Archive for December, 2011

Traffic on 520 stays way, way down

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

We here at Seattle Party Bus Rentals got our Good To Go pass…Did you get yours??…………………………………

Only 44,300 vehicles crossed the Highway 520 floating bridge Thursday, the first day of new tolls on the aging span.

That’s about 60 percent less than the 115,000 who make the trip on a typical weekday, according to the latest numbers released by the state today.

But on toll-free Interstate-90 and Highway 522, traffic was close to a normal, non-holiday level — clear evidence that maybe 40,000 or so drivers diverted from paying on 520, said Craig Stone, toll director for the state DOT.

On Friday morning, traffic on 520 fell another tenth, so the trend could mean 4,000 fewer cars for the day compared to Thursday.

Stone urged travelers to prepare for a more volatile commute this coming Tuesday, for instance, by registering their vanpools to use 520 toll-free. Toll rates range from free overnight to $3.50 each way at peak times.

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New city underage-drinking law targets parents

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Buy these kids soda, water or coffee and throw them on a Seattle Party Bus!  hahahaha……………..

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Starting next month, Mercer Island parents will be held responsible for underage drinking at their homes even if they are out of town and unaware it is happening.

The recently passed “social host” ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, will take effect Jan. 13. The measure imposes a $250 fine on those who own, rent or lease property where teenage drinking has occurred.

It is already illegal for adults to provide alcohol to minors or for parents to let their underage children drink. The new ordinance takes the idea of parent responsibility a step further, City Councilmember Mike Cero said.

“What makes this different is that the parents don’t have to have any knowledge of wrongdoing to be held accountable,” he said. “They could be in Timbuktu (and) have no knowledge of alcohol being consumed.”

Cero acknowledged the measure is an extreme step, but he said the need to fight underage drinking outweighed concerns about infringement on personal liberties. He argued that parents have a duty to make sure their children are acting safely.

The ordinance, based on similar measures in Northern California, could inspire other Washington cities to follow suit, said Stacey Rhodes, a spokeswoman for Washington state Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“They’ve really done the legwork,” Rhodes said. “It was a very tedious process to go through.”

That process included more than two years of work, Cero said. He added that he and his colleagues were pushed to act by the city’s Communities That Care project, which works to prevent young people from using alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Parents and teenagers in the affluent community of 23,000 expressed varying opinions about the ordinance.

Allie Ritcey, a junior at Mercer Island High School, said she agrees with the intent of the measure but isn’t sure it’s fair for parents to be held responsible for things their kids and their kids’ friends do without their knowledge. Teenagers are old enough to be accountable for their own actions, she said.

The 16-year-old also argued it’s safer to drink at a parent’s home than “in some old parking lot somewhere,” because drinking and driving is less likely.

“It’s not something that I think is ever going to go away completely, so you might as well be really safe doing it so nobody gets hurt,” she said.

Maryellen Johnson, who has children in middle and elementary schools on Mercer Island, disagreed.

“It’s a fallacy to think that children are safe because they’re drinking in one’s home,” said Johnson, who contended the fine imposed by the ordinance is not high enough. “They also get in a car and drive somewhere. And they’re at risk not only to themselves but to others.”

As for concerns about fairness, Johnson said, parents’ responsibility does not stop when they leave town.

“If you were out of the country and something happened and you got held responsible, I bet it wouldn’t ever happen again,” she said.

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People fighting over shoes in Seattle

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Sheeesh! This is kind of an ugly shoe to be fighting over!
Police from across the Seattle area were called to Westfield Southcenter mall early this morning when a rowdy crowd of 2,000 showed up to buy the new Air Jordan XI, the newest version of the classic Nike shoe.

People got so out of hand police used pepper spray in some instances in an attempt to get things under control.

Tukwila police were woefully understaffed and didn’t anticipate the crowd, said Tukwila police Officer Mike Murphy. The officers at the mall called in their entire night shift staff, as well as officers from Seattle, Kent, Renton, Des Moines and the King County Sheriff’s Office, said Murphy.

When two off-duty Tukwila officers, hired by the mall to deal with the shoe’s release at four different stores, arrived at Southcenter at 3 a.m. the crowds were manageable, Murphy said. Within two hours, however, the number of hopeful buyers swelled to nearly 2,000. People there for the shoe release were cutting in line, pushing, fighting, drinking and smoking marijuana, Murphy said.

In describing the scene, shopper Charles Wilby  told our news partner KING5:

They (police) just moved everyone to one single line, so they are pretty upset. Everyone is fighting over the shoes, arguing and stuff.

Tawnni Merlino, who was in the crowd, told KING5:

It was just crazy, with people and commotion, all the police showing up and pepper spraying.

“We used pepper spray on some of the fights to disrupt the crowds,” Murphy said. “This was not a pro-police crowd. The crowd was less than cooperative with instructions from police to quit fighting and to quit cutting.”

Only one person was arrested in the melee; a man who punched an officer in the face. Murphy said that he personally ejected a man from the mall for flashing gang signs. The man, he said, was close to the front of the line at one of the stores.

“When you get into a riot situation your goal is not to make arrests. Your goal is to to stop the violence and stop people from being jerks,” Murphy said.

The stores at the mall selling the shoe were Champs Sports, Foot Locker, Shiekh Shoes and Nordstrom. Police said most of the fights and trouble stemmed from lines outside Champs and Foot Locker, since they opened up early, at 4 a.m.,  to sell the $180 shoe, Murphy said.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said that about 100 people showed up at Northgate Mall this morning for the shoe’s release. Mall security called for police back-up after people in line started pushing and shoving. No arrests were made, Jamieson said.

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Man steals dates car…

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

OMG…..What a total jerk! Seattle Party Bus Rentals would like to give him The Jerk of the Week award.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — The truth is sometimes stranger than the fiction you see at the movies.

Deputies in Florida say a man stole a woman’s car while they were on a date at a Tampa area movie theater.

The St. Petersburg Times reports that  27-year-old Michael Pratt told the woman he needed to get something from the car while they were watching the movie.

She gave him her keys. When he didn’t return, she called him. Authorities say Pratt laughed, then told the woman he had stolen her car.

Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies say he now faces grand theft charges.

Car was a rental
The victim, who is 35, tried contacting Pratt for two days before calling the sheriff’s office, according to the paper. Pratt called her four days after the movie outing and said he dumped the car in a Walmart parking lot in New Port Richey, authorities said. Deputies found it and arrested Pratt on Wednesday. The car, a silver 2012 Ford Focus, was a rental.

According to the Times, Pratt previously served more than a year in prison for the same charge, as well as fraud, uttering forged bills and failing to return rental property.

He is in the Pasco County Jail. No attorney was listed on Pratt’s jail records.

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Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

The staff at Seattle Party Bus Rentals sends condolences to the family of Slim

ATLANTA –  U.S. rapper Slim Dunkin was Friday shot and killed at an Atlanta music studio, WSB-TV reported, citing both police and the performer’s attorney.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Maj. Keith Meadows said Dunkin, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was shot and killed outside a music studio in the 1000 block of Memorial Drive on Friday night. He was at the studio to shoot a music video.

“Now it’s my understanding prior to the video shoot, Mr. Hamilton became involved in a verbal altercation with another individual who we believe produced a handgun, discharged that weapon at least one time, striking Mr. Hamilton in the chest,” Meadows said.

Dunkin’s attorney Michael Mann told WSB-TV that the rapper was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives were on the scene late Friday conducting an investigation, Atlanta police spokesman Curtis Davenport told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Music news website HipHopDX reported that Dunkin was a childhood friend of Waka Flocka Flame and appeared on Gucci Mane and Waka’s “Ferrari Boyz” album released over the summer.

Another industy website, TheBoomBox, reported that the Brick Squad affiliate was to appear in the “Push Ups” video for Mane and V-Nasty when he was shot.

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Craziest 911 Calls

Friday, December 16th, 2011

What are some of the crazy 911 calls from 2011? The staff at Seattle Party Bus Rentals all agreed that these were some of the craziest.

The list is topped by a headline that told of a “very, very intoxicated Charlie Sheen” needing assistance and we add in a man with a desperate “iPhone emergency” that really wasn’t one, and finish with a confused family lost in a corn maze just feet from the exit.

It was too tough, they quit trying to find their way out and called 911 for a rescue.

Follow along below.

Charlie Sheen’s 911 emergency?

Early this year, Radar Online reports that during the 911 call, Sheen is said to be “very, very intoxicated” and suffering from pain in his chest and abdomen.

Dr. Paul Nassif reported the emergency to 911. The voice of Dr. Paul Nassif is heard saying early on Jan. 27, “I just got a call from the residence of Charlie Sheen, from a secretary. Apparently … he’s intoxicated. And he’s saying, ‘Don’t call 911.’ They got him on the phone, and he was very, very intoxicated, also apparently in a lot of pain. It was kind of weird, the phone call I received.”

Watch below.

iPhone emergency?

According to “The Smoking Gun,” Michael Alan Skopec, 48, dialed police emergency operators five times to beef about his malfunctioning Apple product, according to a Kendall County Sheriff’s Office report.

Police were not amused.

Cops traced the calls to Skopec’s home, where he was arrested around 1 AM when he “refused to comply with orders from deputies,” according to a sheriff’s spokesperson. Skopec, pictured in the above mug shot, was charged with obstructing or resisting a peace officer, a misdemeanor.

More details.

Hello 911, we are lost in a corn maze!

Woman: “Hi, I just called. I’m still stuck at Connors Farms. I don’t see anybody. I am really scared. It’s really dark and we’ve got a 3-week-old baby with us.”

Dispatcher: “Just relax. Calm down. Your husband is with you right?”

Woman: “Yes, but my baby?”

Dispatcher: “OK. I understand and the police officer is on the way.”

They were almost out!

NBC reports that “police with a tracking dog quickly plunged into the depths of the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented dad, mom and two young kids.”

Saved!

“Within a minute or so upon arrival, the police officer located the family. The family didn’t realize they had almost made their way out; they were just 25 feet from the street, Connors said.”

Watch a video here.

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FCC acts to quiet blaring TV commercials

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I always knew they turned up the volume of commercials when i was watching TV. They should see how loud a Party Bus can get.LOL………..

WASHINGTON —

The Federal Communications Commission has been fielding viewer complaints about loud commercials almost as long as commercial television has existed, the agency said.

The commission voted unanimously to require TV stations and cable and satellite operators to ensure that the average volume of a commercial does not exceed the average volume of the programming around it.

Commercials for OxiClean stain remover, ShamWow towels and HeadOn pain reliever “will never be the same,” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell said at the agency’s open meeting.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn added that the agency’s latest rulemaking will put an end to the “frightening decibel levels that resulted in considerable alarm, anger and spilt popcorn.”

The order adopted on Tuesday implements the CALM Act, authored by Representative Anna Eshoo and signed into law last December.

The California Democrat told Reuters her idea for the bill started after “being subjected to the blast of the high volume of advertisements” while watching a football game with family.

After discovering that loud commercials had been the top complaint to the FCC by consumers for decades, Eshoo said she drew up the bill, never anticipating it would garner such an overwhelming response from consumers and fellow lawmakers.

“While this certainly doesn’t resolve the huge challenges that are facing the country … we may get some peace and quiet in households across the country,” she said, adding that the FCC’s action came on her birthday.

The new FCC rules enacting the CALM Act will go into effect in a year, giving TV providers until Dec. 13, 2012, to comply.

Using certain equipment and getting certifications from distributors for ads imbedded into programming will satisfy compliance requirements.

Larger operators will have to perform annual spot-checks of commercials for two years, but smaller operators will only have to monitor commercials if a pattern of complaints specific to their station emerges.

It marks the first time the FCC has attempted to regulate the loudness of commercials. The limitations of analog television made it too difficult previously, but the emergence of digital TV technology now makes it feasible.

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Winter Driving – Emergency Car Kit

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Winter Driving can be scary and dangerous. Here are a few WSDOT tips from Seattle Party Bus Rentals to help you survive the winter.

Winter travel can be tough on car and driver, to prepare:

  • Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
  • Keep your fuel tank full — don’t let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).

What to carry on winter trips:

  • Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.
  • Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.
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Sleepy Bus Driver!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

This is scary. Im glad the young man on the bus was alert took quick action to stop certain disaster! We here at Seattle Party Bus Rentals give Emmanuel a Thumbs Up!

TACOMA, Wash. — An alert Washington state teenager likely prevented an accident when he woke up a sleeping bus driver who had nodded off at the wheel while entering an Interstate 5 onramp in Tacoma.

A surveillance camera on the school bus recorded 17-year-old Emmanuel Williams jump from his seat and rush to the front of the bus after seeing the driver’s head go down.

Williams told KOMO News that he had noticed the driver act strangely from the moment he picked up the students at Mount Tahoma High School. Williams says the driver’s eyes kept closing and he swerved on city streets.

Tacoma Public Schools says the 65-year-old driver is an eight-year veteran with a clean driving record, but the district is investigating the mishap.

About 25 students were on the bus.

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