Jislaine Marc: Dead, at age 15, because she was poor and Haitian.
Laws Suddenly Matter Again! Mayor Ed Murray says the city will start issuing cease-and-desist orders to rideshare companies if they keep operating. The City Council regulations that legalized them last month have been suspended, after the companies' coalition group introduced a ballot referendum that temporarily overturns them. Darn! I was planning on booking a ride with a hot new company on the market called Hoopty.
Meditation Class at Monroe Prison: Makes the inmates "feel more human."
Owls Are To Blame For San Francisco's Housing Affordability Troubles: Don't ask. Just go read this piece.
Seattle Is The Second-Safest City for Walking/Biking: That's according to a new study of fatality rates by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Boston's in first, but maybe we'll catch up when once our own bike share program is up and running?
Ferry Tragedy In South Korea: The death toll is up to 52, as divers begin to recover bodies, and about 250 people are still missing. Families of the victims are hopping mad at authorities for what they see as a lethargic response to the boat's sinking. At a government briefing, "one man tried to choke a coastguard lieutenant and punch a maritime policeman."
French Workers Protest Layoffs With Flair: "Inside the factory, workers have piled wooden palettes and sheets of cardboard around a car, next to a crudely written sign with the word 'BOOM' on it in red spray paint."
Former Harvard University Prez, Treasury Secretary, and Obama Economic Advisor Larry Summers: Is a colossal slimebag, according to Elizabeth Warren's new book. I hate what this says about how power operates in this country—that it's not just wealthy people that run things, but a petty and insular clique of them:
In 2008, Warren joined a five-person congressional-oversight panel whose creation was mandated by the seven-hundred-billion-dollar bailout. She found that thrilling and maddening, too. In the spring of 2009, after the panel issued its third report, critical of the bailout, Larry Summers took Warren out to dinner in Washington and, she recalls, told her that she had a choice to make. She could be an insider or an outsider, but if she was going to be an insider she needed to understand one unbreakable rule about insiders: "They don’t criticize other insiders."