A city council committee has voted to vacate a street for Chris Hansens planned arena.
At least four city council members are on board with Chris Hansen's arena plans. seattle arena

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A City Council Committee Voted to Vacate a Sodo Street for Chris Hansen's Arena: Sally Bagshaw was the only "no" vote on a measure to sell Occidental Avenue South to Hansen for his arena, which still has no team. "I cannot fathom why we're offering up this street vacation at this time," Bagshaw said at yesterday's meeting.

But It's Still Not a Done Deal: Four of nine council members—Lisa Herbold, Kshama Sawant, Debora Juarez, and Lorena González—were not at yesterday's committee meeting. Herbold is expected to vote no and Geoff Baker at the Seattle Times reports that the other three are on the fence. If they all join Bagshaw in opposition, the vacation won't happen. The full vote is set for May 2.

Three Officials Have Been Charged in Flint's Water Crisis: Michigan's attorney general is charging the city's water quality supervisor and two state Department of Environmental Quality officials with tampering with evidence and other crimes.

Two Brothers Suspected of Killing an Arlington Couple May Be Headed to Mexico: Police say John B. Reed and Tony Reed killed the couple over a property dispute and are now on the run.

Port of Seattle CEO Faces DUI Charge: Ted J. Fick's blood-alcohol-content was .097 about an hour after he was stopped crossing the 520 bridge. He told police he'd been at a retirement party at the port and had a glass of wine.

Is the nomination hers?
Is the nomination hers? Alex Garland

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Won New York: "The outcome almost certainly ensures that Clinton will beat Sanders in the elected delegate count after the final Democratic votes are counted in June," writes Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight.

Magnolia and Ballard Want Expensive Changes to Sound Transit 3: At a Sound Transit open house in Ballard last night, the crowd was anxious about how long it's going to take to get light rail to Ballard.. Groups in the area are also organizing around expensive changes to the design of the line, including a tunnel under Salmon Bay and elevated tracks west of 15th Avenue.

Sound Transit Wants to Build a Lot of New Parking: Sixteen new parking garages and two new surface lots at $80,000 per space, according to Seattle Transit Blog's math.

The Mayor Wants New Protections for Low-Income Renters: He's proposing legislation to stop landlords from refusing rental applications because tenants receive government assistance. His administration will also look into special move-in deals for employees of big companies on a complaint basis.

Developers of a Tacoma Methanol Plant Change Their Minds: And, like Shell's decision to avoid the Arctic, we can trace their decision to bail on the plan in part to recent protests.

Federal Court Sides with Trans Student: The court ruled Title IX protects trans students in bathrooms and that could be a very big deal for states passing hateful anti-trans "bathroom bills."

The feds are still imprisoning people who grow and sell cannabis.
The drug war is far from over and marijuana policy still remains fucking fucked. Anyway, happy 4/20! Eric Limon/Shutterstock

It's 4/20. Let's Start with the Good News: The DEA has said it may consider rescheduling cannabis this year and Washington Senator Patty Murray is urging them to do it. The feds say they're using fewer mandatory minimums for low-level drug offenses. And Pennsylvania recently became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

But People Are Still Going to Jail for Marijuana: In Michigan, in Boston, in Colorado, here in Washington.

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