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With a smile that lights up the air around her, Grace Mason O'Neill takes up her sewing every Thursday morning at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on California Avenue.

She is called "Amazing Grace" not only because of her magical smile or the bright brown eyes that concentrate so intently on her mending, nor is it her nimble fingers that guide fine steel instruments so surely along their restorative path.


GRACE IN 1927. The year Grace Mason O'Neill became Miss West Seattle.

A few minutes after a corps of Seattle city department heads outlined the fact taxes would not soar nor would services be severely curtailed in the unincorporated North Highline area of it annexed to the city, a report on four focus groups showed residents of the area are not really hot about anything except keeping the status quo.

One of the four groups couldn't come to any decision on whether the area should remain in King County, become their own city, join Burien or annex to Seattle.

"To conclude, age, taxes and lack of information made for an often inflexible discuss


Acting chair for the Seattle Monorail Project, Kristina Hill, said she believes that with the support of the Seattle City Council and the community, the Monorail Project still has a chance to emerge as a successful mass transit system for the city.

Hill said since the project originated with the people, the project is not getting a fair share of attention from the state or the city.

"I think they see us as a different kind of project than Sound Transit who had two years to do a turnaround," said Hill.


While the tax cutters chop away at the public purse, Seattle and many other juristictions are dithering while the infrastructure crumbles and collapses.


The monorail to West Seattle can be built if the public and the Seattle City Council support it, acting monorail board chairman Kristina Hill said last week.

Since the project originated with the people, the project is not getting a fair share of attention from the state or the city, Hill told the West Seattle Herald.

"I think they see us as different kind of project than Sound Transit, which had two years to do a turnaround," said Hill.



The man once convicted of murder for killing 20-year-old Kristopher Kime in 2001 now faces a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with the crime.

Jerell A.


Times/News Correspondent

Revenue created by a property tax levy lid lift could help reduce Des Moines' crime rate to 1999 levels, Police Chief Roger Baker told city council members on Aug. 18.

Baker emphasized that no new police officers would be added to the department with revenue generated by the levy increase.

Instead, he said it would allow the department to restore positions that were cut after passage of Initiative 695 in 1999.

If council members agree on Sept.



Against the backdrop of a sharply divided Burien City Council, 34th District Democrats declined on Aug.



There's not too many businesses still around here from my Burien boyhood.

I'm working for one of the few that predates me.

The Highline Times is celebrating its 60th anniversary tonight (Wednesday) with a big party and fundraiser for the Hi-Liners at the Burien Elks.

My parents avidly read the Highline Times and as a budding newspaperaholic I scanned it, too.

The Times traces its beginnings to the Highline-Glendale Gazette, started in 1945. A year later it consolidated with the Burien Times and became the Highline Times.