Breaking: There was a shooting on Lake City Way:
UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: The Seattle Times is reporting that a gunman shot four people on Lake City Way Thursday afternoon. He shot a woman while trying to steal her car. He then shot at the Metro Route 75, hitting the bus driver. Despite his injuries, the driver, Eric Stark, drove the bus and its 12 passengers to safety. He then shot and killed a man, 50, and stole his car. Then, with police in pursuit, he crashed into another car and killed the 70-year-old driver. The gunman, the man, and the woman were taken to Harborview. The Seattle Times has more here. This story is developing.
This video is from the scene of a reported shooting in Lake City— we’re hearing reports of two people shot - possibly involving the Metro bus you see here. We’re working to confirm and will have the details for you live on @KIRO7Seattle at 5 #seattle pic.twitter.com/Wd9oy0fNns
— Linzi Sheldon (@LinziKIRO7) March 27, 2019
#BREAKING - @SeattlePD is investigating a shooting here at NE 125th St & 32nd Ave NE. There are 2 bullet holes visible on the driver side windshield of a King County Metro bus here at this location. @KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/dS9uPRZBGM
— Dustin Gagne (@DustinGagneK5) March 28, 2019
Some podcast thinks Seattle is bad for love: And everyone is taking this as fact! I, for one, have never heard of the Great Love Debate, a podcast that has dubbed Seattle, for the second year in a row, "America’s Worst City to Find Love." Well, okay. The criteria this is based on is that Seattle women are "aggravated" that Seattle's men are so "passive." This report uses the whole "Seattle Freeze" concept as a crutch and, I don't know, I think that's lazy. What's your take, is the Freeze real? Is dating hard for you in Seattle? Maybe the whole thing is that dating is just hard in general. Or everyone you're dating sucks.
Vancouver teen who pushed girl off bridge will get some jail time: The girl pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for pushing another girl off a 52-foot bridge. She'll get two days in jail and 38 days of work crew. Her sentence starts next week.
Officers who shot and killed innocent black man lose defamation lawsuit: They're intending to bring their case to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The two officers shot and killed Che Taylor in 2016 while trying to arrest him for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant called the shooting a "brutal murder." The officers sued her for defamation. The suit was thrown out on March 1. They're not done fighting it, though. The audacity.
Bellevue teen invents way to detect sickle cell disease with a smartphone: Eshika Saxena is a senior at Interlake High School. When she was a sophomore she started a project that eventually turned into HemaCam. It's a machine-learning web app that, with a 3-D printed microscope attachment Saxena also invented, can identify sickle cell disease in a blood sample. The best part is that this can be used anywhere by anyone, as long as someone has a smartphone.
Speaking of teens, they won't be able to buy tobacco soon: The Washington State Legislature is close to raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vape products, according to the Seattle Times. The buying age will rise from 18 to 21 next year. Eighteen-year-olds are about to buy a 3-year supply of JUUL.
Pierce County can text 911 now: The new program allows anyone in Pierce County to text 911 for help. It was launched Wednesday. When Los Angeles implemented 911 texting it saw a 1 percent increase in emergency requests. Officials caution people against texting any emojis when stating their emergency via text, which, frankly, sounds creatively stifling.
Fox's senior judicial analyst says the Mueller report contains evidence of conspiracy: And obstruction. Judge Andrew Napolitano basically said that all we've seen is a 4-page summary of the report and that the whole 700 pages probably contain evidence of collusion and obstruction of justice, just, as far as the collusion is concerned, maybe not enough to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Napolitano's point is that if (and hopefully when) Democrats gain access to the whole report, there's going to be a lot to go off of. He used the words "field day."
Meanwhile, House Democrats are after Trump's finances: It's about time! House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings is requesting 10 years worth of Trump's financial history and dealings. The request is the result of Michael Cohen's testimony in front of the Oversight Committee where he said, with documented proof, that Trump had inflated his own net worth in an attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills NFL team. Some Republicans on the Oversight Committee have already voiced their unhappiness with this request. Cummings said basically—and, in case this wasn't clear, I'm paraphrasing—that he wasn't surprised the Republicans on the committee didn't give two shits about oversight.
Facebook takes the hint: The somehow-not-irrelevant-yet social media platform is going to ban white nationalist and separatist content from its site. There was previously a ban on white supremacy but that still allowed hate to spread through white nationalist loopholes. So, the policies are changing. If anyone searches terms related to white supremacy they'll be redirected to a site for people who escaped far-right hate. But, the ACLU raises some good points. While this isn't unconstitutional—Facebook isn't protected speech—it may quell speech trying to stop hate speech. It also sets a precedent; if Facebook bans this speech it can ban any speech. Still, a Facebook free of that filth is a better Facebook, if there is such a thing.
Brexit still stalled, May offers to step down: Prime Minister Theresa May is desperate to get Parliament to pass her plan for Britain to exit the European Union. Her last-ditch negotiation plan? She offered to step down if Parliament passed her plan and she would let another prime minister, who hadn't lost the faith of her party, to hammer out the details. Out of eight different plans brought to Parliament, none reached a majority vote. But, with May's resignation, lawmakers are leaning toward backing her plan.