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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015

The entire time we've been gathering for MISCmedia MAIL, the Seattle City Council has been up for election in its first districted races. That ends tonight. We trust you have sent your ballot in, or will do so today. Will we return to a female-majority council? Will we have a majority (or at least a plurality) for certain "progressive" agendas? 

WEATHER

Cloudy with sun breaks; highs in the lower 50s. May remain like this through Thursday.

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AFTER THE FIRE

Very early Monday, an overnight fire destroyed or damaged 11 boats at the Western Yacht Harbor marina on Lake Union. (I'm reminded of a similar fire several years ago nearby. A close firend of mine lost a classic, all-wood Chris-Craft. His life wasn't the same after that, and in some aspects still isn't.) (Daniel B. Lee/KOMO)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Mayor Murray and the King County Council declared homeless to be a local emergency; both in rising numbers and rising deaths among the homeless (45 have died on the streets this year). $5.3 million is being devoted to shelter beds, homelessness-prevention programs, and other services. Some of the money will come from selling surplus City-owned properties. (Seattlish) (Capitol Hill Seattle)

An average of one child in every Seattle classroom is homeless. (SeaTimes)

A TOUCH OF CLASS

Even the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (no relation to the now wingnut-controlled U.S. Chamber of Commerce) is concerned about the region's growing income inequality. (KPLU)

HELTER SMELTER; OR, NORTHWEST ALUMINUM FOILED

Aluminum processing was once a huge industry in this state. Fed by our hydro power, it supplied Boeing with the metal that made the planes that won WWII. Now, a troubled Alcoa is closing the state's last two smelter plants, in Ferndale and Wenatchee. (PS Biz Journal)

THE BIG A

The rumors are true. Amazon's opening its first full retail store today, in U Village. (KING)

TECH TALCH

A panel of men tell women how to succeed in the tech biz. And, surprisingly, they don't make themselves look like fools in the process! (GeekWire)

Local gaming company Big Fish now accounts for over a third of current owner Churchill Downs' net revenue. That's a lot of mint juleps. (PS Biz Journal)

A Forbes.com "contributor" (freelance blogger) notes that Microsoft makes millions in patent revenue off of Android devices, even as it promotes its own rival mobile OS.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The Seattle School District may sever ties with its fundraising arm, the Alliance for Education. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

China's going to have its own state-owned passenger-jet maker. (AP)

POLICING THE POLICE

Drug-related calls to police are way down on Capitol Hill. Drug-related arrests are down by a much smaller figure. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Is Seattle heading toward an office-tower glut? (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN ICK

A male coach at the private Bush School pled guilty to secretly videotaping underage girls in their hotel rooms on ski trips. (PI.com)

An ex-paramedic pled guilty to stealing morphine from Medic One vans. (SeaTimes)

A female academic coach at Notre Dame allegedly coerced male athletes into sexually servicing her daughter, in exchange for "academic favors." (Slog)

ECO

Ther's no salmon fishing permitted in Willapa Bay and some of its tributaries for now, due to low stocks. (SeaTimes)

OIL'S NOT WELL

The environmentally and financially questionable Keystone XL oil pipeline scheme is dead for now. (AP)

ONE LAST HALLOWEEN ITEM

Scuba pumpkin carving, because why the heck not? (KOMO)

SPORTS

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, hurt in a major hit just before halftime Sunday, had neck surgery in a Dallas hospital on Monday. He won't play the rest of the season. (KING)

TONIGHT

Start of Abbey Arts 10th Anniversary concert series. (Fremont Abbey and other spots, thru Nov. 14)

L7. (Showbox) 

Election-night parties. (Many spots)

"Confessions of a Partisan Filmmaker," with documentary director John de Graaf. (Roy Street Coffee and Tea)

Opening of "If/Then," touring Broadway musical starring Idina Menzel. (Paramount, thru Nov. 8)

Collective Soul. (Neptune) 

Vinyl Revival Tuesdays. (Blue Moon)

Marion Nestle discusses "How to Beat 'Big Soda' Companies." (Town Hall)

Author Meera Subramanian reads from "A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Leonard Cohen, ”Anthem,” The Future):

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

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