Slog PM: Washington’s Free COVID Testing Website is Live, Prison Situation Still Very Bad, Goodbye Funko – Slog PM

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Say yes to the test: It’s the new name for Washington’s free at-home COVID testing campaign, “powered by” CareEvolution and run by Amazon warehouse workers. Simply go to sayyescovidhometest.org, enter your zip code, fill out the form, then wait one to two weeks until five tests arrive.

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Learn more about the alarming conditions at King County Jail: Some people in jail don’t see any time out of their cells, and ‘the court has explicitly refused’ to allow remote hearings for sentencing and arraignment proceedings despite the high number of cases at the jail. inside and outside the jail, according to an email from King County Senior Assistant District Attorney Pascal Herzer to ACLU Senior Counsel John Midgley.

Last Tuesday, Midgley wrote a letter to Herzer learn about conditions in county jails. Specifically, Midgley asked about reports that 1) People “are being held in solitary confinement type conditions and only allowed out for 15-30 minutes a day, which is not enough time to use the telephone and the shower”. 2) “Some people” wait “a week or more for clean uniforms, including underwear.” 3) The common areas are not cleaned. That Friday, public defenders and prison officers joined forces to draft a list of concerns about the COVID outbreak that is severely hampering prison operations, with “a third of the prison locked down in COVID protocols”, expense meal delays and limits on clients meeting attorneys.

In his response, Herzer claimed that “full laundry service continued during the pandemic” and that the prison “enhanced cleaning of common areas of KCCF and RJC facilities in response to the Omicron surge.” However, he confirmed that “some people may only receive 30 minutes from their cell per day; sometimes less, sometimes not at all” due to “staff shortages, high numbers of inmates with COVID, the limited housing space and public health guidelines”. Herzer blamed staff, “network/technology issues,” and “an emerging positive COVID case temporarily freezing a unit’s movement” for the delays in remote access to attorneys and courtrooms. Last week, public defenders and corrections officers both called on city leaders to create a plan to release nonviolent offenders from jail to free up space and reduce pressure on the workforce. reduced work.

Goodbye, Funko: The Everett-based toymaker ripped up stakes and drove to a suburb of Phoenix, KIRO reports. Two distribution centers, a headquarters in downtown Everett, and “hundreds of jobs” go hand in hand, making way for another creepy toy company to move in.

the Seattle Met takes you inside this wacky house on I-5: I heard the owner, George Freeman, was throwing weird 4th of July parties.

West Seattle’s Taco Time will close early this weekend: The manager reportedly cut himself at work, and a replacement is hard to find, according to the West Seattle Blog.

Pothole Town: Now that the roads are dry following a series of bad weather, SDOT crews are dealing with a huge spike in reported potholes, Capitol Hill Seattle blawg reports. The task seems somewhat Sisyphean: “Many of the potholes we’re filling today may need to be patched again over the next few months until the weather warms up,” a porter said. word of the SDOT on the blog.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department still hasn’t found a man they suspect they “hit two 12-year-old girls with a truck in Midland, killing one and leaving the other seriously injured”, and so now they’re offering a $1,000 reward for information, reports KING 5.

Amazon: Destroy brick and mortar only to rebuild brick and mortar, but without those pesky workers hanging around:

The anti-choices have done their thing: Monsters that can’t wait for SCOTUS to topple over Roe vs. Wade held their annual March on Washington which “was more like a victory celebration,” reports The Associated Press. The rally drew “thousands”, many of whom were “treating the end of Roe vs. Wade as inevitable.” As a reminder, you can donate to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, which helps people in Washington and (more urgently) Idaho pay for abortions here.

The FBI says the van-life boyfriend confessed: In a notebook found near his body, Brian Laundrie allegedly admitted to killing Gabby Petito, reports the AP. Investigators also say he “had sent text messages to intentionally mislead people that Petito, 22, was still alive after he beat and strangled her in late August, according to a statement released by the FBI in Denver.”

Pour one for the Wolves of Wall Street: The stock market is experiencing “its worst start since 2016”, according to the New York Times reports. Blame the Fed’s plan to raise interest rates and cut bond purchases, as well as smaller factors like the decline in “stay-at-home” stocks such as Netflix and Peloton.

Ditto the Bitcoin people:

Two NYPD officers and a shot suspect: Details are still scarce, but CNN reports that an NYPD officer died and another was injured after responding to a “domestic call.” the New York Times reports that both officers were killed and a suspect was shot, although that person’s condition was not immediately available.

A Trump order never issued would have seized voting machines: Politico reports that the order, which Trump’s attorneys tried to block investigators from investigating on Jan. 6, would have appointed a special counsel to investigate the 2020 election and empowered the Secretary of Defense to “seize , collect, maintain and analyze all machines”. , equipment, electronically stored information and material records “under any law relating to the retention of electoral records.” Additionally, the draft order would have given the Secretary of Defense 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election,” according to the outlet. “It suggests it could have been a gamble to keep Trump in power until until at least mid-February 2021.”

I’m going to leave on a chill note: A nice live version of “Salad Days” by Mac DeMarco.

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