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1. Well, this is just terrible: The Columbian (along with lots of other places) reports that a Vancouver-area woman was live-tweeting police scans of an accident on I-205, only to discover that her husband was killed in the crash when his car crossed the center median of the road and slammed into a pickup.

The woman in the pickup was airlifted away and is in satisfactory condition. 

2. Capitol Hill Seattle reports that City Attorney Pete Holmes wants to expand the number of pot stores allowed in the city by modifying the buffer requirement, which currently prohibits pot stores within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, and parks.

As we reported yesterday, some of the dozens of applications that have been filed for pot stores are within the restricted buffer areas. 

3. From the Puget Sound Business Journal: "Researchers from Microsoft Corp. have created a 'smart bra' with sensors designed to help women eat less."

Needless to say, I hate everything about this story. Basically, Microsoft engineers have made a prototype bra that senses women's heart rate and "skin activity" and sends them a smartphone message if it senses they're stressed. The idea, according to the researchers behind this obvious publicity stunt, is to keep women from "stress eating." Because there couldn't be anyother legitimate reason for women to want to know if they have an elevated heart rate except to make sure they don't eat in unhealthy ways, obv. 

4. Also from the PSBJ: A big (and pretty comprehensive) story on the $15 minimum wage movement that focuses on socialist city council member-elect Kshama Sawant, who's participating in the daylong march from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall today and speaking at City Hall at 4:30.

From SEIU 775's Twitter feed (@seiu775).

The story notes that even the president of the Seattle Chamber has expressed support for "closing the income gap" (if not for a $15 minimum specifically), and that most of the city council, as well as mayor-elect Ed Murray, support the $15 minimum. 

"Already the council has appropriated money to 'convene a process' early next year to 'come up with a road map' detailing how the city might go about raising the minimum wage, [council member Nick Licata] said."

You can track the marchers' progress yourself on Twitter by searching for #followthemarch. 

5. In non-Sawant, pot, or bra-related news, Seattle Bike Blog reports that Seattle has made the Green Lane Project's 2013 list of the top protected bike lanes in the country—twice. North Seattle's Linden Ave. project made 5th, and Cherry Street's short protected lane was ninth. Best of all (at least for Seattle pride): Portland didn't make the list. 

6. The Seattle Times is furious about Fox News' recent use of its photo of two Muslim sisters attempting to preserve female-only swim times at a Tukwila pool to illustrate a story about single-sex swim classes in Minnesota.

The photographer who wrote the post takes what I'd call an unnecessarily self-righteous tone (probably because of the way Fox inaccurately characterized the story, calling women-only swims an example of "Sharia law"), but she raises an interesting issue: What are the limits of fair use? If Fox had correctly credited the photo and made its context clear, would that have been OK? I don't have the answer (although I'm inclined to say even that would be overstepping), but in this case, it's certainly a fair objection. 

7. Finally, the News Tribune reports that state Republicans have chosen Gig Harbor business consultant Jesse Young to replace 26th District state Rep. Jan Angel, a Republican, who was elected to the state senate in November. Young's name, along with second- and third-place finishers Adam Berman and Doug Cloud, to the Pierce County Council and the Kitsap County Commission; although those groups have the final say, they traditionally have gone with the party's first choice. 

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