Terry Blankenship, a journeyman lineworker for Seattle City Light, shows a handhold – an access box for electrical wiring – where copper wire was cut and stolen on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle.  (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Terry Blankenship, a journeyman lineworker for Seattle City Light, shows a handhold – an access box for electrical wiring – where copper wire was cut and stolen on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
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