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Slog AM: Omicron hits the South, Democratic Senate hinges on voting rights, Kent Cop who posted Nazi stuff gets slapped on his wrist – Slog

Schumer is considering a filibuster solution to push through voting rights legislation, but at least two Democratic senators stand in his way. Chip Somodevilla / GETTY

Garbage collection has not returned to normal: According to a press release from Seattle Public Utilities, workers left Monday morning to pick up our leftovers but “determined there were still icy and dangerous road conditions in the neighborhoods,” so they did not pick up the trash. . The department said “some customers” can expect delays “throughout the week.” If your truck doesn’t come, just leave your cans on the sidewalk with a small plate of cookies and a candy cane for the workers.

School chaos in all directions: Seattle public schools offered COVID testing to students and returning staff after the holidays, but testing sites had long lines and some people were turned away on Monday, according to the Seattle weather.

In West Seattle, some would have had to wait two hours, and part of that time was spent in sleet and rain, for example West Seattle Blog. WSB also reports that the Pathfinder K-8’s music room was burglarized during the winter break, and the thief took off with most of the woodwinds, brass and stringed instruments in the room. If anyone sees a college student slamming clarinets on the 3rd, please purchase them and bring them back to Pathfinder.

I-90 reopens after a long shutdown: The highway had been closed for much of Monday for at least 70 miles both ways over Snoqualmie Pass. In the words from a trucker stuck at the pass: “That’s how it is. We can’t do anything about it (but) we take it day by day. If we can avoid it, we do it. Better to be here than in the ditch. “Amen, brother.

But maybe don’t go on the trails right away: I don’t know how many of you had planned to hike this weekend, but most of the roads leading to the popular trails are still impassable for those of us without tauntauns:

And if you drive anywhere today, so take it easy, otherwise you might end up in an “eight to 12 car collision” near Tacoma, the Seattle weather reports. There is ice everywhere on the roads.

Flooding could be on the way: Snohomish County officials are shifting their focus from snowplows to potential urban flooding, KIRO reports. Reminder: Be careful of ice and do not drive in standing water.

Friday Harbor water emergency: As the frozen pipes thaw on San Juan Island, leaks appear and those leaks slowly drain Friday Harbor’s water supplies, KING 5 reports. Teams are trying to find the leaks – many of which have apparently appeared in unoccupied homes – but, until then, the city is asking residents to conserve water.

Intensive care beds seem a bit full in some local hospitals: the New York Times has a cool and useful data visualization of the number of intensive care beds available in a given area. According to Time‘, Harborview has 8 available intensive care beds and Seattle Children’s has none, but UW Medical Center has 84 and Swedish and Virginia Mason hospitals have 10 or more. The latest data from Public Health King County shows a 110% increase in hospitalizations in Seattle last week from the previous week (42 people versus 20 people), and one new COVID death since the end of last month.

COVID ‘Creeping’ Among Whitetail Deer in Ohio: Scientists swab the nostrils of these rats on stilts and “found evidence that humans have spread the coronavirus to deer at least six times,” according to the Seattle-based company. CNB reporter Evan Bush, who covered a study published last month in Nature. Scientists say they have found no cases of the spread of COVID from deer to humans, but mutations in the virus could create a new variant in animals, or the animals could harbor older variants of the virus, their allowing to come back later.

COVID is also rampant among Americans:

Starbucks has a new COVID policy for employees: Workers at Starbucks locations in the United States should be fully immunized by February 9 or undergo weekly testing on Associated press reports. The company says it is responding to OSHA’s mandate announced in November.

A media strategy of three guys who were mayors; we don’t know who asked for this: Former Mayors Mike McGinn, Charlie Royer and Greg Nickels give Bruce Harrell some advice, via MyNorth West. McGinn says not to deny the media interviews (or something like that?), Royer says not to “hit the press” and Nickels says not to read the comments.

Speaking of: After taking office without ceremony this weekend, Harrell will take the solemn oath today at 11 a.m., and he will hold a press conference shortly thereafter. You can watch it live on Seattle Canal. At 9:30 a.m., Trump Republican Ann Davison will be sworn in as city attorney, surrounded by SPD African American Community Advisory Board Chair Victoria Beach, Pastor Harvey Drake, Barber Shop and real estate investor Tony Au, SODO Business Improvement Area executive director Erin Goodman and textile maker Ron Chow.

Deputy Chief of Police who displayed Nazi insignia receives a slap on the wrist: At the Kent Police Department, Deputy Chief Derek Kammerzell displayed SS badges on his door (he claimed he was referring to a TV show), once shaved off a “Hitler’s mustache” ( he claimed it was part of “Movember”) and joked about his grandfather “to the effect that his grandfather had died in the Holocaust – when he got drunk and fell from a watchtower “, reports the Seattle weather, who received the investigation documents from a group of citizens who obtained them through an application for registration. City officials have decided to give Kammerzell a two-week suspension. The suspension was not paid but Kammerzell took a vacation to compensate his salary.

Rafael Padilla, Kent Police Chief did not find that Kammerzell violated the department’s “truthfulness” policy, for which he could have been fired. Kammerzell said the Kent reporter he is “deeply embarrassed” and wishes he could “take it back”. He claimed he only did a brief internet search for the badge after watching the “Man in the High Castle” television series, but the lawyer who investigated “said he was not plausible that after watching the series – all about the Nazis – and searching the internet as he claimed to have done so that Kammerzell “would not understand the Nazi affiliation,” “according to the Time.

Omicron hits the south: Florida, Georgia and Louisiana have already broken records for daily infections, according to the Washington post. Although hospitalizations are not breaking records at the moment, doctors told the newspaper they expected hospital overflows across the region due to low vaccination rates and high numbers of medical workers calling. the ill. Republican governors continue to preach their necromantic gospel, while conservative commentators speak out against life-saving masks and vaccines:

Tesla opens showroom in Xinjiang: The Chinese region is perhaps best known as the site of forced labor camps, where some claim that “cultural genocide” took place, according to the report. BBC. China denies reports that it is forcing “hundreds of thousands of minorities, including Uyghurs, to manual labor in Xinjiang’s cotton fields.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James would like to have a word with the former president, his eldest son, and Ivanka Trump in a civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization “inflated the value of its properties to get loans while reducing them to evade taxes.” Al jazeera reports. Trump’s lawyers have not responded to media requests for comment on the subpoena, but I understand the law only applies to the needy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he ignores it and that nothing is really happening.

After failing to pass a decent social spending program, Senate Democrats are turning to voting rights: In a letter to his colleagues, Senate “Majority” Leader Chuck Schumer said he wanted to “change” the House’s filibuster rules to make it more difficult for Republicans to block electoral reform legislation that “discourages gerrymandering” and “strengthens parts of the voting rights act that were stripped by the Supreme Court years ago,” and he begs the senses. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to accept it, Politics reports. Changes on the table include “bringing back filibuster, forcing the minority to repeatedly vote to block bills, or eliminate the possibility of obstructing a bill from even being debated in the Senate,” and he wants to hold a vote on changes by MLK Day. Good luck Chuck.

To note :

Manchin tries to keep his name in the headlines: The future Republican said Axes he would be “open to re-engage” in Joe Biden’s climate and child care agenda if “the White House removes the enhanced child tax credit from the $ 1.75 trillion package – or dramatically lowers it income ceilings for eligible families “. The CLC gives parents / guardians between $ 3,000 and $ 3,600 per child (depending on age) each year they file taxes. This amount begins to decrease for people earning $ 200,000 or couples earning $ 400,000.

We finish with some charming but also slightly disconcerting Brazilian guitar works by Luiz Bonfá: