Whoa, protesting works: Kinder Morgan has suspended its Trans-Canada Pipeline for the time being (except for “essential” spending, of course). The pipeline would extend further than 700 miles between Alberta and Burnaby, BC. In one day, it would transport 890,000 barrels of oil. Opposition to the project has been rampant on both sides of the border. Kinder Morgan will vote on the fate of the project on May 31.
Puyallup Tribe vs. Puget Sound Energy continues: Puget Sound Energy wants to build a liquified natural gas plant on the Tacoma tideflats. The Puyallup Tribe, as well as other Native nations and water warriors, are putting up a fight against the LNG plant. It would provide cleaner fuel for ships and would warm residents’ homes in the winter. The tribe’s main opposition is that this plant is fossil-fuel development. They have called upon Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the plant’s construction.
Starbucks requiring personal info for wi-fi: Starbucks thought now, of all times, would be the best time to start doing that. For that sweet, dependably-free wi-fi refuge, you’ll have to cough up your e-mail and zip code. Other places make you register your e-mail to get free wi-fi. What’s the big deal? According to GeekWire, the big deal is that Starbucks is a big deal, “about 75 million customers visit its stores every month.” That’s a lot of data to mine.
Did you all catch the anti-Sinclair ad KOMO aired? Airing both sides of the issue seems ethical, right? This is how Sinclair went about it.
#Sinclair In Seattle: Runs anti-Sinclair TV commercial but adds commentary before: “We think the ad is misleading but wanted to let you decide.” And after: “We hope you won’t buy into the hysteria and hype.” pic.twitter.com/Ld39eQfrA7
— Essex J. Porter (@EssexKIRO7) April 8, 2018
Avoid traffic in an alley: It’s perfectly legal to cut through an alley to beat a city block gridlock. Mind your speed and don’t hit any pedestrians.
Downtown apartment building shot at: The shots came from the Alaskan Way Viaduct, police say. According to a resident, five apartments in the building have bullets inside of them. A resident as high up as the eighth floor had a bullet lodged into the television he was watching.
Body recovered near site of Hart family crash: The Woodland, Washington, family’s SUV shot off a cliff along Highway 1 in California. Five bodies were found. Three children are missing. A body found on Saturday appears to be an African American female. This could be one of the missing Hart children, however a positive identity has yet to be determined. Identification will have to take place through DNA testing. Investigators believe the crash was intentional.
Largest solar farm in state green-lit in Eastern Washington: It’s going to have 81,000 solar panels. The energy produced will be sold to industrial and commercial consumers. That amount of energy — 28 megawatts—could power 4,000 residential homes. Installation of the farm starts next week in Lind, Washington.
Traffic is a nightmare this morning: Quick, cut through the closest alley!
Trump threatens backers of Assad regime: A suspected chemical attack in Douma, a Syrian city, left upwards of 40 people dead and hundreds injured. Rescuers were unable to get an accurate count of the dead for fear of their own safety. President Trump said backers of “Animal Assad” had “a big price to pay.”
Israel blamed for Syrian missile strike: It occurred before dawn today, just hours after President Trump’s aforementioned tweets. The target was an air base. Fourteen people were killed.
YouTube accused of collecting children’s data: YouTube is the most popular platform for US children. According to the Guardian, it is “used by about 80% of children aged six to 12 years old.” My little brother, freshly 13, knows more about YouTube than I do. YouTube and Google probably know his location, phone number, and what websites he goes to. A complaint filed by child advocacy groups says that YouTube knows that young kids use its site and doesn’t do enough to protect them and their privacy.
Man dead in Trump Tower fire couldn’t sell his apartment: Todd Brassner, 67, had been trying to get out of Trump Tower since Trump was elected. Apparently, living there was “like living in an armed camp,” NPR reports. Brassner hated it. A fire on Saturday killed the tenant in his own hell. Trump Tower did not have sprinklers.
Ten hockey players die in Canadian bus crash: A bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team, the Broncos, collided with a tractor-trailer in Saskatchewan. Fifteen people died. One of the players, Logan Boulet, 21, had recently signed up to be an organ donor. Six of his organs were transplanted or prepared to be transplanted. Read more on the victims here.
Fox News accidentally aired a graphic about how untrustworthy they are: During a discussion on fake news, a graphic about which news outlet respondents trusted more came on screen. It showed Fox News trailing behind CNN and MSNBC. Host Howard Kurtz noticed and said, “That is not the graphic we are looking for. Hold off. Take that down, please.”
Speaking of fake news, which news network do Americans trust the least? And the winner is @FoxNews. Wait, what? Take that down, take that down! #MediaBuzz #HowardKurtz pic.twitter.com/KLtGEC7WQw
— Not Sure ⚖️🗽✊🌊 (@JoeBauers2505) April 9, 2018
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: Megan Ming Francis: Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, an avant-garde concert with the Residents, and An Evening of Poetry at the Fremont Library.