County pushes back on Immigration hold
King County Council members Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott said today they will introduce legislation to protect undocumented immigrants from being routinely turned over to federal authorities over minor offenses. They said their measure will stop extended holds in jail for those charged with minor crimes, but will continue to have anyone accused of a serious crime held long enough for the federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement to determine whether it wants to begin deportation or other proceedings. The measure will be submitted on Monday.
Message to Ballmer: Unleash employees and yourself
A former executive has been blogging about her ideas for improving Microsoft, starting with removing Steve Ballmer as CEO. Jennie Locati, who managed Xbox for the company, also suggests generous offers for as many as 30,000 employees to depart, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. That could unleash tremendous talent to create brilliant startups that Microsoft might then acquire. And imagine the other business opportunities outside the company, like selling boxes to the departing employees. Or maybe something more creative.
The national park that glows?
The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed a measure to create a national park that would include Hanford to commemorate the World War II project that created nuclear weapons. Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com notes that Eastern Washington Republican Congressman Doc Hastings won rare praise from an environmental group for the passage of the measure to protect three locations connected to the Manhattan Project. The other locations would be in Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn. An official of the National Parks and Conservation Association said, “The complex story of the Manhattan Project and resulting impacts of atomic power and nuclear technology are an ideal topic for the National Park Service to interpret and to facilitate thoughtful discussion.” OK, but get set for fighting if the National Parks dare to mention the suffering of bomb victims in Japan.
Fish counts looking good
The season for fish counts at the Ballard locks is off to the best start since at least 2005, The Seattle Times reports this afternoon. There likely won't be enough sockeye returning to allow a fishing season on Lake Washington this year, but the returns could hold hope for sports fishing in the future. And it might be worth a visit to the locks' fish ladder to watch all the action.
United Way of King County will host what is being called "the largest ever benefit for homeless youth" in this country: a softball game Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field featuring former Mariners, other local pro athletes and celebrities. (Disclosure note: Sponsors of the event include Crosscut supporters.) The Seattle Mariners are creating a softball diamond for the game, which will be six innings. Former all-stars Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner will be captains of the opposing teams, which will include Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, chef Ethan Stowell and author Sherman Alexie — along with retired sports stars Gary Payton, Edgar Martinez and Detlef Schrempf. Some 20,000 tickets have already been sold and admission starts at $10. Full details are here.
Mastros to speak
Eastside fugitives Michael and Linda Mastro plan to make what their attorney calls an "important announcement" Monday from France, where they have won protection from U.S. extradition efforts. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that, alas, they apparently don't intend to announce they will return quickly to face federal bankruptcy charges. But their attorney in France insists they will clear up a lot of questions. Be excited. Or not.
"Science Friday" does Seattle
National Public Radio's "Science Friday" broadcast today from the Pacific Science Center. It started with an interview with Mayor Mike McGinn, noting his nickname of Mayor McSchwinn, and ended with a fun discussion of a locally made bamboo bicycle. Plus, Crosscut's Knute Berger was featured in a segment on the design and engineering of the Space Needle. Here's the bamboo bike video posted on the "Science Friday" website, where you can hear today's whole show.
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