HOLY MOLY MICHAEL FLYNN: Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor, pleaded guilty this morning to lying to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "The plea by Mr. Flynn, who appeared in federal court in Washington, brings the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election into Mr. Trump’s inner circle," the New York Times reports. "The charges were the latest indication that Mr. Flynn was cooperating with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. A plea agreement suggests that Mr. Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry."
This Is Obviously a Big Deal: And arrives at just the moment when Republicans are trying to pass a massive tax overhaul, which they say they have enough votes to accomplish. This could spell financial doom for graduate students.
A Body on the King County Parcel Viewer: Christine Clarridge at the Seattle Times reports that one of the bodies discovered after a fire at a Renton home may have been visible in a public tool on a King County website for two years before the fire occurred. The body belonged to a person believed to be Lawrence Steinert, 65, and it "was found lying inside a small, fenced patio just outside the house." Clarridge found it on the viewer.
HIV Diagnoses Are at a Record Low in King County: Finally, some good news. The University of Washington's Department of Global Health announced that HIV diagnoses here and across the state are at their lowest levels in 30 and 20 years, respectively.
And So Is Voting: Only 37.1 percent of the state voted in the November election, a record low for turnout.
Randi Zuckerberg Said Alaska Airlines Didn't Do Anything About Passenger Who Sexually Harassed Her: Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark and former Facebook executive, wrote a letter to Alaska Airlines alleging that the airline did nothing when she complained that a fellow passenger was sexually harassing her on a flight to Mazatlan. According to Zuckerberg's letter, the airline asked Zuckerberg to move if she was uncomfortable, not the frequent flier making the comments.
Feeling disgusted & degraded after an @AlaskaAir flight where the passenger next to me made repeated lewd sexual remarks. The flight attendants told me he was a frequent flier, brushed off his behavior & kept giving him drinks. I guess his $ means more than our safety? My letter: pic.twitter.com/xOkDpb0dYU
— Randi Zuckerberg (@randizuckerberg) November 30, 2017
Someone Is Putting Anti-Vax Messages Inside Products at a Lynnwood Babies "R" Us: Shoppers are finding notes with anti-vaccination messaging and a website inside their Babies "R" Us purchases, KING 5 reports. The store has removed several over the last couple of weeks and is still trying to find the culprit.
Tribes Are Catching Farmed Salmon in the Skagit: This despite state officials' assurances that the 305,000 Atlantic salmon that escaped from Cooke Aquaculture's collapsed net pen are either dead, dying, or not spawning. Tribal fishermen "caught six Atlantics the week of Nov. 13, as the lawmakers were meeting, and five more Thanksgiving week in just a short fishery in a small area of the river near Hamilton, Skagit County," Lynda V. Mapes reports. This leads tribal fisheries to believe more Atlantics are out there—especially if they're showing up in this small stretch of the river.
Marysville Temporarily Bans Supervised Consumption Sites: The city council placed a six-month moratorium on safe injection sites for "further study and public engagement."
Health Insurers Are Still Being Stingy with Mental Health Coverage: According to a report published this week by risk management agency Milliman, behavioral healthcare is four to six times more likely to be provided outside health insurance networks than inside them. Insurance companies are also paying primary care providers more than they're paying mental healthcare providers. This despite a federal law promising to make mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment as easily accessible as any other medical condition.
Walmart Removes T-Shirt Promoting Journalist Lynching: Great.