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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015

It's official: We'll have skiing (and snowboarding and X-C) this season, starting today or tomorrow! (See below.) At least some. The long term trend, though, is for ever warmer and drier weather here year round. (Also see below.) Will this help lead at last to real national/global action? (Stop chortling, cynics.)

WEATHER

Morning rain. Then, would you believe, partly sunny with highs in the upper 40s through the weekend?

Ski season begins today! Or tomorrow! At some slopes at least. But will it last? (KCPQ)

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OF AUDITORS AND ODDITIES

If you read only one "long-form" journalistic piece this week, it oughta be KUOW's Austin Jenkins' thorough telling of the complex career and crumbling alibis of disgraced State Auditor Troy Kelley. (NW News Network via Medium.com)

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ECO

A new UW study details "five ways climate change will make the Puget Sound area less healthy." (Crosscut)

WINDSTORM 2015: THE AFTERMATH

Much of the region spent Wednesday cleaning up Tuesday's messes. Over 130,000 people were still without electricity as of midday Wednesday. Some might not have the lights back on for days. (KOMO)

Flood warnings remained in effect for several Washington rivers; flooding was expected in the towns of Snohomish and Monroe. (KING)

Many suburban schools were closed or on late schedules due to power failures, closed roads, etc. (SeaTimes)

Wind gusts exceeded 110 mph at some mountain passes Tuesday. (KOMO)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The Seattle School Board approved later starting times for most (not all) middle and high schools. Today's lesson: Seattle's lousy commute-time traffic. (KCPQ) 

A local program proving day care for homeless families' kids is about to lose its federal funding. (KING)

A new juvenile detention center: The King County Bar Association supports it. A group of Seattle law students opposes it. (Slog)

DEVELOPING STORIES

It was planned for a long time and is now official. The Convention Center expansion plan will subsume and replace Convention Place, the transit tunnel's outdoor station and bus staging area. The station will close in 2019 or 2020. (PS Biz Journal) (Capitol Hill Seattle)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Lisa Herbold maintains a teensy-tiny lead over Shannon Broderick for City Council District 1. An automatic recount is pretty much certain now. (Slog) 

What will Bruce Harrell's ultra-narrow City Council re-election mean for his career and the next Council? (Stranger)

Erica C. Barnett has resumed her Kshama Sawant bashing. This time, it's about Sawant allegedly using City funds for a PR consultant.

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State budget planners expect a half-billion shortfall in 2017-2019. NOT counting the still-unmet obligation to fund basic education. NOT counting the effects of Tim Eyman's latest strangle-the-public-sector initiative. (AP)

Meanwhile, just as Tim Eyman announced yet another strangle-the-public-sector initiative with a fratboy prank at the governor's office (the guv wasn't there), our ol' pal Andrew Villeneuve launched an initiative to make Eyman's kind of initiatives harder to pass. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Jon Talton explains how housing hyper-inflation, with or without a "bubble," is bad for people. As if it needed explaining.

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE

Local unions are joining the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade mega-pact. (Crosscut) 

Over 1,400 cattle are being sent from Wash. state to Vietnam. The purpose: to try to get more Vietnamese kids hooked on dairy products. (KING)

ECONOMY

Washington's official unemployment rate is holding steady at 5.2 percent. (AP)

ARTS

Bumbershoot will again be corporately-produced next year. And it will run Friday-Sunday, not Saturday-Monday. (SeaTimes)

Cai Guo Qiang's arc of "exploding" cars are leaving the Seattle Art Museum. (Slog) 

SPORTS

The UW whupped SU in women's basketball, 96-55. The UW women are at Fresno State Friday.

UW men's basketball at home vs. Mt. St. Mary's tonight.

A new men's pro basketball league, the Champions League, is supposed to start up next year. It'll run in the summer, and intends to feature ex-NBA players with a couple of good years left in 'em. No word yet whether Seattle's got a chance for a team in it. (USAT)

TONIGHT

Chance the Rapper. (Paramount)

Crispin Hellion Glover. (NW Film Forum)

"Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour," with DJ 100 Proof, games, and bingo. (Seattle Center Armory)

Earl Brooks, Kurt Einer Armbruster, Shannon Kelley. (Cafe Racer)

Anjunadeep Records tour, with Jodi Wisternoff, Cubicolor, and Yotto. (Q Nightclub) 

Lil Jon DJ Set. (Aston Manor, 2946 1st Ave. S.) 

Author/actor Greg Sestero discusses "The Room" (the "greatest bad movie ever made"). (Central Cinema) 

LGBTQ Allyship presents "Conversations Across Generations," talk about rent control and the housing levy. (King County Labor Council) 

Moe Betta. (Capitol Cider)

Blitzen Trapper. (Neptune)

Leo Kottke. (Jazz Alley)

"The Withing Project," multimedia theater piece by physician Hope Wechkin on human presence, empathy, and hope. (UW Jones Playhouse, thru Sun)

Findlay//Sandsmark, Norwegian performance duo. (On the Boards)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Rollo May):

“One does not become fully human painlessly.”

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