Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court voted to uphold Donald Trump’s travel ban that restricted travel from several Muslim countries. It rejected the outcry that the ban discriminated against Muslims or that it exceeded Trump’s authority, reports the Associated Press. As we all know the Statue of Liberty says: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, except for people Americans are prejudiced against.” This is a sad day for America. What do we even stand for anymore? Because we sure as hell aren’t a beacon of hope.
Republicans want to offer farm workers temporary visas: “They’re taking our jobs!” is a common refrain from white Americans, you know the type, about immigrants. Except, without immigrants no one will be farming food since there is a shortage in agriculture labor. Farmers are desperate. Republicans, including Rep. Dan Newhouse from Sunnyside, are trying to cobble together a bill that will provide these workers legal status. Sounds good, right? Eh. The bill won’t offer the workers permanent citizenship and will have no path to do so. Their legality will also be stripped from them if they move out of the agricultural sector. Sounds good for Republicans.
WSU quarterback showed signs of CTE at time of suicide: Tyler Hilinski, the quarterback of Washington State University, was 21-years-old when he was found dead by suicide in January of this year. He also had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This type of brain damage is notorious for its presence in football players. Due to CTE, Hilinski had the brain of a 65-year-old.
Detained mothers at SeaTac file suit against family separation: They’ve been denied asylum interviews and the government has violated the immigrants’ due process rights by separating them from their children without rhyme or reason, according to the lawsuit. Heidi Groover has more here.
Football coach fired for praying makes his case: And it might be headed to the Supreme Court. Joseph Kennedy, a name of a man who sounds like he’d pray at the 50-yard line at Bremerton High School football games, is petitioning the Supreme Court. The assistant coach was fired from the school and a lower court sided against him. By the good grace of god and the First Amendment (what’s the difference really?) Kennedy believes he had a right to pray. The Supreme Court may decide that. Apparently, after Kennedy was fired and asked to stop praying at football games, he would still attend games and pray in the stands. Thanks, Joseph, really doing God’s work there.
Washington state trooper “not aware of implications” of confederate flag: Yeah, and I bet he thought the Ku Klux Klan was just a really passionate church group. Trooper James Manning was flying his southern cross high at his Silverdale home with his official vehicle parked underneath. He had apparently inherited the relic from his grandfather and didn’t know it was a racist symbol. Sure, James. He took the flag down.
Prepare for more storms in Washington… in 2045: Rising sea levels are going to fuck Washington up. More frequent and more powerful storms will batter the coastline and anyone along it had better consider their options soon. Either coastal residents will have to build defensive infrastructure or pack up and move out. Already, some coastal residents like the Quinault tribe are facing this reality and seeking financial help to move to higher ground.
Airbnb moves into Seattle: The permanent office has space for 300 people and is located in the heart of downtown. It puts Airbnb in a strategic position to poach workers from its biggest competitor: Bellevue-based Expedia. Click through to that GeekWire link to see how beautiful their office building is. There’s also a hiring link if you’re feeling sad in your current office, or work for Expedia.
The teens can take transit for the low cost of free-ninety-nine: Free for them, at least. And they’re not stealing it, like the term free-ninety-nine suggests (thank you, quick urban dictionary fact check). For the city, the program will cost a projected $5 million. It will give Seattle public high-school students free ORCA cards across the board, year-round starting in the fall.
Construction on the Space Needle is done: Or at least that’s what it looks like. The final construction panel was removed from the iconic Seattle landmark yesterday evening. All systems seem to be go except the rotating glass floor — there’s a rotating glass floor??? — won’t be open until mid-July.
And now the weather: Okay, so I’ll just say the weather in case you don’t find the National Weather Service’s tweet this morning funny or particularly interesting: it will be wet in the morning and then dry in the afternoon. Here is the tweet:
A perfect morning in Seattle to wear a sun visor on your rain hat and a t-shirt that says "200 billion slugs can't be wrong". That pesky convergence zone lingers over Seattle this morning, but should go away this afternoon for some sun and highs in the low 70s. #wawx pic.twitter.com/2Vo7pL7PH3
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) June 26, 2018
Great news! It’s about time, isn’t it?
Border officials renege on “zero tolerance” policy: Border security has stopped handing over migrants crossing the border for prosecution, contradicting the Trump administration’s policy. Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that families will be held for a short period of time and released to return for a court date at a later date. This is because ICE does not have the facilities to house all of these people. Additionally, McAleenan’s approach will temporarily revive the Obama-era “catch and release” policy.
Six-figures is a low-income salary in San Francisco: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its minimum limit to require for affordable housing. In San Francisco that limit was $117,400 annually for a family of four. To be “very low income” you would be earning a meager $73,300. Income limits have increased by 10 percent in the last year in the Bay Area.
A glitch in the matrix: A baseball traveled to another realm yesterday. Our simulation is glitching. The mods are getting tired. The changes they made the last two years were fun at first, really out of left field. Now, not so much. They’ve turned kind of scary, morphing on their own into something evil and amorphous.
Embezzlement for kittens: A finance boss stole more than £370,000 ($430,00) from his firm so that he could fund a lavish lifestyle. That also involved buying pedigree kittens. He was sentenced to four years in jail.
Sean Spicer wants to be the next TV talk show sensation: Move over Letterman, pack your bags Ellen, and start filing for welfare, Oprah, Sean Spicer and the 35 pieces of gum he swallows a day have big dreams. He wants to be a talk show host and invite notable public figures to have a drink or a bite while he interviews them. Shockingly, no network is attached to the project yet.
TUESDAY Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The opening of Summer Dreams: Works by Electric Coffin, Peter Gronquist, Neon Saltwater, and Jennifer Zwick, emo royalty the Get Up Kids and Casket Lottery at Neumos, and a reading with Hugo-nominated sci-fi author Ken Macleod.
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