Singing in the Choir with Jesus: Singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne is dead at 92.

A Young Hellion Who Lives By Her Own Rules: Today President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. If confirmed, 50-year-old Kagan would be the first justice in almost forty years without prior judicial experience. (Huffington Post has more.)

Students Rejoice: State Superintendent Randy Dorn fulfills campaign promise to end the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL); introduces shorter, sexier test—Measurements of Student Progress (MSP).

Cashing In: European Union secures an emergency 750 billion-euro loan to prevent the Greek debt crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain.

A Logical Step for Utah: Tea Party claims victory for unseating Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT), an 18-year incumbent who had a 93 percent approval rating among Republican voters in 2006. Now Utah can finally reestablish its conservative roots.

"The mayor has to have confidence in the police chief and has to be able to work with the police chief": Granite Falls mayor suspends chief after he invites local media to attend a big-time drug bust in the parking lot of the mayor's family restaurant.

Take a Hike: 320 acres of land added to San Juan Island National Historic Park.

How to Pick Your Battles: Oil giant BP successfully lobbies against financial reform as it fights (and fails) to contain the deepwater oil spill off the Louisiana coast.

How to Be a Graceful Loser: Seattle Sounders FC offering season ticket holders refunds after the team got spanked by Los Angeles in a home game on Saturday.

@chavezcandanga: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joins Twitter, kind of. Tweets over 50,000 times in two weeks.

Sorry to Shit on Your Morning: Former police chaplain allegedly caught with child porn in West Seattle.

Let Me Make It Up to You: The case of an Ohio inmate sent to solitary confinement after complaining of being raped by a prison guard will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.