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July 17, 2008 4:14 PM

The Bellevue Pariah

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

The case announced against Peter Egner, the Bellevue man accused by the Justice Department of being a war criminal in the service of the Nazis, seems to be all about the actions of a unit. Maybe I am mistaken, and all the solid evidence will come out at trial, but that is what it looks like now. Egner has admitted to being in the Security Police and Security Service, a unit of the German occupation government of Yugoslavia. The Justice Department says he was also part of the Belgrade Einsatzgruppe, an SPSS group that in 1941 put several thousand Jews, communists and gypsies to death by carbon monoxide poisoning, using trucks. But they don’t seem to have evidence about him, personally.

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July 17, 2008 1:25 PM

Michelle Obama's world

Posted by Lynne Varner

Gregoire_Michelle_Oba#7B76D.jpgThe world envisoned by Gov. Chris Gregoire and the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama was the theme of the fundraising luncheon that ended an hour ago at Qwest Field's WaMu Theater. Message: Don't elect Barack without re-electing Chris.

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