Mayor predicts Super Bowl
It's official, so to speak: The Seahawks will win 24-14. That's what Mayor Ed Murray said on NBC's "Today" show. Hizzoner is making the media rounds, including — impressive! — "The Colbert Report." (You can catch the Colbert segment here.) — J.C.
Seahawks at sea
If you're riding a ferry on Sunday, you might be surprised to find it renamed. The ferry system is putting up posters on its ships honoring individual players by naming the vessels after them. On Sunday and Sunday only, the Yakima will be the M.V. Red Bryant, the Puyallup the Marshawn Lynch, and the Tacoma the Russell Wilson. Don't wear orange, unless you want to be left standing on the dock. — J.C.
Bertha stalled, again
The Washington State Department of Transportation said Friday that contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners has shut down the tunnel-boring machine on the Seattle waterfront. The Bertha machine had moved forward 2 feet a day on Tuesday and Wednesday but showed signs of overheating. Outside experts will meet with state and Seattle Tunnel Partners engineers next week to “determine the best path forward.” As Crosscut’s Matt Fikse-Verkerk calculated Monday, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see how the work can be finished by this September, as had been expected. — J.C.
Today in Olympia
- Speaking of ferries, a new bill would require the Washington State Ferry system to upgrade how it investigates accidents and incidents. Rep. Larry Seaquist's measure would establish a system for appointing investigators with the authority to go through records and conduct interviews. The ferry system would also be required to provide the investigators with legal counsel, outside experts and the staff necessary to conduct the investigatin. And the bill asks for a full report on the costs of all accidents over the past five years. — J.S.
- The Senate Democrats have joined their House counterparts in an attempt to raise the annual beginning teacher salary to $52,074. The current rate is $34,048 a year for beginning teachers with bachelor's degrees and no experience. Individual school districts negotiate with their individual unions on how much local money goes to each teacher on top of the state allocation. Sen.Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, introduced this bill Friday. It's the same as the bill that Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Olympia, submitted several days ago. — J.S.
As expected, the state Senate passed a version of the DREAM Act, which gives children of undocumented immigrants access to college financial aid. It's something to celebrate — but some Democrats couldn't help but wonder what took Republicans so long. In an accidental email release (happens in every new administration, folks) one communications aide for Ed Murray showed a colleague — and the office's entire media email list (oops) — two possible statements from the Seattle mayor. "Two statements below," said the email. "One more straightforward, one with a tisk-tisk feel." The scolding option noted that, while a state senator, the mayor took up "this fight so many years ago." — J.C.
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