Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold talks with Michael Cox and Briar Rose Williams next to their trailer, which they parked temporarily in front of Herbold’s house in West Seattle. After they parked it, it was spray-painted with graffiti. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold talks with Michael Cox and Briar Rose Williams next to their trailer, which they parked temporarily in front of Herbold’s house in West Seattle. After they parked it, it was spray-painted with graffiti. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
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How a trailer parked by coincidence in front of a Seattle councilmember’s house set off a political spectacle

What started as a simple last-minute decision to move a travel trailer turned into a firestorm of local politics and activism. Before it was over, the woman who bought the trailer would be threatened with a knife, the trailer vandalized and she and her boyfriend would become public figures.

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To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

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Police investigating events before Portland activist’s death

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