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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

Going back into the work week is tough. Going back into the daily grind after a tragic event (even one only experienced indirectly) is tougher. For the record, I was once a student at what was then called North Seattle Community College; over the years I've met many of the thousands of international students (from NSC and other local campuses) who add so much to our cultural "mix." And a friend of mine recently became a Ride the Ducks driver (but was off duty the day of the wreck). 

WEATHER

Clear with highs near 70. Clouds and showers possible Wednesday.

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THERE'S A MOON! IT'S IN THE SKY!

IT'S CALLED THE MOON!

The super/blood moon over town Sunday night. (image: Tim Durkan/Twitter, via KOMO)

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OIL'S NOT WELL

After spending $7 billion and attracting "kayactivist" protests in Seattle and elsewhere, Shell now says it'll quit Arctic oil exploration "for the foreseeable future." (AP)

TRAGEDY ON THE BRIDGE 

A fifth, yet-unidentified, person has died from injuries sustained in Thursday's Aurora Bridge bus/duck-tour crash. At least 13 crash survivors were still in hospitals as of Sunday night. (KOMO)

Ride the Ducks hasn't run since the wreck. Gov. Inslee wants to make sure it stays grounded until after the current NTSB investigation. (KCPQ)

The Duck vehicle in the wreck hadn't received an axle repair that was recommended for all vehicles of its type in 2013. (AP)

Here's the statement by North Seattle College's president about the deaths of incoming international students. (Shoreline Area News)

The students in the crash were among 25,000 foreign nationals attending Washington colleges and universities; most of them in community and tech colleges. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council may vote today on one of the HALA plan's chief components. (KING)

Rents in older apartment buildings aren't rising as demonically as they had been. That's sorta good news, right? (Capitol Hill Seattle)

IN THE ZONE

The 120-foot-tall residential building planned for Pioneer Square? The one that the city approved despite it being really out-of-scale for the historic district? It just got un-approved. (Crosscut)

LEGAL MATTERS

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Seattle's minimum wage law, striking back objections by a franchisees' trade association. (Slog)

The State Attorney General's Office isn't just going after conservatives such as Tim Eyman. It's also suing the big SEIU labor union, for allegedly failing to report $1.4 million in donations to its political action committee. (Joel Connelly)

BIZ

The Haggen supermarket chain's troubles didn't begin when it tried to quintuple in size overnight, but when it was taken over by private-equity hustlers. (Jon Talton)

ECO

Three different Washington tribes are now suing to stop oil and coal facilities on or through their lands. (Oil Check NW)

Gov. Inslee defends his proposed "carbon cap" from "fear mongers." (SeaTimes oped)

DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD

House Speaker (and, for several years, DC's top Republican) John Boehner is quitting. His successor could be even more radical/obstructive. (CNN)

SPORTS

The again Kam Chancellor-equipped Seahawks blew out Chicago 26-0. Home vs. Detroit next Monday night.

Sounders FC managed a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City. Home vs. LA Galaxy this Sunday.

The UW Huskies came up short Saturday vs. Cal, 30-24. A bye this week; at USC on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Mariners clinched another losing season by getting swept at Anaheim over the weekend. Home vs. Houston starting tonight.

A City Council-commissioned study says KeyArena could be "renovated" (more like rebuilt almost from scratch on the same site) to current NHL/NBA specs for $265 million. (KING)

TONIGHT

Seattle Arts Leadership Team Speaker Series, featuring musician/composer/comedian Ahamefule J. Oulo. (Frye Art Museum)

"Demystifying Parkinson's Disease" with journalist Jon Palfreman. (Town Hall)

Seattle Fiction Federation No. 5, with Litsa Dremousis and other writers on "dreams." (Hugo House)

Author Naomi J. Williams reading from "Landfalls," a novel of "reimagined history." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"No. 2 Pencils Change the World," dinner-drinks benefit for school supplies. (Coastal Kitchen)

Oh Land, Panic Is Perfect. (Crocodile)

Simon Henneman, Action Figure, Bad Luck. (Royal Room)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

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