Nothing to see here
To steal a phrase from The Stranger's David Schmader: Nothing happened today, unless you count the 700,000+ ecstatic 12th Men (and women) who clogged downtown streets and rooftops and balconies and windows, cheering and wailing and stretching to catch a glimpse of Seattle's biggest hometown heroes since ... well, maybe ever. The Seahawks entourage, which started at Seattle Center and wound its way down 4th Avenue to CenturyLink Field, traveled in true Seattle style: Coach Pete Carroll captained a caravan of Seattle duck boats; Running Back Marshawn Lynch sprawled on the hood of one, tossing Skittles to the masses and Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman took turns holding the team's hard-earned Lombardi Trophy proudly aloft.
Seattle Schools gave students excused absences, cell service was down or patchy across downtown, buses and ferries and trains were all packed far beyond capacity, and Boeing got a special dispensation to fly a decorated 747 over the stadium. Damn, it feels good to win a Super Bowl. — B.A.
Traffic this morning was abysmal: According to The Seattle Times, Sound Transit trains were at nearly double capacity and many traveling aboard Washington State Ferries were left behind. And the traffic delays are expected to continue into this evening after the parade is over and during rush hour. Sound Transit posted this on Twitter as a heads-up to commuters:
“All Sound Transit services are expecting delays in downtown Seattle following the Seahawk Parade activities on Wednesday afternoon. Please be aware that buses and trains will be extremely crowded and all available resources are being used to accommodate our riders.” — M.C
Today in Olympia
So it turns out that not every Washingtonian was downtown today. In fact, a few of them were hunkered down in Olympia, creating laws. Crosscut's John Stang reports:
- The House passed the Reproductive Parity Act today, which would require insurance companies who provide maternity coverage to cover abortions. That still leaves it up to a vote by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, which last year refused to vote on the act, even though a few of its moderates supposedly supported it. Last week, the coalition unexpectedly passed the DREAM Act in Washington, but coalition leader Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R- Wenatchee, said she doubted that would be the case with Reproductive Parity.
- A new bipartisan Senate bill would require 1080 hours of public high school instruction and a 24-credit graduation requirement in public schools, starting in the 2015-2016 school year. That's opposed to the current standards: Roughly 1,000 hours of instruction and a 20-24 credit graduation requirement.
- The Washington House and Senate each introduced bipartisan bills to provide sales tax exemptions for the construction and upgrade of computer server centers. Rep Larry Spring, D- Kirkland and Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, submitted the bills.
A latte with that cat?
In the only other news that might even begin to pique the oversaturated attentions of Seattleites today, downtown Vancouver, B.C. is planning its first cat cafe. Yes, that's right, an establishment that provides not just coffee, tea and a strong WiFi signal, but a stable of felines to perk up your day. The trend is already popular in Asia, but according to VanCity Buzz, Vancouverite Michelle Furbacher hopes to have hers open by September. And she's planning to work with local shelters to include cats that, once you inevitably fall in love with them, are available for adoption. No word yet on whether allergy medication will be free with your first espresso. — B.A.
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