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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015

Hope you enjoyed, or made good use of, our Day Between Storms. Get ready for more weather mayhem today.

WEATHER

Intense rains and winds should return Thursday, and stick around (in varying degrees of intensity) all weekend, with cooler temperatures.

On Wednesday, every major river in western Washington was at or near flood stage. Gov. Inslee declared a state of emergency. Over 65,000 were without power. Several schools were closed or on delay. (KOMO) The Snohomish River flooded to near-record levels. (KING) A 100-foot mudslide closed U.S. 2 near Leavenworth. (KCPQ) Seven people at a flooded homeless camp got swept into the Puyallup River but were rescued. (News Tribune)

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VANISHING PIKE/PINE

Bauhaus Coffee suddenly closed its "interim" location in the former Capitol Club space, and said it won't return to its original, now redeveloping, Pine and Melrose corner (seen here in 2001). Its Ballard branch lives on. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

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AIRING IT OUT

KEXP morning man John Richards was front n' center Wednesday morning as he played the first song from the station's ultra-deluxe new studios. (For the record, it was Robyn Hitchcock's "Viva Sea-Tac.") I'll have more thoughts about this on the main MISCmedia.com blog tomorrow.

At the other end of radio's fates, KPLU's board of advisors is taking its case directly to Pacific Lutheran U.'s regents. (Joel Connelly)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The shrinking staff of Seattle Weekly published a freelance essay by Alyssa Dyksterhouse entitled "The Girls' Guide to Faking an Interest in Sports." The presence of a female byline on the piece did not stop Seattlish and others from calling it misogynistic drivel of the worst sort. (For a smarter take on the original subject, check out last year's Stranger piece on "How to Date Someone Who's Really Into Sports.")

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City announced a $45 million investment in "affordable" housing projects, paid by developers' "incentive zoning" fees. (Seattlish)

Is an affordable-housing project underpaying immigrant construction workers? (Stranger)

A look inside the new Nickelsville shows just how well the place is run, by its own residents. (PI.com)

Backyard cottages were left out of the HALA "Grand Bargain." But they're being at least talked about again. (Crosscut)

ECO

Spotted owls in Washington forests are threatened again; this time by other owl species. (KUOW)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police Guild rejected a tentative contract offer from the City, in a move seen by some as a statement about reform efforts. (SeaTimes)

MOVING STORIES

As cars get more fuel-efficient, road maintenance projects based on gas taxes suffer. Enter "per-mile" taxes. (KING)

Could Uber and Lyft cars get to use the taxi-pickup spots at Sea-Tac? (KIRO-TV)

DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

Ex-mayor McGinn asks just what "urbanism" means, and whether it's really rising in influence on the new City Council. (Crosscut)

The US Dept. of Transportation and Paul Allen are offering $50 million to cities that develop "next-generation transportation systems." (GeekWire) 

THE RACE IS ON

Supreme Court Justice Scalia apparently believes African-American students should be shunted off to "slower-track" colleges. (KCPQ) Black students and grads are, as you'd expect, striking back against that stereotype, and the anti-affirmative-action case in general. (HuffPo)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

There's a comprehensive survey of health care in Washington. The results are decidedly mixed. (PS Biz Journal)

"False positive" mammogram results could still be risk factors for cancer. (CNN)

"Has Washington state given up on smoking prevention?" (PS Biz Journal)

WHAT A JOKE!

Brett Hamil explains why "Republican debates aren't funny." (CityArts)

TODAY

Global Washington 2015 Conference. (Bell Harbor Conference Center)

Charlie's on Broadway reopening.

TONIGHT

Capitol Hill Art Walk, including Sean Michael Hurley's paintings at Steve Gilbert Studio, "Presence" group show at First Covenant Church, Graham Downing's  "A Really Big and Very Expensive Painting" at The Factory, the "Fine Mesh" screenprint group show at True Love Art, the "Mo-Wave" group show at Vermillion, hand-painted toys at Art Primo, installation/fiber artist Bo Choi at COCA at Rubix, the "go Take On Everything" group show at Vignettes, and the "Punctum" 20th anniversary juried exhibition at Photo Center NW.

Earl Brooks, Maurice Caldwell, Teen Cat. (Cafe Racer)

Holiday party with choral groups. (Volunteer Park) 

Opening of "Homo for the Holidays" variety revue. (Century Ballroom, thru Dec. 27)

Lori Goldston in rehearsal for her new work "Pollen." (Frye Art Museum)

"Seattle AntiFreeze: The Architecture of Gingerbread Houses." (MOHAI) 

"Taylor Mac: Songs of the American Right." (On the Boards, thru Sat)

Seattle Human Rights Day presentation, with keynote speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw. (Town Hall)

"A Very Belltown Christmas," with Thunderpussy, Hibou, Dancer and Prancer. (Crocodile)

David Shields "War is Beautiful" book launch party. (Hugo House)

Crosscut Arts Salon: Housing Affordability, with Greg Lundgren, Ela Barton, Cathy McClure, Alfred Harris. (Assembly Hall, 2121 6th Ave.) 

"Blue," Derek Jarman's final feature film. (Henry Art Gallery)

"Jo Smitty Spins." (Carlile Room)

Eugene Chadbourne, Contraband Countryband, Hound Dog Taylor's Hand. (Blue Moon)

Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents "An Evening with Auntie Mame." (AMC Pacific Place 11)

Something Weird Video presents "Kooky Christmas Classics." (Darrell's)

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