Seattle man searching for a home for 100 redwoods: Anyone have a spare forest? A grove of 100 redwoods are on their way to Seattle. Philip Stielstra, a 71-year-old lover of trees and retired Boeing engineer, was gifted the trees by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Michigan. The trees will receive safe haven in Seattle from the effects of climate change ravaging their native coastline of California. Well, they will if Stielstra can find them a home. Ideally, they’ll be planted together.
Black Central District residents worried about new development: The plan was to develop a parcel of land on a historic corner in the Central District. The community agreed to put forward a plan to use the land for “affordable housing, homeownership opportunities, Black-owned businesses and a 24-hour public space,” reports Crosscut. The development was geared toward preserving the Central District’s black identity. However, when the city planning signs went up, the design that was displayed was a generic new apartment building, you know, the ugly ones that are cheap to build and reek of gentrification. Even worse, the anchor tenant of the development would be a big drugstore, something like Walgreens. Community members don’t want that. Where were the designs they agreed on? Where were the black-owned businesses? Where was the character? The developer says there’s still time to discuss these things and that the plans aren’t set in stone.
Bitches love bike share: At the end of 2017, there were 10,000 bike share bikes across all of Seattle. Out of everyone that uses bike share, 62 percent were male. C’mon ladies and others, hoist up your skirts and straddle a Spin bike, love a LimeBike, and, I dunno, fuck an ofo? The alliteration there got away from me. Or is it assonance? It’s been awhile since knowing the difference mattered. Back to bikes. Most people ride them to work or to transit, not for exercise and 74 percent of people had favorable experiences.
King County is getting a new sexual-harassment policy: Despite initial pushback from the county human resources department, a new county sexual-harassment policy will be introduced this week, reports the Seattle Times. The policy will focus on improved training that will hopefully result in a culture change. Other than that, it outlines definitions of harassment and discrimination. It “highlights issues like power dynamics and building a healthy workplace culture.” Since the #MeToo movement began last fall, calls to King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KSARC) are up 50 percent. More people are reporting sexual misconduct.
Stabbing at Alki beach: On Saturday night, a man in his 20s was stabbed to death near Alki Beach. Police say they don’t believe the attack was random. Neighbors are worried.
Boy scouts rescued on Mount Baker: Two 13-year-old scouts and two of their adult supervisors got stuck on the mountain after getting separated from their group Sunday. They spent the night in a cave with the temperatures dropping below 17 degrees. Talk about a practical use of their scouting skills. They were rescued Monday morning. The boys are in serious condition but the adults are stable.
Oprah loves the Pacific Northwest, too: Oprah has purchased an $8.25 million estate on Orcas Island. It’s described as a secluded compound. It’s unclear whether Oprah will use the estate as a residence or merely as an investment. Not to imply that we aren’t special up here, but Oprah probably has secluded compounds all over the country. Probably all over the world. I just want to prepare us for rejection.
Who’s in charge of media at WSDOT? Seriously, the Washington State Department of Transportation has stepped their game up. They’re not only improving roadways, they’re improving content. WSDOT will be this year’s newest YouTube sensation. Getting a drone really changed the game for them. Here’s what they put together about this weekend’s I-5 closure:
No more Miss America swimsuit competition: Change is coming for Miss America. The pageant is led by an all-female team for the first time in its history and next year it will focus more on inclusivity. The first change is doing away with the swimsuit competition. Organizers say they want to include women of all body types in the pageant. They also say that women will no longer be judged on their physical appearance.
Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape charges: There are two charges against him from two victims. The first, Lucia Evans, alleges that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004. The other is unnamed but says Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel room. He pleaded not guilty to both.
Eagles not allowed at White House: How unpatriotic. Trump rescinded his invitation for the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House in honor of their Super Bowl win. Some team members weren’t going to attend because they, naturally, disagree with the president. That was too much for Trump who canceled the trip in its entirety. Going forward, you’ll only be invited to the White House if you fuck to the National Anthem.
Headline of the week so far: Always look on the bright side of life, says CEO who raised EpiPen price by more than 400%
Oregon man on LSD steals car, thinks he’s playing "Grand Theft Auto": He stole a car in front of patrol deputies and then led them on a 40-mile chase. He thought he was in a live-version of the video game "Grand Theft Auto." He apparently even walked up to one of the officers and told him he was going to steal the car. Then he stole the car. I love a man who's true to his word.
Little update: Turns out I'm actually not leaving Slog AM yet. Sorry for the confusion and unnecessary heartbreak. You're stuck with me for awhile longer.
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A classic rock show with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Ginger Minj's autobiographical musical comedy Crossdresser for Christ, and Win, Lose, or Drawnk: Art Game