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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015

As we've said before, one day of rain ain't enough to end our long-term drought. But it is fun to splash around in. Just as it's both fun and nourishing to read MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Dry overcast and upper-60s highs today. Rain may return Friday.

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GOING CENTRAL

Neighborhood activists posted signs on light poles "WARNING" motorists who were "ENTERING CENTRAL DISTRICT" or "ENTERING RAINIER VALLEY." The signs' creators call them an attempt to call out for "equal representation in regards to civic policy." (King County News)

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VIVA LAVA! (AND MAYBE SHORTY'S TOO!)

The City's Historic Preservation Board voted Wednesday to preserve the Wayne Apartments building on Second Avenue (home to the Lava Lounge, Rocco's, a medical-pot storefront, and the Belltown Funky Studios). The decision came after a City Hall meeting packed with fans of Shorty's. Even though Shorty's is in the building next door to the Wayne (a building that wasn't officially discussed on Wednesday), its past and present regulars say they hope the move will stop the mid-block development scheme that had threatened both buildings (plus that of Tula's jazz club). (KIRO-TV)

RAWK THE VOTE

That south-end so-called "slumlord," who responded to outcries over unsafe apartments by doubling their rent? He's contributing to anti-rent-control City Council candidates. (Stranger)

A brief reminder that Seattle City Council members and candidates cannot change state laws, including those currently forbidding rent control and state/local income taxes. (PubliCola)

Seattle techies are being cajoled to register and vote—by Uber. (GeekWire)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Seattle schools are among the nation's worst at racial "equity." White kids are far more likely to attend top-performing schools than minority kids, as judged by the Almighty Test Score. (SeaTimes)

According to a UW study, most high-school students in 50 big cities don't take the ACT or SAT tests. (KUOW)

Charter schools are still getting state money, despite a state Supreme Court ruling against it. (KPLU)

WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA isn't at fault for the breach of its customers' credit records by hackers who attacked the Experian credit bureau. But that doesn't stop folks from demanding that T-Mobile (as well as Experian) do something about it. Preferably something that credit applicants don't have to pay extra for. (Crosscut)

BERTHA, BUT...

The deeply boring tunnel machine's extended breakdown could cost the state almost $80 million. (PS Biz Journal)

LABOR PANES

The dreadful lives and existential angst of the underpaid, overworked "adjunct professors." (Seattle mag)

ECO

LIke whales? Then you've gotta like the salmon they feed on. Then you should support un-damming the Snake River in order to save the salmon, "orca advocates" say. (KING)

BE VEWWWY QUIET

The Whidbey Island town of Langley is overrun with rabbits, and is bereft of Aussie-style "rabbit proof fences." (KING)

REMEMBER THE MUSIC BUSINESS?

SFX Entertainment, a onetime 500-lb. gorilla of the concert-tour biz, has been reorganized, as a propotion company specializing in electronic dance music events. Only it's financially troubled, and could theoretically take down its genre with it. (NPR) 

Meanwhile, Decibel Festival founder Sean Horton has decamped for LA, opining (like music-biz people who move to LA are wont to do) essentially  how this hick town just couldn't properly appreciate him. (Weekly)

R.I.P.

Ruth Velozo, 86, co-founded what became Northwest Harvest, the chief supplier to regional food banks. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

UW Huskies at USC tonight.

TONIGHT

Capitol Hill Art Walk, including works by Barry Patrick Nelipowitz and Michael A. Knutson at Steve Gilbert Studio (1418 Broadway); Lisaann Cohn ink drawings at Dendroica Gallery; Counsel Langley and Amelia Layton Reed at Ghost Gallery; Susanna Bluhm sketchbook drawings at Capypte Gallery; COLLECT Seattle's one-year anniversary (plus "Frenchface French Disko") at Vermillion; a comic-book art show at Joe Bar; a local-artist group show at the Rubix Apartments (515 Harvard Ave. E.); new works on tile by Laura Brodax at Baas Framing Studio (2703 E. Madison St.); and "12 Seconds Max" short-video revue at The Factory

"A Taste of Iceland in Seattle" opens. (Various spots, thru Sun)

Seattle International Auto Show opens. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, thru Sun)

Something Weird Video "Trash-O-Rama" Movie Night. (Darrell's)

El Ten Eleven, Sego. (Neumos)

Deadly Poets, 2 Piece, Prano the Don. (Studio 7)

Legs, Glitterbang, Brent Cowles. (Chop Suey)

1996 film "Irma Vep" with discussion by UW English prof Jessica Burstein. (Henry Art Gallery)

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, with Debby Barcharach, Laura Tiberio, Cate O'Toole, Michael Schein. (Ballard Library)

Author Steven Pinker. (Town Hall)

Arts Gumbo 2015, "exploring stories, songs, dances, and food of Native American Cultures." (Rainier Valley Cultural Center, thru Sat)

Opening of Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. (Various spots, thru Oct. 18)

Industrial Revelation, jazz/cabaret record release. (Frye Art Museum, thru Fri)

Hot Tuna. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Tribute to Byrdie, record release and tribute party honoring the late local MC Jesse "Byrdie" Watson. (Nectar)

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