A State Bill to Legalize Discrimination: KOMO reports that the Republican bill would give businesses the right to deny services to gays if it was contrary to their "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience."
Horror of Horrors: Authorities say cult members in Chile strapped an infant girl to a board late last year, threw her into a bonfire, and burned her alive because they believed her to be the Antichrist.
Censorship Gains Popularity Among Governments: Brazil and the United States took home top prizes for censorship requests to Google in the second half of last year.
At Least 38 People Burned Alive: In a fire at a Russian psychiatric hospital outside of Moscow last night.
What Happens to Violent Criminals Who Flee Washington State? Nothing, if there's no money to bring them back to the state, reports KIRO: "Nearly 50,000 Washington State criminals and suspects are on the run, hiding either in-state or somewhere around the world. All of them have warrants for their arrest, but a vast majority will never see the inside of a prison cell, even when police know where they are, because the cost of justice is simply too high."
Death Toll Passes 300: In Bangladesh where a factory building collapsed Wednesday.
Under the Viaduct: In a bold move yesterday afternoon, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel released and apologized for an internal police video mocking the homeless. Here's what Lisa Daugaard of the progressive nonprofit Defender Association has to say about it:
"We want someone leading the department who would find this reprehensible. According to Chief Pugel's statement, he does. Many effective police reformers have come to view with regret things they did early in their career that seemed just part of police culture at the time. In sharp contrast to the video, Chief Pugel is now recognized nationally and internationally as a champion of 'harm reduction' approaches to addiction that humanize people living on the street struggling with addiction. The road he's traveled over the past 27 years is the same road the department needs to travel, and he's personified those changes."
Bringing Gun Control Back from the Dead: Senators are quietly working to sway senators into changing their votes to support a background check system while building a national campaign to harness the power of overwhelming public support for the measure.
And finally, here's an interview with comedian Tig Notaro in which she discusses smoking coffee and having cancer, among other things. Go read it and try to forget about that poor baby Antichrist if you can.