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…
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(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. Feds in last-minute bid to deport brothers born to spies

    Bayview-news.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:59 bayview-news.com
    The Federal Government has appealed the case of Alexander Vavilov, 23, and his brother Timothy, 27, to the Supreme Court of Canada in an effort to have the two deported. They are the sons of Russian spies, born here in the 1990s, as their parents reputedly lived the lives of “sleeper” agents, waiting to…
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    Rinf.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:57 rinf.com
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    Rawstory.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:57 rawstory.com
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    Rawstory.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:57 rawstory.com
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    Federalnewsradio.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:55 federalnewsradio.com
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  6. CA Lottery

    Humboldtbeacon.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:50 humboldtbeacon.com
    SACRAMENTO (AP) _ These California lotteries were drawn Thursday:3-9-0(three, nine,…
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    Billingsgazette.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:45 billingsgazette.com
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    Billingsgazette.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:45 billingsgazette.com
    HONOLULU (AP) — A Turkish man accused of inflight behavior that prompted bomb-threat procedures and U.S. military fighter jets to escort the American Airlines plane to Hawaii is mentally competent to stand trial and must be detained without bail t…
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    Billingsgazette.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:45 billingsgazette.com
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's Trump versus T…
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    Billingsgazette.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:45 billingsgazette.com
    SEATTLE (AP) — Bruce Leven, a self-made businessman whose sports car race teams won the Twelve Hours of Sebring three times in the 1980s, has died at 7…
  11. Trump to Stump in Alabama Senate Primary Contest

    Alaska-native-news.com - U.S.
    09.22 / 02:41 alaska-native-news.com
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  12. Northern Michigan University begins nation's first medical marijuana degree program

    Upi.com -US
    09.22 / 02:39 www.upi.com
    Northern Michigan University began the country's first college program designed to train undergraduate students for the medical marijuana industry this…
  13. Former Australian prime minister says he was head-butted

    SFgate.com-National
    09.22 / 02:34 sfgate.com
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Friday urged restraint in the nation's same-sex marriage debate after a former prime minister who gave the people a direct say in the divisive issue said he was head-butted by a gay rights advocate while walking in a city street. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he sustained a swollen lip in the attack in the Tasmania state capital Hobart on Thursday as he walked to his hotel after attending an anti-gay marriage luncheon. The a…
  14. Christian singer Natalie Grant undergoing thyroid surgery

    SFgate.com-National
    09.22 / 02:34 sfgate.com
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant will undergo thyroid surgery to remove tumors and will cancel shows between mid-October and November to recover. Grant posted a video message on Facebook on Thursday explaining that doctors had been monitoring several tumors or nodules on her thyroid for years and that she will have half of her thyroid removed on Oct. 10. She asked for prayers and said she has complete faith in God. Grant has won the Gospel Music A…
  15. Doctor convicted of sex assault at medical marijuana evaluation clinic

    SacBee-Local
    09.22 / 02:34 sacbee.com
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    Tampabay.com-Top News
    09.22 / 02:34 tampabay.com
    TAMPA — County and city firefighters were on the scene of a three-alarm fire Thursday night at a warehouse that appeared to contain thousands of…
  17. Rays journal: Ugly first inning dooms Andriese, Rays against Orioles (w/video)

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    09.22 / 02:34 tampabay.com
    BALTIMORE — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a point of saying before Thursday's game that RHP Matt Andriese was among the pitchers who would most benefit from a strong finish to the…
  18. Potential buyers stole drugs she planned to sell — so she called the cops, police say

    CharlotteObserver-NationalNews
    09.22 / 02:34 charlotteobserver.com
    A teen in Greenwood, Indiana was planning to sell drugs to several other teens — until the teens robbed her, police say. So she called the Greenwood Police department, according … Click to Continue »…
  19. Can’t contact your family in Puerto Rico? Here’s what to do

    CharlotteObserver-NationalNews
    09.22 / 02:34 charlotteobserver.com
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  20. Police looking for suspect in Newark assault

    New Jersey - Time News
    09.22 / 02:34 nj.com
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