Given the state of the world, I wanted to start off PM with something sweet: Today, the Woodland Park Zoo announced the birth of a male pudu. He was born on May 5. South American pudus are the smallest deer species in the world! “The fawn and mother are healthy and bonding well," Woodland Park Zoo co-curator Shawn Pedersen said in a press release. "We’re confident their bonding will continue as the fawn gets more comfortable exploring his habitat." The zoo says you'll have the best chance of seeing this unnamed baby from 11 am to 3 pm—when he's most active—in the Temperate Forest habitat. Life is precious.
Onto the news: The search continues for a British journalist and Brazilian indigenous affairs experts who both went missing in the Amazon over the weekend, reports CNN. Dom Phillips and Bruno Araújo Pereira were in the remote Javari Valley in the western part of the Amazonas state and had "reportedly received death threats." The region of the forest they were in is a hotspot of "repeated incursions by land grabbers, illegal miners, illegal hunters and illegal fisherman."
Not to be all, "well, actually...": But this Juneuary we're experiencing could be helping our crops stay protected from the dreaded spotted-wing lanternfly.
Cops investigating cops: According to AP, the Department of Justice has named nine people to "aid in a review of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting." I'm sure this team made up of former police chiefs and an FBI official will DEFINITELY bring justice to that squad of incompetent Texas cops. I'm sure of it.
Summer bummer: Due to the lifeguard labor shortage I mentioned in yesterday's AM, Seattle Parks and Recreation is officially closing three beaches this summer: Matthews Beach, Seward Park Beach, and East Green Lake Beach. The department is also keeping Medgar Evers, Evans, and Queen Anne pools closed for the season. Better to be safe, obviously, but I was looking forward to taking a dip in Medgar Evers Pool!
Starting June 25, these beaches will be guarded daily from 12pm-7pm weekdays & 11am-7pm weekends: Madison, Madrona, Magnuson, Mt. Baker, Pritchard, & West Green Lake beaches. We encourage you to come out to these beaches for a safe & fun swim experience. https://t.co/BxuXRWFDvN— Seattle Parks (@SeattleParks) June 8, 2022
Grim: Earlier today in Squire Park, an 89-year-old man called the police on himself after he allegedly shot his 83-year-old wife dead in their shared home. Cops told KOMO the man has been arrested.
And outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh's house in Maryland: Authorities arrested a heavily armed man for "attempting or threatening to kidnap or murder" a sitting U.S. judge, reports CNN. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas John Roske also called the cops on himself, saying he had suicidal thoughts and that he'd come from California to kill "a specific United States Supreme Court Justice." According to an FBI affidavit, Roske believed this Justice "would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws" and wanted to kill this Justice, then kill himself. Once again, we need to melt all guns.
For those of you tracking the sale of Twitter to billionaire Elon Musk: It looks like the platform's board of directors will indeed turn over its internal data stream to Musk to quell the concerns he had about bot and spam accounts. Hope he has fun sorting through the 500 million tweets tweeted daily by users!
Get to know BA.4 and BA.5: There's something that these omicron subvariants just really DIG about our immune systems. Those two bad boys now account for 13% of all new COVID cases in the country, up from 7.5% the week previous, reports the New York Times. Though all our case counts are likely to be largely underestimated, scientists told the Times that whether or not these subvariants will have an impact on hospitalizations and deaths "remains unclear."
By the way: A new episode of Sticker Patrol went live today.
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About that Seattle Center light rail stop: City officials took the side of KEXP, SIFF, Vera Project, and The Seattle Rep in the debate over Sound Transit's plans to run light rail underneath the Seattle Center. According to the Seattle Times, the mayor's office advised that Sound Transit "should pick a site on Mercer Street that won't disturb the center's KEXP radio station or performing arts." However, the Mercer Street location will cost $100 million, displace 140 households, and make traffic worse. The final decision will be made next year by Sound Transit's regional governing board.
I can smell the fear of labor: In an attempt to pre-address any problems that employees might have, today Microsoft announced a reform of some of their most unsavory workplace practices, reports GeekWire. The company will no longer include non-compete clauses in contracts (except for those with senior leaders), will remove NDAs from settlement and separation agreements and publicly disclose salary ranges in job postings (both practices are becoming law in Washington state), and will hire a third-party to scrutinize "workforce policies and practices that impact diversity and inclusion." Interesting timing!
Volunteer Park's amphitheater is looking good! The $3 million covered amphitheater is set to make its grand debut on July 2nd, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blawg. Already feeling nostalgic for that sad brick wall and stage that used to be the amphitheater.
Also, hey, this isn't a design rendering. That's what it looks like! I've seen the sketches for so long, nice to watch it more fully come together in the flesh on walks through VP pic.twitter.com/22YUMJBuUs— jseattle (@jseattle) June 8, 2022
It's lonely out in space: But not for NASA's Mars Perseverance rover. It's got a pet rock.
For your listening pleasure: Earth, Wind, and Fire's "That's the Way of the World."