#BREAKING Paleontologists believe this is tusk of Ice Age mammoth just unearthed in Seattle: http://t.co/dE34CtUw7i pic.twitter.com/E5fk73ShRN
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Tusk of a Wooly Mammoth Found in South Lake Union Yesterday: Well, it's either a wooly mammoth's or a mastodon's. Either way, Ice Age. "They turn up in the glacial till," a paleontologist from the Burke Museum told King 5. "This is the kind of sediment in which you're going to find things like that." It was found by a journeyman plumber on a construction site. King 5 News reports that by law it belongs to the property owner, but they haven't been able to get ahold of the property owner yet.
Governor Inslee Suspends Death Penalty in Washington State: It's not happening. At least not while he's the governor. He says "there are too many flaws in this system" and that "there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system." If you know the story of even one person who's been wrongfully convicted—and many, many people have been wrongfully convicted—you know he's right.
Why Won't the State Tell Us How Far Behind the Tunnel Is? By Dom's calculations, the project is now $25 million over budget and losing a quarter of a million dollars per day. Those are back-of-the-envelope numbers because the Washington State Department of Transportation really just doesn't feel like answering Dom's questions. Even though they're a public agency using public money to build public infrastructure.
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- "After killing her first three or four people, she began to eat her victims — starting rump-first, one expert said, as she would a deer."
King County Sheriff's Deputy Hit with Federal Drug Charges: "He was accused of intercepting tens of thousands of dollars worth of drug evidence from federal drug investigations that should have been turned in to the Sheriff’s Office," SeattlePI.com reports. Last August, he was charged with first-degree theft and heroin possession, and in the last week he's also been charged with "one count of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine."
Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell Want to Provide Lockers for the Homeless: The Seattle city council members explained their idea in an editorial for Slog yesterday.
How Michael Sam Came Out to His Family: It wasn't pretty. His dad's response? "I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks... I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment... I’m old school...I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy." But you know what is pretty? This video of Michael Sam dancing shirtless.
Closing Wikipedia's Gender Gap: Only 15 percent of Wikipedia's editors are women, resulting in "a lopsided, Axe-scented version of the world." Here's a first-person piece by a woman who volunteered to help balance things out.
The First Written Use of "Fuck": It was in 1528, The Paris Review says today, and it was "inscribed by a monk who seems to have been pretty pissed off with an abbot."
Two Skiers Died in an Avalanche in Oregon Yesterday: "The accident happened at about noon near Little Eagle Meadows in the southern Wallowa Mountains."