No bike lanes for 35th: The war for the stretch of 35th Ave NE that runs through Wedgwood, Bryant, and Ravenna has been lost. Or won, depending on how much you hate cyclists. A plan to put in protected bike lanes along 35th Ave drew the ire of the neighborhood. Many were concerned about what eliminating street parking would do to small businesses. There was a whole lot of drama. The city hired a mediator. It cost $14,000. Now, they're ditching the bike lanes entirely on the 35th project. Street parking will be allowed on the east side of the street between Northeast 47th and Northeast 85th. You can't hide from change forever, suburban Seattleites.
These Boeing planes are really causing a stir: That's the understatement of the century. But, there was another potential incident with the 737 MAX 8, the plane involved in two fatal crashes in the last six months. A plane that was going from Florida to California (to be put in storage until Boeing's software update can be finalized) had to turn back around and make an emergency landing in Orlando after experiencing an engine issue. It landed safely. There were no passengers aboard the plane.
Speaking of this whole Boeing thing: According to the Seattle Times, Boeing submitted a software fix to the Federal Aviation Administration nearly two months before the second fatal crash of a 737 MAX 8 in Ethiopia. The FAA will testify Wednesday that fixing the software is a priority, yet the initial software patch was sent to the FAA around seven weeks before that second crash. Buggy software allegedly contributed to flaws in a flight control system, called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), that was introduced on the MAX, the Times reports.
King County Council to withhold $100,000 from King County Jails: The decision comes in the wake of a report stating that King County Jails have been putting youth in solitary confinement despite a ban saying otherwise. Lester Black has more here.
Monday shooting on 520 bridge was self-inflicted: The mysterious fatality on the 520 bridge Monday was ruled a suicide, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. A 23-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was initially investigated as a homicide.
The world's not all that bleak: Here, take a breather.
Another record! This could very well be the second driest March in Seattle history. I feel like there's this whole thing with record-breaking where it seems inherently "good" or like "an achievement." I don't think these weather ones qualify. They scare me a bit. Weird weather is a grim portent if you ask me. The last time it was this dry it was 1965. My mom was one year old! That's over 50 years! So many years. But not that many for you, mom.
The Kingdome was blown up 19 years ago today: Rest in peace, old stadium.
Big news! The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area has the most bus commuters in the country! Wow! Go team. Now let's start prioritizing transportation methods that aren't car-centric (looking at you, 35th Ave decision).
No, this is not from The Onion:
Utah Sen. Mike Lee employed poster-board sized pictures of the superhero Aquaman and former President Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor so he could "consider the Green New Deal with the seriousness it deserves" https://t.co/BIOn1PLABI pic.twitter.com/6H3XRhDNq0
— CNN (@CNN) March 26, 2019
Betsy Devos defended an $18 million cut to the Special Olympics today: This was the first time the Secretary of Education has appeared before a Democrat-controlled House panel. Devos, who is wet for charter schools, proposed cuts to multiple programs. One of them was the Special Olympics. She wants to cut $18 million from that organization. Watch this line of questioning:
It’s not just cutting funding for the Special Olympics. Please take the time to watch this. It’s infuriating, but people need to see what Betsy DeVos is doing. Well done to @repmarkpocan for publicly exposing these cuts and the effects they will have.pic.twitter.com/WchDexhpAa
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) March 26, 2019
Some updates on the college cheating scandal: USC claimed it was placing holds on accounts of students who were implicated in possibly bribing their way into the universities. Actress Lori Loughlin's two daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli are still enrolled in the school despite accounts that they would be dropping out. Yale University is the only university so far to have taken direct action; they rescinded admission of one of the students implicated in the scandal.
Vaccinate your kids, dammit: There's a crazy measles outbreak happening in New York state. Since October, Rockland County has been plagued by the easily-preventable disease. The county executive declared a state of emergency Tuesday. All kids and teens without vaccinations are barred from public places. This might be the first action of its kind ever in the United States.
Keanu Reeves leads stranded passengers: The actor was among a group of passengers stranded in Bakersfield, California after their flight to Los Angeles had to be rerouted. He organized a van trip to LA with everyone and came along for the ride. He also provided entertainment like fun facts about Bakersfield (disclaimer: it is not a very fun place but it's on the way to Mammoth Mountain which is a very fun place).
keanu got stranded somewhere in california and had to take a bus instead of a plane and some guy filmed the entire experience and i am BEGGING yall to watch this pic.twitter.com/I1TmLOEYiK
— ᴄ ᴀ ᴛ (@keanusgf) March 24, 2019