Obama: Declares America won't be "dragged into another war" with Iraq. "Our initial goal is not only to make sure Americans are protected, but also to deal with this humanitarian situation in Sinjar," he says. "We feel confident that we can prevent [Isis] from going up a mountain and slaughtering the people who are there." Okay.

Pronto Bike Share: Can't install a station near Pike Place Market due to restrictions on corporate advertising at the historic location.

About Three Weeks: That's how long Governor Jay Inslee has given health officials across Washington state to comply with a new state supreme court ruling outlawing "psychiatric boarding" of the mentally ill—the practice of housing them in hospital rooms without providing mental healthcare.

Interim Seattle Police Department Chief Bailey: Retires, again. Bailey presided over a period of backsliding on efforts to reform SPD.

Microsoft Employee Sentenced: ...for essentially "insider" training. The FBI and the SEC investigated the case, according to US attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan. Guess the new Seattle FBI chief's talk of going after white collar crime wasn't for nothing?

Goddammit: African-Americans make up 12 percent of the American population, but are 40 percent of the prison population. "But informing the white public of this disproportionate incarceration rate may actually bolster support for the very policies that perpetuate the inequality, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science."

Pay for Journalists: Crappy as ever.

Net Neutrality: "Something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet."

This is what a gas station explosion in Russia looks like: