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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015

It's the longest night of the year. A night that many cultures honor. Other cultures honor the day after, the day when night first starts to shrink again. In any event, things just get brighter from here on out.

WEATHER

Rain and/or wind through Wednesday at least. And could there really be snow in Seattle this Christmas? (KIRO-FM)

After the summer's drought, area farmers are now dealing with lowland floods. (Slog)

A woman died when her house was stuck by a landslide near the Oregon Coast. (AP) 

Snoqualmie Pass has already had more snow than it had all last winter. (KOMO)

Most of eastern Washington is still under drought conditions. (Cliff Mass)

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THE ROYAL TANNENBAUMS

One of the Christmas trees in an indoor competition/display at the Olympic Hotel (and yes, I still call it that) lobby.

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SEATTLE TIMES SHRINKAGE WATCH

There are approximately 202 newsroom employees at the Seattle Times now (including PT and freelance posts). There will be fewer by early next year. (Slog)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Spokane won't put armed guards into public schools after all. (Spokesman-Review via AP)

AFTER THE FIRE

The Roosevelt area building that once housed the punk-fashion boutique Kitchy Koo, and later the RR Hardware store, was gutted in a Friday-morning fire. (KOMO)

LABOR PANES

Author Steven Hill calls Seattle's recent vote to let ride-share drivers form unions as nothing less than "a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party." (HuffPo) 

UNDER THE GUNS

Can Seattle charge a $25 gun tax? A judge will say sometime this week. (KIRO-TV)

ECO

Would you believe, the cleanup at one of Hanford's biggest facilities hasn't even started yet? (Weekly)

Even before the ban on crude-oil exports was lifted, there've been plans for a Tacoma terminal to ship ethanol (processed from natural gas) to China. (News Tribune via AP)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Tacoma man imprisoned for "conspiracy to manufacture marijuana" got his sentence commuted by Obama. (KOMO)

MISTAKEN MEMES

No, a Redmond church does not need thousands of donated diapers. But it will find other outfits that do need at least some of them. (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

Some residents in Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, and Ballard have created a petition asking for more police presence in their neighborhoods. (KIRO-FM)

SNO-CO

The state charged former Snohomish County executive Aaron Reardon with violating campaign laws during his 2011 re-election drive; specifically with using public facilities and staff toward campaign purposes. (Everett Herald) 

The Everett City Council approved timber sales in the city-owned Lake Chaplain watershed, a protected spotted-owl habitat. (Everett Herald)

ARTS

The arts center Love City Love, having moved among several to-be-redeveloped Capitol Hill and First Hill sites over the years, is putting down stakes at the ex-dry cleaners on 14th and East Pine. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The Seattle Asian Art Museum's collecting Lego blocks for dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Black activists staged a "die-in," protesting the almost total whiteness of the artists in the Tacoma Art Museum's big AIDS-art exhibit. (Slog)

VANISHNG SEATTLE

Latest victim of video-store attrition: the Queen Anne branch of Video Isle. (Queen Anne View)

IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A…

A truck carrying 100 rescue dogs from "a high kill shelter" in Texas to Seattle crashed in Colorado. All the dogs are safe. (KOMO)

PARK HERE?

A UW grad student's mapped 55 places in greater Ballard that could be turned into parks or "green spaces." (My Ballard)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

More stats about middle aged white guys dying sooner. Suicide, drugs, and alcohol have a lot to do with it. (Gene Balk)

SPORTS

The Seahawks clinched at least a Wild Card playoff spot by stunning a sorry Cleveland squad, 30-13. Home finale vs. the (for now) St. Louis Rams Sunday.

UW women's basketball blasted UC Riverside 78-43. Home vs. Weber State tonight.

Oakland ended UW men's basketball's three-game winning streak, beating the Huskies 97-83. Home vs. Seattle U Tuesday.

Gonzaga shrugged off Tennessee in Seattle, 86-79. Back in Spokane vs. Pepperdine tonight.

TONIGHT

"Christmas: B Sides and Rarities," "dark and bluesy" revue. (West of Lenin)

Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Evan Shay's Lawful Citizen, Chris McCarthy. (Royal Room)

Darkest Days Beer Festival. (Stout, thru Wed)

Alex's Hand, Rhine, Spacewaster. (El Corazon)

Winter Solstice Feast. (Equinox Studios)

INSIDE

Still waiting for your recommendations for MISCmedia's annual In/Out List.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(W.B. Yeats, "Cathleen ni Houlihan"):

“Sometimes my feet are tired and my hands are quiet, but there is no quiet in my heart.”

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