1. Public officials and Boeing's machinist union have resumed back-room talks to come up with a labor deal to keep work on the 777X airplane in Everett, the Everett Herald reports.
The Boeing Machinists union rejected a contract last month that would have required them to give up their traditional pensions and pay more for health care. Other states, including Missouri, are offering Boeing incentives to move 777X production out of Washington state.
2. The Crosscut headline reads, "Biweekly garbage pickup: A Stinker?" The Crosscut story shows that nearly two-thirds of the 800 Seattle Public Utilities customers participating in a pilot program in which SPU provided recycling pickup once every week, but garbage pickup only once every two weeks, reported being satisfied with their service.
Although weekly pickup did tend to make more people say they were satisfied, it's undeniable that biweekly service is a success—and it reduces taxpayer costs (about $5 million to $6 million a year if implemented citywide), carbon pollution and waste—all things Seattle residents ostensibly want.
The only real downside is having to throw a little recyclable and compostable waste in separate bins—or paying for a larger trash can.
3. Ballard's Tom Nissley is heading to another round of Jeopardy! thanks to overwhelming support from viewers who voted him back to the show for the "Battle of Decades" where fans' favorite winners will compete against other winners from the same decade, KOMO reports.
Tom won $325,000 during his first Jeorpady! streak. The winner of the Battle of Decades, which goes on for a week, followed by a two-week battle of the winners in May, will net $1 million.
Nissley, who shined during the literary rounds during his Jeopardy! run ("Who is Somerset Maugham?"), just published the literary almanac, A Reader's Book of Days, which features short accounts of events in the lives of great writers for every day of the year.
The New Yorker called it "a thrilling round of literary jeopardy."
4. Seattle Transit Blog's David Lawson gets all C Is For Crank about people who don't move to the back of crowded buses, to which we can only say, Amen, brother. Take it away, David:
There is not a spike that descends from the very back of the bus to impale you if you stand all the way back. I often see otherwise jam-packed buses with absolutely no one standing to the back of the rear steps. Please stand back there. You can still reach the door easily, you have a nice view past other standees in low-floor buses (as in the photo above), there is plenty of headroom unless you’re well over six feet, and you’re considerately making room for others. Three to four people can comfortably stand behind the rear door, and you can jam six or seven in when it’s extremely crowded.
He has two other "rules of the bus," too, with which also we heartily agree.
5. A new study, by the Alliance for a Just Society, concludes that in order to meet the basic needs of life (including transportation, food, rent, utilities, and health care), a single person in Washington state would need to make just over $16 an hour to make ends meet. Just something to think about when you're considering whether $15 an hour is too high of a minimum wage in Seattle, the state's most expensive city.
6. Longtime Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey announced today that he's retiring, citing his favorite 10 columns from the past dozen years.
If the editorial board were to remain as currently constituted, sans Ramsey, it would be made up of four women—three of them women of color—and two white men, an interesting composition for a paper that's widely considered a bastion of conservative, old-Seattle opinion.