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UP For Felix Hernandez for pitching a perfect game for the Mariners on Aug. 15. It's one of the rarest feats in sports. Hernandez has had a love affair with this area ever since joining the team years ago. Based on the fan's cheers at that game and his next one, the feeling is mutual. He's known as King Felix for a reason.

 

DOWN to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate. Akin commented that women's bodies automatically protect them from impregnation after "legitimate rape." How does how person get to be a candidate for U.S. Senate and still be so ignorant or uninformed?

 

DOWN for our own candidate for U.S. Senate, Michael Baumgartner, who fired off an email to a journalist that contained an "F-bomb." He later apologized, saying the comment was meant to be part of a personal email. We're pretty sure the journalist took the comments personally.

 

DOWN to presidential campaigns that sick local police agencies with high costs to provide security. President Obama's latest fundraising foray to the Seattle area cost the Bellevue Police Department $28,817 in overtime to provide about 60 officers to secure the Hilton Bellevue Hotel where Obama spent the night. The Bellevue Fire Department paid more than $12,000 in overtime to have about a dozen medics and hazardous-material experts standing by. In all, local law-enforcement agencies spent about $100,000 on security. We're all for protecting the president, but there should be a way to compensate cities out of the millions raising for reelection

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