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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Krampus. No, really. More and more locals seem to be into the German winter demon this year. Don't know why. Maybe it's something in the spiked egg nog.

WEATHER

Continued cool today, with afternoon showers. 

Mount Baker has had more than 15 feet of snow so far this season. (KING)

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REPLACING THE PAST WITH THE PAST

The old Fenpro window-warehouse building on the western stretch of NW Market Street, lately home to artists and metal sculptors, will fall next year. The Nordic Heritage Museum, which is getting kicked out of its School District-owned current space, wants to build a shiny new structure there. (KUOW) (image: Joshua McNichols)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

On a unanimous vote (with one absention), the outgoing City Council approved Councilmember Mike O'Brien's bill tallowing collective bargaining for ride-share drivers. (PI.com) Mayor Murray will neither sign nor veto the bill, letting it pass into law. The companies will assuredly sue to stop its enforcement. (KING)

Here's a "policy brief" document by Puget Sound Sage and the Parnership for Working Familes supporting the bill, "Driving Public Good."

The Council also passed a revised Comcast franchise agreement, and a bill to strengthen labor-law enforcement. (Seattlish)

And it passed a resolution "in support of Seattle's Muslim community and speaking out against the rise in hateful rhetoric and violence targeting Muslims."

TO YOUR HEALTH

A food-safety prof warned in a 2007 blog post that Chipolte was risking food-borne infections, just so it could boast of having "natural," "locally sourced" ingredients. (Daily Beast) 

Walgreens is partnering with Providence hospitals to operate in-store clinics in Washington and Oregon. The ACLU's asking whether these clinics would provide contraception, abortion drugs, and assisted-suicide drugs. (AP)

STRANGER THAN, WELL, YOU KNOW

Rick Anderson has a thorough piece about Mark Lindquist, the novelist/screenwriter and Pierce County Prosecutor who's fighting a recall effort. The recall drive has multiple causes and proponents, which Anderson deftly summarizes.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Washington's first charter school will become a private school again, and won't try to regain public funding. (AP)

Hundreds of youths are released each year from Pierce County Juvenile Hall with no parent to pick them up, a new report reveals. (KOMO)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The FBI is investigating the Seattle Police's violent 2012 arrest of a UW student at his home in West Seattle, giving him a broken nose and other injuries. (KOMO)

OUR GAY APPAREL

A "gay rights Festivus pole" will soon appear at the state Capitol in Olympia. (PI.com)

BUBBLE, BUBBLE

Real-estate analysts surveyed by Zillow believe the housing market in Seattle, and a few other places, could be headed toward a "pop." (PS Biz Journal)

VANISHING SEATTLE

Pier 1 Imports, that onetime Mecca of scarves and wicker furniture, will close its last Seattle location, in Westwood Village. (West Seattle Blog)

GIVING

A certain subset of techies here are "changing the face of global giving." They're the South Asian techies. (Seattle mag)

DEVELOPING STORIES

We now know a little more about the mixed-use building that will replace, and include a new version of, Richard Hugo House. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

The Maritime Building on Western Avenue may be redeveloped to include eight more stories. (PS Biz Journal)

"One-fifth of this year's Seattle office sales volume went to Asian firms." (PS Biz Journal)

TECH TALCH

A local startup's developing an app which it claims can teach you meditation in just 10 minutes a day for two weeks. Let go of the need to rush, and do it faster! (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

Gonzaga crushed St. Martin's 86-50. At Seattle's KeyArena vs. Tennessee Saturday.

The would-be Tukwila arena developer is late on payments to that city. And an ex-Sonics exec believes making KeyArena NHL-friendly would cost about as much as an all-new facility (and would require demolishing the spaces now occupied by KEXP and the Vera Project). (KING)

TODAY

Last edition of "151515," ambient music sets by Scott Colburn. (University Street Tunnel Station, enter at Second and University outside Benaroya Hall, 4:20 p.m.)

TONIGHT

"A Very Vito's Holiday," Vera Project fundraiser. (Vito's)

Daphnes, Ivory Smith, Goatgirl. (Sunset)

Inverted Space plays Antoine Beuger's "Jankélévitch Sextets." (Chapel Performance Space)

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

Opening of Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy: "New Report, Artist Unknown." (Frye Art Museum)

"A Celebration of Poetry and Readers," with Dean Young and Deborah Landau. (Hugo House)

"Real Love '90s," with DJs BlesOne and Jay Battle. (Havana)

Ramona, Deer Leader, Wild English. (Lo-Fi)

Jackie Beat in "White Meat or Dark?" (Narwhal)

Twisted Elegant Cabaret. (Rendezvous)

Waywords, write-in and chat. (Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE)

"AGTV (A Guide to Visitors," "curated storytelling show." (Theatre Off Jackson)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(George Orwell, "Keep the Aspidistra Flying"):

“The violation of the inner person is the greatest territorial crime of all.”

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