Michelle Obama shines at the Tacoma Dome: This was no ordinary promotional stop on a sleepy book tour, this was some rockstar-level political inspiration. There were actual rockstars there, with Seattle’s own Eddie Vedder (he’s actually from my hometown of Evanston, Illinois so suck it) making an appearance. Jimmy Kimmel hosted a meandering interview, Sue Bird spoke to the crowd, and power couple Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson even showed up. A crowd of around 18,000 heard the former first lady talk about the themes of "going high when they go low" in her new book, Becoming, it's the famous mantra that has become synonymous with her poise in office.
A Tacoma wedding behind bars: An inmate at the Northwest Detention Center was married this weekend to his girlfriend of four years after not having seen her in six months. He’s currently being held in a legal purgatory after being picked up by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement over two years ago. The two talk on the phone almost daily and he’s thankful that she’s held on to the relationship through this whole ordeal. The two had only an hour for the ceremony before the inmate, Sudheer Rao Moturi, was led away back to his cell.
Today is the first commute of the Squeeze 2.0! Over 800 buses were kicked out of the downtown transit tunnel this weekend and set loose on the crowded mess that is the downtown public transit system. If you commute into the city on anything but your own two legs or one of those stupid electric unicycle things, then expect delays. Or maybe use it as an excuse to be late for work. Or better yet, work from home. I’m not here to tell you how to slack off, I’m just here to make the news fun. Is it working? Are you having fun?
Debt collectors are more predatory than we thought: While
the world news nerds were focused on the small trickle of details coming out about the Mueller report (don’t worry, I’ll get to it), Mike Baker of the Seattle Times dropped another investigative bombshell about how Washington’s punitive debt laws empower debt collectors. Some of these companies have lawsuit quotas for their collectors to meet, because a judge can impose an additional interest rate and order the person to pay legal fees if they’re behind on their payments. Small debts, even as low as $120, left unpaid can mushroom into a feedback loop of lawsuits, wage garnishment, and more debt.
The Huskies got crushed by North Carolina in March Madness: UW's basketball dreams died after losing to powerhouse University of North Carolina. You know, that school that Michael Jordan went to. I did not watch the game, but this guy did. If that wasn't bad enough, Oregon won their game after beating us in the Pac-12 Championship.
In like a lion: Spring is here, but that doesn’t mean sun. Storms are inbound and you can bet things are going to get a little windy.
A system will bring rain to Western Washington late Monday and Monday night. Breezy winds will develop with gusts to 30 mph. Isolated power outages possible but impacts should be minor. Mariners & those engaged in outdoor activity should stay alert to rapid weather changes. #wawx pic.twitter.com/qR0LSzyw9f
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 25, 2019
Okay let’s talk about the Mueller report: It came out on Friday just in time for Nathalie to get it into Slog PM. You do read Slog PM, don’t you? At the time, all we knew was Mueller had concluded his report, it didn’t suggest pursuing any indictments against the president, and it was in the hands of Attorney General William Barr. Trump is over the moon with excitement that he’s not getting indicted and can say “no collusion” with some actual paperwork to back him up. He’s also now demanding scrutiny of his enemies. Mueller’s report, or at least the small amount that’s be announced, says that while it doesn’t conclude the president committed crimes, “it also does not exonerate him.” Congress is demanding the full report be released to the public, but Barr hasn’t indicated that will happen.
Chinese censors cut all the gay references out of Bohemian Rhapsody: According to CNN, that only amounted to about two minutes of screen time cut which really does bolster Chase Burns’s straight-washing argument. They removed kisses between Mercury and his lovers, they removed all mentions of homosexuality entirely, and worst of all they cut the entire scene where the band dresses up in drag for the “I Want To Break Free” music video. I haven’t seen a censored version this bad since they cut out the Almost Famous airplane crash scene showing on an airplane.
Results of Thailand’s first election since 2014 coup are delayed: They may not officially arrive until May 9, but early polling reports that the winners may become clear earlier than that. There have also been some accusations of cheating and voting irregularities in some regions that has undermined public trust in the democratic process.
That looks terrifying:
Norwegian rescue helicopters airlifted passengers from a cruise ship off the coast of Norway after the ship lost engine power amid strong winds and heavy seas. After hundreds were evacuated, the ship regained power and returned to the port. https://t.co/aaaflSyDie pic.twitter.com/y0ioob6kzg
— ABC News (@ABC) March 25, 2019
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A memoir reading with Carolyn Forché, a concert with low-key Southern rapper Kodak Black, and a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle.