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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Warm weather just refuses to split, and MISCmedia MAIL continues to brighten your mornings with the latest local happenings.

WEATHER

Clear and warm (70 or above) thru Thursday.

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HOW DRY WE (STILL) ARE

Bogachiel Peak in the Olympics, last June vs. this June. (WA Dept. of Ecology via KIRO-FM)

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STATE OF THE CITY

Mayor Murray's budget announcement Monday was heavy on talk about police accountability (including officer body cams) and helping the homeless (including a defense of organized encampments). Kshama Sawant complained that it didn't say much about family leave or the employee-wage gender gap. (Seattlish)

Fun facts from the mayor's ($5.1 billion) budget presentation: 25 percent of Seattle's sales tax revenue these days is due to construction; Boeing and Amazon, directly and indirectly, account for 40 percent of the region's new jobs the past five years. The city expects revenues will grow by 4.5 percent in 2016, but then will grow more slowly in subsequent years. (PS Biz Journal)

IN THE ZONE

You know those tweaks to single-family zoning that were quickly crossed out of the HALA proposals last month? They're back, kinda-sorta. (PubliCola)

Ride the Ducks voluntarily grounded its fleet after the crash. Now that suspension's enforced by an official state edict. (AP) 

DEGREES OF FAIRNESS

The UW has relented, and will follow the City's minimum-wage law after all. (AP)

OIL'S NOT WELL

With Shell bugging out of the arctic, what will happen to its fleet base at the Port of Seattle? No one seems to know for now. (Slog)

TRAGEDY ON THE BRIDGE

A local composer and choral director was on a kayak beneath the Aurora Bridge when the Ducks tourist vehicle and student bus collided on the bridge. He's already written a song about it, "All Your Precious Light." (SeaTimes)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

A primer in how Washington's ed-funding system got so flummoxed. (And how this state's not alone about it.) (Crosscut)

TALL STORIES

Charles Mudede speculates whether the plans for a 101-story tower in Seattle (now revised to 102 stories) mean our current boom is about to peak (and then to crash).

LITTLE BROGRAMMER ON THE PRAIRIE

If you believe Bloomberg, young coders are abandoning costly "hip" locales for the cheap life of places like Lincoln NE.

Possibly as an example, Amazon's setting up programming and sales teams in downtown Detroit. Techies at the birthplace of techno! (PS Biz Journal)

LEGAL MATTERS

A King County woman is suing Starbucks. She claims that (1) she was served a hot chocolate tainted with a product used to clean coffeemakers, and (2) when she complained, all she got was a coupon. (PI.com)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Two Southwest Airlines planes, uncrewed and unoccupied, rolled into one another on the SeaTac tarmac early Monday. (KIRO)

WHEN INSTANT GRATIFICATION'S JUST TOO SLOW

Certain local 7-Eleven stores now offer home delivery. (PI.com)

SUDS

Meet the Elysian Brewing cofounder who quit rather than work for new owners AB InBev. (SeattleMet)

STATE OF THE STATE(S)

Every now and then someone (usually a right-wing someone) suggests eastern Washington and Oregon split off into their own (red) state. This time there's a twist. Instead of their own state, this right-wing guy suggests eastern Washington and Oregon attach themselves to Idaho. Of course, it's just as unfeasible a plan as any of its predecessors. (AP)

ECO

A mega-earthquake could decimate Oregon's fuel supplies. (But would people there finally be allowed to pump their own gas?) (via KUOW)

Melting permafrost = tons more carbon entering the Earth's atmosphere = catastrophic costs for industry and everybody else. (Climate Central)

R.I.P.

Catherine E. Coulson, 71, played "The Log Lady" on "Twin Peaks." She was set to appear in the sequel series now filming in North Bend, prior to her death from cancer Monday morning. (Variety) 

SPORTS

The Mariners' final homestand of the year began with a 3-2 loss vs. Houston.

Meanwhile, the Ms have hired the Angels' former general manager. (KIRO)

TONIGHT

Documentary "Arresting Power," about police violence in Portland and resistance movements against it. (NW Film Forum)

American Poetry Review/Honickman Award winners. (Hugo House)

Political cartoonist Ted Rall, talking with Paul Constant about Edward Snowden's "courageous betrayal of Big Brother." (Town Hall)

Joe Jackson. (Neptune)

Helio Sequence, Tangerine. (Crocodile)

The Tragically Hip. (Paramount)

Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Felice Brothers. (Moore)

Ama Trio, The Daphnes. (Royal Room)

"Save the Angry Beaver," fundraiser to benefit Seattle's only "hockey bar." (8412 Greenwood Ave. N.) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Spondulicks"

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