The Tug of War Over Horace Mann: Today in nonsurprises, the Seattle School Board is rethinking plans to kick out 18 neighborhood groups that were using the abandoned Central District elementary school for their own programs, in order to renovate the school and re-open it as an alternative high school, Nova. For those of you with short memories, the district shuttered the school (which previously hosted Nova) four years ago because of reduced enrollment.
Living in a Flasher's Paradise: A five-time convicted flasher reportedly admits during his most recent arrest that he usually only flashes on Capitol Hill where it's "accepted and even encouraged."
Idiot: Speaking of sexual delinquents, police say they caught a man downloading child pornography on his cell phone while being interviewed by police about child pornography they allegedly found on his home computer.
Recalling Bob Filner: Volunteers have launched a campaign to recall the San Diego mayor who famously admitted that he "failed to fully respect the women who work for me," but refused to resign after 16 women accused him of sexual harassment. Instead, Filner completed a two-week intensive therapy class early and pronounced himself cured. He's returning to work this week.
Choo Choo! An economic report commissioned by the city of Seattle found that if coal train traffic is expanded in the region—and through downtown, cutting the waterfront off from the city for hours a day—real estate values would drop along the tracks by as much as $475 million, the waterfront's Fire Station 14 would need to be relocated, and a $100 million Lander Street overpass would need to be built.
New Parent Talks of New Parenthood: People only give a shit because he's a prince.
Walk Like an Egyptian: Amidst escalating turmoil in Egypt, The NYTimes reports that a court has ordered the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, whose been held on array of charges, including corruption and complicity in the murder of hundreds of protesters, since 2011. Meanwhile, The Guardian has a neat roundup of how Egypt's neighbors and allies are responding to the turmoil:
One of the odder consequences of the unrest comes courtesy of the Times of Israel, which reports that several Egyptian television channels have decided to boycott popular Turkish dramas and soap operas after Turkey's prime minister called for Egypt's military leaders to be tried for their role in the ongoing violence.
The Highest Sea Levels in 10 Million Years: Did you know that glacial melt is now the greatest contributing factor to our rising sea level?
YAY, Television! Funnywoman Tina Fey sold two sitcoms featuring female leads to networks in the past week.
RIP Dixie Evans: A burlesque dancer who ran a kick-ass burlesque museum out on an old goat farm in the middle of nowhere, a place where old dancers could go to retire (although none ever did), has died. I met her about eight years ago and she was an absolute delight.
Behold the charm of the late, great Dixie Evans, talking about burlesque in her goat-shed-turned-museum (she starts speaking about one minute in):