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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

So there just might be (really salty or otherwise diluted) flowing water on Mars. That doesn't mean we can siphon it for our western states water shortages any time soon. So keep conserving water, folks.

WEATHER

Sunny and over 70 again today. Some clouds Thursday; potential showers Friday.

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FROM BAD TO NORSE

A Vice.com subsidiary site notices how "Seattle's delicious Scandinavian culture" is "slowly disappearing." (image: RhinoMind/Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

The City's expanded a program where residential developers get tax breaks if a quarter of their units are "affordable" to the merely upscale instead of only to the ultra rich. (SeaTimes)

County exec Dow Constantine announced a plan to build 700 "workforce" housing units near light-rail stations. (SeaTimes)

HOW DRY WE (STILL) ARE

Less water means less hydro power for City Light to supply to us or sell off to other utilities. More winter warmth means less CIty Light revenue from home electric heaters. And the wildfires meant a few City Light transmisison towers needed replacing. (Stranger)

Long-term drought also means lower farm yields, which in turn means fewer produce donations to area food banks. (KING)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Wash. state got a federal grant to help implement paid family-leave programs. (Seattlish)

Later public school start times: better for formative student brains, worse for traffic? (KOMO) 

TRAGEDY ON THE BRIDGE AFTERMATH

State Rep. Reuven Carlyle says there are "quick fixes" that could help make the Aurora Bridge safer, without massive rebuilding. (KIRO-FM)

North Seattle College has set up a fund where you can donate to help students and staff involved in the bridge crash.

A former Ride the Ducks mechanic insists he and the company had been thorough in regularly inspecting the amphibious vehicles. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

At a speech to the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, an Amazon VP acknowledged his company's growth in Seattle has had "unintended consequences." (KPLU)

OIL'S NOT WELL

Shell's not drilling in the Arctic any more but it's still in Anacortes. That facility, and the other four refineries in Washington, now fall under new EPA anti-pollution regs. (KUOW)

GREY MATTERS

The UW's "brain to brain interface" experiment might not have been as decisive as originally publicized. (PI.com)

HIKE, HIKE, HIKE!

In the reverse of the "long tail" phenom touted by the dotcom gurus a few years back, more hikers are crowding fewer Wash. state trails. (KING)

LEGAL UPDATES

The Snoqualmie Tribe is stepping up its war of words against the City of Snoqualmie—and against the Muckleshoot Tribe, which now owns the Salish Lodge and has worked with the city to built a traffic roundabout on an old burial ground near the falls. (KING)

The father of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter was found guilty of illegally owning firearms, including the gun his son used. Raymond Fryberg had previously been prohibited from owning guns following a 2002 domestic-violence case. (AP)

TODAY IN CRIME

"First degree malicious mischief" is the official charge against a man who (allegedly deliberately) broke a $120,000 Chihuly glass sculpture at the Tacoma Art Museum. (AP) 

An "event guru" and his company have been accused of not paying the promised beneficiaries of high-ticket-price charity fundraisers—and of also stiffing his own workers and vendors. (KOMO)

POSTAL, GOING

Broadway will still have a Post Office, even after the current USPS building gets razed for another six-story blah blah blah. The P.O. will move into the ex-Office Max space on the next block. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TUNEAGE

There may or may not be another Decibel Festival next year. If there is, it may or may not be in Seattle. (Stranger)

OUT-O-SPACE

A private group has devised a plan for humans to land on Mars by th late 2030s, after settling on one of its moons first. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

The Mariners broke a six-game losing streak by besting Houston 6-4. The series ends tonight; then Oakland's in town for the season's last three games.

TONIGHT

Author/editor Nathaniel Mackey on "Birth and Precarity." (120 Communications, UW, 6pm)

Author Jonathan Evison. (U Book Store)

Opening of "Difficult Conversations," three-part series of talks and films about "the social construction of race." (Phinney Neighborhood Center, free)

Paul Weller and VIllagers. (Neptune)

Greta Matassa Quartet. (Tula's)

Iska Dhaaf, Jarv Dee, OC Notes. (Barboza)

Mew, the Dodos. (Neumos)

Shamir, Allie X. (Crocodile)

Local Sightings Animation Showcase. (NW Film Forum)

Bingo & Beer: Oktoberfest Edition.  (The World is Fun, 7551 15th Ave. NW)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Rollo May):

“One does not become fully human painlessly.”

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