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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

Is it a cliché to ask you to stay (reasonably) dry, warm, and safe? I hope not.

WEATHER

Slightly less miserable today than yesterday. Big-time rain and winds return Thursday.

Tuesday was your weather OD around western Washington. Rivers flooded or threatened to. Trees toppled or threatened to. Yet another mudslide knocked out the train tracks south of Everett. Pounding rains and standing water in roads made driving dangerous in places. Many people lost their electricity. Violent waves pounded the Washington coast. (KOMO)

As horrid as it was here, it was far worse in Portland. (AP)

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FREQUENCIES, MODULATIONS

Should all go as planned, this will be the opening day of KEXP's fancy-schmancy, super-deluxe new broadcast facility at Seattle Center. (A formal grand opening will occur at an unannounced future date.) 

As some of you know, I was a "new wave" DJ on KEXP's precursor KCMU. It was a much wilder, more freeform outfit then, and it was all volunteer-run. It could reach amazing heights of aural beauty, and equally-amazing depths of unlistenability. But that was part of its charm.

Today's KEXP is a bigtme, ambitious operation. Its new space is, from all preliminary drawings and in-progress photos, a postmodern palace. And it's even more of an achievement at a time when broadcast radio, like so many other "old media" institutions, suffers from shrinking audiences and revenues, leading to cuts and consolidations (cf. KPLU). 

But damn, I still miss the old KCMU.

(image: Skin Yard at a 1986 KCMU benefit, posted to YouTube by Daniel House.)

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AUDITOR'S ODDITIES

No matter what happens to indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley, his post is up for election again next year. Consumer attorney Jeff Sprung has said he'll run for the Democratic nomination for the post. (KING)

Kelley returned to work Monday, ending a self-imposed leave of absence. Gov. Inslee doesn't like it. (KING)

A TOUCH OF CLASS

Sociologist Manuel Pastor describes Seattle as "America's income inequality problem on steroids." (Slog)

Most of Western Washington has higher povery rates, lower median incomes, higher rents, and lower rates of home ownership these days, sez the Census Bureau. (Mother Jones) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The state's nine operating charter schools will remain open at least through the end of this school year; but the state agency that regulate them is preparing to shut down. (AP)

Should Sound Transit spend tax $ to fully replace the Bellevue Pacific Northwest Ballet School? It's in the way of light-rail expansion. But its management poured millions into improving a building it doesn't own. ST's currently set up to compensate landlords but not tenants. (KOMO) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The family that owns Dick's Drive-Ins has launched a crowdfunding drive for family shelter spaces. You can donate from a smartphone. (SeaTimes)

ECO

Due to the "toxic algae bloom," Washington's razor clam and commercial crabbing seasons are still indefinitely delayed. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Sea-Tac's adding half again as many passenger gates starting next year. (PS Biz Journal)

Boeing debuted another 737 variant, the "Max 8." (KIRO-TV) 

LABOR PANES

Seattle's minimum wage cranks up again on Jan. 1. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

King County employees can now get up to 12 weeks' paid parental leave, under certain circumstances. (Seattlish)

THE BIG A

Amazon's revealed what it wants to do with the former Dog House/Hurricane Cafe block. To go with its planned high-rise offices, it wants to take over the block's alley. It's offering a bevy of concessions to the city in return. Outgoing City Councilmember Nick Licata wanted one of those provisions to be an assurance that the privatized space would be an official "free speech zone;" the City won't pursue that idea. (KIRO-TV)

R.I.P.

Sarah Nash Gates, 66, ran the UW School of Drama for two decades. She was also a costume designer, and the first woman to head the U.S. Institute for Theater Technology. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball beat TCU 92-67. Home vs. Montana Saturday.

That Montana squad lost to Gonzaga 61-58 last night. Zags play UCLA Saturday.

TODAY

Words' Worth Literary Series honors outgoing Councilmember Nick Licata. (Seattle City Hall, 2 p.m.) 

TONIGHT

"Keep Film In Washington" campaign kickoff, at the monthly Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour. (Spitfire)

Blind Boys of Alabama present "Talkin' Christmas." (Benaroya Hall)

Tess Gallagher, reading from Raymond Carver's poems and stories. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"The Seattle Process," comedy/variety/talk revue with Brett Hamil. (NW Film Forum)

"The likeliness of an appearance," new work by multimedia artist Dave Kennedy. (Kinnear Space, 905 Olympic Way W.)

Dandy Warhols, Joel Gion. (Showbox)

"Aesthetic Mess" with DJs Goo Goo and Jermaine. (Chop Suey)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. (Neptune)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Aldous Huxley):

"The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense, whereas reality never makes sense."

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