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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022

I thought I’d come up with at least a temporary solution to the constant computer crashes that had plagued me on Tuesday, only to find them back Wednesday (at least four times so far while preparing this, again slightly truncated, e-missive). Will keep trying, though I might have to wait until Thursday night, after getting Friday’s newsletter out. Will keep you informed.

WEATHER

Back into the 80s; slightly cooler over the weekend.

TO INFINITY AND KENT
Kherson Park in downtown Kent is being redeveloped to, city officials say, “celebrate our region’s legacy of aerospace and new space innovation” and “inspire today’s youth.” It’ll include “a life-size interactive replica of a Lunar Rover and an astronaut.” The revamped park should be finished by late fall. (Daily Journal of Commerce via SPL)

COVID CORNER

On Wednesday the state reported 2,033 COVID-19 cases on Monday and 2,975 on Tuesday. The total to date: 1,695,915, with 13,404 deaths. In King County: 477,430 total cases and 2,935 total deaths.

“The Federal Detention Center in SeaTac has been hit with a wave of COVID-19 infections, as 189 people in custody have recently tested positive for the virus,” the most of any Federal Bureau of Prisons facility. (SeaTimes)

Harlequin Productions, an Olympia live-theater company (currently in a run of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), is closing for one week due to a COVID case. (Olympian)

 

In vaccines, etc.:

  • The feds have approved a fourth COVID vaccine variety. This one’s more “traditional” in its chemical makeup than the three that are out there now. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Encampments along the Green River in Kent and Auburn will be swept within the next week. (KIRO-TV)

“‘Where do you go?’: Rent hike at Bellingham senior living facility worrying some tenants.… For some, the increases push rent to more than 60 percent of their monthly incomes.” (KING)

CHOICE WORDS

At a Senate hearing on abortion access across the states, Sen. Murray said “we will never stop fighting for women’s rights to control their own bodies.” (Cox Media via KIRO-TV)

“Sexual assault advocates speak out about loss of bodily autonomy following Roe v Wade decision.” (Sound Publishing)

“After Roe falls, local abortion clinics already feel strained system.… Washington is preparing for an influx of out-of-state patients. ‘We’re not anywhere near the peak of what it’s going to be.’” (Everett Herald)

POLICING THE POLICE

Mayor Harrell announced a $2 million allocation for new hiring incentives for SPD officers (up to $30,000 for “lateral hires” and $7,500 for new recruits). (Stranger) (KOMO) (KIRO-TV)

“Seattle was supposed to create alternatives to police for 911 calls. What happened?” In a word: bureaucracy. (PubliCola)

Marlin J. Blizinsky believes he has “a better way” to reduce police misconduct, and it involves a “target fund amount” for legal payouts. (Post Alley)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

A UW study claims Seattle’s sweetened beverage tax successfully produces “net economic benefits for lower-income communities.”

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state Supreme Court will directly hear the challenge to the state’s capital-gains tax, bypassing the Court of Appeals. (SeaTimes) (AP)

It’s been three years since a state initiative has made the ballot. That’s a record going back to the 1920s. (Danny Westneat)

ECONOMIX

As inflation continues to serve, “here’s where to find, or donate to, Seattle-area food banks.” (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

Patagonia “will pay nearly $55,000 to current and former Seattle employees” for violating the city’s scheduling law. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

“Amazon has provided Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement 11 times this year without the user’s permission.” (AP)

MS BEHAVIOR

Microsoft will be the “technology and marketing partner” of Netflix, as it starts an ad-supported subscription option. (GeekWire) (AP)

Microsoft signed a 10-year deal with “the world’s largest carbon-capture site,” in Iceland. (GeekWire)

SURREAL ESTATE

“Seattle’s housing vacancy rate is among nation’s lowest.” (PS Biz Journal)

UP IN THE AIR

Alaska Airlines’ “weather system vendor” had an outage, causing 50 flights at Sea-Tac to be delayed. (KCPQ)

GATES OF…

Bill Gates is funneling more cash into the Gates Foundation, to increase its annual payouts to $9 billion a year by 2026, to help it respond to “what it describes as ‘compounding global crises’ including the pandemic, inflation, the Russian war in Ukraine, and climate change.” (GeekWire) (AP)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

“Stalled projects at Seattle, other WA ports could finally proceed—with a cost—under new federal plan.” (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

Sound Transit hopes a light-rail station at North 130th Street along I-5 will spur nearby residential development. (SeaTimes)

CULTURE

“Sessions in Place,” an online concert series begun during the COVID lockdown, recently won a regional Emmy award. It ran weekly for 72 weeks. Now it happens monthly, with in-person as well as on-screen viewing. (SeaTimes)

ECO

UW study strengthens evidence of link between air pollution and child brain development,” even before the kid’s born.

FISH TALES

A recent UW study reports “Pacific salmon in larger groups are less likely to be eaten by predators.” (SeaTimes)

THIS WASHINGTON, THAT WASHINGTON

Polls show Sen. Patty Murray “up big” for re-election over GOP challenger Tiffany Smiley. (SeaTimes)

“Jan. 6 has exposed America’s charade of democracy.” (Sadé Smith, South Seattle Emerald oped)

MAYHEM

Near an Auburn gas station, a man was shot in the leg during an argument. A suspect hasn’t been caught yet. (KOMO)

Someone shot at a vehicle along I-5 near SeaTac with a pellet gun. (KIRO-TV)

“Passed out couple wakes up, rams patrol car before causing four-car crash in Spanaway, police say.” (KCPQ)

Another day, another overturned semi blocking commuter traffic, this time along I-405 at Tukwila. (SeaTimes) (KING)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Tacoma man who interfered with a government communications system during an armed standoff, last August, prompting an evacuation of Olympic National Park, pleaded guilty. He faces up to 10 years in prison. (KING) (SeaTimes)

“Two foreign nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo have pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle for acting as middle men in a smuggling ring that brought illegal ivory, rhinoceros horns, and pangolin scales into the US.” (SeaTimes) (KCPQ)

 

SPORTS

The Mariners have won 10 in a row. They beat Washington in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 2-1. Four games at Texas start tonight.

Sounders FC lost at Nashville 1-0. At Chicago Saturday.

 

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

IN-PERSON

 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lydia Davis):

“We know we are very special. We keep trying to find out in what way: not this way, not that way, then what way?”

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