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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015

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WEATHER

More rain today; perhaps dry and cloudy Wednesday.

Tacoma's Stadium High School "bowl" is closed for the rest of the football season and beyond, following last weekend's flooding. (News Tribune)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

After saving the Lava Lounge/Rocco's building, Seattle's Landmark Preservation Board will next consider (on Oct. 21) saving the Franklin Apartments at the northeast corner of Fourth and Bell. They're now vacant, and weren't in that great a shape the last time they were occupied. But the building's still a valuable 1918 relic of the Denny Regrade's first phase, and oughta stick around. (Seattlish) (image: Johnson Partnership via Seattle.gov)

WSDOT spends $250,000 a year shooing homeless people off of I-5 rights of way and cleaning up after their encampments. (KING)

The City Council's methodically, quietly passing the various enabling bills for the HALA "Grand Bargain" with developers. (KPLU)

So much for escaping to cheaper suburbs. Rents are skyrocketing in Kitsap County too. (Kitsap Sun)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

City Council cnadidate Jon Grant alleges that the developer of the ex-Public Safety Building block offered an essential bribe, if he'd stop complaining about the project not including affordable housing. (SeaTimes)

TODAY IN MAYHEM

A mulch-pit fire burned for more than 12 hours at a Bothell topsoil business. (KIRO-TV)

TODAY IN CRIME

Burglaries in parking garages are up 60 percent in Seattle this year; 69 percent in garages in central Seattle. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The Northwest Justice Project, a Seattle-based advocacy group for low-income people, is suing the state. The suit says the state hasn't done enough to provide care for profoundly sick children; specifically, that too many of these kids are "languishing in institutions" instead of being home with their families. (News Tribune)

A Mason County judge said a landowner who deliberately altered the course of the Tahuya River near his property (thus threatening several fish runs) has to pay to have it altered back. (AP)

MOVING STORIES

A campaigner for the "Let's Move Seattle" transportation levy explains why you should support it. (PubliCola)

GOING CENTRAL

The ATF got a "verbal agreement" from City Light to install surveillance cams in the Central District. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

ECO

Artist Don Fels offers a personal history of "the poisoning of the Spokane River." (Crosscut) 

SCIENCE!

You've heard of DIY shared office spaces? Well, now there are also DIY shared science-lab spaces. (KPLU)

MOOZEEK

Bruce Pavitt's Next Big Thing: A site selling "multi tracked" song downloads, for listeners to remix on their own. (KIRO-FM)

STUFF YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW

When sports teams (and their cheerleaders) dress up in pink for "breast cancer awareness," it does almost nothing to actually fight cancer. Especially if any money thusly raised goes to the notoriously PR-budget-heavy, research-budget-light Komen outfit. (Houston Chronicle via PI.com)

TECH TALCH

A local tech startup has invented a new, zinc-based "miracle metal." (KUOW)

Is today's tech bubble about to burst? A panel of biz bigwigs is inconclusive about an answer. (GeekWire)

Seattle's got the Living Computer Museum, but some other entrepreneurs want to start a different "People's Computer Museum and Hackerspace," with old machines available to be used by old-school gamers and others. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

BIZ

The ex-Feedback Lounge space in West Seattle will become another indie, rock-oriented bar. (West Seattle Blog)

PRINT MEDIA SHRINKAGE WATCH

If you believe this NYT hype piece, Playboy's going to drop nudity from its print mag as of next March. This has been announced before but not delivered, except on the free portion of its website. Sounds like a cheap publicity stunt to me.

Of all the print-media declines this past decade, few were as pathetic as that of the Village Voice under the Phoenix New Times management. Now, the Voice's emaciated shell is being sold to indie publishers. (Politico)

BOOX

The New Yorker has an excerpt from Sleater-Kinney/"Portlandia" celeb Carrie Brownstein's new memoir, about growing up in Redmond and Bellevue with a gay dad.

SPORTS

The plight of ex-UW football coach Steve Sarkisian, who just got fired by USC over personal issues, is "no longer a laughing matter." (Aaron Levine, KCPQ)

TODAY

"Soup and Cinema" featuring "Elling." (Nordic Heritage Museum, noon) 

TONIGHT

Human Experience Book Club discussing "The World Without Us." (Ada's Technical Books)

Author Patrick Ness discussinng "The Rest of Us Just Live Here." (U Book Store)

"Global Sexual Violence: Breaking the Cycle," discussion by Doctors Without Borders. (Town Hall)

"By George!," revue on the life and music of George Frederick Handel. (Naked City Brewery & Taphouse)

Dean Ween Group. (Showbox)

Beirut. (Paramount)

Autre Ne Veut, Gems. (Barboza)

Slash, RavenEye. (Moore)

Ornette Coleman tribute with Action FIgure, Focus on Sanity. (Royal Room)

New Politics, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. (Showbox Sodo)

"Contentious Products," conceptual installation by artist Tad Hirsch. (UW Jacob Lawrence Gallery)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Fritillary"

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