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MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015

We're now in the dimmest two weeks of the year. After that, sunsets will start to get later and later. But for now, enjoy the darkness with family, friends, and MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

After yet more winter wildness over the weekend, skies should be dry with sun breaks today. Potential freezing temps at night.

Yep, there were more power outages, downed trees, etc. over the wild-weather weekend. (SeaTimes)

Tillamook, OR has collapsed roads and multiple severe landslides. (CBS)

The Coast Guard closed all "maritime entrances" in Washington and Oregon late Friday, due to flood debris and high seas. (Oregonian)

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SEASON'S FLEET-INGS

It's Christmas Ship season again.

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ECO

That big Paris climate change summit adjourned with what participants call a major agreement. We'll see if it results in real improvement, or even in real delay of the encroaching doom. (CNN) Activists staged a brief march downtown on Saturday, in cautious praise of the deal. (KING)

The long-simmering battle between promoters and opponents of hatchery-raised steelhead is escalating. Imagine your own fish-slapping duel here. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

The City Council may vote today on letting ride-share drivers form unions. (But could it be a precedent for other "contract workers," including tech-office "permatemps"?) (KCPQ)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Ed Murray and other big-city mayors have formed an "alliance" to fight homelessness. (KING)

On the road with an overnight homeless "search and rescue" van. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police's internal watchdog group says the SPD should not have tossed exploding "blast balls" at May Day protesters; at least not the way they did it. (SeaTimes)

The Feds want the King County's Sheriff's Dept. to get directly involved in "immigration enforcement." The county, in the past, hasn't wanted to. (South Seattle Emerald)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Hundreds gathered on Broadway and at the SCCC campus Thursday, to demand the truth about a Somali student who fell for the roof of a Capitol Hill apartment building. (The Dignity Virus) 

Councilmember Sawant supports the rally's demands, and calls on all of us to "stand up against Islamaphobia."

Meanwhile, orange-clad "Moms Demand Action" marchers went around Green Lake Sunday, trying to end gun violence. (KOMO) 

RIGHTS AND WRONGS

There's a referendum drive in Alaska to repeal that state's law banning anti-LGBT discrimination. A judge there ruled the drive's proponents had offered "misleading" ballot-title information. (AP)

BIZ

Here's the convoluted assortment of ways Microsoft channels and off shores its revenues to cut U.S. taxes. (Many other corporations do likewise.) (SeaTimes)

TO YOUR HEALTH

Jon Talton joins those discontented by Group Health's pending devouring by Kaiser Permanente.

DEVELOPING STORIES

Mayor Murray dislikes the new Rainier Square project. Not because it's brutalist and way-too-huge, but because it doesn't pay enough toward affordable housing. (KIRO-TV)

TODAY IN CRIME

The developer who redid Capitol Hill's Odd Fellows Building pled guilty to poisoning neighbors' trees near Lake Chelan, to improve unobstructed  views from one of his projects. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

POLLY TICKS

The U.S. Congress may be in do-nothing mode again, but it did allocate $1 million toward fixing storm-wreaked Washington roads. (PI.com)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant's officially against raising the statewide minimum wage. (Goldy)

Donald Trump's only big financial backer in Washington is a famous name in both the techie and art worlds, and in the nascent privat-space-travel biz. (Slog)

SUDS

Beer is now a billion-dollar industry in Washington alone. Nationally, over 4,000 breweries are now active, a record. (KING)

BOOX

Seattle won't be a UNESCO-designated "city of literature," at least not this year. (Seattle Review of Books) 

SPORTS

In a battle of two injury-depleted squads, the Seahawks trampled Baltimore 35-6. Receiver Thomas Rawls broke his ankle, however, and is out for the season. Home vs. Cleveland Sunday.

UW men's basketball whupped Montana 92-62. Home vs. Oakland Saturday.

UW women's basketball beat South Dakota 77-64. Home vs. Cal-Riverside Friday.

Gonzaga got beat by UCLA 77-61. Home vs. St. Martin's tonight.

Hope Solo explains why the U.S. women's soccer team refused to play on a particularly grody artificial-turf field in Hawaii. (Mother Jones)

TODAY

Attic journals trunk show. (Central Library)

TONIGHT

Okkervil River. (Columbia City Theater)

Panel on regional human-rights activism, with Jessica Ramirez, Robert Jensen, and Angelina Snodgrass Godoy. (Town Hall)

Father Daughter. (Royal Room)

Artist-writer Molly Crabapple. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Hannukuh dinner. (Golden Beetle, Ballard)

Holiday concert with Sarah Rose Davis, Jessica Skerritt, Frederick Hargreen. (Arts West)

Apache Truck Stop, The Sky Rained Heroes, Snowday. (Sunset) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Epenthetic"

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