Slog AM: Just Forgive Student Loans, Rent Is Up, And Seattle Ranks 2nd Nationally For Twitter Dog Poop Complaints – Slog

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Apply that same energy to canceling student debt please and thank you. JOSHUA LOTT/GETTY IMAGES

Cowardly Biden extends student loan hiatus until August 31: This is the third time the Biden administration has pushed back the payment restart date, which was set to expire on May 1 this time around. Why doesn’t he cancel all federal student loans right away is beyond me I mean, has he seen the price of literally everything right now? And by moving the date to September, it will certainly become an even more important topic before midterm in November. The debt is not real! Fuck student loans until I die!

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Speaking of cost of living: According to a recent report from a real estate financing tool called Stessa, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area has the sixth highest rent in the country. Gag. The median cost of a studio is $1,603, that of a one bedroom is $1,682 and that of a two bedroom is $2,005. As someone looking for a new place to live in the city, things look bleak.

Humans are made up of water, fat, connective tissue, bone, muscle, and, uh, microplastics: For the first time in recorded history, scientists have found microplastics – pieces of plastic no larger than 5mm – “deep in the lungs” of living, breathing humans, reports The Guardian. The pollutant is found in nearly every crevice on the planet, from human blood to Mount Everest. According to the researchers, the most common particles found in the lungs were polypropylene (commonly used in plastic packaging and pipes) and PET (from bottles). The health effects aren’t fully known yet, but it’s definitely not good.

A crackpot in a plum-colored PT Cruiser stole an ancient mammoth tusk from a downtown Seattle art gallery: For some reason, KOMO’s transcript of the Seattle Police Department report didn’t name the gallery — it’s Fossil & Stone — but the theft is apparently the second shoplifting in two weeks. Being in possession of a stolen mammoth tusk sounds like a curse, idk.

Want to help replace derogatory names at 18 Washington sites? As mentioned in previous Slog AMs, the Department of the Interior is considering renaming dozens of locations across the United States with the word “squaw,” a racist and sexist term for native and native women. The federal government educates local tribes about the process. In Washington, there are 18 places to rename, and each has six options for residents to choose from. You have until April 25 to comment on your favorites.

Concrete pours at the West Seattle Bridge: The still-striking concrete conductors were back to work on the nearly repaired bridge yesterday morning, KING 5 reports. quite say when the repairs will be completed due to the delay (before the strike, the reopening date was set for mid-2022).

Meanwhile, in Bothell: My colleague Matt Baume, who loves the Bothells, will no doubt be delighted with Daniel Beekman’s juicy article in The Seattle Times on the city north banning cars from their main street downtown to make it more pedestrian friendly. It’s a sick concept that every city should emulate, but…have you ever tried living in Bothell? Outside of this main stretch, navigating anywhere without a car is a nightmare, much like most other suburbs. My family lives up there and I feel trapped every time I visit lol.

The Mariners season opener is delayed: Due to bad weather in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins postponed their four-game series against Seattle from Thursday to Friday.

Avian flu shakes the world of birds: So far, nearly 23 million chickens and turkeys across the United States have been killed to limit the spread of the contagious and deadly disease, AP reports. To protect some endangered populations, US zookeepers are moving their birds indoors to limit their contact with sick wild birds. Protect the penguins!

Jesus: A man had to be taken to hospital earlier this morning after he jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames that engulfed his Rainier Beach apartment, KOMO reports. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

And in the news of the Russian-Ukrainian war: The United States has announced more sanctions against Russian elites and institutions, specifically targeting Putin’s adult daughters and Sberbank, Reuters reports. Americans are also prohibited from investing in Russia. Crosscut’s Margo Vansynghel presented Seattle-based Ukrainian artist Anastasia Babenko’s new show at Das Schaufenster in Ballard. 10 high-rise buildings in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk are on fire as a result of Russian shelling. And be prepared for food prices to rise.

In a surprise for literally no one: Seattle is terrible at picking up after its little poop dogs, or they’re almost the best at complaining about it on Twitter, at least. Protect My Paws conducted a nationwide analysis of tweets per 100,000 people and found that Seattle ranked 2nd in the nation for dog poo complaints per capita. I don’t care how cute your four-legged pup is, Seattle – pick up that shit. It’s bad for you, and it’s bad for your dog.

Disappointed by the size of your Whopper? You’re not alone. According to CBS, “Four Burger King customers are suing the chain for its marketing, claiming the company makes the burger appear about 35% larger in its advertising than it actually is.”

For your listening pleasure: “The Acid in My Blood” by Channel Tres.

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