Peeping Tom arrested in University District: Okay, this was definitely a problem when I lived in the University District last year. There was a man who lurked and peeped on women on my street, staring into basement windows and masturbating. This may be a separate incident, but a 26-year-old man suspected of felony voyeurism was arrested Wednesday. He is believed to be connected to multiple reports ranging from May 2018 up until last week, according to the Seattle Times.
Boeing 737 MAX 8s grounded by Trump: And not in a "go-to-your-room-without-dinner" kind of grounding. That was a terrible joke. It was begging to be written, though. All jokes (the good and the bad, it's subjective, okay?) aside, the decision came after the Federal Aviation Administration released new data Wednesday about the plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday. Boeing still asserts that the plane is safe but that they are recommending all 737 MAX 8s be grounded globally out of "an abundance of caution."
In Consultation with the FAA, NTSB and its Customers, Boeing Supports Action to Temporarily Ground 737 MAX Operations: https://t.co/YGgmgAZK3O pic.twitter.com/5bnxevuzlD
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 13, 2019
Mayor Durkan's new property levy would do away with library fines: A newly proposed $213 million property levy would do away with library fines—procrastinators and lazy library patrons rejoice! The levy will replace the current seven-year levy which is expiring. It will charge homeowners about $7 a month. The Seattle City Council will be reviewing the plan on March 28. It could be sent to voters on the August ballot.
The 52 places to visit in 2019! According to the New York Times, the number three place on your list should be… wait for it… Santa Barbara, California! Don't get me wrong, Santa Barbara is fine, but a must-see? Nah. The Times has finally stopped sleeping on Orcas Island, aka Oprah's newest home. That's the 33rd must-see place.
Earl Thomas is leaving the Seahawks: I asked my football sources if this was big news. They (read: my boyfriend) said that they "figured he was gone for good when he flipped off the entire Seahawks sideline after breaking his leg." Astute. Thomas is going to the Baltimore Ravens.
Thank you Seattle for the love and memories that my family and I will never forget... ❤️☔️
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) March 13, 2019
Washington House passes low-carbon fuel standard: That happened Tuesday night. It's going to the senate next. If the senate passes the measure then cleaner fuel could become a standard in Washington. It "would require the state’s fuel supply to have 10 percent less carbon per gallon by 2028 and 20 percent less by the year 2035," reports KUOW. Republicans aren't super happy about it.
Facebook has been down all day: So has Instagram, which is owned by the Zuckerberg-brainchild. It's... kind of peaceful, isn't it? No rush coming back, Facebook.
Listen to weather warnings!
Semi truck being blown over and sliding into the ditch in Amarillo Tx!!! Extreme winds gusting to 80MPH with wind spread damage throughout the area. #txwx #highwindwarning pic.twitter.com/aTyVT2KyKb
— Blake Brown (@BlakeBrownWx) March 13, 2019
Speaking of the weather: It's pretty normal around these parts. Actually, it's kind of sunny and spectacular. Charles Mudede, The Stranger's film editor, took his laptop (which he's been having technical difficulties with recently, but that's beside the point) outside to write in the sun. The rest of the country is having a time of it. Check out this weather that we aren't experiencing:
Quieter weather around here today but that's not the case to our east! Check out the enormity of the storm system impacting the central US! Blizzard warnings stretch from ND to CO with a threat of severe weather from TN to LA! #BombCyclone pic.twitter.com/haLYRLmcFA
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 13, 2019
USC actually does something in the wake of the college cheating scheme: The University of Southern California is one of the colleges at the center of the college cheating scheme. Several of the students whose parents have been implicated in the charges were applying to or had successfully been admitted to USC. Some university employees, including the athletic director, were involved as well and have been let go. USC said Wednesday that anyone involved in the cheating scheme would not be admitted to the school and those who were already attending and may have ties to cheating will be reviewed closely.
Lori Loughlin's bond set for $1 million: Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday for her connection to the aforementioned college cheating scandal. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid around $500,000 to get their two daughters spots at USC. Part of the lie included saying their daughters were on the crew team. There is no evidence the two girls have ever rowed before. Loughlin was set to be released today on $1 million bail, according to reports from NBC News. Meanwhile, Loughlin's youngest daughter was on vacation in the Bahamas on the boat of the chairman of USC's Board of Trustees.
We know how much the Milky Way weighs: In order to calculate the mass of a, well, massive galaxy, scientists have to study "the movements of other objects in the galaxy and see how fast or how slow they move based on their original position," according to Popular Science. The findings are by no means exact, but they're more exact than they've ever been. So just how vast is the Milky Way? "It weighs in 1.5 trillion times the mass of the sun, with a radius that stretches out to about 129,000 light-years from the galaxy’s center."
Paul Manafort gets some more prison time: His total sentence is now seven and a half years. He was sentenced by a different judge today for multiple charges including mortgage fraud. This judge delivered a scathing rebuke of Manafort and his lifelong gaming of the system. It was a stark difference from last week's sentencing. The judge delivered a three-and-a-half-year sentence on top of the nearly four-year sentence he received last week.
Oh shit, I guess Beto is running: The rumors have been swirling for seemingly forever about whether Beto O'Rourke will run for president in 2020. This is all the confirmation we have amid the rumor mill.