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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015

It's likely to be brutal outside today. This is a place that shuts down with even an inch of sea-level snow (which we won't get), but trudges through pelting rain and power-line-toppling wind (which we will get). I don't have to tell you to be careful out there, but please do.

WEATHER

As intense as it ever gets around here. Heavy rains and mountain snows; winds could gust to 60 mph or more. 

Ski season at last! After essentially a bye all last winter, Mt. Baker opens Thursday, as does Whistler (and, maybe, also Crystal Mountain). (KING)

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BY GUM!

The Post Alley "Gum Wall" was gum-free for exactly one day.

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City Council rejected, at least for now, a pilot project to build a City-owned broadband network on Beacon Hill. (GeekWire) It was just one of several Kshama Sawant-backed proposals the lame-duck Council turned down on Monday. (Slog)

But the Council is likely to allocate an extra $2.3 million toward "Seattle's homeless emergency." (KING)

As of Monday's ballot drop, City Council District 1 candidate Lisa Herbold has a 35-vote lead over Shannon Braddock. (Seattlish)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Unlike some "red" state governors, Gov. Inslee says Washington will continue to welcome refugees, including those from Syria. (KING)

The state Dept. of Ecology is joining in legal action against Volkswagen, over its not-really "Clean Diesel" cars. (KCPQ)

State Atty. General Bob Freguson declares that the allegations against Planned Parenthood are just as fictional/ridiculous as we all knew they were. (KCPQ)

ECO

"The Gates Foundation would've made billions if it had divested from fossil fuels." (Weekly)

Could Washington's crab crop succumb to the same "toxic algae bloom" that's hit parts of Oregon and California? (KING) (SeaTimes)

"Microbes that are key indicators of Puget Sound's health are in decline." (UW)

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, will be awarded next week to two environmental leaders with Wash. state ties—Indian fishing-rights champion Billy Frank Jr.,  and original EPA head William Ruckelshaus. (PI.com)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Sen. Murray's introduced a bill that she claims will help more foster and homeless youth get into, and graduate from, college. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Would you believe a developer wants to grow trees along the sides of a new two-tower project? (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN GOOD NEWS

Nine divers, whose boat capsized off of Vancouver Island, were saved by the crew of a nearby whale-watching boat. (KOMO)

TODAY IN ICK

A retired Navy officer who died at the Seattle VA Hospital may have been infected by contaminated "medical scopes." (SeaTimes)

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW…

…that training for Medic One paramedics isn't government-funded, and relies on citizen donations—which are running low. (KOMO)

AG

Washington growers have a glut of "juice grapes" (varieties bred for juice instead of wine). (SeaTimes)

ARTS

Intiman Theatre's next festival season will emphasize works by black female playwrights. (SeaTimes)  

Suyama Space, the "site specific installation" gallery inside a Belltown architecture firm, closes at the end of next year. (SeaTimes) 

BIZ

Starwood Hotels, which digested the formerly locally-based Westin chain, will itself be devoured by Marriott. (AP)

A surviving single-outlet grocery operation, Capitol Hill's Central Co-Op, may merge with a similar Tacoma store. (SeaTimes)

Once Upon a Time, a kids' clothing/toy store on Queen Anne, is for sale. (Queen Anne Review)

TECH TALCH

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's talking about women in tech again. This time, he's encouraging teachers to use the game Minecraft to interest girls in computer science. (GeekWire)

A Seattle company wants to put up huge (over 630 feet tall) wind-power towers off the California coast. (KING)

THE BIG A

Amazon's hiring a marketing team to decvise "shopping experiences" for people too young to have known a pre-Amazon world. (PS Biz Journal)

In Jeff Reifman's latest screed about Amazon: How the company could (and should) develop a more female-friendly workplace.

SPORTS

"Russell Wilson is regressing, and the Seahawks are in trouble." (Biz Insider)

TODAY

Premiere of local animated film "Eclipse Tower I" by Web Crowell and Stacey Levine. (Frye Art Museum, 11 a.m.)

TONIGHT

"The Aboriginal Archive: Representation of Native Americans in Film, 1965-1985." (SU Pigott Auditorium)

Hugh Masekela. (Triple Door)

GeekWire Game Night. (Spitfire)

"VOD IRL: Bob Birdnow's Heroic Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self." (NW Film Forum)

Lorrie Ruiz Band featuring Joe Doria, more. (Seamonster Lounge)

Prof, Nacho Picasso, Slow Dance, Fundo. (Nectar)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Mitch Hedberg):

"I am sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going, and catch up with them later."

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