Let's start with the important stuff. Natalie Wood, who has been dead a really long time, may have drowned drunk or maybe it was murrrrrder. LA sheriff reopens the case.

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP – A Penny Dreadful, playing Feb. 8-26 at Intiman Theatre
Laugh till it hurts at this outrageous camp comedy the NYTimes calls “Wickedly funny!”

It might snow in Seattle this morning, but it probably won't.

It's a bag ban and a bag fee. The latest word is that, on Monday, Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien will file a bill to ban plastic shopping bags and charge a five-cent fee for paper bags. The paper bag fee would be collected and held by the grocers, an attempt to garner supporter from the grocery industry that has historically resisted expensive, bulky paper bags. Seattle Public Utilities determined yesterday that no environmental review is necessary.

Goldy reports on Occupying the University Bridge, where protesters just can't seem to get arrested or pepper sprayed anymore.

Well fuckitty fuck that. "Hospital prescribes marijuana to liver cancer patient, then denies him liver transplant because of marijuana use," writes the always-excellent Slog tipper mr. herriman.

Occupy protesters are totally projecting... their message onto the side of a Manhattan skyscraper (har!). Here's the YouTube video.

A new state law against child prostitution? Rumor has is that state senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will meet in the next week for a confab about a child sex trafficking bill. It may concern advertising, an issue that's come up lately for Backpage.com.

Tim Killian has left his post at the mayor's office (as liaison to the council) and is doing PR for strip clubs. He sent an email last night from Killian Strategic promoting the reopening of Rick's cabaret "most beautiful club in the area, attracting the most beautiful women."

Someone in Washington, DC is accusing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia of being a rapist.


Light rail across Lake Washington is finally, officially a go. Three hurdles in the last several days: Voters defeating Eyman's anti-rail initiative last week, Bellevue City Council approving the plan on Monday, and then the Sound Transit board giving the unanimous nod yesterday. Scott Gutierrez has more.

Facing a November 23 deadline, the souped up supercommittee can't reach a deal. Politico reports, "Democratic and Republican leaders have begun to spread word among colleagues that they believe the supercommittee will fall short of its goal to find $1.2 trillion in cuts."

Federal money for Seattle-area transit. Hurrah! Congress has appropriated $37.5 million for two more Metro Transit RapidRide lines, which expedite bus service. They will be Line E, along Aurora Avenue from downtown Seattle to Shoreline, and Line F, from Burien to Renton. When they begin service in two years, the F line will serve 4,800 riders a day. King County Council Member Julia Patterson calls the south-county service "so desperately needed."

Hundreds arrested at Occupy protests around the country yesterday.

The Obama campaign's secret weapon? Michelle Obama.

The "I'm a Moron" campaign may run right through the Romney election cycle—what a surprise.