Affirmative action will be challenged on November ballot: In Olympia this past legislative session, lawmakers passed I-1000, a bill that would reinstate affirmative action in Washington. There was immediate opposition to the bill. You remember that UW College Republican bake sale don't you? Opponents had 90 days to gather the oddly specific 129,811 valid signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. According to the team behind Referendum 88, they got those signatures and then some. I-1000 was supposed to go into effect on Sunday but it will now be held in light of the possible referendum.
Beware the Botox Bandit: She hides in plain sight, stealing skincare treatments and duping spas. The woman, now identified as Lauren L. Klavano, recently stole from a Kirkland skincare clinic by claiming she forgot her wallet in the car. She left a purse and a non-working phone behind as if to prove she'd be back. Spoiler: she didn't come back. Her unpaid treatment was $2,000. Police are investigating whether Klavano is the one who hit two other spas. It's the devil's work, I tell you.
A$AP Rocky will face trial in Sweden: The rapper has been held in Swedish custody since July 5 for a June 30 bar fight in Stockholm. Rocky was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. He claimed self-defense and provocation but the trial will persist. There have been Change.org petitions advocating for Rocky's release and Donald Trump even called Sweden's prime minister. Still, the trial will go on. Rocky could face a hefty fine or up to two years in jail. Here's some footage of the attack compiled by TMZ:
Renton is worried: The hub of 737 MAX 8 production is worried about the possibility of Boeing halting production of the plane. Boeing, which makes up a third of the workforce, is the bones and the marrow of the city and Rentonites (is that what you call yourselves?) are stressing about how shutting down production will impact them. In the latest hit for Boeing, Southwest has dropped the 737 MAX from its schedule until January.
It'll be warm today: But not as warm as Europe. Did you know that France just had its hottest day in history? The entire country of France. It was 108 degrees.
Sunny and warm for 3 out of the next 4 days. Saturday could see some showers. Highs mainly in the 70s to mid 80s, except 70 to 80 on Saturday. #WAwx pic.twitter.com/5lHpdXzlCJ
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) July 25, 2019
Who abandoned these kittens along the freeway and are you ready to fight? I will throw down for these five itty bitty kitties who were DITCHED in a bag on the side of I-90. Once found, they were rushed to the Humane Society in Bellevue. Kittens can't regulate their own body temperature so the first step in treatment was giving them warmth. They are fighting for their lives and I will fight whoever almost killed them. Turn on your location, pal.
Pot tracking technology is hurting the Washington weed industry: A failed software update that would link testing results to cannabis products is complicating things for growers. Washington's beleaguered pot tracing system has weighed on the weed industry since last year. Most recently, marijuana businesses were prevented from transporting their products. They lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales. Many have called the continued failure of the software, and this most recent buggy update, crippling.
Want to see something sexy? Look at how good buses are.
A bird's eye view of a dedicated bus lane in action. We're moving nearly 70 buses an hour through the Flower Street bus lane each evening! pic.twitter.com/funsVVdX81
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) July 23, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein found injured in jail cell: Epstein, who is charged with federal sex trafficking, was injured in jail last night. He was found curled in the fetal position in his New York City jail cell with marks around his neck. He is allegedly on suicide watch though an assault has not been entirely ruled out.
They did it: After 12 days of street-swarming protests, Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has resigned. Should we be taking notes?
Fireworks. Cheers. Hugs. Pots banging. Old San Juan erupts in celebration after @ricardorossello resigns on eve of Puerto Rico’s constitution day. @foxnews is here. pic.twitter.com/8kZW8gyHik
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) July 25, 2019
Stan Lee could get immortalized in New York City: The Marvel founder who died last year may get a street named after him in the Bronx, where he grew up. The New York City council just approved a proposal to rename one of the streets over there after Lee. Ah Stan, everybody's friendly neighborhood comic book mogul.
Biology student finds Triceratops skull: This student from University of California Merced found a 65 million-year-old partial Triceratops skull on a paleontology dig in North Dakota. He and his companion named the dinosaur Alice after the person whose land they were digging on.
Scotland asked for an independence referendum: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told newly minted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that she was going to pursue Scottish independence because Brexit would hurt their economy.
We should all be watching the National Women's Soccer League: Two of the players involved in this play are on the World Cup-winning team. The Portland Thorns saw record attendance at their game on Wednesday.
Beaverton, Oregon woman wins "weirdest DUII arrest of the weekend": I'm just going to copy and paste from this article. She was "arrested after pulling into the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in Beaverton, Ore., in front of a police officer, reaching through an open drive-thru window, and pouring alcohol into a Taco Bell employee’s mouth."
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: Intiman Theatre's production of David Greig's The Events, the Washington-made beer and wine tasting event Red, White & Brew, and the first night of a run of shows featuring the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.