Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have to make an emergency landing because it smells like ass in here.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have to make an emergency landing because it smells like swamp ass in here." Diy13/Getty Images

Slog PM tonight is brought to you by the beverages in the Washington State Capitol's cafeteria: We left Capitol Hill today. Look at this drink selection:


Another weird smell on another Alaska Airlines flight: There was a flight from Chicago to Seattle last night that had to make an emergency landing in Minneapolis. Why? Another mysterious odor that caused people to get sick! This is the second time this week that an Alaska Airlines flight was interrupted due to a weird odor. There's still no report on what caused either smell, but there is some new information! On the flight from Chicago the odor smelled like burnt plastic. Many people said they couldn't breathe. Eight people were taken to the hospital to be checked out. Six were crew members. Three crew members on the flight earlier this week got sick. Hmmm. Peculiar.

Melania Trump is coming to Seattle: On Monday, the First Lady is visiting "an unnamed technology firm" in a promotion tour of her "Be Best" initiative, that terribly-named thing about cyberbullying she's championing. Melania will be getting a tour of the facilities and the scoop on what this company, whose identity is shrouded in secrecy, is doing to teach the youth online safety. This will be her first overnight trip in an official capacity. She's been in the office for over a year. Mel, what are you doing, girl?

Ahead of Inslee's anticipated presidential candidacy announcement, the New Yorker released this profile: This New Yorker writer is very taken with our tall, athletic, thoughts-emerge-in-lists governor (adjectives taken from the profile). He's expected to announce by the end of the week (so, like, tomorrow?). He was all coy about it in this profile. Read up, but if you're a Washingtonian, you've probably heard all of this (read: Inslee's boner for climate change) before.

Big news! We almost cleared 50 degrees!


Arsonist who lit Bellingham feed store on fire was trying to keep warm: The suspect arrested for a fire that lit up and destroyed Hohl Feed and Seed (surprisingly, not a porno title—that we know of) company allegedly lit the fire for warmth. It spread in the early hours of Feb. 18 and the store was destroyed. An adoption event will be held Saturday March 2 for all the animals who survived the fire.

Lawsuit against major banks may top $1 million: According to a Seattle PI report, Bank of America, Key Bank, U.S. Bank may owe $1 billion in deposits to people whose bonds the banks lost. Back in the day, these banks absorbed small, local banks and allegedly failed to keep track of some existing bonds. They have been failing to honor those bonds, too. There are currently 18 plaintiffs represented in the complaint.

The Seahawks aren't for sale: Rejoice! The ownership of the Seahawks is officially the Paul G. Allen Trust which is chaired by his sister, Jody Allen. The team isn't for sale. Paul Allen died in October.

Seattle moves forward with potential I-5 lid project: Listen, I'm all for this urban paradisiacal wet dream. But, who knows if a cover over I-5 in downtown would work? It would provide more space for real estate and green spaces. Most importantly, it would be fucking cool. The City of Seattle has selected a global engineering firm called WSP to look into the feasibility. My fingers and toes are crossed.

The people are charmed because Beto owns a bike:


Israel's Prime Minister could be indicted: The Attorney General over in Israel has announced plans to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There's a whole list of accusations that the New York Times has compiled. They came out of a two-year investigation. The charges will range from bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. He would be the first sitting prime minister to be indicted in Israel's history. However, he's still entitled to a trial.

Van Jones talks fried chicken to a white audience at CPAC: Charles Mudede writes "I thought Jones, with his glasses and all, was supposed to be the image of black smarts. But his position on crime in the US turns out to lack any intelligence."


Democrats have some questions for the Trump siblings and Jared Kushner: Also, Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer. It's time for them to answer some questions to corroborate claims of the president's alleged wrongdoing and possibly provide additional information. Donald Trump Jr. and Weisselberg are of particular interest because their signatures appeared on two of the checks Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, provided as evidence in his hearing yesterday. Those checks were reimbursements Cohen received for paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money over an alleged affair she had with Trump.

New report finds that Trump (shockingly) lied about giving his son-in-law top-level security clearance: The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to give Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, top-secret security clearance. Many people—including the CIA, notes the Times—thought that was a very bad idea. It took a year for Kushner's background check to clear. In January, Trump asserted that Kushner's security clearance was granted through the standard procedure. Nope. House Democrats are currently investigating this matter and how other members of the Trump administration got their security clearances.

February was the first month in 132 years where it didn't reach 70 degrees in Los Angeles: It was a month of rainstorms and cold snaps for LA. The city, known for its temperate weather (unless we're talking about the blistering summers), hasn't not hit 70 degrees since temperatures started being recorded—so, at least 132 years. Maybe there's something to Jay's boner over climate change?