Seattle is the most educated city in America: That’s right folks, people in Seattle have more college degrees than any other big city. But don’t feel too superior yet, it’s mostly because of the massive influx of tech workers who have flocked here. Overall, 63 percent of Seattle’s population over the age of 25 has a college degree. Let’s all thank Gene Balk for finding the answers to questions we didn’t even think to ask.
Seattle is the most-educated big city in the U.S. — and 8 in 10 newcomers have a college degree. https://t.co/jSRdhtDq1I pic.twitter.com/HnWTBF7Wyi
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) February 25, 2019
A Washington state House bill would make utilities completely carbon free by 2045: Local environmentalists are all for it, but the utility companies are a bit more apprehensive. Nobody is entirely confident the bill will pass in its current form, but activists and progressives, fresh off a big loss on the carbon fee (I-1631, rest in peace), think this will push utilities on the path to decarbonization.
It’s important to decarbonize because of the fucking orcas: Oh so you like orcas? But you don’t like paying a little bit more for electricity? Well, you’re going to have to fucking pick one because the orcas need Chinook salmon and the Chinook salmon need to reproduce in water that isn't insanely hot. The Seattle Times’s Lynda V. Mapes wrote the definitive series on why Salish Sea orcas are in decline and this part is all about their relationship with Chinook, the largest and most nutritious of all salmon species.
You don’t know how to merge? One state lawmaker has a plan to change that. It’s called the zipper merge and it is just about the easiest thing in the world. Instead of everyone merging into one lane super early and leaving the ending lane empty, just use both goddamn lanes up until the merge and then make like a zipper. My roommate gets irate when Seattleites get that wrong—it happens often. The house bill would make sure Washington driver's license tests include a question on the zipper merge.
Green Book wins Best Picture at the Oscars: And people are not pleased. I did not see the movie so I’ll let the LA Times (through our digital editor Chase Burns) do the talking.
Free Solo won best documentary: Boy, am I a sucker for a beautiful climbing film. Anything Jimmy Chin and his co-director/wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi touch is gold and Free Solo is their masterpiece to date. Alex Honnold literally climbing Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan with nothing more than a bag of chalk and one giant set of cojones. Nobody would go see it in theaters with me so I saw it by myself—$13 solo!
Trump promises to hold world's largest 4th of July BBQ: But knowing him, it’ll probably just be a wimpy fireworks show and a table full of DJT merch. Awfully bold of him to claim it will be one of the “biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C.” He doesn’t exactly have a good track record of drawing large crowds to the National Mall (cough cough inauguration cough).
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2019
Second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un: The president is traveling to Vietnam to meet with the North Korean leader as I write this and expectations are low. Great, that’s exactly when Trump shines. The first summit was hailed as a huge success, but produced little in the way of concrete plans to denuclearize North Korea. Don’t get me wrong, this is a lot better than promising “fire and fury,” but without tough negotiations on their nuclear program, we would remain at a dangerous impasse.
French boy brings measles to a measles-free Costa Rica: The Central American country has been measles-free since 2014, but a French boy who hadn’t been vaccinated brought it back while on vacation. Now they're scrambling to find anyone who may have come into contact with him. So this is not a uniquely American problem. But Costa Rica seems to have their shit together; they haven’t had a domestic measles case since 2006.
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A screening of Sorry to Bother You at Central Cinema, the Town Love Hiphop Awards, and an Old-Fashioned Beefsteak Dinner with West Seattle Brewing.