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5 things to know this weekend

Election lying bill; Sound Transit fare evasion; Point in Time count; Methane bubbles rising from Puget Sound seafloor; Seattle NFT Museum.

Inslee testifies in support of bill that makes spreading election result misinformation illegal

Washington lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a proposed bill that would make it illegal for public officials to spread misinformation about election results within the state.

The Senate State Government and Elections Committee held a public hearing Friday morning on Senate Bill 5843, which is supported by Gov. Jay Inslee.

SB 5843, introduced by Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, would make it a gross misdemeanor for public officials and candidates to knowingly spread misinformation about election results in the state. It would be punishable by up to 364 days in jail. Read more

30% to 40% of Sound Transit riders not paying fare, agency estimates

The number of riders who aren't paying their fare is on the rise, according to Sound Transit officials.

Sound Transit suspects the number of riders skipping out on fare is close to 30-40%.

Fare evasion isn't an issue with one particular community or demographic, the problem is system-wide, according to the agency. Read more

Point in Time count aims to capture scope of homelessness in Pierce County

Puyallup and Pierce County council members worked with volunteers on Friday to hear the stories of those experiencing homelessness in Bonney Lake.

The goal was to complete the Point In Time count for Pierce County. 

The survey tallies up how many people are experiencing homelessness and makes note of what may have contributed to their situation. Read more

UW researchers discover methane gas bubbles coming up from the Puget Sound seafloor

Methane is a serious greenhouse gas, and it’s also coming up from hundreds of plumes out of earthquake faults under Puget Sound.

The streams of bubbles were discovered after scanning sonar aboard UW's largest research ship was left running as the ship was returning to port in Seattle in 2011, Johnson said. 

The “Tommy Thompson” had been out in the open ocean doing other research, but no one noticed the plumes of gas until one of his former students began analyzing the data. Read more

First NFT museum opens in Downtown Seattle

Seattle is the site of what may be the world's first NFT museum.

The Seattle NFT Museum opened on 1st Avenue this January. 

The Belltown showroom is a place to educate and connect the budding NFT community in the Pacific Northwest while introducing digital artwork from local and international artists. Read more

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