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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015

It's a new world! It's a new city! Well, sort of, a little, maybe. Elections were won; though some of them could change, since so few ballots were returned and tabulated early. The Wheel of Time still turns, and new adventures await. Stay tuned.

WEATHER

Cool and cloudy but likely dry today. Showers likely tonight and Thursday.

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DOWN IN THE (BALLOT) DUMPS

What we know so far: 

The Move Seattle levy is ahead.

The Honest Elections initiative is way ahead.

On the City Council, all the incumbents running (Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess) are ahead in their respective races. 

In the four incumbent-less contests, Shannon Braddock, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, and Lorena Gonzalez are in front. 

If these leads all hold, we'll have a majority female council again. And it will be at least somewhat more "progressive," though not as much as it could have been with Jon Grant in.

At the Port of Seattle, environmental activist Fred Felleman is poised to replace biz-as-usual Republican Bill Bryant. 

Paul Allen's initiative to ban sales of products from endangered species is ahead. So are King County's "Best Start for Kids" measure and Tacoma's minimum-wage hike.

In more disturbing news, Tim Eyman's latest initiative-for-hire scheme to bankrupt the state is leading, leading assuredly to a quick showdown with the State Supreme Court.

The next ballot dump is this afternoon. (Crosscut) (Slog) (KING) (SeaTimes) (PI.com) (image: Seattle Globalist) 

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DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

In an election-day essay, Charles Mudede insists that he doesn't want the old Seattle, with its tired ways and its casual racism and its crony politics. He wants "the new and future Seattle." (Slog)

O GIVE ME A HOME

As Councilmember Sawant pointed out on Tuesday, the $5.3 million in city "emergency" funds to fight homelessness isn't nearly enough. It's less than half what the city spends per year on police overtime alone. (Seattlish)

MOVING STORIES

Erica C. Barnett attends a SeaTimes forum on transportation and finds two faults: by focusing specifically on "gridlock," it "erases the non-driver's perspective;" and by having only white males on stage (except for the moderator), it presented a too-narrow spectrum of life experience.

THE PLANE TRUTH

Jon Talton notes that China "is Boeing's biggest customer." And by first demanding that Boeing and Airbus share aircraft technologies with it, then launching its own state-owned plane factory, China's got the passenger-jet duopoly in its sights.

But there's a catch: Chinese airlines (at least non-state-owned ones) don't want to fly Chinese-made planes until they're proven safe. (Reuters)

AFTER THE DISASTER

The first lawsuit in the Chipotle e. coli cases comes from a Pasco woman. (Reuters) 

A judge ruled that a timber company, which had clearcut some woods near the 2014 Oso mudslide, can be sued. (Everett Herald)

Ride the Ducks is probably closed for the rest of the year. (SeaTimes)

TECH TALCH

Councilmember Bruce Harrell has an idea for a small-scale solution to the Internet-access income gap. He wants money to study adding more public wifi spots in low-income neighborhoods. (Weekly)

A medical journal says 75 percent of U.S. children have their own mobile devices by age 4. No, this doesn't account for, or excuse, the immaturity in most comment threads. (KING)

A Canadian outfit is setting up a lab in Redmond to test LED lighting systems for aircraft. (Make your own "LED Zeppelin" joke here.) (PS Biz Journal)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Outgoing Councilmember Jean Godden proposed a childcare facility at City Hall. (KING)

HELTER SMELTER

The Legislature renewed huge tax breaks for Alcoa's Washington aluminum plants a few months back; now those plants are closing. (KPLU)

When the aluminum plants close, data centers (a.k.a. Internet server farms) will become Washington's biggest electricity users. (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN ICK

A 22-year-old prostitute allegedly forced a 17-year-old distant relative into hooking, but then "abandoned" the girl after a customer raped her. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The Pike Place Market will scrub off the infamous "gum wall," the city's strangest and most unhygenic tourist attraction. (KIRO-FM)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Death rates among "poorly educated, middle aged white males" (i.e., the GOP/Tea Party voter base) are skyrocketing. (Slate)

TONIGHT

Painter Mary Iverson debuts "You and Me in the Aftermath," industrial landscape scenes. (G. Gibson Gallery)

WordWorks, with authors Benjamin Percy and Tara Conklin discussing "Blending Genres." (Hugo House)

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento Hotel)

OneBeat multicultural music festival opens. (Several spots, thru Sat)

Sloths, Heels. (Funhouse)

Zoolab, King Snake, Newaxeyes, Pillar Point. (Barboza)

SSDD, Nail Polish, Ubu Roi. (Chop Suey)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Telesthesia"

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