Among the reporters crowded into a Friday night press conference at SPD's West Precinct—there to hear the mayor and police chief discuss the shootings earlier at the Jewish Federation Center—was a guy who asked the mayor what his name was. "Greg, is it?" inquired the reporter, standing next to me as I also waited to ask the departing Greg Nickels a question.
The reporter didn't venture to ask Chief Gil Kerlikowske to spell his name, I noticed. But he did ask the chief for his business card. Where was this guy from, I wondered, the Nome Nugget? Say what, The New York Times?
A harried William "Bill" Yardley, the Times' new Seattle correspondent, apologized sincerely to the mayor and chief for not knowing names. But as he explained, "it's my first day in town." The extraordinary hate-crime shooting, his first Seattle story, was co-bylined with Jodi Rudoren and played inside by the Times but was referenced on Page 1. It was the region's 7th stunning murder in just over two weeks. Welcome to the Emerald City, Bill.