Layoffs at Expedia: The goal is to remedy a "bloated business." That means that Expedia will be cutting 3,000 jobs. At the Seattle office, 500 people will be cut. The layoffs aren't tied to any one thing. Barry Diller, Expedia's chairperson, was said to be considering $300 million to $500 million in cost-saving in 2020. The layoffs will begin this week. Best of luck to all the Expedia workers in your life.
Boeing catches a break: Finally, someone is buying Boeing's planes. This time it's All Nippon Airways of Japan scooping up a dozen Boeing 787 Dreamliners. That put $1.9 billion in Boeing's pocket. This is the first sale of the year for the aerospace manufacturer.
Another mini-mart attack: A 65-year-old Kenmore mini-mart clerk sustained life-threatening injuries after a suspect stabbed him at the store on Monday afternoon. This is the fifth attack on a mini-mart employee in the region in just a week.
This is what we can expect from the week: Partly cloudy? Some light rain? I'll take it.
Tranquil is the name of Seattle’s weather game this week. Lots of 🌤 days, punctuated by spits and spats of light 🌧.
— Seattle Weather Blog (@KSeattleWeather) February 25, 2020
Trail runner breaks leg, crawls for 10 hours for help: He was in the middle of a 20-mile run, you know, a common thing to be in the middle of, when Joseph Oldendorf slipped on ice and broke his leg. He didn't have cell service. So he crawled on his hands and knees for seven hours to get some damn bars. Finally, after contacting rescuers, Oldendorf had to crawl three more hours to get rescued. The trail was wet, rocky, and snowy. His knees were, uh, worse for wear.
Oh, sorry, spoke too soon, Boeing: Of the grounded 737 MAX 8 jets, 70 percent had debris—we're talking "metal shavings, tools, and other objects left in planes during assembly," according to AP—in their fuel tanks. Boeing doesn't think the debris is related to the 737 MAX crashes.
Amazon's takeover of the grocery industry starts now: The neighborhood bookseller has just opened its first full-size, full-fledged grocery store. It is 10,400 square feet at 610 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill, stocks fresh produce, meats, and alcohol, and will use Amazon Go technology. Whole Foods workers have got to be sweating over this.
Coronavirus around the globe: There are at least 80,000 people infected with the coronavirus around the world. More than 2,600 people have died. Of that number, 35 deaths have occurred outside of China. South Korea's infections keep climbing. They are numbering near 1,000 now. Doctors and medical professionals are stepping up to help despite knowingly putting themselves at risk:
Mr Lee said he will lead the way in Daegu and be the first to do the most dangerous work first.
“In this crisis, let us not expect a single penny or word of compliment and save the citizens with blood, sweat and tears. Let’s save Daegu,” his email reads.
— Laura Bicker (@BBCLBicker) February 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Italy is panicking: Roadblocks have been set up in 11 towns. More than 50,000 Italians have been told to stay home. There are 229 confirmed cases in Italy.
Not what I would call "great news": The health official who is in charge of leading the country's coronavirus response has coronavirus. A prominent member of Iran's parliament also said he has the virus. There have been 15 deaths in the country and 95 confirmed cases.
In case you forgot: Our president is an idiot:
An hour after Trump said a vaccine for Coronavirus was coming “soon,” US officials told senators that a vaccine is 12 months-18 months away, per multiple senators from both parties
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 25, 2020
Autocratic ruler of Egypt for 30 years is dead: Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted during the Arab Spring, has died at 91.
Sure, I'll click: Just saw this tweet about an 11-year-old girl bringing an assault rifle to the Idaho State Legislature. She was there to support her grandpa, who was backing a bill that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.
Bill Cosby's spokesperson weighs in: Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's spokesperson, had some thoughts about Harvey Weinstein's conviction. "This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System," he wrote in an Instagram post on Cosby's page. It's very long.
Hot Pockets heiress could be going down: Michelle Janavs, the heiress of the Hot Pocket microwavable snack fortune, faces sentencing on Tuesday for her involvement in Operation Varsity Blues. Janavs pleaded guilty in October to paying $300,000 to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California through exam cheating and fraudulently claiming one daughter was a volleyball recruit. Prosecutors are looking to sentence Janavs to 21 months in prison.
Today's EverOut picks: A talk on the housing crisis in America with Conor Dougherty with Alan Durning, a show with the legendary Raphael Saadiq, and the choose-your-own-adventure play The Last of the Tsars. See more on our EverOut Things To Do calendar.