing in…
  11. Harbor seal with amputated flipper to leave N.J. rehab for aquarium

    New Jersey - Time News
    09.21 / 18:51 nj.com
    The seal's rear flipper was struck by a boat in April and he was rehabilitated by the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding…
  12. $2M contract is in the works to bring back abandoned PATCO stop, report says

    New Jersey - Time News
    09.21 / 18:51 nj.com
    The contract will simply allow plans to be made -- it would take $27 million to reopen the…
  13. Dogs euthanized after 1-month-old baby found dead

    USAToday-US
    09.21 / 18:51 usatoday.com
    An Ohio father accused the two pit bull mix dogs of killing his child; the dogs' bodies will be examined for evidence in the child's…
  14. Tamaqua news

    Tnonline.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:35 tnonline.com
    Holiday help The holidays are just around the corner and the Tamaqua Salvation Army stands ready to help those in need. Registrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday assistance will be taken over a three-day period, Oct. 10-12. Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. each day for residents of the Tamaqua Area and Panther Valley School Districts. There will not be any registrations taken before or after that three-day period. read…
  15. Recycling program may end in Nesquehoning

    Tnonline.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:35 tnonline.com
    Recycling may be ending in Nesquehoning. Nesquehoning Borough Council has announced that the recycling bins along Locust Street, owned by Solomon Containers, will be removed as of Sept. 29. “The borough did not elect to terminate the service with Solomon at this time,” council President David Hawk said. “The bins are being removed because Solomon canceled our month to month contract. They are not servicing this area any longer due to the distance.” read more…
  16. Prosecutors say Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic

    Yankton.net - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:34 yankton.net
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, appeared for work at the Capitol apparently impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, p…
  17. Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back

    Yankton.net - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:34 yankton.net
    COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida gas station owner chased a man and fired a warning shot, forcing him to return some stolen b…
  18. ‘Crime of the century’: Obama gambled that large-scale illegal surveillance would justify itself

    Worldtribune.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:29 worldtribune.com
    by WorldTribune Staff, September 21, 2017 In casting its wide surveillance dragnet on team Trump, the Obama administration gambled that if it spied on enough “people long enough … something was bound to turn up,” an analyst said. “Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional [R…
  19. Trump backs up UN address; Executive order targets tech, ‘sources of revenue’ to N. Korea

    Worldtribune.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:29 worldtribune.com
    by WorldTribune Staff, September 21, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump on Sept. 21 signed an executive order that he said would “cut off sources of revenue” that fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. At a press conference, Trump said the new order enhances the Treasury Department’s authority to “target any individual or entity that conducts [R…
  20. S&P Downgrades China's Credit Rating

    Thenewamerican.com - U.S.
    09.21 / 18:28 thenewamerican.com
    Thanks to “diminished financial stability,” S&P Global Ratings downgraded China’s credit rating for the first time since 1999…