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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015

A New York team is in baseball's World Series. Yawn, yawn, yawn. But at least MISCmedia MAIL strives to keep bringing you interesting reading matter.

WEATHER

A few showers this morning; then clear and cool through the weekend.

We may be well into the (regular, or formerly regular) rainy season, but you've still gotta conserve water. (KIRO-FM)

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'PHO' THE GOOD TIMES

A docu-short about Seattle's Little Saigon, a major part of the whole potentially-doomed diversity that has helped to make this city great. (KCTS)

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TEL AVIV

Now we know why KING's parent company has run those mysterious PR ads, pleading with viewers to tell Congress to "support broadcasters." Turns out the FCC's trying to get local stations around the country to sell back some or all of their broadcast frequencies, which can in turn get re-sold to cell-phone companies. Seattle stations could be offered a total of $250 million. Stations that sell their spectrum would either have to share spectrum with other stations, or go off the air and become cable/online only. That would let smaller commercial operations (i.e., televangelist and foreign-language stations) get out with a severance payment. But it's a potentially fatal temptation to some troubled PBS affiliates. (KUOW)

Meanwhile, the still-small but significant trend of cable-canceling "cord cutters" has led to 300 layoffs at ESPN. (NPR)

TODAY IN CRIME

Computer hard drives containing documents in an ongoing lawsuit against the CIA were stolen during a mysterious break-in at the UW's Center for Human Rights. The suit concerns CIA and other US-connected activities during the El Salvador civil war. (Slog) (KUOW)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The ill-though-out, attempted "shakedown" of council candidate Jon Grant by a developer might have been legal! Council member Nick Licata wants to make sure anything like it in the future would be illegal. (Stranger)

The city's minimum wage law may be amended to include harsher penalties for scofflaw employers. (PubliCola)

ECO

Low coho runs mean no fishing for now along the Snohomish River system and tributaries. (SeaTimes) 

VANISHING SEATTLE

South Lake Union's oldest retail business, the (beautiful) Firestone store on Westlake, may go soon. Developer Martin Selig bought the property. (SeaTimes)

FOLLOW THE MONEY

The European Union ruled that Starbucks and other multinational companies illegally benefitted from tens of millions of dollars' worth of tax breaks in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, places where companies love to "park money." (USAT)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Despite the HALA "Grand Bargain," Seattle "could do way more" toward truly affordable housing, claims free-market urbanist Matt Hays. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

With all the city council election hype, you may have forgotten that four Seattle School Board seats are up for grabs. Here's an intro to the races and candidates, and how the results might reshape K-12 schooling here. (Crosscut)

One guy who apparently (heart)s intensively test-based school systems: Bill Gates. (WaPo)

POLICING THE POLICE

Seattle's police chief, along with more than 100 others from around the country, is calling to end America's cycle of mass incarceration. (NPR) 

AFTER THE FIRES

Obama, as expected, signed a federal disaster declaration for places devastated by this past summer's wildfires. (KIRO-TV)

LABOR PANES

The woman who owned the Bill the Butcher stores is still missing. Employees of the six now-closed stores are still without back pay. (SeaTimes) 

INCISION 2016

Joe Biden won't run for President, and Jim Webb will stop running for President. (NPR)

SPORTS

The Seahawks (without Derrick Coleman and possibly running back Fred Jackson, both of whom were involved in separate car crashes in recent days) are at the 49ers tonight.

The US women's national soccer team, with Hope Solo, took its Victory Tour to CenturyLink Field Wednesday vs. Brazil; ending (as so many Sounders matches have) in a 1-1 draw.

Sounders FC will likely set another MLS home attendance record Sunday, in the season finale vs. Real Salt Lake. (SeaTimes)

TODAY

Free medical/dental/vision clinic. (KeyArena, thru Sun) 

TONIGHT

Lit Crawl Seattle. (Various spots on Capitol Hill and First Hill)

Photographer Alice Wheeler exhibits images from her book collection "Outcasts and Innocents," with readings by Stacey Levine, John Olson, John Osebold, Ellie Belew. (Vermilion)

"Angel Band Project" concert/fundraiser, promoting music as therapy to help survivors of sexual violence. (Benaroya Hall)

"Creepy Crawly Cocktails." (Burke Museum)

Twenty-One Pilots, Echosmith. (Paramount)

Soup for Syria benefit. (Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave.)

Cartoonist/playwright/author Alison Bechdel. (Town Hall)

Face Tat, Glitterbank, Elon & Jacob Marley. (LoFi)

Comedian Bill Bellamy. (Parlor Live)

"Nuclear Family," photo exhibit by Bootsy Holler, opens. (Utina, 509 Dexter Ave. N)

"BenDeLaCreme's Cosmos." (West Hall, thru Sat)

"How to Love This QUeer Body of Color: An Unapology," group reading, opens. (Gay City, thru Nov. 1)          

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Martha Gellhorn, from "Selected Letters"):

“I think about you; not continuously but more than I think about anyone else.”

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