Slog PM: Capital gains case goes to WA Supreme Court, Novavax gets FDA green light and murder hornets invade the Smithsonian

Mayor Harrell wants to pay cops $2 million: My colleague Hannah Krieg has more on Harrell’s announcement and the Council’s political politics here. I wish our political leaders had that energy for literally any other job besides cops!

You wanna go to the murder hornet museum? If you find yourself in Washington DC, head to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to see America’s first ever murder hornets nest in Whatcom County, reports KOMO. The museum will display several of the hornets, including one with a radio transmitter, as well as the entomologists’ anti-hornet suits they obtained from Amazon. It’s about as close to one of those spiky creatures as I’d like to get.

Speaking of museums: Basque artist Gala Knörr has come under a lot of heat after a TikTok user pointed out that some of Knörr’s paintings currently hanging at the Guggenheim Bilbao ripped out images taken by queer black artist Dayday. According ART newsthe Guggenheim, Knörr and Dayday found a “restorative solution” by including the Dayday short Blue next to Knör’s paintings with an artist statement acknowledging the inspiration. Imagine if all white artists had to do that!

There’s a new COVID vaccine in town: Today, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Novavax’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in adults over the age of 18, reports The hill. This vaccine is “administered in the first series at two doses, three weeks apart” and could appeal to people who are reluctant to receive a (doubtful) mRNA vaccine. Research on Novovax has shown it to be 90% effective against serious illnesses, but testing was done before Omicron. Word on the street is that more variant-specific vaccines are coming this fall…

Washington State Supreme Court agrees to review case that struck down new capital gains tax: In March, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed the case directly to the state Supreme Court. More KOMO:

The measure – approved by the Washington Legislature last year – imposed a 7% tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and other high-end assets over $250,000 for individuals and couples. It was expected to bring in $415 million in 2023, the first year the state would see the tax money.

In his written ruling in March, Douglas County Superior Court Judge Brian Huber agreed with opponents of the new tax who had argued it was an income tax that violates previous state Supreme Court rulings and the state constitution because it is not a flat tax on property. Proponents had argued that the tax was an excise tax and therefore constitutional.

Get rid of your Ring: A letter made public by Senator Edward Markey revealed that Amazon had given images of Ring to law enforcement 11 times this year without users’ permission, reports The Guardian. While society considered the 11 cases an “emergency”, Senator Markey notes that it has become “increasingly difficult for the public to move around, congregate and converse in public without being tracked and recorded” .

You have yet another chance to catch the Super Moon: I encourage you to look up to the heavens as the moon approaches our little blue planet. Although it was technically at its peak earlier this morning, the Seattle Times informs that the moon – nicknamed “Full Buck Moon”, “Full Hay Moon” and “Full Thunder Moon” – will peak around 9:50 p.m. tonight. Cast your spells, run a bath, apply oil to your skin, write a beautiful letter you’ll never send…any means of celebration appropriate.

I don’t know if this is related: But the tides around Puget Sound will be super low this weekthanks to a good old moon.

The Biden administration: Today issued guidelines to nearly 60,000 pharmacies stating that ‘they cannot prevent patients from accessing prescribed medications, and that such action would be considered discrimination’. reports Axios. It comes after reports that some pharmacists have denied people drugs that can terminate a pregnancy, even if they are not explicitly used for abortion, for fear of prosecution. We live in hell.

And in Ohio: Gershon Fuentes, 27, was charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl who had to travel to Indiana for an abortion due to Ohio’s strict forced birth laws. reports The Despatch of Columbus. Prior to arrest, Ohio AG Dave Yost got his ass on Fox News and fixed his stupid lips to say that this story was “probably” a “fabrication”. After Fuentes was arrested, Yost released a one-sentence statement: “We rejoice every time a child rapist is taken off the streets.” Absolutely disgusting behavior all around.

Let’s take a break: The news is terrible. Check out this Stevie Shao hit from last week.

At Barri: The Mexican restaurant fired nine domestic workers last week after they quit in protest over the handling of tips and wages, reports CHS Blog. According to a social media post from a Barrio worker, the walkout was only meant to be temporary and workers also called on customers to boycott the business.

It’s the perfect time for a holiday in Europe: The euro and dollar hit parity for the first time in 20 years as the European currency fell 12% on the back of the coming energy crisis and looming recession. Bloomberg said that “parity may not be the end point, but simply a stepping stone to greater weakness”. When I lived in (sort of rural) Spain, my rent to share a three-bedroom apartment was around €150, a cup of coffee was €1, and I could eat a fresh meal for less than €12. If you can handle the threat of a global economic meltdown, Portugal is nice this time of year.

Greek and Roman sculptures: IN COLOUR!!!

For your listening pleasure: TOPS’ “Perfected Steps” on their stunning new EP Free places.

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