Updated at 4:05 p.m. Seattle City Council today voted 9-0 to impose limits on the number of ridesharing cars that can operate in the city for at least one year. Under new rules approved by the council Monday, each ridesharing company operating within city limits will be allowed up to 150 drivers on the road at any one time. The vote followed a lengthy discussion of the app-based services and whether they should be regulated as taxi and town car services. Crosscut’s John Stang will have a full story later today. — J.C.
Ferry system: Oops
Updated 2:42 p.m. Washington State Ferry crews inadvertently drilled through the hull of the 188-car Walla Walla while conducting scheduled maintenance on Saturday. In a statement Monday, WSF said that crews and divers quickly stopped the leak. The Walla Walla was supposed to go back into service this week, but its return will now be postponed while the ferry system makes permanent repairs. — J.C.
Terror-related Blaine border arrest
Updated 4:05 p.m. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that authorities arrested a man near the Canadian border early Monday as he was trying to make his way out of the U.S. to join an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. A complaint charges Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif. with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The arrest came about after an investigation by the FBI, Modesto police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, according to a statement from Sacramento's U.S. Attorney Benjamin Weaver. Teausant is made his initial appearance before the U.S. District Court for Western Washington at 2 p.m. If convicted, the charge could bring a maximum penalty of 15 years. According to Weaver's statement, Teausant wanted to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, usually referred to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
A Facebook page for a Nicholas Michael Teausant showed that he posted Sunday about being at the train station in Olympia on his way to London. The page also showed that the man followed several Seattle sports teams and the Tacoma Rainiers. A number of postings mentioned religious verses; there was also a check-in at a mosque in Lodi, Calif. on Saturday and Disneyland about a month ago. A number of Disneyland pictures had Feb. 16 dates. A spokeswoman in Weaver's office could not immediately confirm if the page showed the same person arrested near the border. — J.C.
Justice Johnson retiring at end of April
State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson said Monday that he will resign effective April 30 because of health issues. The sudden move follows recent absences, which a court spokeswoman told The News Tribune recently were due to "unexpected health concerns." Johnson's statement offered no details about the health concerns. Regarded as a relative conservative on a liberal court throughout his time on the bench, Johnson was first elected in 2004 after an unsuccessful 2002 run. He attended Harvard and the University of Washington Law School. Colleagues have praised his hard work, dedication to justice and congeniality. Update 4:20 p.m., Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to appoint a temporary replacement, who will serve until an election can be held in the fall. The winner of the election will fill the final two years of Johnson's six-year term. — J.C.
Gov. Jay Inslee came away from a Monday meeting with U.S. Secretary Ernie Moniz thoroughly unsatisfied with the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford cleanup plan. During the Olympia meeting, Moniz discussed federal plans to deal with existing leaks in nuclear waste holding tanks. He also addressed the DOE's floundering progress on a complex that would glassify the 56 million gallons of highly radioactive wastes currently sitting in Hanford's leak-prone underground tanks.
"The draft that was shown to us this morning did not contain the comprehensiveness and level of detail that the State has requested for months from our federal partners," Inslee said in a press release. Inslee plans to huddle with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Ecology Department officials to discuss Washington's options for prodding the feds along. — J.S.
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