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Seattle’s first big rap hit is 25 years old, gender-image issues and all. Our big weekend edition also explores just when an “anti-media-bias” message is itself a statement of bias; big growth at yet another (little-known) Amazon division; the complexities of running rail tracks on a floating bridge; and the usual scads of event listings.
The “ZAPP” archive of self-published zines, originally assembled by volunteers working out of Hugo House, has a new and safe home; though the ZAPP folks apparently had no say in it. As they say, it’s “complicated.” We also examine the need to re-re-clean-up Gas Works Park; Bill Gates vs. the proposed federal budget; a new “health scare of the week;” and national recognition to a great local artist.
Not much resistance news today, but we do have pix of little houses next to big redevelopments; how the Umoja Peace Center eviction relates (or doesn’t) to the pot biz; another record for UW basketball power Kelsey Plum; and the anniversary of the arson fire that led to downtown’s homeless crisis.
As we wait, sometimes more patiently than others, for the ol’ change-O-seasons thang, we take note of particularly dreadful faux-native American kitsch; a serious allegation against a local celeb; another call for less bro-dominance in tech; and the Case of the Paltry Pint Glass.
Today we honor the heritage of a country that, like our country today, had to unite against the yoke of a repressive regime. Back in the present day, the state Supreme Court gave a major ruling in favor of tribal business; proposed federal budget slashes threaten a lot more than Big Bird; a whole town ponders its role in a seventh grader’s suicide; and just how do you pronounce our state’s name anyway?
The UMOJA Peace Center, and its elderly founder, were forcibly evicted from their Central District space, despite community protests against the action. We also look at the successful stopping of Travel Ban 2.0 (for now); a national honor for Re-bar; an additional layer of historic significance to the Black Diamond Bakery; and a travel writer calling Seattle “the city of the century.”
Café Racer, a vital part of many Seattle scenes and subcultures, is for sale and could go away without a buyer. Who’ll be the saving patron of such a key institution? While you search your bank accounts, read about the latest developments in the Daniel Ramirez case; a woman-friendly version of a “co-working space;” a crime survivor who doesn’t want to be the poster child for an anti-trans “bathroom bill;” and whether Gonzaga basketball’s singlehandedly keeping Spokane alive.
The day with a name-coincidence to everybody’s favorite “irrational number” brings to mind why rationality matters. Also on this day: saving what little film incentives WA’s got; Daniel Ramirez Medina speaks; a snag for an Af-Am community group that wants to take over a big block in the CD; and the UW and Gonzaga b-ball women both start their NCAA tourney runs right here.
An Italian band was supposed to start a US tour at KEXP. Instead, it got handcuffed, interrogated, searched, and jailed by immigration cops, then shoved on a plane back. Not a happy tune. Further e-missive subjects include a war of spray-painted slogans; a “compromise” about the (really wide) new Alaskan Way; a revolution in comics distribution to match the revolution in the works themselves; and the precarious state of some sewage-eatin’ microbes.
“Singing pink scallops” are a thing, albeit a damn rare thing. But thanks to “sustainable harvest” methods, they’re back. Further subjects of inquiry this day include WA vs. Travel Ban 2.0; a dangerous plan to track the homeless; a beloved indie bookstore on the verge; and the death of a local hiphop giant.
On the day after International Women’s Day, we note a few of the great women who’ve lived here and worked for a better city and world. Nikkita Oliver wants to add to this list of achievers by running for mayor. And we also observe the first details of the big “homelessness levy;” an argument outside the Malheur occupation courtroom; and the deliberate end to a beloved neighborhood tree.
International Women’s Day, and the call for a “Day Without a Woman” strike, have caused disunity and charges of “white privilege.” I also turn my eye to the White House’s war against Planet Earth; anti-Sikh violence a century ago and now; the city “sweeping” the homeless from a site the city had originally encouraged; and an impasse over the “levy cliff.”
Meet the new travel ban, almost as stupid as the old travel ban. Also, meet the clever promoters who booked the nascent Ramones into the stolid Olympic Hotel; the IT guy who allegedly tried to steal data from Columbia Sportswear; the commentator who doesn’t approve of Nathan Hale High’s basketball recruiting tactics; and the Colfax boy who became a classic-film legend.
As car-free humans get a chance to walk through the Battery Street Tunnel, we wonder what will become of the ol’ thing. We also think about Girl Scout cookie-inspired apparel; the truth of that supposedly “Hawaiian” beer; more fears of a post-ACA nation; and the human failing behind Amazon Web Service’s temporary meltdown.
For a big season O’ atonement, I’m not sure what we’re all supposed to atone for. But I do know, and relate, a little about municipal-income-tax proponents; Sound Transit opponents; a final victory for Alaskan Air baggage handlers; and an upside down, abstract rendering of Mt. Rainier.