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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015

Thirty-five years ago today, I was in the UW Daily office when word came, on the radio and on the office's beautifully archaic AP teletype terminal, that John Lennon had been shot. At the time, most people thought of it as an entertainment-superstar variant on the almost two-decade plague of "lone wolf" shootings at politicians. Nobody probably suspected that tragic shootings would become an aspect of everyday American existence.

WEATHER

Even wetter and windier than Monday, if you can believe it. Snow levels are rising, so beware of river flooding just about everywhere. Some momentary dryness possible Wednesday.

Yep, more high winds mean more power outages around the Sound. (KING)

Parts of Portland and its suburbs got flooded Monday. (Oregonian)

Monday was Seattle's second-darkest day in a decade. (KOMO)

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SOLITUDE AMONG THE RUINS

Photographer Tiffany Von Arnim was allowed to take photos inside the Eitel Building at Second and Pike, for her "Vintage Seattle" Facebook group. Its downstairs storefronts have been occupied by such past legends as Osaka Teriyaki and the Time Travelers record/comics store. But its upper floors have been vacant since the mid 1970s, because the owners couldn't pay for earthquake-proofing. Now, after umpteen almost-sales, it'll be turned into yet another luxury hotel. Here's your one chance to see what it's been like all these years.

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GOOD COMING FROM TRAGEDY

The widower of Gloria Leonidas, murdered in the Cafe Racer shooter's getaway carjacking, won a settlement from the shooter's estate. He's donated the money to help preserve some undeveloped lands on the Olympic Peninsula. (KOMO) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Low-income Seattle students can get free ORCA transit cards next year. (SeaTimes)

Taxpayer-supported charter schools may have discovered a work-around to stay open, despite a State Supreme Court ruling against them. They might become satellite branches of a tiny Eastern Washington school district. (Spokesman-Review)

Can Big Data (in this case, statistics about disciplinary actions in schools) help break the "school to prison pipeline"? (KPLU)

ON THE WIRE

Comcast promptly renegociated with the City for a new 10-year franchise, offering more Internet discounts to low-income seniors and increasing a "digital equity grant." (GeekWire)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The outgoing City Council passed yet another non-binding resolution saying gender pay equity would be a nice thing. (Slog) 

Today's lesson in how NOT to bring women into tech is brought to you by IBM's "Hack a Hair Dryer" ad campaign. (UK Guardian)

GeekWire Twitter headline: "Nordstrom bankrolls startup that helps women." Headline on the actual story: "Nordstrom bankrolls startup that helps women design their own shoes."

Kobo, the "other" ebook retailer, issued its top-10 selling titles of the year. They're all by women. (UK Guardian)

Oh, and a Mt. Vernon woman will appear in one of Playboy's last nude centerfolds. (PI.com)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A drive to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley is underway. (KUOW)

In a modern version of old "debtors' prisons," people in some places are getting jailed for failing to pay fines. Benton County, WA was one such place. Until now. (AP)

OUTTA SPACE

"Jeff Bezos wants to send Donald Trump to space, and Twitter is thrilled." (GeekWire)

EARACHE MY EYE!

Cheech Marin spoke to UW business students about Latino empowerment. (SeaTimes)

AG

A Columbia County farmer was fined for illegally irrigating his apple and pear orchards during last summer's drought. (AP)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Paul Allen plans to put 160-foot-tall office buildings on the last three major undeveloped blocks in South Lake Union (leftover from the Mercer Mess construction). (PS Biz Journal)

The 35-story tower Martin Selig wants to build where the ex-Federal Reserve building is? He now wants to add 12 more stories to it. (SeaTimes)

NON-PARODY HEADLINE OF THE DAY

"Stabbing at Miami Art Show Mistaken by Some as Performance Art." (Time)

POTENTIAL BAND NAME OF THE WEEK

"The Exploding Hoverboards." (CNN)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at home vs. TCU tonight.

Gonzaga vs. Montana tonight.

Ex-UW football coach Steve Sarkisian is suing his last employer, USC. He says the school fired him without "accomodating his disability"—i.e., his alcoholism, which he claims is now in check. (KCPQ)

TODAY

Special Story Time with the Grinch. (U Book Store)

TONIGHT

KNDD Deck the Hall Ball, with Death Cab for Cutie, Cage the Elephant, Alabama Shakes, more. (KeyArena)

"#ShoutYourAbortion" benefit, with Pony Time, Gazebos, S, more. (Chop Suey)

"The Space Between Cities," program of documentary shorts from around the world. (Grand Illusion)

Seattle Review of Books presentation wiht Paul Constant and Martin McClellan. (Phinney Books) 

Doubleclicks, Sammus, Shubzilla. (Funhouse)

HEALTH, Pictureplane, Ian Hicks. (Neumos)

Kinski, Heron Oblivion. (Sunset)

Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Thayer Sarrano. (Tractor)

John Lennon Jam starring Apple Jam. (Triple Door)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Onomatopoeiac"

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