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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015

It's World AIDS Day. Yes, that's still a thing; just like AIDS, alas, is still a thing.

One of the best ways to honor and remember the pandemic is to see the "Art AIDS America" exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum.

You can also watch a new HBO documentary, "Countdown to Zero," depicting Fred Hutch scientists working on a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine. If you don't have HBO, it'll be posted for free viewing on YouTube tonight.

WEATHER

Wet and slightly warmer through the rest of the week.

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B.C. (BEFORE COMET)

The Comet Tavern's building had a lot of history (some of it illegal; some of it mysterious) long before the Comet opened. (Tom Heuser, Capitol Hill Seattle; image: Tacoma Public Library)

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THE RACE IS ON

Western Washington U. police arrested a 19-year-old student, in connection to social-media threats of racial violence. (KOMO)

O GIVE ME A HOME

More than 2,100 rental units in Seattle have been demolished in just the last three years; most replaced by newer, costlier spaces. Some 1,600 other units are threatened by current development plans. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley's going to court today to get back $900,000 the Feds seized in September. (KUOW)

MOVING STORIES

The UW's starting a task force, "Urban@UW," to seek out solutions to urban problems, including transportation. Frank Chiachiere at the Seattle Transit Blog hopes the group will lead the U's administration to change its own transit-hindering policies.

Jarrett Walker, one of the panelists at that recent SeaTimes "Gridlock" panel, warns that driverless cars, if they ever came to be, would be a "congestion disaster."

ECO

As expected, Bill Gates has released details of his mega-coalition to fund new clean energy technologies. (SeaTimes) But local activists still want the Gates Foundation to divest the rest of its fossil-fuel stocks. (KPLU)

Microsoft's helping China deal with its deadly urban pollution. Not to stop or control it, but just to measure and predict it. (GeekWire)

The state's closed salmon fishing season two months early, out of concerns that too many endangered chinook are dying off after "catch and release" incidents. (Kitsap Sun via AP)

BNSF Railway will pay the state $71,000, for failing to immediately report spills of fuel and other substances along its tracks. (AP)

After all these years, Victoria BC STILL dumps its raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (KCTS)

POLICING THE POLICE

A group of 47 community leaders is asking the federal government to OK long-promised, long-delayed Seattle Police accountability reforms. (Slog)

ON THE AIR

Hollow Earth Radio, the spunky and eclectic local Internet radio station and all-ages live music space, got a license to add a low-power FM broadcast transmitter. The station's raising $25,000 to pay for it. (Slog)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Public-school principals around the state say teacher shortages have become a "crisis." (KOMO)

TODAY IN 'INNOVATIONS' WE DON'T REALLY NEED

Amazon's showing off an advanced prototype of a "delivery drone." (GeekWire)

THE LAZY B

Boeing efficiency experts and cost cutters inadvertently caused over 1,400 737s to ship out with a faulty part installed. (WSJ via KIRO-FM)

THE POLITICS OF CRUELTY

My ol' pal David Neiwert has a long essay explaining that Donald Trump might not fit the classic definition of a "fascist," but still enables and encourage fascistic ideas and behaviors.

SENIOR MOMENTS

Japan's got a rapidly aging population. To keep more of these oldsters at productive labor, there are schemes to equip older workers with high tech exoskeletons so they can keep on lifting and bending. (Charles Mudede)

SPORTS

Seattle U basketball at Cal tonight.

Mayor Murray and SDOT have formally asked the City Council to approve a street vacation needed for the Sodo Arena plan. It's the last step toward the plan's final official approval. (KING)

TONIGHT

KEXP World AIDS Day concert with Fly Moon Royalty, Ivan & Alyosha, DJ Darek Mazzone. (Showbox, all ages)

"Zappa Plays Zappa: 40th Anniversary of 'One Size Fits All.'" (Neptune)

Author David Shields discussing "War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict." (Couth Buzzard Books)

!!! (Chk, Chk, Chk), Stereolad. (Crocodile)

Cancer Bats. (El Corazon)

Queen Anne Science Café presents "Seafood 101: How Ecosystem Science Informs U.S. Fishery Management." (T.S. McHugh's)

Author-essayist Srikanth Reddy. (McCaw Hall)

The Great Mario Kart Throwdown. (Chop Suey)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Paulo Coelho):

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

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