SPD Doesn't Discriminate: Seattle police are writing speeding tickets to drivers and cyclists bombing through school zones. "This sort of equal-opportunity enforcement isn’t well-known in the city of cycling Mayor Mike McGinn, where online news commenters love to complain about cyclists who flout traffic rules," notes the Seattle Times.
Pro-Murray PAC Fined for Violation: The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission is fining the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's PAC for failing to disclose a $15,000 donation from Vulcan earmarked for Ed Murray. The donation made the real-estate developer group one of the PAC's top five donors.
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Maybe Gun Owners Shouldn't Be Allowed to Drive? Two road-ragey, gun-toting drivers shot at each other in Tukwila, sending one to the hospital with a life-threatening wound. "Both claimed self defense," notes KING5.
37 and 28 Years in Prison: Those are the sentences handed down to Washington couple who were convicted in September of manslaughter (among other charges) after their 13-year-old adopted daughter, Hana, died of hypothermia in 2011. “What I see is one child dead, one child with PTSD, and seven biological children who apparently believe that degrading and dehumanizing another person is completely acceptable," said the judge when handing down his sentence.
Dell Laptops Smell Like Cat Urine: Yes, it's a thing. Here's how to fix it.
GOP Claims That Stand Your Ground Laws Benefit Black People: If you take black-on-black violence into account, argued Sen Ted Cruz (R, TX) at Tuesday's Senate hearing, it's black people who use the laws as a defense most frequently. Here's where his logic fails:
Democratic lawmakers and witnesses, however, cited studies from Texas A&M University and the National Urban League that highlighted the stark racial disparities in Stand Your Ground laws and picked up on what Cruz missed: The greatest determining factor in whether your SYG claim will hold up is the race of the victim. According to a study commissioned by the National Urban League, homicides were "justifiable" in 49 percent of cases in which a white man shot a black man compared to just 8 percent of cases in which the roles were reversed. Other studies have found similar results.
"A miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans": Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged during a congressional hearing that the healthcare website she was tasked with overseeing is shitty and confusing but it's totally not her fault and it's totally fixable. Also, she totally deserves to keep her job, plz. Thx.