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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015

The holidaze creep ever closer. Relieve the Xmas-time depression bouts and spend some moments looking at the world beyond your own self, via MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Major rain and mountain snow today, lightening up considerably Friday.

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THE CON IS ON

Science-fiction conventions are popping up all over the place. Some folks are even raising money to start a massive one next November in Ocean Shores. It's called "We Are All SF." And, in at least some senses, perhaps we really are these days. (Though so far, those new digital technologies haven't engendered all that many (non-virtual) thrilling adventures, unless you count a few rich dudes flying briefly out beyond the atmosphere.) (image: Chaz Kemp)

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TODAY IN TRAGEDY

A 64-year-old mentally-ill man has died in Harborview of complications from a struggle with police. He'd been arrested Nov. 3 for allegedly threatening his brother. (SeaTimes)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

Do we really need eight surface lanes on the new Alaskan Way? And can we reduce them without losing either transit or pedestrian lanes? (StreetsBlog)

PUT A LID ON IT

The City Council has begun talking about an expanded Freeway Park lid, at least theoretically. The thing would cost $175 million for seven acres. (KING)

SIC TRANSIT

Heidi Groover wants you to get involved in the process of determining where, and how, light rail will go in future decades. (Stranger)

AFTER THE FIRES

The Forest Service spent $1.7 billion fighting wildfires in 2015, the most ever. In all, over 9.8 million acres burned. (USAT)

ECO

What's killing trumpeter swans in Whatcom County? (KING)

Lake Washington is warming at a faster pace than average for the world's waters. (KUOW)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

"This should be the last time: I am done waiting for the UW to care about sexual assault." (Haylee Millikan, UW Daily)

ED

Washington's high-school graduation rate has risen to 78 percent. That's still below the national average, now at 82 percent. (SeaTimes)

ARTS UPDATE

As mentioned here several weeks ago, the operator of the '57 Biscayne art studios is among the partners that bought up the building it's in; thus preserving it as an art space.

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Bills to protect pregnant workers and improve access to birth control are being planned for the next Legislature. (Slog)

A petition to stop tolls on I-405 has nearly 25,000 signatures. But with higher-mileage cars and low gas prices eating into gas-tax revenues, how's the state gonna pay for upkeep? (KCPQ)

TO YOUR HEALTH

A drug trial underway at Swedish could "make chemotherapy a thing of the past." (KOMO)

YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

The Parks Department and the Arboretum Foundation may restructure their respective operational responsibilities for the Japanese Garden. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

What the City could really do to encourage more back-yard cottages. (The Urbanist)

THE LAZY B

A single large order from a Russian cargo airline may spell life or death for the 46-year-old Boeing 747's continued production. (SeaTimes)

Of course, Boeing management's doing all it can to keep its South Carolina plants nonunion. (PS Biz Journal)

Alaska Airlines and Boeing say they're promoting the use of biofuels for airplanes. (KPLU)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Alaska Airlines and other airport companies are still fighting against the City of SeaTac's $15/hr. minimum wage. (SeaTimes)

Councilmember Bruce Harrell claims that easing up the rstrictions on where legal pot stores can exist "threatens communities of color." (PubliCola)

Washington's unemployment rose a bit last month, to 5.3 percent. (AP)

ECO SCARE OF THE WEEK

"Eating lettuce is three times worse for climate than bacon, say scientists." (CS Monitor)

TONIGHT

New York Voices, vocal jazz quartet. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Nineteen Crimes (with percussionist Jen Gilleran), Bad Luck, All Region Player. (Chapel Performance Space)

Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Celebration. (Vermillion)

C. Davida Ingram artist talk. (Frye Art Museum)

SAM Lights. (Olympic Sculpture Park, free)

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

"This Might Not Work" series presents a lecture by local artist Brandon Alesaukas. (Photo Center NW)

"9 Ounces," a one-woman show by Anastacia Tolbert. (Hugo House, thru Sat)

"Holiday of Errors." (12th Ave. Arts, thru Sun)

Campout Cinema presents "Gremlins." (EMP Sky Church)

Outdoor movie night: "Love Actually." (Peddler Brewing Co.)

"Stand Down Seattle," event promoting social services to homeless vets. (SCCC, thru Fri)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Robert Crais, "The Last Detective"):

“I felt impossibly heavy, like I was made of lead and stone.”

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