1. Great news last night: Dorothy Parvaz, a former PI journalist and current correspondent for Al Jazeera has been freed by the Iranian authorities. Parvaz had been detained, first by Syria and then by Iran, after she flew into Syria to cover the unrest there in late April.

Her final stop before arriving to freedom in Doha, Qatar last night? Solitary confinement in Tehran.

2. Controversial Bellevue city council member Kevin Wallace—a Kemper Freeman ally who's under investigation for conflicts of interest due to his support for an alternate light rail line that bypasses the city core and runs along some property he owns—appointed ideologue Republicans Diane Tebelius (the former chair of the state GOP) and John Carlson (KOMO talk jock) to the Bellevue Planning Commission yesterday with  the support of his conservative council allies Jennifer Roberston and Conrad Lee.

3. Seattle City Council president Richard Conlin predicts that if a King County Superior Court judge rules on Friday that a referendum on the deep-bore tunnel can go to the ballot, tunnel proponents will almost certainly appeal, potentially scuttling an August ballot measure or at least postponing it until November. "I would say it's a certainty that the state would appeal," Conlin says.

If the judge rules in the tunnel proponents' favor, tunnel opponents could also appeal. But Conlin notes that the opponents won't have much time: The deadline for getting something on the August primary ballot---next Tuesday, May 24---is more constraining than the deadline for tunnel proponents to appeal and knock a referendum off the ballot.

4. Just when state senate budget chair Ed Murray thought he had a budget deal (Murray told PubliCola yesterday there could be an agreement as soon as tomorrow), he might be forgetting about a major problem: The June revenue forecast.

Fizz hears the state could be looking at another budget earthquake when the numbers for the next quarter are announced, which could potentially wipe out the state's  $700 million in reserves.

5. The PI reports that a pair of state legislators—including freshman Seattle Rep. David Frockt (D-46, N. Seattle)---motivated by the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder, are putting together a task force to figure out how to get an NBA team back in Seattle.