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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015

Is autumn really here at long last? Are we going to have a rainy season after all? Even snow in the mountains? Keep a-wishin' and a-prayin', and a-readin' your MISCmedia MAIL. 

WEATHER

Rain! Rain! Not nearly enough, but at least some! Sun and warmth may return Thursday; then clouds may return Friday.

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DOE, OH DEAR.

Drought conditions have enabled gnats to thrive in eastern Washington and Idaho. These particular gnats carry a viral disease that kills deer. Hundreds have already succumbed. (Spokesman-Review)

Meanwhile, in another part of the state, white-tailed deer along the Columbia River have doubled in population since 1967. In that year, they were among the first critters to be designated an "endangered species." (KUOW)

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ECO

Daniel Jack Chasen argues that the Duwamish River has been so altered, re-routed, and industrialized, and its tributaries so dammed-up, that it can't really be "restored" to any pre-human "natural" state. But it can, and should, still be cleaned up as much as feasible. (Crosscut)

A new report says there are a lot more different kinds of fish in the Salish Sea (greater Puget Sound and adjoining waters) than biologists previously thought. (Slog)

A group calling itself the "Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy" may start a state-initiative drive to tax carbon pollution and use the money to invest in "clean" energy sources. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City's closing a loophole that lets landlords evict residents without paying relocation fees. (KIRO-TV)

Home prices here might be peaking. And you know what that means: more folks with "underwater" mortgages. (SeaTimes)

A student group wants to bring Tent City 3 to the UW campus. (UW Daily)

PARK IT

The City might not be able to seize some of the old Sisley property for a Roosevelt district mini-park, but might pay to create one anyway. (SeaTimes) (The Futurewise group wanted the City to build affordable housing there instead.)

THE "I" MAN

Our pal Andrew VIlleneuve details the brutal damage Tim Eyman's latest initiative would do to state governance and the public good. (SeaTimes oped)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The "honest elections initiative" is drawing big out-of-state money on both sides. (Crosscut)

SIC TRANSIT

When light rail expands to Broadway and Husky Stadium, all the buses in the downtown transit tunnel will be shoved onto surface streets. (KIRO-TV)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The Grand Central Building, once the anchor of the 1970s Pioneer Square "renaissance," may be combined with two adjoining buildings under a redevelopment scenario. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

There've been all-male bands called Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes, but is one calling itself "Cuntz" going too far? (Slog)

TIME MARCHES ON

Older LGBTQ folks have higher rates of poverty and often lack access to services they need, according to a new study. (Seattlish) 

JUSTICE

Is Benton County, WA operating "a modern-day debtor's prison"? The ACLU says so. (KPLU)

REMEMBER RACHEL DOLEZAL?

Rihanna, in a Vanity Fair interview, calls Dolezal (the white ex-Spokane NAACP exec who at times had claimed to be black) "a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.… Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people's perspective a bit and woke people up." (E! Online)

TECH TALCH

Microsoft's now selling its own branded laptops, as a "brand extension" of the Windows Surface line, over the collective dead bodies of Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP, etc. etc. (USAT)

BIZ

Russia's #2 airline could declare bankruptcy. That could wipe out a quarter of all pending Boeing 747 orders. (PS Biz Journal)

Portland-based Stumptown Coffee has been bought by the Seattle-owned but Calif.-based Peet's Coffee. (SeaTimes)

Sundance Cinemas (owner of the Metro Cinemas in the U District) is selling out to Carmike Cinemas (which has bought out regional chains to become the nation's #4 theater operator). (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

Chantal Ackerman, 65, was among the first wave of feminist experimental filmmakers in the 1970s. (Slog)

TODAY

"Stand Up to the Slumlords," protest against unsafe homes and massive rent hikes. (Rainier Ave. S. and 42nd Ave. S., 8 a.m.)

"Shorty Goes to Washington," Historic Preservation Council meeting on preserving Belltown's Wayne Apartments building. (City Hall, 3:30 p.m.) 

TONIGHT

Writer Anastacia Tolbert, reading "hybrid prose" with live jazz accompaniment. (Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E. Union St.)

Richard Dawkins, author and athiest crusader. (Town Hall)

Peaches, U.S. Girls, Ononos. (Showbox)

Tove Lo, Erik Hassle. (Showbox Sodo)

Battles. (Neptune)

Cooder-White-Skaggs. (Moore)

Documentary "Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." (SIFF Film Center, thru Thurs)

Reading of new play "SuperTrue" by UW Drama artist in residence Haren Hartman. (ACT)

"Viva Vera," fall fund drive kickoff featuring Car Seat Headrest. (Vera Project, free)

"Pig Out to Root Out Hunger," food fest to benefit Phinney Neighborhood Association hot-meal program. (various Phinney/Greenwood locations)

Arts and Culture Community Forum, with City Council candidates. (Paramount)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Phillumenist"

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