Plans for 14-story hotel at Pike Place entrance move forward: The 131-year-old Hahn Building at First and Pike is slated for demolition. In its place will be a 14-story hotel. People, particularly the residents of the $675,000 condos behind the Hahn, are pissed. A Change.org petition has over 7,100 signatures. Still, the project is moving forward.
White Nationalist banned from Seattle gym: Racists can’t get yoked in peace anymore. A damn shame for local white nationalist Greg Johnson who was banned from the NW Fitness Project in Fremont.
Related: There was at least one white nationalist at the UW campus on Saturday during the Patriot Prayer rally and counter-protest. I talked with him. It was terrible. Aside from that, five people were arrested and SPD deployed pepper spray.
Parents launch nonprofit for patient safety after daughter’s death: Talia Goldberg died after spinal surgery last year. The Seattle Times detailed the whole ordeal. Doctors failed to listen to Talia’s concerns, particularly about her breathing. She died. Now, her parents are launching a nonprofit — Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety — to improve communication inside the hospital. The nonprofit is aimed at supporting research for communication strategies and working with new medical students so they don’t discount their future patients’ concerns. Swedish Health, the hospital where Talia died, refused to partner with the Goldbergs.
Humanities majors are employable, even happy: A new report conducted by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences says that studying the humanities is actually okay. Humanities majors find jobs after college, get paid an average of $52,000, and 85 percent are satisfied with their jobs. I suggest sending the study to whichever distant relative helicoptered in to scoff at your English degree all those years ago. Shove it, Aunt Carol.
Legislature considers banning housing discrimination based on income: A bill in the Legislature right now would make it so landlords can't reject future or current tenants based on their alternate source of income. This includes people who rely on benefits such as Social Security, veteran benefits, or Section 8 housing benefits. The idea that people with lower incomes are worse tenants has been a barrier for many.
Avalanche in British Columbia: The avalanche in the Lanark snowshed area was intentional. Transportation workers triggered it to relieve the snow load.
SpaceX launching first prototype satellites for global internet: The Starlink vision is a constellation of satellites providing low-cost internet globally. Assuming the first launches of prototypes this week work, Starlink could be providing service as soon as 2020. The satellite network team is headquartered in Redmond. Gotta love that local bent.
Veterans Affairs foot doctor solicits bribes, Def Leppard tickets: A Seattle-based podiatrist was getting “too-cozy” with a pharmaceutical salesperson. Turns out, the doctor — as well as 29 other VA doctors — was being bribed with thousands of dollars and perks like chartered fishing trips and Def Leppard tickets. In return, the physicians pushed the company’s product, Dermagraft, a “biological bandage” used to treat foot ulcers. Most of the doctors have avoided discipline and many are still soliciting bribes. Is Def Leppard really worth sacrificing your integrity as a medical professional?
Seattle school bus drivers are back, baby: Health care, pensions, raises, oh my. The Seattle school bus drivers voted 97 percent in favor of their new contract. The strike is over and all Seattle Public Schools bus routes will be open today.
New Lime Bikes hit the streets:
Lime Bike launched their new e-bikes over the weekend in Seattle. 300 bikes are ready to ride this morning w/ another 200 added by Wednesday. Cost: $1 to unlock + $1/10min Max Speed: 14.5 mph #KOMOnews pic.twitter.com/kue0kjulyM
— Joshua Morgan (@jmokomo) February 12, 2018
Woman gets shorter sentence after sterilization: Summer Thyme Creel, an Oklahoma woman convicted of using a counterfeit check, got a shorter sentence because she underwent sterilization. The judge, Stephen Friot, had suggested the procedure back in June because Creel was a drug addict and had, to Friot’s understanding, conceived children while under the influence.
The newest teen fad is spending the night in Ikea: The 24-hour-challenge is the biggest craze since Tide Pods for the world’s youth. The challenge? Hide somewhere after hours and document it. Popular spots include Ikea, McDonald’s play areas, and Walmarts. Companies are telling teens not to do this.
The Olympics opening ceremony appears to have been hacked: Nothing is sacred in 2018. Disruptions at the ceremony ranged from faulty stadium wifi and television to the main press center’s internet going down. They’ve been linked to malware whose main purpose is not to steal information but to cause disruption. No one knows who’s behind the hack yet, but all people are suspicious of Russia. That seems apt.
More Olympics news:
Mirai Nagasu lands a triple-axel: This makes her the first American woman to land one at the Olympics. Sorry, Tonya Harding.
Jamie Anderson wins gold:
Mother Nature couldn't stop a force of nature. Jamie Anderson won gold for Team USA in women's slopestyle. #BestOfUS #WinterOlympics https://t.co/E1XuTKthTN pic.twitter.com/zUSS5G2wpf
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018
North Korean cheer section looks very natural and authentic: I wonder how annoying it is to sit next to them.
Leslie Jones narrating whatever the fuck the biathlon is:
North Texas teacher gets flu, can’t afford prescription copay: Her medicine cost $116. She couldn't afford it. She died.
Monday’s best Seattle entertainment bets include: a talk featuring award-winning cartoonist Box Brown, the Hsiao-Ching Chou Author Talk: Chinese Soul Food, and the One Classy Night in Seattle with Will Ferrell, Brandi Carlile, Mike McCready, and Chad Smith.