The American Society of Civil Engineers’ awarded Washington state a “C-” for the state of its bridges on its annual infrastructure report card. More than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges, it says, are considered “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete.” Three people felt that deficiency first-hand on Thursday night when they were rescued from the water after a bridge along Interstate-5 in Washington state collapsed, plunging cars into Skagit River below. FULL GALLERY/VIDS HERE.
For the media, news of the marijuana legalization laws in Washington and Colorado brought jokes and giggles and cheers. Naturally, The Daily Show and Jon Stewart had some fun finding the narc — et tu, BriWi?
“To put this into historical context, there is no historical context. It’s the first time any state has ever voted to legalize marijuana — and two of them did it.” —Tom Angell, speaking for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
You don’t get the whole feast in the first course. But Washington and its baseball fans, in their first visit to baseball’s postseason banquet, didn’t expect to be served arsenic in the appetizer.
Divine intervention? When police answered a 911 call in Tacoma, Washington, late Tuesday night, they heard a man in a car attempting to stifle the screams of a female passenger.
Officers traced the call to a vehicle, which they saw run a red light. The driver refused to pull over, but stopped to let his passenger out and eventually ditched the car himself, fleeing on foot. The vehicle, likely stolen, contained several shaved keys was was registered in Canada.
Police were unable to spot the perp — until he unknowingly called 911 again. Cops found the now-reunited couple in another car. The man, 47, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and violating a no-contact order. The woman was arrested on outstanding warrants.
“Police said the man was drunk and didn’t realize that his cell phone had twice dialed 911,” reported the News Tribune.
Next up: A quick set at Ha-Ha’s in Cleveland.
President Obama threw down a 15-minute set on Saturday night — “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew” — and landed with just about every joke he told. From Texts from Hillary Clinton to the idiotic dog-meat scandal to VP Biden to Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential race, the president poked fun at himself and his guests with ease.