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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2015

A long, hot summer and post-summer seem to be finally behind is. It's a great time to settle in for a long pre-winter's MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

True autumnal conditions are here at last! Rain and dark clouds thru Tuesday at least.

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THE PLANE TRUTH

KUOW's Ashley Ahearn has a long piece about the Boeing B-17, "the plane that won World War II" (and saved Boeing as a business, and brought many blacks to town as plane builders, and led to the famous fake-neighborhood camouflage on the factory roof, and helped to pollute the Duwamish River next to the factory). 

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TODAY IN TRAGEDY

A whale-watching tourist boat sank off the B.C. coast. Of the 27 people on board, at least five have died. (Vancouver Sun)

ECO

Kayaktivists were back, this time rowing the waters off of Bill Gates's Medina mansion. They want the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil-fuel stocks. (Joel Connelly)

CUTE CRITTER ALERT

From 1950, beavers in parachutes! (Really.) (UK Guardian)

Drones and orcas! Drones and orcas! (KPLU) And another baby orca too! (KCPQ)

T-TOWN

A former deputy to Pierce County prosecutor (and "Never Mind Nirvana" novelist) Mark Lindquist has become a "whistleblower" in the drive to have him recalled. Steve Merrival says Lindquist is "unfit to pretend he is a representative of the people." (KING)

LOVE VS. HATE ON BEACON HILL

An unknown person or persons vandalized the Amor Spiritual Center on Beacon Avenue South on Wednesday, tagging its storefront entrance with a swastika and hate slogans. On Sunday, about 100 community members joined in a "love circle" at the interfaith spiritual center. It was intended to "transform the energy of a space with love." (KOMO)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

From all the furor over Seattle school teachers getting "reassigned" a few weeks ago, only 11 (and seven teaching assistants) will be. (SeaTimes)

Parents of the shooting victims at Marysville-Pilchuck High claim the school administration still isn't doing enough to protect students. (KIRO-TV)

ON THE STREETS

"Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion" (LEAD), a program to bring mentally-ill and/or addicted street people into social services and out of jail, is expanding from downtown to Capitol Hill. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Washington's had a "Felony Gun Registry Law" for a couple of years now, but it's seldom gotten used. (KUOW)

PARK PLACES

Preliminary planning's underway on replacing Volunteer Park's 1971-vintage ampitheater. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Seattle's planning a "sensory garden," next to the Woodland Park Rose Garden. It will "help people with visual and hearing impairments, along with other challenges like autism." (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A new shelter in the north end will have special facilities for homeless single dads with kids. (KING)

TOOL ACADEMY

Another "tool library" is about to open, this time on Capitol Hill. (KING) 

TECH TALCH

If you're Microsoft, how do you celebrate sunny financial results and a soaring stock price? Oh yeah, by firing people (up to 1,000). (KPLU)

BIZ

Troubled real estate developer Lobsang Dargey lost control of his current projects to an Oregon company, as decreed by a federal court. (PS Biz Journal)

All the restaurant closures that were supposed to happen if the city's minimum wage was increased? Never happened. (PS Biz Journal) 

ART

The SeaTimes recognized our ol' acquaintance, longtime local artist Ries Niemi (now based in Skagit County) as a "metal magician." The story didn't mention Niemi's locally-famous mom, possibly because the reporter might not have heard of her. (Sigh.)

SPORTS

Sounders FC ended the regular season with a 3-1 home win vs. Real Salt Lake. The team set an MLS record with an average attendance this season of 44,000. Playoffs begin Wednesday, with a "knockout round" game at home vs. LA Galaxy.

The UW Huskies were totally outmatched in a 31-14 loss at Stanford. At home vs. Arizona on Halloween night.

Scott Servais, the Mariners' new rookie manager, is a "blank slate." Art Thiel says that might just be a good thing.

Remember the Sodo arena scheme? It's still on. But some port-related businesses want the City to reopen the idea of revamping KeyArena instead. (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

Collide-O-Scope, fortnightly night of "curated video delights." (Re-bar)

Writers Ryan Boudinot, Bharti Kircher, Nicole Hardy, Tom Neeley. (U Book Store)

Monktail Creative Music Concern's 15th Anniversary. (Royal Room)

Booktoberfest: Bookish Happy Hour. (Beveridge Place Pub)

Rubblebucket, Babes, The Hoot Hoots. (Crocodile)

Motown on Mondays. (Bar Sue)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Mark Nepo:)

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”

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