Naked man tries to evade security check

SEATTLE — A naked man tried to slip through security Monday at the city’s downtown Public Safety Building, home to courts, police and other law enforcement.

"He actually threw himself on the floor and tried to scoot away to get past them, and they took him into custody," police spokesman Duane Fish said of first-floor security personnel.

The man was turned over to Seattle Municipal Court marshals, who have a holding facility on the building’s seventh floor, Fish said.

He said it wasn’t clear why the man, who appeared to be mentally ill, was naked or why he chose the Public Safety Building.

An earlier police report said the man may have disrobed in a nearby park.

Eyes on the Needle: One month before the 40th birthday of the Space Needle, the city council has voted to protect views of the 605-foot tower from 10 public sites. The council voted 7 to 1 Monday to bar developments that impair views from locations ranging from Seattle Center, the complex that includes the Space Needle, to Seacrest Marina Park across Elliott Bay in West Seattle and Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. The Space Needle was completed in December 1961 for the world’s fair the following year at what is now the Seattle Center.


Teachers to go on an ‘unstrike’: British Columbia teachers will refuse to attend meetings, supervise students outside classes or issue report cards starting Thursday, a union leader says. David Chudnovsky, president of the British Columbia Teachers Federation, said at a news conference Monday the "unstrike" strategy was adopted because of new legislation that bars teachers from conducting a walkout. Stronger measures are still possible, Chudnovsky said. Teachers are asking for a 34 percent wage increase, tighter limits on class sizes, more specialized teachers in every school, guaranteed services for special-needs children and early retirement incentives.

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