An argument can be made that yesterday, Dec. 2, is the real birthday of Seattle. The city was "re-incorporated" (after first incorporating, then merging back into King County) on 12/2/1869. Before that, 12/2/1845 was when President Polk declared to Congress that he claimed U.S. soverignity over "the Oregon Country," leading to the brief "54-40 or Fight" dustup with the Brits. 


Rain here, snow in the mountains, intense winds throughout. The rain may lessen temporarily on Friday.



Just weeks after the UW-owned FM station KUOW said it would devour KPLU, the formerly UW-owned TV station KCTS said it would merge with Crosscut.com, the eight-year-old nonprofit local news site originally founded by Seattle Weekly creator David Brewster. (He's no longer directly involved in it.)

Both organizations promise no (more) layoffs; indeed, four part-timers at Crosscut will get full-time jobs. KCTS laid off 11 people earlier this year, and canceled its only regularly-scheduled local public affairs show. In May, there was a campaign to "Take Back KCTS." The campaign wanted the station to not only restore more local programming but to bring more "non-corporate" representatives onto its board. Now, KCTS CEO Robert I. Dunlop will be ultimately in charge of Crosscut. 

On her Facebook feed, Erica C. Barnett ponders whether the merger will "prompt Crosscut to hire a single reporter or editor who is not a straight white man.”

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On the day of yet another deadly shooting tragedy, local blogger Valerie Tarico offers a detailed explanation of why she believes the hate talk of "Christianist Republicans" is directly responsible for "systematically" inciting the Colorado clinic shooting.

Patty Murray, meanwhile, blasts yet another Republican attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. (Seattlish)


The next Legislature is certain to take up charter schools (again). Already, rival Democrats are staking out opposing stances on the issue. (PubliCola)

The "fixing" of standardized-test scores at Beacon Hill International School may have to do with a squabble between two administrators. (KUOW) 


You don't have to worry about all those recent tiny local earthquakes as foreshadowing The Big One. At least not yet. (KUOW)


The "carbon tax" initiative will make the 2016 state ballot. (KUOW)

WSU researchers are developing a way to turn wood fibers into jet fuel. Just what we don't need: a "renewable" supply of planet-warming carbon emissions. (PS Biz Journal)


Redhook, which last had a presence within the Seattle city limits in 1998, will open a brewpub in the new megaproject that's replacing the old BMW dealership on East Pike. It'll be the second Budweiser-affiliated brewpub on the Hill. (Seattle mag)

Despite the drought, this year's Washington hop yields are mostly holding up. (PS Biz Journal)


The E. coli-infected celery scare that made Costco recall some salads has spread to other products at other chains. (KIRO-TV)

Main Street Gyros on Second Avenue South was closed, after customers reported symptoms of norovirus. (SeaTimes)


The trial against State Auditor Troy Kelley is underway. Kelley insists he didn't "steal" money from clients of a company he once ran. (AP)


The Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temps in Washington and Oregon. (Salem Statesman-Journal)


Longreads.com cited Trisha Ready's Stranger essay on "How Listening to Music and Reading Susan Sontag Helped Me Cope with Chemo" as one of "the best essays of 2015." (Slog)


UW women's basketball beat Portland 83-65. Home vs. Oklahoma Sunday.

Gonzaga beat WSU in men's basketball 69-60. The Zags play Arizona Saturday. 

Sounders FC's making wholesale off-season changes; the soccer club won't renew nine players' options. (SeaTimes)


Opening of King Street Makers' Market, with locally-made jewelry, toys, ceramics, edibles, and more. (666 S. King St., thru Sun)

The First Hill Streetcar still isn't taking on passengers, but it will be the focus of a "neighborhood safety day" today. (Capitol Hill Times) 


First Thursday art openings, including a holiday celebration, sale, and exhibition at the Tashiro Kaplan Building; Roger Shimomura at Greg Kucera Gellery; "Charismatic Megafauna" group show at Roq La Rue; the annual holiday extravaganza at '57 Biscayne; Marcio Diaz at ArtXChange; "Pop Up Pop In" at James Harris Gallery; "Seattle Seen" group show at Linda Hodges Gallery; Nicole Barton's "bones embroidered onto photographs" at Martyr Sauce; "Rose Gold Winter Pop Up" at Glass Box.

"We were.," dance and immersive-art "durational experience" by zoe | juniper. (Frye Art Museum)

Julie Cascioppo. (Osteria La Spiga, 1429 12th Ave.)

"Every Little Counts," New Order tribute revue. (Neumos)

Fremont Abbey benefit with musicians, slam poets, and live painting. (Triple Door)

Degenerate Art Ensemble presents "Predator Songstress." (On the Boards, thru Sun)

Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney: Viscous Circle. (Frye Art Museum)

Opening of "Ham for the Holidays: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?", comedy/music revue with Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch. (ACT, thru Dec. 20)

Authors Sandi Doughton and David Montgomery, on earthquakes and microbes respectively. (Town Hall)

Roy Hargrove. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

The Temptations. (Snoqualmie Casino)

Puscifer, Luchafer. (Paramount)

Travis Scott, Skepta. (Showbox Sodo)

Stay Happy Collective, with DoNormaal. (Central Saloon)


(Jean-Luc Godard):

"Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man."


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