The FBI gets in on the Boeing investigation: The U.S. Department of Transportation will now be joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, the plane that has crashed twice in the past six months. The investigation is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice. The FBI has a wealth of resources. At the time being, the FBI is keeping its involvement in the investigation very hush hush. Canada and the EU doesn't trust the FAA and will conduct their own investigations before deciding whether the 737 MAX is safe.
Washington teens love to vape: Vaping! It's up there with Fortnite and Tik Tok with today's youth. My 14-year-old brother will kill me for typing that sentence. According to this report by the Washington Department of Health and Health Care Authority, "use of vape products in the past 30 days among 10th graders increased from 13 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2018." Hey, but cigarette smoking is down!
A shooting in Kittitas County: A deputy and suspect were both killed in a shooting Tuesday night. Deputies had been responding to a call about road rage and erratic driving. The driver did not comply with the deputies and continued to drive. Then, he stopped, got out of the car, and fired shots at the deputies. Ryan Thompson, 42, was the deputy who was killed.
A sanctuary for kids taken away from their parents opens in South Seattle: Grandese’s Place gives kids taken from their parents usually due to abuse or neglect a temporary home. The $2.3 million sanctuary can house up to five kids at a time from three to five days. The interim that kids are there gives social workers and law enforcement more time to find foster homes. The sanctuary also provides trauma care for kids.
Happy Dave Reichert Day, everybody! Noted Stranger writer Rich Smith isn't pleased.
More like Funko Pop fly: The Everett-based company known for its pop culture figurines and collectibles just secured the naming rights for the stadium that hosts the Everett Aquasox minor league baseball team. Welcome to Funko Field, Aquasox fans. Meanwhile, some baseball aficionados in Seattle are getting their first look at T-Mobile Park.
I was sweaty at the doctor's office today and this is why: This summer weather has got me really worried about whether I actually remembered to put deodorant on today or not. Happy first day of spring.
High Temperatures (so far) across the area today:
All of these locations broke their daily high records for today. Seattle and Hoquiam tied their warmest March day on record (both set 79° yesterday). #WAwx
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 20, 2019
Enjoy it, though: By the end of the week we're going to get more typical spring weather. That means clouds and rain. While we have the clear skies, try to take a peek up at the moon. It's gonna be spectacular.
Want to see something off-putting? Yeah, I know you do, you sick fucks. Here. Bears on two legs.
Nebraska struggles in the wake of record flood water: For about a week, the Midwest has been drowned by overflowing rivers from rain and melting snow. Nebraska is one of the states that's been hit the hardest. The flood waters have started to recede. Now, Nebraskans are grappling with what the waters left behind: destroyed infrastructure. Roads have been destroyed, bridges have been toppled, and all that's certain is that the recovery process is going to be long and expensive.
The EU is throwing Britain a Brexit bone: Sort of. The European Union (EU) said that they would extend the deadline that it has to leave the EU—which is in a little over a week. The catch is that the EU will only extend the March 29 deadline if Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's plan which has been shot down and voted against twice now. At this point, it's looking like Britain will either leave the union without a plan at all or a lengthier delay that will probably result in bowing out of Brexit completely.
Former DEA official is now working for Purdue Pharma: The OxyContin manufacturer is being consulted by an ex-Drugs Enforcement Administration official. Demetra Ashley is the former acting assistant administrator of the DEA. She now runs a consulting firm and is employed by Purdue Pharma. In 2017, Ashley told a Senate Committee "about the need for a "robust regulatory program" to stop the diversion of opioids," according to an NBC report.
Spring break is getting too crazy for Miami: Says Miami. Miami Beach officials met Tuesday to discuss how to tone down what is turning out to be an especially crazy spring break. I have to just take this entire paragraph from the Miami Herald so we can all get the gist, because who, besides people in movies, has even been to spring break:
"A brawl on the beach, a young woman knocked unconscious near Ocean Drive, police officers injured, a driver on the MacArthur Causeway serving alcohol to passengers in another vehicle, and a tourist flying out of the car window and getting run over on her way to the airport."Residents are pissed. The solution so far is to make spring break "less fun."
Andrew Gillum takes ones for the team: The former Tallahassee mayor and failed-by-less-than-half-a-percentage-point gubernatorial candidate isn't going to run for president. Instead, Gillum, a Democratic rising star, is focusing his efforts on building a voter mobilization network in Florida. He's aiming at registering 1 million voters in order to make sure that Trump doesn't win Florida in 2020.