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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015

It's 75 years since the bridge known as Galloping Gertie collapsed into the Tacoma Narrows. Essentially, Puget Sound's Second City's most famous human-made structure (other than the Java Jive) was a spectacular failure. That's the sort of thing that can ruin a city's collective self-esteem for a long time.

WEATHER

"Between systems" dry breaks are possible by midday Monday. Rain should return by evening, getting heavy (with strong winds) on Tuesday.

This past October was Washington's warmest ever. (KING)

It's not "Will we get any snow this year?" We've already got a little in the mountains. The question is really, will we get enough? (Seattle Met) 

Crystal Mountain really wants to open at least its higher chair lift this weekend. (KIRO-TV)

Low snowpacks also mean not enough water to run pulp mills. (KIRO-TV)

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ECO

Who spilled/poured cooking oil into a White Center storm drain, that fed into a storm-water pond, dirtying at least 20 birds? (KING) (image: KOMO)

A group of 20 scientists, including two ex-UW profs, have asked Obama to enter RICO Act charges against climate-change denial pundits, claiming they're "criminally conspiring" to thwart real science. (SeaTimes)

The lawsuit by 18 Washington teenagers, demanding that the state Dept. of Ecology act more harshly against climate change, has made its way to court. (KPLU)

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OIL'S NOT WELL

A march led by Seattle's Filipino community on Saturday both commemorated the victims of the deadly 2013 typhoon in the Philippines and called for an end to coal and oil trains here. (KIRO-TV)

Almost immediately after big-oil lackey Stephen Harper got kicked out as Canada's prime minister, Obama's killed the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline plan. But, without Keystone XL, could Alberta tar-sands oil come through Washington instead? (Joel Connelly)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

In late ballots announced Friday evening, City Council candidates Lisa Herbold and Tammy Morales gained traction against (but are still behind) their respective opponents, Shannon Braddock and Bruce Harrell. (Joel Connelly)

The current City Council will make a crucial vote today on major parts of the HALA zoning/housing plan. (Brady Walkinshaw)

The New York Times editorial board seems to like Seattle's just-passed "Honest Elections" initiative. One wishes the Seattle Times editorial board was similarly open to the idea. 

BERTHA, BUT...

Property owners near the deeply boring tunnel machine are reporting new property damage. (KIRO-TV)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The proposed new tower at Fairview and Denny would twist and turn its way toward the sky, creating what its developer calls a "gentle sense of movement and protest." (PS Biz Journal)

SCARE STORY OF THE DAY

There may be a turkey shortage this holiday season, due to the bird flu. (KING)

TODAY IN CRIME

Outski: copper thieves. Insville: printer-ink thieves. (KOMO)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Encouraged by anti-prison activists, the next City Council may spend $600,000 researching alternatives to juvenile detention. (Slog)

BIZ

Weyerhaeuser's been shrinking, shedding off mills and divisions in recent years. Now it's growing again, by taking over Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber. (KIRO-TV)

The Håagen-Dazs (remember them?) franchise ice-cream shop in the U District has closed; its owner will reopen it early next year as an indie. (KING)

The state won't impose quotas anymore on the number of legal pot stores any particular city can have. (KUOW)

A Federal judge in Seattle ruled in Amazon's favor, in a case about a third-party seller on Amazon's site who turned out to be selling counterfeit goods. But the judge said the case was troubling, something Congress will eventually have to parse out. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

Sounders FC got outscored 2-1 at FC Dallas. Under the MLS playoffs' "aggregate score" rules, that meant the two-match series was tied (Seattle had won in game 1 by the same score). So it went to OT. Then it went to penalty kicks, where the Sounders' season finally ended.

Thanks in large part to penalties and turnovers, the UW Huskies lost 34-23 to Utah. At Arizona State Saturday afternoon.

After beating Arizona State 38-24, Matt Calkins calls the WSU Cougars "the best football team in the Pacific Northwest." (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

"The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui," Bertolt Brecht's 1941 poem/play. (ACT Theatre)

Author Lauren Redness talking about "how people affect, and are affected by, the weather." (Town Hall)

Author Cheryl Strayed. (Neptune) 

"#NerdNightOut," music and comedy with the Doubleclicks, Jackie Kashian, Molly Lewis. (Triple Door)

Mac Miller, Goldlink, Domo Genesis, more. (Showbox Sodo)

The Front Bottoms, Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly. (Chop Suey)

Beach Slang, Worriers, Lithuania. (Vera Project)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lev Grossman, "The Magicians"):

“The problem with growing up… is that once you’re grown up, people who aren’t grown up aren’t fun anymore.”

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