Legislators Move to Restrict Drones: "The Washington State House of Representatives passed a series of bills Wednesday to strengthen privacy rights against emerging incursions from surveillance technology and drone aircraft," the AP reports. "Under the bills sent to the Senate by wide, bipartisan margins, it would become a state misdemeanor and civil liability for a private citizen to use a drone to peep on another person, and police would need specific legislative permission to buy new drones or other types of advanced surveillance technology."
Why You Should Give a Fuck About the Port of Seattle's Decision to Help Destroy the Planet: Sydney Brownstone lays it down: "The shady, public-process-dodging decision your elected port officials just voted to approve—a decision to host dangerous, shortsighted Arctic oil drilling machines that will accelerate climate change—makes your port, and by extension you, complicit in something terrible." Here's what you can do.
Virginia Mason Sued over Superbug: "The widow of a Seattle-area man who contracted a drug-resistant 'superbug' infection at Virginia Mason Medical Center is suing the hospital," the Seattle Times reports, "and the maker of the medical scope blamed for spreading the potentially deadly bacteria."
Northwest Leaders Against Coal Trains: "More than 150 elected officials from across the Northwest have teamed up to speak out against coal and oil trains," KUOW reports. "Their new group, the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, held its third meeting in Portland Tuesday. Washington's King County Executive Dow Constantine has stepped up to chair the group."
Looking for a job? Know how to find a toilet? Well, as Seattlish points out, maybe you could be King County's new "toilet boss." (That's the person who will—hopefully—keep King County Metro drivers from having to put on diapers because there aren't enough bathrooms for them to use on their breaks.)
Joel's Law Passes State Senate: "The Washington State Senate has approved a bill that would allow family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others," KIRO reports. Here's a 2013 Stranger piece on the man this law's named after, Joel Reuter.
No Electronic Warfare Training on State Land: "Washington State has told the U.S. Navy it can’t use state land to conduct electronic-warfare training on the Olympic Peninsula," Patricia Murphy at KUOW reports. "The state Department of Natural Resources gave no reason for the denial, simply saying in a letter that the agency preferred not to partner on the project."
Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Victims of Domestic Violence: "Twenty years ago," reminds the King County Prosecutor's Office, "Susana Remerata Blackwell and her unborn child, Baby Kristine, and her friends, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, were murdered by Susana’s estranged husband and abuser in the King County Courthouse. On March 5th, please join APIChaya for the 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the King County Courthouse to remember all lives lost to domestic violence... starting at 4 p.m. at the park next to the King County Courthouse. The vigil will be followed by a program on the second floor of the courthouse. More information can be found at the Facebook event page."
Clintonemail.com: "Just before Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in January 2009, she and her closest aides decided that she should have her own private email address as Mrs. Clinton moved away from the Blackberry address that she had used during her 2008 presidential campaign," reports the New York Times. So, in avoiding the State Department's e-mail system—and the public records it would create—something unusual was done. "An aide who had been with the Clintons since the 1990s, Justin Cooper, registered the domain name, clintonemail.com, which had a server linked to the Clintons’ home address in Chappaqua, N.Y.," the Times writes. "Obtaining an account from that domain became a symbol of status within the family’s inner circle, conferring prestige and closeness to the secretary."