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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

Yes, Mr. Beiber is now only Canada's second most famous Justin. And, yes, the feeling of euphoric triumph could be heard in Rogers Arena as the Toronto Blue Jays whupped Kansas City in the ALCS. And stuff also happened on this side of the border too.

WEATHER

Partly sunny and cool today. Showers may return tomorrow.

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TECH TALCH

Remember Clear, aka ClearWire? Sprint bought the locally-based "broadband Internet" outfit in 2013 for its wireless bandwidth, then ceased accepting new orders for Clear service. But the network's remained running. The remaining supply of Clear modems was donated to nonprofits, who've provided cheap Internet access for schools, libraries, and low-income individuals. But now Sprint plans to shut the Clear network (in three weeks), and transition all its bandwidth to the newer LTE technology. Only some of the nonprofits haven't gotten new modems to disperse to their clients. They're suing.

Google offers to essentially pay companies to dump Microsoft Office, in favor of Google's own business software packages. (AP)

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THIS JUSTIN

"The True North Strong and Free"—free, that is, of humorless, Islamophobic, reactionary Stephen Harper. Justin (son of Pierre) Trudeau led the Liberal Party from a distant third place in Canada's last national election to a "true majority" (no coalitions needed; sorry, New Democrats) in the next parliament. (CBC)

THE I-MAN

Tim Eyman's latest "hey, let's make the most regressive state-revenue system in the nation even worse" initiative is fading fast in the polls. (Joel Connelly)

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Eyman's still got plenty of pals among big-money donors, though. One of them is a mysterious outfit called "Future Responsibilities," which has no identified money sources or officials, only a P.O. Box. (Seattlish)

John Goodman, Council candidate Jon Grant's biggest opposition funder, is the head of Triad Partners, the outfit that wants to build offices and hotel rooms on the old Public Safety Building. (Goodman had employed, then fired, the guy who sent emails to Grant, offering to cut opposition-campaign funding if Grant would get his Tenants Union ex-colleagues to stop opposing Triad's project.) But there's more: Goodman's other companies have instigated many of the most notorious astronomic Seattle apartment-rent hikes of the past few years. (Slog)

THE BIG A

People who complain about Amazon's workplace culture are liars and/or cheats who shouldn't be trusted, says an Amazon exec. (GeekWire)

Amazon is suing 1,114 purveyors of paid "fake reviews." (BBC)

SIC TRANSIT

The County Council approved big Metro bus changes for March. The vital Route 43 will continue, but only during peak hours. (KIRO-TV)

TODAY IN CRIME

A West Seattle Islamic community center was arsoned early Monday. It's not known if this was specifically a "hate crime;" some city offices were also torched that night, and some cars were set afire in the vicinity the previous night. (KOMO)

The customer service office of the I-90/520 bridge tolling operation temporarily closed Monday due to a bomb threat. (KIRO-TV)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The "Nicklesville" homeless camp (complete with professional supervision) officially moves to near the Ballard Bridge, some time next month. (KING)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Embattled state auditor Troy Kelley "could face impeachment proceedings in January." (KPLU)

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

The corporate-esque "rebranding" of the Seattle Public Library into "Seattle Public Libraries" could cost nearly $2 million in public and/or donor funds. Let's stop this "Bertha of branding" before that. (Stranger)

OIL'S NOT WELL

They're protesting oil trains in Lynnwood. (KOMO)

DRAT AND DOUBLE DRAT

Seattle avant-music legend Eyvind Kang has split to teach at Cal Arts. (Slog)

AFTER THE FIRES

One Central Washington forest is being restored to a more natural state, from before "fire suppression efforts" led to denser growth. (KING)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A rare Hawaiian mushroom can give women orgasms just by smelling it; while male subjects in a study all found its aroma disgusting. Sounds about right. (via KOMO)

SPORTS

Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been un-suspended; may play on Thursday night. (KIRO-TV)

TONIGHT

Subhumans (the British, not the Canadian, punk band), Rvivr, Mysterious Skin. (Chop Suey)

Dungen (Swedish band). (Barboza)

Nobunny, Gazebos, Primate Five, Ubu Roi. (Highline)

Gwar, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Witchburn. (Showbox Sodo)

Django Django, Wild Belle. (Showbox)

"Prole," short film by installation artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, opens. (Frye Art Museum, thru Nov. 15.)

Open mic at Comedy Womb, weekly "female-focused comedy experience." (Rendezvous)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage"):

“He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.”

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