Seattle's First Woman Chief? Mayor Ed Murray will announce his pick to run the Seattle Police Department at a 10 a.m. press conference today in City Hall. I'll be there with Ansel, reporting on Slog. The buzz I'm hearing? Murray will go with Kathleen O’Toole, a renowned former Boston police commissioner whose career also includes cleaning up policing in Ireland and working in the private sector on security. This profile by Steve Miletich in the Seattle Times shows that O'Toole is a bona fide bad-ass. Other candidates include California's Robert Lehner and Arizona's Frank Milstead. The nominee will require the city council's confirmation. In 2012, the US Department of Justice found that the SPD was wrong in the head and a federal court settlement requires officials to get themselves right.
Paging Kelly O, Ya: "Yoopers" is officially a word.
Speaking of Michigan: It's one of four states where regulators are recalling 1.8 billion pounds of beef that may be tainted with E. coli.
How Long Till China Does The Same to Us? I feel pretty certain the US is in a glass house here:
Five Chinese military officers were indicted by the U.S. today and charged with hacking U.S. companies to steal industry secrets about nuclear and solar power in what one official called "21st century burglary." It's the first time ever that the U.S. government has formally accused another nation of using the internet to break into U.S. businesses and the indictment could carry enormous diplomatic implications.
If Working-Class People Can Afford to Live in the City, Then There Will Be Poors Everywhere! The city council will hold a hearing on microhousing—the small apartments that have shared kitchens and therefore make neighborhood "activists" and blog commenters throw irrational tantrums about how other people are supposed to live—tonight at 5:30 p.m. to consider new regulations on size, scale, parking, and reviews.
Dept. of Hilarious Tragedy: "A multimillion-dollar yacht capsized overnight near Anacortes, dumping six people in the water. All were rescued by Good Samaritans and local police and fire crews. Witnesses said the 90-foot yacht flipped as it was being launched at about 9 p.m. Sunday."
How to Make Bike Lanes Better: Turtle bumps, oblong bumps, and a dozen others.
I PUT THAT BRICK IN YO FACE! (Brick in yo face.)
Stitches, ladies and gentlemen.