Sunday, March 27th - Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
In brief: COVID cases are rising in King County, but hospitalizations remain flat; Mayor Harrell announced a national search for a permanent police chief; March 30th marked the 80th anniversary of the executive order that created the Japanese incarceration camps during World War II; King County's population declined from 2020 to 2021 for the first time since 1972; and Real Change filed a ballot measure to fund and build permanently affordable and fully publicly owned housing. 
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographic. 
Top Stories
COVID cases are rising in King County, but so far hospitalizations remain flat and deaths continue to decrease. 

Mayor Harrell announced a national search for Seattle's next police chief as required by the city charter, although he publicly encouraged current interim Chief Adrian Diaz to apply for the position. 

There have already been 13 homicides in Seattle in 2022 thus far, the highest number since 2016. 

To mark the 80th anniversary of Bainbridge Island's enforcement of President FDR's Executive Order 9066 creating Japanese incarceration camps during World War II, The Seattle Times revisited their original coverage from 1942.

A report from researchers at the UW and UC Berkeley shows a correlation between areas that were previously redlined by banks for large parts of the 20th century and higher rates of air pollution and other environmental hazards today. 

Gene Balk crunched the numbers and discovered both that in 53% of the city's census tracts a majority of Seattle households earn $100,000 or more per year, and that from July of 2020 to July of 2021 King County's population declined for the first time since 1972. 

Mortgage rates rose sharply again last week, with Freddie Mac reporting an average interest rate for 30-year fixed loans of 4.67% (by contrast, a year ago Freddie Mac's average was 3.18%). 

Real Change filed a ballot initiative to fund the creation of what it calls "social housing," which would be permanently affordable and fully owned by the public

And the Seattle Monorail celebrated the 60th anniversary of its opening for the 1962 World's Fair. 
Ending on a high note
Here's some grainy 1960s government footage of cats being dropped in zero gravity

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