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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Nope, no real snow in Seattle Tuesday morn. Just a light dusting in the outer 'burbs. Now it's time to prepare for the Big Secular Family Holiday. And for the start of retail hyper-madness (and its discontents).

WEATHER

Sunny and cold for the foreseeable future.

While some 30,000 remain without power in Spokane, another 50,000 households and businesses lost electricity in Tuesday windstorms in Kitsap County and elsewhere. (KOMO)

Snohomish County isn't all cleaned up from last week's storms either. (KING)

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'RETAIL OF WOE DEPT.'

Yes, MAD magazine still exists. Yes, it has a website. And said website ran a piece called "Overheard at the New Amazon Bookstore." (Though it mistakenly described the store as being "in downtown Seattle.")

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LABOR PANES

Microsoft's US employment rolls are 46 percent white-male, with 481 fewer women than a year ago. (GeekWire)

Meanwhile, there's a drive to bring more women into carpentry and construction. (KIRO-FM)

Local labor leaders want the city to tax business to support labor-law enforcement. The city's decided to divert the idea into a time-wastin' "study of the issue." (Slog)

THE RACE IS ON

Western Washington U canceled all classes Tuesday, due to racist threats posted on social media. (AP)

TODAY IN FREAK ACCIDENTS

"Metal sheeting blown off Autora Bridge, hits bicyclist riding below." The metal parts were taken down by high winds. (KCPQ)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Local religious leaders gathered to speak out in favor of welcoming and supporting refugees. (Crosscut)

O GIVE ME A HOME

NIMBYs opposing the new Interbay homeless camp now argue that the site is full of contaminated soil. (PS Biz Journal)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Lorna Gonzales, the Seattle City Council's first Hispanic member, took her oath of office Tuesday. She promised t o work for rental regulation and police reforms. (KCPQ)

As everyone's expected lately, the Lisa Herbold/Shannon Braddock City Council ballots will be recounted, by hand. (KUOW)

TODAY IN SAD

A man jumped in front of a light-rail train near the Columbia City Station, got pinned under it. (PI.com)

SIC TRANSIT

Dan Savage says we oughta fight for $1-a-day bus passes, and not just for the officially "low income" either.

The Feds and BNSF Railway have finished some retaining walls that might finally end all those track-blocking landslides south of Everett. (KING)

TODAY IN SADLY-PERENNIAL HEADLINES

"Demand is up as area food banks prepare for holidays." (KOMO)

ECO

Microsoft uses a lot of electricity at its cloud server farms. Now it's trying to help "offset" all those carbon emissions by co-sponsoring a drive to "restore" 520 acres of forest land near Mt. Rainier. (GeekWire)

Coal trains in the Columbia River Gorge "pollute nearly twice as much as regular freight trains," according to a UW study. I still always liked Thelonius Monk better. (East Oregonian via Slog)

A huge rail-to-marine oil terminal is being planned at the Port of Vancouver. It's have big potential impacts on our side of the border, including 28 more oil trains a week. And possibly tainted fish. (KUOW) 

GENDER, BENT

A WSU research study claims people are more likely to be either all-straight or all-gay than to be on a "continuum" in between. More importantly, it shows how "non-heterosexuals" struggling for societal acceptance can be more prone to depression, alcoholism, etc. (Crosscut)

A Seattle trans man won a suit against his health insurer over the "routine treatment" he needs. (KPLU)

SUDS

A local company has just put out "the Keurig of beer." It's supposed to make homebrewing easy. No, you can't drink the results right away. (KING)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball vs. Gonzaga this morning, part of the "Battle 4 Atlantis" tourney in the Bahamas.

Seattle U men's basketball vs. Great Falls tonight.

Knute Berger thinks the idea of renovating KeyArena instead of building a new sports palace has its selling points.

TONIGHT

"Happiness Sprinkling," event designed to spread positive messages to passersby. (Westlake Park) 

Feet First benefit, with food and Airways Brewing Co. beers. (Watershed Pub & Kitchen, 10104 3rd Ave. NE) 

Exotica Wednesday, featuring the Tikigraphs. (Cafe Racer)

Beastie Boys tribute night. (Lo-Fi)

Thunderpussy, Nightmare Fortress. (Neumos)

Tuarara, The Living Daylights. (Nectar)

Silas Blak. (Crocodile) 

Katie Kate, Tilson XOXO, Arkomo. (Sunset)

INSIDE

There WILL be MISCmedia MAIL on Thursday and Friday (though without five pounds' worth of Black Friday ad flyers). But they might be lighter than usual.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Elizabeth Wilks, from "I Am Your Storm"):

“And when the rain stops you will have to decide if I was your storm or if you were mine.”

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