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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is close to the cure for cancer: The Hutch has always been at the forefront of cancer research. Scientists there discovered bone marrow transplants as cancer treatment back in the day. New treatments being developed are showing incredible results. One treatment that's working well is the use of re-engineered human CAR-T cells. One patient with leukemia underwent the CAR-T trial and achieved a 93 percent remission rate. That's unheard of. These immunotherapy treatments and technologies are now being tested on other "incurable" cancers. Problems still remain and kinks have to be worked out. For instance, there are some gnarly seizure-y side-effects to CAR-T treatments. Results are happening every day.

High construction costs could impact head tax: It’s expensive to live in this city and it is expensive to build in this city. Construction costs are rising every year. According to the Mortenson Construction Cost Index, construction costs are estimated to go up 3.5 to 4 percent this year. The City Council says they have taken this into account and increasing the amount of construction workers, something a part of the head tax does directly, will lower building costs.

Downtown hatchet attack: A man in his 30s was attacked last night outside the 3rd and Pine McDonalds because where else would this have happened. One of the suspects had a hatchet and a baseball bat. An argument with a crowd of people turned violent, the hatchet was used, and the victim now faces life-threatening injuries.

Fantasy football for fish: This organization, Survive the Sound, is trying to raise awareness about high salmon mortality rates during migration. They figured out a fun way to do so: competition. People can pick a salmon, sponsor it, and earn points based on how far it’s traveled in 12 days. The program is being used by schools now. Students get personally invested in their fish and will learn hands-on about mortality rates. Spoiler alert: they’re bad. Out of “the 48 fish in last year’s Survive the Sound version, only six made it to the ocean,” reports the Seattle Times. Preliminary research shows that human contamination is likely the cause.

The First United Methodist Church is a beehive: It’s a buzzing with activity! The building that the old church used to be in — it’s called The Sanctuary currently — is now the home of 200,000 honeybees. They’re expected to produce 50 pounds of honey per hive. It will be used in recipes.

Uber Express POOL comes to Seattle: The new option is a better version of uberPOOL where people share rides for cheaper. POOL is a good idea on paper, but it’s often a headache that takes twice as long as a normal ride. Express POOL is a more efficient way to share rides that is built more around carpooling. It asks riders to wait a little so they can be matched up with people whose routes make sense together logically. It may ask people to move a block or two to better pick up locations.

Are you trying to buy a house here? Maybe reconsider. It sounds hard. Also expensive. The median downpayment alone on all houses in King County is “$100,000 for the first time, up from about $50,000 just five years ago.” About two-thirds of homes go for more than asking price, too. I’m reading this informative article by the Seattle Times. If you read one article by them today, I suggest this one. It’s an interesting step-by-step look at the process of buying a house in Seattle and attempting to summarize it in so few words would be borderline impossible. If you’re someone trying to buy a house here, read this for sure.

Skepticism around new Tiny Village in Ballard: It’s set to open at the end of May and will house only women and children. Still, neighbors are not happy especially after a homeless man allegedly raped a woman in the area on Monday.


Close call:


Did you see this yesterday? This guy blew his top in a sandwich shop in New York because the employees were speaking Spanish to each other. He said he was going to call ICE on them.


It turns out he's a hot shot lawyer: His name is Aaron Schlossberg. Many people recognized him from the viral video. These people were not surprised to see him acting this way. He was trending on Twitter mere hours after the video made it online. Shaun King is calling for him to be disbarred.


Boulder, Colorado just banned all assault rifles: The City Council voted unanimously to ban the sale and possession of these weapons. It also banned high capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Capitalizing on internet trends: Companies do this all the time more and more. Something will get so popular so quickly that it is guaranteed to die. This happens when brands, companies, or organizations co-opt a meme, a trend, a joke, etc. for branding purposes. It’s ubiquitous and it is inevitable. The latest trend to die is the Yanny vs. Laurel debate. The U.S. Air Force wanted in on the action.


Japanese train leaves station 25 seconds early: The rail company is profusely apologizing for the premature departure. They’re devastated because this is the second time it’s happened in months. How could they inconvenience their loyal customers like that?

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Six-year-old girl munching on a bag of crack: A Philadelphia teacher saw one of her young students chewing on something. It was a baggy filled with what the girl thought was sugar. Nope! It was crack cocaine. Different. The girl had gotten the bag from another student. Both had not ingested the substance. Police are investigating how the children got the crack.

Trump makes another racist comment: Look out, he’s still a bigot. At a roundtable yesterday, Trump described some immigrants as barely people and called them “animals.” Maybe he and Aaron Schlossberg will do lunch sometime this week.

Bitcoin uses a lot of power: The cryptocurrency currently uses as much power as all of Ireland does. The minimum usage of the bitcoin network clocks in at about 2.55 gigawatts. I mentally said that in Doc Brown’s voice from Back to the Future. “A single transaction uses as much electricity as an average household in the Netherlands uses in a month,” reports LiveMint. The power usage is expected to continue climbing. Bitcoin is expected to use 0.5 percent of the world’s electricity by the end of the year.

An update from my alley:

I think there’s a cult living in the apartment behind my house. There are always at least 10 young men in the living room. They’re usually wearing white t-shirts. That could mark a cult or just the standard uniform for a 20-something male these days. They keep their balcony window open so I’ve been able to observe a fair amount. They play video games, they sit around and chat, and they stand in a circle holding hands.

I am perplexed by the cult. Do they all live in that tiny apartment together? I’ve never seen fewer than 10 of them at a time. Maybe they only open the curtains when the entire party is present, like an advertisement to the world.

I hadn’t seen them in awhile, I figured maybe they were a winter cult. Or, more likely, they’d moved some meetings to the outside. But, yesterday at literally 6 a.m. I heard deep, guttural singing. It was like some Gregorian monks were living in my alley. I’d always seen the cult before, but I’d never heard them. It was eerie. It also confirmed my suspicions that they are actually a cult. That or a church group, I guess.

Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Ballard Jazz Festival, the Seattle Spring Brewfest, and Ballard's Syttende Mai Celebration.