Good morning, hello, it's spectacular out, isn't it? If you're a real Slog AM enthusiast and you're sitting at your breakfast table, your office desk, or sneaking an illegal peek at your phone in traffic, you're probably wondering "hmm this is very late today." Don't be alarmed! It's not just you. In fact, not being "alarmed" is what caused this whole thing. Our delightful and dedicated Slog AM intern, Timothy, had some alarm difficulties. So, Slog AM was co-written this morning. And we will gently rib Timothy right here in the post and however you see fit in the comments. But that's it. We love him, after all.
The MHA vote is today: The vote on the Mandatory Housing Affordability has been a yearslong process. I guess we can't complain, that is what we call the Seattle Process, after all (click the link, it has its own Wikipedia page). The Seattle Times Editorial Board has been no help. Most recently, they published this bullshit op-ed Friday that says "Seattle's prized neighborhoods are under attack." It asserts that there has been little to no oversight or community involvement. We've been trying to pass this shit—so the hundreds of thousands of people who have moved here for shiny new jobs have a place to live. The vote Monday will decide whether 27 neighborhoods are rezoned to allow taller neighborhoods and denser construction, according to this non-opinion Seattle Times article.
A neighborhood group in Eastlake says they feel 'blindsided': Blindsided? Where were you throughout the entirety of this discussion? In a last-ditch effort, as reported by Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, North Capitol Hill homeowners and the Eastlake Community Council are fighting the upzone of a seven-block part of the neighborhood that borders I-5 in Eastlake.
The biggest news of the morning: It's going to be a scorcher today. A little more than a month ago Seattle was blanketed in snow. Today it's going to reach 70 degrees. Dust off your bathing suit and lather on the sunscreen. Unless, of course, you're stuck inside all day. I can't help you there.
Sunny, with a side of above normal temps—that's what's in store for the first half of the work week as high pressure continues to influence the Pac NW. Well, it looks like we'll be having our lunch break outside this week. #WAwx pic.twitter.com/mxaZMWcUgc
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 18, 2019
I cannot believe this Vancouver middle school riot: Vancouver, Washington ceases to disappoint. There was that story of the girl who pushed another girl off a bridge last summer, then the whole measles outbreak, and now... this. There was an incident at a middle school basketball game on Friday. Deputies showed up. They were surrounded by an angry mob of 60 or 70 eighth graders. Nightmare fuel. Eighth graders are truly the scariest demographic. The kids yelled death threats, racial slurs, swear words, and whatever else. Thirty officers showed up. Nine kids were arrested. Some parents are keeping their kids home from school on Monday.
The Big Dance is going to see a lot from the Pacific Northwest: The Gonzaga University Bulldogs are headed to the NCAA Tournament. They're the No. 1 seed in the West Region. The University of Washington Huskies, meanwhile, are the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. The Oregon Ducks, who (I hate to say it) bested the Huskies in the Pac-12 Tournament this weekend, are the No. 12 seed in the South Region. They will open the NCAA Tournament Friday against Wisconsin.
Another threat to whales??? West Coast whales have it bad. We know this. It turns out that cargo ships are also really fucking bad for our whales. In 2018, 10 whales died after being hit by ships. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking these stats since 1982. That's a grim job. Last year's cargo whale deaths are the highest ever, according to NOAA.
Boeing may have rushed 737 MAX planes through safety checks: According to a bombshell new Seattle Times story, Boeing and the FAA made several crucial mistakes when doing safety tests on the brand new flight control system in these planes which is suspected to have contributed to two deadly crashes in the last four months. This flight computer automatically adjusted the “angle of attack” by pushing the nose of the plane up or down, but malfunctions with the sensor that feeds the computer information may have caused the nose to repeatedly dip downwards and force the plane to lower elevation. If you want to understand the hot water Boeing is in, then read this story.
Beto O’Rourke was a hacktivist: The 46-year-old presidential candidate from Texas who used to play in a punk band and recite beat poetry has one other surprise in his past. The influential “Cult of the Dead Cow," a group of online activists and hackers, has claimed O’Rourke as one of their own. They were one of the first social-justice online-activism groups in the U.S. and essentially invented the word “hacktivist.”
New Zealand Prime Minister promises tougher gun laws: Following an attack in two Christchurch mosques that killed at least 50 people. In the wake of the massacre, politicians are focusing especially on the laws regarding semi-automatic weapons, which are much more deadly in mass shootings. This may go the way of America, where essentially nothing happens, or it might go the way of Australia, where they pass sweeping gun reform following the largest mass shooting in their history. Only time will tell.
More on the boy who egged an Australian Senator: Senator Fraser Anning issued some really fucking ugly statements about Muslim people in the wake of the New Zealand mosque attacks. Will Connolly, a 17-year-old Aussie teen, took action. Now, he's better known as Egg Boy. He will be giving all the donations he receives on his GoFundMe page to victims of the Christchurch attack. The page has already raised $42,000 following his cathartic egging.
‘EVERYONE SHOULD BE LIKE EGG BOY’: #ArmieHammer gives his support to #WillConnolly or #EggBoy, the 17-year old who cracked an egg over the head of Australian Senator Fraser Anning after he blamed the New Zealand mosque attacks on Muslim immigration. pic.twitter.com/YddiwC57h0
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 18, 2019
Japanese victims of forced sterilization will receive reparations: And an apology from the government. About 16,500 people, mostly women with disabilities, according to The Guardian, were forced to undergo sterilization procedures under a now-defunct Japanese eugenics law between 1948 and 1996. The law was meant to stop “inferior” babies from tainting their population, which is the most fucked up piece of history I had never heard of before. These victims will each receive the equivalent of $28,700 from the government, an undeniably measly sum from the same government took away their right to have a child.
Hey, watch out for space herpes: NASA issued a warning about space herpes. The herpes virus is really reactivating up there in the crew of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. The dormant virus is surfacing in a small population of astronauts. NASA says this is because space flight heightens stress hormones and suppresses the immune system. Does this mean Trump's Space Force will succumb to herpes? We've got to get them some Abreva.
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A cookbook talk with Vietnamese Food Any Day author Andrea Nguyen, an evening of hard rock with Graveyard and Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, and the Pacific Northwest performer showcase 12 Minutes Max.