On Other Blogs Today: High School, Helmets, Health Care, and More
1. Crosscut's Matt Fikse-Verkerk, a former Mayor Mike McGinn employee who endorsed Tim Burgess early on in the race, reports that the embattled mayor issued more press releases last month than any of the prior sitting mayors issued in a single month prior to a primary election, ever—28 in May, or 1.2 for every one of the workdays in the month.
McGinn's frantic rate of announcements hasn't slowed—just today, the mayor announced "new work opportunities for at-risk youth"—an already funded program to link kids age 14 to 18 to jobs in the arts.
2. KATU TV reports that a teenager in Silverdale was banned from attending her prom because her dress—which was specifically designed for large-chested women—showed "too much cleavage."
Her parents responded in spirited fashion, demanding that the high school issue a formal apology and noting that, as the mother put it: "you cannot compare a golf ball to a grapefruit."
3. In a move that could (or should) have impacts on Seattle's nascent bike-sharing program, the federal Centers for Disease Control and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will no longer promote the conclusion that bike helmets reduce head injury rates by 85 percent, Seattle Bike Blog reports.
King County law requires bike helmets, which makes it more difficult to implement bikesharing—because people aren't likely to carry helmets everywhere, the current plan is to provide helmet vending machines, which could deter some potential riders from using the system (because of the ick factor and the fact that helmet rentals will cost extra money.)
4. The Nation calls US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) "the most underestimated feminist in D.C.," noting that although the four-term senator lacks "oratorical firepower," she has nonetheless been "been insistent on women’s issues such as healthcare, domestic violence and reproductive rights." Murray's feminist cred is a theme PubliCola has been hammering for ages, including last summer, when we interviewed Murray about the battle against women's health-care funding.
5. The Oregonian reports that the Coast Guard has agreed to buy out two of the three companies that ship products too tall for the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, eliminating the majority of the remaining hurdles to the propsed bridge between Vancouver and Portland.
Republicans in the Washington state senate oppose the bridge because it includes light rail, and on the grounds that a lower span (which light rail requires) would harm businesses. A third company is holding out and demanding complete relocation of their factory downstream. Oregon has agreed to fund its $450 million portion of the bridge; Washington has so far refused.
6. And Josh, who's just discovering the "share economy" where "access trumps ownership," wanted me to add an opinon piece that the New York Times published today which sings the praises of "collaborative consumption" and "peer to peer" business models.