Conflict in Seattle’s tiny-house villages leads staff to lose their jobs: The Low Income Housing Institute, a city contractor, is booting several homeless advocates from the Nicklesville nonprofit, including longtime activist Sean Morrow. The LIHI is mad about what they say have been arbitrary denials of homeless people from these villages and Nicklesville’s refusal to require residents to regularly meet with a case manager to make the transition to low income housing faster. Nicklesville staff retort that there isn’t enough to affordable housing to transition into for case managers to make a difference anyway. This may upset the democratic system that governs these tiny-house villages that homeless residents have come to rely on.
Man fatally shot at Cal Anderson Park: Where just under a week ago, hundreds of students gathered to demand action on climate change, a man in his early 20’s was shot dead last night. At around 9:40 pm, when the park was still busy with soccer players and dog walkers, a man was shot in the back of the head near the illuminated basketball courts. This follows a suicidal man being shot by police the night before after pointing his gun at officers. While gun violence does happen year round, data shows that these incidents increase when the weather turns warm.
Researchers at UW and Microsoft are building the first ever DNA computer: Scientists have long wondered whether DNA, the natural code that governs life, could replace our binary computing system to store and retrieve data. But UW and Microsoft are leagues ahead of anyone else actually trying to do it. They’ve gotten the information to flow pretty well in one direction, in translating binary to strands of DNA, but reading it back can be a bit more labor intensive and costly. They’re building a new automated DNA computer that will both encode and decode data into DNA automatically without the use of human intervention. As a proof of concept, they encoded the word “hello” and then read it back. That may sound simple, but I’d like to see your DNA-based computer. Oh you don’t have one? Then don’t be snotty.
Ichiro announces he will retire: The Mariners legend and undisputed greatest Japanese baseball player of all time will retire this week after 28 seasons of baseball that span two separate leagues. Spokespeople for Ichiro announced it during the Mariners’ game in Japan where he Ichiro was given a standing ovation during an eighth inning jog out to right field to show he was leaving the game. I don’t know anything about baseball, but this would be the part of the blurb where I tell you how much he meant to me and my city. But I do know he’s a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame.
I hope you enjoyed fake-summer: Because it is still very much march and yesterday was only the first day of spring so you all need to chill. Yes, I’m responsible too. I went to Gasworks yesterday and drank on a blanket when the sun went down, but we have to hunker down again because the grey is coming.
Here's a look at the next 7 days across the area. Showers return to the forecast beginning tomorrow and continuing thru the first half of the weekend. After a break again on Sunday, next week looks unsettled. #wawx pic.twitter.com/LAnyhBLxep
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 21, 2019
LA sees a UFO: The people of Los Angeles dropped their jaws and probably a few kale smoothies after seeing a strange fireball streaking across the skyline. People quickly turned to Twitter to rejoice in the fact the fact that they just saw a meteor. But it wasn’t, it was a UFO. I’m technically right, there was a short period of time when it was an unidentified flying object. Let me have my fun! It turned out to be a wing-suit skydiver with a flare attached to their foot. Not as mysterious at UFO’s but still pretty gnarly.
A kidnapping in Venezuela sparks outrage: The chief of staff for self-proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó’s was kidnapped by the state police early this morning, according to Guaidó. The country in crisis has had two presidents since January following a sham election in which any serious contender to Nicolás Maduro was hazed out of running. This represents the boldest attack yet on the Guaidó camp and will likely provoke punitive measures from international players like the United States.
New Zealand bans assault rifles and military style semi-automatic weapons: It’s mind-blowing that in just a few days, New Zealand achieved what we haven’t be able to for more than a decade. All sales of these weapons stopped today and they are rolling out a government buyback program for people that already own these guns. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is putting on a masterclass in how to respond to a national tragedy.
Trump is threatening aid to colleges who block speakers: He’s expected to sign an executive order that would bar certain federal funds from universities his administration deems to be violating free speech laws by barring controversial speakers. He’s teased legislation like this before while whining that liberal snowflakes keeping shutting down conservative speech on campus, but now he’s actually doing it.
In case you need some hope to get through the day: These people in Mozambique gathered on the site of their now destroyed church to sing and pray after a devastating cyclone ravaged the country.
Churchgoers gather to sing and pray in what is left of their church, which was destroyed as Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique. https://t.co/dnMYEVyB4X pic.twitter.com/yeUKI0Klpq
— ABC News (@ABC) March 21, 2019
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A concert with Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, a screening of multimedia artist and poet Patty Gone's video series Painted Dreams, and Pacific Northwest Ballet's boundary-pushing Director's Choice.