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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015

The year draws inexorably to a close. And that means it's time for MISCmedia's annual In/Out List, the longest-running and most accurate list of its kind anywhere (just trust me on this). Send your nominations for what's going to become not and not-so-hot in the coming year, to the email addy at the foot of this e-missive.

WEATHER

Rain should return later today and become heavier Thursday, though not as heavy as last week. Major snow may fall in the mountains.

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BECOMING VISIBLE

There's a photo exhibit at the Capitol Hill library, all by six homeless LGBTQ youth, called "My World Matters." It's poignant and it's vital. (Capitol Hill Times)

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ECO

The state's biggest polluter this year? It's a recycling plant. (Crosscut)

Skyway's infamous "mountain" of concrete waste may be removed next year. (KIRO-TV)

Are officials in charge of the state's clean-energy grant program giving favors to cronies? (SeaTimes)

A report says the Northwest won't have to build any new power plants in the next 20 years, except maybe to replace some scheduled-to-close coal plants. (KUOW)

The construction company that rebuilt some of the roads hit by the Oso landslide is donating some nearby "restored" land to Snohomish County. (AP)

There's a "Give Salmon a Brake" campaign, encouraging drivers to switch to copper-free brakes. The object: to keep toxic copper dust out of streams. (KIRO-TV)

Has the Tulalip Tribes' big levee-busting move led to increased salmon runs? Too early to tell. (KING)

OIL'S NOT WELL

A Texas firm wants to build a "gravel island" in Federally protected Arctic waters, to house an oil-drilling rig. (AP)

The global bust in oil prices has hit the Alberta oil country hard. Like epidemic-of-suicides hard. (UK Guardian)

THE RACE IS ON

Two students were expelled from Edmonds-Woodway High School, after they led an online chat fantasizing about (or perhaps really planning) the lynching of a black student. (KCPQ)

"Only a white woman is afforded the redemption tour Rachel Dolezal is currently enjoying." (Salon)

BALLOT FIXING (THE GOOD KIND)

This year's pathetic rate of ballot returns has caused King County Elections to finally look into installing more ballot drop boxes in more locations. (Seattlish)

THIS WEEK IN TRAGEDY

The man killed after closing time Sunday morning on Third Avenue taught art to middle-school students. (KCPQ) A crowdfunding drive had been started to help provide for his family.  

AFTER THE DISASTER

The state may allow some Ride the Ducks vehicles back on the road. Despite 442 known safety violations. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

A Seattle police officer resigned rather than get fired, due to allegedly sending sexual texts to a woman who reported a crime. (Slog)  

WHERE THEY ARE NOW

Ex-Mars Hill Church honcho Mark Driscoll is planning a comeback in Arizona. (Joel Connelly)

ISLE OF VIEWS

Some out-of-state "political data" company named Vashon Island the "most liberal city in America." Except it's not a city. And the lefty status of the affluent families who moved there expressly to keep their kids out of mixed-race urban schools is, to put it mildly, questionable. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Paul Allen's minions are seeking to buy up the two strip-mall tracts at 23rd and Jackson, home of the indie Red Apple supermarket and other vital community institutions. Let's hope they don't get replaced by some huge brutal mixed-use monolith, and that a neighborhood grocery's included in whatever does get built. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

WEED

Could medical marijuana's legal status in Washington get upgraded instead of disappeared? (Slog)

THE LAZY B

A new book by two UPS profs looks at labor relations at Boeing since the McDonnell-Douglas takeover, and finds older workers wistfully nostalgic about the "heritage Boeing." (KPLU)

BIZ/ECONOMY

In a Charles Schwab-funded survey, 45 percent of Seattleites say the city's cost of living is hurting their "financial goals." (KING)

Online holiday shopping's so popular, UPS and FedEx are renting moving vans. (KIRO-FM)

Value Village has always been a for-profit company. People are finally catching on to just how for-profit it is, and how little it gives to the charities it claims to support. (InvestigateWest)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Shrimp sold at stores here and worldwide are processed by slave labor in Thailand. (AP)

R.I.P.

Nellie, the Tacoma zoo's beloved cup-stacking sea otter, died at 19. (KOMO)

SPORTS

The Tukwila arena project needs a new major investor and soon, or else it will go pffft. (SeaTimes)

TODAY

Rally for affordable housing. (Federal Building, 4-6 p.m.)

TONIGHT

"Star Wars" soundtrack live performance. (Cafe Racer)

Thomas Marriott: The 'Ceptet. (Royal Room)

Shawn Smith weekly residency debuts. (High Dive)

"Conversations with Curators" presents Chiyo Ishikawa. (SAM)

Dancer and Prancer, Gazebos, Ubu Roi. (Triple Door)

Pleather, USF, Lilac. (Chop Suey)

Charlie Hunter Trio, Bobby Previte, Curtis Fowlkes. (Jazz Alley)

Drunk Santas Christmas party. (Linda's)

Ugly Sweater Soul Jam. (Neumos)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Diegetic"

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