Washington State Has a Sports Pickle: Today So Far

  • Pickleball will soon be the official sport of Washington State, and there’s already a lot of support for the game.
  • Starbucks employees in Seattle approve a union.
  • King County Council is considering building a concrete public operation.
  • Pierce County will pay Manuel Ellis’ family $4 million.

This post originally appeared in KUOW’s Today So Far newsletter on March 23, 2022.

I walked around Green Lake recently and noticed a lot of people on the tennis courts, but they weren’t playing tennis. They were playing pickleball, which has become increasingly popular in recent years – so much so that Pickleball will soon be the official sport of Washington State..

The game was invented on Bainbridge Island in the 1960s at the home of Joel Pritchard (Congressman and former Lieutenant Governor of Washington) to cure some family boredom. Since then it has become an important sport with national and international associations. Much of the equipment is purchased through Pickle-Ball Inc. in Kent. When Governor Jay Inslee finally puts his signature on the recently passed pickelball bill, Washington will become the 16th state to have an official sport. And as Northwest News Network’s Tom Banse reports, there’s a thriving community to support him, which includes professional players living off tournament winnings.

Workers at a Starbucks store in Seattle have voted to endorse a union. The Starbucks at Denny and Broadway on Capitol Hill is the first unionized location on the West Coast. In other worker-related news, there’s an idea circulating at King County Council to resolve the dispute between workers and concrete companies – King County Public Concrete. The idea is not yet cemented and is only considered by the board. The public concrete operation would be government-owned and circumvent many of the issues currently blocking negotiations and construction projects across the region. However, given the time it would take to get this through the government and then get it up and running, this solution would be more relevant for the next heist.

Pierce County to pay Manuel Ellis’ family $4 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Ellis’ family. Ellis was killed in March 2020 after officers restrained and strangled him before placing a hood over his head. The county medical examiner later concluded that Ellis died from lack of oxygen during the interaction and that his death was a homicide. Eyewitnesses said officers approached Ellis as he was returning home from buying donuts and a bottle of water. A lawsuit against the city of Tacoma and the Tacoma police is still ongoing.


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Staff at the Owl and Thistle bar in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. With the easing of pandemic precautions, this is one company hoping for a good year ahead. (Joshua McNichols/KUOW)


There are a few theories about the origin of the word “OK”. But I always thought this one was, well, OK.

The very first time “OK” was documented was March 23, 1839 in the Boston Morning Post. One historical source notes that the hip youth of the 1830s, especially the witty intellectual crowd, thought it was quite amusing and clever to intentionally misspell words. Basically, if those kewl kids could see our modern times, they’d probably think Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” would be a work of comic genius.

They took a common term, “all correct”, and intentionally misspelled it to “oll korrect”, which was eventually shortened to OK. Another version turned “all right” into “oll wright”. But OK became so popular that it ended up in the paper and has stayed with us ever since.


Caption: Girls enter a school ahead of class in Kabul on September 12, 2021. In a surprise move, the hardline leadership of Afghanistan's new rulers decided not to open educational institutions to girls beyond sixth grade .

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In U-turn, Taliban prevent Afghan girls from going to school beyond 6th grade

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have decided not to open schools for girls beyond sixth grade, reneging on a previous promise and opting to appease their hardline base at the expense of further alienation from the international community.



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