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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015

Christmas Eve eve. Time to take a break from the shopping rush, the decorating rush, and the four-day-work-week rush, with your MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Rain, maybe (just maybe, mind you) turning to snow at night. Possible clearing on Xmas.

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LOCAL HERO

The Atlantic has a long profile of Seattle rich kid Nick Hanauer (from the down-pillow Hanauers, not the hydroplane Hanauers) and his national crusade to raise the minimum wage. (image: John Cuneo)

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WALKIN'

Closed sidewalks beside construction sites will become "a last resort" under new SDOT rules. (Joel Connelly)

SEASON OF GOODWILL

The Everett Herald's spreading a little peace and civility this season by turning off its online comments sections until further notice.

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Sponsors of one of the two "carbon tax" initiative measures have enough signatures to force the Legislature to act on the measure. But they might not turn those signatures in. They believe they probably can't get enough legislators' votes for it. (KPLU)

There's still no specific plan to rectify the school-funding crisis in the next Legislative session. (Weekly)

Gov. Inslee announced that some 3,200 Washington prisoners since 2002 were released earlier than they should have been. Most of them won't have to go back. (KCPQ)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

A King County superior court judge upheld Seattle's gun and ammo tax, set to kick in Jan. 1. (Slog)

Will the next City Council pay more attention to civil-rights issues? (PubliCola)

ECO

The modern way to get gold from streams is called "suction dredging." Some environmentalists claim its noisy disruptions damage salmon habitats. (KUOW)

THE RACE IS ON

The protest over the lack of black artists in "Art AIDS America" is spreading to NY (where the exhibit's going next) and elsewhere. (Slog)

BERTHA, BUT…

Yep, Bertha's restart got delayed when a piece of the deeply boring tunnel machine broke during testing. But then it got working again. (West Seattle Blog)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Average apartment rents in the area continued to rise precipitously this year. (SeaTimes)

However, vacancy rates are up, and rents are rising more slowly, at high-end rentals in Seattle and Bellevue. (PS Biz Journal)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Researchers believe the Oso landslide has had many precedents over the centuries. (SeaTimes)

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Oregon will automaticallly register licensed drivers to vote, starting next year. (AP)

And the Portland City Council's imposing fees on Airbnb-type rentals to help fund affordable housing. (Slog)

SUDS

Craft brewer 7 Seas Brewing is taking over part of (what's left of) Tacoma's historic Heidelberg Brewery. (Exit133)

COMING SOON 

A commercial mini-golf course is being built in the Pioneer Square "underground." It's set to open sometime in the spring. (Seattle Eater)

TODAY IN CRIME

A Ballard woman, with a previous robbery conviction, faces felony charges after allegedly "hiding a revolver in her brassiere." (PI.com)

DEVELOPING STORIES

A Chicago company bought the Pioneer Building, anchor of Pioneer Square. It'll turn part of it into "co-working" spaces. (PS Biz Journal)

The Olympic Athletic Club's owners want to add a six-story hotel to their existing buildings. (Daily Journal of Commerce) But some neighbors say they're getting tired of Ballard's new midrises (you think they'd have noticed 'em before now). (KIRO-TV)

THE LAZY B

Boeing settled an FAA complaint. It'll pay $12 million, and promises to improve its "quality certification" and auditing procedures. (USAT)

BIZ

Alcoa may be mothballing its Washington factories, but Kaiser Aluminum's spending $150 million to upgrade its Spokane facilities. (AP)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball beat. Seattle U 79-68. Huskies host UCSB next Wednesday.

TONIGHT

Dynette Set (with Christy McWilson), WS2, North Seattle Ukestra. (Tractor)

Opening of "Inconvenient Truths," new works by local artist Jack Daws. (SAM, thru March 6)

Powdered Water (with Kurt Bloch), the Knast, Bad Pants. (Sunset)

"The Totally Christmas Sing-Along." (Central Cinema)

"A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol." (Market Theater, also on Sat-Sun)

Test Apes, Norway Rats, Scott Roder. (El Corazon)

Closing of "Remember to Come Back," group show by emigrant African artists. (Marianne İbrahim Gallery)

TOKiMONSTA, Andrew Luce, Justin Hartinger, Ainslee. (Q Nightclub)

INSIDE

Thanks to all who've suggested items for our MISCmedia In/Out List. The rest of you: you've still got time.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Barbara Pym, "No Fond Return of Love"):

“Sitting aimlessly in bedrooms—often on the bed itself—is another characteristic feature of the English holidays. The meal was over and it was only twenty-five past seven. ‘The evening stretches before us,’ Viola said gloomily.”

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