Bad rulings from the Supreme Court just keep coming. We’re still processing the disastrous rulings from last week, but now we’ve got one more to add to the list: Today the Court sided with a public school coach from Bremerton who insisted on pressuring students into praying, according to the school board. He left his job when the school told him to knock it off. Now the Supreme Court has ruled that they will abandoning precedent on the separation of church and state, giving heightened rights to religious speech. The court is also expected to gut the EPA in a ruling due later this week.
Fundamental rights should not be viewed primarily as fundraising opportunities. The main character of Twitter this weekend was Zoe Warren, who brilliantly articulated the frustration that Democratic leaders had weeks to come up with a response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the best that many of them could do was basically “give us $15 and vote harder.”
She’s not wrong.👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/8mJDZIR2dZ— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) June 25, 2022
More shootings, of course. I know these things have long stopped coming as a surprise, but … two people were shot in Seattle on Sunday, one 17 years old and the other 25, both near the ID. Another person was shot near the CD. They’re all expected to survive, but the victims of another shooting in North Seattle both died. Other mass shootings this weekend include 1 dead and 7 injured in Virginia; 5 injured in Texas; 5 injured in New Jersey; 1 dead and 6 injured in Georgia; 1 killed and 3 injured in San Antonio; 8 injured in Tacoma; 4 injured in Minneapolis; 2 dead and 2 injured in Houston; and 4 injured in Brooklyn.
Put it in your pocket. Seattle caught a falling star this weekend:
Along with that beautiful planetary alignment, this lovely grazed the sky over #Seattle that same Friday morning.#wawx @SeattleWXGuy @WestSeaWx @NWSSeattle @westseattleblog @KSeattleWeather @abbyacone @KClarkWx pic.twitter.com/8vXGpDoFdX— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas) June 26, 2022
West Side Story’s Rita Moreno speaks out about her abortion: Back in the 1950s, she was in an abusive relationship with Marlon Brando, and at one point he forced her to get an abortion with a doctor who botched the procedure. “I could have died,” she said. Regarding the Supreme Court ruling last week: “I’m really nervous and frightened and horrified that this is taking place. I can’t believe that some of those people are telling us what to do with our bodies. … “We loud mouths are going to have to get busy. There are many of us. I’m thinking what are we going to do about this? If anything, this has reactivated us.”
Rudy Giuliani throws a fit over a pat on the back. Giuliani was campaigning for his large son Andrew at a supermarket on Staten Island this weekend when an employee walked by and patted the melting former mayor on the back. Security footage shows that it was a pretty mild thump, but Giuliani claimed that it felt like he’d been shot and nearly fell over.
If big crowds aren’t your thing, West Seattle Pride was a bit more chill. Neighbors enjoyed a nice, modest stroll this Sunday. Looks very pleasant indeed.
West Seattle Pride March has crossed Calif & headed back south pic.twitter.com/ETSibel4PN— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 26, 2022
Let’s build that lid. The Lid I-5 project will hold a public walking tour this afternoon at 5:30 pm, with special guest Senate Transpo Chair Marko Liias. They’ll walk through the area under consideration for lidding, and also learn more about the effort to designate Freeway Park a Seattle landmark.
Starbucks workers led strikes all weekend. Hannah has some great on-the-ground reporting here, but basically the company is bothering workers by forcing them to re-apply for their jobs.
Pike Place busker Mads Jacobsen came out to support workers on strike and we're all singing along!— Starbucks Worker Solidarity (@VentiSolidarity) June 25, 2022
"Solidarity forever! The union makes us strong!" pic.twitter.com/Rc9Y4VOdiu
Here comes the train: The Sound Transit extension from Angle Lake to Federal Way is now 53 percent complete. When it’s done, it’ll get you from downtown Seattle to three new Federal Way and Des Moines stations in about 45 minutes. It’s scheduled to open in December of 2024.
I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s been kind of warm. Relief is on the way, with more moderate temperatures starting tomorrow. Not much precipitation, though, so keep watering your plants).
"Fun" fact: This is the first time in June that we've had 90+ degree days on the same date in two consecutive years (6/26/2021: 102 degrees) at Sea-Tac. Records date back to 1945. #wawx— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) June 26, 2022
Washington is shaping up to be a sanctuary state for reproductive health. Inslee announced this weekend that Washington will not assist other states’ efforts to prosecute people who travel to the state for abortion-related care. He’s also planning to set aside more funding for abortion access, and he supports a state constitutional amendment to protect the right to an abortion.
Do you want to go for a walk? If it’s with this charming little guy, then yes, you probably do.
1/ If your dog is anything like Axl, they love a good walk. With the high heat this weekend, be sure you're keeping those walks short and earlier in the day. Be sure to bring them plenty of water, and keep them off the hot pavement as much as possible to protect their paws. pic.twitter.com/YQMoOVwSCS— Seattle Humane (@SeattleHumane) June 26, 2022