News The Morning News
posted by July 28 at 8:08 AMon
by Rebecca Tapscott
Mo Money, Mo Problems: Bush administration plans to offer a $20 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia and it’s neighbors. To allay Israel’s concerns, the U.S. may up Israeli military aid to $30.4 billion in the next decade.
Used and abused: Governor Eliot Spitzer and two senior aides may testify to the Ethics Panel on their alleged misuse of State Police, to gather embarrassing information on the Senate Republican leader, Joseph L. Bruno.
War on Corruption: Congressional Democrats agree on new lobbying policies that increase transparency by identifying lobbyists who give multiple large donations to candidates.
Agriculture cashes in: The house passes a $286 billion, Democratically-backed bill re-enforcing agricultural subsidies. The bill, among other things, supports land preservation, healthy diets for youth, and famine relief abroad.
I wish I could buy me a spaceship: NASA has reportedly ignored warnings of astronauts who were drinking heavily before launching.
Nightlife lives!: Sally Clark’s nightlife legislation develops new enforcement tools for the city, and makes no mention of the new license proposed by Nickels.
One man’s trash: Nickels proposes a 6.2% rate increase on Seattle’s garbage collection for 2008. The money would go to rebuilding the city’s garbage facilities in Wallingford and South Park, estimated to cost $110 million.
Bus stop, bus goes, lane stays, crime grows?: Third Avenue, between Yesler and Stewart, will remain a bus-only corridor during peak hours. Although this should improve traffic flow, critics note the increase in crime and trash.
Blinded by science: Scientists discover a glass sponge reef off the coast of Washington. Until recently, the reefs were thought to have gone extinct 100 million years ago. Scientists agree: they’re really cool.
School land is dirrty: The State Department of Ecology plans to spend $3.5 million to remove soil contaminated with arsenic and lead from local schools.