Good morning! Some news from the heavens: Today, NASA launched the microwave-sized spacecraft CAPSTONE into space, where it'll begin its four-month-long journey to the Moon's "near rectilinear halo orbit" (NRHO), reports The Verge. The goal is to assess the long, elongated orbit's viability for the agency's Artemis program, which aims to construct a new space station near the Moon called Gateway. If all goes according to plan, NASA wants to put the first person of color and first woman on the Moon's surface in the next half century.
#CAPSTONE will test a gravitational sweet spot in space, where the pull of gravity from Earth and the Moon interact to allow for a nearly stable orbit. More about this near rectilinear halo orbit: https://t.co/vOYuShmR9M pic.twitter.com/0xakAqjRRe— NASA Technology (@NASA_Technology) June 28, 2022
Now for our distinctly Earth-bound news: License plate costs will go up thanks starting July 1 thanks to the new $17 billion transportation bill going into effect, reports the Seattle Times' David Kroman. New plate prices are jumping from $10 to $50. And replacing a lost plate will cost you $30 instead of $10. Motorcyclists are going to feel the heat, too, with license plate costs hitting $20 (up from $4) and replacements costing $12 (up from $4). These and other price jumps are "projected to raise just over $2 billion over the next 16 years."
It's not just your liberal bubble or whatever that's upset with the Supreme Court's fascist overturning of Roe v. Wade: A new CBS News/YouGov poll conducted last Friday and Saturday found that 59% of US adults disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision. Just 41% say they approve, reports CNN. And 58% of adult Americans say they'd be in support of a federal law legalizing abortion nationwide, with 64% saying they'd want abortion legal in most cases. The will of the Republican party and the Supreme Court does not represent the will of the people they govern. We don't have to put up with minority rule.
Thee Houston Hottie is upset with her home state: At Glastonbury this weekend, rapper Megan Thee Stallion called Texas "embarrassing" over their ridiculous abortion laws in light of last week's terrible abortion news. "I want to have it on the record that the motherfucking hot girls and the hot boys do not support this bullshit that y'all campaigning for," she told the crowd. You hear that Gov. Abbott!?!??!?!?!?!??!?
We've got a surprise Jan. 6 hearing today, folks: We're apparently getting testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump's final chief of staff, Mark Meadows, reports the New York Times. There is some "recently obtained evidence" that the committee would like to present, though they did not indicate the evidence's nature nor confirm who exactly would be testifying. Hutchinson has provided some of the juiciest revelations thus far, so her testimony today should be interesting...The hearing kicks off at 1 pm EDT:
Brawl! At the Mariners game! On Sunday, a long-ass, bench-clearing brawl broke out between the Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels after Angels pitcher Andew Wantz hit Mariner outfielder Jesse Winker with a pitch, reports KING 5. Yesterday, the MLB announced that 12 players would be suspended: three Mariners players and nine members from the Angels, including five members of the coaching staff. Are baseball games always this rowdy?
As we mentioned last week, King County leaders are at last working on an Extreme Heat Strategy to cope with the effects of climate change during the summer in our region, reports KOMO. Details are a little unclear, but things to look forward to include the enhancement/expansion of "the urban canopy and street trees" and increased "public access to green space." Let's hope things don't get worse in the meantime...
Well: Looks like we're a Real City now!
Pulling into U District station on @SoundTransit light rail, the conductor gets on the mic to yell “SIR, YOU CANNOT BRING THAT COUCH ONTO THE TRAIN” at someone on the platform.— Tucker Cholvin (@tuckerhimself) June 28, 2022
30 seconds later: pic.twitter.com/V5btb88MwN
Absolutely horrific: Yesterday in San Antonio, authorities found 50 dead people presumed to be migrants who were abandoned in an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer, reports the Texas Tribune. Also found among the corpses were 16 people who have been taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. According to police, it appeared that some tried to jump out of the tractor-trailer as bodies were "found along several blocks." Some inside were also covered in steak seasoning in an apparent attempt by the smugglers "to cover the smell of people." Three have been arrested—but reasons are still unclear—as San Antonio police call the mass death one of the deadliest migrant-smuggle operations in recent memory.
If you have time for one long-read this morning: The Everett Herald has a new series of three stories detailing the "history and lingering trauma" of the federal Tulalip Indian School and other forced assimilation boarding schools in the area.
Weather update: That refreshing breeze blowing through your open window is thanks to cool marine air blowing off the big, beautiful Pacific Ocean overnight. Today's high is forecasted to be 68 degrees with a cool-ish few days before Seattle summer officially starts (after July 4).
Yep, this checks out. The traditional 4th of July cooler, damp spell is on schedule. We could see a warming trend after the 4th. (Insert Seattle weather joke here).— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) June 28, 2022
"Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you." - Mel Brooks#wawx pic.twitter.com/1fbqDlWOtN
A 101-year-old fascist is still a fascist: In Germany, a court convicted ex-Nazi and former Sachsenhausen concentration camp guard Josef Schuetz of 3,500 counts of accessory to murder and five years in prison, reports the Washington Post. Prosecutors alleged he "aided and abetted the murder of different groups by firing squad and poison gas" in his time as a guard. Schuetz is the oldest person ever tried for Nazi complicity in World War II as the German government and law enforcement are racing "to bring some closure for elderly Holocaust survivors and their families."
In other court news: Ghislaine Maxwell will be sentenced today for sex trafficking crimes a jury convicted her of last December. Prosecutors want at least 30 years.
God bless: Jim Henson's Creature Shop is apparently working with Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to make life-size puppets for a stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's iconic 1988 animated film My Neighbor Totoro, reports Deadline. Can't wait to see what they do with this guy.
For your listening pleasure: Bad Bunny's "Me Porto Bonito (feat. Chencho Corleone)."