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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The weather's getting serious. Really serious. As always, be safe, be cautious, and read MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Rain and wind are back late Tuesday; possibly serious snow in the mountains. That snow could melt when a warmer storm system comes in on Thursday night, leading to lowland flooding.

Is this past year's record drought "the new normal"? (SeaTimes)

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

We visit Amazon's real-life bookstore, which seems to be actually serious about selling books.

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Monday's ballot drop leaves Shannon Braddock and Bruce Harrell still slightly ahead of their respective City Council rival candidates, Lisa Herbold and Tammy Morales. (Slog)

Kshama Sawant's re-election almost completely divided District 3. Densely-populated blocks of Capitol Hill and the Central District voted overwhelmingly for Sawant; challenger Pamela Banks led in the more affluent Montlake and Madrona regions. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The current City Council, as expected, passed enabling legislation on Monday furthering the HALA "Grand Bargain" on zoning and affordable housing. (Slog)

TECH TALCH

On Friday, a Massachusetts judge ordered Sprint to keep the old Clearwire wireless Internet network going, for the sake of the nonprofits and low-income broadband "resellers" still using it. But Sprint's already bumping Clearwire's remaining regular customers, who weren't covered under the judge's ruling. Some of them are businesses in places where neither Century Link nor Comcast offers online connections. (Slog)

Microsoft's been buying up "data security" companies in Israel. (PS Biz Journal)

ROLIE POLIE OLY 

Wash. state got a "D" grade in the Center for Public Integrity's latest ranking of each state on integrity, transparency, and public access to information in government. 

"Washington is unlikely to meet a January deadline to provide jail inmates with court-ordered mental health services within seven days." (KPLU)

BERTHA, BUT…

Good magazine cites Seattle's deeply boring tunnel project as exemplifying "the trouble with mega-projects."

TODAY IN ICK

Outside R Place on East Pine early Monday, a man allegedly drew a knife and made homophobic slurs at a stranger who'd complimented his shoes. (PI.com)

ON THE AIR AND ON THE LINE

The NYT has discovered KEXP, years after the station ended its "bicoastal radio" experiment that had part of its broadcast day originating n NYC. The article praises the station as a broadcast survivor amid the encroachments of streaming Internet music services—without realizing that, to many to its listeners here and all of its listeners out of town, KEXP IS an Internet streaming music service.

AFTER THE DISASTER

We still don't know exactly where the E. coli at Chipotle restaurants came from. But the restaurant chain's Washington and Oregon outlets may reopen some time this week, after thorough scrub-downs. (AP)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing union leaders want the state to tie Boeing tax breaks to in-state job numbers. (KOMO)

SCARE STORY OF THE DAY

Indoor legal-pot growers could (but probably won't) put a strain on local power grids. (KOMO)

SHE SAID

Science fiction legend Ursula K. LeGuin recently spoke at Seattle U, about "getting permission" to "write like a woman." (KUOW)

THE RACE IS ON

After U. of Missouri students successfully forced the resignation of a president who, they felt, did too little too late to stem systemic racism on the campus, Seattle's Ijeoma Oluo writes that "Black kids will save America." (The Establishment)

MAYBE THEY FINALLY REALIZED THAT 'SHAMU' SOUNDS LIKE 'SHAME ON YOU'

Sea World San Diego says it will phase out performing-whale shows by 2017, replacing them with "a new orca experience." In other words, the place will still have captive orcas; they'll just not have to perform stunts. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

BIZ

Albertsons/Safeway will try to buy back some of the stores it sold to Haggen. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

Some local folks made a tongue-in-cheeky short film called "Seahawks vs. Monsters." It's exactly what you'd expect; right down to the green-and-blue death rays sent by Ultraman-sized football players to attack Godzilla-sized mutant critters. (KCPQ)

TONIGHT

"Talk the Arts: How Media Talks About Artists of Color," online forum by Arts & Culture Seattle. 

"NIce Quarry: Selected House and Experimental Earworms" with Tal Nozinsky. (Vermillion)

Author Luc Sante discusses his book "The Other Paris." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Cherry Poppin' Daddies. (Jazz Alley) 

Schooner Exact "Hamma Mamma Double IPA" release party, to benefit Washington's National Park Fund. (Zeek's Pizza, 1915 Queen Anne Ave. N.)

"I Am Thor," documentary about heavy-metal musician and champion bodybuilder Jon Mikl Thor. (El Corazon)

Film "Candyman." (Scarecrow Video)

Soup and Cinema, with Swedish film "Kopps." (Nordic Heritage Museum)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Ceruse"

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