• On February 7, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the unconstitutionality of California's Proposition 8—which infamously revoked California gays' right to get gay married—declaring that Prop 8 "served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationship and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples." Hurrah for equally protected love, but bigots will most likely appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court.

• Meanwhile, the Prop 8 ruling raises an important question in Washington State: Since we're within the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction, would a promised referendum to specifically repeal gay marriage in Washington this fall likewise be unconstitutional? Zach Silk, spokesman for Washington United for Marriage, says his group is still analyzing the decision and its potential consequences but: "It is certainly a very powerful ruling and has direct implications for what we are doing here in Washington."

• Since last November, four Seattle banks have been vandalized, including two with "Occupy" graffiti, lending credence to the idea that the attacks were connected to Occupy Seattle. On February 6, the trend continued as vandals smashed windows and graffitied three more banks on Capitol Hill. However, Monday's crime scenes included only "anarchist-type graffiti," says Detective Mark Jamieson.

• 663 Bistro in the International District was closed down by the health department for the second time in a year for violations including "toxic items not properly stored (stored above food)." According to Seattle Metropolitan, Tom Douglas "adores the joint."

• When asked by reporters how his new jobs plan differed from that of his Republican opponent, Rob McKenna, feisty Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee resorted to anti-fairy rhetoric: "It's not based on the tooth fairy and other fantastic numbers that don't add up."

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• With whooping cough (pertussis) on the rise in Western Washington, and a reported outbreak of three confirmed and three probable cases at Seattle's Salmon Bay School, health officials are advising the public to vaccinate against this disease that can prove fatal to infants: "Do it for the babies in the community," urges Seattle & King County Public Health epidemiologist Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett.

• The city's Community Power Works program was launched last year to create an estimated 2,000 "green jobs" by retrofitting houses and commercial buildings with energy-efficient upgrades. So how many jobs has the $20 million program actually created over the past year? Only 14, according to a new city report.