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MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015

It's Pearl Harbor Day, the 74th anniversary of the American "isolationist" movement's sudden end. With a few brief interregnums, the U.S. has been a warrior nation pretty much ever since, for good or ill.

WEATHER

Damp and/or windy all week.

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HOLIDAY SPIRITS

You may know Frances Smersh as an artist and jeweler, and the co-owner of Click! Design That Fits, a popular artists'-products store in West Seattle. She was just diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. It's a horrible stealer of minds and lives. It has no treatment and no cure. She and her husband John are raising funds to help pay for her medical expenses, and to "give them time to be together."

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NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Consolidation marches on, and another beloved local institution disappears. Group Health Cooperative, for seven decades a bastion of non-profit health care and a survivor of the Depression-era national co-op movement, is getting swallowed up (pending regulatory approval) by Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. (SeaTimes)

Group Health's CEO insists the move to sell was based on "efficiency, not costs," whatever that means. (PS Biz Journal)

Meanwhile, after more than a decade of planning and organizing, some local veterans are finally turning an "empty space" at the Beacon Hill VA Hospital into a "healing garden." (KIRO-TV)

Meanwhile-meanwhile, a norovirus outbreak may have affected hundreds who ate at the cafeteria in the Russell Investments (ex-WaMu) tower. (SeaTimes)

ON AND OFF THE AIR

A Sunday strategy meeting for a "Save KPLU" group was briefly interrupted by gunfire outside the Northeast Branch Library. (Cliff Mass) The incident involved a double carjacking, a police chase, and fatal gunfire. (SeaTimes)

Seattle's backing way from a tentative 10-year renewal of its cable franchise with Comcast, after local officials heard of the extra concessions Philadelphia got from the company. (GeekWire)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The automatic recount is in, and King County is expected to announce today that Lisa Herbold maintained her squeaky-thin lead in City Council District 1 over Shannon Braddock. (PubliCola)

ON THE STREETS

Despite social-media rumors, neo-Nazis didn't show up on Capitol Hill on Sunday. Several hundred anti-Nazi protester did show up. After that march ended, some masked anarchists stuck around, breaking windows and tagging TV news trucks. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

LABOR PANES

Uber drivers don't need a union, says Uber exec. (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

Sound Transit's new scheme for light-rail expansion goes from Everett to Tacoma, Ballard to Redmond. And it may include a second downtown transit tunnel. (PubliCola)

PRINT MEDIA SHRINKAGE WATCH

Seattle Weekly will lay off six of its remaining 21 staff members at the end of the month. (Slog)

GOOD NEWS

There's another newborn orca in the Sound! (KOMO)

TODAY IN ICK

A Spokane police officer was charged with committing second-degree rape on a female fellow officer. Other officers may have helped cover up the crime. (KREM) 

VANISHING BELLINGHAM

Haggen, the little supermarket chain that tried to "get big fast" (in the old dot-com cliché), will sell off all of its remaining stores, throwing in the Haggen name as part of any potential deal. (KCPQ)

THE BIG A 

The Amazon campus has a "banana stand," giving out free fruit to passersby (employees or not) each weekday. Make your own "Arrested Development" references. (GeekWire)

Today, Amazon's releasing seven limited-edition prints by "established street artists." 

TODAY IN PARANOIA

A flight out of Sea-Tac was delayed when a passenger turned out to have a personal WiFi link called "I Have Three Bombs." (KIRO-TV)

SPORTS

The Seahawks crushed Minnesota 38-7. At Baltimore Sunday morning.

UW men's b-ball beat Cal State Fullerton 87-69. Home vs. TCU Tuesday.

The UW women lost to Ohlahoma 71-68. At South Dakota Saturday.

Gonzaga lost to Arizona 68-63. Home vs. Montana Tuesday.

The UW football team will play Southern Miss in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl (yeah, that's a real game) on Boxing Day. The same day, at almost the same starting time, WSU meets Miami in the Sun Bowl at El Paso.

The Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup, beating Columbus 2-1. (Will it ever be the Sounders' turn?)

TODAY

"Nothing Is What It Seems: A Musical with Bibliography," composed and performed by Jay Hamilton. (Central Library, noon)

TONIGHT

Odesza. (Paramount)

Chanukah party with Hadag Nahash. (Crocodile)

Author Steven Hill, on the dangers of "runaway capitalism." (Town Hall)

"Resident Findings" with C. Davida Ingram and Brangien Davis. (Town Hall)

Opening of "Next Fest NW 2015." (Velocity Dance Center and NW Film Forum, thru Sun)

Cage the Elephant. (Easy Street Records)

"Collide-O-Scope: X-Mess 2015." (Re-bar)

Cake "Alchemy," FIona Gurney. (Sunset)

Holiday Pop Up. (Hot Stove Society, 2000 4th Ave.)

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." (Central Cinema)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Alan Watts):

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”

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