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Mysterious wind fells old growth trees: Near the end of January, more than 100 giant old-growth trees fell near Lake Quinault. There was no wind event that night. Only small breezes were registered. Climatologist Cliff Mass was on the case like a regular Dana Scully. Even Mass wasn’t sure of the answer. He wagers a wind event occurred, but the specifics are foggy. For now, Mass has definitely ruled out Sasquatch as a suspect. But, this is the whole reason Scully needed a Mulder. Because, as far as we know, aliens could still be fair game.
Washington Dems chipping away at open government: They’re quietly curbing open-records laws with two bills that have passed the Senate and are now in the House. The bills prohibit the disclosure of birth dates to the public; one is specifically concerned with state employees while the other removes the dates from voter registration files in public disclosure. Advocates say the measures are in response to identity theft and fraud. Critics say it limits transparency.
University District mainstay retiring: Barber Johnny Luera, 83, is closing up shop after 53 years of cutting hair. He’s the longest tenured barber in the U District. Maybe even in Seattle. Despite his legacy and his decades-long loyal regulars, retirement beckons. He’ll be permanently shutting his doors at 5222 University Way N.E. on Feb. 28th.
Day of remembrance on anniversary of Japanese internment order: Yesterday was the 76th anniversary of the executive order President Franklin Roosevelt signed that sent Japanese Americans to internment camps. The event “Our History, Our Responsibility: Day of Remembrance 2018” drew parallels between the era of internment and the treatment of Muslim Americans under Donald Trump’s presidency. The goal of the event was to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.
Former Seahawks’ brains show evidence of CTE: A Boston University study is looking at deceased former NFL players’ brains for evidence of disease. Grant Feasel, a former Seahawk and offensive lineman in the NFL for 10 years, died in his 50s. According to the researcher, he had severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease can only be detected through post-mortem dissection, but hopefully the research would allow for early detection and, eventually, a treatment. To aid this effort, many former NFL players (who are still living) have pledged their brains to the research effort when they die.
Push to honor slain Florida teen with full honors military funeral: Peter Wang, 15, was in the ROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was wearing his uniform when he was shot holding the door open for his classmates to escape. Wang died a hero. Now, people want to honor him like one. 20,000 people have signed a petition that urges Congress to give Wange a funeral fit for a hero. It needs 100,000 by March 18th to get a response from the White House.
Nobody could have predicted this level of dystopian hell:
New charges filed by Mueller: An attorney has been charged with making false statements to the FBI about conversations related to a report he helped prepare on the trial of a Ukrainian politician, Yulia Tymoshenko. He is “reportedly set to plea guilty and testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort,” reports the Washington Examiner.
Chile creates national park in Patagonia: The 10 million-acre national park system is more than triple the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined. It was made possible by “Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and her husband, Douglas Tompkins, who founded The North Face and Esprit clothing companies,” The New York Times reports. The couple agreed to donate one million acres of the Patagonia land they had accrued if the Chilean government matched them. The government contributed 9 million acres.
10 billion trees could offset “monumental stupidity”: Trump Forest is a bid by environmentalists to offset the current administration’s curtailing of clean energy initiatives. Their plan? To plant billions of trees around the globe. It would take that many to offset the 650m tonnes of carbon dioxide that will be released into the atmosphere by 2025 if Trump continues to backtrack on climate agreements, like the Paris agreements in 2015. Currently, people have pledged one million trees in just under a year.
Record lows: It’s still colder than Alaska!
Some schools are delayed: Check them here.
On the bright side: We’re getting more daylight!
Issaquah woman bumps head, sees color as language: Heather Thompson was a CEO. She hit her head and now she has synesthesia. She now sees colors like a language and took up painting in order to translate it.
Black Panther shatters records: It raked in $235 million over the holiday weekend, blowing estimates out of the water. I would love to make a pun about it, but I haven’t seen the movie yet since it keeps selling out. Keep making movies like this!
Ice dancing update: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadians, won gold last night. This makes them the most successful figure skaters in Olympic history. American siblings Mia and Alex Shibutani got bronze. They skated to a Coldplay mashup that was admittedly pretty cool even though it was Coldplay and also the year 2018.
In case a Pro-Trump dating site wasn’t bad enough: The guy featured in the ads was convicted of child sex crimes. The site is for Trump fans to find love. It prohibits LGBT people but allows married people. The ad features Jodi and William Barrett Riddleberger who had a coveted real-life meet-cute at a Tea Party-inspired political action committee. According to a report by The Associated Press, Riddleberger was convicted in 1995 after filming sex with a 15-year-old girl while he was 25. Who said romance was dead?
Tuesday’s best Seattle entertainment options include: Mary Timony Plays Helium, a conversation with Mandy Len Catron about the viral article “To Fall In Love with Anyone, Do This,” and the West Seattle/Ballard Light Rail Kickoff.
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