A soldier disappeared while on a hike: A soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord disappeared while on a hike. The man was hiking with a friend but the two parted ways briefly. They never reconvened. There's an on-going search for him in Shelton, Washington.
Protected bike lanes on 65th Avenue Northeast opened this weekend: Community members gathered to bike and celebrate the hard-fought protected lanes, a rare success story in a city that continues to fail when it comes to investing in bike-centric planning. Just a couple streets over, the 35th Avenue Northeast bike lanes were defeated after community outcry. The 65th bike lanes go through Roosevelt and into Ravenna neighborhoods. They also cross under I-5. Ah, 35th, what we could've had.
Ballard man is crowdfunding a TV show: It's set in Seattle. It's about a program manager at a fake tech company—it's called Microzon!—who wants to secretly be an actor. It's written by a Ballard man. I... don't have much more to say about this except that I don't think we need it but hey, follow your dreams, man.
U.S. measles cases are on the rise: There are 465 reported cases of measles in the U.S. so far this year. Most of them are in kids. That's the most since 2014 when there were 667 cases, second only to 1994 when there were 963 cases.
A rainy evening perhaps?
Scattered showers across the area this afternoon. Isolated thunderstorms possible as well. If you are outdoors and hear thunder, head indoors immediately! Update: https://t.co/XETGkjhevW #WAwx pic.twitter.com/QBBeg1ZPn9
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 8, 2019
Who's going to be District 4's Next Top City Council Person: The applicants have all put their names in to fill Rob Johnson's recently vacated city council seat. There are a whopping 13 people who are in the running! One of them is Abel Pacheco, a District 4 city council candidate. Pacheco said that if he's appointed he won't run in the election.
Could we get statewide broadband? Washington's Legislature is mulling over a bill that will expand internet coverage throughout the state, mostly in previously unreached rural areas. Gov. Jay Inslee wants this thing passed. It's a small step forward in the grand scheme of internet-should-be-a-public-utility, but it's a step nonetheless.
Felicity Huffman is going to plead guilty in this college cheating scandal case: Ah! This story is juicy. Huffman and 12 other uber-rich parents ensnared in a scheme to get their children into college will be pleading guilty. Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to get higher SAT scores for her daughter. What's so satisfying about this case is that it's rich people who are paying for trying to pay to get ahead. Here's Huffman's statement:
JUST IN: Statement from Felicity Huffman: "I am in full acceptance of my guilt...My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her." https://t.co/NEcnijj5U5 pic.twitter.com/NbWOeyPhXD
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) April 8, 2019
Chicago is putting ankle monitors on kids that can listen to them: It also allows authorities to speak to kids awaiting trial. They're your typical Shia-LeBeouf-from-Disturbia ankle monitors, except for the whole "potential infringement on civil liberties" thing. The purpose of the monitors is to supposedly communicate with whoever wears them, but people are concerned that they're functioning more as surveillance devices.
More shake-ups for the Department of Homeland security: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down after some strong-arming from Donald Trump. Just a day later, there's more reshuffling and firing going on in DHS. According to the New York Times, Randolph D. Alles, the director of the Secret Service, will be leaving. As will two more top department figures.
A string of French police suicides: Over the weekend, two police officers in France were reported dead. The cause of death hasn't been reported, but, there has been a disturbing trend of police suicides in the country. There have been 23 confirmed police suicides just this year alone.
Not the best move: