DREAM Act breakthrough
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus is introducing a new version of the DREAM Act, the new bill that would offer college tuition at in-state rates to children of undocumented immigrant parents. The move by the Republican-dominated caucus represents a huge breakthrough for the measure, which stalled last year in the Republican-dominated Senate after passing the Democratic-controlled House. Today's move apparently clears the way for enactment. Crosscut's John Stang says the Senate's bill is a clone of the one already approved by the House. Look for his story later. — J.C.
Knox guilty, court says
Amanda Knox’s on-again, off-again murder conviction is on again. After deliberating for less than a day, an appellate court in Florence, Italy, overturned the overturning of Knox’s original conviction, which means that, for now at least, Seattle’s most notorious former coed is guilty – again. Knox’s trials began in 2007 when, while studying in Perugia, she and her Italian ex, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged in the stabbing death of Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher. (Perugia resident Rudy Guede is serving a 16-year sentence for the crime.) Knox’s lawyers promise to appeal the decision – again. As for the Kerchers: “This case has no winners or losers,” said Vieri Fabiani, the family's attorney. “It’s a tragedy that involves four young people and an act that was clearly not premeditated.” — M.B.
Today in Olympia
- Washington's Legislature might urge President Barack Obama to — finally — pick a site for permanent storage of the nation's nuclear wastes, including Hanford's. So far, the president has been reluctant to select a location. State Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, introduced legislation Thursday to give the president a nudge. The nation was building a permanent repository in Nevada, but U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, blocked it. The lack of a storage site is bad for Eastern Washington. Hanford's biggest project is a vitrification plant (under construction) that will glassify most of the 53 million gallons of highly radioactive wastes now sitting in underground tanks. The resulting glass then gets shipped to the permanent repository — when we have one. — J.S.
Boeing up in the air on Seahawks
Boeing has been flying a 747 freighter — painted in Seahawks colors and sporting the #12 — over the state all (Thursday) afternoon. According to GeekWire, the plane is spanning the state on a a flight path shaped like the number 12. At last check, the 747 was due back in Seattle about 4 p.m. after a bit of a late start (flight information below is from FlightAware). Seems about right when honoring a team that's been been known to score some of its biggest wins after slow starts. — J.C.
Slip-sliding along rail tracks
A mudslide near Mukilteo has cut off passenger rail service between Seattle and Everett for Thursday and Friday. Associated Press reports say the slide occurred about a mile north of the spot where BNSF crews made major engineering improvements last year. The closure will force riders of Sounder and Amtrak trains, which run to Everett and points north, onto buses. Much of the rail line north of Seattle will need repairs. — J.C.
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