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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015

Welcome to your post-solstice MISCmedia MAIL. Feeling any brighter yet? If not, don't fret. There are few recursive traps more dangerous than feeling bad about feeling bad.

WEATHER

Still dank, damp, and dreary through tomorrow. Brief clearing possible Thursday. Still just a slight chance of a little snow here Friday. Lotsa snow in the mountains all week.

We're on track for the wettest Northwest December ever. (Cliff Mass)

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GO TELL IT ON THE SOUND

One of our annual Christmas Ships.

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Green River College tops Time's list of the nation's "most diversified" campuses.

Meet the Seattle-native woman who now runs south Seattle's Islamic school. (South Seattle Emerald) 

The State's "Student Achievement Council" relates what we all already knew, that Washington isn't doing nearly enough to get more students to graduate from high school. (SeaTimes)

There's not just a "crisis mode" shortage of teachers in Washington, there's an even bigger shortage of substitute teachers. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

"Sweeps" (forced evictions) of unauthorized homeless encampments are continuing, subjecting more of the most vulnerable to the wintery conditions. (Slog)

SEASON OF SIBLINGHOOD

Mothers and kids of all faiths gathered at a Snoqualmie mosque, to celebrate solidarity in the face of bigotry. (KIRO-TV)

Again this year, Crown Hill's Thai Siam restaurant is giving away Christmas meals "for those in need." (KIRO-TV)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Seattle-based lawyer for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is accused of forging court documents, in the deportation case of a Mexican construction worker. (SeaTimes)

On a related note: "Why Seattle refugees don't trust local government." (Seattle Globalist)

A Vashon man has become the first gay person to receive veteran's widower's benefits from the VA. (Nicole Brodeur)

WHY A DUCK?

The state still says some Ride the Ducks vehicles can go back to work. (KIRO-FM)

CRITTERS

After a one-month delay, commercial crab fishing opens Jan. 4 on the Washington coast. (SeaTimes)

Woodland Park Zoo's lost its elephants, but might get some giant pandas. (KIRO-TV)

A Federal judge stopped, for now, a planned "culling" of "problem wolves" in eastern Washington. (AP)

AFTER THE FIRE

Sen. Cantwell doesn't like Congress's current scheme for reforming/enlarging the Forest Service's firefighting budget. (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

The new Federal budget includes a big grant for light-rail expansion in Tacoma. (PS Biz Journal)

KIRO-FM's latest "outrage porn" nonsense: the idea that a city with fewer cars is somehow a worse city for dating and romance. (Seattlish)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police oversight board wants the SPD to publicly release records of officers' misconduct. (Slog)

TODAY IN SAD

The driver accused of deliberately ramming a car at people in Las Vegas was, less than four years ago, honored in Portland for overcoming homelessness and other obstacles to graduate from a local voc-tech center. (KING)

TODAY IN ICK

A state task force has arrested 10 people for allegedly trying to have sex with young children. (KOMO) 

BERTHA, BUT…

At least one Pioneer Square property owner plans to sue WSDOT over the much-delayed tunnel project, which he says has damaged his building. (KING) 

TECH TALCH

Amazon and Microsoft are rushing to bring the "Internet of things" to the electrical devices in your home. (PS Biz Journal)

The state's suing iYogi, an international "tech support" company. The allegation: that iYogi scams consumers into buying software and services they don't need. (AP)

Teenagers involved in cutting and other "self-harm" activities are using "secret hashtags" to communicate with one another on social media, Seattle researchers say. (KPLU)

THE LAZY B

America's "manufacturing renaissance" hasn't led to loads of new jobs, because factories have become so vastly robotized. The latest example: 175-foot-long custom machines to help put together 777 wings. (PS Biz Journal)

SIMPLE ANSWERS TO COMPLEX QUESTIONS

"Why is there so much prostitution on Aurora Avenue?" One reason: it's been pushed out of parts of town with more foot traffic and/or political clout. (KUOW) 

SPORTS

Gonzaga trounced Pepperdine 99-73. Home vs. Loyola Marymount Wednesday.

UW women's basketball beat Weber State 69-56. At WSU next Tuesday.

UW men's basketball vs. Seattle U tonight.

TONIGHT

Kim Warnick (Fastbacks) DJ night. (Revolver)

"Turn" art series continues with sculptures by Jeffry Mitchell. (Joe Bar)

Jacob's Posse, Folk Guitarist Invitational. (Cafe Racer) 

"Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Prequel Variety Fundraiser," with burlesque, drag, classical music, dance, literary readings. (Substation)

"After Hours Holiday Edition: The Family Eisendrath." (ArtsWest)

Jazz organist Delvon Lamarr. (Royal Room)

Ahmi Ahms, Strange Like Us, Echo Texture. (Sunset)

Knowmads, All Star Opera, DJ Indica Jones. (Vera Project)

Obie Trice, Tribal Order, more. (Nectar)

Northwest Boychoir and Northwest SInfonia in "A Festival of Lessons and Carols." (Benaroya Hall)

Appalachian Yard Art, Mullen, Crocker's Mountain. (High Dive)

"Christmastown: A Holiday Noir." (Seattle Public Theater, thru Thurs)

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Nictitating"

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