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Monday, March 31, 2014

The Morning News: Hard Labor in Oso Mudslide Recovery, and an Afghan Couple Running for Their Lives

Posted by on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:11 AM

HOPING TO FIND FIVE MORE Rescuers keep working in Snohomish County.
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  • HOPING TO FIND FIVE MORE Rescuers keep working in Snohomish County.

More Victims Found Sunday: There are 21 confirmed fatalities in the March 23 mudslide, not including "four additional victims who are not part of that official count." And there are still 30 people missing. Rescue workers and service dogs got dry weather, a new road, and a decontamination tent Sunday, but some areas are still buried under 80 feet of mud. Their work is treacherous and ongoing.

The State Was Using Bad Maps to Create Logging Rules Above the Slope that Collapsed: The Seattle Times analysis of maps and documents reveals that regulators ignored research.

Run, Zakia and Mohammad Ali, Run: A young Afghan couple who "grew up on neighboring farms" are on the run because her father—who publicly threatened to kill them both—wanted her to marry someone else. Two women are being held on charges of helping the young woman and man elope, and the head of the local women's ministry has also fled.

Time's Up Tonight to Enroll in Health Care: The web site faltered again this morning, is back up now.

The Euphemism in the Room: Newspapers must drop the puritanism and curse, for clarity's sake, among other things. An op-ed in which, "Even in this essay, I am unable to be clear about many of my examples."

Albuquerque Police Brutality Protests: Lasted more than 10 hours with officers in riot gear, culminating in what the mayor calls "mayhem." The passive voice is also deployed against protesters in the AP's story.

An Associated Press reporter saw gas canisters being thrown outside police headquarters and Albuquerque police and Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies charging at the protesters late Sunday, which mostly dispersed the crowds.

More Gassing News: "Rattlesnake Wranglers, Armed with Gasoline."

After North Korea Conducts a "Live-Fire Drill," South Korea Retaliates: What? It was just a drill. Obv.

Warren Buffett Does Not Have to Pay a Billion: The Final Four was completely unpredictable.

This morning's VCR-taped treat comes from Rookie's music editor, Jessica Hopper.



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seatackled 1
And speaking of euphemisms, I feel that the Stranger has been ignoring its own style guide's encouragement of frequent employment of the word fuck.

Or has said style guide been updated and adapted for 1890s London?
Posted by seatackled on March 31, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
wisepunk 2
Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie... thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

That's a big twinkie.

Posted by wisepunk on March 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
I was a child of Minneapolis in the 80's and I don't remember that giant dildo news broadcast.

Pretty funny though.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 31, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
We(media, public figures, ordinary people) need to call out "Shitty" when we see it. The censored adjective most needed to describe 21st century USA.

Our economy, our politics, our businesses, our entertainment, our jobs, our bosses. Your behavior. We end up exaggerating. Then some asshole comes along and tells us "Shut up, what are you complaining about, it's not that bad". Okay, maybe it's not Worst.Ever(until it is).

But it's still Shitty.
Posted by SoSea Resident on March 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
Wait — everybody in this country is getting butt-fucked by a handful of multi-billionaires, and we're not supposed to say "fuck?" Screw that shit.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on March 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Keekee 6
So, the Stranger didn't send anyone to ECCC? Really?!?
Posted by Keekee on March 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM · Report this
seatackled 7

Oh, I remember there were some great posts and pictures last year. This must be part of the new editorial direction, or maybe it's just that their new culture editor is still learning about the PNW and didn't assign anyone.
Posted by seatackled on March 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM · Report this
seatackled 8
Last week there was a post here about the Oregonian requiring reporters to post three new blog pieces each day in order to qualify for end-of-year bonuses. Someone asked if there was actually something wrong with that and someone else (well, me) commented that it depended on whether you wanted reporters to spend their time pursuing and developing important stories or just posting frivolous crap.

I don't know what the salary policy of the SF Chronicle is--they are owned by Hearst, like the P-I--but here is an example of the kind of crap that shows up there now that they favor bloggers to reporters. It's a follow-up to the arrest of State Senator Yee on corruption charges and it's a photo gallery of what well-known Hollywood actors would be cast in a movie about the Yee saga. Seriously, they posted that, and it's one of the three feature stories on their main page.…
Posted by seatackled on March 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 9
Bad maps for logging.

Forgetting about iron pipes in the tunnel's path.

Isn't one of the primary jobs of State planners to keep accurate information on the cities, roads and landscape?

Hasn't this been the case since the...oh, the Roman Empire.

And by the way...we have online databases now, in case Olympia hasn't heard.

Why listen to them grubbing for taxes, when they don't even do the basic job?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
JonnoN 10
@9 you provide great examples of why we need more government, private industry will fuck us every time when left alone. The state told STP the pipes were there, even though another contractor lied about removing them.
Posted by JonnoN on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
rob! 11
Also, @9, libertarian wackadoos in Snohomish County fought for more than twenty years against officials trying to get them not to build in the path of known landslide and flood hazards, even attempting secession, and they nearly succeeded. At least four people connected with this "revolt," a couple and two family members, are now among the missing and/or dead.
Posted by rob! on March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM · Report this

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