I messed up, Slog. Morning news should arrive before 9 a.m., and I forgot it was my turn! I'm sorry. Here's your belated morning news.
William Shatner Wants to Build a Water Pipeline from Seattle to Fix California's Drought: And he's putting a Kickstarter campaign where his mouth is. As Shatner told Yahoo's David Pogue: "I want $30 billion… to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle — a place where there's a lot of water. There’s too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground — because if it leaks, you're irrigating!" Damn it, California.
Remember When a Wall Collapsed on the North End of the Tunnel Project? A Subcontractor Is Getting Fined: Central Steel Inc. was cited by the Department of Labor and Industry for setting up rebar in a dangerous way.
UW Warns Graduate Students Against Strike: The university administration sent a letter last week to graduate students working for the school. Today, graduate students represented by UAW 4121 will finish up a vote on whether to authorize a strike, and students say the letter sent—which says that the union can't call for a strike—amounts to intimidation.
Speaking of Strikes, Teachers from Eight School Districts Across the State Are Planning One-Day Strikes: Over lack of funding for public education.
The Seattle Times Wins a Pulitzer for Breaking News in Oso Coverage: Check out the stories here.
Howard Wright Didn't Vote in the 2013 Mayoral Race: But he did want to be on the city council. When reached by phone, Wright said that he believed he voted... but he didn't.
Pot Costs Half as Much as It Used To: It's $12 a gram, on average. And now suppliers are worried about a surplus!
Sawhorse Revolution Cofounder Writes Open Letter About "Do-Gooder Volunteerism" Concerns: The group, which partners students with Nickelsville residents to build housing, has attracted criticism, too. Read the open letter here.
Woodland Park Elephants Bamboo and Chai Got Rerouted to the San Diego Zoo: A storm sent them off course. But they'll soon continue on their way to Oklahoma City.
Report Says Postal Service Should Rethink Its Mail Surveillance Program: Because yes, such a thing exists. "Mail covers" track information on letters and packages to people suspected of being criminals, but 20 percent of the time, this practice is "improperly approved," reports the New York Times. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers thinks Congress should pass legislation to limit evidence obtained by post-office spies.