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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2015

We've been meeting now for 26 weeks. Six entire months. Not only am I NOT burned out from the daily whirl, but my life has noticeably improved in ways I'm not prepared to talk about yet. It's as if this was what the Universe wanted me to be doing all along. Thanks to all of you for making this possible. 

WEATHER

After Thursday's windstorm that wasn't, we get brief respite from the rain today, with even possible moments of sunshine. We're then due for a week and a half of often-heavy rain and mountain snow. (KIRO-FM)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

This is the new Nickelsville encampment in Ballard. It's organized, supervised, and clean. (These "tiny houses" are mostly for supplies and administration; most of the homeless residents will sleep in tents.) Kelly O has more pix of the place, inside and out.

Meanwhile, "neighborhood concerns" over Tent City 5 in Interbay have devolved into hateful, anonymous emails to program officials. (Seattlish)

Yep, rents are skyrocketing in Tacoma too. (KIRO-TV)

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VANISHING SEATTLE

Ralph's Grocery and Deli, a Belltown mainstay for 31 years, is closing at the end of the year. Owner Joe Cohen is retiring. In its place: a yet-unnamed big chain. (SeaTimes)

PUT A LID ON IT

That guy's vision to lid I-5 from the Convention Center/Freeway Park all the way north to Mercer Street? It just might come true, at least a tiny bit of it, as a "public benefit" of the Convention Center's expansion plans. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

Black Lives Matter activists are systematically investigating police accountability procedures around the country, and their various failings. Naturally, police unions decry this as an "attack." (Slog)

POLITIX

State Rep. Brady Walkinshw will challenge 14-term U.S. Rep Jim McDermott in next year's Democratic primary. (Stranger)

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

Downtown Seattle was the epicenter of a small (2.5) earthquake at 12:11 p.m. Thursday. (AP)

ON TRIAL

The latest in the Troy Kelley trial: a judge ordered the Feds to return the $900,000 they'd seized from the indicted state auditor, over charges of corrupt dealings at Kelley's pre-government company. The money will be turned over to Kelley's attorney; neither he nor Kelley can do a thing with it while the trial's still going on. (KPLU)

ED

Cornish College president Nancy Uscher says she'll leave next year, when her five-year contract ends. (Slog)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The City gave preliminary approval to the massive and hideous Rainier Square redevelopment, alas. (KING)

The city's putting in a new park at the old Enterprise Rent-A-Car garage on Westlake, and has $110,000 to spend on public art for it. (SeaTimes)

TECH TALCH

Jesse Jackson was at the Microsoft shareholders' meeting. He repeated his call for tech corps. to stop being so near-unanimously pale n' male. (PS Biz Journal)

At its big gala at MOHAI this week, the site GeekWire named its "Seattle 10," its favorite local startup companies of the year. They were represented with business-plan "doodles" painted on giant poster-size "cocktail napkins." A lot of them are in cloud storage and other geeky business-to-business sectors. But one is touted as the personal commerce platform that could replace both Craigslist and eBay. It's called OfferUp. 

BIZ

The fastest growing job in central Seattle this year? Ride-share drivers. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

MOOZIK 

Vice's subsite "Noisey" offers a comprehensive intro to current Seattle feminist and/or all-female rock, pop, and rap acts. (Spoiler alert: there's a lot of it, and it's all great.)

That daughter-of-a-Wall-Street-One-Percenter Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony. Apparently she liked a CD they'd made. (KING)

R.I.P.

Scott Weiland, 48, was the frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. An on-and-off user of several illicit drugs, he was found dead of unknown causes on his tour bus in Bloomington, MN. (TMZ)

SPORTS

Seahawks at Minnesota Sunday.

A UW basketball home doubleheader Sunday, starting with the women vs. Oklahoma, then the men's team vs. Cal State Fullerton.

Gonzaga vs. Arizona Saturday.

We already know next season's Mariners will look different. A lot different. (PI.com)

Those negotiations and speculations about a potential Seattle (or Tukwila) NHL team? The ones that supposedly ended in July? They're still going on. (KING)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"New Moves 2015," works by Cornish dance students. (Velocity Dance Center, Fri-Sat)

Winter Beer Fest. (Sand Point Hanger 30, Fri-Sat)

"Snowglobbed," evening of "holiday inspired scenes and spectacles." (West of Lenin, Fri-Sat thru Dec. 19)

Benefit for James Atkins (ex-Hammerbox bassist) cancer treatments, with Hammerbox, Coffin Break, Stag, Long Winters, Selene Vigil (Seven Year Bitch), Gretta Harley. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Opening of "The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015." (Paul Allen's Pivot Arts + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave. N., Fri thru Feb. 28)

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. (Westlake Park, Fri)

Anonymous 4, all-female classical ensemble. (Meany Hall, Fri)

"Sound and visual artists" Yann Novak and Robert Crouch. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Julbord Feast, with traditional Scandinavian dishes and pianist Ruby Bishop. (Swedish Club, Fri)

Release party for "See You in the Morning," book by Mairead Case about teenagers in a small Midwestern town. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Urban Craft Uprising. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Sat-Sun)

Genius Film Festival, including Drew Christie and Megan Griffiths (Sat) and Ben Kasulke and Lynn Shelton (Sun). (Frye Art Museum)

Odesza, electronic-music duo. (Paramount, Sat-Mon)

"Funderdome: Georgetown's Holiday Market." (Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Sat)

Happy Holly Days Studio Sale. (City Art Farm, 3959 Renton Ave. S., Sat)

AlocArte!, "a local artivist/artisan market place." (Union Cultural Center, 803 S. King St., Sat) 

"SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children's Hospital)" benefit with Afghan Whigs, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mary Lambert, more. (Showbox, Sat) 

Closing reception for "Fluff Piece," Amanda James Parker's exhibit of three-dimensional "inflated status objects." (The Factory, 1216 10th Ave., Sat)

Snow Cap Party, with LIGHTS and the Mowglis. (Pyramid Brewing, Sat)

Zeke, Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Die Nasty. (Highline Bar, Sat)

Girl Grouble, Dignitaries, Hamsterbr. (New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma, Sat)

Angry Snowmans, Lucky Boys, Dead Bars, Sledgeback. (Funhouse, Sat)

"Bonzo Celebration Day," with NW drummers' tribute to John Bonham. (Crocodile, Sat)

"The Bullfighter and the Ballerina," presentation by author/artist Ellen Ziegler, who created a handmade book about her mother's romance with Mexican comedy legend Cantinflas. (Henry Art Gallery, Sun)

"Mourning Market," with handmade artist products. (El Corazon, Sun)

Solstice & Spirits Flea M[Art]ket. (Vermillion Gallery, Sun)

"Doctor Wholidays." (EMP, Sun)

He Whose Ox Is Gored record release. (Barboza, Sun)

Benefit for holiday meal programs with Lushy, Gigantor, and more. (Swiss Restaurant and Pub, Tacoma, Sun)

INSIDE

I hope to promote the venture better, and to start reeling in day sponsorships, in the coming weeks.

I'm also trying to parse out just why some of you apparently don't get every day's installment in your email boxes. It might have to do with my hosting provider, or the software package I use (a WordPress plugin) or both.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Mephitic"

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