The search for Oso slide victims winds down: 43 were lost, 41 were found, and 2 will remain missing.
Remember the proposed logging site five miles away from Oso with a history of landslide activity—and whose slopes are so steep they'd have to be logged by helicopter—that was approved for sale by the Department of Natural Resources just before the Oso landslide? The DNR is having second thoughts about that one.
More tornadoes are killing people: Now in Mississippi and Alabama.The Counterforce vs. the Uber Man: This weekend, a group of anarchist activists ran around the city, blocking Uber cars and handing out flyers. They explained themselves in a blog post condemning Uber's frat-boy founder Travis Kalanick, Uber's refusal to assume any responsibility for the six year-old killed by an Uber driver in San Francisco ("because there were no passengers in the car, the man was not an Uber employee at the time"), and the disruption of African immigrant communities where taxis are a key industry. It ends, in a section titled "Happy May Day, Champ!" with a threat/promise: "We haven’t even started messing with Uber. Stay tuned." The post is signed by "the Counterforce," who are the same folks behind the Amazon/CIA protest in February and the blocked Microsoft shuttle bus last week. Disrupting traffic seems to be their favorite tactic these days.
Pro-Russian militants attack protesters (with garlands of flowers in their hair) in eastern Ukraine: "But in Ukraine, even such anodyne appeals to unity can be a magnet for trouble. The protesters, including old men and grade-school-age children, were walking into a trap. The club- and whip-wielding separatists who set upon these demonstrators were just the latest proof of the disarray that has engulfed eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. The attack marked a fitting coda to a day that also featured an assassination attempt on the mayor of the country’s second-largest city and the fall of yet another government building to pro-Russian militants."
The US announces targeted sanctions against 15 more people who are "responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine": "The list includes Dmitry Kozak, Russia's deputy prime minister; Russian military chief Valery Gerasimov; and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine including Denis Pushilin, the self-declared leader of the 'Donetsk People's Republic.' The sanctions, which go into immediate effect, include asset freezes and travel bans."
Marijuana, meet minuet: Lots of people like to smoke pot and listen to classical music in their living rooms—now in Colorado, that's going to become a public event as pot promoters sponsor a series of bring-your-own-cannabis concerts by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. SCO executive director Jerry Kern explained: "Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra."
More Sterling: The New York Times chides the NBA for having "tolerated and sheltered Mr. Sterling for much too long. The new commissioner, Adam Silver, needs to make clear that there’s no place in the league for owners with plantation attitudes, whether or not they’re caught expressing them on tape."
Vermont is becoming the first state to require GMO labeling—and they're getting ready for the biotech industry's lawsuits: "There’s no guarantee of legal action, but legislators, officials and advocates are preparing for it. Earlier this month, state Attorney General Bill Sorrell told Vermont Public Radio that he would be 'very surprised' if the state isn’t sued over the law. And officials were so sure of a challenge that the measure itself creates a $1.5 million legal defense fund, to be paid for with settlements won by the state. They think it’s coming, but they also say they’re ready."
The wounds of Venezuelan protesters: "Clipso Martínez was shot at such close range by a soldier at a protest that his surgeon said he had to remove pieces of the plastic shotgun shell buried in his leg, along with the shards of keys Mr. Martínez had in his pocket, shattered by the blast. Jorchual Gregory was detained with 10 others who said that over three days they were kicked, pistol whipped, doused with pepper spray and battered with helmets and shotgun butts. 'They wanted to make people afraid so we wouldn’t stay in the streets,' said Mr. Gregory, 19. 'But what happened was more protests and more deaths.'”
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will stay in Seattle: "Earl Thomas will become the NFL’s highest-paid safety after agreeing to a long-term contract extension with the Seahawks, according to reports, keeping him in Seattle for another five seasons. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, citing an anonymous source, that Thomas is signing a 'blockbuster' deal with the Super Bowl champions that will make him “easily” the highest-paid safety in the league."
Yesterday, we ended with a picture of bird aPodments in Phnom Penh. Here are some people in the same city, catching some shade beneath a giant golden bird-creature: